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Dental Implants Houston, TXSometimes, it is incredibly easy to spend money, like when that shiny new car calls our name. In situations where an unexpected problem occurs, and we must correct it, shelling over our dollars might not feel quite as good. We see this happen when patients are met with the need to replace a tooth or teeth. Even when tooth loss or extraction has been a long time coming, there is often a sense of stress surrounding the choice that must be made. In the midst of that stress, the cost of care usually makes its way center-stage. Here’s why it shouldn’t.

Cost vs Value of Implants

When we only look at the expense of dental treatment like dental implants, we get an incomplete picture. Tooth replacement is a big deal. It’s something that you don’t want to have to go through repeatedly if it can be helped. According to statistics, dental bridges and implants typically last up to 15 years. Conversely, dental implants can last several decades. In addition to having a shorter lifespan, dentures must also receive periodic adjustments to ensure proper fit. Over time, the repeated maintenance needed for bridges and dentures is thought to make them a costlier option than dental implants.

Value of Dental Implants

The cost of an item or treatment doesn’t always indicate better value. Value comes from longevity, and it also comes from the amount of benefit that item or treatment provides. Most dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they stabilize artificial teeth. In fact, the small titanium posts that fuse with bone in the jaw secure artificial teeth so well that they end up feeling very much like natural teeth, according to patients. False teeth that look and feel like natural teeth, and that act like natural teeth in regards to stimulating new bone growth in the jaw, are more valuable than we could have hoped for just a few decades ago.

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At Royal Dental, we pride ourselves on being able to help patients experience the highest possible quality of life as it relates to their oral health and smile. We serve patients throughout the Houston area as well as in Humble, Sugar Land, and Pearland. Call (713) 330-7700 to schedule an appointment today in an office near you.

Snacking and Your Smile

Pediatric Dentistry Sugar Land TXWe’re at that time of year again when millions of little smiles are headed back into the active learning environment. School books are being handed out, backpacks are being purchased, and snacks are being chosen to fill them. As you prepare the smiles you love for a new school year; it is necessary to consider whether the standard of snacking needs to improve.

Let’s face it, as much as we want to consume healthy foods that nourish the body; many people reach for what’s easy. And what’s easy (and oh, so delectable) usually contains ingredients that could downgrade the health of any person’s teeth. Whether you are inserting snacks into lunchboxes or your own purse or briefcase, we encourage you to do so mindfully, so your smile doesn’t suffer.

That Snack Could Build Plaque

The snacks that we choose for ourselves and those we love could build energy, immunity, and strong bones and teeth. Snacks can also build plaque, a sticky film that weakens enamel through acidic bacterial byproduct. Plaque is the primary factor in the development of cavities and gingivitis. Plaque is the primary reason we are encouraged to brush and floss every day. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce and prevent plaque buildup with good habits.

Acidity in Snacks Can Erode Teeth

Tooth erosion could be described as the widespread softening and wearing down of enamel. It is the same process that occurs when a cavity develops, but more extensive in terms of surface coverage. Some of the most common erosion hazards include sports drinks and soda. Most kids don’t consume energy drinks, but adults should rethink this habit due to the speed at which erosion can occur. When the outer shell of enamel softens and wears away, teeth may become chronically sensitive and may also become discolored as enamel thins and reveals underlying dentin.

Simple Habits Can Save a Smile

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to avoid cavities, just like it doesn’t take much to get them. To protect yourself and those you love, choose healthy snacks that clean and strengthen teeth, such as nuts, crunchy vegetables and fruits, and cheese or other calcium-rich foods.

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Smile preservation can also involve your dentist. Royal Dental has offices throughout the Houston area, where we are proud to provide friendly care for the whole family. Call (713) 330-7700 to schedule an appointment at an office near you.

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