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!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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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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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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Dental Implants: A Gift For Dad That Will Last A Lifetime

Happy Father’s Day: a time to celebrate fathers all over the world.  If your father is like most fathers, he probably sacrificed a lot for you.  He made sure that you had everything that you needed, supported you and even disciplined you when necessary.  If you are a father, you know what a challenging and rewarding job it can be to parent children.  For most of us, when we become parents, we put our children’s needs first and our own needs last.  It is just part of the deal.  Unfortunately, many fathers neglect their own dental health due to lack of finances or lack of time;  maybe even lack of access to healthcare.  If your father has neglected his own dental health and as a result is missing one or more teeth, maybe you should consider giving him a gift that will last a lifetime:  dental implants.

Dental implants are prosthetic screws that are placed in the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. Once the screws have fused with the bone and are tightly secured into place, they can provide support for crowns, bridges or dentures.  This revolutionary tooth replacement system holds many advantages over other tooth replacement options and allows for replacement teeth that look, function and feel like natural teeth.  Perhaps most importantly, unlike dentures, dental implants do not cause bone loss.  Dental implants have been life-changing for many people all over the world.  If you want to give your Dad a gift that will enable him to eat the foods he loves and once again laugh, speak and smile with confidence, consider giving him the gift of dental implants.

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The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

If you have lost a tooth in the back of your mouth and the space does not show when you smile, you may not think it is very important to replace the lost tooth.  After all, no is going to notice right?  Why go through the expense and the hassle of tooth replacement?  What is the harm in just leaving it alone?  The answer is that failure to replace missing teeth can negatively affect your long-term dental health and the health of your remaining teeth.

First of all, when a tooth lost, it obviously leaves a space in the mouth.  This can cause the other teeth to shift to fill the space, therefore getting your teeth out of alignment. If you have spent the time and money to achieve straighter teeth with braces, failure to replace a tooth can leave you at risk for orthodontic relapse.  Even if you have not had braces, shifting teeth can negatively affect both the form and function of your smile.

Secondly, the space in your mouth that is left from the missing tooth can create a trap for food, bacteria and other debris.  This can leave you more at risk for developing periodontal disease: the number one cause of tooth loss in people over the age of thirty-five.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss.  When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes loss of aveolar bone.  In fact, there is an approximate 25% decrease in the width of aveolar bone in the first year after a tooth is lost.  This is why it is important to replace a missing tooth immediately and not to put it off.  Once bone is lost, it can make dentures harder to wear and make it harder to place dental implants or other types of restorations.

Now that you know how important it is to replace missing teeth, even if they are in the back of your mouth, you must decide which tooth replacement option is right for you.  Don’t risk your long-term dental health by putting off needed treatment.  Pure Dental Health in Atlanta offers a variety of effective tooth replacement options including Dentca dentures, bridges, partial dentures and dental implants.  If you are currently missing a tooth or multiple teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott today to see which tooth replacement option best suits your specific circumstances as well as your budget and your lifestyle.

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Dental Implants: The Ideal Solution For Missing Teeth

In the past, the options for replacing missing teeth were limited to removable options such as complete or partial dentures or a fixed dental bridge.  Although these options have been used successfully to replace missing teeth, each comes with its own set of challenges.  For many patients, traditional dentures are not an ideal solution. This is because traditional dentures are not fixed and therefore require the use of denture adhesive creams. These creams can be messy and difficult to work with.  Even with the best of denture adhesive creams, many patients worry constantly about the risk of their dentures slipping or falling out while they are eating or speaking.  Dentures also require many patients to change their diets to eliminate foods that are harder to chew. Unfortunately, these foods often include nuts, fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber and contain important vitamins and nutrients.  Perhaps a more serious issue with dentures is the fact that wearing dentures over time can lead to bone loss.  When bone is lost, it can cause the dentures to become uncomfortable to wear and can negatively affect their fit.  Bone loss is also detrimental to your long-term oral health.

