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Dentures That Slip? Why The Problem Will Continue.

I’ve heard many descriptions when it comes to patients describing denture movement. Terms like wobbly, slippery, and rocky are how people tell me about trying to eat or speak with an ill-fitting denture.

Quite frankly, the problem has less to do with the denture and more to do with what it sits on.

Dentures are designed to hold replacement teeth using a gum-colored base that sits on the ‘arch’ where your natural tooth roots were once held. This arch is actually the upper or lower jaw bone, covered over with gum tissue.

When your tooth roots were present in the jaw, they kept the bone stimulated. This stimulation enabled the bone to maintain its mass, so it stayed at a healthy height and depth. Once the tooth roots were removed, however, the lack of stimulation caused the bone to shrink.

The term for bone loss from this process is known as ‘resorption.’ Resorption is actually a slow process, so it is not obvious when it first begins. Think of it like a small leak in a basketball. At first, the ball continues to bounce fine. Over time, the leak shows up and, eventually, it is an obstacle to using the ball as it is intended.

When your denture was first made, it was made to conform to the existing height and width of the arch, or ‘ridge.’ Once resorption became obvious, however, it was probably while eating.

Biting and chewing require stability of teeth. An arch that is shrinking in size no longer conforms to the contours for which a denture is originally made. Initially, using more denture adhesive or paste may help. Over time, though, movement is more than likely an obvious problem when eating.

Because bone loss creates movement when eating, long-time denture wearers often adjust their diets to soft foods that dissolve easily in the mouth. This not only limits the variety of fresh, fibrous foods necessary for good nutrition, digestion is also compromised. It is a fact that people who wear dentures have more gastrointestinal problems than those who have their own teeth.

While uncomfortable movement when eating is a challenge, fear of embarrassing slips or clicks also causes some denture wearers to decline social invitations that include meals or gatherings around food. Research has shown that staying socially involved is a healthy part of aging.

In one study published by the Center For Advancing Health, older adults who stayed actively engaged on a social level developed cognitive and physical limitations more slowly than did those with low levels of engagement. (http://www.cfah.org/hbns/2011/socially-active-older-adults-have-slower-rates-of-health-declines)

When the jaw bone shrinks, it affects more than just the fit of your dentures. A shrinking jaw causes changes to your facial appearance, including the formation of jowls as facial muscles detach from the declining bone mass.

Deep wrinkles form around the mouth as the jaw bone resorbs and the chin becomes more pointed. While a denture plumps up the face when in place, the extent of bone loss may be more obvious by looking in the mirror without the denture.

While we want to provide each patient with the tooth replacement choice that best suits their needs, a denture that is “wobbly” will remain a problem. Relines can help, but as the bone loss continues to flatten out the arch, the denture will start to move again.

We recommend dental implants so highly because they halt the rate of bone loss by recreating stimulation to the bone. Additionally, implants are held by the jaw bone, just as your natural tooth roots once were. This restores a stable foundation for biting and chewing, speaking and laughing.

There are many different types of implants designed for various needs. Some are designed to be positioned in minimal bone depth. For others, bone rebuilding procedures may be needed (or desired) to restore the bone to a healthy mass.

Eating, laughing, feeling confident socially and even sneezing should not be overshadowed with discomfort or fear of embarrassment. Let’s discuss your options and associated costs for dental implants during a free consultation appointment.

Afterward, we can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss payment options with you. Some require no down payment and are interest-free. You could be making easy, monthly payments while feeling confident and comfortable as you chew an apple or laugh with friends!

Call 586-739-2155 to schedule a time.

The Components Of Dental Implants – How They Work.

A growing number of adults are choosing to replace missing natural teeth with Dental Implants. As the reputation of implants grows, more people are learning that implants are safe, dependable, look and feel natural and are designed to last your lifetime.

Too, Dental Implants have one of the highest implant-in-bone success rates (including that of knees and hip joints). Dental Implants do not decay, will never need a root canal and do not rely on support from neighboring teeth. The most appealing aspect of implants, however, is how they restore your ability to bite and chew comfortably, laugh with confidence and speak without worry.

Dental Implants have been around for decades and have been perfected over the years. There are many types of implants, each designed to accommodate specific needs. A qualified, experienced dentist can determine the type that will work best for you.

In addition to the different types of implants, they come in various shapes and sizes and have different components. Some are placed in unique angles or in various intervals. To understand how implants work, we’ve provided an explanation below.

