Research suggests that diseases of the gums may be passed through saliva.
This means that family members are at risk of contracting periodontal disease from another family member. Based on this study, the British Society of Periodontology takes into account that the treatment of gum disease may involve the whole family. Therefore, when one family member has a gum problem all family members must have a dental screening done to find out the status of their oral health.
A variety of dental repair work or corrections can be for us adults once in our lifetime. Unfortunately, the same is not so for children, dentists have to plan their course carefully because the mouth can and will change as the kid continues to grow. Hence implants only become an option in their adolescence at the time their jaw stops growing.
A commonly requested dental work by us grownups, are dental implants. Advances in dentistry have come to a point where these are not only routine procedures, but in many cases are the standard of care. In fact, more than 50% of those who are in the oral surgical practice dedicate their talent to dental implant therapy. This is expected to continue growing as parents often come to the clinic requesting dental implants themselves and information for other family members.
What is a dental implant?
It is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. A small titanium screw serves as the replacement for the root part of a missing tooth while the visible portion is a dental prosthesis in the shape of the patient’s tooth. Titanium is used because it supports the process called osseointegration, which is a process where a material fuses with the bone. This makes titanium a good anchor for dental prosthesis. Dental implants are used to replace single or multiple missing teeth.
Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants. You are an ideal candidate if you fit the following criteria:
– You have healthy gums.
– There is enough bone in your jaw to hold the implant.
– You have zero no periodontal disease.
How to take care of dental implants?
Though dental implants may be made of strong materials, this doesn’t mean it’s not resistant to damage. There is a possibility that your tooth can loosen and come off unexpectedly. It happened to Sharon Osbourne last December 2014 while she was a guest on a talk show. A damaged or scratched implant surface can be breeding the ground for bacteria. Even hard scrubbing when brushing your teeth can scratch the dental surface of implants. When this happens, the surrounding gum tissue becomes infected. Implants may even require removal when not cared for properly.
It is, therefore, imperative to take good care of your implant the way you take care of your natural teeth. Therefore, when flossing always use dental floss, not sharp objects such as safety pins, paper clips, or toothpick. Use a toothbrush that has soft filaments and brush your teeth softly. With good oral hygiene and regular dental appointments, periodontal diseases can be stopped in its tracks.