Dental Tips Blog

Apr
22

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Posted in Dental Implants

With a history of 30-plus years, dental implants wouldn’t be so popular today if they were unsafe.

If anything, the whole implant placement process only gets safer with each technological advancement.

Why Implants Are Biocompatible

Some materials can trigger allergic reactions and cause the body to reject a foreign object. Making the implant screws out of biocompatible titanium reduces those possibilities.

After the implant goes into the bone, the jaw begins healing around the screw in a process called osseointegration. This makes for a strong and secure bond between the implant and your body.

The Implant Procedure – Quick and Safe

Like many others, you may be more concerned about getting an implant rather than just having one.

The procedure is not as scary as it sounds. Your dentist or oral surgeon will gently expose the bone underneath the gums, place the implant, and close the gums up over the screw. You’ll be numb the entire procedure, which usually takes about a half hour.

The next step is healing for a few months to make sure the implant “took.” At your next procedure, the gums are pulled back again to allow the dentist access to the implant. The abutment and crown is attached, and you’re on your way.

Implant Disclaimers

Dental implants are not ideal for those with serious bone health issues. Certain medications and oral conditions may also rule out the treatment option. Children with jaws that are still developing do not qualify for this therapy.

Implants are perfectly safe as long as you have a qualified dental professional providing them and you plan well for the procedure.

Ask your dentist whether a dental implant is the right option for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Mar
31

Dental Implants or Natural Teeth – Which Are Better?

Posted in Dental Implants

Have you ever been told that you should get a tooth pulled and replaced with an implant?

It turns out that there are good reasons for holding onto your natural teeth as long as possible.

Natural teeth have no equal replacement. Dental implants can’t mimic the contour beneath the gums that teeth do. Implants also cannot sense temperature or respond to pressure.

Besides this, there’s the fact that your natural tooth is already there! Why hurry to get a new one?

Dental implants are usually worth considering if:

  • Your tooth is too damaged to restore
  • An indefinite number of procedures to restore the tooth will end up costing more than an implant surgery
  • Your health doesn’t allow you to have multiple restorative appointments

For many patients, going ahead with the implant is the best option.

But you should consult with your dentist to find out whether there’s any reason you shouldn’t get an implant. For example, if you have a teeth grinding problem, an implant would be a waste of money since your habit could damage your investment.

Holding onto your natural teeth isn’t the cheap or lazy way out, however. Whether you choose to save your tooth or get an implant, both options require commitment to your health.

To make a choice, you need to be well-aware of your condition and what your dental needs are. Explore every option, ask questions, and ask others you know how they feel about the choice they made.

Just remember that knowing some success stories doesn’t guarantee a particular method will be right for you Contact your dentist for an expert assessment of what your smile needs to thrive!

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Mar
30

How Does a Dental Implant Work?

Posted in Dental Implants

By design, dental implants are essentially an “artificial root” that is inserted into the jaw, where a missing tooth once stood. This titanium rod fuses with your bone and supports the desired fixed prosthesis (“false tooth.”)

Implants are able to support a variety of restorations, including fixed crowns and bridges. Alternatively, one or more implants can be used to secure a denture. While the implant stays put, the denture may be permanently affixed or removable. Implants themselves are not removable.

Phases of Implant Treatment

In a straightforward outpatient procedure, the dentist makes an incision in the gums and carefully inserts the implant in the bone underneath.

Next comes a healing period. The gums have to close over the implant to give it time to fuse (osseointegrate) with the bone. This usually takes 3-6 months to complete.

Once the metal implant takes to the bone, it’s strong enough to go to work. The dentist then removes the protective covering to place the restoration of choice. This is usually a crown that looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Dental implants don’t feel much different from real teeth. But if you get one, you’d still need to keep it clean in order to avoid getting an infection that could cause it to fail.

An Alternative Option to Replace Missing Teeth

Due to their predictability and longevity, implants offer a convenient advantage over traditional dentures and fixed bridges.

What are benefits to getting an implant?

  • Easy cleaning and care
  • Smiling and laughing with confidence
  • Cosmetic enhancement in addition to the medical benefits
  • No diet limitations

Contact your dentist today to learn more about implants and whether you’re a candidate for one.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Mar
27

What You Need to Know Before Getting a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Lots of dental offices are promoting implants as the perfect remedy to missing teeth. It’s true that dental implants represent the highest standard of restorative care. But before you rush out to get one, you should understand what’s required.

