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Woodstock General and Implant Dentistry on May 18, 2017

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    The health benefits of dental implants are wide-ranging. Restoring your ability to chew can improve your overall nutrition and reduce chronic jaw or neck pain. If there is one thing to remember about how dental implants impact your health, it’s that the benefits don’t stop at your teeth. Dental implants can be the key to keeping your whole body in good shape as well – after all, a daily commitment to practicing effective oral hygiene not only prevents major dental problems but also contributes significantly to your ongoing good health!

    Dr. Claudia Patch has a deep and unique understanding of the interconnectedness of your oral and overall health and understands how implants can benefit your overall health. That’s why she approaches each of her dental implant patients with that perspective in mind. When you don’t need to wear a denture, your self-esteem increases, and this has a big impact on your life. With the right dentist, the most advanced technology and techniques available, and a commitment to great hygiene, the oral health benefits of dental implants are endless.

    The Right Choice for Your Teeth

    Dental implants can improve the health of your natural teeth. Damage, injury, neglect, and decay can be very hard on your smile. These changes to your teeth often happen naturally, as a result of lifelong wear and tear due to talking and chewing.

    Broken or missing teeth can harbor bacteria that may increase existing decay or damage, and will also weaken your other teeth over time, just as one bad apple can spoil the barrel.

    Additionally, the condition of your teeth affects the way you chew, eat, and speak. It can also cause chronic tooth, jaw, and neck pain and headaches.

    These issues can go undetected for longer than you’d expect – so if you think your teeth might need to be restored, it’s better to deal with it sooner rather than later.

    Whether you replace your missing teeth with a Prettau® Full-Arch Implant-Supported Bridge (Full Mouth Bridge), single-tooth implants, or mini dental implants, the oral health benefits of dental implants are tremendous. In fact, dental implants have been changing the lives of our New York patients for many years.

    The Right Choice for Your Gums

    Multiple studies show that if a person loses teeth due to gum disease, dental implants can offer a new start.

    The condition of your teeth is directly related to the condition of your gums and the other soft tissues in your mouth. As previously mentioned, bacteria can build up in the cracks in your teeth, but the risk of further damage does not only apply to your tooth’s enamel. If the condition goes untreated, and the bacteria begin to collect on or around your gum line, periodontal (gum) disease is highly likely. Gum disease can lead to the recession of your gums from your teeth, in addition to health problems that extend beyond your mouth.

    Replacing damaged teeth with dental implants and treating bacteria-rich hiding places (such as open gaps) is the key to dramatically improving the health of your gums. It is important to remember that even dental implants require diligent care, so the health of your gums is also determined by your dedication to an at-home hygiene routine.

    Planning for Success by Reducing Risks

    The Woodstock General & Implant Dentistry staff follow strict guidelines in the planning, surgical, and postoperative phases of treatment that significantly reduce the risks associated with dental implant surgery.

    However, every surgery comes with risks which may result in:

    Infection at the Incision Site

    The gums, underlying bone, and surrounding tissues at the incision site are susceptible to infection following a surgical procedure. It is important to strictly follow all post-operative instructions and practice good oral hygiene habits to remove bacteria in the treatment area. This ensures that your new dental implants are kept clean and prevent you from developing any complications.

    Sinus Complications

    When an implant is placed in the back, upper quadrant of the mouth, occasionally the post can cause problems with the maxillary sinus.  Dr. Patch is adamant that all of our patients have computerized tomography (CT) scan done before their procedure. This allows us to determine the amount of healthy bone available to support the implant. To protect against potential sinus problems before the surgery, some patients will need to undergo sinus lifting and bone grafting procedures.

    Damage to Surrounding Tissues and Nerves

    Dental implant placement has the potential to injure or cause damage to the surrounding teeth, gums, bone, or blood vessels. This is another reason that Dr. Patch insists on CT scanning for every case. By obtaining a comprehensive picture of the underlying structures of the mouth, we are able to plan and precisely place each implant with great accuracy. This ensures that each implant receives the necessary support without interfering with the surrounding tissues.

    Implant Failure

    After your surgery, the implant is allowed to heal and fuse with the bone for several months in a process called osseointegration. If fusing is insufficient and the implant remains loose or falls out, it is considered a failure and must be removed and replaced in an additional procedure. That’s why it’s crucial to pay attention to your new implants and to notify Dr. Patch if there are any serious issues with the healing process.

    The Benefits of Dental Implants Compared to Dentures

    Wearing removable dentures can be an incredible hassle. If they don’t fit properly in your mouth, they cause pain, slip and slide while you speak or eat, and require messy adhesives. When it comes to replacing your missing teeth, wouldn’t you rather choose a non-removable option that doesn’t require constant upkeep?

    At Woodstock General & Implant Dentistry, we provide dental implants and implant-supported dentures for patients just like you. Replacing your removable denture with something more permanent, longer lasting, and more natural looking, will improve both your smile and your quality of life.

    Stop worrying that your teeth will slip out, and rest assured that your implant-supported dentures won’t fail you. Restore your ability to chew and speak with confidence – see if implant-supported dentures or a full-arch restoration such as the Prettau® Full Mouth Implant Bridge are right for you.

    The Best Solution for You

    Our team of experts at Woodstock General and Implant Dentistry care about finding the right solution for you – and that starts by listening to you. We want to hear your questions and concerns as well as what benefits mean the most to you. Contact us today to get started.