Why Replace Missing Teeth?

The most simple reason to replace a missing tooth using a restoration like a dental implant is that one missing tooth is likely to lead to another, eventually causing complete tooth loss. Without teeth, your ability to chew becomes degraded and your digestion suffers. As you cut out hard-to-chew and hard-to-digest foods, your nutrition will suffer. As you have less access to vital nutrients, you are at an increased risk for numerous diseases and conditions, some of them life-threatening. Not to mention how much people will miss seeing your bright smile. When you lose a tooth, several things begin to …

How Many Teeth Can Be Replaced with Dental Implants?

Dental implants are highly flexible and can be used to replace a single missing tooth or all your teeth. How this is accomplished depends on the number and location of missing teeth. If you are replacing just one tooth, a single dental implant is used. The implant is topped with a dental crown that looks just like your natural teeth. If you are replacing two or three missing teeth, two dental implants are used. For two teeth, two separate crowns may be used, but when replacing three missing teeth, you will receive a single piece dental bridge that is anchored on either end …

Smoking and Dental Implants

Smoking, as you have probably been told, is not good for your body. However, it is even worse for dental implant patients. Smoking interferes with your circulation and with your body’s healing response. It increases your risk of rejection of the implant and any bone graft that you may have had to support the implant. To give yourself the best chance of having a successful dental implant procedure, you will be asked to quit smoking for at least two months before your dental implant procedure and one month after. If you cannot do this, then you are not a good …

Preparing for Dental Implant Surgery

If you are scheduling dental implant surgery, it’s important to prepare for your procedure properly to ensure the best possible results. Here’s some advice for ensuring everything goes smoothly. Arrange for transportation to and from the surgery–you won’t be able to drive yourself Make sure all your paperwork is taken care of, and all payments arranged. Arrange for time off work, probably 2-3 days. Not everyone needs time off work after dental implant surgery, but it’s better to have it set up and not need it than have to call in the day after your surgery. Fill any prescriptions and …