Let’s start with a fun fact: dental implants and spaceships have something in common. They’re both made from titanium. That’s right, the implant in your mouth will be as strong as the rockets that head to Mars and beyond. So, don’t be surprised if an implant company approaches Elon Musk to become their brand ambassador.
I often get asked - can I get dental implants if I have osteoporosis? The good news is that, generally, the answer is yes, you can get dental implants despite having osteoporosis. The bad news is, it needs special finessing, expertise, and healing time to be successful. Let's delve more deeply into the topic.
For decades, dentures (not dental implants) have been the most cost-effective way to replace large numbers of badly damaged or missing teeth. Today traditional dentures have their drawbacks, the most notable being that they lack the chewing strength of natural teeth (about 20% of your original biting force) and aren’t entirely stable, which can make speech difficult and one feel self-conscious. Today, the closest replacement to natural teeth is fixed dental implants, a permanent solution that is not removable.
Topics: Getting started with dental implants, dental implant research, Choosing an implant dentist, dental implant process, what to know about implants, Dental implant procedure, Implant-Retained Dentures
Sports are popular among adults and children alike. Competitive sports among professionals and school children happen daily, as do recreational amateur sports, and sports conducted for exercise. But any physical activity is associated with some form of physical (and dental) risk. When a dental injury as a result of sports activity is too severe, you may lose one or multiple teeth. Dental implants offer an ideal solution to replace these teeth permanently. They allow you to retain your facial appearance and structure as well as sustain functional strength and bite force.
When I was a kid, one of the coolest shows on TV was MacGyver. For those not of my generation, “Mac” traveled around the world and helped people in need solve their problems. He was always there for the underdog and his methods were, whenever possible, non-violent and non-lethal. At the end of each episode, he always found himself in a challenging situation and used his brains and whatever he had on hand to get out of the predicament. He was a science nerd who could fix most anything.
Topics: Getting started with dental implants, dental implant research, Choosing an implant dentist, dental implant process, timeline for implants, what to know about implants, overall health, Board Certified Implant Dentist, Credentialed Implant Dentist, Dental implant procedure
"I’ve been surgically restoring teeth with dental implants for decades and after all these years I still find that many patients harbor some common misunderstandings about dental implants. Let me give you the benefit of my experience and tell you about four fundamentals everyone needs to know about dental implants."
Brian J. Jackson, DDS, FAAID, DABOI/ID
A smile seems like a simple element in life — something automatic that produces good feelings. In fact, smiling is universally recognized as a sign of happiness and is our first facial expression at birth. Unfortunately, effortless smiles are often a challenge for people missing teeth. Embarrassed by their appearance, many people with missing teeth work hard not to expose their smiles by covering their mouths with their hands or forcibly keeping their lips locked. But smiling is more important to a happy life than you may realize. Smiles have surprising benefits for your health, your social connections, and even your professional life.
Consider this scenario: you’ve lost a couple teeth and after thorough research, you have decided to replace them with dental implants. You imagine that these dental implants will last decades or maybe even the rest of your life, but you’ve heard that sometimes implants can fail. What causes implants to fail in some people, but be successful in others?
A lot of it has to do with how you take care of your teeth. While it is rare, dental implants fail for primarily 3 reasons:
If you’re missing teeth, enjoying the simple things in life can be a bit more challenging. Do you find yourself hiding your smile or laughing less? Do you have trouble eating your favorite foods or speaking clearly? Do you dislike having your photo taken?
While there are several tooth replacement options to consider, one stands out above the rest: dental implants. They can make a world of difference in your life and help you get back to smiling confidently and enjoying life.
That’s why September is Dental Implant Awareness Month: to spread awareness about the benefits of dental implants as well as how to find a qualified expert to give you the smile you deserve.
The theme for 2021 is “Eat, laugh, live again!” It celebrates how dental implants help you return to living life to the fullest and how they drastically improve confidence and joy.
After getting dental implants, here are 5 benefits you will notice in your day-to-day life:
Have you been told that you don’t have enough bone for dental implants or that dentures are your only option? Some people may stop their research at this point, but there are some revolutionary procedures made for patients just like you.
First, it’s vital to do your due diligence and find a dentist with extensive expertise, training and experience beyond basic dental implant education. Dental implants are not one size fits all – they are complex, sophisticated devices requiring specialized training to fit and place properly.
At my practice, I treat patients with the most severe bone loss and have the experience and surgical skills to provide these procedures.