What Factors Contribute to Long-Term Success of Dental Implants?

In almost every circumstance, dental implants are the most ideal option for replacing missing teeth. Whether a single natural tooth is missing or multiple tooth replacement is necessary, it is important to restore the foundation of your smile as soon as possible.

Earning a high level of respect among dental professionals as well as patients, dental implants have qualities very similar to natural teeth. They have artificial tooth roots that are permanently anchored to the jaw bone. Above the gumline, they can be customized to look and feel like a real tooth. They are also conservative and efficient since they do not attach to the neighboring teeth for stability. Implants are designed to stand alone, and, with proper care, they can last a lifetime.

Working together with your implant dentist, you can play an active role in preserving and protecting your dental implant.

Earning a high level of respect among dental professionals as well as patients, dental implants have qualities very similar to natural teeth.

Starting with a strong, healthy foundation gives you a fighting chance for long-term success. Thick, dense bone structure provides the best foundation for your replacement tooth. The quality and quantity of the bone at the location of the missing tooth will be evaluated prior to the implant procedure. If necessary, a bone graft procedure may be recommended to augment the proposed site for your new tooth.

Your overall health also plays a significant role in the success of an implant. To determine if you are a candidate for the procedure, your health history must be thoroughly reviewed. Any underlying health conditions, medications, and lifestyle habits such as smoking must be discussed as soon as possible. Typically, if these factors can be expected to interfere with the healing or longevity of the implant, alternatives can be discussed and explained.

Dental implants are low maintenance dental restorations, requiring little more than due diligence in your oral hygiene routine.Normalbrushing and flossing, good systemic health, and routine dental treatment are the core essentials to long-term success!

Consult our implant dentistry team, serving Bedford and the surrounding areas, to learn more. Call 817-485-2111 to schedule your professional consultation.

Protect Your Smile with Custom-fitted Mouthguards

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A custom-fitted mouthguard has a wide variety of uses beyond the football field. Most teens and adults, both male and female, can benefit from a professionally designed mouthguard that can provide adequate protection for their smiles.

While there are a number of over-the-counter guards that can be boiled and molded to fit over the teeth, these appliances often lack the detail that is necessary to prevent trauma to the teeth and the jaw joint. In the dental office, your cosmetic dentist can construct a guard that properly positions the jaw joint. A custom appliance will also reduce the force that can be generated by the teeth and jaws, which decreases the risk of fractured or broken teeth and dental restorations.

When you have invested valuable time and financial resources in your smile, you owe it to yourself to protect your investment. With care, your dental treatment can keep your smile stay beautiful for many years, or even a lifetime.

If you have completed a dental treatment plan that includes porcelain restorations such as crowns, bridges, or veneers, your cosmetic dentist may suggested a mouthguard as the final phase of your treatment.

Dental implants though strong enough to tolerate the normal forces associated with chewing and biting, can be compromised if subjected to constant excessive forces. A simple, removable protective appliance may be all that is necessary to extend the lifespan of your implant.

Although you may not participate in contact sports, you may still benefit from a protective appliance. The teeth should be protected even during non-contact sports such as cycling, weight-lifting, running, or golfing, when it is common to clench or grit the teeth. Many teens and adults clench and grind the teeth at night, which can contribute to severe wear and damage to the teeth as well as dental restorations. It is also common to clench or grind the teeth when you experience physical or mental stress, or when you concentrate heavily.

Taking the first steps towards your beautiful smile may include practicing proper oral hygiene and choosing cosmetic dental procedures. Seal the deal and protect your investment with a custom-fitted mouthguard for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Contact our experienced team at Anderson Dentistry, serving Hurst and the surrounding areas, and schedule your appointment today to discuss your options.

Oral Cancer: The importance of early detection

Each year, millions of patients are diagnosed with some form of oral cancer. Both benign and malignant forms of cancer are detected on the tongue, lips, cheeks, and soft palate during routine dental examinations. It is important to understand that all cancers that are detected during dental visits are not always limited to the mouth.

Your dentist is an expert at recognizing signs of health and disease not only in the mouth, but also on the face, neck, and head. The structures of your jaw and throat can be palpated and screened for unexplained lumps, bumps, or discolorations.

Your dentist is an expert at recognizing signs of health and disease not only in the mouth, but also on the face, neck, and head.

Decades of cancer research have provided some important guidelines for those patients who are most at risk for the disease. A history of tobacco usage, chronic alcohol consumptions, increasing age, and a family history of cancer are some of the most common risk factors. Oral cancer has also been linked to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease.

Unfortunately, at least 25% of patients who are diagnosed with oral cancer have no identifiable risk factors. This means that an otherwise healthy, non-smoker can still be diagnosed with oral cancer.

As with any form of disease, early detection may provide you with the best chance of a full recovery. In the early stages, most cancers are limited or localized to a small area. Minimally invasive procedures are often effective at removing the cancer and preventing the spread of the disease to other areas of the body.

As oral cancer progresses to more advanced stages, the chances of controlling the disease begin to decrease dramatically.

For your health, the best place to begin the discussion about oral cancer is in the dental office. Your dentist can review your health history and offer the appropriate form of cancer screening. Any suspicious lesions will be documented and supported by x-rays and photos, along with a recommendation for treatment.

Ignoring your risk for developing oral cancer can be hazardous to your health. Schedule your routine dental visit in our Colleyville office and ask about oral cancer screening today. Call 817-485-2111 for more information.