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What Are Dental Implants Made Of?

September 30th, 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!

What Causes Gum Recession?

September 28th, 2019

What Causes Gum Recession?

Model image of gum recession in a human jaw

 

 

What are the gums?

The gums, or gingiva, is thick pink tissue that surrounds the base of the tooth. The gums are attached to the jawbone and when intact the gums cover the neck and root of the tooth. It is bound to the bone and the root surface of the tooth by strong fibers and ligaments. The gum tissue acts as an agent to protect the bone bacteria that can cause infections and inflammation that destroys this bone. 

What Does Receding Gums Mean?

Gum recession, or gingival recession, is when the protective gum tissue surrounding the teeth starts to wear away and lowers its resting position on the tooth. Gum recession is harmful to the tooth because it leaves the tooth exposed to food debris leaving it vulnerable to tooth decay.

 Causes of Gum Wear:

There are several factors that could be contributing to a receding gum line. Some are inherited and some may be physical reasons:

 

  • Periodontal diseases: Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by an infection from the bacteria that live in the plaque in between your teeth. Gum disease causes destruction to the bones and gum tissues that anchor your teeth. This weakens the gums ability to hold onto your teeth. As time goes on this can cause serious causes of recession

 

  • Aggressive- Brushing & Flossing: If you are brushing or flossing your teeth with too aggressive of force or if you are using a toothbrush that has too hard of bristles, you can physically cause the weakening of your gums. We recommend using a soft-bristle toothbrush and to be cautious of how much pressure you are applying when brushing or flossing.

 

  • Poor Dental Hygiene: Though over-brushing can physically cause the receding of gums, neglecting to brush or floss your teeth can also lead to gum recession. Slacking in your daily dental hygiene practices can cause plaque to build up and to turn into tartar. Tartar is a hard substance that discolors the teeth and can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. 

 

  • Clenching or Grinding Teeth: These habits put a lot of pressure on your teeth which can result in the receding of gums 
  • Position of the Teeth: When teeth overcrowd each other or do not align, gums are left more vulnerable & too much pressure can be placed on the gums or bones.
  • Genetics: Unfortunately, weak or thin gums can be passed through your family genes. It’s important to be aware of your family history to take extra good care of your gums.

 

  • Smoking & Tobacco Usage: Those who smoke and use tobacco products increase their risk of receding gums. 

 

  • Lip & Tongue Piercings: Piercings on the lip or tongue have direct contact with the gums, the act of jewelry rubbing & irritating the gums can cause gum recession. 

The Dangers & Health Risks Of A Receding Gum Line

When gum recessions occur, the root of the tooth becomes exposed to tooth decay and other serious problems. The root of a tooth does not have a layer of enamel to protect it. Enamel is a thin layer that protects the tooth from discoloration and the bacteria that causes tooth decay. In addition to this, gums play a vital role in keeping your teeth stabilized. Receding gum lines can also increase the risk of tooth loss, which ultimately affects the surrounding teeth as well. Healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth. Receding gums are not only a problem cosmetically but they lead to a lot of problems if left untreated.

Treatment

Depending on how your condition is diagnosed there are a variety of ways to get treated. Here at Delaware Periodontics, Dr. Bradford Klassman performs The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S., is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession.

 Contact Your Local Dover, De Periodontics Today!

Conveniently located in the greater Wilmington and Dover area, and easily accessible to surrounding areas. Delaware Periodontics offers quality treatments in periodontics and dental implantology. Our office is welcoming and relaxing, with convenient hours of operation and a friendly office environment.

Please contact us at (302) 658-7871 if you would like to schedule an appointment and find out more about the Pinhole® Surgical Technique!

Are Electric Toothbrushes Good for Me?

August 28th, 2019

Are Electric Toothbrushes Good for Me?

As your specialists when it comes to periodontal treatment in Wilmington DE and surrounding areas, we make it our goal here at Delaware Periodontics to give all our patients as healthy of a smile as possible. While we’re glad to provide the periodontal therapy necessary to improve the health of your teeth and gums, a truly healthy smile requires a great oral hygiene regimen as well. One thing that we commonly get asked about is whether electric toothbrushes are more beneficial in boosting a patient’s oral hygiene as opposed to manual toothbrushes. Unfortunately, there’s no set answer as to which is better; each has its own advantages. Having said that, we’d like to take the time to go over the pros and cons of using electric toothbrushes. 

