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By Advanced Dental Concepts
March 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
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With their durability, versatility and life-likeness, there’s no doubt dental implants have revolutionized teeth replacement. If you’re considering dental implants, however, there are some issues that could impact how and when you receive implants, or if you should consider another type of restoration.

Cost. Dental implants are initially more expensive than other tooth restorations, especially for multiple tooth replacement. However, be sure you consider the projected cost over the long-term, not just installation costs. Because of their durability, implants can last decades with little maintenance cost. In the long run, you may actually pay more for dental care with other types of restorations.

Bone health. Dental implants depend on a certain amount of bone to properly situate them for the best crown placement. If you’ve experienced extensive bone loss, however, there may not be enough to support the implant. This can often be overcome with grafting — immediately after extraction, at the time of implantation or a few months before implantation — to encourage bone growth. In some cases, though, bone loss may be so extensive you may need to consider an alternative restoration.

Gum Health. While implants themselves are impervious to infection, they’re supported by gum and bone tissues that can be affected. Infected tissues around an implant could eventually detach and lead to implant failure. If you have periodontal (gum) disease, we must first bring it under control and render your gums infection-free before installing implants. It’s also important to maintain effective oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and checkups for optimum implant health.

Complications from osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis — in which the bones lose bone density and are more prone to fracture — are often treated with drugs known as bisphosphonates. In less than 1% of cases of long-term use, a patient may develop osteonecrosis in which the bone in the jaw may lose its vitality and die. As with bone loss, this condition could make implant placement difficult or impractical. Most dentists recommend stopping treatment of bisphosphonates for about three months before implant surgery.

If you have any of these issues or other complications with your oral health, be sure to discuss those with us before considering dental implants. With proper planning and care, most of these difficulties can be overcome for a successful outcome.

If you would like more information on pre-existing conditions that may affect implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Osteoporosis & Dental Implants” and “Infections around Implants.”


By Advanced Dental Concepts
March 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

The two words that many dental patients dread hearing are “root canal.” It is the source of a lot of dental anxiety because people fear the dental drill. However, thanks to advancements in the field of dentistry, root canals are nothing to fear. In fact, they can play a huge role in root canalassuring the long term health of your smile. Educate yourself about root canal therapy so that you’ll be more confident at your next visit to Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA.

Statistics on Root Canals
Did you know that over 40,000 root canals are performed every day? So if you’ve been told that you may need this treatment, you definitely aren’t alone. 15 percent of people don’t get help because of fears based on myths. Yet, 89 percent of dental patients who have had a root canal report that they are satisfied with the procedure according to the American Association of Endodontists. When a tooth is thoroughly cleaned, filled and protected, it has a very good chance of healing and getting stronger.

Nothing to Fear
When you have your root canal procedure done at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, you don’t have anything to fear. Your dentist will provide you with gentle, attentive care. A root canal will not cause pain—its purpose is to relieve the pain that you may already be experiencing.

The Process of Getting a Root Canal
Maybe it will ease your mind to know what your dentist will do during your root canal treatment. The goal is to remove bad tissue and replace it with material that will protect and guard your teeth from future problems. The pain you may be experiencing is caused by the bad tissue, so once it’s removed you will finally get some relief. After the tooth is disinfected, it will be filled with a substance called gutta-percha and restored with a permanent crown at your next appointment. In some cases, the entire procedure will take as little as a half an hour.

Take the First Step
If you’ve been putting off a dental appointment because of the fear of a root canal, relax and call Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MI today at (978) 475-2431.


By Advanced Dental Concepts
March 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseyDiscussesBabyBottleToothDecay

Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging.

“His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on them and they were brittle.” Those brown spots, he said, quickly turned into cavi­ties. How did this happen?

Ramsey said DJ’s dentist suspected it had to do with the child’s feedings — not what he was being fed but how. DJ was often nursed to sleep, “so there were pools of breast milk that he could go to sleep with in his mouth,” Ramsey explained.

While breastfeeding offers an infant many health benefits, problems can occur when the natural sugars in breast milk are left in contact with teeth for long periods.  Sugar feeds decay-causing oral bacteria, and these bacteria in turn release tooth-eroding acids. The softer teeth of a young child are particularly vulnerable to these acids; the end result can be tooth decay.

This condition, technically known as “early child caries,” is referred to in laymen’s terms as “baby bottle tooth decay.” However, it can result from nighttime feedings by bottle or breast. The best way to prevent this problem is to avoid nursing babies to sleep at night once they reach the teething stage; a bottle-fed baby should not be allowed to fall asleep with anything but water in their bottle or “sippy cup.”

Here are some other basics of infant dental care that every parent should know:

  • Wipe your baby’s newly emerging teeth with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings.
  • Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice.
  • Start regular dental checkups by the first birthday.

Fortunately, Ramsey reports that his son is doing very well after an extended period of professional dental treatments and parental vigilance.

“It took a number of months, but his teeth are much, much better,” he said. “Right now we’re still helping him and we’re still really on top of the teeth situation.”

If you would like more information on dental care for babies and toddlers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”