A fixed dental bridge is another solution that can be used to replace one or several missing teeth.  However, a fixed dental bridge requires altering of the abutment teeth located on either side of the bridge.  In many cases, the abutment teeth have to be altered so that crowns can be placed over them to provide support for the fixed bridge. This alteration can negatively affect the structural integrity of the abutment teeth and can negatively affect their long-term health.

For these reasons and more, dental implants have now become the ideal solution for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants take the place of missing tooth roots and provide a fixed solution to missing teeth that allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime and can dramatically improve your oral health as well as your quality of life. Most people with missing teeth are candidates for this innovative tooth replacement solution.

Pure Dental Health in Atlanta is pleased to be able to offer dental implants to the residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas.  If you would like to get more information about dental implants or to find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing treatment, please call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott today.

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The Advantages of Dentca Dentures Over Conventional Dentures

If you are in the market for dentures, you may have heard of the Dentca™ Denture System.  The Dentca™ Denture System uses Computer Automated Design/Computer Automated Manufacturing (CAM/CAD) technology to revolutionize denture production.  This system holds many advantages over conventional dentures including the following:

•  increases precision and accuracy which translates into more comfortable, better fitting dentures

•  reduces the amount of chair time for patients (45 minutes versus 3 hours)

•  eliminates human error, again resulting into more comfortable, better fitting dentures

•  requires only one patient visit before final denture delivery versus multiple visits

•  shorter turnaround time for patients (10 days versus 30 days).

If this sounds good to you, the next step is to find a dental practice that offers this advanced denture system.  Pure Dental Health in Midtown Atlanta is pleased to offer the Dentca™ Denture System to the residents of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Our dentist, Dr. Justin Scott, is highly qualified to fit you with Dentca™ Dentures that will restore your smile and enable you to once again laugh and smile with confidence.  If you come into our office to be fitted for dentures, Dr. Scott or one of our dental assistants will take an impression of your mouth using Dentca’s patented tray system.  This initial visit typically takes no more than forty-five minutes.  The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory to be fabricated using CAD/CAM technology.  Eight-twelve days later, you return to the dental office to pick up your new dentures.

You know longer have to spend hours in a dental chair and then wait thirty days to receive high quality dentures.  With Dentca™ Dentures, you can get a beautiful new smile in only two visits with less than one hour of chair time.  Schedule an appointment with a Dentca™ Dentures dentist today to find out if Dentca™ Dentures are right for you.

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The Anatomy of a Dental Implant

You may have heard commercials about dental implants and how they can be life-changing for people who are missing teeth, but do not really understand what all is involved in this dental procedure.  Dental implants are comprised of three parts:

1.  The titanium implant or screw that is placed into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots and fuses with the bone in a process known as      Osseointegration,

2.  The abutment which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes the gum line, and

3.  The crown, which is created by a restorative dentist or prosthodontist and fitted onto the abutment to take the place of a missing tooth

Dental implants are considered by most to the be gold standard in tooth replacement and allow for a fixed solution to missing teeth that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  A dental implant can be used with a crown to replace a single tooth.  Dental implants can also be used to provide additional support for complete dentures.

Although the cost of dental implants is higher than the cost of other tooth replacement options like bridges and complete and partial dentures, this system holds many advantages over other solutions.  Most bridges needs to be replaced after about fifteen years, however, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.  Dental bridges can cause damage to the adjacent teeth (abutment teeth) while dental implants do not.  Dentures that rest on the gum line can cause bone loss and other dental health problems when they are worn over a period of time.  They are also at risk for slipping or falling out.  Dental implants are actually placed into the jawbone and become fused with the bone so they provide a fixed solution that will not slip or fall out during talking, eating, etc. and do not cause bone loss.

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and are looking for a fixed solution that is comfortable to wear and natural in appearance, talk to your dentist about dental implants.  There are very few medical rule outs for dental implants and most people with missing teeth are candidates for this revolutionary tooth replacement system.

