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

Jul
15

Do I Have to Take My Partial Denture Out at Night When I Sleep?

Posted in Dentures

After getting a partial denture, you’ll be instructed to not wear it overnight. You might be in the habit of forgetting and falling asleep with your partial in, but it’s an important rule to comply with.

Perhaps you’re in a social situation where you’d feel awkward being seen without your false tooth in, even late at night.

Why is it so important to not wear your partial denture at night?

Your Mouth at Night

If you have a habit of grinding your teeth while you sleep, this could damage your partial. Then you wouldn’t have anything to replace your tooth with when you wake up.

Hygiene concerns also factor in. Your mouth tends to dry out at night while you sleep. Leaving a partial denture in only leaves more space for harmful bacteria to collect. There isn’t that steady saliva flow you have during the day which normally rinses away bacteria.

Lastly, your gums will appreciate having a break from the metal and acrylic frame pressing on them! Give your mouth a chance to “breathe” while you sleep, to avoid infection or bone loss from the pressure.

What to Do with Your Partial at Night

Your partial denture should be cleaned once a day. Right before bed is a great time. Use a denture brush and a mild hand soap or denture cleaner to give them a gentle scrubbing. This removes plaque and debris.

Also brush and floss your remaining natural teeth.

Rinse thoroughly and then store your partial in a container of fresh water or a denture solution overnight. In the morning, pop your partial back in after thoroughly brushing it.

For more tips on keeping your partial denture comfortable for years to come, visit your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

May
13

Is it Harmful to Chew without Teeth?

Posted in Dentures

No matter how skilled you might be at eating with no teeth, there are some serious consequences that can result.

Gum Infections

Your soft gums aren’t designed to chew food. They only cushion teeth and bone. If you chew directly on your gums, they can get cut, irritated, and develop uncomfortable infections.

Jaw Bone Shrinkage

Just like your gums, the bone in your jaw wasn’t meant to take the direct force of chewing. The pressure of chewing without teeth can cause your jaw to wear down and shrink, giving your smile a collapsed look. This shape makes it even harder to fit your jaw for dentures or implants later on.

Poor Digestion and Nutrition

Without teeth, food doesn’t spend a lot of time in the mouth. You may not produce enough saliva to help everything go down smoothly.

Teeth are necessary for breaking food down into manageable portions. If you can’t chew your food thoroughly, the large bits won’t break up as well. This can lead to indigestion, excess bacterial growth, and gas.

As you reach for soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow without teeth, you might pass up some key nutrients your body needs. A well-rounded diet that includes crunchy grains and vegetables is good for your health, but hard to manage when you have no teeth. As a result, you can suffer nutritional deficiencies.

Going tooth-free sounds like a good way to save money, but you may end up spending more on the resulting complications. Chewing with a denture is better than nothing.

Are you ready to start talking about possible tooth replacement options? Contact a dentist in your area for a consultation.

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

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

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

Dec
31

Dentures Are No Substitute for Natural Teeth, Dentists Warn

Posted in Dental Implants

Many people believe that dentures are an inevitability. But changes in dentistry are leading to people keeping their natural teeth longer. Working to keep your own teeth healthy will make you more likely to have them for the rest of your life.

Sure, you can take your teeth for granted and assume a denture is the dental procedure to end all dental procedures.

Before you do, take a minute to consider how a denture could actually bring about other concerns that you hadn’t considered.

This Doesn’t Taste As Good As I Remembered . . .

An upper denture in particular is good at blocking your ability to taste foods. Things will seem a lot less flavorful after you get dentures. Bummer.

Bite Down. Now Lighten Up By 90%.

If you get dentures, you can expect your bite force to be about a tenth of what it is right now. That makes a big difference in what you’ll be able to chew with ease. You’d have to cut everything up into tiny bites or restrict your diet to nutrient-poor or soft foods.

Your Smile Changes Over Time

With years of wear, the pressure of a denture on the gums causes the bone underneath to resorb. Gradually, your mouth takes on a sunken-in look. This can age your appearance and make it harder to get your denture to fit.

Really Less Work?

You might think daily brushing and flossing for natural teeth is a pill. You’re not off the hook when it comes to denture care. They require daily brushing and soaking plus frequent maintenance appointments.

The bottom line? Show love to the teeth you’ve got. Don’t rush to get them pulled. If you need to replace missing teeth, there may be better options such as dental implants or an implant supported dental bridge.  Talk to your dentist about what tooth replacement options are best for you.

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

Dec
19

Dentures On the Decline?

Posted in Dentures

Many dental experts are sure that one day false teeth will no longer be an option. Why?

Changes In Dentistry

Dentistry used to be all about patching up painful teeth and pulling them when they couldn’t be fixed. But changes in understanding of dental materials and the mechanisms behind disease have revolutionized the scene.

People are holding onto their teeth longer because of a simple increase in awareness of dental health.

Fluoride has also played a major role in improving dental health. Making this mineral more accessible to people through professional treatments, dental products, and public fluoridation programs has directly contributed to a decrease in tooth decay.

