The Permanent Power of an Implant

We talk a lot about implants in our office. Our patients hear us talking about successes and lives changed from the use of dental implants because it makes us so happy to be able to implement this type of dentistry! A dental implant has a lot of things going for it. It is comfortable, it looks natural, and it works just as well as a natural tooth. The absolute best part, though, is that a dental implant can stay in your mouth for the rest of your life!
Other restorations can’t claim such a bold statement. Things like bridges and partial dentures only restore the crown of the tooth and often aren’t stable enough to last for the decades that you have left of your life. Replacements and repairs become costly and annoying, but a dental implant changes all of that. A dental implant allows you to never worry about your restoration again.

How Does it Work?

The secret to a dental implant is that it replaces the crown and the root of your tooth. The implant itself is a titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone. Within a few months, the bone begins to fuse with the implant holding it into a permanent position. We place a crown on top of the implant, thus restoring the entirety of your missing tooth. Once it’s in, it is not coming out!

You can’t ask for anything more than a permanent restoration for a missing tooth, but a dental implant gives you more by being completely comfortable and functional. Not to mention the fact that it looks just like your natural teeth. Contact us today to learn more about this amazing tool. We know you’ll be pleased with the results!

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The Three Cs of Loving Invisalign

Invisalign orthodontics are a fantastic way for our patients to get straighter, healthier teeth in a matter of months. On top of that, they take everything you thought you knew about orthodontics and turn it around. All the things you hated about traditional wire braces are gone with the use of Invisalign. Our patients are happier, healthier, and willing to tell the world about the reasons they love Invisalign!

Invisalign Alpine UTPatients Feel Cleaner – There’s no more need to pick food out of those braces and brackets. Clear aligners allow you to remove them, brush them, and put them back in your mouth. The clean feeling can’t be beat!

Patients Feel Comfortable – There’s no metal poking the insides of your cheeks and lips. Your tongue won’t rub raw against the brackets, and you won’t need packets of wax to stay comfortable. Instead, you’ll have smooth surfaces against your soft tissues to keep you comfortable.

Patients Feel Confident – Probably the most important reason to love Invisalign is the element of confidence. There’s no worry about smiling for pictures or meeting someone new. No one will know that you’re wearing aligners, which means you’ll be completely confident in every moment!

Invisalign orthodontics have changed the way we see orthodontic care. You will agree. Contact us today to set up a consultation and see how Invisalign can improve your smile. We can’t wait to hear from you and show you what’s available!

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The Worst Candy to Put in Your Trick or Treat Bucket

Whether you are a parent walking the sidewalks of your neighborhood, or a friendly neighbor enjoying the costumes and brief company, we all know that Halloween is a dental nightmare for children! The amount of sugar that they will consume is mind-boggling! The effect on their little teeth is certain. Let’s all work together to create a better Halloween by limiting the amount of candy the children consume and making our candy choices more friendly to the teeth by avoiding the following!

caramel dental healthCaramels – Candy that contains caramel is going to do some damage. Caramel sticks to teeth and stays there, allowing decay to occur.

Sugary Gum – Sugary gum is not only load with sugar, but it keeps that sugar in your child’s mouth for hours. With every chew, it get stuck to your child’s teeth, feeding the bacteria that cause decay.

Chewy Candy – Chewy candy might seem like a good idea, until you realize that the particles of chewy candy will get lodged in every nook of your child’s smile. Some of it will never come out.

Suckers – The risk of suckers is similar to that of gum, it keeps the sugar in the mouth for a longer period of time. The entire time the sucker is in, your child’s teeth get a sugary bath.

Now, we are not the grinches of Halloween. We want your child to go out and have some fun, but for the sake of those little white teeth, limit candy consumption and be sure your child brushes and flosses after all of the trick or treating excitement! Contact us today for more information about how you can keep your child’s teeth safe during Halloween.

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Understanding the Connection Between Diabetes and Your Teeth

When you are living with diabetes, you have a lot on your plate. You have all kinds of things to keep track of and worry over, including your smile. Your diabetes diagnosis includes ramifications for your smile, and it’s important that you understand the connection between your diabetes diagnosis and your oral health so that you can take the steps necessary to maintain a healthy smile.

diabetes oral health The Risk

A diabetes diagnosis mainly refers to the amount of sugar in your blood, but there are many side-effects of that diagnosis. A lower resistance to infection is one of those effects that can greatly impact your smile. A gum disease infection occurs when the bacteria in your mouth is able to work its way deep into the gums, causing swelling and a weakened bone structure.

