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By Dr. Jill Markos
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

The loss of just one tooth can have a dramatic impact on your smile. Fortunately, dental implants, an innovative tooth restoration option, dental implantsprovide an effective way to fill the gaps in your teeth. Our Vancouver, WA, dentist, Dr. Jill Markos, explains how implants can improve and restore your smile.

Tooth loss doesn't just affect your appearance

It's not unusual to feel a little self-conscious about the way you look after you lose a tooth. Although concerns about self-esteem are common, the consequences of tooth loss aren't limited to appearance only. If you don't replace your missing tooth, chewing can become more difficult, particularly if you've lost a molar or pre-molar. Eventually, your other teeth may try to fill the gap in your smile by drifting toward the opening. As they begin to overlap, you may notice changes in your appearance and in your bite. Cavities may also be more likely to occur if you can't completely remove plaque from the areas of the teeth that overlap.

Replacing the lost tooth with a bridge, dentures or a dental implant will prevent shifting from occurring and making chewing easier. Although all of these methods can restore missing teeth, dental implants are the only option that replaces the entire tooth.

The titanium implant serves as replacement root and anchors a dental crown that replaces the visible part of your missing tooth. Because implants bond to your jawbone, they're designed to become a permanent part of your smile. Implants are placed during a minor procedure in an oral surgeon's office. After bonding occurs in about three to six months, you'll visit our Vancouver office to be fitted for your new crown. Once the crown is attached to the implant, your tooth will be fully restored.

Implants keep your jaw strong

Jaw resorption is a common consequence of tooth loss. Resorption occurs when the jawbone shrinks due to lack of stimulation from tooth roots. Replacing missing roots with dental implants prevents this serious problem. The implants place continual pressure on the jawbone, just as the natural roots did. Without dental implants, you may eventually experience facial sagging and loose teeth as a result of the shrinking jawbone.

Dental implants offer an excellent solution no matter how many teeth you've lost. Call our Vancouver, WA, dentist, Dr. Jill Markos. at (360) 693-2544 to schedule an appointment to discuss this long-lasting restoration option.

If decay has weakened your teeth, tooth-colored fillings can be used to fill in and strengthen a tooth after removing decay. An added fillingsbenefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they match the color of your teeth and blend in without being noticeable to others. Dr. Jill Markos, your Vancouver, WA dentist, can make your teeth strong and healthy again with tooth colored fillings.

Tooth Colored Fillings

For years, silver amalgam fillings were the traditional choice for filling cavities in teeth. One drawback, though, is the silver spots on teeth that are readily visible to others when smiling or speaking. Tooth colored fillings are a much more discreet option for filling cavities. Tooth colored fillings are typically made from a resin material that is cured with a special light in order to achieve the best color match to your existing teeth. With tooth colored fillings, no one has to know you even have fillings at all.

Benefits

Tooth colored fillings offer several benefits. Teeth weakened by decay or damage are made strong again and normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing, are restored. Additionally, cleaning out the decay and filling in the problem tooth prevents decay and infection from spreading. This improves the health of the tooth. Tooth colored fillings also have a major advantage over other, more conspicuous, dental fillings. As mentioned, since they are light cured to match the color of your existing teeth, they blend right in.

Tooth colored fillings can make your teeth strong and healthy again, while also being discreet. Dr. Markos is your Vancouver, WA dentist for tooth colored fillings. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (360) 693-2544.

Want a great-looking smile? With options like crowns and bridges, your dentist can take your smile from being so-so to simply beautiful. restorative dentistryDr. Jill Markos is one of the finest dentists in Vancouver, WA. She offers a full range of dental services, including crowns and bridges. Read on to learn about the benefits of dental crowns and bridges.

Dental Crowns Overview

Dental crowns, also known as caps, are protective coverings that are placed over damaged or weakened teeth. Dental crowns are used to restore weakened, broken, discolored, and damaged teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, dental crowns are cemented onto teeth, and can only be removed by your Vancouver, WA dentist.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can improve the appearance of your teeth. They can instantly correct tooth discoloration, misshapen teeth, chips, cracks, fractures and more. Crowns are also used to prevent weakened teeth from deteriorating.

