Dental Tips Blog

Jul
15

Why Are Dental Implants So Expensive?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant might sound like a simple tooth replacement. What’s the big deal with placing an artificial tooth into the socket? Why does it have to cost so much?

Some dentists like to explain using the example of completing a home improvement project.

Unlike a new car or phone where you just head off to a store to pick it up, making a change to your home takes many other factors into consideration:

  • The skill of the craftsman you hire for the project
  • The quality of the materials you select
  • How long it takes to complete your project
  • The condition of your land or building before the project

Likewise, getting a dental implant is about far more than just putting a fake tooth in place of the lost one. It takes a good deal of careful planning, which requires a lot of time and the use of costly equipment.

You’d probably agree that especially where your health is concerned, you want to get the job done right the first time. A dentist or oral surgeon who really knows their craft and takes their time to perfectly place dental implants is worth every dollar spent.

A cheap dental implant deal, on the other hand, doesn’t speak well of the quality or experience behind it.

Not to be forgotten are the overhead costs. Your implant fee isn’t going straight to the dentist’s pocket. Dental materials are pricey, dental equipment is expensive, and then there are lab fees, clinic maintenance bills, and employees to be paid.

That’s all taken into consideration when you get billed for an implant.

Ask your dentist how you can get an affordable and high-quality dental implant.

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

May
20

Could a Robot Place Your Next Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A Chinese woman recently had a dental implant placed by a robot with a pre-programmed procedure. Human doctors were right there to make sure everything went well, but they didn’t participate.

The implant was placed accurately.

We’re now a huge step closer to automated dental surgery in America thanks to a new system.

Yomi is the robotic dental surgery assistant now FDA-approved for use in the United States.

This system isn’t meant to take the control right out of the dentists’ hands, however. Yomi helps to make their own work more precise.

Until recently, traditional implant placement meant that a surgeon had to make a map of a patient’s mouth and then operate based what he or she saw in the images.

Computer-assisted 3D virtual surgery planning has helped a lot. But it’s still up to the doctor to look at the plan and then estimate the correct angle and depth in the gums for placing the implant.

Yomi creates a 3D image of the patient’s mouth with a CAT scan. This image can be manipulated throughout the procedure. Best of all, Yomi’s surgical arm is linked with the image like a car can be linked to a GPS. So during the surgery it ensures that the drill only moves at the angle and depth originally planned.

Yomi allows for the treatment plan to change as needed, and the surgeon is always in control of the machine.

It’s fascinating to see how implant surgery is getting faster, more accurate, and less-invasive.

Contact your local dental office to find out more about the advances being made in dental implant technology. A consultation will reveal whether an implant is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

May
13

Dental Bridge or Implant – Which Should You Get?

Posted in Dental Implants

If you’re missing a tooth, a bridge or implant could give you back a functional and beautiful smile. You may be confused, however, about which one to get.

What Are Dental Bridges? 

A bridge is a restoration that spans a gap between teeth. The bridge caps the neighboring teeth with dental crowns and suspends a false tooth over the empty space. Bridges are most often made from porcelain for a natural look and feel.

How Dental Implants Work 

Dental implants are tiny metal screws the dentist places into the jaw bone. These artificial tooth roots support a dental crown as the tooth replacement. Implants don’t require capping the neighbor teeth since they function independently.

Differences Between Bridges and Implants

Dental bridges can be completed in just a couple of appointments. Getting a bridge is not an surgical procedure, so it’s usually safe for everyone. Once you get a bridge, it will stay with you for several years until it needs to be replaced.

Implants require more work and planning than bridges. Because getting an implant is a minor surgical procedure, your oral and general health have to be in good shape before you can qualify for the treatment.

The advantages implants have over bridges is that they are permanent and don’t require reshaping any healthy neighboring teeth.

If, however, you have other teeth around the empty gap that are in need of crowns or fillings, then you may be better off getting a bridge. In this case, a bridge can serve the dual purpose of filling in a gap and restoring other decayed teeth.

Contact a general dentist to find out which restoration is right for you.

