Are Dental Implants for Everyone?

Dental implants are excellent solutions for missing teeth. The success rate is high, and most patients of the procedure claim to be satisfied with the outcome. The treatment requires commitment because the procedure could take as long as nine to 12 months to complete.

More people are inquiring about getting dental implants, and the most common question is if anyone can get implants. Generally, any adult with one or more teeth missing can get dental implants, but their suitability for the dental device is dependent on several factors.

The answer is that dental implants are not for everyone. To know if you are an ideal candidate, the dentist will need to perform a clinical examination, take X-rays and examine your dental and medical history. In this article, we will discuss all the details you need to know.

Eligibility for dental implants

Patients considering different dental restorations for their missing teeth need to go for an initial dental consultation so the dentist can assess their oral cavity and make an appropriate recommendation. The initial consultation will involve a comprehensive oral evaluation to check the teeth, gums and jawbone and x-ray scans to check for bone mass required for the implant. During the consultation, the patient will be able to ask questions about their reservations, concerns or the procedure before proceeding with the treatment. The dentist must ascertain eligibility for implants, as it may affect the outcome of the procedure.

That is not all …

Oral surgery is necessary to insert dental implants. To be certified suitable for dental implants, the candidate must fulfill the following requirements.

Enough jawbone: Since the dental implant has to integrate with the jawbone, the bone mass must be enough. The osseointegration process is crucial for the implant’s success. If the jawbone cannot fuse with the implant, it will inevitably fail. The oral surgeon may recommend a bone graft procedure to improve the bone mass before the implantation surgery. If you lose a tooth, you should have it restored as soon as possible because jawbone deterioration starts soon after tooth loss and may affect your eligibility for implants.

Healthy gums: Gum disease is detrimental to the teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss. It could affect the fusion of dental implants and is one of the reasons for implant failure. The dentist must treat gum disease before recommending the patient for a dental implant procedure.

Excellent overall wellbeing: Being medically fit and health is important to withstand the procedure and any risk or complications that may arise due to the surgery. If you are suffering from any chronic illness such as leukemia or diabetes, or are currently undergoing radiation treatment in the jaw or neck area, you will not be eligible for implants. Smokers will also be required to quit the act several weeks before surgery and throughout the healing period because smoking can adversely affect recovery.

In conclusion

Dental implants are considered the most stable and effective tooth restoration available, but they are not for everybody. The dentist will recommend other alternatives if you are not eligible.

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About cosmetic dentistry

Want to find a cosmetic dentist so you can have the smile of your dreams? More and more dental patients are looking into available cosmetic dental options. The modern technologies in the dental niche now allow for many cosmetic improvements to be performed in only one or two dental appointments. This is great news for those who live busy lives and find it difficult to have the time to make improvements to their smile. Some of the more popular cosmetic dental treatments include professional teeth whitening treatments, dental veneers and braces to straighten their teeth.

About general dentistry

A general dentist is a dentist whose goal is to make sure that all their patients' oral health is as good as it can possibly be. They not only address any dental problems their patients may be currently experiencing, but they also place a large focus on preventative dentistry. General dentists want their patients to understand how important is to have a healthy mouth, as it is likely that they will experience overall good general health as well. Common general dental treatments that patients can receive include having cavities filled and being treated for gum disease.

The benefits of choosing comprehensive dentistry

A new focus is being placed on comprehensive dentistry services. The main benefit is the sheer convenience, as it allows dental patients to have access to a variety of dental services under just one roof. Another benefit includes having all their dental records located in one easy-to-access location. It is only a matter of time before all dental offices start offering comprehensive dental services to their patients, as the idea of comprehensive services supports every dental patient's ability to receive the utmost in dental care services.

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If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist, we can help you. If you are looking for a general dentist, we can also help you! We understand that dental patients nowadays are looking for convenience. This is why we offer both cosmetic dental and general dental services under just one roof. No matter what kind of dental services you need, all you have to do is give us a call and let us know so we can get you scheduled in at a time that is convenient for you. Call or visit us today to set up an appointment!

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Once you finally have your brand new dental veneers, it is important to take good care of them. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your new dental veneers and keep your smile looking its very best.

