Crohn’s Disease and Dental Implants: Exploring the Connection

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If you speak to one of our participating dentists for an initial consultation, be ready to submit your medical records. Your overall health may affect whether or not you’re eligible for implants. One health problem that might affect your eligibility is Crohn’s disease. Let’s explore the subtle but important link between Crohn’s disease and dental implants.

What Is Crohn?s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the digestive tract. While it mainly affects the small intestine, it can also cause complications in other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. The condition affects roughly 1.6 million Americans with an additional 100,000 new diagnoses every year. 

How Does Crohn’s Disease Affect Dental Implants? 

How does an intestinal disorder interfere with dental implants? One side effect of Crohn’s disease is the lack of saliva production. This makes your teeth more vulnerable to cavities. Lack of saliva also allows bad bacteria to proliferate. This leaves you prone to gum infection while healing following an implant procedure.

Since Crohn’s disease affects digestion, patients are also more prone to malnutrition. This affects your immune system, in turn affecting the gum site’s ability to heal.

Am I not Eligible for Implants?

While complications may arise, patients with the disorder definitely can have a successful implant. However, you should address any health issues beforehand that may interfere with your recovery. Work with your doctor to come up with a plan to improve ingestion and nutrient uptake.

1895 Dental Implants recommends that if you have Crohn’s, or another digestive disorders, you should consult with both your doctor and dentist. A workaround may be possible, but your care providers must be in the loop.

See a Dentist Regardless of Health

Don’t count yourself out if you have the disease. Our advice is to see one of our dentists; only an in-person consultation can determine your eligibility. The connection between Crohn’s disease and dental implants does not mean one is ineligible. 

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What Is the Average Cost of a Full-Mouth Dental Implant?

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We have no problem admitting that dental implants are not cheap. An implant for a single tooth easily runs in the four-digit range. Older patients missing multiple teeth have enquired about the cost of a full-mouth dental implant. Is it as cost-prohibitive as most people think?

Factors That Determine Full-Mouth Dental Implant Cost

We could just give you a figure and be done with this post. However, too many factors come into play that make giving you a ballpark estimate is tricky. Let’s examine some of the cost factors.

  • Is the clinic locally owned or part of a franchise with multiple clinics across state lines? The latter often (but not always) have higher fees. Costs might even vary greatly between participating dentists.
  • Your jaw health. If deterioration exists, bone grafting or sinus augmentation might be required.
  • If your teeth are still in place, the dentist will need to perform an extraction, which is a separate cost.
  • Periodontal therapy, which dentists might need to perform beforehand if existing teeth are badly decayed. 

So, How Much?

If we have to place a numerical figure, we would say an average of $34,000 for full-mouth dental implants. Again, we must stress that this number is a very rough figure and could be significantly lower or higher.

Yes, we understand the price can be jaw-dropping to some people. However, keep in mind that decayed or missing teeth pose risks to your oral and general health. You can’t put a price on your long-term well-being.

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Our advice is always the same: Get in touch with us if you require dental treatment. 1895 Dental Implants can connect you with a clinic near you. Please don’t fret over the cost of full-mouth dental implants; our dentists offer various financing options.

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Four Signs of a Dental Implant Failure

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Dental Implants have a success rate well over 90%. This is because our participating dentists can determine whether patients are good candidates for implants in the first place. However, dental implant failure does occur from time to time. Here’s how to recognize the signs that an implant is not properly healing.

1. Severe Pain

Pain is normal and expected after an implant surgery. You can treat pain with prescribed medication or Acetaminophen. However, if pain intensifies or persists long after the normal healing period, then the gum and bone might not be healing properly. The pain may also spread to the cheeks, lips, and chin.

2. Infection

If the gums appear to be unusually red and swollen, then that is a telltale sign of infection. Implant failure usually follows. The gums might also bleed and feel tender to the touch especially during brushing. Beyond oral health, you could also develop a fever as your body engages its defense system to fight the infection. Other signs of infection include bad breath and a foul taste in your mouth.

