How to care for dental implants?

Dental implants are a great solution if you want comfortable natural looking teeth. As with any restorative procedure, you must have a good at home care routing to keep your smile looking great. Good oral hygiene is required with dental implants to increase the life of the implant.

The recovery time for dental implants is approximately four to six months while the bone fuses to your new implant. The recovery time may also vary if bone grafting is needed.

After the procedure, an at home care routine must begin. Tissue surrounding the affected teeth should remain pink and show no signs of infection. Oral hygiene is a key part in making sure your implants heal properly. Our team at Brian Gurinsky DDS, MS, will discuss what at home care routine is needed, to ensure your dental implants look and feel great for years.

Here are some guidelines to follow when caring for your dental implants:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily to remove any bacteria or plaque, and use a non-abrasive type brush. A soft tooth brush is ideal to use on dental implants.
  • Avoid any products containing stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, baking soda or stain removers. The oxide layer can be compromised if these products are used, and the implant can be prone to corrosion.
  • Non-abrasive paste should be used when brushing your teeth. This will prevent scratching the surface of the implant.
  • Floss daily using an implant specific floss. This will protect the tissue around the implants.
  • If inflammation is seen around the implants use a non-microbial rinse.
  • A Waterpik Water Flosser can be used to reduce inflammation and reach difficult areas around the implants.

Dental implants should be kept clean, and this can be done by following the care guidelines above. While you brush your teeth make sure to brush on all sides of the implant to cover all areas. If you care for your implants, they can last a very long time and provide a smile you are proud of.

With our assistance and a great at home care routine, you can lengthen the life of your dental implants and keep them looking great.

Please call or email Brian Gurinsky DDS, MS today to schedule your appointment and see how we can meet your dental implant needs.

How strong are dental implants compared to real teeth?

Dental implants can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly. If you are looking for a strong, permanent solution for your teeth, then dental implants may be right for you. Implants are the closest thing to having natural teeth in your mouth.  They not only look and feel natural, they are comfortable.

Implants are permanent, so there is no clicking or slipping, and they are easier for you to speak with. Before the procedure, one of the requirements our team will look for is adequate bone in the mouth. Having enough bone present will ensure the procedure is a success, and help the implants to last. If there is not enough bone, a procedure can be done to graft bone to the implant area. The bone graft will provide the support needed for pressure when chewing. Our team at Brian Gurinsky DDS, MS, will meet with you to discuss if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental implants are made of one of the strongest materials and are built to last upwards of 25 years. They are the strongest option for tooth replacement. Our staff will make sure you have an at home care routine to maintain the health of your implants. It is important to prevent any gum disease or inflammation around the implants so that they remain stable.

Dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option:

  • Implants are anchored to the bone rather than a tooth’s roots. This makes implants stronger, and they are able to withstand more pressure than natural teeth.
  • Dental implants will last for years but this also depends on the strength of the patient’s existing teeth and the bone strength in the mouth.
  • A bone graft procedure can be done to provide additional support and this can lengthen the life of the implants.
  • Implants are made of titanium and are stronger than natural teeth.
  • Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth and look great.

Please call or email Brian Gurinsky DDS, MS to schedule an appointment and see how we can meet your dental implant needs.

What are some of the advantages of dental LASER therapy?

If you notice you have inflammation or pain in your mouth or gums it may be time to consult with a Periodontist who can provide you with the options and benefits of a process called LASER therapy.  Gum disease is one of the most common diseases today. If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to receding gums and even tooth loss.

LASER therapy provides patients with a minimally invasive treatment to remove bacteria and tissue, while leaving the healthy gum intact. This process has shown a higher success rate compared to others, to regenerate bone growth and gum reattachment. In some cases, LASER therapy can reverse gum disease.

When you have to go through any surgery the recovery time can be rough and take a while.  The pain may also be intolerable with conventional surgery.  With dental LASER therapy you can get the results you need to regenerate gum tissue and bone growth. LASER therapy is a relatively quick procedure, and has less pain and recovery time.

Our LASER therapy minimizes any bleeding because the laser helps to clot exposed blood vessels. Because of this, the area heals faster and becomes stronger. Your worry about infection is less with LASER therapy because the laser beam sterilizes the area as it works. Good oral hygiene is important to keeping your mouth looking and feeling healthy after LASER therapy. Our team will provide you with instructions after your therapy to care for your mouth and gums at home.

A few advantages of dental LASER therapy are:

  • Minimally invasive laser therapy.
  • Laser is precise so surrounding areas are not affected.
  • Mild pain or discomfort.
  • Promotes periodontal regeneration.
  • Recovery is faster.
  • Less gum loss and swelling.
  • Less chance of infection.

Let our team at Brian Gurinsky DDS, MS help you get the healthy mouth and gums you have always wanted.

Call or email our office today to set up a consultation to evaluate your mouth and gums and determine how LASER therapy can benefit you.

What is the difference between a Periodontist and a DDS?

We all have choices when it comes to our dental care. Brian Gurinsky, DDS, MS strives to provide the most effective periodontal services available to our patients using state of the art technology.

It is important to understand the difference between a periodontist and a DDS or Doctor of Dental Surgery, so patients are aware of what services are available to them.

Periodontists specialize in soft tissue and bone disease, allowing the dentist to work on both the patient’s teeth and gums. They prevent, diagnose and treat periodontal disease, gingivitis, as well as any oral inflammation. Periodontist cases are usually more complex, and many patients are sent to them from a general dentist. Their main focus is on gum health, and treatment for any gum disease. They also specialize in the bone supporting the teeth.

We provide our patients with on time personalized care to ensure they have an exceptional experience. We will meet with you to go over any concerns you may have and advise the best treatment options to fit your periodontal needs.

Periodontal services are listed below:

  • Regenerative surgery or periodontal plastic surgery.
  • Deep pocket cleaning of the gums.
  • Bone grafting.
  • Soft tissue removal.
  • Crown lengthening.
  • Dental implant placement.
  • Some cases may involve oral surgery or treatment for an infected root on a tooth.

Periodontists complete a four year dental program, but then must complete an additional three years of postdoctoral training. Periodontics is one of nine specialty areas recognized by the American Dental Association.

A DDS or Doctor of Dental Surgery treats routine care, and their focus is on the general health of the mouth, teeth and gums. After completing their undergraduate degree, dentists must complete a four-year program, and then acquire their state license.

Here are a few services a DDS offers:

  • A DDS focuses on routine teeth cleanings, tooth decay, x-rays, and gum health.
  • They also perform root canals, crowns or bridges.
  • They handle tooth removal, injured or decaying teeth.
  • They are considered the general dentist for overall oral health, and also screen for oral cancer or disease.
  • Cosmetic services are also performed by a DDS such as teeth whitening, veneers or bonding.

In many cases a DDS may refer a patient to a periodontist for specialty services regarding gums or the bone supporting the teeth.

If your mouth is sore, and your gums are in need of help then you would want to go see a periodontist. Periodontitis or swollen sore gums can lead to diabetes or even cancer so it is important to pay attention to your symptoms and go see the proper specialist for treatment. Good oral hygiene and brushing and flossing twice a day is a great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Please call or email us today to schedule your appointment, and let us handle your periodontal needs.