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ImplantsCanLastaLongTimeIfYoullDoThistoMaintainThem

Dental implants have taken restorative dentistry by storm for a number of reasons: They're incredibly life-like; and their unique design allows them to function much like natural teeth. But perhaps the clincher for many is their longevity. Numerous studies show that more than 95% percent of implants are still performing after 10 years.

The reason for their durability is wrapped up in their "unique design" mentioned earlier—a titanium metal post imbedded into the jawbone, to which a dentist attaches the visible crown. The titanium attracts the growth of new bone cells, which adhere and accumulate on the implant surface.

This "integration," a process which occurs over a few weeks after implantation, creates a strong bond between the implant and jawbone. This ultra-strong hold enables the implant to withstand years, if not decades, of chewing forces you generate on a daily basis.

With that said, though, there are rare instances when an implant loses its hold—or doesn't properly develop it. Integration may not fully succeed due to infection either before or right after surgery, which can inhibit bone growth around the implant.

Other conditions can compromise the bone's integrity like a weakened immune system, diabetes or osteoporosis. And even if integration occurs normally, later problems like gum disease or a teeth-grinding habit can damage the connection between implant and bone.

There are things you can do, however, to further minimize the risk of implant failure.

  • Brush and floss daily (especially around implants) and maintain regular dental visits to lower your risk of gum disease;
  • See your dentist if you notice swollen, reddened or bleeding gums, an indication of a gum infection that could impact your implants;
  • Stop smoking, which increases your infection risk, or abstain a few weeks before and after surgery;
  • Manage issues like diabetes, osteoporosis, or teeth-grinding that could affect your implants.

Implants can be a great long-term solution to tooth loss. You can help ensure their longevity by looking out for both your oral and general health.

If you would like more information on dental implant 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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”

By Nashua Smile Makers
January 10, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
AnImplantCouldFailifSupportingStructuresBecomeDiseased

From an appearance standpoint, it might be difficult to tell a new dental implant and crown from a natural tooth. There is, however, one big difference between an implant and crown from a real tooth, one which could impact an implant's longevity: how each attach to the jaw.

A natural tooth is held in place by a tough, but elastic gum tissue called the periodontal ligament. The ligament lies between the tooth and the bone, extending out tiny fibers that attach to both. This holds the teeth firmly in place, while also allowing the tooth to gradually move in response to mouth changes. It also facilitates the delivery of infection-fighting agents to protect the teeth and gums against disease.

By contrast, an implant is imbedded in a prepared channel shaped into the jaw bone. Over time, bone cells grow and adhere to the titanium surface, which serves to fully secure the implant to the jaw. The periodontal ligament doesn't attach to the implant, so it relies solely for stability on its attachment to the bone.

Thus, although highly durable, implants don't share the properties real teeth have because of their connection with the periodontal ligament. They don't move dynamically like real teeth; and more importantly, they lack some of the disease-fighting resources available to natural teeth.

So, what difference would the latter make? Implants aren't composed of organic material, and are therefore unaffected by bacterial infection. The problem, though, is that the gums and bone supporting the implant are susceptible to disease. And, because an implant lacks the defenses of a real tooth that the periodontal ligament provides, an infection within these tissues could quickly undermine their support and cause the implant to fail.

To avoid this and protect the longevity of your implant, it's important that you practice daily oral hygiene. You should brush and floss your implant to clear away disease-causing plaque from the surrounding tissues just as you do natural teeth.

Your dental provider will also include cleaning around your implants during your regular visits, albeit with different tools that are more protective of the implant and crown surfaces. During these visits they'll also closely inspect the tissues around the implant for any signs of infection and initiate prompt treatment if necessary.

If you would like more information on taking care of your implants, 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 “Dental Implant Maintenance.”

By Nashua Smile Makers
December 31, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
3WaystoCorrectaSmileWithMissingIncisors

In the classic holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey sees what life would be like if he'd never been born. In a variation on the theme, imagine your life if your teeth had never formed.

That's actually a reality for some—they're born without teeth, albeit usually only one or two. But even then, they're often more susceptible to problems with their bite, speech development and nutrition.

And if their missing teeth affects their appearance, their self-image could also take a hit. In particular, the maxillary lateral incisors on either side of the central incisors (those in the very front) can create an odd smile if missing.

Fortunately, we can correct the problem of missing lateral incisors with three possible solutions. The first is canine substitution, involving the pair of pointed teeth next in line to the missing incisors. In effect, we use orthodontic appliances like braces to move them toward the frontmost teeth and close the missing teeth gap.

It's a minimally invasive way to improve smile appearance. But because of their size and sharp edges, it's often necessary to alter the canines, perhaps even crown them. Some people may also need gum surgery to "blend" the gums with the repositioned teeth.

