Friday, June 29, 2018

How do Dental Implants Work?

Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won't slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.

How do Dental Implants Work?

For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.

To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, and most insurance carriers typically cover less than 10 percent of the fees.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Long-Term Complications With Dental Implants

1. Failure to keep the area clean and maintained
So you finally have your dental implants and your final teeth are in place and now you’re ready to bite into crisp apples and smile bigger than ever before.

Long-Term Complications With Dental Implants

Now before you go riding off into the sunset with your new pearly white(s), it’s very important you maintain these new teeth and implants. Although I mentioned in previous blogs that implants are not prone to the same problems we see with natural teeth such as fracture decay and in infections they do require maintenance. I have treated patients who lost their teeth due to long term neglect and lack of care…sometimes these same people still seem to forget to brush their teeth now that they have implants!

2. Too much stress and forces on the implants
Once an implant has integrated with the bone it is extremely solid…it feels much like a “nail in concrete”. Unfortunately bone is not concrete. If there is excessive stress on a dental implant physiologically the bone will be lost. This may create a periodontal (gum) pocket which in turn will then allow unhealthy bacteria to grow and colonize….this sets up a cascade of event whereby more bone can be lost, infection  set in and the implant can eventually be lost.

3. Less than ideal placement or treatment planning
In some cases patients have had dental implants placed very successfully and have healed very well, only to find that when the teeth are to be made the implants cannot be used. In some cases it is because the implants are not in the right location or angle or the esthetics of the situation will not allow the implant to be useful.

The Potential Side Effects of Dental Implant Surgery

The Potential Side Effects of Dental Implant Surgery

Though dental implant surgery itself is minimally invasive, there are some side effects that can be expected after surgery. Side effects include:
Pain: Pain is one of the most common side effects of dental implant surgery. Patients may feel pain within the gum tissue around the incision site, jaw pain, or even facial pain around the treated area. Some oral surgeons prescribe pain medication or recommend an over-the-counter option. If taking over-the-counter pain medications, it is important to look for aspirin-free options, like ibuprofen. Aspirin can lead to bleeding problems after dental implant surgery. Pain should decrease as the body heals. If pain does not lessen or becomes worse, this could be a sign of infection or other complication, and should be brought to your dentist's attention immediately

Swelling: Another possible side effect of dental implant surgery is swelling. Swelling is a natural part of the healing process and will likely be seen immediately after surgery. Swelling may occur within the gum tissue around the incision or may also be seen in the facial tissue on the side of the face where a dental implant was placed. Gently placing an ice pack to the area of swelling can help reduce it and ease pain.

The Potential Risks of Dental Implant Surgery
In addition to knowing the side effects of dental implants, it's also important to understand the risks before undergoing this treatment. The potential risks include:

Infection: Infection can occur after dental implant surgery if precautions aren't taken to keep the incision site clean and free of bacteria. Following all post-operative instructions and practicing good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of infection.

Implant failure: Dental implants can fail if the jaw bone doesn't fuse to the implant. Infection and smoking are the leading causes of implant failure.
Temporary or permanent nerve damage: Though rare, nerve damage may occur from dental implant surgery, causing numbness or tingling of the affected tissue.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Why to choose this treatment dental?

Dental restorations generally look, feel and act like natural teeth. It may offer you important advantages compared to other treatment options:

Improves chewing efficiency
Enhanced appearance
To get greater self-confidence and better quality of life

Why to choose this treatment dental?

Possible risk factors before you go for surgery and how to overcome these risks:

Bacteria Build Up:
Bacteria build up can cause receding gums, and it makes the implant screws to be visible and also allows bacteria to cause infection. Healthy dental practices are important post surgery.

Infection and Inflammation:
There may be infection and inflammation in areas which are surrounding the dental implant because of bacteria. Improper dental hygiene will create this. Moreover it occurs frequently in diabetic patients and people who smoke.

Implant may be rejected by our immune system. People who smoke are at higher risk of this problem. So the best way to succeeded is to quit smoking as per dentist's recommendation after the surgery. Also people who grind their teeth must undergo the treatment of teeth grinding.

Trapping nerves:
Damage to the nerves while placing the tooth will lead to many complications like pain while talking, eating and when shaving. It is challenging to accurately place the implant in the supporting bone. Our dentists have successfully completed the surgeries in many of our patients. Dr. McKaskle Cinco Ranch Family Dentist located in Katy, We care for the smile of patients. Our goal is to provide superior quality dental care. We consider both aesthetics and dental health factors when performing the treatment which enables us in coming out with wonderful smiles for our patients.