The Parts Of A Dental Implant

Whether you’ve lost a tooth to disease or injury, a single implant is your best choice to restore the appearance of your smile and prevent loss of bone in your jaw. Although it looks and acts just like a real tooth, it’s not actually one solid piece but rather a combination of different structures working together to provide beauty and strength to the implant.

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Parts Of The Dental Implant

  • Implant Screw or Fixture: The implant screw is the first piece of your single dental implant to be placed in your jaw and is the anchor for everything else. Constructed from titanium, the implant screw is sometimes also sprayed with a special coating to encourage it osseointegrate into the jawbone.
  • Abutment: Also made from titanium, the abutment is a special connector that joins the implant screw with the dental crown. A dental technician will mill them by hand to ensure that they provide a suitable surface for the crown to attach to.
  • Dental Crown: Custom-designed to mimic the part of your tooth that is visible from above the gumline, dental crowns can be manufactured from porcelain or metal. Material choice is determined by location, bite and aesthetics.

Once your single dental implant process is complete, it will be as if you never lost your tooth. You will be able to chew, smile and brush and floss just as you did before you lost your tooth.

One of the most important parts of a single dental implant is not a material but a person—your periodontist. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we’ve performed thousands of successful single and multiple dental implants on our patients. Because we specialize in dental implants (so much so that it’s part of our name!), you can trust that you will receive the best materials and procedure for your situation. If you are tired of hiding your smile due to a missing tooth, contact us to schedule a consultation today!

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Teeth Grinding and Implants

There are many reasons patients see us for dental implants, but one of the most common is to replace teeth damaged by bruxism. Bruxism is the fancy term for what most people know as tooth grinding. This behavior not only wears down the enamel of your teeth, it can also be responsible for jaw pain, headaches and difficulty chewing.


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Teeth Grinding and dental implants

Bruxism can be caused by many factors, including:


  • Malocclusion (Abnormal tooth alignment)
  • Acid reflux disease
  • Type “A” personality
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Coping mechanism
  • Side effect from psychiatric medication
  • Complication from Huntington’s or Parkinson’s disease


To continue reading about teeth grinding and dental implants – including the signs and symptoms that you might have a problem – please continue to the article on our main website HERE.  Dr DeAndrade and Dr Allen have years of experience placing implants and will be glad to help you come up with a solution to your Bruxism.

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How To Have Dental Implant Success

Recipe for Successful Dental Implants


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Tips To A Successful Implant

For many of our patients, dental implants are the best solution to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants usually offer a permanent solution, however if the proper requirements are not met before the procedure, it is possible to have the implant fail. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we won’t be satisfied with anything other than a 100% success rate, that’s why we make sure the following requirements are met long before the implant process even begins:

  • There Is Sufficient Bone: A dental implant will not take properly if there is not sufficient bone left in the jaw to grow around it. When missing teeth are not replaced right away, the surrounding bone begins to melt away from lack of pressure against it. Advanced periodontitis can also contribute to this bone loss. If you do not have enough bone left, you may be a candidate for a separate procedure known as bone grafting which can be performed before you receive your dental implant.
  • Systemic Or Chronic Health Conditions Are Being Treated: Receiving dental implants is a surgical procedure, so you must be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Patients who have heart disease, diabetes and respiratory issues may require clearance from their regular physician before having dental implants placed.
  • No Tobacco Use: We think it’s safe to say that you already know that smoking or chewing tobacco is not in the best interest of your health. Smokers are more likely to have periodontal disease than non-smokers and smoking is one of the most common causes of dental implant failure. If you are a tobacco user, we strongly (pretty please with sugar on top) suggest that you discontinue smoking or chewing after you receive your new dental implant.
  • Good Oral Health: Chances are, periodontitis led to your need for dental implants so we must treat that first. Once we have determined that your gums are pink and healthy again, you are ready to get your new implants.


  • Medications And Supplements: It is very important that you inform us of all of the medications and supplements that you are taking—even if it’s just kid’s gummy multi-vitamins. Some medications and supplements may need to be temporarily stopped during the implant process to prevent excessive bleeding or your body rejecting the new tooth.


