Porcelain Veneers Hillsboro OR

Dental implants are generally used to replace missing teeth. This can be one tooth, a couple of teeth or the complete mouthful of teeth. However, for each of those it is a slightly different procedure. The basis for each is the same for our Implant Dentist in Hillsboro OR. What are dental implants? Good question.

Implant Dentist

There are several ways to replace a missing tooth. You can use a bridge, a partial denture, or you can use a more permanent solution called a dental tooth implant. As the name suggests, something is implanted. However, it is not a tooth that is implanted, it is a metal rod. This rod is surgically placed into the jaw bone. Once the implantation has healed, a tooth is attached to the steel implant.

That’s fine for one tooth. When a couple of teeth need replacing, it is quite common to have one more dental implants with the space between filled using a bridge. A bridge, as the name suggests, bridges a gap. This is a permanent fixture. Dental implants are placed into the jaw followed by tooth attachments. A bridge is then glued across the gap the third method used utilizes two different procedures. When replacing all the teeth in the mouth, you can either opt for a series of implants and bridges, or you can opt for approximately six implants with a denture then attached to those implants. This ongoing cost will exceed the cost of dental implant, more so the younger you are. If you have choice, and you can afford the upfront payment, go for the dental implant.

How Do You Select The Best Implant Dentist in Hillsboro OR?

Dental Implant Infection After Surgery

Dental implants offer patients the ability to enjoy life without worry of pain, loose dentures or embarrassment caused by missing teeth. While there are few dental insurance plans that offer coverage for this treatment, prices are becoming more reasonable as years go by. If you're intent on moving forward with your dental implant procedure but are unsure of the best way to finance it, the steps below will help you decide on the best route to turn.

Step 1 - Head down to your bank, credit union or favorite lending establishment and apply for a line of credit to be tied to your home or car as a way to enderwrite your treatment. This method works wonderfully, and will allow you to keep your property while making low interest payments to the lender over a period of months and years. If you're credit is tied into real estate investments you even have the ability to write off the interest on the loan. If your tax return is itemized, you should discuss the ability to write off a portion of the surgery with your accountant.

Step 5 - Apply for a credit card that is issued for the sole purpose of dental and medical emergencies. This will allow you to pay off your bill over time, with some even offering interest free plans to qualified applicants.

Step 6 - It's a rough option, but there's always saving. Try taking 20% of your income and putting it aside for your procedure. If you can't afford 20%, then opt for 10%. Not only will you not have to worry about paying off the debt after the procedure is over, but you will owe less in the long run by avoiding the interest you would otherwise accrue.

Causes of Dental Implant Failure

Tooth Pain

Dental implants are created by putting a titanium implant into the jaw and connecting a ceramic crown once the jaw has fused the implant. Once this occurs, the dental implant is secured in place. A wide variety of techniques can be utilized depending on the state of the implant site. One quick method can be completed in one single day, and can be done if the tooth is replaced in a healthy gum over good bone. Grafting or growing new bone is considered very complex and can take up to half a year or longer to do. If a tooth needs to be extracted because it is decayed or damaged, as long as the surrounding gum is not damaged, the dental implant may be installed the same time as when the broken tooth is removed. This procedure will typically include a temporary crown and later replaced with a permanent crown once the bone fusion is complete. While heeling, it may be best to avoid certain foods after the dental implant has been installed. Common dental implants occur through a process of stages. An implant is installed to the jaw bone and will need to fuse for roughly 3-6 months. Once this stage is complete, a post, known as an abutment, is put in the implant. Then the casts are removed off of the teeth and a crown made to match the existing tooth is adhered to the abutment. When the bone structure is weak, one of the most complicated dental implant procedures can take place. In some cases a bone graft might be needed, or the bone can be stimulated to grow. The bone must be allowed to heal before the dental implant is installed. This can make the process very lengthy. A custom fit plate can be placed between the jaw and gum if the bone structure is not in good condition for a dental implant. In order to obtain accurate measurements a CAT scan may be utilized or a cast cane be made by exposing the jaw. Visit with your dentist to discuss which dental implant procedure is right for you. Your dentist could possibly perform the surgery at their office, or in more extreme cases, you may be referred to a periodontist. More information regarding dental implants can be obtained at eZ-search.us

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Eating well with only a few teeth - or eating with no teeth - soft food ideas

My husband has no teeth for chewing so he needs to eat soft foods. I've become an expert in finding soft foods to cook and preparing delicious easy-to-chew homemade meals.

On this page, you will find a list of soft foods and tips on preparing meals.

So, whether you are recovering from dental surgery, or have a longer need for eating soft foods, I hope that you will find some of these ideas and tips helpful!

2013 Update:

I have recently found that eating only soft foods is a bit limiting, so I regularly cook up "normal" meals and use this hand blender to blend it into an easy-to-chew meal. This enables him to eat just about anything - from pizza to hamburgers to Chinese food! I just cut it up, and add some water or other liquid if necessary, and blend away! I usually blend it in a soup bowl with tall sides and I use a spoon to stir up the food as needed.

July 2014 Update: We found a hand chopper that works to chop or puree food without any electricity!

Above Picture: Soft Foods we commonly purchase: Instant Oatmeal, Baked Beans, Canned Tuna, Refried Beans, Canned Chicken Breast

Photos & Page Copyright by Hotbrain (Me)

List of Soft Foods to Buy at the Grocery Store

A Shopping List to Follow

These are foods we commonly buy and require little preparation to become soft. There is some trial and error so please use your own judgement.

