Clinical Trials Highlight The Success Rate of Dental Implants

Past research has shown dental implants to be a highly effective and successful treatment for missing teeth.  That is why they are currently considered by many experts to be the “gold standard” in tooth replacement.  However, results of recent large, international clinical trials have provided patients and dentists with an even higher level of confidence in this innovative tooth replacement solution.

Results from two of the largest international clinical studies on dental implants have just been published and demonstrate impressive results for dental implants.  Together the two studies evaluated more than one thousand Straumann Bone Level implants in Europe, the United States and Australia.  Both studies reported extremely high implant survival rates of more than 98% and found practically no bone loss around the area of the implants.  These survival rates are higher than the rates that have been documented in previous literature.

This newest data just adds to the wealth of evidence of the effectiveness of dental implants in replacing missing teeth.  This innovative tooth replacement option can be used to replace one, several or all teeth.  In most cases, dental implants require two separate procedures: one to place the implants into the jawbone and another to attach restorations to the implants.  The result is replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  With proper care, dental implants can last for a lifetime.  This is a definite advantage over temporary dental bridges or partial dentures.

Many individuals who have worn dentures in the past have made the investment in dental implants.  Although dental implants are more expensive than other traditional tooth replacement solutions, the benefits to the patients far outweigh the added cost in many cases.

Most individuals with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants as there are very few medical reasons that would rule a person out for this procedure.  If you are currently wearing dentures and are interested in making the switch to dental implants, talk to a dental implant dentist in your local area today.

Posted of behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Losing Your Teeth: Everyone’s Worst Nightmare

Have you ever dreamed that your teeth were falling out?  You wake up in a cold sweat and run to the mirror to make sure you still have all of your pearly whites.  Sound familiar?  If so, you are not alone.  This dream about tooth loss is one of the most common anxiety dreams reported.  Experts have interpreted this dream to mean many things.  Some of the most common theories are that this dream means you are feeling insecure or vulnerable, you feel a loss of control or you are worried about money and financial issues.  Whatever the meaning, these dreams are no fun!  That is because our teeth are vitally important to our daily life and dramatically affect our outward appearance.

Unfortunately, tooth loss is a reality for many people.  Everyday, adults in the United States lose teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth infections, tooth decay, trauma and more.  For these individuals, waking up does not make the nightmare go away.  However, there is hope for those who have lost teeth.  With today’s advances in dental technology and techniques, there are a number of attractive options for replacing missing teeth.  The trick is to determine which method best suits your lifestyle and your budget.  Your dental and medical history will also play a role in determining whether or not you are a candidate for certain tooth replacement options.

If you have lost just one or a few of your teeth, your options include a traditional dental bridge, a partial denture or a dental implant supported crown or bridge.  If you have lost most or all of your teeth, you may want to consider full dentures, a full set of dental implant supported crowns or dental implant supported dentures.   Your dentist will be able to go over each of these options with you to help you select the option that is best suited for your individual needs.

It is important to replace any missing teeth, regardless of which tooth replacement option you choose.  Failure to do so can cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place and can lead to serious dental health issues.

Posted of behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Treatments For TMJD

TMJD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder: a chronic condition affecting the Temporomandibular (jaw) joint.  This disorder is the most common form of oral or facial pain and currently affects over 100 million Americans.  People with TMJD experience chronic symptoms including jaw pain, ear pain, dizziness, a clicking or popping noise in the jaw and headaches.  Severe TMJD symptoms can cause sufferers to miss work and to experience a reduced quality of life.

Current treatments for TMJD include anti-inflammatory medications, night splints, orthodontic procedures, bite adjustment treatments and dental restorations.  Often, physicians and dentists will work together to find a solution for treating the symptoms.  However, even with these treatments, some individuals are not able to find relief.  For this reason, there is much research being conducted on this disorder.  A recent study published in the August issue of the journal Pain, detailed a study in mice conducted by researchers at Duke Medicine.  In this study, the researchers we able to identify a protein, TRPV4, that is critical to TMJD pain.  This newly identified protein could be a promising target for developing treatments for TMJD.

If you experience chronic ear pain, jaw pain, dizziness or other symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJD.  It may be caused by a “bad bite” or misaligned jaw or by clenching or grinding your teeth at night, when you sleep.  If your TMJD is caused by a bad bite, your dentist may recommend an orthodontic treatment or dental restorations to better align your jaw joint.  If your symptoms are caused by clenching or grinding your teeth at night when you sleep, your dentist may recommend that you wear a night splint.

Don’t let the symptoms of TMJD negatively affect your quality of life.  Visit your dentist today so he or she can help you get some relief from your symptoms and an improved quality of life.

