All-On-4 vs. Implant-Secured Dentures

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Learn the difference between All-On-4 Vs. Implant-Secured Dentures   When people lose their teeth, many assume dentures are the only option available. While traditional dentures can restore your smile, they require resizing and the use of adhesives. Patients also must endure the potential for embarrassing slippage when speaking or eating. Both All-on-4 and implant retained dentures can replace your teeth with dentures secured via dental implants. Although both offer smile restoration, each is unique with several key differences. In today’s blog, your Philadelphia implant dentists explain the difference between these two innovative procedures. What’s the Difference?Implant-secured dentures involve placing 6-8 implant posts into the jawbone. The area must then be allowed to heal and the jawbone tissue to bond with the implants. Once completed, a set of lifelike and durable teeth will be crafted. These will snap onto the implant posts. Depending on the patient’s preference, implant retained dentures can be…

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Philadelphia Implant Dentist Answers: How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

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One of the major benefits of dental implants is longevity. Common alternatives, such as dental bridges, only provide between 10 and 15 years of restoration. Dentures may need to be adjusted every year and replaced about every five years. Dental implants, however, can provide up to 25 years or more of dental replacement. In today’s blog, your Philadelphia implant dentists explain the steps you can take to ensure the longest possible life for your new smile. Protecting Your ImplantSince your implants are inserted into the jawbone like natural tooth roots, they are susceptible to same risks. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, and other factors can lead to the onset of gum disease, increasing the risk of implant failure. What makes gum disease such a dreaded dental health issue is the fact that this disease threatens the stability of your teeth. Without treatment, periodontal disease begins to wear away the connective tissue…

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Philadelphia Implant Dentists Discuss the Effects of Gum Disease on Dental Implants

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Many people don’t realize that gum disease, more than tooth decay or injury, accounts for the highest percentage of adult tooth loss in the U.S. Over 50% of adults over the age of 30 exhibit the signs of periodontal disease. Dental implants have become one of the most popular choices for replacing teeth lost to advanced gum disease, or periodontitis. While dental implants are a great solution to the tooth loss brought about by gum disease, the implants themselves are susceptible to the inflammation associated with gum disease. In today’s blog, your Philadelphia implant dentists explain the complicated relationship between gum disease and dental implants. How Gum Disease Affects a Dental Implant Dental implants are specifically designed to look and act like natural teeth. As a result, implants can be just as vulnerable to the devastating effects of gum disease as natural teeth. Referred to as peri-implantitis, which is defined…

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Philadelphia Implant Dentist Discusses The Implant-Supported All-on-4® Treatment Concept for Denture Replacement

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  Do you have missing teeth? Often, people with missing teeth will turn to traditional dentures to restore their smiles. Unfortunately, dentures can be a problematic solution at best. Dentures can make speaking and chewing difficult and require messy adhesives. Thankfully, there is an alternative to removable dentures. Implant supported teeth are fixed to your jaw and remain firmly in place so that you can eat and speak without fear of embarrassing slippage. No more adhesives – just natural looking and durable replacement teeth. In today’s blog, your Philadelphia implant dentists at By Design Dental discuss the advantages of implant-retained teeth. Receiving Implant-Supported Teeth The procedure for implant-supported teeth involves several key steps: Implantation – The first step involves placing implants into the jawbone. This procedure usually requires a low dose CAT 3D image to determine where sufficient bone is located to support the implants, as well as other important…

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Caring for Dental Implants: A Post-Surgery Timeline

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Dental implants are popular due to their ability to look and function much like natural teeth. Implants also require the same care and attention as your natural teeth. At By Design Dental, we can offer the care and advice necessary to protect your dental implants and ensure many years with your gorgeous, dependable new smile. In today’s blog, your Philadelphia implant dentists discuss the importance of attending follow up visits and maintaining proper dental habits. Two-Week AppointmentWhether you underwent implant placement to replace a single tooth or went through a Total Mouth Makeover, you will need to attend several vital follow-up visits. The two-week visit involves removing sutures and evaluating the state of healing. The By Design Dental team will also watch for any warning signs of infection. If deemed necessary, you may need to attend a similar appointment at six weeks. During these visits, we will also check the…

