Posts for: January, 2018
When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists.
But they also happen to be the most expensive option, at least initially. So the question is, why invest in dental implants over less costly choices?
Here are 3 reasons why implants could be well worth their price.
More Like a real tooth than other restorations. Implants can match the life-like appearance of any other replacement choice, often utilizing the same types of materials. But where they really excel is in function—how they perform while biting and chewing. This is because the dental implant’s titanium post imbedded in the jawbone replaces the tooth root. No other dental restoration can do that—or perform better when comparing the resulting functionality.
Best long-term solution. As we mentioned before, the initial implant cost is typically higher than either dentures or bridges. But you should also consider their durability compared to other choices. It could be potentially much longer—possibly decades. This is because the titanium post creates an ultra-strong hold in the jawbone as bone cells naturally grow and adhere to this particular metal. The resulting hold can withstand the daily forces generated during eating and chewing. With proper care they might even last a lifetime, and actually cost you less in the long run over other choices.
Adaptable to other types of restoration. Implants have greater uses other than as individual tooth replacements. A few strategically placed implants can also be used to support removable dentures or a fixed bridge for multiple teeth or an entire dental arch. As the technology continues to advance, implants are helping to make other restoration options stronger, more stable and longer lasting—and adding more value to your investment.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101.”
Is your smile missing teeth? There's no reason to hide your smile. Dental implants can give you back your beautiful smile and confidence. Dental implants are root-like structures made of titanium. Proven Dental, which is located in Waukesha, WI, offers a full range of dental services, including dental implants. Dr. James Murphy is one of the finest dentists in Waukesha, WI. Here are five great reasons to consider dental implants.
1. Beautify Your Smile
The absence of teeth can mar an otherwise perfect smile. Dental implants can close the gaps in your smile and enhance your appearance. Dental implants are designed to look just like natural teeth. Dental implants can also be created to address any irregularities with the size and shape of your teeth and make your smile appear straighter and more even.
2. Easier Eating
Embarrassed to eat in public? Missing teeth can result in difficulty eating. Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed directly in your jaw. Dental implants feel and act like real teeth. With dental implants, you will be able to eat anything you want, whenever you want. The ability to chew food improves dramatically with implants.
3. Improved Speech
Even one missing tooth can lead to mumbling or slurred speech. Dentures can also move around in the mouth, resulting in mumbling or slurred speech. Dental implants can improve your speech and allow you to feel more confident when speaking with others. And no more worrying that your denture might fall out or slip.
4. Prevent Teeth Shifting
Dental implants protect your healthy teeth. After you lose a tooth, the other teeth begin to shift at an accelerated rate. Dental implants prevent neighboring teeth from drifting out of place. Unevenly spaced teeth could cost you a fortune down the road in orthodontic treatment.
5. Stop Jawbone Loss
Jawbone loss is a common issue for adults who have missing teeth or who wear dentures to replace their teeth. Jawbone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulate bone growth and stop bone loss.
If you need a dental implant, why wait? Start your journey today! Call Proven Dental at (262) 650-3000 now to schedule a dental consultation in Waukesha, WI. With dental implants, you will be able to enjoy your life again!
Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.
“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.
Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.
Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.
Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.
So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!
For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”