Tips for life with new dental veneers

1. There may be some temporary sensitivity

Some patients complain of tooth sensitivity directly after their dental veneers procedure. It is important to understand that temporary sensitivity is completely normal and nothing to worry about. During the procedure, tooth enamel is reduced to make room for the veneers. Thinner teeth are more susceptible to sensitivity. This sensitivity is normal and should recede completely after a few days.

2. Treat dental veneers like natural teeth

It is not necessary to go overboard with dental maintenance to keep veneers healthy and white. Treat dental veneers like they are natural teeth by maintaining routine dental hygiene. The best way to take care of the veneers is to brush twice a day, floss regularly and use a fluoride mouthwash to fight decay.

3. Buy a better toothbrush

The correct toothbrush makes a big difference when it comes to taking proper care of dental veneers. In many cases, hard bristles will dull the shine and polish of the veneers. In some severe cases, excessive brushing with hard bristles can even scratch them.

Dental veneers are strong, but any damage on them will not be fixed without replacing the entire veneer. The best way to avoid scratching or damaging the dental veneers is to buy a soft-bristled toothbrush and learning to brush the proper way.

4. Stop grinding your teeth

Many people grind their teeth while sleeping. This is damaging to the teeth in general, but it is especially dangerous for dental veneers. Grinding can wear down the veneers and cause damage to their structure and placement. To protect the veneers from damage during the night, purchase a mouthguard. Custom mouthguards can be made by your dentist to achieve an even better fit for a patient’s mouth.

5. Revisit the dentist

Always consult the expert. Schedule follow-up appointments and checkups with your dentist to ensure that the dental veneers will be taken care of by someone familiar with exactly how they should look. A dentist will also be able to advise on preventative measures to avert any damage and suggest treatments or lifestyle changes to make sure that the dental veneers last as long as possible.

6. Avoid damaging substances

Another important thing to remember is that if something can damage natural teeth, it can damage dental veneers. Veneers are subject to normal decay, and there are several things to avoid to maintain the appearance of dental veneers. Those things include hard or sticky foods like candy or foods that stain teeth such as coffee, wine and dark juices.

Bottom line

A dental veneer procedure is only the first step in investing in your dental health. Take good care of your veneers to make sure the investment pays off.

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One of the more popular options available nowadays for those who are missing one or more of their teeth is dental implants, which are becoming more preferred because they closely resemble natural teeth.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants consist of an artificial tooth root and an artificial tooth top. The implant is surgically inserted into the dental patient's jaw bone, allowing the artificial tooth root to stimulate the jaw bone. This stimulation supports new jaw bone growth and therefore acts as a natural tooth root. Once the artificial tooth root has healed, the artificial tooth top will be attached to the tooth, making it a permanent and positive addition to the mouth.

Why you should visit a dental implant professional

The following are five reasons why it is a good idea for someone to visit a dentist who is considered to be a professional when it comes to placing dental implants.

1. Missing teeth

If someone is missing one or more of their teeth, dental implants are a great tooth replacement option and therefore they should visit a dental implant professional to restore their missing teeth.

2. Implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are held in place by dental implants. This allows the dentures not to slip or need to use an adhesive to stay in place.

3. Maintain facial structure

When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone is no longer being nourished by the tooth's root. Because of this, a process known as resorption occurs, which describes the shrinking of the jaw bone. This can cause the structure of a person's face to change. Dental implants allow the jaw bone to remain stimulated, therefore maintaining facial structure.

4. Restore function

When a tooth is missing, chewing certain foods can be difficult. Dental implants act as natural teeth and restore full function to the mouth.

5. Long-lasting

Dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement option modern dentistry offers. They typically last a lifetime with proper care.

Need to make an appointment for dental implants?

Ready to make an appointment with a dental implant professional? If you are in need of one or more dental implants, it is essential that you find a professional to perform the surgical procedure so that you can ensure that everything goes exactly as it is supposed to go when getting your new dental implants and that they last a lifetime.

If you happen to have any questions, simply contact us when you have a few moments so we can provide you with the answers you need. We are here for you if you need us!

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What does fluoride do?

