How do Dental Implants Work?

If you suffer from pain, have issues chewing food, or are embarrassed by how your smile looks, then dental implants may be right for you. Dental Implants allow you to have natural looking teeth and can last a lifetime. At Brenner Dental Care we offer restorative services to our patients, and one of the most common is dental implants.

Dental Implants are the closest thing to having natural teeth.  They look and feel natural in your mouth, and are comfortable. Implants allow you to do everything you would normally do with natural teeth. Dental Implants are becoming increasingly popular because they are a more permanent solution compared to dentures or bridges.

Implants act similar to a screw that bonds in the jawbone. They are like artificial tooth roots made of titanium, and provide a base or support to one or more artificial teeth also known as crowns. If the patient does not have enough bone to support the implants, a bone graft can be done. It is important to have enough bone because this is the support structure for the implants.  When implants are placed in the jaw bone, the bone grows around the implants. This process is called osseointegration. Osseointegration allows the implant to function like a natural tooth root in the mouth.

A connector or abutment is set on top of the implant to hold the crown in place. The abutment acts as a support structure for the crown. Crowns are made to match your existing teeth color and shape so your smile looks natural.

Implants are the strongest solution for teeth needing replacement. They have been used for over 30 years and continue to be a highly used restorative procedure today.

Benefits of dental implants:

  • Preserves natural bone in the mouth and helps stimulate bone growth.
  • Implants provide long term value financially.
  • Dental Implants are permanent, so there is no slipping or clicking like with bridges or dentures.
  • Other dental solutions require you to take out your replacement teeth for cleaning, and this is not needed with dental implants.
  • Looks and feels natural in the mouth providing a beautiful smile.
  • Dental Implants are one of the safest procedures performed today.
  • Patients do not need to worry about food getting stuck under or in-between replacement teeth with dental implants.
  • With good oral hygiene and a great at home care routine, dental implants can last for years or even a lifetime.

Call or email Brenner Dental Care today to schedule your appointment and see how Dental Implants can work for you.

How Strong are Dental Implants Compared to Real Teeth?

Dental implants are designed to last for years, or even a lifetime if they are cared for at home. Implants are the best solution to natural teeth, and aesthetically look great. Implants can be maintained easily at home to keep your implants looking and feeling great for years. At Brenner Dental Care, we pride ourselves in providing exceptional care and dental solutions for our patients.  Our team will meet with you to discuss all options, and go over the benefits of dental implants.

Compared to other dental solutions, implants make it easier to speak and chew, and feel comfortable in the mouth. Implants are made of titanium, and are the strongest solution available today, giving patients the confidence they need, and a beautiful smile.

Adequate bone is required to ensure the implants are a success. Our team will evaluate your teeth to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.  If needed, a procedure can be performed to graft bone to the implant area if the patient does not have enough bone present. The bone graft will provide the needed support for the implants.

Reasons dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option:

  • Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, and are a reliable tooth replacement option.
  • Implants are made of titanium and are built to last for years.
  • Implants are anchored to the bone instead of the tooth’s roots, and this allows them to be stronger.  Implants are able to withstand more pressure than natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are built to last for years or even a lifetime with proper maintenance. This does depend on the patient’s bone strength and strength of the existing teeth.
  • If needed, a bone graft can be performed to provide the proper support. This increases the life of the implants, and the risk is less for any teeth becoming loose.

If you would like to see how dental implants can benefit you, please call or email Brenner Dental Care to schedule an appointment.

How to Care for Dental Implants?

Caring for dental implants is easy if you have good oral hygiene, and a great at home care system. At Brenner Dental Care we work with our patients to establish a good at home care plan, so your dental implants last for years. In order to maintain the health of the implants, taking care of them at home is important.

The healing process for dental implants takes approximately four to six months depending on the patient. During the healing process the bone is fusing to the new implant. The tissue surrounding the implants should always remain pink with no signs of infection.  If you notice any signs of infection or gum disease, contact our office.

Dental implant care guidelines:

  • When brushing use a non-abrasive gel or paste to ensure any exposed surface of the implant is not scratched.
  • Brush your teeth using a low abrasive brush such as a soft type tooth brush. Make sure to reach all sides of the implant while brushing.
  • Floss daily using either wax free floss or a dental implant specific floss. This will help protect the tissue surrounding the implant.
  • Avoid products with sodium fluoride, baking soda, stannous fluoride or stain removers. These products make the implant prone to corrosion.
  • Use a Waterpik Water Flosser to reach any difficult areas. This can help reduce inflammation.
  • If inflammation is present, use an anti-microbial rinse.
  • Have good oral hygiene to ensure your implants stay healthy and last for years.

