You partner with your dentist to take good care of your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, tooth loss can occur anyway through oral injury, decay or gum disease. The dentists at Hulen Dental offer the premier standard in tooth replacement: dental implants. These prosthetics look, function and feel just like natural teeth.
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Dental Implants: You’ve heard that term being thrown around and other technical terms such as “abutments” and “implant crowns.” So what are they REALLY to the average man/woman with no dental background? This article will explain all of it, in pictures and simple explanations.
The first photo is the “before” photo of two teeth missing on the patients upper left area of the mouth. She requested implants so that she could have individual teeth, just like the ones she used to have. So, two 9mm length implants were placed in the area in a matter of an hour. Yes, an hour. In 2011 dentistry, new local anesthetics are more effective and so patients walk in and walk out after having implants placed. No more are the days of major “surgery”, having to take off work for a week, and cutting open the gums just to have an implant placed. In this case, two little holes were made with a “tissue punch” that is exactly 3.5 mm in circumference and the implants were put in.
Exactly 6 weeks later, these two “abutments” were screwed onto the implants. Abutments are basically metal components that mimic the shape of a tooth that has been prepared/shaped for a cap (crown). An impression/mold (the “goopy” stuff) was taken of this and sent off to a lab that makes porcelain implant crowns.
A few weeks later, voila! Two teeth that were lost have been totally replaced!! These crowns were cemented in place just like you would a normal crown to a real tooth. Pretty cool, if you ask me. To think that in a matter of 8-9 weeks, you could completely replace a lost tooth! Tooth, root and you can still floss between the implants! And even better, I think you would agree that these LOOK like natural teeth.
If you’re hesitant or afraid to have implants, don’t be. In the right hands, this is a walk in the park. Now certainly, if you have health issues or other factors such as not enough bone in the area you need an implant, or say your sinus is too big and therefore not enough bone, things could be a little more involved. But on the whole, visit with your doctor. He/she should be able to answer all your questions and spend a little time with you explaining the procedure and show you some before/after photos, etc. If your gut tells you you’re not in the right office to have this work done, your gut’s probably right! Go with someone you’re comfortable with.
If you would like to have a free implant consultation with us, we’d love to meet you and show you what your options are! Call 817-292-5957 or visit our website for more information www.hulendental.com
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These are not your Parent’s bridges. This is what 2011 dentistry can now provide: Metal-Free Porcelain Bridges. If you’ve always hated your crowns or bridges that show metal or have that Gray/Black line around the gumline, we can now provide a better, cosmetic alternative.
However, don’t go to just any office for cosmetic treatment. Great results like you see above don’t just happen. It takes planning. It takes a diagnostic wax-up so we can exactly mock-up what everything will look like at the end. You want to SEE the end result before you start. That is KEY. Don’t ever commit to a large case if it has not been planned and a wax-up has not been done. That’s like building a house from scratch with no blueprints to follow.
Are you tired of seeing yourself in photos and seeing an ugly smile? A dark tooth or black lines around old-fashioned crowns? Call us today if you are seriously considering changing your smile. We can help you smile again!
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Throughout my years of doing Invisalign, I’m continually amazed at the results we can achieve through just 6 to 12 months of treatment. In the case shown above, we were able to close all of Mary’s spaces in just 6 months! If you have spaces between your teeth or crowded teeth, or your teeth have shifted from the time you had your braces taken off, you owe it to yourself to have an Invisalign consult to see what it can do for you.
Call our office for a free Invisalign consultation! 817-292-5957
You can also visit our website and see our Invisalign Gallery at www.hulendental.com
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If you feel you’re teeth are hopeless, don’t fret! The before/after photos above should give you hope! With 2011 dental technology, a mouth is never beyond repair! However, you HAVE to be in experienced hands. Not only can it be a very costly procedure, but it is your mouth and health at stake. Do not just settle on a dentist that you THINK can do it. If a dentist can do it, you should be free to ask a lot of questions and the dentist should not be offended if you would like to seek a second opinion (after all, they are YOUR teeth and YOUR decision; this is not a hard sell at a used-car lot!) Also, they should be able to show you many before/after photos of cases that they have done.
If you would like to know more about our office and cases that we’ve done, there are more of our photos on this blog as well as our website: www.hulendental.com. Come see us! We will visit with you in a calm, stress-free atmosphere with no pressure. Hope to see you soon! 817-292-5957
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If you have old crowns and bridges in the front of your mouth, it may be time to brighten things up a bit. With a some teeth whitening first, and then replacing a some old dental work, you can have that dazzling smile you’ve always wanted! Don’t delay! Call us today and schedule a free smile evaluation visit. 817-292-5957 www.hulendental.com
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It is simply amazing what Invisalign can do to straighten your teeth. This case is a great example. At first glance, one would assume that the crowded tooth may have to be pulled because it doesn’t look like there’s any room to move it back into place.
Invisalign doesn’t just move teeth. It also expands the arch by placing gentle pressure on specific areas. The case shown above was accomplished in just over a year!
When teeth begin to crowd and become crooked, it only becomes worse year-by-year. So don’t delay, call us today for a free Invisalign consultation to see if you’d be a good candidate for Invisalign (817) 292-5957 or visit or website at www.hulendental.com
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If you’ve been happy with the care you’ve received at our office, share your experiences with others! There are so many people out there that are not happy at their current dental office. Let them know there is a difference. Here are a few sites:
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You’re the patient. It’s YOUR teeth, it’s YOUR health…you have a choice. If you’ve lived your whole life in fear of the dentist, you deserve to find a dentist that has your well-being and comfort as their number one priority. You deserve a dental staff that’s equally commited to your health and making sure that you feel right at home each time you visit the office. Please visit our website and see for yourself! www.hulendental.com We can’t wait to meet you! 817-292-5957
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