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A Step-By-Step Guide To Root Canal Treatment

Of the many dental procedures and treatments that are offered for correcting oral issues, root canal treatment is one that sends most into a state of panic. Is it because it is excruciatingly painful to have done has been passed around for decades, or does the phrase root canal just not sound like a fun activity? Perhaps knowing what exactly is involved with a root canal, such as the why you would need one, and what occurs during the procedure will shed some light onto a not so scary treatment as once believed.

 

 

At The Root Of The Procedure

A tooth consists of more than just the exterior shell or enamel; it contains dentin, a pulp chamber, root canal, and nerves. When unexposed, the tooth will function normally, and be pain-free. However, once tooth decay starts to spread there becomes a problem. A decaying tooth will not stop its process; it will continue to grow larger, the only hope a person has to save their tooth, and prevent any pain associated is with a root canal procedure.

Endodontic treatment becomes necessary when the tooth decays, the pulp chamber is filled with diseased tissue, and the infection spreads to the root canal. A person who has an infected tooth will feel massive amounts of pressure and pain. In most cases,  this pain is what brings them to the dentist for help.

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

Most associate a root canal procedure with the drilling of the access point and assume it will be excruciatingly painful. But much to your relief, are you sitting down? A root canal treatment isn’t painful. You may experience a pressure feeling, but because you will be under an anesthetic, you won’t feel much. In fact, the root canal treatment is designed to alleviate the pain, not cause more. Cosmetic dentist in Puyallup, SK Dental tells patients that after the procedure the gums may be a little tender, but over the counter medication typically is enough to alleviate any mild discomfort.

 

An Overview of the Root Canal Procedure

  • Step 1: Local anesthetic is administered to the affected tooth and surrounding tissue. This will completely numb the area; the dentist will be working in.
  • Step 2: A dental dam is placed, where the affected tooth will be exposed, while unaffected teeth are covered.
  • Step 3:  The dentist will then drill a tiny hole through the top of the tooth, or biting point, to gain access to the pulp chamber and root canal. This part may seem scary, but it won’t hurt.
  • Step 4: The diseased tissue inside the pulp chamber and root canal are then removed. The dentist will use specialized instruments to clean out the affected tooth essentially. At this point in the procedure, your tooth will no longer have any sensations because the nerves located within, are also removed.
  • Step 5: The tooth will need to be disinfected to prevent any infection. The canals will receive an antiseptic as well as an antibacterial solution.
  • Step 6: Canals will be shaped to allow for a root canal filling and sealant to be applied. Cleansing the area will occurring again after the filling is in place and before the sealant is used.
  • Step 7: A rubber-like material is generally selected for filling the root canal. This flexible material called a gutta percha is heated and compressed then pushed into place. An adhesive cement is then applied. This part is critical to the root canal procedure. Without the use of a proper sealant the tooth would be exposed and allow for bacteria to enter and infection to spread.
  • Step 8: The access point will need to be filled as well after the root canal has received its filling/sealant. Your dentist may use a permanent or temporary filling depending on the situation. The dental dam can be removed, and the procedure will be over.
  • Step 9: You will be given a course of antibiotics to take after the procedure has been concluded. It is vital that you follow all  your dentists after procedure instructions for care and medication.
  • Step 10: After you have finished the course of antibiotics, your dentist will want to fit your tooth with its permanent filling or crown. These will be used to help support the tooth, because of the loss of structure within. The dentist will determine which is the best course of treatment fillings or crown to provide long-lasting results, with minimal risks of bacteria entering the tooth.

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Why Dental Assisting is an Amazing Career Option

Choosing a rewarding career is undoubtedly one of the more difficult decisions you can make in your lifetime. Sure, purchasing a home, or deciding whom to marry, might seem like more prominent factors, but think about how much time you will spend at work. Selecting the wrong field or job to go into, can lead to self-loathing later in life, or feelings of being burnt out and needing a change. Many individuals will change their career path at least once in their life, and undoubtedly sometimes more.

