How Replacing Failing Teeth Improves Your Life

all-on-4AFailing teeth? Losing all your teeth? Fearing tooth loss? Answering “yes” to any of these questions might indicate that you’re not exactly happy with your current quality of life. After all, people with failing or missing teeth can’t eat their favorite foods, hesitate to smile during pictures and often avoid social situations. Fortunately, replacing failing or missing teeth with dental implants or the All-on-4 dental implant system can give you a better quality of life. Here’s how:

You Can Smile Confidently

Discolored, decayed or missing teeth can make you want to keep your lips closed during pictures and get-togethers. Dental implants fill those gaps with beautiful teeth customized to match the exact shape, shade and size as your natural teeth. Since they look so lifelike, you’ll be able to smile more confidently and enjoy a higher self-esteem during all of life’s most memorable moments.

Your Mouth Stays Healthy

When you have a failing or missing tooth, it affects more than just your smile. The bone in your mouth needs healthy teeth roots for stimulation. Without it, you can experience bone loss and facial collapse over time, which leads to wrinkles and an aged appearance. Dental implants, on the other hand, stimulate the bone in your mouth, ensuring you maintain proper oral health for years to come.

You Have No Diet Restrictions

You can eat whatever you want with dental implants. Since they’re made from the same materials NASA uses for its space shuttles and rockets, you can count on them being sturdy enough to last a lifetime (if you care for them properly). With failing teeth, missing teeth, dentures and bridges, you likely can’t enjoy foods that are hot, sticky or hard. This can have a big effect on your quality of life, but with dental implants, you’ll have no diet restrictions.

If you’d like to know more about failing teeth solutions like dental implants or All-on-4, schedule a consultation with us today!

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5 Ways Technology Is Making Dental Visits More Enjoyable

cerec-crownsTechnology is seemingly everywhere these days. From catching Pokémon at the park on our mobile devices to using our watches for tracking steps and calories, we’re embracing technology in more areas of our lives than ever before. The dental industry is no different. More and more dentists are embracing the latest digital technology to create more enjoyable experience for their patients.

Here are five ways technology accomplishes this:

  1. More Precise Treatments – No one likes surprises, especially when it comes to teeth. Thanks to 3D X-ray machines and software (such as a cone beam CT scan), dentists can more accurately locate teeth gums and nerves. This allows for more precise planning and better results. If you’re receiving a dental implant, for example, there will be a drastically lower likelihood of infections, discomfort or other complications.
  2. Quicker Procedures – If you’ve ever gotten a crown before, you likely had to make at least two trips to the dentist and wear a temporary crown between visits. With today’s CEREC CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology and efficient milling machines, it’s possible to get a crown in as little as an hour or two. Similarly, other dental technology and machines are making virtually every procedure quicker than it once was.
  3. More Customized Solutions – There’s no “one size fits all” in dentistry. For truly effective results, you need a treatment that’s personalized to fit your unique needs. In the past, it was common for dental solutions like braces to break or cause pain. Today’s technology allows braces to be made to order, thus increasing durability, comfort and effectiveness.
  4. Comfortable Designs – Dental solutions like dentures are notorious for being uncomfortable and are prone to slippage. That’s changed due to digital technology. Dentures and other dental solutions these days — dental implants in particular — are designed to fit so well, you might not be able to distinguish them from your natural teeth.
  5. Better Overall Experiences – The biggest reason many people avoid the dentist is because they anticipate a painful experience. If you’ve ever received a filling or crown, for example, you likely had to deal with the dreaded “goop” for an impression. With today’s technology, a dentist can use a handheld 3D scanner instead, creating a better overall experience.

These are just a few ways technology is making dental visits more enjoyable for both patients and dentists. To learn more about the technology that your dentist utilizes, schedule a consultation today.

 

Common All-on-4 Questions

44302539_lFrom buying a house to choosing a college, when it comes to life’s most important decisions, we always have questions. Your teeth are no different, so for the 25 percent of us who end up losing all our teeth during our lifetime and are considering All-on-4 dental implants, it’s helpful to gather as much information as we can.

Even if you haven’t lost all your teeth, All-on-4 can give you a beautiful new smile for the rest of your life. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about the All-on-4 system.

I have some fears about the All-on-4 process. Is it painful?

Dental implants like All-on-4 are actually not nearly as uncomfortable as you might have been led to believe. For starters, you can choose a form of sedation that best fits your needs: local anesthesia or IV sedation. Secondly, dentists who offer All-on-4 have extensive training and experience, ensuring the process is quick and as painless as possible. Most patients report experience less pain than anticipated.

My teeth aren’t in the best shape. How do I know I’m a good candidate for All-on-4?

Whether you’re concerned about your age, bone density or teeth health, chances are good that you’re an ideal candidate for All-on-4. As long as you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you should be able to be one of the 95 percent of patients who successfully received All-on-4.

I’m not sure I can afford All-on-4. How much does it cost?

While the cost of All-on-4 varies depending on the situation of each patient, you can rest assured that it’s a one-time investment you’ll enjoy for the rest of your life. Your dentist will go over the cost with you during your initial consultation and set up any payment plan, if desired. Best of all, some insurance companies cover the cost of All-on-4 and it may be able to be deducted from your taxes.

How much recovery time is involved with All-on-4? Will I have pain or sensitivity?

While traditional dental implants usually have a recovery time of 3 to 4 months, All-on-4 patients heal quickly thanks to a quick-integrating design. The implants start fusing to your bone from the first day, meaning some people can even eat solid food the same day as their appointment. Best of all, there is little pain or sensitivity and you’ll only be prescribed pain relievers for a few days.

I’m not sure about the value of All-on-4. Can it really change my life?

All-on-4 dental implants are such a popular teeth replacement solution because people often can’t tell the difference between them and natural teeth. They also allow you to brush, smile, eat and talk with confidence for the rest of your life. You can rest assured they are a wise decision.

If you have more questions about All-on-4 dental implants, schedule a consultation with us today.

Check out our new website!

We are pleased to introduce you to our brand new website. Here you can find information about our office including the procedures we offer, a smile gallery, an office tour and more. In addition, we’ll be using this page to keep you posted on the latest news from our office. Have a look around, and let us know if you have any suggestions. Enjoy!