Dental Tips Blog

Jan
3

What Makes a Dental Implant Different from a Crown?

Posted in Dental Implants

If you’ve never had a dental crown or implant, then it can be easy to get the two mixed up. Crowns and implants are both beautiful restorative treatments, but they do have several major differences.

The Difference Between Dental Crowns and Implants

A crown is a short hollow shell that fits right over a trimmed tooth. Crowns are a replacement for the decayed or cracked outer layer of a tooth and keep it strong and healthy. Crowns are usually made from a tooth-colored material like ceramic.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are metal screws that replace missing teeth. An implant goes in the space where a tooth used to be and acts just like a natural tooth root.

Replace Lost Teeth with a Crown or Implant

Although crowns and implants are two different things, they can both serve as replacements for missing teeth. This is why there may be some confusion about how implants and crowns are different.

Implants can fill-in for missing teeth. Three or more crowns linked together as a dental bridge can also fill in a gap. The difference here is that the implant is a standalone restoration while the bridge spans the gap by anchoring crowns to the neighboring teeth.

Dental Implants and Crowns Working Together

Getting an implant almost always includes a dental crown?

The implant itself is just a small screw in the bone. It needs to be capped by some sort of restoration in order to function as a complete tooth. Most of the time, implants are topped with dental crowns.

Do you have some teeth in need of restoration or replacement? Contact a restorative dentist to discuss the best options for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Smile Design Studios
6130 Highway 6
Missouri City, TX 77459
(281) 969-7388

Dec
31

4 Risks and Benefits of Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Before committing to getting a dental implant, you should make sure you understand all of the pros and cons to the process.

Here are four benefits and risks of getting an implant that can help you make the right decision for your oral health.

Risks of Dental Implants

  • Infection. As with any surgical procedure, there is always a slim chance of catching an infection. Taking an antibiotic after dental implant surgery helps lower this chance even further.
  • Nerve damage. If a dental implant runs into a major nerve, can result in numbness, tingling, and even paralysis in parts of the face. Nerve damage doesn’t happen often thanks to careful implant procedure planning technology.
  • Sinus damage. An upper implant that’s pushed too far into the palate can puncture the sinuses. Here, too, careful planning can help to minimize the risk.

Implant failure. Failure is highly unlikely with dental implants which have a success rate of over 95%. The leading cause of failure is peri-implantitis.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Chew foods normally. Implants are just as strong as natural teeth and can help you eat all of the foods you love.
  • Restore confidence. There’s no more embarrassment over that gap in your smile once you fill it in with a dental implant.
  • Preserve tooth alignment. An implant will prevent your remaining teeth from shifting around.
  • Rejuvenate bone tissue in the jaw. Implants are screws that rest directly in the bone tissue. The pressure of biting and chewing on an implant stimulates the surrounding bone tissue to reinforce itself.

Is a Dental Implant Right for You?

Dental implants are excellent restorations but they don’t work for everyone. Weigh the pros and cons of implants by visiting a dentist near you for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Dec
30

Should You Floss Your Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant surgery is only the beginning of your new smile. To keep it securely in your mouth for good, you must care for it like a natural tooth. This includes daily flossing!

Why Implants Need to be Flossed

While your dental implants can’t get cavities, the teeth on either side of it can. Flossing around your implant will remove bacteria and food acids trapped against the neighboring teeth.

You also need to remember that your dental implant can affect the health of your gums and jawbone. If you don’t floss your implant, plaque bacteria can trigger inflammation in the gum and bone that eventually result in the loss of the implant.

Flossing Considerations for Dental Implants

You won’t be able to slip floss as far below the gum line around an implant as you would on other teeth. Be careful to not pull very hard on the floss or you can cut the gums and break the seal around your implant. Avoid any interdental cleaners with metal or abrasive parts that can scratch either the crown or the titanium implant post.

How to Floss Your Dental Implant

Flossing an implant is a bit unusual, but not difficult. First, gently slide the floss up and down against the sides of the implant where it touches against other teeth. Don’t push so hard that you cut down into the gums.

Next, slowly scoot the floss down until it reaches the base of the implant crown. Pull it against the implant post in a U-shape and cross the ends of the floss. Gently tug back and forth to wipe away plaque on the implant’s surface.

Ask your dentist for more tips on easy dental implant care.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Dec
28

What Can You Eat with Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

You can eat anything you want once you have dental implants. There are virtually no limitations. Anything you enjoyed eating with your natural teeth you can continue to chew with implants.

Here’s what you need to know about how implants will affect your daily diet.

Early Diet Considerations for Dental Implants

Right from Day One when you get your implant you can continue to eat the same foods you’re used to eating. If you have any swelling or discomfort from the procedure, then you may prefer to stick to soft foods for a day or so. But the implant procedure is usually too minimal to cause trouble.

