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Implant-supported fixed bridges are growing in popularity because they offer superior support to traditional bridges or dentures. They can also improve bone health thanks to the affinity between bone cells and the implants' titanium posts.
Even so, you'll still need to stay alert to the threat of periodontal (gum) disease. This bacterial infection usually triggered by dental plaque could ultimately infect the underlying bone and cause it to deteriorate. As a result the implants could loosen and cause you to lose your bridgework.
To avoid this you'll need to be as diligent with removing plaque from around your implants as you would with natural teeth. The best means for doing this is to floss around each implant post between the bridgework and the natural gums.
This type of flossing is quite different than with natural teeth where you work the floss in between each tooth. With your bridgework you'll need to thread the floss between it and the gums with the help of a floss threader, a small handheld device with a loop on one end and a stiff flat edge on the other.
To use it you'll first pull off about 18" of dental floss and thread it through the loop. You'll then gently work the sharper end between the gums and bridge from the cheek side toward the tongue. Once through to the tongue side, you'll hold one end of the floss and pull the floss threader away with the other until the floss is now underneath the bridge.
You'll then loop each end of the floss around your fingers on each hand and work the floss up and down the sides of the nearest tooth or implant. You'll then release one hand from the floss and pull the floss out from beneath the bridge. Rethread it in the threader and move to the next section of the bridge and clean those implants.
You can also use other methods like specialized floss with stiffened ends for threading, an oral irrigator (or "water flosser") that emits a pressurized spray of water to loosen plaque, or an interproximal brush that can reach into narrow spaces. If you choose an interproximal brush, however, be sure it's not made with metal wire, which can scratch the implant and create microscopic crevices for plaque.
Use the method you and your dentist think best to keep your implants plaque-free. Doing so will help reduce your risk of a gum infection that could endanger your implant-supported bridgework.
If you would like more information on implant-supported bridges, 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 “Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework.”
Dental implants can replace your missing teeth, fill in your gaps, and ensure that the jawbone below your gum tissue remains intact and avoids atrophy. However, ensuring that you are a good candidate for this procedure is key to receiving the best dental treatment for you and your smile. Find out more about dental implants and how they can help your smile with Dr. Domenic Riccobono at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY.
Understanding Dental Implants
- Implant Fixture: The implant’s fixture is implanted directly into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth. This small, metal post is made from titanium and can withstand daily use to replace the root of your missing tooth.
- Implant Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the fixture to the prosthetic tooth. Some abutments are built into the fixture while others are a separate component.
- Prosthetic Tooth: Prosthetic teeth are made from porcelain and can resemble a dental crown or bridge, depending on how many teeth they replace. In some cases, the prosthetic is a full denture which replaces all the teeth on an arch.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
First and foremost, a good candidate for dental implants has a strong at-home oral care routine and committed schedule for visiting their dentist twice a year, as recommended by the American Dental Association. They should be free from teeth decay and gum disease and have an adequate amount of bone tissue remaining in the area of the missing tooth to successfully support the implant.
Dental Implants in Chatham, NY
Dental implants are a versatile and powerful dental tool. If you think you can benefit from implants, you should talk with your dentist about your treatment options and map out the best treatment plan for your smile.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Domenic Riccobono at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY. Call (518) 392-5231 to speak with your dentist about dental implants at a consultation today!
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
Dental implants are today’s closest restorative facsimile to natural teeth. And they’re versatile: not only can they replace single teeth but they can also support bridges or dentures.
But since one of their crucial components is made of metal, are you out of luck obtaining this state-of-the-art dental restoration if you have a metal allergy?
The answer is: probably not—it’s rare for implants to cause an allergic reaction. Still, metal allergies can be a potential problem within your mouth as with other areas of health.
An allergy originates from the body’s necessary response to potentially harmful microorganisms or substances. Sometimes, however, this response becomes chronic and exaggerated, creating an allergy. People can have allergies to nearly anything with responses ranging from a minor rash to a potentially life-threatening multi-organ system shutdown (anaphylactic shock).
A small number of people have allergies to particular metals. One of the most common is nickel, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men; cobalt and chromium are also known to cause allergies. Consumer exposure, particularly metal contact with the skin through jewelry or clothing, is the most prevalent, but not the most concerning. That’s reserved for metal allergies related to medical devices like coronary stents or hip and knee prostheses. And in dentistry, there are rare occasions of inflammation or rashes from metal amalgam fillings.
Which brings us to dental implants: the main metal post that’s inserted into the jawbone is usually made of titanium. It’s the metal of choice for two reasons: it’s bio-compatible, meaning the body normally accepts its presence; and it’s osteophilic, which means bone cells readily grow and adhere to it, a major reason for implant durability.
While it’s possible for someone to have an allergy and subsequent reaction to implants with titanium, the occurrences appear to be extremely low. In one study of 1,500 patients, titanium allergies were estimated to be a factor in implant failures in less than 1% of those studied.
Even so, if you have known metal allergies you should make sure your dentist knows. Being aware of all the facts will help them recommend the best tooth replacement choice for you—and hopefully it will be dental implants.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”
Even with all of the amazing advancements in dental technology and treatments in the last few decades, tooth loss remains an incredibly common problem for many Americans. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 45% (roughly 180 million) of adults in the United States are missing at least one tooth. In addition to the cosmetic and social problems that living with tooth loss creates, it can also lead to serious health problems. Dr. Domenic Riccobono, a dentist in Chatham, NY, recommends dental implants for healthy adults suffering from partial or complete tooth loss.
Dental Implant Restoration in Chatham, NY
Implants are the closest dental restoration to a natural tooth. Most restorations replace the crown portion, which allows you to eat and speak clearly and look good when you smile. But the root also plays an important role in your oral health. Once a tooth falls out, the surrounding bone tissue begins to erode. A dental implant, which is made of a small titanium, biocompatible screw, is surgically placed in the jaw after tooth loss or extraction. This helps to preserve your bone tissue, and firmly anchor the crown in place once the implant has healed.
Dental implants are unique in that they can be used to replace all levels of tooth loss, from a single tooth to all teeth. You don't even need to get an implant for each missing tooth - just a few implants can be used to secure a bridge or set of dentures. If you are an adult in good health and enough bone density to support an implant, dental implants may be a good option for you.
Find a Dentist in Chatham, NY
Tooth loss can affect your oral and general health, as well as your overall quality of life. To learn more about dental implants and to find the restoration option that is best for you, contact Countryside Dental by calling 518-392-5231 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Riccobono today.