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Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Implant Dentist

June 18, 2019
 
If you're looking for information regarding dental implants, there's no resource more trusted than  the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the oldest organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry.
 
We asked Dr. Sanford N. Schwartz, DDS, FAAID, a Fellow of the AAID, to weigh in on some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, Choosing an implant dentist, dental implant process, what to know about implants, Credentialed Implant Dentist

Are You Eating Your Way to Tooth Loss?

May 16, 2019
 
Have you lost one or more teeth? Then it may be helpful to have a discussion with an implant dentist about the types of food you eat. 

Studies suggest that the "inflammatory potential" of your diet can impact your oral health. Specifically, researchers found that an anti-inflammatory diet may lead to fewer lost teeth. The data in this research came from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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Topics: overall health

Your Dentist Might Be the First to Notice Your High Blood Pressure

April 30, 2019

Everyone knows regular visits to the dentist are important. But they may be even more beneficial than you thought.

Why? Because you might have hypertension without realizing it. Often referred to as high blood pressure, hypertension often has no significant signs or symptoms, yet it can cause serious health problems.

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Topics: overall health

Do You Have a Successful Smile?

April 15, 2019
 
What do people think about your smile? Would they describe it as "effective," "genuine," and "pleasant"?
 
It's not simply a question of vanity. These characteristics of a "successful smile" provide important reference points for surgeons and implant dentists that have patients recovering from accidents or strokes that affect their smiles.
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Topics: overall health

The 4 Characteristics of a Candidate for Dental Implants

March 6, 2019
 
Even if you’ve done your research on dental implants, you may be wondering if you are qualified to get them. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but chances are you will fit the bill.
 
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the best candidates for dental implants share four characteristics.

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

How to Find an Implant Dentist You Trust

February 19, 2019

Word has it you’re looking to get dental implants. A quick Google search will yield hundreds of results—but where on Earth can you find an implant dentist that you trust?

For starters, you should find a dentist with credentialing and expertise in implant dentistry. Many general dentists offer implant services at their practice; however, most do not have the expertise in all phases of implant dentistry that an AAID-credentialed member possesses. The success rate of dental implants has been reported to be as high as 90-95% (source: Journal of Oral Implantology), making it one of the most predictable dental procedures.

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Topics: Choosing an implant dentist

Dental Implants Are the Preferred Option for Aging Bridges

September 18, 2018



Replace those bridges to nowhere. 

Aging dental bridges are a maintenance headache and a recipe for oral-health disaster. They are difficult to floss, often decay, and require replacement with longer bridges. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), these bridges to nowhere should be replaced with permanent dental implants.    

“Many of us have had the same bridges in our mouths for 20 years or more. They were put in at a time when bridgework was considered to be the norm for replacing missing or compromised teeth,” said Dr. Olivia Palmer of Charleston, South Carolina, a fellow of the AAID and diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology.    

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

Why It's Important to Discuss Medications with Your Implant Dentist

September 11, 2018



As a patient, getting a dental implant can seem simple, straightforward, and easy. But that is primarily because your implant dentist is highly trained, experienced, and—in the case of those credentialed by AAID—a dental implant expert.

One of the important factors your implant dentist considers is how any drugs or supplements you take will affect the implant process. This includes herbal supplements, blood thinners, antidepressants, tobacco, osteoporosis medication, and anything else you take or use.

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Topics: dental implant process, what to know about implants

September is Dental Implant Awareness Month

September 1, 2018


Hundreds of
 American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)   dentists and their patients around the country will celebrate 2018 Dental Implant Awareness Month in September. This year’s theme, “Live a Life Full of Smiles,” highlights the benefits that more than 3 million people in the United States who have implants have realized from their investment in their dental health.
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Topics: Dental Implant Awareness Month

What Our Teeth Tell Us About Vitamin D

July 18, 2018


Did you know that your teeth can provide information about your whole-body health? This insight has allowed scientists to discover much about early human health history. A study published in the journal
Current Anthropology describes how scientists have discovered a way to examine ancient human teeth for signs of vitamin D deficiency. It's fascinating look back into the past, as these studies have provided surprising information.

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Topics: health connection, overall health

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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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