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Steps to Properly Care for Your Dental Implants

Dental Patient Brushing Their Full Arch Dental Implant

Dental Patient Brushing Their Full Arch Dental Implant

If you’re ready to invest in dental implants, it’s important to know how to properly care for them once your treatment is concluded. Dental implants don’t need special maintenance outside of your normal hygiene routine, but there are additional steps dentists recommend you can take in your everyday life. Knowing exactly how to care for your dental implants and your smile can help ensure the longevity of your investment.


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The Importance of Bone Grafting in Dental Implant Treatment

Jaw Bone Loss Graphic

Jaw Bone Loss Graphic

Dental implants are considered the most ideal tooth replacement option to restore optimal aesthetics, function, and health to the smile. The only permanent solution, dental implants are designed to mimic natural teeth and rely on the jawbone for long-term stability and support. If this bone has resorbed from tooth loss or other factors, our periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, will often recommend bone grafting before dental implants can be placed. Bone grafting before dental implants is important for many reasons, including:


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Understanding Your Dental Implant Cost

Dental Implant Patient Eating Happily After Dental Implant Procedure

Dental Implant Patient Eating Happily After Dental Implant Procedure

If you are missing one or more teeth, you have many options for replacing them. You’ve heard of the benefits of dental implants but are concerned about how much more they cost than other solutions like partials or dentures. Is there a reason for the higher price tag? And are the benefits of dental implants worth the upfront fees? Understanding exactly what goes into dental implant cost is one way you can make a more informed decision on which tooth replacement solution is right for you.


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Signs That You Are at Risk of Gum Disease

Dental Patient Suffering From Gum Disease Systemic Diseases

Dental Patient Suffering From Gum Disease Systemic Diseases

Its unfortunate to say, but gum disease is an all too common problem millions of people are affected by. This disease affects the gums and soft tissues of the mouth, compromising the gum tissue, jaw bone, teeth, and can potentially spread to surrounding areas of the mouth and body. In fact, gum disease has been linked to systemic health concerns like heart disease and diabetes! If caught early, gum disease can be treated and the mouth restored to proper health, but if allowed to advance, patients will have to live with gum disease for the rest of their life and require routine periodontal maintenance appointments to maintain health.


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Top Questions Patients Ask About Dental Implants

2 Dental Patients After Dental Patient Procedures

2 Dental Patients After Dental Patient Procedures

While most patients are familiar with dentures, there are still lots of questions surrounding dental implants despite them having been used for decades. Dental implants are an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth as they restore oral health, function, and aesthetics. Despite all their advantages, there are many questions patients have, and rightfully so. Dental implants require an advanced level of surgery, which is much more complex than other tooth replacement options. So, understanding the treatment and finding the right doctor is paramount. We’ve come up with a few of the most common questions patients ask about dental implants:


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How Long Can I Expect My Dental Implants to Last?

Dental Implants In Your Bone, Model

Dental Implants In Your Bone, Model

If you have missing teeth and are considering dental implants as a tooth replacement option, you’re most likely wondering how long they last. Dental implants have proven to be the best long-term option for missing teeth and a much better alternative to dentures or natural tooth bridges. While there is no guarantee that dental implants last forever, they have consistently maintained a high success rate, with on-going studies showing between 95-98% reliability in a surgical specialists hands. Just as important as expertise of the doctor completing surgery, routine maintenance and lifestyle after treatment are critical factors to long-term success.


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