Benefits of Implants Over Dentures

In this post, we discuss the benefits of dental implants over dentures and the pros and cons of implants vs dentures.

A majority of adults age 35 and over are missing at least one tooth or more. Many others suffer from gum disease which threatens the loss of additional teeth.

When you are missing teeth, there are generally two options that dentists recommend to restore your smile: dentures or dental implants.

If you find yourself in this situation, you are probably wondering what are the differences between dentures and dental implants, what are the pros and cons of implants vs dentures, and which is right for you?


What are dental implants?

Dental ImplantsImplants are false teeth consisting of a titanium post covered by a crown or denture that are surgically implanted into the jawbone.look and feel like real teeth. At one time dentures were the only replacement option for missing teeth but implants have grown greatly in popularity.


Benefits of dental implants

  • Preserves jawbone and maintains natural facial structure
  • Have a higher success rate than dentures
  • Helps restore normal chewing capacity
  • Function and feel like natural teeth
  • Strong, stable and securely attached to the jaw
  • No need for creams or adhesives
  • Easy care and cleaning
  • Fit comfortably
  • Long-lasting

Related: Are dental implants painful?


Cons of implants

  • More expensive than dentures
  • Not everyone is a candidate for implants


What are dentures?

Dentures are removable false teeth plates which with artificial teeth to replace missing teeth as well as some of the gum tissue. Dentures can be taken out and put back into the mouth as needed. Full dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or in both jaws. Partial dentures are used to fill in gaps between the remaining natural teeth.

Related: Doomed to dentures?


Benefits of dentures

  • Lower upfront costs than implants
  • Non-invasive procedure
  • Not difficult to adjust as needed


Cons of dentures

  • Decreasing jawbone quality may lead to further deterioration of facial structure
  • Can feel fake and unnatural
  • Do not look as real as implants
  • Can slip and move around
  • May cause discomfort
  • Requires creams and adhesives
  • Can’t eat certain foods
  • Will wear to the point where they need to be remade or relined
  • Need to be removed frequently for cleaning


Cost of implants vs dentures

The up-front cost of dentures will be more affordable compared to implants for tooth replacement. When you add in the additional costs for dentures, including buying fixatives, cleaning solutions and denture replacement every 7-15 years, the cost of dentures goes up. The average life-span of dental implants is 25 years, meaning as a long-term investment, implants can be cheaper than dentures.


Comfort of implants

Dental implants are considered to be much more comfortable than dentures. Dentures can slip and move around when eating or speaking, causing discomfort and embarrassment. Dentures can irritate your gums. Dentures also require more maintenance and the use of adhesive paste and creams

Dental implants will function and feel more like your natural teeth. You clean them just like your real teeth, and also continue to eat all the foods you love, and generally treat them just like your normal teeth, giving you much more freedom.


Ready to learn more about dental implants?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up a free dental implant consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience as a cosmetic dentist in Plano and can answer all your questions and has the ability to minimize any pain. He will be able to determine if this is right for you.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.

Causes of Toothaches

Causes of Toothaches

Just about everyone has suffered from a toothache at some point. They can cause you pain, headaches, and suffering that interfere with your everyday life.

In most cases, a toothache is caused by a cavity and tooth decay. They’re not the only causes of toothaches though. You can have a toothache even when you don’t have a single cavity.

For you to be better informed, we have created a list of causes of toothaches so you can learn what could be causing yours.

Have a toothache in the Plano, Texas area? Call Dr. Wilhite for Treatment: (972) 964-3774


TMJ Pain ReliefCauses of Toothaches

  • Tooth Decay
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Fractures
  • Temperature Sensitivity
  • Damaged Fillings
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Brushing Too Hard
  • Chewing Gum
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth
  • Orthodontic Alignment


Tooth Decay

The most common reason for a toothache is tooth decay. Most people know when they have a toothache that it’s likely to be from a cavity. If a the ache begins to change into a sharp pain, the tooth decay may have reached the center of the tooth. This can become very painful and we won’t even have to advise you to see a dentist when it reaches that point – you’ll want to.


Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess is an infection in or around the root of the tooth which may be painful.  When tooth decay has advanced to the where it is affecting the root beneath the visible tooth, there is a high chance that the root and the surrounding tissue have become infected. This can cause widespread pulsating pain.


gum disease fact and statisticsGum Disease

Gum disease is caused by toxins secreted by bacteria in plaque buildup. Gum disease can cause red gums, bleeding gums, receding gums, and over time, result in toothaches.

Related: Gum Disease Treatment


Tooth Fractures

A tooth can be cracked or chipped in many differ cracked or chipped in many different ways. Sometimes this can happen and not result in any pain at the time it happens. Over time, the crack or fracture can spread, and enter the middle of the tooth where your nerve endings are. This can result in excruciating pain.

Related: Types of Broken Teeth


Temperature Sensitivity

For a variety of reasons, from poor dental care, brushing too hard, or teeth whitening, your tooth enamel can wear down and expose the dentin layer of your teeth over time. If you experience toothaches during or after eating or drinking something that is hot or cold, this may be the cause.

Related: The Causes of Sensitive Teeth


Tooth Extraction

Damaged Fillings

Dental fillings cover fractures, pits, and grooves in teeth, protecting sensitive areas of the tooth. If fillings become damaged, it exposes sensitive parts of your teeth to hot and cold temperatures, food, and bacteria. This can result in a toothache.


Teeth Grinding

Some people grind their teeth while they’re sleeping or during stressful situations. Teeth grinding (bruxism) can be a common reason for toothaches, as well as tooth, jaw, neck, and TMJ pain and headaches.

Related: Teeth Grinding FAQ


Brushing Too Hard

It is fairly common for people to apply to much pressure when brushing or flossing. This result of brushing too hard can cause irritated, inflamed, and bleeding gums. It can also cause gums to recede and can make teeth unstable, causing a toothache.

Related: Teaching Your Children to Brush or Floss


Chewing Gum

Chewing gum creates a repetitive motion that is repeated constantly. Over time, this may lead to TMJ Disorder and sometimes toothaches.


Misaligned Teeth

Teeth that are misaligned can press against your other teeth, pushing them out of where they should be and cause toothaches.

Related: Clear Invisalign Braces


Toothpaste and brush - What is in toothpaste?Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth can fester below the gum line and sometimes push against other teeth, causing toothaches and xtreme pain.


Orthodontic Alignment

Braces, retainers, and other dental alignment systems are a common cause for oral discomfort and aching pain among teeth.

Related: What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?


Ready for your dental appointment in the Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your examination. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience helping patients to keep their smiles healthy. He will be able to identify possible issues and recommend further treatments if needed.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped thousands of patients with a wide variety of dental health issues from general to cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, TMJ treatment, dental implants and full mouth restorations.

Tips for Making Brushing and Flossing a Habit

Tips for Brushing and Flossing Habit

The most important thing you can do for your dental health is to properly brush and floss your teeth each day.

Not everyone finds it so easy to brush and floss as often as they should though. We believe there’s always a way to make an improvement in your life and take on a new healthy habit.

In this post, we give you some tips that can help make brushing and flossing a habit in your life.


How to make brushing and flossing a habit

  • Make it a part of your routine
  • Attach brushing/flossing to existing habits
  • Give yourself a reminder
  • Keep floss in different places
  • Create a reward for yourself
  • Give yourself 21 days to succeed


brushing your teeth routineMake it a part of your routine

In order to make your brushing and flossing a habit, you will need to work at making it something that is automatic. This is the hardest part of any new habit. You need to make it so normal that you no longer have to think about it, you just do it because it’s a habit. So how do you make it a habit?

Related: What order do I brush, floss, mouthwash?

Attach brushing/flossing to existing habits

The best way to accomplish making brushing and flossing a new habit is to attach it to existing habits and make it a part of your existing routine.

