Clenching Teeth: Am I still a candidate for dental implants?
April 16, 2013
There’s a reason that implant dentistry has transformed the art of tooth replacement. There is a wealth of clinical evidence and a universal agreement that implants offer the very best solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. There is no other alternative that so closely resembles the natural teeth, both above and below the gumline, and no other method is as versatile.
This procedure is a relevant solution for virtually every patient who has lost a tooth. With implants, the standard of care has been elevated and the solution is satisfying for both the patient as well as the implant dentist.
In the early stages of implant dentistry, there were very strict guidelines in terms of the ideal implant candidate. Though many patients were interested in the procedure, there were limitations that may have reduced the success rate of the procedure and some patients were not eligible to receive the treatment that they desired.
Today, virtually all limitations have been overcome, and there are few patients who will be excluded from the procedure. For example, patients who have a history of clenching or grinding the teeth may not have been good candidates for the procedure. The extreme forces that are generated when the teeth are clenched could weaken the bond between the implant post and the jaw bone, thereby causing the implant to loosen or fail. Since many patients tend to clench the teeth during sleep, the habit is virtually uncontrollable, and implants were not recommended in these instances.
Modern dentistry has identified and resolved most of the issues associated with clenching and grinding. Custom bite guards or night guards may be recommended to protect the dental implants as well as the natural teeth during sleep. If necessary, the bite relationship between the upper and lower teeth can also be evaluated and adjusted to reduce the forces that are generated when the teeth come together.
Simply by eliminating your ability to clench, you can enjoy the benefits of dental implants with confidence. For help in addressing your clenching habit, and to learn more about the advantages of dental implants, contact our skilled and dedicated team at Broadway Dental today.
Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces
April 4, 2013
When you think about orthodontics, it’s normal to conjure up an image that includes braces, brackets, wires, and even headgear. It’s true that the purpose of orthodontic treatment is to align the teeth and straighten the smile, but it’s important to realize that there is more than one way to accomplish that goal. For example, millions of teens and adults are choosing Invisalign as a more appealing alternative to conventional braces.
With the help of cutting edge technology, your smile can be transformed and aligned without the use of metal appliances. In fact, Invisalign technology allows patients to enjoy comfortable, comprehensive orthodontics in a manner that is more discreet, more comfortable, and more appealing than any other method.
Here’s why Invisalign is clearly the most desirable alternative to braces:
…Invisalign technology allows patients to enjoy comfortable, comprehensive orthodontics in a manner that is more discreet, more comfortable, and more appealing than any other method.
- Custom-fitted aligners that are made of a durable, clear plastic
- No need for wires, brackets, bands, or elastics
- Trays can be removed for normal eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing
- Low profile design does not alter speech or facial appearance
- Each series of aligners is worn for two week intervals, applying gentle steady pressure to the teeth
- Clear trays are virtually invisible in pictures and during normal social interactions
For patients who have crowded teeth, cross bites, overbites, and excessive spacing, Invisalign has yielded impressive results for millions of patients. This procedure is also an effective method of retreating previous orthodontic patients. Those patients who may have had conventional braces in the past, those who may not have worn their retainers, or those who are interested in making minor adjustments are finding that Invisalign is a comfortable and effective solution.
Your dentist can perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine if Invisalign is right for you. Why not call our team at Broadway Dental today and schedule a consultation to learn more this innovative orthodontic treatment? Call 516-681-2525 to schedule your visit.
Keeping Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy
March 26, 2013
There are few times in a woman’s life when optimal health is as important as it is during pregnancy. It’s a time when the health of the mother and baby becomes intertwined, and it takes a team-oriented approach to make sure that there is a happy ending.
The expectant parents, the medical team, and the dentist must all work together to design a health regimen that is best for both the mother as well as the baby. Since the oral cavity must always be viewed as an important part of the overall health, keeping a healthy smile should be included in the mother’s health regimen.
In fact, ignoring the importance of oral health during pregnancy can create long and short-term health complications that could easily be avoided. Problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, diabetes, pre-term delivery, and low-birth weight have been linked to poor or neglected oral health.
