How Do Dental Implants Work?

Chances are you have heard about dental implants.  This revolutionary tooth replacement option has changed the lives of many people all over the United States and throughout the world.  You may even have a friend or family member who has gotten dental implants.  But do you really understand how dental implants work?

Dental implants serve as replacements for missing tooth roots and provide for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  First, prosthetic screws made of titanium are placed into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  The jawbone is then allowed to heal, fusing the screws into the bone in a process known as osseointegration.  Once the jawbone has healed and the screws are anchored tightly into place, a crown, bridge or denture can be attached to the implant, to take the place of one or more missing teeth.

Since dental implants are actually fused to the jawbone, they can exert more pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure than dentures or traditional bridges.  This makes it easier to chew and digest foods that are high in fiber.  With dental implants, you can eat from a wide variety of food groups and you do not have to restrict your diet as you would with dentures or other tooth replacement options.  And, unlike dentures, dental implants do not cause bone loss.

It is true that dental implants cost more than dentures or dental bridges, however, for many, the added value is more than worth the extra cost.  Only you and your dentist can decide the best tooth replacement option to meet your needs.  The important thing is to replace your missing teeth.  Failure to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth can lead to serious dental health problems including orthodontic relapse and periodontal disease.  If you have missing teeth and are wondering if dental implants are right for you, talk to your dentist today.

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Quick Fixes For a Dazzling Holiday Smile

The holidays are upon us once again.  That wonderful time when we get together with friends, family members, coworkers and other loved ones to celebrate the magic of the season.  You may have been meaning to improve your smile before the holiday season began, however, with all the shopping, cooking and trying to finish up with work, you just never got around to it.  The good news is, it is not too late to improve your smile.  There are a number of quick cosmetic dental fixes that can be used to help you achieve a dazzling holiday smile.

The first step is to schedule an appointment with your dentist.  A good, thorough, professional dental cleaning may be just what you need to give your smile that extra boost.  If your teeth are stained and/or discolored due to age, eating or drinking certain beverages or smoking, you may want to consider a professional teeth whitening treatment.  Many dental offices offer professional whitening treatments that can be competed in a dental office in a little more than an hour.  This would still leave you plenty of time for shopping and party planning.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings in your mouth, now may be a good time to have them replaced with tooth colored fillings.  Tooth colored fillings made of composite resin or porcelain provide a more natural appearance and may be better for your long-term health.

If you are looking for a more long-term solution to problems such as severe tooth discoloration, crooked or missing teeth, you may want to consider other options including porcelain veneers, clear braces, or dental implants.  Now is the time to consider cosmetic dental treatments that will ensure that you start the new year off with a beautiful, confident smile!

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Gingivitis Vs. Periodontitis

Gum disease is an extremely prevalent problem affecting many adults in the United States.  Gingivitis and Periodontitis are both forms of periodontal disease.  So what is the difference?

The answer is that periodontal (gum) disease is progressive in nature and can range from mild inflammation of the gums to serious infection that can damage the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth.  Gingivitis refers to a mild form of gum disease that is characterized by an inflammation of the the gums.  It is caused by a buildup of a harmful bacteria on the surface of teeth.  With Gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen and may bleed easily.  In most cases, Gingivitis can be treated easily by flossing and brushing your teeth daily and visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled professional dental cleanings.  This mild form of gum disease does not result in the destruction of bone and soft tissue supporting the teeth, however, if it is not treated properly in a timely manner, it can lead to Periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a more serious form of gum disease that can lead to destruction of the bone and soft tissue supporting your teeth and ultimately, tooth loss.  With Periodontitis, the gums start to pull away from the teeth leaving spaces below the gum line called “pockets” that become infected.  As the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line, the body’s immune system fights this harmful bacteria.  The body’s natural response to the infection will start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth into place.  If Periodontitis is not properly treated in a timely manner, the teeth may become loose and have to be removed.  Treatments for Periodontitis may include deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), medications or even surgery.

The best way to avoid periodontal disease is to practice good daily oral hygiene, visit the dentist regularly and refrain from smoking or using other tobacco products.  However, there are other factors including hormonal changes that can make you more susceptible to this disease.  If you suspect that you may have gum disease in any form, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.  Getting treatment for periodontal disease today can help to safeguard your dental health in the future.

