Friday, February 19th, 2016
Most people who wear dentures simply aren’t happy with them. They don’t feel secure, they slip, they can make speech difficult and can make the enjoyment of certain foods almost impossible. Dentures don’t have to be like that — imagine a denture so secure it feels like having your own teeth.
A special dental implant procedure called All-on-4 is used to anchor a denture that will be unlike anything you have worn before. All-on-4 uses 4 dental implants in the lower jaw and 4 in the upper to support a full denture that will restore your smile and give you back your quality of life.
When teeth are lost, a side effect is bone loss in the jaw because the bone is no longer supporting teeth. Dental implants have been shown to help reduce this bone loss. Implant dentures also help stabilize the bone in the jaw and may help slow or prevent future bone loss.All-on-4 dental implants can be used in patients who have already experienced some bone loss, without the use of bone grafts.
After the implants are placed in the mouth a temporary denture will be placed immediately. After a period of time that allows the implants to integrate into the bone, the final denture is set it place. Patients do not have to spend any time being “without teeth”.
Find out more about immediate placement dentures using dental implants by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center, your Toccoa, GA implant dentist, at 706-391-8777. We’ll be happy to schedule your consultation visit!
Friday, December 11th, 2015
Patients with diabetes lose twice the number of teeth than people without the disease reports a study from Duke University.
Tooth loss in the United States has dropped dramatically over the past 40 years due to better dental care, better patient education regarding home care and the use of fluoride to protect teeth. People who suffer from diabetes however, have not seen the same drop in the rate of tooth loss.
The American Dental Association said that the study highlights “both the connection between oral health and overall health”. Spokesperson Dr. Edmond Hewlett also stated that “It’s critically important to understand that managing your dental health is part of managing your diabetes.”
The American Diabetes Association recommends that physician’s refer diabetic patients to a dentist for regular care. Unfortunately, the Duke study also found that the majority of physician’s are not following this guideline. The lead researcher on the study, Dr. Bei Wu, said that “Foot care and eye care are on the top of their agenda, but dental care is not. Diabetics need to have regular dental care.”
How can you protect your smile if you have diabetes? First, brushing and flossing every day are vitally important – removing oral bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease will help protect teeth. Secondly, keep a regular schedule of appointments with your dental hygienist for professional cleanings. No matter how good oral care is at home, professional cleanings are needed to remove plaque and tartar that harbors bacteria.
Diabetic patients usually need to receive cleanings more often than patients with good overall health. Visits may be scheduled at three month intervals rather than every six months.
Of course, the diabetes/oral health connection goes both ways. Previous studies have shown that patients with active gum disease and poor oral health have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar levels. In this case, a healthy mouth can help maintain a healthier body!
If you have diabetes and it has been a while since your last dental visit please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your next visit.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
Dental implants are such an incredible advancement in the field of dentistry. Options used to be limited to bridges and dentures when replacing missing teeth but today dental implants can make you feel like you have your real teeth back!
Using dental implants we are able to offer patients a solution to their missing teeth that help achieve permanent, confident smiles. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Dental implants are also perfect for those who have lost all of their teeth because today we have special hybrid dentures that snap on to the dental implants. This makes the dentures function just like the teeth they are replacing.
The implant itself is a small device that looks like a screw, typically made of titanium, which is surgically placed into the jawbone. The implant will fuse to the jawbone itself, mimicking the structure of the tooth root. Once the dental implant has healed, a dental crown can be attached to replace a single tooth. To replace multiple teeth the implant can be used to anchor partial dentures or entire top or bottom dental arches.
The replacement teeth look and feel just as natural as the tooth that was lost – in some cases even better! Dental implants are designed to last the lifetime of the patient and can restore full function and beauty to your smile.
Find out more about dental implants by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your consultation.