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What Factors Contribute to Long-term Success of Dental Implants?

dental implants Clearwater FLDental Implants provide an ideal solution when tooth loss is imminent or has already occurred. The patient’s overall health is reviewed and a thorough dental examination is completed to determine candidacy for a successful implant procedure. Some of those factors include:

Dental Health

If there are any indications of gum disease such as bleeding, swollen gums; gum tissue pulling away from teeth; or teeth feeling loose, your dentist will initiate a plan to treat gum disease before moving forward. Poor dental health due to negligence may be an indicator that the patient might not provide the care needed for a successful outcome.

Bone Strength

Dental x-rays will provide a picture of bone strength in the gums where the implant is to be placed.  Lack of sufficient bone does not automatically eliminate candidacy for a dental implant; bone augmentation procedures are available to enhance bone if needed.

Tobacco Use

If a patient smokes or uses tobacco in any form, the success rate for the dental implant procedure is put in jeopardy. Many dental providers will not consider moving forward with the implant procedure without the promise of quitting. Periodic dental visits will reveal if the patient has stuck with their commitment. With the financial investment and time required for a successful dental implant, patients moving forward must take this very seriously.

Daily Maintenance

Your dentist will explain the importance of keeping the implant area clean to prevent infection. You will be taught how to brush and floss the implant area. It is also extremely important to protect the implant while bone is fusing to the implant. This occurs during the healing period which usually takes several months after the implant has been placed.

Osseointegration

Bone will fuse to the implant incorporating the implant so completely it will become a permanent part of the dental anatomy. Just as the root of a tooth provides strength and support for the tooth, the implant will provide the same for the restoration that will eventually be bonded to it.

After Care

The final restoration will match surrounding teeth making it undetectable. Caring for your implant and restoration requires nothing special. Daily brushing and flossing coupled with regular six month visits to the dentist for cleaning and examination should allow your dental implant to provide a tooth replacement that will last a lifetime.

To discuss more questions you may have, contact our team today.

Treatment Options For an Uneven Gum Line

gum treatment Clearwater FLIrregular gums can ruin your smile – teeth can appear too large or too small; or you may suffer from a gummy smile. You may have inherited your problem; or some times certain prescription drugs can create this malady. Gum recession from aggressive brushing can contribute to this problem as well. Regardless of the reason, there is a solution that will provide a beautiful smile.

A consultation with your dentist is your first step. A frank conversation will reveal your concerns; your dentist will have multiple recommendations depending on the level of treatment needed.

Gummy smile – From a dental perspective, there are a couple of ways to treat a gummy smile. The first involves trimming away excessive gum tissue (gingivectomy). This is done with a scalpel or laser. This is a simple, minimally invasive procedure; however, there is a possibility that gum tissue can grow back so retreatment may be required.

A second option is crown lengthening. With crown lengthening, both gum tissue and underlying bone are trimmed; gum tissue is contoured; and the result is permanent.

Gum contouring surgery involves reshaping the gum tissue and can be completed on one tooth or all your teeth. Also performed with either a scalpel or a laser, this process of tissue sculpting is usually performed easily with minimal postoperative concern. Your dentist will inform you about the possible need for follow up cosmetic enhancement to complete treatment such as porcelain veneers.

The patient should enter into any dental procedure with the knowledge of what is involved. Any time dental surgery or contouring is completed, the patient will be advised to return home to rest for the remainder of the day. Healing may take several days; a diet of soft foods is recommended. A follow up visit with your dentist will have been scheduled, but if any problems should occur before then, make sure to contact the office right away.

To learn more about the options available to treat an uneven gum line, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team. Call 727-581-1441 today to reserve your appointment.

Healthy Dental Habits to Follow

family dentist Clearwater FLAre you doing everything possible to keep your smile in optimal shape? It makes sense to revisit your oral health habits from time to time to see if your routine needs to be tweaked at all. Here are our suggestions for healthy dental habits for all of our patients to follow.

Brush your teeth twice each day and floss daily. A good home oral hygiene regimen is the cornerstone of a healthy smile. You should be brushing twice each day for two minutes each session. Hold your toothbrush at an angle along the gumline, and use an ADA-approved toothpaste. Add flossing to your routine daily to remove additional plaque between the teeth and along the gumline. Discuss technique with your family dentist to make sure you are getting the maximum benefit from these healthy habits.

Schedule checkups and cleanings with your family dentist at least twice a year. Professional cleanings help to remove additional plaque and tartar that may have accumulated despite your oral hygiene practices, especially in areas of the smile that are tough for you to reach on your own. Hygienists have a better angle on those spots and can properly use professional grade instruments to remove calculus from the area. Additionally, having a dentist examine your teeth, gums and other oral tissues every six months increases the probability that any oral diseases can be treated and diagnosed early in the disease process.

Monitor your gums for signs of gum disease. Gum disease is most easily treated in its earliest stage-gingivitis. So, keep an eye out for symptoms like bleeding, swelling or redness in the gums and consult with your family dentist about treatment options.

Eat a nutritious diet that features a variety of fruits and vegetables. The nutrients that you get from fruits and vegetables, as well as other healthy foods, benefit your teeth and gums as much as the rest of your body.

