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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Common Habits That Negatively Affect Your Dental Health

Tooth loss is still a very big problem for many Americans.  You may be surprised to hear that twenty -five percent of Americans over the age of sixty-five have lost all of their teeth.  That is not good news, especially since Americans are living longer and longer these days.  Practicing good oral hygiene such as daily flossing and brushing and visiting your dentist at least every six-months for a professional cleaning and check-up can go a long way in protecting the long-term health of your teeth.  However, there are some common habits that you may have that are negatively affecting your dental health.

First and foremost, it is true what they say, sugar is bad for your teeth.  Especially if it sits on the surface of teeth for long periods of time.  Eating candies such as gummies and jellies that adhere to your teeth and bath your teeth with sugar can eat away at the tooth’s enamel and cause damage to the teeth.  If possible, stay away from these candies altogether.  If you do eat these types of foods, it is a good idea to brush your teeth afterwards so that the sugar does not sit on the surface of your teeth.

It is also important to pay attention to what you drink.  Soda, whether it is sugar-free or not is highly acidic and can also eat away at the enamel on your teeth.  Fruit juices with sugar added are just as bad.  Alcohol such as wine is also acidic and can damage the enamel of your teeth.  If you drink these types of beverages, it is a good idea to rinse your mouth with water afterwards.

Smoking and chewing tobacco can wreak havoc on your dental health.  It can yellow the teeth’s enamel and increases your risk for periodontal disease and oral cancer.  Enough said!

If you play contact sports, you need to make sure that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.  You can pick one up at a sporting goods store or have your dentist make a custom one to fit your mouth.  Clenching and grinding your teeth can also cause significant damage to your dental health.  If you grind your teeth at night, you may not even be aware of the fact that you are doing it.  If this is this case, schedule an appointment with your dentist so he or she can fit you with a nighttime mouthguard.

If you have experienced tooth loss, do not lose hope.  It is never too late to start practicing good habits to protect the long-term health of the rest of your teeth.

Fortunately, today there are many good options for patients with missing teeth.  Pure Dental Health offers a variety of tooth replacement options including Dentca Dentures, dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures.  Dr. Justin Scott can help you determine which solution best fits your needs as well as your lifestyle.

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Dental Implants: Their Effect on Overall Health

Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement system that enables you to have replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  Their positive effect on a recipient’s overall appearance, confidence and self-esteem are widely recognized.  However, you may not have stopped to consider their positive effect on your overall health.

Natural teeth are able to exert up to 250 pounds per square inch (PSI) when biting forcefully.  For normal chewing, natural teeth exert a pressure ranging anywhere from 45 to 75 PSI.   With dentures, the average PSI is reduced dramatically.  For this reason, many denture wearers have a hard time eating and properly digesting certain types of foods.  As a result, they are forced to change their eating habits and reduce the amount of or eliminate altogether the foods that are harder to chew. Unfortunately, the foods that are eliminated are often the foods that are rich in fiber and nutrients such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Many times, these foods are often replaced with softer foods that tend to be higher in carbohydrates and calories. Over time, this nutritional imbalance can contribute to health problems such as overweight, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Dental implants serve to replace missing tooth roots and are anchored securely into the jawbone in a process referred to as “Osseointegration.”  During this process, the titanium screws actually become fused with the jawbone.  For this reason, replacement teeth that are affixed to dental implants are able to exert a chewing pressure that is similar to natural teeth. Patients with dental implant-supported replacement teeth do not have to change their diets and are able to eat fiber-rich foods that are dense in nutrients and lower in calories and carbohydrates.  Eating a nutritionally balanced diet is a very important component of overall health.   By allowing you to eat foods from all of the food groups, dental implants can have a positive effect on your overall health as well as improving your appearance and your quality of life.

If you currently have missing teeth or are tired of wearing dentures, please call Pure Dental Health today and schedule a consult with Dr. Justin Scott.  Our friendly staff will be happy to provide you with more information about dental implants as well as the financing options that are available.

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Tooth Replacement: What Are My Options?

According to the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination (NHANES) Survey, (1999-2004), tooth loss in the United States has declined since 1970.  However, despite advances in dental hygiene and dental techniques, tooth loss remains a problem for many Americans.

An adult should have 28 permanent teeth, excluding the wisdom teeth.  In the 1999-2004 NHANES Survey, the average number of remaining teeth for adults between the ages of 20-34 years was 26.9.  For adults ages 35-49 years-old, the average number of remaining teeth was 25.05 and for adults age fifty to sixty-four years, it was 22.30 teeth.  These numbers show that even many young adults have lost at least one tooth by age 34.  As you get older, the likelihood of losing one or more of your permanent teeth is even greater.

So why are American adults losing their permanent teeth?  The most common reason is periodontal (gum) disease.  Tooth loss may also be caused by  infections, tooth decay and trauma.  As always, practicing good daily oral hygiene is the best way to avoid tooth loss.  This includes brushing thoroughly at least two times per day and flossing at least once daily.  It is also important to see a dentist every six-months for professional cleanings and exams.  Refraining from smoking or using other tobacco products is also a good way to decrease your chances of tooth loss.

