Dental Tips Blog

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

Feb
6

Dental Implants on a Budget

Posted in Dental Implants

Because dental implants have set the new standard for tooth replacement, dentists do their best to make them available to everyone. However, some people may find that the investment is a bit more expensive than they think it’s worth.

Here are some ways to make sure that your implant is as affordable as possible:

Check with Your Insurance

Make sure that the treatment estimate you get is based on what insurance benefits are available to you. It’s also ideal to go to an office that is in-network with your provider. Some insurances are improving in their coverage since they realize that implants are no longer just a cosmetic treatment.

If your dental insurance won’t pick up anything on an implant procedure, check with your medical insurance. Dental implant therapy could be essential to helping you chew properly, making it a medical need that might be covered.

Shop Til You Drop

Dentists aren’t the only ones who offer dental implants. Research periodontists, implant centers, and oral surgeons in your area who also provide therapy. This will give you more prices to compare.

You might score a better deal if you find a dentist who can provide all the care you need from start to finish. This means preparing the treatment site, placing the implant, as well as restoring it. It may be more affordable to have this all done at one office.

Ask Your Dentist About Savings Options

When you find a treatment plan you like, ask the office about any financing, deals, or payment plans they have to make things easier on you. Then, do your part by making your dental implants a priority.

Schedule an implant consultation with your dentist to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Converse Dentistry
6634 Binz-Engleman Rd #109
Converse, TX 78109
(210) 960-8204

Jan
30

My Dental Implant Fell Out – Now What?

Posted in Dental Implants

You just had your new implant placed. Your dentist gave you some post-procedural care instructions, and you went on your way.

After a couple weeks of healing, however, you notice something utterly horrifying: your implant has come out.

What do you do with this little metal piece?

Implant or Abutment: The Difference

An implant is not a solid, continuous unit from crown to root.

First, the implant itself is inserted into the bone beneath your gums. On top of that goes the abutment. This part links the implant to the false tooth, or crown, which shows when you smile.

Your dentist then places a ‘healing abutment’ which keeps your gums from growing too far over your implant. When your implant is ready for the crown, your dentist will remove that placeholder for one that supports the false tooth.

While healing, it is possible for that healing abutment to pop right off, if you’re not careful. This tends to be the result of chewing with the implant before it’s ready.

What Can You Do?

If the full dental implant comes out, you will know it. It resembles a screw with threads all over it. The abutment part is a much smaller piece that has a ledge for holding the crown. It also has little or no threading.

For a loose abutment, contact your dentist to have it put back on. This isn’t a complete disaster, though. It just complicates the crown process a little more.

If you feel your entire implant has come out, however, you need to call your dentist right away. He or she will probably have you start an antibiotic course to prevent infection and schedule an emergency visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Basin Dentistry
5016 Briarwood Ave
Midland, TX 79707
(462) 699-7334

Jan
25

Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants set the new standard of dental care for replacing missing teeth. An implant or two can benefit nearly anyone who’s lost at least one tooth.

Are dental insurances keeping up with the trend?

Let’s just say the transition is slow. Most insurance companies hold implants to be an elective procedure. They’ll cover only the cheaper tooth-replacement options as long as those are available.

Working Around the System

Your insurances may not cover the entire procedure, but look into whether they will cover the crown for the implant just as they would for any other tooth.

Is your implant medically-necessary?

Perhaps dental insurance won’t pay out for dental implants, but your medical just might cover it if you lost one or more teeth to an accident or a disease like cancer.

Don’t let the estimated price tag of an implant scare you. When in doubt about your insurer, just ask. Send over plenty of doctor’s notes, photos, and x-rays to prove why you need an implant and request an estimate.

Is An Implant Worth the Cost?

Absolutely.

With a 98% success rate, conservative placement, permanent life expectancy, and an unrivalled strength, an implant is your best tooth replacement option.

Of course, this still depends on factors such as your age and health, but it’s rare for an implant to be a bad idea.

It’s expected that more and more insurance companies over time will over improved coverage for implant therapy. In the meantime, look into local payment plans and financing offered by the office doing the procedure.

Ask your dentist for more resources and information on planning your dental implant treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7117

Jan
21

Can You Remove an Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

When you think about a false or replacement tooth, a partial denture might come to mind. This is a removable prosthetic consisting of a fake tooth on a retainer supported by other teeth.

A dental implant, however, is different.

How An Implant Works

A dentist places a screw into the jaw where the roots of a tooth would normally be. This is the implant itself. It fuses into the bone and stays there for good. Once the body accepts it, this little screw isn’t going anywhere.

On top of the implant, a small abutment is placed above the gums. This part is the part to which your dentist attaches a crown. The crown (usually porcelain) completes your smile.

Maintaining a Replacement Tooth

An implant stays in place just like any other tooth, so it gets to be cleaned just like all the other teeth. There’s no need to take it out for special cleaning. Just brush and floss it!

Is the Implant Permanent?

Yes.

