Posts for: May, 2016
First introduced in the 1980s, dental implants are a popular and reliable tooth replacement option. Numerous studies show that after ten years 95% are still in place. Much of this success owes to the implant’s titanium post imbedded directly into the jaw, which then attracts bone growth. This additional growth securely anchors the implant in place for an unrivaled durability among other replacement options.
Still, a small percentage of implants fail — some in the first few months and others after a few years. Here are 3 reasons why, and how you can overcome them.
Poor bone quantity and quality. Implants need a certain amount of existing bone to succeed. Sometimes, though, there isn’t enough because prolonged absence of a tooth causes bone loss around the empty socket. Conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis or tobacco use can also compromise bone health. It’s often possible to increase bone volume with grafting, especially right after tooth extraction.
Teeth grinding habits. This occurs when you unconsciously grind or clench your teeth, usually during sleep. The habit can create forces far in excess of what’s normal when we bite or chew and can damage or even break the crown attached to an implant. Besides reducing stress (a major factor for teeth grinding), you can also alleviate the abnormal force generated by wearing a night guard.
Periodontal (gum) disease. Although your implants are impervious to disease or infection, supporting gums and bone aren’t. Plaque, a film of food and bacteria that builds up on tooth surfaces, can cause gum disease that weakens the supporting tissues (gums and bone) of the implant. This can give rise to a specific condition with implants known as peri-implantitis where the infected gum tissues and bone around it deteriorate, leading to the implant’s catastrophic loss. To avoid this, practice consistent daily hygiene, including around the implant. And see us regularly for checkups and cleanings, or as soon as possible if you see signs of gum problems.
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.”
How porcelain veneers from your Lawrence dentist can help your smile
Do you wish you had a whole new smile with beautiful, perfect white teeth? Instead, is your smile stained, with teeth that are chipped or worn from aging? It’s time to change all that and discover how porcelain veneers can help your smile. You deserve to look your best and that begins with your smile. Dr. Paul D. Herrera at Rockledge Dentistry in Lawrence, Kansas wants to show you why porcelain veneers are the modern, high-tech way to give your smile a whole new look.
When you choose porcelain veneers, you have chosen a versatile solution to fix major and minor problems with your front teeth. Dr. Herrera wants you to know porcelain veneers can correct teeth that are:
- Heavily discolored from medications or genetics
- Darkly stained and yellowed from smoking or drinking
- Gapped or spaced unevenly from genetics
- Severely worn and chipped or cracked from aging and overuse
Dr. Herrera wants you to think of porcelain veneers for a special event like a wedding, reunion, or even an important job interview. There’s nothing quite as important as a great smile to make a great impression. You can have a whole new smile quickly and easily, just when you need it.
Porcelain veneers are a wonderful solution with many benefits. Dr. Herrera wants you to know porcelain veneers are:
- Very natural-looking, because they are made of translucent porcelain
- Permanent, because with proper care they can last for many years
- Stain-resistant, because porcelain doesn’t pick up stains like your natural teeth
- Conservative, because Dr. Herrera only needs to remove a minimal amount of tooth structure
It’s time for you to get the smile you’ve been waiting for with porcelain veneers. Give your smile a whole new look by calling Dr. Paul D. Herrera at Rockledge Dentistry in Lawrence, Kansas. Porcelain veneers are an investment you are making in yourself, and you deserve to get the best return on your investment, so call Dr. Herrera today!
For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.
Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.
If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.
If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.
When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment.Â Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.
And as for Noah Galloway:Â In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!
If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”