Are Dental Implants the Right Choice for You?

Are Dental Implants the Right Choice for You?

Missing teeth can cause problems in addition to making your smile look different and reducing self-esteem.  Missing teeth can cause difficulty chewing and speaking, and can cause other teeth to shift out of line. So what can be done?  Well, there are bridges and dentures that can solve the problem, but these options are removable and require extra maintenance, and can sometimes be uncomfortable or ill-fitting, as well as aesthetically unpleasing.  Another option is to get dental implants. What are dental implants?  Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth, and are made to match your existing teeth. What are the advantages of dental implants? They require less maintenance and care than bridges or dentures (you care for them the same way you care for you original teeth), and you don’t have to worry about them slipping out of place or damaging any remaining teeth around them.  They are also more comfortable than bridges or dentures. How is the procedure done? A replacement tooth root is implanted into your jaw using either local anesthetic or sedation. (While this may sound a little scary, most patients say that getting the replacement root implanted hurts less than having a tooth pulled.) Once that is healed, the replacement tooth is attached to the replacement root.  Since the tooth is attached to the replacement root in your jaw, it is permanent.  (See our Dental Implant page for more information about the procedure.) Who are the best candidates for dental implants? Anyone with missing teeth who is healthy enough to undergo an extraction or other oral surgery is usually eligible for dental implants, but you would...

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding cosmetic dentistry, and many people don’t fully understand what cosmetic dentistry even is. Cosmetic dentistry is more than just whitening and making your smile look better; it also includes things that will actually improve your dental health and how effective your teeth are performing their duties. The Truth About Cosmetic Dentistry Many people think that cosmetic dentistry is never necessary and that it could end up actually damaging teeth.  This is simply not true.  Some cosmetic dentistry, like bonding, crowns, inlays, overlays, and fillings can be quite necessary to improve the function of your teeth and can increase the longevity of your teeth.  These procedures can also reduce pain from broken teeth and malocclusions. Many also think that cosmetic dentistry will not be covered by insurance and will result in a lot of out-of-pocket costs.  This is also false.  While whitening is purely for esthetics and will not likely be covered, many other procedures are in fact covered by insurance.  And the ones that are not covered may be more affordable than you think, and payment plans are often available. Some people fear that cosmetic dental procedures will be too obviously fake, and that they will end up looking like they have a mouthful of Chiclets.  As the technology has progressed, it is easier than ever for experts in the field to make the treatments and restorations look natural and to blend in with the rest of your teeth. Little To No Pain And finally, people fear that these procedures will be too painful to be worth enduring.  This may have been...