Dental Tips Blog

Jun
4

Which Is Better: Partial Dentures or Implants?

Sometimes, the most annoying teeth are the ones that just aren’t there anymore.

A gap in your smile isn’t just a blow to your pride. It can also be a trap for irritating food leftovers. Empty spaces also allow your other teeth to move and shift out of place.

One thing is certain: you must fill in that empty space. The question is: with what?

Partial Dentures For A Non-Invasive Fix

A partial is a dental prosthesis with one or several replacement teeth attached to it. It’s a metal frame that rests on your remaining natural teeth for support.

What’s good about a partial is that you don’t have to wait very long to get your completed smile. It’s also a non-invasive and conservative procedure. This is really the only option for a person who can’t have surgery. The only downside to having a partial is the fact that you can’t leave it in your mouth 24/7. It has to come out for cleaning and to give your gums a break.

Permanently Restore Your Smile With An Implant

Dental implants are metal screws that anchor firmly and permanently into the jawbone. These are, in turn, topped with crowns that look and feel just like natural teeth. An implant is the smile solution that stays with you for life. It doesn’t need regular adjustment and you don’t remove it for cleaning.

Which Restoration Is Right For You?

The “best” option is highly relative. It depends entirely on your individual needs. You’re only going to find out which is right for you by scheduling a visit to your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Jun
4

How a Dental Implant is Just Like a Natural Tooth

Posted in Dental Implants

Thinking about getting a dental implant?

If you’ve never had one before, you’re probably wondering what it feels like. Actually, a dental implant is not too different from the rest of your natural teeth.

How’s it similar?

In Form

A dental implant is a metal screw that sits inside the bone of your jaw. This is kind of like the root of a tooth. The artificial root supports the crown of the new tooth, just like natural roots anchor the chewing part of real teeth.

In Feel

What does a dental implant feel like?

You won’t really notice the actual implant in your jaw. Once it’s healed into the bone, it creates a stable seal with your body and becomes a part of you. The crown, or fake tooth, will be as smooth and strong as any other. It will feel like a regular tooth when you touch it with your tongue.

In Function

Using your dental implant will come quite naturally. You just eat the foods you love as you normally would.

Anything that’s bad for your implant is bad for your normal teeth, as well. So this rules out using your implant tooth to open packages or to chew ice. Other than that, corn-on-the-cob, whole, apples, burgers, steaks, you name it are all fair game.

In Maintenance

Even caring for dental implants is just like cleaning a natural tooth! Regular brushing and flossing is all that you need to keep the area around your implant healthy. While it can’t get tooth decay (cavities,) the gums around it need to stay free of gingivitis to keep your implant secure.

Ask your dentist if implants are right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

May
25

Am I Too Old for a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

As long as you are healthy, there is no age limit for getting a dental implant.

Adult patients across a wide spectrum of ages have benefited from dental implants for years. The fact that you’re considering the possibility of implant therapy shows that it’s probably not too late for you.

Dental implants are one of the most predictably successful treatments out there. Even still, there are a few important considerations everyone needs to keep in mind before getting an implant.

Will Your Jaw Support an Implant?

Implants are metal screws that need plenty of bone to anchor into. After years of wearing a denture in your mouth, the bone under your gums will have shrunk a bit. You may need bone grafting to rebuild your jaw. A graft procedure means an extra investment of more surgery and recovery time.

Can You Care for Your Implant?

You need to be diligent about thoroughly cleaning your implant daily with a toothbrush and gentle floss. If you would have difficulty doing that, then a removable option that someone else can clean might be better for you.

Are You Ready to Invest Some Time and Risk?

Placing a dental implant in a healthy body is a very safe procedure. However, like any other surgery, there is always possibility something could go wrong. There is also the fact that implants take months to properly heal.

If you don’t want to put your body through all that at this point in your life, then your dentist will help you find another option. But if you’re interested in what an implant could do for you, bring the topic up for discussion with your family and local dentist.

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

May
1

The Truth About Dental Implant Allergies

Posted in Dental Implants

The majority of dental implants are made with a non-magnetic metal called titanium. Like many other patients, you may be worried about your chances of being allergic to dental implants.

Facts About Titanium

Titanium may be too soft to comprise an implant by itself

Titanium is usually combined with other biocompatible metals in an alloy

Metals used in an alloy (like nickel) are usually the one responsible for a reaction

A true titanium allergy is very rare. Rather than itching and redness, signs of a reaction include:

  • chronic fatigue
  • migraine
  • confusion
  • mental fogginess

Talk with your dentist before getting an implant if you suspect you may have a true titanium allergy.

When You Suffer an Implant Reaction

What if you do notice unusual signs after your implant is placed?

When your procedure is done by an experienced professional, you don’t need to worry about improper technique. A failed implant is a sign that your body isn’t healing properly. That’s why it’s imperative that you follow your dentist’s instructions exactly when it comes to the recovery process. Additionally, your body and gums need to be healthy and ready to accept an implant at the time of the surgery.

What if you’re just noticing some swelling years after you got your implant?

Your issue may come down to how well you’re cleaning your teeth. Even though an implant is not a natural tooth, it can still acquire plaque which triggers an infection in the gums and bone around the implant.

If you are concerned about your implant or have questions about getting one, contact your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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

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