Find out what makes up a dental implant and how they work.
Want to know more about getting dental implants from your St. Charles dentist Dr. John Isbrandt? Discover what makes a dental implant so successful in replacing a missing tooth!
Dental implants are made up of three different components:
- The implant
- The abutment
- A dental crown
The implant is the metal post that is placed into the jawbone and acts just like a tooth root. The key to what makes an implant successful lies in what it’s made from. Most implants are made from titanium. Titanium is known to have a unique relationship with natural human tissue and bones.
The implant is placed into a small hole drilled into the jawbone and then given several weeks to heal. During this time a process known as osseointegration takes place. This is when the surrounding bone and tissue bond and fuse with the implant, which is only possible because of the type of metal used. This is the basis for how a dental implant is so successful at replacing a missing tooth.
The abutment is screwed on top of the implant, where it sits above the gums. An abutment serves as a connector between the implant, which lies below the gums and the dental crown, which replaces your missing tooth. An abutment can be made from metal or porcelain, but porcelain tends to be more popular, as it looks more natural and tooth-like than its metal counterpart.
The Dental Crown
A dental crown is used for a multitude of cosmetic dental treatments including after root canal treatment or even to help support dental bridges. Your St. Charles dentist will also attach a dental crown to the abutment to permanently replace your missing tooth. While a dental crown can be made from everything from metal amalgam to ceramic, patients tend to choose options like porcelain, which are still durable but look more like a natural tooth.
Want to find out if dental implants are right for you? Then it’s time to schedule a consultation with your St. Charles dentist. Give our office a call today!
By now, you've probably heard about the fantastic new teeth straightening procedure John M. Isbrandt DDS, PC and other St. Charles, IL dentists are offering to their patients: Invisalign. Invisalign is truly like no other teeth straightening method out there. Read on to learn more about the benefits this fantastic new teeth straightening method can offer you.
Invisalign is Invisible
Many people visit a Dr. Isbrandt for Invisalign because they want their teeth straightened without the unsightliness of traditional metal braces. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are practically invisible. Wear it to work, to your children's soccer games, or out on a date! The aligners are clear and inconspicuous enough that no one has to know.
Invisalign is Removable
Invisalign aligners can also be taken out whenever you want. While you will still need to wear your aligners 18 to 22 hours every day, if you ever have a special occasion that you would really like to attend without your aligners, you can!
Invisalign is Easier to Clean
Cleaning your teeth is always important, but it is even more important when you have braces. Unfortunately, wearing braces also makes cleaning your teeth that much more difficult, as getting in between every wire and into every crevice can be difficult and time-consuming. Thankfully, cleaning your teeth with Invisalign is simple. Just remove your aligners and brush, floss and rinse like normal! Make sure that you clean your Invisalign aligners while you're at it too.
If you would love straighten your teeth, but you are concerned with how wearing metal braces will impact your life, you do have options. Call Dr. Isbrandt, your St. Charles Dentist, to discuss your treatment options, and to find out if you might be a good candidate for Invisalign today!
Oral cancer may not receive the publicity of other, better known, cancers, but that doesn't mean that it's any less dangerous. In fact, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of skin cancer and cervical cancer. Clearly, oral cancer isn't a condition that can just be ignored.
The problem with oral cancer isn't just that it claims so many lives, however. The problem is that too often the signs and symptoms of oral cancer don't show up until after the disease has already progressed. This means that many St. Charles residents may be at risk for or even have oral cancer, but they aren't visiting their dentist, John M. Isbrandt D.D.S., P.C., for treatment because they don't know that they have it.
Symptoms of oral cancer typically include dry or irritated patches on the throat, difficulty swallowing, decreased ability to move the tongue, swelling, numbness and pain. If you notice any of these symptoms of oral cancer, you need to visit your St. Charles dentist for an oral cancer screening right away.
On the other hand, if you don't have any of the above symptoms, does that mean that you aren't at risk for the disease? Unfortunately, it does not. Oral cancer generally begins to spread before there are any symptoms at all. This makes catching the disease early difficult, but not impossible.
