Dental Tips Blog

Jun
20

Is A Dental Implant Safe For Me?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery has a very high success rate. In fact, it’s one of the most predictable procedures in the dental field today.

Implant technology offers a lot of potential benefits including:

  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Preservation of bone
  • No harm to existing natural teeth
  • Permanent, lifelong tooth replacement option
  • Easy care and maintenance

The process of getting an implant, however, is one that you need to think through carefully in light of your current health.

Is The Surgery Safe?

Dental implant surgery is very safe. It’s usually performed under local anesthesia, meaning that patients will be numb but don’t have to be sedated. The procedure is very minimal and most patients are surprised at how quickly they recover.

With careful planning, your dentist will ensure that your implant is placed at the correct angle.

Who Should Be Cautious Of Implants?

Children definitely do not qualify for this kind of surgery. This is because their jaws aren’t fully developed yet. An implant, once placed, stays rooted in the bone for life. If that bone continues to grow and spacing between teeth changes, that implant would end up not fitting into the smile correctly.

If you have impaired healing ability, it can be tough for your body to accept a dental implant. This includes conditions like:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Uncontrolled gum disease

If any of those conditions apply to you, you don’t have to feel that your dream of an implant is an impossible one. By communicating with your doctor and dentist, you can get your health to a place where it’s much easier to place implants.

Get started today by contacting your dentist for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Ambler Dental Care
602 S Bethlehem Pike C-2
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-1122

Jun
4

Which Is Better: Partial Dentures or Implants?

Sometimes, the most annoying teeth are the ones that just aren’t there anymore.

A gap in your smile isn’t just a blow to your pride. It can also be a trap for irritating food leftovers. Empty spaces also allow your other teeth to move and shift out of place.

One thing is certain: you must fill in that empty space. The question is: with what?

Partial Dentures For A Non-Invasive Fix

A partial is a dental prosthesis with one or several replacement teeth attached to it. It’s a metal frame that rests on your remaining natural teeth for support.

What’s good about a partial is that you don’t have to wait very long to get your completed smile. It’s also a non-invasive and conservative procedure. This is really the only option for a person who can’t have surgery. The only downside to having a partial is the fact that you can’t leave it in your mouth 24/7. It has to come out for cleaning and to give your gums a break.

Permanently Restore Your Smile With An Implant

Dental implants are metal screws that anchor firmly and permanently into the jawbone. These are, in turn, topped with crowns that look and feel just like natural teeth. An implant is the smile solution that stays with you for life. It doesn’t need regular adjustment and you don’t remove it for cleaning.

Which Restoration Is Right For You?

The “best” option is highly relative. It depends entirely on your individual needs. You’re only going to find out which is right for you by scheduling a visit to your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Jun
4

How a Dental Implant is Just Like a Natural Tooth

Posted in Dental Implants

Thinking about getting a dental implant?

If you’ve never had one before, you’re probably wondering what it feels like. Actually, a dental implant is not too different from the rest of your natural teeth.

How’s it similar?

In Form

A dental implant is a metal screw that sits inside the bone of your jaw. This is kind of like the root of a tooth. The artificial root supports the crown of the new tooth, just like natural roots anchor the chewing part of real teeth.

In Feel

What does a dental implant feel like?

You won’t really notice the actual implant in your jaw. Once it’s healed into the bone, it creates a stable seal with your body and becomes a part of you. The crown, or fake tooth, will be as smooth and strong as any other. It will feel like a regular tooth when you touch it with your tongue.

In Function

Using your dental implant will come quite naturally. You just eat the foods you love as you normally would.

Anything that’s bad for your implant is bad for your normal teeth, as well. So this rules out using your implant tooth to open packages or to chew ice. Other than that, corn-on-the-cob, whole, apples, burgers, steaks, you name it are all fair game.

In Maintenance

Even caring for dental implants is just like cleaning a natural tooth! Regular brushing and flossing is all that you need to keep the area around your implant healthy. While it can’t get tooth decay (cavities,) the gums around it need to stay free of gingivitis to keep your implant secure.

Ask your dentist if implants are right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

May
25

Am I Too Old for a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

As long as you are healthy, there is no age limit for getting a dental implant.

Adult patients across a wide spectrum of ages have benefited from dental implants for years. The fact that you’re considering the possibility of implant therapy shows that it’s probably not too late for you.

Dental implants are one of the most predictably successful treatments out there. Even still, there are a few important considerations everyone needs to keep in mind before getting an implant.

Will Your Jaw Support an Implant?