The healthcare field has always been a popular option for young adults to go into, and older adults looking to change. But why? Because there is always a higher demand for healthcare workers, this also includes dental assistance. Have you considered dental assisting as a career option, but were unsure if it is right for you? Choosing the right school can help put your best foot forward. We recommend instituues such as The Dental Assisting School of Georgia helps those looking to get into the dental assisting field. Check out, what makes going into the dental field a rewarding career.

 

Excellent Pay

Sure having a job means you get to socialize and gives you something to do every day, but is that why everyone feels the desire to be employed? Absolutely not. Having a career comes down to getting paid. While money doesn’t buy happiness, it does allow for maintaining a standard of living including having a place to live and food on the table. One reason to choose dental assisting is for the paycheck. As a dental assistant, you’ll always be in demand and therefore will command a higher salary. The expected growth of dental assisting is about 19% which is much higher than average.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, reported that in 2017 the salary for dental assistants averaged out to be $18.09 an hour, or roughly $37,000 yearly. When compared to the data for medical assisting, being a moderate $15.61 an hour, dental assisting has the leg up.

 

Flexible Schedules

For adults that are transitioning into a new career, dental assisting offers a flexible schedule that is more appealing. Having children can make is challenging to split time at a desk job, with no hopes of being able to get off work for important events like your child’s games or to take them to the doctor. When working in a dental office, you are more than just a worker; you are like family. Most practices offer a flexible schedule for days off and sick time that makes managing the home life more manageable.

For most dental offices, weekends, evenings, and holidays are times they are closed. This means you could spend the time off doing as you like or spending it with the family. Time off is a huge consideration, especially for adults choosing a different career path, and what makes dental assisting appealing.

 

Dental Assisting as a Stepping Stone

Some individuals who go into dental assisting will embark on the bonus of educational opportunities. Many dental offices help with education expenses if a person wants to become a dental hygienist. If you are considering doing more in the dental field, this would be an excellent question to ask a potential employer. Dental assisting is a fantastic way to get your foot in the door of the healthcare field and provides a great path to furthering the pursuit of climbing the ladder.

Becoming a dental assistant isn’t as tricky as it sounds. In fact, in most cases, you need only to apply to a dental office. You aren’t required to have a degree to be one, however having experience in an office setting will help land you the job. Some states do require some schooling and passing of an exam, but it does vary by state.

 

Different Experiences

Take a look at people’s smiles around you. Not a single one is the same. One refreshing reason to choose dental assisting is for the experiences. Each patient you help with will have unique treatments needed. A person’s that get bored quickly with day in and day out activities will never get tired of dental assisting because no two person situations are the same. In the dental field, there is always something to learn as well.

 

Is Dental Assisting Right For You?

Choosing the right career path means making a commitment to a particular field and sticking with it. If you have a genuine interest in teeth, their conditions, and oral health, dental assisting might be a good fit. The responsibilities you would be in charge when being a dental assistant vary from office to office, but most are very similar.

Some of the duties you could be responsible for include:

  • Taking X-Rays
  • Recordkeeping
  • Scheduling Appointments
  • Patient Care
  • Prepares and Sterilizes Equipment

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Cleaning and Eating with Your Dental Implants

In preparation of your dental implant procedure, your dental surgeon has probably gone over various details of the aftercare steps you will have to take to maintain your implant’s health over time. That’s right, your dental implants, though artificially made, still require regular hygienic care like your natural teeth. Certain dietary adjustments and regular cleaning routines will have to be followed according to your dentist’s instructions.