Dental Bridges Overview

Fixed bridges are dental restorations that fill the empty spaces where teeth are missing. A crown is made for the teeth on either side of the lost tooth with a prosthetic tooth in between them. A bridge is shaped and colored to look like your permanent teeth.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

A bridge can restore your smile and improve your appearance. Bridges look great and match permanent teeth exceptionally well. A bridge can also prevent your natural teeth from drifting out of place. When a bridge fills in your smile's gaps, the existing teeth are supported on all sides and have no place to shift.

If you need a dental restoration why wait? Start your journey today! Call our dental office at 360-693-2544 today to schedule a consultation in Vancouver, WA. Remember, a better life starts with a better-looking smile.

By Dr. Jill Markos
February 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Caring for your smile often means more than just brushing and flossing every day. From seeing your dentist regularly to taking care of dental implantslasting issues like missing teeth, you may require some extra steps in your dental routine to gain a truly healthy smile. Luckily, dental implants can help you get back on the right track and replace your missing teeth permanently and effectively. Learn more about dental implants with Dr. Jill Markos at Jill Markos DDS in Vancouver, WA.

Why is replacing my missing teeth important? 
Missing teeth, whether due to injury, trauma or dental issues like tooth decay, come with their fair share of side effects. While tooth extraction may seem like the most simple and straightforward procedure for a damaged or broken tooth, it often causes more problems than simply repairing the tooth would. Missing teeth lack the tooth’s root as well, meaning that the bone in which the tooth lies becomes unstimulated and begins degrading over time, causing bone atrophy. This can eventually cause to other unfortunate occurrences like sagging facial skin which can cause premature aging. Additionally, missing teeth affect the mouth’s bite, making chewing or eating more difficult and causing conditions like TMJ disorder.

The Benefits of Dental Implants 
Dental implants replace both your missing tooth and its root. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants fight against bone atrophy and, since they lie directly in the jaw bone, are completely permanent and non-removable. While the process for dental implants does take longer than that of a dental bridge or dentures, your mouth will thank you years down the line when your dental implants still hold up strong against everyday use. These strong and effective tooth replacements are built to last and will remain in your mouth for a lifetime.

Dental Implants in Vancouver, WA
Dental implants require that patients be in good dental and general health and able to undergo general anesthesia during their surgical procedure. Patients should also have adequate bone remaining in their implant site to hold their implant securely in place. If there is significant bone atrophy, patients may require a bone graft to rebuild the missing bone. Your dentist can help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Markos at Jill Markos DDS in Vancouver, WA. Call (360) 693-2544 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Markos today!

By Jill Markos DDS
April 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants can enhance your smile

You’ve heard all about dental implants, and now you’re wondering if they can help you fix your smile. You have large spaces in your dental implantssmile and you’re wondering how dental implants help. The truth is dental implants are the modern, high-tech way to replace missing teeth. Before dental implants, you had a choice of either removable partials or dentures, neither of which gave you a natural, full smile. Dr. Jill Markos, your dentist in Vancouver, Washington wants you to know all about what dental implants can do for you.

Dental implants are the go-to treatment to give you a youthful, beautiful smile. They are much better than bridges, partials or dentures to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants are:

  • Highly successful, with a success rate of over 95 percent!
  • Stable, because they are surrounded by bone and don’t move around
  • Permanent, because they become part of your smile
  • Convenient, because you don’t ever have to take them out
  • Conservative, because Dr. Markos doesn’t have to restore the teeth around them

Dr. Markos wants to tell you about one of the biggest advantages of dental implants; they are beautiful and natural-looking, just like your original teeth. They blend seamlessly with your existing teeth, to create a full, dazzling smile.

Dental implants can also make you look younger, because the bone in your jaw actually fuses around the implant, giving you a firm, youthful jawline. In contrast, removable dentures and partials can actually make you lose bone, from the pressure of the appliance. Losing bone can cause your face to sag, and you lose the youthful contours of your face and jaws.

Dr. Markos uses state-of-the-art technology to develop a comprehensive dental implant treatment plan for you. So don’t you deserve a full, beautiful smile? Of course you do, so don’t delay. Call Dr. Jill Markos, your dentist in Vancouver, Washington and find out more about what dental implants can do for you and your smile. Call today!