Crackers, bread, and cereal tend to get soft in your mouth if you take your time. Some brands and types will be easier to eat than others, so experimentation may be necessary!

Cottage Cheese is a Favorite Snack!

I always try to keep cottage cheese in the fridge.

He likes to spice up cottage cheese by adding garlic & onion powder, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce!

Many people also like fruit in their cottage cheese, but I think you might have to puree the fruit in a chopper first.

Prepared Foods that are Soft - For when you don't want to cook

Sometimes I don't want to cook and I don't want to mess with a food processor... So I've been trying to find things that I can buy that are already soft.

From Homemade Stew to Puree in 5 Seconds! - Yay! Now my love can eat homemade stew with all of the good stuff in it!

I recently bought a chopper, and we have been very pleased. I used to make stew, but no matter how small I cut the meat, or how much meat tenderizer I put on it, it never became easy enough to chew. This was quite disappointing, so I stopped making stew.

Then one day we had dinner at a relative's house. It is usually embarrassing to explain how you can't eat the food they serve, but this relative was very understanding and put the steak in a chopper. The chopper cut up the steak into tiny pieces. It was then easy to eat and still very flavorful! That's when we decided that we needed to get a chopper. We had a little one, but it just wasn't up to the job.

Are you wishing you could eat chips?

Here's an alternative...

Cheese Puffs are a salty snack food that's easy to chew! These soft and airy snacks are a great alternative to chips.

Chicken Egg & Cheese Sandwich

The first recipe I invented using the chopper

I think I got the idea for this recipe by watching the Magic Bullet Blender commercial too many times!

Ingredients

Cooked Chicken Meat

Hard Boiled Egg

Colby Cheese

Mayonnaise

Mustard

Pepper

Salt

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

* Sorry I don't have any quantities on this. I guess that's up to you to experiment! But let's just say, there was more chicken than egg and cheese!

I chopped the chicken, egg, and cheese, each separately in our new mini-chopper. Then I mixed in the rest of the ingredients. While you can eat this as a soft salad, we put it on some bread and made a sandwich out of it. When buying a soft bread, look for something that doesn't have seeds or grains in it. Sourdough, Potato, White, or Whole Wheat breads are good choices. We've found that wheat breads with added fiber are sometimes the softest! However, sometimes they are chewy... A favorite brand we used to like has recently become too chewy and so we had to switch.

Tips on Cooking Soft Meals for Someone Else

Experiment!

If you wonder if a food is soft enough, why not try putting it in your mouth and see if it falls apart without chewing. Feel free to move your tongue around. If it falls apart, then you've found a soft food.

Many recipes can be adapted to become soft foods by putting the ingredients in a food processor.. Casserole recipes are often easily adapted. Just process each ingredient, and then mix together and bake. Cover with foil to keep the top layer from becoming hard.

Most adults do not want to eat bland baby food. They would prefer to eat tasty things, even if they can't chew. Part of the taste comes from having the ingredients separated... If you mix too many ingredients together, it might be a soft meal but may not taste good. This makes cooking a challenge. Some dishes come out fine all processed together. We've found that Chinese and Asian dishes often taste quite good. For example, teriyaki chicken with rice and vegetables - it can all go in a food processor and still taste great. Also, some pasta dishes come out well when blended together.

The Big Cereal Challenge

Cereal should get soft in milk, right?

That's what you'd think! But sometimes they don't.

There's no real way to know if a certain cereal is a soft food until you try it yourself. However, here are the ones that we've found to be soft:

Crunchy Oat Squares

Rice Chex (and Rice Pockets, and other generic brands)

Corn Chex (and Corn Pockets, and other generic brands)

Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites

Although I read that "Corn Flakes" is on a suggestion list of soft foods, we recently bought a box of generic brand corn flakes which didn't get soft enough in milk!

Also, we've found that Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites get soft enough, but for some reason their similar Mini-Wheats don't get fully soft... However we may have to try them again in awhile (or try a different brand).

With cereal, you never know without trying! It seems that a big thing is for cereal to be "crunchy." Most of the crunchy cereals really are crunchy and not good soft foods. The Crunchy Oat Squares pictured here are the exception.

Eating Out at Restaurants and Fast Food

We often order take-out so that we can blend up food at home

We just came back from vacation. Finding soft food on the menu can be difficult. Here's what we did:

Sonic Drive-In: If you are lucky enough to have a Sonic nearby, try the Sonic Chili Cheese Tots.

Burger King Breakfast: Try the egg and cheese on a biscuit sandwich. So fluffy and delicious.

Restaurants and Diners: Try Fish & Chips, and substitute mashed potatoes for the fries. Also if they have Biscuits and Gravy on the menu, that's a reliably soft food.

Finding soft food on a restaurant menu is difficult. We did bring our hand blender with and for part of the trip we bought food at the grocery store and brought it back to the room.

A Few Tips on Nutrition, Proper Digestion, and More

Please take care of your health

Remember to pretend to chew your food, even if it's all pureed, or even if you don't have any teeth. The movement of chewing will stimulate your salivary glands to release saliva, which has enzymes to begin the digestion of food. If you skip this step, your food may not be digested as well.

Also, avoid swallowing whole pieces of food. It may give you an upset stomach and you may not absorb as much nutrition.

If this is a long term situation, I recommend a chopper because then you can eat more varieties of food, which is probably healthier.

Breakfast drinks, protein shakes, and similar nutritional drinks may be a good solution if you are finding it hard to get enough nutrition.

