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SAOMSA Dental Blog

Saving Your New Tooth: What to Do If Dental Implants Feel Loose

September 25, 2019

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While dental implants have an incredible success rate – up to 98% – there’s still a risk for complications. If your implant feels loose, it could be a sign that it’s failed to join with the bone; even worse, it could be a symptom of an infection that could cost you your other teeth and might even spread to other parts of your body. Identifying and treating loose dental implants is essential if you want to protect your newly repaired smile!

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When Should You Worry About Dental Implant Pain?

August 10, 2019

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Getting dental implants can mean a huge quality-of-life increase for patients who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth. However, like with any surgery, there might be some discomfort to deal with after the procedure. This is normal, of course, but severe pain and other symptoms could mean there’s a larger problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Learn more about dental implant pain so that you can make the right decision when it counts!

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5 Benefits of Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

April 25, 2019

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Mouth with missing toothBeautiful summer days are almost upon us! Whether you prefer to take a trip to the San Antonio Zoo with the family or enjoy a relaxed evening along the river walk, you will likely be spending more time outside and in public. Are you ready to show off your smile this summer? If you are one of the 120 million Americans that the American College of Prosthodontists estimates is missing one or more teeth, you may be too embarrassed. Fortunately, dental implants can help fill the gaps in your smile and boost your confidence. Keep reading to learn the benefits of investing in your mouth with dental implants.

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Dr. Mazock — The First in North America to Document a Two-Piece Straumann Dental Implants Case

March 2, 2019

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dental implants Dr. James Mazock has always had a deep interest in furthering his education and expanding his skillset, always with the goal of providing the best possible care to his patients. One of the cornerstones of his practice is restoring smiles with dental implants. While dental implants are traditionally made out of a titanium alloy, a ceramic option is also available. Recently, Dr. Mazock became the first oral surgeon in North America to document a case using a special type of ceramic dental implant: Straumann PURE two-piece implants.

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Cleaning and Caring for Your Implant-Retained Denture in San Antonio

December 7, 2018

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A diagram of an implant-retained denture.Implant-retained dentures are one of the most effective solutions for replacing several missing teeth. Before them, the most viable solutions were either traditional dentures or dental bridges, but these options both came with their own unique drawbacks. By choosing an implant-retained denture in San Antonio, you get function and aesthetic, which is truly the best of both worlds.

However, maintenance is still a key part of living with this type of dental device. To make sure your restoration lasts, commit to these habits as recommended by a dentist.

 

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Is an Implant Supported Denture in San Antonio Permanent?

November 3, 2018

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Older woman smilingDo you have missing teeth? If you’re missing a whole row of teeth but still have a strong jawbone, you may be a perfect candidate for an implant supported denture in San Antonio. This combines the advantages of dental implants with the benefits of dentures. Is this replacement solution permanent? Keep reading to learn the answer as well as how implant supported dentures may be the best replacement for you.

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Salvaging Dental Implants in San Antonio

October 13, 2018

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man smiling in mirrorAlthough dental implants are an excellent choice for tooth replacement with a near-perfect success rate, they can fail. Just as you can lose adult teeth, dental implants in San Antonio are also susceptible to failure for a number of different reasons. If you have failing dental implants, is there anything you can do to salvage them? Read on to learn the answer to this question and how best to avoid dental implant failure.

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What Services Can I Expect from an Oral Surgeon?

September 20, 2018

Oral surgeon talking to older woman in dental chairOral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine dental specialty fields recognized by the American Dental Association. In recent years, general dentists have started to provide a number of more advanced surgical treatments. While many of these dentists are skilled enough to offer these services safely and effectively, there are some cases better suited to an oral surgeon, and your general dentist will typically let you know when this is the case. However, patients should never hesitate to ask their dentist for a referral or a second opinion from a specialist. In this post, we’ll review what some of the most common oral surgeries are and discuss the benefits of relying on an oral surgeon for these advanced treatments.
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Can I Get a Dental Implant if I Have Periodontal Disease?

August 14, 2018

Dentist and assistant in exam room with man in chair smilingThere is no simple answer to this question. With proper treatment, patients who struggle with periodontal (gum) disease can undergo successful dental implant placement. With gum disease therapy prior to placement and continual maintenance care throughout the life of the implant, patients struggling with gum disease can still be good candidates for this tooth replacement service. If you’re willing to devote the extra time and attention to maintaining your oral health and hygiene, a skilled oral surgeon can partner with you to replace one or more teeth with a dental implant supported restoration. In this post, we’ll discuss how to improve your chances for successful dental implant placement and keep your smile healthy if you’re suffering from gum disease.
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Does Smoking Lead to Implant Failure?

March 29, 2018

It might! There are a number of habits that can adversely impact the success rate of dental implant placement, but smoking is among the worst habits for every aspect of your oral and overall health. If you’re planning to invest in dental implant supported tooth replacement, we recommend you stop your smoking or tobacco use to improve your chances for successful implant placement. In addition to improving your chances for successful dental implant placement, stopping tobacco use will also improve your oral health, reduce your risk for oral cancers, and benefit your whole body health.  Smoking & Implant Failure According to Spanish researchers, five years after dental implant placement, smokers had a 15.8% chance for dental implant failure while nonsmokers had just 1.4% implant failure. It’s clear that smoking increases your risk for implant failure. Before investing the time and money in an advanced implant supported tooth replacement plan, you may want to consider kicking your smoking habit. Caring for Your Smile After Implant Placement  Following dental implant placement, the best way to ensure successful implantation is to properly care for your smile. We will provide you with a precise treatment plan before you leave our office, but some of the basics you can keep in mind following your surgical dental implant placement include: •	For the first two days, avoid chewing near the implantation site, and use ice packs at 20 minute intervals to keep swelling to a minimum. Contact us immediately if pain increases or you notice swelling or infection in the soft tissue around your implant. •	Gently brush any healthy teeth and the soft tissue around your implants to remove any plaque buildup twice a day.  •	Brush, use antimicrobial mouth rinse, or at the very least, rinse your mouth with water between meals to avoid allowing food to sit on the implant site. •	Once your tooth replacement restoration is attached to the implant posts, monitor it closely and let us know right away if you notice the prosthetic moving or any changes in how your bite fits together.  Meet the SAOMSA Team  At San Antonio Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates (SAOMSA), we are here to help every patient lead healthier happier lives. We may not be able to help you stop smoking, but we can partner with you to improve your oral health prior to dental implant placement to increase your chances for successful placement. If you do want to kick your tobacco habit before we begin your implant treatment, please let us know. We’ll do our utmost to support you. Our team will happily take the time to plan with you to ensure your smile and whole body are in optimal health before we begin your dental implant treatment. Ready to get started? Give our team a call to schedule your tooth replacement consultation in one of our three dental offices in San Antonio and Castroville today. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain your healthiest smile for life.It might! There are a number of habits that can adversely impact the success rate of dental implant placement, but smoking is among the worst habits for every aspect of your oral and overall health. If you’re planning to invest in dental implant supported tooth replacement, we recommend you stop your smoking or tobacco use to improve your chances for successful implant placement. In addition to improving your chances for successful dental implant placement, stopping tobacco use will also improve your oral health, reduce your risk for oral cancers, and benefit your whole body health.
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