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Dental Implants: Are You Calculating the Cost Right?

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Dental Implants Palm Beach Gardens FL Whether you are having your teeth cleaned or having them whitened or restored, the treatments you obtain signify an investment in your oral health and overall well-being.  Most of the procedures that are conducted in the dental office fall well into the category of “affordable,” especially with the added bonus of insurance coverage. Dental implant treatment may not seem to fit in with procedures like crowns and fillings. Because the up-front cost of dental implants is higher than other restorative options, there may be a misperception that those other options are more affordable. Here, we take a look at the right way to calculate the costs of dental implants.

Calculate Based on Lifespan

As necessary as it is to consider the initial costs of any dental treatment, it is also wise to look at the long-term gains that are offered by each option. Dental implants are surgical-grade titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone. Bone grows around the posts and, barring any deterioration related to advanced periodontal disease, can secure the implants for life. Most conventional restorations, like bridges and dentures, last around 15 years. Studies have observed the stability of dental implants lasting 50 years.

Calculate Based on Maintenance

During the lifespan of a denture appliance, several adjustments are necessary to maintain a good fit. When to maintenance costs of dentures and bridges are compared to those related to dental implants, research estimates that the “less expensive” dentures or bridge may ultimately cost up to 10% more than implants.

Calculating the Benefits of Dental Implants

We don’t replace teeth just so the smile can be complete. We replace teeth because they are vital to our ability to speak, chew, and smile with full confidence. Studies demonstrate the high success rate of dental implants to meet patients’ needs for stability and comfort. No other method of tooth replacement has come close to restoring the natural feel achieved with dental implants. Many patients even say that they can’t tell the difference between their real teeth and their new teeth. So it begs to question, how valuable is quality of life?

Learn more about the dental implant process and how it can help you feel good about your smile again. Call our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000.

Should You Consider a Dental Bridge for Missing Teeth?

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Dental Bridges Palm Beach Gardens, FLTooth loss is a problem that has plagued humans for many centuries. We see evidence of attempted tooth replacement techniques dating back hundreds of years. When we look back through history, we realize that sustainable tooth replacement methods are relatively new. Thankfully, we live in a time in which we can take advantage of multiple options. One of the original techniques developed to replace one or a few missing teeth, the dental bridge, is still a viable option today, even in light of the many benefits of dental implants. Here, we discuss what a dental bridge is and why you may want to consider this restoration for your smile.

The Basics of a Dental Bridge

We cannot ponder the value of a dental bridge without a thorough explanation of this restorative fixture. A bridge is a small row of teeth that is made from durable ceramic or acrylic. It is made to affix somehow to natural teeth in between which one or more teeth have been lost. It is possible to receive a removable bridge, usually referred to as a partial denture. However, the most common prosthesis is the fixed bridge.

A fixed bridge looks like three or more natural teeth set right next to each other. This structure is made with a dental crown on each end. These crowns affix to two natural teeth that have been reduced to fit beneath the cover. The reason crowns are cemented to two healthy teeth is to secure the artificial tooth to a durable base. Once the bridge is affixed, chewing and speaking should feel natural.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

Bridgework is an affordable care option that provides long-term results for most people. It is necessary to care for a dental bridge very well to prevent decay around the crowns or gum inflammation beneath artificial teeth. A special tool can be used to clean the area beneath the artificial tooth. Brushing around crowns should be done gently so as not to irritate the gums. Having a dental bridge installed achieves benefits such as:

  • An aligned bite
  • An attractive smile
  • Chewing efficiency
  • Preservation of facial structure and shape
  • Prevention of teeth-shifting
  • Correction of significant gaps between teeth

Your dentist in Palm Beach Gardens can help you understand the benefits of a dental bridge versus partial dentures or dental implants. To learn more, call (561) 627-9000.

Why Does My Dental Crown Hurt?

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Dental Crowns Palm Beach Gardens FLDental crowns have been one of the cornerstone treatments of restorative dentistry for years. This full-coverage restoration is now made to look completely natural and also to last for as long as possible. We are proud to provide lifelike dental crowns to patients in need of tooth repair that extends beyond the capabilities of a standard filling. Here, we discuss aspects of crown pain such as when it might be normal and when you should seek dental care.

Is it ever normal for a dental crown to hurt?

The whole point of getting a dental crown is to end the pain that may have originated from a cavity or other damage. It is understandable that pain after this restorative treatment would feel alarming. There is a small window after dental crown treatment in which slight discomfort may be reasonably explained. Usually, pain that occurs after a crown has been installed is short-lived and related to the mild irritation that has developed in the nerve of the tooth during the reduction process.

If pain persists after a dental crown has been installed or if pain develops some time after treatment, we need to explore why.

Pain may be nerve-related.

One of the common reasons why people get dental crowns is because an old filling has failed. Fillings have a lifespan of several years but usually need to be replaced at some point, and replacement means removal of the original restoration. To remove an old filling, material and a slight amount of tooth structure are drilled away. Because the nerve of the tooth had been disrupted once before, when the initial filling was placed, the additional disruption may cause the nerve to become overreactive. To resolve this type of crown pain, we may recommend a root canal.

