How Missing Teeth Affect Your Face and Jawbone

October 29, 2020

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you know that it affects the look of your smile and your ability to eat and speak. But did you know that it also affects the health of your jawbone and your face structure?

Compared to dentures or bridges, dental implants actually stimulate your bone and help to maintain your jawbone.

In this blog I will review what happens to the jaw bone after teeth are lost, with dentures and with dental implants.

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Topics: dental implant research, health connection, overall health, Board Certified Implant Dentist

What is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

October 26, 2020

If you have experienced tooth loss, you know that it affects your appearance and your ability to chew efficiently. Dental implants, which have been used for half a century, are a safe and effective solution.

As in any medical procedure, however, there can be complications. Choosing a knowledgeable, well-trained implant dentist will help minimize complications and ensure skillful handling of any problems, should they arise.

But what exactly is the success rate of dental implants? In this blog post we'll review why dental implants are the best tooth replacement option, what causes tooth loss and dental implant loss as well as the factors that impact the success rate of dental implants.

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Topics: Choosing an implant dentist, dental implant process, Dental implant procedure

How Dental Implants Impact Eating and Nutrition

October 16, 2020

The first patient I ever did a full mouth rehabilitation surprised me when I asked her what her first meal would be after completing dental implant treatment.

She replied that for more than 35 years she had been craving a salad simply because she missed the refreshing crispness of lettuce.  

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Topics: what to know about implants, health connection, overall health

Finding the Right Doctor for Dental Implants

September 30, 2020

Dental implants are the best tooth replacement solution available today.

They look and feel like natural teeth, and they can provide you with a lifetime of happy, confident, beautiful smiles. To get the full benefit from dental implants, however, you need to entrust your procedure to the right doctor.

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Topics: Choosing an implant dentist, dental implant process, Dental implant procedure

Healthy Mouth, Healthy You - September is Dental Implant Awareness Month!

September 1, 2020

 

Are you missing one or more teeth? You’re not alone. The average adult loses at least one permanent tooth throughout their lifetime.

That’s part of the reason why September is Dental Implant Awareness Month: to spread awareness about the benefits of dental implants and the value of choosing an AAID dentist for treatment.

This year's theme is “Healthy Mouth, Healthy You,” celebrating the many health benefits of implants. Many patients don’t realize that implants provide more than just a cosmetic fix. When you lose a tooth, several things happen that may not be immediately obvious and can have a long-term effect on your health.

Dental implants provide a healthy tooth replacement option for adults of all ages, whether you were born without a tooth or have had to have teeth removed due to injury, infection or decay.

Here are 5 health benefits of dental implants:

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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, Choosing an implant dentist, what to know about implants, health connection, overall health, Dental Implant Awareness Month

The Hidden Threat Behind Wine to Your Oral Health

July 20, 2020

While the jury remains out about the potential heart healthy benefits of red wine, there is no question that alcohol could have a detrimental effect on one’s oral health. Unfortunately, wine can be one of the worst drinks when it comes to threatening the overall health of your teeth.

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Topics: health connection, overall health

What to Expect: Going to the Dentist After Stay-at-Home Order is Lifted

May 21, 2020

Scheduling regular dental checkups is crucial to both your oral health and overall health – however this normal routine visit has been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As various states start to allow dental offices to open up for all types of visits, you might be wondering, “What’s my visit to the dentist going to be like now?” Guidelines for each state are different, so be sure to contact or wait to hear from your dentist first.

To help you plan your trip to the dentist, we’ve compiled 3 checklists for you to download and use.

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Topics: overall health, COVID-19

The Long-Term Cost-Effectiveness of Dental Implants

May 19, 2020

You might be surprised how affordable dental implants are compared to other tooth replacement options, especially when you take into account long-term cost effectiveness and quality of life.

When placed by an implant expert, they are a lifelong investment. And, unlike veneers or dental bridges, dental implants do not normally need replacing with proper maintenance and care. 

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Topics: dental implant process, timeline for implants, health connection, overall health

An Alternative for Severe Bone Loss of the Upper Jaw

May 5, 2020

Many patients who have significant bone loss in their upper jaw are told by their dentist that they don’t have enough bone for dental implants. Sometimes their bone has even dissolved under their nose.

While this may pose difficulties for some dentists, when you're working with an AAID dentist who has the extensive education, training and experience required to make sure your dental implant procedure is a success, they will be knowledgeable about alternative solutions, such as zygomatic implants. 

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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, what to know about implants, Dental implant procedure

Caring for Your Teeth During COVID-19

April 17, 2020

As we continue to monitor the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the health and safety of everyone remains important to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. As you have been reading and listening to the news, the information on the virus continues to change frequently.

We’ve outlined below how AAID dentists are responding to this situation, as well as how you, as a patient, can be proactive with your oral health during this time.

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Topics: health connection, overall health, COVID-19

About LifeSmiles

The LifeSmiles blog empowers individuals struggling with dental problems to find reliable, practical information and advice on dental implants and how to find a qualified implant expert. Our goal is to ensure that quality care and peace of mind is available to every dental implant patient.

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