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  • Dental Implants – 7 Interesting Facts You May Not Know

    Getting dental implants can seem a little scary, after all, it’s not something that you’ve experienced before. That’s why finding out more about how dental implants are done, what dental implants cost, and learning some interesting facts along the way, can make you feel more informed and relaxed.

    Naturally, your dentist will be more than happy to talk to you more about your specific situation and what you can expect during the dental implant procedure, but for now, enjoy these interesting facts and learn more about dental implants.

    1.Goodbye Cavities

    Unlike natural teeth, implants don’t decay and it’s impossible to get a cavity. That’s not to say you can stop brushing and flossing your teeth. It’s still important to maintain good oral hygiene as food particles and bacteria need to be brushed away to keep gums healthy. Gum disease is the number one enemy of implants and is the main reason for implant failure.

    2.Dental implants date back to 2000 BC

    Most of us regard implants as a relatively new procedure but early versions of tooth implants were used in ancient China as early as 2000 BC. At this time carved bamboo pegs were used to replace missing teeth.

    A Celtic grave uncovered in France by archaeological excavations found a false tooth made from iron which is thought to have originated from 300 BC approximately. That said, experts think that this was probably hammered into the jaw post mortem for aesthetic reasons because it would have been excruciating to install it during life.

    Dental implants as we know them were first placed in 1965 into the jaw of a human volunteer by an orthopaedic surgeon named Branemark. These implants were still going strong when the patient died some 40 years later.

    3.An implant uses space-age material

    Implants are made from titanium – that’s the same material that is used on spaceship engines. Yep, your implants will be as strong as rockets which go to Mars and beyond. This expensive metal is one of the reasons dental implants cost as much as they do.

    Speaking of dental implants cost, while they may appear initially expensive, they have the potential to last many years. Conversely dentures and bridges need replacing every 5-10 years on average. So in reality, implants are a very cost-effective method of tooth replacement.

    4.Dental implants are artificial tooth roots

    There is a common misconception that implants are the same as dental crowns. In fact, if you’re not sure how dental implants are done, then you may not know that implants consist of 3 parts – the post, an abutment and a dental crown.

    The first stage of the dental implants procedure is for the titanium post to be surgically implanted into the jaw. This is left to fuse with the surrounding bone to become a permanent fixture in the mouth.

    It then acts as an artificial tooth root and continues to stimulate the jaw bone thus preventing the body from resorbing the bone (in a natural process that usually occurs when a tooth is missing). Because of this, the jaw is strengthened, and a person retains their facial structures.

    Once fusion (osseointegration) has taken place and the implant is stable, another short spell of surgery is required to uncover the implant and place the abutment on top. This tiny component holds the dental crown in place and also acts as a shock absorber withstanding the pressures that are applied when eating.

    Once healing has taken place, a custom porcelain crown is cemented onto the abutment to complete the restoration and voila, your smile is transformed. So now you know how dental implants are done, let’s talk about another interesting fact…

    5.You’re never too old to get a dental implant

    Yes, that’s right, there are no age restrictions for dental implants, although the jaw does need to be fully developed. This means that a patient usually needs to be over the age of 17. Provided your mouth is healthy and your oral surgeon considers that you’re sufficiently healthy, then even if you’re in your 90s you can be considered for a dental implant. Even if you have suffered from bone loss, it’s possible for a patient to have a bone graft to replenish the bone supply, enabling them to get a dental implant some months later.

    6.No-one will know

    Here at Doral Dental Studio, we’re happy to answer patient’s concerns about dental implants, particularly whether or not they look natural. Every implant-supported restoration is custom-designed by our experienced cosmetic dentists and carefully crafted in a dental laboratory. Regardless of whether you have a single implant, an implant-retained bridge, or a complete denture, the results look so natural that family and friends will be hard pushed to tell the difference between your natural teeth and your implants when you smile.

    7.Dental implants are good neighbours

    Tooth implants act just like your natural teeth. This means you don’t need to worry about them harming neighbouring teeth. Furthermore, unlike dental bridges, there’s no need for other healthy teeth to be altered in size or shape when your dentist is preparing the area for implants. Filling missing gaps with dental implants also prevents other teeth from moving and makes it easier for you to brush and floss your teeth.

    Are you ready to schedule a consultation?

    Are you ready to smile with confidence, laugh freely, and eat just what you want? If so, dental implants may be just the solution to finally restoring your smile by filling in those unsightly gaps left behind by tooth loss. To learn more about the dental implant procedure and whether you’re a suitable candidate, why not contact Doral Dental Studio and schedule a consultation? You can call us on (305) 882-9260 or book online.

  • The 3 Best and Worst Candies for Your Teeth

    The Best Candies

    1. Dark chocolate is the best candy for your teeth by a wide margin. Chocolate may be more effective than fluoride at fighting tooth decay, according to several studies, due to a compound in chocolate that helps harden tooth enamel. Compounds in cocoa beans also have an antibacterial effect that fights plaque. That’s why my patients get a dark chocolate square along with floss and a toothbrush in their goodie bag when they leave the office after appointments.

    2. Sugarless gum and sugarless candies, such as candies with stevia or candies that diabetics consume. Sugar feeds bacteria and upsets the healthy ratios of pH and bacteria in the mouth, so a sugarless candy comes in as “second best” here. I’m still not a fan because whenever you see the sugarless label, the candy tends to have other bad chemicals in it that are detrimental to health in another way.

    3. Candy bars with nuts. Candy bars with a lot of nuts can break up the stickiness, and it’s the stickiness of a candy that increases chance of cavity, so having nuts (and the protein/fiber that nuts provide) can break up the “badness” of the sticky parts of the candy. Nuts can also break up some of the biofilm of the teeth. My favorite “candy bar” which I’ve found to be tastier than my old favorite Payday and extremely low in sugar — around 5 to 6 grams depending on the flavor — are the KIND bars. My favorite flavor is Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt.

    The Worst Candies

    1. Anything Sticky. The stickier the candy, the worse it is — that’s Jujubes, Tootsie Rolls, etc. The effects of these sticky candies will linger because they stick around, increasing the chance for a cavity. The same goes for dried fruit, which is just as bad for your teeth because of the stickiness and concentration of sugar. Stick to real fruit, which is far less concentrated in sugar and is packed with fiber and water that keep you full.

    2. Lollipops. That’s because when it comes to how bad a candy is for your teeth, frequency of exposure is more harmful than quantity. If you eat the candy quickly and brush your teeth and it’s over very quickly — as far as your teeth go (not talking about blood glucose systems and the effect on the rest of the body) it’s much better than sucking on a candy all day long, like in the case of a lollipop. Frequency of exposure increases chance of harm to teeth – but if you throw it down the hatch and brush and floss right after, damage to (teeth only) can be minimal.

    3. Gummy worms, because they’re the most acidic. Acid is bad for your teeth because it wears down the tooth enamel, which protects your teeth. This makes it easier for teeth to become chipped or broken. Enamel also insulates the tooth. A lack of enamel can expose the nerves in your teeth, which are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature of the things you eat and drink.

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