Posted of behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dental Solution

With the latest advances in cosmetic dental technology and techniques, it is now possible for virtually everyone to have the smile of their dreams:  a smile that is healthy, confident and long lasting.  However, with all of the cosmetic dental treatments available, how do you determine which solution or combination of solutions is right for you?

If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile, the first step is to schedule a smile consultation with a qualified and experienced restorative and cosmetic dentist.  During your smile consultation, your dentist will take the time to thoroughly examine your entire mouth and then talk to you about your dental goals, and the available options for meeting your goals.  The next step is to work collaboratively with the cosmetic dentist to come up with an individualized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle as well as your budget.

In some cases, such as tooth discoloration, missing teeth or crooked teeth, there will be more than one cosmetic dental solution that can be used to treat the problem.  For instance, traditional Braces, short-term orthodontics and porcelain veneers can all be used to treat crooked teeth.  You may be a candidate for all of these treatments, so how do you decide which one to choose?  If you desire straighter teeth but do not want to put up with a mouth full of metal, clear aligner therapy may be a good fit for you.  If you want quick results and are only interested in improving the appearance of the teeth in the front that show when you smile, short-term orthodontics or porcelain veneers may be a better solution.  It is the same with missing teeth.  If you are missing one or a few of your teeth, partial dentures or a fixed partial bridge may be a good solution for you.  If you are missing all of your teeth, you may need full dentures.  Even within these categories, there are still choices to be made.  Do you want conventional dentures or dentures that are supported by dental implants?   Having choices is a great thing, but it can be a little overwhelming.  That is why you need a good dentist who can help you make the best choice for your specific needs.

If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile or if you think it could be improved, schedule a smile consultation with a cosmetic dentist in your local area today.  You are going to love your new smile!

Posted of behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

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Dentca Dentures: An Advanced Solution for Missing Teeth

Technology has transformed virtually every industry in America. With today’s advanced technology, we can now do things we never dreamed were possible.  This is especially true in the field of dentistry.  Using Denta™ CAM/CAD technology, dentists can now provide custom made dentures with increased accuracy and precision, in less time than traditional dentures.  Dentca™ CAD/CAM dentures are also more comfortable to wear than conventional dentures and require far less chair time for patients.  Sound good?

If you are interested in dentures to replace missing teeth or have grown tired of wearing your conventional dentures, you may want to schedule an appointment with a dentist who offers Dentca™ CAM/CAD dentures to find out if you are a candidate for this advanced tooth replacement system.  If so, you are only two dental visits away from having your new teeth.  With Dentca™ CAD/CAM dentures, your dentist will first obtain an impression of your mouth using Dentca’s patented tray system.  He or she will then send them in to Dentca’s dental laboratory for fabrication.  Within five days of receiving your impression, your Dentca™ dentures will be shipped back out to your dentist’s office.  You can then try them on to ensure a comfortable fit, and walk out with your new teeth in just two dental visits and less than one hour of chair time.

Using cutting-edge CAD/CAM technology, Dentca™ has revolutionized the denture fabrication process.  This technology offers significant benefits to both patients and their dentists.  If you want to take advantage of advanced technology in order to get a more beautiful, comfortable smile, talk to a qualified Dentca™ dentist in your local area today.  You are going to have a lot to smile about!

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Are You Tired of Your Old Silver Amalgam Fillings?

Are you tired of looking at a mouth full of metal whenever you open your mouth?  If you had silver amalgam fillings placed in your mouth to fill cavities and are tired of them, you are not alone.  Everyday, individuals all over the country have their old silver amalgam fillings removed and replaced with porcelain or composite, tooth-colored fillings.

Some people decide to make this change when their old silver amalgam fillings wear out or come loose. Instead of replacing them with amalgam, they elect to use porcelain or composite material.  Others proactively have their amalgam fillings removed and replaced with tooth colored materials for cosmetic reasons, or due to safety concerns.  Amalgam fillings contain Mercury: a know neurotoxin.  While the evidence is not conclusive at this time, many fear that exposure to Mercury from amalgam fillings could be harmful to your health.

The reason that amalgam has been used to fill cavities for years is because it is relatively inexpensive compared to other materials and lasts for a long time.  However, for some, the extra costs associated with porcelain or composite fillings are outweighed by the benefits:  peace of mind and a more natural appearance.

If you elect to have your amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a different type of material, it is important to find a dentist who is qualified and experienced with this procedure.  You want to make sure that your dentist follows the necessary safety protocols that will limit your exposure to Mercury vapors during the removal process.  For more information about the process of removing and replacing Amalgam fillings, talk to your dentist today.

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