If you shower every day, then make it a point to add brushing to your routine when you get out of the shower. Or brush right before you leave for work every morning. Make an evening routine for brushing and flossing as well. It might be: change into sleepwear, wash your face and then brush your teeth before grabbing a book to read in bed.

The important thing is that brushing and flossing have a specific time in your routine. Just do the same routine each morning and night and brushing will become natural and easy.


Tips for Brushing Your Teeth


Post it noteGive yourself a reminder

Try creating a new reminder that will alert you and remind you to brush or floss. Some people use a post-it note. It doesn’t even need to have anything written on it, but you’ll know what it means when you see it in the bathroom mirror.

Others try putting their toothbrush or box of floss out in a new visible spot in the bathroom. You could also set yourself alarms on your mobile phone. Setting up reminders can help you get in the habit of brushing and flossing at the same time each day.

The key to a new habit is changing it from something new to something routine. After a few weeks, you won’t need to set your alarm anymore, you’ll just do it automatically.

Related: Is gum disease reversible?


Keep floss in different places

Get yourself some extra packages of floss and keep them in places other than the bathroom. Maybe one roll in your glove compartment, one in your workout bag, and one in your bag or purse. When you’re starting out trying to get a new habit going, it might be helpful to have floss around in case you forget at home.


Create a reward for yourself

Sometimes a little bribery works in helping to get a new habit established. If you have a favorite TV program to watch every night after dinner, then let that become a reward for brushing. Don’t let yourself watch it until you’ve brushed and flossed. Another good thing is that this helps you establish a new habit that becomes automatic. You eat dinner, you brush and floss and then you watch TV. After a few weeks, it starts to become very normal and easy to do.

With some creativity, you can establish other rewards for yourself. The idea is just to find one that works. Maybe some time on Facebook becomes your reward for flossing. Maybe you give yourself a dessert after dinner only if you brushed or flossed the night before. You can put money in a jar to save for a present for yourself. If you’re brushing and flossing, you really will be saving yourself money on dental work, so maybe spend that money on yourself instead.

Related: Causes of Sensitive Teeth

21 days to new habitGive yourself 21 days to succeed (at least)

It takes more than willpower to create a new habit. You need to do the new habit enough times that it becomes automatic, and not something you have to think about.

Popular psychology websites and advice columns routinely say it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. Research has shown that that is sometimes true. Sometimes it takes even longer.

It will take some commitment on your part no matter how long it takes. Just understand that flossing every day, or any other new years resolution is not going to happen just because you want it to. It’s going to take work to establish a new habit and routine.


Ready for your dental appointment in the Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your examination. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience helping patients to keep their smiles healthy. He will be able to identify possible issues and recommend further treatments if needed.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Dentist in Plano, Texas who has helped thousands of patients with a wide variety of dental health issues from general to cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear bracesTMJ treatmentdental implants and full mouth restorations.

Invisalign Five Millions Smiles

Invisalign five million smilesInvisalign has announced that they have reached five million smiles with the Invisalign clear aligner system. 

This is a huge milestone for the clear braces system that has become the favored alternative to traditional metal braces.

“It’s very rewarding to see how rapidly Invisalign treatment is growing around the world. I can’t believe our first ‘million’ took ten years to achieve, while our fifth ‘million’ only took one year,” said Joe Hogan, president and CEO of Align Technology.


Five Million Invisalign Smiles

“To date, over 1 million teenagers have started orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. The introduction of Invisalign Teen with Mandibular Advancement gives Invisalign providers even more confidence that they can deliver great outcomes and great treatment experience to teens in their practices.”

Related: What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?

To mark this major milestone, Align Technology is reaffirming its previous commitment to help provide treatment to children around the world born with cleft lip and cleft palate, and will donate $1 to Operation Smile for every public share of a photo of a person’s smile on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #5MillionSmiles — for a total donation of up to $1 million.


The Five Millionth Smile Is…

Hadi Somakih, a 12-year-old from Ontario, Canada is the 5 millionth Invisalign patient to choose the clear aligners to straighten his teeth. Hadi can now say that “My superpower is smiling”.

