Don't Let Hand Pain Keep You from Flossing
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Don't Let Hand Pain Keep You from Flossing

I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.

Don't Let Hand Pain Keep You from Flossing

Restore Your Smile - The Cost And Effectiveness Of Dental Implants

Francis Miles

Dental implant procedures can be used for a wide variety of purposes. They can be used to restore lost eating function, to replace a damaged tooth, or even to change your overall appearance. Whether you want to replace a lost tooth, or desire to have permanent vampire fangs put in place, the endosteal dental implant may be your solution. This cost effective solution is considered to be highly successful and permanent.

What is an Endosteal Implant?

The endosteal implant is a prosthetic tooth replacement designed to mimic the form and function of a natural tooth. It resembles a tooth sitting on top of a screw. It is designed to be inserted into the jawbone directly. Over time it will fuse with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. Once the fusion process can completed, the implant will become a part of the jawbone and will remain in place permanently.

How is the Endosteal Implant Performed?

The endosteal implant procedure can be performed in several ways. The traditional, and most common, method will follow a three-stage process. This process is a step-by-step method that includes the implantation of three separate components on three separate occasions. These components are the base, abutment, and crown.

  • The Base - This component is shaped like a screw. It is the first component implanted during the three-stage process. The base is designed to be implanted directly into the jawbone and will require several months to fuse with the bone before the second stage can begin. The base acts as an anchor for the dental implant, and performs a function similar to the root of a natural tooth. This component is frequently made of either titanium or zirconium to allow for durability and easy integration with the jawbone.
  • The Abutment - This component is a connecting device that will connect the base to the crown. It is shaped like a rod and it is often made of either titanium or zirconium to allow for maximum durability. The gums will need to be cut in order to place this component, if the three-stage procedure is used. The gums will need to heal before the third stage begins. The healing period can last several weeks depending on the healing factor of the patient.
  • The Crown - The final component of the endosteal implant, the crown is designed to both look and act like the visible portion of a natural tooth. This component can be made from several different materials of differing durability and cost. The least durable and least expensive material is a composite resin known as dental acrylic. High-grade materials include zirconium and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Some people opt for other materials such as gold, if completely natural appearance is not a necessity. There is no healing period after the crown is installed, though there may be a period of adjustments necessary before the crown is considered to be permanently set.

How Much Does the Endosteal Implant Procedure Cost?

The endosteal implant is a permanent solution for tooth loss that has a 95% success rate after five years. The implant procedure can vary drastically in overall cost depending on the nature of the procedure. The typical costs for a single implant range from $1500 to $10000, with $4250 being the average for a high-grade implant. Sometimes endosteal implants will be placed as anchors in the mouth and used to create anchored dentures. This process can completely restore all of the missing teeth on both the upper and lower sections of your mouth, but it can cost between $25000 and $95000. The average cost for full-mouth restoration with this type of procedure is $34000. For more about this topic talk to professionals.