Just like your original teeth, dental implants can be damaged over time if neglected or not properly taken care of. Although they are considered a “permanent” tooth replacement option, their lifespan heavily depends on how you (the patient) cares for them. Read below to find out more information on what cleaning and eating habits you’ll need to follow to properly care for your dental implants.

dental implants cleaning and eating

As mentioned earlier in this article, dental implants act very similarly to your natural teeth and despite not being able to decay, they can suffer damages if not cleaned regularly. So what does a typical hygiene routine look like when caring for implants? Well, according to The Silberg Center for Dental Science, the routine is basically the same as your normal routine. See more below.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY DENTAL IMPLANTS?

“The daily care of dental implants is very similar to the care of natural teeth. Restored dental implants should be kept clean and plaque free twice a day using a brush and floss. Cleaning is especially important after meals. This is accomplished by gently brushing, giving special attention to all sides of the implant.

Oral hygiene aids may include:

Small, soft, manual toothbrush or an electric brush
Low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste
Dental floss for cleaning around the abutments
Other supplies that may be recommended by the doctor can include:

Antimicrobial mouth rinses
Inter-dental brushes or other aids for removing plaque between the teeth on either side of the implant(s)
Disclosing tablets to stain the locations of plaque accumulation”

You may not think that eating habits impact your dental implants health but think again. Certain foods that you eat can still dramatically alter the quality of health in the surrounding areas of your implant such as the gums. In the first few weeks after your surgery, it will also be necessary to go on a “soft food diet” to prevent pain and infection from occurring. See here what the Texas Oral Surgery Specialists have to say about eating habits after dental implant surgery:

Are there food restrictions with tooth implants?

“Although you will eventually be able to enjoy a complete diet, you should check with your oral surgeon for specific instructions on foods that you may need to eliminate as you heal from the tooth implant placement procedure. For example, patients typically need to maintain a softer diet (including foods like eggs, applesauce, mashed potatoes, ice cream) in the first couple of weeks after the dental implants are placed, as chewing crunchy or sticky items could interfere with that initial healing process. Ask your surgeon if you have any questions about when you can resume a normal diet.

Additionally, you should use common sense when chewing with your dental implants. You don’t have carte blanche to gnaw on whatever you want. Anything that could damage your biological teeth (ice cubes, non-food items like pencils and fingernails, using your teeth to open packages, etc.) can harm your dental implants, too.”

Now that it’s clear how important it is to take care of your implants by cleaning them daily and practicing safe eating habits, let’s examine how long the lifespan of a dental implant can actually reach. AZ Family Dental talks this topic in the following article and what influences the life expectancy of a dental implant.

Ask Dr. Parker: Are Dental Implants Permanent?

“How well you take care of your dental implants, like daily flossing and brushing, seeing a dentist every six months.
Avoiding chewing or biting down on extremely hard items, like pen tips or pencils, and not opening things with your teeth.
How skillful your dentist is at placing your dental implant. Experts know how to evaluate the progress of osseointegration and whether your jawbone has completely absorbed the implant.
Your lifestyle and overall health.”

If you’re interested in learning more about dental implant care, reach out to the dental health experts at All In One Dental Innovations by calling us at (925)-828-9811 today!

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Are Dental Implants Covered By Insurance?

Most major decisions, even when it comes to your health, are heavily influenced by cost. It’s totally not out of the question for you to wonder if a dental treatment is really worth it if it’s going to drain your wallet. So if your dentist told you that you need dental implants, you probably want to know how expensive they are first and if they’re covered by insurance.

Read down below to find out more on whether or not dental implant surgery is indeed covered by your health insurance and what the out-of-pocket cost might look like if it isn’t.

So, are the costs of dental implants covered by insurance? Well, in the past, most insurances actually did not cover the cost of dental implants but instead offered to pay for alternative solutions like dentures because they were cheaper for the insurance company to pay for. However, that’s slowly started to change over the years.

More and more insurance companies are starting to change their coverage policies to fully or partially cover dental implants. Here’s what the American Academy of Implant Dentistry has to say the subject:

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

“Recognizing the long-term patient benefits over other treatment options, an increasing number of insurance companies have started providing some coverage. If yours doesn’t, ask them if they will give you an allowance towards dental implants equal to the cost of a bridge or traditional dentures. Also ask your implant dentist about financing and payment options. Locate an implant dentist near you.”

