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Dental technologies, like all technologies, evolve and improve over time. While it used to be that the only options for patients with missing teeth were dentures and bridges, now dental implants make it easier than ever to enjoy strong, durable, and attractive replacement teeth. Our Saint Louis dental office wants to help you understand what dental implants can do for you, so read on to learn more about how dental implants are unique.

Traditional dentures and bridges sit on top of the gum line. Dentures are attached to the gum tissue with adhesive, and bridges are held in place by small wires that attach them to adjacent teeth.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are held in place because they are actually rooted into the jawbone. The titanium root of the dental implant is actually surgically placed in the jaw, so that the titanium root serves as the tooth root. The titanium of the root bonds with natural bone, forming a superior foundation for the dental restoration that is placed on top.

Consequently, patients with dental implants don’t have to worry about their replacement teeth feeling loose or shifting around. Dental implants feel just like natural teeth, and they’ll allow you to eat your favorite foods without worry.

The dental implant placement process is lengthier than the processes for dentures and bridges. Because the dental implant is embedded in the bone, the bone and gum tissue must heal before your final dental restoration can be placed on top. However, once the implant is placed it could last for 10 or 15 years without needing to be replaced.

Our Saint Louis dental implant dentists can give you more information and help you determine which tooth replacement option is right for. Give is a call or schedule your personal consultation online to get started!

Once you achieve the smile of your dreams through cosmetic dentistry, you want to make sure that you take steps to maintain your smile. Today I’m going to outline some tips from our Saint Louis cosmetic dental office for patients with dental veneers.

Dental veneers—thin porcelain restorations that are placed over teeth—can completely change the appearance of your smile in only two or three appointments. Once you have your dental veneers, you’ll be able to eat and drink normally for the most part. Read on to learn more…

The first thing to do when you have dental veneers is to maintain a regular dental hygiene routine. You can care for your veneers by brushing, flossing, and using non-abrasive mouthwashes. A diligent dental hygiene routine will keep your veneers looking fresh, and it will help prevent gum disease, which can undermine the strength of your cosmetic veneers.

When you get porcelain veneers, you’re still able to eat and drink your favorite foods. There are some eating habits that should be avoided however—these habits are the same activities that can damage natural teeth.

· Don’t chomp on ice

· Try not to chew hard seeds and nuts with your front teeth

· Don’t open wrappers or bags with your teeth—this can put unnecessary strain on you veneers

· If you notice sings of bruxism (chronic chewing or grinding of teeth), seek prompt treatment. Because this may happen as you sleep, let your dentist know if you’re experiencing jaw stiffness or pain, headaches upon waking, or muscle stiffness.

While dental veneers are generally simple and straightforward to care for, there are some specific steps that you should take to protect your veneers. Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists can give you more information about dental veneers and the veneers placement process at your first consultation—just give us a call!

When choosing a tooth replacement option, you want to find a treatment that fits you, specifically. Patients have different needs and preferences, so the best thing that you can do is to gather information about many different treatments and then work with a dentist to determine which is best for you.

Our Saint Louis dental office offers both dentures and dental implants for patients who have missing teeth. Today I’m going to explain some of the differences between dental implants and dentures. I hope that at the end of this blog entry you’ll feel better informed about your tooth replacement options, and comfortably discussing them with your dentist.

Now both dentures and dental implants allow you to resume natural functioning after tooth loss. But there are some key differences….

Fit and Stability

Dentures sit on top of the gum line and held in place with dental adhesive. Some patients may experience some slippage when they speak, eat, or drink. Dental implants, on the other hand, are actually surgically implanted into the jawbone. Consequently they are not removable, and they won’t shift during the day.

Dental implants can actually be used—placed in a few strategic spots—to anchor existing dentures. If you find that your dentures are not as stable as you’d like, talk to your dentist about the possibility of adding a few dental implants to secure them.

Keeping Them Clean

Because dentures are removable, you’ll actually take them out to clean them. During the night you’ll soak your dentures in a special solution to keep them clean and fresh. Because dental implants are embedded in the jawbone, patients clean dental implants as they’d clean natural teeth. You’ll need to brush and floss your dental implants to maintain them.

Our Saint Louis dental office can help you decide what kind of tooth replacement option works best for you. When you come in for your consultation we’ll review the options in greater detail and walk you through the treatment process—just give us a call!

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