Consider supplemental fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments provided by your dentist help to make your teeth stronger by supporting remineralization, which becomes increasingly important as you get older.

Don’t hesitate to check in with a professional about your oral health habits if you have any questions or want to give your routine a boost. We want to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, so call us at any time to discuss your concerns.

Treatment Options to Improve Smile Symmetry

cosmetic dentistry veneers ClearwaterOne common reason for cosmetic dentistry treatment is to correct the look of an asymmetrical smile. You might have teeth that appear proportionally smaller than other teeth, or you might have irregular gaps or overlaps in your smile. In many cases, your cosmetic dentist can treat these issues with cosmetic veneers.

Evaluating Your Smile

If you’re concerned about the way your smile looks, talk to a cosmetic dentist about possible treatment options. Asymmetry in your smile can be treated in a variety of ways depending upon what about your smile detracts from its overall appearance. If your teeth are overly crooked or if there are large gaps between them, you might need orthodontic treatment. Cosmetic treatment might not be sufficient in this case to prevent long-term problems related to the positioning of your teeth. Be sure to discuss this possibility with your dentist to be sure you will see the best outcome.

However, if you have one or two teeth that look noticeably smaller than your other teeth, or if you have minor gaps or crowding, cosmetic treatment might be just what you need to improve the symmetry of your smile. One common approach is to use dental veneers.

Improving the Symmetry of Your Smile

Cosmetic veneers are a minimally invasive treatment that is versatile enough to address many causes of an asymmetrical smile. Veneers are made of very thin porcelain that is custom-made to match the shape and color of your teeth. If a tooth is much smaller than adjacent teeth, a veneer can disguise this fact. Veneers can also disguise small gaps and minor overlap. In other cases, dental bonding can help improve the look of a tooth that is proportionally smaller or irregularly shaped.

If you’re concerned about the way your smile looks, contact our cosmetic dentist about the best options for treatment. He will evaluate your smile, talk to you about your goals, and then determine the best course of action to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Don’t Be Blindsided With A Dental Emergency

dental emergency ClearwaterA dental emergency can be stressful and even frightening. However, if you are prepared, you’ll be able to act more quickly and ensure a better outcome. By preparing for this type of emergency in the same way you would any other emergency or accident, you can improve your reaction and be sure any injuries are taken care of promptly.

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency occurs whenever there is an injury to the mouth, teeth, or facial bones. In the case of this type of injury, you should respond with first aid just as you would with any other type of injury. If the injury appears to be serious, you should see a doctor or emergency dentist right away. In cases of less serious injury, you can make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible.

  • Common dental emergencies include:
  • Trauma due to a fall
  • Injuries incurred during a motor vehicle accident
  • Injuries incurred during contact sports
  • A broken filling or crown
  • A filling or crown that has fallen out

If you are injured because of a fall or an accident, you will probably need to see a doctor or dentist, depending upon the severity of the injuries. If there is excessive bleeding, excessive discomfort, or if there appear to be any broken bones, you should see a doctor right away.

Being Prepared for a Dental Emergency

You can be prepared for a dental emergency by having a first aid kit specially equipped to deal with this type of injury. This first aid kit should include:

  • Soft gauze to control bleeding
  • Toothpaste or a denture adhesive to hold crowns or broken fillings in place
  • A small cup you can fill with water or milk to preserve a knocked-out tooth
  • Antiseptic mouthwash
  • The phone number of your emergency dentist

If you keep these items and this information on hand at all times, you will be better equipped to handle an emergency if it occurs. With this type of preparation, you can ensure the best possible outcome.

Contact our office in Clearwater today to get more tips.

Do Dental Crowns Require Special Care?

dental crowns Clearwater FLDental crowns have been used for decades to save teeth that have been cracked, broken, or suffered from severe dental decay. For years they were made using metal or gold, but today many crowns are made from porcelain, which means your new restoration provides a much more pleasing aesthetic repair.

Porcelain is naturally stain resistant and your crown will be made to match the size, contour, and shade of surrounding teeth, thus making your dental crown virtually impossible to detect.

During your six month cleaning appointment, diagnostic x-rays are taken that may detect the need for a crown. If a dental crown is recommended, your dentist will anesthetize the area and will then file down the natural tooth. This leaves enough of the tooth so the crown can be securely attached. A dental impression is taken and sent to the dental lab where the crown will be made. A temporary will be placed on your prepared tooth to protect it until your crown is ready.

It takes about two weeks for a crown to be fabricated. Your dentist will try on your crown for fit and function. Small adjustments can be made chairside, if needed. When correct, the crown will be cemented into place.

You will be able to eat anything you wish, and even though your crown is securely in place your dentist may advise you against eating anything sticky like caramel to prevent dislodging your crown.

Dental crowns have many other purposes as well such as to seal a tooth following root canal therapy; as anchors for a fixed dental prosthesis; or as the final restoration for a dental implant.

No matter the reason for requiring a crown, caring for your new restoration is no different than what you do for all your teeth. Brush twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily to remove what your toothbrush missed. Visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.

With the proper care, your dental crown is designed to serve you well for many years. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our team at the office of Dr. Holloman today!

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