Brush and floss thoroughly. Expectant mothers may indulge in more frequent snacks and meals, increasing the need for more frequent brushing and flossing. Pregnancy also increases the risk for acid reflux, heartburn, nausea, and dry mouth, all of which are conditions that could promote tooth decay and gingivitis. Controlling plaque is the best way to prevent the consequences of these common conditions.
Maintain routine dental check-ups. Although most elective dental treatment can be postponed until after the baby is born, routine dental exams are the best way to monitor your oral health. Often, subtle changes within the oral cavity can signal an underlying health condition. Also, bleeding, cysts, and other inflammatory conditions are much more likely to occur during this time.
Monitor eating habits. For mothers who experience a change in eating habits, dental visits can be a good source of information and nutritional counseling. The dentist and hygienist can explain the impact that certain foods and beverages may have on the teeth. If necessary, these visits may include helpful advice regarding oral hygiene products, brushing techniques, and other preventative measures.
Amidst the excitement of pregnancy, don’t forget to pay close attention to your oral health. Contact the office of Drs. Jeffrey Sender and Scott Russ today to schedule your next visit.
Dental Implants: When is a 'sinus lift' recommended?
March 15, 2013
Dental implants are the most highly regarded form of tooth replacement currently available. The wide acceptance of the dental implant procedure is due to the implant’s ability to closely mimic the structure and function of a natural tooth. This procedure can be customized and configured to accommodate the needs of virtually any patient with tremendous success.
For the most ideal outcome following the placement of dental implants, the proposed location of the new tooth must have enough healthy bone to support an implant post. If necessary, additional surgical procedures may be required in order to create a healthy environment for the implant.
For the most ideal outcome following the placement of dental implants, the proposed location of the new tooth must have enough healthy bone to support an implant post.
A sinus lift is an example of a surgical procedure that may be required for the placement of the dental implant. Also known as a sinus augmentation, this procedure is used to increase the quality and density of the bone in the upper jaw near the premolars and molars. By thickening the bone that separates the sinus cavity from the oral cavity, there can be adequate space for the post of your dental implant.
In order to accommodate the additional bone structure, the floor or the bottom of the sinus cavity must be repositioned. The lower border of the sinus will be slightly “lifted” upward in order to increase the distance between sinus cavity and the dental implant. The procedure is sometimes performed several months before the implant will be placed, but may also be performed during the actual implant procedure.
A sinus lift is not always a necessary part of the implant procedure. Instead, it will be recommended only for those patients who may not have enough healthy bone to support implants near the upper sinuses. The procedure will also be indicated when the sinus cavity is especially large, or when years of bone loss has decreased the density of the upper jaw bone.
For more answers to questions about the logistics of your dental implant procedure, contact Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 for a personalized consultation.
Does "Thumb Sucking" Negatively Affect the Outcome of your Child's Teeth?
March 5, 2013
Thumb-sucking is a natural and normal habit adopted by some children even before they are born. With the help of ultrasound technology, physicians have documented babies who appear to be sucking their thumbs in the womb. For millions of small children, the habit is soothing and comforting, especially during times of stress or at bedtime. In fact, many children simply outgrow the habit on their own. Still, the habit can be particularly alarming for parents and caregivers who are concerned about the long-term impact of thumb-sucking.
Children who are able to stop the habit around the ages of 2 or 3 are not typically at risk for damaging their natural teeth. Children who are unable to refrain from sucking the thumb or fingers may require the help and support from the dentist in order to prevent future damage.
It is certainly important to identify and address this habit during the toddler years since thumb-sucking can lead to a number of preventable dental conditions including:
- Crooked teeth
- Open bite
- High, narrow palate
- Speech disorders
You may find that it is difficult to assess the severity of your child’s oral health conditions on your own. You should feel free to discuss your concerns with your dentist for assistance and advice. You may find that no treatment is necessary at this time, or you may learn more about the most appropriate strategies for helping your child to break the habit.
If you suspect that your child may have a problem with thumb-sucking, there are a number of strategies that can be employed to encourage them to quit. Positive reinforcement and behavior modification has proven to be especially helpful in phasing out thumb-sucking without punishing your child. Many children also find that sucking the thumb is less acceptable when they are socialized with other children who are not thumb-suckers.
