What Can Modern Dentures Mean For You?

Woman Discussing Dental Options with Dentist at Pure Dental Health Atlanta GAComplete dentures are still the preferred choice for replacing an entire arch of teeth. However, the process of getting dentures has changed dramatically over recent years – for the better! Conventional denture fabrication was somewhat grueling, as it often involved up to five visits with your dentist and a chair time of up to 3 hours. In many cases, the final product of conventional dentures takes up to 30 days. That is a long time to wait when you need to replace a full set of teeth! In addition, many patients experience changes in their gum tissues during that time span, which means the final denture may not fit as well as originally planned.

The good news is that modern denture technology has revolutionized the process for patients so that they don’t have to endure such a lengthy wait for their final dentures to be ready. One of the most impressive denture systems is Dentca. Dentca dentures rely on advanced CAD/CAM technology, which means they are fabricated using precise and fast 3D images of the entire maxillofacial region. A stark contrast to the conventional denture experience, Dentca only requires a single visit to the dentist with only 45 minutes of chair time. In one short week, patients can receive their final Dentca denture product.

Not only does this 3D technology and cutting-edge computer software greatly reduce your denture process time, but it also produces a denture model that is more accurate and comfortable than past denture systems. Lastly, your dentist will save the 3D model of your Dentca denture in the event that a replacement or additional set is needed. From start to finish, the efficiency and success of Dentca dentures is unrivaled!

According to The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, the number of US adults needing dentures is projected to increase from 33.6 million in 1991 to 37.9 million by 2020. If missing teeth are affecting your self-esteem, your nutritional health or your quality of life, call Pure Dental Health to learn more about modern denture options. It may be easier than you think to regain a beautiful and confident smile!

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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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Enjoying Your Thanksgiving Feast With Dental Implants

For most Americans, Thanksgiving represents a special time to gather with friends and family and to express thanks for our many blessings.  A huge Thanksgiving feast of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole is also part of the Thanksgiving tradition for many families.  This is the time when we set our tables with our best linens and china, turn off our cell phones and other electronics, and enjoy a long, relaxing meal around the table.  However, if you are dealing with ill-fitting, loose or uncomfortable dentures, Thanksgiving dinner may not be all that enjoyable to you.

Dentures that slip or fall out easily can make it very difficult to enjoy a meal, especially when the meal involves a group.  Even if it is with your family members, the last thing you want is for your dentures to fall into your dinner plate!  In addition, loose or uncomfortable dentures can make it difficult to chew and properly digest certain foods.

If you notice that your dentures have recently become loose, ill-fitting or uncomfortable, it could be due to changes with the bone in your jaw.  When pressure is not exerted on the jawbone on a regular basis, it can cause bone loss.  This in turn can make dentures that at one time fit well, not fit well anymore.  It is a vicious cycle.

You can break the cycle of ill-fitting dentures with dental implants.  Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement  solution that provide for replacement teeth that look, function and feel like natural teeth.  There a a variety of tooth replacement options that can be used with dental implants including dental-implant-supported crowns, bridges and dentures.

If you are tired of worrying about your dentures slipping or falling out or if your dentures have become uncomfortable, talk to your dentist today about dental implants.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for this life-changing dental procedure.

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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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Protecting Your Teeth With a Mouthguard

Spring is in the air and that means soccer, baseball, lacrosse and other children’s sporting activities are in full swing.  While participating in contact sports can be great for kids in terms of exercise, character development and more, it can present a danger to their dental health.  That is, unless the proper protection is used to prevent dental traumas.  Basically, if your child participates in a contact sport, he or she needs to wear a mouth guard to protect his or her teeth.

There are three different types of mouth guards including the following:

•  Custom fitted

•  Stock

•  Boil and bite

Custom fitted mouth guards are made specifically for you, by your dentist.  This is the most expensive option but fits the best and may provide the best protection for the teeth.  This is because it is custom-fitted to your specific mouth.  Stock mouth guards can be purchased at most big box stores and come pre-formed, ready to wear.  Unfortunately, often times they do not fit well, and can make breathing and talking difficult.  Boil and bite mouth guards can be purchased at drug stores and most sporting goods stores.  They are first softened in water (boiled) and then inserted and allowed to conform to the shape of your mouth.  They provide a better fit than the stock mouth guards yet are less expensive than the custom mouth guards.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), custom-fitted mouth guards provided by dentists provide the best protection for teeth.  However, boil and bite mouth guards are a more economical option and do provide some measure of protection.  The important thing is for your child to wear some form of mouth guard to protect the teeth from trauma and injury.  When teeth are lost, it causes problems with smiling, eating talking and your overall dental health.  While there are good options for replacing lost teeth, they can be costly and labor intensive.

If your child is going to be participating in contact sports this spring, put a mouth guard on your list of equipment.  You will be glad you did!

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Time to Ditch That Messy and Expensive Denture Cream?

If you are currently wearing dentures, you are all too familiar with denture adhesive creams.  For many individuals, dealing with these messy gooey and expensive creams is a big hassle.  Or, perhaps you are concerned about the safety of your denture adhesive cream.  Many denture adhesive creams contain zinc.  High blood levels of zinc have been linked neurological damage and problems.  Although the amounts of zinc are not supposed to be harmful when the denture adhesive creams are used as directed, there is some concern about their long-term safety.  For this reason and more, many individuals are ready to ditch their denture adhesive creams.  But what is the alternative?

The alternative is dental implants.  Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement system that provide a long-term, fixed solution to tooth loss.  The implants take the place of missing tooth roots and can be used to support crowns, bridges or dentures.  While the cost of dental implants are higher than traditional dentures, the money, time and hassle that is saved is well worth the cost for many people.  That is why dental implants are currently considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth.

There are very few medical reasons that would rule you out as a candidate for dental implants.  However, if you have been wearing dentures for a long period of time, you may have lost some of the bone in your jaw.  If there is not sufficient bone in the jaw to successfully place the implants, bone grafting may be needed to prepare your jawbone for the successful placement of implants.

If you are tired of dealing with your denture adhesive cream or if you are concerned about the long-term safety of your denture-adhesive cream, talk to a dental implants specialists in your local area today.  You will be glad you did!

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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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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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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.

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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.

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