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So, you’ve just acquired an attractive restoration with dental implants. You may be thinking at least with these teeth you won’t have to worry about dental disease.
Think again. While the implants and their porcelain crowns are impervious to decay the surrounding gums and bone are still vulnerable to infection. In fact, you could be at risk for a specific type of periodontal (gum) disease called peri-implantitis (inflammation around the implant).
Bacterial plaque, the thin bio-film most responsible for gum disease, can build up on implant crowns just as it does on natural tooth surfaces. If it isn’t removed with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings the bacteria can trigger an infection in the gums.
Besides weakening gum tissues, gum disease can also cause bone loss, of critical importance to dental implants. An implant depends on the bone they’re inserted in to hold them in place. If the bone around an implant becomes infected it could begin to be lost or dissolve (resorb), which could lead to loss of the implant.
That’s why it’s critical to keep the natural tissue structures supporting your implants infection-free. Not only is daily hygiene a must, but your implants and any remaining natural teeth should undergo professional cleaning at least twice a year or more if your dentist recommends it.
Cleanings involving implants will also be a bit different from natural teeth. While the dental materials used in the crown and implant post are quite durable, regular cleaning instruments can scratch them. Although tiny, these scratches can become hiding places for bacteria and increase your risk of infection.
To avoid this, your hygienist will use instruments (known as scalers and curettes) usually made of plastics or resins rather than metal. The hygienist may still use metal instruments on your remaining natural teeth because their enamel can tolerate metal without becoming scratched creating a smoother surface.
While keeping implants clean can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible. Implants on average have a long-term success rate above 95%. With both you and your dentist caring and maintaining these state-of-the-art restorations, you may be able to enjoy them for decades.
If you would like more information on caring for dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Maintenance: Implant Teeth must be Cleaned Differently.”
There are plenty of good reasons to quit smoking. Here's one more if you're considering replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant: smoking increases your risk of implant failure.
By and large, dental implants are the most reliable and durable tooth replacement option, with more than a 95% success rate after ten years. But that still leaves a small percentage that fail — and twice as many of those failures are in smokers than in non-smokers.
To understand why, we need to look at how smoking affects oral health. Besides burning and thickening the surface skin cells inside the mouth, inhaled smoke can also damage salivary glands and lead to dry mouth. Reduced saliva creates an environment friendly to bacteria, which increases the risk of infection and disease.
The nicotine in tobacco also restricts the myriad of blood vessels that course through the teeth and gums. The resulting reduced blood flow deprives teeth and gums not only of nutrients but disease-fighting antibodies. The mouth takes longer to heal and can't fight infection as well.
The key to an implant's success lies with its titanium post imbedded in the jaw bone to take the place of the tooth root. Titanium attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to the post over a period of time and create a stronger hold. But the health effects of smoking inhibit this process. Furthermore, slower healing caused by smoking increases the risk of infection, the number one cause of early implant loss.
If you want to improve your chances for a successful implant — not to mention improve your overall health — you should quit smoking. The prospect of a dental implant could be a useful incentive to enroll in a smoking cessation program.
At the very least we suggest you stop smoking a week before implant surgery and then for at least two weeks after to help promote good healing. And you should pay close attention to your daily oral hygiene — brushing and flossing at least once — and regular, semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups.
Smoking can harm your health. If you're considering an implant, it could also harm your chances of a successful outcome.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking.”
How your dentists in Hollywood, Florida can enhance your smile
If you are ashamed to smile because of broken, stained or poorly shaped teeth, it’s time to give yourself a new smile. Cosmetic dentistry is the answer you’ve been waiting for. You don’t have to just live with what genetics or wear-and-tear has done to your smile. It’s time to discover what the right cosmetic dental procedure can do for you. Your dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, Florida want to help you explore the state-of-the-art world of cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry is an art form and your dentists in Hollywood, Florida want to create a work of art designed just for you, your new smile! Using innovative techniques and high-tech materials, they will give you a smile you can be proud of. They offer a full range of procedures to enhance your smile and your life. Consider:
Teeth whitening, which can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter; it’s the perfect choice for coffee drinkers, smokers, or aging smiles. You can choose from a speedy in-office treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home kit containing everything you need to whiten your smile privately at home. Whichever option you choose, the results are dramatic and can last up to 5 years!