Implants are metal screws that need plenty of bone to anchor into. After years of wearing a denture in your mouth, the bone under your gums will have shrunk a bit. You may need bone grafting to rebuild your jaw. A graft procedure means an extra investment of more surgery and recovery time.

Can You Care for Your Implant?

You need to be diligent about thoroughly cleaning your implant daily with a toothbrush and gentle floss. If you would have difficulty doing that, then a removable option that someone else can clean might be better for you.

Are You Ready to Invest Some Time and Risk?

Placing a dental implant in a healthy body is a very safe procedure. However, like any other surgery, there is always possibility something could go wrong. There is also the fact that implants take months to properly heal.

If you don’t want to put your body through all that at this point in your life, then your dentist will help you find another option. But if you’re interested in what an implant could do for you, bring the topic up for discussion with your family and local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

May
3

Missing More Than One Tooth? Implants Can Still Help!

Posted in Dental Implants

When you think of dental implants, you might imagine a fake tooth wedged into a gap between natural teeth. It’s true that a single implant does nicely fill in an empty space.

However, dental implants could be your solution even if you have multiple teeth to replace.

Dental Implant Supported Bridge

A classic dental bridge uses a couple of functional crowns to support a false crown between them. This restoration spans the open space, preserving tooth alignment and giving you a tooth to chew with.

But if you have a gap of two or three teeth missing, then a regular bridge won’t be strong enough. The more distance between the two crowned teeth, the more strain they’ll experience.

As an alternative, you can replace one or two of your missing teeth with implants and suspend the bridge from these artificial teeth. This way, your bridge will draw strength from the prosthetic roots anchored deep within bone instead of putting stress on crowned natural teeth.

Implant Supported Denture Alternatives

Even if you’re missing all of your teeth, implants could still be your best solution.

Implants are now used to:

  • Secure dentures
  • Support removable tooth replacements
  • Anchor permanent arches of new teeth

Who Can Have Implants?

People who qualify for implants are obviously missing at least one tooth. They should have a fully developed jawbone. Stable oral and overall health are also important to ensure that the implant heals properly.

A dental implant is not just for someone who wants a fancy tooth replacement. Implant technology can work for virtually any situation. All you have to do is talk with your dentist about your smile goals. Schedule your consultation today to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

May
1

Dentures You Don’t Have to Remove for Cleaning

Posted in Dental Implants

Are you sick of scrubbing and soaking your denture every day? Now, you’ve got some options such as implant-supported dentures that will free you up to live more spontaneously.

Benefits of Implant Technology

There’s no tooth replacement technique that quite measures up to your natural teeth. Dental implants do come pretty close, however.

Regular dentures have to fit snugly over your gums in order to stay in place. Over time, the direct contact between your denture and your mouth will put pressure on the underlying bone. Eventually, your mouth will change shape and your denture will no longer fit.

Having implants to support your denture will change your life because they:

  • Promote bone growth instead of bone loss
  • Give you strength for chewing
  • Preserve the shape of your smile
  • Permanently anchor your denture, eliminating the need for cleaning and adhesives.

You have a couple of reliable options for non-removable dentures:

Option 1: Implant-Supported Denture

Also simply known as a hybrid denture, this appliance rests securely on at least four sturdy dental implants. You won’t have to worry about your denture going far, at all. Your dentist will remove the denture for special cleanings at your checkup appointments.

Option 2: Implant-Supported Bridge

A fixed implant bridge is the lighter and more breathable option. It doesn’t cover as much gum tissue or the roof of your mouth the way traditional dentures do. This bridge needs multiple implants to secure it. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to clean under it.

Thanks to these implant-anchored dentures, you can say goodbye to denture cleansers and adhesives forever. Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

May
1

The Truth About Dental Implant Allergies

Posted in Dental Implants

The majority of dental implants are made with a non-magnetic metal called titanium. Like many other patients, you may be worried about your chances of being allergic to dental implants.

Facts About Titanium

Titanium may be too soft to comprise an implant by itself

Titanium is usually combined with other biocompatible metals in an alloy

Metals used in an alloy (like nickel) are usually the one responsible for a reaction

A true titanium allergy is very rare. Rather than itching and redness, signs of a reaction include:

  • chronic fatigue
  • migraine
  • confusion
  • mental fogginess

Talk with your dentist before getting an implant if you suspect you may have a true titanium allergy.

When You Suffer an Implant Reaction

What if you do notice unusual signs after your implant is placed?