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How Does Dental Insurance Work?

If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, it is important for you to carefully read your benefits information and to fully understand your coverage, before you visit the dentist.  This will ensure that you are able to take full advantage of your coverage.  It will also help you know what to expect when it comes time to pay for your services.

If your dentist is in-network with your dental insurance provider, he or she may submit the claim to your insurance provider on your behalf.  If your dentist is not in-network, you will most likely be asked to pay for your services at the time the services are rendered and then it is up to you to submit a claim to your dental insurance provider for reimbursement.

There are a variety of dental insurance companies on the market today and most of these companies offer a variety of benefit plans with different features.  When you are reading over your dental insurance plan, it is helpful to be familiar with a few key terms including the following:

•  Maximum – The maximum dollar amount a dental plan will pay toward the cost of dental care during a specific benefit period.

•  Deductible – The amount of money you have to pay before your dental insurance plan will start contributing to the cost of your treatment.

•  Coinsurance – A predetermined percentage of the cost of your treatment that is paid by your dental insurance plan.  You are expected to pay the balance.  Any portion over the coinsurance amount is paid by you, even after your meet your deductible.

As each insurance plan is different, it is important to understand the maximum, deductible and coinsurance amount for your specific dental insurance plan.  If you have specific questions about how your dental insurance plan works, it is a good idea to call your dental insurance company and get answers to your questions before seeking dental treatment.  This will ensure that you do not have any surprises when it comes time to pay your bill!

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Invisalign Invisible Braces: More Than Just a Cosmetic Fix

Invisalign® invisible braces are a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that allows you to straighten your teeth with a series of clear, comfortable, custom aligners.  The aligners are worn over your teeth to gently move them into the desired position.  The aligners can be removed while you eat, brush and floss for better oral hygiene.  Best of all, you get straighter teeth without having to put up with unsightly metal wires and braces.  You may be aware of the fact that the Invisalign® system can be used to make cosmetic changes to your smile.  However, did you know that this advanced system can also be used to correct other problems in your mouth?

Invisalign® invisible braces can be used to correct a wide array of dental problems ranging from mild cases of crooked and/or protruding teeth to more complicated dental problems involving serious malocclusion, overbite or underbite. Invisalign® is a great solution for gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, cross bite and overly crowded teeth. Most individuals are a candidate for this innovative orthodontic system.  However, the only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for Invisalign® is to contact a certified Invisalign® provider in your local area.  He or she can determine whether or not Invisalign® is a good fit for you.

If this sounds like a good solution for you but you are worried about the cost, financing may be a good option for you. Many dental practices offer attractive financing options including flexible and in-house payment plans.  Once you find an Invisalign® provider in your area, inquire with his or her office about any available financing options.  You are going to love your new smile!

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The Evolution of Dentistry

Dentistry, like most professions, has evolved quickly over the past few years due to increased technology.  With the average American owning a multitude of electronic devices such as smart phones, laptops and iPads and having access to the Internet, email and text messages 24-hours a-day, we have become an immediate society.  We are no longer in the habit of waiting for things.  That is why banks have extended their hours to include weekends and provide 24-hour access to ATM machines that can now perform most of the functions that used to require a visit to the bank.  Similarly, many dental practices are changing from the traditional model of offering appointments from Monday through Friday from 9AM to 4:30 PM.  Many dental practices throughout the country are now offering extended hours as well as weekend appointments.  They are also offering same-day appointments and emergency dental care.

As consumers, we have become accustomed to getting what we want, when we want it. Think about it.  You can go onto Amazon.com and order just about any product you can think of, and have it shipped your home within 24-hours.  While getting dental care is a lot more complicated than just clicking onto a website, it is possible to get high quality dental care when you need it.  That is, if you are a patient of Pure Dental Health in Atlanta.  Pure Dental Health is now making it easier to get the dental care you need, when you need it the most.  We currently offer extended hours on the week days as well as Saturday appointments.  In addition, we offer same-day appointments and emergency dental care.  Through strategic scheduling and staffing, we are able to offer these services without taking away from our patients who have scheduled their appointments in advance.

If your dental practice does not currently offer the importance services you need to keep up with your hectic lifestyle, you may want to consider making a change.  Pure Dental Health is currently accepting new patients and we would appreciate the opportunity to serve you with top quality, convenient dental care.

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