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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.”
There are several reasons why dental implants are so popular. Perhaps the most important, though, is their longevity: if maintained properly implants can last for decades. However, they’re not indestructible—certain mouth conditions could put them at risk for early failure. But if you address emerging problems early, you may be able to prevent that unfortunate outcome.
Your implants may be in danger, for example, if you have a teeth grinding or clenching habit. This occurs when a person involuntarily and repeatedly bites down on their teeth when not chewing or speaking. Usually triggered in adults by high stress, teeth grinding can subject both natural teeth and implants to damaging levels of force. Over time this can cause bone loss around an implant and weaken their support. It could also cause a direct break in an implant.
But there are ways to stop or at least reduce the effects of teeth grinding. One effective way is a custom-made bite guard you wear while you sleep. Made of hard plastic, the guard prevents the teeth from making solid contact with each other, reducing the amount of force generated.
A more prominent problem is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection caused by built-up dental plaque on tooth surfaces. This can trigger inflammation, a normal defensive response that when it persists for an extended period of time can damage tissues and supporting bone. It can also cause a specific form of gum disease related to implants called peri-implantitis, in which the tissues that support an implant become infected and weaken, leading eventually to possible implant failure.
If you have implants, then, you should brush and floss daily to prevent gum disease, as well as see your dentist at least every six months for cleanings and checkups. And if you notice anything like reddened, swollen or bleeding gums, see your dentist immediately. The sooner you undergo treatment, the better the outcome for your implants as well as your overall health.
Dental implants can give you years of great service and can prove to be well worth the cost. But you’ll have to stay on your guard against gum disease and other mouth conditions that could endanger them down the road.
If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”
There are a few options available to replace missing teeth, most of which restore basic function so that you can eat and speak clearly, as well as improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Dental implants are the only dental restoration that replaces a missing tooth in its entirety, from root to crown. The dentists at Lynch Dental Center Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch offer dental implants and cosmetic and general dentistry services in Chicago and River Forest, IL.
Get a New and Improved Smile with Dental Implants
In order to qualify, you must be an adult in good general health, and willing to commit to ongoing oral hygiene and follow up visits to the dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings (the American Dental Association recommends every six months) in order to lower the risk of complications. You must also have enough remaining bone density in the jawbone to support the implant, which is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth, where it eventually fuses with the surrounding bone tissue in a process known as osseointegration.
Implants can replace a single missing tooth, or support an entire set of dentures (with just a few implants). The titanium screw-shaped implant is placed first, and once it heals the cosmetic crown is attached, completing the restoration - and your smile. When cared for properly, implants have a very high success rate and are the next best thing to a natural tooth.
Find a Dentist in Chicago and River Forest, IL
Dental implants are a good option for restoring both the cosmetic aspect of your smile as well as your oral health. For more information, and to find out if you are a candidate, contact Lynch Dental Center today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists by calling 312-263-3235 in Chicago or 708-366-6411 in River Forest.
Want to find out how these long-term restorations could replace your missing teeth?
There is a reason so many people are turning to these small metal restorations after tooth loss. After all, they are the closest thing you can come to real teeth because they act just like tooth roots and provide a stable foundation to support a false tooth or teeth. Sure, nothing beats a natural smile, but when tooth loss occurs it’s a real comfort to know that our River Forest and Chicago, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch can help you get your smile back on track.
Here are some of the amazing benefits of getting dental implants:
The Next Best Thing to Real Teeth
We know you never wanted to lose a permanent tooth but isn’t it comforting to know that dental implants are as close as you can get to natural teeth? They look and even function just like the real thing. The secret lies in the fact that an implant is an artificial tooth root, which means that when it’s surgically embedded in the jawbone it will become a permanent structure within your mouth to support the false tooth (or teeth).
Bolster Your Appearance (and Confidence)
We all know that gaps in your smile can make you feel rather embarrassed by the way you look. Your appearance is important when it comes to how confident you feel. Your smile should make you feel self-assured, not embarrassed. By getting a full smile back thanks to dental implants you’ll also enjoy a boost to your self-esteem.
A Lifelong Restoration
While dental bridges and dentures will need to be realigned, refitted and replaced every few years, this same situation doesn’t apply to an implant. Once the metal post is placed within the jawbone and naturally fuses together with bone and tissue, you can rest assured that with the proper oral care and hygiene in place that you could have this new tooth for the rest of your life.
Preserve the Jawbone
One serious and inevitable complication of untreated tooth loss is bone loss. The only way to prevent bone loss is to place a dental implant because it is the only tooth replacement that functions as a tooth root, providing the jawbone with the perfect amount of stimulation it needs. The sooner you turn to your River Forest and Chicago restorative dentists for a tooth replacement the sooner they can stop bone loss from occurring.
Are you interested in learning more about getting dental implants? Do you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for treatment? If so, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Lynch Dental Center. We have dental offices in both River Forest and Chicago, IL.
Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.
Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?
Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).
Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.
Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.
With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.
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 magazine article “Dental Implants: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”