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The Top 5 Benefits of Dental Implants

The Top 5 Benefits of Dental Implants

If you’ve lost teeth, you know it can affect the quality of your life. Traditional dentures and partial dentures are certainly better than nothing, but they have plenty of downsides. In the past thirty years or so, dental implants have revolutionized the business of replacing lost teeth. If you or someone you know wears conventional dentures, it’s time to take a close look at dental implants. They have several benefits over conventional dentures, which add up to a better overall enjoyment of life.

Are you interested in learning more about dental implants in Greenville, SC? Contact Carolina Oaks Dental Care and we’ll help you understand your options. Call us today at 864-235-3949  for an appointment with Dr. Mark Workman or Dr. Susan Maxwell.

1. Comfort and Stability

Possibly the most noteworthy benefit of implant prosthetics is the fact that they feel and act more like natural teeth. Because the titanium bases are firmly implanted in the jaw, and fuse with the jaw bone, they form a solid foundation for prosthetic teeth. This means they are as stable as natural teeth, and don’t slip loose when you are eating. Implant dentures are securely attached, so they don’t come out until you remove them for cleaning.

They are also more comfortable in the mouth because they are always a perfect fit. Traditional dentures may fit well at first, but as your body slowly loses bone tissue (an inevitable effect of losing teeth), the dimensions of your mouth will change. This leaves you with dentures that slowly fit worse and worse, and need to be relined frequently. With dental implants, jawbone deterioration is eliminated from the equation entirely.

2. Appearance

With a better fit comes the ability to eat and smile comfortably among others without worrying that your dentures may slip loose. Perhaps more importantly, dental implants prevent the diminishing jaw effect that comes with traditional dentures. If you’ve ever known someone who has worn dentures long-term, you’ve probably noticed how the lower jaw shrinks slowly over time. This is one of the most visible signs of aging and it alters your appearance immensely. Dental implants let you maintain your face’s natural appearance, so you can keep looking like you.

3. Access to Healthy Foods

Simply put, because they are more comfortable and more firmly rooted in the jaw, implant-based dentures allow you to eat a broader range of foods. With traditional prosthetics, it’s not just the slipping loose that prevents you from eating the same foods you can eat with natural teeth; it’s also the gum irritation. Poorly fitting dentures rub against gum tissue and can make eating a painful experience. As we age, we tend to eat less overall, so the quality of our diet needs to be considered. If conventional dentures make eating unpleasant at all, it can stop us from getting the nutrition we need. Because implant dentures are more stable and comfortable, all dietary options are possible.

4. Versatility

One of the best things about implant-based prosthetics is the fact that they allow for versatile restorations. A single tooth can be restored with one implant and crown, a partial or bridge can be formed with two, or a whole arch of dentures can be attached to just four implants. This also means that more healthy teeth can be preserved, as restorations can be more conservative when they are firmly rooted in the jaw. Implant dentures can also be attached permanently, which may be preferable for patients who cannot take care of themselves independently or are more prone to losing their dentures.

5. Fewer Trips to The Dentist

While the up-front commitment of implant dentures may be more involved than that of traditional prosthetics, the payoff is years of continuous use. Most patients will need fewer trips to dentist, as no relining or refitting will be needed, and they will have fewer painful problems that need attention.

Are you interested in learning more about dental implants in Greenville, SC? Contact Carolina Oaks Dental Care and we’ll help you understand your options. Call us today at 864-235-3949  for an appointment with Dr. Mark Workman or Dr. Susan Maxwell.

Why Dental Checkups Are So Important

Why Dental Checkups Are So Important

At Carolina Oaks Dental Care, we are passionate about providing the best oral care possible. One of the most important messages we can impart to our patients is that routine dental exams, every six months, are a critical piece of the dental health puzzle. Many people think daily brushing and flossing is enough to avoid tooth decay, but this absolutely not how it works.

Six month visits are the best way to avoid cavities and prevent costly and painful dental conditions—and we’re going to tell you why!

Call Carolina Oaks if you need a dentist in Greenville, SC. Drs. Mark Workman and Susan Maxwell provide gentle, customized care for every member of your family. Contact our office online or at 864-235-3949 to make an appointment.

Why You Need Dental Exams

Did you know that only one percent of the population will get through their lives without ever developing a dental cavity? If you think those other 99% get cavities because they aren’t brushing and flossing, think again. Even those of us with the most diligent oral hygiene are unable to properly clean specific, very small areas of our teeth; without dental cleanings those areas may develop cavities. There are also ridges in our molars that are simply too narrow for toothbrush bristles to penetrate effectively. A dental exam is the only way to make sure those places do not harbor calculus (tartar), which leads to tooth decay.

Routine dental exams are the best way to prevent cavities because we can spot areas of demineralization before the cavity even forms and apply restorative treatments to give your enamel a protective boost. They are also the best way to prevent extensive dental restorations, such as lengthy root canals and crown treatments.

Cavities and Gum Disease Develop Silently

Unlike most medical conditions, dental conditions like cavities and gum disease often give us no indication they are happening. By the time you get a toothache (or swollen, bleeding gums) the condition has advanced beyond the possibility of conservative treatment.

This is counterintuitive to how we normally approach our health, since we usually get an indication of medical problems in the form of soreness, pain, stiffness, or dysfunction. We usually give the pain a few days to resolve itself, as our bodies are excellent at self-repair. If the pain doesn’t go away on its own, we may eventually seek help from a doctor.

Teeth, however, are completely different from the rest of the body. They rarely tell us when something is starting to go wrong and they have absolutely no system for self-healing. That’s why prevention is such an important part of oral care.

What happens during a dental exam?

If you think six-month visits are just about preventing and detecting cavities, there’s more to it than that!

Dental exams include:

  • oral cancer screening;
  • dental cleaning;
  • cavity detection;
  • preventive treatments;
  • screening for symptoms of oral health conditions, such as TMJ disorder, snoring, bruxism, and gum disease; and
  • patient/provider information exchange.

Many patients may not even be aware they are happening, but each dental exam includes patient Q-and-A and visual scans for signs of oral health conditions other than cavities. Bruxism, TMJ disorder, gum disease, and oral cancer (especially) are conditions that are most treatable when detected in their earliest stages.

The time you spend with the dentist and hygienist is also an excellent opportunity for sharing information. The field of oral health is constantly evolving, and our understanding of factors that affect your teeth and gums is always expanding. We love being able to give our patients information that will help them make healthy choices for themselves and their families.

We also like to learn about what’s going on with you during your exam, as many medical and health conditions have a link to your teeth and gums. For example, pregnancy, diabetes, and acid reflux can have a dramatic impact on your oral health, which we can help you prevent and treat.

Call Us Today to Set Up Your Dental Exam!

Call Carolina Oaks if you need a dentist in Greenville, SC. Drs. Mark Workman and Susan Maxwell provide gentle, customized care for every member of your family. Contact our office online or at 864-235-3949 to make an appointment.