Dental Tips Blog

Jan
10

What’s It Like to Have a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Here’s all you want to know about having a dental implant, in a nutshell.

The Procedure

Getting an implant usually takes less than an hour. You won’t feel a thing when the dentist places the metal screw. You’ll get a temporary prosthesis to fill in the gap, and once the area is healed, the permanent crown is placed.

The Feel

You won’t feel the metal part since it’s covered by gums. The implant crown is designed to feel just like a natural tooth and that’s exactly what your tongue will notice.

The Lifestyle

A removable tooth replacement requires special cleaning every day. It’s not recommended to sleep with a dental prosthesis in your mouth, so taking it out in the evening could be inconvenient in some social situations. You may even have trouble chewing your favorite foods.

But with a dental implant? Say goodbye to all those worries and insecurities. An implant could free up your life and give you a confidence you wouldn’t believe.

The Maintenance

Dental implants are designed to last your entire life, so there’s no need to expect that it’ll need replacement. Once you get an implant, there’s not a whole lot to it – as long as you keep it clean. This is done through daily brushing and flossing, taking care to clean well around your implant.

For most patients, an implant is the preferred alternative to a chancy root canal, removable partial, or fixed bridge. To find out whether dental implants are right for your smile, plan a consultation with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Kyle Parkway Dentistry
4650 S FM 1626, Suite 104
Kyle, TX 78640
(512) 256-0105

Jan
4

Could Full Mouth Implants Save You Money?

Posted in Dental Implants

Implants are notoriously expensive. Many insurances provide only limited coverage. Maybe your provider will partially cover them but provides complete coverage for a denture.

If you don’t feel your insurance will help out, you should still think about investing in getting full mouth implants instead of a denture.

How is this worth it?

Implants Meet Real Needs

Don’t be fooled into thinking that what your insurance covers is what your mouth needs. Dental implants do far more than just make a smile pretty. They also offer a very practical solution in terms of function.

Dental implants are meant to be permanent. No other restoration comes with that sort of security. It’s a pleasant surprise if a denture lasts more than five years.

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. This makes cleaning them a lot simpler than cleaning a denture. You can live without the fear of something falling out and embarrassing you and easily eat the foods you love.

Implants are a one-time investment. Sit down and do the math. How much longer do you plan to live in need of functioning teeth? What will all those years add up to in terms of cost for maintaining smile? Adjusting dentures can be costly and they need replacement in a matter of years.

Bear in mind, too, that full mouth implants don’t mean getting an implant in every single place where you used to have a tooth. Rather, systems like Hybridge and implant-supported dentures could end up saving you thousands as you enjoy a strong smile for years to come. Discuss your options with your dentist to get an idea of what’s right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
ABQ Dentures
2010 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 933-7794

Dec
31

What If You Don’t Have Enough Bone for an Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A house is only as strong as its foundation and an implant is likewise only as good as the bone it rests in. While dental implants represent hope for many people with missing teeth, they aren’t always a guaranteed solution.

Insufficient bone for implants could be the result of:

  • Injury
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth defects
  • Years of wearing a denture
  • Going years without replacing teeth

Perhaps for one of the reasons listed above you’ve been told that an implant wouldn’t work for you.

Does this mean you can say goodbye to the hope of ever again having a beautiful smile?

Happily, no. You still have a chance! Implant specialists offer a few different procedures for restoring bone in the mouth so that it can support these restorations.

Bone Graft

A very common and safe procedure, grafting uses bone from your body, a donor’s, or a synthetic material to patch up weak areas. The procedure is a lot easier than you might imagine and after a few months, your mouth should be ready to receive an implant.

Ridge Expansion

In a very specific bone grafting treatment, the ridge of the lower jaw is widened to make it easier to support implants.

Sinus Augmentation

If you’ve been missing some upper back teeth for a while, there’s chance that your sinus cavities have gotten a little bigger as the bone thins out. The wall separating your sinuses from your teeth could be too slim to safely anchor an implant. Packing on some extra bone tissue to “lift” the sinus is the best way to make implants happen.

Talk with your general dentist to get a better idea of what your smile needs to qualify for dental implants.

Posted on behalf of:
Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157

Dec
31

Dentures Are No Substitute for Natural Teeth, Dentists Warn

Posted in Dental Implants

Many people believe that dentures are an inevitability. But changes in dentistry are leading to people keeping their natural teeth longer. Working to keep your own teeth healthy will make you more likely to have them for the rest of your life.

Sure, you can take your teeth for granted and assume a denture is the dental procedure to end all dental procedures.

Before you do, take a minute to consider how a denture could actually bring about other concerns that you hadn’t considered.

