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6/11/2015 7:00:00 AM | Jack L. Schrader, DDS

Are you missing one or more teeth? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Many Americans report they’ve lost at least one adult tooth around their 30s and 40s due to everything from gum diseases to injuries and other health issues. For years, dentists have resorted to creating dental bridges or providing dentures to relieve their patients from the discomforts of missing teeth. Luckily, permanent restorations—dental implants, are now available. 

What are dental implants exactly? Dental implants are a permanent replacement for your teeth. They are made to meld with the roots of your teeth and provide durability for a lifetime. Why should you get them?
1.)    They look great
If you’ve ever lost a tooth, one of the first things you thought about was how it altered your appearance. Dental implants can give you back your full smile again because they’re made to permanently attach to your mouth and look just like natural teeth.
2.)    They’re easier to eat with
Eating with dentures can get messy and can even hurt. Because dentures aren’t permanent, they’re prone to move around while you’re chewing. Dental implants will stay put, and you’ll be able to enjoy your meals again.
3.)    You can speak more clearly
Another issue with removable dentures is they’ll often disrupt your speech. Because dentures can move around in your mouth, they’ll jumble your words, make it difficult to annunciate, and even make it physically uncomfortable to speak. With permanent dental implants, nothing moves and you’re free to speak as loudly and clearly as you please.
4.)    They last longer
Dental implants aren’t a temporary fix to your dental issues. They’re made as a reliable substitute to your old teeth. Unlike dentures, there’s no risk of the wear and tear that is often caused by slipping and grinding. Dental implants connect and fuse to your bone and will act as your own teeth the rest of your life.
      5.)    They’re no-hassle and comfortable
Having to remove and reattach dentures is a hassle. You have to reapply adhesives and regularly make sure they have a clean storage place when you’re not using them. No effort goes into maintaining dental implants, besides your basic dental health routines of brushing and flossing.

5/28/2015 7:00:00 AM | Jack L. Schrader, DDS

When it comes to getting a filling, you may be presented with a few materials to choose from. Metal amalgam and composite resin fillings are the most common filling choices for patients who have cavities, but is one better than the other?

Amalgam fillings (also known as silver fillings) are made up of a silver, tin, and copper mixture, blended together with mercury. Silver fillings are a great economical option, as they are covered by most insurance companies. They are also able to last up to 15 years. Amalgam fillings are generally used for larger cavities or toward the back teeth, however there has been much concern about the mercury content present in the metal.

Composite resinfillings (also known as tooth-colored fillings) have become a popular option for filling cavities, as they are developed to match the structure and color of natural teeth. Although they are more expensive than their silver counterparts and tend to have a shorter life expectancy, composite fillings are able to treat tooth decay in a cosmetically appealing way.

The filling you choose will depend on the size and location of your cavity. Just like amalgam fillings are used for larger cavities, composite fillings are a great cosmetic option for cavities located on front-facing teeth. The best way to determine which material is right for you is to contact your local dentist and schedule an appointment. Your dentist will be able to perform an examination and help you choose the right filling material.

Contact Dr. Jack Schrader for More Information

Dr. Schrader is a cosmetic dentist located in Sierra Vista, AZ. He offers composite resin fillings for patients experiencing a dental cavity. For more information about tooth-colored fillings, contact Dr. Schrader and schedule an appointment today!

5/14/2015 8:58:00 AM | Jack L. Schrader, DDS

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming one of the most popular ways to improve the appearance of teeth. Although some may believe cosmetic dentistry is only for movie stars, there are plenty of ways it can improve your life as well. Here are some facts about cosmetic dentistry that may convince you to find out whether a procedure is right for you.

Your appearance is enhanced: This may seem obvious, but with an improved appearance comes many personal benefits. When you look good, you feel good and there’s no shame in bettering the way you look in order to feel better about yourself.

Any pain will be eliminated: Many times, cosmetic imperfections lead to TMJ issues such as jaw, head, and neck pain. A procedure that improves your bite alignment and straightens your teeth could also alleviate associated pain.

You’ll make a better first impression: An attractive smile is known to generate positive social and professional interactions. By whitening or straightening your teeth, you can create better relationships and increase your opportunities for advancement.

Your oral health improves: An aligned bite position and straighter teeth are easier to clean than crooked teeth. You can floss easier and brush with more accuracy with a straighter smile, which will lessen your chances of cavities and tooth decay.

You’ll get a boost in self-confidence: Last, but certainly not least, cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve a smile that you’ll be itching to show off. The confidence you receive will allow you to feel better about yourself, which is something everyone can benefit from.

Contact Jack L. Schrader, DDS for More Information

Dr. Jack Schrader is a cosmetic dentist located in Sierra Vista, Arizona. If you would like more information about the services he provides, contact his dental office to schedule an appointment.

3/12/2015 4:52:00 PM | Jack L. Schrader, DDS

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