The American Dental Association gives five reasons that it is good for communities to have fluoride in their water. The belief is that fluoride can save money, it is a natural substance found in the ocean and groundwater, it is safe and effective, it prevents tooth decay and it provides protection against cavities for Americans of all ages. Even when fluoride mouthwashes and toothpastes are widely available to the average person from their family dentist, studies show that fluoride in drinking water can reduce the occurrence of cavities by 25 percent.

Fluoride in drinking water can reduce cavities

Until recently, it was believed that the benefits of drinking fluoridated water greatly outweighed the risks. In countries with fluoridated water, reports of tooth decay were decreased greatly as early as the beginning of the 20th century. Countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea, New Zealand, Israel, Ireland, Chile and Australia all reported lower levels of tooth decay.

While avoiding tooth decay is extremely important to oral health, the United States Public Health Service took a step it has not taken in over 50 years several summers ago. It lowered the suggested levels of fluoride that should be in drinking water. According to Harvard Public Health, this was done because the risks may have begun to measure out with the benefits, so a decrease was necessary.

Fluoride is natural in water

You may wonder why it is necessary to increase fluoride levels in community water supplies when it is already available in water sources. The truth is that while it does exist in almost all water supplies, there is not enough to protect the teeth. The government strongly regulates the amount of fluoride in the water and studies the risks and benefits aggressively to ensure that the average consumer is protected.

Fluoride in water saves money

An investment in fluoride in drinking water can save money in almost every state. For most cities, fluoridation saved $38 for every $1 invested through decreased dental treatment costs, shares the Campaign for Dental Health. The state of Colorado saved close to $149 million, and Texas saved up to $24 per child in one year. Statistics show that fluoride can reduce dental costs and save children and adults from dental treatments and procedures.

Conclusion

While there are some fears about the risks of fluoride in water, the reality is that the benefits far outweigh the costs. As professionals and researchers constantly study the effects of fluoride, consumers can rest assured that their drinking water is safe and the amount of fluoride they are receiving is appropriate. Your family dentist is likely to tell you that reducing tooth decay can save teeth, save money and protect patients from invasive dental procedures.

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Common questions about Invisalign

Invisalign dentists are able to answer any questions regarding the matter. It’s always a good idea to talk with a professional so that they can help provide a better understanding.

How is Invisalign different than traditional braces?

Traditional braces are made of brackets and wires. They are set on each tooth so that they will individually work to shift over time. Invisalign are clear aligners that a person can remove at any time. Instead of individual brackets, it is one whole appliance that works to shift the teeth altogether.

Is Invisalign more or less time-consuming?

Because Invisalign works to shift the teeth altogether, it usually consumes less time. Traditional braces work each individual tooth whereas Invisalign works all of the teeth. When all of the teeth shift together, they are more likely to achieve straightness as opposed to when they shift individually, it may take longer to see definite results.

Will people be able to see the Invisalign on my teeth?

A lot of people worry about what they will look like when they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. It is good to know that Invisalign allows someone to have a completely discreet treatment because they are clear and almost impossible to see. Because they are clear, most people aren’t likely to even notice them.

Is Invisalign hard to keep clean?

Because Invisalign is removable, it is completely easy to care for. Some people may be concerned about the cleaning process but it is actually simple. It’s been said that keeping the teeth cleaned by brushing will also help the aligner to stay clean. However, a dental-approved solution will do the aligner good from time to time. This will ensure that bacteria and germs are present.

Invisalign has become one of the most common methods of orthodontic treatment. It can provide someone with benefits that a lot of other appliances might not be able to. Talking with an orthodontist or dentist about Invisalign can also help one who is considering their different options. They’ll be able to explain what the benefits are and how it can help the teeth.

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Implant-supported dentures provide people with all, or the majority, of their teeth missing to restore the feel and function of their teeth and once again feel confident in their smile. However, many fear that the process out of not knowing what to expect or how many implants they need to support the dentures.

Implant-supported dentures

By understanding exactly how many implants are needed for implant-supported dentures, a patient can determine whether or not this option is right for them, plus they will know what to expect once the process begins. The following is everything one needs to know about implant-supported dentures, including how many implants are required to securely hold the dentures in place.

What are implant-supported dentures?

Implant supported dentures are a set of dentures (replacement teeth) that are attached to dental implant posts while they are worn. A traditional set of dentures is either supported by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity or are clasped onto existing teeth. However, dentures that are supported by the surrounding tissue are not as comfortable and clasping the dentures to natural teeth is often not an option. An implant-supported denture provides a viable solution for many who are missing all or the majority of their natural teeth.