Techniques for restoring teeth are much more conservative than past attempts. Teeth stay whole for longer and folks hold onto them for years. Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred alternative to classic dentures.

Yes, it seems that dentures could soon be a thing of the past. But there is one factor that seems bent on keeping dentures on the list of services.

One Thing That Will Never Change

Dentists and researchers are constantly searching for ways to make teeth stronger and last longer. But none of that means anything if the patients themselves don’t care about keeping their teeth. People are often quick to assume that it’s the cheap and easy dental option so they don’t mind losing all of their natural teeth, one by one.

As long as people aren’t flossing and brushing, dentures will be a thing! Hold onto those teeth you have left for as long as you can. Your dentist will help you figure out how you can do just that.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Oct
30

Can Your Child Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

You want your child to have a beautiful, functioning, and complete smile. So, when your son or daughter loses an adult tooth to decay or injury, your first instinct may be to replace it with an implant.

Dental implants are wonderful restorations and dental professionals are quick to recommend them to almost any patient.

Almost any patient.

How An Implant Works

An implant is a metal screw that anchors into the jawbone where a tooth used to be. An implant is just like a tooth root in that it:

  • Supports a crown or other restoration for chewing
  • Provides a secure anchor for the bite
  • Maintains tooth alignment
  • Preserves the shape of surrounding bone

But in one crucial area an implant is very different from teeth: it fuses directly to the bone. Teeth roots have a cushiony layer of ligaments between them and the bone. This ligament layer is what allows teeth to move through the mouth, whether naturally or with the aid of braces. But implants can’t be moved once they heal into the jawbone.

Your Child’s Smile

Kids’ jaws are highly dynamic. They’re constantly growing along with the rest of your child’s body. The increasing size accommodates more teeth and allows room for the teeth to shift. Sticking an immovable implant in the middle of all this activity could really throw off your child’s teeth alignment.

Dental Implant Alternatives For Kids

If your little one needs a tooth replaced, your dentist will be happy to work with you in finding the perfect temporary solution until your child is ready for an implant. Schedule a consultation to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Northampton Dental
24036 Kuykendahl Rd Suite 300
Tomball, TX 77375
(832) 639-6350

Jun
28

Benefits of Choosing an Implant Over Dentures

Posted in Dental Implants

Modern dentistry is leaning towards the dental implant trend. That’s not because it’s the more lucrative procedure for dentists to offer. In reality, providers are encouraging implants and more patients are asking for them because they have some real health benefits.

Take a look at how implant technology compares with dentures, the traditional tooth-replacement option:

Downsides Of Dentures

  • They need to be adjusted and replaced
  • They can chafe gums and create sore spots
  • They can get smelly
  • They can loosen and slip with time
  • Your ability to chew is greatly reduced
  • You have to remove your smile to clean it
  • You’re often worried others will notice

If you’re currently a denture-wearer, then you’re probably familiar with such issues! With implants, you can enjoy a permanent or snap-in appliance that omits most of these problems.

What Implants Can Do For You

A single dental implant doesn’t rely on the support of surrounding teeth the way partial dentures do. This makes them a healthy and conservative option. They’re also very strong, arguably stronger than natural teeth, and provide lots of support and reinforcement to the surrounding jawbone.

With one or more dental implants you can:

  • Eat the foods you love
  • Brush and floss normally
  • Smile and laugh with confidence
  • Not worry about your dental prosthesis slipping out of place

Dentures or Implants – Which is Right For You?

Clearly, implants provide the more convenient and lasting solution over dentures.

Even so, it’s important that you discuss this with your dentist. For health reasons, implant surgery may not be recommended in your case. On the other hand, your dentist may suggest a combination of denture and implant technology.

Contact your dental office today to schedule an implant consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. C Family Dentistry
13514 E 32nd Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 591-9317

Jan
10

What You Should Know About Same-Day Dentures

Posted in Dentures

“Same day” or “immediate” dentures both refer to the same thing. These are false teeth delivered right after you get your existing teeth pulled. Because the dentures themselves take some time to make, you’ll help your dentist design them before having the extractions.

Traditional dentures require time for the gums to heal. With their same-day cousins, however, you don’t have to be toothless for weeks on end while healing or waiting on the finished product. On the very day you get your teeth pulled, your dentist delivers their new replacements.

Are you interested in immediate dentures? Here’s what you need to know.

Your New Denture Will Need Adjustments 

Placing your denture right away minimizes gum swelling. As your gums heal, however, the fit will change. It’s typical to need an adjustment within a couple weeks or months after the appointment.

Some Swelling and Discomfort is Inevitable 

Multiple extractions can sometimes result in bruising or swelling in other parts of your face. Using ice packs after surgery can minimize this. Your dentist will also prescribe an appropriate painkiller, if needed. Just keep in mind that while an immediate denture means you can keep your smile, you still won’t want to plan a family photoshoot for the next day!

You Must Stick to Certain Foods While Healing 

Avoid chewy and crunchy foods. For a few days, your diet should include things like:

  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Bananas
  • Soup

If you still have hopeless existing teeth, they need to come out. Consider getting a same-day denture to replace them. Talk with your dentist to see whether it is the right option for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045

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