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By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
August 24, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Your teeth can take decades of daily biting and chewing and not miss a beat. But they do have a nemesis, dental disease, which can easily get the upper hand. As a result, millions of people lose teeth each year to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

But while both the living tissue that makes up teeth and gums are susceptible to bacterial attack, the non-living materials in a life-like dental implant are impervious to disease. That being the case, you would think your implants wouldn't need as much hygiene as your other teeth.

But they still do. True, implants in themselves aren't affected by infection, but the bone and other tissues that support them can become diseased. This often happens with advanced cases of gum disease.

There is, in fact, a particular form of gum infection associated with implants called peri-implantitis ("peri"—around; "it is"—inflammation), which occurs in the gums around an implant. Once it starts, peri-implantitis can advance at a rapid pace.

This is because implants don't have the gum attachment of real teeth, which can fight and slow the advance of a gum infection. Because an implant doesn't have this attachment, any infection around it continues virtually unimpeded. If the bone supporting an implant becomes infected, it can weaken to the point that the implant fails.

But this dire scenario can be avoided with continuing hygiene and maintenance of the gum tissues surrounding the implant. You should brush and floss every day around implants to remove dental plaque, the bacterial film most responsible for dental disease, just as you do with natural teeth.

It's also important to keep up regular dental visits for cleanings to remove lingering plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). Your dentist may also notice and clean away any residual cement from the restoration, which can also cause gum inflammation.

And, you should promptly see your dentist if you notice any telltale signs of a gum infection, such as swelling, redness or bleeding, especially around implants. The quicker we diagnose and treat a case of gum disease, particularly peri-implantitis, the less likely it will endanger your implant.

If you would like more information on maintaining dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
January 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Don’t let tooth loss affect your appearance. Dental implants can help.

Tooth loss is no joke. Losing several teeth can severely impact your ability to chew certain foods and affect your ability to speak. Over time, problems such as nutritional deficiencies, damaged natural teeth and digestive problems can set in. This is why it’s important to turn to our Eastpointe, MI, dentist Dr. Peter Jost as soon as possible to replace missing teeth. These days, millions of adults are rebuilding their smiles with dental implants. This is because this popular tooth replacement offers some unique and amazing benefits:

Replace All of Your Missing Teeth

Whether you need to replace a single tooth or an entire row of teeth, dental implants can help. Implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium, one of the most durable materials ever made. These implants are then placed into the jawbone by our Eastpointe, MI, family dentist, where they can support everything from a dental crown to your current set of dentures.

Get a Tooth That’s Just Like the Real Thing

We know just how important it is to have an artificial tooth that is as close to your natural teeth as possible, and you won’t find anything better than implants. Implants truly mimic the functionality and look of a real tooth. No one will be able to tell the difference and you’ll be able to comfortably and confidently speak and chew without worrying about your implant. After all, implants are made from the most durable and long-lasting materials, so they are actually stronger than natural teeth in many ways.

Have Your Smile Forever

As long as you practice good oral hygiene your dental implant is designed to last a lifetime. They boast a very high success rate and when they fuse together with bone and tissue, they offer a permanent artificial tooth that you could have the rest of your life. While it can take months to get your new restoration, many of our patients are so glad they did. They now have a strong, confident smile that they can show off for the rest of their lives.

Do you have questions about dental implants? Want to find out if this tooth replacement is right for you? If so, the dental team here at Eastpointe and St. Clair Shores, MI, can easily help you determine the best way to restore your smile. Call us today at (586) 771-1460 to schedule a consultation.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
January 06, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you may be curious about how long it might take. The answer depends on the health of your supporting bone.

Bone is an integral part of implant functionality as bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the newly placed implant to give it its characteristic strength. The implant also requires an adequate amount of bone to accurately position it for the best appearance outcome.

If the bone is sufficient and healthy, we can proceed with the surgical placement of the implant. The most common practice following surgery is to allow a few weeks for the bone integration described previously to take place before finally attaching the crown. With an alternative known as a “tooth in one day” procedure, we install a crown right after surgery, which gives you a full smile when you leave.

There's one caveat to this latter method, though—because the implant still requires bone integration, this immediate crown is temporary. It's designed to receive no pressure from biting or chewing, which could damage the still integrating implant. We'll install the permanent crown after the implant and bone have had time to fully mesh.

So, if your supporting bone is sound, the complete implant process may only take a few weeks. But what if it's not—what if you've lost bone and don't have enough to support an implant? In that case, the length of process time depends on the severity of the bone loss and if we're able to overcome it. In some cases, we can't, which means we'll need to consider a different restoration.

But it's often possible to regenerate lost bone by grafting bone material at the implant site. If the bone loss is moderate, it may take 2 to 4 months of regrowth after grafting before we can perform implant surgery. If it's more significant or there's disease damage to the socket, it may take longer, usually 4 to 6 months. It largely depends on the rate of bone regeneration.

In a nutshell, then, the health of your jaw's supporting bone has a lot to do with whether the implant process will take a few weeks or a few months. Regardless of the time, though, you'll gain the same result—new, functional teeth and a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on dental implant 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 “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Learn more about the unique advantages of getting dental implants.

Wondering what dental implants can do for your smile after tooth loss? So many people are turning to our Eastpointe, MI, dentist Dr. Peter Jost to get implants. To help you decide whether dental implants are right for you here are some of the benefits that this tooth replacement option can offer,

Built to Last a Lifetime

One of the reasons adults are turning to dental implants is because they want a tooth replacement that is going to last them a long time. Implants are built to not just be incredibly stable and durable, but also they are designed to last decades. This means that most people who maintain good oral hygiene and have implants can enjoy having this artificial tooth the rest of their life without ever needing to replace it.

Maintain a Healthy Jawbone

The jawbone shrinks after tooth loss and this deterioration will continue to occur over time, affecting the overall shape and structure of the face. Since a dental implant is placed right into the jawbone, it is designed to replace the roots of your teeth and prevents jawbone shrinkage. Since significant jawbone loss can occur in just the first year of tooth loss alone it is important that you see our Eastpointe, MI, family dentist for a consultation to determine the right tooth replacement option to fit your needs.

Enjoy Your Favorite Foods

We know how challenging mealtimes can be when you are missing one or more teeth. By getting a tooth replacement that functions and feels just like a real tooth and fully restores your bite not only will you feel confident going out to dinner again but you can also enjoy all those foods that were difficult to enjoy with missing teeth. Sink your teeth into the foods you love; your dental implant is more than up for the challenge.

Protect Neighboring Teeth

Since a dental implant is placed into the jawbone, where it fuses together with bone and tissue, this means that the implant doesn’t need to use neighboring teeth for support. This means that we can preserve the rest of your natural smile without having to alter it to accommodate your artificial tooth. We can leave adjacent teeth exactly as they are, minimizing the amount of dental work you need to receive in order to get implants.

If you want to discuss your candidacy for dental implants you’ve come to the right place. Call our Eastpointe, MI, dental practice today at (586) 771-1460 and let our dentist know that you are ready to get dental implants.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
February 01, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

Dr. Jost

Peter Jost, DDS, PC

Dr. Jost is a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he received first- rate training in all aspects of general dentistry.  In 1983

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