Dental Tips Blog

Jun
28

Benefits of Choosing an Implant Over Dentures

Posted in Dental Implants

Modern dentistry is leaning towards the dental implant trend. That’s not because it’s the more lucrative procedure for dentists to offer. In reality, providers are encouraging implants and more patients are asking for them because they have some real health benefits.

Take a look at how implant technology compares with dentures, the traditional tooth-replacement option:

Downsides Of Dentures

  • They need to be adjusted and replaced
  • They can chafe gums and create sore spots
  • They can get smelly
  • They can loosen and slip with time
  • Your ability to chew is greatly reduced
  • You have to remove your smile to clean it
  • You’re often worried others will notice

If you’re currently a denture-wearer, then you’re probably familiar with such issues! With implants, you can enjoy a permanent or snap-in appliance that omits most of these problems.

What Implants Can Do For You

A single dental implant doesn’t rely on the support of surrounding teeth the way partial dentures do. This makes them a healthy and conservative option. They’re also very strong, arguably stronger than natural teeth, and provide lots of support and reinforcement to the surrounding jawbone.

With one or more dental implants you can:

  • Eat the foods you love
  • Brush and floss normally
  • Smile and laugh with confidence
  • Not worry about your dental prosthesis slipping out of place

Dentures or Implants – Which is Right For You?

Clearly, implants provide the more convenient and lasting solution over dentures.

Even so, it’s important that you discuss this with your dentist. For health reasons, implant surgery may not be recommended in your case. On the other hand, your dentist may suggest a combination of denture and implant technology.

Contact your dental office today to schedule an implant consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. C Family Dentistry
13514 E 32nd Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 591-9317

Mar
7

Naturally Missing Adult Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

Did you know that some people are born without certain teeth? As children grow, dentists can use X-rays to see the development and eruption patterns of their adult teeth. With these images it is also possible to see if there are any missing (or extra) teeth. Without X-rays, the missing teeth may not become evident until years down the road, when crowding or bite problems begin to develop.

What causes missing teeth? Most of the time it is an inherited condition. The mother or father is missing the same exact teeth. Letting your dentist know about risk factors like this can help you be on the lookout for missing teeth. The most common teeth that are naturally missing include wisdom teeth (3rd molars) and upper lateral incisors (the teeth just next to your two top front teeth.)

Do missing teeth cause problems? It depends. Missing wisdom teeth are usually a blessing, rather than a curse! However, other missing teeth can significantly impact your smile as well as your oral health. If teeth are missing, other teeth will have irregular spacing or even be crooked because of the role that the missing tooth has to play.

What can you do about missing teeth? There are a number of options. Some people choose to use orthodontic therapy to move other teeth around for better spacing and aesthetics. Others prefer to retain proper tooth spacing and replace the tooth with an option such as an implant, flipper, or bridge. A space maintainer can help preserve proper tooth spacing for younger children as their teeth erupt. Ask your dentist which permanent replacement is best for the health of your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

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