Even with a healthy lifestyle and good oral hygiene, tooth loss is still a reality for some patients.  So what are the available tooth replacement options?  Pure Dental Health offers a variety of effective solutions for missing teeth including dental implants, Dentca Dentures, bridges and partial dentures.   All of these options can be used effectively to replace missing teeth but some have certain advantages over others.  Dr. Justin Scott can help you determine which option is best suited for your dental needs, your lifestyle and your budget.

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Dental Implants: Are They Worth the Extra Cost?

Dental implants are one of the most exciting innovations to ever come out of the field of dentistry and provide a sturdy and lasting replacement option for patients with missing teeth.  The procedure involves inserting prosthetic (titanium) screws into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  The jawbone is then given time to heal and to fuse with the screws in a process referred to as osseointegration.  Once the screws are anchored tightly into the jawbone they provide a secure foundation for replacement teeth that are made to look and feel like natural teeth.

Of all the available tooth replacement options, dental implants most closely resemble natural teeth in appearance as well as function.  For this reason, they are considered by many to be the gold standard in tooth replacement.  However, they are more expensive than bridges, partials and full dentures.  This causes many people with missing teeth to wonder if they really are worth the extra cost.  The answer is a resounding yes!

Why are dental implants so much better than other tooth replacement options?  The reasons are many.  Dental implants provide such a natural appearance that they are virtually impossible to detect by others.  They are so comfortable to wear, you may even forget that you have them!  Unlike dentures, you do not have to worry about dental implants slipping or falling out while you are talking or eating.  This can have a significant effect on your self-esteem as well as your quality of life.  The hassle of denture adhesive creams is also eliminated.  With dental implants, you do not have to change your diet to restrict or eliminate healthy, fiber-rich foods that are harder to chew.  This can positively affect your overall health.  Unlike tooth-supported bridges they do not require the reduction of the adjacent teeth.  This is much better for your long-term oral health.

If you are missing teeth and are tired of hiding your smile or dealing with dentures, call our Buckhead dental practice today to find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure.  There are very few medical rule-outs for dental implants and most patients are candidates for this highly successful tooth replacement system.  You may also want to speak with one of our patient coordinators about the available financing options.

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Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

If you are currently missing teeth, is important that you replace them to restore the  form and function of you smile and to protect your dental health.  Failure to replace missing teeth can lead to painful and expensive oral health issues including periodontal disease and bone loss.  Also, if a missing tooth is not replaced, the adjacent teeth will shift to fill in the gap.  This can cause problems with your bite as well as the alignment of your jaw.

But what is the best option for replacing missing teeth?  It depends on your lifestyle, your dental and medical history and your budget.  A qualified dentist can help you determine which option best suits your particular situation, however, it is helpful to know a little bit about the options that are currently available.

Dentures and partial dentures can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.  A full set of dentures can be used to replace all the teeth in either the upper or lower arch of your mouth.  Full dentures require the use of some type of denture adhesive cream to hold them into place and can be removed at night or for cleaning.  If you have remaining teeth in either arch of your mouth, a partial denture can be used to replace only the teeth that are missing.  A partial denture is held into place by a gum colored piece of plastic that rests on the top of the mouth and is attached by metal wires.  Most dental insurance plans pay for at least a portion of the cost of dentures.

For some, dentures are a good fit.  Others find dentures to be uncomfortable to wear and unnatural in appearance.  Many patients also report that they are unable to enjoy foods that are harder to chew and do not like the hassle, taste, consistency and smell of denture adhesive creams.

Dental implants are another option for replacing one or more missing teeth and are considered by many to be the best available tooth replacement option.  The process involves inserting prosthetic screws into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once the jawbone has healed and the screws have fused with the jawbone, crowns, bridges or partial dentures may be attached to the screws to take the place of missing teeth.  Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and result in replacement teeth that look, function and feel like natural teeth.

The only downsides to dental implants are the fact that they cost more than other tooth replacement options and are not fully covered under many dental insurance plans.  They also require two procedures: one to insert the prosthetic screws into the jaw and one to attach the replacement teeth to the implants.

If you are currently missing teeth, don’t risk your dental health by failing to replace them.  Schedule an appointment with your dentist today so he or she can help you determine the best tooth replacement option to meet your needs as well as your budget.

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Tooth Loss in the United States

Despite advances in dentistry, tooth loss remains a problem for many American adults.  In fact, according to the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2004), 3.75% of Americans adults aged 20 to 64 have no remaining teeth. According to the same report, the mean number of remaining teeth for American adults aged 50 -64 is 22.30.

In the past, the options for replacing missing teeth were limited.  Now patients with missing teeth have a variety of tooth replacement options including the following:  bridges, partial dentures, full dentures and dental implants.

A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis used to fill the gap between at least two teeth. With a bridge, a pontic or false tooth is supported on either side by the adjacent or abutment teeth.  A removable or partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.  Full dentures are upper and lower plates that take the place of a full set of teeth.  Lastly, dental implants are prosthetic screws or anchors that are inserted into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once they are fused with the bone in the jaw, a crown, bridge or partial denture may be secured to the dental implants to take the place of missing teeth.  Of the four options mentioned above, dental implants are the only option that provides for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  Dental implants are a more costly solution than the other options, however, if properly maintained, dental implants can last for a patient’s lifetime.

Replacing missing teeth is important for maintaining good oral health and protecting your remaining teeth.  If you are currently missing a tooth or teeth, talk to a qualified dentist in your local area about the tooth replacement options available to you.

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