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dental implants in houston tx | Royal Dental

Tooth loss is a prevalent problem that can rob the adult patient from their highest level of confidence. Whatever the reason, be it gum disease, severe infection, or a direct injury, tooth loss carries some pretty hefty consequences. Historically, it has been the dental bridge that has resolved the issue of a missing tooth. This treatment can, in fact, give you back the appearance of a healthy, whole smile. But there is a new way, and it is worth considering.

What you need to know about Dental Implants
Because implant dentistry is still considered an innovation to modern dentistry (it’s not), there are several misperceptions that need to be cleared up.

  1. Dental implants are too expensive. We understand that it is important to assess the overall cost of dental care. This is not what most people do. What they do is look at the up-front cost. This is not the same thing as overall cost! When missing teeth are replaced with a bridge or denture, those fixtures need to be replaced every so often. A bridge only lasts about 10 to 15 years in most cases. Dentures are adjusted every few years because, without roots, the jawbone structure changes. Implants replace roots. They sit within the jawbone. They can last a lifetime. THAT is cost-effective.
  2. Dental implant treatment is painful. Yes, implant treatment requires a minor oral surgery. That does not indicate complexity, high risk, or pain. Just like when we fill cavities or perform root canal therapy, we commence the dental implant procedure with local anesthetic. Additionally, patients of Royal Dental can enhance the comfort of their procedure by easing stress with dental sedation. As far as post-op pain, many people are back to their normal routine the day after their implants have been inserted.
  3. The results of care will look fake. It used to be that you could tell if a person was wearing dentures, and even if a person had a dental crown! Because there are beautiful new dental materials available today, we are able to restore the highest level of functional comfort right along with natural beauty. Visible teeth can be restored with porcelain crowns, which closely resemble enamel.

You may think you know what is possible with a bridge or denture, but chances are you would love the overall comfort and confidence that is achieved only with implants. Our experienced team does perform bridgework if that is your preference or if that is best suited to your needs. However, exploring the option of implants is certainly worth the time.

Recess? It’s not Always a Good thing!

gum disease in houston tx |Royal Dental When we were children, recess was something we looked forward to. It provided us with a short break from the business of school. In the world of dental health, recess can mean something completely different; it is not something we want to see, in the gums that is.

The Problem with Gum Recession

Gum recession often goes hand-in-hand with gingivitis or more advanced forms of gum disease. However, recessed gums may be the earliest indicator that enables us to prevent chronic infection. Other reasons to avoid gum recession include:

Tooth sensitivity. Beneath gum tissue at the center of your teeth is a network of vessels and nerves. Recessed gums do not adequately protect these sensitive structures. As a result, when you try to enjoy an ice cold glass of tea or a warm cup of cocoa, you may experience unpleasant discomfort.

Root exposure. Directly beneath the gums is where the roots of teeth lie. These are the first surfaces to become exposed if gums recede. As a result of gum recession, the roots of teeth become highly susceptible to the development of cavities. This is because there is no protective layer of enamel to cover them. The development of cavities on a tooth root could result in the need for endodontic therapy, aka root canal therapy.

Managing Gum Health
The bad news is that recessed gums can cause both cosmetic and physical problems. The good news is that it is relatively easy to keep your gums and tiptop shape.

In the same way that brushing and flossing can help you avoid painful cavities, these activities can also minimize the risk of gum recession and gum disease. Often, gums recede as a result of inflammation caused by oral bacteria. The better your brushing technique, the less impact bacteria will have on oral tissues. Be mindful however to avoid becoming overzealous! Forceful brushing can scratch the surface of gingival tissue, causing erosion and weakness and, yes, recession.

The team at Royal dental is here to help you avoid gum recession and the problems it causes. We have several offices throughout the Houston area to serve your dental needs.

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