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Dental Implant: How To Place It

If you have a missing or decayed tooth, you may my need a dental implant. There are a number of benefits from dental implants in comparison to traditional options like bridges or dentures. More importantly, dental implants can last for a lifetime with the right care. Before you invest in an implant, you should discuss the procedures, benefits, and risks with Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas. First, we will talk about the alternatives to dental implants. Then, we will explain how dental implants are placed. 

1. What is a Dental Bridge?

To place a bridge, Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry fills the gap where you tooth was with a dental crown. This crown is anchored on the two surrounding teeth with additional crowns. You can think of the anchoring crowns as caps that go over the existing teeth. Overall, receiving a dental bridge is less invasive procedure than a dental implant because Dr. Cox replaces the tooth, not the tooth and the root. However, in a dental bridge procedure, Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas may file down existing, healthy teeth to support the dental bridge. To some patients, this is a disadvantage because healthy teeth are altered. Overall, dental bridges do not last as long as dental implants and the teeth supporting the bridge can develop decay.

2. What is a Partial Denture?

Partial dentures replace multiple missing teeth with a pink gum-like base. The denture is placed over the gums. You can choose between removable partial dentures or fixed partial dentures, which are attached existing teeth via a metal wire. Typically, partial dentures are used to fill one more than one missing tooth, with one or more natural teeth that act as supporting structures for the partial denture.

Dental Implant, Dental Bridge

3. How are Dental Implants Placed?

Now, let’s talk about how a dental implant is done. To place a dental implant, first, Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano will decide if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. Dr. Cox and his team will examine the amount of jawbone that is left under your tooth. Then, during surgery, Dr. Cox will clear out the missing tooth’s root and place a metal dental implant post. This will act as your tooth’s new root. The next step is to wait for bone growth around the dental implant post. At this stage, there is not a visible tooth above the gumline. Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas can give you a temporary denture to place in this area until the procedure is completed. Lastly, Dr. Cox will add a permeant crown over the dental implant post.

Just like bridges and partial dentures, dental implants vary in structure and size. If you only have one missing tooth, you can receive a singular dental implant. However, if you have multiple missing teeth, Dr. Cox may attach a row teeth to four or five posts within in the gums. Overall, dental implants offer more stability and they increase the lifespan of the oral prosthetic compared to dental bridges and partial dentures.

 

Choosing a dental implant can be a life changing decision. It is important to talk to Dr. Cox at Cox Family dentistry in Plano, Texas to explore all of your options first. For more information about dental implants, bridges, or partial dentures, or to plan your next visit, call Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas at (972)-468-8692, today!

Tips To Enhance Your Oral Health

A beautiful, healthy smile can be hard to maintain without the right tips and tricks. Brushing and flossing are only a piece of the oral health puzzle. What you eat, drink, and your habits can affect your oral health. Below are the four three tips that you can do today to improve your oral health.

Oral Health

Identify Healthy and Unhealthy Habits

Do you use tobacco products? Do you brush your teeth once a day? Or, do you sip on sweet tea or coffee all day without water? These could all be preventing you from achieving your dream smile. Talk with Dr. Cox and discuss your oral health strengthens and weaknesses. The Cox Family Dental team can also identify potential problem areas in your smile. In this case, knowledge is power. The more information that you have about your smile, the better you can protect it from disease.

 

Create an Oral Health Care Plan

With Dr. Cox and the Cox Family Dental team, you can create a plan to care for your teeth. For the best results, you should visit Cox Family Dental once every six months for a cleaning. However, if you need a crown or a filling, or if you have periodontal disease, Dr. Cox may recommend that you visit more often. This is to protect the health of your teeth and maintain a good oral health plan.

Make Realistic Goals

Oral health and a beautiful smile are great things to want, but they do not happen overnight. Depending on the condition of your mouth when you set your goal, it could take months or even years to reach your goal. But, don’t worry, that does not mean you will not see results. If you follow the two tips above, you get the smile of your dreams. The best way to set goals is to make a S.M.A.R.T. goal. This stands for a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time oriented goal. An example is, over the next six months, I will brush my teeth once a day and floss once a day along with rinsing my teeth after drinking coffee. Notice that this goal is not a want, it is something that you will do!

Stay Motivated!

Brushing and flossing daily can seem like an unwanted chore. On top of that, remembering to drink water while consuming sugar food and drinks can seem like too much to ask! Maintaining oral health can be frustrating. But, don’t give up! Remember, that most diseases begin in your mouth. So, bad oral health could worsen your overall health. Stay motivated and don’t get discouraged.

 

Yes, you can achieve your dream smile by working hard at home. At first, it may see difficult and impossible to reach your goal, but you can do this. Form your goal into a S.M.A.R.T. goal and work on it everyday Also, you can work with the Cox Family Dentistry team and Dr. Cox to achieve your results. For more information on how to improve your oral health call or visit Cox Family Dentistry, today!

Dental X-Rays – Do I need one?

Mouth x-rays are a common activity during your dental appointment; however, you may not know why Dr. Cox requires an x-ray. Below is some information about how Cox Family Dentistry uses your x-rays to develop the best treatment plan for you.