Let’s face it, getting dental implants is not a quick process and can be a bit complicated. Your best bet is to do everything possible to ensure that they work the first time to save yourself time and unnecessary discomfort. Now what are you waiting for? It’s time to get the ball rolling with your new implants. Contact us for an appointment today!

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Dentures That Let You Eat Whatever You Want? Yes Please!

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All On 4 Replaces Your Dentures

If you are dealing with the loss of several teeth, it is not only uncomfortable but also embarrassing. You’ve been thinking about getting dentures but you don’t want to deal with the maintenance and give up the foods you love. Dental implants are an option but since only one tooth can be done at a time and the process takes several months, it’s almost easier to do nothing at all. That’s where the All-On-Four procedure comes in.

All-On-Four technology allows an entire new arch to be implanted on just four posts. Even patients who were told that they weren’t candidates for dental implants may be able to enjoy an All-On-Four prosthetic because the posts are implanted at an angle and do not require as much bone as a traditional implant.

Unlike traditional denture wearers, you will still be able to enjoy your favorite foods and maintain your sensitivity to hot and cold. In fact, they are so natural that you’ll almost forget that they aren’t the teeth you were born with. They’ll never slip or slide thanks to their implant technology.

Although your initial investment is higher in the beginning, you will actually save money in the long run when you don’t need to buy expensive cleaners and adhesives. As an added bonus, they will never require to be relined. All you have to do is brush and floss as you would with your natural teeth.

There’s no reason to hide your smile due to missing teeth any longer. We have several solutions to restore your mouth to its former beauty. If cost is an issue, we even offer several financing options to help you get the procedure that’s best for you. You’re just one call away from your new smile. Schedule your appointment today!

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History of Dental Implants

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Dental technology has come a long way since the first evidence of implants was discovered. Archeologists have uncovered 4000-year-old remains in China with bamboo pegs implanted into the tooth socket and Egyptian mummies with teeth transplanted from other mouths or fashioned from ivory. A site in Honduras contained a woman from 600 A.D. who had implants crafted from pieces of shell that had actually developed bone growth around them and had a build up of calculus.

In the 1950s, research was done on the femurs of rabbits to see how an implanted titanium chamber would affect bone healing and regeneration and it was learned that bone would actually adhere to the metal as it grew. Although initially studied for hip and knee replacements, it was later determined that this discovery would best be applied to the mouth.

Since titanium seems to be the only metal that possesses this unique property for bone growth, our modern dental implants were born from this research. From it sprung three different implant types: root form (the most commonly used), zygomatic and small diameter.

  • Root form implants are available in around 18 varieties distinguished by shape and surface textures, but all based on a titanium post.
  • Zygomatic implants are not as popular but do offer an alternative to a more invasive bone grafting procedure. These long implants anchor to the cheekbone through the maxillary sinus to secure an upper denture when natural bone is not present.
  • Small diameter implants feature one-piece construction and are used to anchor dentures or similar orthodontic appliances.

At Anthem Periodontics, we are proud to offer the latest technologies in dental implants; you won’t find us using shells or bamboo on any of our patients! If you have experienced the loss of one or more teeth, we have several implant options available to restore your smile and protect your jaw from bone loss. Schedule an appointment with Dr. DeAndrade today to learn more.

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Connective Tissue Grafting


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Gum Grafts

If Dr. DeAndrade observes excessive receding of your gums, he may recommend a procedure called connective tissue grafting (gum grafts). Simply put, tissue is taken from the upper palate area and grafted to the area where the gums have receded to the point of requiring treatment.

Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors and before performing the graft, Dr. DeAndrade will determine what is causing the problem and treat it if necessary. Excessive tooth brushing, periodontitis, trauma and naturally thin gums are common triggers of this condition. Not only does it change the appearance of your mouth, the exposed roots are vulnerable to bacterial infection as well as hot and cold sensitivity.

The first step of connective tissue grafting involves a trapdoor-like incision being made on the roof of the mouth, allowing subepithelial connective tissue to be harvested. This tissue is then attached by sutures to the gum area around the affected tooth or teeth.

