Dental Tips Blog

Oct
20

How Long Do You Have to Wait to Get Dentures After Getting Your Teeth Pulled?

Posted in Dentures

Transitioning from natural teeth to dentures isn’t easy. Adding to your anxiety, you’re wondering how long you’ll be without teeth until you can start wearing your finished denture.

Is it possible to get dentures immediately after your teeth are extracted? Well, the answer can be yes and no depending on your situation.

Healing Period for Dentures

Your mouth will be sore and your gums will be swollen after getting teeth extracted. Healing usually takes around six to eight weeks.

It’s best to get a permanent denture fitted once your mouth is completely healed from the extractions. But most people can’t afford to be without teeth for the weeks or months it takes to heal from multiple tooth extractions. That’s why dentists also offer immediate dentures.

What Are Immediate Dentures?

Your dentist designs an immediate denture based upon measurements of your mouth taken before the extractions. Then, after your teeth are taken out, you’ll be given the immediate denture to wear.

An immediate denture should be worn 24/7 to keep the swelling under control. If you take it off during the initial healing period, you may not be able to fit it back over your gums.

Immediate dentures loosen as the gums heal and shrink to their normal positions. These dentures need to be adjusted multiple times over the healing period to accommodate your mouth. Once healing is complete, you may need to be fitted for an entirely new denture.

You may not qualify for an immediate denture, however, if you have complications or a lingering gum infection after the extractions.

Contact your dentist to find out whether an immediate or traditional denture is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverwood Dental
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta GA 30339
(770) 955-2505

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
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

Apr
14

8 Myths You Believed About Dental Implants Until Now

Posted in Dental Implants

Not everything you’ve ever believed about dental implants is true. Here are eight myths your dentist is ready to debunk.

  1. Dental Implants Are Expensive

Your health or dental insurance may cover more than you think. The dental implant specialist can also help you schedule comfortable payment installments. A permanent dental implant can actually be cheaper than other dental solutions that need replacement over time.

  1. Getting Implants Is Painful

You’ll be completely numb during the surgery and you can even opt for sedation to doze your way through it. Implant placement is usually quicker and easier than most people think.

  1. You Can’t Get Implants if You Smoke

The main thing is to stay away from cigarettes just long enough for your implant to heal after surgery, since smoking slows down the healing process.

  1. You Don’t Have Enough Jawbone for an Implant

There are shorter “mini” implants that can make the most of limited bone. New technology allows implant specialists to carefully plan a challenging surgery. Finally, you may qualify for bone grafting.

  1. Implants Look Like Fake Teeth

Dental implants are so natural-looking that no one would ever know you had one.

  1. Implants Are High-Maintenance

Just because they’re a valuable investment doesn’t mean implants are hard to care for. You gently brush and floss them like your other teeth and schedule regular dental checkups. That’s all!

  1. Any Dentist Can Place an Implant

Not all dentists have equal experience in placing implants. Do your research and choose an implant specialist or seasoned dentist who has a solid track record of successful implant procedures.

  1. Dental Implants Are Dangerous

Implants are one of the most predictable and successful procedures in dentistry.

Learn more about dental implants by talking with your local dentist or implant specialist.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Apr
9

5 Ways to Get a Celebrity-Caliber Smile

Posted in Dental Implants

Want your smile to look like it’s fresh off the red carpet?

That perfect set of celebrity teeth is right within your reach. Try one or more of the following cosmetic dental treatments to help you feel better about showing off your unique smile.

  1. Whiten Your Teeth

A little teeth bleaching goes a long way. To make sure the job gets done right the first time, see a dentist for a professional teeth whitening treatment.

Bleaching takes years off your smile. It removes food stains and lightens teeth from the inside. A one-time hour long treatment could be all you need to get the smile of your dreams.

  1. Get Some Dental Bonding

Are you annoyed by that one chipped tooth? Dental bonding smooths out enamel irregularities in a fast and cost-effective appointment.

  1. Try Invisalign

Straight teeth characterize that Hollywood look, but few people are actually born with teeth that are naturally in a straight line. Many celebrities straighten their smiles with barely-there orthodontic methods like Invisalign. Happily, their secret to a glam smile is now yours!

  1. Put on a Veneer or Two

Do you have teeth that refuse to whiten? Don’t have time for braces? Veneers may be your solution.

Dental veneers completely mask imperfections on front teeth and create a perfectly uniform look for your smile.

  1. Get Dental Implants

If you’re missing any teeth, it’s time to think beyond removable partial dentures. Get a natural and more youthful look by filling in the gap with a dental implant or two.

Which celebrity-style cosmetic dental treatment is right for you? Find out by scheduling a smile consultation with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565

Feb
17

You Don’t Have to Get Dentures!

Posted in Dental Implants

While there are many parts of the aging process that you can’t prevent, you might be surprised to learn that the getting dentures part is optional.

At least, they won’t be in your future if you don’t want them to be. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
27

Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?

Posted in Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a tooth replacement that spans the gap between teeth; it’s supported by the ones on either side of the gap.

Removable bridges are also called partial dentures. They can be taken out as needed for easy cleaning. But fixed bridges rest on crowns placed on the remaining teeth or a pair of dental implants.

Should you get a bridge to fill in the gap in your smile?

Why You Should Get a Dental Bridge

Fixed or removable, a bridge can help complete your smile. This will make you less self-conscious about showing your teeth in photographs or laughing. You’ll find it easier to chew food when you have those missing teeth replaced. Whichever tooth replacement you decide on will also help maintain tooth alignment.

If implant surgery is not a realistic option for you, then a traditional bridge may be your best solution.

Downsides to a Dental Bridge

Bridges aren’t always the perfect tooth replacement. Removable partial dentures can put stress on your remaining teeth. Trimming down your natural teeth for crowns to support a permanent dental bridge can also weaken them.

A fixed bridge can be annoying to clean under and around. A removable partial may be easier to clean on the other hand but can also be embarrassing to remove it when you’re around other people.

Which Tooth Replacement Option Should You Get?

Your dentist will help you choose between a fixed bridge, implant, or even a removable partial denture depending on your oral health needs.

Visiting a restorative dentist is the best way to decide on a natural-looking and comfortable tooth replacement that works for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Oct
21

What Are Mini Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

You may be interested in getting a dental implant or two but you’ve been told that you don’t have enough bone to support implants.

Fortunately, there are other options. This is where the “miniature” version comes in.

Mini implants work just like regular ones. They require a brief procedure in which the dentist or surgeon creates an opening in the bone beneath the gums and inserts a titanium, artificial “root” (implant.) The implant, in turn, support a dental crown or bridge.

The biggest difference is that mini implants are smaller than the regular version.

But the differences don’t end there. Because mini implants are smaller, they allow for a more conservative procedure.

You could get even possibly get your implants placed and restored with a new restoration in the same appointment. You may even be able to start using your tooth that very day. There aren’t any sutures and you don’t need to be sedated beyond having local anesthesia to numb up the implant site.

Mini implants, like their larger counterparts, can also anchor dentures with their ball-and-socket attachments. This is a great option if you’ve already been wearing a denture for years and need a more secure fit.

Wearing a denture for a long time can cause permanent changes in the shape of the jaw. You might be tired of having to constantly adjust your prosthesis so it fits your changing mouth. But by then, there’s not enough bone left to justify conventional implants.

Mini implants make the most of the bone you have left, sparing you the need for bone grafting. They’ll also help secure your denture so that you can put an end to all those reline appointments.

Are mini implants right for you? Find out by asking your dentist.

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

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

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