Tooth Implants: The Role Of The Abutment

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Dental implants from Advanced Cosmetic Implant and Laser Dentistry in Seattle consist of three main parts:

  1. The implant—also called a post or artificial tooth root
  2. The abutment—a connector piece
  3. The prosthesis—artifical tooth crown, dental bridge, or denture/partial denture

In this post, we consider the abutment.

What Is An Abutment?

The abutment is the connector piece between the implant and the prosthesis. It attaches to the implant and connects it to the crown, dental bridge, or dental arch.

Healing Abutments

You may receive a temporary abutment following the initial surgery. A healing abutment is sometimes referred to as a ‘healing cuff’ or ‘healing cap.’

When the implant has fused with the bone and is ready for the final abutment, the healing abutment is removed and the permanent abutment is affixed.

How Is The Abutment Attached?

Attaching the abutment is a fairly quick and easy. An incision is made to expose the implant. Then the abutment is attached. The prosthesis may be attached at the same time, but sometimes we wait until the gums have healed.

Dental implants from Cosmetic Implant and Laser Dentistry in Seattle are life-changing. Patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

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600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Treat Oral Infections Early to Prevent Serious Health Consequences

oral infection exam SeattleThere has been a lot of talk about viral infections lately. In this article from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we focus on oral infections.

There are many causes of oral infections. In children, they are usually caused by tooth decay.

The teeth become sensitive to cold beverages. A tooth develops a dull ache. The child may have difficulty describing where the pain is coming from.

A sore on the gums doesn’t heal. An injured tooth darkens. Pain starts in the lower sinus area.

This is definitely not one of the circumstances where the “ignore it and it will go away” mentality is wise.

The dangers of ignoring oral infections

There are hazardous consequences of postponing treatment. Oral infections can destroy teeth, gums and jawbone and even lead to life-threatening sepsis.

In centuries past, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.

Possible symptoms of an oral infection

An oral infection doesn’t always lead to pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.

Treat oral infections early

If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional issues. However, usually the infection is the result of a dental issue that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary.

The infection may be resulting from a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess. Pus is a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to combat infection and consists of dead white blood cells.

Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. If you notice anything let us know at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. Services include general dentistry. Patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond also come to our office for cosmetic dentistry. Call today!

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206-720-0600

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600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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It’s Not About Vanity

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At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we create beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day.

Smile enhancement with cosmetic dentistry can have positive changes on your life. The smallest improvement can boost your self-confidence. We have many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even replace any  that are missing.

Cosmetic dentistry aims to complement your overall dental health. We do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and the facial shape and coloring of each patient. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear over the years, but wanting to look your best is not about vanity. At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we use cosmetic dentistry to create your dream smile! Patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond also come to our office for restorative dentistry, and much more. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Don’t Like CPAP? 4 Great Reasons to Consider Oral Appliance Therapy

CPAP alternative SeattleSleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans. Safe and effective treatment is available at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle.

With sleep apnea, the airway is blocked during sleep. The person stop and restarts breathing repeatedly. Since it cuts off oxygen supply to the brain, it can lead to serious health conditions.

Sleep apnea is primarily treated with two very different devices. A CPAP machine uses air pressure through a tube. The patient wears a mask during sleep and air is forced through the obstruction.

An oral device is like a mouthguard, and repositions the lower jaw. This opens the airway causing a free flow of air. There are benefits in using an oral device over CPAP.

Issues

While CPAP is in many ways the gold standard for treating sleep apnea, the plain fact is that a lot of people find it hard to get used to wearing it. In too many cases it’s so uncomfortable they stop using it, which defeats the purpose.

Oral appliance therapy is an alternative treatment that many find far less cumbersome. Since it is worn like a mouthguard there no mask to wear, and no additional parts. It is proven to be effective, especially in mild to moderate cases.

If you think you or someone close to you might have sleep apnea, the first step is a diagnosis. At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we can help. Patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond have come to us for treatment, and also for complete general dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry:

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Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Posted in General Dentistry, Sleep apnea

The Reality of Low Self-esteem Due to Crooked Teeth

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Straight teeth are easier to care for, but a poorly-aligned bite isn’t necessarily a serious dental health issue. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, though, crooked teeth can have a negative impact on self-esteem. We can correct a bad bite at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle.

Kids don’t usually get braces for crooked teeth until they reach middle school age. By then most of their adult teeth have grown in. But thanks to dental X-rays we can have a pretty good idea whether those adult teeth will be properly aligned even before they come in.

Studies have shown that most people associate straight teeth with a healthy smile. Properly aligned teeth can help to improve self-confidence and self-esteem, while crooked teeth can, unfortunately, do just the opposite.

