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How Closely Do Dental Implants Mimic a Natural Tooth?

dental implants North AustinLosing one or more teeth can be a devastating experience. For patients who wish to return to the most natural condition they can, dental implants are the logical choice.

One or more teeth secured with dental implants afford the patient many advantages:

Permanent – Your new teeth are cemented in place during the final phase of treatment. At this time, these teeth are so close to looking and acting like your biological teeth, you may forget about your prior tooth loss.

Speaking clearly – Whether you are supplanting teeth recently lost or have experienced some time since your natural teeth were in place, you will enjoy the luxury of speaking clearly without concerns about anything impeding your ability to talk clearly. When we speak, the tongue and teeth work in tandem to make certain sounds. When teeth are missing, it is harder to pronounce some sounds. This is no longer an issue with dental implants.

Food Enjoyment – Chewing when teeth are missing takes a lot of joy out of eating. The ability to eat all the foods you love is restored with dental implants.

Confidence Boost – When you are missing teeth, you may hesitate to smile or laugh in public. Or you might always cover your mouth. You will smile broadly once your dental implants are in place. You will no longer have those embarrassing gaps to cover.

A consultation with your dentist will determine whether you are a candidate for the implant procedure. A discussion about overall health coupled with a thorough oral exam will be completed. Dental x-rays are often taken to determine bone strength where the implants are to be placed. If insufficient bone is indicated in the area to be implanted, you may require an additional procedure to boost the bone strength for a successful outcome.

Your dentist will schedule appointments to check on your progress throughout the treatment period. Once surgically placed, the implant area usually requires several months to heal. During this time you will be charged with keeping the area as clean as possible to prevent infection.

When ready, the final restoration will be cemented in place that matches surrounding teeth so perfectly it will be difficult to tell which teeth are implants.

To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our skilled team at Balcones Family Dental. Call 512-200-7422 today to schedule your visit.

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What Conditions Does Invisalign Treat?

Invisalign North AustinWhen your child reaches the age of seven, it is recommended they visit the dentist for an examination and evaluation regarding the possible need for orthodontic correction. It is possible at this appointment the dentist might suggest doing nothing, but as more teeth emerge (particularly the third molars), this may no longer be a good option. Invisalign has a program that can correct many dental malocclusions:

Over bite – Teeth may protrude due to overcrowding or from an external issue like thumb sucking.

Under bite – Teeth might push inward if there is insufficient jaw space for new teeth to come in.

Cross bite – This occurs when the top teeth do not properly align to their corresponding bottom teeth.

All of these issues are very common; and all are very treatable with Invisalign. Teens and young adults are often very self-conscious so the Invisalign program is perfect for them for many reasons:

They are clear – The aligners are made from a clear material making them virtually undetectable.

They are comfortable – The material is strong enough to slowly move teeth to their correct position; but so comfortable because there are no metal bands or brackets to cause sore gums or cheeks.

They are removable – This is probably the most advantageous aspect of this teeth straightening method. The wearer removes the aligner for meals and snacking allowing all their favorite foods to remain on the menu.

In addition to eating all the foods they love, the aligners can be removed for the daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. There are no obstacles to make this daily task difficult. The dentist can perform a thorough cleaning and dental exam every six months throughout treatment as well.

Depending on the severity of the malocclusion, treatment can take anywhere from six months to a couple of years … very similar to the traditional orthodontics. The aligners must be worn a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to keep the program on track. Periodic visits to the dentist are required (not a substitute for the six month cleaning appointment) to make sure progress remains on schedule.

To learn more about Invisalign, contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 and schedule your informative consultation today.

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