Dental Implants: Tooth Replacement That Lasts

Dental implants have been successfully replacing missing teeth for more than 40 years. In that time, they have been proven to be a long-lasting, effective, and safe option, giving patients something that previously has not been available, a truly complete tooth replacement.

No other tooth replacement option simultaneously replaces the root and the crown of the tooth. Dentures, partials, and fixed bridges only simulate the top part of the tooth, but the part that you can not see (the root) is also vital for total oral health, and dental implants take your treatment to the next level by also replacing this part of the tooth. Continue reading “Dental Implants: Tooth Replacement That Lasts”

Guarantee Long-Term Success of Dental Implants

Some patients that have received dental implants have questions about dental hygiene and other tips to help ensure that their investment lasts many years. Often times bad dental hygiene may have contributed to their tooth loss, many understand the importance of recommitting to good dental care. For patients considering implants or those who have them and are looking for ways to keep them healthy, there are several steps that can be taken to ensure success of dental implants.

Follow Recovery Instructions
After your implant procedure, you will be given a number of instructions for managing symptoms such as inflammation and pain, keeping your mouth clean to fight infections and medications to help speed your recovery. Follow all instructions as closely as possible, and complete taking any prescriptions, especially antibiotics. The more smoothly your recovery goes, the better foundation is established for long-term good dental health. Continue reading “Guarantee Long-Term Success of Dental Implants”

Can I Have Dental Implants After Braces?

Patients with missing teeth who also want or need to bring their smiles into the correct alignment may need to get both braces and dental implants. In such cases, the patient’s specific needs will determine the order in which those treatments are provided.

Dental Implants After Braces
Placing implants after orthodontic work is completed is the most common method of treatment. There are several reasons for this. First and most importantly, dental implants can not move once placed in the jaw and osseointegration has taken place. Unlike natural teeth, they will not move in response to orthodontic treatment. So if the teeth around the implant need to be moved, it is better to have the implant placed after all the surrounding teeth are in the correct position. Continue reading “Can I Have Dental Implants After Braces?”

Do Specific Health Condition Lessen Dental Implant Success Rate?

Dental implants are considered the standard for replacing missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for the procedure, which replaces the root of the missing tooth for a sturdy, permanent restoration.

Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo a routine extraction will also be healthy enough for dental implants. Several factors will be considered when determining if you are healthy enough for dental implants.

General Health Conditions – Certain health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure, will not affect your candidacy for dental implants as long as they are well-controlled. If you are struggling to maintain a healthy blood pressure or blood sugar levels, we may recommend regaining control of your symptoms to reduce the risks of complications. Continue reading “Do Specific Health Condition Lessen Dental Implant Success Rate?”

Replacing Back Teeth is Essential to your Health

Millions of people in America have experienced the loss of one or more of their permanent teeth. Whether caused by poor oral care, injury, old age or professional extraction, tooth loss can change every aspect of your daily life in a number of negative ways. While missing back teeth may not be the first thing people see when you smile, they are key to maintaining good oral and physical health.

Why Replacing Back Teeth Is Vital
If you do not replace your back teeth, you will lose the bone that supports them. You run the risk of bite collapse as well as a decrease in your chewing efficiency thus impacting your dietary choices. Losing back teeth causes your face, cheeks, and lips to sag. This slack appearance serves to make the individual seem years, if not decades, older than their biological age. You can also experience excessive wear or erosion of remaining front teeth because they are receiving more stress as fewer teeth are handling the workload. Continue reading “Replacing Back Teeth is Essential to your Health”