I wish I had advice about eating out, or about eating at other people's houses. I guess you have a few choices. Eat ahead if you don't think you can eat what's being served. Be honest, and see if they can prepare a meal that you can eat, or chop it. Perhaps bring your own chopper with (we have found this hand powered one to be most portable). Remember, your health is important, even if it's embarrassing to tell people that you don't have the teeth needed to chew the food. However, remember that people's feelings may be hurt if they think you are not eating because you don't like the food, so if you tell them it's about you, not them, it might help the situation.

Improve your Diet by Supplementing with Protein Powder

Add protein to milk, smoothies, and other drinks.

I haven't tried supplementing with protein, but I know many people do. If you're interested, you can read reviews and compare prices online.

Please don't be embarrassed!

🙂

There are so many reasons you might need soft food. My husband had a rare tumor removed years ago that destroyed many of his teeth and altered the structure of his mouth and sinus cavity. Despite having health insurance and dental insurance, he was unable to get dental implants.

So I know there are many reasons that you might have dental problems or problems with chewing and I hope that this page helps you and your family to not only enjoy delicious food, but to know that you are not alone in facing this challenge.

Who needs soft foods and no-chew foods?

It's more common than you may think

There are many reasons people might have dental problems, no teeth or only a few teeth, or people need soft foods because they have trouble chewing or swallowing. Possible reasons:

- Seniors may need easy-to-chew foods. Years of wear can cause dental problems that may be too expensive or impractical to repair.

- People who have had dental surgery, like a root canal or removal of a wisdom tooth, might need soft foods while their mouth is healing.

- Sometimes people who have a stroke need easy-to-chew foods because of difficulty with chewing.

- Sometimes tumors, cancer, or trauma can cause the emergency removal of teeth and sometimes insurance doesn't cover complete repair or implants because they may consider it cosmetic.

Causes of Dental Implant Failure

Dental Implant Surgery Aftercare

Eating well with only a few teeth - or eating with no teeth - soft food ideas

My husband has no teeth for chewing so he needs to eat soft foods. I've become an expert in finding soft foods to cook and preparing delicious easy-to-chew homemade meals.

On this page, you will find a list of soft foods and tips on preparing meals.

So, whether you are recovering from dental surgery, or have a longer need for eating soft foods, I hope that you will find some of these ideas and tips helpful!

2013 Update:

I have recently found that eating only soft foods is a bit limiting, so I regularly cook up "normal" meals and use this hand blender to blend it into an easy-to-chew meal. This enables him to eat just about anything - from pizza to hamburgers to Chinese food! I just cut it up, and add some water or other liquid if necessary, and blend away! I usually blend it in a soup bowl with tall sides and I use a spoon to stir up the food as needed.

July 2014 Update: We found a hand chopper that works to chop or puree food without any electricity!

Above Picture: Soft Foods we commonly purchase: Instant Oatmeal, Baked Beans, Canned Tuna, Refried Beans, Canned Chicken Breast

Photos & Page Copyright by Hotbrain (Me)

List of Soft Foods to Buy at the Grocery Store

A Shopping List to Follow

These are foods we commonly buy and require little preparation to become soft. There is some trial and error so please use your own judgement.

Crackers, bread, and cereal tend to get soft in your mouth if you take your time. Some brands and types will be easier to eat than others, so experimentation may be necessary!

Cottage Cheese is a Favorite Snack!

I always try to keep cottage cheese in the fridge.

He likes to spice up cottage cheese by adding garlic & onion powder, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce!

Many people also like fruit in their cottage cheese, but I think you might have to puree the fruit in a chopper first.

Prepared Foods that are Soft - For when you don't want to cook

Sometimes I don't want to cook and I don't want to mess with a food processor... So I've been trying to find things that I can buy that are already soft.

From Homemade Stew to Puree in 5 Seconds! - Yay! Now my love can eat homemade stew with all of the good stuff in it!

I recently bought a chopper, and we have been very pleased. I used to make stew, but no matter how small I cut the meat, or how much meat tenderizer I put on it, it never became easy enough to chew. This was quite disappointing, so I stopped making stew.

Then one day we had dinner at a relative's house. It is usually embarrassing to explain how you can't eat the food they serve, but this relative was very understanding and put the steak in a chopper. The chopper cut up the steak into tiny pieces. It was then easy to eat and still very flavorful! That's when we decided that we needed to get a chopper. We had a little one, but it just wasn't up to the job.

Are you wishing you could eat chips?

Here's an alternative...

Cheese Puffs are a salty snack food that's easy to chew! These soft and airy snacks are a great alternative to chips.

Chicken Egg & Cheese Sandwich

The first recipe I invented using the chopper

I think I got the idea for this recipe by watching the Magic Bullet Blender commercial too many times!

Ingredients

Cooked Chicken Meat

Hard Boiled Egg

Colby Cheese

Mayonnaise

Mustard

Pepper

Salt

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

* Sorry I don't have any quantities on this. I guess that's up to you to experiment! But let's just say, there was more chicken than egg and cheese!

I chopped the chicken, egg, and cheese, each separately in our new mini-chopper. Then I mixed in the rest of the ingredients. While you can eat this as a soft salad, we put it on some bread and made a sandwich out of it. When buying a soft bread, look for something that doesn't have seeds or grains in it. Sourdough, Potato, White, or Whole Wheat breads are good choices. We've found that wheat breads with added fiber are sometimes the softest! However, sometimes they are chewy... A favorite brand we used to like has recently become too chewy and so we had to switch.

Tips on Cooking Soft Meals for Someone Else

Experiment!

