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Dental Implants: Enjoy the health benefits of a complete smile

Prosthetic appliances like bridges and dentures may appear to be adequate replacements for missing teeth, but in reality, they fall far short of replicating the structure of a tooth. Dental implants, in comparison, replicate a complete tooth, including the root, which offers a number of benefits for your oral health and your overall well-being.

Many patients take the teeth’s roots for granted because we cannot see them. However, that structure plays an important role in the health and function of your teeth and jaw. Not only does the root anchor the tooth’s crown, it also anchors the jawbone material. 

Dental implants, in comparison, replicate a complete tooth, including the root, which offers a number of benefits for your oral health and your overall well-being.

Your dentist will surgically place the implant into your jaw, and over the course of the next few months, the implant will bond with the bone material. Structurally, the implant is quite similar to a biological tooth’s root.

By serving as artificial teeth roots, dental implants help to stabilize the jaw, which will erode in the absence of a tooth’s root. When the root structure is not replaced, this jawbone atrophy can compromise the attachment of other neighboring teeth.

Dental implants also are self-supporting, which means that they require no structural support from surrounding teeth. This also reduces the patient’s chances of experiencing additional tooth loss, as healthy tooth enamel doesn’t need to be sacrificed to place a crown to secure the prosthetic.

Because dental implants are secured into the jaw, they are able to tolerate chewing forces similar to those that biological teeth can withstand. This characteristic allows dental implant patients to enjoy a wider variety of foods, even crunchy ones!

Convenience is another advantage of dental implants, which require no special oral hygiene care beyond the good, thorough brushing and flossing that you’re (hopefully) already doing on a daily basis.

Patients gain a number of benefits when they choose dental implants for tooth replacement. Discuss this treatment option with our dentists at Balcones Family Dental to learn more about how dental implants can have a long-term positive impact on your oral health. Call 512-200-7422 for an appointment today.

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Invisalign: The clear alternative for a working professional

Many adults would like to pursue orthodontic treatment for a straighter smile. Sometimes they never had braces while they were younger, while other adults were not conscientious about wearing a retainer and their teeth have shifted out of position over the years.

For adults considering orthodontics, the lifestyle effects take on significant importance. While teenagers don’t have to worry about impressing co-workers, bosses or potential clients, adults in the workforce do, and they may be reluctant to be saddled with metal brackets and wires that detract from their smiles and create the appearance that they’ve reverted to adolescence.

Invisalign can be a good solution for these patients. This system uses a series of clear plastic trays to reposition the teeth rather than applying forces through brackets and wires.

Invisalign is nearly invisible to an observer who doesn’t realize that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, so you don’t have to worry about how it will affect the perception of your professional presentation and capabilities.

Invisalign also offers more convenience. The trays are swapped out according to a schedule set by your dentist, so that limits the need for in-office appointments to adjust the appliances. You’ll only need to check in periodically so that the dentist can monitor your progress.

Keep in mind that this added convenience comes with extra responsibility. To achieve the desired outcomes, you must be sure to switch to a new tray per your dentist’s instructions, and you must also wear the trays for the specified number of hours each day (generally 20-22).

Patients also are able to maintain better oral hygiene when they opt for Invisalign. The trays can be removed when it is time to brush and floss, and there are no appliances to get in the way of your toothbrush or trap food particles against your teeth.

Speaking of food, Invisalign tops traditional braces here, too. Patients take out the trays at mealtime, so they can enjoy a complete and varied diet throughout the course of orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign offers a number of advantages to adult patients, so if you are a grown-up who wants to get a re-aligned smile, discuss this treatment option with our dentists.

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