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July 30, 2015

Unfortunately this question is best answered by your specific dental insurance plan, as there are some many dental insurance companies and different plans. Whether they cover the dental implant procedure and how much they feel like covering is completely dependent on them. Consider that each tooth in your mouth is just as important as each finger, toe, and limb in your body. Replacing a missing tooth to restore function is on par as replacing one finger of both hands and carries the same level of importance. Insurance companies, on the other hand, may or may not see it on that level, and to them it is just another dental procedure. It is highly important to consult with us so that you may be best advised as to what your insurance coverage may or may not do for you. We have at our disposal many different financial options to allow cover what dental insurance plans may not for the dental implant services you deserve.

To get all of your questions answered about your dental implant procedure, call (916) 780-9688 today to schedule your dental implant consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist in Roseville. We serve patients from Roseville, Sacramento, and the surrounding areas.

July 27, 2015

The time frame for dental implants depends on many factors, such as: 1) Overall health and heal ability of the patient; 2) Overall health, volume, and quality (density) of the bone; 3) Proximity of the implant position to vital structures and sinuses. Assuming good conditions, upper jaws (maxillary) sites can take as long as 6-8 months before the implants are uncovered to allow access for gum tissue optimizing for aesthetics. Lower jaws (mandibular) sites take anywhere between 3-6 months before they are uncovered. Depending on the aesthetic challenges presented by the implant site, the gum tissue optimizing may take anywhere from several weeks to several months. Once the gum tissue is deemed ready, the abutment (median connector between the dental implant and the crown itself) and crown fabrication is ready to commence, usually finishing up in a matter of several days to several weeks, again depending on the functional and aesthetic demands of the area and teeth being restored. For someone to generalize and say that an implant process can be finished in a certain time guaranteed over the phone is fairly inaccurate. Such an estimate of time must be carefully evaluated on a case by case / patient basis after a solid evaluation with diagnostic quality information. Please consult our dentists if you have any questions regarding your specific dental implant timing needs.

To get all of your questions answered about your dental implant procedure, call (916) 780-9688 today to schedule your dental implant consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist in Roseville. We serve patients from Roseville, Sacramento, and the surrounding areas.

July 25, 2015

Dental implants are not anymore discomforting than any other surgical dental procedure. In fact, the placement of a dental implant in the mouth is much less traumatic to the body than losing a tooth from a dental extraction procedure. Careful and gentle anesthesia administration by our dentists allows the ease of the procedure to go as smooth as possible without major complications.

To get all of your questions answered about your dental implant procedure, call (916) 780-9688 today to schedule your dental implant consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist in Roseville. We serve patients from Roseville, Sacramento, and the surrounding areas.

July 22, 2015

Depending on the complexity and the amount of planning needed each person’s case and need, the dental implant surgeries can take anywhere between 45 minutes to several hours. Much of this depends on any needs for surgery guides, limited patient opening, hard to access areas, etc. This question can be best answered by the dentist after the consult / examination process, especially if X-Rays have been referenced and case planning has started to give the patient a better idea about their specific case.

To get all of your questions answered about your dental implant procedure, call (916) 780-9688 today to schedule your dental implant consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist in Roseville. We serve patients from Roseville, Sacramento, and the surrounding areas.

July 20, 2015

This is an excellent question, since the more quality bone available, the larger and longer the dental implant that can be placed at a given site. Standard X-ray imaging and 3-D X-Ray imaging gives us the methodology to evaluate how much width, height, and volume of bone is present to support the dental implant for long term success. In some cases, supplemental bone grafting is needed to ensure long term success. It is usually best to consult the dentist to understand what your specific situation may entail. Please refer to our other blog discussion on the important of bone volume and bone grafts to ensure dental implant success.

Do you want to find out if dental implants are the right solution for you? Please call (916) 780-9688 today to schedule your dental implant consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist in Roseville. We serve patients from Roseville, Sacramento, and the surrounding areas.

July 17, 2015

Everyone needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if they are a good candidate for dental implants, but for the most part there are no conditions that would exclude you, except for certain diabetic conditions and smoking. It is important to always double check with the dentist / surgeon to rule out any conditions that would prevent you from having less than ideal healing conditions and long term survival of the dental implant.

Do you want to find out if dental implants are the right solution for you? Please call (916) 780-9688 today to schedule your dental implant consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist in Roseville. We serve patients from Roseville, Sacramento, and the surrounding areas.

July 14, 2015

Since every patient’s situation, needs, and wants are all different, the best way to answer that question is having an in depth custom evaluation of your specific concerns and needs. The dental implant evaluation usually warrants the need for X-Ray imaging, and in certain cases, 3D X-Ray imaging for the best results. Having detailed information at our dentist’s fingertips allows a better diagnosis of the situation and more predictable treatment planning process to meet your needs.

Do you want to find out if dental implants are the right solution for you? Please call (916) 780-9688 today to schedule your dental implant consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist in Roseville. We serve patients from Roseville, Sacramento, and the surrounding areas.

July 10, 2015

A dental implant is a tooth root replacement usually made from surgical grade titanium coated with a special biologically friendly surface that allows the dental bone to “accept” or osseo-integrate with. Dental implants are usually considered to replace missing teeth and in situations where other teeth replacement options are not viable, like partial dentures or dental bridges.

This month, we are featuring frequently asked questions about dental implants. Check back often for more great information.

Are you interested in getting dental implants to improve the health and function of your smile? Please call (916) 780-9688 today to schedule your dental implant consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist in Roseville. We serve patients from Roseville, Sacramento, and the surrounding areas.

December 30, 2014

Teeth Whitening or Teeth Bleaching?

 

Nothing enhances a smile by brightening it up several notches! If you have ever tried to brighten your teeth before using those over the counter messy liquids, pastes, pens, or strips, then you will appreciate what dentist dispensed systems have to offer .

 

First of all, we need to understand the difference between what is considered teeth whitening and what teeth bleaching are.  Teeth whitening usually references brightening a tooth’s shade back to its natural color by the removal of stains and discolorations. These discolorations may take years to develop, and give your teeth a dull appearance.  Teeth bleaching, on the other hand, refers to techniques that brightens the teeth shade PAST the naturally occurring color of the teeth to a more lighter brighter shade.  Because tooth whitening sounds so much friendlier than tooth bleaching, the terms have become synonymous over the years and most people just use the term teeth whitening instead.

 

Stains and discolorations on our teeth have many different types of origins, including, but not limited to age, initial starting color of the teeth, translucency and thinness of the teeth, eating habits, smoking habits, drugs / chemicals, grinding, and trauma to the teeth.  Also keep in mind that the causes listed above fall either into one of two group, internal staining, and external staining.

 

Dentist dispensed whitening systems either takes advantage of custom trays fabricated to perfectly fit the contours of your teeth or chairside power whitening systems vs. over the counter systems.

 

Take home systems usually take advantage of custom molds of your teeth. Trays that are fabricated from these molds are in a thin comfortable clear acrylic. The Take home systems include a proprietary gel that is dispensed into reservoirs in the clear trays. Such systems allow for results in as little as a week to as long as 2 weeks for good solid change in color.  Every mouth is different, so results vary depending on the teeth involved, original color, existence of restorative filling materials or crowns on the teeth, etc.

 

Chairside power whitening systems is another option for those who want results, but hesitate on waiting for results because of the time commitment needed.  An example of this is Zoom! Whitening. This scientifically advanced tooth whitening procedure is safe, effective and fast. In about an hour, your teeth will become dramatically whiter. Zoom! is ideal for anyone who is looking for immediate results.

 

If you drink coffee, tea, or red wine, or if you smoke, you may be able to benefit from this safe and effective procedure. Not everyone is a candidate for the Zoom! Chairside Tooth Whitening System, and if you fall into that category, then the Take Home system may be the product for you.

 

Extensive research and clinical studies show that whitening your teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many cosmetic dentists consider tooth whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure. As with any tooth whitening product it is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

 

 

tags: teeth whitening bleaching smile enhancement
November 04, 2014

One might think “well what kind of silly question is that?” Or you might think, what do you mean by that?  Chances are, whether or not it is an obvious answer to that question, the actual answer is, in fact, very important.  The bony substance in our jaws / head is responsible for properly supporting the teeth and gums that lie upon them.  Without this very important matter, our gums or teeth would come loose predictably.  Dentists, periodontists (gum specialists), and hygienists alike have since the beginning preached about the importance of properly brushing our teeth and gums.  Not only does keeping plaque and tartar off our teeth prevent cavities, but it also prevents the prevalence of gum disease and infections, which may ultimately work into the blood stream and to the heart.  Moreover, proper dental hygiene prevents bone loss, which can place our teeth at risk.

Assuming one has been unlucky to have lost a tooth in a mouth due to bad luck with a failing root canal or a fractured tooth, then what?  Once a tooth has been lost or removed from the mouth, the body has an immense ability to try to heal itself.  The problem with that is it doesn’t always do that in the most efficient manner. The hole or socket left behind is a void that the body attempts to fill in with a very inefficient manner.  Like a tree trunk that has been taken out with a dirt hole left behind, dirt from the sides of the hole will fall in towards the center of the hole until things “even out.”  In the oral cavity the same process happens.  The body takes healthy bone and removes it from the neighboring teeth to fill in the void as part of the healing and remodeling process.  What this means is several things:

  1. There results in insufficient bone in the previous socket to support the gums for functioning and chewing to “handle the load”

  2. Insufficient bone support for a future dental implant for a replacement tooth to restore function and aesthetics

  3. The remodeling process of removal bone from neighboring teeth results in less bone support for those said teeth long term, placing them at potential risk.

 

This leads to the fact that immediately replacing the just created socket hole with bone graft material is imperative.  There are different graft materials and product available in the market, yet at Nu Smile Center for Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry; we utilize a freeze dried bone allograft that has the highest propensity for the human body to accept with the greatest efficacy and integration speed.  This means a much better overall result for the extraction site preservation and ideal conditions for a future dental implant to replace the missing tooth should that be considered.  After the immediate grafting of the site has occurred, the maturation, full integration, and readiness for an implant can be anywhere from 3 months to 5 months depending on the area of the mouth and the specific situation and needs of the patient.

From there we truly have a solid foundation for mutually protecting the bone levels of neighboring teeth and for a future dental implant.  Feel free to contact us at if you have further questions about this amazing and very important procedure!

tags: Bone Maintenance Grafts Bone Loss Implants

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