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By Western Slope Dental Center
January 25, 2019
Category: Oral Health
WhyYouShouldStillFlosswithanImplant-SupportedBridge

Losing teeth to tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease is never easy. But with implant-supported bridgework, you can regain lost function and appearance with a restoration that could last for many years.

Don’t think, though, that dental disease woes are a thing of the past with your new implants. Although your restoration itself can’t be infected, the supporting gums and underlying bone can, often through bacterial plaque accumulating around the implants. The bone that supports the implants could deteriorate, dramatically increasing your chances of losing your restoration.

It’s essential, then, that you keep the area between the bridge and gums clean of plaque through daily hygiene. This definitely includes flossing around the implants.

Flossing with an implant-supported bridge will be different than with natural teeth: instead of flossing between teeth you’ll need to thread the floss between the bridge and gums. Although this is a bit more difficult, it can be done with the help of a floss threader, a device with a loop on one end and a long, thin plastic point on the other—similar to a sewing needle.

To use it, thread about 18” of floss through the loop and then pass the threader’s thin end first through the space between the bridge and gums toward the tongue until the floss threader pulls through. You can then take hold of one end of the floss and then pull the threader completely out from beneath the bridge. Then, you wrap the ends around your fingers as you would normally and thoroughly floss the implant surfaces you’re accessing. You then release one end of the floss, pull out the remainder, rethread it in the threader and repeat the process in the next space between implants.

You also have other hygiene tool options: prefabricated floss with stiffened ends that thread through the bridge-gum space that you can use very easily; or you can purchase an interproximal brush that resembles a pipe cleaner with thin plastic bristles to access the space and brush around the implants.

Some patients also find an oral irrigator, a handheld device that sprays a pressurized stream of water to loosen and flush away plaque, to be an effective way of keeping this important area clean. But that said, oral irrigators generally aren’t as effective removing dental plaque as are floss or interproximal brushes.

Whatever flossing method you choose, the important thing is to choose one and practice it every day. By keeping bacterial plaque from building up around your implants, you’ll help ensure you won’t lose your restoration to disease, so it can continue to serve you for many years to come.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental work, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldBoostYourJawboneHealth

People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Western Slope Dental Center
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantHave you lost a tooth? Grand Junction, CO, dentists Drs. Brandon and William Berguin and Kira Funderburk of Western Slope Dental Center help their patients restore their smiles with dental implants. These implants will fill the gap in your smile and improve your biting ability! Although most people are good candidates for implants, there are a few things you'll need to consider before starting the implant process.

Is Your Jawbone Strong and Deep?

Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in openings made in your jawbone. The implants bond to your jawbone over the course of several months and are topped with dental crowns that fill in the spaces between your teeth.

Good jawbone depth and strength is particularly important, as your implant may fail if your jawbone cannot adequately support it. Luckily, it's often possible to build up weak or shallow jawbones with bone grafts.

Do You Have Any Health Problems?

Although most health problems won't prevent you from getting an implant, any condition or disease that slows your body's ability to heal may prevent you from restoring your smile with an implant. If you have an immune system disorder or take medications that suppress your immune system function, implants may not be a good idea for you. Smoking or uncontrolled diabetes may also interfere with your body's ability to heal quickly.

Have You Had Gum Disease or Another Oral Health Problem?

Dental implants offer an excellent restoration option if you've lost teeth due to gum disease. However, before you can receive your implant, your Grand Junction dentist must be satisfied that you've healed completely. They may also suggest beginning the implant process after treating other oral health issues.

Are You Looking for an Alternative to Removable Dentures?

In addition to restoring one or two missing teeth, dental implants can also help make your dentures more comfortable. Given that implants are securely anchored to your jawbone, your dentures won't slip or slide when you eat. Implant-supported dentures also don't significantly decrease your biting power as removable dentures can, which means that you won't have to give up your favorite foods.

Interested? Call Today!

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Grand Junction, CO, dentists Drs. Brandon and William Berguin and Kira Funderburk of Western Slope Dental Center at (970) 241-3483 to schedule your appointment.

By Western Slope Dental Center
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Let dental implants restore your smile by filling in the gaps from missing teeth. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option.dental implants They look just like natural teeth and perform normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing. Once placed, dental implants are permanently affixed in place and will not loosen or fall out when speaking or eating. At Western Slope Dental Center, Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. Kira Funderburk, and Dr. William Berguin are your dentists for dental implants in Grand Junction, CO.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants consist of three components: a metal implant, an abutment, and a dental crown. The metal implant is placed below the gum line and functions like a root anchoring the artificial tooth in place. The dental crown is placed above the gum line and is a replacement tooth. Crowns look like natural teeth and can perform natural biting and chewing functions. The abutment is a connecting piece that joins the metal implant and crown together. Once the procedure is complete, the crown is the only portion of the dental implant that is visible.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are several other options for replacing missing teeth, such as dentures or bridgework. However, dental implants have several advantages over other tooth replacement options. For instance, there is no need to apply a messy dental adhesive every day to hold the implants in place, as is the case with certain types of dentures. Since dental implants fuse to the jaw bone, they always remain in place like healthy natural teeth. Your dentist for dental implants in Grand Junction can help you decide if they are right for you. Benefits of dental implants include:

  • Restore your smile
  • Fill in gaps from missing teeth
  • Installation is permanent
  • Dental adhesives not needed
  • Look like natural teeth
  • Function like natural teeth
  • No risk of shifting out of place

Dental implants can restore your smile and give you back a full set of teeth. For dental implants in Grand Junction, CO, schedule an appointment with Dr. Berguin, Dr. Funderburk, or Dr. Berguin by calling Western Slope Dental Center at (970) 241-3483.

By Western Slope Dental Center
June 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   tooth loss  

When you are missing teeth, you have gaps in your smile. Your smile is not the only thing affected by tooth loss, though. Other problems dental implantscan develop, as well. Tooth functioning in the remaining natural teeth can be compromised when other teeth are missing. Fortunately, there is a solution. Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth, complete your smile and restore tooth functioning. In Grand Junction, CO, dental implants can be installed by Dr. Berguin or Dr. Kira of Western Slope Dental Center.

Dental Implants

Dental implants replace not just missing teeth, but their roots as well. A dental implant consists of three parts, the implant, an abutment and the crown. The implant is made of hypoallergenic metal and is fused to the jaw bone below the gum line. The metal implant acts as the root and anchors the entire dental implant in place. The crown can be made from porcelain or other materials and replaces the actual tooth. Crowns look and function just like natural teeth. The abutment joins the implant and crown together but is not visible once the crown is installed.

Restoring Your Smile

Dental implants restore your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. There are other options for replacing missing teeth, but dental implants offer advantages over other options. For instance, dentures can come loose or slip out of place. Since they are permanently fused to the jaw bone, dental implants will not loosen or slip out while talking, eating or drinking. Ask a dentist in Grand Junction if dental implants are right for you.

Correcting Damage from Tooth Loss

In addition to restoring your smile, dental implants can correct damage from tooth loss. Following the loss of some teeth, the remaining teeth take on more work performing such functions as biting and chewing. This can put added strain on those teeth, causing them to become worn down. Dental implants give you a full set of functioning teeth again so that biting and chewing functions are evenly distributed across all teeth. Speech can improve, as well. When there are no gaps, tongue placement when speaking can return to normal.

Dental implants can accomplish several things, including restoration of your smile, correcting damage from tooth loss and improving speech. For installation of dental implants in Grand Junction, CO, schedule an appointment with Dr. Berguin or Dr. Kira by calling Western Slope Dental Center at (970) 241-3483.