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5 Tips for Recovering from Dental Implant Surgery Faster

Dental implants offer dental patients a superior option for replacing missing or damaged teeth. In most cases, they offer improved chewing and speaking capabilities over dentures. Moreover, just like dentures, they require special handling especially if you want to recover from dental implant surgery faster. Follow Your Dentist’s Directions Your dental care professional knows best. Your wisest move is to follow his or her instructions to the letter. This will likely include getting plenty of rest and taking any prescribed medications. Be sure to have a thorough discussion with your dental professional before and after your dental implant procedure. Watch What You Eat  This adage is true whether you’re getting dental implants or not. Eating a healthy diet always goes a long way for keeping your body – that includes your teeth and gums – in great shape. However, once you’ve had dental implant surgery there are a few eating

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Protect Your Mouth from Jawbone Loss

Your jawbone supports your teeth. Your teeth enable you to speak and chew. Additionally, they keep your facial structure intact. Without a healthy jawbone, your teeth will eventually loosen and fall out or require extraction. Keeping your jawbone healthy requires good oral health care. #1 Reason for Jawbone Loss Not all jawbone loss comes from poor dental hygiene and gum disease. Other potential causes of bone loss include accidents, osteoporosis, tumors, medications, and the natural act of aging. However, the most common reason for jawbone loss is due to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is advanced gum disease in which your red, swollen, and bleeding gums begin to pull away from your teeth and create pockets where the infection grows. As your body fights the infection, it naturally breaks down the bone and connective tissue. Eventually, your teeth will loosen and fall out. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is

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Choosing between a Dental Implant and a Dental Bridge

The world of dentistry has come a long way from when George Washington had false teeth. Although history commonly suggests that his were wooden, experts suggest that they were actually “gold, ivory, lead, human, and animal teeth.” Today if you need dental care due to the loss of a tooth, your options are more durable and comfortable as well as safe. Dental Bridges Safe Way to Replace Lost Teeth According to history, dental prosthetics were once made from materials that we wouldn’t dream of putting in our mouths today. Can you imagine wearing a mouthful of lead? Instead, today crowns and bridges made of composite materials such as porcelain and metal alloy provide a safe fix for lost or damaged teeth. Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth by filling the gap between your natural teeth. It begins when your dental professional grinds down the natural teeth on either

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Getting Dental Implants While Pregnant

Even before you decide to become pregnant, it’s vital to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and practice good oral health care. Developing good medical and dental health habits early on ensures you a better chance of a healthy pregnancy. It also means you’re less likely to lose teeth and need dental implants. However, if you should be both pregnant and in need of dental implants simultaneously, speak with your dental care professional about your options. Good Oral Care during Pregnancy Pregnancy brings on both physical and emotional changes. It’s important to take good care of yourself and your unborn child. When it comes to good oral care during pregnancy, many dental care professionals recommend that you: Notify your dental professional when you become pregnant. Tell your dentist of any medications you are taking – including prenatal vitamins prescribed by your primary care physician. Avoid elective dental procedures and dental x-rays during pregnancy. Notify

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Wear and Tear of Bruxism May Cause Tooth Loss

Most people clench their jaw and grind their teeth at some point during their life. It may be conscious; it may not. Doing it occasionally doesn’t generally cause any long-term dental damage. However, doing it on a regular basis can cause permanent dental problems that require assistance from your dental professional.  The Truth about Bruxism and Tooth Loss  Bruxism is a medical term. It describes the conscious or unconscious clenching and grinding of your jaw and teeth. It most often occurs during sleep. Therefore, you don’t know you’re doing it. What causes bruxism is a mystery. However, some experts suggest that stress and anxiety are two of the culprits, while others suggest that an abnormal bite or missing and crooked teeth are behind the problem. Regardless of the reason, grinding your teeth wears them down. Severe bruxism may lead to chips and fractures, leaving your teeth open to oral bacteria.

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Are Dental Implants Right for You?

The only way to know if dental implants are right for your individual situation is to talk to your dental professional. However, if you’re considering replacing missing or damaged teeth with dental implants, here is what you should consider. The Reason for Tooth Loss May Have an Impact on Your Decision to Get Dental Implants People lose teeth all the time for a variety of reasons. If you have lost one or more teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, injury, or another reason, dental implants might be a good option. Unlike bridges or dentures that lie on top of your gums, your dental professional surgically inserts dental implants into your jawbone. They act like the roots of your natural teeth and stabilize the artificial teeth (crowns) that your dentist attaches. This requires you to have adequate bone height and density. Without sufficient jawbone, your dental professional may have to conduct

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Dental Implants are an Affordable Tooth Replacement Option

Healthy teeth lead to a healthy smile. More importantly, they lead to a healthy life. Teeth allow you to chew your food, provide structural support for your face, and enable you to speak. While the human face naturally changes as we age, tooth loss can aggravate the situation. The result: face collapse. Without the support of healthy teeth and jawbone, your lips and checks literally cave in. The more teeth you lose, the more difficult it becomes to chew and speak. The only solution is to replace lost or damaged teeth. Choosing the best option for you might just be dental implants. Tooth Replacement Options: Dentures, Bridges, Implants When it comes to tooth replacement, your dental professional will tell you you have three basic options. All three restore your smile, your ability to chew and speak, and the structure of your face. However, they do it in different ways. Bridges literally

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Dental Implants Superior to Dental Crowns, Dentures, and Bridges

When replacing lost teeth, you have options. Depending on how many teeth are involved, you may choose a permanent or a removable solution. Choosing the best course of treatment for you will depend on your needs and expectations. Considering if Crowns, Dentures, or Bridges are Right for You While crowns, dentures, and bridges are different treatments, they provide the same benefit. They improve your appearance and make it easier to talk and chew. Which one your dental professional chooses to use will depend on your individual needs and budget. Dentists typically use crowns: For covering damaged teeth As an attachment to a bridge In combination with a dental implant Crowns are a great solution when you have a problem with an individual tooth. On the other hand, dental professionals typically use bridges to span an area of your mouth where you have several missing or damaged teeth. Your dental professional

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Tooth Loss Early Indicator of Memory Loss

A post in the Economic Times recently reported on a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that links tooth loss to memory loss. Specifically, older adults without teeth experience a faster decline in their memory than those who still have their natural teeth. Here’s what your dental professional discovered. Connection between Tooth Loss and Memory The connection, the study suggests, may relate to lifestyle and psychosocial changes, especially in adults between the ages of 60 and 74. Most notably, the study linked tooth loss to mental and physical decline based on socioeconomic status. The study involved over 3,000 adults age 60 and older. Researchers compared participants’ memory and walking speeds. The results showed those who had lost all their natural teeth performed worse on memory and walking speed tests. In fact, they performed about 10 percent worse than people with their own teeth did. Interestingly enough,

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5 Questions to Ask Before Getting Dental Implants

Dental surgery is not something to enter into lightly. Just like any type of surgery, it’s not without its risks. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to ask questions. Here are five to get you started. What are Dental Implants? Dental implants consist of a metal post (the implant), an abutment (a metal extension atop the implant), and a crown (an artificial tooth). Your dental professional places the implant into your jaw where natural teeth are no longer viable. He then attaches the abutment to hold the crown. What are the Advantages of Dental Implants? Dental implants restore your mouth as close to its natural state as possible. In addition, they have the added benefit of being embedded directly into your jawbone. This provides stability and prevents further loss of your jawbone through resorption. Additionally, dental implants are more comfortable and typically have a longer lifespan than other

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