Benefits of Dental Implants

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Benefits of Dental Implants

A dental implant serves the purpose of replacing a missing tooth. This restores chewing function where the open space is in the mouth. Not only can a dental implant fill a missing space, but there are also many other important benefits long term to choosing a dental implant over a partial, or just leaving the open space.

Drifting

When a tooth is missing the teeth around it and above or below it tends to shift. They naturally want the space to be filled and want to move into the open spot. The problem that occurs is this: Once the teeth start to move and drift, gum and bone problems begin to develop with the drifting teeth, leaving them compromised. The tooth above or below the space starts to supra-erupt meaning continue to come in because they have no opposing force. The tooth that is supra-erupting is also now compromised, leaving a poor prognosis for it as well. There is no way to tell how fast teeth around a missing space will start to move. For some, it could be years, others just months. Another downfall of waiting too long is that the open space may no longer be a candidate for an implant if the teeth around it have drifted too much.

Chewing Function

It is also important to restore chewing function from a missing tooth. Molars are the most common tooth in the mouth to be missing. These are the teeth we chew the most with, including hard, crunchy foods. When we are missing one or more molars, the smaller teeth in front of them begin to do more work, putting them at risk for fractures since they are not designed for this much force.

Implant Process

The first step to seeing if you are a good candidate for a dental implant is to schedule a consultation for an exam and radiographs of the area. Sometimes a bone graft is needed prior to implant placement to replace any missing bone in the area for optimum support. This is crucial for the success of the implant and is a very straightforward, minimally invasive procedure. Once the implant is placed, the area must heal for 4-6 months before the permanent crown is placed (this is essentially the tooth that will be in your mouth). With advanced technology, patients even report to us the minimal amount of healing/recovery time they experience when having a dental implant placed. Call us today at Dental Reflections Dublin at 614.799.5576 for your complimentary consultation for a dental implant.

Five Facts About Dental Implants

  • Ancient dental implants have been traced back to around 600 AD when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman.
  • Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth.
  • In 1951, a small group of dentists who were successfully placing dental implants formed the AAID – American Academy of Implant Dentistry – to share their knowledge on the practice of implantology. AAID is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to advancing implant dentistry.
  • In 1952, Swedish orthopedic surgeon P.I. Branemark discovered that titanium naturally fuses with the bone, eventually switching his research focus to the mouth from the knee and hip.
  • 3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually.*

*https://www.aaid-implant.org/aaid-credentials/expertise-you-can-trust/

Stress & Tooth Sensitivity

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

The Connection of Stress & Tooth Sensitivity

Stress. The dreaded word that affects nearly everything else in our body in a negative way. Have you ever thought of the effect it can have on your mouth? It’s true. Nearly all our patients that have high-stress levels feel it in their teeth or jaw. We see it all the time. A patient is scheduled for a limited exam due to jaw pain or tooth/teeth sensitivity. We start asking questions and boom. They are stressed and clenching and grinding. There are so many issues stress can cause in the mouth and thankfully solutions we can offer to help give you relief and protect those pearly whites from permanent damage.

Clenching and Grinding

Clenching and grinding can cause a slew of problems in your mouth. This is typically secondary to stress or tension. Most people don’t even realize they are doing it. If it is happening while you are sleeping, there is a good reason why you don’t realize it. However, some people clench all day if they are stressed. Waking up with headaches, your teeth aching, or jaw pain is a sure sign you are most likely clenching and grinding when you sleep. Your bed partner may be able to listen for it as well.

Gum Recession

Gum recession is where the gumline has pulled back away from the tooth, exposing the root. Clenching and grinding can cause gum recession. The structure of the root is different than your actual tooth and not as strong and protective. This is where the sensitivity comes in, whether it be to temperatures or certain foods or just an ache in general. Once the gum has receded, there is no way to grow it back. The only way to gain more coverage or support is to have a procedure called gum grafting done where they use your tissue from the roof of your mouth or cadaver tissue to help cover the root surface exposed. At this point, I’m sure you are thinking “That sounds terrible. I would never have that done.” The good news is it’s not that terrible. The better news is you don’t have to have it done if you don’t clench and grind and wear a nightguard. A nightguard? What’s that?

Nightguard

We call this little piece of acrylic an insurance policy for your teeth. That’s right. It can help save you loads of money due to the protection it offers while you sleep. We see it all too often: people with fractures, enamel worn away, gum recession, broken fillings, and even broken teeth. Excessive jaw pain is the worst when you can hardly open or close or eat your favorite foods. So now you are wondering, “How do I get one of those?” A nightguard is an easy treatment procedure. It involves taking a digital scan of your teeth, sending it off to the lab and coming back in 7-10 days to have it seated. Seated means we try it in, make sure it fits comfortably and have you practice taking it in and out. The beauty of a custom nightguard is that it’s fitted to YOUR mouth, it is not bulky, and snaps in so you can sleep peacefully. The science behind a nightguard shows the appliance itself takes the beating of clenching and grinding and not your teeth. Keep in mind an over the counter nightguard is typically soft and will not provide the same benefits as a hard acrylic one. A custom nightguard is an investment but is most definitely worth it for the future of your teeth.

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of tooth sensitivity, clenching, or grinding, call us today at 614.526.8842 for a consultation on how we can help protect your teeth and give you the relief you have been waiting for.

Benefits of Fluoride

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Different Benefits of Fluoride

There are many benefits to incorporating fluoride into your daily oral health care routine. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family’s teeth strong — no matter their ages.* There are different types of fluoride treatments in and out of the dental setting that can be useful depending on a person’s decay rate.

Topical Fluoride

Topical fluoride comes in many forms, including toothpaste, mouthwash, and varnish. If a patient has a higher tooth decay rate, we may recommend a higher prescription strength fluoride toothpaste for them. An over the counter toothpaste has .24% sodium fluoride concentration. The prescription-strength has 1.1%, so 5x as much. Fluoride varnish has 5% sodium fluoride concentration and is applied during your 6-month checkup at your dental office. Consider this a larger dose to help strengthen the enamel and any weaker areas in the mouth. Children typically receive fluoride twice a year, and it is a great preventive for adults as well. For a patient that does not have a higher decay rate, a fluoride mouthwash like ACT or Listerine Total Care Zero is a great option to use twice a day after brushing.

Systemic Fluoride

This includes tap water with fluoride in it. Some other foods also contain naturally occurring fluoride like fruits and vegetables and even some seafood like shrimp and crab. Sometimes a fluoride supplement is recommended for kids in more rural areas without fluoridated water. Studies have shown those without fluoride in their tap water will have a higher risk of decay or developing cavities.

It is safe to use fluoride toothpaste at a child’s first tooth eruption. No need for the training toothpaste anymore. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a rice size amount smeared into the toothbrush which provides the perfect amount of fluoride and benefits even if the child is not yet spitting out the toothpaste and rinsing after brushing. Fluoride is a mineral we are very grateful for in dentistry as it helps in preventing cavities, which is our entire philosophy!