When someone loses
teeth, dental implants are the best restoration option. With proper
maintenance, they can last a lifetime, and they look and feel like natural
teeth. However, not everyone qualifies for implants right away. You may need to
grafting first, but the only way to be sure is to schedule a time to
visit Gulf Coast Smiles.
When Is a Bone Graft Essential?
Over time, people lose density in
the jawbone. Additionally, if the tooth has been missing for a while, then the
jawbone will deteriorate faster. The roots of teeth stimulate the bone tissue,
keeping it vibrant. However, when those roots are lost, the jawbone tissue in
that area no longer has a function, so the body resorbs it. Therefore, when
patients wait too long to get dental
implants, it is possible the jawbone is too weak to support the implant.
An implant needs to fuse with the
jawbone to work. This is known as osseointegration, and it keeps the implant
secure to hold the abutment and crown in place. The jawbone needs to be strong
enough to fuse properly.
What Does the Grafting Procedure
Our dentist will either take bone
tissue from another part of the body or use a specialized grafting material to
put into the jawbone. You will need to wait for several months for the graft to
take hold. At a later appointment, our dentist will test to make sure the
jawbone is strong enough to support the implant.
What Should You Do?
You need to contact our office to schedule
a consultation today if you need implants. Through an examination, Dr.
Mauricio Martinez will be able to tell if bone grafting is necessary
first. It will increase the total cost of your implants, but it may be the only
way to get them. Before starting anything, Dr. Martinez will provide you with
an estimate of the entire procedure.
are many causes of chronic bad breath, known as halitosis. So it can be a bit
of a challenge to find the source, or sources, and solve the problem. Yes,
there could be more than one issue responsible for making your breath draw the
wrong kind of attention to you. Might it be your dentures? Find out how you can
determine if your dentures are
the source of your breath odor and take a look at what you can do to rule it
out as a suspect.
Dentures and Bad Breath
If you don’t clean your dentures
carefully and on a regular basis, there’s a very strong chance
they’re either the source of the problem or a major contributing factor. Food
particles can get caught, not just between the teeth of this dental appliance,
but in the underside of the dentures as well. To rule out your dentures as the
source of your breath odor, make sure you clean your dental appliance
thoroughly and regularly.
Cleaning Your Dentures
Taking care of your dentures is a
lot like caring for natural teeth, with just a few more steps. Here are the
items you need to check off your denture
cleaning list every day:
Brush your dentures – don’t
just brush the teeth area. Brush the gums area and on the underside of your
dental appliance every day to inhibit bacteria growth on your dentures.
Rinse your mouth too – there’s
little use in keeping one or the other clean, as bacteria will just spread from
one to the other. So when you take your dentures out for maintenance, be sure
to clean your mouth as well.
Handle your dentures with
care – chips, cracks and scrapes in or on your dentures make it easier for
bacteria to incubate and spread.
If you’ve been near flawless in
caring for your mouth and dentures, yet the halitosis persists, one of the
following issues might be the culprit:
Get Definitive Answers
The best way to get to determine if
your dental appliance is the source of your halitosis is to check in with a
here to schedule a consultation to talk to a dentist about issues
regarding your dentures in Cape Coral FL.
You do not have to live with
missing teeth where multiple options are available to help you. Before you set
your mind on one, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Mauricio Martinez
at Gulf Coast Smiles. He will review two of the most popular options at our
office, which are dental implants
and implant supported dentures. From
there, you can decide for yourself which one is best for you.
1. Dental Implants
Implants are titanium posts
the dentist surgically places into the jawbone. Over the course of several
months, the post will fuse with the bone, and this is known as
osseointegration. Once the post is secure, our dentist will place a crown or
bridge on top of the implant. After this appointment, you will be able to eat
and laugh like you normally did.
You must have adequate bone
tissue and healthy gums to be a good candidate for dental implants. As long as you care for your restoration by
brushing daily and seeing Dr. Martinez once every six months, your implant can
last for a lifetime.
2. Implant Supported Dentures
When you need to replace most
or all of your teeth, you may need implant
supported dentures. With this procedure, our dentist can replace an entire
arch of teeth at once without requiring a single implant for each individual
tooth. You will need multiple appointments, similar to implants, to first put
the posts into place and later the dentures.
Unlike traditional dentures,
you will not have to worry about your restoration slipping around your mouth.
The implants keep the dentures firmly in place, so you can chew with
Schedule an Appointment
The only way to know which
one is best for your situation is to contact our office. You can schedule a
consultation with Dr. Martinez to see if he has any recommendations. Before you
know it, your smile will look as good as new.