This Doesn’t Taste As Good As I Remembered . . .

An upper denture in particular is good at blocking your ability to taste foods. Things will seem a lot less flavorful after you get dentures. Bummer.

Bite Down. Now Lighten Up By 90%.

If you get dentures, you can expect your bite force to be about a tenth of what it is right now. That makes a big difference in what you’ll be able to chew with ease. You’d have to cut everything up into tiny bites or restrict your diet to nutrient-poor or soft foods.

Your Smile Changes Over Time

With years of wear, the pressure of a denture on the gums causes the bone underneath to resorb. Gradually, your mouth takes on a sunken-in look. This can age your appearance and make it harder to get your denture to fit.

Really Less Work?

You might think daily brushing and flossing for natural teeth is a pill. You’re not off the hook when it comes to denture care. They require daily brushing and soaking plus frequent maintenance appointments.

The bottom line? Show love to the teeth you’ve got. Don’t rush to get them pulled. If you need to replace missing teeth, there may be better options such as dental implants or an implant supported dental bridge.  Talk to your dentist about what tooth replacement options are best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Dec
19

Why Now Is the Best Time to Get a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants have been around for decades, and they only keep getting better. If you’re tossing around the idea of filling a gap in your smile with an implant, then it’s time to stop thinking and start doing.

Here’s why it’s definitely worth it to seriously consider getting an implant:

Innovative Technology

Placing dental implants isn’t a blind game of pin-the-tooth-in-the-mouth. To ensure a successful procedure, dentists must carefully plan out the surgery.

Today, this is done with 3D cone beam imaging. This kind of x-ray is far more detailed than other types, providing a comprehensive image. Virtual implant placement is another helpful technology.

Improved Implants

There is no universal-size implant. Rather, they come in a variety of materials, lengths, shapes, and diameters. This give dental surgeons a lot more to work with when restoring smiles with implants.

Implants don’t just replace a single missing tooth – they can now be used to support bridges and secure dentures. A greater range of individuals are benefiting from implant procedures than ever before.

Hope For The Hopeless

Have you ever been told that you may not qualify for an implant due to a lack of bone in your jaw? True, not having a firm foundation is problematic when it comes to placing implants.

But that’s all changing in the light of new therapies and medications that make it possible to restore that lost tissue. Synthetic growth factors and improved grafting procedures make it a breeze to build up weak areas in the bone.

Ready to find out how implants could change your life? Contact your local dentist and ask for a dental implant consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry
200 S Oakridge Dr #106
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
(817) 857-6790

Dec
12

4 Common Myths About Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Before you rule out the option of getting a dental implant, make sure you’ve got your facts straight. Your dentist and the following busted myths will equip you with the information you need to make a smart decision.

  1. It’s Gonna Hurt

A typical dental implant procedure is usually done in an hour or less under a simple dose of anesthetic. You won’t feel a thing and even the healing period probably won’t be as uncomfortable as you expect. With ice packs to keep down initial swelling, mild painkillers, and plenty of rest are all you need to stay comfortable.

  1. You Can’t Get An Implant If You Smoke

Smoking does impair the healing process. You will likely have a hard time finding a surgeon or dentist willing to place an implant. However, you can improve the chances of success by cutting out the smoking in the two weeks preceding and following your surgery.

  1. They’re Too Expensive

Dental implants are probably your most expensive option starting out. But in the long run, dental implants wind up being more affordable because they are a long-lasting and more valuable investment in your smile. Other restorative options require years of costly maintenance and replacement.

  1. People Will Notice the Metal Screws

The screws supporting an implant crown are well-hidden by your gums. If you have severe gum recession or bone-loss, your dentist can help you find ways to build up the area before you get an implant. Once the restoration is in place, it’ll look perfectly life-like. No one ever has to know!

Visit your dentist for an implant consultation to find out what else you didn’t know about implants.

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

Dec
5

Can I Get a Dental Implant if I Smoke?

Posted in Dental Implants

In theory, yes. But the odds won’t be in your favor if you do.

Smoking negatively affects virtually every body system, but your mouth is on the frontline of the attack. Researchers have found that smoking will impact your mouth in three main ways:

  • Hardening soft tissues
  • Restricting blood flow
  • Drying off saliva glands

None of those effects will help your case when it comes to getting dental implants.

An implant is a titanium post screwed into the bone of your jaw. It takes time to heal as it creates a natural seal with the surrounding gum tissue. But without adequate blood flow, that efficient healing doesn’t happen.

Even if your implant survives the healing period, a regular saliva shortage won’t do it any favors. Dry mouth promotes the growth of bacteria that attack gum tissues. Your implant is especially at risk if your immune system is compromised by a smoking habit.

