Indications You May Need Dental Implants

Should you get dental implants? If you’ve considered them, you should know that there are some indications that may make your decision easier.

You got a cavity, or felt your bite change.

If you’ve been missing a tooth or teeth for a while, there’s an increased likelihood that you may develop dental caries in a tooth that’s near the gap. The void also increases the possibility that your other teeth can shift, knocking your bite out of alignment and interfering with you ability to chew normally.

In fact, if you have a tooth missing, you may be chewing only on the other side — even unconsciously. And that imbalance in the way you eat can mean you will develop problems with your jaw. One result can be painful TMJ.

You’ve noticed a change in the way you look.

Invariably, tooth loss leads to bone loss. Bone is being rebuilt continually through the natural operation of your teeth. When there is a tooth missing, the decreased stimulation to the underlying bone causes it to decrease in both width and height. Gum tissue deteriorates, and your ability to chew and speak can be impaired.

But you lose more than function. Your teeth are also the support system for your mouth and face. When teeth are missing, you’ll see gradual structural changes to your face. Lips sag. Cheeks sink in. The lower part of your face will appear smaller, making you look older.

You cracked a tooth.

If you have a tooth missing, you may have already cracked a tooth in the vicinity. Once you’ve lost a tooth, there can be a cascading deterioration in your oral health.

At Pure Dental Health, our goal is always to help you preserve your smile and promote optimum oral health, which contributes to your overall health and well-being.

You’re uncomfortable in public with your Essix retainer.

Have you been using an Essix retainer to compensate for missing teeth? It’s very effective, since no one can tell you’re wearing it. But as you know, you can’t chew with it, so you have to take it out to eat. That may not be a problem for you if you usually eat alone. But if you have a job that requires you to socialize, you know there’s no good way to accommodate your retainer.

Are you looking for a job? If you have been, you know that a firm handshake and a confident smile can be as important as a solid resume in advancing your cause in an interview. If you’re missing teeth, you’re probably sabotaging yourself in the workplace.

You’ve been told you should get dentures.

If you’re missing teeth today, it’s useful to look back a couple of decades to review the kind of oral hygiene you practiced growing up. Poor self-care eventually catches up with you. Sometimes, there’s not much that can be done to save your teeth if you’ve neglected their proper care. Have you been told to consider full dentures? If so, you’ll definitely want to compare them with dental implants.

Dentures are removable. They need to be held in place with adhesives you have to keep buying. But dental implants are permanent prosthetics that become a part of your jawbone. They look, fit and function just like natural teeth. You won’t be self-conscious about having a great-looking, healthy mouthful of teeth.

Call us today.

If you’re ready to discuss getting dental implants, please contact us at Pure Dental Health today. Schedule an appointment for a free CD scan that we’ll use to evaluate your teeth and determine your options. Learn more about how we can help you restore your smile and make you want to share it with everybody.

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Can Dental Implants Help Improve Your BMI?

Another new year is just around the corner. Before you know it, you will be toasting with friends and singing Auld Lang Syne once again. Is losing weight on your list of resolutions once again this year? If you resolved to lose weight last year and did not quite achieve your goal, or achieved it only to quickly regain the weight, you are not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans resolve to lose weight and improve their Body Mass Index (BMI) only to find that the end of the year has come and they are still struggling with extra pounds. In fact, overweight and obesity has become a health crisis in the United States. This is especially concerning because being overweight or obese increases your risks for a number of serious diseases and medical conditions including heart disease, Diabetes, breast cancer and more.

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill available to help you lose weight. This is despite an abundance of research on this very subject. So, what is the best way to achieve your weight loss goals? The simple answer is to eat healthier and to exercise more. To reach these goals, it may be helpful to enlist the services of an exercise coach (trainer) and a certified nutritionist. However, if you are currently wearing dentures, the solution may not be quite as simple. That is because wearing dentures can make it hard to eat and properly digest certain foods. Unfortunately, the foods that are rich in fiber and other important nutrients yet lower in calories are often hard to eat for individuals with dentures. This includes foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Many times, denture wearers are forced to replace these foods with softer, more processed foods that are easier to chew and digest. These foods are often higher in calories and lack the fiber and nutrients that are needed to maintain good overall health.