Your dentist can provide specialized, kid-friendly solutions for addressing this very common childhood habit. Find out more by calling to schedule a dental appointment for your child today.
Wide Molar Implant: Experience the Newest Innovation in Implant Dentistry
February 21, 2013
The explosive popularity of implant dentistry is not due to a fluke of accidental success. Instead, the success of the dental implant is based upon a technique that is proven to be predictable, comfortable, effective, and attractive. When your jaw bone becomes integrated with the implant post, a permanent relationship is created that is strong enough to accommodate your biting and chewing needs.
There is another aspect that makes dental implants such an exceptional choice for tooth replacement: These artificial teeth can be customized to perform the same duties as the teeth that are to be replaced. For example, to replace a missing back tooth, your implant dentist may select a wide-diameter implant post rather than the smaller posts that are used to replace missing front teeth.
This wider implant post is significantly stronger than a smaller post and is substantial enough to absorb the stress and force of chewing and grinding food. There are other beneficial advantages to the wide molar implant:
- If a molar tooth must be extracted, the wide-diameter implant can often be placed during the same dental visit, provided the surrounding bone and gum tissue are relatively healthy.
- Most patients can expect to experience less discomfort and a speedier healing time when the procedure is performed in a single visit.
- Modern implant placement techniques and equipment are more accurate and less invasive for a smoother and more predictable procedure.
- Patients can expect a significant financial savings when surgical procedures are combined.
- Following the immediate placement of a molar implant, there is a greater chance for a favorable long-term result. Patients who postpone their implant procedures after an extraction are at risk for significant bone deterioration during the first year, a consequence that can be avoided with an implant.
- The broad diameter of the implant post provides a larger surface area to distribute the biting forces that could compromise the bond between the implant and the bone.
During your consultation for dental implants, your implant dentist will select the implant post that is most appropriate for replacing your missing tooth. To learn more about the most recent innovations in implant dentistry, call Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 to schedule your appointment today.
Tips to Prepare for Dental Implant Treatment
February 4, 2013
Preparing to get your new teeth is exciting! It’s the beginning of a new smile and renewed self-confidence. Working together with your implant dentist, you can ensure that you know just what to expect from the procedure and doing so will increase the potential for a successful outcome.
Depending upon the number of missing teeth that must be replaced and the health of your gums and bone structure, your implant treatment may require multiple procedures. Your treatment will begin with a thorough dental examination in order to plan each phase of your dental care. Digital imaging (x-rays), models of your teeth, and other diagnostics will aid your dentist in assessing your condition.
Working together with your implant dentist, you can ensure that you know just what to expect from the procedure and doing so will increase the potential for a successful outcome.
Once the appropriate information has been gathered, a treatment plan will be prepared especially for you. The plan will include the details regarding each phase of your treatment, any additional procedures such as bone or tissue grafts, and will specify the restorative materials that will be used to complete your smile.
To address any special circumstances regarding your case, your implant dentist may assemble a team of specialists on your behalf. Your team may include periodontists, orthodontists, and even your medical physician.
You can assist your dentist in preparing for your implants by disclosing your medical conditions, medications, and previous medical history. Certain conditions will require that you take antibiotics prior to your implant surgery. The information that you provide regarding your medical history will also aid your implant dentist in selecting the form of anesthesia that is appropriate for you.
Finally, be sure to discuss your treatment plan and your expectations with your dentist prior to the day of your surgery. Make sure that you fully understand the post-operative instructions. Since you may be sedated or groggy immediately after your surgery, you will need to discuss these details in advance.
To make sure that you are well-prepared for your dental implant treatment, contact Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 today for more information.
What Protection Does a Mouthguard Provide?
January 27, 2013
If you or your child participates in contact sports and athletic activities, a professionally-designed mouthguard is strongly recommended. In response to a forceful blow to the mouth or jaw, a custom mouthguard provides enough of a cushion to redistribute the impact of the blow. This allows the forces to be reduced and absorbed more evenly.
Your mouthguard also protects your smile by creating a barrier between the teeth, the lips, and the tongue. The ability of the mouthguard to help prevent broken teeth, cuts on the lips and gums, and trauma to the other soft tissue of the mouth and face should not be underestimated. In fact, a guard that has been designed especially for you by your dentist will provide you with the highest level of comfort and the most predictable protection.
