Dental Tips Blog

Oct
19

Take Good Care of Your Dental Implant!

Posted in Dental Implants

Your dental implant is an amazing restoration that can last a lifetime. But it won’t last very long if you don’t take good care of it.

Here’s what you should know if you want to get the most out of your dental implants.

Why Dental Implants Need Maintenance

Dental implant screws bind with the bone in the jaw as they heal in place and create a sterile seal. This seal, however, can break if the gum tissue around the implant gets inflamed. More bacteria can then invade and cause the bone around the implant to disintegrate.

Once the bone gets inflamed and begins to break down, that spells disaster for your dental implant. Failure to take good care of your implant can result in losing it for good.

How to Maintain Your Dental Implant

What do you need to do to keep a dental implant strong and healthy?

Brush thoroughly. Brushing is extremely important to controlling plaque buildup around dental implants. Don’t skip this daily chore!

Floss gently. Even dental implants need to be flossed, albeit very gently. Flossing removes plaque from areas where your toothbrush can’t reach and prevents the bacteria from triggering gum inflammation.

Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash. Antibacterial or anti-gingivitis mouthwashes contain therapeutic ingredients that soothe and reverse gum inflammation around implants. Consult your dentist to find out which kind of oral rinse, if any, will be beneficial to the health of your dental implant.

Visit the dentist regularly. Regular dental checkups will ensure that your implant stays healthy. Your dentist will check for signs of inflammation and treat it before the problem can get any worse.

Ask your dentist for more dental implant care tips.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Jun
21

How to Floss Your Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants need just as much care as natural teeth do.

Once you get an implant, you have to clean it daily to ward off an infection that could cause it to fail. To clean your new “tooth,” you just brush it right along with the rest of your teeth.

But flossing might require a little extra consideration.

What Kind of Floss Should You Use on Implants?

Regular floss that you use for your other teeth should be sufficient for dental implants. The key is being gentle. Rough flossing can damage the gums around an implant post and allow bacteria to sneak in. You should also avoid using any metal tools that could scratch the titanium implant post.

Flossing Alternatives for Dental Implants

Do you have an implant at the very back of your mouth? You can floss around the back of an implant that doesn’t have a neighbor behind it by using a piece of yarn or tufted “fluffy” floss.

Is your implant part of a dental bridge? Try a floss threader to work the floss in between your teeth. If that’s too tedious, then try a kind of floss that has a stiff end you can easily poke underneath the bridge and pull through. Alternatively, try an interproximal brush. This aid has bristles in the shape of a small pine tree. Choose one with a metal-free plastic core, so that it doesn’t scratch the implant.

Like many dental implant patients, you may find a water flosser to be the best method. It will let you gently flush along the gum lines of your implant without the hassle of flossing.

Ask your dentist for more tips on keeping your implants in good health.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Jan
7

6 Reasons You Should Get a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Thinking about getting a dental implant?

The idea of getting implants may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but there are some very important reasons that you should consider if you’re thinking of investing in these permanent restorations.

Implants Are Forever

Once an implant is in place, it should stay with you for life. It forms a seal with your bone that securely anchors it to your mouth. Other dental restorations need repairs or even replacement over time.

Implants Are Easy to Care For

Implants don’t require any special care aside from the usual brushing and flossing. It’s like caring for natural teeth.

Implants Preserve Your Bone and Facial Profile

The implant “root” actually stimulates bone growth in your jaw, fusing it in place. This keeps your smile from looking sunken or collapsed around the missing tooth.

An Implant Can Boost Your Confidence

Because implants are so secure and natural-looking, you’ll never have to worry about others noticing your false tooth. Dentures carry the risk of feeling bulky or slipping. Even dental bridges can develop gaps under them when the gums and bone sink away, revealing that you have a false tooth. But implants are designed to function for years.

Implants Help You Eat Better

You won’t enjoy a salad very much if you’re missing teeth or have a loose denture. An implant can help you chew a variety of healthful and tasty foods and enjoy better health overall.

Implants Are Kind to Your Natural Teeth

Replacing a missing tooth with a bridge or partial denture may be cheaper than an implant. But these options can take a toll on your remaining healthy teeth. Implants don’t rely on any other teeth for support, allowing you to preserve the rest of your natural smile.

Ask an implant dentist near you whether dental implants are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Nov
27

Are Dental Implants Removable?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal screw that serves as a replacement for a tooth root. Like natural tooth roots, an implant doesn’t come out once it goes in.

How Implants Stay in Place

To place an implant, a dentist opens a portion of the gums to expose the bone. He or she then creates a hole in the bone and places the implant inside. Implants usually have threads like a screw that help them get a firmer “grip” for the bone to fuse around.

