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If you have been recommended for dental implants, you may wonder if they will ever have to be replaced. Implants are a permanent restorative solution for patients seeking that perfect smile. Dental implants look and feel natural in the mouth, and last upwards of 25 years if they are cared for properly.
At our practice, dental implants are one of the most common restorative options performed. Many patients are leaning towards this permanent option to give them a durable smile that will last for years. Dental implants can last your entire life, and they are one of the most reliable tooth restoration options available to patients.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Implants have a 95% success rate, and we encourage patients to use good oral hygiene habits to keep the implants clean and free of plaque. This helps the implants to last, and prevents infection which can make them unstable in the mouth. Implants moving or needing replacement is rare. If an implant shifts out of place this could indicate the bone tissue is not providing enough support, and you should contact our dental office immediately.

Tips to Ensure your Dental Implants Last a Lifetime

Here are some helpful tips that you can start using to get the most out of your dental implants:

  • Floss daily using an implant specific floss or wax free floss to help keep the area clean and free of plaque. A Waterpik Water Flosser can be used to assist in removing plaque around the implants.
  • Use a low abrasive tooth brush such as a soft type brush on your implants.
  • Avoid any products, foods, or drinks containing any ingredients that may stain your teeth.
  • Anti-microbial rinses can be used to help reduce inflammation and prevent infection.
  • Avoid products that contain stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, or baking soda. These ingredients can make the implants prone to corrosion.

Interested in Dental Implants?

Caring for your implants at home is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home will ensure your implants last for years and never need to be replaced. Our friendly team is here to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. We are always available to answer questions and help you every step of the way.

If you have swollen gums and are in need of treatment, please contact Rosenthal Family Dentistry. Our doctors have helped many patients treat swollen gums, and seeking professional help can avoid serious complications. We create a welcoming and calm environment and always provide the highest level of care.

Take that first step towards healthy gums, by calling Rosenthal Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.

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Snacking is an activity we all do and what we choose to snack on is important. Snacks that are full of sugar such as candy or cake may taste good, but are not good for our teeth. In addition to the sugar these types of snacks contain large amounts of fat. Sugary snacks if eaten regularly can cause tooth decay. At our practice, we provide our patients with guidelines for healthy eating, and always promote healthy choices to keep teeth free of harmful bacteria.

How Can Sugary Snacks Impact My Teeth?

Our mouths contain bacteria, and this bacteria forms a sticky material called plaque. The plaque sticks on or in-between our teeth and this can cause decay. When sugary snacks are eaten the bacteria in the mouth gravitates towards the sugar, and turns the sugar into acids. This acid can damage the hard enamel that covers our teeth, and cause cavities to begin to develop. Staying away from snacks or foods filled with sugar can help keep the bacteria in your mouth from producing the acid that causes decay.

How Should I Choose A Healthy Snack?

When you have that urge to snack take a minute to ask yourself if the snack you chose contains sugar. If it does, you may want to choose another snack that would be healthier for your teeth. Staying away from gooey sweets or snacks that are very chewy is a good rule of thumb. These types of snacks can stick to the surface of your teeth and take longer to remove, exposing your teeth to sugar longer. If you do choose to eat sweets, it may be best to save that type of snack for after a main meal instead of having that snack between meals.

We work to teach our pediatric and adult patients the benefits of healthy eating. Taking care of our oral health not only includes brushing or flossing, but it includes making healthy eating choices. Staying away from snacks full of sugar can help prevent cavities, and keep your teeth looking and feeling great. Brushing your teeth after eating a sweet with a fluoride toothpaste can remove any harmful bacteria that may cause cavities if left on our teeth.

What Types of Snacks Are a Good Choice?

There are many good tasting and healthy shacks on the market today that are less harmful to our teeth and body. Sticking to snacks that are lower in sugar can help protect our teeth from decay or other diseases. Choosing foods like fruits or vegetables, and crackers or bread are good choices. It may be helpful to make a healthy food list that you pick from when snacking or eating. This can help you make good choices and stay away from those harmful sugary foods.