A Good Dental Implant Takes Time

What does it take to get a dental implant?

It kind of looks like all you do is stick a fake tooth in the gap where one is missing. In reality, however, there’s so much more to it than that.

Dental implants are more likely to be successful in a mouth with lots of healthy bone. Special scans and x-rays will show whether your mouth is a good candidate for an implant. If there isn’t enough bone, you may need more than one surgery to prepare it.

The implant procedure itself is not complicated, but there are several months of healing that follow.

Implants Require Care

Long after you finally get an implant, you need to take good care of it to make it last. A dental implant may be a false tooth, but it’s still a part of your bone. The screw itself fuses with the jawbone around it. If the implant isn’t kept clean, the surrounding tissues can get infected.

An implant can eventually become totally loose if inflammation sets in. At this point, there’s a good chance of it failing.

Even after years of successful implant use, you can still lose it if you don’t properly brush and gently floss it!

Given that an implant represents an investment of time and effort in addition to cost, it’s not the right choice for everyone. If you’re interested in seeing whether you qualify, call your local dental office and schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Mar
27

Get a Denture for Just One Tooth

Posted in Dentures

Even if you have at least 27 other fully-functioning teeth, that one missing tooth can seem like it’s ruining your life.

Too many people hide their smiles in shame because of a gaping hole in their grin.

If that describes you, then a denture could be just what you need.

What Kind Of Denture?

Don’t worry – you shouldn’t need to have any more teeth extracted!

You may actually qualify for what’s called a partial denture. Like any denture, this is made from a pink acrylic to match your gums. Partial dentures may have metal or acrylic clasps to anchor onto neighboring teeth while it holds a false tooth suspended over the gap.

Life With A Partial Denture

No one has to ever know that you wear the appliance unless you tell them.

You will have to remove your partial denture at night to clean it and soak it in a denture-safe solution. Occasional checkups with your dentist will ensure a snug, clean, and comfortable fit at all times.

Alternatives To A Partial Denture

If you find that life with a partial denture isn’t right for you, then you might want to consider getting a dental implant to fill the empty space. But for the time being, a partial is a fairly quick and noninvasive way to complete your smile.

For a fast fix, you can also opt for a crown-and-bridge restoration. This technique caps two natural teeth and uses them as the support for a false tooth. The downside is that the procedure is not reversible.

To find out whether a removable false tooth (partial denture) is right for you, schedule a visit at your local dental office.

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

Jan
29

Preparing Yourself for Getting Dentures

Posted in Dentures

It’s hard to believe you’re at this point in your life – the dentist has advised you to get all your remaining teeth pulled and replaced with a denture.

Perhaps you ask yourself how you got here. You might find yourself reviewing poor decisions you made about your dental health in earlier years.

It might be too late to regret skipped dental visits now, but it’s not too late to change one thing: your view of the situation.

Focus On The Benefits

Dentures aren’t shameful. They are an essential tool for enjoying life for anybody who has lost teeth for any reason. Think about how you’ll be able to enjoy a clean pain-free mouth with fresh breath and smile confidently in photos.

Do A Little Research

Dentures are often a barrier to good nutrition since they can reduce the capacity of your bite. When you have to worry about your teeth slipping and sliding, you’re more likely to opt for mac ‘n’ cheese than a fresh salad.

With a little research, you can find ways to enjoy healthy and tasty foods prepared in denture-friendly ways. Start now so that you can have a personalized recipe book ready to go.

Build Trust In Your Dentist

The most important thing you can do is get to know your dentist who will be providing you with your new denture. When you have a trusting relationship, you’ll be confident that you’ll like your new look. It also makes it easier to freely voice any concerns you may have.

Contact your dentist with any more denture questions.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103
678-888-1554

Jan
29

Can You Get Cheaper Dental Implants Abroad?

Posted in Dental Implants

Medical and dental tourism have taken off in recent years as the standard of care in other countries comes to rival that of more developed lands.

Dental tourism may seem like the only solution for those whose insurance won’t cover certain treatment. For some, it’s the only alternative if they don’t have insurance coverage, at all.

Getting a dental implant in another country has resulted in savings for a lot of patients who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. But this doesn’t mean that seeking treatment abroad is right for you.

Before you can make that decision, you have to carefully weigh the risks involved.

Do you really know what standards a foreign dental office functions by? If you’re not familiar with all the sterilization and antiseptic precautions used here at home, then you may not realize how much you’re at risk in a place with lower standards.

Is there any way to stay in contact with the doctor performing your procedure in case something goes wrong? You might not exactly be able to sue a dentist for malpractice in certain areas. Before agreeing to anything, you have to be sure that your health and satisfaction can be guaranteed or compensated in some way.

Getting dental implants abroad may be a fraction of the price they are here, but you have to add in other expenses:

  • Passport and visa
  • Transportation
  • Food and lodging
  • Follow up care or re-treatment

In the end, you may realize it’s a whole world safer and more cost-effective to get dental implants locally! Talk with your dentist here for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Jan
4

Could Full Mouth Implants Save You Money?

Posted in Dental Implants

Implants are notoriously expensive. Many insurances provide only limited coverage. Maybe your provider will partially cover them but provides complete coverage for a denture.

If you don’t feel your insurance will help out, you should still think about investing in getting full mouth implants instead of a denture.

How is this worth it?

Implants Meet Real Needs

Don’t be fooled into thinking that what your insurance covers is what your mouth needs. Dental implants do far more than just make a smile pretty. They also offer a very practical solution in terms of function.

Dental implants are meant to be permanent. No other restoration comes with that sort of security. It’s a pleasant surprise if a denture lasts more than five years.

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. This makes cleaning them a lot simpler than cleaning a denture. You can live without the fear of something falling out and embarrassing you and easily eat the foods you love.

Implants are a one-time investment. Sit down and do the math. How much longer do you plan to live in need of functioning teeth? What will all those years add up to in terms of cost for maintaining smile? Adjusting dentures can be costly and they need replacement in a matter of years.

Bear in mind, too, that full mouth implants don’t mean getting an implant in every single place where you used to have a tooth. Rather, systems like Hybridge and implant-supported dentures could end up saving you thousands as you enjoy a strong smile for years to come. Discuss your options with your dentist to get an idea of what’s right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
ABQ Dentures
2010 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 933-7794

Dec
31

What If You Don’t Have Enough Bone for an Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A house is only as strong as its foundation and an implant is likewise only as good as the bone it rests in. While dental implants represent hope for many people with missing teeth, they aren’t always a guaranteed solution.

Insufficient bone for implants could be the result of:

  • Injury
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth defects
  • Years of wearing a denture
  • Going years without replacing teeth

Perhaps for one of the reasons listed above you’ve been told that an implant wouldn’t work for you.

Does this mean you can say goodbye to the hope of ever again having a beautiful smile?

Happily, no. You still have a chance! Implant specialists offer a few different procedures for restoring bone in the mouth so that it can support these restorations.

Bone Graft

A very common and safe procedure, grafting uses bone from your body, a donor’s, or a synthetic material to patch up weak areas. The procedure is a lot easier than you might imagine and after a few months, your mouth should be ready to receive an implant.

Ridge Expansion

In a very specific bone grafting treatment, the ridge of the lower jaw is widened to make it easier to support implants.

Sinus Augmentation

If you’ve been missing some upper back teeth for a while, there’s chance that your sinus cavities have gotten a little bigger as the bone thins out. The wall separating your sinuses from your teeth could be too slim to safely anchor an implant. Packing on some extra bone tissue to “lift” the sinus is the best way to make implants happen.

Talk with your general dentist to get a better idea of what your smile needs to qualify for dental implants.

Posted on behalf of:
Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157

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

Most Popular

Tori, Exostosis, and Extra Bone Formation in the Mouth

A fairly common occurrence in the mouth is the existence of extra bone development along the outside or inside of the jawline near the teeth, or in the roof of…

Difference Between Conscious and Unconscious Sedation

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for many people who would not or cannot tolerate dentistry in a traditional dental setting.   Many people have a fear of visiting the dentist,…

Lingual Frenectomy versus Lingual Frenuloplasty

Lingual frenectomy and lingual frenuloplasty are both dental procedures used to correct a condition called ankyloglossia. Ankylogloassia, more commonly known as ‘tied tongue’, is an abnormality of the lingual frenulum….