For example, some implant systems are designed to support non-removable teeth while others may support teeth that are detachable for cleaning. Some implants support one or several teeth while others are designed for placement in minimum bone mass.

•  The ‘implanted’ portions of Dental Implants are actually tooth root replacements. This portion is placed in your jaw bone where it will become secured by the bone growing around it. This process is known as osseo-integration.

•  The process of osseo-integration takes several months. This process can be likened to a tree branch that grows around a rope tied around it for a very long time. Osseo-integration is similar but occurs at a much more rapid pace.

•  After 3-6 months, the implant has become secured by the bone. A post is then inserted into the center of the implant and a replacement tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post. Your new tooth looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth.

•  Keep in mind that the ‘implant’ is not the tooth. The implant is designed to support the post that holds the tooth (referred to as the ‘restoration’). By being placed in the jaw bone, just as a natural tooth root, the implant can support the attached tooth with a firm foundation for optimal stability.

• An implant can support more than one tooth, in most cases. Therefore, is not necessary to place an implant for each missing tooth. One implant is often used to support two or a bridge of teeth. Several strategically-placed implants can support a full arch of teeth.

• Dental Implant treatment costs are largely based on the number of implants placed. When an implant can hold a bridge of teeth or several implants are used to secure a full arch of teeth, this helps to keep overall treatment fees to a minimum.

Regardless of the type of implant placed, it is important to remember that implants do occasionally fail. Night-time clenching or grinding teeth can be a factor. Smoking dries out oral tissues and delays the healing process, which can also contribute to implant failure. Poor oral hygiene routines can also lead to failure. If infection sets in and reaches the implanted portion, the implant may need to be removed to fully resolve the problem.

In our office, we strive to make sure each patient understands their treatment and all options available that coincide with their needs and goals. If you’ve considered Dental Implants, call 586-739-2155 to arrange a free, no obligation consultation.

During this time, we’ll discuss the implant types that are best suited for your needs and goals and anticipated costs. We can also have our Financial Coordinator explain various payment options that are interest-free with no down payment required.

Avoid Losing Teeth By Decisions You Make Now

Imagine standing on the side of the road, stranded beside a car that has stopped running. For most of us, there is a sense of dread for this type of situation since we know the time, expense and frustration that comes with correcting the problems involved.

Now, imagine learning that the car is stranded because you failed to add necessary fluids, fell behind on oil changes and ignored warning lights.

As a dentist, I see a fair number of patients who have lost teeth. While some have lost them due to an accident or injury, most have lost them because of inadequate oral hygiene, failing to have regular dental care, and poor health choices (such as smoking).

For those who have lost teeth due to these choices, any one of them will tell you if they could go back in time, they would have taken better care of their teeth.

A tooth lost must be replaced or else neighboring teeth will shift. This shifting can cause chipped, broken or worn teeth. As the fit of upper to lower teeth moves out of its proper position, it can lead to headaches, migraines, night-time grinding and clenching, dizziness, ear ringing and sore jaw joints.

With poor oral hygiene and lack of regular dental check-ups, continued tooth loss is almost assured. As each tooth is lost, the one adjacent to it is at the highest risk to be the next you’ll lose. It’s a vicious cycle.

Teeth are easy to take for granted, They are hard and strong, giving the appearance of being ‘rock solid.’ They can weather an enormous amount of force. Yet, teeth are a natural part of our overall makeup. and do have vulnerabilities. This is why cavities and breaks can occur.

The main reason we recommend crowns for teeth at risk is to save the tooth. While the portion of a tooth you can see is important, it’s the portion beneath the gum line that we are even more concerned about.

Tooth roots nurture and ‘feed’ not only the tooth, but the jaw bone that supports them. Without these roots in place, the bones begins to atrophy. In dentistry, this is known as resorption. Simply put, it’s a melting away of jaw bone where tooth roots were once held.

As the bone shrinks, a number of things begin to occur. The tooth roots adjacent to the area of resorption are more vulnerable. The tooth above or below elongates, creating risk for damage mentioned prior (chips, breaks, etc.).

Facial changes can be seen as the bone thins further. For example, when the mouth appears collapsed into the face and the chin points, this is referred to as a ‘granny look.’ This occurs due to severe resorption of someone who has lost all of their teeth.

Earlier facial changes can also be seen when someone is missing natural teeth. Deep wrinkles form around the mouth, the corners of the mouth turn downward even in a smile, jowls form from the detachment of facial muscles, and the nose moves closer to the chin.

