Category: Dental Implants

FAQs: Replacing Lost Teeth with Innovative Dental Implants


Do you have one or more missing teeth? According to a study commissioned by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one permanent tooth. Fortunately, dental implants provide a secure and lifelike method of replacing lost teeth.

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Quiz: What are Partial Dentures?


Tooth loss can lead to a number of health and esthetic issues. To maintain your dental health, you need to replace your missing teeth with as quality prosthetic. Partial dentures can help return your smile to full function and health.

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Dental Implants for Quality of Life

OlderWomanEatingSaladIf you are missing teeth, deciding on the best restorative replacement options is often an overwhelming and daunting task. Many people are understandably intrigued by the dental implant options, as the technology offers the most tooth-like means of replacement. Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson can provide information about dental implants that might help you come to an educated decision.

Dental Implants

Dental implants consist of biocompatible titanium posts that are anchored to the jaw bone to create an attachment point for a variety of denture types. The permanently attached implant posts allow security for prosthetic teeth, and mimic the structure of your smile so your body continues to send minerals and nutrients to your jawbone. This helps avoid jawbone deterioration and facial collapse which have been known to occur when teeth are missing. Single Dental Implants are a great solution when there is only one missing tooth. However, multiple teeth replacement and full arch replacement are also options. Your dental implant retained dentures are made of high quality materials color-matched to your surrounding teeth and gums. This means that you’ll be able to flash a seamless smile and your jaw will continue to reap the benefits of healthy density.

Dental Implants for a Gorgeous Smile

There are many advantages to dental implants. While methods such as implant anchored dentures, or removable full dentures might be a little easier on your wallet, the results are hard to compare to dental implant retained dentures. Removable traditional dentures can affect speech, sense of taste, chewing

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How Dentures Affect Your Health

dentures close upHave you ever grown so frustrated with your dentures that you considered doing away with them altogether? If so, may have wondered how living without dentures would affect your health. Unfortunately, as your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, notes, tooth loss can negatively affect your health in a couple of ways. First, having no dentures severely limits the foods that you can consume. In fact, people who suffer tooth loss sometimes suffer malnutrition as a result of their avoiding certain foods. Without teeth, people will often ignore vegetables and even many proteins, relying instead on a diet that is heavy in carbohydrates. Unfortunately, carbohydrates alone do not constitute a healthy diet. They also feed oral bacteria, which can cause further oral health problems. Lastly, without teeth, the food that arrives in the stomach may not be broken down adequately. Thus, the body has a more difficult time extracting nutrients from the food, creating nutrition problems.

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Des Moines IA Dentist Challenges You to a Quiz on Dentures

quiz black lettersDentures can drastically transform a person’s life by restoring missing teeth. However, in some cases, wearing dentures can cause just as many problems as they solve. To learn more about dentures and your options for improving their function and their comfort, try the following quiz from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, and consult the answer key below.

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MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

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Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm