Dental Tips Blog

Aug
3

Yes, Losing Your Tooth IS a Big Deal!

Posted in Dental Implants

Contrary to what many people believe, there’s nothing natural about losing teeth. Even so, what’s so bad about missing just one or two teeth?

Missing Teeth and Alignment

The biggest issue comes down to is your smile’s alignment. Your teeth are always looking to be on the move. If there’s an empty space directly above or below them, they will try to grow to fill it. If there’s an empty space in front of them, they will drift forward to fill it.

Unfortunately, it throws off your entire bite when teeth tip out of line. It may become harder to chew. Those crooked teeth will be harder to keep clean and restore. They can also become vulnerable to diseases that make them fall out.

A bad bite could also potentially lead to TMJ complications and chronic headaches.

A Broken Smile?

Missing teeth can significantly affect the shape of your smile. This isn’t just because there is a gap or two. The bone in your jaw is reinforced by the presence of tooth roots. Without teeth, that bone will start to shrink and create craters in the gums.

Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth

In summary, missing teeth can result in:

  • Disease to other teeth
  • Alignment and bite problems
  • Collapsed smile
  • Difficulty fitting other restorations

Basically, the more teeth you are missing, the sooner the ones you have left will follow suit!  There are many options to replace missing teeth including dental implants, dentures, and a bridge or partial bridge.

Check with your dentist to find out whether your missing teeth have the potential to cause trouble. If so, talk to your dentist about which restoration options that are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Center For Restorative, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
711 Greenbriar Pkwy, Suite 101
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 547-2770

Jul
31

How Long Will a Dental Implant Last?

Posted in Dental Implants

Your implant is designed to feel like a normal tooth, but it can take some getting used to. After the surgical placement, the tissue around these restorations need time to heal. You’ll also be visiting the dentist for multiple appointments.

With all the time and effort involved, there’s no side-stepping the issue – dental implants can cost more than other tooth replacements. But rather than looking at them as an expense, it best to see them for what they really are: a smart investment.

Just as with any other smart investment, you can expect the payout of a dental implant to be worth all of the time and start-up costs. What this also means is that you can expect your implant to last you a very long time!

Lifespan Of Dental Implants

As an implant integrates with your bone and gums, it essentially becomes a part of you. It isn’t going anywhere. The best part about investing in an implant is that they can last you a lifetime.

Dental implants are commonly made from titanium. You’re not likely to have an allergic reaction and it won’t break down. Top it off with a sturdy crown, and you’ve got the next best thing to a natural tooth.

Investing In Implants

Virtually all other tooth restoration options are temporary. From bridges to dentures, you’re not going to find a replacement that lasts as long as implants do.

Of course, there’s much you still need to do to keep your implant strong. It might not be a natural tooth, but it has natural gums and bone around it. Keeping your implant clean is the key to making it last.

Talk with your dentist for information if you’re curious about implants.

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

Jul
12

Subperiosteal vs. Endosteal Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

The goal of dental implants is to replace missing teeth with a secure and discreet solution. No one ever has to know that the teeth you have aren’t natural.

However, not all implants are the same.

Endosteal and Subperiosteal Implants

“Endosteal” means “within bone” and it covers classic dental implants. They are inserted directly into the bone for support. The implant is a small screw that acts just like a tooth root.

Breaking down “subperiosteal” we understand it to mean “below the gums, near the bone.” So subperiosteal implants don’t actually go through the bone. Instead, they rest on the jawbone just under the gum tissue.

These implants are attached to a metal framework that sits on the jawbone like a saddle on a horse’s back. Only the implant attachments show up above the gums and these anchor the false teeth to the mouth.

There is even a third kind of implant called “transosteal” which goes through the bone completely. The implants come out through the gums, but they are anchored by a plate attached to the chin, which is also hidden under skin and gums.

Why The Difference?

Implant support systems come in different designs to make the most of the bone you have available in your jaw. It all comes down to what kind of support your smile needs.

Going a long time without teeth can cause bone to shrink and limit the amount of anchoring material you have to work with.

Do you feel that a special implant system could change the way you smile for the better? An implant specialist or your general dentist could make some recommendations. Call to schedule a consultation.

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

Jun
28

What You Should Think About Before Getting a Dental Bridge

Posted in Dental Bridges

For decades, dental bridges have restored smiles around the world. But before you decide to fill the gap in your smile with a dental bridge, take some time to consider the following questions.

How Will This Affect My Other Teeth?

A dental bridge is simply two dental crowns that rest on the teeth on either side of the gap. Between them, they support one or two false teeth which hang suspended over the gums. Dental crowns are not permanent. With time, the crowns supporting your bridge will need to be replaced. Every time they are replaced, those teeth will get weaker.

It’s one thing if the teeth around the gap have damage or decay. But if they’re perfectly healthy, why crown them? They will last much longer if left as they are.

Do I Need A More Permanent Solution?

As mentioned above, your bridge won’t last forever. If you want a solution that you never have to worry about again, dental implants may be right for you.

Dental implants still require some care, but as long as you’re healthy, they will likely never need to be replaced.

Can I Keep A Bridge Clean?

A dental bridge is the fastest and simplest option for restoring a secure bite. If you choose to get one, you should be prepared to take good care of it so that it lasts as long as possible. Cleaning your bridge is not as simple as brushing it. You’ll need to access the underside of it in addition to flossing around the crowns.

Talk with your dentist about the tooth replacement option that’s right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dentistry of Highland Village
3651 Weslayan St. #208
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 360-7700

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

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