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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!



How Dental Implants Can Help Protect Your Jawbone

dental implant dentistWhen you lose a tooth, it puts into motion certain actions. Under the surface of your gums, each tooth is surrounded by an alveolar bone, which helps support the tooth and keep it strong and in place. When the tooth is lost, this bone atrophies, and bone loss occurs. This is why people who have been longtime denture wearers can have a sunken in appearance to their mouths. Not only can you lose bone, but your teeth can also shift around in your mouth and you can experience bite problems and jaw pain.

The good news is that bone loss doesn’t have to be the result of tooth loss. Modern dental implant technology can restore your smile—whether you are missing a single tooth or many.

Dental implants have over a 95% success rate, are as strong as natural teeth, are easy to brush and floss, and can last for the rest of your life. They can also be used to stabilize a denture or a bridge, increasing both utility and comfort.

It’s easy to set up a consultation to discuss the pros and cons of getting dental implants. Just use our search tool to contact a friendly and knowledgeable Crown Council dental implants specialist in your area, and they can set you up with an informative dental implants consultation at your convenience.

It is important to note that the fastest bone loss occurs in the first six months after a tooth is lost, so if you think you may require a dental implant, don’t delay – contact your Crown Council dental implants dentist today!

Improve Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

What Can Porcelain Veneers Do For Me?There are a lot of people who are simply not happy with their smiles.  If you are one of these people, porcelain veneers might be just the procedure for you.  There are even times when you can avoid braces using veneers to close gaps in your teeth that have bothered you all your lifeIf you are one of these people, veneers might be just the procedure for you.  There are even times when you can avoid braces using veneers to close gaps in your teeth that have bothered you all your life.

Preparing the tooth for a traditional cosmetic crown requires cutting away large amounts of tooth structure.  This doesn’t matter if the tooth is already diseased, but what if the teeth are healthy and a patient just wants the crown for cosmetic dental reasons?  This is why porcelain veneers were created.  Your dentist will take a small layer of tooth structure away and then adhere a porcelain veneer on the front side of your teeth. However, veneers don’t work for all situations and so it is important to consult with your dentist to find out what is best for you.

How Can Veneers Improve Your Smile?

  • Some staining is permanent and whitening can’t even get rid of it.  If this is the case for you, then veneers might be the right option
  • Veneers can cover up any cracks you may have throughout your front teeth
  • If you have chipped teeth, veneers are a good option
  • Veneers can fill minor gaps between your teeth without orthodontics

If you are concerned with the shade, structure or even shade of your teeth porcelain veneers may be just right for you.  You could be just a few visits away from have that smile you’ve always dreamed of.  Make sure to choose a dentist who has had a lot of experience with veneers and cosmetic dentistry. If you are still unsure about what would be the best course for your smile it’s a good idea to consult with your cosmetic dentist.  You never know how easy your smile re-design might be!