Dental Implants and Dentures! Which is better?

For previous generations, dentures were the only option for replacing lost teeth. They still remain one of the most common and popular choices, but advancing technology has created another option. Dental implants are growing in popularity, and are much more similar to natural teeth in terms of a person’s day-to-day experience. There are advantages to both dentures and dental implants, and careful consideration of these different factors is needed in order to properly decide which choice is right for you.



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Natural Feel

There is no denying that dental implants feel much more like natural teeth. Dentures are on a rigid frame, which is designed to fit the shape of your jaw. Getting the frame to fit your jaw properly is the hardest part of the process, and the fact they are laid over the top of your jaw on an inflexible frame means that they will never feel quite the same as natural teeth. This is most noticeable when the jaw moves.

Dentures are also removable. While a range of adhesives are available and many modern products are better than old ones, getting dentures to stick firmly in place is still a problem. They are prone to slipping or falling out of place, which creates difficulty.

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Dentures – Where It All Began?

Have you ever wondered where dentures came from or who thought of them? Some famous people in history wore dentures including George Washington. you must have heard of the latest cosmetic dentistry but in this article let’s take a look at why Denver dentures are necessary and how they came into popularity.



Prosthetics

A prosthetic is an artificial devise that replaces a missing body part. You probably think of a missing leg or hand when you think of a prosthetic and not teeth, but dentures are made to replace missing teeth so they are considered a prosthetic. Clear back in 700 B.C., Italian men were making dentures out of human and animal teeth. Because of the materials used in construction, they would fall apart quickly. But, since they were easy to put together they stayed in popularity for hundreds of years. The Japanese were the first to use wood to make dentures in the 1500’s. Porcelain came into popularity around 1770 in London. The selling point for those type of dentures was that they could be made in any color and the color wouldn’t fade therefore closer resembling real teeth than a wooden carving. Finally, in the 1960’s dentists were able to use resin and plastic to make dentures that looked exactly like the person’s original teeth and gums.

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How Oral Health Affects Rest of Your Body?

oral-healthYou know that, not caring your teeth can lead you to a painful experience. But did you know that not taking good care of your mouth can go beyond your teeth and affect you? Despite the painful dental caries (tooth decay), oral health has many impacts in other diseases such as stroke and heart diseases.

 

Why oral health has such an impact?

You can say a person’s mode by looking at their facial expressions. similarly, mouth is a window to our body’s health and it shows symptoms and conditions of a disease. You will feel the difference in taste when you have an illness and many other signs to reflect your underlying illness. It is also exposed to bacteria and the risk of infections.

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7 Tips to Flossing Teeth Effectively

flossing_teethMore often than not, patients often aren’t flossing teeth enough. But for those that are flossing regularly, are they doing it correctly?

Here are some of the common mistakes people make when flossing. Inspect your normal flossing routine and find out how you can improve your good habits.

First, are you using your whole section of floss? You shouldn’t just use one small part of the floss for all of your teeth.

It’s like using a soaking wet paper towel to dry a water spill. It just doesn’t work.

You end up spreading around the bacteria as opposed to removing it. Slowly moving your way along your piece of floss will keep a fresh, clean section removing plaque every time.

Second, how are your back teeth looking? Many forget to get their furthest molars.

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How to Prevent Tooth Decay

prevent-tooth-decayYou have probably heard your dentist talk about tooth decay when you are in his or her office. There are not many people that give the phrase tooth decay much thought, but when you stop and think about it you probably do not understand the process or the basics of tooth decay.

When you are learning about tooth decay, you should understand that cavities are a result of tooth decay. The tooth decay is a precursor to the cavity and if the decay can be stopped and taken care of you will find that you do not have to deal with the pain and expense of a cavity.

While you are learning how you are going to prevent tooth decay, you will want to start with the basics. Tooth decay is best prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth properly and consistently, to ensure that there is not an excessive buildup of plaque on your teeth.

You want to make sure that you are not allowing the food that you eat to sit on your teeth for an excessive amount of time. Should the food sit on your teeth it will start to decompose and turn into plaque which can then harden and turn into tartar.

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Waterpiks for Your Teeth: Good or Bad?

waterpikIf you’ve been to the dentist in recent years, chances are good that you have noticed a recent change in the instruments used to get the job done. Instead of using a scrapping instrument with a razor sharp point, they are using a highly pressurized stream of water.

Engineers have created a stream of water that can do just as good of a job as the traditional instruments. The water alternative is a much more appealing-looking instrument for clients and it does just as good of a job.

The different shape allows dentists to get a different view of the cleaning area. A genius took that idea, commercialized it, and made it available for the general public to use.

Just as any good invention, it has its pros and cons. Take a look at a couple of the pros first.

Waterpiks are easier to use. They are less bulky than fingers and can reach things faster and easier than floss.

They leave a cool, clean sensation in your mouth. A similar feeling to the one you get after the dentist refreshes your mouth with a cool jet of water after work has been done.

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What Is Bone Grafting for Implant?

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With sweet intake increasing in our diets these days, the dental problems are increasing as well, which may lead to tooth loss. Long gone are the days in which people had to wear dentures or bridges to compensate for tooth loss. Due to recent technological advancements, in many situations a dental implant can be done to compensate for the tooth loss. Dental implant is an outpatient surgery in which your damaged tooth is removed and a new artificial tooth is placed in the place of the damaged tooth. Though this seems like an easy process, but its not as simple as it seems, as dental implant surgery may require other process’s to take place as well for the final implant to take place. One such process is known as bone grafting.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is done to maximize the result of the dental implant surgery and is only needed if the patient doesn’t have enough bone in their jaw to support the dental implant. This is because dental implantation requires that a metal post is placed in the patients jawbone and then the new tooth is placed on top of that post. So in order for this implant to be successful, dentists first need to make sure that there is enough bone, in the area where the implant is supposed to take place, so that later on it provides support and stability to the implant. Bone grafting may also be required if there is not enough bone in the jaw so that the implanted metal post is submerged in the bone.

Usually the requirement of bone for an implant is at least 1mm around the implant. Though this figure may increase to 2 to 3 mm, depending on where the implant is supposed to be place. For example, when the implant is supposed to be placed near a tooth or next to another implant than that requires more bone than usual. The bone has to completely envelope the implant, but caution has to be taken that the implant does not go so deep that it starts to disturb the other anatomic structures nearby, such as the nerve in the bottom jaw.

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