A second method is a fixed bridge, a series of fused crowns. Those in the middle replace the missing teeth, while those on the ends are bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge.

Bridges can function well for many years, but it does require permanently altering the supporting teeth for crowning. An alternative Maryland or bonded bridge doesn't require this alteration, but it's also less durable than a traditional bridge.

Finally, we could replace the missing teeth with dental implants, a titanium post imbedded into the jawbone with an attached life-like crown. An implant tooth can last for decades, and don't require alterations to other teeth. However, they're not suitable for younger patients who are still undergoing jaw development—a temporary restoration may thus be in order until the jaw matures.

Being born without certain teeth is something you can't do anything about. But you can change how it affects your appearance and life with one of these options for a new smile.

If you would like more information on correcting a smile with missing teeth, 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 “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.”

By Nashua Smile Makers
December 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a gap in your smile? Dental implants, one of the tooth restoration options offered by your Nashua, NH, dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta of Nashua Smile Makers, will transform your smile.

Dental implants help you replace your missing tooth from top to bottom

Dental implants are tiny titanium posts placed in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. Once in place, the post bonds to the bone in three to six months, which makes it strong enough to serve as the root of your new tooth. A dental crown created from an impression of your mouth restores the top part of your missing tooth. The crown is attached to the dental implant with a connector called an abutment. When both pieces are connected, you'll have a brand-new, fully functioning tooth.

6 reasons you should consider dental implants

Dental implants are an excellent restoration choice for many reasons, including:

  • Longevity: Since your implant bonds to your jawbone, it will probably never need to be replaced. Daily brushing and flossing, in addition to regular visits to the Nashua, NH, dental office for checkups, will help you keep your dental implants in good condition.
  • Cost: Although dental implants may seem a little expensive initially, opting for implants can save you money in the long run. As your implants are permanently replaced to your jawbone, you won't need to replace them every 10 to 15 years, unlike bridges and dentures. (You will need to replace your crowns when they become worn after years of use.)
  • Feel: Dental implants feel like real teeth because they're firmly rooted in your jawbone. Your new tooth won't budge when you chew or speak.
  • Biting Power: A decrease in biting power can occur if your restoration only replaces the crowns of your teeth. Dental implants give you the biting power you need to eat all your favorite foods.
  • Easy Care: You won't need to buy special dental care tools to care for your implant. In fact, you'll treat it just like the rest of your teeth. In addition to thorough brushing, flossing around the base of your tooth is particularly important. If you don't floss, you may be more likely to develop an infection that could loosen the dental implant.
  • Versatility: Dental implants can replace any number of teeth. If you've lost several teeth in a row or wear dentures, implant-supported bridges and dentures are an excellent option.

Complete your smile with dental implants! Schedule an appointment with your dentists in Nashua, NH, Dr. Guerriero, and Dr. Colletta of Nashua Smile Makers, by calling (603) 882-3727.

By Nashua Smile Makers
April 09, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are an excellent method for restoring your smile, and they have many benefits compared to other treatments. Dental implants are unmatched in durability against other types of restorations, but you do have to take proper care to ensure their longevity.

If you would like to learn more about the best ways to maintain your dental implants please get in contact with your local Nashua, NH, dental implant experts Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta of Nashua Smile Makers.

Good Habits

The best part about dental implants is that the end result looks, acts, and feels just like your natural teeth. This means that cleaning them is not very different either.

Experts advise on using soft-bristled toothbrushes because they are beneficial for all of your teeth. brushing and flossing are necessary to remove the accumulated plaque before it hardens into tartar. Regular dental cleanings and checkups will round out your dental hygiene routine. Your dentist can clean your teeth, especially the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, at your check-up appointment.

Bad Habits

Cavities do not affect your new tooth as they do your natural teeth, which can cause some to lower their guard. But good dental habits are still important because gum disease remains a concern. It can affect the structure of your mouth that holds your teeth in place.

A diet that increases your risk of developing cavities on your natural teeth can put you at risk for gum disease in general and so can smoking.

Smoking can not only contribute to the likelihood you will develop gum disease, but the habit is itself often a barrier for obtaining dental implants in the first place. Many experts warn against smoking until two months after the implants have healed. Some dentists may not admit you as a candidate for the procedure if you are a regular smoker since it can lengthen the healing time and may cause the implants to fail.

Dental Implants in Nashua, NH

Dental implants have many benefits, but they also require the largest initial investment of time, and sometimes money. The best way to get the most out of your investment is to properly care for them. If you are curious about the procedure or want to know how to make them last as long as possible then come into the office for a visit. Make an appointment today with Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Colletta of Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua, NH, by dialing (603) 882-3727