Do you know that the dental implant success rate is 95 to 98 percent? If placed by a skilled dentist and taken good care of, dental implants can last a lifetime. But without proper placement or care, you might experience dental implant failure.
Learn the dental implant care mistakes to extend your implants’ lifespan.
Dental implants provide a permanent solution to your missing teeth. They restore your bite force and enable a natural speech. Since they are versatile, they’re designed to match your natural teeth.
But to enjoy these benefits, you need to keep your dental implants in good condition.
Read on to learn the dental implant care mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. Choosing the Wrong Aftercare Routine
After getting dental implants, you need to offer them good care to expedite recovery. You need to develop and commit to the proper aftercare routine to keep pain and infections at bay.
However, creating a good dental implant care routine isn’t as easy as you might think. You need professional guidance to include the right treatments in the routine. Otherwise, you might use the wrong medications affecting your implants and delaying healing.
Consult your dentist to create an effective dental implant aftercare routine. They advise on the best medications to use and when to take them. They recommend activities to engage in to speed up recovery.
Professional dentists help create a diet plan that reduces pain and aids in healing. They ensure regular dental-check ups to diagnose infections before they worsen.
After developing a dental implant aftercare routine, stick to it until you recover.
2. Disturbing the Implant Area
After implant treatment, avoid disturbing the surgical site with your fingers or tongue. The tissues surrounding that area need to stay intact to heal.
If you keep touching the implant area, you can slow the recovery process. You might dislodge the blood clot forming over the implant site, causing bleeding.
In addition to touching, avoid excessive rinsing and drinking with a straw. Such activities can also disturb the implant area and result in bleeding.
Disturbing the implant site can make you treat problems that can derail the recovery.
3. Not Observing Oral Hygiene
While dental implants aren’t prone to decay, they need regular cleaning. Proper cleaning removes bacteria, food particles, and plaque that can cause oral infections. Thus, creating the best environment for the tissues around the implant site to heal.
Letting debris pile up around the implant area can cause implant failure. It reduces medication effectiveness and causes infections.
After a dental implant, brush, rinse and floss your teeth regularly. And if you’ve got a cleaning routine recommended by your dentist, adhere to it. It’ll help get rid of all the debris and bacteria to achieve the best results.
Before cleaning dental implants, ensure to use the right products. Ask your dentist to recommend the best toothpaste and brush for your dental implants. This ensures you don’t use harsh products that can damage your implants.
4. Smoking Before Recovery
Smoking when nursing dental implants can be detrimental to your health. Besides delaying recovery, it damages your implants and other teeth.
The cigarette smoke harms the bones and tissues surrounding the implant site. Thus, making them weak to support the implants and hold them into place.
Nicotine exposure also weakens the immune system defenses and slows down recovery. It restricts oxygen and blood flow to the oral tissues, making healing difficult. Tobacco prevents the fusing together of the implant and the surrounding bone.
It’s recommended to quit smoking one or two weeks before getting your dental implants. And wait for at least two or three months before going back to smoking. This increases the chances of osseointegration making your implant successful.
5. Forgetting to Take Your Medication
After the implant procedure, you’re given various medications to take for a few days. Some of these medicines help to relieve pain, while others prevent infections.
So, you need to take them as per the dentist’s instructions to enhance their effectiveness. Avoid exceeding or taking less dosage and take them at the right time. By doing so, rest assured of achieving your desired results.
Forgetting to take your medications will cause pain and delay the healing process. Oral infections might occur, making your condition worse.
6. Failing to Call Your Dentist When Bleeding Persists
Slight bleeding can occur in the first three days after the dental implant procedure. If bleeding persists, use gauze on the implant site to stop it.
But if bleeding doesn’t stop, reach out to your dentist and inform them. It can be caused by various conditions that might escalate to a bigger threat with time.
Once you inform the dentist about bleeding, they advise you on the best cause of action. If it’s serious, they’ll advise you to visit them for a check-up. But if otherwise, they guide you on how to control the light bleeding.
7. Starting Off With Hard Foods
After getting dental implants, follow a special diet plan your dentist recommends. Since your chewing ability will be affected, stick to soft foods. Hard foods like chips and nuts might damage your implants, reducing their lifespan.
