Dental Tips Blog

Dec
31

4 Risks and Benefits of Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Before committing to getting a dental implant, you should make sure you understand all of the pros and cons to the process.

Here are four benefits and risks of getting an implant that can help you make the right decision for your oral health.

Risks of Dental Implants

  • Infection. As with any surgical procedure, there is always a slim chance of catching an infection. Taking an antibiotic after dental implant surgery helps lower this chance even further.
  • Nerve damage. If a dental implant runs into a major nerve, can result in numbness, tingling, and even paralysis in parts of the face. Nerve damage doesn’t happen often thanks to careful implant procedure planning technology.
  • Sinus damage. An upper implant that’s pushed too far into the palate can puncture the sinuses. Here, too, careful planning can help to minimize the risk.

Implant failure. Failure is highly unlikely with dental implants which have a success rate of over 95%. The leading cause of failure is peri-implantitis.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Chew foods normally. Implants are just as strong as natural teeth and can help you eat all of the foods you love.
  • Restore confidence. There’s no more embarrassment over that gap in your smile once you fill it in with a dental implant.
  • Preserve tooth alignment. An implant will prevent your remaining teeth from shifting around.
  • Rejuvenate bone tissue in the jaw. Implants are screws that rest directly in the bone tissue. The pressure of biting and chewing on an implant stimulates the surrounding bone tissue to reinforce itself.

Is a Dental Implant Right for You?

Dental implants are excellent restorations but they don’t work for everyone. Weigh the pros and cons of implants by visiting a dentist near you for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Dec
30

Should You Floss Your Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant surgery is only the beginning of your new smile. To keep it securely in your mouth for good, you must care for it like a natural tooth. This includes daily flossing!

Why Implants Need to be Flossed

While your dental implants can’t get cavities, the teeth on either side of it can. Flossing around your implant will remove bacteria and food acids trapped against the neighboring teeth.

You also need to remember that your dental implant can affect the health of your gums and jawbone. If you don’t floss your implant, plaque bacteria can trigger inflammation in the gum and bone that eventually result in the loss of the implant.

Flossing Considerations for Dental Implants

You won’t be able to slip floss as far below the gum line around an implant as you would on other teeth. Be careful to not pull very hard on the floss or you can cut the gums and break the seal around your implant. Avoid any interdental cleaners with metal or abrasive parts that can scratch either the crown or the titanium implant post.

How to Floss Your Dental Implant

Flossing an implant is a bit unusual, but not difficult. First, gently slide the floss up and down against the sides of the implant where it touches against other teeth. Don’t push so hard that you cut down into the gums.

Next, slowly scoot the floss down until it reaches the base of the implant crown. Pull it against the implant post in a U-shape and cross the ends of the floss. Gently tug back and forth to wipe away plaque on the implant’s surface.

Ask your dentist for more tips on easy dental implant care.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Dec
28

What Can You Eat with Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

You can eat anything you want once you have dental implants. There are virtually no limitations. Anything you enjoyed eating with your natural teeth you can continue to chew with implants.

Here’s what you need to know about how implants will affect your daily diet.

Early Diet Considerations for Dental Implants

Right from Day One when you get your implant you can continue to eat the same foods you’re used to eating. If you have any swelling or discomfort from the procedure, then you may prefer to stick to soft foods for a day or so. But the implant procedure is usually too minimal to cause trouble.

You will want to avoid chewing with your implant for the first few months after the procedure. Whether your implant has a crown or not, you shouldn’t bite down directly on it until the implant has “integrated.” Implants need a few months to heal and bind with the bone in your jaw. Eating with the implant too early can dislodge it and ruin the progress you’ve made.

If you have natural teeth on the opposite side of your mouth from the implant, you can continue eating all of your favorite foods by chewing on that side as your mouth heals.

Don’t Chew on Things Natural Teeth Can’t Handle 

Dental implants can be stronger than natural teeth. However, this doesn’t mean you can use them for extreme activities. For example, chewing on ice cubes, tearing open packages, or popping off bottle tops are all things that can damage natural teeth and dental implants alike. Use your dental implant for chewing normal foods as you would use your other teeth.

Talk with an implant dentist near you to learn more about dental implant care.

