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If you’re considering a dental implant as a replacement for a lost tooth, you’re looking at a restoration method with an amazing 95% success rate after ten years. But that being said there’s still a risk, albeit quite low, the implant might fail.
And if you smoke, the risk is slightly higher. In a recent study of implant patients, twice as many of the failures occurred in smokers compared to non-smokers. If you’re a smoker, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome if you quit the habit.
Nicotine, a chemical within tobacco, is the primary cause for this higher risk. Besides its effect on the pleasure centers of the brain, nicotine also restricts smaller blood vessels that are abundant in the mouth and skin, causing less blood flow. As a result, the mouth doesn’t have as many antibodies and other substances available to fight infection and help traumatized tissues heal.
Because of this, as well as reduced saliva flow due to the habit, smokers have an increased risk of dental disease and are slower to respond to treatment. This can be especially problematic if the gum tissues around an implant become infected, which could lead to a catastrophic failure. Slower healing also impacts the post-surgery period when bone cells in the jaw are growing and adhering to the implant surface, forming a stronger bond.
To avoid these potential risks you should stop smoking before you undergo implant surgery. If you can’t completely kick the habit, you should at least stop a week before surgery and for two weeks after. It’s also critical that you practice good oral hygiene — both brushing and flossing — to minimize the occurrence of dental disease and see us for regular checkups and maintenance appointments.
Taking these steps will greatly increase your chances of being in the vast majority of people who continue to enjoy success with their implants for many years.
If you would like more information on the impact of smoking on dental health, 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 & Smoking.”
You’ll be happy to hear that some cosmetic procedures can improve the overall look of your teeth non-invasively.
Are you an otherwise happy-go-lucky person that feels embarrassed by gaps, cracks, and other minor smile issues? If you live in the Ewa Beach area then you may want to talk to cosmetic dentist Dr. Kern Agader about dental bonding and how it has improved countless smiles.
What is dental bonding?
This cosmetic procedure involves applying and molding a tooth-colored resin (the same material used to fill a cavity) over flawed areas of a tooth or teeth to improve the overall color, shape or size. However, unlike getting a cavity filled, just applying this resin material over the tooth is completely non-invasive and won’t require anesthesia or needles. Patients are happy to hear that this treatment is 100 percent painless!
What should I expect prior to my cosmetic treatment?
As with any cosmetic procedure, your cosmetic dentist in Kapolei, HI serving Ewa Beach will want to make sure that dental bonding fits your lifestyle, needs and goals for treatment, so it’s important to come in for a consultation before you decide whether bonding is right for you. Those looking for more conservative enhancements to their smile can often benefit from dental bonding.
Those with healthy smiles who practice good oral hygiene and are ready to properly care for their new and improved smiles are often the best candidates for bonding.
What issues can be addressed with dental bonding?
Dental bonding is great for patients of all ages that are looking to hide small imperfections like discolorations, gaps between teeth, chips and cracks. While other options like dental veneers are great for more moderate to complicated cases, dental bonding is a wonderful and non-invasive way to improve the overall appearance of your smile without the drastic measures.
How do I care for my teeth after bonding treatment?
Of course, no matter what dental procedure you go through it’s always best to maintain a good oral care regime to keep your smile looking and feeling its best. To protect the color and integrity of the dental resin you’ll also want to avoid doing any of these things for at least two days after your treatment:
- Consuming stain-producing drinks or foods like coffee, wine, and berries
- Smoking cigarettes, as the chemicals can cause some nasty dental stains and affect your overall health
With the proper care, dental bonding can last up to 10 years or more. By staying away from habits like nail biting, chewing on pens or opening bottle caps or plastic packaging with your teeth you too can protect the integrity of your healthy smile.
Call our office right away to schedule a consultation with Dr. Agader at Dental Perfections, located in Kapolei, HI and serving Ewa Beach.
Dental implants are among the most popular tooth replacements with their high success rate, durability and life-like beauty. But obtaining them is a process that requires commitment, planning, and coordination — it takes a team.
Your general dentist is often the first team member you’ll encounter: because they’re most familiar with your mouth’s condition the implant discussion naturally begins here. They can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, such as if you have sufficient bone mass at the intended site or if you have dental disease that must be treated first. They’ll also continue monitoring your general dental health throughout the process.
Your general dentist may also have the special training for surgically placing implants. If not, he or she may refer you to your next team member: an oral surgeon or periodontist skilled in implantation procedures. This step first requires careful planning, including developing a surgical guide for precise placement of the implant. These specialists may also contribute to other aspects of the implant process such as tooth extraction or bone grafting.
A few weeks after surgery bone will have grown and adhered to the implant to form a solid bond. It’s time for you to go back to your dentist who will work in conjunction with another member of your team, a dental lab technician. Together, your dentist and laboratory technician will guide the development, manufacture and placement of the implant’s life-like porcelain crown. The technician will take their specifications from the surgeon and your general dentist and, with his or her skill and artistry, form a crown that will blend well in color and shape with the rest of your teeth.
We also can’t forget another important team member: you. Without your input, especially in the early planning stages, your expectations for a more attractive smile might not be met. The rest of your implant team depends on you communicating your desires and wishes to balance with the technical requirements they must achieve.
The process for dental implants can take months. But with the coordinated efforts of your implant team you’ll be able to enjoy results — renewed function and a more attractive smile — that could last for decades.
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.”
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.”
Find out how you could get a more attractive smile with dental bonding.
Not all minor dental imperfections will require extensive, expensive or time-consuming dentistry. If you are looking to improve the aesthetics of your smile then it’s time to talk to your Kapolei cosmetic dentist Dr. Kern Agader about whether dental bonding is the best option for you.
Are you dealing with minor chips, cracks or discolorations in your teeth that you are looking to fix? Then you could be an ideal candidate for dental bonding. This cosmetic procedure is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to revamp the look of your smile.
Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin that your dentist in Makakilo will then shape over the tooth to change the shape or color. Bonding is painless and doesn’t require anesthesia. Of course, if you plan to have dental bonding performed on more than one tooth you may want to schedule multiple appointments as one tooth can take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
When getting dental bonding in Kapolei we will first roughen the tooth and apply a solution over the tooth to help the resin stick to the enamel better. Then we will apply the resin and shape it. Once we have the desired shape and we’ve masked any imperfections than we will use a laser to harden it permanently in place.
After your procedure, you’ll want to avoid certain bad habits like nail biting or chewing on ice or pens, as you could damage or chip the resin. Also, for the first two days after getting your treatment, you’ll want to stay away from foods or drinks that could stain your teeth. This includes things like wine, coffee, tea or tomato sauce. During the first 48 hours dental bonding is more likely to become stained.
With the proper oral care regime put in place and by seeing us every six months for routine exams and cleanings you can ensure that your bonding lasts you many years before needing to be replaced. If you are dealing with any of these flaws and are looking for a way to hide them then it’s time you called our Kapolei dental office today. Let Dental Perfections in Kapolei give you the perfect smile!