Posts for: December, 2018
If you're one of the more than 26 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, you know first hand how the disease impacts your life. That includes your dental health — and whether or not implants are a good tooth replacement option for you.
Diabetes is actually the name for a group of diseases affecting how your body processes glucose, a simple sugar that provides energy for the body's cells. The level of glucose in the blood is regulated by insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas. Diabetes causes the pancreas to either stop producing insulin (Type 1) or not produce enough (Type 2). Also in Type 2, the body can become unresponsive to the insulin produced.
The implications for either type are serious and can be life-threatening. If glucose levels are chronically too low or high the patient could eventually go blind, suffer nerve damage, or develop kidney disease. Diabetes also interferes with wound healing and creates a greater susceptibility for gangrene: diabetics thus have a higher risk for losing fingers, toes and limbs, and can even succumb to coma or death.
Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. Fortunately, most people with this type can effectively manage it through diet, exercise and regular glucose monitoring; if need be, prescription medication can help regulate their levels. Even so, diabetics with their disease under control must still be alert to slower wound healing and a higher risk of infection.
Because implant placement is a minor surgical procedure, the aspects of diabetes related to healing, infection and inflammation could have an adverse impact on the ultimate success of the placement. Implant surgery creates a wound in the surrounding gum tissues and bone that will need to heal; the body's immune response in a diabetic can interfere with that process. And if infection sets in, the risks of implant failure increase.
But research has shown that diabetics with good glucose management have as high a success rate (over 95% after ten years) as non-diabetic patients. That means the implant option is a viable one for you as a diabetic — but only if you have your disease under control.
Have you heard about dental implants? Chances are high that you've seen or heard advertisements for them on the radio, television, or magazines, and there's more than one reason they're so popular! Read below to learn some of the benefits and contact dentist Dr. Stephen Dickey of Total Dental Care in Pekin, Illinois, if you are interested in undergoing treatment.
Every part of the dental implant has been designed with your comfort and safety in mind, but there's only one visible part: the crown. Each one of these porcelain caps is carefully carved, painted, and polished to look and feel exactly like a natural tooth, making the restoration blend seamlessly into your smile. Your Pekin dentist will also take time to match its size and color to the rest of your teeth, ensuring that only you will know that you're wearing a tooth restoration.
Ease of care
Dental implants don't require special cleaning products or techniques; they don't need to be taken out every night like dentures or partials. All they need is daily flossing and brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive paste. Of course, you'll need to stay current on visits to your Pekin dentist for checkups twice a year.
As you've read, dental implants have a lot to offer. Perhaps one of their most beneficial aspects is their permanence. Dental implants from your Pekin dentist are designed to remain in place for many years, even decades, as the post of the implant replicates the function of natural tooth roots. There's no need to schedule periodic dental appointments for refitting, adjustments, or replacements.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Dr. Dickey and his staff are confident that you'll love the benefits that dental implants offer. If you're missing one or more of your teeth, don't wait any longer to replace them with the world's most versatile restoration. Contact Total Dental Care in Pekin today to schedule a consultation about dental implants! For existing patients, phone (309) 347-7055, for new patients, contact (309) 857-7580.
While dental implants have become the most popular restoration among both dentists and patients, it’s primarily a tooth replacement — either for a missing tooth or a tooth beyond repair that must be extracted. But what if your tooth is still viable beneath its unattractive exterior? From an oral health standpoint, it’s usually wise to preserve it.
Even so, you still have options for making a tooth that’s spoiling your smile more attractive. One of the most effective solutions happens to be one of the oldest in dentistry: a crown. In effect, a crown is a life-like replica made of metal or dental porcelain that’s bonded over a tooth. And with today’s advanced materials and methods a crown can not only enhance the appearance of the tooth it covers, it can also be made to blend with the color and symmetry of adjacent teeth.
Here are a few dental situations where a crown could provide both protection for a tooth and a more attractive appearance.
Chipped, Damaged or Abnormally Developed Teeth. Teeth often take the brunt of mouth injuries, resulting in chips or even fractures. Also, teeth sometimes don’t erupt fully or develop a normal shape. A crown can effectively cover these missing or abnormal parts of a tooth and restore a more natural appearance.
Following Root Canal Treatment. Trauma or deep decay can damage the interior of a tooth - the pulp and root canals - and endanger its survival. A root canal treatment cleans out and repairs these areas, filling them with a special filling to prevent further infection. A crown is usually necessary to both protect the tooth and restore its appearance.
Discoloration. There’s a difference between outward staining of the enamel, which can usually be brightened with whitening solutions, and staining deep within the tooth from various causes. While there are techniques to bleach “intrinsic” staining, a crown provides another option for covering a heavily discolored tooth for a more attractive appearance.
Excessive Wear. We all experience some teeth wearing as we age; but grinding or clenching habits can accelerate that wear and shorten teeth, resulting in a prematurely aged look. Crowns restore worn teeth to a more normal length that can take “years” off your smile.
If you would like more information on crown 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 “Crowns & Bridgework.”