Dental Health – W. Eric Martin DDS http://champaigndentist4u.com Tue, 10 Jul 2018 17:41:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 How Dental Implants Can Transform Your Life http://champaigndentist4u.com/dental-health/dental-implants-can-transform-life/ Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:50:05 +0000 http://champaigndentist4u.com/?p=595 You’ve recognized the gaps in your smile in the mirror and are convinced there’s a solution. With several dental treatments offered in the dental industry, knowing what works best for your self-confidence, accessibility, and wallet, is your next step. Dental implants are at the top of the smile restorative heap. With natural-looking dental implants you’ll...

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You’ve recognized the gaps in your smile in the mirror and are convinced there’s a solution. With several dental treatments offered in the dental industry, knowing what works best for your self-confidence, accessibility, and wallet, is your next step. Dental implants are at the top of the smile restorative heap. With natural-looking dental implants you’ll no longer have to accept a lifetime of embarrassment and inconvenience. Here’s how they can change your life:

  • Find the fountain of youth for your smile. Your body is designed with teeth in mind. Your smile gets noticed immediately, and with a dental implant restoration to replace missing teeth, you’ll receive remarks on how much younger you look.
  • Enjoy career and relationship success. A healthy smile is one of the first and most important things about a person on first impression. Hiding your smile due to low self-esteem can actually hinder your career and job promotion opportunities. When you are confident you smile more. Replacing missing teeth and addressing oral issues with dental implants can be the boost you need to take that next step in your relationships, career path, or greater financial success.
  • Food choices. If you succumb to choosing foods that are easier to chew, rather than options that are healthier, your whole-body health may suffer. Diet choices have both short and long-term effects for your bones and muscles. One of the great benefits of dental implants is they act just like natural teeth, and with proper care and regular check-ups, will help you enjoy delicious and healthy meals for the rest of your life.
  • Stop (and even reverse) Osteoporosis and bone loss. Chewing strengthens jawbones. The more teeth you have the better you can chew. Dental implants work to keep the surrounding teeth strong and healthy, thus slowing and stopping bone loss in adults.
  • Improve your speech. Missing teeth can leave gaps in your mouth that may cause speech impediments. Dentures can be bulky or loose, leading to discomfort, slurred words, and embarrassment. Dental implants, on the other hand, stay secure and don’t take up additional space in the mouth, so you can speak naturally and freely.

The Dental Implant Process

The dental implant procedure involves two main stages separated by a minimum of 3-9 months of healing time.

  1. Dental implant surgery – This is the step where your dentist inserts a metal fastener into your jawbone. This implant is inside the jawbone and not visible. A titanium abutment is then attached onto it and it is the abutment that is visible. A temporary covering is placed on the abutment for aesthetic purposes.
  2. Implant restoration – It takes time for the implant to hold into place. This could range from 3-9 months, depending on your healing ability. Once the implant is firmly set inside the jawbone, the permanent crown is then attached to the abutment. The crown is custom-built of natural material that matches the surrounding teeth.

Both procedures are not complicated at all, yet it all depends on the patient’s physical condition and anatomy prior to the dental implant process. In some cases, your dentist may be able to restore the dental implants immediately after the placement surgery, which is on a patient by patient basis and healing ability.

Success with dental implants is very high and can make an enormous difference in your life. Dr. Martin and his dedicated team are committed to providing you with the smile transformation you deserve. Come and visit our office in Champaign, IL and let us help create a life change for your dental health!

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Healing and Recovery: The Unsung Heroes of Dental Treatments http://champaigndentist4u.com/dental-health/healing-recovery-unsung-heroes-dental-treatments/ Mon, 21 May 2018 21:45:18 +0000 http://champaigndentist4u.com/?p=581 You’ve recently undergone a traumatic dental treatment and are somewhat at a loss of the next step. Every dentist will tell you that healing and recovery are vital to oral health restoration. The teeth, the gums, the entire mouth, they all need extra attention and monitoring to ensure the dental procedure is a success. A...

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You’ve recently undergone a traumatic dental treatment and are somewhat at a loss of the next step. Every dentist will tell you that healing and recovery are vital to oral health restoration. The teeth, the gums, the entire mouth, they all need extra attention and monitoring to ensure the dental procedure is a success. A few tips that may contribute to your overall well-being after dental stress:

  1. Limit activity – For every tooth extraction or dental implant placement, or crown and bridge placed the amount of activity you engage in post-procedure needs to be scaled back. For the simple reason that anything that elevates blood pressure and heart rate could cause excess stress to your mouth. If post-procedure bleeding occurs, the type of activity you perform might have contributed.
  2. Ice and saline solution – Depending on the severity of the dental treatment, ice applied to the jawbone or swollen areas of the cheek, for a minimum of 30 minutes on and off, will most certainly reduce any further inflammation. Ice is always a go-to for any dental treatment, especially when applied directly to the outer cheek of the impact site. Saline solution is beneficial for encouraging the healing process and limiting infection in specific oral trauma zones.
  3. Soft foods – As your ability to chew or speak can be impaired for several hours or days, depending on the dental procedure, it’s a good idea to resort to soft foods that are neither too hot or too cold. Your dentist will provide you with a protocol that specifically caters to your procedure, however, any chewing is typically not allowed immediately after treatment. Your mouth continues to be numb from the sedation, and you might not be able to brush your teeth or use commercial mouth rinse for hours or days. Consequently, It’s difficult to remove foods that have gotten trapped in between the teeth. With a soft foods diet, there is no chewing and the texture of the food goes down the throat more easily.
  4. A reduced schedule – This goes along the lines of limiting activity, yet oftentimes it’s unavoidable to work less, sleep more, eat and drink in moderation, and forego your normal day-to-day routine after a dental treatment. Because our oral health is a primary indicator for the health of the whole of the body, reducing your schedule for a few days after a treatment will help the success of the treatment, no matter the scale. Being mindful of slowing down for a bit can also aid in reducing stress, which is a gateway to most health complications.

Applying The After-Care

Now that your dentist, Dr. Martin, has given you the tools on how to care for your oral health post treatment, you’ll be ready to heal and back on your feet in no time. Infections and inflammation are significantly reduced if you pay extra attention to your health and follow these tips after your procedure. Dr. Martin and his staff in Champaign, IL are poised to aid in your journey post-procedure. They welcome your questions regarding all aspects of your treatment, and will send you on your way with every tool imaginable for dental success. Your body will thank you. Your smile will thank you! We are waiting for your call, and are ready to include you as a new member to our dental care family.

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