3. Implant Movement

Normal teeth have the ability to move slightly from side to side. This is because the teeth are attached via ligaments. Dental implants, though, should be firmly rooted in place. Any movement suggests the surrounding bone is deteriorating. 

4. Tingling Sensation

You might feel a persistent tingling and burning sensation, which may be accompanied by inflammation around the gums. This usually signals an allergic reaction to the implant. Dental implants consist of titanium alloy; anyone with a metal allergy could be prone to this sensation.

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Our advice? See a dentist the minute any of these signs begin to appear. 1895 Dental Implants advises all patients never to brush off these symptoms. The signs of dental implant failure warrant immediate attention.

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Can a Dental Implant Replace a Lost Tooth?

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If you’re engaged in a high-impact sport, such as football, hockey, or MMA, your teeth are at risk of injury. Athletes are especially at risk of losing a tooth. Can you save a lost (avulsed) tooth (a dental avulsion), or will you require a dental implant?

What to Do After a Tooth is Lost

You might have heard about storing a lost tooth in milk. This is precisely what you’re supposed to do. The tooth may contain some of the roots. Milk has a neutral pH balance and it has minerals that could keep the roots alive until you get to a dentist. 

Our advice? Store the tooth in cold milk and head to your nearest clinic within 30-minutes. If milk is not immediately available, then rinse the tooth and store it between your check and gum. This will prevent the roots from drying out. Don’t do this, though, with younger children as they could swallow the tooth. In this instance, store the tooth in a cup with the child?s saliva.

Treatment for a Lost Tooth

If the tooth broke above the gumline, a dentist might recommend a root canal and restore the tooth’s structure with a crown. If the breakage occurs below the gumline, then a dental implant or bridge might be in order. 

Athletes tend to be young. Therefore, they probably have a strong enough jawbone to support a dental implant. In fact, this is all the more reason to opt for an implant. Choosing to use a denture or to do nothing at all can lead to bone deterioration years down the line.

We Treat an Avulsed Tooth

Our participating dentists know what to do when patients rush through their doors with a dental emergency. An avulsed tooth could be salvageable. 1895 Dental Implants urges that you make haste in the event of a lost tooth.

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Can You Replace Wisdom Teeth with Dental Implants?

wisdom teeth dental implantSeveral people have enquired whether they can replace wisdom teeth with dental implants. Is it possible, and should you do so? In this article we’ll explain the problems normally associated with wisdom teeth and why dentists normally recommend removal in the first place.

The Truth About Wisdom Teeth

Some people are missing one or two wisdom teeth while the others are properly in place. They wonder if an implant is possible so they can have an even set of teeth.

Yes, you can theoretically install a dental implant to replace a missing wisdom tooth. However, we can’t imagine a scenario in which this would be advisable.

The problem with wisdom teeth is that they are vulnerable to impaction within the jawbone. Impaction creates openings and crevices for plaque to settle. This is why most dentists recommend the removal of wisdom teeth. Once extracted, you do not need to replace the teeth. Unlike other teeth, their absence does not cause jawbone erosion from loss of stimulation. Continue Reading →

Do You Need Full Arch Dental Implants?

full arch dental implants, full arch replacementPeople often talk about dental implants in the context of replacing a single tooth. However, depending on the condition of your gums and the health of your teeth, your dentist may recommend a full arch dental implant. We’ll explain what this is and when dentists generally recommend a full arch replacement procedure.

What Is a Full Arch Dental Implant?

Think of a full arch replacement as a dental implant for all or most of your teeth. A dentist may recommend this if an exam shows serious signs of gum disease or if all or the majority of your teeth (or remaining teeth) show signs of decay or rot. In this instance, the dentist may recommend pulling the existing teeth and performing a full arch replacement.

What About Dentures?

Patients almost always enquire about dentures as a potential alternative if they’re missing multiple teeth. The enquiry is understandable considering the much lower cost. However, it’s cheaper for a reason. We concede that dentures are better than not replacing missing teeth at all. However, dentures provide only about 50 pounds of bite force, compared to about 200-pounds for real teeth and implants. Bite force is important for maintaining jawbone health. Continue Reading →

Dental Implants for Receding Gums

receding gums dental implantsDental implants are not compatible with everyone’s circumstances, at least not at first. A dentist needs to examine your existing gum and bone health to determine whether implants are the best solution. A receding gumline is one factor that can affect the viability of implants. We’ll explain how receding gums affect dental implants.

