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What Are Dental Implants Made Of?

August 28th, 2019

What Are Dental Implants Made Of?

 

Model of Dental Implants

At Delaware Periodontics, our mission is to help patients throughout the Dover, Wilmington, Delaware and surrounding areas achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. As a leading dental practice offering periodontal and implant dentistry to patients of all ages, we often work to reconstruct smiles that have suffered from trauma or dental disease, and one of the most effective treatments we offer for replacing damaged teeth is dental implants. Implants have quickly become one of the best options on the market for replacing teeth, and much of that has to do with their unique construction. Often, that leaves our patients wondering: what are dental implants made from?

The Construction of Dental Implants

With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, and they protect against erosion of the jaw bone that can occur with many other tooth replacement options like dentures. Why is that? The answer has to do with the materials used in making dental implants.

Implants are composed of three parts: the implant itself, a top part called an abutment and a dental crown that fits over that abutment. The implant itself is a screw-like post usually made of titanium, and it's the titanium that makes dental implants as effective as they are. Titanium possesses a unique property called osseointegration, which means that the implant literally fuses with surrounding bone tissue. This provides a rock-solid foundation for the replacement tooth, distributing bite pressure throughout the jaw in the same way a natural tooth would and protecting against jaw bone loss. After the titanium has had time to integrate with the bone, we'll cap the implant with a realistic-looking crown, usually made from either porcelain or a tooth-colored dental composite that's shaped and color-matched to blend in with your natural teeth. 

Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants in Dover, DE

Dental implants are one of the most convenient, effective, and long-lasting options on the market for replacing teeth, and if you're interested in improving your smile through dental implants, our dentists and periodontists would be thrilled to help. Contact us today to learn more about implants and schedule a consultation at our Wilmington, DE dental implant center. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you achieve a beautiful new smile!

Why Nutrition is Important for Periodontal Health

January 17th, 2017

At Delaware Periodontics, we know how important total body health in maintaining excellent oral health. Taking the steps in early 2017 to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine will pay dividends, and prevent future visits to the periodontist.

Your eating habits and food choices play an important role in keeping the gums and teeth healthy. Just like the rest of your body, your gums and teeth need specific nutrients to stay healthy. Without these essential nutrients, you’re more prone to developing common oral health problems like gingivitis and periodontitis. Here are some nutrients that are important to your periodontal health and where you can find them.

Calcium

Most of us can recall when we were urged by our parents to drink milk in order to keep our bones and teeth healthy. This mineral which is present in milk, cheese and yogurt does indeed help protect periodontal health by keeping the jaw bone strong and healthy. Calcium also strengthens tooth structure and enhances enamel remineralization. Calcium is present in the dairy products mentioned about and it can also be found in certain fish like salmon and sardines, leafy green vegetables, orange juice, soybeans and almonds.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps your bones and teeth absorb calcium and works at keeping the gum tissues healthy. A lack of Vitamin C can result in receding gums which bleed. Citrus fruits are excellent sources of Vitamin C as are leafy greens, broccoli, red & yellow bell peppers, strawberries and kiwi fruit.

Folic Acid

Folic acid which is also called folate, plays a vital role in maintaining good gum health. Good sources of folic acid are dark leafy greens, beans & legumes, citrus fruits and okra.

Contact Your Dover, DE Periodontist

In addition to eating a healthy diet and practicing good oral hygiene, you also should be visiting your dentist regularly for routine checkups and cleanings to keep your periodontal health in check. Dr. Klassman is a periodontist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of Dover, DE dental implants. If you have any questions about periodontal health or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (302) 658-7871.

Bones, Gums and Implants – Finding a Healthy Balance

November 16th, 2016

At Delaware Periodontics, we strive to help every patient achieve a healthy, beautiful smile no matter how severe the case, and dental implants are one of the most effective treatments we have for restoring your smile. Implants are a safe, effective way to create durable replacements for teeth or an entire dental arch, and the surgical procedure to place them is simple and minor – but effective implant treatment requires more than just the surgical procedure. Healthy gums and jawbones are critical to a successful implant surgery, which means that how you care for your mouth before the surgery is a top priority.