As unfortunate as these changes in appearance are, trying to eat properly when the jaw bone has declined is worse. People who wear dentures or partials often struggle when chewing or biting when their denture lacks a high foundation on which to balance.

When the bone shrinks, the ‘arch’ where tooth roots were once held begins to flatten. This is a slow but continual process that gives a denture an ever-decreasing surface. After a while, even denture adhesives or pastes are of little help.

To replace missing teeth, we often recommend dental implants. Implants recreate stimulation to the jaw bone, halting the rate of bone loss. Because they are supported by the jaw, implants restore the same, dependable foundation your natural teeth once had.

Another advantage of dental implants is their ability to ‘stand alone.’ Since implants are held by the jaw bone, they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, as with crown-&-bridge combinations. This means you won’t need to have otherwise natural, healthy teeth crowned for the mere purpose of supporting a bridge.

To correct a common misconception, an implant is NOT always needed for each missing tooth. In many cases, one implant can support a bridge of two or more teeth. When a full arch of teeth is needed, several strategically-placed implants can provide adequate support.

All-On-4 Dental Implant System is one example of several implants supporting a full arch of teeth.

If you’ve lost teeth, the best way to halt the process is to replace those you’ve lost (and the sooner, the better). Then, be ultra-committed to your oral health. Brush twice a day and floss daily. Drink plenty of water and limit snacking and your intake of sugar and carbs. If you have teeth at-risk, have them crowned or other necessary repairs.

In our office, we respect all patients. We pride ourselves on being a ‘lecture-free zone’ and are here to support each individual, regardless of what brought them here. For those who have lost natural teeth, our goal is to restore them to a healthy, confident smile they’ll feel good about.

Begin with a free consultation to discuss your oral health needs and the smile you’d like to have – and share, often! Call 586-739-2155 and ask to meet with me personally. I look forward to meeting you!

 

How To Enjoy Your Dental Implants For A Lifetime

What holds one of the highest success rate of all in-bone implant types? It may surprise you that Dental Implants have a nearly 97% success rate, surpassing knees, hips and other implant-in-bone procedures.

Over the years, the design and placement of Dental Implants have been fine-tuned, so much so that they’ve grown to be one of the most sought-out forms of tooth replacement.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), more than 35 million Americans are missing all their upper or lower (or both) teeth. While 15 million have chosen crown-&-bridge combinations for replacing missing teeth were appropriate, 3 million have opted for Dental Implants and this number is growing by 500,000 a year. (http://www.aaid.com/about/press_room/dental_implants_faq.html)

 

In addition to its high success rate, the growing popularity of Dental Implants is due to their longevity. Made from titanium, a biologically-compatible metal originally created by NASA, Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime.

Although the initial costs for Dental Implants are higher than dentures, partials, and crown-&-bridge, the investment is a wise one – a ‘one-and-done’ solution for missing teeth. Once placed, Dental Implants do not experience decay, need root canals, break or cause problems for neighboring teeth.

However, like any procedure that involves an implant in human bone, there is an element of risk.  Although it’s not a frequent occurrence, having an implant removed due to infection or malfunction is a loss for the patient in several ways.

When an implant requires removal, the investment by the patient is lost. To replace a failed implant, they must endure additional procedures, expenses and time.

While implant removal is not a common occurrence, the reasons for it lie largely in the hands of the patient. Surprised? Let’s look at some of the reasons for implant failure so you can minimize this risk:

First, one of the most important factors in any successful medical or dental procedure begins with the doctor you select. Your implant doctor should never be selected based on the lowest fee but chosen based upon his or her training and experience. Proper diagnosis means the implant system the doctor chooses is best for your specific needs .

You doctor should also have advanced skills in the placement of implants. Successful placement involves assessing for adequate bone mass to support an implant without interfering with adjacent structures.

While the doctor involved in your treatment is important, much of the risk falls into the patient’s hands after the placement process. The patient’s role in a successful implant begins once the implants are placed.

To begin, closely follow your post-placement instructions. For a few days after implant placement, we recommend you eat only cool, soft foods. This helps to minimize swelling and bleeding so gum tissue incision sites heal faster. Faster healing means reduced risk for infection.

Another risk factor to implant success – smoking. The chemicals in cigarette smoke are very drying to gum tissues, causing the healing process to take longer. For smokers, this creates a higher risk for implant failure. The longer it takes gum tissues to heal, the greater the risk for infection.

