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By Western Slope Dental Center
July 22, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Ever wonder why you're seeing more advertisements for dental implants? On TV, in magazines, and on highway billboards, it's hard to miss all the publicity these dental restorations have been getting lately. There's a good reason for all the excitement - dental implants have gained a deserving reputation for being the longest-lasting and most attractive way to replace missing permanent teeth. Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. Kira Funderburk, and Dr. William Berguin of Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO, are here to explain more about dental implants and answer some questions they commonly hear from patients who are considering them.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care, your dental implants can last several decades or as long as a lifetime. While they can't decay, the bone and gum tissue around them needs to be healthy in order to support them. Brushing and flossing each day and taking time to visit your Grand Junction dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup are all that's needed to keep your dental implants stable and looking great for many years to come.

Are dental implants expensive?

It may seem at first that dental implants are more costly than other restorations. However, when considering the permanence of dental implants versus the cost of routine adjustments, maintenance, and replacements on bridges, crowns, and dentures, dental implants from your Grand Junction dentist make good financial sense. They are, simply put, an investment in the future of your dental health. Financing is available through a third party for those who qualify. Some insurance companies offer partial coverage on dental implants; our office staff can work with you to determine your options.

Do dental implants hurt?

For most patients, the amount of time and anesthesia needed to place a dental implant post is on par with getting a cavity filled. Your Grand Junction dentist will make sure that the placement site is thoroughly numb before beginning the procedure. Typically, all that's needed afterwards is a mild analgesic, such as ibuprofen, to offset any discomfort. Downtime and restrictions are not usually necessary because the placement site is filled in with the post and doesn't leave an open wound to maintain.

To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO, to make an appointment with one of our dental team members.

By Western Slope Dental Center
March 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Multiple Dental ImplantsThe healthiest tooth restoration method available, dental implants feel, look, and act just like real teeth. At Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO, Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. Kira Funderburk and Dr. William Berguin complete gapped smiles with innovative implants to replace one, two, or all of a patient's teeth. Get the details here!

 

Your best smile

No decay, no gum disease, no gaps. However, problems can crop up from time to time—even tooth loss, no matter how hard we work to avoid it. Along with tooth loss comes gum and bone degradation which changes how your face looks and how healthy your remaining teeth are as time goes by.

Dental implants from your dentist in Grand Junction imitate what those lost teeth used to do for you, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak without worry or the need for messy denture adhesives.

How can a titanium screw, metal post, and porcelain crown do all that? The key is titanium metal. Human bone loves it and readily bonds to it through osseointegration. As an implant site heals, the surgically-placed device and the jaw bone meld securely and permanently, acting just as a natural tooth root does.

While osseointegration does take time, the results are fantastic and reliable. Dental implants can last for 40 to 50 years, and few things threaten their reliability. Just keep up with your good at-home hygiene, and come to Western Slope Dental Center for check-ups and cleanings twice a year. Additionally, avoid grinding your teeth and smoking, and your implants will stay safe, secure, and totally functional!

 

Is the treatment difficult?

Not at all! It simply takes a consultation, an operation, and a followup.

Your dentist will tell you if you are a good candidate for this inventive tooth replacement. Expect a complete oral examination, digital X-ray imaging, and a thorough assessment of your jaw bone, for you must have enough bone to accept the implant. If your bone is thin, you may need to undergo a simple augmentation procedure to strengthen the jaw bone before your implant treatment.

For a single-tooth implant, your dentist will numb the site and insert the titanium device directly into the jaw bone. You will then wait several weeks before returning to the office for placement of the post and crown. At that time, your implant will be fully integrated and usable.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

For additional information and to arrange your appointment with us, call our Grand Junction office at (970) 241-3483. You can have a great smile again with dental implants!

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.