Think A Missing Back Tooth Is No Big Deal?

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Most individuals are uncomfortable with a missing tooth in the front of their mouth. You can argue that it’s not fair, but a gaping hole in a smile has negative connotations for adults in most social circles. (And a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as cute as it did when you were in kindergarten.)

A person who loses a front tooth usually makes a plan for a dental restoration ASAP. And few dental patients forego a temporary denture while awaiting a permanent restoration.

When a man or woman loses a back tooth, on the other hand, they are more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right?” “I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, they consider the extraction the final answer.

This attitude is unfortunate. The intent of this post is to dispel the myth that a missing back tooth has no consequences.

Bone Recession

Since we can’t see the bone that anchors our tooth roots, we don’t often consider its condition. The health of our jawbone plays an essential role in overall oral health. When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site shrinks and recedes over time. Since a dental implant replaces the tooth root (as well as the visible part), it maintains the health of the bone. In so doing, it also protects the bone for the adjacent teeth.

The jawbone is the foundation of the lower face. If it shrinks and recedes, everything that sits on top of it will follow suit. An individual with bone recession will eventually get that “sunken in” look that can make them look a lot older than they really are. A tooth implant, unlike a dental bridge, preserves the foundation of the face.

Shifting Teeth

Another vulnerability is shifting teeth. If teeth adjacent to the extraction site start moving, it can trigger a domino effect. The unopposed tooth on the opposite arch can also move, though it typically moves outward from the bone (over-eruption).

In addition to esthetic implications, teeth that are displaced in danger of periodontal disease, decay, TMJ pain, or bite troubles. There will also be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions—compromising their strength as well.

A Smart Investment In Oral Health (And You’ll Look Better, Too!)

Investing in a dental implant could be far less pricey than treating the dental problems mentioned previously. If you have a missing posterior tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call at to request an appointment. Our friendly staff and comfortable facility put our patients at ease.

 

 

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Should I Get An Implant Immediately After A Tooth Extraction?

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Do you have a tooth that is beyond saving? Considering a a permanent tooth implant? There are advantages to combining the extraction and implant placement in one procedure. Let’s talk about the benefits of same-day extraction and tooth implant placement.

1. You preserve healthy bone

As soon as a tooth is taken out, the bone begins to recede. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement procedure that prevents or (greatly reduces) bone deterioration. A bridge doesn’t avoid it. Dentures don’t prevent it. The post that is inserted into your jawbone makes all the difference. It quickly meshes with your existing bone. This is called osseointegration.

2. You have the natural tooth as a model for the crown

There is nothing like the real thing when taking an impression for a crown. If the tooth you are extracting is broken or misshapen, we will fix all those troubles with your new crown. But we’ll start with an impression or 3-D model of the original. This helps the lab techs create a perfect restoration.

3. One surgery vs. two

One incision. One healing period. One dental appointment. Need I say more?

Not everyone is a candidate for immediate placement. But if you are planning to get a permanent dental implant after you have a tooth extracted, follow your implant dentist’s guidance about the timing. It may make sense to do both treatments together.

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Is A Tooth Implant The Same As A Dental Crown?

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What’s the difference between a tooth implant and a crown? The relationship between a dental implant and a crown can be confusing. They can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations.

Let’s clear up the confusion.

1. A tooth implant can serve as a foundation for a crown.

A complete tooth implant/crown procedure incorporates a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and a beautiful crown. 

2. A crown can be used to protect a weakened tooth.

Removing decay weakens the tooth. Once the decay is removed, a filling may not be enough to restore necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. A crown may be used in both of these conditions. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth 

3. A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.

When a tooth has been taken out, a dental bridge may be used to restore part of it. The reason we say ‘part’ is because a dental bridge does not restore the root of the tooth. A crown can be fitted to a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth. A dental bridge used to replace one tooth requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. With a bridge, it commands three crowns to replace one missing tooth! 

Do you think there can be troubles with this type of restoration? You are correct. A dental implant makes much more sense for most patients. Talk to for more information about why this is true.

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Do I Floss My New Tooth Implant?

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Do I need to change my flossing technique for a tooth implant?

Before you got a tooth implant, hopefully, you were brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. If you wore dentures, you should have been cleaning them with a denture paste and brushing the soft tissues in your mouth.