If you wonder if a food is soft enough, why not try putting it in your mouth and see if it falls apart without chewing. Feel free to move your tongue around. If it falls apart, then you've found a soft food.

Many recipes can be adapted to become soft foods by putting the ingredients in a food processor.. Casserole recipes are often easily adapted. Just process each ingredient, and then mix together and bake. Cover with foil to keep the top layer from becoming hard.

Most adults do not want to eat bland baby food. They would prefer to eat tasty things, even if they can't chew. Part of the taste comes from having the ingredients separated... If you mix too many ingredients together, it might be a soft meal but may not taste good. This makes cooking a challenge. Some dishes come out fine all processed together. We've found that Chinese and Asian dishes often taste quite good. For example, teriyaki chicken with rice and vegetables - it can all go in a food processor and still taste great. Also, some pasta dishes come out well when blended together.

The Big Cereal Challenge

Cereal should get soft in milk, right?

That's what you'd think! But sometimes they don't.

There's no real way to know if a certain cereal is a soft food until you try it yourself. However, here are the ones that we've found to be soft:

Crunchy Oat Squares

Rice Chex (and Rice Pockets, and other generic brands)

Corn Chex (and Corn Pockets, and other generic brands)

Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites

Although I read that "Corn Flakes" is on a suggestion list of soft foods, we recently bought a box of generic brand corn flakes which didn't get soft enough in milk!

Also, we've found that Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites get soft enough, but for some reason their similar Mini-Wheats don't get fully soft... However we may have to try them again in awhile (or try a different brand).

With cereal, you never know without trying! It seems that a big thing is for cereal to be "crunchy." Most of the crunchy cereals really are crunchy and not good soft foods. The Crunchy Oat Squares pictured here are the exception.

Eating Out at Restaurants and Fast Food

We often order take-out so that we can blend up food at home

We just came back from vacation. Finding soft food on the menu can be difficult. Here's what we did:

Sonic Drive-In: If you are lucky enough to have a Sonic nearby, try the Sonic Chili Cheese Tots.

Burger King Breakfast: Try the egg and cheese on a biscuit sandwich. So fluffy and delicious.

Restaurants and Diners: Try Fish & Chips, and substitute mashed potatoes for the fries. Also if they have Biscuits and Gravy on the menu, that's a reliably soft food.

Finding soft food on a restaurant menu is difficult. We did bring our hand blender with and for part of the trip we bought food at the grocery store and brought it back to the room.

A Few Tips on Nutrition, Proper Digestion, and More

Please take care of your health

Remember to pretend to chew your food, even if it's all pureed, or even if you don't have any teeth. The movement of chewing will stimulate your salivary glands to release saliva, which has enzymes to begin the digestion of food. If you skip this step, your food may not be digested as well.

Also, avoid swallowing whole pieces of food. It may give you an upset stomach and you may not absorb as much nutrition.

If this is a long term situation, I recommend a chopper because then you can eat more varieties of food, which is probably healthier.

Breakfast drinks, protein shakes, and similar nutritional drinks may be a good solution if you are finding it hard to get enough nutrition.

I wish I had advice about eating out, or about eating at other people's houses. I guess you have a few choices. Eat ahead if you don't think you can eat what's being served. Be honest, and see if they can prepare a meal that you can eat, or chop it. Perhaps bring your own chopper with (we have found this hand powered one to be most portable). Remember, your health is important, even if it's embarrassing to tell people that you don't have the teeth needed to chew the food. However, remember that people's feelings may be hurt if they think you are not eating because you don't like the food, so if you tell them it's about you, not them, it might help the situation.

Improve your Diet by Supplementing with Protein Powder

Add protein to milk, smoothies, and other drinks.

I haven't tried supplementing with protein, but I know many people do. If you're interested, you can read reviews and compare prices online.

Please don't be embarrassed!

🙂

There are so many reasons you might need soft food. My husband had a rare tumor removed years ago that destroyed many of his teeth and altered the structure of his mouth and sinus cavity. Despite having health insurance and dental insurance, he was unable to get dental implants.

So I know there are many reasons that you might have dental problems or problems with chewing and I hope that this page helps you and your family to not only enjoy delicious food, but to know that you are not alone in facing this challenge.

Who needs soft foods and no-chew foods?

It's more common than you may think

There are many reasons people might have dental problems, no teeth or only a few teeth, or people need soft foods because they have trouble chewing or swallowing. Possible reasons:

- Seniors may need easy-to-chew foods. Years of wear can cause dental problems that may be too expensive or impractical to repair.

- People who have had dental surgery, like a root canal or removal of a wisdom tooth, might need soft foods while their mouth is healing.

- Sometimes people who have a stroke need easy-to-chew foods because of difficulty with chewing.

- Sometimes tumors, cancer, or trauma can cause the emergency removal of teeth and sometimes insurance doesn't cover complete repair or implants because they may consider it cosmetic.

Dental Implants Information

Tooth Pain

Dental implants have become a popular alternative to dentures and bridges. They look and feel just like real teeth as the implant literally replaces the root of a lost tooth or teeth. Unfortunately, the procedure which is typically done in multiple phases often lasts for months but the healing process accounts for most of that time. The majority of people who underwent the procedure, however, agree that it is worth to wait due to esthetic and practical advantages implants offer over dentures and bridges.