The ability of the mouthguard to help prevent broken teeth, cuts on the lips and gums, and trauma to the other soft tissue of the mouth and face should not be underestimated.
With the growing emphasis on serious sports injuries such as concussions, there is emerging research that suggests a connection between a protective mouthguard and the prevention of some head and neck injuries. Although the scientific claims for the prevention of head and neck trauma is not conclusive, there is no question that these appliances do provide definite dental benefits.
Why choose a custom mouthguard? These appliances are prescribed and designed by an experienced dental professional exclusively for you. Rather than choosing a one-size-fits-all solution, your guard will be based upon measurements obtained from a model of your teeth and the mouthguard will be molded to achieve a snug and comfortable fit. A custom guard can also prevent damage and trauma for patients who wear braces and other orthodontic appliances, in which case a blow to the mouth could lead to significant cuts or tears inside of the mouth.
Making the smart investment in a custom mouthguard can provide invaluable insurance for the prevention of injuries, lost time and painful suffering.
For more advice on choosing the mouthguard that is best for yourself or your children, consult with our skilled dental team at Broadway Dental.
February is Dental Health Month
January 16, 2013
Across the country, National Dental Health Month is celebrated each February in order to raise awareness about the importance of protecting your oral health. During this time, particular emphasis is focused on the development of good habits for young children. The value of regular dental visits is also emphasized in order to prepare children for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Your dentist can provide you and your family with resources that will help to increase oral health awareness and reinforce the importance of long-term oral hygiene.
Oral Health Month provides various dental organizations, dental offices, and community health organizations the opportunity to develop campaigns that aim to improve the overall oral health of the general public. It also creates a fantastic opportunity for the lines of communication to be opened between dentists and dental patients.
Some of the most common (and most important) general oral health guidelines that are stressed during Dental Health Month include:
- Make a commitment to brush at least twice each day with fluoride toothpaste, especially before bed at night and upon waking for the day.
- Brush after meals and floss at least once each day to remove plaque and food particles between the teeth.
- Be mindful of acidic foods and drinks that are known to promote enamel erosion.
- Avoid sugary snacks and drinks between meals. Instead, try to choose a balanced diet.
- Schedule regular visits with your dentist for yourself as well as your family.
In 2003, the American Dental Association launched a national program designed to encourage parents, health professionals and policymakers to take a more active role in addressing the importance of children’s oral health. The Give Kids A Smile initiative has been made possible by enormous volunteer efforts from dentists, dental staff members and generous support from corporate sponsors. Donated dental supplies such as gloves, gauze, masks and patient napkins make it possible for less fortunate children to receive free dental care at various locations.
You can learn more about the benefits of Dental Health Month by contacting our team of dentists at Broadway Dental. Call us at 516-681-2525 to schedule an appointment today.
Full Service Dental Implants
January 5, 2013
When you are faced with a serious dental condition such as tooth loss, a certain level of personal motivation is required to properly address the issue. Though you may be interested in dental implants for tooth replacement, personal issues such as a dental phobia, financial limitations, and time constraints can create significant obstacles for you. In fact, these obstacles often prevent patients from completing the restorative process and receiving the care that they need.
By now, most patients are knowledgeable about the strength and comfort that can be achieved with implant dentistry. Unfortunately, they are often deterred by the idea of having to visit multiple specialists to have the procedure completed. Traditionally, an implant patient would need to schedule a consultation with an implant dentist, return to that office in a separate visit for the placement of the implant post, and then schedule a final visit with their dentist to have a permanent crown or bridge placed.
By choosing a full-service dental office, you’ll have access to dental implants in one high quality state-of-the-art location.
This process also typically involves the transfer of records between dental offices, multiple appointments with dentists in various locations, and the possibility of confusion in terms of office policies and billing.
By choosing a full-service dental office, you’ll have access to dental implants in one high quality state-of-the-art location. You’ll appreciate the convenience of permanently replacing your missing teeth with dental implants without ever needing to drive to multiple locations. Instead every step of the procedure, from diagnostic imaging to the placement of the final restoration, is completed by the same dental team. The result is a simpler way to achieve a new permanent, beautiful, and fully functional set of teeth.