Porcelain veneers, which can give you a celebrity-perfect smile by dramatically improving the look of your front teeth; porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for front teeth that are:
- Unevenly spaced apart
- Worn down from a poor bite
- Broken or poorly-shaped
- Stained or discolored from medications
- Slightly overlapped
Bonding, a procedure which can repair small chips, cracks or uneven areas in tooth structure; you can even close small spaces, or cosmetically alter the look of rotated or stained teeth.
Dental implants, which can replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth with a completely natural-looking, stable tooth replacement; with proper care, dental implants can give you a beautiful smile for life!
Cosmetic dentistry can give you a new smile easily and quickly. You won’t believe the results a simple procedure can give you. For more information call your dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, Florida. Don’t wait to get the smile you deserve. Call today!
Have you been considering dental implants? At Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL, we think the advantages of dental implants can't be overstated! These amazing restorations, expertly placed by Dr. Stephen Parker and Dr. Blake Parker, produce amazing results that satisfy our patients each and every time. Here are just a few of the reasons dental implants from your Hollywood dentist are so impressive:
Advantage #1: You'll have a beautiful smile.
Dental implants from your Hollywood dentist are carefully crafted to match the color and shape of the rest of your teeth. They seamlessly fill in gaps left from missing teeth, evening out your smile and making it healthy and attractive. They also help to support your natural teeth, which keeps those teeth in place and functioning properly.
Advantage #2: Dental implants are easy to care for.
With dental implants, there's no complicated removal, cleaning, or soaking process to keep them clean. Not only do they look like natural teeth, they can be cared for in the same manner. Although they do not decay, keeping the teeth and gum tissue around them healthy is highly important. Brushing twice a day, flossing at least once, and staying current on checkups with your Hollywood dentist should be all you need to keep your dental implants looking great.
Advantage #3: Dental implants are long-lasting.
By following the care regimen described above, there will be no need for your Hollywood dentist to replace your dental implants every few years. While other restorations can wear down or loosen over time, dental implants have the stability to last for several decades, even a lifetime. This makes the investment in dental implants even more appealing when you consider the money you'll save in repairs and replacements over the years.
Ready to get started on your journey to a healthier, more beautiful smile? Call Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL today to set up a consultation about dental implants!
Installing dental implants involves more than the mechanics of placing them into the jawbone. Ultimate success — a natural and beautiful smile — requires painstaking attention to detail and artistry.
Here are a few of the factors we must consider to achieve a smile with dental implants you’ll be proud to display.
The amount of available bone. For the permanent crown to appear natural, it’s crucial to position the implant precisely. To achieve this precision requires an adequate amount of bone to be present. Unfortunately, bone loss is quite common after tooth loss; to minimize this we place bone grafts in the empty socket if at all possible after extraction to encourage bone growth. It’s also possible in some cases to perform bone grafting surgery before implants to build up bone volume.
Your genetic gum tissue type. There are basically two types of gum tissue people are born with: thin or thick. Thin tissues are more subject to wear, difficult to work with during surgery and can make it difficult to hide the metal components of an implant. Thicker tissues are easier to work with, but can have a tendency to overgrow.
Achieving a natural “emergence profile.” To look natural, the implant crown must appear to seamlessly emerge from the surrounding gum tissue. To achieve this, we must carefully plan and place the implant in the precise location in the bone, taking into account the implant shape and how far it should be placed within the bone to match the position and height of adjacent teeth and gum tissues.
Blending color shades with adjacent natural teeth. When it comes to color, everyone has subtle differences in tooth shades and hues. In fact, there are slight color variations within individual teeth, from the root to the tip of the crown. To make sure the implant blends in with adjacent teeth, it’s important to match the color incorporated into the porcelain crown with the natural crowns beside them.
These and other factors require both technical expertise and a sense of artistry. Carefully considering all of them will help ensure your dental implants result in the smile you want.
If you would like more information on smile transformations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Matching Teeth & Implants.”