Dr. George S. Lee

Reasons to Beware of Dental Tourism

Dental-Tourism-Travel.jpgWhen patients consider getting dental implants, they sometimes get overwhelmed by the cost. Looking for a more affordable alternative, they may be tempted to participate in dental tourism. In other words, some patients travel to Thailand, Mexico, Hungary, or Poland hoping to save thousands of dollars on their procedures.

While the prospect of saving money and experiencing the excitement of a vacation may seem attractive, the risks are not worth the savings.

A Dangerous Lack of Planning

Successful dental implants require careful planning that won’t be possible if you travel to another country for the procedure. No doubt you will plan for your trip by packing the right clothing for every occasion. But will you be prepared for your surgery? Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Long-term Challenges of Wearing Dentures

Denture-Wearer-Challenges.jpgDeciding on a method of tooth replacement is a big decision, so you want to be informed about what to expect if you choose dentures. We discussed problems you might experience in the first days or weeks of wearing dentures in our last blog, 5 Tips for Overcoming the Challenges of New Dentures.

While the difficulties of adjusting to dentures are easy to manage, there are problems that need to be dealt with over the life of your dentures.

5 Long-term Difficulties with Wearing Dentures

1) Cleaning

Dentures need to be removed for regular cleaning. If they aren’t cleaned properly, you can develop fungal infections like thrush or inflammation like denture-induced stomatitis. Improperly cleaned dentures can also cause embarrassing bad breath. It’s important to remember that you need to clean the surfaces and spaces between the teeth in your dentures before soaking them. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Tips for Overcoming the Challenges of New Dentures

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If you are thinking about getting dentures, be prepared. When you first get dentures, it takes some time to adjust. In the first days and weeks, you may find tasks you used to take for granted challenging. Your mouth and natural teeth are also reacting to what is essentially a foreign body.

The good news is these problems go away over time and there are easy fixes for most of them.

Here are 5 challenges to expect when you first get dentures and what to do about them:

1) Irritation

Your dentures may rub your gums, causing minor irritation, inflammation, and even sores. This may happen particularly when you are eating.

 What to do: To calm the irritation, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. You may want to remove your dentures when they’re not necessary until your dentist can refit them. Wear your dentures on the day before your appointment so your dentist can see where the irritation is occurring. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dentures Are for Young People, Too

Age Doesn’t Matter

 

You may think only older people wear dentures. But you would be wrong.

Young denture wearers are not uncommon.  If you are a
young person that needs dentures or already has them, you are not alone. Young people need dentures due to a variety of causes, including:

  • Tooth loss from gum disease or tooth decay
  • A genetic predisposition to tooth loss
  • Acid reflux
  • Ectodermal dysplasia, a condition that affects teeth, hair, and nails
  • Sports injuries or auto accidents

Louisiana State University Health Shreveport reports that 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least 1 permanent tooth. The Biting into Denture Care Survey, conducted by Survata, found that 53% of denture wearers were 44 years old or younger when they first got dentures. Read the rest of this entry »

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What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery Recovery

Consultation_Dental_Implant_Surgery.jpgWhen preparing for dental implant surgery, many patients want to know what the recovery process is like. How long it will take to recover? Will they have to miss a lot of work? You may also wonder how much discomfort you will experience.

Receiving dental implants requires going through transformative surgery, but the recovery is surprisingly manageable. Typically, patients experience a fast and uneventful recovery from their dental implant surgery.

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Speedy Implant Surgery Recovery

While there are methods for ensuring a fast recovery, there is no set timeline. Some patients return to work the very next day after surgery. Others may choose to take a couple of days off. You will just need to avoid overexerting yourself. You can resume normal daily activities, but put off exercise until at least a few days after the surgery.Dental_Implant_Recovery.jpg

Dental implant surgery is an outpatient surgery, so you will be back home after your procedure is complete. On the first day, you should rest in bed or on a couch. Avoid bending over or lifting things. Moving from a sitting to a standing position should be done slowly.

If you have bone grafts before your dental implant surgery, recovery may take several months, but you don’t need to make any changes to your normal routine.

The stitches you receive are dissolving sutures, so you do not need to return to your surgeon’s office to have them removed. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Upgrade Your Dentures with Dental Implants

Are you in the market for a new set of dentures?

 

Over time, your dentures may lose their fit because of jawbone loss or other changes to your mouth. The teeth in your dentures may also wear down. If you’re getting ready to replace your dentures, now might be a great time to consider an upgrade.

