January 14, 2017
When you look in the mirror, you love what you see…for the most part. Your reflection paints an excellent picture of who you are, except when it comes to your smile. You have gaps in your teeth, and a couple of them are chipped from an accident you had at Ingelnook Park when you were a child. Since braces aren’t your best option, what can you do? You can try porcelain veneers in Southfield from the qualified team at Signature Smiles.
December 24, 2016
Thanks to advances in technology and the materials now used to produce dental prosthetics, teeth replacements look more natural than ever. Replacing missing teeth is critical to your oral and overall health, so the only question you really need to ask yourself is which prosthetic is best for you? Both a dental implant and dental bridge in Southfield are viable options. Dr. Solomon will be able to help you choose the tooth replacement that is best for you.
November 15, 2016
Have you used your dental benefits this year? If not, time is running out. If you have not used your dental benefits this year, you have until December 31st to visit the dentist or you will lose your benefits. However, we understand that this is a busy time of year and there is not a lot of time left before the year ends. We offer same day dentistry in Southfield to make it easier for you to use your dental benefits and receive the care you need before the year ends.
October 12, 2016
Finding the right dental provider can be tough, especially when you have the needs of a family to think about. It’s much more convenient to take the family to one provider, instead of driving all over town for multiple appointments. But how do know who to trust? Here at Signature Smiles, we want to take the guesswork out of finding a provider. If you’re looking for a dentist in Southfield, here are some tips on how to find the right one.
September 16, 2016
Are you looking for a new family dentist? If so, it is important to take serval things into consideration to ensure you find the best dentist in Lathrup Village to care for your family. When choosing a dentist, it is not a “one size fits all” situation. Every dentist is different and each member of your family may not be comfortable with a certain dentist. However, by taking the time to research potential dentists, you are able to ensure each member of your family builds a trusted relationship with the dentist you choose. In addition, you will find the ideal dentist to meet the unique oral health needs of each member in your family, even as those needs change.
September 4, 2016
You can feel the masseuse literally pushing the stress out of you. You wouldn’t be surprised if there was a puddle of it on the floor. It feels especially refreshing after yoga class this morning. You never knew one of your life goals was to be able to do a head stand, but it sure felt like it when you were finally able to. This place really does everything to take care of your mind and body, you just wish they could do the same for your teeth. Your smile has always bothered you, but you figured it would require too much time and effort to fix it. Signature Smiles wants you to know how porcelain veneers in Southfield could be what you’re looking for. (more…)
December 13, 2011
Mini Dental Implants
In a time when computer chips are getting smaller yet faster everyday, dental technology is keeping pace. Mini dental implants, perhaps the width of a toothpick, are now available from many cosmetic dentists. A mini dental implant or MDI, is used to stabilize dentures or a single tooth replacement.
Using a special drill, the MDI’s are inserted into the gums and the dentures or false tooth simply snaps on to the implant ensuring that they will not slip or cause discomfort while eating, talking or in other activities. The procedure itself is painless and easy to perform. It typically requires only one visit and is usually much cheaper than conventional methods. The implants enhance the ability of dentures to perform as normal teeth would by giving them a more solid base.
It is usually not necessary to receive a new set of dentures as most existing dentures and false teeth can be retrofitted to be inline with MDI’s.
This procedure is relatively new and cutting edge. But is now available at our office and if you think Mini Dental Implants can help enhance your smile, give us a call today!
Implant Supported Dentures
Do you currently wear dentures, but are tired of the hassle and fuss? Are you considering dentures as a replacement option? We would like to let you know about a new denture design: implant-supported dentures. Because they are more comfortable and secure, they alleviate some of the issues found with regular dentures which means you spend less time worrying about your smile and more time enjoying life!
What Is It?
Typically, implant-supported dentures are made for the lower jaw because dentures tend to be less stable in this area, while dentures for the upper jaw usually do not require this added stability. However, implant-supported dentures can be made for either areas of the mouth and are easily removable.
The dentures are made with an acrylic base to look like the gums of your mouth with porcelain or acrylic teeth attached to look like natural teeth.
The Implant Process
Implants, used to support the denture are placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth. The number of implants needed to support the denture varies based on individual factors, which we can discuss with you in a consultation.
The time frame to complete the implant process also depends on many factors. The shortest time frame from the implant process to placement of the denture is approximately five months for the lower jaw and seven months for the upper jaw. However, in some cases the entire process could take up to a year or more.
What Can You Expect From Your Implant-Supported Denture?
Initially you will notice first how much more stable the implant-supported denture is versus a regular denture. You will also have an easier time speaking with less worrying about the denture coming loose and falling out of your mouth as well. Generally, you are also able to eat foods that you could not eat before, with exception to hard or sticky foods that can cause damage to the denture.
With upper jaw implant-supported dentures, you will also notice the more natural feel because the denture will no longer need to cover the roof of your mouth.
Contact us today to find out more about implant-supported dentures and to schedule a consultation.
All-on-4: Treatment Concept for Edentulous Arches
The All-on-4 treatment was developed to provide edentulous patients with an efficient and effective restoration. The reason why the treatment is so effective is because it only uses four implants – two straight implants in the anterior and two angled implants in the posterior – to support a provisional, fixed and immediately loaded full-arch prosthesis. Because of the concept’s innovative and smart approach to technology, the All-on-4 treatment provides many benefits for the patients:
- Angled posterior implants help avoid relevant anatomical structures, can be anchored in better quality anterior bone and offer improved support of the prosthesis by reducing cantilevers
- Angled posterior implants help eliminate the need for bone grafting by increasing bone-to-implant contact
- Final restoration with fixed or removable prosthetic solutions
- Efficient treatment flow results in shorter treatment times and improved patient satisfaction
- All-on-4 Guide for accurate placement of implants and abutments
- Can be combined with the computer-aided diagnostics and treatment concept NobelGuide
All-on-4: Digital treatment planning and guided surgery with NobelGuide
NobelGuide is the ideal treatment concept for All-on-4, because it optimizes implant placement by means of 3D diagnostics, digital treatment planning and guided surgery with a surgical template.
