What to Expect with Dental Implants

We judge each other on our smile. There is no doubt about that. Many people say they like people with attractive and confident smiles more than people without. The problem is that Americans often need more than just whitening to help their smiles. Some estimate that the number of people with bridges, dentures or crown replacements for teeth is about 15 million. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70% of all adults are missing at least one tooth. These tooth losses are due to tooth decay, gun disease, failed root canals or accidents. At least 92% of people between the ages of 20 and 64 have cavities. This is only increasing as more and more people lose or break teeth. One alternative to these replacements is the dental implant.

Dental implants replace broken or missing teeth in a different way than dentures or bridges. Dentures and bridges need to be anchored to other teeth. The surrounding teeth have to be altered to make room for the replacements. A dental implant, on the other hand, is anchored in the jaw and the only area impacted is the place where the missing tooth was. This makes the process less disruptive for the rest of the mouth.

What is the dental implant process?

  1. X-rays show if there is enough bone to support a dental implant. X-rays will show if a person is a good candidate for a dental implant. If the problem tooth is still in place, it needs to be removed before any further work can be done. When the area heals, the time varies with the patient, the next step can be done.
  2. A titanium anchor is placed in the jaw. An oral surgeon anchors the titanium piece into the jaw. This can have the  stud attached or that will be added in the next step. This can be done under general or local anesthesia. Again, the area needs to heal. If there are no problems with this anchor the next step will take place a short time after this.
  3. The stud is attached to the implant and the crown is put on that. If the stud was not attached to the anchor, it is put in now. The next step is to add the crown, which will look and feel like a regular tooth. The implant process is now complete.

There are about three million people who currently have dental implants in the United States. This number is only expected to rise as the success rate for a dental implant is nearly 98%. The industry is expected to grow to about $6.4 billion by 2018.

Dental implants should be treated like regular teeth. The main difference is that the surface is more porous so more care should be taken when cleaning, flossing and using mouth wash. The surface can turn into a haven for all sorts of bacteria. With proper care, they can last a very long time.

The best part of a dental implant is that it does look and feel like a regular tooth. There is no need to remove it for any reason. Once it is in, it is in. Unless it breaks, there should be no reason to play with it ever. This makes its care a lot easier than dealing with dentures, which can be loose and also impact how people speak and eat. These are not concerns that people who have at least one dental implant should ever have to even think about.

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New Techonolgies for Cosmetic Dentistry

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Your smile is your biggest asset. At least, that’s what nearly all Americans believe. Cosmetic dentistry procedures have made great strides in recent years and dental cleanings, tooth whitening and veneers are now easier to afford than ever before. With a little help from top cosmetic dentists, you can look your best and make that great first impression with a sparkling smile.

Putting your best smile forward

There is one thing that nearly all Americans agree on: 99.7% believe that your smile is your greatest social asset, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. And 75% of Americans Continue reading

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Artist Makes David Bowie’s Teeth Into a Bizarre Sculpture

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There’s an old cliche that British people have bad teeth, and while stereotypes are bad in general, we would like to talk about one British person’s bad teeth in particular. In this case, the teeth of one David Bowie.
Two months ago, artist Jessine Hein hand made a bizarre sculpture of David Bowie’s natural teeth. The lovingly made denture resembles a mold that you would have made before an orthodontist procedure, except these dentures have been colored to resemble the real thing. This January, Hein posted a new photo set featuring the limited edition sculpture.
David Bowie was born with teeth that were, let’s say, complicated. While he now has pe Continue reading

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Easy Ways To Treat Your Bruxism

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Bruxism — also known as teeth grinding — is one of the most common problems that people face today when it comes to dental health and sleep quality. If you suffer from teeth grinding at night, you probably already know that it can cause a lot of pain; not only will it harm the strength of your teeth, but it can also lead to migraines, muscle tension, and overall poor sleep quality.

Here are just a few ways that you can reduce your teeth grinding at night:

  • Limiting the caffeine you consume during the day (and especially at night) is one way to treat bruxism. Stimulants like caffeine cause tension in your muscles and even if you fall asleep, this tension can still be present.
  • Finding other ways to relieve your st Continue reading
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Do You Have Sleep Apnea Disorder?


The problem did not seem so bad when you were at home. When your husband’s snoring woke you up at home, you were able to simply move into another room so that you could both get some rest. The biggest problems were when you travelled and stayed at a hotel or were a guest in another family’s home. On those nights you had two choices. Continually wake your husband up to keep him from snoring or get absolutely no sleep yourself. The one good thing about the problem is that your husband’s constant snoring alerted you to another, much more serious condition. He was recently diagnosed with one of the more common sleep apnea disorders.
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Four Tips for Avoiding the Embarressment of Bad Breath

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We put a a tiny robot Mars, to act as a one-man team of scientists, expanding what we know about our planetary neighbor, separated by 249 million miles, every single day. Our tiny cellphones have greater technological power than the world’s greatest supercomputer of just two decades ago. We have made medical advances to transplant a person’s face onto another person. Yet, we still don’t have the technology to know if we have bad breath without being told.

No matter how attractive or intelligent you are, if you have been touched by the halitosis fairy, that is the only impression you will leave on the people around you. The worst part of bad breath is that often, everyone around you knows it, but you have no idea. The best way to avoid the soul crushing humiliation of bad breath is with great oral hygi Continue reading

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When’s The Last Time You Visited Your Dentist?

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When’s the last time you saw a dentist? While regular teeth cleaning and check-ups are important to keep your smile sparkling, many Americans fall behind when it comes to getting routine work done. Neglecting to visit your dentist can result in everything from tooth decay to gingivitis if you’re not careful! Whether you have braces that need tweaking or a cavity that needs filling, dental clinics are there to make sure your mouth stays strong.

Fun Facts About Your Teeth

Did you know tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body? That’s nothing to sneeze at! Even with this protective outer layer, your teeth need regular brushing and flossing in or Continue reading

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The 3 Steps To A Healthy Mouth

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Dental care can be pretty expensive, so you should do everything in your power to stop damage to your oral health before it begins. The key to good oral hygiene is a simple but reliable routine, and it starts with proper daily dental care. Here’s the routine that you should be following if you want the healthiest mouth, and the most beautiful smile, that you can possibly get.

Start with brushing – You should be brushing your teeth once in the morning and once in the evening, to remove any traces of food that could build up throughout the day. You should be brushing with a soft-bristle brush, to preven Continue reading

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5 Things You Should Know About Invisalign

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Invisalign is important for one, simple, basic reason: your smile matters. These clear, teeth aligners can gradually correct your bite, and straighten your teeth for a healthy, happy smile that will have the impact you desire. Here’s what you should know.
They’re Transparent. – Having braces can feel a bit embarrassing, especially when you’re an adult, which is likely why cosmetic dentists often see that older patients prefer having Invisalign. They’re transparent, making them far less noticeable. In fact, they’re virtually undetectable, so you can straig Continue reading

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3 Essential Tips for Ensuring Your Child’s Teeth Stay Healthy

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As a parent, it’s your responsibility to make sure your children’s teeth are as healthy as they should be. However, with the majority of sugar-laden foods and drinks marketed to children these days, it can seem impossible to get your kids brushing and flossing as often as they ought to be.

Luckily, there are several things parents can do to protect their children’s dental hygiene.

Not sure how to ensure your children get the dental care they need? By regularly bringing your kids to a family friendly dentist and following these three tips, their teeth can stay healthy and beautiful:

Start brushing and flossing at an early age

You should start showing your child how to brush his or her teeth as soon as that first baby tooth comes in — even though 63% of American p Continue reading

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