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Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don't! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems. Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is Considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or “crown” or a set of replacement teeth.
Am I a candidate for a dental implant?
Implant patients are of all ages and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more or even all of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.
Are there different kinds of implants?
There are many shapes, sizes and brands of implants available. Your AAID credentialed implant dentist will know which implant is the right one for you.
Do I have enough bone?
It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Your dentist will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed.
Will this take a long time?
Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation needs a separate evaluation; your AAID dentist will be able to give you an approximate timetable.
Whom should I consult for my implant treatment?
Your general dentist is your first resource for this service. The key is the implant dentist’s training, experience and credentials. AAID credentialed dentists include general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists and oral surgeons who perform the surgical and/or restorative procedures.
Teeth Alignment without Braces
How can I straighten my teeth without making it obvious to everyone around me? Ask us about Invisalign, an alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign uses a custom made clear fabricated mouth piece to help align your teeth to their correct positions. Most people won’t even notice you are wearing them.
- Straight teeth in the same time or shorter time as traditional appliances (helpful with overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, overbite, and underbite)
- Clear aligners that are subtle and difficult to notice
- Much more comfortable than braces
- You can take them out whenever you need to-- to eat, to drink, for a big social occasion or whenever you need a break
- Custom made just for your teeth
- A beautiful smile
Ask us today for more information!
Something to Smile About
for your oral health includes regular teeth care and gum
care. Neglecting your gums can eventually lead to periodontal
disease, also known as gum disease, which is
culprit for the deterioration of your overall oral health.
Periodontal disease affects 75% of adults over 35 years of
age and is responsible for approximately 70% of all adult
tooth loss. Since symptoms of periodontal disease oftentimes
are unnoticeable, people never realize their mouth is under
Highly recognized as a greatly progressive disorder, periodontal
disease is triggered by preventable factors like plaque build-up,
tobacco use, certain medications and stress, as well as unpreventable
measures like systematic disease and fluctuating hormone levels
during puberty, pregnancy or menopause. Research proves up
to 30% of the population may be genetically susceptible to
Periodontal disease begins when the bacteria in the sticky
film which forms on the tooth surface, or plaque, causes gum
inflammation. If the irritation is ignored, plaque will release
toxins breaking down the natural fibers which hold your gums
to your teeth, permitting even more bacteria and toxins to
invade. Plaque deposits quickly harden into calculus or tartar,
which is a rough, porous substance not removable with brushing.
Over time, this progression can lead to severe inflammation,
bone loss, gum recession and tooth loss.
Symptoms and signs include:
- Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums
- Gum recession, or gums pulling away from teeth
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between the gum and tooth
- Persistent bad breath
- Bite changes
- Change in the fit of partial dentures
If you have noticed any of the above signs or
symptoms, please make an appointment promptly! Together, we
can win the battle against periodontal disease and maintain
your wonderful, dazzling smile: gums and all. Now that’s
something to smile about.
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From Dull to Dazzling: Enhancing
Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry
Oftentimes the dental profession is labeled strictly for
more intense cleaning and hygiene purposes. However, a dentist
is actually an artist who can make your smile sensational.
Most dentists now practice and perform cosmetic techniques,
not just the run-of-the-mill routine cleanings. Cosmetic dentistry
seeks to create a more aesthetically pleasing and healthy
Although you may be meticulous about your dental care routine,
your teeth still might not look their very best. Drinking
coffee, tea or wine will take a toll on your teeth, causing
them to look dull and stained. Aging or
the use of some medications can also result in a discolored
smile. One easy, safe way to revive
your smile from these factors is through whitening.
Plenty of adults are looking towards dentistry to heighten
the appearance and function of their teeth. Cracked, chipped
or unevenly spaced teeth are easily resolved by procedures
like bonding or veneers. Severely damaged teeth can be repaired
with crowns, while bridges and implants are natural-looking
options used to revitalize your smile. These methods will
not only give you a more beautiful smile, but will also rejuvenate
your mouth’s functionality.
If you are not satisfied with your smile and want to take
it a level up from dull to dazzling, speak with us about the
many smile enhancing preferences available to you.
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“ Bridging” the Gaps
and Wearing a “Crown”: Total Oral Health Renovation
it, we are rough on our teeth. Sometimes we neglect them,
take them for granted or simply just abuse them. Between physical
activities like sports or chewing hard substances like ice,
our teeth can get knocked out, broken, cracked and worn down.
Forgetting routine dental appointments and ignoring proper
cleaning tactics can result in periodontal disease, tooth
decay and ultimately tooth loss.
When teeth are missing, your mouth must compensate for the
lack of chewing power in that area in order to function normally.
So, the chewing force may shift to another part of the mouth,
which can cause unwanted spaces and changes in your smile.
So, how do we mend our mouth’s broken ties? By simple
dental procedures. Smiles can be renovated to look pristine
using a combination of crowns and bridges to support or replace
lost teeth. A crown snugly covers the complete visible surface
of your affected tooth to add strength, durability and tooth
stability, while restoring your tooth to its natural shape
and size. Crowns can be made of precious metal, porcelain
pressed to metal and all-porcelain. A bridge, also known as
a pontic, is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill the
gaps left by the original missing tooth. The new tooth is
then anchored to the two porcelain crowns, renewing your once
The moral of the story is to be nice to your teeth: be diligent
with your oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. Your
teeth are hard workers and they deserve to be pampered. But,
if the damage is already done, see us immediately. We can
decide on the best treatment to restore your smile. Your teeth
will thank you for it.
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