Implants: A Preferred Tooth Replacement Procedure
Wear Mouthguards to Prevent Tooth Loss
Dental Implants: Smile with Confidence in Time for Summer
Summer is a time for enjoying outdoor activities such as swimming, hikes and other recreational activities. However, some popular summer sports – such as swimming and baseball – can put your teeth at risk for danger. What happens when you knock out your tooth or multiple teeth while participating in your favorite summer activity?
If you have lost a tooth, or multiple teeth, dental implants are an appropriate alternative to partial and full dentures or bridges. A dental implant works like a tooth and offers more comfort and stability than dentures while restoring your ability to chew food. Dental implants may also help to improve speech and facial appearance. Take the right step this summer and replace missing teeth with dental implants in Paducah from our dentist for improved confidence.
Implants: A Preferred Tooth Replacement Procedure
Dental implants are manufactured “anchors” that are used in both the upper and lower jaws. Surgically inserted into the jawbone, implants become a stable base for artificial replacement teeth. The implant acts as the root of the tooth, and when accompanied by a crown, bridge or denture, the implant will look and perform like the natural tooth that was lost.
Implant surgery is performed in your dentist’s office in a three step process. First, our dentist in Paducah, KY will surgically place an implant directly into the jawbone, replicating a natural tooth root. Following this is the initial surgery where the implant is typically left covered for three to six months to allow the bone to develop around the implant to help hold it in place. This process is called osseointegration. Without osseointegration taking place, the implant may fail.
Once osseointegration takes place our Paducah dentist will uncover the implant and attach an extension, or post. You will wait a couple more months for the gum tissue to heal around the post; with the final step taking place once healing is complete. Once healing is completed, the implant will serve as a foundation for the new tooth. Our dentist in Paducah will make a crown, or other artificial tooth replacement, and attach it to the implant post. The entire process can take up to nine months to complete, depending on each patient.
Wear Mouthguards to Prevent Tooth loss
A mouthguard is a flexible appliance made out of plastic that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect your teeth from trauma. You should wear a mouthguard to protect your mouth from injuries, such as losing a tooth or multiple teeth. Anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces, it is advisable to wear a mouthguard. Players participating in basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating, martial arts as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding, and bicycling should wear mouthguards. Take extra precautions in protecting your mouth from harmful injuries like tooth loss and wear a mouthguard.
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but with proper consultation with our dentist in Paducah, KY a proper solution can be made for replacing your missing tooth. The best candidates for implants are in good general health with healthy gums and sufficient bone structure. Success of the implant depends on regular visits along with a personal commitment to good oral hygiene. Visit our office in Paducah to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.
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MARCH THROUGH JUNE we are participating in Smiles For Life, and we’d like to invite you to join us!
Why Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened?
Beautifully whitened teeth make you look younger, boost your personal and professional life, and create an immediate, dramatic difference in your smile.
Professional whitening ensures the safest, most effective and longest-lasting results. When you whiten through our Smiles For Life campaign, you’re not just whitening your smile… you’re helping children in need!
Smiles For Life is the charity arm of the Crown Council, a coalition of leading-edge dental teams passionately devoted to promoting oral health, and serving their communities through charitable work.
50% of proceeds are set aside for a LOCAL children’s organization of our choice. The rest is distributed to approved children’s charities around the world—organizations like St. Jude’s Hospital, Smiles For Hope, and the Children’s Miracle Network.
Help Us Spread The Word So We Can Help MORE Kids!
This spring is your chance to make a difference while sprucing up your smile for the upcoming season of weddings, graduations, and vacations. Give us a call to set up an appointment!
And once you have your beautifully whitened teeth, spread the word! This is a perfect opportunity to encourage a great cause. Let your friends and family members know about our campaign.
Thanks for helping us make a difference in children’s lives!
When Giuliana Rancic, long-time host of E! News, first saw her new son, she said it was “the best single moment of my life.” Recently, on the eve of Duke's first birthday, the TV personality and reality star spoke to Dear Doctor magazine about her growing family, her battle with cancer — and the importance of starting her child off with good oral health.
“Duke will have his first visit with the dentist very soon, and since he is still a baby, we will make his visit as comfortable as possible,” Giuliana said. That's a good thought — as is the timing of her son's office visit. Her husband Bill (co-star of the couple's Style Network show) agrees. “I think the earlier you can start the checkups, the better,” he said.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry concurs. In order to prevent dental problems, the AAPD states, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his or her first birthday. But since a child will lose the primary (baby) teeth anyway, is this visit really so important?
“Baby” Teeth Have a Vital Role
An age one dental visit is very important because primary teeth have several important roles: Kids rely on them for proper nutrition and speech, and don't usually begin losing them until around age 6. And since they aren't completely gone until around age 12, kids will depend on those “baby teeth” through much of childhood. Plus, they serve as guides for the proper position of the permanent teeth, and are vital to their health. That's why it's so important to care for them properly.
One major goal for the age one dental visit is to identify potential dental issues and prevent them from becoming serious problems. For example, your child will be examined for early signs of dental diseases, including baby bottle tooth decay which is a major cause of early childhood caries. Controlling these problems early can help youngsters start on the road to a lifetime of good oral health.
Besides screening your child for a number of other dental conditions or developmental problems, and assessing his or her risk for cavities, the age one visit also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about dental health in these early years. Plus, you can learn the best techniques for effectively cleaning baby's mouth and maintaining peak oral hygiene.
Breezing Through the Age-One Visit
To ease your child's way through his or her first dental visit, it helps if you're calm yourself. Try to relax, allow plenty of time, and bring along lots of activities — some favorite toys, games or stuffed animals will add to everyone's comfort level. A healthy snack, drink, and spare diapers (of course) won't go unappreciated.
“We'll probably bring some toys and snacks as reinforcements,” said Giuliana of her son's upcoming visit. So take a tip from the Rancics: The age one dental visit is a great way to start your child off right.
If you would like more information on pediatric dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”
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