The Resistance

In order to protect yourself from a gum disease infection, you will need to practice excellent daily hygiene. Flossing and brushing twice a day is even more important for your smile. You might also want to add an antiseptic mouth rinse to your regimen to increase your ability to fight infection. Those six month cleanings and exams are also important so that we can catch infections before they become something more serious.

Keeping your mouth healthy while living with diabetes is very important. Contact us today to learn more about this process and how we can help you keep your amazing smile. We can’t wait to see you and improve your oral health soon!

Cost-Effective Solution For Your Small Blemishes

When you look at your smile in the mirror, there are probably a few things that you wish you hadn’t seen, especially where your smile is concerned. A chip here or a weird spacing over there are enough to make you lose a bit of confidence in your smile. A ton of pricey cosmetic dentistry doesn’t sound like a good idea for such a small flaw, so you keep half-smiling while hoping no one realizes what’s going on. Luckily, there is a new solution for you in dental bonding!

Dental bonding is material that we can shape and color just about any way necessary. The material is pliable, which means we can make it fit any shape you need in your mouth. The material dries quickly, and will last in your mouth for several years, if you take care of it. It’s perfect for those small areas of your smile that you wish you could repair but aren’t willing to go all out to change.

The Bonding Process

Adding dental bonding allows us to correct your small flaws without breaking the bank. In fact, dental bonding is the most cost-effective cosmetic procedure out there! We simply find out what you want, and then get to work preparing the perfect bonding color for you. We then layer bonding material over your teeth to correct the flaw and leave you will a stunning smile. The entire process will take at least two appointments, and the completely pain-free results will boost your confidence!

If you’ve been looking into cosmetic procedures for your small problem, it’s time to consider coming in for a dental bonding consultation. Contact us today to set up your appointment. We’d love to see you soon to find out what type of flaws you’d like corrected. From there, we’d love to get started as soon as possible!

An OSA Solution That Gets Everyone More Sleep

If you are struggling with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), chances are pretty good that you’re not the only one in your house who is losing sleep at night! The most obvious signs of OSA are loud snoring and interrupted breathing, both of which can cause your sleeping partner to lose sleep during the night. When you are looking into options for treatment, keep your loved one in mind because some options are better for sleep than others.

The usual treatment for OSA is a CPAP machine. The CPAP sits next to your bed and is attached to a mask that you wear over your nose and mouth. As you sleep, the CPAP forces air through your breathing passages to keep them open, which will prevent sleep disturbances. For patients who can wear the CPAP, this is the best option for treating OSA. However, most patients cannot or will not use their CPAP due to discomfort from the mask or being unable to sleep due to the sound of the machine. Many sleeping partners also struggle with the sound of the machine.

A Different Solution

Here in the office, we can help you come up with a better solution that allows everyone in the house to get more sleep. We generally recommend oral appliances for patients who struggle with the CPAP. An oral appliance is a piece that you slip in your mouth before going to bed. The appliance pushes the lower jaw forward, or holds the tongue in place. The idea is that the appliance can hold your airway open while you sleep, giving you much more rest.

We encourage you, if you think you might have OSA, to be checked soon because OSA is linked to other, more serious health problems. We are able to diagnose OSA right here in the dental office! Contact us today to set up your appointment. Let us help you and your loved ones get more, better rest at night!

Root Canals Save Teeth!

Of all the dental procedures we do, one has ended up with the worst reputation of them all! Through movies, songs, and all sorts of media, the root canal is a feared dental procedure. Just hearing the name might make you start to shiver! With all of this bad publicity, the root canal is still a fantastic procedure. Things aren’t always what they seem, and this is one of those cases. We’d love to break it down for you today so that you can see what a root canal is all about!

What’s Happening to My Teeth?
Each tooth is made up of the solid, outer crown made of enamel and dentin, and a soft, inner portion called dental pulp. If a cavity is left untreated, the bacteria will work through the enamel and dentin and into the dental pulp, creating an infection. The pulp will swell, putting pressure on the nerve, causing excruciating pain. If left untended, the tooth will die and fall out, possibly causing other, painful experiences along the way.

What Can We Do?
A root canal will save this tooth, and it is no more painful than getting a filling. It works in much the same way. We will remove the decay and infection from your tooth. We then clean and fill the tooth with material to prevent further infection. Finally, we place a dental crown on top to seal the tooth from bacteria. The relief of pain that you will experience after your root canal is definitely worth any anxiety over this procedure!

