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The Facts About Dental Implants


the facts about dental implantsMost would agree that dental implants have made a huge change to the dental industry. Dental implants are life-changing for patients who are missing one or more teeth.

Let’s talk about the facts about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant dentistry places a titanium rod in the gums where it bonds to the jawbone, in place of the missing tooth root. This implant is topped by a dental crown, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures to replace your missing teeth.

Are dental implants better than dentures or bridges?

The simple answer to this question is that implants are much better than dentures. They are also superior when it comes to a bridge. Dentures and dental bridges don’t replace the tooth root, meaning that bone deterioration occurs over time. This can change the shape a person’s face in addition to causing other oral health problems.  In addition, dentures and bridges generally require replacements over time, whereas dental implants can last for a lifetime if they are cared for properly.

How successful is implant dentistry?

Research shows that dental implants have a success rate as high as 95 to 98 percent. Patients considering implant dentistry should be aware that good oral hygiene is the biggest factor in determining how long dental implants will last. It’s important to maintain good home care with daily brushing and flossing, and to visit the dentist regularly.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of implant dentistry is dependent on a number of factors, including the number of missing teeth and type of restoration (crown, All on 4, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures). If the cost of dental implants seem high at first, it is important to remember that the benefits far outweigh those of traditional bridges or dentures. Not only do they provide patients with better function, but they require far less maintenance than traditional dentures. Your Crown Council dentist will be happy to discuss payment options with you so that you can have a long lasting smile you love.

To learn more about implant dentistry options, contact your local Crown Council dentist. He or she would be happy to answer any of your questions and assess your situation.


The Facts About Gum Disease


that facts about gum disease

the facts about gum disease

What do you know about your gums and gum disease?

The number of Americans who have periodontitis is a whopping 64.7 percent. Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. 1 That’s half of all adults (over age 30) who have gum disease!

Do you think you might have gum disease? Look for swollen or red gums, tender gums, gums that pull away from teeth, or your teeth feeling loose. Of course, a visit to your Crown Council dentist can tell you the state of your gum health—and what you can do about—right away.

The percent of the country that flosses every day is just 13.5 percent. 2  Brushing and flossing daily is vital to keeping your gums healthy and avoiding the painful consequences of periodontitis.

It was 4,500 years ago that the very first periodontal disease was noted in humans. 3 Scientists recently discovered a mummy over 4,500 years old that showed clear signs of gum disease. So even though dentists haven’t been diagnosing it that long, periodontal disease is as old as the pyramids!

The number of grams you should eat of lactic acid-containing foods every day is 55 grams. 4 A study in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that people who at this much (which is a little less than four tablespoons) per day of foods with lactic acid (think dairy products like yogurt and cheese) had less gum disease than those who skipped their dairy.

A study was released in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more Americans than ever are keeping their natural teeth these days. 4 That means that gum disease is being taken care of and people are seeking dental treatment to avoid losing teeth or having them extracted. Good news for teeth around the country!

Crown Council dentists offer the full gamut of periodontal services. We screen our patients for gum disease, help them avoid it in the first place, and have a multitude of strategies for treating gum disease when we do encounter it. Use our search tool to find a periodontal specialist near you and set up an appointment to discuss your unique situation and concerns.

As a sampling, many Crown Council dentists offer periodontal maintenance, scaling and root planning, crown lengthening, and osseous surgery. Wonder what we’re talking about? Give your Crown Council periodontal specialist a call today!

Information used from the following website, accessed 05/20/2015: 1. http://www.perio.org/newsroom/periodontal-disease-fact-sheet
2. http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-myths
3. http://www.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/the-long-gross-history-of-periodontal-disease-5638.asp
4. http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,DD110


Dental Implants: What You Need to Know


the facts about dental implantsAsk any dentist, and they will agree that dental implants have had a huge impact on the dental industry. Dental implants are life-changing for many people who are missing one or more teeth.

Let’s talk about the facts about dental implants.

  • Dental implant dentistry places a titanium rod in the gums where it bonds to the jawbone, in place of the missing tooth root. This implant is topped by a dental crown, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures to replace your missing teeth.
  • Implants are much better than dentures. They are also superior when it comes to a bridge. Dentures and dental bridges don’t replace the tooth root, meaning that bone deterioration occurs over time. This can change the shape a person’s face in addition to causing other oral health problems.  In addition, dentures and bridges generally require replacements over time, whereas dental implants can last for a lifetime if they are cared for properly.
  • Research shows that dental implants have a success rate as high as 95 to 98 percent. Patients considering implant dentistry should be aware that good oral hygiene is the biggest factor in determining how long dental implants will last. It’s important to maintain good home care with daily brushing and flossing, and to visit the dentist regularly.
  • The cost of implant dentistry is dependent on a number of factors, including the number of missing teeth and type of restoration (crown, All on 4, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures). If the cost of dental implants seems high at first, it is important to remember that the benefits far outweigh those of traditional bridges or dentures. Not only do they provide patients with better function, but they require far less maintenance than traditional dentures. Your Crown Council dentist will be happy to discuss payment options with you so that you can have a long-lasting smile you love.

