If you are missing teeth—whether one, several or even an entire arch—then replacement is very important for the sake of your appearance as well as your oral and general health. Today’s ideal choice for tooth replacement is a dental implant. This stand-alone prosthetic may cost a bit more, but its longevity and ease of maintenance could make the added expense worthwhile. Read on for more information about the advantages of dental implants, their cost, the role of insurance and other forms of financing.
September 16, 2018
January 10, 2017
If you have lost one, two or more teeth in a row, you don’t have to leave your smile gapped, unattractive and weakened. Restore it with beautiful dental crowns and bridges in Texas City from Dr. John Hackbarth at Dental Cosmetic Center–Bay Area. His years of experience and exceptional skill set make him a great choice for your restorative dentistry needs.
September 17, 2016
Teeth marred by multiple fillings, injury, abscess or congenital defect look and function like new with dental crowns from Dr. John Hackbarth, dentist in Texas City. Crowns go beyond fillings to restore teeth that might have been extracted.
August 18, 2011
One of the most complex and perplexing problems in dentistry today is infection control. The oral cavity is a sea of microorganisms normally living in balance with the entire human body. Under certain conditions pathogenic or “disease causing” microorganisms can become the dominant life forms, thus creating what we call infection. These pathogenic microorganisms live together in what is called a biofilm. This biofilm supports a mixed type infection made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi and even parasites. The difficulty is that each of these “disease causing” types needs a different drug to eliminate its dominance. What if we had an agent that could treat and eliminate the infection and, in addition, support the surrounding healthy tissue without toxic side effects? We do now with oxygen/ozone therapy for dentistry.
How does oxygen/ozone therapy work?
Oxygen/ozone, when introduced into the living system, creates what is called a “transient oxidative burst”. The infective microorganisms have no natural defense against this reaction, and, as a result, are overstressed and die. Thus, oxygen/ozone disinfects the area treated, both safely and effectively. This “oxidative burst” also induces a multitude of natural biochemical and physiologic reactions. These reactions include better blood flow, enhanced immune response, and a more rapid healing response.
How can oxygen/ozone help in my dental care?
Staying within the accepted standard of care, with proper application, oxygen/ozone can enhance the outcome in all aspects of dentistry. For example, periodontal disease is a chronic gum and bone infection. By utilizing the different application forms of oxygen/ozone such as ozonated water, ozonated oils, and placing oxygen/ozone directly into the infected gum pockets, periodontal disease can be arrested without the use of pharmaceutical drugs and associated side effects. Another area of concern is root canals. Oxygen/ozone therapy sterilizes all aspects of the tooth, even into the smallest canals and tubules. This allows for a truly biologic root canal and thus retention of your natural teeth. Tooth decay or caries, which is really a “tooth infection,” can be arrested almost immediately upon proper exposure to oxygen/ozone therapy. This procedure is especially useful when treating children, as minimal to no drilling of the tooth is necessary.
Is there any science to support oxygen/ozone therapy?
The scientific literature is vast in support of the effectiveness and safety of oxygen/ozone therapy. Historically, it was a Swiss dentist, E.A. Fisch in the early 1900’s who introduced the concept of oxygen/ozone in dentistry, followed by Dr. E. Payr who introduced this treatment into the medical community. Scientifically we now understand how and why oxygen/ozone therapies work so well. This has lead to many treatment advances in the last number of years, especially in dentistry. Recently, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology reviewed and accepted Oxygen/Ozone in Dentistry as scientifically valid.
Can I be allergic to oxygen/ozone?
No, it is impossible to be allergic to oxygen/ozone. Ozone is just an energized form of oxygen. Ozone is naturally formed by the sun and lightning in storms. Without the ozone layer high in the atmosphere, life could not exist on our planet. Ozone actually filters out the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and, in addition, makes for that beautiful blue color in the sky.
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July 28, 2011
If you’re missing a tooth because of an accident, injury, or tooth decay, that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. With dental implants from Dr. Hackbarth’s Texas City dental office, a functional, esthetically-pleasing smile can be yours again. That’s because, unlike other restorative options, dental implants replace your missing tooth and your missing root.
Why’s that so important?
Because, without your root, your jaw will begin to lose bone mass, eventually weakening other teeth around the one you’re missing.
But not with dental implants.
Made of biocompatible titanium, your implant will interact with your bone, stimulating the growth of new bone tissue and ensuring that your jaw stays strong year after year after year.
Restored Function and Appearance
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, though. That’s why, if you’re missing one or more teeth and are considering dental implants, you should call our Texas City dental office to schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Hackbarth.
After a thorough oral exam, Dr. Hackbarth can tell you if implants are right for you. If they’re not, we can discuss which alternatives will help you boost your smile and your confidence.
Call us today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Texas City, Santa Fe, La Marque, and surrounding cities.