Following the surgery, there will be some discomfort from the wounds at both sites. Patients describe the sensation on the roof of their mouth as being similar to a pizza burn. This can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relief medication. You should avoid brushing and flossing around the graft site for the first two weeks and rinse with a special periodontal solution instead. To allow for complete healing of the donor and graft sites, you should also follow a diet of soft foods for the first two to three weeks. In some cases, you may need an additional procedure called gingivoplasty to reshape the new tissue so that it follows your natural gum line,

Although it may sound complicated, connective tissue grafting is a simple and commonly performed procedure to reverse the effects of receding gums. Dr. DeAndrade and the staff of Anthem Periodontics are here to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Call for an appointment today.


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Anxiety When Visiting The Periodontist

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Smile! We can help with your dental fears.

Not too many people actually look forward to spending time in the chair.  However, millions of Americans have serious anxiety, and this often prevents them from seeking even basic preventative care.  The consequences of not visiting us can go far beyond pain or lost teeth, including gum disease which can be linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetics.

If you’re afraid of dental exams, be aware that there are ways to help with dental anxiety and pain and make your experience a great deal more tolerable, if not comfortable.

  • Search for an understanding periodontist. Look for recommendations from friends and family to begin with.  Read recommendations on the web, as well.
  • Talk to your periodontist.  A good dentist realizes that not all patients have the same reactions or tolerance levels when it comes to pain and anxiety.  By being open with your dentist, he or she can help made accommodations as necessary.
  •  First visits are generally exams or treatment plans. Use this time to get used to the sounds and scents of the office, and increase your comfort level. Consider taking a friend with you to your first appointment for support
  • Arrange for a way to communicate with your periodontist.  One of the reasons for dental chair anxiety is lack of control.  Work out hand signals that allow you to tell your periodontist that you need to stop, or if you feel pain or sensation.
  • Distract yourself.  See if your periodontist will allow personal devices that allow you to listen to music or books while the dentist is working.
  • Be aware that dental technology has probably changed drastically since you were last in a dental chair.  This is especially true in the areas of pain management and infection.  These days dental wands and numbing gels can help those who have a fear of needles, for example.
  • Ask for a break if you need it.
  • Be honest with your periodontist-if it hurts, say so. If you know you have a serious gag reflex, let the dentist or technician know in advance.
  • If you have a high level of anxiety, try some basic relaxation moves, such as progressive muscle relaxation or breathing exercises.

Using these tips should help with dental anxiety and insure a pain free procedure. If you’d like to talk with us about how to get over your fears, get in touch with us!  Fear of the dentist is treatable with the right approach and attitude.  Our goal is always happy, pain free patients.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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What To Expect At Your First Appointment With A Periodontist

Las Vegas PeriodontistSome people are more nervous about dental appointments than others. We understand this, and as the front desk person at this practice I can confidently tell you that we all perform our tasks with compassion and care for our patients, coupled with periodontal expertise.

Your first appointment with our doctor will include a welcome and introduction, and of course a chat about your dental and overall health history. We will not rush anything, but we will keep your schedule in mind! Then we will go over to the examination of your teeth so that we can give you feedback and recommendations, as this is what you came to us for in the first place!

You will have given your doctor some info by the time we start the examination, which will obviously be taken seriously and looked at. A full periodontal assessment could include some or all of the checks (and recording of the results) below:

  • A thorough oral cancer screening, which is routine with all our examinations due to the truth that oral cancer has a low survival rate if detected too late, but is curable if detected early enough.
  • Checking for missing, moved, loose or damaged teeth, damaged crowns and fillings, and how they can be treated
  • A saliva and bacteria test
  • Gum assessments like receded gum per tooth, bleeding and infection
  • Tooth evaluations like tooth and exposed roots wear
  • Bite considerations like bite function, movement, trauma, a measurement of your maximum bite opening and A bone assessment to check for damage between the roots of your teeth
  • A jaw and bite muscle check, including verification that you don’t suffer from TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction; a condition that causes pain because of dysfunction of the muscles that move the jaw as well as/or the joints that connect the jawbone to the skull.)
  • An evaluation of possible dental vulnerability due to genetic factors

Apart from these evaluations (or in order to perform some of them), your doctor might need to take some x-rays and photograph the inside of your mouth and also your face. This will help your doc to acquire study models to work with and provide you with an accurate diagnosis. A treatment plan for your specific needs will then be developed and the plan of action that needs to be followed, will be shared with you. And then, keeping your desires and possible constraints in mind, work will start and you will be well on your way to a healthy, gorgeous smile!


