Dental Tips Blog

Feb
13

Do You Have Kidney Disease? You May Still Qualify for a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

An estimated 11% of adults worldwide are affected by chronic kidney disease, the vast majority of which have oral symptoms that can contribute to tooth loss.

These issues often result from a combination of poor oral hygiene and the effects of medications. Kidney disease can also result from diabetes, another condition that endangers oral health.

What’s more, the negative conditions worsen each other. Kidney disease may affect oral health and poor oral health will prevent you from eating foods that your kidneys need.

Oftentimes, patients with chronic kidney disease are those most in need of reliable tooth replacements. But health risks may have both the dentist and you, the patient, wary. Getting an implant is usually straightforward, but with so many complications in the mix, what can you do?

Implant specialists from around the world have been studying this issue and recently published several recommendations in the International Journal of Oral Science (IJOS):

  • Dentist should consult with kidney specialist to plan implant treatment
  • Multiple blood tests and blood counts are necessary
  • Aim to have surgery one day after hemodialysis
  • Take specialized x-rays of proposed implant site to ensure bone is strong
  • Treat gums for disease before implant procedure to reduce risk of infection
  • Longer than usual healing time
  • Follow up with frequent maintenance visits with dentist

In summary, if you have chronic kidney disease and are interested in getting dental implants, be prepared to take it slow. Careful planning and thorough communication are key.

Talk with your doctor and dentist about the possibility. If the anticipated benefits to your health far outweigh any small risks, getting an implant may well be worth the effort.

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

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

Dentures On the Decline?

Posted in Dentures

Many dental experts are sure that one day false teeth will no longer be an option. Why?

Changes In Dentistry

Dentistry used to be all about patching up painful teeth and pulling them when they couldn’t be fixed. But changes in understanding of dental materials and the mechanisms behind disease have revolutionized the scene.

People are holding onto their teeth longer because of a simple increase in awareness of dental health.

Fluoride has also played a major role in improving dental health. Making this mineral more accessible to people through professional treatments, dental products, and public fluoridation programs has directly contributed to a decrease in tooth decay.

Techniques for restoring teeth are much more conservative than past attempts. Teeth stay whole for longer and folks hold onto them for years. Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred alternative to classic dentures.

Yes, it seems that dentures could soon be a thing of the past. But there is one factor that seems bent on keeping dentures on the list of services.

One Thing That Will Never Change

Dentists and researchers are constantly searching for ways to make teeth stronger and last longer. But none of that means anything if the patients themselves don’t care about keeping their teeth. People are often quick to assume that it’s the cheap and easy dental option so they don’t mind losing all of their natural teeth, one by one.

As long as people aren’t flossing and brushing, dentures will be a thing! Hold onto those teeth you have left for as long as you can. Your dentist will help you figure out how you can do just that.

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

Oct
30

Can Your Child Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

You want your child to have a beautiful, functioning, and complete smile. So, when your son or daughter loses an adult tooth to decay or injury, your first instinct may be to replace it with an implant.

Dental implants are wonderful restorations and dental professionals are quick to recommend them to almost any patient.

Almost any patient.

How An Implant Works

An implant is a metal screw that anchors into the jawbone where a tooth used to be. An implant is just like a tooth root in that it:

  • Supports a crown or other restoration for chewing
  • Provides a secure anchor for the bite
  • Maintains tooth alignment
  • Preserves the shape of surrounding bone

But in one crucial area an implant is very different from teeth: it fuses directly to the bone. Teeth roots have a cushiony layer of ligaments between them and the bone. This ligament layer is what allows teeth to move through the mouth, whether naturally or with the aid of braces. But implants can’t be moved once they heal into the jawbone.

Your Child’s Smile

Kids’ jaws are highly dynamic. They’re constantly growing along with the rest of your child’s body. The increasing size accommodates more teeth and allows room for the teeth to shift. Sticking an immovable implant in the middle of all this activity could really throw off your child’s teeth alignment.

Dental Implant Alternatives For Kids

If your little one needs a tooth replaced, your dentist will be happy to work with you in finding the perfect temporary solution until your child is ready for an implant. Schedule a consultation to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Northampton Dental
24036 Kuykendahl Rd Suite 300
Tomball, TX 77375
(832) 639-6350

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

Jan
10

What You Should Know About Same-Day Dentures

Posted in Dentures

“Same day” or “immediate” dentures both refer to the same thing. These are false teeth delivered right after you get your existing teeth pulled. Because the dentures themselves take some time to make, you’ll help your dentist design them before having the extractions.

Traditional dentures require time for the gums to heal. With their same-day cousins, however, you don’t have to be toothless for weeks on end while healing or waiting on the finished product. On the very day you get your teeth pulled, your dentist delivers their new replacements.

Are you interested in immediate dentures? Here’s what you need to know.

Your New Denture Will Need Adjustments 

Placing your denture right away minimizes gum swelling. As your gums heal, however, the fit will change. It’s typical to need an adjustment within a couple weeks or months after the appointment.

Some Swelling and Discomfort is Inevitable 

Multiple extractions can sometimes result in bruising or swelling in other parts of your face. Using ice packs after surgery can minimize this. Your dentist will also prescribe an appropriate painkiller, if needed. Just keep in mind that while an immediate denture means you can keep your smile, you still won’t want to plan a family photoshoot for the next day!