 

Let’s say your insurance happens to not cover the cost of dental implants. You’ll definitely be curious to know then how much the out-of-pocket cost for implant surgery will end up being. In the article below, Authority Dental reviews the average costs for both scenarios (insurance coverage versus no coverage). Take a look.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost? The Average Prices For Full Mouth & Single Tooth Implants

“A single-tooth dental implant cost between $1,000 and $3,000. The abutment and crown add between $500 and $3,000. So, the cost of a full dental implant is between $1,500 and $6,000.

This is the average out-of-pocket price without the help of dental insurance or discount plans. This estimate includes dental implant surgery and some associated costs such as the initial consultation), but the total cost of your procedure may be even higher depending on your circumstances.”

 

If your insurance policy doesn’t cover even the partial cost of your dental implant(s), don’t lose hope. There are still other options that will get you the financial assistance you need. In fact, most dental clinics will over a broad range of payment options to help patients who don’t have full-coverage insurance plans to pay for their dental implant.

Dental care providers just want their patients to get the treatment they deserve, so don’t miss out on your opportunity by stressing over the initial cost of your dental implant procedure. Colgate explores these options down below.

Dental Implants Cost Explained

Dental Discount Plans
One way to pay less for implants is to join a dental discount plan, many of which offer 5 to 40 percent off dental implants cost, according to the New York Times. Make sure the plan you’re considering does offer a discount on implants, and check if the plan has a waiting period before you can use the discount.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Another option, if you have a flexible spending account at work, is to use assets from that account to pay part of the cost. Often you can benefit from this by basing coverage on the two-part process of getting an implant: putting in the implant and then covering it with a crown six to 12 weeks later. TIME suggests scheduling the implant at the end of a calendar year, and then receiving your crown the following year. This schedule lets you use money from two years of your pretax flexible spending account, saving you as much as 30 percent if you’re in a higher tax bracket.

Of course, ask your dentist about financing plans as well.”

To see if your insurance covers the cost of your dental implant procedure, be sure to consult with All-In-One Dental Innovations today by calling us at (925) 828-9811!

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What Is A Dental Implant?

Many patients are already familiar with tooth replacements such as dentures or bridges, but they are less familiar with dental implants. All In One Dental Innovations seeks to combat this lack of knowledge by offering expertise on dental implants and why implant dentistry can be the perfect permanent solution for achieving your dream smile. After reading through this article, please stop our implant dentistry guide to learn more!

 

Why Would Implant Dentistry Be Necessary?

Dental implants can be great options for numerous reasons and are considered a popular treatment due to the long-term results they can offer as opposed to more temporary procedures. Those who have decayed, missing, chipped, or failing teeth are potential candidates for implant dentistry. Patients who are experiencing, or at risk of having, gum disease are also candidates for dental implants.

Unhealthy teeth can dramatically influence the status of your other teeth and eventually alter the health of other areas of your body; so it’s vital to take immediate action by either removing the tooth or quickly improving the area of concern. If you’re missing teeth, that can majorly impact your self-confidence and ability to feel comfortable in public or even around close friends. Dental implants help to tackle this issue by acting as a perfect alternative to natural teeth while providing longer functionality if taken care of properly.

Although patients must take care to maintain their implants, they are fairly low-maintenance and resistant to common damages that natural teeth are more vulnerable to. Once the implant is installed, you will have to take care to follow a regular hygiene routine and have follow-up appointments to monitor the ongoing health of the implant area. Failure to practice a daily hygiene routine won’t result in tooth decay like a natural tooth because of the materials that the dental implant is made from; however, your gums can become at risk for periodontal disease and the finish of the implant may be compromised. Once the finish of the implant is worn away, the implant becomes susceptible to staining from products like wine, coffee, and other strongly acidic or pigmented beverages.

