Cosmetic Dentist Blog
Posts for: January, 2017
With a 95%-plus success rate, dental implants are an effective and durable replacement for lost teeth. But we can't place them and forget them: if you don't clean and maintain them they could fail as a result of disease.
The inorganic materials that make up the implant aren't in danger of infection. But the living gums and bone that surround and support the implant are at risk. In fact, there's a particular periodontal (gum) disease involving implants called peri-implantitis (“peri” – around; implant “itis” – inflammation).
Peri-implantitis begins when the gum tissues around the implant become infected and inflamed. This happens most commonly because plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, builds up on implant surfaces. Another less frequent cause is a buildup of excess cement used to bond the crown to the implant. We need to remove the built-up plaque or the excess cement during your dental visit.
If the infection isn't treated or you don't keep up effective, daily hygiene practices, the infection can grow and extend deeper into the tissues and finally the bone. This can destroy the all-important integration of bone and metal titanium post that has created the implant's strong hold. When that support becomes compromised the implant can lose its attachment and, if untreated, eventually fail.
It's important to keep an eye out for any indications you may have a gum infection around an implant. Look for redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. If the implant feels loose, this may mean that extensive bone loss has already occurred. If you encounter any of these signs, see us immediately for an examination.
The best approach, though, is to prevent peri-implantitis in the first place. So, brush and floss daily around your implant as you do your natural teeth. And be sure you keep up regular dental cleanings and checkups.
With proper care and maintenance you can avoid problems with disease that could affect your implant. Healthy gums and bone will ensure your implant will last for many decades to come.
Are you an adult looking to get a straighter smile? Find out how Invisalign could help.
If you have crooked teeth, you certainly know the embarrassment of dealing with food getting stuck in your teeth or people making rather annoying comments about whether you wore braces growing up. Everyone’s a critic, but the only critic that truly matters is you. If you are ready to enjoy the confidence of a beautiful, straight smile but without worrying about the unattractive metal braces then it’s time to talk to our Cincinnati, OH cosmetic dentist, Dr. Warren Gase, about Invisalign.
What makes these clear orthodontic aligners so special is that they have the ability to change your smile for the better without changing your lifestyle. Many older patients worry that having braces will change what they eat, what activities they can participate in and the time-consuming necessity of coming in for constant checkups. Our Cincinnati dentist completely understands that patients want to straighten their smiles but just don’t feel like they have time for all this. This is where Invisalign comes in.
This unique approach to straightening teeth is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. For adults, many can get the results they want in a shorter period of time than with traditional braces. Not having to wear your braces as long is certainly a major boon.
Perhaps the most attractive part is that these braces are completely clear. They don’t require brackets or wires to take over your smile. Instead, you’ll get custom-made clear aligners that look similar to whitening trays or mouth guards. You can slip them right over your teeth. The controlled forces that these aligners place on your teeth will shift them into the proper place over time. Plus, you won’t have to deal with the irritation of metal braces.
Since aligners can be removed this means that you don’t have to deal with the dietary restrictions that someone with traditional braces does. Just take out your aligners and store them in a safe container during mealtimes and while drinking anything other than water. Then rinse them out and put them back in right after. It’s that simple.
Hate the idea of trying to brush and floss around metal braces? It can be rather stressful and difficult, but with these removable aligners you don’t have to worry about buying special cleaning tools or anything. Just brush and floss as you normally would.
Don’t let crooked teeth or gaps between teeth ruin your smile. Our Cincinnati, OH dental office is here to help. Call us today to schedule your free Invisalign consultation.
If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”
What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.
You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.
Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.
Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.
“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…