A tooth implant requires brushing and flossing as well. This area is especially susceptible to plaque and inflammation if not cleaned regularly. The flossing technique for your tooth implant is a bit different.

Criss-Cross Shoe Shine

Insert the floss behind the implant and bring both ends through to the front. Cross the strings, and swap hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant. 

Some people prefer the tape style floss over the conventional type.

Gentle and Thorough

When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Vigorous brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and lead to gum recession. 

Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?

You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type. If it is not easy for you to brush with a manual brush, try an electric or sonic style. 

Some patients are advised to use an interproximal brush to clean around the implant area.

You may also be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is an measure of protection if you have limited mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.

 

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Dental Implants Don’t Require Several Visits

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Think you don’t have time to transform your smile? It may not take as long as you think.

How many visits does it take to get dental implants? 

Each patient is different. But in most cases, complete implant procedures take fewer visits than they used to. The team at can restore missing teeth with just a couple of visits. 

Don’t trust in second-hand accounts or outdated information. We invite you to come and get the facts.

If you are embarrassed by missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, don’t wait any longer. Call us today at to begin restoring your smile.

Permanent dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. They can serve as a strong and stable foundation for dentures, support a dental bridge, or replace a damaged tooth. All without disturbing the surrounding teeth.

Since tooth implants mesh with your jaw bone, they help avoid bone loss and gum recession.

Schedule a consultation and we’ll develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you. 

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Implants Prevent Denture-Related Health Problems

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no natural teeth. Many men and women with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures. This is understandable. It’s problematic to eat and speak with no teeth in the mouth. And a toothless mouth is not an attractive look for anyone.

13 Problems With Dentures

1. Dentures usually fit properly at first, but the mouth changes as you age. Normal wear and tear take their toll. Eventually, the dentures will need to be relined or replaced. But even quality dentures which fit properly cause troubles, both physical and mental.

2. The human body is designed to have teeth that are fixed in the jaw. But dentures move around in the mouth.

3. Ill-fitting dentures can irritate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation contributes to additional health problems.

4. Dentures can change a person’s bite which impacts the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. This, in turn, can cause pain in the face, neck, and head.

5. Dentures trap fragments of food. This can result in gum disease. Partial dentures can increase the risk of decay in remaining teeth.

6. Dentures can make food taste different or mask the taste entirely. This can result in deficient nutrition. 

7. Some people with dentures start eating smaller meals which can lead to weight loss. 

8. Dentures can take the pleasure out of eating. This can impact emotional health. (Enjoying a meal is often the best part of the day, don’t you agree?)

9. Inadequate calorie consumption lowers energy levels. This affects the power to work, travel, and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.

If you are retired, you should be able to enjoy your golden years to the fullest. If you are working, you should be able to enjoy your career to the fullest.

10. Dentures restrain chewing power. Many denture wearers stop eating nuts, high-fiber foods, and raw vegetables. All of these are part of a healthy diet. 

11. Reduced chewing capacity can cause the denture wearer to swallow bigger chunks of food. This can result in digestive problems. It also increases the risk of choking.

12. Dentures can interfere with speaking. When speaking ability is diminished, some men and women avoid social situations and are at a greater risk for depression.

13. Missing teeth eventually result in bone loss. When the jaw no longer has tooth roots, it shrinks and recedes. 

We can explain these conditions in detail if you come in for a no-pressure consultation.

Dental Implants Prevent (All Of!) These Problems

Since this is the blog for the best tooth implant in , you know where this article is going. It may sound far-fetched, but dental implants can enable you to prevent each one of these health ailments. The wonders of modern dentistry!

Why Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?

Can you place a value on physical and mental well-being?

Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with .

Top 10 Reasons Why Dentures Aren’t The Best Replacement For Natural Teeth (And What To Do About It)

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Look As Young As You Feel By Replacing Missing Teeth

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Some people are fortunate to experience the rewards of growing older. Maturity and wisdom. Increased financial stability. More free time for family, hobbies, or travel. And last but not least: grandchildren!

Gaps In Your Smile?

Anyone over sixty knows that aging isn’t always a picnic, however. Physical ailments can lower the quality of life. Dental problems can be as as chronic physical conditions. And missing teeth are one of the more widespread oral issues for older men and women.

