Traditional methods for replacing missing teeth may include dentures and dental bridges. Both are effective at accomplishing the job, but these tooth replacement options are only affixed to the gum in order to restore the appearance and reasonable functionality of missing teeth. But the Dental Implants Dentist in Troy has a permanent tooth replacement solution that provides stability and acts as a replacement for missing teeth.

Tooth Replacement

Dental implants make it possible to replace teeth with a solution that looks and feels like a natural tooth. Dental implants are made up of a very small titanium post surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once the area of the implant has healed, the dentist caps the titanium post with a natural-looking dental restoration.

Dental implants are rather amazing because the titanium post actually integrates with the surrounding natural bone. This results in a tooth replacement that provides superior strength and durability.

Added Stability for Restorations

Using dental implants makes it possible to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, depending on the specific needs of the patient.  Dental implants can also be used to add to the stability of existing dental appliances, like dentures and dental bridges. Since they are so versatile, dental implants are often used to anchor existing dentures or dental bridges. In many cases existing dentures and restorations can actually be repurposed to work in conjunction with dental implants.

Please Contact our Office for Information

This type of tooth replacement is preferable for many patients of the Dental Implants Dentist in Troy because dental implants provide a permanent tooth replacement solution that is durable and natural-looking. Please contact our office to arrange a consultation and learn how dental replacements can restore your healthy smile.

 

Watching out for the health of your toddler’s teeth is a full-time job. The same recommended oral hygiene recommended by our Troy Dentist office for an adult applies to your toddler as well. Maintaining a routine of proper brushing and flossing after meals and before bedtime will provide a foundation for regular oral hygiene routines for the whole family. However, even though there are similarities, oral health care for your toddler also has some important differences.

As baby teeth are developing, permanent adult teeth are already forming in the jaw. Providing care for your toddler at this stage will go a long way towards developing healthy adult teeth. Also, teaching good dental habits at an early age can lay an important foundation for your child’s future oral health.

As a toddler, your child should already be receiving routine preventive dental care. The team at the Troy Dentist office can assess your child’s dental and skeletal development and discuss proper at-home oral health care routines. As a parent, there are things you should do as well between dental visits, to protect your toddler’s teeth:

  • Enjoy healthy food choices. Choosing a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables to serve is good for the entire body, especially your toddler’s developing teeth.
  • As toddlers grow and begin to gain some independence, they will enjoy feeding themselves. Remember that frequent exposure to sugary or even healthy fruit drinks can lead to tooth decay. Offer water instead and encouraging brushing between snacks whenever possible.
  • Maintain a regular routine of brushing and flossing. Toddlers will enjoy the independence of brushing their own teeth at least once a day. If your child’s efforts are not perfect, that’s okay. Simply introducing the idea and maintaining a routine will send an important message to your child.
  • Prevent your child from eating fluoridated toothpastes to prevent damage to the developing permanent teeth. Look for training toothpastes for children who have not yet learned to spit after brushing.

We want your child to develop a lifetime habit of good oral hygiene. The sooner your toddler becomes accustomed to regular visits to the dentist, the more likely they are to maintain this important routine as they get older.

I was asked recently why a patient should drive over an hour to come to our Troy dentist office for dental care. Of course I responded by listing my credentials, years of experience, my excellent staff, etc. This answer seemed to satisfy the patients concerns, but it made me question “why” even more.

I started my research by looking up several terms in the dictionary to be certain their meaning was what I was portraying in my office “Excellence in Dentistry.” According to the dictionary, Excellence in Dentistry means “being exceptionally good at fixing teeth.” Is that really all that means? I wasn’t satisfied, so I dug a little deeper and found that Excellence means the “the state or quality of excelling.” Quality is a standard of excellence. I then discovered that the “hidden” word in Excellence in Dentistry is “ART.” Excellence in the “ART” of Dentistry.  Art means the quality, production or expression according to aesthetic principle to what is beautiful.  My new meaning of Excellence in Dentistry is this:

Being exceptionally skilled at making teeth beautiful.

My next question regarded value, which means satisfaction. Are my patients satisfied in my skills to make their teeth beautiful? I can’t 100% answer that, but what can I tell you is my commitment to my patients:

I will ALWAYS be honest.
I will ALWAYS stand behind my work.
I will ALWAYS provide you with the best dental care.
I will ALWAYS continue my education as well as team so that we are ALWAYS on the cutting
edge of technology.
I will ALWAYS continuously update / upgrade my equipment.
I will ALWAYS use the best quality laboratory support.
I will ALWAYS monitor the standard of care to my patients and I will NEVER lower my standards of quality.
I will ALWAYS listen to my patient’s needs.

So when you ask yourself, is Excellence in Dentistry worth the long drive? What you should be telling yourself is “MY SMILE IS WORTH IT!” Feel free to contact our office if you would like to get more information from one of our Troy dentists!

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