For most patients, there is a simple 5 step process:
1. Personalized consultation, diagnostics, and treatment planning
2. Advanced preparation for surgery and laboratory work
3. Anesthesia/Sedation and surgical implant placement
4. Dental impressions and final design for replacement tooth
5. Replacement teeth are permanently placed
To learn more about full-service implant dentistry and your options for replacing your missing teeth, contact our skilled team at Broadway Dental to schedule your appointment today.
Harmful Dental Habits to Avoid
December 26, 2012
Your dentist loves to see you. Catching up on your hobbies and talking about your work is certainly interesting. But, if your dental visits are typically due to accidental injuries and damaged teeth, we’d rather help you to reduce them — even if that means we won’t get to see you quite as often.
Of course, we know that there are some accidents that simply can’t be avoided. There are others, however, that can be prevented when you make preventive choices and avoid certain risky behaviors. Being aware of the habits and behaviors that can compromise your dental health is an important key to protecting your smile. To increase your knowledge and to assist you in preserving your smile, your dental professional can provide you with relevant guidance.
Which habits are most commonly associated with dental injuries?
- Chewing ice, fingernails, and other hard objects (creates excessive forces that can fracture or chip the teeth as well as wear down the enamel)
- Opening bottles with your teeth (it is difficult to control or stabilize a bottle with teeth that are sharp and slippery, increasing the risk that the bottle could slip and fracture the teeth)
- Grinding and clenching the teeth (the extreme forces that are generated during clenching can cause widespread damage extending from the jaw joint to the ligaments that support the teeth)
- Improper home care or inconsistent plaque control (failing to practice routine and thorough oral hygiene can set you up for preventable dental diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease)
- Neglecting regular dental appointments (though you may not even be aware of the harmful dental habits that could threaten your oral health, your dentist is prepared to keep you informed and protected by discussing your habits at each dental visit)
If you have questions about the best way to protect your smile, trust our experienced team of dentists to provide the answers that are appropriate for you.
Start by calling Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 to schedule your appointment today.
How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health
December 14, 2012
Sometimes, the state of our oral health can be directly influenced by the state of our overall health. You may find it surprising, but this includes both our mental and physical health. When we are mentally and physically balanced, the teeth and gums tend to reflect good health. When stress plays a role, the evidence can be seen in your smile.
Changes in the feel, function, or appearance of your smile will warrant a discussion with your dentist. Stress can impact your smile in a variety of ways and seeking professional advice as soon as possible can significantly minimize the damage.
Stress can impact your smile in a variety of ways and seeking professional advice as soon as possible can significantly minimize the damage.
For most patients, clenching and grinding the teeth is a habit that intensifies during times of stress. Commonly referred to as TMJ disorder, this can lead to headaches and joint pain. Unfortunately, clenching and grinding can also lead to a number of other serious dental conditions, such as:
- worn enamel
- receding gums
- bone loss
- tooth sensitivity
- damaged dental work
TMJ disorder and the related symptoms can vary for every patient. The symptoms may be chronic or they may occur occasionally as your stress level increases. Also, patients may experience one symptom or many, depending upon the severity of the disorder. Even the slightest symptoms should not be ignored, since the damage that is likely to occur could be irreversible.
Stress can also impede your body’s ability to fight off an infection. Therefore, when the body is stressed, plaque bacteria can trigger inflammation that progresses rapidly over a short period of time. This condition is known as gingivitis, and can lead to advanced periodontal disease without proper care.
It is virtually impossible to eliminate all sources if stress from our lives. Fortunately, it is possible to manage the symptoms and prevent unnecessary damage. Seeking early treatment can also make the recommended solution more comfortable and less costly.
To find out more about how stress is impacting your oral health, contact the office of Drs. Sender and Russ for a consultation today.
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
December 3, 2012
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can be as irritating to the person suffering from the condition as it is for everyone else in the household. Its signs and symptoms can range from mild (gurgling and snoring sounds) to severe (repeated interruptions in breathing). When these symptoms are ignored or left untreated, the condition can pose a dangerous risk to your mental and physical health.