 

What Are Dental Implants Made From?

It’s important that implants are made of durable, safe materials because they are meant to be long-lasting tools for tooth replacement. Dental implant components are also mainly crafted of materials that are compatible with the human body and that present a natural-looking appearance.

 

The ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers can offer extended insight into the various components of a dental implant:

 

Dental implants typically have three parts:

1) The implant: A screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. This is what permanently attaches to your jaw.

2) The abutment: A permanent, but removable by your doctor, connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.

3) The crown (or prosthetic tooth): This is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and good looks.

These three parts are specially designed to fit perfectly to your surrounding teeth and gums. They are also made of materials that are meant to last for long periods and that are safe when exposed to areas of bone or gum tissue. The screw part of the implant is especially composed of materials that promote the growth of the jawbone around it so that the implant will remain stable and in alignment. Artificial crowns can also be tinted to a chosen shade to match your other teeth and provide a natural look.

 

What’s The Dental Implant Procedure Like?

Depending on each patient’s individual health status, your doctor will provide you with an IV for oral sedation or local anesthesia. These tools help to numb the area during operation and prevent you from experiencing any pain or discomfort during the surgery. If you are using anesthesia, you may be recommended to eat a healthy meal prior to surgery because eating soon afterward might bring some discomfort. However, patients using the oral sedation method are encouraged not to eat or drink prior to their surgery. Some other pre-surgery recommendations are also advised such as using antibiotics and using a prescribed antibacterial mouthwash to ensure the patient is provided the doctor with a clean, healthy area to work with.

Once your mouth is completely numbed, an incision is made along the gums where the implant is to be placed to expose the jawbone underneath. The bone will then be carefully drilled to create a space for the implant to fit into by tightly screwing the implant’s post to the jawbone. The abutment piece is then secured to the post of the implant and the gums are resealed to begin their healing process. An impression will be made of the abutment and surrounding teeth to create a custom crown to fit comfortably on the implant above the gums. The crown will then be sealed to the rest of the implant and after healing, should have the same appearance and functionality as a natural tooth.

There will be some discomfort after your surgery that will eventually diminish over time. If you experience ongoing pain or notice any negative changes, it’s extremely important to contact your doctor to schedule a consultation to prevent any infection from occurring.

 

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How Safe Is A Dental Implant?

Want to know more about implant dentistry before deciding on a procedure? All In One Innovations is ready to educate you on dental implant safety and the risks involved with this treatment. It is our hope that through thorough learning about the implant surgery that you will feel at ease and confident about the decision you’re making towards having a healthier and better-looking smile.

 

Understanding Dental Implants

Before delving into the risks of having a dental implant procedure and the safety surrounding the operation, it is important to understand the implant’s purpose as well as what it can offer you leading into the future. Dental implants are an alternative option to dentures, bridges, and crowns; they provide the same function as these other tools but are made to be more permanent. Patients are usually attracted to dental implants because of this durability and the fact that they won’t have to remove their teeth every night or endure uncomfortable rubbing that you might experience from other devices like dentures.

Implants are custom made to fit perfectly alongside your other teeth and act as a mirror-replica of your natural teeth. They are designed to secure tightly into your jawbone and offer the same functionality as your other teeth without the fragility. Due to the strong materials that are used to compose dental implants, they can last a lifetime if cared for properly while allowing you to eat and smile in comfort.

 

Types of Dental Implants

Now that you know the basic purpose of a dental implant, it’s beneficial to learn the various types of implants and technologies that are available. Implants come in many different sizes to perfectly fit each patient and meet their individual needs. They also come in two main types–either endosteal or subperiosteal which are differentiated on whether they rest within or above the jawbone.