The good news is that dental implants provide a great alternative to dentures that allows you to eat the foods that you want to eat. Dental implants can be used to provide additional support for dentures or to support crowns and bridges. You can use dental implants to replace one, several or all of your teeth. With dental implants, you do not have to eliminate any foods from your diet. You can eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that will help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy body weight.

If dentures are holding you back from meeting your weight loss goals, talk to a qualified dental implant dentist today to see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system. We wish you the best of health in the new year!

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This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for Your Dental Health

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we give thanks for all of our blessings.  This can include family, friends, wealth and even our health.  If you are blessed enough to have good oral health, you probably have not spent enough time thinking about this particular blessing.  However, when our dental health goes south and we experience painful and expensive dental problems, it is then that we realize what a big blessing this is. Good dental health gives us the ability to chew and eat properly and to properly digest the foods we eat.  It also has a big effect on our confidence and our quality of life.

Unfortunately, many American adults are not blessed with good oral health.  This is evidenced by the fact that according to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 20 million people in the United States are missing all of their teeth.  The ADA also reports that more than 100 million people in the United States are missing between 11 to 15 of their teeth. Tooth decay in America is also a problem, especially in children.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay affects more than 1/4 of U. S. children between the ages of 2 and 5 and half of children between the ages of 12 and 15.  Lastly, periodontal disease is rampant in American adults.  According to the CDC, half of American adults have some stage of periodontal disease, many of them undiagnosed.  This is unfortunate because untreated periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.

Cavities, periodontal disease and missing teeth are largely preventable dental health conditions.  Many of these cases can be avoided with proper daily dental hygiene, regular dental care and a healthy, well-balanced diet.  If you are one of the many Americans who is not blessed with good oral health, now is the time to turn things around. Talk to your dentist today about the steps you can take to improve your dental health in the new year.

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Calcium and Your Dental Health

Calcium is an important mineral that everyone needs to stay healthy.  Most everyone knows that getting an adequate daily intake of calcium is good for your bones.  However, did you know that getting enough calcium is also vitally important for maintaining good dental health?  That is because according to the National Institutes of Health, 99% of the body’s calcium reserves are stored in bones and the teeth.  Calcium is and important mineral that promotes strong teeth and bones.

Not getting enough calcium in your diet can weaken the structure of your teeth and can also make you more at risk for developing periodontal disease, a leading cause of tooth loss.  So, what is the recommended daily intake of calcium for the average person?  The answer is that it depends on your age and your gender.  For men and women ages 19-50 years, the daily recommended calcium intake is 1000 mg.  For women between the ages of 51-70, the daily recommended calcium intake is 1200 mg.  For men of the same age group, the daily recommended intake is 1000 mg.

How can we get an adequate amount of calcium into our diet?  The best way is to eat a wide variety of foods that are rich in calcium such as milk, yogurt, cheese, dark leafy greens, legumes and certain types of fruit.  There are also a number of foods that are enriched with calcium including orange juice, breads and cereals.  If you are not able to get an adequate supply of calcium into your system through your diet, your doctor may recommend that you take a daily calcium supplement.  Your doctor can recommend the correct dose to meet your needs.

If you want to have good dental health in the future, it is important to get an adequate intake of calcium today.  The next time you are at the grocery store, make sure that you pick up some calcium-rich foods.  Your teeth will thank you!

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Need Additional Stability for Your Dentures?

If you wear dentures and are looking for additional stability to ensure that they do not slip or fall out, you may be interested in dental implants.  Dental implants are a revolutionary dental treatment that can be used to provide support for crowns, bridges or dentures.  The process involves inserting titanium screws into the jawbone and allowing the bone in the jaw to heal.  Once the bone has healed and the implants are anchored securely in the jaw, crowns, bridges or dentures can be attached to the implants to take the place of missing teeth.

When first invented, dental implants were used exclusively to provide support for dental crowns.  Today, their use has greatly expanded and they are used to support dental bridges and dentures.  Dental-implant-supported dentures provide more stability than conventional dentures and are less expensive than a full set of dental-implant-supported crowns.  For this reason, they are a good solution for many individuals with missing teeth.