Examples of Smart Food Choices That Are Less Likely to Cause Tooth Decay

Fresh Vegetables of Fruits

  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Grapefruit
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes

Grains

  • Unsweetened cereals
  • Popcorn
  • Bread
  • Bagels
  • Pasta
  • Crackers

Milk and Dairy Products

  • Low or non-fat milk
  • Low or non-fat cheese
  • Low or non-fat yogurt

Meat, Nuts, Seeds

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Nuts

Looking For a Dentist?

Many foods or snacks are harmful to our teeth and body. At our practice, we care about the overall health of each patient, and always promotes healthy snacking and eating. Checking the label and sugar content can help you make the right decision for healthy snacking. Choosing a variety of foods from the basic food groups can help you eat a balanced diet, and keep your teeth looking and feeling healthy. Brushing and flossing daily as well as attending your regular dental exams in our office can help keep your oral health in check. Our team works diligently to not only care for your teeth, but care for your overall health.

If you are interested in finding out more about dental crowns, or if you have a damaged or discoloredtooth, a dentalcrown may be the right solution. Our team is available to help you take the next steptowards that perfect smile.To schedule your consultation with our team contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy toassist you!

Interested in Finding Out More About Treatment for Swollen Gums?

If you have swollen gums and are in need of treatment, please contact Rosenthal Family Dentistry. Our doctors have helped many patients treat swollen gums, and seeking professional help can avoid serious complications. We create a welcoming and calm environment and always provide the highest level of care.

Take that first step towards healthy gums, by calling Rosenthal Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.

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A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that places a cap over a tooth or dental implant. Crownshelp keep the underlying tooth from breaking apart,and can be used to help fix an area on a tooth thatis broken. There are different types of crowns available to patients,and depending on the severity of thetooth will determine which type of crown is best. Crowns are typically made of hard materials such asporcelain or ceramic, but can also be made of gold, resin, or stainless steel. They can be made to matchthe color, size, and shape of your natural teeth and blend in nicely.

Pros of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns improve your appearance,and can helpcorrect any cosmetic issues in the mouth. Thereare many benefits to dental crowns, and crowns are commonly used today.

  • Crowns are used to replace large or worn out fillings in the teeth
  • Restore dental implants
  • Restore cracked, injured, or damaged teeth
  • Correct discoloration or alignment
  • Reshape your teeth
  • Keep cracked or damaged teeth from breaking down further
  • Protect the underlying tooth after a root canal
  • Crowns are durable and last for years

Cons of Dental Crowns

With any dental procedure there are always some disadvantages patients should consider.In somecases, crowns may needto berepaired or replaced. This is not common but does happen occasionally.During a crown procedure the tooth has to be filed down to ensure the crown can be securely placed.Ifa crown is not fitted properly there is risk that it can fall out,or allow bacteria to enter underneath thecrown. Patients may become more sensitive to hot or cold after their crown is placed. Our officetypically recommends a sensitive toothpaste tohelp with this issue.

If patients ever have an issue with a crown we encourage them to contact our office right away. Leavinga damaged crown untreated can lead to further issues or complications. Overall, crowns are extremelyhelpful in preserving teeth,and givepatients a beautiful natural white smile. The benefits of crownsdefinitely outweigh the risks.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about dental crowns, or if you have a damaged or discoloredtooth, a dentalcrown may be the right solution. Our team is available to help you take the next steptowards that perfect smile.To schedule your consultation with our team contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy toassist you!

Interested in Finding Out More About Treatment for Swollen Gums?

If you have swollen gums and are in need of treatment, please contact Rosenthal Family Dentistry. Our doctors have helped many patients treat swollen gums, and seeking professional help can avoid serious complications. We create a welcoming and calm environment and always provide the highest level of care.

Take that first step towards healthy gums, by calling Rosenthal Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.