 

Detecting Problems in Adults

Dental x-rays are used to find problematic areas on, between, and underneath your teeth that a Cox Family Dentistry team cannot see with just an oral exam. X-rays can reveal issues such as, bone loss with gum disease, infection between or underneath the tooth, cysts, tumors, and cavities that form underneath a filling.

 

Detecting Problems in Children

X-rays for children can provide similar advantages for adult patients; however, the use of x-rays is geared toward observing the development of a child’s permanent teeth rather than preventing oral diseases. Dr. Cox can locate decay, estimate the amount of space need for permanent teeth, and evaluate the development of wisdom teeth.

X-Rays

 

Are X-Rays Safe for Me and My Teeth?

The advantage of viewing your teeth in-depth to prevent the development of oral diseases outweighs the small dose of radiation from the x-ray. Actually, the amount of radiation from exposure to the x-ray is similar to the amount that you may experience from a day in the sun or opening your refrigerator. Additionally, may dentists today use digital x-rays that reduce the patient’s exposure to radiation. If you are concerned about exposure to radiation from dental x-rays please call our office at (972)-468-8692 to discuss your options.

 

X-rays can be a vital beginning to your treatment plan. The x-ray helps Dr. Cox and his team of experts identify potential problem areas in your mouth. With this information, they can determine the best way to proceed. For more information about x-rays or to schedule an exam, call Cox Family Dentistry at (972)-468-8692.

 

Is a DDS or a DMD better?

DDS or DMD

Some dentists list a DDS and others list a DMD after their name. It can be confusing to know which is better. Should you choose a dentist with a DDS or DMD? Actually, a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and a DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. Specific universities may choose one title over the other; however, dentists are taught comparable material.

What does a dentist do?

Dr. Cox, who has a DDS, is trained in numerous oral health areas. To name a few, Dr. Cox can diagnose diseases of the mouth, develop customized treatment plans, monitor oral health development, perform surgical procedures, promote oral health, and manage emergency dentistry care. Additionally, your overall health can be compromised if an infection spreads from your mouth to the rest of your body. Dr. Cox can help prevent this.

Is a dentist a Medical Doctor?

Dentists and doctors are alike in that they both promote overall health and prevention of illness. Similarly, they both attend undergraduate college for four years and graduate school for four years. However, a DDS or a DMD specializes in treating the mouth from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry. Dentists can also specialize in specific areas including public health, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

DDS vs. DMD

What procedures do dentists perform?

A DDS or a DMD perform a wide range of procedures that fall under two umbrellas: general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. General dentistry often includes: dental cleanings, exams, dental fillings, bridges, crowns, dentures, full mouth restoration, gum disease treatment, Invisalign, root canal treatment, sedation dentistry, TMJ treatment, and tooth extractions. Cosmetic dentistry typically addresses aesthetic concerns like bonding, dental implants, teeth whitening, and veneers.

If you have more questions about Dr. Cox or dentistry call Cox Family Dentistry. Also, if you have any other dental concerns or needs call Cox Family Dentistry and schedule an appointment today!

Dr. Cox Nominated for Texas New Dentist of the Year Award

Austin, TX – (August 15, 2017) – Nicholas Cox, DDS of Plano, Texas has been nominated by the North Texas Dental Society for the Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s (TAGD) Texas New Dentist of the Year Award. This award is considered the most prestigious honor a new dentist in Texas can earn.

Dr. Cox is one of only 13 dentists nominated for this year’s award. He and the other nominees will be honored at the Texas Academy Awards Pre-Party celebration Friday, September 22, during the TAGD’s annual Lone Star Dental Conference in Austin, Texas. Each nominee will be recognized and will receive an engraved plaque. The pre-party will conclude with the announcement of the 2017 Texas New Dentist of the Year and the presentation of the plaque to the winner.

Dr. Cox, originally from Nashville, TennesseeColleyville, Texas, received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University ofof Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2015. Upon graduation, Dr. Cox received the Comprehensive Dentistry Award which is presented to the graduating senior showing outstanding patient care, superior clinical skills and excellent clinical productivity. He is also the 2015 winner of the International Congress of Implantologists Predoctoral Achievement Award.

“Nick sees the importance of organized dentistry and is a natural leader,” said Dean Jensen, DDS, MSD. “His leadership was displayed in dental school where he served as his class representative all four years as well as when he served as the president of his dental fraternity, Xi Psi Phi.”

Dr. Cox proudly received the North Texas Dental Society’s New Dentist of the Year Award in 2017. As a new dentist, Dr. Cox sees the importance for patient-centered care. He believes the most successful dentists are the ones that find their place, their niche, and their market. Dr. Cox has found his place serving a wide variety of patients in Plano, Texas. Find out more about his practice by visiting www.CoxFamilyDDS.com.

In his spare time, Dr. Cox enjoys Life Group involvement at Legacy Church and spending time with his wife Allie Cox, DDS. Together the pair of dentists enjoy traveling and playing with their dog, Penny. He also is a casual softball player and a notoriously bad golfer.

The Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s mission is to help general dentists to succeed. It is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists who are the primary care providers for patients of all ages and are responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. Its nearly 2,700 members partner together to help guide the journey of Fellowship, Mastership, and Life Long Learning in order to provide quality dental care in general practice. For more information about the TAGD, visit www.TAGD.org.