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Are dental implants prone to cavities or gum disease?

dental implants Round RockDental implants are used to provide a base for a restoration to replace one or more teeth lost due to dental trauma, infection, gum disease, or to replace teeth that never emerged properly.

The implant is made from titanium, a metal that is known for its ability to fuse with bone. In addition, titanium is generally well accepted by body tissue to decrease the chance of rejection.

The restoration itself is usually porcelain, a material that is strong and stain resistant. Since it is not a living organism, it cannot develop decay. The entire natural tooth is either removed or has been lost so concerns for cavities are for surrounding biological teeth, not the restoration.

Your dentist will have thoroughly investigated your dental and overall health before going ahead with the dental implant procedure. This is a critical step in determining the outcome of this process.

Placing an implant demands certain requirements … sufficient bone to fuse with the implant (lack of bone does not necessarily negate the procedure, but may require an initial step to supplant bone with either a natural or synthetic bone material to promote bone growth where needed). This is where concerns regarding gum disease may play a role in qualifying for a dental implant.

Gum disease can deplete the bone in gum tissue which can lead to implant failure. If your dentist has determined your candidacy for dental implants, you will need to carefully follow all the instructions given to aid in a successful outcome.

Healthy patient … if the patient is healthy enough for teeth to be extracted without concern, that is generally sufficient enough to move forward. Any chronic diseases or illnesses that might impact the outcome will be thoroughly vetted.

Patient commitment … The patient must understand that a dental implant can take months from start to finish. They must be vigilant in keeping the implant area clean; infection can result in implant failure. Tobacco use is highly discouraged as smoking is another leading cause of implant failure.

While gum disease and dental decay can impact surrounding natural teeth, once the implant is healed and the restoration has been placed, the patient can control what happens going forward. Daily brushing and flossing coupled with dental visits every six months will help keep teeth, gums, and dental implants healthy for life.

To learn more about dental implants or other tooth replacement solutions, contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 today.

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How do I get started with Invisalign?

Invisalign Round RockIf the image in your mirror does not reflect what you want due to an overbite, under bite, or cross bite, contact our dental team to learn how easy and convenient Invisalign orthodontic treatment is to obtain a smile makeover that can enhance your appearance and improve your dental health.

At your initial appointment, you will have dental x-rays, impressions and photographs taken. These tools will aid in determining your candidacy for Invisalign teeth straightening.

Once accepted, these same tools will be sent to the Invisalign lab. Utilizing 3-D digital technology, a series of clear aligners will be fabricated that will be updated every few weeks as your teeth progress to their new location.

Invisalign teeth straightening will provide many benefits unavailable with other methods:

They are clear … this makes wearing these braces virtually invisible. This is very important for teens and young professionals who want straight teeth without the concerns of metal braces.

They are removable … this makes your daily oral hygiene tasks of brushing and flossing a breeze as you just remove the aligners to complete this job, rinse your aligners, and replace.

In addition, you can continue to eat all the foods you love. Take the aligners out while snacking or during meals … just remember to replace as soon as you are finished.

They are comfortable … The material used to make the aligners is strong enough to gently shift teeth to their correct placement, but without any metal or wires to damage soft oral tissues.

They are convenient … You will still need to see your Invisalign dentist to make sure the program is on track, but these appointments will not include uncomfortable wire tightening. Simply update the aligners on the schedule provided.

Wearing your aligners the recommended 20 to 22 hours every day will allow your teeth to be relocated to the correct occlusion. Once there, you will wear a retainer to help assure your teeth solidify their new position.

Our skilled team at Balcones Family Dental can assist in providing you a smile makeover; in addition, straight teeth will contribute to healthier teeth and gums for your lifetime. Call 512-200-7422 today to schedule your Invisalign consultation.

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