Dental Tips Blog

Apr
20

The Pros and Cons of Getting a Denture

Posted in Dentures

Getting a denture is a major life change. You should understand both the advantages and disadvantages to getting a new prosthesis before you dive in.

The Pros of Getting a Denture

Your smile will look great. A will give you the confidence to pose for pictures and laugh like you used to.

Say goodbye to flossing! With no teeth in your mouth, there’s no need to floss.

No more tooth pain. It will be a huge relief to get rid of your teeth if they are few and unhealthy. No more toothaches, no more sensitivity, no more fillings!

Chew with all of your teeth again. If you only have a few remaining teeth, then odds are you haven’t been able to chew very well with them. Eating with a denture does take practice, but it will enable you to enjoy a greater variety of foods than did with no teeth.

The Cons of Getting a Denture

Dentures reduce your bite strength. A denture is no match for what natural teeth are capable of. You may have to cut your food into smaller bites and stay away from hard crunchy items while wearing a denture.

A denture needs daily care. Just because you don’t have teeth to brush and floss doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for oral hygiene. Dentures must be cleaned and soaked daily to prevent stain, bad breath, and infections.

Dentures can wear down your bone. These appliances put weight directly on your bone and cause it to slowly resorb if worn too long (such as sleeping in them.) Your smile will shrink, and your denture will occasionally need to be refitted.

Find out whether a denture is right for you by visiting a local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Apr
14

How to Prevent Your Smile from Sinking as You Age

Posted in Dental Implants

Some people think that a sunken or toothless smile is a natural part of the aging process. In reality, it’s an easily preventable one. By taking a few simple precautions, you can keep your facial profile strong and keep it from sinking as you age.

Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene

The most important thing you can do to protect your smile is to keep it healthy. This involves brushing and flossing every single day. Good hygiene will prevent plaque from triggering gum inflammation or cavities that lead to tooth loss.

Replace Missing Teeth

Smiles shrink when they lose the framework of your teeth. The roots on natural teeth sit deep in the jawbone and stimulate it to stay strong. When you lose them, the bone in your mouth also loses key support and starts to dissolve, resulting in a sunken-in smile.

Get missing teeth replaced as quickly as you can. Dental implants are the best way since they act like natural tooth roots and keep the jawbone healthy.

Eat a Nutritious Diet

When it comes to your teeth, it’s use them or lose them.

Tooth roots are surrounded by a network of ligaments within the gum tissue. These ligaments cushion teeth and brace them for chewing activity. If you regularly crunch on things like carrots, almonds, apples, and whole grains, you’ll strengthen those ligaments and keep your teeth in place.

A healthy diet also supplies your smile with the calcium, collagen, and other essential nutrients it needs to stay strong.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental checkups and cleanings will help you avoid problems before they begin. Contact your local dentist to learn more about keeping youthful smile for life.

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

Apr
9

5 Questions to Ask Your Dentist Before Getting a Denture

Posted in Dentures

Getting a denture isn’t the same process for everyone. It’s helpful if you understand your own unique needs and circumstances before getting a set of “false teeth.” Here are five important questions to discuss with your dentist to make sure you understand the recommended treatment.

  1. How will dentures change the way I eat and talk?

Getting dentures is a big commitment since there’s no going back to your natural teeth once they’re gone. It’s crucial that you understand how a prosthesis will change your life before you commit to one.

  1. Should I keep any of my remaining natural teeth?

You may be anxious to get rid of your remaining natural teeth, especially if you keep getting cavities or having other problems. But as long as they’re still strong, you may be better off holding onto them and getting a partial denture.

  1. What kind of denture is right for me?

There are many different kinds of dental prostheses. Your dentist will help you find out which materials and design are right for your smile.

  1. Are there any alternatives to getting a denture?

A denture may not even be the solution you need. Ask your dentist about partial dentures, bridges, implants and other options for restoring your bite.

  1. How can I keep my dentures in good shape?

Getting a denture is only the start of your new responsibility. Keeping your denture in shape and your mouth in good health requires some work on your part. Your dentist will explain what you should do to get the most out of your denture.

Visit a dentist in your area to ask any other questions you have.

