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UntreatedGumDiseaseCouldCostYouYourImplant

Your teeth can take decades of daily biting and chewing and not miss a beat. But they do have a nemesis, dental disease, which can easily get the upper hand. As a result, millions of people lose teeth each year to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

But while both the living tissue that makes up teeth and gums are susceptible to bacterial attack, the non-living materials in a life-like dental implant are impervious to disease. That being the case, you would think your implants wouldn't need as much hygiene as your other teeth.

But they still do. True, implants in themselves aren't affected by infection, but the bone and other tissues that support them can become diseased. This often happens with advanced cases of gum disease.

There is, in fact, a particular form of gum infection associated with implants called peri-implantitis ("peri"—around; "it is"—inflammation), which occurs in the gums around an implant. Once it starts, peri-implantitis can advance at a rapid pace.

This is because implants don't have the gum attachment of real teeth, which can fight and slow the advance of a gum infection. Because an implant doesn't have this attachment, any infection around it continues virtually unimpeded. If the bone supporting an implant becomes infected, it can weaken to the point that the implant fails.

But this dire scenario can be avoided with continuing hygiene and maintenance of the gum tissues surrounding the implant. You should brush and floss every day around implants to remove dental plaque, the bacterial film most responsible for dental disease, just as you do with natural teeth.

It's also important to keep up regular dental visits for cleanings to remove lingering plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). Your dentist may also notice and clean away any residual cement from the restoration, which can also cause gum inflammation.

And, you should promptly see your dentist if you notice any telltale signs of a gum infection, such as swelling, redness or bleeding, especially around implants. The quicker we diagnose and treat a case of gum disease, particularly peri-implantitis, the less likely it will endanger your implant.

If you would like more information on maintaining dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

February 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

You have options for restoring your smile and there are many reasons why you should be considering dental implants as your solution. Although they require a larger initial investment of time, they are unmatched in their longevity. To learn more contact, Dr. Robert Wyler, in Waukesha, WI.

Filling the Gap

A gap in your smile is more than unsightly, the spot of the missing tooth can alter the spacing of surrounding teeth which can alter your bite as well as create hard to clean areas. Something that can allow plaque to accumulate and can lead to cavities and gum disease without proper care.

Your dentist can help prevent a lot of these problems either with dental implants or other methods, but we'll delve below into the benefits of dental implants over these other treatments.

Won't Impact Adjacent Teeth

The traditional treatment for missing teeth is the dental bridge, which utilizes the teeth adjacent to the gap as support for your new crown. Dental implants take another approach. A titanium post is permanently implanted onto the bone beneath the space which, just like the root of your natural teeth, will be the only support your new crown will require.

Long Term Solution

Through a process called osseointegration, the bone fully bonds to the dental implant making for very long-lasting results. Only the crown may eventually need to be replaced, but with proper care, even these can last a long time.

Restore Multiple Teeth

Dental implants can replace multiple teeth following the same principle as with replacing one. A set of dental implants acts as a support for either a partial or a full denture, and without the need to have a one-to-one ratio between teeth replaced and dental implants.

Dental Implants in Waukesha, WI

Don't delay any longer, find out if you're a candidate for dental implants by making an appointment with Dr. Wyler in Waukesha, WI, by dialing (262) 784-5757.

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Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.

The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.

Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.

First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.

They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.

Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.

An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

Dental implants have been around for more than three decades. Each year, more and more dentists, such as Dr. Robert Wyler, your dental expert in Waukesha, WI, place implants as superior tooth replacements for patients missing any number of teeth. If you have unhealthy and unattractive smile gaps, implants could be for you!

What is a dental implant?

It's like nothing you've seen before, especially if you're accustomed to traditional prosthetics such as partial dentures, full dentures, and fixed bridgework. In contrast with implants, traditional tooth replacements cannot improve gum tissue or jaw bone density, and they typically cause some wear and tear on adjoining teeth which help to support them.

Conversely, the single-tooth implant composed of a titanium screw, metal alloy abutment and authentic porcelain crown, does everything conventional tooth replacements cannot. Because your dentist inserts the implant screw into your jaw bone, the artificial tooth gives you excellent anchorage and improved gum and bone density. This is due to how the bone literally fuses to the implant through osseointegration. No other prosthetic features this amazing natural process, and it's the reason why dental implants in Waukesha are so successful.

Are you a good candidate?

To find this out, Dr. Wyler will examine your mouth and take digital X-rays. If he determines that you are healthy and your jaw bone is dense and strong, the treatment can happen in just a few visits. Both dentist and patient must allow sufficient time between implant placement and restoration with the abutment and crown. Given this necessity, appointments are typically spaced several weeks apart so that the implant sites can heal completely and withstand the pressures of biting and chewing.

Additionally, good candidates brush and floss daily. Ideally, patients should also be non-smokers as tobacco degrades implant sites which can cause an infection called peri-implantitis. It resembles periodontitis and may ruin implant sites and necessitate removal of the devices.

Even if you are missing several teeth, you likely can receive implants. Again, jaw bone density is key, as is the condition of your remaining teeth!

Look forward to a new smile

Dental implants are a wonderful alternative to the awkward partials and dentures you keep in a cup on your bedside table. If you are motivated and patient, dental implants could be for you! Find out more during a consultation with Dr. Robert Wyler. Call his Waukesha office today to arrange your examination: (262) 784-5757.

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Losing a tooth from disease or accident can be traumatic. The good news, though, is that it can be replaced with a life-like replica that restores your smile. One of the most popular and durable solutions is a dental implant, which replaces not only the root of the tooth but the crown as well.

But there's a possible wrinkle with implants — for accurate placement there must be a sufficient amount of bone around it. This could be a problem if you've been missing the tooth for sometime: without the stimulus provided by a tooth as you chew, older bone cells aren't replaced at an adequate rate. The bone volume gradually diminishes, as up to 25% of its normal width can be lost during the first year after tooth loss. A traumatic injury can damage underlying bone to an even greater extent.

There is a possible solution, but it will require the services of other specialists, particularly a periodontist trained in gum and bone structure. The first step is a complete examination of the mouth to gauge the true extent of any bone loss. While x-rays play a crucial role, a CT scan in particular provides a three-dimensional view of the jaw and more detail on any bone loss.

With a more accurate bone loss picture, we can then set about actually creating new bone through grafting procedures. One such technique is called a ridge augmentation: after opening the gum tissues, we place the bone graft within a barrier membrane to protect it. Over time the bone will grow replacing both the grafting material and membrane structure.

Once we have enough regenerated bone, we can then perform dental implant surgery. There are two options: a “one-stage” procedure in which a temporary crown is placed on the implant immediately after surgery; or a “two-stage” in which we place the gum tissue over the implant to protect it as it heals and bone grows and attaches to it. In cases of pre-surgical bone grafting, it's usually best to go with the two-stage procedure for maximum protection while the bone strengthens around it.

Necessary preparation of the bone for a future dental implant takes time. But the extra effort will pay off with a new smile you'll be proud to display.

If you would like more information on special situations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.