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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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What Is the “Tunneling” Technique for Gum Recession?

Gum Recession Graphic

Gum Recession Graphic

If you have sensitive teeth and have noticed your teeth appear longer, chances are you have gum recession. While your gum tissue will never grow back on its own, Dr. Anderson can “reverse” gum recession with a unique surgical “tunneling” technique. Dr. Lauren Anderson, our board-certified periodontist, uses this minimally invasive technique as an alternative to traditional gingival grafting.  In addition to earning her masters in soft tissue grafting techniques at the University of Michigan, Dr. Anderson remains ahead of the curve.  In 2019, she became certified as a S.M.A.R.T. (minimally invasive tissue grafting) provider at the University of Pennsylvania where she trained under its founder Dr. Ernesto Lee. This technique not only addresses cases of bone deformity, but treats recession as it reinforces the structures that determine the position of the soft tissue.


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Goodbye Gummy Smile: How Crown Lengthening Improves Smiles

dental patient smiling after a crown lengthening procedure

dental patient smiling after a crown lengthening procedure

Why so serious? It’s likely a question you have heard in one form or another if you have a “gummy” smile you are shy about. Beyond making teeth appear longer and more uniform in length, crown lengthening can enhance your confidence to smile, exposing the longer more uniform teeth that have been covered by access gum. It can also make it easier to care for your teeth and gums. Find out how functional and esthetic crown lengthening can improve the health and appearance of your smile.


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Immediate Implant Placement with Immediate Temporization: “Tooth in a Day”

a x-ray of a placed titanium post

Meet our patient DN who presented with an abscessed (infected) #8 (upper right central incisor). It was very important for DN that she left the surgical implant placement surgery “looking the same as when [she] walked in”. Not all patients are candidates for extraction, implant placement and temporary tooth fixation in one appointment, however DN was a great candidate. Dr. Anderson extracted the tooth, addressed the infection so that implant placement was feasible and fabricated a chair-side temporary that mimicked her original tooth DN was accustomed to.

For this sequence to be viable, DN was very careful as to not “load” or use the tooth during the 3 month healing period. DN was pleased that her friends and family could not notice she had periodontal surgery and that the tooth looked “just like the old one”. DN will wear this initial temporary for 3 months prior to receiving the final implant crown with her general dentist.


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The Right Questions to Ask Before Dental Implant Surgery

Dental Implant Model

Dental Implant Model

Have you been considering dental implants to replace your broken or missing teeth? You may be wondering what questions to ask before you commit to treatment. While dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, it is a good idea to research this solution, so you know what to expect. Dr. Lauren Anderson, a board-certified periodontist and masters trained periodontist, is here to answer the common questions patients ask about dental implants. As an expert in dental implant treatment, Dr. Anderson can help you determine if this solution is right for you during an in-person consultation.


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Know the Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

Patient in Pain

Patient in Pain

Have you been noticing that your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Or that they seem more swollen and tender? While many people pass these symptoms off as normal, they are most likely signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Even if your mouth appears healthy, knowing the common symptoms of gum disease can help prevent the condition from developing or worsening. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, is an expert in gum disease treatment. She encourages patients to be aware of the signs of gum disease and to be proactive about scheduling routine appointments.


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