One of the most amazing innovations in modern dentistry is dental implants. It is estimated that over three million people have had their lives changed by dental implants. Dental implants have a proven success rate of 98%, which is why they are the gold standard for tooth replacement today.

But many people still don't have a full understanding of implants and what they can do, so here are a few helpful things to know about this innovative tooth replacement:

Dental implants are comprised of three parts. First, the implant itself, which is a replacement root made up of a tiny titanium post that’s surgically placed into your jawbone and allowed to heal. After the site has healed, our Dallas, TX dentist will attach an attachment piece to the implant called the abutment. Finally, a restoration like crown, bridge, or denture will be attached to restore function and esthetics.

Dental implants are permanent. A dental implant is like a natural tooth root, but better. The implant itself becomes a permanent part of your anatomy because the titanium post is absorbed by the jawbone and tissue in a process called osseointegration. While the restoration may need to be replaced at some point, the implant’s not going anywhere!

Dental implants can be used to stabilize dentures. The most common complaint among denture wearers is the embarrassment and discomfort caused by slipping and movement. Dental implants are the perfect solution because they hold the denture securely in place. The Dallas, TX dentist will place implants at certain points along the jaw, and a denture with corresponding attachments snaps onto the implant. The result is a permanent solution for uncomfortable dentures!

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Would you like to learn more about dental implants and the ways they can improve your oral health AND your life? Please call our office, and we will be happy to arrange a dental implants consultation with our dentist, Dr. Tony Lin.

If you are thinking about talking to your dentist about orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, you are probably focused on the esthetic result. After all, it’s exciting to think about smiling again with confidence!

While esthetics are important, you probably haven’t given much thought to the long-term health effects of orthodontic treatment. It’s true that treatment can dramatically alter your appearance, but straighter teeth also result in a healthier smile.

3 Things to Know about Crooked Teeth

You already know that crooked teeth have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. But patients looking for a Dallas Invisalign dentist may not realize how a misaligned smile impacts overall oral health. Here are a few examples of oral health problems related to crooked or crowded teeth.

Difficulty Cleaning: If you don’t have clean teeth, you don’t have a healthy smile. Proper oral hygiene is essential if you want to enjoy a lifetime free of dental problems. Crooked or crowded teeth make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene because you may not be able to floss between them. This puts you at risk for decay and periodontal disease.

Involved Orthodontic Problems: When one or more teeth are crooked or crowded, surrounding teeth start to shift as well. Your teeth are constantly moving, and as the root of a crooked tooth tilts to one side or the other, adjacent teeth follow. Putting off treatment may result in more involved orthodontic problems down the road.

Dental Bite: If you have untreated orthodontic issues, you can end up with a misaligned dental bite. This means that teeth on one side of your mouth bite down harder on one side than the other. This can lead to a variety of problems including excess wear on teeth, jaw pain, and even TMJ.

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Why risk your good oral health with a crooked smile? With all the great adult orthodontics available today, there’s no reason to live with a smile you don’t love. Please call our office and we’ll be happy to talk to you about treatment with invisible braces.

 

Along with many other advances in modern dentistry, the design and materials used in dentures have improved significantly. The beauty of dentures today is that they are designed to be comfortable and functional. They are very similar in appearance to natural teeth and can improve your smile and facial appearance.

What are Dentures?

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Today, state-of-the-art dentures are made to closely replicate the appearance of natural teeth and can even enhance your smile.

Very detailed impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create dentures that are custom-fit to your mouth. The Dallas Dentistcrafts your dentures using a softer, flexible polymer rather than traditional rigid metal. Your dentures will be gently custom-fit to your mouth, ensuring that they fit comfortably and securely, enabling you to speak and eat with ease.

What are Dentures Made of?

Patients have many options of materials to choose from that can affect the aesthetic results as well as the comfort level afforded the wearer. Today’s polymer dentures are more flexible, so they are naturally more comfortable as well as being more natural-looking than plastic dentures.

For example, plastic dentures are very rigid resulting in soreness of the gums and cheek tissue. In addition to being stiff and uncomfortable, plastic dentures are also less durable. Polymer dentures crafted by the Dallas Dentist are somewhat more expensive, but most people do not mind paying the extra cost to gain the advantages of polymer dentures.

How Long Will Polymer Dentures Last?

Today’s polymer dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years. However, as with any dental appliance, they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted at some point in the future due to normal wear.

Please contact our office to arrange a dentures consultation with our dentures dentist Dr. Tony Lin.

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