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By Hill-Davis Dental Group
November 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   Dentures  

A missing tooth or several missing teeth can impact a person’s quality of life. Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat certain foods or form certain words. If you have several missing teeth, you may want to consider dental implants in Lubbock, TX. Visit us at the Hill-Davis Dental Group where Dr. Camie Davis and Dr. Kourtney Kouth can help restore your smile again.

What Are My Tooth Replacement Options?

A mouth full of missing teeth can affect your quality of life. Luckily, patients have permanent and removable options.

Removable Dentures

Dentures are a type of dental prosthetic in which a set of artificial teeth fit over the bone ridge that once held a patient's natural teeth. Dentures may come in a full or partial set and can be removed at night.

Dental Implants

Implants are a permanent replacement for one or several teeth. You can even use implants to replace all the teeth in your mouth. When you come to our office in Lubbock, TX, for dental implants, we will place titanium posts in your jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. Once the jawbone has healed, we place crowns on the implants. Dental crowns look and function like natural teeth.

Dental implants can last a lifetime or at least decades with proper care and maintenance. Unlike dentures, you never remove dental implants.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implants can be used to support upper or lower dentures. Patients can rest assured that their dentures won't slip out when eating or talking.

Don’t let missing teeth get you down in Lubbock, TX. Dental implants are available at Hill-Davis Dental Group. Dr. Davis and Dr. Kouth will help restore your smile, so call us at (806) 793-0651.

By Hill-Davis Dental Group
September 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Here's some good news: Teenagers are less likely than adults to lose teeth to dental disease. But there's also a flip side. Teens can still lose teeth, more likely from traumatic injury.

Fortunately, there are several options for replacing lost teeth like dentures or bridges. But the choice considered best by most dentists and patients is a dental implant. An implant tooth looks and functions like the real thing—and it's durable, capable of lasting for years, if not decades.

But there's a hitch with teens getting an implant: Even though they may have all their permanent teeth by adolescence, their jaws are still growing and developing. Natural teeth, with their attachment to the jaws by way of a periodontal ligament, can keep pace with this growth—but implants can't.

That's because an implant doesn't have this attachment to gum tissue like natural teeth, but to the jawbone alone. Hence, an implant tooth can't keep up with jaw development, and may eventually look like it's "sunk" into the gums in relation to the teeth around it.

It's best, then, to wait until a teen's jaws have fully developed before attempting an implant. In the meantime, though, they don't have to endure a smile marred by missing teeth, but can replace them with a temporary restoration. The two most common options are a partial denture or a modified bridge.

The partial denture is a lightweight version that's quite affordable. Although not as durable as other types of dentures, the appliance is only intended to last until the patient is old enough for a permanent implant.

The modified bridge is a prosthetic tooth with strips of dental material extending behind it that are bonded to the backs of the teeth on either side to hold it in place. It's likewise not as durable as a traditional bridge, but it can fill the bill until time to place an implant.

Although this adds an additional step in a teen's restorative journey after losing a tooth, it's necessary—waiting to place an implant after jaw maturity will help ensure a long-lasting result. In the meantime, a temporary tooth replacement will help them to enjoy a normal smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teens, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”

By Hill-Davis Dental Group
September 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Along with fessing up to cherry tree surgery and tossing silver dollars across the Potomac River, George Washington is also famously known for wearing wooden dentures. Although we can't verify the first two legends, we can confirm Washington did indeed wear dentures, but not of wood—hippopotamus ivory and (yikes!) donated human teeth—but not wood.

Although they seem primitive to us today, Washington's dentures were the best that could be produced at the time. Still, the Father of Our Country suffered mightily from his dentures, both in physical discomfort and social embarrassment. Regarding the latter, our first president's dentures contorted his lips and mouth in an unattractive way, faintly discernable in Gilbert Stuart's famous portraits of our first president.

If only Washington had lived in a later era, he might have been able to avoid all that dental unpleasantness. Besides better versions of dentures, he might also have benefited from an entirely new way of replacing teeth—dental implants. Just four decades after this state-of-the-art restoration was first introduced, we now recognize implants as the "Gold Standard" for tooth replacement.

In recognition of Dental Implant Month in September, here are 4 reasons why dental implants might be the right tooth replacement choice for you.

Life-like. While other restorations provide a reasonable facsimile of natural teeth, implants take like-likeness to another level. That's because the implant replaces the root, which then allows for a life-like crown to be attached to it. By positioning it properly, implants and the subsequent crown can blend seamlessly with other teeth to create an overall natural smile appearance.

Durable. Implants owe their long-term durability (more than 95% still functioning after ten years) to a special affinity between bone and the titanium post imbedded in the jaw. Bone cells readily grow and adhere to the implant's surface, resulting over time in a more secure hold than other restorations. By the way, this increased bone growth around implants can help slow or even stop progressive bone loss.

Low impact. Dental bridges are another well-regarded tooth replacement option, but with a major downside: The natural teeth on either side of the missing teeth gap must be crowned to support the bridge. To prepare them, we must permanently alter these teeth. Implants, though, don't require this form of support, and so have a negligible effect on other teeth.

Versatile. Although implants are a practical choice for individual tooth restorations, multiple teeth replacements can get expensive. Implants, though, can also be incorporated into other restorations: Four to six implants can support an entire removable denture or fixed bridge. Implant-supported restorations are more durable than the traditional versions, while also encouraging better bone health.

If you need to replace teeth and would like to consider dental implants, see us for a complete examination. You may be an ideal candidate for this "best of the best" dental restoration.

If you would like more information about dental implants, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

By Hill-Davis Dental Group
January 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Looking to restore your smile permanently? Visit Dr. Jimmy Hill and Dr. Camie Davis at Hill-Davis Dental in Lubbock, TX. They can explain to you why dental implants are a safe, reliable way to improve your smile and confidence.

Why Dental Implants Can Work for You

Dental implants are a simple solution for those who would like the appearance of natural teeth but have gaps in their smile. These gaps exist for many reasons ranging from several kinds of physical illness and traumatic accidents to gum disease.

Why Should You Get Dental Implants?


Prevention of Dental Shifting

Getting oral implants can fill in gaps that allow food, bacteria, and other irritants to get underneath the gum tissue. Natural teeth that are still in the mouth can begin to shift from their normal position. Remember to brush your teeth daily.

After You Have Gotten Surgery

Expect some soreness as the surgical sites take their time to seal up. Your mouth may be very sore. Rinsing your mouth with warm water with salt to help clean your mouth and stave off pain. You may also reach for over-the-counter meds to control pain.

After a few weeks, your gum tissue will regenerate around the implant, firmly holding it in place. At this point, the most important thing to do is to wait. Do not drink or smoke at this time. Take your time when chewing.

How Do I Maintain My New Implants?

One of the best features of oral implants is they behave like natural teeth, so maintenance is similar to the routine you would have for natural teeth. You will not need to remove them to clean them like other prosthetics. Prepare yourself for long-lasting implants that can last many years with proper maintenance. This practice includes a consistent dental care routine, regular checkups, and observing your teeth to track any changes.

Get More Facts

If you are ready to take that next step to obtain dental implants to achieve a more beautiful smile in the Lubbock, TX area, contact Dr. Davis and Dr. Hill at (806) 793-0651 for a consultation.

By Hill-Davis Dental Group
December 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”