Based on 3D (CB) CT diagnostic imaging of the patient and a radiographic guide, virtual implant placement following prosthetic-driven planning can be performed within the NobelGuide Software, ensuring high diagnostic accuracy and safe and predictable implant placement. Through controlled and customizable angulation of the dental reslice planes, the titled posterior implants are also ideally positioned.
After planning the case in NobelGuide Software, the surgical template can be ordered online. The template enables guided implant site preparation and precise and efficient implant insertion, which minimizes patient pain and swelling. It can also be used to create a stone model with implant replicas already in place before surgery.
|Dr. Jeffrey Solomon of Signature Smiles in Southfield, MI Creates Beautiful Smiles Using Dental Implants
Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems. Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is Considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or “crown” or a set of replacement teeth.
Implant patients are of all ages and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more or even all of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.
Are there different kinds of implants?
There are many shapes, sizes and brands of implants available. Your AAID credentialed implant dentist will know which implant is the right one for you.
Do I have enough bone?
It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Your dentist will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed.
Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation needs a separate evaluation; your AAID dentist will be able to give you an approximate timetable.
Whom should I consult for my implant treatment?
Your general dentist is your first resource for this service. The key is the implant dentist’s training, experience and credentials. AAID credentialed dentists include general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists and oral surgeons who perform the surgical and/or restorative procedures.
More About Dental Implants…
Tooth loss can result in shrinkage of gums and jawbones, and up until recently there were many folks with partial tooth loss who could not live normally. Dental implants and oral rehabilitation has opened the doors and mouths with increased treatment possibilities for many patients. Let’s face it – we need our teeth for chewing functionality and to eat, not just for looks.
There are varying types of implants that are available but the basic definition is that it is a device, or fixture, that is surgically placed into the jaw bone to replace one or several lost roots of teeth. Dental implants are designed to replace the root of a tooth. Implants are the surgically placed part which goes either into, or sits on top of the jawbone, while the actual tooth or teeth that go on top of the implant(s) are referred to as the prosthesis.
There are basically two distinct phases to the implant procedure, including a surgical phase, and a prosthetic phase. The surgical phase includes all that’s concerned with getting the implant into or onto the bone and getting it ready for the prosthetic phase. The prosthetic phase includes putting a single tooth or teeth on top of the implant(s). After the implant is placed into the jaw bone, a process that is called “osseointegration” allows the bone to grow and tighten around it. This process takes a few months, but after it has integrated with the bone successfully, the next phase can begin.
If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, no matter what age you are, dental implants may be your best solution. They are a long-lasting and pleasing alternative to missing teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
There are 5 basic types of dental implants available and the type chosen for a particular patient depends upon a number of factors. The size and condition of the patient’s natural jawbone is probably the main factor and of course no two patients are the same. Some jawbones can be wide and deep and others narrow and shallow with many variations in between.
The most commonly used material used for implants is the inert metal titanium because it has been found to fuse well with live bone tissue in the jawbone. This fusion process is known as ”osseointegration”. The highly skilled work of inserting implants is carried out by a perodontist or oral surgeon who operates from within a hospital environment or more likely from a private clinic.
Root Form Implants
As the name suggests, root form implants resemble the root of a tooth but are formed like a self-tapping screw which gives it a good surface area for maximum fusion to the living bone. It is inserted by screwing the implant into a hole previously drilled into the jawbone or into the cavity left from an extraction. The implant then acts as a root or foundation for a new prosthetic crown. However, this type of implant can only be used if there is sufficient width and depth to the jawbone. Sometimes it is necessary to graft additional bone to the jawbone before dental implants can be considered.
Plate Form Implants
If there is insufficient live bone structure because the jawbone is too narrow or not deep enough then plate form implants is another option the perodontist will consider. This takes the form of a long narrow strip of titanium which is inserted between the jawbone and the gum and will fuse with the jawbone giving a foundation for a number of new prosthetic crowns if required. Sometimes it may also be necessary to graft additional bone if the jawbone is in a poor condition before the implant can be inserted.
Subperiosteal implants are an option used where the condition of the jawbone is such that an insert is not possible and a bone graft is not feasible. The jawbone is exposed and a mould impression taken from which the subperiosteal implant is created and placed on top of the jawbone under the gum and fusion takes place between the jawbone and the subperiosteal implant. Sometimes a CAT scan is taken of the patient”s jaw which then allows the subperiosteal implant to be made without first exposing the jawbone which would otherwise require a two stage surgical operation.
Artificial Bone Substitute
This is a synthetic material which has similar properties to natural bone and will cling to the live jawbone and grow like real bone. This type of implant is usually used as a foundation for dentures.
Endosteal implants are similar to subperiosteal in that they are moulded or shaped to fit in a cavity in the jaw rather than sit on top of the jaw.
This article is intended only to give a very basic outline of the types of dental implants considered by the perodontist or oral surgeon. Sometimes a variation or combination of the types described may be used but it is important that if you are considering this type of dental treatment that you consult your dentist or a periodontist to establish what is the most suitable type of treatment for your unique situation.