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

Mar
13

Why Some People Need “Bone Grafting”

Posted in Oral Surgery

Bone grafting in dentistry is when an oral surgeon builds up weak areas in a person’s jaw with bone tissue or a similar substitute. The bone may be taken from your own body (autograft) or from a donor (allograft).

Grafting isn’t just for the jaw; it can also repair defects on the upper half of the mouth, too.

Why do some people end up needing a bone graft at all?

After an Injury

Cancer or an accident can lead to someone losing a large portion of bone in their jaw. A bone graft is thus necessary to restore normal function or anatomy.

To Protect Teeth

Severe gum recession or disease can lead to teeth losing vital support and protection. The exposed tooth roots are at risk for decay and extreme sensitivity, or they can fall out altogether.

Someone with compromised teeth may need to have some bone tissue replaced if they want to save their natural smile.

Prepare for a Dental Implant

Perhaps one of the most common reasons for bone grafting is to prepare a site in the mouth to receive dental implants.

Some spots in the dental arch can become too low or thin to support an implant. Natural existing bone can wear down with time if teeth are missing or if it’s actively attacked by gum disease.

Whatever the reason for getting a jaw bone graft, it takes time to heal after the procedure. It can be several months before a site is ready to support a denture or withstand an implant procedure.

Wondering whether a bone graft is right for you? Talk to a local dentist or oral surgeon.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

Mar
9

5 Ways Dental Implants Are Just Like Natural Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants represent the gold standard in tooth replacement therapy, these days.

But why are implants so popular?

Primarily, because they’re the closest thing you can get to having your natural teeth back again.

Implants Look Natural

No clasps, no wires, no odd gaps around your gums. Dental implants look as natural as any other tooth in your smile.

Eat Whatever You Want with Implants

Implants have very few limitations when it comes to food. In fact, you should be able to chew any foods you can with your natural teeth. There’s no avoiding hard or chewy items or cutting things up into tiny bites. People love the dietary freedom they have with dental implants as opposed to something like removable dentures.

You Can Clean Implants Just Like Natural Teeth

Implants don’t require removal, soaking, and brushing. You just brush them right along with your other teeth and carefully floss around them every day (plus make regular dental checkups.) That’s all it takes to keep your implant healthy.

Implants Preserve the Shape of Your Smile

Implants are biocompatible “roots” that sit deep in your jawbone. These restorations act just like natural tooth roots. They stimulate bone growth to maintain the shape of your facial profile. This process prevents the smile collapse so commonly seen with missing teeth.

Implants Are Permanent

Lastly, an implant is a permanent solution. Once your implant heals in place, it will stay with you for as long as you keep your mouth healthy. No replacements or updates are usually necessary unless the restoration (crown) on top of the implant itself wears out.

How can dental implants benefit you in your situation? Find out whether an implant is the right tooth replacement option for you by visiting an dentist near you.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Feb
3

Who Should Place Your Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

With so many dental offices advertising dental implants at bargain rates, it’s easy to think that any dentist is qualified to place them. But it’s not nearly that simple.

The Difference Between a Dentist and a Specialist

Oral surgeons and periodontists are recognized by the ADA (American Dental Association) as specialists. General dentists are legally-qualified to place implants, but they usually haven’t had the extra training specialists receive, which includes three or four years beyond dental school.

You don’t have to visit a specialist to get your implants. However, you deserve to have experienced care.

How Much Training Is Enough?

Many general dentists want to offer dental implants. Thus, they take a course to learn about placing them. These trainings are often only up to three days long.

That’s enough time to learn how to place an implant successfully, but it’s not enough to gain much experience. Specialists spend years handling tricky cases so that they figure out how to anticipate outcomes associated with implant surgery.

You may find a dentist willing to place implants at a ridiculously cheap rate. While you may save money initially, keep in mind that this is a way many new implant providers gain experience. If something goes wrong, you’ll have to pay out more to get expert help in fixing things.

There are plenty of great dentists out there with lots of implant experience.

Make sure you do your research. Ask questions such as:

  • How long have you been placing implants?
  • How many implant placement courses have you taken?
  • Do you refer out complex cases?