How does the process work?

In order to fully understand how many implants are needed for implant-supported dentures, it is important to first understand how the process works.

After the initial consultation and both the patient and the dentist agree to treatment, the mouth is prepared for the implant placement, which may involve bone grafting and treatment for periodontal disease, and then the implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the implant fuses into the jawbone, a second procedure is performed to reveal the abutment of the implant, which the dentures are then attached to.

How many implants are needed?

First, patients should know that the more implants there are, the more securely fastened the dentures are going to be. In the same manner as nails with wood, the more implants the stronger the support. In most cases, the amount of implants that are needed to support overdentures is four, although each case is different and more may be required to ensure that the dentures are stable when worn. In some cases, as many as eight dental implants may be required with implant-supported dentures, although four or five is more or less the usual amount needed.

Benefits of implant-supported dentures

The most obvious and noticeable benefit of implant-supported dentures is the ability to show off a better, more attractive smile while out in public. However, there are other added benefits as well, and implant-supported dentures make it easier to eat, talk and feel good throughout each and every day. When compared to other forms of teeth replacement, implant-supported dentures are often the best, most long-lasting way to replace a large section, if not all, of your natural teeth.

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Your Teeth and Middle Age: Tips for Oral Hygiene

For dental patients in the middle-age category, oral hygiene is crucial. Of course, it is essential throughout life from the early years to later in life, but during the middle-ages of someone's life, their routine can make a big difference.

Because as people age their health begins to become even more critical, oral hygiene can play a huge factor in how their teeth will be later in life. Many people who did not take care of their teeth during their middle-age years are left with having to have removed and replaced, or needing to get dentures. However, this can be avoided if during a persons middle-age they are good at keeping good oral hygiene.

Best oral hygiene tips for the middle-ages

We will look at some of the best oral hygiene tips and routines that will help you keep the healthiest teeth for as long as possible. Below are the best tips we give for people in the middle-age years to maintain good teeth and oral health:

Brushing twice per day is vital

For people in the middle-age years, their career and life can be busy. It is easy for someone to decide to skip brushing their teeth entirely in the morning or fall asleep at night before doing the same. However, it is essential for keeping teeth and gums healthy that someone brushes their teeth twice per day for 2 minutes.

This washes away food particles that have been trapped in the teeth after eating meals and gets rid of residue left on teeth from beverages and drinks that are consumed during the day. Even rinsing the mouth with mouthwash is not enough to knock the stubborn particles loose.

Flossing should never be skipped

There can not be enough said about flossing. So many people skip this part of their dental hygiene routine, but it is essential and vital for keeping teeth healthy.

When a person flosses, they knock loose particles of food that become lodged in between the teeth that even brushing cannot get to. When someone skips flossing, they are giving those particles the chance to begin growing bacteria. This will soon lead to tooth decay and cavities that will cause even more of a headache between having them filled and possible high costs in medical bills.

A person should floss daily because it is highly essential for keeping teeth and gums healthy!

Using mouthwash is great

Although using mouthwash is not vital to keep teeth and gums healthy, it does not hurt in the least! Not only will a person be left with fresh smelling breath, but the rinse can help wash away harmful residue and bacteria that is left even after brushing and flossing.

Have more questions about good practices for people in their middle-age to keep their teeth and gums healthy? Contact us today, and we will help guide you to make the best choices for your teeth and gums. Give us a call now!

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What is a Laser Dentistry Deep Cleaning?

Wanting some quality information on laser dentistry? Specifically how it can be used to clean your teeth? Great idea. Clean teeth are an essential part of you having a healthy mouth. When plaque and tartar build up on your teeth over a period of time it will begin to cause damage to your teeth. And this build up will eventually spread to your gums.

It is necessary for you to get regular dental cleanings from a dental professional in order to remove any plaque or tartar buildup. If you do not, then you may eventually be diagnosed with tooth decay and/or a gum disease.

What is a traditional dental deep cleaning?

