Thanks to all the amazing dental technology we have at our disposal, it’s now easier than ever to replace teeth with realistic, resilient tooth replacements that look just like the real thing. Find out why more and more people are turning to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillion to get dental implants.
How does a dental implant work?
A small metal screw is inserted into the jawbone in the gap where your tooth used to be. To do this, our Thornton dentist will first administer local anesthesia to the area prior to making a small incision the gums, then placing the implant into the jawbone. Several implants can also be placed along the jawbone to support multiple false teeth (e.g. dentures).
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
It can several months to get a complete dental implant. The implant itself, which is placed into the jawbone, will not be visible when you smile. The purpose of the metal post is to support the false tooth, which sits above the gums. It can take several months for the jawbone and implant to fuse together. Once the bone and implant have bonded, then we will still need to place a special piece that links the implant with the false tooth.
This piece is known as an abutment. After securing the abutment on top of the implant, then we can cement the custom crown in place over the abutment.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are a healthy adult who is missing one, several or all of your teeth in Thornton, CO, then dental implants could be the ideal way to replace your missing teeth. We will need to check your teeth, gums and jawbone to make sure everything is strong and healthy enough to support the implant. These are things our dentist will discuss with you during your consultation.
Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, prides itself on providing comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dental care to patients of all ages. Dealing with tooth loss? We can help you.
Want to know more about different tooth restorations from your Thornton, CO, dentist, Dr. Christina O. McMillon?
The health and appearance of your smile is important for both proper dental functionality and your overall self-esteem—dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and implants can help you achieve both of these things. Read on to learn if you could benefit from a tooth restoration:
Dental crowns are porcelain caps that cover teeth. The reason you may need a crown is to protect damaged teeth or hide those that have been marred by cosmetic flaws. Crowns provide a much needed protective layer, similar to enamel, to ensure teeth stay healthy and look attractive.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that are needed when someone is suffering from tooth loss. Additionally, these custom-made restorations blend seamlessly into your smile and restore its biting and chewing functionality.
Although still reinforcing to a degree, these dental restorations aren't so much for strength, but rather for aesthetics. If you have severe stains, minor cracks/chips, and/or small gaps, then veneers will hide these issues by being bonded to the surface of your natural teeth, thus giving you reason to smile confidently.
For those suffering from tooth loss, dental implants are the longest-lasting and highest functioning restorations available today. With the ability to replace missing tooth roots, implants not only improve your smile aesthetics but also prevent jawbone deterioration and collapse.
Other Tooth Restorations
Other restorative procedures Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton provides includes:
- Teeth whitening
Need to boost your smile's look and health? Give us a call
If you would like to learn more about dental restorations, contact Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, today by dialing (303) 280-2285. Make oral health a priority by setting up an appointment with Dr. McMillon!
Alcohol has long been linked to having an adverse effect on health in general and oral health in particular. Alcohol is known to cause accelerated tooth decay and also affect the gums. Fortunately, however, there is one alcohol beverage that has a much better chance at helping than hindering your dental health: red wine.
There are several things we know about red wine that might surprise you:
- Drinking red wine has long been linked to a lowered risk of developing diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Improving overall body health can also have a positive effect on oral health.
- Recent studies have found that wine polyphenols affect the ability of certain harmful bacteria from clinging to the cells of your teeth and gums, causing problems like plaque, gingivitis and dental cavities.
- Red wine is also believed to promote the growth of “good” bacteria, which protects your teeth against decay, rather than hindering your oral health.
All these facts show great promise in the moderated use of red wine in not only preventing dental health problems, but improving oral health as a whole. If you like alcohol, then keeping your habit under control with the choice of a refined red wine and avoiding drinking too much should be the top most important things on your agenda.
Happy New Year's Everyone!
ANOTHER YEAR IS COMING to a close, and that means another year of insurance benefits is about to expire. If you haven’t taken advantage of your dental insurance yet, that’s okay, but the year is almost over, so the time to use them is now. To help you prepare, we’ve put together some information about how dental insurance works at our practice.
What Dental Plans Typically Cover
Depending on the details and coverage of your plan most dental insurance plans usually will have a spending allowance every year. If you don’t utilize the allowance it expires and resets. You may have a treatment plan that requires several teeth or phases of treatment. Depending on your plan we may be able to optimize the coverage of your plan by using all of the supporting funds before the runout. We are happy to review your specific plan with you and show you how to make the best use of your insurance funds available for you.
Do You Have Compatible Insurance?
If you are curious about if we accept your insurance, and if we don’t how much your treatment will cost? Call us today and we will review your options with you.
Getting Everything Done On Time
Although the end of the year can feel far off, often times insurance may not cover portions of treatment if they overlap with the new year. Given that some treatments involve more the one phase – please call us today to discuss any treatment you may have pending.
If It’s Been A While, Let’s Chat!
If you have more questions regarding your insurance and how to use it, just stop by! We can answer all the questions you have and get you on the right path to affordable dental care!
Take advantage of those benefits while there’s still time!
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