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

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

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

Don’t Let Dental Anxiety Prevent You from Improving Your Smile

July 22, 2019

Patients are often anxious about the process of getting dental implants. It's a significant oral surgery, but can have many long-term positive effects on your appearance, smile and dental health.

It's important to keep in mind that dental implant surgery, when performed by a qualified implant dentist, is the most effective method of replacing missing teeth. It has an excellent success rate, and provides stable, long-lasting replacements for your natural teeth. These results simply can’t be duplicated with older methods, like bridgework.

There are several questions and concerns I often hear from patients in my own practice. Here are the honest answers I provide to my patients to help address these anxieties:

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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, dental implant process, Dental implant procedure, Dental anxiety

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

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

Teeth in a Day—Myth or Reality? How the Dental Implant Process Works

June 1, 2018


You might’ve heard or seen some TV commercials promising viewers new teeth in one day. 

Is it too good to be true?

The good news is that it's not a myth. But the reality is that there is a lot of planning, as well as several visits, that go into preparing for that special “day.”

“Patients researching their options to restore their smile with dental implants need to understand some important concepts so that they can make well-educated decisions regarding comfort, function, and esthetics based on their treatment objectives,” says Dr. Adam Kimowitz of Denville, New Jersey

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Topics: dental implant process, timeline for implants, FAQs

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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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