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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Looking For A Replacement For The Root Of Your Missing Tooth? Dental Implant Options To Consider

by Jacqueline Byrd

 A dental implant mimics your natural tooth. A tooth implant is usually done when a person has lost teeth due to certain reasons. Some of these causes can be aging, decay of teeth, and trauma, among others. In addition, a dental implant can help boost your self-esteem, improve physical appearance, and help in the better functioning of the teeth, to list a few. Here are dental implant options that you can choose from depending on your issue and budget. 

Endosteal Implant

This artificial root prosthesis is commonly recommended for many patients. For the tooth metal post to be used on a patient, the jawbone should be strong and healthy. This is because the post will be screwed into the jawbone to ensure that the replacement tooth root is firm. Next, the doctor drills into the jawbone, and there, a tooth implant post is fitted. The healing process will take a few weeks. During this time, the jawbone holds the post as it grows towards it. The artificial crown is finally fixed on the post so that when it's healed, it will resemble your natural teeth.

Subperiosteal Implant

Are you that dental patient who is uncomfortable with an endosteal implant? The good news is that your dental practitioner can install subperiosteal implants on you as this may be a better option. A metal framework is placed on the jawbone for this surgical fixture and left to heal. Upon healing, the gum tissue then heals around the metal framework with posts that protrude above the gum tissue. Then, the artificial crown is finally fitted on the posts. This method is commonly used on patients whose jawbones are not deep enough to hold screwed implants. It also works well for those who do not want oral surgery to add bone to the jaw.

Zygomatic Implant

Among dental implant methods, this is a more complicated procedure. Therefore, dentists are likely only to recommend it when the patient's bone mass is insufficient and cannot take the endosteal implant. This surgical fixture is usually placed in the cheekbone and is mostly used to fix missing teeth on the upper jaw. However, it can be used to replace both upper and lower teeth.

Zirconia Implant

The surgical fixture is usually colored, resembling the natural tooth color. However, unlike other implants where the dark color is visible through the gum, a zirconia implant can be installed in the front teeth without being easily noticeable.

Knowing the various dental implant options at your disposal helps you consider which one is ideal for you, based on your dental problem. With this information, you can recognize which surgical fixture will give comfort and look natural. Visiting a licensed dentist will help you to explore your options further.