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Dental Implants: A Major Advance


No one enjoys having a gap in their smile – a space where a tooth used to be. A gap is unsightly, and can lead to serious problems down the road. This helps to explain why dental implants have become one of the fastest-growing procedures in modern dentistry.

It used to be that dental implants were out of the ordinary, almost like science fiction. Replace a tooth by attaching something to the jaw? Yet the transition has been made; today, dental implants are a part of mainstream dental care.

As sophisticated as implants are, the idea behind them is simple enough. A titanium post is surgically affixed to the jaw of the patient. This is the actual implant, and most are threaded, like a screw. Supporting structure and a restoration (the artificial tooth) sit on top of the implant.

This is fairly straight-forward, but of course, there is more to it than that. Once the implant has been inserted, there’s a period of recovery before the procedure can be completed. But once it is, the result is a fully functional tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

Aside from an improved smile, one of the  great benefits of a dental implant is that they strengthen the patient’s jawbone. When a natural tooth’s root is missing and there is nothing in its place, the bone surrounding the hole weakens and gets fragile. There is a corresponding sunken look that can add years to the patient’s appearance. An implants helps prevent that.

Dental implants have come into their own. Many dentists perform them, but visiting an implants dentist is recommended. Choosing a member of the Crown Council is always a good decision, one that you can make with confidence.

The Crown Council is a prestigious alliance of dental professionals who are passionately committed to their discipline. Active members of the Crown Council are also committed to continuing education and to the communities they serve. Whether it’s dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, or family dentistry, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice with a Crown Council dentist.


How To Choose a Dentist


Maybe you’re new in town, or maybe you just need a change. There are any number of reasons why you might be in the market for a new dentist.

What do you want from a new dentist? More than someone who will check you for any new cavities, and clean your teeth twice a year. It’s important to feel good about the dentist you entrust with your teeth. “Your dental health is such a vital part of your overall health,” says Dr. Cathy Taylor-Osborne, an ADA dentist based in Kansas. “It’s important for every patient to have a dental home.”

Some important considerations:

  • Convenience. One of the first things to find out about a practice you’re considering is, do their office hours fit your schedule? More and more practices have extended hours: into the evening, and on weekends. These are great for people with busy lives (which is just about everyone) and for dental emergencies.
  • Insurance. Your selection of a dentist may come down to whether the practice is in your network. Some plans, for example, limit your choices to members of an HMO network.
  • Accessibility. Where is the practice located? A dentist who is a short drive from home is great. On the other hand, doctor-patient communication is essential. It may be worth a longer drive if you feel a rapport with a dentist.
  • Crown Council. Is the dentist a member of the Crown Council? Member dentists offer a host of specialties, and are passionately committed to excellence. They are also dedicated to continuing education, to charitable dentistry, and to being active and engaged members of the communities they serve.

Your dental health is critical to your overall health, and the dentist you choose becomes an essential part of your health care team. As you weigh your options, remember you want a dentist you can turn to with confidence for all of your health issues.

Dr. Taylor-Osborne quote: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/dental-care-concerns/how-to-choose-a-dentist


Are Dental Implants Worth The Time And Expense?


One of the top concerns when someone is considering dental implants is cost. But monetary cost is only one factor of a smile makeover.


Dental Implants Q & A


Today we will take a look at some of the common questions we hear from cosmetic dentistry patients about dental implants.

Will my dental implants set off metal detectors at the airport security? No. While you will have metal in your mouth as the base of the dental implant, it is a small screw made out of titanium. Titanium is not magnetic and will not set off the metal detectors at airport security. Additionally, dental implants are also safe for MRIs.


Replace Those Missing Teeth


Did you know that sharks typically lose at least one tooth a week? Because of how their teeth are arranged in their mouths, the missing tooth can be replaced in a day. That’s approximately 35,000 lost teeth in a lifetime!


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.


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.


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!


Modern Dental Technology Protects Your Jawbone


dental implant dentistWhether through trauma or injury, gum disease, or decay, there are a lot of reasons many of us might be facing tooth loss.

What happens when a tooth is lost? 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.

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!


Dental Implants for Natural-Looking Smiles


dental implant dentistMany savvy dental patients who are missing a tooth would like to learn more about how dental implants can help restore their smile. While implant dentistry is a great solution in many cases, there are some factors that may disqualify you from being able to receive an implant.

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.