Dental Tips Blog

Dec
29

Caring For Your New Implant Bridge

Posted in Dental Implants

An Implant Bridge consists of dental implants surgically placed into the jawbone for multiple missing teeth.  In most cases, there is one implant placed per missing tooth and they are joined together by the crowns (the part that looks like the natural teeth).

It is very important to have optimal oral hygiene and to visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for exams and professional dental cleanings with your new implant bridge, the same as you would do for your natural teeth.

Steps to be Taken for Quality Maintenance of an Implant Bridge at home:

  • Use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day along the gumline with a low-abrasive toothpaste
  • Nylon coated brushes that fit between your teeth, can be good to use for cleaning around the implant post
  • Unwaxed dental tape or dental floss designed for implants, are great to use around the implants to help to remove the gum-disease causing bacteria
  • An anti-microbial mouthrinse should be used daily to help kill the bacteria in your mouth
  • An oral irrigator can be another effective tool in flushing out the disease causing bacteria around the implant bridge, thus helping the tissue surround the implants to be healthy (a pink, firm consistency)
  • Regular dental checkups and cleanings to ensure that the implants are strong and sturdy in the bone along with keeping the surrounding tissue of the implants healthy

A Dental Implant Bridge is an investment!  It is up to you to protect this investment with quality maintenance.  With proper care and use of the above techniques, you can have a healthy Dental Implant Bridge for a long time.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Nov
21

How to Keep Your Dental Implant Bridge Clean

Posted in Dental Implants

An implant bridge is a fantastic way to replace multiple missing teeth. With this bridge in place, you can enjoy a strong and healthy smile. But this is far from the end of the road. The next step is caring for your bridge so that you get as many years out of it as possible.

Don’t Neglect the Brushing!

The implants may not be natural tooth roots and the crowns may not be natural tooth enamel, but you still must brush your bridge properly. If dental plaque is allowed to accumulate under your bridge or around the implants, your gums could become inflamed. This infection could lead to peri-implantitis (inflammation around the implant) and possible failure of the implant altogether. So don’t forget to brush twice a day!

Flossing is Important, Too

Floss will remove plaque from around the implant and under the bridge where a toothbrush can’t reach. Some floss has a fluffy segment to gently absorb debris from under bridges. Ask your dental hygienist about which specialized flossing tools or interdental cleaners are right for you.

Save Time With a Water Flosser

If you are among those who find it difficult to get floss underneath their bridge or who are often pressed for time, a water flosser could be your answer. This device flushes a stream of water between teeth through a wand that is often easier to manipulate than floss.

Visit Us for Regular Cleanings

Keep your regular appointments for a professional dental cleaning. Your cleaning will ensure that your implant bridge is happy and debris-free!

Call your dentist if you have any questions about the care of your new implant bridge.

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429

Oct
27

Advantages of Implant Bridges

Posted in Dental Implants

If you’ve heard about traditional dental bridges, then you need to hear about a similar treatment with a modern twist – dental implant bridges. They look just like a traditional bridge, but with a few significant differences.

Implant bridges can:

  • Replace several more teeth at one time, compared to a traditional bridge
  • Be permanently supported onto titanium dental implant roots
  • Be placed in areas where conventional bridges are not appropriate
  • Treat areas where there are no healthy teeth adjacent to the space

With a dental implant bridge, each end of the bridge is supported by an artificial implant root (as opposed to a prepped natural tooth.) Since dental implants are extremely strong, they can support a much longer prosthesis than what is involved in a traditional bridge, sometimes spanning as long as 4 teeth at a time. Implant roots are also fused directly into the bone, which allows them to last an entire lifetime when cared for properly. Even if the restoration on top of it wears out, the implant roots will not. Traditional bridges can only be placed if the supporting teeth are healthy enough, and they require alteration of those teeth as well.

What is the treatment process for an implant supported bridge? For starters, your implants will need to be placed and allowed to fuse with the bone as the surgical site heals. In 3-6 months, there will be enough new bone development that the implants will be ready to support the fixed prosthesis. All that is needed is a short installation appointment, and you’ll be on your way with a permanent bridge that lasts for several years.

Are you missing teeth? It can cause more harm to your smile than good. Ask your dentist if an implant supported bridge is an option for you.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

Google

Oct
23

Implant Bridges and Dentures

Posted in Dental Implants

Missing teeth have never been easier to replace! What once required bulky, removable prosthesis or treatments that altered nearby healthy teeth can now be reduced to a straightforward approach to tooth replacement that makes your mouth stronger and healthier. Just what is it? Dental implant bridges and dentures!

Dental Implant Bridges

Traditional dental bridges are anchored onto healthy teeth that are next to the missing tooth. The treatment requires the tooth to be shaved down so that it can support the restoration. With implant-supported bridges, you preserve your healthy tooth structure! The bridge is anchored directly onto a supporting implant root on either end of the restoration. As many as 4 or 5 teeth can be replaced at any given time. 

Implant Supported Dentures

Does the thought of large, bulky dentures make you hesitant to pursue tooth replacement treatment? Then you should hear about dental implant supported dentures. These dentures free up more space in your mouth and are permanently fixed on top of your artificial implant roots! Patients that choose implant-mounted dentures are able to speak easier, enjoy more flavors of their favorite foods, and benefit from an appliance that never comes out of their mouth. It’s the perfect alternative for permanent tooth replacement when you don’t have any existing healthy teeth. 

How many teeth do you need to replace? Dental implants are stronger than your real, healthy teeth. Your implant dentist can help you replace all or some of your missing teeth to help you feel more confident and enjoy the foods you love. Call your dentist to set up an appointment to find out more.

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS

Google

Most Popular

Tori, Exostosis, and Extra Bone Formation in the Mouth

A fairly common occurrence in the mouth is the existence of extra bone development along the outside or inside of the jawline near the teeth, or in the roof of…

Difference Between Conscious and Unconscious Sedation

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for many people who would not or cannot tolerate dentistry in a traditional dental setting.   Many people have a fear of visiting the dentist,…

Lingual Frenectomy versus Lingual Frenuloplasty

Lingual frenectomy and lingual frenuloplasty are both dental procedures used to correct a condition called ankyloglossia. Ankylogloassia, more commonly known as ‘tied tongue’, is an abnormality of the lingual frenulum….