Dental Hygiene

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

Most of us are aware that poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath – but not brushing your teeth could also have consequences for more serious illnesses.

Gum health can be broken down into 3 categories.

  • Healthy
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis

What is Gingivitis?

The term gingivitis is used to describe inflammation of the gums, or gingiva. It commonly occurs because a film of plaque, or bacteria, accumulates on the teeth. It is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease, but untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis.

Signs of gingivitis include:

  • Red puffy gums
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing your teeth
  • Gingivitis resolves with good oral hygiene, such as longer and more frequent brushing, and flossing

What is Periodontitis?

When gingivitis is left untreated for a prolonged period it can progress to periodontitis, often without any obvious signs to alert you. However, some changes that you might experience over time include:

  • Increased bleeding of the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in the positioning of the teeth in the jaws
  • Lengthening of the teeth (gum recession)
  • Sensitivity of teeth or soreness of gums

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Bleeding from the gums may be less noticeable in smokers, because of the effect of nicotine on blood vessels, and so the disease process may be masked.

Therefore going to see your trusted Wellington Dentist on a regular basis is important, because not only does it keep your smile attractive. It also tells the dentist a lot about your overall health, including whether you may be at risk for chronic disease.

 

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Are dental implants right for you?

Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place in the Victoria Street Dental office. After the implant has been placed in your jawbone, a completely lifelike porcelain tooth crown is attached. In some cases, the implant needs to fuse with the bone for several months before it is permanently crowned; in other cases, you can have new (but temporary) teeth the same day your implants are placed.

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How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants. You don’t even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. Ice can also be helpful.

Are dental implants expensive?

At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort and well-being.

How do you care for dental implants?

They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime.

Can my body reject a dental implant?

Strictly speaking, implants can’t be rejected because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely biocompatible, and allergies are extremely rare. But an implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops in the absence of good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon. However, this is rare; implants regularly achieve success rates in excess of 95%.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

There’s a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaws. Please schedule a consultation to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.

 

If you have any questions about Dental Implants, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more.