If you are interested in dental implants to provide added stability to your dentures, the first step is to visit a dental implant specialist in your local area.  After a thorough evaluation and medical history, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.  To be a candidate for dental implants, you must have enough healthy bone and tissue in your jaw to support the implants.  In cases where the quantity or quality of bone in the jaw is insufficient to support dental implants, other procedures may be needed to prepare the jawbone for successful placement of implants.  This may include any variety of bone grafting procedures.

If you have dentures that slip or fall out or if you are simply looking for a way to add stability to your dentures, talk to your dentist about dental implants today.  With dental-implant-supported dentures you can once again chew, smile, laugh and speak with confidence.

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Restoring a Cracked Tooth

Teeth can crack for a variety of reasons.  Dental trauma, tooth decay, and biting down on something hard can all cause a tooth to crack.  So what happens if you crack one of your teeth?  What are the dental treatments that can be used to restore a cracked tooth?  There are many.

There are several different restorative dental treatments that can be used to address a cracked tooth.  The type that is used will depend on the location of the tooth in your mouth, the severity of the crack and other factors.  Dental bonding is one restorative treatment that can be used to address a cracked tooth.  This is typically indicated when the crack is not overly severe.  The process involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin to the tooth to fill in the space left due to the crack.  The material is then cured with a special light to permanently bond it to the tooth.  If the crack or damage to the tooth is too severe to be treated with dental bonding or a composite resin filling, a crown may be placed over the tooth.  A crown will provide addition strength to the tooth and prevent further cracking.

If a cracked tooth is not restored promptly, it can leave that tooth susceptible to infection.  Once the tooth becomes infected, a root canal procedure may be needed to remove the infected material in the center of the tooth and then seal it to prevent further infection.  If a root canal is not performed on an infected tooth, it can lead to serious dental health problems including abscessed teeth.  In this case, the tooth may need to be extracted.

If you have a cracked tooth in your mouth, don’t risk your long-term dental health by waiting to have it fixed.  Talk to your dentist today about the restorative dental treatments available to suit your particular situation.

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Today’s Dentures

Today’s dentures are not like the dentures of the past. In the past, many denture wearers complained of uncomfortable, loose-fitting dentures that had the appearance of false teeth.  For these reasons, this tooth replacement system left a lot to be desired.  However, with today’s advanced technology and manufacturing processes, today’s dentures look more like natural teeth, are better-fitted and are more comfortable to wear.  That is good news for the large percentage of Americans with missing teeth.

The Dentca CAD/CAM denture system represents the greatest advancements in denture technology.  The computer-aided-design and computer-aided-manufacturing system provides for a faster, more cost-effective method of manufacturing dentures that takes the margin of error out of the process.  Dentures manufactured using the Dentca system require one visit before final denture delivery as opposed to the five visits required by dentures manufactured the conventional way (by hand). As a result, a patient’s chair time is reduced from three hours to only forty-five minutes.  And, using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing reduces the processing time from approximately thirty days to approximately ten days.

Unfortunately, tooth loss remains a problem for a large population of American adults despite advances in dental technology and dental hygiene.  To avoid tooth loss, it is important to visit your dentist for regularly scheduled dental cleanings and checkups and to seek prompt treatment for any dental health issues, especially periodontal disease.  It is also important to practice good daily oral hygiene at home.

If you are currently wearing dentures and are unhappy with their fit or appearance, or are in need of a new pair of dentures, visit a certified Dentca dentist in your local area.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine whether or not the Dentca denture system is right for you.

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The ABC’s of Dental Health

Practicing good dental hygiene is one of the most important things you can do to protect the long-term dental health of your teeth and to give your teeth the very best chance of lasting you for a lifetime.  That is good news since Americans are living longer and therefore need their teeth to function properly for a longer period of time.  Besides, replacing lost teeth can be expensive!

