Implants and Medical Conditions

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As we discussed in a previous post, having enough bone and enough space in between your upper and lower jaws are two of the critical factors that are necessary for successful dental implant treatment.


Generally speaking, patients with medical conditions are still implant candidates. However, certain medical conditions require more preparation than others. For example, patients with joint replacements still must follow the standard premedication regulations and diabetic patients must have well-controlled blood sugar. Similarly, patients with high blood pressure must have well-regulated blood pressure before an implant would be placed.


Certainly there are other medical conditions that may or may not limit a patient’s ability to have dental implants. Patients with severe bleeding disorders, for example, might not be ideal candidates for dental implants and it would be necessary to have close communication with the patient’s physician before starting any treatment.


While smoking does not prevent a patient from having treatment with dental implants, the damage that smoking does to the blood vessels and surrounding tissues can significantly increase the risk of implant failure; Dr. Markham will review these risks with you.

If you have questions about dental implants, or if you want to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Markham offers a complimentary implant consultation. You can schedule this consultation by calling: 530-823-8771.

Implants and Age

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One of the most common question patients ask us in the office is “Am I too old for dental implants?” -and the answer to the question might surprise you. When it comes to treatment planning for dental implants the most critical factors are whether or not a patient has sufficient bone, whether or not the patient has enough space (between the top and bottom jaws) and what if any medical conditions a patient may have.


Many seniors avoid having treatment with dental implants because they are worried about the “surgery” aspect of dental implant placement. In fact, you will likely spend less time in the chair having a dental implant placed than you would having a tooth prepared and temporized for a dental crown. No surgical procedure should ever be taken lightly, but the dental implant placement procedure is a relatively minor one, with a short procedure time and few complications.


One of the limiting factors that could prevent a patient from having dental implants is certain medical conditions. That being said, it’s uncommon for a patient to not be able to have dental implants because of a medical condition. Dr. Luminita Markham and her team will review your medical history and with the oral surgeon she will help determine if you are a candidate for dental implants from a medical perspective. For more information about how medical conditions could limit someone’s ability to have dental implant treatment, please read our blog post here about the subject.

If you have questions about dental implants, or if you want to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Luminita Markham offers a complimentary implant consultation. You can schedule this consultation by calling: 530-823-8771.

Sleep Apnea: How we can help

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At Maidu Dental, we understand that getting high-quality sleep is vital to maintaining your overall health. Insufficient sleep can lead to an inability to concentrate, motor vehicle accidents, and difficulty performing at work. Since approximately 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, this poses a significant public health problem. If you think you may have sleep apnea, talk to Dr. Luminita Markham and Dr. David Markham and our team about devices that can help you get a good night’s rest.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a relatively common disorder in which breathing stops or becomes very shallow during the night. These bouts of paused breathing may last a few seconds or as long as several minutes. When 30 or more breathing interruptions occur per hour, sleep apnea leads to dramatic reductions in sleep quality. In many cases, this condition is caused by your airway becoming blocked or collapsed during sleep.

Anyone can get sleep apnea, but there are certain factors that increase your risk. Having small airways, being overweight, being male, or having a family history of sleep apnea increases the likelihood that you will develop the disorder. If you think you have sleep apnea, visit highly encourage you to visit our Auburn, CA office for a thorough physical exam, comprehensive medical history, and a sleep study.

Treatment Options

Several treatment avenues are available for people with sleep apnea. One popular option is to wear an oral appliance. For example, a mandibular advancement device (MAD) looks like a sports mouthguard and slightly repositions your jaw, to keep your airway unobstructed. Another option is a tongue-retraining device (TRD), which holds your tongue in place to ensure that your airway stays open during the night.

For individuals with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, dental devices are a smart option. Many patients enjoy improved sleep, reductions in snoring, and less fatigue during daytime hours. If you’re curious about getting an oral appliance to help with your sleep apnea, please consult our team at Maidu Dental. After a consultation and examination, we can fit the type of device that works best for your condition.

How long do dental implants last?

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The average dental implant can last a lifetime if taken care of properly. In fact, studies have shown that the success rate of implants after ten years is about 90%! Of course, Dr. Luminita Markham and Dr. David Markham and our team know that the better you care for your implant, the longer it will last.

There are a few factors that must be taken into consideration, when you are considering dental implants. These factors all play a role in how long your dental implants will last.

  • Bone Structure – You must have enough bone in your mouth for the implants to be inserted. Over time, the bone can wear down and become too thin or to short. In cases, where you may have just enough bone for the implants, over the years, the bone will continue to become smaller and thinner and the implants will not last nearly as long as the suggested minimum of ten years.
  • Healthy Gums – Diseased gums will not support dental implants for very long. It is important to maintain regular dental visits to maintain your healthy gums.
  • Good Oral Hygiene – Just because your implants are not your “real” teeth, doesn’t mean you have to take care of them. That means brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings.

Bone structure, healthy gums, and good oral hygiene all play a crucial role in the length of time your dental implants will last. Whether you have full dental implants, partial implants, or a single tooth implant. The bottom line is you have to take care of them if you want them to last as long as possible.

For more tips on how to maintain the health of your dental implant, visit our Auburn, CA office!

Are your teeth ready for the big day?

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Capturing the Moment

At Maidu Dental we know that just about anyone who has taken on the challenge of planning her own wedding could tell you how important the little details can be. Things like having complementary colors, the right location, show-stopping flowers, and delicious food are all a big part of planning your spring wedding. Another little detail that has a big “I do” related role? Your smile.

Whether you’re the bride, or an attendant, looking your best when you tie the knot (or help someone tie the knot) is essential. If your teeth aren’t ready to make an entrance, turning to one of the many available teeth whitening solutions is a great option.

Reliable Solutions

Before the wedding day arrives, you should take your smile into consideration. If diet and daily wear-and-tear have caused your teeth to lose their original luster, our team can help! In-office procedures do cost more than kits you use at home, but with an in-office treatment, you benefit from a professional taking proper care of your teeth.

In addition, relying on our office to handle teeth whitening before the wedding can give you access to trustworthy advice on how to keep your teeth looking their best for a longer period of time. It’s common for someone experienced in assisting people with their oral health to suggest investing in an in-office whitening technique and then following up with a teeth-whitening kit at home.

This is a season of new beginnings and beauty. Take the time to bring out your most beautiful smile before the big day. Don’t let your smile hold you back on your wedding. With our in-office teeth whitening, you can be sure that you’ll be more confident and comfortable interacting with friends and family. So remember, when in need of some quality oral care in Auburn, CA to think of Dr. Luminita Markham and Dr. David Markham!