Dental Implants with Gum Disease

I spend most of my life without dental insurance, which I’ve used as an excuse to not go. I realize now that I do have dental insurance, it was more that I’m afraid of the dentist than anything else. Even after I had insurance it took me a while to go in. I went in […]

Dentist or Oral Surgeon to Extract all My Teeth?

I am sick of dealing with my teeth. I’m just 28 years old and they cost me a fortune. Every time I go to the dentist, I either need a filling or dental crown, even though I brush and go to the dentist twice a year. I’m to the point that I just want to […]

Gum Disease and Dental Implants

If I’m losing my teeth because of gum disease, can I replace them with dental implants? Brent W. Dear Brent, While dental implants are a fantastic tooth replacement, you are not a candidate while you have advanced gum disease. As you can see from the image to the left, the dental implants have to be […]

Diabetes and Dental Implants

I’m losing a couple of teeth due to an accident and am hoping to get dental implants. The big problem with that is I have diabetes. Will that knock me out of contention for dental implants? If so, what are my options? Timothy Dear Timothy, Having diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean you will not be able […]

Are CT Scans Necessary for Dental Implants?

I’ve had lots of x-rays and now my dentist wants to do some CT scans as well. Is this truly necessary for dental implants? I’m concerned it’s unnecessary and it does cost a pretty penny. Jared Dear Jared, You can skip some x-rays, but I wouldn’t skip the CT scan for your dental implants. Placing […]

When Dental Implants Aren’t an Option

We hear all the time that if you’re going to have to replace a tooth, dental implants are the best option. That is true. There’s a two-fold reason for this. The first has to do with quality of life. They will be more secure because they’re anchored into the bone. Even the best fitting dentures […]