The gums are then closed up over the implant to let the bone heal around it. This process usually takes several months. Once osseointegration occurs, the gums are pulled back to reveal the top of the implant. Next, an abutment is attached to the root, to support a crown or bridge – the visible “tooth” part of the implant.

Once surgically-placed and then incorporated into bone, an implant isn’t easily removed. Even so, implants aren’t invincible.

Keep Your Dental Implant for Life!

While implants are meant to be permanent, they can fail if neglected.

An implant needs to be carefully brushed and gently flossed just like any other tooth. Proper oral hygiene prevents plaque bacteria from building up along teeth and gums. Plaque triggers gum inflammation that can loosen the bond between implant and bone.

Have you heard of someone having a removable implant? Most likely, they have a dental implant that supports a removable appliance. Implant roots can support removable full and partial dentures. They are taken out for cleaning like normal prosthesis, but they have a more secure fit, thanks to implants.

Learn more about dental implants by discussing them with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Nov
19

The Best Way to Clean a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants look like natural teeth. Unlike real teeth, they cannot get cavities. But you still need to be very careful about cleaning your implant for other reasons.

Because an implant is anchored directly into the bone, there isn’t a layer of gum tissue around it. The gums typically supply nutrients and infection-fighting agents to the ligaments that hold onto tooth roots.

Implants don’t have those tissue connectors. Instead, they depend on solid integration with the bone and a shallow suction seal near the gum line.

Properly caring for your implant will help you avoid periimplantitis – inflammation of the bone and gums around an implant caused by plaque. (It’s like gingivitis, but affects the area where your implant sits.)

Here are the best ways to gently clean your implant and maintain a healthy seal:

Use a Powered Toothbrush

You can clean your implant just as well with a manual toothbrush, but a powered one can help you brush more thoroughly.

Floss Gently

Wrap a piece of floss in a C-shape around both sides of the implant and scoot it down until you reach the point under the crown. Cross the ends of the floss and gently move the floss back and forth in a shoe-shine motion to clean the implant just above the seal.

Water Flosser

The slight pressure of a water stream from a water flosser can help you clean your implant if the gums are inflamed, or if you have a hard time using normal floss.

Rinse Well

Swish for at least 30 seconds with an antimicrobial rinse after each brushing session to reduce plaque accumulation.

Want more ideas for making your implant last you a lifetime? Schedule a consultation at your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Aug
22

How to Clean a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Before you invest in a dental implant, you’ll want to know how to care for it, so that it lasts as long as possible.

For the most part, you do the same to keep your implant healthy as you do for your natural teeth. But implants do require an extra level of attention.

Floss Daily

All of your teeth benefit from flossing. Using floss every day prevents tooth decay and removes plaque that can cause gum inflammation.

It’s especially important to floss around your implant post.

Using tape-style floss, thread it around both sides of your implant in a U-shape. Gently move it down to the actual implant and cross the tape ends so that they wrap snugly around the implant to floss with a shoe-shine motion.

Brush Gently

A soft-bristled toothbrush is kind to all of your teeth. Brush with light pressure and a gentle motion and avoid toothpaste with abrasives. This will help you avoid irritating the gums around your implant.

Rinse as Directed

If your dentist suggests one, use an antibacterial rinse to reduce the chances of infection and inflammation around your implant. Such mouthwashes can prevent plaque from forming for several hours after you brush and floss.

Special Considerations for Implants

To keep your implant healthy and clean in a way that suits your ability and lifestyle, your dentist may suggest additional oral hygiene devices. Water flossers, rubber-tipped gum stimulators, and tufted floss for cleaning under an implant bridge are all popular items.

To find out which tools and products are best for you and your dental implant, you’ll have to consult your local dentist. With a little diligent care every day, your implant will last you a lifetime.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Aug
2

How Long Can a Dental Implant Last?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are quite the investment of time and money. If you get one, then you want to be sure it will last as long as possible.

Implants Can Last a Lifetime

It’s hard to say exactly how long dental implants can last. Most dentists give an estimate of around 25 years. There aren’t yet enough long-term studies to prove that implants last a lifetime, but in 98% of cases they’re expected to.

One special case gives hope.

Swedish scientist Per-Ingvar Brånemark place the first implant in 1965 in a man named Gösta Larsson, who enjoyed his replacement tooth for over 40 years until his death.

That was the very first dental implant. These restorations are only getting better with time. Advances in dental imaging and surgical planning ensure that implants are safer and stronger than ever before.

If you get an implant, it will most likely last you your entire life.

Why Do Dental Implants Last So Long?

An implant is a small rod set into the bone beneath your gums. As new bone tissue grows around it, the implant becomes a permanent part of your mouth.

