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Dental Implant Advantages and Facts

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?

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • 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 and 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.
  • Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), 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, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?

In general, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance at this time. Coverage under your medical plan may be possible, depending on the insurance plan and/or cause of tooth loss. Detailed questions about your individual needs and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist and insurance provider.

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Misconceptions and the Facts about Cavities

1. Myth: The Main Culprit for Cavities is Sugar

Although sugar is definitely a main cause of cavities, all types of carbohydrates are a major contributing factor to tooth decay. When you eat carb-laden foods, bacteria feeds off of that in your mouth and produces acid, which eats away at your tooth enamel. A great way to ward this off, particularly after eating a high-carb meal, is to drink a big glass of water! Water neutralizes the pH balance in your mouth, reducing the acid-level. In addition, the length of time that your teeth are exposed to carbohydrates makes a drastic difference. The worst thing you can do is create continuous exposure by snacking all day and drinking sweet drinks. So next time you think just candy and cookies promote cavities, remember that all carbohydrates feed bacteria, and that includes fruits, vegetables, bread, potatoes, and rice.

Fact: Highly Acidic Foods Can Wear Down Your Enamel

Anything containing citric acid can damage your enamel, promoting tooth decay. After your enamel has started to wear away and the layer of dentin is exposed, tooth decay is almost guaranteed. When you do consume a citrus-y food or drink, be sure to brush your teeth directly after and if you’re able to, rinse with flouride.

Myth: You Can Ease the Pain of a Toothache by Placing Aspirin Next to It

Aspirin is very acidic and can hurt your gum tissue if you place it directly on it. This in turn can cause an abscess! Always take the aspirin orally, which will help the pain.

Fact: The Best Way to Prevent Cavities is to Brush, Rinse, and Floss!

Taking the necessary steps to prevent cavities is essential. Flossing and rinsing must be done daily and always brush with a flouride toothpaste twice a day. Teeth become more resistant to decay with they are exposed to flouride. If you can remove the bacteria from your mouth daily, cavities will not have the chance to form.

Don’t underestimate the importance of simple oral hygiene! If you are consistent with brushing, flossing, and rinsing, your teeth will be in excellent shape.

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The Importance of Flossing

              Every time you visit the dentist for your 6-month cleaning, you are sure to receive a lecture on flossing! As easy as it is to dismiss the topic, making flossing a regular part of your oral hygiene routine is perhaps the most crucial thing you can do to protect your smile. What most people do not realize is that a piece of floss takes care of nearly half of the work necessary to get rid of all the decay-causing bacteria. When you are not proactive about removing this plaque, it is almost guaranteed that you will get gum disease. When you do not protect your gums, it actually makes the overall look of your face more aged because gum disease eats away at the bones that support the structure of your face. So by flossing, you can actually help reverse the signs of aging!

             So now that you are convinced that you need to floss every single day, how do decide which floss would be best for you? Most brands of floss will consist of Teflon or nylon, and both work great for most people. If the spaces between your teeth are wider or if your gums are receeding, try to choose a flat, thicker dental tape. If you do not have very much space between each tooth, a thinner floss will do the job. If you have braces or a bridge, you may need a different kind of floss to get into all of the hard-to-reach places. In this case, it might be best to purchase a floss threader. Regardless of the type of floss you use, simply adding this step into your oral hygiene routine can make all of the difference, both health-wise and cosmetically!

            Try to use a piece of floss that is between 15-18 inches long and curve the piece around each tooth in a C-shape, working the floss all the way up and down the space. Don’t let bleeding stop you from flossing, as it means that the plaque has caused your gums to flare up and it needs to be cleaned away. If the bleeding persists, see your dentist because it may mean that you have perdiodontal disease.

             If you start flossing now, your dentist will notice the difference at your next cleaning appointment and perhaps you can save yourself the lecture!

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What Our Patients are Saying

“Having a broadcast quality voice doesn’t amount to much unless one has the ability to enunciate, to speak clearly and distinctively. I discussed it with Dr. Djuric and, sensing my apprehension, he arranged a C-T scan to assure my dental implants would fit as precisely as my original teeth. Dr. Djuric’s work and the results are amazing! I’ve suggested him to friends who’ve has special dental needs, and they all agree, Dr. Djuric is the consummate professional who brings a caring and personal touch to his relationship with all of his patients. I wholeheartedly recommend him and his wonderful staff to you.”
– Dave Daughtry, Pensacola, FL – ‘Morning Folks’ Radio Show Host

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Stress and Your Oral Health

Most likely you have experienced some type of symptom due to stress from a headache, stomachache, or just feeling on edge. Did you know, something we don’t often relate to stress, that stress can affect your mouth, gums, and teeth? Such things as mouth sores, gum disease, and teeth grinding can be attributed to stress. Most mouth sores disappear in a week to 10 days. For relief, try over-the-counter topical anesthetics. To reduce irritation, don’t eat spicy, hot foods or foods with a high acid content, like tomatoes or citrus.

See your dentist and ask what can be done for clenching and grinding your teeth. Your dentist may recommend a night guard, worn when you sleep, to help minimize the actions.

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Impla 3D Navigation System

The IMPLA 3D Navigation System from SCHUTZ Dental Group, Inc is a tool for the production of high-class drilling templates with depth stop. The templates can be created using virtually any implant system on the market and can be produced in your own laboratory. The complete system consists of the IMPLA 3D planning software, laptop, IPS (Implant Positioning System) and consumables. The software can also be purchased individually.

Accurate 3D planning requires the production of an X-Ray template, CT or Cone Beam X-Ray with this template correctly in place, and a surgical guide produced from the information provided by the CT Scan and the planning done in the 3D software. Steps 1-4 discuss the creation of an X-Ray template.

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