Fortunately, the symptoms are manageable and your dentist can help. During sleep, as the muscles around the throat relax, the airway can become restricted or blocked. When air moves through the nose and throat, the blockage creates vibrations that may sound like snoring, gurgling, wheezing, or choking. In addition to the bothersome sound effects, the struggle to take in oxygen can prevent you from achieving the deepest, healthiest levels of sleep. In fact, many patients report terrible sleep quality and fatigue during the day.
Traditionally, sleep apnea has been treated with an oxygen mask that can be worn at night. The mask provides a steady, gentle flow of air that can keep the airway open while you sleep. Though it is an effective solution, some patients find the mask uncomfortable and bulky.
As an effective, alternate solution, your dentist may recommend an oral appliance to maintain an open airway as you sleep. With a small, custom-fitted mouthguard, your lower jaw can be correctly positioned to allow air to pass through the throat. Rather than a mask that must be worn on the outside of the face, a mouthguard is relatively small and considerably more comfortable. That’s because, by simply holding the chin in a forward position, the tongue is also pulled forward and the airway is gently opened.
Many patients are able to find the relief that they desire with a custom mouthguard. These simple appliances can enable you to achieve deeper, more satisfying levels of sleep and prevent the damage caused by sleep apnea. They can also prevent snoring. With these advantages, you -and everyone else in your household- will sleep more comfortably.
If you suspect that you or a family member may be suffering from sleep apnea, it may be time to contact your dentist for an appointment. Don’t postpone the care that could improve your health, call Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 today.
My Gums Bleed When I Brush: Should I Be Concerned?
November 22, 2012
There are many reasons why gum tissue bleeds, and brushing with too firm a hand or using abrasive tooth paste or gel can lead the way. Try switching to a soft bristle brush, or some type of electronic tooth brush which will provide more consistent and correct pressure while brushing. But if gum tissue continues to bleed, seeing your dentist for an accurate assessment is in order.
Bleeding can signal the onset of gingivitis which can lead to periodontal disease if not caught and treated by your dentist in the early stages. Gum disease is a more common term for gingivitis and periodontitis, but no matter what name you give it, serious consequences can result from ignoring the symptoms.
Gum disease can occur for many reasons. Health concerns such as anemia, diabetes and other immune deficiencies can manifest in gum tissue resulting in bleeding; red swollen gums; discomfort; loose teeth; infection; and even tooth loss.
Lack of good dental hygiene habits such as brushing at least twice per day and flossing daily can contribute to gum disease.
Skipping those twice yearly visits to the dentist for a thorough dental exam along with a clinical cleaning can lead to future dental problems that might have been found and easily treated before advancing.
Smoking and tobacco use are very hard on teeth and gum tissue. It is a documented fact that smokers are more likely to develop gum disease than people who do not use tobacco.
Lifestyle habits like soda, snack or sugar consumption can have an impact on teeth. Plaque build-up is a leading cause of gum disease. Sugar gravitates to the bacteria that exists in the mouth and settles on teeth, particularly around the gum line. The only way to remove this plaque build-up is with a professional cleaning by your dentist.
Getting sufficient sleep and eating a well-balance diet that contains lots of healthy fruits and vegetables is a first good step to prevent gum disease. Daily excellent hygiene habits that include brushing and flossing are critical for good dental health.
If you are suffering from bleeding gums and would like professional treatment, contact Drs. Sender and Russ, serving Long Island and surrounding areas, today to schedule an appointment.
Why Can't Children Get Dental Implants?
November 14, 2012
In infancy, teeth start to grow and a child will have twenty baby teeth. These teeth form the path for the permanent teeth to grow, and starting at about age six the permanent teeth will start pushing on the roots of the baby teeth that will eventually result in the loss of those baby teeth.
However, what happens if a permanent tooth is knocked out or fails to grow in properly? Dental Implants may be an option.
Dental implants are most successful when placed in the mouth of a person who has achieved total bone maturity. The dental implant is surgically placed in the gum tissue where a tooth is missing. Over time the implant must fuse to existing bone tissue to form the base and support structure for the restoration that will eventually cover the implant.
In adolescence, bone structure continues to grow and mature. The dental implant must remain permanently in place without the possibility of moving or shifting as it integrates with the bone and becomes a permanent part of the dental anatomy, like the root of a natural tooth.