The best way to prevent oral cancer is by visiting your St. Charles dentist for cleanings and oral cancer screenings regularly. Generally, patients need a cleaning twice a year and an oral cancer screening once a year. The process is quick and non-invasive, and it is essential for catching the disease early, when treatment options and expected outcomes are at their best.
If it's been a while since your last visit to Dr. Isbrandt, today is the day to change that. Call and schedule an appointment for a routine cleaning and oral cancer screening today. Your health may just depend on it.
If your dentist has diagnosed you with periodontal disease, this information will walk you through the process of treating it.
Periodontitis is a chronic oral inflammatory disease characterized by swelling of the gums and density loss of the bones surrounding the teeth. It causes receding gums, bad breath, and can lead to tooth loss in its later stages. Severe gum disease has also been linked with other more serious vascular problems such as stroke, heart attack and hardening of the arteries. Therefore, it is imperative that its process is arrested through the following techniques:
A dental hygienist at your St Charles dentist office will begin treating the periodontal disease by removing hardened tartar, also called calculus, from your tooth surfaces. Calculus cannot be removed by conventional brushing or flossing. This is done through a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, which involves using hand-held instruments that scrape the calculus off the teeth and away from the gums. Mild discomfort is common during and after the procedure; numbing agents can be used to alleviate this.
The bacteria that causes periodontal disease is unable to survive in oxygenated environments. Hydrogen peroxide, administered on the gum line through a water pick at your dentist's office, thoroughly cleans the areas where calculus had previously formed. At home, brushing gently with a hydrogen peroxide solution will prevent the growth of these pathogens. Because periodontitis is a chronic disorder, diligent routine maintenance at home is essential for keeping it at bay.
Occasionally an oral antibiotic (doxycycline) is prescribed to inhibit bone and tissue loss. Its side effects are generally mild, making it a good choice in helping to eradicate the disease-causing bacteria.
In critically advanced cases, surgery may be the only option. These procedures may involve grafting tissue or bone.
Although periodontitis is a serious infection, it is treatable and largely preventable with proper oral hygiene. Your Kane County dentist will discuss the degree of your diagnosis with you and help to plan a course of action to treat it.
Dental implants have become more and more popular over the years. In 1952 a surgeon found that a piece of titanium metal incorporated itself into bone tissue and couldn’t be removed. This led to dental surgeons using titanium to replace teeth by setting the metal in the jawbone of the mouth. The technology has advanced since then, offering patients a viable and permanent tooth replacement solution. Learn how to take care of your dental implants after they’re placed by St. Charles dental implants Dr. John M. Isbrandt DDS.
Once they’ve healed, your dental implants are just like the rest of your rooted teeth. That means that you have to treat them with the same care and consideration as the rest of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice or more per day to remove food particles from the surface of your dental implant, but take extra care to brush around the area where the gum meets the artificial tooth. This will help remove bacteria that can lead to tooth loss.
Floss around Your Implants
In addition to brushing, it’s important to floss around your tooth implants at least once per day; preferably before bed. As is the case with your original teeth, plaque can form at the base of the tooth that could cause infections and gum disease. If you want to keep your new tooth for a lifetime, take special care to floss thoroughly.
Improve Your Diet
Another way that you can take good care of your St. Charles dental implants is to better your diet. Eat more healthy snacks like grapes, raisins, carrots, celery and whole grains. Improving your overall health will help keep your gums healthy and strong so that they can support the implants for a lifetime.
Schedule Regular Checkups with Dr. Isbrandt
Once you have your tooth replacements, it’s also important that you maintain regular dental appointments. Dr. Isbrandt can do a more thorough cleaning to ensure that the implants stay healthy. Schedule your next appointment with St. Charles dental implants Dr. John M. Isbrandt DDS by calling (630) 584-8787 or visit http://www.jisbrandtdds.com to request a time online.
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John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
St. Charles, IL 60175