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Avoiding Cracked, Chipped or Broken Teeth

Your teeth were built to be strong and to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life and are meant to last a lifetime, with proper care.  However, Americans are living longer than they did in the past and many Americans over the age of 65 are missing some or all of their teeth.  One of the biggest threats to your dental health is chipped, fractured or broken teeth.

Although it can happen, it is rare for a tooth to crack, chip or break as a result of biting down on something hard.  However, teeth with fillings or root canals are more susceptible to this type of damage.  If you have teeth that have fillings or if you have had root canals, it is a good idea to avoid biting down on things like hard candies, popcorn kernels or ice to avoid damaging these already weakened teeth.

In most cases, cracked, chipped or broken teeth are caused by traumas such as car accidents, assaults and participating in contact sports such as wrestling, boxing, basketball and karate.  If you participate in these types of sports, it is important to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth from trauma.  You can find mouth guards in most sporting goods stores.  You can also get a custom-made mouth guard from your dentist.  A custom-made mouth guard is made specifically to fit your mouth and may be more comfortable to wear and effective in preventing trauma to your teeth.

If you do have teeth that are cracked, chipped or broken, there are several dental solutions that can be used to restore the form and function of your smile.  Depending on your particular situation, your dentist may recommend a dental inlay/onlay, a crown, porcelain veneers or some other type of restorative treatment.  In some cases, teeth that have been damaged beyond repair need to be removed to protect the health of your remaining teeth.  In this case, there are several tooth replacement options available including dentures, bridges and dental implants.  Your dentist will be able to help you decide the best solution to suit your particular situation as well as your budget.

Pure Dental Health in Buckhead offers a full range of restorative dental services as well as the most advanced tooth replacement options available in Atlanta.  If you have teeth that are cracked, broken or chipped, schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott today so we can get you on the road to a healthier, more beautiful smile.

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The Cost of Dental Implants Vs. Other Replacement Options

If you have considered dental implants in the past to replace missing teeth but ended up going with another replacement option due to cost, you are not alone.  Many adults choose temporary or removable tooth replacement options such as dentures, partials and bridges over dental implants because of the difference in cost.  If you take the financial aspect out of it, most patients would prefer dental implants over the other options.  And why not?  Dental implants offer a long-term solution to missing teeth that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  That is why they are considered by most dental professionals to the be gold standard in tooth replacement.

There is no denying that dental implants cost more than dentures, partials and bridges.  However, when you consider the return you receive on your investment in terms of improved quality of life, the cost may not seem quite as high.  Dental implants are prosthetic screws usually made of titanium that are placed in the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once they have been allowed to heal, the screws fuse to the bone and are anchored securely into place.  Prosthetic teeth can then be attached to the implants to take the place of missing teeth.

Dental implant supported replacement teeth look so much like natural teeth, you may be the only one who knows you have them. They are so comfortable, you may even forget that you have them.  Unlike dentures, dental implants are not removable and do not require the use of messy denture adhesive creams.  With dental implants, you can enjoy meals and other social interactions without worrying that your dentures will click, pop, slip or fall out completely.  For some, this alone is worth the extra cost!

With dental implants, you can once again eat the foods you love.  With dentures, many patients are forced to change their eating habits to eliminate foods that are harder to chew.  Unfortunately, the foods that are eliminated are often foods that are high in fiber and important nutrients.  Usually, these foods are replaced with softer foods that are higher in carbohydrates and calories.  Over time, this nutritional imbalance can lead to overweight and obesity as well as serious health problems including Diabetes and Heart Disease.

Many patient-centered dental practices recognize that the cost of dental implants can be prohibitive for many patients who would really benefit from this revolutionary tooth replacement system.  As a result, some dental practices are offering attractive financing options to help with the cost of dental implants and other procedures that are not fully covered under dental insurance plans.  Pure Dental Health in midtown Atlanta offers state-of-the-art dental implants as well as in-house and flexible payment plans to help cover the cost. If you have missing teeth or are tired of putting up with a temporary, removable tooth replacement solution, call Pure Dental Health today to schedule a consultation with our dental implants dentist, Dr. Justin Scott.

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