Before the actual surgery during which the implant is inserted into the jawbone, the dentist performs a dental exam to evaluate the patient's gum health and the strength of jawbone that will support the implant. If the exam confirms satisfactory oral health and if jawbone is strong enough, the patient is scheduled for a surgery. But if dental exam reveals any potential risk factors that could jeopardize the success of the procedure or the patient's health, the patient is not scheduled for surgery until all risk factors are eliminated. Inadequate bone structure or strength is one of such factors which requires prior treatment, typically with transplantation of a piece of bone to the jawbone (bone grafting). The needed bone tissue is usually taken from the hip.

About two weeks after insertion of the abutment, the dentist makes an impression of the patient's mouth and other teeth in order to make as realistic artificial tooth (crown) as possible. The crown is screwed or cemented to the abutment only when the titanium post and jawbone are perfectly fused.

Most dental implant surgeries are successful. In fact, the success rate is about 98 percent. It is crucial, however, to follow the dentist's instructions and practice good oral hygiene.

Dental Implants - Problems That Can Be Avoided

Cheap Root Canal

Dental implant failures are very rare. Dental implant surgery has a success rate of 95%. Failure in surgery is due to improper selection of patients. Implants fail for numerous reasons. They could be biological or microbiological factors, biomechanical factors, biomaterial factors, or due to implant surface treatments. Complications involved in the dental implant procedure are nerve damage, infection, the body's rejection of the implant and the implant itself breaking.

The most widespread cause of dental implant failure is poor oral hygiene. The build-up of dental plaque and debris around teeth and implants results in an increased concentration of bacteria. Good oral hygiene can greatly reduce infection.

Smoking is exceptionally harmful to all oral tissues, especially when implants are present. It affects the healing of bone and soft tissue, by reducing the nutrients and minerals in the tissues and by reducing blood supply. To help keep the supporting bone and gum tissues healthy and capable of resisting infection, the implant patient should not smoke.

Cheap Root Canal

Patients and dentists often face a complex dilemma - whether to save a tooth using a root canal treatment and a permanent restoration (a filling or a crown), or remove that tooth and replace it with a dental implant and a crown. While some dentists have a strong preference for one treatment or the other, most dentists treat every patient and every tooth as a unique case. Dentists weigh the condition of the tooth, the patient's general dental and medical health, financial considerations, and the patient's preference.Deep tooth decay and trauma (accident) may damage the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is the soft inner part of the tooth; it is the part of the tooth that includes the nerve and blood vessels. The root canal is the hollow part of the tooth that contains the pulp. Root canal treatment means that the dentist removes the pulp from the tooth through a hole in the top of the tooth. The dentist fills the hollow tooth down to the tip of the root with a long lasting, rubbery material. In some cases, a hard filling to plug the hole in the biting part of the tooth is all that is necessary to restore the tooth to normal function. A tooth that is under more stress like a molar, or a tooth that has more damage requires a cap or crown to rebuild it.The success of root canal treatment is very likely, but not certain. Sometimes root canal treatment is not able to remove all of the pulp or infection. If the pulp dies because of a crack in the tooth, root canal treatment will not fix the problem. Since cracks are hard to see and diagnose, sometimes dentists treat cracked teeth without realizing. Sometimes, the shape of the root canals is so complicated that it is not possible to completely clean the canals. Sometimes, teeth are so broken down by decay or accident that it is not possible to restore those teeth even with a crown. Dentists may be able to salvage some teeth with periodontal (gum) surgery to expose more of a broken tooth. That surgery may expose more of the root of the adjacent teeth which will make those teeth sensitive and more susceptible to gum disease and decay.Dentists may attempt to repair a tooth with a questionable prognosis. Later, the patient and dentist may find that restoration is difficult or impossible, or that the does not last. Even a relatively strong tooth that receives root canal treatment and a crown may develop gum disease, decay, or fracture. It is easy to understand the importance of thorough diagnosis and planning.Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, made of titanium, that anchor crowns (caps) or dentures to the dental bone. The bone actually knits to titanium. While implants are not 100% effective, they are even more reliable than root canal treatment. Dental implant retained crowns are a reliable, aesthetic, and long lasting restoration. Gum disease, trauma, and malocclusion (bad bite) may cause an implant to fail prematurely. Implant retained crowns are not susceptible to tooth decay.Replacing a tooth with an implant takes time and planning. The restoring dentist who places the crown on the implant and the surgeon who places the implant in the bone (sometimes this is the same dentist) will take or retake a thorough health history. Dental implants are not a good option for patients who take some medications such as bisphophonates like Actonel, Aredia, and Zometa. Also, uncontrolled diabetics and some controlled diabetics who do not heal well, are not good candidates for implant surgery. There are many other medications and medical conditions that preclude implant surgery. It is the responsibility of both the surgeon and the restoring dentist to take a complete medical history and council their patients accordingly.The dentist should create models of the patient's teeth. Then, the dentist or lab technician will change the model to demonstrate the appearance of the new crown. The surgeon relies on a stent or a physical guide to know exactly where to place the implant. The restoring dentist or the lab technician creates the stent and sends it to the surgeon. The surgeon should place the implant where the restoring dentist needs it. Never allow a surgeon to place a dental implant without consultation with the restoring dentist.There are other considerations when treating a tooth with root canal treatment or replacing that tooth with an implant retained crown. Time may be a concern. A dentist may be able to complete root canal treatment and restoration in as little as a day. Removal and replacement of a tooth with an implant retained crown might only take a few months, but it may take the better part of a year for preparatory surgery, healing and restoration. Another consideration is the state of mind of the patient. Does the patient understand the procedures? How does the patient feel about root canal treatment? How does the patient feel about dental surgery? How does the patient feel about losing a natural tooth?Finances are a common concern of dental patients. Both root canal treatment and dental implants are expensive procedures. These procedures are time intensive and require the use of expensive equipment and materials. Many patients have dental insurance coverage, but insurance companies cover these procedures at different rates, and some dental insurance plans do not cover crowns or implants at all. Ask the dentist or their representative to provide a written estimate of the costs of treatment including insurance coverage if applicable. These treatments may take a long time to complete. Be certain to inform your dentist and their staff immediately if your coverage changes.If you face treating or replacing a tooth, speak with your dentist. You may want to obtain a second opinion. You may have other options than the two in this article. Only you and your dentist or dentists can determine the best treatment for you.