Why Receding Gums Are a Problem

A receded gumline can expose an implant. The implant requires both sufficient bone and gum tissue in order to have a strong anchor point. Without the presence of and adequate amount of gum tissue, the implant and crown lack the support they need to succeed long-term.

Working a Dental Implant Around Receding Gums

Don’t fret just yet; you’re not doomed to a gap because of preexisting gum loss. For mild gum recession, the dentist may recommend tooth scaling and root planning. For more severe gum loss, the dentist may suggest gum grafting. Grafting provides support for the damaged soft gum tissue and improves implant success rate. Continue Reading →

Do You Experience Bad Taste Around Your Dental Implant?

dental implant bad tasteCommon symptoms after a dental implant placement include swelling and minor pain. Some patients also experience a bad taste around the dental implant. The taste is certainly one that elicits a yucky face. Should you be concerned in this instance?

The Cause

You may have a condition called peri-implantitis. For the most part, this is just a fancy name for dental implant inflammation. This may be a sign of an infection. If the taste is palatable, then thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. You want to be sure that the taste isn’t due to a food particle lodged in or around the implant. If the taste lingers or returns within 15 minutes, then look in the mirror. Do you spot redness or swelling? If so, then you probably have peri-implantitis. Make an appointment with your dentist ASAP.

Peri-Implantitis Treatment

If the bad taste arises within two week of implant placement, then your dentist can treat the infection with antibiotics. The dentist may also prescribe a prescription mouthwash.

If you wait more than two weeks, then you may have a bigger problem. You will still receive antibiotics, though the dentist may have to adjust the crown to prevent the bacteria from spreading. Peri-implantitis normally occurs between the crown and post. This is the origin of the bad taste. Continue Reading →

What’s in a Dental Implant Consent Form?

dental implant consentProceeding with a dental implant is no small decision. Before beginning any procedures, you will need to sign a dental implant consent form. The contents of the form differ slightly between clinics. We’ll go over what you can expect to see in most multi-page forms.

Provisions in a Dental Implant Consent Form

As with any dental procedure, you have to fill out paperwork. Since the forms tend to be several pages long, patients tend to sign without thoroughly reading the contract. Once you sign, you are acknowledging that you understand the procedures, so take the time to read them word for word.

Patients will normally have to sign or provide initials to verify they understand each individual provision of the agreement. When you sign, you are acknowledging:

  • authorization for the participating dentist to perform the dental implant and associating procedures.
  • that the dentist has explained the nature of the procedure, including type of implant, location and number of incisions, etc.
  • that you are aware of all required follow-up visits
  • that long-term success is not guaranteed
  • that the dentist has explained other alternative procedures and the risks of those procedures.
  • that you understand the possible side-effects, both long-term and while the gums/bones are healing.
  • that the dentist has explained the fees of individual procedures and cumulative total cost.

This is a general breakdown; expect consent forms to have far more provisions and initial boxes. If you must, take the form home to go over at your own pace or with your family. The dentist will understand and not push you to make a decision.

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See our advice for other implant-related topics. When you’re ready, contact 1895 Dental Implants to connect with a local provider. We know dental implant consent forms are wordy, but always read the fine print before providing your signature.

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Is Dental Tourism Safe for Travelers?

dental tourismWe completely understand that dental implants are not cheap. Even if you have insurance, the out-of-pocket expense can still be quite high. This is why some people are turning to dental tourism for implants and other dental procedures. Is this a safe practice? What are the risks?

What Is Dental Tourism?

Dental tourism is exactly what its name implies. This refers to the practice of vacationing overseas in order to receive dental treatment. Common countries for dental tourism include Mexico, Hungary, and China, just to list a few. Some people go to these countries solely for the dental work, returning without engaging in any tourist activities. Why? For the obvious reason of cheaper costs. Continue Reading →