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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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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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