Emergency Root Canal

Dental Implant Surgery How Long Does It Take Oregon

Dental Implant Surgery Recovery Hillsboro OR

Dental implants are generally used to replace missing teeth. This can be one tooth, a couple of teeth or the complete mouthful of teeth. However, for each of those it is a slightly different procedure. The basis for each is the same for our Implant Dentist in Hillsboro OR. What are dental implants? Good question.

Children\'s Dentistry

There are several ways to replace a missing tooth. You can use a bridge, a partial denture, or you can use a more permanent solution called a dental tooth implant. As the name suggests, something is implanted. However, it is not a tooth that is implanted, it is a metal rod. This rod is surgically placed into the jaw bone. Once the implantation has healed, a tooth is attached to the steel implant.

That’s fine for one tooth. When a couple of teeth need replacing, it is quite common to have one more dental implants with the space between filled using a bridge. A bridge, as the name suggests, bridges a gap. This is a permanent fixture. Dental implants are placed into the jaw followed by tooth attachments. A bridge is then glued across the gap the third method used utilizes two different procedures. When replacing all the teeth in the mouth, you can either opt for a series of implants and bridges, or you can opt for approximately six implants with a denture then attached to those implants. This ongoing cost will exceed the cost of dental implant, more so the younger you are. If you have choice, and you can afford the upfront payment, go for the dental implant.

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Dental implants are what dentists use to replace missing teeth or a tooth. There are two types of regular implants, which are:

• Subperiosteal-this implant is placed on top of your jaw and the metal framework protrudes through your jaw to hold the tooth, or teeth. This type of implant is for those that are unable to wear dentures and have minimal bone height.
• Endosteal-this type of implant is fixed into the bone with blades, cylinders, and screws. This kind of implant is for patients who have removable dentures or bridgework.

There are also mini dental implants, which are prosthetic teeth that are similar to regular dental implants but smaller. These implants are usually used as a solution to replacing the patient's missing incisors or front teeth.

An abutment will be attached to the implant at this time and the gum tissue around the abutment is closed. The gums are allowed to heal for a couple of weeks and then the dentist will make impressions of any natural teeth and your mouth so they can create crowns or artificial teeth. The artificial teeth are then attached to the abutment.

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When it comes to dental implants, problems can come up. These problems sadly, will add on to an already expensive procedure. The chance of having tooth implant problems can be lowered by following a good plan as laid out by the dentist before the dental implant procedure is done. In this article I will list a few of the possible problems that can occur and how to lower the chances of them happening.

One thing you want to do to increase your odds of a successful implant procedure if you are a smoker is to outright quit smoking. This is very important if you don't want your dental implants to have any problems.

What you can do to avoid most dental implants problems is to be sure you are in good overall health, practice good oral hygiene and following the advice of your dental professional. If you smoke, one word says it all, "Quit." When looking for a dental professional to put in your implants, always do your due diligence just as you would for any surgeon. Seek out second opinions and recommendations and always ask questions about what will happen as well as what can happen.

Dental Implants: Pros and Cons

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Dental implants are generally used to replace missing teeth. This can be one tooth, a couple of teeth or the complete mouthful of teeth. However, for each of those it is a slightly different procedure. The basis for each is the same. What are dental implants? Good question.

There are several ways to replace a missing tooth. You can use a bridge, a partial denture, or you can use a more permanent solution called a dental tooth implant. As the name suggests, something is implanted. However, it is not a tooth that is implanted, it is a metal rod. This rod is surgically placed into the jaw bone. Once the implantation has healed, a tooth is attached to the steel implant.

That's fine for one tooth. When a couple of teeth need replacing, it is quite common to have one more dental implants with the space between filled using a bridge. A bridge, as the name suggests, bridges a gap. This is a permanent fixture. Dental implants are placed into the jaw followed by tooth attachments. A bridge is then glued across the gap The third method used utilizes two different procedures. When replacing all the teeth in the mouth, you can either opt for a series of implants and bridges, or you can opt for approximately six implants with a denture then attached to those implants.

Whilst dental teeth implants are expensive, they actually work out less expensive over time. Dentures need to be replaced, relined or repaired on a regular basis. This ongoing cost will exceed the cost of dental implant, more so the younger you are. If you have choice, and you can afford the upfront payment, go for the dental implant. If you lose bone over time, the option may not be available in later life.

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When it comes to dental implants, problems can come up. These problems sadly, will add on to an already expensive procedure. The chance of having tooth implant problems can be lowered by following a good plan as laid out by the dentist before the dental implant procedure is done. In this article I will list a few of the possible problems that can occur and how to lower the chances of them happening.

One thing you want to do to increase your odds of a successful implant procedure if you are a smoker is to outright quit smoking. This is very important if you don't want your dental implants to have any problems.

