Dental Tips Blog

Jun
19

What Are Same-Day Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

Looking to replace a missing tooth? You might be interested in a dental implant. Implants look fantastic, feel like natural teeth, and are designed to stay with you for life. The only drawback is that the process of getting an implant tends to be a lengthy one.

Many dental offices now offer “same-day” or “immediate” dental implants. What could this mean for you?

What Makes Same-Day Implants Special

You won’t necessarily leave the dental office with a new tooth the very same day you go in. It still takes time to assess your mouth and plan the procedure. But the idea is that you can get your implant capped with a dental crown on the very same day you get the implant surgically placed in your jaw. The obvious benefit is that you can show off your new tooth right away.

Traditional implants require waiting months until putting the finished crown in place.

Are Immediate Implants Risky?

As long as your oral and overall health qualify you for getting a same-day implant, it shouldn’t be risky, at all. Follow the directions your implant surgeon gives you for recovery and you should have no trouble.

Do You Qualify for a Same-Day Dental Implant?

Not everyone can get a complete implant from start to finish in a short amount of time. Underlying gum disease, a smoking habit, or ill health can all prevent you from qualifying for a same-day dental implant. The good news is that even with such limiting factors you could still get implant surgery; you’ll just need more time for recovery to ensure successful healing.

Find out more about immediate implants by contacting a dentist near you.

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

Jun
19

6 Reasons to Get a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Are you missing a tooth? Here are six reasons to seriously consider replacing it with a dental implant.

  1. Dental Implants Look Natural

There’s no tooth replacement that looks quite as nice as dental implants do. They’re topped off with dental crowns that can be designed to the exact shape, size, and color as other teeth in your mouth. Once your implant is in place, no one should ever be able to tell it’s not a real tooth.

  1. You Can Eat Whatever You Want

Anything your natural teeth can safely chew your implant can handle as well! Most partial dentures can’t handle crunchy carrots or chew steaks, but implants can.

  1. Implants Are Easy to Maintain

Life with an implant is virtually the same as with natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are all you need to keep your implant healthy.

  1. Dental Implants Will Keep Your Smile Young

Implants integrate with the bone in your mouth and stimulate the production of healthy new bone tissue around them. This maintains the shape of your smile and helps you avoid a “sunken in” appearance associated with tooth loss.

  1. Implants Won’t Compromise Remaining Natural Teeth

Dental bridges usually only replace one missing tooth, but they also require capping two other teeth for support, even if those teeth don’t need crowns. Implants are stand-alone restorations.

  1. Implants Won’t Fall Out

There’s an ever-present fear that plagues people who wear removable tooth replacements like dentures. They worry that their teeth could fall out at the most embarrassing moments. You don’t need to worry about that with implants – they aren’t going anywhere!

Ask your dentist whether implants are the right tooth replacement choice for you.

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

May
16

‘Why Won’t My Dentist Pull My Teeth So I Can Get Dentures?’

Posted in Dentures

Extracting your teeth to get dentures may seem like the solution to all of your dental problems.

So why won’t your dentist just do what you asked and get it over with?

There’s Nothing Like Your Natural Teeth

A denture can’t compare to having natural teeth, so your dentist is in no hurry to replace them with a denture.

Dentures tend to dull your sense of taste and they reduce your ability to bite and chew. They also cause your jawbone to wear away and rapidly shrink.

Dentists know it’s bad practice to extract perfectly healthy teeth unless there’s a good reason to. You should only consider this option if you have very few teeth left or if your remaining teeth are not strong enough to support implants or fillings.

Dentures Don’t Eliminate the Need for Good Oral Hygiene!

If you want dentures just so you never have to brush or floss again, then you’ll be sorely disappointed. Dentures require just as much care and maintenance as natural teeth do.

You won’t have to brush and floss the same way you do for natural teeth, but dentures do need to be brushed, soaked, and rinsed daily. Otherwise, they can cause problems like:

  • Bad breath
  • Gum sores
  • Bacterial and fungal infections

Dentures Don’t Work Like You Expect

You can’t just put in a denture and get a perfect smile like magic. It takes time and planning and practice to get a beautiful denture that’s easy to use.

If your dentist discourages you from getting a denture, it’s just because he or she knows you’ll be better off keeping your natural teeth.

