Last updated 4 months ago
Many patients with tooth loss prefer dental implants, as they offer a natural-looking alternative and have the same functional capacity as natural teeth. If you’re considering dental implants, you should know that there are several steps to the dental implant procedure. Talk to your dentist about how you can prepare and what you can expect:
The dental implant procedure begins with a consultation to determine if implants are a good option for you. Ideally, you should be a non-smoker with sufficient jawbone mass to support the implants. Your dentist will likely caution you that these prostheses require stringent oral care to ensure their longevity. If you decide to undergo the procedure, your dentist will evaluate your mouth and plan your treatment.
During the first procedure, your dentist places the implant, which is a small post made of titanium, directly into your jawbone. The post acts like the roots of natural teeth. You’ll wait for about six to 12 weeks for the area to heal and for the jawbone to fuse to the implant.
Once the area has fully healed, you’ll return to the dentist’s office for the abutment placement. The abutment is a connector piece that links the implant to the crown. Occasionally, the abutment is placed at the same time as the implant.
After the area has healed from the abutment placement, your dentist creates a customized crown, which is made from your dental impressions. The crown is securely placed on the abutment and the shade is matched to your natural teeth.
Follow your dentist’s instructions regarding post-op recovery. Plan to eat soft foods for a period of time following each surgery. It’s also important to brush and floss your teeth—including your implants—thoroughly each day to ensure the success of the procedure.
Are you curious about whether dental implants are a good choice for you? Schedule your consultation today with West Chester Dental Arts of PA. Please call us at (484) 881-3501 or visit us on the Web to learn more about dental implants.
Last updated 5 months ago
Though gum disease is a preventable dental problem, it’s the most common cause of tooth loss among adults in the U.S. Gum disease begins with the accumulation of plaque, which contains bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins cause irritation to the gums and lead to symptoms such as red, swollen gums, bleeding, and bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease becomes progressively worse.
Watch this video to learn more about the three stages of gum disease. You’ll also hear about the symptoms to watch out for and why it’s important to work with your dentist to develop a treatment plan.
Schedule regular dentist visits to diagnose gum disease and other dental problems as early as possible. Call West Chester Dental Arts of PA at (484) 881-3501 and ask us about our sedation dentistry services.
Last updated 5 months ago
Schedule an appointment with your dentist right away if you notice any abnormalities with your mouth, as these abnormalities could indicate gum disease or other dental problems. Treating gum disease early is essential because it becomes progressively worse when left untreated. In its early stage, your dentist can perform non-invasive treatments to reverse the disease. However, if gum disease is allowed to advance, you might require oral surgery. Here’s an overview of the three main stages of gum disease and the treatment options for each of them:
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. During this early stage, you might notice that your gums are redder than usual. They may appear inflamed and bleed when you brush or floss. Gingivitis can also cause bad breath. The most common cause of gingivitis is a poor oral care routine. When food particles and plaque remain on your teeth, tartar develops. Tartar supports the accumulation of bacteria and the irritation of the gums. During your dentist visit, you’ll receive a deep cleaning to remove all plaque and tartar buildup, and you’ll also learn how to care for your smile at home.
Unless you receive treatment from your dentist, gingivitis will advance to the next stage: periodontitis. Your gums will continue to suffer from inflammation, and gradually pull away from the teeth to form deep pockets. These pockets will accumulate food debris, bacterial plaque, and tartar. The infected pockets then begin to deteriorate the connective tissues and jawbone. Your dentist will likely recommend a scaling and root planing treatment, which allows the gums to reattach to the teeth. If this is inadequate to treat the problem, you might require pocket reduction surgery, or flap surgery.
Advanced periodontitis occurs when periodontitis is allowed to progress without treatment. At this stage, your bone mass and gum tissues continue to deteriorate, causing loose teeth. Eventually, you’ll lose your teeth and will likely require surgery.
If you already suffer from tooth loss, schedule a consultation for dental implants with West Chester Dental Arts of PA. We also offer scaling and root planing and pocket reduction surgery for gum disease treatment. We invite you to call our dentistry practice at (484) 881-3501 with any questions you might have.
Last updated 5 months ago
Saliva is important for your oral health because it helps prevent tooth decay. Saliva rinses away food particles from your teeth and gums, inhibiting bacteria accumulation. Additionally, the enzymes in saliva play a role in the digestion of food. If you have dry mouth syndrome, or xerostomia, your salivary glands fail to produce sufficient amounts of saliva. In addition to noticing unusual dryness in your mouth, you might find that your lips become cracked, your breath emits a foul odor, and you have trouble swallowing and speaking.
There are many potential causes of dry mouth syndrome. Tell your dentist about all of the medications and supplements you’re taking, and medical conditions you have. Your dentist will ask you if you use tobacco or consume alcohol, as these factors can contribute to xerostomia. Talk to your dentist about a treatment plan, which might include lifestyle modifications and the use of saliva substitutes.
If you have dry mouth syndrome, don’t delay your next dentist visit. Schedule an appointment with West Chester Dental Arts of PA by calling (484) 881-3501.