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By Garner Family Dentistry
January 09, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Implant-supported fixed bridges are growing in popularity because they offer superior support to traditional bridges or dentures. They can also improve bone health thanks to the affinity between bone cells and the implants' titanium posts.

Even so, you'll still need to stay alert to the threat of periodontal (gum) disease. This bacterial infection usually triggered by dental plaque could ultimately infect the underlying bone and cause it to deteriorate. As a result the implants could loosen and cause you to lose your bridgework.

To avoid this you'll need to be as diligent with removing plaque from around your implants as you would with natural teeth. The best means for doing this is to floss around each implant post between the bridgework and the natural gums.

This type of flossing is quite different than with natural teeth where you work the floss in between each tooth. With your bridgework you'll need to thread the floss between it and the gums with the help of a floss threader, a small handheld device with a loop on one end and a stiff flat edge on the other.

To use it you'll first pull off about 18" of dental floss and thread it through the loop. You'll then gently work the sharper end between the gums and bridge from the cheek side toward the tongue. Once through to the tongue side, you'll hold one end of the floss and pull the floss threader away with the other until the floss is now underneath the bridge.

You'll then loop each end of the floss around your fingers on each hand and work the floss up and down the sides of the nearest tooth or implant. You'll then release one hand from the floss and pull the floss out from beneath the bridge. Rethread it in the threader and move to the next section of the bridge and clean those implants.

You can also use other methods like specialized floss with stiffened ends for threading, an oral irrigator (or "water flosser") that emits a pressurized spray of water to loosen plaque, or an interproximal brush that can reach into narrow spaces. If you choose an interproximal brush, however, be sure it's not made with metal wire, which can scratch the implant and create microscopic crevices for plaque.

Use the method you and your dentist think best to keep your implants plaque-free. Doing so will help reduce your risk of a gum infection that could endanger your implant-supported bridgework.

If you would like more information on implant-supported bridges, 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 “Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework.”

By Garner Family Dentistry
October 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Garner Family Dentistry
May 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Discover the many advantages of choosing dental implants in Mount Pleasant, SC.

As an adult, the last thing you think about is tooth loss; however, it happens more often then you might think. Fortunately, our Mount dental implantsPleasant, SC, family dentist Dr. Cynthia Garner makes it easy to replace missing teeth. Sure, we know nothing can truly take the place of a natural smile; however, dental implants truly come in a close second.

Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental implants in Mount Pleasant, SC:

A Full, Complete Smile

We know how important it is to have a full beautiful smile back. While we do offer several ways in which to treat your tooth loss, if you want to get an artificial tooth that is as close to natural teeth as possible then it’s time you considered getting dental implants. Dental implants are the closest you can come to having real teeth.

Restored Chewing and Speech

Once you’ve replaced your missing tooth or teeth we know you want them to stay put when chewing or speaking. Dentures can often shift around in the mouth, making it difficult and sometimes embarrassing to talk to those around you or even properly chew your food; however, since dental implants naturally fuse together with the jawbone you won’t have to worry about your implant going anywhere. It’s the strongest and most reliable tooth replacement.

Renewed Confidence

We know how quickly your confidence levels can plummet when you have gaps in your smile. By getting dental implants in Mount Pleasant, SC, we can ensure that you will feel a major boost to your self-esteem. Imagine no longer being embarrassed to smile, enjoy your favorite foods or talk with colleagues and potential work clients? Dental implants can give you back the self-confidence you lost when you lost your permanent tooth.

A Lifelong Restoration

First of all, dental implants are built tough. They are made from strong, thick titanium, which is then surgically placed into the jawbone where over the course of several months, the jawbone and gum tissue will naturally grow around and fuse with the implant, making it a strong foundation from which to support an artificial tooth. Since the implant fuses together with natural elements of your mouth, it should go without saying that with the proper care this restoration could end up lasting the rest of your life.

Are you ready to find out how dental implants could benefit you? Ready to take the next step? If so, call Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, today and schedule your consultation with us.

By Garner Family Dentistry
May 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

The month of May has been designated “Better Speech & Hearing Month” by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Why would this be of interest to dental professionals? Because teeth are vital for good speech, and missing teeth can make it very hard to speak properly.

Speech is all about sounds, and forming sounds correctly requires proper positioning of oral structures such as the lips, tongue and teeth. For example, there are some words that are almost impossible to pronounce correctly without touching your tongue to your teeth. In fact, one of the hardest words to say without teeth…is teeth!

Missing teeth can affect speech indirectly as well, by reducing self-confidence. People who are missing front teeth often develop the habit of talking behind their hand or mumbling to avoid revealing the gap in their smile. Not being able to speak clearly and confidently can affect not only your appearance, but also your job prospects and social life. So what can you do about missing teeth?

Dental implants are today’s preferred tooth-replacement method. Implants are small titanium posts that are inserted in the jaw bone beneath your gums. They serve as “roots” to hold realistic-looking prosthetic (artificial) teeth in place. Implants can be used to replace one tooth, a group of teeth, or an entire row of teeth (upper or lower). Sometimes a dental implant can be placed the same day a failing tooth is removed so that you won’t need a second surgical procedure.

The healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap can also be used to support one or more replacement teeth. This method, called bridgework, can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row. Another option is removable dentures, which do not stay in the mouth all the time.

Each of these options has its benefits and risks. We’d be happy to discuss all of them in detail and help you decide which would be best in your own situation. To learn more about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “New Teeth in One Day.”

By Garner Family Dentistry
March 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Missing teeth? One or more missing teeth can take away from the smile that's really you and it can have many negative effects on your dental implantsoral health. Dr. Cynthia Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, offers dental implants to her patients. Read on to find out how dental implants can improve your smile.

Transform Your Smile- Are you embarrassed to smile? Missing teeth makes people appear older than they really are. Dental implants will improve your appearance and make you look years younger. Remember, it's never too late to beautify your smile. 

Help You Chew Food- Just a few missing teeth can make it difficult for people to chew their food. Dental implants will restore your ability to chew food. Dental implants feel and function like real teeth. Dental implants will allow you to eat the foods you love with confidence. Teeth restored with implants are teeth that let you lead your life.

Improve Your Speech- Missing teeth can make it difficult for people to pronounce certain words. Dental implants can improve your clarity of speech. With new dental implants, you will feel confident while speaking in public. Dental implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. 

Preserve Your Jawbone- When teeth are missing from the jaw, the jawbone shrinks because it is no longer stimulated by your tooth roots. Dental implants stimulate the growth of new bone and prevent jawbone deterioration. 

Prevent Shifting of Teeth- Once a tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth begin to shift. Dental implants restore lost teeth and help prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. Dental implants go in the jawbone and will not impact your natural teeth. If you want to prevent oral health problems, ask your Mount Pleasant dentist Dr. Garner if dental implants are an option for you.

Are you ready to make your smile whole again? Call Garner Family Dentistry at (843) 884-6002 to schedule a dental appointment in Mount Pleasant, SC. Dental implants won't just enhance your smile; they will also change your life for the better!