Dental Problems

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

We have made great strides in dental technologies yet patients still have to endure painful and expensive treatments for things like gum disease, tooth decay and of course injuries.  Up until now the solution to these problems were to extract teeth and then replace them with either dentures or bridges.  Dentures and bridges weren’t always effective and needed replacing more often than most patients could afford.  Today there is a better solution and that is a dental implant.

What exactly are implants?

Implants are artificial teeth that are implanted with a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone and under the gum to act as the “root” of the tooth.  A false tooth is connected to the root that mimics a natural tooth far better than a denture.  Since the implant is directly connected to the jawbone it remains stable and it is meant to last a lifetime, as long as you practice good oral hygiene.

Different types of implants

There are two different types of implants that are recommended by the American Dental Association and they are the Endosteal and Subperiosteal.  Both are surgically attached to the jaw bone and once the healing process is complete the dentist will follow up and attach a false tooth or teeth to the implant.  The implant can consist of one tooth or a group.  The subperiosteal procedure will have a post that that protrudes through the gums to attach false teeth to.  Here is what they look like.

Why get implants?

The traditional method for replacing missing teeth has been bridges or dentures, both of which are uncomfortable and can make chewing uncomfortable.  Bone loss can also happen when you have dentures.  With implants you can eat stress free and the crowns (the top portion of the implant) look and feel more like your natural teeth.  They have been secured into your jaw, there won’t be any moving around and there are no gaps on either side.  Your dentist won’t need to touch the surrounding teeth in order to replace missing teeth.

Who is a candidate for implants?

If you want to get implants then the ideal candidate needs to have healthy gums and enough bone matter in your jaw to support the new teeth.  You will also need to commit to good oral hygiene practices in order maintain your implants.  Speak with your dentist to see if you are a candidate for implants, you will like them far better than regular dentures.

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How to Stop Your Gums From Bleeding

How to Stop Your Gums From Bleeding

One day you will be brushing your teeth just like any other day and when you spit in the sink you notice some blood.  That can be frightening because blood means that there is something wrong.  Before you jump to the worst possible conclusion that you have gum disease, you first want to make an appointment with your dentist.  There are some things that you can do at home in the meantime.  Here is how to stop your bleeding gums.

Watch How You Floss

Do you floss regularly?  Are you getting the floss between each tooth or just in the front where you can reach?  For many adults they ignore flossing altogether or just floss once in a while.  If you start flossing regularly your gums may start bleeding, however the flossing may stop after a couple of days.

Don’t Brush too Hard

Brushing your teeth harder or faster won’t actually make them any cleaner.  Not only that you are doing more harm than good and you can harm your gums making them susceptible to infection and gum disease.  Brushing too hard can damage the delicate tissues of your gums and that will cause them to bleed.  Rather than brushing so hard, brush in gentle circular motions you don’t need to put too much pressure on your gums.

Beware of What You Eat

Oral hygiene is important but it is not the only thing you need to be careful with you also need to watch what you eat.  Too much sugar, too many starches can damage your teeth not to mention your waistline.  These types of sugars cause plaque buildup and that makes your gum tissue weaker and open to gum disease.

Get a New Toothbrush

Good oral hygiene is important but you also need the right tools to get the job done and that means you need the right toothbrush.  An electric toothbrush is best but they can be pricey, in the meantime you can get a soft bristled brush and make sure you change it at least every three months.  You will also need floss, a good fluoride toothpaste and some antibacterial mouthwash.  Toothbrushes that are more than three months old are full of bacteria and it is time to throw it out.

A good fluoride toothpaste will help keep your enamel strong and fight off cavities.  Flossing regularly is also a must, regular flossing gets rid of bacteria and debris than get stuck between teeth.  Mouthwash can help get rid of any bacteria that was left behind after you finish brushing and flossing.  If after all of this you still have bleeding gums then you need to make an appointment with your dentist and get the problem dealt with.  Ideally you want to prevent gum disease before it starts.

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