Dental Implant Rescue with Dr. Suzanne Caudry
Dental implants are a godsend to people living with damaged teeth or who have lost teeth in an accident. They restore people's smiles as well as they people's confidence in themselves. With proper care, they can last an individual's entire lifetime.
That said, implants are not immune to troubles. Like natural teeth, your overall oral health matters immensely to the health of your implants. Unexpected mishaps and accidents can also damage implants, resulting in a chipped crown or other reparations.
Thankfully, many professional periodontists like Dr. Caudry can rescue dental implants from the brink. The ins and outs of the dental implant procedure are quite interesting-much like dental implants themselves. That is why we have decided to devote some time to inform you and the rest of our readers about dental implants, implant repair, our facilities, and all things implant-related.
Should you have any questions at any point during the reading of this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our staff at (416) 928-3444. Knowledge is power, and we want our current and future patients to be as empowered as can be.
Dental Implant Failure: What Can Happen?
Dental implants, like natural teeth, can easily fall victim to any variety of harmful bacteria. These bacteria can lead to any number of infections. The most serious of these infections is known as Peri-Implantitis.
Peri-implantitis refers to bone loss as a result of oral infections. This is an infection that impacts all individuals differently. For some, bone loss occurs very slowly, while it progresses rapidly in others.
If caught early enough, peri-implantitis treatment can save your dental implant and also restore your oral health.
What Causes Peri-Implantitis?
Peri-implantitis arises as a result of anything that fosters the bacteria growth in the mouth or around the gums. Individuals predisposed to infections might be at greater risk of developing the infection. For those individuals, we recommend that they pay attention to the health of their implant very closely. Floss regularly, brush consistently, and schedule frequent cleanings with your dentist.
As one might have suspected, this infection can also come if one fails to brush and floss consistently. New implants need to be looked after, much like regular teeth. Patients need to know how to brush and floss not only consistently but also properly. Improper brushing and flossing can be just as detrimental to an individual's teeth as zero brushing can be!
Dental Implant Specialists to the Rescue
With a 98% success rate, clients walk into our facilities feeling at ease with their decision to undergo implant surgery. So long as individuals have a clean bill of health and take necessary precautions, life with an implant progresses very much like life with a natural, healthy tooth.
Sometimes, however, an implant might require further treatments. Improper hygienic practices, a decline in overall health, and oral trauma can compromise an implant. In such instances, qualified oral surgeons such as Dr. Caudry are here to help.
Signs Your Dental Implants Need Attention
As we have already mentioned, dental implants are not immune to damages of their own. As is the case with natural teeth, there are ways to spot dental troubles before matters worsen and require you to replace your implant altogether.
Sensitive Implant Sites
Does the site of the implant hurt when you gently close your mouth or chew solid food? As is the case with an infected natural tooth, this could be a sign that you require the expertise of periodontists such as Dr. Caudry.
Swelling Around the Implant Site
Does the area around the dental implant look swollen? Does the area feel swollen or have a deep, reddish color to it? If your gums appear to be inflamed, that could be a sign that an infection has developed around the dental implant. Such instances of infection require professional attention.
Discharge and Pus
Have you noticed any discharge around the implant site? Don't ignore these secretions, as they could be an indicator that the infection is progressing.
Unpleasant Smell or Taste
Have you noticed a peculiar or unfamiliar odor, even after brushing and flossing? What many might dismiss as 'bad breath' could actually stem from issues related to a gum infection or oral trauma. Often times, an unfamiliar taste will also accompany this odor. Have you noticed these changes in your mouth?
Gum recession can be difficult to identify. Recession happens so gradually that people may not notice a problem until gums have recessed to the point of requiring the attention of an oral surgeon. If your teeth look longer than usual, it's not your teeth that are increasing in size-your gums are receding.
Have your gums lost their flush, pink appearance? Has their color changed to something darker and deeper? Gum discoloration is always a strong sign that something is amiss. Thankfully, if you catch this issue early enough, you can correct the problem.
It is also worth noting that infection and bone loss can occur around the implant site without any signs or obvious symptoms. That is why we advocate regular visits to the dentist and diligent hygienic practices. Think of your new tooth as an investment you ought to protect!
Your new implant, like any other part of your body, must be looked after and treated properly. Keep an eye on your teeth-early detection of oral health issues can save you lots of time and stress.
Learn More About Dental Implant Rescue
The world of implantology is changing every day. Many of these changes come about because of great minds like Dr. Caudry and countless dedicated practitioners around the globe. Dr. Caudry has long been at the forefront of dentistry, and we are confident she and her staff will continue paving the way for years to come.
Would you like to learn more about dental implants, the rescue process, or any of the other services we offer? If so, do not hesitate to contact us at (416) 928-3444 today.