Posts for tag: dental implants

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Unlike the natural tooth it replaces, a dental implant is impervious to decay. But don’t think that means you can relax your oral hygiene habits — even though the implant itself can’t be infected, the surrounding gum tissues and bone can. And if they’re not properly cared for you might eventually lose the implant.

In fact, implants may be more susceptible to problems from impacted food that becomes wedged between the gums and teeth than their natural counterparts. Natural teeth are connected to the jaw by way of a resilient, elastic tissue known as the periodontal ligament: the ligament resides in the space between the tooth root and the bone and attaches to both through tiny fibers. The bone and ligament are protected by an attachment of gum tissue that covers all of the surrounding bone and attaches to the root surface. The outer gum tissue surface is covered by a protein called keratin that makes it resistant to wear.

On the other hand, these periodontal ligament fibers don’t exist when implants are present as the implant is fastened directly to the bone. Because it doesn’t have this ligament attachment, and the gum tissues around can’t attach to the implant as with natural teeth, it may be more vulnerable to bacteria or trauma caused by food impaction. So, cleaning and caring for dental implants is just as important, if not more so than with natural teeth.

If the gums around an implant become infected and inflamed it could lead to peri-implantitis, a condition that can destroy the bone attachment between the implant and the bone. In other words, the loss of bone support can weaken the integration of the implant with the bone. As more and more attachment is lost, the implant can loosen and eventually be lost.

The best way to avoid this is with consistent daily hygiene and regular dental checkups. And, if you notice any signs of swelling or redness of the gums around an implant, contact us as soon as possible. The sooner we begin treatment to alleviate the infection, the less danger there will be of losing your implant.

If you would like more information on how to care for dental implants and other restorations, 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 “Infections around Implants.”

By Total Dental Care
October 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   diabetes  
DentalImplantsandDiabetes

Today, dental implants are an increasingly popular option for replacing lost teeth — an issue faced by many older Americans. It’s not hard to see why these high-tech prosthetic teeth are preferred: They look, “feel” and function just like natural teeth… and with proper care they can last the rest of your life. Unfortunately, many people who could benefit from implants also face an additional health problem: diabetes, a metabolic disease that can affect many different parts of the body, sometimes severely.  Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to nerve and tissue damage, and may adversely impact your oral health. So if you have diabetes, does it mean you won’t be able to get dental implants? 

The short answer is no — but there are some considerations that diabetics (and their health care providers) need to keep in mind. For example, it has been demonstrated that wounds in diabetics tend to heal more slowly, and are more prone to infection than those in non-diabetics. Also, people with diabetes sometimes experience a chronic inflammatory response, which can eventually lead to tissue damage or other problems.

Because the placement of dental implants requires minor surgery, dentists and researchers have questioned whether people with diabetes are good candidates for implants. Now there’s encouraging news: Several recent studies have come to the conclusion that many diabetics can indeed undergo an implant procedure without undue risk.

One key consideration is how well an individual can control his or her blood glucose levels. Researchers have found that diabetics with good blood glucose control, those with poor glucose control, and non-diabetics all have similar implant success rates (above 95%). However, in diabetics with poor glucose control, more time may be needed for the jawbone to heal in the area where the implant procedure was done. That doesn’t by any means rule out the placement of a dental implant — but it does mean that special considerations apply to individuals in this situation.

So if you are considering an implant procedure but have trouble controlling your blood glucose levels, ask us how we can help. Just remember that in most cases, having diabetes doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of dental implants. If you have additional questions, contact us or schedule an appointment.

By Total Dental Care
April 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health
ChristieBrinkleysAll-AmericanSmile

Model Christie Brinkley's smile has been a symbol of America's optimism since the seventies. Particularly well known for being the cover model for three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editions, Brinkley still has a fresh-faced American girl-next-door beauty that starts with her cheerful smile, which transmits the message that all is well.

Brinkley's modeling career began when she was “discovered” in Paris in the seventies, at the age of 18. As she explained in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, it was like a fairy tale. She had gone to study art in Paris, where a fashion designer spotted her walking down the street. “He told me later he immediately thought, ‘That's the girl!’” she said.

Brinkley attributes her famous smile to a combination of good genetics (she inherited her mother's “beautiful straight teeth”), combined with the intelligence to practice good oral hygiene and have regular dental appointments. She never needed to have work done to prepare her for the modeling life; but as a teenager, she said, she wished she could wear braces because she thought the “coolest kids had them.”

Although dental restorations were not needed to enhance her beautiful natural smile, she did have two dental implants after she fractured two rear molars in a bad helicopter crash while back-country skiing, and she says she is thankful for dental implant technology because it looks and feels so natural.