Hadi’s Superpower: His Invisalign® Smile

About Invisalign

Invisalign Preferred ProviderInvisalign is a nearly invisible method of straightening your teeth and an alternative to traditional metal braces. 

Invisalign patients are fitted with removable, see-through aligners that have been customized to fit their teeth. The aligners gradually cause your teeth to shift their position slightly over a period of two weeks.

After two weeks, you will receive a new set of aligners to be worn for the next two weeks. The aligners, which are removable, provide a number of benefits over traditional braces.

Because Invisalign braces are virtually invisible, no one may even notice that you’re wearing them.

Related: Invisalign Braces – Frequently Asked Questions

Contact us for a free consultation to learn if Invisalign is right for you!

Dr. David WilhiteAre you ready to learn more about Invisalign braces in the Plano, Texas area?

Phone us at (972) 964-3774

Dr. David Wilhite is certified by Align Technology as a Preferred Invisalign Provider in Plano, Texas with over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry



Holiday Dental Tips for Kids

Holiday Dental TipsDental health is important at every time of the year, all through your life. For kids, it’s important that we establish good dental habits.

During the holiday season though, your kid’s dental health will be put to the test. Snack trays, sweets, pastries and sugary temptations will be everywhere. Well-meaning grownups and grandparents will be more than happy to fill them up with treats.

We want to make sure your children stay healthy during the holidays and don’t head into their next appointment with new cavities.

In order to help, we’re going to share some holiday dental tips for kids provided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Read the tips below to keep your kids healthy.


Healthy Habits to keep your kids smiling through the holidays and into the new year.

The holiday season is always a busy time, especially for families. With kids out of school, a steady stream of festivities and a new year to plan for, the rhythm of everyday life gets put on hold. And sometimes that means good oral health routines and habits go out the window too.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) wants to remind parents and caregivers that the holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits. This includes good brushing, flossing and eating habits that are essential for healthy teeth.

  • The AAPDS recommends that a child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist should be by the AGE OF ONE or when the FIRST TOOTH APPEARS. Regular check-ups should occur every SIX MONTHS.
  • Parents should help their children brush their teeth TWICE DAILY – after breakfast and before bedtime are ideal. It’s recommended that parents/caregivers supervise the brushing for school-age children until they are 7 to 8 years of age.
  • The BEST TOOTHBRUSHES for children have soft, round-ended (polished) bristles that clean while being gentle on the gums. The handle should be proportionate to the size of the child’s hand.
  • Parents can begin FLOSSING for their children when two teeth are touching. Children can begin flossing on their own around age 7.
  • Look for FLOURIDE TOOTHPASTE with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
  • Sugary candy, food, and drinks are part of the holidays. With this, the risk of cavities and poor dental health also increases. Parents should try to moderate sugar intake, and WATCH OUT FOR CARBONATED DRINKS, which actually erode teeth more than sweetened drinks.
  • Keep an eye on on snacking – ideally, children should have NO MORE THAN THREE SNACK TIMES a day.
  • COOKED STARCHES CAN LEAD TO CAVITIES just as sugars can. In fact, cooked starches such as bread, crackers, pasta, pretzels and potato chips frequently take longer to clear the mouth than sugars.
  • LIMIT SUGAR INTAKE by checking labels and buying sugar-free varieties of food options, if available.
  • CHEESES such as aged cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella and Monterey Jack are great as a snack or to eat after a meal because they clear the mouth of food and neutralize the acids that attack teeth.

This story originally appeared on The Mouth Monsters

Healthy Habits at the Holidays Infographic

We hope that you will take these recommendations into consideration for your own children during the holiday season. We want to help parents establish good dental health habits for children so they get a good foundation for health as adults.

Plano Dentist David WilhiteDavid Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in children’s pediatric dentistry with over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with children’s dental carethumb sucking and pacifier usedental fears in children and baby dental care.

Keep your child smiling now and in the future!

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