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

Dec
24

Young and Living with Dentures—How You Can Overcome the Challenges

Posted in Dentures

No matter what your age, losing teeth and getting dentures can be traumatic and life-changing. This transition, however, is especially difficult if it happens when you’re quite young.

How can you deal with the particular challenge of wearing dentures at a relatively young age?

Remember That Dentures Are Common

Older people often need dentures because their teeth are worn out after years of use and disease. But age isn’t the only reason teeth go missing.

The fact is that people of all ages can need dentures because teeth are lost for different reasons completely unrelated to age. Cancer, gum disease, trauma, a genetic condition, or even major acid reflux can all result in tooth damage that necessitates dentures.

You have no need to feel ashamed for needing dentures any more than an amputee needs a wheelchair or prosthetic arm.

Dentures are more common among young people than you may even know. Your denture dentist can connect you with support groups that will help you realize just how common dentures are.

With Time and Practice, You Will Get Used to Your Denture

Dentures don’t feel natural at first. But you can boost your confidence by practicing at home: singing, laughing, chewing food, reading out loud. Do everything until you feel more comfortable. A denture adhesive can also help.

You’re Not Limited to Dentures

You’ve got your whole life ahead of you; it’s far from over just because you have dentures! Being young, you likely have the health and time to invest in a more permanent and natural tooth replacement such as dental implants.

Ask your dentist for more information on modern denture alternatives that won’t interfere with your lifestyle.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Sep
13

How Having Missing Teeth Affects Your Smile

Posted in Dental Implants

One lost tooth is one less to worry about, right? Actually, just one missing tooth can be enough to cause you a surprising amount of trouble.

Missing Teeth Affect Tooth Alignment

A gap in your smile provides the opportunity for neighboring teeth to shift and tilt out of their proper position. As a result, your remaining teeth can end up uncomfortably tipped over. This makes it difficult to clean them, so they’ll be more prone to decay and gum disease.

Missing Teeth Makes Your Mouth “Shrink”

You might not appreciate just how important your teeth are until they’re gone. Your teeth provide support for the framework of your face. Without them, your mouth loses its height. That’s why completely toothless individuals have chins that roll right up into their mouth.

The bone tissue around missing teeth will also eventually shrink away and leave you with a huge indentation in your gums. It’s very hard to fill in the space after your mouth has shrunken. You’ll need special restorative treatment such as a bone graft if you want to fill in the gap with a bridge or dental implants.

Missing Teeth Can Cause Wrinkles

Without the support of teeth, muscles around your mouth can soften and atrophy, making your face look “sunken in.” The tissue in your cheeks and lips becomes soft and collapses in on itself. This process can make you develop wrinkles that make you look older than you are.

It’s clear that your teeth are important. Do everything in your power to hold onto your natural teeth as long as possible! Your dentist can help you do just that. Call your local dental office to schedule an oral health consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

Sep
13

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implant Failure

Posted in Dental Implants

Are you too nervous to get a dental implant because you’re afraid it might fail? Here’s what you need to know about the real risks of dental implant failure and if they’re likely to affect your smile.

Dental Implant Failure: How Common is It?

The first thing you should know about dental implants is that they are highly successful. Failure is quite uncommon and only happens in around 2 – 5% of cases. Modern dental implant technology continues to minimize the risk of failure. Careful planning and detailed imaging make implants the successful restorations they are.

Why Implants Fail

There are, however, certain conditions that can lead to or predispose you to dental implant failure. These include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Medications that impact bone healing
  • Infections
  • Poor overall health
  • Teeth grinding habit
  • Biting on your implant too soon
  • Nerve/tissue damage during the surgery
  • Rejection by your body
  • Puncture to the nasal sinus cavity

Your dentist or implant specialist can help you understand your risk of implant failure and take steps to minimize it.

Even after you take every precaution possible, there is still that slim chance your dental implant could fail.

Signs to Look for If You Suspect Dental Implant Failure

Your dental implant needs immediate attention if you notice that it’s loose or suddenly painful. Swollen and/or receded gums around your implant are also a bad sign. Your implant is supposed to be able to handle a lot of weight when you chew, so difficulty eating is also a bad sign. Additionally, a fever could mean that your implant is infected.

Careful consultation with your implant dentist can help you make a success of upcoming dental implant therapy!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Sep
11

Why Cheap Dentures Are a Huge Waste of Money

Posted in Dentures

Dentures can certainly be pricey. In an effort to save money, you might want to pay for the cheapest set you can find.

