What Are Mini Dental Implants?

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Mini dental implants are one way for patients to replace missing teeth who can’t or don’t want to use conventional restoration options. One of the most popular ways to permanently replace missing teeth is with dental implants, but some patients are uneasy about doing that level of surgery. Other patients lack the bone mass needed in their jaw bone to hold dental implants securely. Mini dental implants give these patients a great alternative!

Mini Dental Implants vs Traditional Dental Implants

Compared to regular implants, mini dental implants have the same structure, they are just a little smaller. With dental implants we insert a titanium post into the jaw bone, and then attach a replacement tooth to the post to create a stable, reliable replacement. While a regular dental implant is between 3 and 5 mm wide, a mini implant is just 1 to 3 mm in diameter.

We can use mini dental implants to secure dentures, as well, which helps to reduce slippage while chewing and speaking. So if you currently wear dentures that slip or click, or if you’re tired of the messy adhesives used with your dentures, consider mini dental implants!

How to Take Care of Mini Dental Implants

Care for your mini dental implants like your natural teeth. Simply floss and brush as you normally would. You can use a soft-bristled brush after the procedure if your gums are feeling a little sensitive. When you take care of your mini dental implants properly, they can last a lifetime.

At Paris Mountain Dental, we provide tooth replacement options including implant restoration and replacement, denture stabilization with mini dental implants, and traditional start-to-finish dental implants. If you’re missing teeth and want to discuss which replacement option is right for you, give our friendly team a call to schedule a consultation.

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Dental Implant FAQs to Calm Your Fears

Just when you thought you’d overcome your dentist apprehension, you hear the words “implants” and cringe. Good News! It won’t stay this way. Thanks to these easy-to-understand dental implant FAQs from Paris Mountain Dental, you’ll soon see how fewer unknowns can calm your fears.

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What is a Dental Implant?

As an alternative to dentures, dental implants serve as artificial roots for your replacement tooth. As the restoration process continues, Dr. Binju Ghimire will place a crown over your implant so it feels and looks like a natural tooth. Thanks to precise, professional dentistry, the implant will match the look of your other teeth.

What Does an Implant Do?

Dental implants fill gaps in your teeth while maintaining the shape of your face. Not only do dental implants restore the smile you’ve missed, they also support your cheeks and lips while preventing bone loss in your jaw.

Will it Hurt?

It shouldn’t. Paris Mountain Dentist is a practice which prides itself on compassion driven excellence. With procedures such as implant placement, our team keeps very aware of patient comfort. Rest assured, the area will be properly anesthetized so you are not in pain.

Are Dental Implants Hard to Maintain?

Absolutely not. With regular appointments at our office and proper care for your teeth and gums, the implants can last a lifetime! In fact, you just take care of the implant the way all your other teeth. Brush, floss, and keep your surrounding gums healthy.

Are you still not too sure how you feel about the process? Please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to serving you as we help to calm your fears.

Braces Throwdown: Which Orthodontic Treatment is Right for You

Teeth straightening is not just for teenagers anymore – today’s modern orthodontics treatments take into consideration the utility of removable, clear orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign. Traditional braces are still a great option for some, so today we will discuss which orthodontic treatment is right for you.

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Invisalign®

Invisalign has become a very popular alternative to traditional wire braces. This product is a set of custom-made, plastic aligner trays that you wear for most of the day. The trays are clear and many people won’t notice you’re wearing them at all. You can remove them for eating or important meetings, whereas with traditional braces you obviously do not have that option. Aligner therapy is good for mild to moderate crookedness, and also for correcting overbites and spacing issues.

Fastbraces®

Looking for an affordable, fast-working orthodontic treatment that is effective and allows you to get on with your life? Fastbraces is an accelerated treatment option that uses clear brackets and can take as little time as just a few weeks up to a year. Fastbraces are more discreet and also a faster treatment option for adults and teenagers that need more intensive straightening than options like Invisalign can provide.

Conventional Metal Braces

Metal braces are the traditional method for straightening teeth, as they are a tried and proven method which can be adjusted to your specific needs throughout the treatment. Traditional braces are also more affordable, and can allow your dentist to make slight adjustments throughout your treatment as needed.

For the best advice about which treatment option is right for you, schedule an appointment with Paris Mountain Dental today!

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How Does My Diet Affect My Oral Health?

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We all know the phrase: “You are what you eat!”, but that phrase cannot be more true than when it comes to your oral/dental health. There are certain foods you should consume sparingly and there are certain foods you should incorporate into your diet as much as possible. Our body is comprised of 60-70% water and the food we eat are the ingredients that help to properly balance that water’s pH level. Our pH level helps determine our overall health and assist in regulating bacteria levels throughout our system. Read below to find out more about which foods you should be consuming and which foods you should be avoiding in order to regulate your body to the best of its ability.

Good Foods & Beverages

Foods that are good for your oral health are ones that do not contain sugars, first and foremost. Then, foods that are “scrubbers” are great for your oral health. “Scrubbers” are foods that are crisp, fibrous, and natural. Examples of such foods are: celery, apples, carrots, and any other fruit or vegetable that really has some toughness and scrubbing ability to its flesh and/or composition. These foods also promote saliva production, which will in turn help reduce the amount of plaque bacteria within your mouth.

Beverages that are good for your oral health are basically anything that doesn’t have added sugars or alcohol. Water, tea, natural/organic juices, organic milk, etc… These beverages promote general well-being and allow your teeth to not be eroded by high amounts of sugar, which is the leading contributor to tooth decay.

The Overall Consensus

Diet not only benefits oral health, it benefits your greater being. The choices you make each and every day in terms of what you’re eating will affect you one way or another. As mentioned earlier, the main contributing factor to a mouth full of cavities is a high sugar diet combined with poor oral hygiene. When you think of the pH levels in your body, think of the fact that our body is essentially a pool, and when a pool has an unbalanced pH level, whether too acidic or too basic, certain bacteria will thrive and certain bacteria will die. The key is to find the perfect balance to the best of your ability and go from there. We hope this article has been informative and we hope it inspires you to make the change today to start incorporating healthy foods into your diet and removing the unhealthy foods as soon as possible!

If you are ready for your next dental appointment, contact us today. Dr. Ghimire and our team will help you achieve the best in oral health!

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