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A bright, restored smile can be a game-changer for those with severe tooth decay or a dental injury, but many people are unclear on the differences between two of the most popular restorative dental treatments: dental crowns and dental implants. The choice between getting a dental implant vs crown will depend on the severity of decay or trauma, your desired results, your budget, your health, and other factors you can discuss with your dentist. Here’s a general overview of the two treatments to get you started:


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Patients are turning to dental implants for tooth loss because of the long-term, natural looking results. The benefits of dental implants offered by Dr. Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. include the elimination of bone loss and possible effects on neighboring teeth. While bridges and dentures also offer reliable, solutions for tooth loss, they are uncomfortable and cumbersome on the patient. When dental implants are placed and properly cared for, they can last you a lifetime. Unlike dentures and bridges, the dental implant process includes the benefits of osseointegration.


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Very few people are blessed with perfectly straight adult teeth, which is why orthodontics is such a popular branch of dentistry. Invisalign and braces are effective in shifting teeth into their proper position over time, but the treatments have many differences. If you’re looking to improve your smile but you’re not sure which orthodontic treatment is right for you, here are the main differences between Invisalign and traditional braces.


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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a term referring to a number of clinical problems involving the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJs) and associated muscles and structures of the jaw area. Several researchers have found clicking and popping noises in the jaw joints to be present in 40-60% of the general population. Considering that normal, healthy TMJs are completely silent at all times, the 40-60% figure is a rather staggering one to consider. The good news is that TMD symptoms are variable in nature, with most being a mild annoyance. A small percentage of patients with TMD have symptoms which degenerate into crippling chronic pain and limited jaw mobility. A recent National Institute of Health study indicates that over nine million Americans suffer from TMJ pain of some level on a regular basis.


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While dental crowns may not have the luster of the crowns of royalty, they can have a powerful effect on saving your smile. Often when we don’t take proper care of our teeth, they can wear away and lose their strength and shape. There are a number of things that can contribute to tooth decay including skipping regular dental visits, eating hard candy and the obvious: not brushing one’s teeth.






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