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Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
November 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
AvoidImplantFailurebyWatchingOutforTheseMouthProblems

There are several reasons why dental implants are so popular. Perhaps the most important, though, is their longevity: if maintained properly implants can last for decades. However, they’re not indestructible—certain mouth conditions could put them at risk for early failure. But if you address emerging problems early, you may be able to prevent that unfortunate outcome.

Your implants may be in danger, for example, if you have a teeth grinding or clenching habit. This occurs when a person involuntarily and repeatedly bites down on their teeth when not chewing or speaking. Usually triggered in adults by high stress, teeth grinding can subject both natural teeth and implants to damaging levels of force. Over time this can cause bone loss around an implant and weaken their support. It could also cause a direct break in an implant.

But there are ways to stop or at least reduce the effects of teeth grinding. One effective way is a custom-made bite guard you wear while you sleep. Made of hard plastic, the guard prevents the teeth from making solid contact with each other, reducing the amount of force generated.

A more prominent problem is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection caused by built-up dental plaque on tooth surfaces. This can trigger inflammation, a normal defensive response that when it persists for an extended period of time can damage tissues and supporting bone. It can also cause a specific form of gum disease related to implants called peri-implantitis, in which the tissues that support an implant become infected and weaken, leading eventually to possible implant failure.

If you have implants, then, you should brush and floss daily to prevent gum disease, as well as see your dentist at least every six months for cleanings and checkups. And if you notice anything like reddened, swollen or bleeding gums, see your dentist immediately. The sooner you undergo treatment, the better the outcome for your implants as well as your overall health.

Dental implants can give you years of great service and can prove to be well worth the cost. But you’ll have to stay on your guard against gum disease and other mouth conditions that could endanger them down the road.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implant MouthMissing teeth can take a toll on more than just your self esteem and physical appearance - they can also affect your oral and general health. Dental implants are a great option to restore your smile and oral health. Dr. Raymond Della Porta offers cosmetic and general dentistry services in Vero Beach, FL.

Dental Implants in Vero Beach, FL

Dental implants restore a missing tooth in its entirety from root to crown. First, the implant is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth, where it then begins to fuse with the bone tissue in the gums through a process known as osseointegration. This helps to secure the implant in place, and prevent bone loss. The implant is made of biocompatible titanium and shaped like a small screw, which is attached to the cosmetic crown through an abutment. Implants are available to replace a single tooth or can support an entire set of dentures with just a few implants.

Caring for Dental Implants

Once in place, implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth - they look, feel, and function just like the real thing. Implants can even make your teeth look better than they did before. However, just like natural teeth, they require meticulous oral hygiene and regular follow up visits with the dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings to reduce the risk of complications. With proper care, implants have a very high success rate.

Implants are available for healthy adult patients with sufficient bone density in the gums to support an implant.

Find a Dentist in Vero Beach, FL

For more information about dental implants, contact our office today by calling (772) 567-1025 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Raymond Della Porta.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
May 14, 2018
Category: Oral Health
IncreaseYourImplantsSuccessChancesbyKeepingYourGumsHealthy

If you’ve just received a dental implant restoration, congratulations! This proven smile-changer is not only life-like, it’s also durable: more than 95% of implants survive at least 10 years. But beware: periodontal (gum) disease could derail that longevity.

Gum disease is triggered by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on teeth. Left untreated the infection weakens gum attachment to teeth and causes supporting bone loss, eventually leading to possible tooth loss. Something similar holds true for an implant: although the implant itself can’t be affected by disease, the gums and bone that support it can. And just as a tooth can be lost, so can an implant.

Gum disease affecting an implant is called peri-implantitis (“peri”–around; implant “itis”–inflammation). Usually beginning with the surface tissues, the infection can advance (quite rapidly) below the gum line to eventually weaken the bone in which the implant has become integrated (a process known as osseointegration). As the bone deteriorates, the implant loses the secure hold created through osseointegration and may eventually give way.