Pain could mean you have a cavity.

A dental crown encases the visible part of the tooth. However, decay could still develop in the tiny space between the edge of the crown and the root at the gum line. In many cases of decay around a crown, gum recession is a factor. When gums pull away from tooth structure, bacteria have space in which to hide. For this reason, we encourage patients to visit our Palm Beach Gardens office every six months for a thorough checkup and cleaning in which dental crowns are carefully examined.

Dental crown pain is not something to ignore. If you have questions about sudden dental symptoms, call (561) 627-9000.

Gingivitis and Periodontitis: Discovering the Difference

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Periodontal diseases Palm Beach Gardens, FLGum disease is gum disease, or is it? Infection in the gums stems from bacterial activity. Infection in the gums needs to be treated. We can say that these are general aspects of gum disease. However, there are more nuanced aspects of this condition that need to be understood if we want to avoid unnecessary damage to oral structure. Here, we discuss the differences between gingivitis and periodontitis, two gum conditions that sit on the same path.

Gingivitis: A Warning Sign You Shouldn’t Ignore

Gingivitis is the term used to describe mild inflammation in the soft tissue around teeth. Gingivitis could be called the initial stage of gum disease. It is crucial to understand that this mild inflammation is the only phase of disease in which infection can be stopped. The reason inflammation occurs is that plaque accumulates around teeth. The underlying cause of plaque accumulation is usually insufficient oral hygiene.

Signs that you may have gingivitis include:

  • Your gums bleed when you floss
  • Gums look swollen and red
  • There is a sensation of “itchiness” around teeth
  • You have chronic bad breath
  • Gums are receding

Early treatment of these symptoms can prevent the progression of gingivitis to periodontitis.

Periodontitis: Serious Infection Needs Treatment

The signs of gingivitis may be easy to miss. This is why routine dental exams and cleanings are so important. If inflammation progresses to infection, to periodontitis, symptoms will be much more difficult to overlook. Periodontitis can be a severe condition that invades deeper gum tissue and even bone. If this occurs, teeth can become loose and need to be extracted or secured through gum surgery.

The signs of periodontitis are not much different than those we mentioned for gingivitis. The difference is that they will be more pronounced. You may notice bleeding every time you brush and floss. A bad taste in your mouth may join your bad breath. Your teeth may feel loose or uncomfortable when you chew because they are not held as securely by the gums.

Gum Disease Treatment in Palm Beach Gardens

Routine dental care is the best method of avoiding gum disease and the consequences of this condition. Call our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000 to schedule your full exam and cleaning that can be tailored to your needs.

How the Evolution of Dentistry is Advantageous for You

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Dental treatments Palm Beach Gardens, FLDentistry used to be all about chasing dental disease. Ancient texts have revealed that humans had quite a learning curve to go through when it came to their teeth and gums. Long before toothpaste was ever a thing, the universal consensus was that teeth were “eaten” by worms. Perhaps that was just the best description that could have been made at the time. Nonetheless, early instances of dentistry, even into the 1700- and 1800s, are evidence of how far we have come in the last century alone.

Today, we use a variety of innovative techniques and technologies, newer dental materials, and a much more knowledgeable approach when managing oral health. We know enough now that we never have to chase dental disease again; we can prevent it with proactive methods.  In our Palm Beach Gardens practice, we enjoy seeing what modern dentistry can do for our patients.

Healthier Smiles

Preventive care is the name of the game in dentistry today. However, there is still a need for suitable restorative processes. One of the common ways that teeth are repaired today is with tooth-colored fillings. This is a significant shift from the outdated dental amalgam that was the norm 100 years ago (even 30 years ago!). Tooth-colored fillings made from durable composite resin look like natural teeth, feel like natural teeth, and function like natural teeth. The stability of composite supports long-term use and a healthier smile.

Attractive Smiles

We could say that cosmetic dentistry practices began thousands of years ago, but that might be a stretch. The Egyptians use of seashells as artificial teeth hardly constitutes a cosmetic procedure. If anything, the short-lived life of the seashell tooth was necessary for functionality. Cosmetic dentistry performed solely to enhance the smile was limited to unsuccessful attempts to whiten teeth until the 20th Century. The first veneers were developed in the 1930s. These cosmetic fixtures would not stay in place very long because they were affixed with denture adhesive. It wasn’t until the 1980s that we had long-lasting bonding techniques. Today, we have veneers that can make over teeth without even a need for enamel reduction.

Functional Smiles

Looking back to those seashell teeth used by the Egyptians, we can see that tooth loss has long been a problem for which solutions have been sought. Today, we have a way to quickly reinstate natural structure and appearance: dental implants. This restorative treatment is routinely performed by our team and continues to provide patients with the lifetime of smiles they deserve.

Call (561) 627-9000 to experience what is possible for your smile.

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