Ask your dentist for more information on finding a skilled implant provider in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Feb
3

Would Anyone Be Able to Tell if You Had a Partial Denture?

Posted in Dental Bridges

You need to have a tooth removed and you’ve opted to get a partial denture in its place.

You’ve never had a false tooth before, so you’re a bit nervous. Would anyone notice that your new tooth isn’t real?

No One Will Notice Your Partial . . . While You’re Wearing It

Dentures and partial dentures are made to look as natural as possible. While you’re wearing your prosthesis, it will look just like any of your other natural teeth. A well-fitted one won’t fall out. Rather, it will give you a more secure bite, so no one will ever notice, even when you eat.

Removing and Cleaning Your Partial

You have to remove your partial at night to clean it properly. Soak it in water and never sleep with it in, since your mouth dries out at night. The dry environment fosters germ growth that can cause painful gum infections. If you end up with inflamed gingiva, you may not even be able to wear your partial during the day.

But what if you find yourself in a situation where you’re embarrassed to remove your partial denture for cleaning when others are around?

The best thing is to have a proper storage container handy right near your bedside. Most likely, others won’t notice if you take out your appliance right before you sleep and turn out the light.

Consider a Dental Implant Instead of a Partial

It could be very difficult to keep your partial denture a secret from everyone forever.

For the most secure and natural-looking tooth replacement, you might want to consider a dental implant. Talk with your dentist to find out which option is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Sep
9

What it Means if Your Dental Implant Is Loose

Realizing your dental implant is loose can be a scary sensation. You don’t want to lose another tooth!

Before you panic and assume that your implant will just fall out, consider a few possible reasons your implant feels unstable.

Loose Crown

Take a good look in the mirror and see whether the wiggliness is truly coming from the implant or perhaps the implant crown. A damaged crown won’t sit securely on an implant. It’s possible that just restoring your implant with a new crown will help stabilize what’s going on.

Loose Abutment

The connector that holds your crown onto the implant could have a problem. Sometimes, it just needs to be anchored in a little tighter with a special tool.

Excessive Force

Genuinely loose dental implants could be the result of bad occlusion (bite.) A teeth-grinding habit, trauma, or poorly-aligned bite could put excessive pressure on an implant. Implant posts don’t respond to pressure the way natural teeth do.

Implant Rejection

If your implant is loose within a year of placing it, that could point to an issue with your jaw bone not accepting the foreign body. Integration failure usually happens within the first year of getting an implant placed.

Peri-implantitis

When the ligaments around a tooth root become infected and inflamed, this is called periodontitis. Implants don’t have the support of ligaments, so when they get infected, the surrounding bone breaks down in a condition called peri-implantitis. This happens when an implant is not kept clean and free of bacteria.

If you suspect an issue with your dental implant, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with your dentist or implant surgeon to find out what’s wrong.

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

Sep
4

Can a Dental Implant Fall Out?

Posted in Dental Implants

Getting a dental implant can be costly and time-consuming. It’d be terrible to see all that time and money go to waste.

So you may naturally worry: “is it possible for an implant to fall out?” Fortunately, dental implants rarely do. They have a 97% success rate. This means that once in place, they’re virtually guaranteed to stay.

A dental implant is a screw that binds with bone in the jaw and creates a seal with the gums. It takes a lot for that to come loose.

However, there are a few instances that could cause an implant to fail…

Inadequate Healing

The initial months after getting an implant are critical. Adequate blood circulation, sufficient bone, and lots of rest are necessary to help an implant “take” to the surrounding bone.

Your implant surgeon will do everything possible to ensure the implant site is ready before placing the restoration. But what you do after the procedure also makes a difference. For instance, smoking can interfere with the healing process and cause a weak bond with the implant, increasing the chances of it falling out.

Poor Oral Hygiene

A dental implant requires regular care and attention its entire life. If you ever neglect your implant when it comes to brushing and flossing, the surrounding gums and bone could become infected and inflamed (just like natural teeth) and the implant can fall out.

Trauma

As with any natural tooth, an implant can be knocked right out of the bone in an accident.

It may take a little bit of work to get a dental implant, but it’s worth it to have a new tooth! Ask your dentist for more information on how to make your implant treatment a success.

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

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

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