Contact your dentist to find out how dentures can affect your smile for better or worse.

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

May
15

How to Clean Around Your New Fixed Bridge

Posted in Dental Bridges

Now that you’ve gotten a traditional (or implant-supported) dental bridge, you probably feel a sense of relief knowing that your missing tooth has been replaced.

But your bridge isn’t invincible. In fact, if you don’t care for it properly each day, the teeth (or implants) supporting it can experience secondary oral health issues, causing the entire restoration to fail.

Flossing is a Must 

You’ll need to floss under your bridge and around the supporting teeth at least once a day. Both teeth and implants can be affected by gum infections, so flossing is essential.

Additionally, flossing helps reduce the risk of recurrent tooth decay in the teeth that support your bridge. Because the area just under the bridge is the hardest to clean, this takes special effort.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Use a floss threader or “super floss” to thread the strand under your bridge
  • Wrap the floss around the supporting tooth, cleaning up and down below the gums, then across the bottom surface of the bridge and against the other tooth
  • Consider getting a water flosser, if traditional floss is too difficult to use 

Brush Along the Gumlines

Take a few extra seconds when you brush twice daily to be sure that you’re getting the edges of the bridge, where it meets your gumlines. Because their margins tend to offer prime surface areas for plaque to adhere to, they need extra attention to keep them completely clean.

Remember to schedule a checkup and cleaning at least every six months to have a dental professional clean away tartar buildup that accumulates in hard-to-reach areas!

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

May
15

Four Things You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Implants are biocompatible restorations that function as artificial tooth roots. Compared to other missing tooth treatments, they have a number of advantages worth considering. Here are a few you should keep in mind: 

They Can Last for Life 

In 98% of cases, dental implants are expected to last for the lifetime of the patient. They offer one of the best returns on investment of any modern-day tooth replacement treatment. 

They’re Stronger Than Your Teeth 

An implant can support more weight than natural, healthy teeth. That’s why we can use them in pairs to support multiple-tooth restorations like bridges or dentures. But even though they’re strong, you don’t want to use your implants as tools or to open packages (there’s still a risk of fracturing the implant crown or tooth next to it!) 

You Still Have to Floss Around Them 

No, dental implants can’t get cavities. But, the bone that supports them can still be affected by an implant-variation of gingivitis, known as “peri-implantitis.” To keep the gums and bone healthy, plaque needs to be removed through daily flossing along the base of the implant. 

They’re Healthier for the Rest of Your Smile

Traditional types of tooth replacement treatments involve reshaping or working on adjacent teeth that may be otherwise completely healthy. If you get a bridge, you’re putting a crown on the teeth on either side that support it. But implants are non-invasive to other teeth, because they stand independently from everything else around them.

Are implants right for you? How many do you need? Book a consultation with your dental implant provider today to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

May
15

Five Signs it’s Time for a New Denture

Posted in Dentures

Like any other dental restoration, dentures don’t last forever. Here are a few things to look for if you suspect it’s time to invest in a new pair. 

You Have Sore Spots on Your Gums 

A bad-fitting denture can wear abnormal pressure spots on your gums. That’s because our bone changes over time, and since that’s what creates the shape of our mouth, the gums follow right along with it. Too many changes without having your denture adjusted or relined can lead to painful sores or infection. 

You’re Slurring When You Talk 

Are your speech patterns starting to change? A new denture can take some practice to get pronunciations and talking down, but if it’s something that’s gradually gotten worse over time, it could be due to how the denture fits against the rest of your mouth. 

Eating/Chewing is More Difficult than Ever 

Being able to eat a balanced diet is one of the most important reasons for having a set of dentures made. But if you’re only able to eat soft, processed foods, it’s not doing you any good. 

They’re Cracked and Worn Down 

Dentures can wear down, too. If you’ve had them repaired multiple times, tried to patch up a crack down the middle, or the tooth look shorter than they used to, it’s time for an upgrade. 

Your Facial Profile Has Changed

Part of the job of a properly fitting denture is to support the soft tissues like your cheeks and lips, filling out your facial profile. If everything looks “sunken in” then you may need a new prosthesis!

Book a denture exam with your dentist for a proper diagnosis!

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

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

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