Dental implants are most successful when placed in the mouth of a person who has achieved total bone maturity.
In a child, bone growth continues as jaw bone structure develops. Unfortunately, this would prevent the implant from completing the osseointegration process required for a successful outcome.
What can be done in the interim? Since personal appearance is critical to the self-esteem of teens and youngsters of all ages, a consultation with the implant dentist to offer suggestions until the child has reached the age for a successful implant procedure is advised.
Although a dental bridge will not aid in preventing bone loss, the cosmetic value will be substantial. When the teen achieves bone maturity (girls around 15 and boys at 17), the dental implant process may be initiated.
Dental implants are made from titanium and when surgically placed in gum tissue, they will fuse to the surrounding bone tissue. The dental bridge is replaced with a temporary that is used to protect the implant while it heals.
After healing is completed, a final restoration will replace the temporary “tooth” that has been protecting the implant. Placing this crown, which will be a perfect match to the surrounding teeth, will allow the patient to return to a full life of functionality and endless smiles.
To learn more about the requirements for dental implants, contact Drs. Russ and Sender, serving Westbury and neighboring areas, at 516-681-2525 to schedule an informative consultation.
Consequences of Tooth Loss?
November 2, 2012
Losing one or more teeth to trauma, decay or dental disease can have devastating consequences. In addition to cosmetic concerns, a gap created by tooth loss can result in speech changes, dietary concerns and problems with teeth shifting. A discussion about dental implants can offer a solution to resolve all of these issues, and return you to the life you enjoyed before tooth loss.
Many may be tempted to ignore tooth loss and just consider it a fact of life. But the potential consequences of inaction include:
- Bone loss – When one or more teeth are lost or removed, the bone that surrounded the root structure starts to dissipate, gum tissue shrinks and the end result can be facial changes, discomfort or dissatisfaction with overall appearance.
- Malocclusion – Remaining teeth will struggle to stay in place. Over time teeth may drift toward the gap left after losing one or more teeth. When this happens, chewing is affected and since teeth want to be aligned properly the tendency to grind or clench may occur that can wear down remaining teeth.
- Speech – Tooth loss can alter speech habits since words are formed when the tongue works with the teeth to make certain sounds.
- Dietary changes – Eating favorite foods that require chewing may be lost forever. Not only is the joy of eating sacrificed, many healthy and nutritious foods are shelved like fruits and vegetables.
- Self-esteem – Tooth loss brings a certain stigma and embarrassment that can make even the most joyful person stop smiling, eating and speaking in public.
All of these issues can be overcome, and a consultation with your implant dentist can demonstrate the effectiveness of replacing lost teeth with dental implants.
A dental implant is a small screw like device made from titanium that is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Over time, the implant will fuse to existing bone tissue to offer support and strength to the final restoration.
This procedure is not to be taken lightly. A commitment from the patient to maintain excellent dental hygiene to keep the implant area free from infection along with discontinuing harmful tobacco products are just two of the facts that will be discussed.
The process of dental implants requires time to heal and vigilance to prevent implant failure. But at the conclusion, functionality and beauty will reward the patient with a lifetime of smiles.
If you are suffering from tooth loss and would like to know the best options for replacement, contact Drs. Sender and Russ, serving Long Island, today to schedule a consultation.
Tooth Extraction: Is a dental implant in my future?
October 25, 2012
Losing a tooth doesn’t have to be the end of an attractive and healthy smile. Instead, there are a range of dental reconstructive techniques available that can rebuild a smile affected by the loss of a tooth, with dental implants becoming a hugely popular method.
Advancements in dental technologies have afforded the implant dentist the ability to reconstruct a smile in a fashion that provides a natural, practical and comfortable solution for smile restoration. Dental implants come with a range of benefits, many of which are absent from other methods.
Advancements in dental technologies have afforded the implant dentist the ability to reconstruct a smile in a fashion that provides a natural, practical and comfortable solution for smile restoration.
To perform this treatment, an implant dentist first places a small piece of titanium into a patients gum tissue, where over a short period of time it will bond and graft onto the patient’s jawbone. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and provides the implant with a strong foundation that helps to preserve the biting pattern and strength of the teeth, as well as lending support to surrounding teeth, and preventing them from shifting position within the mouth.