When your procedure is done by an experienced professional, you don’t need to worry about improper technique. A failed implant is a sign that your body isn’t healing properly. That’s why it’s imperative that you follow your dentist’s instructions exactly when it comes to the recovery process. Additionally, your body and gums need to be healthy and ready to accept an implant at the time of the surgery.

What if you’re just noticing some swelling years after you got your implant?

Your issue may come down to how well you’re cleaning your teeth. Even though an implant is not a natural tooth, it can still acquire plaque which triggers an infection in the gums and bone around the implant.

If you are concerned about your implant or have questions about getting one, contact your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Apr
17

Am I Old Enough for a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

You’re probably reading this because you’re a teenager who wants to fill a gap in your smile with a dental implant. Or you may know of a young person who could benefit from a dental implant. Here’s what you should consider before getting an artificial new tooth.

Are You Done Growing?

The first and foremost consideration is making sure your jaw is fully developed. Implants heal permanently into the bone. Once there, they stay for good. They can’t move around with braces the way teeth do. If you get a dental implant too soon, your jaw would grow and your teeth could end up with weird spacing or gaps between them.

Are You Ready for the Responsibility?

While an implant is just as easy to care for as regular tooth, it’s even more important than other teeth. A natural tooth can develop a little gum inflammation and recover. But if your gums around an implant get inflamed and aren’t kept clean, you run the risk of losing your implant completely. It’s not something you can just stick back in place. You have to be ready to take excellent care of your implant.

Do Your Parents Think It’s a Good Idea?

You will need your parents’ approval and input. They’ll want to hear what the dentist thinks and help you wisely weigh your options. Even if you can’t have an implant right now, there are ways your dentist can help prepare your smile to get an implant in the next couple years.

If you’re reading this and want to find out more, talk with your parents about scheduling an implant consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Apr
15

Dental Implants and Security Metal Detectors

Posted in Dental Implants

Air travel these days has gotten a lot more intense thanks to increased airport security. It’s hard to remember what you are and are not allowed to bring. It’s understandable that you don’t want the added stress of setting off every security metal detector with your dental implant.

Is this concern holding you back from getting an implant?

All you frequent flyers can now be at peace – dental implants do NOT set off airport security systems!

Anatomy of an Implant

Your dental implant is typically made of a metal rod inserted into your jawbone. A small abutment piece would show above your gums, but that’s the anchoring point for the crown, or false tooth.

How does this metal not create an issue for metal detectors?

Metal detectors sense magnetic objects. Dental implant parts are made from a material called titanium.  Aside from being so easy to integrate with human tissues, this biocompatible metal is non-magnetic.

A titanium implant is pure, meaning it’s not mixed with any other potentially detectable metals. You’re safe to walk through airport security!

Benefits of Dental Implants

There’s not much that can hold you back from enjoying all the benefits a dental implant can offer. You don’t need to run around with that gap in your smile any longer!

With an implant you can:

  • Eat all of your favorite foods
  • Smile with confidence
  • Brush and floss normally
  • Get your “natural” tooth back, for good

Do you still have some questions about implants? Your local dentist is your best resource for all of your concerns about replacement teeth. Ask your dentist whether a dental implant is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Feb
14

Why Dental Implants Are Becoming More Popular

Posted in Dental Implants

Traditionally, people had to replace missing teeth with false ones that had to be taken in and out. Complete dentures and partials are still very important replacements for a lot of people.

But dental implant technology has recently set a new standard in terms of medical care. Why are dental implants now the smile restoration of choice?

Implants Save Time

The best time-saver is the fact that you can brush and floss your implant along with the rest of your teeth. No need for removal, odd brushes, or soaking in special solutions. It’s as easy and time-efficient to care for implants as it is for any other teeth.

Everyone Wants a Natural Look and Feel

You have to admit that it can be embarrassing to have a removable dental prosthesis. Your “secret” could impact your nightly routine, social life, and what foods you enjoy while out of the house.

Dental implants are just as strong as natural teeth and aren’t likely to slip out the way a denture could. This means that you can laugh and smile without fear and eat whatever you want. No one ever has to know.

For a Permanent Solution, Choose Dental Implants

Because dental implants stay put for good, you don’t have to worry about adjustment appointments at your dentist’s office. Temporary tooth replacements such as partials and dentures wear down with time and need a dentist to update them. Not so with an implant. Once you get it, you have it for life.

In fact, you can expect to save money over time as you continue to care for your implant.

Is a dental implant the right option for you? Ask your dentist for a professional opinion.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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