Why Would a Tooth Implant Fall Out?

If you are considering a dental implant, it is because you have lost or are going to lose a natural tooth. Although most dental implants are permanent, they are also vulnerable to many of the same factors that caused your natural tooth loss. Although tooth implants are not natural teeth, they are still vulnerable to bacterial attack. The bacteria cannot attack the tooth itself, but severe periodontal disease can damage the jawbone which supports the dental implant. When this happens, your dental implant may fall out. Severe trauma can also knock out a dental implant. Most trauma to the mouth …

Do I Need a Retainer after Invisalign?

Miami and Coral Gables, FL Any time your teeth are moved with an orthodontic treatment, there is a risk that they will drift back to their original position. Sometimes, the same forces that caused misalignment of your teeth in the first place may drive the return of crooked teeth. Other times, tissue memory simply pulls your teeth back to where your body thinks they belong. To prevent this, a retainer is used to keep your teeth in their desired configuration, whether your teeth are straightened with metal braces or Invisalign. Ironically, one of the common reason adults seek Invisalign is …

How Can I Prevent Staining My Teeth?

If you are concerned about stained teeth, there are many ways to prevent it. The first way to prevent staining of your teeth is to cut down on staining foods and habits. The worst things for staining your teeth are: Smoking Coffee Black tea Chocolate Red wine Berries If you cut down on these foods, you will dramatically decrease the staining of your teeth. However, many of us have trouble giving up these foods and habits. It is very difficult to quit smoking, and many people are only able to kick coffee by substituting it with black tea. And how …

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

This is a very difficult question to answer because it’s hard to know. You might consider a comparison with different objects to get perspective on the question. On the one hand, porcelain veneers are an aesthetic object, like a Grecian urn. Like the Grecian urn, they pass their days uttering “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” every time you smile. And like the Grecian urn, they have the ability to outlive us all, and, who knows, perhaps in some strange distant future will end up in a museum somewhere, perhaps on a different planet telling the story of humanity to alien …

How Often Do You Have to Replace Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are designed to be long-lasting dental restorations, but they are not permanent. Clinical studies have shown that 95% of porcelain veneers last 11 years or more. That means that if you have 12 porcelain veneers placed, six above and six below, there is a 60% chance that within 11 years you will have to replace one veneer, and a 40% chance you won’t have to replace any. That is, if you do everything necessary to ensure the best results from your porcelain veneers. To maximize the lifetime of your porcelain veneers, you should: Follow our care instructions. Mostly …