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Dental Implants
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Millions of American suffer tooth loss despite improvements in dental care. Tooth loss mainly occurs from tooth decay, gingivitis, or injury. Bridges and dentures use to be the only options available, but today there are dental implants. Dental implants are replaced tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

This may result in less overall dental visits, eliminates the need for dental office hopping, and provides consistent care and comfort.

The advantages of dental implants are numerous.
•  Improved Appearance: Implants look and feel like your own teeth. They are designed to fuse with the bone so that they become permanent.
•  Improved Speech: Implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip cause you to mumble or slur words.
•  Improved Comfort: Implants become permanent and eliminate the discomfort of removal
•  Easier Eating: Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Implants allow you to eat with confidence and without discomfort.
•  Improved Self-Esteem: Dental implants give you back your smile!
•  Improved Oral Health: This procedure does not require reducing other teeth as a bridge requires, leaving more of your own teeth in tact. It also allows for easier more natural cleaning in between teeth.
•  Durability: They are very durable and with proper care will last a lifetime.
•  Convenience: There is no need to remove the implants to clean or use special adhesives to make sure they remain in place.

So what is involved in getting dental implants? The first step is to create an individualized treatment plan with an oral surgery or restorative dentistry team. Once a plan is in place, a tooth root implant (a small post made from titanium) is placed in the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grown around the implanted metal post, securing it to the jaw. Healing takes from six to twelve weeks. Once the tooth root implant has bonded, a small connector post is attached to hold the new tooth and a replacement tooth called a crown is then attached. The crown will match the other teeth in your mouth. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and produces little discomfort.

With proper care, dental implants have a 98% success rate.

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Tips for Helping Crowns Last
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Dental crowns can last a very long time if they are properly cared for. However, you must make sure you are gentle with them. If you are not careful or caring for your crowns properly, expect them to last less than five years. By taking care of them properly, you can extend that up to nearly 20! Make sure you brush your teeth and floss like clockwork every single day. You also need to use your crowns gently - no ripping items open with your teeth! Plus, make sure you come in and let us check your mouth every six months. The better you care for your oral health, the longer your dental crowns are likely to last.

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