If you grind or clench your teeth during sleep, Dental Implants can become overburdened by the force. Clenching and grinding are typical symptoms of bite misalignment. Some clenching is so intense the force is likened to that used to crack a walnut. Clenching or grinding can also lead to worn, chipped or broken teeth. If you suspect you grind or clench, mention this prior to treatment so measures can be taken to resolve the problem.

Most important to implant success, however, is the patient’s commitment to good oral health. Although Dental Implants do not experience decay, the gum tissues and bone structures that support the implants are as susceptible to oral bacteria as before. When the infectious bacteria of gum disease reach implant sites, treating the infection may require removing the implant.

Along with a commitment to a thorough oral hygiene regimen at home, your exams and cleanings will likely be scheduled for every 3-4 months. During these visits, your hygienist will remove accumulated oral bacteria and assess the condition of your gums. These visits are proactive measures to help you avoid problems or catch any that occur at their earliest stages.

Dental Implants are a wonderful investment. Patients who opt for implants to replace missing teeth are able to eat healthy foods and enjoy social outings without worry. With proper selection, placement and care, your implants will provide you with a lifetime of benefits.

Our goal, for every patient, is to help each enjoy a confident smile for every stage of their life! If you’ve considered Dental Implants, let’s discuss the types that may be best for you. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free, no-obligation consultation.

How To Make Dental Implants Last A Lifetime

Of all implant-in-bone procedures performed today, Dental Implants hold the highest success rate of all – over 94%. That includes hips and knees. However, like any medical procedure, Dental Implants can fail. How can you help to ensure an optimal result and enjoy a confident smile for your lifetime?

One of the keys to the lasting success of implants begins with the Doctor you choose. An experienced and skilled implant Doctor will make a proper diagnosis, selecting the best implant system for your needs. The Doctor will also provide precision placement so the implanted portions are to a proper depth and angle.

The highest risk of implant failure actually occurs after an implant patient leaves the office. The implant recipient has a significant role in the life of their implants.

Fortunately, removing a dental implant is a rare occurrence. Most often, an implant has to be removed because of the onset of an infection that cannot be adequately treated while the implant remains.

Infection typically occurs when oral bacteria amasses and creates an inflammatory state. Once this inflammation penetrates the gum tissues and bone surrounding the implant’s post, it becomes more difficult to treat. With prompt treatment, some infections can be resolved without complications. However, at a certain level the implant must be removed.

What leads to the problems associated with inflammation caused by oral bacteria? After all, we all have bacteria in our mouths, don’t we? Yes, oral bacteria is a normal part of any mouth. The problems begin when too much bacteria develop and are not sufficiently removed on a daily basis. While the most common cause is poor oral hygiene, smoking (which is drying to oral tissues) and diabetes contribute as well.

Another lesser-known but significant reason for failure is teeth grinding. Bruxing (clenching and grinding teeth during sleep) contributes to implant failure in more cases than many realize. One study of dental implant recipients noted that 29% of patients who were teeth grinders had failed implants. Nearly the same number of patients with diabetes experienced implant failure.

Bruxing is as much of a problem for natural teeth as for teeth held by implants. The force of grinding is often so much that it wears the tops of teeth down, referred to as worn teeth. Not to be outdone, the force of clenching can be hard enough to crack a walnut. Grinding and clenching can cause teeth to chip, crack, break and even tilt out of position. These actions can also lead to frequent headaches, migraines, sore jaw joints, ear ringing, dizziness, and sore facial and neck muscles.

Obviously, a newly-placed implant is not up for the challenges of bruxing. That’s why it is important to resolve the problem before implants are placed. However, bruxing should be corrected regardless of the situation.

Bruxing and clenching are the result of a misaligned bite in most cases. Once the misalignment has been pinpointed, mild cases may be corrected with simple reshaping of selected teeth. More severe misalignment may require the placement of crowns to adjust tooth height or even orthodontics.

Keeping a clean, healthy mouth and ensuring your teeth are in proper position will help in protecting the life of your implant, After placement, we will advise you on ways to avoid risks and potential failure. It is our goal for every patient to have a positive experience and successful outcome.

While not all aspects of after-treatment are within our control, I believe that thorough communication with patients is important. It is our belief that patients are able to increase their success potential when they understand the importance of their role.

To learn more about Dental Implants, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation. During this time, I’ll answer your questions and make recommendations. If desired, we can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss easy payment options, most interest-free with no down payment required.

The Endless Value Of Dental Implants

We all like to be smart shoppers. And, we’re all aware that, in most cases, “you get what you pay for.” That’s as true in the dental office as it is in the appliance store.

