Posts for: December, 2016

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
December 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in LaGrange wants you to know

You’ve made an investment in your smile and now you have dental implants. You’re worried about what to do now. How do you take dental implantscare of your dental implants so they last a lifetime? Dr. James Maragos in LaGrange, IL wants to share his knowledge of how you can keep your dental implants looking beautiful throughout your life.

Fortunately, caring for your dental implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth; and just like your natural teeth, practicing excellent oral hygiene habits is critically important to the beauty and longevity of your smile.

Rarely, a dental implant can fail due to lifestyle issues like smoking, or infection due to improper oral hygiene. It’s important to remove plaque from the implant, just like your natural teeth. That’s because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins cause inflammation and infection in your soft tissue and bone.

Dr. Maragos wants you to remember these important ways to protect your dental implants and your smile:

Brush regularly, ideally after each meal and before bed; a sonic or electric toothbrush can be very helpful to flush bacteria and food away from your dental implants and teeth.

Floss daily using floss threaders or loops if you have an implant-supported dental appliance; if you have a single-tooth implant, you can floss it normally, just like your natural teeth.

Antimicrobial and fluoride rinses can help to control bacteria around your implants and strengthen the dental enamel of your natural teeth.

Professional cleanings are a vital part of dental implant care. You should visit Dr. Maragos every 3 to 6 months for cleanings, and at least yearly for a dental exam including x-rays. Regular dental exams can ensure small dental problems are corrected before they become major dental issues.

Dental implants are an investment in your smile, and you deserve to get the best return on your investment. You want your dental implants to last, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime! Take care of your smile and call Dr. Maragos in LaGrange, IL. To find out more about dental implant care, call today!

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
December 17, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious matter. Not only can it wreak havoc with your gums, it could also cause bone loss in the jaw that supports your teeth.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that originates from a thin film of food particles on tooth surfaces called plaque. If you're not diligent about removing plaque through daily brushing and flossing, it can become a feeding ground for certain strains of bacteria that trigger gum infections. Left untreated, the disease can advance deeply into the teeth's supporting structures.

We're particularly concerned about furcations, the specific locations where multiple roots of a tooth fork or separate. When these locations become infected we call it a furcation involvement or invasion. The bone along the furcation will begin to deteriorate and dissolve, following a progression of stages (or classes) we can measure by probing the gum tissue or through x-ray evaluation:

  • Class I: the furcation feels like a groove, but without any noticeable bone loss;
  • Class II: a depression of about two or more millimeters develops indicating definite bone loss;
  • Class III:  bone loss now extends from one side of the root to the other, also known as “through and through.”

Treating furcation involvements can prove challenging because the infection is usually well below the gum line (sub-gingival). As with all gum disease treatment, our primary approach is to remove all plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) where we find it, including around the roots. We typically use specially shaped instruments to clean the root surfaces. We can also employ an ultrasonic device that loosens plaque and calculus with high-frequency vibrations and flushed away with water.

Sometimes, we may need to surgically access involved furcations to clean them and stimulate bone growth with grafting. We can also use surgery to make the areas easier to clean — both for you and for us during your regular office cleanings — to prevent reoccurrences of infection.

Of course, preventing gum disease in the first place is your best defense against oral problems like furcation bone loss. Be sure you brush and floss every day, and visit us for thorough cleanings at least twice a year (unless we recommend more). This will help make sure not only your gums, but the bone that supports your teeth stays healthy.

If you would like more information on treating periodontal (gum) disease, 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 “What are Furcations?

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