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

How Dentures Will Change Your Life

Posted in Dentures

The human bite registers around 200 pounds of pressure. That’s one of the strongest in the world.

Denture wearers, on the other hand, can only manage about 50 pounds of force.

Do you think that makes a difference in how you chew your food? You bet your pearly-whites it does. Here are some very important changes you can expect if you opt to get dentures.

How Dentures Affect You for the Better. . .

With the help of a denture you can:

  • Slow down the loss of bone in your jaw
  • Smile with confidence
  • Chew your favorite foods (after getting a little practice)

A denture is better than nothing at all in terms of maintaining your smile. But don’t be in a hurry to ‘replace all your remaining teeth.’

. . . And for Worse

Dentures are a source of irritation to many people. For as much as they need their denture, their dental prosthetic seems bent on causing problems such as:

  • Slipping out of place at embarrassing moments
  • Preventing you from enjoying a steak or corn-on-the-cob
  • Causing funny noises while you’re speaking

Are Dentures Right for You?

Teeth are essential to good nutrition as well as the shape of your smile. There’s hardly ever a question as to whether someone needs replacement teeth. The bigger question is what kind of teeth are best.

Aside from traditional removable dentures, there are many other options made possible thanks to dental implant therapy. In the end, it will depend on your level of comfort, budget, and long-term goals.

Contact your dentist to find out if a denture is right for you or if it’s time to think about implants.

Posted on behalf of:
Lufkin Family Dental
701 S. John Redditt Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75904
(963) 634-5102

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
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
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

Jan
7

Getting Ready for Your Dental Implant Procedure

Posted in Dental Implants

Looking forward to getting your first dental implant? Maybe “looking forward” isn’t quite the right term. Thankfully, with some good preparation, it doesn’t have to be a dreaded experience whatsoever.

Communicate Your Concerns

If you’re anxious about getting dental work done, let your dentist know! He or she can’t help you unless they know what’s going on. Advance communication will help you decide whether or not dental sedation is necessary, and if so, what kind is most appropriate.

Your dentist will also give you specific instructions on what kind of medication to take before and after treatment to make you more comfortable as you recover.

Talk with Your Doctor

It’s important to talk with your doctor about implant therapy prior to treatment. Your doctor will let you know whether it’s safe or any existing conditions need to be considered. Including how your current medications may affect treatment.

Follow the Dentist’s Directions

If your dentist gives you specific instructions for medication prior to surgery or about eating before your sedation, follow them to a T. This will help your treatment go as smoothly as possible.

Take Some “Me Time”

You may be surprised by how fast and uncomplicated the surgical placement of an implant will be.

In fact, it’s one of the smoothest and most predictable procedures in dentistry. But, it will give you some peace of mind to have a day to not worry about anything other than resting. Go ahead and take the day off of work!

A single appointment for dental implant placement could change your life for the better. Contact your dentist well in advance of your scheduled procedure to discuss any other concerns that arise.

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

Dec
23

Teeth Whitening and Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

A lot of people want to know if they can lighten the color of their implant after getting it placed. Dental implants are permanent, replacing and acting just like natural teeth.

So if natural teeth can be bleached in a variety of ways, how about your permanent dental implant?

Let’s first take a look at how whitening works.

Teeth Whitening Techniques

Teeth whitening happens in two different ways:

Abrasives – typically found in whitening toothpaste, gritty material scrubs away surface stain.

Bleaching – teeth can be whitened with chemicals that lift stain from deep within the pores of the enamel.

Will of these work on implants?

Dental implants are titanium or ceramic rods inserted into the bone where roots of teeth go. They are then topped off with a crown, typically made of porcelain. The crown is made to be highly durable and look just like a natural tooth.

The downside here is that porcelain does not act the same as tooth enamel. Enamel color can change with bleaching, but porcelain will not. The color of the crown once it’s placed is the color it will stay.

Is There Any Way to Lighten Implants?

Your implant crown is colored to match the rest of your teeth at the time you get it. If you decide to lighten the color of your teeth later on, then your implant will stand out as a little darker.

Ideally, you should try whitening your teeth before your dentist designs your implant crown. Once your teeth reach the shade you desire, you can match your crown to that.

Ask your dentist about how to keep your implant in the best shape possible!

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Nov
25

Zygomatic Dental Implants: Hope on the Horizon!

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are touted as the ultimate restorative solution. You could replace a single tooth with an implant, support a bridge with an implant, or even replace your entire smile with the help of implants.

As long as you take care of it, an implant will last you for life.

Sounds great, but what if you’ve been told that you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to hold an implant? You’ve heard about the bone grafting, but you really don’t want to go under the knife that much.

Any other options? Zygomatic implants could be your answer.

Revolutionizing Implant Placement

The top back teeth are usually the hardest to replace with implants. Bone volume is quickly lost in that area and extensive surgery is usually needed to build up the bone.

“Zygoma” is a fancy word for your cheekbone. This bone is very strong and isn’t going anywhere soon. So a zygomatic implant takes advantage of this bone. Longer-than-usual implants are carefully placed at specific angles to anchor into the cheekbone. These implants will support an entire prosthesis that replaces all of your upper teeth.

Clearly, zygomatic implants are an ideal replacement if you have multiple missing teeth. Rather than contending with a slippery denture for the rest of your life, why not give zygomatic implants some consideration?

Benefits of Zygomatic Implants

Using implants that anchor into your cheekbone means that you can:

  • Experience fewer surgeries
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for bone grafting
  • Recover faster
  • Enjoy a more secure bite than dentures can offer

Not enough bone under the gums? Not a problem! Ask your dentist about the possibility of designing a totally new smile with zygomatic implants.

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

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