There is a misconception that Dental Implants are expensive. Quite frankly, once the patient understands the long term benefits, they are seen as one of the best investments one can make. When truly understanding the benefits, the obstacle of cost (which is often the only obstacle) becomes less of a concern.

Implants may seem expensive because all treatment fees occur at once. The costs for the implants, placement and the restorations (attached teeth) are paid for as one fee. The true value of Dental Implants, and the actual savings they provide, occurs in the form of the many expenses Dental Implants help you avoid.

With proper care, Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime. That, in itself, is a tremendous value. Additionally, they restore the ability to eat comfortably and laugh with confidence. This enhances your physical and emotional health.

Dental implants never decay, need root canals or compromise neighboring teeth or the bone structures that support teeth. Dental Implants are also beneficial for the jaw bones that support them.

Because Dental Implants are positioned in the jaw, they recreate the presence of tooth roots, which provides stimulation the jaw bones. This was one of the roles of natural tooth roots. When tooth roots are removed, a process known as resorption begins. This is a gradual but continual shrinking of bone mass.

Bone loss occurs when tooth roots are removed from jaw.
Bone loss occurs when tooth roots are removed from jaw.

For long-time denture wearers, this bone loss can be seen in their facial appearance, which creates an appearance that is far older than one’s actual age. Bone loss causes the mouth to turn downward (even in a smile) and deep wrinkles around the mouth. As facial muscles detach, jowls form. As bone loss progresses, the chin points and the nose moves closer to the chin. This creates what is referred to as a ‘granny look.’

For denture wearers, a new denture is designed to fit snugly. However, resorption is the reason that dentures eventually begin to move. This is because, as the bone mass declines, the ridge that holds the denture flattens out. This leaves the denture with an ever-shrinking foundation on which to balance. Eventually, adhesives and pastes do little and even relines are of only temporary help.

The treatment fees for Dental Implants are largely based on the number of implants placed. However, an implant is not always needed for each missing tooth. For those who are missing several teeth or even a full arch (all upper or lower), several strategically-placed implants can often provide sufficient support .

For example, when several teeth are missing in one area, one implant can often support a bridge of two or more teeth. An added bonus of using an implant to support a bridge is its ability to protect the integrity of neighboring teeth. With dental implants, it is not necessary to crown otherwise healthy teeth for the mere purpose of supporting a bridge.

While a traditional crown-&-bridge combination relies on adjacent teeth as support, an implant is supported by your jaw bone, providing the same dependable foundation as your natural teeth once had. You’ll be able to bite and chew without worries.

For those who are missing all upper or lower teeth, as few as 4 to 6 implants may be sufficient to support a full arch of teeth. With strategic placements and appropriate selection of implant systems, the force of biting and chewing can be distributed evenly. This is also possible for patients who have experienced a great deal of bone loss. Some implant systems are able to support non-removable teeth that are secured to several implants in a minimal amount of bone.

We believe that every patient CAN achieve the smile that makes them happy decades after their investment has been made. If the obstacle to achieving a confident smile is because of implant fees, start with a free, no obligation consultation. I’ll explain the options that may work best for you. If desired, we can also have you meet with our Financial Coordinator to discuss easy payment options. Most are interest-free with no down payment and break your costs down into affordable monthly payments.

Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a no-cost, no obligation consultation..

A Must-Read If You Take Supplements For Osteoporosis

Many people are often surprised by the wide range of medications that affect their oral health. Some of these can cause complications during oral surgeries like extractions or dental implant placement. For example, people who take Coumadin, a commonly prescribed blood thinner, may experience more bleeding during these procedures. pillbottle

Certain drugs, however, create a much greater risk. The complication with bisphosphonates, often prescribed to treat osteoporosis, is a risk for jaw osteonecrosis. In simple terms, this is death of the jaw bone.

Jaw osteonecrosis occurs when the bone fails to heal after a surgery, even a minor procedure such as a tooth extraction. It results from obstruction of blood supply from the drug’s potential interference with the bone’s ability to repair itself.

Most who acquire osteonecrosis experience pain, swelling or infection of the gums and jaw, gums that don’t heal, and loose teeth. However, its onset can occur without obvious symptoms.

Bisphosphonates include trade names such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Reclast, Binosto, Prolia, Zometa and Xgeva. The most prescribed is Fosomax and ranks as one of the top 25 most prescribed drugs on the market. Fosamax was approved by the FDA in 1995 and reports began surfacing in 2003 that linked bisphosphonates with jaw osteonecrosis.