To learn more about implant dentistry options, contact your local Crown Council dentist. He or she would be happy to answer any of your questions and assess your situation.


Is Your Smile Making a Good Impression for You?


The All Important First Impression: Your Smile!As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression! What is your smile saying about your when you first meet someone? Are they seeing a great smile?

We all know that a bright, white, beautiful smile can get us noticed. Many dental patients come to their Crown Council dentists for teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures to get their smile looking its best. One of the most common requests of Crown Council dentists is straight teeth.

But did you know there are actual health benefits to aligning those pearly whites?

  • Crowded and overlapping teeth make it harder for your toothbrush’s bristles to reach those tiny spots between teeth where bacteria collects. Food particles can also get trapped between teeth, and flossing gets harder when teeth overlap. Ever had to force your floss between teeth because of overcrowding? It might be time to see your Crown Council dentist about clear braces.
  • Crooked teeth usually come together unevenly when you bite and chew. This can impact your ability to chew your food and even lead to problems with digestion.
  • Uneven teeth can protrude into the mouth’s soft tissues (think the inside of your cheeks and lips) and cause discomfort. Over time this can lead to cuts and sores, or even infections.
  • Crooked teeth can be quite the headache – literally. Because irregular teeth wear unevenly on your jaw, the pressure can lead to chronic problems including jaw strain and headaches.
  • A twisted smile can lead to twisted speech! Tooth irregularities can be the culprit of several speech impediments, which can harm self-esteem and lead to poor performance in school or at work.

If you’ve been thinking about setting your smile straight, we hope this information helps you in your decision to visit your Crown Council dentist. Feel free to ask any questions you have about improving your smile. Whether you’re looking for Invisalign clear braces, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, or even a simple cleaning, your Crown Council dentist can answer any questions you might have.


Are Dental Implants Right For You?


If you are missing a tooth, you might want to find out more about how dental implants can help restore your smile. Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth!

But although implant dentistry is a great solution in many cases, there are some situations where you may not qualify to be a dental implant recipient.

Age: If you are a child or teenager, your bones (including your jawbone) are still growing, so placing a permanent post in your jawbone is not advisable until you are older.

Pregnancy: If you are currently pregnant, your Crown Council dental implants dentist will most likely recommend waiting to receive a dental implant until after the baby is born.

Smoking: The rate of success for a dental implant is considerably lower for smokers than for non-smokers.

Disease: Chronic diseases like hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, and significant immune deficiencies could put you at risk if you undergo dental implant placement. You may still be a candidate if you have one of these conditions. Your Crown Council dentist can assess your individual case and let you know.

The most effective way to learn whether or not you would be a good dental implant candidate is to contact a dental implants specialist near you (use our handy tool to find a Crown Council dentist) and schedule a consultation. Our dentists have the knowledge and experience to assess your oral health needs and help you find the best solution for restoring your beautiful smile.

 


Are Veneers a Good Fit for You?


crown council cosmetic dentistThere are a number of common dental issues that porcelain veneers are uniquely suitable for solving. Let’s also take a look at some situations when your cosmetic dentist might recommend these natural-looking, translucent shells that will transform your smile.

  • Crooked teeth. For people with crooked teeth, they might have thought orthodontics was their only option. Traditional braces will certainly straighten your teeth, but there is a lot of time involved with wearing braces. With porcelain veneers, you can get beautifully straight, even teeth in just a couple of appointments at your Crown Council dentist’s office. There is no need for extensive, time-consuming orthodontics for a straight smile.
  • Gapped or oddly spaced teeth. For those people with oddly spaced or gapped teeth, they might be surprised to learn that veneers can completely hide these problems. With porcelain veneers, the spaces and gaps will be full covered, and all you and the world will see is a flawless smile.
  • Stained or discolored teeth. Some people have teeth that are so badly stained or discolored, not even professional teeth whitening can brighten them. If porcelain veneers are an option for you, your smile can be beautifully white and bright. Your stained teeth will be completely camouflaged behind the veneers.

Talk to Your Crown Council Dentist About Porcelain Veneers

The best way to find out if porcelain veneers are a good fit for you is to make an appointment for a consultation with a Crown Council dentist!