Pros of Electric Toothbrushes

The most likely number one advantage of electric toothbrushes is that they can remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. This is especially important when it comes to making sure that your gums are healthy and preventing periodontal disease. If you’re already suffering from periodontal disease though, we’re glad to offer an assortment of periodontal treatments, LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) to help restore your gums to a healthier state.

There are several other reasons as to why someone may prefer to use an electric toothbrush over a manual one. Here are a few more of them:

  • Electric toothbrushes have built-in timers to let you know if you’ve been brushing the right amount of time.
  • Since the toothbrush vibrates on its own, all you have to do to clean your teeth is angle your brush in the right area and it’ll do all the work for you.
  • Kids and teenagers often find electric toothbrush more fun to use and may be more willing to brush regularly.

Cons of Electric Toothbrushes

As your center for periodontal treatment, we’ve noticed one major flaw when it comes to electric toothbrushes. If you tend to brush with a lot of pressure, electric toothbrushes can actually be harmful. Since they automatically vibrate at just the right amount of force, brushing with extra pressure can damage your gums and cause them to recede. It’s important to just angle your electric toothbrush at the area that you want to clean and allow the brush to do all the work. If, however, you end up causing your gums to recede because of aggressive brushing, our office offers periodontal gum surgery, such as pinhole gum rejuvenation, a safe and effective way to restore the health and appearance of your gums.

In addition to that, a few of the other cons of electric toothbrushes include the following:

  • Electric toothbrushes cost more.
  • They need to be constantly charged.
  • They have the potential to break.
  • It’s more inconvenient to take them when traveling.

Visit Your Delaware Periodontal Therapy Specialists!

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for periodontal gum surgery or any of our other services, feel free to give us a call at (302) 658-7871. Alternatively, you can schedule a visit by filling out our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you!

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

March 10th, 2019

young woman with a teeth broken and rotten

Periodontal Care in all of Delaware and surrounding areas.

Here at Delaware Periodontics, we are committed to providing expert periodontal and dental care services, including implants and laser gum treatment, to patients throughout the Wilmington & Dover areas. Our treatments are only one part of a healthy, beautiful smile, however. Here, we discuss the causes of crooked teeth.

Jaw Development & Oral Habits

The development of the jaw is one of the most important factors in how a smile will develop. In order for teeth to be straight, a wide palate and a straight dental arch must both be present. The jaw and cranial bones must develop correctly for these to occur. The posture, eating, and breathing as a child all affect the development of the jaw. This means that the causes of crooked teeth begin at a very young age. In addition, bad oral habits that are common in early childhood, such as thumb-sucking or using a pacifier, can cause bite issues, which contribute to crooked teeth.

Lip & Tongue Positioning

When at rest, the tongue should rest up against the palate, or upper jaw, and the facial muscles should hold the lips closed. To develop straight teeth, the muscles that connect to the jaw, base of the skull, spine, and throat should all function properly. If the tongue is in a lower or forward position, it can cause issues such as flaccidity or lack of mentalis muscle strain. Poor tongue and lip posture can lead to crooked teeth.

How Parents Can Help

As a parent, there are a few simple ways to help your child achieve healthy jaw growth and straight teeth before their permanent teeth emerge and crookedness becomes a problem:

  • Encourage your child to practice proper breathing: in through the nose, and out through the mouth.
  • Correct your child’s posture when necessary and encourage him or her to sit up straight
  • Monitor your child’s mouth in resting position and encourage proper tongue positioning (up against the palate) and closing of the lips.

Contact Your Wilmington & Dover, DE Periodontist Today!

The dedicated team of specialists here at Delaware Periodontics all share the same goal: to help patients throughout Wilmington, Dover, and the surrounding areas achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions related to oral development, oral health, or anything related to periodontics, we encourage you to call our office at (302) 658-7871 or request an appointment today. We can’t wait to hear from you!