What you can do to avoid most dental implants problems is to be sure you are in good overall health, practice good oral hygiene and following the advice of your dental professional. If you smoke, one word says it all, "Quit." When looking for a dental professional to put in your implants, always do your due diligence just as you would for any surgeon. Seek out second opinions and recommendations and always ask questions about what will happen as well as what can happen.

Dental Implants - The Good and The Bad

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Dental implants are what dentists use to replace missing teeth or a tooth. There are two types of regular implants, which are:

• Subperiosteal-this implant is placed on top of your jaw and the metal framework protrudes through your jaw to hold the tooth, or teeth. This type of implant is for those that are unable to wear dentures and have minimal bone height.
• Endosteal-this type of implant is fixed into the bone with blades, cylinders, and screws. This kind of implant is for patients who have removable dentures or bridgework.

There are also mini dental implants, which are prosthetic teeth that are similar to regular dental implants but smaller. These implants are usually used as a solution to replacing the patient's missing incisors or front teeth.

An abutment will be attached to the implant at this time and the gum tissue around the abutment is closed. The gums are allowed to heal for a couple of weeks and then the dentist will make impressions of any natural teeth and your mouth so they can create crowns or artificial teeth. The artificial teeth are then attached to the abutment.

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Eating well with only a few teeth - or eating with no teeth - soft food ideas

My husband has no teeth for chewing so he needs to eat soft foods. I've become an expert in finding soft foods to cook and preparing delicious easy-to-chew homemade meals.

On this page, you will find a list of soft foods and tips on preparing meals.

So, whether you are recovering from dental surgery, or have a longer need for eating soft foods, I hope that you will find some of these ideas and tips helpful!

2013 Update:

I have recently found that eating only soft foods is a bit limiting, so I regularly cook up "normal" meals and use this hand blender to blend it into an easy-to-chew meal. This enables him to eat just about anything - from pizza to hamburgers to Chinese food! I just cut it up, and add some water or other liquid if necessary, and blend away! I usually blend it in a soup bowl with tall sides and I use a spoon to stir up the food as needed.

July 2014 Update: We found a hand chopper that works to chop or puree food without any electricity!

Above Picture: Soft Foods we commonly purchase: Instant Oatmeal, Baked Beans, Canned Tuna, Refried Beans, Canned Chicken Breast

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List of Soft Foods to Buy at the Grocery Store

A Shopping List to Follow

These are foods we commonly buy and require little preparation to become soft. There is some trial and error so please use your own judgement.

Crackers, bread, and cereal tend to get soft in your mouth if you take your time. Some brands and types will be easier to eat than others, so experimentation may be necessary!

Cottage Cheese is a Favorite Snack!

I always try to keep cottage cheese in the fridge.

He likes to spice up cottage cheese by adding garlic & onion powder, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce!

Many people also like fruit in their cottage cheese, but I think you might have to puree the fruit in a chopper first.

Prepared Foods that are Soft - For when you don't want to cook

Sometimes I don't want to cook and I don't want to mess with a food processor... So I've been trying to find things that I can buy that are already soft.

From Homemade Stew to Puree in 5 Seconds! - Yay! Now my love can eat homemade stew with all of the good stuff in it!

I recently bought a chopper, and we have been very pleased. I used to make stew, but no matter how small I cut the meat, or how much meat tenderizer I put on it, it never became easy enough to chew. This was quite disappointing, so I stopped making stew.

Then one day we had dinner at a relative's house. It is usually embarrassing to explain how you can't eat the food they serve, but this relative was very understanding and put the steak in a chopper. The chopper cut up the steak into tiny pieces. It was then easy to eat and still very flavorful! That's when we decided that we needed to get a chopper. We had a little one, but it just wasn't up to the job.

Are you wishing you could eat chips?

Here's an alternative...

Cheese Puffs are a salty snack food that's easy to chew! These soft and airy snacks are a great alternative to chips.

Chicken Egg & Cheese Sandwich

The first recipe I invented using the chopper

I think I got the idea for this recipe by watching the Magic Bullet Blender commercial too many times!

Ingredients

Cooked Chicken Meat

Hard Boiled Egg

Colby Cheese

Mayonnaise

Mustard

Pepper

Salt

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

* Sorry I don't have any quantities on this. I guess that's up to you to experiment! But let's just say, there was more chicken than egg and cheese!

I chopped the chicken, egg, and cheese, each separately in our new mini-chopper. Then I mixed in the rest of the ingredients. While you can eat this as a soft salad, we put it on some bread and made a sandwich out of it. When buying a soft bread, look for something that doesn't have seeds or grains in it. Sourdough, Potato, White, or Whole Wheat breads are good choices. We've found that wheat breads with added fiber are sometimes the softest! However, sometimes they are chewy... A favorite brand we used to like has recently become too chewy and so we had to switch.

Tips on Cooking Soft Meals for Someone Else

Experiment!

If you wonder if a food is soft enough, why not try putting it in your mouth and see if it falls apart without chewing. Feel free to move your tongue around. If it falls apart, then you've found a soft food.

Many recipes can be adapted to become soft foods by putting the ingredients in a food processor.. Casserole recipes are often easily adapted. Just process each ingredient, and then mix together and bake. Cover with foil to keep the top layer from becoming hard.

Most adults do not want to eat bland baby food. They would prefer to eat tasty things, even if they can't chew. Part of the taste comes from having the ingredients separated... If you mix too many ingredients together, it might be a soft meal but may not taste good. This makes cooking a challenge. Some dishes come out fine all processed together. We've found that Chinese and Asian dishes often taste quite good. For example, teriyaki chicken with rice and vegetables - it can all go in a food processor and still taste great. Also, some pasta dishes come out well when blended together.