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Dental Implants: Costs and Insurance Allowences

Las Vegas Dental ImplantsThe cost of dental implants may vary depending on whether the patient has a single implant, multiple tooth implant or full mouth restoration. As the implant is a permanent fixture in the mouth, it is important that it be made from the best quality material. Several materials are used for making the implants and these include plain metal crown, resin and ceramic. Metal crown is the simplest material and may be visible when you speak. Although you may be able to save a few dollars, it is not a good substitute for natural looking teeth.

Less Expensive Dental Implant Materials

Resin is the least expensive material used for dental implants. Although it may look good, it can wear down fast and you may have to keep replacing it at frequent intervals. You need to remember that less expensive materials may not last as long as top quality products. If you make a wrong choice of material, you may lose your valuable time and money as you have to get the implant replaced again.

It is best to choose the highest grade of dental ceramic so that it will look and perform best when placed in your mouth. Opt for the best material from reputed manufactures so that you are assured of the highest quality implant that lasts for many years. Invest in the dental implant wisely so that they last a lifetime.

Does Dental Insurance Cover All Periodontal Procedures?

Dental insurance benefits help reimburse the cost of fees paid to the periodontist. Insurance companies may pay fixed allowances for periodontic procedures or pay a percentage of the charge. Before you choose an insurance program, it is important to ascertain whether they cover routine dental services.

Although dentists are not part of the arrangement between the patient and the insurance companies, they may help in processing the claims so that the patient is able to get the benefit at the earliest.

The dentist office may also provide the necessary documentation that may be necessary to make the claim. If the insurance company has any questions pertaining to the treatment process, relevant documents are provided.

Most people tend to get confused with dental insurance as they are not aware of what it covers. It is best to get things clarified with the insurance companies so that you are able to get the necessary periodontist procedure done at the earliest. This can help avoid unnecessary complications and delays.

How To Make Sure Your Getting The Most For Your Money

Choose a periodontist who works with most of the major dental insurance companies and who has a great working relationship with them so that you may be able to get maximum benefit. It is best to find a coverage that covers the necessary treatment so that you do not face any financial hardships.

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Why Get Dental Implants?


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As the front desk manager at Anthem, I am very aware of how feeling that I am looking good, can impact on my general confidence. This is why I always enjoy it when clients are scheduled for dental implants, because I know that they will walk out happy and much more confident once they have had it done.

Dental implants have so many benefits that they should really always be considered when you need to replace a tooth that is ailing or already missing. It is a tried and tested method, and has been used for replacing missing teeth for over 50 years. Periodontists and dentists know that they are more reliable than resin bonded bridges, bridgework or root canal (endodontic) treatments.

Dental implants have a number of advantages over other tooth replacement methods. Firstly, adjacent teeth do not need to be ground down like in the case of a tooth-supported fixed bridge, so you don’t run the risk of damaging other teeth. Because a dental implant is integrated with your jawbone it also ensures that all tooth rot is removed and the bone is kept intact, while a bridge could lead to a situation where some of the bone that surrounded the original tooth before, could start to deteriorate. Thirdly, gums could draw away around a bridge, and the cement that was used to hold the bridge, can weaken and start to come undone. This could lead to bacteria infecting and decaying the teeth anchoring the bridge. I can also tell you that a dental implant is easier to keep clean. Lastly – a dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, so nobody will even know you have had one put in!

I’m sure you already knew that replacing missing teeth is important to the health of your other teeth. Open spaces between teeth could very well cause other teeth to tip or decay as well. On the more practical side, it is definitely tougher to eat when a tooth is lost. Moreover, though, gaps left by lost teeth also lead to poor appearance and loss of self-esteem. At Anthem, we want to help you look your best, dental implants are one way of improving your smile!

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