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Dr. Jost has been my family's dentist for the past 25 years. His professionalism and care have been outstanding! I have sent many friends and family to him, and no one has been disappointed. He is gentle, kind, considerate and delivers excellent dental care. -  Bonnie
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Most people say they HAVE to go to the dentist. My husband and I both LIKE to go! After 30 some years, we consider Dr. Jost and his staff part of our family. Whenever we have an "emergency," Dr. Jost makes time for us. To anyone looking for a dentist - give Dr. Jost a try. You won't be disappointed, and your smile will thank you.  Go Red Wings!
 

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By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Learn more about the unique advantages of getting dental implants.

Wondering what dental implants can do for your smile after tooth loss? So many people are turning to our Eastpointe, MI, dentist Dr. Peter Jost to get implants. To help you decide whether dental implants are right for you here are some of the benefits that this tooth replacement option can offer,

Built to Last a Lifetime

One of the reasons adults are turning to dental implants is because they want a tooth replacement that is going to last them a long time. Implants are built to not just be incredibly stable and durable, but also they are designed to last decades. This means that most people who maintain good oral hygiene and have implants can enjoy having this artificial tooth the rest of their life without ever needing to replace it.

Maintain a Healthy Jawbone

The jawbone shrinks after tooth loss and this deterioration will continue to occur over time, affecting the overall shape and structure of the face. Since a dental implant is placed right into the jawbone, it is designed to replace the roots of your teeth and prevents jawbone shrinkage. Since significant jawbone loss can occur in just the first year of tooth loss alone it is important that you see our Eastpointe, MI, family dentist for a consultation to determine the right tooth replacement option to fit your needs.

Enjoy Your Favorite Foods

We know how challenging mealtimes can be when you are missing one or more teeth. By getting a tooth replacement that functions and feels just like a real tooth and fully restores your bite not only will you feel confident going out to dinner again but you can also enjoy all those foods that were difficult to enjoy with missing teeth. Sink your teeth into the foods you love; your dental implant is more than up for the challenge.

Protect Neighboring Teeth

Since a dental implant is placed into the jawbone, where it fuses together with bone and tissue, this means that the implant doesn’t need to use neighboring teeth for support. This means that we can preserve the rest of your natural smile without having to alter it to accommodate your artificial tooth. We can leave adjacent teeth exactly as they are, minimizing the amount of dental work you need to receive in order to get implants.

If you want to discuss your candidacy for dental implants you’ve come to the right place. Call our Eastpointe, MI, dental practice today at (586) 771-1460 and let our dentist know that you are ready to get dental implants.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
February 01, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
TheRealTruthBehindEdHelmsMissingToothinTheHangover

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.”

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
October 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
WhatYouShouldKnowAboutAntibioticTherapyBeforeImplantSurgery

Placing a dental implant within the jawbone requires a surgical procedure. For most people it’s a relatively minor affair, but for some with certain health conditions it might be otherwise. Because of their condition they might have an increased risk for a bacterial infection afterward that could interfere with the implant’s integration with the bone and lead to possible failure.

To lower this risk, dentists for many years have routinely prescribed an antibiotic for patients considered at high-risk for infection to take before their implant surgery. But there’s been a lively debate among health practitioners about the true necessity for this practice and whether it’s worth the possible side effects that can accompany taking antibiotics.

While the practice still continues, current guidelines now recommend it for fewer health conditions. The American Dental Association (ADA) together with the American Heart Association (AHA) now recommend antibiotics only for surgical patients who have prosthetic heart valves, a history of infective endocarditis, a heart transplant or certain congenital heart conditions.

But patients with prosthetic joint replacements, who were once included in the recommendation for pre-surgical antibiotics, are no longer in that category. Even so, some orthopedic surgeons continue to recommend it for their joint replacement patients out of concern that a post-surgical infection could adversely affect their replaced joints.

But while these areas of disagreement about pre-surgical antibiotics still continue, a consensus may be emerging about a possible “sweet spot” in administering the therapy. Evidence from recent studies indicates just a small dose of antibiotics administered an hour before surgery may be sufficient to reduce the risk of infection-related implant failure with only minimal risk of side effects from the drug.

Because pre-surgical antibiotic therapy can be a complicated matter, it’s best that you discuss with both the physician caring for your health condition and your dentist about whether you should undergo this option to reduce the infection risk with your own implant surgery. Still, if all the factors surrounding your health indicate it, this antibiotic therapy might help you avoid losing an implant to infection.

If you would like more information on antibiotics before implant surgery, 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 “Implants & Antibiotics: Lowering Risk of Implant Failure.”

