Modern dentistry provides many options today for restoration of damaged or missing teeth. If you’ve lost teeth due to damage or decay, you may have begun researching options for replacing the missing teeth. Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) are just one option for replacing missing teeth.
A typical dental implant contains a small titanium screw that is implanted directly into the jawbone and will eventually integrate with the bone securely, functioning as a substitute for the missing root portion of your lost tooth. The process of creating an implant with a titanium fixture takes several months as the jawbone requires time to heal around the titanium fixture creating a stable base for the new tooth.
As the name implies, mini dental implants are essentially smaller dental implants - generally no wider than a toothpick - and therefore are less invasive and much easier to place into the jaw bone. They are used to replace small teeth and incisors and to anchor dentures. Because mini dental implants are thinner and less traumatic to the bone when they are implanted, most patients at our Dallas Cosmetic Dental office have their implants and restorations placed on the same day. When they leave our office they are able to eat, speak, and smile normally.
Mini dental implants are a great option for use with older dentures that have become loose over time, creating problems for the wearer when eating and even speaking. In this case, one or more MDIs are implanted in the jaw and attached to the existing denture, creating a more stable anchor for the denture and greatly lessening discomfort for the patient.
However, it should be understood that MDIs are not an alternative to the traditional titanium dental implant except in specific circumstances. At Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry, we will discuss your specific needs during a consultation and make a recommendation as to which implant option is most appropriate for your situation.
Many of my patients who have alignment issues have heard of Invisalign but are unfamiliar with Bioliner™ invisible teeth aligners. I’m often asked why I’ve chosen to use the Bioliner™ System, rather than the more well-known Invisalign. These clear aligners can be used to facilitate minor tooth movement similar to Invisalign but are much more affordable. Let's look at some of the advantages of Bioliners™
What Is the Bioliner System™?
Bioliner™ is an amazing new tooth aligner made of ultra clear plastic with a soft thermal plastic insert. It provides a clear, lightweight, removable alternative to traditional braces. The Bioliner™ trays are custom-fit to your mouth and designed to gradually correct the alignment of your teeth.
Who can use the Bioliner™ System?
The Bioliner™ system can solve most minor teeth adjustment issues. Some of the more common concerns that are appropriate for treatment with the Bioliner system are:
- Spaces or gaps in the teeth
- Minor overcrowding of teeth
- Crooked or rotated teeth
- The need for minor adjustments caused by lapses in wearing retainers
- Completion of alignment treatment when wearing traditional braces is not an option
Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry chose the Bioliner System™ for several reasons. They are highly effective, practically invisible, and they are a very comfortable straightening option. They provide straightening results in a manner similar to Invisalign, but Bioliners™ are significantly less expensive than Invisalign and can be more comfortable to wear.
What are the advantages of Bioliners™?
- Discreet Treatment
- Easy to Put On
- Removable for Eating
- Allow for easier dental hygiene
- Shorter Treatment Time
- Easier, less painful adjustments
As with any customized treatment, the cost of your Bioliner™ treatment depends largely on the extent of straightening needed. The best way to establish a cost is for you to visit your Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist for a free personal consultation.
If you’ve shopped for over-the-counter tooth whitening products lately, you were probably overwhelmed by the number of products that claim to whiten your teeth. But how effective are they in reality? Let’s take a look at some of the more popular products on the market today and see how they stack up.Whitening Strips
Whitening strips purchased at your local pharmacy have drawbacks. They do contain a peroxide-based whitening agent, but it is not nearly as potent as those safely used in our Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist Office. Also, whitening strips only touch the front surface of your teeth, missing the spaces between your teeth. Though it is possible to remove stains over time with whitening strips it may take months to see any significant results.Whitening Rinses
Whitening Rinses are similar to mouthwashes. They kill bacteria, refresh your breath and may help remove plaque. Unlike mouthwashes, whitening rinses contain hydrogen peroxide. Manufactures advise you to rinse your mouth twice a day for one minute each and state that it may take 12 weeks to see results. Most consumers report no difference after using, probably because the rinse barely touches your teeth for two minutes a day.Whitening Gels
Whitening gels are clear, peroxide-based gels applied directly to the surface of your teeth. Instructions generally call for twice a day application for 14 days. Initial results are seen in a few days and final results are sustained for about four months. However, application can be difficult since teeth are required to be completely free of saliva before use.Whether you choose a home whitening treatment option or an in-office whitening procedure such as the Zoom System, you should consult with your dentist first. Our Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist can examine your teeth and determine if there are any underlying issues with your teeth or gums that would cause problems as a result of using over-the-counter whitening agents.
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