However, it’s not invincible. It’s a fact if you have anything in your mouth, whether denture, implant, or natural teeth, it automatically becomes a haven for bacteria that cause different problems.

Implants cannot get cavities like a tooth can. But they could develop a serious infection around them called peri-implantitis. This results from not keeping the area around it clean. Inflammation can weaken the bone around the screw and cause the implant to loosen and fall out. With proper maintenance, this won’t be an issue.

Are you interested in replacing one or more missing teeth? An implant can help you out. Ask your dentist if you’re a good candidate for the treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Family First Dental
419 N Yelm St
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 783-1000

Jan
10

Hybridge: The Denture and Bridge Alternative

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are well-known permanent solutions for missing teeth. You may personally know someone who’s replaced a tooth or two with an implant.

But what if you have several teeth missing?

An implant hybrid bridge could be your answer. That’s exactly what a restoration with the Hybridge system is.

Benefits of Hybridge

Traditional dentures are not permanent. They can irritate your gums and cause the jaw bone to resorb. As an alternative, a Hybridge restoration uses several dental implants to support a partial or entire arch of new teeth.

Whether you need just a bridge or a full arch, a Hybrid restoration:

  • Stays in place
  • Is permanent (only removable by a dentist)
  • Is faster and cheaper than multiple implant bridges
  • Restores your full dental function
  • Is easy to maintain
  • Can be customized to individual needs

Getting a Hybridge Smile

Using just five or six carefully placed implants, the full arch Hybridge restoration can replace up to 12 teeth. Your dentist will assess your jaw and determine which kind of tooth replacement is best for you. You’ll have an appointment to get the implants and receive a temporary denture or bridge. In the course of a few months, you’ll receive your newly finished smile.

A full arch dental restoration is far more durable than any denture. Because your new teeth can be made entirely from ceramic, they’ll look more natural and last a lot longer than those on a removable acrylic denture.

Are you sick of dealing with a removable bridge or denture? Ready for a completely new smile?

Contact your dentist to find out which Hybridge-certified specialists are available in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Meridian Campus Family Dental
3201 Willamette DR NE
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 200-5505

Jan
9

10 Things a Dental Implant Will Let You Do

Posted in Dental Implants
  1. Brush and Floss Normally

Many fixed and removable tooth replacements require special cleaning routines and tools. Not so with a dental implant! Caring for one usually entails the same techniques used on natural teeth.

  1. Smile Without Fear

This benefit goes without explanation!

  1. Live Your Life

An implant will let you live free of worry over damaging, losing, cleaning, or anyone noticing your removable appliance.

  1. Chew a Steak

Yes, an implant can take that! Dental implants let you enjoy a diverse range of tasty and nutritious foods.

  1. Bite an Apple

Even a strong partial denture could let you down when it comes to your favorite fiber-loaded fruits for a balanced diet.

  1. Support Your Smile

When a tooth is lost, the bone underneath it will start to disappear. This causes the gums to sag, enlarging the gap. With a dental implant in place of the tooth, your bone will stay strong.

  1. Have Fewer Dental Appointments

Once your implant heals securely in place, there’s not much more to do. Keep your regular six-month appointments and brush and floss daily.

  1. Secure Your Denture

Implants can help even if you have no teeth left at all. Say goodbye to messy denture pastes when you get your prosthesis fitted for an implant attachment.

  1. Preserve Tooth Spacing and Alignment

If there’s a gap, your natural teeth will be quick to shift out of place. An implant makes a great permanent placeholder!

  1. Speak Clearly

A missing tooth can affect speech, so replacing it will help you sound clear and professional whenever you need to.

Ready to see just how much these benefits could mean to you? Ask your dentist for an implant consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd. #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7177

Jan
8

Is It Painful to Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A metal screw in your jaw doesn’t exactly sound comfortable. While that’s essentially what a dental implant is, the treatment to get one is surprisingly easier than it seems.

What the Procedure Feels Like

Getting a dental implant is a fairly quick process. Your new tooth will probably be placed in less than an hour. During that time, the dentist will make sure that you’re comfortable with plenty of anesthetic. This might include some sedation on top of the local numbing medication.

If you’re conscious for the procedure, you’ll feel pressure but probably nothing worse than what it feels like to have a tooth pulled. Other than that, you shouldn’t be too uncomfortable. Folks are usually very surprised at how fast and pain-free the process is.

How About After Surgery?

It’s common to have some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Most patients are able to manage their pain quite easily, and any residual discomfort typically goes away within a few days.

Here’s what you can do after your implant surgery to reduce any lingering pain:

  • Take the pain-killer your dentist prescribes or recommends
  • Place an ice pack or cold compress against the side of your face to reduce swelling
  • Gently rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater
  • Get plenty of rest

Once your implant has healed into place, it’s going to feel just like a natural tooth, only stronger. Ask your dentist about the dental implant therapy available at your office and how they manage the pain there.

If you’re thinking about completing your smile with a dental implant restoration, don’t let fear of pain hold you back!

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

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