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What Are My Options for Tooth Loss?

Filed under: Dental Implants Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

If you suffer from tooth loss, then you know all too well how it can impact your entire life. In years past, there have only been a few options when it comes to smile restoration. Bridges and dentures have been the traditional go-to for tooth loss.

However, in recent years, dental implants have been added to the list of potential options. This solution not only looks more natural but is often more comfortable and durable than traditional dentures and bridges. A complete smile can help improve your oral health and self-confidence. If you’ve been considering your options, then read on to learn more about dental implants and whether or not this choice is right for you!

How Can Dental Implants Help With Tooth Loss?

Dental implants are replacement roots where teeth have fallen out. The implant allows for fixed or removable teeth to be placed. The implants look like your natural teeth, and people can’t tell the difference. Typically, people choose this option if they have significant tooth loss, but it can be used for a single tooth as well.

Does Tooth Loss Make Me A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Generally, anyone with good health can get dental implants. Of course, there are some instances in which it may not be a good fit. If you are a chronic smoker or suffer from a disease, then make sure you bring up your entire medical history with your dentist. Certain details about your health may not make you a good candidate for dental implants.

What are the Advantages of Dental Implants for Tooth Loss?

Many people opt for dental implants because they can remedy a variety of concerns. Some of the top advantages of dental implants include:

  • Durability: Implants can last several years with proper care and good oral hygiene practices.
  • Better Speech: Dentures can slip and cause people to slur their words. Patients don’t have to worry about accidentally slipping with dental implants since they remain fixed in place.
  • Better Appearance: A complete smile looks more aesthetically appealing and can help promote better self-esteem in patients.
  • Improved Eating and Speaking: Dental implants allow you to restore your smile and also improve your chewing and speaking ability. Lack of teeth can certainly influence speech and your ability to chew. However, dental implants work just like the rest of your teeth so you can get back to your normal function.
  • Convenient: Dental implants remain in place, so you don’t have to worry about removal or applying adhesive. It’s a simple solution that only requires proper oral hygiene as ongoing maintenance.
  • Comfortable: Many patients agree that dental implants are more comfortable than dentures. They fit like your natural teeth, and you never have to worry about them falling out at an inconvenient time.
  • Quality Oral Health: Nearby teeth don’t have to be altered in any way in order to have dental implants placed. More teeth can remain in place, and there is more access in between each tooth. Overall, this leads to better oral health now and into the future.

How Successful are Dental Implants?

While no procedure will work for everybody every time, dental implants have an incredibly high success rate of 98%. The success rate is determined by how the implants are placed in the jaw. 

However, relying on the expertise of a skilled dentist will go one step further in ensuring success. If done properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Typically, insurance does not cover dental implants. However, there may be options under your medical insurance based on your plan and the underlying cause of tooth loss. Make sure you discuss your options with your insurance provider if you would like insurance to pay for the cost of dental implants.

How Do You Care for Dental Implants?

The good news is that you already have experience with taking care of dental implants. That’s right—you care for them in the same way that you care for your natural teeth. You should brush, floss and mouthwash dental implants the same way that you would your regular teeth. You should also continue regular check-ups with your dentist, too.

What to Expect After Dental Implants?

Patients typically say that dental implants don’t cause much pain. Many people say that it isn’t as painful as tooth extraction. However, it is common for some pain and minor swelling to occur immediately after the procedure. Over-the-counter medication will help reduce slight side effects. Your dentist will inform you about additional follow-up care.

Overview

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we are committed to providing the best service to our clients. If you are living with tooth loss, then it’s time to evaluate your options. Reach out to us today to learn more! Our nonweldable staff is more than ready to answer your questions and schedule an initial consultation. Give us a call today at (865) 531-7117.

New Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery System for Patient Care

Filed under: Dental Technology Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

Cornerstone Dental Arts is pleased to announce that it is now offering Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery. This innovative technology assists the dental surgeon with 3D surgical planning and guided surgical placement of dental implants. By combining robotic precision and control with the dental surgeon’s clinical expertise, Yomi in many cases allows for same-day, minimally-invasive flapless dental implant surgery. 

Cornerstone Dental Arts is the first practice in Tennessee to use this advanced surgical platform. This technology further allows Dr. Griffin to provide the highest level standard of dental care. We believe that Yomi is changing implant dentistry by enhancing our dental surgeons’ capabilities and advancing patient care through the latest technology.

Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery features an end-to-end digital surgical experience, including collaborative planning software and surgical guidance through robotic haptics. The dental surgeon is 100% in control during Yomi procedures. 

About Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery

Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery is the first and only robot-assisted dental surgery system to be commercially available in the United States and is in clinical use with leading dental surgeons. Yomi is cleared by the FDA in the United States as a computerized navigational system intended to provide assistance in both the planning and the surgical phases of dental implantation surgery. Yomi delivers physical guidance through the use of haptic robotic technology, which constrains the drill in position, orientation, and depth. The surgeon is in control of this assistive technology at all times. For more information on Yomi, visit https://www.neocis.com/meet-yomi/.

An Improved Patient Experience

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we always strive to offer the latest in dental technology that will further improve the care we can provide to our patients. By using the Yomi robot system, we are able to offer much quicker dental implant surgery, reducing the patients’ wait time to complete the implant process. The surgery technique that this new system allows us to provide many times offers a less-invasive surgical process, meaning that the patient can enjoy a quicker healing time and less pain in the healing process overall.

If you have any questions regarding Yomi or robot-assisted dental surgery, or if you are interested in scheduling that dental implant surgery you’ve been putting off, contact us at Cornerstone Dental Arts at (865) 531-7117. We look forward to hearing from you!