The teeth and gums can be kept clean and healthy in spite of crooked teeth. But there are other problems to consider: poorly aligned teeth can make it difficult to chew properly and can give you headaches.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we have orthodontic options that produce straight teeth and beautiful smiles. We have corrected the bites of people from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, who also come to us for our comprehensive general dentistry. To learn more about our orthodontic options, please call our office for an appointment.

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Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Posted in Orthodontics

Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

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You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to autopilot morning and night and get it over with. But Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle has a question: are you doing it right?

We ask this in all seriousness. There is always room for improvement, even in something as basic as brushing your teeth.

Essential Dental Health

Brushing is an important part of any daily dental health routine. We recommend brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We strongly recommend flossing, too. Before or after you brush? The jury is out on that one. The important thing is that you do it.

Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. When you do the sides, be sure you brush along the gumline. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle.

Toothpaste

Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste – or more than pea-sized, if you’re so inclined. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough.

Be sure the head of the toothbrush isn’t too big, especially if you have a smaller mouth. It needs to fit easily between your cheeks and gums. The handle is less important. Make sure it feels comfortable in your hand. Replace your toothbrush every three months, if not more often.

Tooth Massage

Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to scrub very hard to remove it. Think of it not so much as brushing, but massaging your teeth and gums. With that in mind you should you be able to keep that light touch.

Finally, brush for at least two minutes. If you’re running late, and are tempted to cut it short, resist. If it helps, use a stopwatch. You’ve probably got one on your smart phone.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our patients come from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond for complete general and restorative dentistry services. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Posted in Dental Health, General Dentistry

How Long Does It Take For Braces To Straighten Teeth?

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Waiting is tough. When you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you want your new smile today! At Advanced Cosmetic Implant and Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we understand. But it takes time to move misaligned teeth into their proper position.

Most people wear braces from 18 to 36 months. It takes longer when you’re an adult, because your jaw had finished growing and is not as malleable. That’s one reason why it’s better to correct misaligned teeth during childhood.

What conditions influence the treatment time?

  • The type of braces used
  • How well the patient follows the orthodontist’s instructions regarding foods to avoid
  • The distance the teeth must be moved
  • The amount of room available in the mouth
  • The condition of the teeth
  • The health of the gums and jawbone

Keep all your appointments during treatment. We will make sure the braces are working like they should. We will check the wires, springs or rubber bands to exert the correct amount of pressure on the teeth.

How to make sure orthodontic treatment is successful

Since dental appliances can be expensive, protect your investment by following all instructions.

  • Have your braces adjusted on schedule
  • Avoid off-limits foods (hard, sticky, or chewy foods)
  • Make an appointment to have your braces repaired if something breaks

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we want each patient to have straight, healthy teeth. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond appreciate our orthodontic options. We also offer complete general dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Posted in General Dentistry, Orthodontics

You May Have Gingivitis

Affordable Seattle DentistryIn this article from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we talk about gingivitis, which is early-stage gum disease.

Everyone’s mouth provides a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are committed to oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t influence your health. But if your gums aren’t healthy, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause problems.

The first sign of gingivitis is swollen, sore gums.

Gingivitis is the term for Stage 1 gum disease. Symptoms are few to none, and we routinely discover gingivitis in patients who are not even aware that they have the condition.

It is important to understand that it is not normal for gums to bleed when you brush and floss. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are an alert that something is wrong.

Daily brushing and regular checkups at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle are the keys to preventing gum disease. Patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond trust us with their dental health. We offer comprehensive general dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Posted in Dental Health, General Dentistry, Gum Disease

Relax In Comfort And Style

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Thank you for visiting the Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle dental blog. In  this post we consider an important but often-overlooked feature in our practice: the modern dental chair. Did you know that dental chairs don’t come from your local Seattle furniture store?

Dental chairs were developed especially for the comfort of patient and dental provider alike. Dentists throughout the known world are pleased with the recent innovations in seat technology.

Brian McKay DDS at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry has been leaning over patients since 1997. The adjustable seat has saved dentist McKay from discomfort as services are rendered such as teeth whitening and sedation dentistry.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we are proud to offer general and cosmetic dentistry to people from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Posted in Dental Health, Family Dentistry

Why Is An Implant Better For Oral Health?

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Dental implants are an ideal replacement for lost teeth, and at last count more than three million Americans have received one. At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we are providers of these dental marvels.

What Is A Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. For a single missing tooth, one implant supports a base called an abutment, along with a crown. Several implants can support a dental bridge, or a full denture arch.

One of the benefits of dental implants is that they prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, and helps strengthen the bone.

Why Is An Implant Better Than Dentures Or A Bridge?

With a dental bridge, tooth structure must be removed from the neighboring teeth. That compromises the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.

Conventional dentures may be more affordable than implant-anchored dentures. But because they are removable, most patients find they are unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle are like getting back lost teeth. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond have benefitted from our implants and other restorative dentistry. To find out whether they’re right for you, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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