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry offers extended information about these two types on their website:

  • Endosteal implants: These dental implants are placed in the jawbone. Typically shaped like small screws, cylinders or plates, they are the most commonly used type of implant.
  • Subperiosteal implants: These dental implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone. This type of implant may be used in patients who have a shallow jawbone and cannot or do not want to undergo a procedure to rebuild it.

 

Endosteal implants are typically regarded to be the safer type of the two implants because they are more stable in their placement within the jawbone and are less likely to be associated with potential nerve damage. Subperiosteal implants run the risk of catalyzing nerve damage due to their placement in the gums but are the better option for patients who have shallow jawbones because attempting to secure the post of the implant too deep into the jawbone could cause severe damages. Patients getting either type of implant should be careful to choose their dental surgeon wisely and only trust highly regarded professionals–such as the associates at All In One Dental Innovations.

 

An Overview Of The Procedure

The first part of a standard implant procedure consists of numbing the patient’s mouth to prevent any discomfort from arising during the operation. Your doctor will usually opt for either local anesthesia or an IV method for oral sedation depending on your individual health record and preferences. Once the area is thoroughly numbed, the procedure will begin with your doctor making a small incision into the gum area of where the implant is to be inserted. It is crucial that this incision is properly executed in order to avoid nerve damage and that it is thoroughly cleaned in order to clear a visible workspace for the surgeon.

The doctor will then drill into the jawbone to clear a space for the implant to fit tightly into later on. This step must be executed with extreme precision as the drilling can potentially cause damage to the bone, nerves, and tissue surrounding the surgical area. Once the space is safely created, the doctor will screw in the post of the implant and secure a connecting piece to it that will rest above the gums. Once the metal post is secure, the gums are resealed over the implant–typically with stitches–so that they can begin to heal. A custom crown, crafted of porcelain or zirconium will be later secured to the abutment (connector piece) of the implant which will act similarly to a natural crown. After the healing process, your implant will be able to function similarly to your other teeth by allowing you to eat and speak normally while granting you a beautiful smile.

 

A Review of The Risks and Results Of Dental Implants

  • Nerve Damage: During surgery, the drilling and incision-making steps can potentially cause nerve damage if not executed properly.
  • Bone Damage: Bone damage can also occur during the drilling process if the drill is pressed too deep into the bone or without caution.
  • Infection: A patient might develop an infection if they do not properly care for their implant after surgery by practicing a regular hygiene routine to keep the area clean and healthy.
  • Minor to Severe Pain: Patients will typically experience minor pain after surgery which will diminish over time, but might experience more severe pain if failing to properly care for their implant.
  • Beautiful Smile: On the brighter side of implant dentistry, your implant will help restore your smile and allow you to feel confident when you show your smile.
  • Normal Functionality: Dental implants will look and perform just like your natural teeth allowing you to live out your daily life in comfort.
  • Longer-lasting: Implants offer longer-lasting results compared to dentures and are permanently sealed so you won’t have to worry about taking them out at night or painful rubbing from use.
  • Affordable: Implant dentistry procedures are made to be fairly affordable for patients and are covered by many dental insurance companies. If you don’t have insurance, All In One Dental Innovations also offers alternative methods of payment so that you don’t have to experience ongoing discomfort and can get the dental care you deserve.

 

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Are Dental Implants Permanent?

Looking for a permanent solution for achieving your best smile? Then dental implants are the perfect option for you! Come learn about the durability of implant dentistry with All In One Dental Innovations and the longer-lasting performance that implants have over other temporary options like dentures or bridges.

 

Implant Dentistry vs. Dentures or Bridges

You might be curious about how dental implants measure up to dentures and bridges over time. If implants are given the proper care, they can last a lifetime and the best part is that they don’t need to be taken out or put back in each day. Dental implants give the appearance and feel of completely natural teeth. Dentures and bridges may appear to look fairly natural from a distance, but they can be easily removed which might cause you some discomfort with your appearance without them.