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Plaque isa stickybacteria that forms on our teeth. This bacteria attaches to surfaces in the mouth andforms a film on the teeth. In order to keep your teeth and mouthheathythis plaque should be removedregularly. If plaque is not removed the bacteria can accumulate from saliva. The plaque then forms ahard substance that can be white or yellow, and this is called tartar.Plaque and tartar bacteria candamagetooth enamel and lead to cavities.

Tartar builds up along thegum lineorin betweenteeth. Brushing and flossing regularly can help toremove plaque and tartar, but visiting our office for your regular cleaning can ensure all of the buildup iscompletely removed.If tartar is not removed, over time this could lead to gum disease.

How Can I Prevent Tartar Buildup?

Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home can help prevent plaque and tartar from forming.Gumdisease can be prevented by brushing and flossing. We also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash,andregular cleanings in our office to ensure your teeth and mouth are tartar free.

If tartar is not removed it can collect between the gum and teeth and cause periodontitis. This candamage the tissue and bone that holdsyour teeth in place. Gum disease can cause other more serioushealth problems if not addressed such as heart disease.

How Can I Manage Plaque and Tartar?

Plaque forms every night and the bacteria feeds on carbs and sugars. The acids can damage yourenamel.If you practice good oral hygiene and limit foods and drinks with sugar you can stay on top ofplaque and tartar. Visiting our office twice a year for your exam and cleaning can help remove anybuildup,and keep your teeth and mouth looking and feeling great.

Are you Interested in Scheduling Your Next Dental Cleaning?

We encourage all patients to visit our office twice a year for their dental exam and cleaning. Our highlyskilled staff clean and remove the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. We care about your healthand ensure you receive the highest level of care. Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy is important,and practicing good oral hygiene habits at home can help prevent tooth decay.

If you are interested in scheduling your dental exam and cleaning, contact our office and our friendlystaff members will be happy to assist you!
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Cosmetic dentists can help enhance or improve the appearance of your teeth, gums, and jaw. If you areunhappy with your smile,or have cracked, broken, or misshapen teeth, finding a good cosmetic dentistis important. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the overall appearance of your smile. This includes the color,shape, size, and position of your teeth.

Searching for a good cosmeticdentist can be stressful, but knowing what to look out for can help youfind a dentist that is perfect for you.

What to Consider When Searching for a Cosmetic Dentist

  • Check for a dentist’s credentials by visiting their website and reading a biography about thedoctor. If this is not available contact the office directly to collect this information.
  • Ask for referrals and talk to people that have had prior cosmetic dental procedures.
  • Look for a dentist that has continuing education. Continuing educationshows that a dentist isconstantly improving their knowledge, learning new techniques using the latest technology, andexpanding on skills.
  • When reading their biography look to see how long they have been practicing cosmetic dentistryand how many procedures they have done over the years.
  • Look at before and after photos to help get a good idea of the doctor’s skills.
  • Schedule a cosmetic consultation to learn about the doctor and practice. Consultations allowyou to discuss your concerns, and learn aboutwhat treatment options are available. This willalso give you a good idea if you feel comfortable with the dentist you choose.

Choosing the best cosmetic dentist for you is important. Knowing their background, expertise, and workthey have done can help you make a decision. Achieving that perfect smile to boost confidence, orcorrect an issue can be life changing. Taking charge of your dental health can give you thatsmile youhave always wanted.

Looking to Schedule a Cosmetic Consultation?

Our detailed consultation process gives patients the ability to discuss their concerns and smile goals. Ourskilled team will examine your mouth, teeth, and jaw and recommend treatment options that work foryou. Starting with a consultation can give you the ability learnabout our doctors, practice, and help youdecide what treatment may be best.

To schedule your cosmetic consultation and begin the process to that perfect smile, contact our officeand our staff will be happy to assist you.

