Technology has entered the dental profession just like it has in every facet of life. There have been great advances in almost all areas of dentistry, from the way we examine teeth to the way we restore teeth.
DEXIS Digital X-Rays
Our practice is committed to bringing the safest and highest quality of care to our patients. The installation of our new digital X-ray system continues that commitment. Using the state-of-the-art DEXIS system enables us to provide greatly improved diagnostic capabilities to our patients while significantly lessening their exposure to radiation by up to 80 percent over the old film X-rays.
While traditional film X-rays have been the standard for diagnosing dental problems for the past 90 years, digital X-rays offer substantial benefits over film. Our patients find it is more comfortable than film, and it's a real time-saver over the older technology.
Digital X-ray technology also enables our patients to see dental conditions. The digital X-ray image is instantly displayed on a large computer screen and can be enhanced and magnified to show conditions such as cavities or structural weaknesses in teeth. It's a wonderful tool for helping our patients fully understand their treatment options.
Implant dentistry is the most advanced therapy available to replace missing teeth. Dental implant restorations generally look, feel, and act like natural teeth.
Dental implants may offer you important advantages compared to other treatment options. They also offer improved health and enhanced appearance, which may lead to greater self confidence and a better quality of life. Ask us today if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Improved quality of life
Dental implants are designed to be a long lasting solution for tooth loss and are cared for with brushing and flossing, just like natural teeth. Caring for non-implant tooth replacements can be much less convenient compared to implant-supported teeth. Dental implants also eliminate the need to use messy dental adhesives.
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone begins to shrink away or resorb and becomes increasingly brittle, compromising adjacent teeth and increasing the chance of a changed appearance. Non-implant supported dentures, such as partials or bridges, may actually accelerate this process. Dental implants may help to prevent or slow bone resorption, helping to preserve your natural facial contours.
What is a single tooth replacement?
Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons including; cavities, periodontal disease, and/or trauma. Did you know that by age 17, more than 7.3 percent of U.S. children have lost one permanent tooth; and by age 50, Americans have lost an average of 12 teeth?
If you are missing one tooth in a given area of your mouth, we may recommend that you consider one dental implant to replace the root of the missing tooth and an implant crown to rebuild your tooth in a beautiful and natural looking manner. Compared to other treatment options to replace missing teeth, such as bridges and removable partials, an implant with an implant crown offers a long-lasting solution for a missing tooth and requires fewer follow-up office visits.
How can I benefit from dental implants?
Replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant and an implant crown should allow you to live your life as if you had never suffered from a missing tooth. When your treatment is complete, you should be able to chew, speak and socialize without experiencing the negative emotions that having a missing tooth can sometimes cause.
Also, a dental implant and implant crown will help minimize the amount of bone that will be lost in the area of the missing tooth. Preserving oral bone may help maintain your remaining natural teeth and natural facial contours. Replacing your missing tooth may reduce the risk of having poorer nutritional habits often found in patients who do not replace missing teeth.
How do I know if I am a candidate for a dental implant and an implant crown?
Only after close evaluation can we say for sure, but most patients can be treated with dental implants. We will want to evaluate you carefully with an examination and x-rays and will make specific recommendations to you about the best treatment to replace your missing teeth. Ask us for more information on how you might benefit from a dental implant and a dental implant crown.