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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.”
If you're missing a natural tooth, you may be wondering about dental implants to replace them. Dr. Eric Eby, your dentist in Okemos, Michigan, highly recommends dental implants to his patients who are ready to renew their smile. Here are just a few of the reasons why dental implants are the preferred method for replacing missing teeth for both dentists and patients alike!
Permanent and protective
Unlike removable and semi-permanent restorations, dental implants stay put thanks to the post that integrates with the natural growth process of the jawbone. After your Okemos dentist places the post, it only takes a few days before the gum tissue surrounding the top of the post heals. However, beneath the surface, the jawbone is growing back around the post, replicating the way a natural tooth's roots work. This not only makes the dental implant secure, but it also prevents your natural teeth from sensing the loss of their "neighbor" and shifting out of place.
Although other dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures are helpful, they have their drawbacks. Dentures must be removed frequently for cleaning and storage at night, and crowns and bridges typically need replacement every five to ten years. Dental implants from your Okemos dentist, however, never need removal; they're cleaned just like natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. The permanent design that we discussed above also ensures that, with proper care, your dental implant will not need to be refitted, reattached or otherwise adjusted, at least for many years to come.
Dental implants are a great solution for many people, but a consultation with Dr. Eby is necessary to determine if they're right for you. The first step is to call Eby Dental Care in Okemos, Michigan to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you smile more comfortably and confidently!
For generations, dentures have helped people avoid the dire consequences of total teeth loss. Now, implant technology is making them even better.
Composed of life-like prosthetic teeth fixed within a plastic or resin gum-colored base, dentures are manufactured to fit an individual patient’s mouth for maximum fit, comfort and performance. But dentures also have a critical drawback—they can’t stop bone loss in the jaw.
Bone is constantly regenerating as older cells dissolve and then are replaced by newer cells. In the jawbone, the forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this new cell growth. When teeth are missing, though, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus and may not regenerate at a healthy rate, resulting in gradual bone loss.
Dentures can’t transmit this chewing stimulus to the bone. In fact, the pressure they produce as they rest on top of the gums may actually accelerate bone loss. Over time then, a denture’s once secure and comfortable fit becomes loose.
In the past, most patients with loose dentures have had them relined with new dental material to improve fit, or have new dentures created to conform to the changed contours of the jaws. But implant technology now offers another alternative.
Implants are in essence a tooth root replacement. Dentists surgically implant a titanium metal post directly into the jawbone that naturally attracts bone cells to grow and adhere to it over time (a process called osseointegration). This not only creates a secure and lasting hold, it can also stop or even reverse bone loss.
Most people know implants as single tooth replacements with a porcelain crown attached to the titanium post. But a few strategically placed implants can also support either removable or fixed dentures. Removable dentures (also called overdentures) usually need only 3 or 4 implants on the top jaw and 2 on the bottom jaw for support through built-in connectors in the dentures that attach to the implants. A fixed bridge may require 4-6 implants to which they are permanently attached.
There are pros and cons for each of these options and they’re both more expensive than traditional dentures. In the long run, though, implant-supported dentures could be more beneficial for your bone health and hold their fit longer.
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?”
Say goodbye to tooth loss when you say yes to dental implants.
We understand just how scary, frustrating or downright embarrassing it can be to deal with tooth loss as an adult; however, the goal of our Okemos, MI, dentist Dr. Eric Eby is to make sure that you have options when it comes to treating your tooth loss and regaining that beautiful smile. Wondering about dental implants? We’ve got you covered!
Whether you are just newly dealing with tooth loss or you are currently battling with your dentures, there are many reasons people turn to dental implants to get their smiles back. Sometimes people choose to get dentures or bridges because the treatment process is quick; however, these restorations don’t always feel or look like people often hope they will. If you find that you aren’t satisfied with these other tooth replacement options then it’s time to turn your attention to dental implants.
An implant is the closest thing you can get to a real tooth. This small metal post might not seem like it would function like a natural tooth but its sole purpose is to replace your missing tooth’s roots. Our Okemos, MI, restorative dentist will surgically place the implant into the jawbone.
So, what happens after the implant is placed into the jawbone? Well, now we let your body work its magic. What we mean by this is that the jawbone and tissue will begin to heal over the course of several months and when they do they will naturally fuse together with the implant. Since an implant is the only tooth replacement that melds with natural bone and tissue this will serve as a long-term and reliable foundation from which to support a false tooth. In fact, an implant could easily last several decades or the rest of your life with the proper care.
An implant can easily replace a single missing tooth or even support a dental bridge or dentures to replace all of your missing teeth. If you are a healthy individual who is looking for a reliable and lifelong solution to your tooth loss then you may just want to think about getting implants.
Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI, is dedicated to giving you that beautiful smile back. No matter whether you are dealing with tooth loss or you want to talk to us about the cosmetic treatments we offer and how they can help you, pick up the phone and call our office today for a consultation.