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A Matter of Taste: How Implant-Secured Teeth Can Help You Retain Your Sense of Taste

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Despite the fact that they’ve been the go-to solution for total adult tooth loss for hundreds of years, traditional dentures have a number of drawbacks. For starters, they often slip or fall out while eating and talking. But what some may not know is the wear and tear they cause on the gums and the underlying jawbone. But by far the most common complaints we hear from patients who wear removable dentures is the significant reduction in their ability to taste their food. The joy we take from savoring the complex flavors of our favorite foods is part of what makes the eating experience so unique. Take that joy away, and you can experience a serious decrease in your quality of life. The team at By Design Dental, Philadelphia’s premier dental implant center, discusses this phenomenon and talks about how dental implant-secured teeth do not impair the tasting experience. Traditional…

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Philadelphia Implant Dentists Discuss Common Problems with Patient Candidacy

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If you’ve ever read our blog, visited our website or performed any online research into solutions for missing teeth, then you’ve probably heard that dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacement. Their innovative design mimics the structure of a natural tooth and provides years of exceptional aesthetics and functionality. However, your research has probably also shown you that not everyone qualifies for dental implant placement. Today, your Philadelphia dental implant experts at By Design Dental discuss a couple of the most common obstacles that might prevent you from qualifying for this procedure, and provide some simple solutions to these problems. Problem 1: Tobacco UseMost implant dentists will not approve the procedure for patients who smoke or use chewing tobacco regularly. The chemicals contained in tobacco products–specifically nicotine, hydrogen cyanide, and carbon monoxide–interfere with the body’s ability to heal properly and deliver adequate amounts of blood to the…

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Philadelphia Implant Dentists Discuss Adult Tooth Loss

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  Did you know that approximately 178 million U.S. adults are missing one or more teeth? Unfortunately, many people assume that losing their permanent teeth is natural and unavoidable, accepting the reduced quality of life associated with missing teeth. Thankfully, that couldn’t be further from the truth. At By Design Dental, our team of oral surgeon, prosthodontist, and periodontist understand adult tooth loss and offer convenient and affordable solutions. In today’s blog, your Philadelphia implant dentists discuss the benefits of dental implants. Missing Teeth and Related Health Issues When patients suffer from missing teeth, they experience an array of related health complications. Even a single missing tooth can lead to misalignment that can threaten the stability of the smile. The misalignment resulting from tooth loss also creates spaces that aren’t easy to reach when brushing and flossing. Soon, bacteria thrive and may lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Finally,…

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How Philadelphia Implant Dentists Offer Natural-Looking Dental Implants

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Are you missing teeth? You are not alone. Recent research shows that 69% of adults over the age of 35 are missing at least one permanent tooth. As we age, the risk of further tooth loss only increases. By age 74, nearly 26% of American adults are missing all of their natural teeth. A variety of causes can lead to tooth loss, including trauma, tooth decay, and even gum disease. The biggest mistake you can make, however, is assuming that this is inevitable or that there is nothing you can do about it. Fortunately, if you have one or more missing teeth, your smile can still be restored to its former beauty. At By Design Dental, your Philadelphia implant dentists provide a breakthrough procedure to repair your smile. In today’s blog, we discuss the advantages of dental implants.   What is a Dental Implant? Dental implants are small devices, similar…

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King of Prussia Dentists Eliminate the Need for Dentures in a Single Day

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  Do you wish to eliminate the need for dentures in a single day?  The team of King of Prussia dental implant doctors at By Design Dental Implant Center offer patients an alternative to dentures and a solution for missing teeth. Their All-on-4™ procedure uses four dental implants to give patients new permanent teeth. The All-on-4™ procedure utilizes four titanium anchor points to secure a full new row of teeth. These new teeth look, feel, and function like the patients’ previous natural teeth. First performed in Europe, the All-on-4™ procedure is now FDA-approved with a high success rate, eliminating the need for dentures. By Design Dental Implant Center is fully equipped with the latest technology the field has to offer, including 3D CAT scanning and CAD/CAM modeling. According to the dentists at By Design Dental Implant Center, individuals who have dentures, teeth that are in disrepair, missing teeth, loose teeth,…

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