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldContributetoBetterBoneHealth

For generations, dentures have helped people avoid the dire consequences of total teeth loss. Now, implant technology is making them even better.

Composed of life-like prosthetic teeth fixed within a plastic or resin gum-colored base, dentures are manufactured to fit an individual patient’s mouth for maximum fit, comfort and performance. But dentures also have a critical drawback—they can’t stop bone loss in the jaw.

Bone is constantly regenerating as older cells dissolve and then are replaced by newer cells. In the jawbone, the forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this new cell growth. When teeth are missing, though, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus and may not regenerate at a healthy rate, resulting in gradual bone loss.

Dentures can’t transmit this chewing stimulus to the bone. In fact, the pressure they produce as they rest on top of the gums may actually accelerate bone loss. Over time then, a denture’s once secure and comfortable fit becomes loose.

In the past, most patients with loose dentures have had them relined with new dental material to improve fit, or have new dentures created to conform to the changed contours of the jaws. But implant technology now offers another alternative.

Implants are in essence a tooth root replacement. Dentists surgically implant a titanium metal post directly into the jawbone that naturally attracts bone cells to grow and adhere to it over time (a process called osseointegration). This not only creates a secure and lasting hold, it can also stop or even reverse bone loss.

Most people know implants as single tooth replacements with a porcelain crown attached to the titanium post. But a few strategically placed implants can also support either removable or fixed dentures. Removable dentures (also called overdentures) usually need only 3 or 4 implants on the top jaw and 2 on the bottom jaw for support through built-in connectors in the dentures that attach to the implants. A fixed bridge may require 4-6 implants to which they are permanently attached.

There are pros and cons for each of these options and they’re both more expensive than traditional dentures. In the long run, though, implant-supported dentures could be more beneficial for your bone health and hold their fit longer.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental work, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If you need a tooth extracted, should you fill the resulting smile gap? Can't you do without that tooth because, well, you have several dental implantsothers? Honestly, every tooth is an important tooth, and losing even one creates a gap that compromises your gum tissue, jaw bone integrity and the strength of teeth which adjoin the empty space. Don't risk your smile aesthetics and oral function. Instead, talk to Dr. Peter Jost in Eastpointe, MI and serving St. Clair Shores about dental implants. These artificial teeth literally save smiles!

The way your smile should be

It should be complete and healthy. Unfortunately, injury, abscess and extensive decay can force extraction of one or more teeth. In the past, people had two tooth replacement options: the removable prosthetic (full or partial dentures) or fixed bridgework. Today, however, dental implants offer patients the strongest, most natural-looking and functioning tooth replacement option. Dental implants recreate smiles because they reside right in the jaw bone, just as natural teeth do.

The details on dental implants

A dental implant has three parts:

  • A titanium cylinder--in essence, an artificial tooth root
  • A metal alloy post which extends above the gums
  • A porcelain crown which restores the dental implant

For the patient with sufficient bone around the empty socket, Dr. Jost can insert the titanium cylinder during a simple oral surgery performed right at the office. Usually, the procedure is quick and needs nothing more than a local anesthetic.

Then, Dr. Jost opens the gums and places the implant into the jaw and closes the gums with sutures. Then, the patient goes home as the implant begins to bond with the jawbone.

The period of bonding extends for several weeks to months, and it's important not to rush it. During this time, the jaw bone bonds to the implant through what dentists call osseointegration.

The Academy of Osseointegration says that this exceptional bond limits the bone deterioration that happens after tooth loss. In fact, every time an implant patient bites down on his or her artificial tooth, the bone gets stronger and denser, practically guaranteeing the long-term success and retention of this amazing prosthetic.

After osseointegration, the patient returns to the dental office where Dr. Jost re-opens the site and bonds on the extension post and custom-made porcelain crown. To care for this new tooth, Dr. Jost recommends:

  • Daily flossing and twice-daily brushing to reduce plaque build-up
  • Semi-annual check-ups and professional cleanings
  • No smoking

As we all know, smoking harms overall health, but it also degrades implant sites, causing infection and actually burning the soft tissues of the mouth. This infection is called peri-implantitis, and it is the single greatest threat to implant longevity.

Learn more about dental implants in St. Claire Shores and Eastpointe

Fill those smile gaps with today's superior tooth replacement. Contact Dr. Jost's office in Eastpointe, MI and serving St. Clair Shores today to arrange your personal consultation. Call (586) 771-1460.



Dr. Jost

Peter Jost, DDS, PC

Dr. Jost is a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he received first- rate training in all aspects of general dentistry.  In 1983

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