Dispelling Common Myths About Dental Implants

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For those suffering from tooth loss, dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred way of restoring both a glamorous smile and previous functionality. Numerous advances in dental technology have helped make this procedure safer and more effective for patients. However, many people have expressed reservations about dental implants, thanks largely to the following myths and misconceptions. The Placement Process Causes Plenty of Pain and Discomfort One of the biggest concerns patients have with dental implants is expectation of pain and discomfort. The fear of a painful experience is often what keeps people out of the dentist’s office, even when they need dental care most. Fortunately, dental implant placement isn’t as painful as one would think. Although there may be some slight discomfort at times, the dental implant procedure is relatively pain-free. Your dentist will use a general or local anesthesia (depending on your personal preference and/or your dentist’s recommendation) to minimize the pain during the procedure, making it as bearable as any other dental procedure. If you’re concerned about anxiety, you can also ask to be sedated throughout the procedure. There’s a High Risk of Rejection Involved Another concern involves the possibility of the body rejecting an installed dental implant. Once installed, dental implants rely on osseointegration – a process where bone cells attach themselves directly to a material – to lock the implants in place. While there is a risk of rejection, that risk is extraordinarily low. In fact, dental implants have an average success rate of 98 percent, making them one of the most reliable dental procedures available. The key to this success rate involves the use of titanium and zirconium, two materials that are biocompatible with the human body. Biocompatibility involves a wide variety of ideal traits for materials commonly used in dentistry and other medical fields: Ability to remain inert while within the body Resistance to bodily fluids Compatibility with bone growth Ability to remain strong and flexible during use The use of biocompatible materials and best practices during the procedure ensures that you won’t have any problems from your dental implants. Mini Dental Implants Are an Affordable Alternative to Traditional Implants It’s easy to see why mini dental implants seem like an affordable alternative to a set of traditional dental implants. Mini dental implants go for $500 to $1500 per implant, whereas a full upper and lower set of traditional implants cost an average of $34,000. However, there’s a good reason why mini dental implants seem so cheap. Mini dental implants are actually used as transitional implants that help prepare the bone for your permanent set of dental implants. These implants were never intended to be used on a permanent basis and if they...

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National Candy Month | How To Celebrate Without Ruining Your Teeth

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

June is approaching quickly. Not only does it mean the first day of summer will be here before you know it, but so will national candy month. You can celebrate national candy month without ruining your chompers. Here are some fun ways to celebrate while keeping your teeth healthy. Healthier Candy If you want to indulge in some candy during national candy month, stick with healthier options. Candy doesn’t always have to be something to fear. While none of it should be recommended as part of a healthy diet, sticking to healthier options will allow you to indulge guilt-free occasionally. Sugar free Candy has sugar free options. Many people opt for the real thing because of the health risks linked with artificial sweeteners, however, more candy is coming out with “naturally sweetened” labels. If you’re having trouble finding it, look in stores or sections of your store with natural and organic foods. Hard candies commonly come in natural and organic forms. Dark chocolate Another option for healthier candy is dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has internal and oral health benefits. You may have heard that dark chocolate is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants do more than just keep your immune system running better. They will build up in your saliva and help fight gum disease. Dark chocolate is also high in polyphenols. These chemicals occur naturally in the human body to keep oral bacteria from getting out of control. Consuming more of them will reduce the bacteria in your mouth even further. Since bacteria causes bad breathe, your breathe will smell better too. Finally, dark chocolate is a great source of epicatechin, a flavonoid that slows tooth decay. Not only that, it reduces clogged arteries and cholesterol. Instead of going for the milk chocolate, grab the dark. Make sure it is at least 70% cocoa to enjoy all of the benefits it offers. Eat healthier sweets It may be national candy month, but you can celebrate any way you like. If you don’t want to spend the entire month eating junk, you can satisfy your sweet tooth the healthy way. There are plenty of ways that you can replace candy with fruit. Of course, fresh fruit is always an option. You can munch on apples or berries and get the natural sugar from your sweet, healthy treats. Unfortunately, sometimes the textures and tastes get boring and you need to take things up a notch. You can buy fruit in other forms as well to keep your pallet satisfied. Fruit chips Apple and banana are common fruits that come in chip form. They’re thin and crunchy, close to resembling a potato chip. They’ll give your body the satisfaction of eating something with...

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