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Posts for: September, 2014

By Jill Markos, DDS
September 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Dental implants can be a true smile saver for the right candidate. Not only do they serve their purpose to replace the missing tooth, but they stimulate bone growth in the jaw, leading to a healthier mouth, overall. But how do you know if they're right for you?

You’re young

And no, you don’t have to be a spring chicken. If you’re in need of a new tooth or teeth, but feel like you’re just too young for removable dentures, you may be the perfect candidate for dental implants from your Vancouver dentist, Dr. Jill Markos. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to get dentures when you’ve got years ahead of you. You want to be sure that your mouth remains healthy and your smile beautiful for the rest of your life, and when you’re young, it’s a wise investment.

You’re healthy

Dental implants can require multiple surgeries: one to extract the tooth if it is still in the mouth and one to install the implant, itself. Because the mouth is full of bacteria that can get into the open area, antibiotics may be required for the procedure. Antibiotics can sometimes strip the intestines of good flora, so it’s essential that the patient has a strong immune system that can both fight off infection and handle the medicine. It’s also essential that your mouth have good bone density so that the implant takes properly and is able to integrate into your jawbone.

Dental Implants

You take good care of your mouth

Just because you need a dental implant doesn’t mean you don’t take excellent care of your mouth; not all teeth need to be removed due to decay. But you absolutely must practice optimal oral hygiene both between and after the surgeries to install the implants. Just like any other cosmetic dentistry procedures, maintaining good oral health will help the implants last as long as possible, which for many, is a lifetime. Smokers and those with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, may not be the best candidate and just as any other patient, will need to speak with Dr. Markos before a decision can be made.

Call Jill Markos, DDS Today!

Dental implants involve a lot of commitment but are an excellent option for tooth replacement for those that meet the requirements. To see if implants are right for you, contact the Vancouver dental office of Dr. Jill Markos today. Have you recieved Dental Implants at Jill Markos, DDS? If so, we would love to hear about your experince below!

By Jill Markos DDS
September 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  
It’s amazing how much a smile can change a person. When you have a healthy smile, you often feel your best. In fact, one study found that 81 percent of people believe that the smile is the most important part of one’s facial appearance. A whopping 71 percent thought that people who smiled often were more confident and successful. So it seems fair to say that someone’s smile is a big part of them. So why shouldn’t you have the best smile possible? If you’ve been dealing with chips or cracks and you’re ready to give your smile a serious makeover, then your Vancouver, WA dentist has just the answer for you: dental crowns and bridges.

What are Dental Crowns?

In case you aren’t familiar, crowns are porcelain caps that are fitted over a tooth to restore its function and appearance. Dental crowns in Vancouver, WA is often recommended when tooth decay has taken over a significant part of the tooth.
Dental Crowns ImageYour Vancouver, WA cosmetic dentist will shave down your tooth to make room for the crown. We will make impressions and send them to a lab that will create a custom crown that is all yours. Crowns mimic the look of a natural tooth right down to your natural shade, so you don’t have to worry about having an uneven or unnatural-looking smile. No one will ever know that your smile isn’t yours (don’t worry—your secret’s safe with us!).
Most crowns last about eight years or more, depending on how well you take care of your smile. Remember, your daily oral regime is extremely important. This means flossing around your crown to prevent plaque buildup. Also, avoiding hard candies and food will protect your crown from damage. If you are good to your crown, your crown will be good to you!

What are Dental Bridges Used For?

If you’re dealing with a row of missing teeth, then dental bridges in Vancouver, WA might just be the answer to your dental needs. Bridges are typically made from porcelain and replace multiple teeth. This appliance is attached to existing teeth or dental implants to restore your smile and help make meals easier. Bridges are also custom-made, so they are barely noticeable. While there are several types of bridges, your Vancouver, WA dentist will be happy to find the perfect one for you.

Call Jill Markos DDS for Dental Crowns and Bridges

Want to give your smile the makeover it deserves? Now is the time to pick up the phone and contact your area dentist in 98663 at (360) 693-2544. We’ll help restore your smile and your confidence.
Have dental crowns and bridges in Vancouver changed your life? What has been the best part about getting this treatment? We want to hear from you!