The root canal definitely has a bad name, but we think the fear is misdirected. The pain you fear is actually that of the infected tooth, and we can prevent those during routine dental examinations! Contact us today to find out more about the root canal procedure, and let us know how we can help you get the smile of your dreams!

Inconspicuous Orthodontics

Our patients want great dental care, but they want great dental care that doesn’t draw attention to itself. You probably want to improve your smile, but you don’t want everyone to know that you’re improving your smile, right? If you have a crooked, gapped, or crowded smile this is especially true because when you think orthodontics, your first thought races to metal wires and brackets from middle school! You’re a responsible adult! You don’t want to look like you’re stuck between your locker and algebra class! That’s why we love Invisalign braces: they are orthodontics that you can wear inconspicuously.

At this point in life, you might be wondering if orthodontics are even worth it. We would definitely say yes, they are! Teeth that are misaligned are especially difficult to keep clean. This means you are at a higher risk for developing decay and cavities. Teeth that aren’t aligned are more prone to damage from bruxism (teeth grinding) as well! It’s important to get them straightened out so that you can relax with your new smile.

The Invisalign Difference

Rather than stringing your teeth with metal wires and brackets, Invisalign is a system of plastic aligners. Each aligner is designed uniquely for your mouth to move your teeth into place. Over the course of 12-18 months, you will switch through about 24-36 aligners, each moving your teeth just a little bit closer to alignment. No one around you will know that you are getting orthodontic care, and you will be completely comfortable while you get healthier teeth!

Invisalign orthodontics make it easier for anyone to get a happier, healthier smile without drawing unwanted attention. Get an inconspicuous solution to your misaligned smile. Contact us today to get more information, and let us know what we can do to help you get your dream smile!

Get a Filling, Not a Black Hole

Chances are pretty good that when you open your mouth to yawn, there are already some fillings that you wish you could have done again. You want a restoration for your cavity, not something that will draw the attention of everyone who has a view of your mouth! When you step into our office, you can expect a different experience because we put our best foot forward when it comes to your health and the aesthetic quality of your smile.

In most offices, you will receive a traditional amalgam filling when decay is detected in a tooth. The amalgam is made up of different metals as well as mercury. It was the filling of choice because amalgam is cheap and strong. However, we have since learned that amalgam tends to weaken teeth, leak, and the mercury could seep into your system. Because of each of these factors, we turned to a higher quality filling material: composite bonding material.

The Composite Difference

By turning away from amalgam fillings, we have created an opportunity for patients to get a restoration that they can feel good about. Bonding material strengthens your tooth while creating a lasting filling that you can count on for years to come. There are no dangerous substances, and a much lower risk of an allergic reaction to composite fillings. The procedure itself is completely comfortable, and you’ll love the natural-looking result!

Don’t damage the look of your natural teeth! Avoid black holes that draw unwanted attention. Instead, trust composite fillings to repair the damage done by decay. Contact us today to set up your next cleaning and exam. Should you need a filling, we will be able to take care of it in an aesthetically pleasing way!

Three Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures

Getting a new smile after you’ve lost your natural teeth is a very exciting thing! It can feel overwhelming, but at the same time, the possibilities seem endless! Most adults still go for traditional dentures, but they soon discover that dentures aren’t always very comfortable. That’s why we love implant-retained dentures! They take dentures to a whole new level. Take a look at some of our favorite things about implant-retained dentures.

1. The Roof of your Mouth is Clear

Most dentures include a plastic shell across the roof of your mouth for added stability and fit. Unfortunately, that artificial palate takes away the taste of your food! Implant-retained dentures don’t need that palate, so your tasting ability is still intact!

2. You Can Still Use Your Chompers

Patients who have been wearing dentures for a while will know that the foods available to chew are very slim. Most of those foods are soft because dentures remove about 75% of your bite strength. Implant-retained dentures restore your ability to eat most foods.

3. You’ll Feel Great!

Traditional dentures make you feel great at first, but that feeling starts to fade when your teeth don’t fit so well anymore. Implant-retained dentures bring back your confidence and boldness when you smile. You will feel and look younger!

When you’re in need of a complete dental restoration, consider implant-retained dentures. You will feel the difference immediately! Contact us today to learn more about your options for restorations. We’d love to hear from you soon!