Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Are Dental Implants An Option For You?

Dental Implants: Replacement Teeth That Look and Feel Like Your Own
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a periodontist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, such as placement by a periodontist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.

What Dental Implants Can Do?
  • Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
  • Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
  • Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Types of Implants in Use Today

Endosteal (in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant. The various types include screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.

Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework's posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge

Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.

  • Esthetic Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
  • Tooth-saving Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
  • Confidence Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
  • Reliable The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

Above article from: www.perio.org

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Did You Know....

Did You Know...

The major causes of tooth loss in people under the age of 35 are sports, accidents and fights.

George Washington's dentures were made from walrus, hippopotamus, and cow's teeth, as well as elephant tusks.

In 200 AD, the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to clean their teeth.

The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.

How much is the Tooth Fairy paying per tooth? Around $2 per tooth, according to Securian Dental Plans, an insurance provider.

An average American spends 38.5 total days brushing teeth over a lifetime.

Commercial floss was first manufactured in 1882, but Egyptians invented the first toothpaste 5000 years ago.

American sweet tooth: Americans spent $21 billion on candy in 2001. That's more than the gross national products of Lituania, Costa Rica and Mozambique combined!

Egyptians were among the first dentists. Some mummies have teeth filled with a kind of resin and malachite. In other mummies, gold wire has been used to bind loose teeth.

The greater the amount of time food remains in the mouth, the greater the chance for decay.

The sequence that foods are eaten can determine the risk for cavities. If you eat sugary foods after meals, you decrease the chance for cavities, as opposed to eating sugary foods alone.

In the United States, close to 3 million miles of dental floss was purchased in 1996 by dental consumers - enough to circle the earth nearly 120 times!

During the middle ages, people went to barbers for tooth extractions. These practitioners were called barber-surgeons and were marked by the iconic red and white striped barber poles that are still used today.

Anesthesia was invented by a dentist - Dr. Wells from Hartford, CT. A monument dedicated to his contribution is located in Bushnell Park in Hartford.

The above fun facts are from: www.compdentalhealth.com

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

10 Facts About Human Teeth

Learn so much about your teeth in just 30 seconds!

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