 
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When deciding on a restorative solution it is important to look at all of your options to help you decideon the best option that works for you. A common question patients face is if they should choose adental bridge or dental implants when they are looking for a tooth replacement solution. Both arerestorative solutions for missing teeth, and it is helpful to understand the differences. At our practice,we provide our patients with a thorough consultation to examine their teeth and mouth, and discuss thedifferences between all of the restorative options available. Our staff works closely with our patients tohelp choose the best solution.

What I s a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge isa fixed restoration that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges areanchored to one or more neighboring teeth also known as abutment teeth. Bridges can be supported bynatural teeth or by dental implants. The false teeth are in-between and are called pontics.

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

During your first appointment we prepare the neighboring teeth. The preparation for a bridge involvesremoving part of the enamel to allow room for the crown. The crowns are placed over the neighboringteeth. Impressions of your teeth are takento make the bridge in the lab,and temporary bridges areused while you wait for your permanent bridge.

Patients return to the office,and we remove the temporary bridge to prepare for the permanent bridge.The new bridge is installed,and we check to make sure the bridge is comfortable,and the perfect fit.Patientsmay have to return to our officeagainto ensurethe bridge is working well with your bite. Oncewe know the bridge fits properly we will cement the bridge in place.

How Long Will Dental Bridges Last?

Dental bridges last around 10-15years. Bridgesdoinvolve using some of your natural teeth, and this cancause your bridge to fail over time. The teeth around the bridge arestillvulnerable to decay and diseasewhich can attribute to the life of the bridge. Patients must practice good oral hygiene habits at home tokeep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing toensure youcarefullycleanaroundboth the falseand natural teeth. Visiting our office regularly can helpto keep yourteeth clean,and your bridge looking and feeling great.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Surgery is not required
  • Dental bridges tend to be lesscostly compared to implants
  • Jawbone density is not an issue with bridges
  • Overall the bridge procedure is less invasive compared to dental implants

Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Implants are a permanent solution for patients that have missing, broken, or damaged teeth. They aredurable,and act similar to a screw that is placed into the jawbone. The screw acts like an artificial toothroot, and provides a strong base for one or more artificial teeth. Implants require a healing periodtogive the implant time to fuse to the jawbone. Thisprocess allows the implant to function just like anatural tooth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants require multiple appointmentsin our office,and the process takes a few months. Thefirst step involves placing the implant into the patient’s jawbone. Once this is done there is a healingperiod where we must give the implant time to fuse to the jawbone. This process is known asosseointegration.

Part of our implant evaluation process is to determine if the patient has adequate bone in the jaw tosupport the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to give patients the bone required to providethe necessary support. Once the healing process is complete the patient returns to our office,and anabutment or connector is placed on top of the implants. This allows the crown to be secured to theimplant. Custom crowns are made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. Temporarycrowns may be used while patients wait for the permanent crowns to be installed.

How Long Will Dental I mplants Last?

Dental implants are durable and last upwards of 25 years,or a lifetime if they are cared for properly.Implants are built out of titanium,and provide patientswith a permanent solution for missing teeth.Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth,and we recommend practicing good oralhygienehabits at home to keep your implants looking and feeling great.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are long lasting,and are a permanent restorative solution
  • Easy to carefor
  • Implants function like natural teeth
  • Chewing power is restored with dental implants
  • Speech and overall appearance are improved
  • Patients can eat all the foods they normally would with implants
  • Dental Implants tend to cost more, butare a good investmentbecause they are built to last

Looking For a Dentist to Provide Dental Implants or Dental Bridges?

Choosing the best restorative option is a big decision, and our team is here to help. Our consultationprocess will answer all of yourquestions, and we will discuss what option may work best for you. Wewant our patients to be proud of their smile, and our team works to give patients the highest level ofcare. We welcome our patients in a comfortable and relaxing environment using stateof the arttechnology. Creating beautiful smiles is what we do, and we take pride in giving patients a smile theycan be proud of.

If you are interested in finding out more about your restorative options such as dental implants ordental bridges, contactour office today to schedule your consultation.