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On Point New Horizons Dental Care

Brooke Christie - August 23, 2016 12:01 pm

Dr. Guy Gross interview Questions about Implants:

What sets your practice apart?

The people!!  We truly love to serve and care for our patients!  While many people would say what sets us apart is that we have the absolute best technology for patient care, such as 3D Imaging (which changes everything about how we plan our care!), sedation dentistry, CAD-CAM technology, and digital smile design…… or that what sets us apart is the massage chairs, TV’s in the ceiling, music, and many other creature comforts…….I still say it’s our team that makes us unique.   Our goal would be that every patient we see walks away knowing they are special to us and is eager to come back and see us again!

How many teeth can I have replaced with implants?

As many as you would like….as long as there is bone structure present to support them!  Single-tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth.  The most I have ever placed for any one patient is 20 implants.  Most people range anywhere from 1 to 12 depending upon their treatment needs.

What is the advantage of having implants over dentures?

Many huge advantages of dental implants!  The most obvious one is that the teeth stay in place rather than being taken out at night….and kept in a jar.  I have even had people come to me that take their teeth out of their mouth to eat.  Yikes!  How does that make sense?   The least obvious, and most highly important advantage of implants, is that implants keep people from becoming dental cripples and the huge trouble they face when the inevitable bone loss occurs after teeth are removed.  Dental implants keep the bone stimulated so that it doesn’t resorb away.

There’s just no need to go through life with missing teeth. These days, many good alternatives are available. Dental implants and dentures are the most common options.  Dentures are false teeth, and a technology that hasn’t improved for decades.  We just have better technology and solutions for patients now.  If not secured with dental implants, dentures will slip out of place while eating or speaking, which is embarrassing.   Denture adhesives often only hold a denture in for a few minutes.  With partial dentures that rely on natural teeth for support, the excess forces on the teeth can promote mobility (loosening) and decay in other teeth if they aren’t fitted properly, which may increase the risk that you would need a tooth filling on the abutment (adjoining) tooth; or lose the tooth altogether. That said, dentures may be the best choice for people whose gums and jaw are weak or unhealthy.  When bone structure is healthy, dental implants are the unequivocal best choice!

How does one care for their implants once the process is complete?

You care for your implants the same way you care for your natural teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily.

How long does the implant last?

We would like to expect that in a healthy patient that takes care of their mouth well, an implant could last for a lifetime.  The teeth that we support with implants could wear out and need replaced eventually and we expect the implant to stay put during that process.  Implants are a relatively new technology and studies so far have shown that these implants can last as long as 25 years.  In our practice we have many patients who are well into their second decade of blissful smiling and eating with their implants.

What can you expect from your implant?

Our goal every time is that Single-tooth implants will function, feel, and look like your natural teeth.  We want them to mimic nature as closely as your anatomy allows.  It truly is both an art and a science!  It’s what keeps us loving what we do and continually challenged!

 

Dr. Kate Gross Interview Questions about Invisalign:

How often must I wear my aligners?

20-22 hours but the beauty of it is if you have a big meeting or if you need to talk in front of a group of people you can take them out as easy as that!

How often must I see my Invisalign Dr?

Anywhere from 4-8 weeks depending on your treatment plan.

How do I prevent Cavities while in Invisalign?

Do not drink anything but water while wearing aligners, make sure you remove the aligners to eat or drink anything but water.

How noticeable is Invisalign?

That is one of the many qualities of invisalign…it is virtually un-noticeable!

Since having braces my teeth have shifted, can Invisalign help?

Yes! Invisalign is an exceptional format for treating these types of patients and a lot of times it can be done with a “express” case meaning you would only need Invisalign for 6-10 months!

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