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

May
6

3 Things You Should Know About Getting a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are the latest and greatest when it comes to tooth replacement these days. But dentists still caution patients to not rush the decision to get just any type of new treatment.

You should be aware of these three key facts before you commit to getting a dental implant.

  1. It’s Not Indestructible

Just because an implant is an artificial tooth doesn’t mean it’s problem-free. True, it won’t develop cavities. But the gums and bone around it can still get infected if you don’t clean it well.

  1. You Still Need to Floss

To keep your implant secure in your mouth for life, you’ll have to clean it every day. This includes brushing it right along with your other teeth and flossing around it daily. Your dentist who places the implant will have more specific care instructions.

  1. It Both Will and Won’t Feel Like a Natural Tooth

Your tongue will perceive the implant as any other tooth. But you will notice that it doesn’t have the sensation or “spring” that other teeth do. This is because the implant is rooted directly into the bone while other teeth have a layer of ligaments supporting them in the sockets.

This design puts your implant at some risk, as well. Natural teeth can heal from minor trauma if they are bumped, thanks to the ligaments. But if an implant is knocked loose, it may need to be replaced.

Implants are great for replacing missing teeth. But they really can’t match the stability and function of natural teeth. So hold onto your pearly whites for as long as possible! Ask your dentist for advice if you’re thinking of replacing a tooth with an implant.

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

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

Feb
16

5 Benefits of Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal post placed in the jawbone that supports and anchors a tooth replacement such as a dental crown or even a removable denture.

Implants represent the ultimate, gold standard in restorative dentistry, the end-all dental solution. Why? Because of these unparalleled benefits:

  1. Better Diet

Implants let you chew with more security than dentures do. You can bite into healthy foods and enjoy a greater variety of the meals you love. An implant can also eliminate that annoying “food trap” created by a missing tooth.

  1. Permanent Solution

Tired of constantly getting your denture adjusted or having new partials made? Dental implants get rid of all of that. Once an implant heals in place, it’s basically set for life, as long as you take care of it.

  1. Easier Oral Hygiene

Caring for your implants is just like brushing and flossing your natural teeth. You need to work to keep an implant healthy and strong, but that’s usually easier than flossing under a fixed bridge or cleaning a denture every day.

  1. Enhanced Comfort and Convenience

An implant is designed to feel just like a natural tooth, so there will be no fear of it slipping out of place, pinching, or chafing your gums. It’s secure and ready to go all day long.

  1. Improved Confidence

It almost goes without saying that you’ll look great by completing your smile with an implant! Knowing you can smile, laugh, chew, and talk with confidence will help you live your life worry-free.

Find out how one or more dental implants could change your life. Call your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Feb
13

Do You Have Kidney Disease? You May Still Qualify for a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

An estimated 11% of adults worldwide are affected by chronic kidney disease, the vast majority of which have oral symptoms that can contribute to tooth loss.

These issues often result from a combination of poor oral hygiene and the effects of medications. Kidney disease can also result from diabetes, another condition that endangers oral health.

What’s more, the negative conditions worsen each other. Kidney disease may affect oral health and poor oral health will prevent you from eating foods that your kidneys need.

Oftentimes, patients with chronic kidney disease are those most in need of reliable tooth replacements. But health risks may have both the dentist and you, the patient, wary. Getting an implant is usually straightforward, but with so many complications in the mix, what can you do?

Implant specialists from around the world have been studying this issue and recently published several recommendations in the International Journal of Oral Science (IJOS):

  • Dentist should consult with kidney specialist to plan implant treatment
  • Multiple blood tests and blood counts are necessary
  • Aim to have surgery one day after hemodialysis
  • Take specialized x-rays of proposed implant site to ensure bone is strong
  • Treat gums for disease before implant procedure to reduce risk of infection
  • Longer than usual healing time
  • Follow up with frequent maintenance visits with dentist

In summary, if you have chronic kidney disease and are interested in getting dental implants, be prepared to take it slow. Careful planning and thorough communication are key.

Talk with your doctor and dentist about the possibility. If the anticipated benefits to your health far outweigh any small risks, getting an implant may well be worth the effort.

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

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