The Big Cereal Challenge

Cereal should get soft in milk, right?

That's what you'd think! But sometimes they don't.

There's no real way to know if a certain cereal is a soft food until you try it yourself. However, here are the ones that we've found to be soft:

Crunchy Oat Squares

Rice Chex (and Rice Pockets, and other generic brands)

Corn Chex (and Corn Pockets, and other generic brands)

Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites

Although I read that "Corn Flakes" is on a suggestion list of soft foods, we recently bought a box of generic brand corn flakes which didn't get soft enough in milk!

Also, we've found that Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites get soft enough, but for some reason their similar Mini-Wheats don't get fully soft... However we may have to try them again in awhile (or try a different brand).

With cereal, you never know without trying! It seems that a big thing is for cereal to be "crunchy." Most of the crunchy cereals really are crunchy and not good soft foods. The Crunchy Oat Squares pictured here are the exception.

Eating Out at Restaurants and Fast Food

We often order take-out so that we can blend up food at home

We just came back from vacation. Finding soft food on the menu can be difficult. Here's what we did:

Sonic Drive-In: If you are lucky enough to have a Sonic nearby, try the Sonic Chili Cheese Tots.

Burger King Breakfast: Try the egg and cheese on a biscuit sandwich. So fluffy and delicious.

Restaurants and Diners: Try Fish & Chips, and substitute mashed potatoes for the fries. Also if they have Biscuits and Gravy on the menu, that's a reliably soft food.

Finding soft food on a restaurant menu is difficult. We did bring our hand blender with and for part of the trip we bought food at the grocery store and brought it back to the room.

A Few Tips on Nutrition, Proper Digestion, and More

Please take care of your health

Remember to pretend to chew your food, even if it's all pureed, or even if you don't have any teeth. The movement of chewing will stimulate your salivary glands to release saliva, which has enzymes to begin the digestion of food. If you skip this step, your food may not be digested as well.

Also, avoid swallowing whole pieces of food. It may give you an upset stomach and you may not absorb as much nutrition.

If this is a long term situation, I recommend a chopper because then you can eat more varieties of food, which is probably healthier.

Breakfast drinks, protein shakes, and similar nutritional drinks may be a good solution if you are finding it hard to get enough nutrition.

I wish I had advice about eating out, or about eating at other people's houses. I guess you have a few choices. Eat ahead if you don't think you can eat what's being served. Be honest, and see if they can prepare a meal that you can eat, or chop it. Perhaps bring your own chopper with (we have found this hand powered one to be most portable). Remember, your health is important, even if it's embarrassing to tell people that you don't have the teeth needed to chew the food. However, remember that people's feelings may be hurt if they think you are not eating because you don't like the food, so if you tell them it's about you, not them, it might help the situation.

Improve your Diet by Supplementing with Protein Powder

Add protein to milk, smoothies, and other drinks.

I haven't tried supplementing with protein, but I know many people do. If you're interested, you can read reviews and compare prices online.

Please don't be embarrassed!

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There are so many reasons you might need soft food. My husband had a rare tumor removed years ago that destroyed many of his teeth and altered the structure of his mouth and sinus cavity. Despite having health insurance and dental insurance, he was unable to get dental implants.

So I know there are many reasons that you might have dental problems or problems with chewing and I hope that this page helps you and your family to not only enjoy delicious food, but to know that you are not alone in facing this challenge.

Who needs soft foods and no-chew foods?

It's more common than you may think

There are many reasons people might have dental problems, no teeth or only a few teeth, or people need soft foods because they have trouble chewing or swallowing. Possible reasons:

- Seniors may need easy-to-chew foods. Years of wear can cause dental problems that may be too expensive or impractical to repair.

- People who have had dental surgery, like a root canal or removal of a wisdom tooth, might need soft foods while their mouth is healing.

- Sometimes people who have a stroke need easy-to-chew foods because of difficulty with chewing.

- Sometimes tumors, cancer, or trauma can cause the emergency removal of teeth and sometimes insurance doesn't cover complete repair or implants because they may consider it cosmetic.

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Dental implants have become a popular alternative to dentures and bridges. They look and feel just like real teeth as the implant literally replaces the root of a lost tooth or teeth. Unfortunately, the procedure which is typically done in multiple phases often lasts for months but the healing process accounts for most of that time. The majority of people who underwent the procedure, however, agree that it is worth to wait due to esthetic and practical advantages implants offer over dentures and bridges.

Before the actual surgery during which the implant is inserted into the jawbone, the dentist performs a dental exam to evaluate the patient's gum health and the strength of jawbone that will support the implant. If the exam confirms satisfactory oral health and if jawbone is strong enough, the patient is scheduled for a surgery. But if dental exam reveals any potential risk factors that could jeopardize the success of the procedure or the patient's health, the patient is not scheduled for surgery until all risk factors are eliminated. Inadequate bone structure or strength is one of such factors which requires prior treatment, typically with transplantation of a piece of bone to the jawbone (bone grafting). The needed bone tissue is usually taken from the hip.

About two weeks after insertion of the abutment, the dentist makes an impression of the patient's mouth and other teeth in order to make as realistic artificial tooth (crown) as possible. The crown is screwed or cemented to the abutment only when the titanium post and jawbone are perfectly fused.

Most dental implant surgeries are successful. In fact, the success rate is about 98 percent. It is crucial, however, to follow the dentist's instructions and practice good oral hygiene.

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