28
Mar

The Hidden Consequences Of Losing Teeth

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Tooth loss among individuals is more than an aesthetic problem. Missing adult teeth can lead to a number of problems related to speech, health and daily eating. Thankfully, the dental industry has been able to cope with the growing challenges of tooth loss among the adult population. Dental patients now have better treatment options than they did before, and the results are longer lasting. What happens when you lose a tooth? Teeth are part of your bone structure, and bones need stimulation to maintain their natural form and density. The constant contact that teeth make with one another as a result of chewing, talking and other activity provide this stimulation. When a tooth is lost, this stimulation is lacking and as a result the bone that support the teeth (known as the alveolar bone) begin…

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21
Mar

Can Dental Implants Break?

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Dental implants have a pretty good track record with the success rate being over 90 percent. Occasionally, however, implants do fail and this is often due to the failure of the titanium (of which most implants are made) to fuse successfully with the bone. There are many reasons why this could occur. Some of these reasons include: surgical trauma, infection, smoking, brittle bones or (in rare cases) allergic reaction to titanium. In other cases, it could be due to the actions of the person. Sometimes chewing too vigorously or on something too hard can cause breakage. Your bite might also not come together properly due to improper alignment, causing too much force on the implant or the crown that the implant is supporting. Poor Bone Support Sometimes a patient’s bones may not be strong enough…

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14
Mar

How To Brush Your Teeth Safely After A Tooth...

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Tooth implants require just as much care as regular teeth; however you should avoid brushing on the day of surgery. The following day, you can brush gently, but be extremely delicate around the surgical site. Rinse with some warm water and about half a teaspoon of salt. Eventually when the bone fuses with the implant, you will brush the implant, but there are specific ways to go about doing this, as well as special instruments and brushes you can use that are suitable for implants. Post-surgical hygiene Immediately after surgery, your gums will be swollen and brushing can be very painful. This is why it is important to brush only as much as you can without any major discomfort. It’s important to keep the surrounding areas of the surgical wound clean to avoid infection, but…

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7
Mar

Can You Use Mouthwash After A Tooth Implant?

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Many dentists usually recommend that patients avoid mouthwash for a particular period of time to allow for sufficient healing of post-surgical wounds. Alternatively, some dentists give special mouthwash for patients to use. However, using mouthwash containing alcohol can irritate the surgical site if used before the mouth has had a chance to fully heal. Once healed, there’s no need to avoid mouthwash as a part of your oral care routine. Mouthwash does not shorten the life of tooth implants in anyway, and the use of mouthwash is in fact part of a good practice of oral hygiene. After-Surgery Care When you have a tooth implant, you should avoid spitting or rinsing in general, as this can impede the healing process. With regard to eating, you should limit your consumption to liquids and soft foods. Immediately…

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