You will want to avoid chewing with your implant for the first few months after the procedure. Whether your implant has a crown or not, you shouldn’t bite down directly on it until the implant has “integrated.” Implants need a few months to heal and bind with the bone in your jaw. Eating with the implant too early can dislodge it and ruin the progress you’ve made.

If you have natural teeth on the opposite side of your mouth from the implant, you can continue eating all of your favorite foods by chewing on that side as your mouth heals.

Don’t Chew on Things Natural Teeth Can’t Handle 

Dental implants can be stronger than natural teeth. However, this doesn’t mean you can use them for extreme activities. For example, chewing on ice cubes, tearing open packages, or popping off bottle tops are all things that can damage natural teeth and dental implants alike. Use your dental implant for chewing normal foods as you would use your other teeth.

Talk with an implant dentist near you to learn more about dental implant care.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Dec
27

5 Reasons to Have That Tooth Pulled

Posted in Dental Implants

Why do teeth sometimes need to be extracted even when they don’t hurt? Here are five possible reasons why your tooth’s time has come.

  1. It’s impacted.

Wisdom teeth are notorious for impaction. They can press on the roots of other teeth and mess up your smile’s alignment. Impacted teeth can also lead to pain and infection. Your dentist may want to remove an impacted wisdom tooth before it can start trouble.

  1. It’s lost all support.

Your tooth may be healthy, but it won’t last long if there’s nothing to hold it in place. Gum disease, bone resorption, and gum recession may have combined to leave your tooth swaying in the breeze, so to speak.

  1. The tooth’s nerve is in danger.

An infected or exposed tooth nerve is extremely painful. Your dentist may recommend extracting the tooth to avoid this problem if a root canal isn’t worth attempting.

  1. It’s compromising the health of your other teeth.

Maybe that tooth is an extra one, or it’s come in at an angle that makes it hard to clean your other teeth. Your tooth may not hurt, but it could still host bacteria that could move to other teeth if it isn’t removed.

  1. It’s time to make room for the new.

Is that one tooth all alone? You might be better off pulling it so that you can get a whole new row of teeth in the form of dental implants, a dental bridge or denture.

Get rid of that problematic tooth and then move forward with treatments to restore your smile and enjoy better oral health and fresh breath. Contact your dentist to learn more about tooth extraction and replacement.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Oct
20

6 of Your Biggest Questions About Dental Implants—Answered!

Posted in Dental Implants

Are you thinking about replacing one or more teeth with dental implants? Get the answers to your biggest questions first.

  1. “Do dental implants hurt?”

No, getting dental implants is a pain-free procedure. A significant dose of local anesthesia will ensure you don’t feel a thing. Very basic pain medication is usually sufficient to manage any post-surgery discomfort. Implant surgery is so minimal that it’s actually less painful than other dental procedures.

  1. “Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?”

Dental implants are as strong as natural teeth and can be even stronger because of their direct bond with the bone. You can chew all of your favorite foods with dental implants.

  1. “Can dental implants fall out like dentures?”

No, dental implants aren’t going anywhere once they heal into your jawbone. They aren’t removable so there’s no worry that they’ll fall out like dentures can.

  1. “How successful are dental implants?”

Dental implants have an average success rate of over 95%. They are ranked among the most predictably successful dental treatments out there.

  1. “How much do dental implants cost?”

The cost of dental implants depends on a variety of factors. Price will vary from location to location and also depends on each individual dentist or the materials they use for the procedure. You will pay more for multiple implants than for just one.

  1. “Why should I get dental implants?”

Why should you choose an implant as a tooth replacement? Dental implants:

  • Look and feel natural
  • Preserve the shape of your smile
  • Prevent other teeth from shifting
  • Are easy to maintain

Contact an implant dentist with any other questions you have about dental implants.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Oct
19

Take Good Care of Your Dental Implant!

Posted in Dental Implants

Your dental implant is an amazing restoration that can last a lifetime. But it won’t last very long if you don’t take good care of it.

Here’s what you should know if you want to get the most out of your dental implants.

Why Dental Implants Need Maintenance

Dental implant screws bind with the bone in the jaw as they heal in place and create a sterile seal. This seal, however, can break if the gum tissue around the implant gets inflamed. More bacteria can then invade and cause the bone around the implant to disintegrate.

Once the bone gets inflamed and begins to break down, that spells disaster for your dental implant. Failure to take good care of your implant can result in losing it for good.

How to Maintain Your Dental Implant

What do you need to do to keep a dental implant strong and healthy?

Brush thoroughly. Brushing is extremely important to controlling plaque buildup around dental implants. Don’t skip this daily chore!

Floss gently. Even dental implants need to be flossed, albeit very gently. Flossing removes plaque from areas where your toothbrush can’t reach and prevents the bacteria from triggering gum inflammation.

Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash. Antibacterial or anti-gingivitis mouthwashes contain therapeutic ingredients that soothe and reverse gum inflammation around implants. Consult your dentist to find out which kind of oral rinse, if any, will be beneficial to the health of your dental implant.

Visit the dentist regularly. Regular dental checkups will ensure that your implant stays healthy. Your dentist will check for signs of inflammation and treat it before the problem can get any worse.

Ask your dentist for more dental implant care tips.

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

Oct
19

5 Signs You’re Ready to Get a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Are you ready to see that gap in your smile disappear? A dental implant is an excellent choice for replacing lost teeth.

If you’re interested in getting an implant, then you need to make sure you’re ready for the procedure.

Here are five ways to make sure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants.

  1. You Have Excellent Oral Hygiene

A dental implant is a low-maintenance restoration, but you still need to take care of it the same as you would for any other tooth. Implants can fail if the gums around them are allowed to get infected with plaque bacteria.

If you do a good job taking care of your current oral health, then you’re probably a great candidate for dental implants.

  1. You Don’t Smoke

It is possible to still qualify for a dental implant if you smoke. However, you’re more likely to have a quick and successful healing period after the procedure if you stay away from tobacco use.

  1. You Don’t Grind Your Teeth

Teeth grinding can dislodge a dental implant from the bone. As long as you don’t put excessive stress on your teeth then a dental implant should thrive in your mouth.

  1. You’re Free of Gum Disease

No dentist will place an implant if your gums and jawbone are still being ravaged by gum disease. Having healthy gums improves the chances than an implant will stay healthy.

  1. Your Health Is Stable

Some health conditions and medications can disqualify you from getting a dental implant. If you’re healthy, you may be ready for an implant.

Visit a dental implant provider near you to find out whether or not you’re ready for implants at this time.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Oct
17

Will Insurance Cover Your Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are surgical quality metal rods/screws that bind themselves within your jawbone. They are the closest you can get to having your natural teeth back once they’re lost.

Implants are also notoriously known for being more expensive than traditional types of missing tooth treatments.

You might be interested in dental implants, but they might only be an option if your insurance will help out with the cost.

Will your insurance cover a dental implant procedure?

Dental Insurance and Dental Implants

Unfortunately, some dental insurance companies don’t have a policy that covers dental implants. That’s because they may consider them as non-medically-necessary. If so, they don’t fall under insurance coverage.

But more insurances are covering implants than ever before. Plus, you may also get coverage for the crown that restores your implant. This would make the implant and surgery even more affordable.

How to Afford Dental Implants

Even if your insurance doesn’t cover implants as you’d hoped, there are still ways to save money on this treatment.

Getting a one-time dental implant could save you more money in the long run than a denture. Removable dental appliances need to be regularly repaired and replaced over the years adding up to tens of thousands in dental costs. But once you get an implant, that’s it. An implant is made to last for life.

Talk with a dental implant provider to learn about what financing options the clinic can offer. Dental financing like CareCredit can make it easier to afford your necessary procedures.

Lastly, look into what your health insurance covers. Your health insurance provider may cover them if they are deemed medically-necessary.

Visit a dental implant specialist to learn more about ways to afford a dental implant.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Sep
13

6 Advantages of Full-Mouth Dental Implants Over Traditional Dentures

Posted in Dental Implants

Dentures tend to be faster, cheaper, and less-invasive than implants. So why should you consider getting implants instead of a denture? Here are six reasons.

  1. Implants Are Stronger Than Dentures

Implants are secured to your jaw with “screws” that your bone tissue heals around. This creates a stronger and more secure bite than traditional dentures which merely rest on top of the gums.

  1. Implants Are Permanent Compared with Dentures

Once implants fuse with your jawbone, they never have to come out. Getting implants is a one-time process. Dentures, however, need to be relined, repaired, and replaced over time.

  1. Implants Look More Natural Than Dentures

Dentures carry the potential for embarrassing slips and garbled speech. But implants are so much more natural that no one ever has to know they aren’t real teeth.

  1. Implants Let You Enjoy More Foods Than Dentures Do

The strong hold implants have on your jaw allows you to eat things like corn-on-the-cob, whole apples, and steaks—things most dentures can’t handle.

  1. Implants Are Easier to Care for Than Dentures

There are no denture brushes or soaking solutions with full-mouth dental implants. If you have implants permanently fixed to your jaw, you only need to brush and floss them like normal teeth.

  1. Unlike Dentures, Implants Support Your Smile Shape

Dental implants promote the growth of new bone tissue in your jaw. This maintains the shape of your face and keeps it looking youthful. Dentures, on the other hand, press on your jawbone through the gums and cause it to shrink over time.

Are you a candidate for full-mouth dental implants? Contact your local implant dentist to set up a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Laguna West Dental Care
9098 Laguna Main St Ste 8
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 683-7300

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