Dental Tips Blog

Nov
30

5 Benefits to Choosing a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

“Implants are too expensive.”

“What if my insurance doesn’t cover implants?”

“My body could reject the implant.”

“It’s only one tooth. I could just get a partial or bridge.”

Yes, there are several common reasons folks avoid the idea of getting a dental implant. But what they probably don’t realize is that a dental implant is one of the most reliable and predictable procedures in modern dentistry. With a success rate of over 95%, dental implants have been changing lives now more than ever before.

Here are some reasons why you should seriously consider dental implant therapy for replacing a tooth or two:

  1. Save the Shape of Your Jaw

The prosthetic “root” of the implant actually stimulates and strengthens the bone in your jaw. This prevents your smile from looking sunken over time.

  1. Eat What You Want

Because an implant is stronger than natural teeth, you can eat all the foods you loved before losing your tooth.

  1. Smile Without Being Self-Conscious

You don’t need to worry about someone noticing the false teeth. Implants look and feel natural.

  1. Enjoy a Normal Hygiene Routine

Keep your implant clean with daily brushing and flossing. You don’t have to remove an implant for cleaning. It stays put for good.

  1. A Permanent Solution

Speaking of staying put, an implant is meant to be with you for life. Other restorations will need adjustments and replacement. An implant can stay with you forever.

Dental implant surgery is very safe and surprisingly comfortable. Your dental office probably has a very flexible plan to help you pay for treatment, even if it isn’t partially covered by insurance.

Talk with your local dentist to find out how implants can make a difference in your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

Oct
27

Why an Implant is the Best Choice for that Missing Tooth

Posted in Dental Implants

To begin with, why do you want to replace that missing tooth? Replacing a missing tooth is not just a cosmetic fix, but it improves the way you can chew and maintains the position of all of your other teeth. You are likely considering a variety of options for replacing missing teeth such as partials and bridges. But what is it about an implant that we feel makes it your best option?

Restores the Feel and Function of Your Natural Tooth

An implant is a small screw-like post made of a bio-compatible metal surgically-seated into the bone below the gums where your tooth used to be. The metal abutment is capped with a crown that closely resembles what your natural teeth look like. When the implant post heals into the bone, it can be used just as you would use your natural teeth. Additionally, the implant does not need to be removed or cleaned in a special way. It stays permanently situated in your mouth, and you continue to floss and gently brush around it just as you clean the rest of your teeth.

Preserves Bone Structure

With no tooth roots to stimulate the ligaments and bone under your gums, the bone will start to resorb and disappear. An implant can preserve that bone structure, thereby supporting the rest of your teeth and maintaining the shape of your face.

Lasts a Lifetime

While an implant crown could need some adjustments later on down the road, the implant is meant to be a permanent solution. This will save you on time when compared to other options that need frequent readjustment.

Schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss how an implant can change your smile for the better – for good!

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Jun
27

The Tooth Replacement Options

Posted in Dental Implants

If you are one of the hundreds of Americans who are missing one or more teeth, it is important to replace missing teeth to not only maintain your confident smile, but also to maintain your overall health.  Missing teeth have been linked to a decline in overall health, especially in older Americans.  Good oral health habits and regular preventative dental care to preserve your natural teeth is the best option, but when it becomes necessary to replace one or more missing teeth, there are essentially four options:  a bridge, partial dentures, full dentures, and implants.

The goals of tooth replacement include stabilizing the remaining teeth by filling in the gap left by the missing teeth, improving the appearance of your smile, stopping bone loss, and providing a solid and stable chewing and biting surface.

Only dental implants do all four of these things well.  A dental implant is implanted in the jaw bone and performs exactly like a natural tooth.  A dental implant fills the gap left by the missing tooth, looks like a natural tooth, provides a sturdy chewing and biting surface, and stimulates bone growth.

A permanent bridge consists of a cap on each tooth adjacent to the missing tooth with an artificial tooth suspended between them.  A permanent bridge is nearly on par with a dental implant, but it does not do a very good job of stopping bone loss.

A partial denture, sometimes called a removable dental bridge fills the space left by the missing tooth, but does not provide the same sturdy chewing surface of dental implants or a permanent bridge.  A partial denture is even less effective at preventing bone loss than a permanent bridge.

Full dentures are the least effective of all the tooth replacement alternatives.  They are prone to slipping which causes many wearers to be self-conscious about their smile.  In addition, because of their instability many denture wearers have a hard time learning to eat solid food with dentures.  They do very little to prevent bone loss which causes the denture wearer’s face to shrink over time.

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