In addition to treating osteoporosis, bisphosphonates are also used to treat cancer that has spread to the bone. In these cases, bisphosphonates are given intravenously and in higher doses. This creates a much greater risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw than for individuals on the medication for osteoporosis.

Jaw osteonecrosis risk seems to increase with the amount of time biphosphonates are taken. However, researchers have determined that bisphosphonates can create a risk for necrosis with even short-term use of the oral medications for osteoporosis.

In a study of 208 participants who took Fosamax for varying durations, 4 percent acquired osteonecrosis. This finding was in contrast to the drug makers’ claims that bisphosphonate use only posed a noticeable risk for those who took the medication intravenously, such as cancer patients.

Not only did the study show that short-term usage can place the patient at risk, the drug can maintain a 10-year half-life in bone tissue. The risk for jaw necrosis is highest with procedures that directly expose the jaw bone, such as tooth extractions and other oral surgery.

Many physicians who prescribe bisphosphonates have relied on the drug makers’ stance of low risk typically prescribed for osteoporosis. This has left patients often unaware of the risks when they are scheduled for dental procedures.

This is why it is important to make us aware of all the drugs you take, including over-the-counter supplements. The goal is to provide a successful outcome for each procedure. Being familiar with your overall health enhances the potential for positive results.

If you have questions regarding the medications you are taking in regard to oral risks, call our office or ask at your next visit. Very importantly, keep us updated on your medications at every visit.

Protect Your Dental Implants For A Lifetime Of Benefits!

Today, Dental Implants have become so fine-tuned that they hold one of the highest success rates of all in-bone implant types – nearly 97%.

One of the reasons that modern Dental Implants are such a wise investment is that they are designed to last for a lifetime. However, as with any procedure that involves an implant in human bone, there is an element of risk.

Although not a frequent occurrence, removing an implant means the patient has lost their investment and must endure additional procedures and expenses for repair and replacement. But, it is the patient who plays an important role in helping to minimize this risk.

One of the most important factors in any successful medical or dental procedure begins with the doctor who coordinates your care. Your doctor should never be selected based on the lowest fee. The doctor chosen should have training and experience in the diagnosis and placement of all implant types in order to select the system most appropriate for your individual needs.

In selecting your doctor, you should also look for a good track record in the placement of implants. Successful placement relies on the ability to assess for adequate bone mass to support an implant without interfering with adjacent structures.

Obviously, a qualified doctor can enhance your potential for a successful outcome. While the doctor involved in your treatment is important, much of the risk falls into the patient’s hands after the placement process.

Patients can improve their potential to have a successful outcome almost immediately. When the implants are placed, the patient should closely follow their post-op instructions. For most patients, we recommend they eat cool, soft foods for the first few days. This helps to keep swelling and bleeding to a minimum and enables the gum tissues to heal faster around the incision sites, which helps to lower infection risk.

Once home, other factors can also put your implants at risk. For smokers, their risk for implant failure is high because of the chemicals in cigarette smoke. These are drying to oral tissues and delay the healing process. The longer the sites take to heal, the greater the risk for infection to set in.

A surprising but destructive force to Dental Implant success is grinding or clenching your teeth. Also known as bruxing, teeth clinching and grinding is a common symptom of bite misalignment. As a matter of fact, the force of clenching can be so intense it can be similar to that used to crack a walnut. Signs of clenching or grinding are worn, chipped or broken teeth. If you suspect you grind or clench, mention this prior to treatment so corrective measures can resolve the problem.

Most important of all is the patient’s commitment to maintaining good oral hygiene. Even though Dental Implants do not experience decay, the gum tissues and bone supporting the implants are as susceptible to oral bacteria as before. When oral bacteria infection is able to move its way down the implant sites, the only option for ridding the infection may involve removal of the implant.

Having Dental Implants will require you to be more committed than ever to your at-home oral hygiene regimen. We may also schedule your dental cleanings to occur every four months rather than twice a year. These visits allow our hygienist to remove accumulated bacteria in your mouth and around implant sites.

In our office, we are very proud of the success rate our implant patients enjoy. When adults are able to regain the ability to bite, chew and laugh with confidence, we are as thrilled as they are! We want every patient to have a confident smile for a lifetime!

If you’ve considered Dental Implants, let’s discuss the types that may be best for you. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange a consultation. We’ll discuss the various options available in today’s implant dentistry as well as anticipated costs and payment options.