So, the bottom line here is this: smoking with a dental implant is like throwing away all the costly work you had done. You may find a surgeon willing to do the procedure despite the smoking and your implant may turn out all right, but you need to honestly ask yourself if that’s a risk you’re willing to take.

At the very least, refrain from smoking a couple weeks before and after the surgery to keep your immune system as strong as possible.

Play it safe and use the chance to get a dental implant as an opportunity to kick a bad habit to the curb – for good! Talk with your dentist about whether an implant is the right option for you at this time.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

Nov
29

Implant Supported Dentures vs. Conventional “Plates”

Posted in Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing all of your teeth at once, you have more options than ever before. But still, you might be left with the ever-so-common question: “Do I just want to go ahead and get dentures, or should I explore an implant supported option?”

Benefits of Getting Traditional Dentures

Conventional removable dentures (often referred to as “plates”) are one of the most affordable ways to replace all of your teeth at one time. It’s a fast and economical solution for people who are looking for such. They can also be used temporarily, if you want to save up for something more permanent later on.

Temporary healing dentures can also be worn over implants that have recently been placed, while you’re waiting for everything to heal (and before a more permanent solution is ready to install.) 

Opting for Implant Supported or Retained Prosthetics

Dental implants can take the rocking, shifting, and bulky feel of dentures and make them feel more like real teeth again. Implant supported options can be slimmer in size, and permanently anchored in place. Or, they can be conventional dentures that snap in and out over implants for stability. There are a wider variety of options, but most of them focus on the idea of enhanced comfort, stability, and bone preservation. In some situations, current denture wearers can opt to retrofit their prosthesis to rest over implants.

Talk to your dentist about what tooth replacement options you’re a candidate for. You’ll want to talk about your short and long-term goals, budget, and vision for your smile. This is a great first step to deciding what comes next.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Nov
29

When is it Time to be Referred to a Specialist?

Posted in Dental Implants

You love your family dentist and trust everything that they do. Now that you seem to have a pretty “big issue” with your smile that you’re dealing with, how can you know when it’s time to visit a specialist to have your tooth fixed?

Here are a few reasons why your dentist may want to refer you to a specialist for a more precise type of treatment:

Root Canals

Hard to reach teeth, teeth with odd root anatomy, or root canal re-treatments are often sent to a specialist who has the necessary equipment to make these treatments easier and more predictable. 

Surgeries

Oral surgeries like dental implant placement or wisdom tooth removal aren’t always an everyday thing for some dentists. They may want you to see someone who provides this service numerous times a week, for better efficiency. 

Anxiety Management

Does dental care generally make you or your child nervous? Minor treatments are no problem, but when a procedure takes a bit more time it can be really challenging. Your dentist may recommend seeing a specialist who offers in-house sedation or IV sedation to help you relax through the procedure you so desperately need.

Your dentist works closely with referring specialists to discern what treatments take place and provide follow-up care after the procedure. He or she isn’t referring you blindly to someone that they don’t know. These relationships are built on a mutual trust and understanding of what is best for you as the primary patient of your family dentist. Ask your provider how long he or she has been working with the specialist to find out more about what it is that they do.

Posted on behalf of:
Garrisonville Dental
481 Garrisonville Rd. #105
Stafford, VA 22554
540-318-1794

Nov
12

What’s the Typical Age for a Dental Implant Patient?

Posted in Dental Implants

It’s estimated that over 50% of adults have at least one missing tooth. It doesn’t matter what age you are…20….40….80. The impact of having an extra space in your smile is something that affects more than just your appearance. It can prevent you from eating correctly or even impact your self-esteem.

With dental implants, you have the option to replace your missing tooth with an artificial, permanent “root.” On top of that implant, you can add anything from a single crown to an implant supported denture.

But are You the Right Age for Dental Implants?

Surprisingly, just about any healthy adult over the age of 18 is a great candidate for the treatment. By 18, your mouth has finished developing, so there’s enough space and bone to have an implant placed.

But don’t let that age fool you. There are even people in their late 80s and 90s who opt to get implants. At a later age, implants can help to stabilize your denture, maintain a balanced diet, or just make it possible to eat a piece of steak again.

Getting Implants is a Personal Choice

Investing in dental implants can help you get the most out of your smile. If you’re younger and want something that’s more cost effective that will last for decades…dental implants are the best choice.

Maybe you’ve recently retired but can’t stand the idea of wearing a partial denture after having those teeth pulled. Implants can give you what feel like real teeth all over again.

No adult is ever “too young” or “too old” for implants. The typical age is just a perception. Call your dentist to see if implants are right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

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