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Our staff recently participated in our first training session for Invisalign. We are very excited to be able to provide this treatment to our patients in the near future.
Because perfection takes time, we will keep you posted on when we will launch this new treatment!
In the meantime, you can learn more about Invisalign here. www.invisalign.com
Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss -- mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
- Improved Appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved Speech: With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort: Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating: Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence without pain.
- Improved self-esteem: Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health: Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability: Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
How successful are dental implants?
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed. In general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, a preliminary exam by your dentist is reccomended to see if they are right for you.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?
In some cases, dental implants are covered under your dental insurance. It just depends on the type of insurance plan you have. You should contact your dental insurance company to find out exactly what will be covered.
If a taste of ice cream or a sip of coffee makes you cringe in pain, you may have sensitive teeth. This condition is common--at least 45 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sensitive teeth at some point in their lives, and the good thing is that it is treatable.
What You Can Do
The pain of sensitive teeth can be managed with a few simple steps:
- Change your brand of toothpaste. Some toothpastes increase tooth sensitivity, including whitening toothpastes that lighten or remove stains from enamel, and tartar-control toothpastes containing sodium pyrophosphate. There are toothpastes made specially for people with sensitive teeth. Be aware that these products typically must be used on a regular basis for at least a month before you notice any therapeutic benefits. (You may see benefits more quickly if you massage the special toothpaste onto your gums with your finger after brushing your teeth with it.)
- Take it easy on your mouth. Avoid using hard-bristled toothbrushes and brushing your teeth too vigorously, which can wear down the tooth's root surface and expose sensitive spots. Take a good look at your toothbrush. If the bristles are flattened or pointing in multiple directions, you're putting too much pressure on your teeth.
- Skip the marinara sauce. Some foods or drinks can aggravate sensitive teeth. Avoid or limit acidic items (for example, food or drink with a high concentration of tomatoes, oranges or lemons) and sodas.
When to See the Dentist
If a tooth is highly sensitive for more than three to four days and reacts to both hot and cold temperatures, it's best to get an evaluation from your dentist to determine the extent of the problem. Because pain symptoms can be similar, some people might think that a tooth is sensitive when they actually have a cavity or abcess that's not yet visible. Be sure to tell your dentist when the pain started and if there is anything (such as the application of a warm compress) that reduces or eliminates the pain.
If you are diagnosed with sensitive teeth, your dentist can prescribe one of a variety of treatment options, including both in-office treatment (applying a desensitizing agent or a protective coating to the teeth) and take home products for personal use. If your tooth sensitivity is severe and persistent or it cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend rooth canal treatment.
Crest announced today it will roll out three new flavored toothpastes such as mint chocolate trek, lime spearmint zest and vanilla mint sparkle.
The new flavors, called Crest Be, should hit stores next month.
Proctor & Gamble, the company that makes Crest toothpaste, stresses that Crest Be offers the "foundational benefits needed for oral health including cavity protection, cleaning, fresh breath and whitening."
The new flavor lines were developed after research showed some consumers wanted more products that allow for self-expression and seek out unexpected flavors.
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