A traditional deep cleaning involves procedures called scaling and root planing. These require a dental professional to use special dental tools in order to gently scrape all of the plaque and tartar that are located on the teeth below the gum line. It is necessary to go beneath the gum line because this is where disease-causing bacteria will hide.

What is a regular dental cleaning?

Unlike a deep cleaning, a regular dental cleaning is a much simpler process as there is not as much plaque and tartar buildup to remove from one’s teeth. While it is recommended that most people come in for a regular dental cleaning every year, there are some people who will need to come in more often and some people who will need to come in less often. It will depend on each individual’s particular situation when it comes to how often they should have their teeth cleaned by a dental professional.

What is a laser dentistry deep cleaning?

A deep cleaning that is performed using laser dentistry does not require a dental professional to use special dental tools. Instead, they will use a laser to treat any plaque and tartar buildup. A laser uses light energy to gently break up the plaque and tartar, which is a process that is much gentler on the teeth and gums. When a deep cleaning is performed using a laser the benefits are many and include minimal swelling, minimal discomfort, minimal to no bleeding and a much quicker recovery time.

Would you like to go ahead and schedule an appointment?

We can get you scheduled in for a laser dentistry deep cleaning so your teeth can be free of any tartar or plaque buildup that has been accumulating over time. All you need to do is give us a call so we can schedule you in at a time that works for you. We have a fantastic dental team here who truly cares about all of our patients. Since we are currently accepting new patients, we would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with the dental services you need for a healthy mouth. There truly is no time like the present for you to get started on the path back to good dental health. Hope to hear from you today!

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A Guide to Teeth Whitening

If that sparkle is missing from your teeth every time you look in the mirror, it’s time for some teeth whitening. For some people, teeth whitening is regarded as a purely cosmetic exercise, almost implying that the exercise is not necessary. This is only true if you disregard the trauma that teeth discoloration drags along with it which includes heightened self-consciousness, loss of confidence and self-doubt. A simple process of teeth whitening will alleviate all these ailments and restore that smile you once effortlessly displayed without any fear or reservation.

This simple guide will take you through the entire concept of teeth whitening

Why do teeth become discolored?

The first step to the teeth whitening guide is learning why teeth end up losing their whiteness in the first place. One of the reasons a tooth turns yellow or grayish is the advancement in age. Aside from age, other reasons for teeth discoloration include exposure to too much fluoride, injuring a tooth, genetics and exposing the teeth to foods and drinks that stain.

Things to know before considering teeth whitening

Before you consider teeth whitening, you want to consider the following;

Begin with healthy teeth

Before you go for teeth whitening, you want to clean up any underlying issues first. Whitening teeth that have cavities, plaque or exposed roots is like trying to paint over a cracked wall. You want to fix any underlying dental issues first before you embark on whitening your teeth.

Brace yourself for tooth sensitivity

A common side effect for tooth whitening is sensitivity of the teeth. A pain killer like ibuprofen can be of great help if the sensitivity is just too much to bear.

Whitening isn’t a one-time thing

Teeth not only discolor because of age but, they also do because of consuming tea, or alcohol. This implies that the new coating will not last forever. This means that you will have to undergo the tooth whitening process a few times in your lifetime.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening works by either changing the inside color of the teeth (intrinsic whitening) or removing stains from outside the teeth (extrinsic whitening).

Intrinsic whitening refers to whitening of the dentin, also known as the inner part of the tooth that soaks up hydrogen peroxide gel. Extrinsic whitening on the hand is the removal of stains on the tooth’s enamel.

What teeth whitening methods should you avoid?

Whitening mouthwash

A mouthwash may contain all the right ingredients but it’s not going to whiten your teeth, unfortunately.

Strawberry or lemon pastes

These pastes are good and leave a good feeling in the mouth, but you are at risk of suffering erosion of the enamel. This is because of the acidic nature of these pastes.

When to avoid teeth whitening

You want to avoid teeth whitening on the following instances:

Sensitive teeth

You want to hold off the teeth whitening procedure if you suffer from sensitive teeth.

Cavities

If you have cavities, get those filled first before you can think about teeth whitening.

Gum recession

Your gum recession should be addressed first before you look at teeth whitening.

Questions?

Have any more questions about teeth whitening and what the best option is for you? Call our office and our staff will be glad to answer any additional questions you may have. Contact us today! 

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