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

Will My Dental Implant Procedure Be Painful?

March 11, 2020

Are you considering dental implants, but concerned that it will hurt? This is a common fear among individuals who are looking to replace one or more teeth.

Rest assured, when you choose a qualified dentist, dental implants are the closest replacement to healthy, natural teeth with a high success rate and minimal discomfort reported by patients.

While every patient’s experience will be different, here are the answers to the most common questions people ask when concerned about pain associated with dental implants:

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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, Choosing an implant dentist, dental implant process, what to know about implants

Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Could Save Over $4 Billion in Dental Visits

March 6, 2020

While you may not save $4.1 billion yourself, you might save a significant amount of money by using sugar-free gum to help prevent tooth decay.

Today, nearly all adults experience tooth decay, as do most children. The cost of treatment adds up, and it is estimated that 60% of dental healthcare costs are associated with tooth decay.

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Topics: overall health

What to Expect At Your Initial Dental Implant Consultation

January 23, 2020

When considering dental implants, people often have a mixture of emotions when deciding to set up an initial meeting with a dentist. It’s very common to feel nervous and research a lot of dental implant questions to determine if this is the best solution for tooth loss replacement.

There are great resources about what to expect when getting dental implants, and it can be especially reassuring to know what will occur at the initial consultation.

Although every dentist will deliver a slightly different experience, this post covers an overview of what you can expect at your first appointment and steps you should take to ensure you are choosing the best dental implant expert for the procedure.

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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, Choosing an implant dentist, dental implant process, what to know about implants

What to Expect After Getting Dental Implants

December 17, 2019

Getting dental implants to replace missing or damaged teeth can be a long process from start to finish. Patients who may benefit from the procedure will often ask common questions such as what to expect after getting dental implants and what the recovery time and post-operative care will be like. We’ll answer that in this blog, along with explaining the procedures that make up dental implant surgery.

The process of placing dental implants has several steps, with their own recovery times and precautions to take along the way. Each patient’s surgery can be different, depending on the health of your teeth and jawbone, and on how many implants are needed. Your AAID-credentialed implant dentist will talk with you about the specifics of your care and explain what the best approach is for you as a patient. In some cases, some of these steps may be able to be combined, shortening the total surgery and recovery time.

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

Change Your Life with Dental Implants

August 30, 2019

Plenty of things can change your life. Winning the lottery, for one. But when it comes to living your life to the fullest, there’s nothing like a great-looking smile to build confidence and make you feel like you’re putting your best foot forward.

If you’re missing teeth, smiling can often be a struggle. Along with chewing your favorite foods, speaking comfortably and naturally, or even being as active as you’d wish.

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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, what to know about implants, Board Certified Implant Dentist, Credentialed Implant Dentist

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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