But as long as it’s within your budget to do so, you should seriously consider doing the opposite: paying for the best ones you can afford.

Here’s why…

You Get What You Pay For

A cheap denture costs less because it’s made from cheaper materials and/or isn’t customized as well to fit your mouth. As a result, it’s apt to give out far sooner than you’d think. You’ll then spend a lot of time and money on repairing your denture time and again.

Cheap materials also mean that your denture may be more prone to hosting infectious pathogens like bacteria and fungus. Microscopic cracks in the cheap acrylic could lead to bad breath, sore gums, and frequent bouts of thrush.

Quality Materials, Quality Life

Paying more for a nicer denture means investing in a better quality of living. The teeth on your denture will look more natural, the acrylic won’t fracture quite so easily, and it’ll be easier to get that perfect fit. A quality denture also means a better diet since you’ll have an easier time of chewing your food.

Affordable Dentures That Last

Don’t settle for buying the cheapest dentures possible. Rather, you want a set that will last you the longest and help you keep your gums and remaining teeth healthy.

Talk with your dentist or prosthodontist about creating the right kind of denture that meets your needs without emptying your bank account. The dental office may also have suggestions on convenient payment plans to help you comfortably afford your denture.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Sep
11

Pain After Dental Implant Surgery: What’s Normal and What Isn’t

Posted in Dental Implants

Whether you have a dental implant procedure scheduled or are just curious about the possibility, you’re duly concerned about how much it could hurt.

Some pain after a dental procedure is to be expected. But how much is normal for implants?

Typical Discomfort After Getting a Dental Implant

An implant surgery involves only a very small part of your mouth. You’ll also be numbed up the entire time, so you won’t feel anything. Even so, the procedure involves small incisions on your gum tissue and creating a hole in the bone. Minor discomfort is normal after the numbing wears off, but bone doesn’t have any nerve endings so the pain is minimal.

On the whole, however, most dental implant recipients are surprised to report that it didn’t hurt as bad as they thought it would. The discomfort usually lasts no longer than ten days with each day an improvement over the last. There may be some swelling, too, but that usually disappears within a few days of the procedure.

You can greatly reduce your discomfort after getting a dental implant by holding an ice pack against your face, taking a pain reliever, getting lots of rest, and sticking to a soft foods diet for a couple days.

Signs Something Is Wrong After Getting a Dental Implant

What kind of pain is not normal for a dental implant recovery? You’ll want to watch out for these signs of trouble:

  • Pain that lasts longer than two weeks
  • Pain that shows up long after you’ve recovered from your implant
  • Fever during recovery
  • Implant parts feeling loose
  • Swelling that won’t go down or that spreads to other parts of your face

Talk with a local implant dentist to learn more about the benefits and risks of getting a dental implant.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Jul
28

Prevent Bad Breath by Keeping Your Dental Bridge Clean

Posted in Dental Bridges

The one downside to your new dental bridge is that it can be challenging to clean. You’re tempted to just skip the detailed routine to save time. But not cleaning underneath your dental bridge can lead to one unpleasant side-effect: bad breath.

Why Your Dental Bridge May Stink 

You’re used to quickly brushing the top and sides of your bridge just like you do your other natural teeth. But you can’t forget that bridges have another dimension that teeth don’t: a space right over the gums. Food and bacteria can get trapped in this area and can create a foul odor. If your gums become infected, then that can add another peculiarly strong stench.

Cleaning underneath your bridge will prevent those kinds of bad breath!

How to Clean Your Dental Bridge 

Brush gently along the sides of your bridge, tipping the brush bristles as far underneath it as they can comfortably reach. You won’t reach all the way through, but this is a good way to remove the initial debris.

Next, use a floss threader or tufted floss that has stiff ends that you can slip underneath your bridge. Shimmy the floss back and forth as you sweep it across your restoration and your gums.

If you find traditional flossing to be a challenge, try a water flosser. This is a powered device that you leave on your bathroom countertop. It propels a powerful spray of water out of a small toothbrush-like head. You can control the angle for easy cleaning under your bridge.

Plan regular dental checkups and cleanings with your dentist, who can make sure that your bridge is stable and that the space underneath is healthy and odor-free!

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

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

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