Dentures and Bridges might also have to be readjusted over time as your other teeth change in order to avoid ill-fitting mouthpieces. When not fitted properly, dentures and bridges can cause painful irritation to the gums by rubbing up against them constantly. Those who opt for dental implants never have to worry about this issue because the implant acts as a perfect replica of a natural tooth that comfortably–and permanently–settles into the jawbone. With a dental implant, you don’t have to worry about putting it in every day and can go about your day in confidence knowing that your smile looks naturally beautiful.

One thing to be cautious of when considering dental implants, however, is that there is a minor chance for implant failure depending on the patient and the dental surgeon installing them. It’s vital for patients to find a dental health professional with the right qualifications and procedure history to execute their surgery in order for it to be successful. It’s also crucial to thoroughly discuss your options and what type of implant is right for you depending on a number of factors including the depth of your jawbone. If you have a shallow jawbone and the doctor tries to drill in the screw post part of the implant too deep, you might be at risk for potential damage to your gums, nerves, or jawbone.

Patients also should take care to follow all pre-surgery recommendations such as rinsing with a special oral solution and taking antibiotics in order to provide the doctor with the healthiest conditions to work with while operating. If you and your dental care provider make the effort to ensure the best conditions for surgery, your implant will be successful and last you for many more years down the road in comparison to other alternatives.

For more info, you can check out our complete guide to dental implants.

Implant Materials Compared To Your Natural Teeth

A dental implant typically composed of three different parts–the crown, root, and abutment. Each is made up of unique materials, but they are all designed to be durable in their environment and compatible with the human body so as to not cause any discomfort throughout the implant’s use.

The crown is usually made of either porcelain or a zirconium substance designed to look like a natural tooth but is ultimately more stable and less susceptible to easy damage from chipping or staining. Although, if a patient doesn’t properly care for their crown, the protective glaze that surrounds the porcelain could wear away–making it vulnerable to discoloration and other minor issues.

The “root” of the implant is normally made of metal–often stainless steel or titanium–that has a screw-like shape which is useful for installation into the jawbone or into the gums. This unique design allows the post of the implant to easily secure into the jawbone giving the implant a tight fit and preventing it from maladjustment over time. The root’s composition also allows the gums and bones surrounding it to heal around the post which also helps to properly secure it.

The abutment is just a small connector piece that rests on top of the root part of the implant to connect it to the crown. This connector part lies just above the gums and allows the crown to be more securely sealed to rest of the implant. An abutment is typically composed of similar materials to the post part of the implant and is shaped either hexagonal or octagonal.

 

An Impactful Care Routine

A crucial part to ensuring that your dental implants continue to last over time is maintaining a proper care routine. Just like your natural teeth, implants also need to be brushed, flossed, and rinsed with mouthwash daily to avoid bacterial buildup or infection. Although the actual crown of the implant won’t deteriorate like a natural crown, it can still be damaged and the collection of bacteria on the tooth can still attack living areas like the gums which will eventually cause periodontal disease.

Take a look at what The Silberg Center For Dental Science recommends for implant care and maintenance:

“Oral hygiene aids may include:

  • Small, soft, manual toothbrush or an electric brush
  • Low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste
  • Dental floss for cleaning around the abutments

Other supplies that may be recommended by the doctor can include:

  • Antimicrobial mouth rinses
  • Interdental brushes or other aids for removing plaque between the teeth on either side of the implant(s)
  • Disclosing tablets to stain the locations of plaque accumulation

You must be committed not only to daily performance of dental hygiene at home, but to regular visits to your dentist. It is recommended that you see your dentist every 3 6 months for a professional exam and cleaning. The dental implants should be examined with an x-ray annually.”

 

If you’d like to know more about dental implant surgery and the long-term benefits it can provide you with, consult with our expert staff at All In One Dental Innovations by either calling us at (925) 828-9811 or stopping by our Dublin, California, location today! You can also resquest an appointment online!

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