Once the implant attaches to the bone, it isn’t going anywhere. In theory, it could stay with you for life. As long as you take good care of it, that is.

Make Your Dental Implant Last

The way you treat your dental implant, like any natural tooth, affects its longevity.

Keep your implant clean through daily brushing and flossing. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, if your dentist recommends it. Avoid habits such as smoking which can weaken the bone and gums around implants.

Visit your dentist for regular checkups to ensure the health of your entire smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Sep
20

How Should I Clean My Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

It probably took you a few months to get used to your new dental implant. Dental implants need a little time to heal firmly in place. And then you still have to get used to the feel of having a tooth where there once wasn’t one!

Does your implant require any special care? Read on to find out how you can make sure it serves you well for a lifetime.

Brush the Implant Thoroughly, Along with the Others

Short, gentle, rapid brushstrokes near the gum line are very effective at lifting plaque from teeth – both natural and implants.

Avoid whitening toothpastes. These contain a gritty substance that could scratch the porcelain crown of the implant. Using a soft toothbrush, brush your implant just as you do the teeth that are nearby it.

Don’t Forget the Flossing!

Even though your implant is not a real tooth, it can still host bacteria that can cause cavities in other teeth. Flossing gently around your implant will help keep the gums clear of inflammation and “periodontitis.” Keeping your implant free of food debris protects the rest of your smile, not just your implant.

Other Handy Dental Tools

A powered toothbrush or water flosser are great ideas because they improve access to hard-to-reach areas. Electric brushes are especially helpful tools during times when it seems impossible to make contact with any other tool.

Coming in to the dental office for regular checkups is the best way to make sure that your implant is holding up as it should. With x-rays and careful examination, your dentist will keep track of the strength of your implant. Professional dental cleanings are very important, as well. Book your appointment today!

Posted on behalf of:
Preston Sherry Dental Associates
6134 Sherry Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 691-7371

 

Mar
14

Maintaining The Life And Beauty Of Your Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Should you lose a tooth, your dentist might recommend a dental implant. This restoration involves a titanium post that’s implanted into your jawbone, acting as an artificial tooth root that will support your new, customized tooth. For most people, a dental implant brings back the function and beauty of their original smile, but for some the restoration is unsuccessful.

A failed dental implant is often preventable, by properly caring for your entire smile. Here are a few tips to encourage the life and beauty of your new tooth:

  • Brush your teeth and floss regularly.  Some patients assume that their artificial tooth no longer requires regular cleaning and care. Improper oral hygiene allows plaque and bacteria to flourish, which can eventually cause infection and bone loss. Be sure to brush your teeth (and your dental implants) twice a day and floss regularly.
  • Do You Grind Your Teeth?  If so, the force exerted when grinding may stress your new tooth. It could even cause bone loss that would negatively affect the life of your dental implant.  Speak with your dentist about a mouthguard, to protect your smile.
  • Don’t Smoke!  Smoking is one of the greatest risk factors for dental implant complications. It slows down your body’s healing process, making it difficult for new bone to develop around the artificial root, putting your dental implant at risk..
  • Avoid Hard Foods Just like your natural teeth, dental implants can be damaged when you chew very hard foods such as ice or hard candy. With a little caution, you can confidently enjoy just about any food you like.  

See Your Dentist Regularly – Visiting your dental hygienist twice a year is vital to the health and longevity of your new smile. Call your dentist today and schedule a checkup!

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880

Jan
27

How to Floss Around Your Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are not real teeth so you don’t need to floss around them, right?  Wrong!  It is still very important to floss around your dental implant as if it were a real tooth.  Why?  The germs in your mouth that cause gum disease around your natural teeth can also cause gum disease around your dental implant.

You need to remove the germs in the plaque biofilm that builds up around your artificial root and natural teeth each day.  This will help to prevent puffy, bleeding gums as well as bone loss around your implant and teeth.

What is the Proper Method for Flossing Around Dental Implants?

  1. Use a dental floss that has a rigid part and a spongy part to each piece of floss.  The rigid part will help guide the floss between your implant and another tooth.  The spongy part will help to remove the germs in the sticky plaque biofilm around your implant.
  2. Once you have pulled the floss through between your implant and another tooth, wrap the spongy part around the implant and under the crown.  Use a side to side motion with the spongy part, almost like you are shining your shoes.
  3. Make slight up and down motions along the implant just into the gum pocket.
  4. Pull the floss all the way through, and repeat step 2 to floss around the other side of the implant.  This way, you will be able to floss around the entire implant.

Are you still unsure if you are flossing your dental implant properly?  Visit your dentist to have your teeth examined and cleaned.  At that time, you will be able to discuss how your gums around your implant looks and if you need to make changes to your technique.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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