Dental Implants: The Better Tooth Replacement Option?

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At Paragon Dental, Inc., we believe in helping our patients achieve a strong, healthy smile so that they can live comfortably, and without the pain of tooth decay, the inconvenience of dentures, or the embarrassment of an unattractive smile. For many of our patients, that smile often comes in the form of dental implants. What Are Dental Implants? In a nutshell, dental implants are a safe alternative to crowns, dental bridges or dentures. They’re a tooth replacement, but are favored above all other options, because they look and feel just like your natural teeth. This is due to the fact that they don’t just sit on your exposed gum line, as dentures do, but rather, they “anchor” into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. Better yet, the jawbone and titanium root (for that’s what the artificial root is made of) go through a process called …

Sleeping With Dentures May Cause Pneumonia in Elderly Patients

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When you made the decision to get dentures, you did so with one thing in mind: having a whole, healthy smile again. And they’ve been able to provide that for you, to an extent. However, what you didn’t count on was the maintenance they would require. And oh boy, do dentures require a lot of maintenance! You have to brush them in a special way, use a special paste, take them out when eating certain meals, place them in just-the-right-temperature water, have them refit, etc., etc., etc… Unfortunately, dentures are difficult to care for, but at Paragon Dental, we do our best to try and educate you on everything you need to know to make your dentures last. Including keeping you up to date on all of the latest research behind the replacement tooth option. Just recently, we read an article that outlined the dangers of falling asleep with your …

We May Be Your Dentists, But We’re Anything But Boring

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At Paragon Dental, we believe that while good oral health should be taken seriously, there’s no reason it can’t be fun too! Okay, maybe dentistry won’t ever be considered “fun” by any patient’s standards, but our friendly and lighthearted team sure does their best to make sure your first visit is comfortable, relaxing and yes, even enjoyable. At Paragon Dental, we’re all skilled, highly qualified, educated and well trained professionals—who know how to make people feel at home in a notoriously nerve-wracking environment. We know that dentistry is scary for some – an inconvenience for others – and just a necessity for most, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try our best to make your experience one to remember. By treating you with the same level of respect and hospitality you’d extend in your own home, you’ll forget you’re there to have your teeth worked on at all, and instead, …

How to Prevent Oral Cancer in 4 Easy Steps

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Oral cancer is a rapidly spreading disease in the U.S., with close to 37,000 Americans being diagnosed annually. The thing about this disease though is that it can be so easily prevented. In fact, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), 63% of all cases can be prevented each year! That’s 22,000 cases! So, what needs to be done to reduce the number of those afflicted? Educate the masses. It’s really that simple. There are four things people can do to avoid contracting this deadly disease. They are:    Avoid chewing or smoking tobacco. It’s no secret that tobacco is the leading cause of lung, oral, larynx, stomach, uterus, cervix, colon, ovary and many other types of cancers. Combine tobacco with alcohol use (which many do) and you have created a killer duo…literally.    Limit alcohol intake. Believe it or not, but alcohol is also another huge culprit of oral …

Nightmares About Tooth Loss? They Aren’t Coming Out of Nowhere

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“I bit into an apple, and one tooth cracked. When I took the apple out of my mouth, all my other teeth started crumbling, until my mouth looked like something out of a Steven King novel.” “I was sucking on a jaw breaker – not even biting into it! – and it hit my back tooth. That tooth cracked, and next thing I know, it was hanging on by a thread.” “I bit into a piece of steak, and with the hunk of meat torn off came my tooth. Everyday, I lost just one more tooth, until I didn’t have any left.” All of these are NOT real scenarios, but they are dreams about tooth loss told to me by a few acquaintances. Tooth loss dreams are not uncommon, especially as we get older and start caring more and more about our smiles. They’re kind of like those dreams we …

Are Your Teeth “So Bad?”

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It is said that your smile is your most valuable non-monetary asset. So, if you’re smile is not its best, you may feel embarrassed or annoyed. If you are feeling self conscious and hiding your smile, it can even affect outcomes in your life. If you are feeling constrained, you may not smile as much, and others may perceive you as unfriendly, when that’s not your intent at all. It is not uncommon for patients to feel a bit insecure when they first come visit me. They think their teeth are “bad” or “ugly”. Maybe they haven’t cared for their teeth over the years like they should have. Rest assured you are not alone. Believe me, when it comes to oral health, I’ve already seen it all! There are others with teeth like yours and probably worse. I am not here to judge you; I’m here to help you. I …

There’s a First For Everything…

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The first day of school, first day at a new job, first dates – all firsts can be slightly to very unnerving, especially when there are a lot of unknowns. We understand that when you’re coming into our practice for the first time, it’s the same feeling. Finding a new dentist or doctor or any medical professional is never easy and we want your first visit to be as comfortable as possible with little to no surprises. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to try and answer some of your most frequently asked questions. We also want you know what questions we will be asking so you know what you’re looking for. Who – We want to get a good understanding of who you are, as well as give you the opportunity to learn more about us and our practice. On your first visit, we make sure to have a true …

Overcoming Dental Insurance Confusion

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One of the most common reasons for people to put off coming to the dentist is that they don’t understand what their insurance will cover. We understand your concern and are happy to help make sense of your policy. While insurance is there to help, it rarely covers everything. Deductibles and various coverage aspects vary by company… and one company may have hundreds of plans. Read your policy and find out what is covered. Some plans cover as much as 2 cleanings per year, while others cover a certain percent of any procedure. Feel free to bring your policy in and we’ll do our best to help you make sense out of it. Don’t let insurance dictate your treatment. Insurance rarely covers everything needed for optimum oral health. Consider the cost of maintenance on your teeth as an investment in your well-being. In situations where insurance won’t cover the full …

The True Cost of Dental Work- It’s Up To You

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Dental care has the reputation of being expensive. In fact, many people avoid the dentist entirely, thinking they cannot afford it, especially if they don’t have dental insurance. I’d like to encourage you to take a different view. You see, the simple fact is that dental problems are not like some other health issues. If you have a cold or a torn muscle, the body can heal itself very effectively. You just need to give it time. But dental problems do not go away. They do not self-correct. They only get worse. So, you may feel it’s your best choice to forgo much needed dental work or even preventative work because of the cost. However, in the long run you end up spending much more because you didn’t deal with the issue and it becomes worse and now the cost to fix it is even higher. Fear of Dental Costs …

The Advantages of Dental Implants: Are They Right For You?

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We’ve come a long way in the field of dentistry since it’s early beginnings. In the past, dentistry only concerned itself with removing teeth, not with replacing them. Even the rich and powerful had gaps in their smile. False teeth or dentures were carved by hand and then tied in the wearer’s mouth with silk thread. They weren’t fastened very securely, so they were likely to embarrassingly pop out in the middle of dinner or conversation. Fortunately, we now have a way more advanced solution for the 140 millions adults in the United States who live with missing teeth. Dental implants are safe, resilient and sturdy. Best of all, it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between the implants and the wearer’s real teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t impede your ability to laugh, talk or eat normally. Ill-fitting dentures and lose bridges can cause discomfort, pain and can even …