Are You a Candidate for Mini Implants?

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Implant dentistry has seen exciting advancements over the years. The improvements in implant techniques and technology mean that more people than ever can enjoy the benefits of implant dentistry for a complete smile and a healthier mouth. If you’ve been told that regular dental implants might not be appropriate for you, you could still be a good candidate for mini implants.

You want implant-supported dentures or implants.
Traditional dentures aren’t the first choice for every patient with missing teeth. They can slip out of position, cause discomfort, and cause difficulties with chewing and speaking. If this describes your situation, mini implants might be right for you. They can securely anchor dentures in place, allowing for a more comfortable and functional fit. These implants can also replace individual missing teeth without the need for dentures.

You lack sufficient bone mass to support regular implants.
Your dentist may recommend this approach to replacing missing teeth if your jawbone mass is less than ideal. Traditional implants need plenty of healthy bone. The bone fuses to the implant—a process called osseointegration—to hold the post in place. But some people have had missing teeth for so long that the bone mass has already begun to deteriorate. There might not be enough bone to support traditional implants, but mini dental implants might still be an option, as they require less bone.

You’re interested in a less extensive treatment process.
Even if you do have a sufficiently dense jawbone, you might still prefer the miniature version of implants simply because the surgery is less invasive. Whereas traditional implants require months and multiple office visits, mini implants can be finished in just one office visit.

You would prefer a shorter and easier recovery.
Since the placement of mini posts is less invasive and traumatic, the healing time is shorter and easier. Often, mini posts can be placed with just local anesthetic, although you may still request a sedative if you wish.

Here at Sanford Dental Excellence, we believe that every patient deserves a beautiful, healthy smile. We’re proud to offer mini dental implants in our Sanford office. Call (321) 257-8528 to request an appointment to find out if mini implants could be right for you.


Get the Facts About Fountain of Youth® Dentures

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Dentures are an effective way to replace missing teeth. Unfortunately, economy dentures tend to fit poorly and look exactly like what they are: Fake teeth. You deserve a better smile, and Fountain of Youth® Dentures can provide it. Talk to your dentist about whether this option could be right for you.

What Problems Economy Dentures Cause
Regular dentures might seem like a bargain, but usually people who choose them end up going through multiple dentures, trying to find the right fit and comfort level. Plus, traditional dentures are not adjusted in a way that compensates for the natural changes of aging. As you grow older and your teeth sustain damage from wear and tear, your bite changes and your face looks imbalanced. You might notice the gradual development of excess tissue and skin around the mouth, and jowls beneath the jawline. Economy dentures do not fix any of these problems, which is why they don’t make you look much younger.

How Fountain of Youth® Dentures Are Different
Dentists strongly recommend Fountain of Youth® Dentures because they accomplish what economy dentures can’t: They turn back the clock. With this innovative approach, your dentist will determine the right height of your new teeth to create the ideal bite pattern. This restores proper neuromuscular balance to your face, which supports a more youthful appearance. Additionally, Fountain of Youth® Dentures are designed to apply even pressure to the underlying structures. This means that, unlike traditional dentures that merely rest on the gum tissue, these new, aesthetic dentures stimulate the development of new bone growth to prevent the bone deterioration that is characteristic of patients with missing teeth.

How You Can Get Your New Look
A cosmetic dentist will start the process by examining your mouth and making a mold of your teeth. If you need to have any teeth extracted, this will likely be done at the second visit. Your new dentures will be custom-made for you, and your dentist will adjust and reline them as needed to ensure the best possible fit.

You can get your Fountain of Youth® Dentures at Sanford Dental Excellence. Our cosmetic dentists proudly serve Sanford-area families with our commitment to quality care and superior aesthetics. You can reach our office at (321) 257-8528.


What Are Some Common Causes of Gum Swelling?

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During an exam, one of the areas your dentist evaluates is your gum tissue. Healthy gums are pink, firm, and fit snugly around each tooth, with no signs of recession or puffiness. Gums that are inflamed look puffy and red, and they may have begun to recede from the teeth. Along with swelling, unhealthy gums might even exude pus when pressed, and bad breath is likely. There are a few common causes of gum swelling, including gum or periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease
Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. ages 30 and older have some degree of periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since periodontal disease readily causes gum swelling, there’s a good chance that your dental inflammation is due to this disease. Gum disease becomes progressively more severe when it’s left untreated, so be sure to check in with your dentist right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Red, puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

Tooth Abscess
If you have inflamed gum tissue around just one of your teeth, it’s possible that your dentist will diagnose you with a tooth abscess. An abscessed tooth can also cause:

  • Pain
  • Jaw or facial swelling
  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Fever
  • Unusual taste in the mouth

Frequently, abscesses develop because tooth decay has progressed untreated. If the tooth abscess isn’t treated in a timely manner, it’s possible that the patient will lose the tooth.

Oral Hygiene
A neglectful approach to oral care at home is a leading reason for gum inflammation. However, it’s also possible for overly enthusiastic teeth cleaning to lead to gum swelling. If you use a hard-bristled toothbrush or moderate to severe pressure when brushing, your gums can suffer the consequences. This tissue is quite delicate, and aggressive brushing techniques can cause it to become irritated and swollen. It may even begin to recede away from the teeth. Instead, always use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use slow, circular movements to brush, and exert only gentle pressure on the toothbrush.

Sanford Dental Excellence is committed to high-quality services and attentive patient care. We are proud to offer comprehensive treatments under one roof for the convenience of our patients, including professional teeth cleaning, periodontal therapy, and cosmetic dentistry. Call (321) 257-8528 to schedule a visit with one of our dentists in Sanford.


Fighting Back Against Bad Breath

“Morning breath” happens to everyone, but some people suffer from persistent bad breath throughout the day—even after brushing and swishing with mouth rinse. Persistent bad breath is a potential sign of an infection, so visit your dentist promptly for an exam. You may need a filling, root canal, or periodontal therapy to treat the underlying cause of your halitosis.

In addition to professional care from your dentist, you can try the anti-bad breath tips outlined in this video. This professional strongly recommends improving your teeth cleaning routine at home to eliminate the odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Keeping your mouth hydrated is also important, as saliva washes away bacteria and food particles.

If you suffer from persistent bad breath and you live near Sanford, visit a dentist at Sanford Dental Excellence and we’ll get to the bottom of the problem. Call (321) 257-8528 and ask us about our periodontal disease treatment.


Can Dentures Make You Look Younger?

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Tooth loss isn’t inevitable in older age, but gaps in your smile can make you look older. Ordinary dentures probably won’t take a decade or 2 off your appearance. However, you can talk to your dentist about getting Fountain of Youth® Dentures. These dentures are of superior quality, and they provide an unparalleled fit to guarantee lasting comfort.

If you choose this option, your dentist will carefully evaluate your neuromuscular structure. He or she will consider how best to position the bite to allow for optimum function and aesthetics. Thanks to this unique approach to denture craftsmanship, Fountain of Youth® Dentures can provide maximum support to the facial muscles, which prevents that “sunken in” look that inferior dentures create. As a result, patients can look 10 or more years younger!

At Sanford Dental Excellence, our cosmetic dentists proudly serve Sanford-area residents with exceptional treatments that can turn back the clock, including Fountain of Youth® Dentures. Call (321) 257-8528 to request a consult today.


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