Some of the foods dentists recommend after a dental implant surgery include;
Taking such foods ensures you don’t irritate your gums and worsen your condition.
Avoid the Above Dental Implant Care Mistakes
Getting dental implants is worthwhile as they offer a broad range of benefits. From improving a smile, speech, and oral health to boosting self-esteem. However, you need to avoid dental implant care mistakes to enjoy these benefits.
Are you experiencing dental implant issues? At Southeast Family Dental, we can provide an optimal solution. We provide quality dental work that looks and feels great. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Dr. Holly Austgen, DDS of Southeast Family Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana reveals what that weird blue light is that your dentist uses, how it works and if there are any risks to your teeth and gums when using it. https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] If you can not see the embedded video above please use the following link: What is that weird blue light my dentist uses? [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] Transcript Hi everyone. My name is Dr. Austgen from Southeast Family Dental and today I’m going to talk to you about a question we often get here at the office, and that is, what is the blue light that we use and is it dangerous? So what is it? That blue light is a dental curing light. It’s basically a piece of dental equipment that we use to harden or cure our resin or basically, tooth-colored filling materials, as well as some other materials that we use such as cements and bonding agents that we use to restore your teeth back to health. So how does this light work? When fillings are placed in the teeth, they are very soft so that they can be molded to the correct shape and anatomy. When the dentist or the assistant who is placing the filling is happy with the shape and the contour, they will then set the material to make it hard. That’s where the blue light comes in. We press the light, the blue light shines on it, and it will make the material hard as rock, strong enough for you to be able to chew on as soon as you leave. Okay, so here’s the big question. What about the blue light? Everyone wants to know what it is. So I’ll tell you what it’s not. It is not a UV light and it is not a laser. What it is, is a very strong blue light and it’s blue because it falls into the range of the wavelengths under the blue light spectrum. So like I said, it’s not a laser and it’s not a UV light. So it’s not going to cause any damage to your teeth or your gums. The only danger is if you look at the light for too long. It’s kind of similar to looking at the sun for too long. Dentists and assistants who place fillings are the most at risk. That’s why there is an orange filter on the light to protect our eyes. So no need to be concerned about the blue light or the curing light. It’s been a significant advancement in dentistry for us and allows us to place fillings that are hard, exactly the way we want them to be so you’re ready to use your tooth just like you wanted when you leave. Thanks for listening and remember, at Southeast Family Dental, we love to make you smile.
Do you suffer from fears and anxiety when going to the dentist? Or, maybe a trip to the dentist is a scary event for your child, which also stresses you out? Dental fears, anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It’s estimated that between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fears. Some people (perhaps up to 20%) experience so much anxiety that they’ll only go to the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary. People experience dental anxiety and fears for various reasons, including: * Previous bad experiences at the dentist’s office. * Fear of pain. * Feeling helpless or not in control of the situation. * Embarrassment about the state of their teeth and gums. Being unfamiliar with the instruments, noises and smells in the dental office. This is especially true for young children. At Southeast Family Dental, we understand how the dentist’s office can cause anxiety and fears. But calming fears isn’t just for kids, some adults need help calming their anxiety at the dentist, too. So a dentist located in Northbrook, IL, has found an ingenious way to do just that. He brings a trained comfort dog into his office. The golden retriever soothes nervous kids and adults alike by comforting them during dental exams. In fact, the golden retriever has a sixth sense when it comes to figuring out exactly who needs him the most. A comfort dog really is an excellent idea to calm dental fears, because animals tend to have a soothing effect on people. Other ideas that dentists may use to calm your fears, include: * Providing you with an iPad and headphones, so you can listen to relaxing music or watch a TV program to distract you. * Offering you a blanket for warmth, comfort and the feeling of security. * Giving you nitrous oxide or other sedatives to help you feel relaxed during dental exams or procedures. If you suffer from dental anxiety and fears, talk to our team at Southeast Family Dental. We can talk to you about what to expect during your appointment and help you find ways to ease your fears. We want to make sure your dental experience is as calm, comfortable and stress-free as possible for you.
Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone experiences it at some point. It can cause you to feel anxious, sad, or stressed about a situation. While the occasional feeling of stress is normal, having feelings of stress all the time can take a toll on your health. IMPACT OF STRESS ON ORAL HEALTH Stress can have a major impact on your health, and it can have a similarly major impact on your oral health. Most people have probably experienced an ulcer at some point in their life, and an ulcer is just one example of the way chronic stress can negatively impact your oral and overall health. * When your body is stressed, it releases cortisol, which is a hormone that increases your blood glucose levels. This increase in blood sugar can lead to inflammation, which can trigger the body's immune response to fight off infection or injury. However, when the immune system is overstimulated, it can lead to an increase in gum disease. * Not only can stress increase the chances of developing gum disease, but it can also increase your risk for more serious diseases, such as cancer. This is because your immune system becomes weakened by stress, and compromised health can make it harder for your immune system to fight disease effectively. * Additionally, stress can cause bruxism – an abnormal clenching of the jaw and grinding of teeth while sleeping. This can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD causes pain in your jaw that can be chronic. And, since it does affect your smile, it's considered part of your oral health. If you are suffering from this, we may be able to help by finding a custom oral appliance you can wear at night to protect your teeth from damage. We can also recommend other ways to cope with stress and advise you on steps you can take to improve your oral health. WAYS TO MINIMIZE STRESS Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the effects of stress on your body. Regular exercise is one of the best options, as it can help keep your body healthy, strong, and balanced. You should also try to stick to a healthy diet, limit alcohol consumption, drink plenty of water during the day, and try to get enough sleep each night. When you're under a lot of stress, you should make sure to keep up with your regular checkup and cleaning appointments. We can work with you to identify problem areas in your smile and take steps to help you prevent symptoms from getting worse over time. If you're overdue for your annual exam and cleaning, then it's time to give us a call to schedule your next appointment. We can be reached at (317) 359-8000. Our dentist's office is located in Indianapolis, IN, and we look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy for many years to come!
Southeast Family Dental is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Bohnert and Dr. Laura Geiger have been selected by a vote of their peers to be Top Dentists, www.usatopdentists.com. and featured in the “Best of Indy” December issue of of Indianapolis Monthly. Indianapolis Monthly December 2018Dr. Bohnert is a 10-year winner and Dr. Geiger is a 3-year winner of the Top Dentist award. This honor is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout Indiana cast votes on the abilities of other dentists and specialists. Inclusion in Top Dentists is considered a singular honor. Dr. Laura Geiger responded to the announcement. “We are thrilled to have been voted Top Dentists. This honor shows us that we are meeting our mission to change the way you feel about going to the dentist, while giving you more reasons to smile.”
Drinking water is essential to your health. Water helps to transport nutrients in your body, regulates your body temperature, lubricates your joints, helps build muscle, digests food and improves your skin complexion. And, yes, water really is healthy for your teeth, especially if it’s fluoridated. Some reasons why water is beneficial to your teeth include: * Tap water may contain fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in almost all water supplies. Also fluoride can be added to a town’s water supply. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, it has been shown to reduce the rate of cavities by as much as 60%. However, it’s important to note that not all bottled waters contain fluoride. * Water naturally rinses your teeth and keep them clean. When you drink water, especially after eating, it helps wash away food particles and acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. Therefore, if you can’t brush your teeth while you’re out, drink a glass of water and swish the water around in your mouth to help clean your teeth until you can get home and brush. * Drinking water helps to decrease the pH level in your mouth. The neutral pH level in your mouth is 7.0. When you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages, the pH level can drop below 5.0. Too much acid can cause bad bacteria to grow, leading to tooth decay, which occurs when the pH level in your mouth is 5.5 or lower. But drinking water can help neutralize the effects of acid in your mouth. * Water helps alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth. When your salivary glands don’t make enough saliva in your mouth, dry mouth can occur. You need an adequate supply of saliva to neutralize the acids produced by bacteria and to wash away food particles. Otherwise, a mouth that’s too dry can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. Drink water as part of your daily dental health routine As you see, drinking water really is healthy for your teeth. So make drinking water a regular part of your daily dental health routine, in addition to brushing and flossing. But be careful of some seltzer waters. Some are advertised as water, but contain additional sweeteners that make them just as harmful as soda. Also, they are more acidic than flat water so should be limited due to their ability to erode teeth. Also, remember to schedule your biannual dental checkups with Southeast Family Dental by calling us at (317) 359-8000.