Care for dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Make sure to keep them free of plaque by brushing and flossing daily. If cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.

If you are interested in the benefits of dental implants, please call or email Brenner Dental Care to set up your appointment.

What To Look For In A Toothbrush

On the surface, a toothbrush seems like just another item on the grocery list, but choosing the best one for you can be tricky.

There are several factors to take into account, such as bristle softness, grip feel, head size, and whether to stick with manual or go electric. That’s why we’re here to help make your selection process easier!

Toothbrush Qualities To Look For

Have you ever noticed that the toothbrushes you bring home from dentist appointments have very soft bristles? This is no accident. Hard bristles might seem like they’re better equipped to clean away plaque, but they could be damaging your teeth and gums while they’re at it. We recommend choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles. This is particularly important for anyone with sensitive teeth or gums.

The next thing to look for is the size of the brush head. Mouths and teeth come in different sizes depending on age and genetics, which is why toothbrush heads have a range of sizes available. Find the toothbrush that matches the size of your mouth.Just like bristle hardness isn’t an indication of effectiveness, having more bristles doesn’t make the brush better if it won’t fit easily around your teeth.

You might think that a toothbrush’s handle is its least important part, but a toothbrush with the wrong kind of handle is a difficult toothbrush to use. Is your toothbrush comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver, or does it slip in your hand? The better you are able to hold your toothbrush, the better it can clean your teeth. This is a particularly crucial consideration for people with arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to grip objects.

Manual Or Electric?

This is one of the biggest debates when it comes to choosing a new toothbrush. A lot of people swear by their electric brushes while others claim manual ones are better. Some electric toothbrushes can do a better job of removing plaque, but it’s up to you to decide if that is worth the greatly increased price tag. Electric toothbrushes can be particularly beneficial to orthodontic patients who have to brush around braces, people with dexterity problems, and even children!

Out With The Old Toothbrush, In With The New

Regardless of what type of toothbrush you have, remember to always replace it between three and six months, and store it upright somewhere it can fully dry between uses. If you still have questions about what to look for in a toothbrush, just ask us! We want to make sure all our patients have the best tools for keeping their teeth healthy and clean.

Put that new toothbrush to good use!

In Case Of Dental Emergency

When we think of an emergency, we probably don’t imagine it could have something to do with our teeth.

However, any chip, crack, or toothache should be treated as a priority, because even if they seem like minor issues, they can lead to much worse (and more expensive) problems down the line.

Know Where To Go

Before an emergency happens, there are steps you can take to prepare yourself and your family. The first is to find a dental practice that is right for you. This way, you’ll know where to turn when something goes wrong unexpectedly, and you won’t have to waste precious time looking up dental practices. You want a dentist who is within easy driving distance, has a good reputation, is within your price range, and who makes you and your family feel comfortable.

Common Dental Emergencies

In addition to knowing where to turn when an emergency happens, you can also prepare for dental emergencies by becoming educated on what you can do on the way to the dentist. Here are the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendations for three common dental emergencies:

1. A Knocked Out Baby Tooth

If a baby tooth is knocked out, contact your dentist immediately. Most likely, even if the tooth was not loose, they will not replant it because it could compromise the developing permanent tooth underneath.

2. Fracture Of A Tooth

If a tooth is cracked, chipped, or broken, contact your dentist right away because this will need treatment as soon as possible. Rinse out your mouth with water and find any broken fragments of tooth, then place them in cold milk to preserve them and bring them with you to the dentist. Do not ignore a crack or chip! If the dental pulp is exposed, it is in danger of infection unless treated quickly!

Watch this video to learn about bonding, one way a dentist may repair a chipped tooth:

3. A Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

If a permanent tooth is knocked out, head straight to the dentist. In most cases, a knocked out tooth can be saved if the dentist sees you within an hour of the accident. Before you get there, you can help preserve the tooth by replacing it in the socket and holding it in place with clean gauze or a washcloth. If it won’t go back in, store it in cold milk.

A few things you should NOT do if a permanent tooth gets knocked out are letting it dry out, handling it by the root, scrubbing it clean, or using soap, alcohol, or peroxide on it. Doing any of these things will damage the root of the tooth, reducing the chances the dentist will be able to successfully replant it.

Your Dentist Is Ready To Help!

Even if your tooth shows no external damage, a toothache is a sign that something could be wrong on the inside, and that should be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. Now, hopefully you will never have to put any of this preparation to the test, but if you do, you now know where to go! If you have any questions about what else you can do to prepare for a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to ask us.

Your dental health is our top priority!

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