What do you say to patients who have concerns about dental x-rays?
Dental implants are often preferable to a bridge for various reasons. The implant is a single tooth, whereas a bridge will involve three teeth and span over the empty space where one natural tooth used to be. Implants can be flossed and cleaned just as though they were natural teeth. A bridge needs to be removed from the mouth by the patient in order to properly clean and maintain it.
Placing a single implant also preserves the integrity of the healthy teeth around it. With a three-tooth bridge we have to shave down the two teeth on either side of the void where the original tooth was, so that there is room to affix the bridge apparatus on those two teeth. With an implant we do not have to do anything to the healthy teeth on either side, which means we can maintain the stability and long-term integrity of those two healthy teeth. Patients are very pleased to hear that an implant is not going to have any type of decay or cavities.
In terms of longevity of an implant, as long as the implant is surrounded by healthy, substantial bone the implant can last indefinitely without the patient needing to pay the cost of replacing the implant. With proper care, dental implants have been known to last a lifetime, which is an excellent investment in a patient’s oral health. We have seen tremendous stability and longevity with implants as long as the oral health of the patient is maintained well over time. Optimal oral health requires regular dental checkups and good home hygiene by the patient. Dental implants look completely natural and they feel comfortable on the tongue. Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing a single missing tooth or multiple meeting teeth.
Dr. Brian Gallagher
West Park Dental
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If you are missing one or more teeth, and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants. The doctors at West Park Dental use the latest implant technology so you can smile again with confidence. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
Do you find yourself waking at night gasping for breath? Are you exhausted all day long because you just can't get a good night's sleep?
'Apnea' is a Greek word meaning "without breath"; people who have apnea literally stop breathing in their sleep. A cessation of breath lasting for 10 seconds in adults, or 2 and 1/2 breath cycles in a child, is the clinical definition of sleep apnea.
X-rays are used for diagnostic purposes, and to protect the patient from oral health problems that could arise—or are currently present—which would not be discovered without the use of this important diagnostic tool.