You Must Stick to Certain Foods While Healing 

Avoid chewy and crunchy foods. For a few days, your diet should include things like:

  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Bananas
  • Soup

If you still have hopeless existing teeth, they need to come out. Consider getting a same-day denture to replace them. Talk with your dentist to see whether it is the right option for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045

Jan
9

Scared to Get Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Getting dentures marks the start of a major life transition. Whether you face having your remaining teeth extracted or have been without teeth for some time, a new set of dentures will be an adjustment to anyone. It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit apprehensive!

Why You Dread Dentures. . . And Why You Don’t Need To

Most people feel that nothing else else says “age” quite like dentures do. Despite the stigma attached to dentures, even some fairly young people need these vital prosthetics, so they’re necessary “just for old people.”

Like other denture patients, you may worry that your new smile won’t look natural. Is this justified? Not anymore. Today’s dentures are custom-designed to suit your unique smile preferences. No one ever has to know that you’ve had dental work.

Maybe you fear not being able to chew or speak as well. Research shows that a denture is about 75% less effective than natural teeth when it comes to biting. But you’d be surprised at all you can manage with an accurately-fitted prosthetic, especially one supported by dental implants. It’s far better than having trouble eating!

What if your denture slides out of place? That can be prevented with four techniques:

  • Having the fit or liner adjusted by your dentist
  • Getting lots of practice
  • Using adhesive in for the first couple of weeks
  • Anchoring your denture to dental implants

Your dentist is your best resource for answering your denture questions. From extractions to healing, your provider will address every concern. “False teeth” get a bad rap, but the benefits of a well-made denture far outweigh the disadvantages. Schedule a consultation today – don’t let apprehension keep you from exploring the possibility of smiling with confidence!

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Jan
7

3 Reasons It’s a Good Idea to Get Dentures

Posted in Dentures

When it comes down to it, dentures will never totally make up for what your natural teeth could do. But this doesn’t mean that no teeth at all is the better option.

Here are three reasons you should think about getting dentures instead of going toothless:

  1. Strong Smile Support

Try telling yourself you don’t ever need to smile around people you love. A denture doesn’t just give you teeth to smile with, but it helps provide shape and support for your smile and facial profile. Going teeth-and-denture-free will cause your mouth to collapse in on itself sooner.

  1. Eat What You Need

Here’s the obvious and most important reason to get a denture: you’re just not going to get the nutrition your body needs without a way to chew. Not everything tastes good blended and eaten through a straw.

Vitamins and nutrients like fiber are best taken in through natural food sources. Soft foods tend to lack the variety of vitamins your body needs. A denture is crucial to your nutrition.

  1. The Chance to Fix All You Ever Wanted to About Your Smile

It’s not recommended to pull out strong, healthy teeth while you still have some left. But when you do choose to get dentures, you’ll have the freedom to choose things like:

  • Gum color
  • Tooth size, shape, and color
  • The look and feel of your bite (you can correct that overbite or buck toothed-look you used to have)

Finally, you can get that perfect look you’ll be happy to show off!

Are you ready for a denture? Talk to your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

Jan
6

Can I Eat Anything I Want with a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Basically, yes! Almost any of the foods you used to enjoy with a natural tooth can be eaten once again with the help of a dental implant. But this doesn’t mean that you don’t need to be careful about the foods you eat.

Watch What You Bite Into!

Your dental implant is a metal post or screw that does the same thing a natural tooth root is supposed to do. On top of the metal portion is a porcelain crown. The dentist designs the crown to look just like one of your other teeth, helping it to blend in.

Between the metal screw and the durable porcelain, your implant is strong enough to withstand a lot. In fact, once the implant heals into the bone, it becomes even stronger than a natural tooth.

The implant is also stronger than bone. If you bite into something that’s strong enough to tug the implant out of place, it could cause serious damage to your jaw. It could also chip the porcelain crown!

A good rule-of-thumb is that you shouldn’t use your implant for anything that would also hurt natural teeth. This includes things like chewing ice, biting open packages, and opening bottle caps.

What You Can Eat

Implants give you the freedom to enjoy a life free from worry over the gap in your smile. Unlike other temporary tooth replacements, an implant will let you once again enjoy foods like:

  • Crunchy nuts and chips
  • Steak
  • Whole apples
  • Sandwiches

Considering an implant? Talk with your dentist first to make sure that you’re a candidate. Your dentist will tell you what you need to do take care of your new “tooth” and keep it strong.

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

Dec
6

One Dental Implant, Or More?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants have a famous and successful history of changing lives. For decades, implants have been the most reliable and long-lasting tooth-replacement option available.

Just like any other prosthesis, a dental implant replaces and functions like a natural tooth that is missing. They’re useful alone, or several at a time depending on what your unique needs are.

Benefits of a Single Dental Implant

Filling in the gap with an implant helps you maintain the spacing and alignment of other teeth, chew normally, and smile without shame.

If you’ve lost a tooth to disease or an accident, then an implant is a great replacement. It’ll be with you for life. Just be sure to take good care of it like your other teeth. Other than that, you can basically forget that it’s even there!

How Multiple Implants Can Help

What if you need more than a single tooth replacement…like a dental bridge or denture? Implants can help here, too.

A traditional bridge is a decent option, but it does require that healthy teeth be deliberately reshaped to anchor it in place. Instead of doing this, you can use implants to support a row of false teeth.

Implants of different sizes can even anchor full dentures into place. This frees you up from the worry of your denture slipping or feeling loose. An implant-supported denture gives you more bite strength and stimulates the bone, preventing changes in your profile.

Dental Implants Can Benefit Anyone

As long as your jaw is healthy, your oral hygiene is great, and your overall health is good, you could be an implant candidate.

Talk with dentist about options for rebuilding your smile with the help of one (or more!) dental implants.

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

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