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By W. Timothy Brooks DMD, PC
March 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Want a more beautiful smile?  Dr. W. Timothy Brooks understands the importance of a first impression, which is why he offers cosmetic cosmetic dentistrydentistry options to his patients.

More on Crowns:
Porcelain crowns which look like natural enamel, are used for several procedures. Porcelain bridges use adjacent teeth to replace missing teeth. Covering stained, discolored teeth,  cracked or severely broken down or decayed teeth.

Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. Dental crowns reinforce teeth and allow it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

More on Dental Implants:
Dental implants consist of a titanium post surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It creates stability, strength and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. The dentist then allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur. Your Huntsville dentist then re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw which secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Some advantages of dental implants include:

  • Restoring one tooth without drilling other teeth, or replacing a few teeth or all of your teeth.
  • The dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Restoring your bite and chewing function.
  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and don't fall out of place.

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping:
Contouring and reshaping your teeth are simple, cosmetic procedures that will save you plenty of time and money, and give you a more confident smile.

They help with a variety of problems:

  • crooked
  • pits and/or grooves in enamel
  • chipped
  • cracked or fractured
  • overlapping or crowded teeth

Cosmetic dentistry is vital for improving the appearance and function of your teeth. If you would like to restore the beauty of your teeth, just call your Huntsville, AL, dentist, Dr. W. Timothy Brooks. Give him a call today at (256) 883-8008.

By W. Timothy Brooks DMD, PC
August 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you considering your tooth restoration options after losing a tooth? Dental implants offer several important advantages that make themdental implants an excellent choice. Dr. W. Timothy Brooks in Huntsville, AL helps his patients maintain healthy smiles with dental implants and other services and treatments.

What are implants?
Implants offer the only way to replace your entire tooth without compromising adjacent teeth or gums. The first step in the implant process involves adding a titanium post to an opening made in your jawbone. The post bonds to the bone and serves as a replacement root. Once bonding is complete, Dr. Brooks adds a dental crown to the top of the titanium implant. Crowns are designed to replace missing teeth above the gum line and allow you to chew and bite normally.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants offer a few benefits that other restoration options don't, including:

  • No Change to Your Jawbone: The bone under your lost tooth may eventually begin to shrink. The problem occurs because your tooth roots no longer stimulate the bone. Your new implants take over for your roots, providing the stimulation needed for a strong jawbone. Thanks to your implants, you won't have to worry about the loss of additional teeth, gum tissue or facial sagging, which are common consequences of jawbone resorption.
  • Improved Comfort: Dental implants feel more like natural teeth because they're securely attached to your jawbone. They won't irritate your gums or move when you take a bite of steak.
  • The Only Long-Term Restoration Option: In most cases, your dental implant will never need to be replaced. If you choose to fill the gap in your smile with a dental bridge or dentures, you can expect to replace those restorations every 5 to 15 years. Although the implant itself will probably never need to be replaced, you may need to replace the crown periodically.
  • No Change in Biting Power: A major decrease in biting power can be a problem when you wear dentures. If you choose implant-supported dentures instead, you won't have to avoid hard or tough foods due to sore gums.
  • Easy Care: Although implants never get decay, a good oral hygiene regimen is the key to keeping your dental implants in good condition. In addition to brushing twice a day, you'll also need to floss around the base of the implant daily to prevent gum infections.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Dr. W. Timothy Brooks in Huntsville, AL at (256) 883-8008 to schedule your appointment.

By W. Timothy Brooks DMD, PC
June 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   bone graft  
BoneGraftingMightbeNecessaryBeforeYouObtainanImplant

Every year dentists place over 5 million dental implants for lost teeth, often removing the problem tooth and installing the implant at the same time. But getting a “tooth in a day” depends on a number of health factors, especially whether or not there’s adequate bone available for the implant. Otherwise, the implant’s placement accuracy and success could be compromised.

Bone loss can be a similar problem when a tooth has been missing for a long period of time. If this describes your situation, you may have already lost substantial bone in your jaw. To understand why, we need to know a little about bone’s growth cycle.

When bone cells reach the end of their useful life, they’re absorbed into the body by a process called resorption.  New cells then form to take the older cells’ place in a continuous cycle that keeps the bone healthy and strong. Forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this growth. But when a tooth is missing, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus. As a result, the bone may not replace itself at a healthy rate and diminish over time.

In extreme cases, we may need to consider some other dental restoration other than an implant. But if the bone loss isn’t too severe, we may be able to help increase it through bone grafting. We insert safe bone grafting material prepared in a lab directly into the jaw through a minor surgical procedure. The graft then acts like a scaffold for bone cells to form and grow upon. In a few months enough new bone may have formed to support an implant.

Bone grafting can also be used if you’re having a tooth removed to preserve the bone even if you’re not yet ready to obtain an implant. By placing a bone graft immediately after extraction, it’s possible to retain the bone for up to ten years—enough time to decide on your options for permanent restoration.

Whatever your situation, it’s important that you visit us as soon as possible for a complete examination. Afterward we can assess your options and hopefully come up with a treatment strategy that will eventually include smile-transforming dental implants.

If you would like more information on obtaining dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By W. Timothy Brooks DMD, PC
May 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldContributetoBetterBoneHealth

For generations, dentures have helped people avoid the dire consequences of total teeth loss. Now, implant technology is making them even better.

Composed of life-like prosthetic teeth fixed within a plastic or resin gum-colored base, dentures are manufactured to fit an individual patient’s mouth for maximum fit, comfort and performance. But dentures also have a critical drawback—they can’t stop bone loss in the jaw.

Bone is constantly regenerating as older cells dissolve and then are replaced by newer cells. In the jawbone, the forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this new cell growth. When teeth are missing, though, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus and may not regenerate at a healthy rate, resulting in gradual bone loss.

Dentures can’t transmit this chewing stimulus to the bone. In fact, the pressure they produce as they rest on top of the gums may actually accelerate bone loss. Over time then, a denture’s once secure and comfortable fit becomes loose.

In the past, most patients with loose dentures have had them relined with new dental material to improve fit, or have new dentures created to conform to the changed contours of the jaws. But implant technology now offers another alternative.

Implants are in essence a tooth root replacement. Dentists surgically implant a titanium metal post directly into the jawbone that naturally attracts bone cells to grow and adhere to it over time (a process called osseointegration). This not only creates a secure and lasting hold, it can also stop or even reverse bone loss.

Most people know implants as single tooth replacements with a porcelain crown attached to the titanium post. But a few strategically placed implants can also support either removable or fixed dentures. Removable dentures (also called overdentures) usually need only 3 or 4 implants on the top jaw and 2 on the bottom jaw for support through built-in connectors in the dentures that attach to the implants. A fixed bridge may require 4-6 implants to which they are permanently attached.

There are pros and cons for each of these options and they’re both more expensive than traditional dentures. In the long run, though, implant-supported dentures could be more beneficial for your bone health and hold their fit longer.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental work, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

YoumayNeedOrthodonticWorkBeforeGettingaDentalImplant

For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.

But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.

We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.

But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.

Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.

There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.

If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.

If you would like more information on restoring your smile after losing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.



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