The Importance of Bones & Gums for Successful Implant Treatment

When it comes to implant treatment, it all starts with bone. Healthy jawbone – both under the site of the missing tooth and around it – is crucial for a successful procedure. Implants make use of a special property of titanium called osseointegration, which means that the implants literally fuse the the jawbone, creating a stable base for the replacement tooth. But without sufficient bone for the implant to integrate into, the strength and stability of the implant can be compromised. That's why it's critical to have healthy jawbones before implant surgery.

Healthy gums are also vital for a successful implant procedure. Receding gums may make teeth look longer and may prevent implants from looking like a natural part of the smile, and having naturally thin gums reduces the margin for error during implant surgery. If periodontal disease is present before surgery, the look and health of the gums and implant may be compromised as well.

Thankfully, there are steps we can take to minimize these problems and ensure a successful procedure. Any instance of gum disease will need to be brought under control and the gums will need to be given time to heal before the surgery. If the gums are too thin or have receded too far, we can use a grafting procedure to restore them, and we can use the same type of grafting procedure to rebuild bone before implant surgery. As always, though, the best thing you can do to ensure an effective surgery is to maintain a diligent, thorough oral hygiene regimen. This will help prevent decay and gum disease, keeping your mouth as healthy as possible and setting the stage for a successful surgery.

Contact Your New Castle & Wilmington, DE Periodontist

At Delaware Periodontics, we've helped countless patients achieve a renewed smile with implant dentistry. Our doctors are experts in the field of periodontics, and we work hard to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient we treat. If you're interested in restoring your smile with implant dentistry or you'd like to find out more about the services we offer, we encourage you to call us at (302) 658-7871 with any questions or request an appointment online at our Wilmington, DE office. We look forward to seeing you soon!

How Poor Oral Health Can Affect Overall Health

September 16th, 2016

Poor dental hygiene can lead to many oral issues, such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. But did you know that it can also cause more serious health problems? If you’re not maintaining a strong oral health routine, which includes brushing twice a day and flossing before bed, you’re putting your body at risk for more than just a painful trip to the dentist. Dr. Klassman and the Delaware Periodontics team want you to take care of your teeth, so you can avoid more serious health issues.

Cardiovascular Disease

During later stages of gingivitis and periodontal disease, the bacteria from the inflammation of the gums doesn’t just stay inside the mouth. Along with causing gum recession and even tooth loss, the bacteria can travel through your bloodstream towards the arteries of the heart. Then, it can cause plaque build up, inflammation, and hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis. The inner lining of the heart is also at risk of becoming infected and inflamed, in a condition known as endocarditis.

It’s not 100% certain that gum disease actually has a direct link to heart disease, but studies have shown that gum disease is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It’s important to take care of your teeth and your heart, especially since the bacteria in both issues is so similar.

Respiratory Issues

The bacteria from gum disease can also harm the body in another way, by traveling down your airways into your lungs. Those with respiratory issues are at a greater risk of worsening their existing condition. To prevent the harmful bacteria from entering your airways and causing potential infections in your lungs, be sure to brush, floss, and eat a healthy diet. Individuals at the highest risk include:

  • Elderly
  • Smokers
  • Those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • HIV carriers
  • Cancer Patients
  • Work with your dentist and periodontist to prevent any existing issues from getting much worse.

    Diabetes

    Individuals with diabetes, especially if the condition is uncontrolled, are at a higher risk for gum disease. This is because they have higher sugar levels in their body, and their blood vessels take much longer to rid wastes from the body, making gum and bone tissue much more prone to infection. It’s critical to have both periodontal disease and diabetes under control, to ensure that the two don’t intertwine and exacerbate symptoms. You can learn more about the link between diabetes and gum disease in our previous blog post.

    Questions? Contact Your Wilmington Periodontal Specialists Today!

    Years of research and studies have proven that there are connections between your oral health and overall health. It’s important to be proactive throughout your lifetime, and take preventative steps to ensure your health is always a number one priority. If you have any questions about your oral health, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Klassman, contact our office at (302) 658-7871. One of our friendly staff members would be happy to answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon!