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How often should you get your teeth cleaned?

While cleaning your teeth at home every day is important it is only part of having a successful routine and keeping a healthy mouth. Visiting your dentist at least once a year is equally as important as brushing daily at home, in keeping your mouth healthy. A dentist will use professional tools to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria build-up that you are generally unable to efficiently clean yourself at home with a toothbrush and floss. Combining daily brushing and flossing with a yearly visit to a dentist’s office will help protect you from tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease.

So how often should you visit a dentist’s office? The American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist at least once a year to get a routine examination and cleaning but every six months is ideal. If you have a history of gum disease, you should get your teeth cleaned more often in order to prevent the recurrence of infections or disease. You should also have your teeth cleaned more often if you suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease due to their link to dental problems. Find a dentist that you like and trust and then talk with him/her to find out exactly how often you should get your teeth cleaned.

 

It’s important to remember that even if you brush and floss daily at home, it’s extremely important to get your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist at least once a year so that you can prevent major dental problems. Getting your teeth cleaned is relatively painless and inexpensive, but the costs add up if you put off going to the dentist and end up with cavities or gum disease. There are many wonderful dentist offices in and around Montgomery, AL that can assist you in keeping your mouth healthy and problem free.

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Do I really need a Crown?

Since crowns are one of the most common procedures that people need on their teeth for restoration purposes, most dentist are regularly asked the question, “Do I really need a crown.” It is a fair question as dental crowns can cost you hundreds of dollars even when insurance is used.

The reason crowns are so often recommended is because it is usually the best option in extending the life of a tooth as well as in correcting the appearance of a tooth that may be broken or discolored. There are other options in treating a tooth which may delay the need for a crown and you should be cautious when a dentist you are seeing for the first time recommends a crown.

At Dentistry at Park Place in Montgomery, AL we evaluate all options and discuss them with you before recommending a crown. It is important to us that you understand your options in maintaining the best quality health for your mouth and are a part of forming a plan that best fits your situation and needs.

Below are 4 questions that you should always ask your dentist when being told that you need a crown.

  1. Can you show me and tell me why a crown is needed?
  2. Is a crown my only option?
  3. What are the implications of waiting and not getting a crown right away?
  4. Is a Root Canal needed in order for me to get this crown?
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Looking for a Montgomery, AL Dentist?

Are you looking for a dentist in Montgomery, AL? We realize that there are many to choose from, but we hope that you will consider Dentistry at Park Place. We are a full service dental office located close to the Eastchase shopping center in Montgomery, AL. Here are a few reasons we think you should choose Dentistry at Park Place if you are looking for a Montgomery dentist.

High Standards

A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables us to provide the quality dental services our patients deserve.  We provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve your optimal dental health.  Should a dental emergency occur, we make every effort to see and care for you as soon as possible.

A Positive Experience

Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success.  We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience.  Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

Education & Prevention

As a practice, we are true believers that preventative care and patient education are the keys to optimal dental health.  That’s why we focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x-rays when necessary.  We also know that routine cleanings, flossing, sealants, and fluoride are all helpful in preventing dental disease.  Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we’re also concerned about your dental health.

Training & Expertise

As your dental health professionals in Montgomery, AL, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians.  To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning.  We attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care.

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Mini Dental Implants

What are they?

An MDI mini implant is an implant used to provide better denture stability in patients that cannot handle standard implant surgery, do not have enough bone to support a standard implant or are going from one prosthetic system to another due to continuing therapy.

The top of an MDI implant is shaped like a ball that allows a rubber o-ring to snap in over the ball when the denture is placed onto it. These types of implants can usually be placed in one or two office visits because there is no waiting on the jawbone to heal. In most situations the patient can walk out with their dentures the same day they receive their implants.

What are Mini Implant Benefits?

MDIs are a great alternative for those who are not inclined to undergo invasive oral surgery, or those who do not want to wear dentures. One notable advantage MDIs have over full implants is that they provide a viable treatment option for patients who have experienced substantial bone loss.

Financially speaking, MDIs minimize cost. Implants, that are full-sized, can be expensive to place.

Other advantages include:

  • Better breath
  • Speech that is more clear
  • Easier chewing
  • Easier cleaning
  • Firmer fit
  • A high success rate
  • Quick treatment/ recovery
  • Lower costs

 

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Dental Implants: Different Types and Uses

Historically, there have been two main types of dental implants dentist use for patients: endosteal and subperiosteal.

