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By James C. Lewis, DMD
November 24, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you have not heard of a dental implant, you might like to if you have a missing tooth or even multiple missing teeth and the idea of wearing dentures or a dental bridge does not appeal to you. At our New Port Richey office, our dental implant dentists specialize in creating the crown portion of the dental implant.

Dental implants are actually pretty smart creations that have evolved over the past 50 years or so. Essentially, they re-create the structures you had before you lost your tooth with artificial ones. Once completed, the dental implant consists of a titanium tooth root, an abutment or connector portion and a dental crown that attaches to the abutment. The result is a tooth that is sturdier than a denture and does not require making changes to the surrounding teeth like a bridge does.

While the cosmetic benefits of dental implants may sound enough for anyone to say "sign me up!" there are some additional and somewhat surprising reasons to consider a dental implant as a tooth replacement option.

1. Prevents Jawbone Loss

Did you know that your jawbone is a use-it-or-lose it bone? If you lose a tooth, the area of jawbone where the tooth once implanted may start to recede. This can have the unwanted consequence of causing the shape of your face to change and your surrounding teeth to start shifting. Because a dental implant is implanted into the jaw, the jawbone should not recede. This lets you maintain your facial shape and keeps your pearly whites aligned.

2. (Most) Dental Implants Last A Lifetime

In a world where nothing seems built to last, dental implants are an exception. While a dental bridge may last upwards of a decade, the dental implant itself is intended to last a lifetime once implanted. This is why dental implants can ultimately be a cost-effective choice and also why patient selection is so important. Dr. James Lewis must look at a patient's overall health and hygiene to ensure the implant will be a success.

3. Dental Implants Won't Decay

While you natural teeth are subject to damage and decay, dental implants do not experience the same ill effects. While you definitely must continue to care for your gums and surrounding healthy teeth, you do not have to worry about decay setting in for your prized dental implant.

For more information about dental implants at our New Port Richey dentist's office, please call (727) 372-7887.


ActressFlorenceHendersonSharesHerSecretsforKeepingYourNaturalTeethasYouAge

Florence Henderson is a multi-talented actress most recognized for her role as Carol Brady on The Brady Brunch, one of the longest-running situational comedies. In fact, this role earned her the title of America's Favorite TV Mom and her first TV Land Pop Culture Icon award, which is on permanent display in the National Museum of American History.

During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Henderson discussed her oral health as well as her role as spokesperson for Polident (denture cleanser) — even though she does not have dentures. Henderson attributes her beautiful, natural smile to prevention. “Flossing, brushing and regular dental checkups are vital if you want to keep your teeth,” she said, adding, “I always have mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush on the set.”

Similar to the great advice “Carol Brady” shared on television, Henderson's advice on oral hygiene is spot-on. We agree that an effective educational approach to oral hygiene and diet is essential to keeping teeth for a lifetime.

The first step is to ensure you have a proper brushing and flossing technique. We can go over these during your next office visit. Our goal is to ensure that you are applying the ideal amount of pressure and motion because gum tissues are soft and can easily be damaged. And you should never use a hard-bristled toothbrush or saw at your gums and teeth when brushing. The best technique is a modified, gentle scrub where you hold a well-designed, multi-tufted toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line to gently wiggle/scrub your teeth clean.

As for flossing, you should do it at least once daily to remove the plaque buildup that occurs in the protected areas between teeth where your toothbrush can't reach and where periodontal (gum) disease and dental caries (cavities) start and progress. Many people are shocked to learn that over 50% of the accumulation of plaque occurs in these areas.

To learn more about proper oral hygiene, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Hygiene Behavior.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and discuss what treatment options will be best for you. And to read the entire interview with Florence Henderson, please see the article “Florence Henderson.”


By James C. Lewis, DMD
November 03, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
WhatAthletesHavetoTellUsAboutOralHealth

Considering all the intensive conditioning, practice and training they do, most people would expect elite athletes to be… well… healthy. And that’s generally true — except when it comes to their oral health. A major study of Olympic contenders in the 2012 London games showed that the oral health of athletes is far worse than that of the general population.

Or to put it more succinctly: “They have bodies of Adonis and a garbage mouth.”

That comment, from Dr. Paul Piccininni, a practicing dentist and member of the International Olympic Committee’s medical commission, sums up the study’s findings. In terms of the numbers, the report estimates that about one in five athletes fared worse in competition because of poor oral health, and almost half had not seen a dentist in the past year. It also found that 55 percent had cavities, 45 percent suffered from dental erosion (excessive tooth wear), and about 15 percent had moderate to severe periodontal (gum) disease.

Yet, according to Professor Ian Needleman of University College, London, lead author of the study, “Oral health could be an easy win for athletes, as the oral conditions that can affect performance are all easily preventable.”

Many of the factors that had a negative impact on the athletes are the same ones that can degrade your own oral health. A follow-up paper recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine identified several of these issues. One is a poor diet: The consumption of excessive carbohydrates and acidic foods and beverages (including sports drinks) can cause tooth decay and erosion of the protective enamel. Another is dehydration: Not drinking enough water can reduce the flow of healthy saliva, which can add to the damage caused by carbohydrates and acids. The effects of eating disorders (which are more commonly seen in certain sports, such as gymnastics) can also dramatically worsen an individual’s oral health.

Sound familiar? Maybe it’s because this brings up some issues that dentists have been talking about all along. While we don’t mean to nag, this study does point out that even world-class competitors have room for improvement with their oral hygiene. How about you? Whether you’re a triathlete in training, a weekend warrior or an armchair aficionado, good oral health can have a major effect on your well-being.

If you have additional questions about oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. For more information, see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”




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