People_Eating_Food.jpgReplacing your dentures presents you with the opportunity to take advantage of dental implant technology for a better functioning denture. You’re probably tired of your dentures slipping and making it difficult to eat or speak clearly. Implant-supported dentures can solve these problems and more.

A More Permanent Denture

While dental implants are typically used to replace missing teeth, they can also be used to support and stabilize a denture. For patients who have lost all or most of their teeth in the lower jaw, implant supported permanent dentures provide an easier way to restore their entire smile. Dentures in the lower jaw are usually less stable than those in the upper jaw, so implant supported dentures are a superior alternative.

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Why Are Dental Implants Better than Dentures or Bridges?

Why Are Dental Implants Better than Dentures or Bridges?

 

If you are missing teeth, you may be weighing the pros and cons of replacement options. On the one hand, dentures or bridges may seem like a non-invasive, cost-effective option for replacing missing teeth. On the other hand, dental implants have additional advantages to other tooth replacement methods that make them worth the investment.

Consulting with your regular dentist or another dental professional can help you make an informed decision about how to best replace your teeth. Before taking the next step, here are some points of comparison to consider:

Bridges vs. Dental Implants

Compared to dental implants, bridges appear to be a less invasive alternative. After all, no surgery is required to install a bridge. Even so, getting a bridge causes damage to the surrounding teeth and may lead to bone loss.

To install a bridge, a dentist needs to mill down healthy teeth. Removing enamel from adjacent teeth leaves them susceptible to bacterial growth that could potentially lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In contrast, dental implants leave your natural teeth in their original condition.

Bridges do not apply any pressure on the jawbone, so the bone isn’t stimulated and begins to shrink. Conversely, once the dental implants are in place, they make contact with your natural teeth, encouraging new growth in the jawbone.

When it comes to cleaning, dental implants are the winner. Dental implants can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth, but bridges are difficult to floss. In addition to flossing between the teeth, you need to run floss under the false teeth to remove all the debris. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Characteristics of a Good Dental Implant Candidate

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are thinking about getting dental implants, you may wonder how you know if they are the right choice. While a dental surgeon is best qualified to judge which patients can benefit from dental implants, there are some basic criteria that can help you decide whether you are a good candidate.

Dental implants might be the right choice for you if you:

1. Have healthy gums.

Dental health. Male hygienist examining patient teeth  Implants are more vulnerable to gum inflammation than natural teeth. If plaque builds up and creates an infection, the gum can detach from the implant creating pockets where harmful bacteria can collect.

Once your implants are in place, gum disease can produce bacteria that may attack the bone in the jaw supporting your implants. For dental implants to be successful, they need to remain firmly anchored in the jawbone.

 

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5 Ways to Achieve Dental Implant Success

5 Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Chances for a Successful Dental Implant:

As you prepare for your dental implants, you may wonder what you can do to make sure you get the best results. Dental implants have a high success rate, but there are still simple things you can do to make sure you enjoy your implants for a lifetime.

1) Don’t smoke.

human hands breaking the cigaretteSome dental surgeons refuse to give implants to patients who smoke. More often, they encourage them quit before the procedure and abstain during recovery. Smoking interferes with the healing process by reducing the flow of blood in the mouth. Impeded healing can jeopardize bone grafts and the implant itself. Heat in the mouth can lead to oral-burn syndrome that damages bone and soft tissue.

According to a University of Minnesota study, the dental implants of smokers are twice as likely to fail as those of non-smokers. In addition, smokers experienced major or minor complications 15% more often. Smokers also experience higher post-operative infection rates than non-smokers. Gaps and cavities may develop between the implants and the gums that fill with bacteria and become swollen and inflamed.

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The Evolution of Dental Implants

Today, getting dental implants is a high-tech experience. Digital x-rays help your dental surgeon scan your mouth and jaw for information about hidden structures. Computers guide your surgeon’s hand as he or she places your implants. The implants themselves are made from state-of-the-art materials.

How did dental implants get to this advanced stage? Modern dental implants originated in the 1970s, but the history of cosmetic dentistry goes back thousands of years. The soundness of modern techniques have been proven by clinical research, but some earlier innovations that shape current procedures came about by chance.

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 The Early History of Dental Implants

The Egyptians replaced missing teeth by inserting seashells or pieces of ivory into the gumline. Loose teeth were stabilized with gold wires.

Mayans used carved stones like jade to replace lost teeth. Some of these stones actually fused to the jawbone like modern implants. This discovery showed that replacement teeth could be made permanent. Unfortunately, this fusion process didn’t prove reliable at the time, as the body would reject items that were not biocompatible.

Thankfully, the cosmetic dentistry has come a long way since ancient times. Read the rest of this entry »

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