Posts for: November, 2016
Plaque is the sticky, colorless layer that builds up on your teeth. Bacteria live in plaque and deposit acids that cause tooth decay and irritate gum tissue. This irritation causes an inflammatory reaction by your body that can ultimately lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. If plaque is not removed regularly by tooth brushing and flossing, it hardens to create calculus (also known as tartar). Calculus cannot be removed with a toothbrush; only a dental professional can get rid of it during an oral cleaning. To keep plaque and calculus under control, it is imperative to brush your teeth twice every day, floss at least once every day and see your dental professional for regular cleanings. Please call us to set up an appointment at 813-684-8085, before your plaque turns into calculus!
The idea of dental implant in nothing new. Back in the time of Cleopatra, the Egyptians would carve seashells to look like teeth and insert them in the socket of a recently lost tooth. Fortunately we've come a long way since then. In fact,in the last 30 years major advancements have been made in dental implants, making them an everyday dental procedure.
Today implants are most often titanium cylinders with threads. In simple terms, they are very sophisticated dental screws that go into the jawbone. These titanium screws act as a root of a tooth and are usually about as big around and as long as the root of a natural tooth. The success rate is 97% or higher.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or any number that is needed. The placement of implants is a relatively simple procedure done with only a local anesthetic (Novocain) and the healing period is usually only a few days.
The planning stage is the most critical part for an implant success. Special x-rays are needed to evaluate the jawbone and identify all the important biological landmarks. A clinical examination of the mouth is needed to further understand the individual needs of each patient.
Implants are usually placed under the gum line and remain there until the tooth portion is ready to be attached. It takes about 3 months for lower jaw implants to fuse with the bone and 4 to 6 months in the uppper. The time difference is due to the density of the bone, which is greater in the lower jaw. Once the bone and implant have integrated together, the general dentist will finish the procedure by making a tooth or teeth that attach to the implants.
Taking care of an implant with the attached tooth is no more difficult than cleaning a natural tooth with a crown. An added bonus is that it's impossible to have a cavity on a tooth supported by an implant.
Implants have come a long way in a short period of time. With the easy placement techniques and high success rates, dental implants are an option that should be explored with missing teeth need replacement.
Vitamin C - be sure you are getting your daily dose. It helps the body repair and maintain connective tissue, and its antioxidant effects are important to help fight against periodontal disease. A large 2010 study found that people who consumed less than the recommended daily dose of vitamin C (60 mg or about one orange) were 1.5 times more likely to develop severe gingivitis than those who consumed more than 180 mg each day. (It should be noted that smoking also depletes your vitamin C resources.) As residents (or snow-birds) of Florida where oranges are plentiful all year round, we have no excuse for not getting our daily "C"!