Here are the ABC’s of good dental hygiene:

A:  Visit your dentist an average of twice a year (every six months) for a professional dental cleaning and dental examination.  This gives a skilled dental hygienist the opportunity to remove stubborn plaque and tartar that can build up on the surface of your teeth.  It also gives your dentist an opportunity to look for any signs of dental health problems including tooth decay, tooth infection, gum disease, bite problems and oral cancer.

B:  Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly everyday.  You should brush your teeth, at minimum, once in the morning and once before you go to bed.  If you have eaten sugary or starchy foods or have had red wine or other beverages that can stain your teeth, you should brush immediately after in addition to morning and night.  If you do not have the opportunity to brush your teeth after eating or drinking these foods, at least rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.

C:  Call your dentist at the first sign of dental health problems:  do not ignore your symptoms as they will only get worse.  When dental health problems are detected and treated early, they are typically less painful, less expensive and easier to fix.  Ignoring the symptoms of dental health problems such as tooth pain or bad breath can lead to serious dental health problems including tooth loss.

For more information about how you can care for your teeth and gums to safeguard their long-term health, talk to your dentist today.  Your dental hygienists may also have some important tips that he or she can share with you.

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Start Out The New Year With A New Smile

Happy 2014.  It is a new year, full of possibilities.  This is the year to make things happen.  Maybe you want to get a new job or accept a promotion for a leadership position.  Perhaps it is time to get back on the dating scene.  Whatever your aspirations for 2014, don’t let your smile hold you back.  By investing in your smile today, you can improve your confidence, your self-esteem and your circumstances in the future.

Let’s face it, in today’s world, your appearance is more important than ever.  From your Linked-In profile to your Facebook page, your appearance is the first impression most people have of you.  Why not make it your best?  Improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry can give you the confidence you need to land that dream job, or date, or achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve.

With today’s advanced cosmetic dental procedures, it is now possible for virtually everyone to achieve the smile of their dreams.  If crooked teeth have you hiding behind your smile, talk to your dentist today about adult braces.  You can choose from clear aligners, clear braces and short term orthodontic solutions that will give you straighter teeth and a more balance smile without forcing you to wear metal braces for a year or more.  If tooth discoloration is adding years to your appearance, talk to your dentist about your available options for tooth whitening.  If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, talk to your dentist about custom dentures or dental implants.

Is the financial aspect of cosmetic dentistry holding you back?  If so, talk to your dental practice about in-house financing and flexible payment plans.  Don’t let another year go by without investing the time and money needed to give you a beautiful, balanced, and natural smile!

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Replacing Missing Teeth

Is replacing a missing tooth one of your New Year’s resolutions this year?  If you have lost a tooth due to tooth decay, infection, gum disease, trauma or any other reason and have been putting off replacing it due to cost or fear of the dentist, now is the time to replace it.  Failure to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth can lead to a variety of serious dental health problems and can threaten the health of your remaining teeth.  For starters, a missing tooth leaves a place where bacteria can accumulate and contribute to periodontal disease and other problems.  Also, if you leave a space in your jaw, the other teeth in your mouth will shift to fill the space.  This can cause your teeth to shift out of proper alignment.  Perhaps the most serious consequence of failing to replace missing teeth is the fact that it can lead to irreversible bone loss in your jaw.

So, the question becomes, how do you replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth?  When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are a variety of options to be considered.  A fixed dental bridge is one option for replacing one missing tooth or a few contiguous missing teeth.  You can also consider a partial dental.  If you are missing all of your teeth, you may want to consider full dentures.  Dental implants are another tooth replacement option and can be used to replace one, several or all of your teeth.  While this option is more expensive than the other options, it also offers many benefits that the other tooth replacement options do not offer.  Dental implants provide a long-term, fixed solution to missing teeth and provide for replacement teeth that look, feel an function like normal teeth.  For many, the ability to have replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth and the ability to eat all the foods they love without worry is priceless.  While dental implants are not completely covered by most dental insurance plans, many dental practices offer in-house and/or flexible financing plans to help cover the cost.  Your flexible savings account (FSA) can also be used toward the cost of dental implants.

Your dentist is the best person to help you decide which tooth replacement option works the best for your particular situation.  Don’t put your dental health at risk by failing to replace one or more missing teeth.  Schedule an appointment with your dentist today!

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