Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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This post from Wilson Dental Group looks at bone recession. We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other issues. However, it is usually the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus necessary for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the detrimental infection.

Gum infections can advance undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if necessary.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

At Wilson Dental Group our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Ask Us About Denture-Stabilization Implants

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The condition of your teeth has a significant impact on your health and well-being. Denture wearers understand this all too well. A common issue with conventional dentures is bone recession. It can be avoided with implant-supported dentures.

The Drawbacks of Dentures

While dentures are preferable to having no teeth at all, they certainly come with drawbacks. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing difficult. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done solution for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they call for relines.

Stop The Progression

But there is hope! Dental implant technology can improve the quality of life for people who have been wearing standard dentures. To a certain extent, implants curb the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow us to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a strong base for an overdenture.

Restore Chewing Ability

Did you know that some denture wearers retain only ten percent of their chewing capacity? Implant-supported dentures not only curb bone recession, they can restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical well-being.

The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When Wilson Dental Group patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier, more sure of themselves, and socialize more often.

Before you spend money on another denture reline, ask Wilson Dental Group about denture-stabilization implants. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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6 Reasons To Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants

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For thousands of years, dentures have allowed people who have lost their teeth to chew food and flash some teeth when they smile. But dentures can be unstable, irritating, embarrassing, and inconvenient. At Wilson Dental Group, dental implants are proving to be a superior solution to replacing lost teeth.

A dental implant provides the total package, so to speak. An implant replaces the visible part of the tooth and—this is key—also the root.

For a single dental implant, super-strong titanium post is anchored directly into the jawbone. An abutment is then attached to the post. Finally, a crown or denture is attached to the abutment.

But dental implants can be inserted into several places in the jaw in order to support a full set of dentures. Implant-supported dentures provide the following benefits:

  • Stability – Implants don’t move around in your mouth.  This permits normal chewing, swallowing, and speech.
  • Bone Retention – The post maintains bone health and circulation
  • Dental implants prevent jaw muscle dysfunction that can occur when remaining teeth are forced to compensate for missing teeth
  • Dental implants prevent gum irritation
  • No need for denture relines
  • No denture adhesive needed

Dental implants are available from Wilson Dental Group to replace a single lost tooth, or to support dentures. Schedule a consultation with us to find out more. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a simple answer can be frustrating. At Wilson Dental Group, we understand that, but there are reasons.

It can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid online. But the fact of the matter is that most dentistry sites don’t publish the cost of implants, and with good reason.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Dental implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a straightforward consultation to review dental history, analyze needs and create a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the technique won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the treatment.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the Internet, but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee a specific price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can precisely calculate dental implant surgery costs based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Make an appointment with Wilson Dental Group to quickly and accurately get the answers to any and all questions about dental implants. We provide evening and weekend hours for your convenience.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Bright And Healthy Smiles

No one disputes the fact that bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull or yellow smiles. Everybody likes to see a pleasing smile, and having beautiful teeth is also healthy for your self esteem. Wilson Dental Group in Wilson NC can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Teeth are subjected to a lot of wear and tear over the years. They become discolored, get chips or cracks, and generally lose their youthful luster. Cosmetic dentistry can revitalize your smile.

Whiten, Straighten, or Get Rid of the Silver

There are many affordable procedures that will allow you to achieve a bright and healthy smile. There are effective tooth whitening treatments that whiten smiles significantly. If you would like to straighten your teeth, you also have numerous orthodontic options.

Still have silver amalgam fillings? How would you like to have them replaced with white fillings? When you open your mouth wide, your teeth will look like they did before you ever had cavities!

At Wilson Dental Group, we focus on patient-centered dental care in a friendly environment. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Restoring Teeth At Wilson Dental Group

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At Wilson Dental Group, we use a variety of techniques to restore damaged teeth. Most dental patients are familiar with fillings. Traditional fillings are called direct restorations because they are applied to the tooth and then shaped and polished in one visit. We offer our patients white fillings.

Another type of filling is called an ‘indirect restoration’ and is produced in a dental lab. There are two types: inlays and onlays.

When a tooth needs more extensive dental restoration, a crown is frequently used. At Wilson Dental Group, we create strong, natural-looking crowns from a variety of materials.

What if the tooth is damaged beyond repair? There are a number of effective replacements for missing teeth, including dental implants.

Whether tooth damage is caused by decay, injury, bite problems, or natural wear, Wilson Dental Group will choose the best dental treatment plan for your tooth restoration needs, including white fillings. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 


Live Better With Dental Implants

Wilson Implant Dentistry Ill-fitting dentures can result in more troubles for denture wearers than they solve. Implant-supported dentures may be just what you’ve been looking for.

If you live with loose dentures, you probably regard them as a necessary evil. Though they certainly look more attractive than a toothless mouth, in practical terms they leave much to be desired because they impact two vital activities: eating and talking.

Missing Out on Life?

Unfortunately, many disheartened denture wearers have quit dining in restaurants or engaging in social activities because they are afraid their dentures will come loose.

Implant dental procedures are permitting denture wearers to re-engage in life. Consider the merits of implant-supported dentures:

  • They are stable because the implant is anchored in the bone.
  • Your denture is fixed, it will not move around in your mouth.
  • They prevent bone loss that can occur when teeth are removed.
  • They eliminate the necessity of regular denture relines.
  • They do not irritate gums.
  • No denture adhesive is necessary.

Patients who have replaced their conventional dentures with implant overdentures enthusiastically say that the dental implant cost was more than worth it.

Get Your Life Back

Do you want to eat normally again? What is the value of retaining your facial shape? Can you put a price on confidence?

For more specifics about dental implants, call the Wilson Dental Group. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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