As in other cases of gum disease, the sooner we detect peri-implantitis the better our chances of preserving the implant. That’s why at the first signs of a gum infection—swollen, reddened or bleeding gums—you should contact us at once for an appointment.

If you indeed have peri-implantitis, we’ll manually identify and remove all plaque and calculus (tartar) fueling the infection, which might also require surgical access to deeper plaque deposits. We may also need to decontaminate microscopic ridges found on the implant surface. These are typically added by the implant manufacturer to boost osseointegration, but in the face of a gum infection they can become havens for disease-causing bacteria to grow and hide.

Of course, the best way to treat peri-implantitis is to attempt to prevent it through daily brushing and flossing, and at least twice a year (or more, if we recommend it) dental visits for thorough cleanings and checkups. Keeping its supporting tissues disease-free will boost your implant’s chances for a long and useful life.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental implants, 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 “Gum Disease can Cause Dental Implant Failure.”

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
February 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   bone graft  
NotEnoughBoneSupportforanImplantHeresaWaytoRebuildIt

Due to financial circumstances, people often have a lost tooth restored with a removable partial denture, an effective appliance that restores function and a degree of aesthetic appearance. Later, though, they may want to improve both function and appearance with a dental implant.

If this describes you, you’re making a great choice. Dental implants are the closest technology we have to a natural tooth. But there may be a roadblock to your implant, especially if a long time has passed since your tooth loss—there may not be enough bone at the site to place an implant.

The heart of an implant is a titanium metal post surgically imbedded in the jawbone. The titanium naturally attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to it to form a solid hold that can support a porcelain crown or other restorations like bridges or dentures. But to achieve a natural appearance it’s important that the implant is placed in the right location. To achieve that requires adequate bone.

But there may not be adequate bone if the tooth has been missing for a while. The forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the jawbone, which stimulates bone growth. If that stimulus is absent because of a missing tooth, new bone cells may not replace older ones at a healthy rate and the total bone volume begins to diminish. A denture can’t compensate and, in fact, accelerates bone loss.

But there may be a solution: bone grafting. With this procedure we place a donor bone graft into the area of bone deficiency some time before implant surgery. The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to grow upon. Hopefully, this will produce enough healthy bone to support an implant. If the bone deficiency is minor, we may place the implant and the bone graft at the same time.

If you have experienced bone loss, we must first determine the amount of bone at the missing tooth site and whether grafting is a viable option. Bone grafting postpones your implant, but the delay will be worth the wait if we’re successful. With increased bone volume you’ll be able to obtain a new tooth that’s superior to your current restoration.

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

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Despite all of the recent advancements in dental technology, a surprisingly large number of Americans are still living with some form of dental implantstooth loss. The American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that close to half of the adults in the United States are missing at least one tooth, with millions more missing all of their teeth. Although tooth loss becomes more of a concern with age, anyone can lose a tooth at any time, either from an oral health problem like tooth decay and gum disease, or from an accident or sports injury. Dr. Raymond Della Porta, a dentist in Vero Beach, FL, recommends dental implants for healthy adults missing anything from a single tooth to most or all of their natural teeth.

A New and Improved Smile with Dental Implants in Vero Beach, FL

Most people are familiar with traditional dental restoration treatments like crowns, bridgework, and dentures, all of which replace the visible, bottom half of a missing tooth (also known as the crown). Implants replace the root of the tooth, which helps to securely anchor the restoration in place and help to preserve healthy bone tissue in the gums.

First, a biocompatible screw-shaped implant is surgically placed in the gums, where it will eventually fuse with the existing bone tissue. Once healed, the cosmetic crown is attached. Implants are also unique in that they can be used to replace a single missing tooth or to secure an entire set of dentures with just a few implants.

In order to be a candidate for dental implants, you must be an adult in good health. You must also have enough bone density in the area where the implant will be placed. Implants require rigorous oral hygiene and regular follow up care with the dentist but have a very high success rate for healthy patients.

Find a Dentist in Vero Beach, FL

If you are tired of living with gaps in your smile and want to improve your oral health, contact us today by calling (772) 567-1025 to learn more about dental implants and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Della Porta today.



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