Endosteal implants refer to implants that are placed into the jawbone. Typically shaped like small screws, cylinders, or plates, these implants are the most common type.

On the other hand, subperiosteal implants are more for those patients that have a shallow jawbone or do not want to undergo a procedure to rebuild it. These dental implants are placed underneath the gums but on, or above, the jawbone.

Even though the primary function of dental implants is for teeth replacement, there are certain areas in which dental implants can assist in other dental procedures. Due to their firmness, dental implants can be implemented to support a removable denture and give a more secure and comfortable fit. Furthermore, for orthodontics procedures, dental mini-implants can serve as temporary anchorage devices to help move teeth to your desired position. After their function has been served, they are removed.

Dental implant patients are all ages, and implants may be the right choice for anyone that is missing multiple or all teeth due to injury, defects or decay.

Call us, or come see us, to set up a consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you!

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Treat your tooth loss with dental implants

When you lose a tooth, there are a lot of consequences that can follow causing damage to surrounding teeth. Think about this, you have a book shelf that is packed with books, if you pull a book out the surrounding books are not going to stay perfectly placed. Just like books on a shelf, your teeth can also shift around when there is a new large space giving your teeth extra room to relax and move around.

Dental implants are a cost-effective and long term solution for fixing a missing tooth. On the contrary, dentures can be a hassle due to the constant cleaning and taking in and out.

Getting dental implants can improve any to all of the following:

  • Improved appearance
  • Improved speech
  • Improved comfort
  • Being able to eat without troubles
  • Confidence
  • Convenience
  • Durability

If you have had tooth loss for any reason and need to replace a tooth, you should consider dental implants. The process can take a few months because it takes a lot to give you perfect, naturally looking implants. Come see us if you live close to Montgomery, Alabama would like more information on dental implants!

 

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Dental Implant benefits

Dental implants are often the primary choice for restoring or replacing damaged teeth. So, what makes them so great and so popular? The staff at Park Place Dentistry in Montgomery, AL want you to know the benefits.

Dental Implants are the next best thing to natural teeth

A dental implant restores a missing tooth so that it looks and feels like a natural tooth. More importantly, the implant functions like a natural tooth giving you a strong and stable fit into your jawbone. Unfortunately, there are other options that can lead to harmful results or could interfere with everyday life.

Dental Implants are a long-term solution

Tooth-supported dental bridges can last up to 10 years, with perfect care. At some point, they will need to be replaced or tweaked with adjustments. However, dental implants, if properly placed on the teeth, can last a lifetime.

Enjoy life without worrying about your teeth

If you have dentures, you tend to worry that there could be an incidence of your teeth falling out while eating, talking or laughing. However, if you have implants you can put all the worry to the side because they will be your forever permanent teeth that you can only feel confident with!

Protect healthy bone

If you have empty spaces in your mouth due to loosing a tooth (or teeth), that can lead to additional issues. You can have issues with your jawbone deteriorating if it is not supporting a natural tooth. Dental implants are the only option that preserves and stimulates natural jaw bone.

As you can see, dental implants have so many benefits some people do not even know about. Please contact us today if you or a loved one in the Montgomery, AL area would like a consultation for dental implantation.

 

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Dental Implants in Montgomery, AL

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, statistics show that almost 70% of adults aged 35-44 years in the United States have at least one missing tooth due to an accident, tooth decay, or tooth fractures.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that give an indefinite base for fixed, replacement teeth. Compared to dentures (bridges or crowns), implants are a more long-term effective solution for people that suffer from missing teeth. In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a typical dental extraction or oral surgery can be a candidate for dental implants. Patient’s gums need to be healthy enough and also have enough bone to hold the dental implant.

The development of an individualized treatment plan is the first step in the dental implant process. The plan speaks to the patient’s specific needs and is then prepared by a team of surgeons who specialize in dental implantation.

Next, the tooth root implant, which is a post made of titanium, is put into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the post anchoring it into the jaw. The healing process ranges from 6 to 12 weeks.

Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post (called an abutment) is attached to the post to hold the new tooth. Impressions are made by your dentist and that is used to create the new tooth. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.

After the dental implant, mild soreness is likely to occur and soreness can be treated with OTC (over the counter) medicine like Tylenol or Motrin.

Dental implants require the same amount of care as real teeth do.

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Tooth Fractures

There are many types of cracked teeth. The treatment and outcome for your tooth depends on the type, location and severity of the crack.

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Mouth Guard

Accidents can happen during any physical activity. A mouth protector can help protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.

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