Brinkley said that her smile led directly to her assignment as spokesperson for a brand of oral rinse and mouthwash products. She is also concerned about the environment. Her company Christie, Inc. is designing environmentally friendly products.

Her advice to everyone is to smile more. “I think a smile makes EVERYONE beautiful! It's the greatest gift we give each other... It's an expression of friendship, love and peace!”

If you have questions about your smile, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Or you can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Christie Brinkley's Supermodel Smile.”

By Total Dental Care
December 16, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
Dental Implants ImageYou’ve been doing your research and finding out everything there is to know about dental implants. Perhaps you even came in for a consultation and were deemed a good candidate for this treatment. If you are suffering from tooth loss, dental implants in Pekin, IL do offer a permanent and long-term restorative solution for replacing that missing tooth or teeth. However, there are probably still things you didn’t know about dental implants that you won’t find just anywhere online. Here are some interesting and lesser-known facts about this treatment.
 

Dental implants promote better oral health

 
Unlike dentures or other restorative treatments, dental implants offer a variety of advantages for your dental health. Besides being a sturdy, permanent structure in your mouth, implants also prevent bone loss and actually promote new bone growth, retain your face’s shape, protect your healthy natural teeth, and won’t form cavities.
 

Some dental implants do fail

 
About 95 percent of these implant treatments go off without a hitch. This percentage can increase to about 98 percent if the patient properly cares for his dental implants; however, there are a few things that can increase failure rates in dental implants: smoking, infection (peri-implantitis), nerve damage, and even allergic reactions. The first sign of a problem should have you heading to your Pekin dentist for proper treatment so you don’t lose your implant. A quick response is everything in this case.
 

This treatment can be expensive upfront

 
Dental implants are expensive, which you may have already realized; however, the prices can fluctuate. A single implant can range from $1500 to as high as $7500. This isn’t just the cost for the implant and dental crown alone, but also the surgery and professional care you will receive over the months to get your implant just right. You have to consider it this way: these implants are meant to last a lifetime, so you are investing upfront for your forever smile.
 

You still need to have good oral hygiene

 
To stave off infection and gum disease, which can cause problems for your implant, it’s important to adopt good oral hygiene. Cleaning your implant is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth. Plaque can still form on your implants, so it’s imperative that you brush and floss thoroughly each day. Plus, you should see your dentist at least twice a year to make sure you are cleaning your implants properly.
 
If you have any questions about dental implants before opting for treatment, call us today. We would be happy to alleviate any concerns about getting dental implants in Pekin.
By Pekin Total Dental Care
September 22, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Teeth are pulled or lost for many reasons, including injury, decay and defects some people are simply born with. Fortunately, the dentists and staff at Pekin Total Dental Care in Pekin, IL offers dental implants that can be both natural looking and beneficial in more ways than one.
 

Dental ImplantsThe advantages to dental implants are numerous, and include: 

Health benefits. When wearing ill-fitting removable dentures, eating, speaking and comfort tend to be limited. Dentures could move or fit loosely, making eating and speaking difficult. This could potentially lead to degrading physical or mental health that would eventually take a toll on ones body.
 
Convenience. Removable dentures require maintenance regularly, meaning a few minutes cleaning or soaking each day eventually add up to hours of unnecessary time. Dental implants are designed to become a part of you, and are treated as such. With careful attention to good oral health, dental implants could last a lifetime.
 
Self Confidence. We are often judged by our appearance. A visibly missing tooth could take a toll on ones self-esteem. After receiving dental implants, that missing tooth could be turned into a much-needed confident boost.
 

Are You a Candidate?

Typically, dental implant candidates are in good general and dental health, with enough bone in the jaw to support the implants themselves. Candidates should also have healthy gum tissue and good upkeep of their natural teeth. The new teeth’s synthetic roots are implanted in one of two ways: endosteal (implanted into the bone) or subperiosteal (implanted onto the bone). The periodontists at Pekin Total Dental Care, who specialize in gum tissue and bone beneath it, will work closely with dentists to ensure that the dental implants are well placed and will hold up over time. 
 
The procedure itself is usually done under local anesthetic and is executed in either one or two stages as an outpatient procedure. Regular check ups are then required to assure that the implants are doing well and that the patient is properly maintaining them. The staff at Pekin Total Dental Care is trained to give you the best information possible to ensure a healthy and easy procedure and healing process. 
 

Call Pekin Total Dental Care Today!

With the help of the staff at Pekin Total Dental Care, you can feel confident and comfortable starting the journey towards great teeth. Are you a patient of Pekin Total Dental Care? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!



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