Fortunately, your smile can be pleasing and healthy at any age.  

At in , we restore missing teeth with implant dentistry.

Tooth Implants Are The Restoration Of Choice For Active Seniors

Tooth implants help active seniors look as young as they feel. Dental implants are strong, beautiful, and function like real teeth. Restore the youthful smile you once enjoyed with permanent tooth implants.

Avoid Denture Drawbacks

Avoid denture drawbacks: embarrassing slipping, limited taste, and gum irritation. Dental implants are not just for youthful smiles, they keep your facial shape intact by retaining jawbone structure.

Perhaps you have missing teeth PLUS problems with remaining teeth. Gum recession, chips, cracks, staining, or tooth decay. There are procedures for every problem. Dental implants can be combined with cosmetic dental services to beautify every tooth in your smile! Smile makeovers are now a reality.

If you live in , , or (where we are located) call to schedule a dental implant consultation.

We help seniors recapture their youth by restoring stunning smiles with dental implants.

 

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Dental Implants And Smile Makeovers

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What makes an attractive smile?

White teeth? Uniformly-shaped teeth? Straight teeth?

What troubles prevent remarkable smiles?

Crooked teeth are commonly considered unattractive. Yellow or gray teeth reduce the appeal of a smile—even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned. 

Beauty, it has been said, is in the eye of the beholder.

There are unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become a trademark. Anna Paquin, Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces.

Other folks weren’t comfortable with gaps so they transformed their smiles with revolutionary cosmetic dentistry.

Missing Teeth

Most men and women agree that missing teeth detract from a smile. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth shows. Even if the remaining teeth are white, straight, and pleasingly shaped, the eyes fixate on the gap that should hold a tooth.

Dental Implants and Smile Makeovers

The good news? You can restore missing teeth with implant dentistry! You can fix other problems with cosmetic dentistry. The combination is called a smile redesign.

Cosmetic dentists combine dental implants with additional procedures to create brilliant smiles. Possible treatments include teeth whitening, orthodontia, veneers, white filling replacement, and gum contouring.

Great cosmetic dentists are specialists with extensive training. Successful outcomes don’t take place by chance.

They use basic design principals in smile makeovers. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. Furthermore, they also consider the aspects of the gums, lips, and facial features.

If you want an attractive smile, talk with a cosmetic dentist about dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. Learn about the possibilities for your smile.

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Total Mouth Reconstruction Is Now A Reality

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Dentistry has evolved to a point where total mouth reconstruction is possible!

Have you had several teeth extracted? Do you have other oral troubles like bone or gum recession? 

Implants Can Be Used In Many Ways

Dental implants are strong, functional, and naturally-looking restorations with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.

Dental implants have been used for quite a few years to replace one or two missing teeth. They can now be used to provide a structure for bridges and anchored dentures! 

Missing Teeth, Bone Recession, Gum Recession, and Broken Crowns

Every cosmetic dental smile makeover patient requires a unique combination of cosmetic dental procedures, but let’s talk about a hypothetical case involving several restorations:

‘Margaret’ was a 67-year-old woman with a mouthful of problems. She had undergone extensive radiation for cancer several years earlier. The radiation therapy damaged soft tissues in her mouth and exacerbated tooth decay. 

Eventually, most of her back teeth top and bottom had to be extracted. Four of her remaining teeth were broken and her gums had loosened revealing the metal bases of two old crowns. 

Margaret was also missing bone structure due to recession after the extractions. To create a stable site for the implants, she received bone grafts.

To restore a pleasing smile, she received eight tooth implants. The implants anchored partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth. 

Gingival grafts used to cover exposed tooth roots can protect against continued gum recession and alleviate tooth sensitivity. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth received a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers. 

The outcome? A remarkable smile and renewed confidence! Plus no more dentures masking the taste of food and moving around in her mouth.

This case is representative of many of our patients who have a combination of issues and numerous missing teeth. At , we solve problems that many patients thought were impossible.

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting an easy answer can be frustrating. But there is a reason for that.

I’m . Thanks for stopping to read my blog. I know it can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid on the internet. Let me take a moment to review why most dental practice website don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a simple consultation to review dental history, assess needs and establish a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the protocol won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the treatment.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an accurate price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can precisely calculate dental implant surgery rates based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers. Call at for more information.

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