A dental crown is placed atop the titanium support to complete the treatment and provide a natural finish. The crown can even be shaded and shaped to blend in with existing teeth, making a dental implant indistinguishable from a normal, healthy tooth.
Not all patients who lose a tooth are automatically eligible for dental implants; the procedure requires sufficient quantities and density of available jawbone in the vicinity of the missing tooth in order to properly allow for the osseointegration process.
If there is insufficient tissue available, the dentist may require a grafting procedure in order to build up the amount of bone available to give the implant the best chance of success. The age of the patient, and their general health, may also preclude them from implant treatment.
In addition to providing strength and support, a dental implant helps to maintain and promote the growth of gum tissue and jawbone, by providing stimulus within the area in which the implant fills. Without such stimulus the gum tissue would shrink and jawbone would degrade, making future implant treatment more difficult.
If you are in need of tooth extraction and would like to know your options, contact the Hicksville office of Drs. Sender and Russ today at 516-681-2525 to schedule an informative consultation.
Why Early Detection of Tooth Decay is So Important
October 11, 2012
While we may think brushing and flossing our teeth, and rinsing with mouthwash can help to combat tooth decay, it is also very important to your ongoing health to have regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure there are no untoward issues that might otherwise be overlooked.
From plaque and tartar build-ups to tooth decay and gum disease, it is important to catch the symptoms of oral problems at the earliest opportunity; so that remedial treatment can take place with the highest chances of success.
Tooth decay is a hugely common complaint that many people bring to the dentist’s attention. However, most people tend to wait until the symptoms of tooth decay are advanced, such as when they experience discomfort in a tooth, rather than take immediate action.
While brushing and flossing can help to maintain and protect our teeth against plaque, food debris and bacteria can accumulate during the day when we are unable to brush. The period between morning and night where we don’t brush allows bacteria to attack our teeth, weakening the enamel and slowly tooth decay will begin to set in. Once decay has set into a tooth, no amount of brushing or rinsing will remove it. Instead, a dentist will have to treat the tooth by removing any decay and filling the cavity left behind.
If early detection of tooth decay can be made before it becomes symptomatic, the decay can be quickly removed and treated so the tooth may be preserved. If the tooth decay becomes advanced, however, the dentist may be forced to use a more invasive dental technique to remove the decay, perhaps even removing the tooth altogether.
When detecting tooth decay, your dentist can sometimes do a visual inspection, but with the advanced equipment at their disposal, the dentist can determine whether tooth decay exists in areas that are not immediately visible. Gentle probing of suspect areas can reveal any softness in teeth which might indicate the onset of decay. Dental x-rays can also be taken to identify potential areas of concern, and can give an illustration of the tooth’s health.
If you are in need of a dental check-up or suspect tooth decay, contact the office of Drs. Russ and Sender, serving Westbury and nearby areas, today to schedule an appointment.
Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums Through the Retirement Years
October 3, 2012
Whether we have lost teeth in earlier years, or experienced fillings, or your dentist has performed reconstructive dental surgery, it is always important to maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout our lives.
The main factor in preserving and ensuring the health of teeth and gums is to maintain the dental hygiene habits we developed in our younger years.
Regardless of our age, our teeth endure a lot of punishment in our day-to-day lives. As we get older our teeth can become more susceptible to wear and damage, which could eventually result in tooth loss. Unlike a few years ago, there is now no reason why an older adult cannot keep their biological teeth well into their retirement years, and advancements in dental technologies can help maintain and preserve teeth.
The main factor in preserving and ensuring the health of teeth and gums is to maintain the dental hygiene habits we developed in our younger years. That means continuing with regular brushing, flossing and rinsing with good mouthwash. Switching to a soft-bristled brush can make brushing more comfortable for older people, as most people of age experience some gum reduction in later years.
Continue with regular visits to your dentist, as checkups can help to identify problems early, while professional cleaning can ensure teeth remain healthy and strong by removing plaque and tartar which may have built up around the teeth and gums. Even between dental check-ups, don’t wait until your next appointment if you suffer from any sudden symptoms, such as bad breath, dry mouth or bruxism. Early treatment can often alleviate the symptoms, or remove them altogether, before more damage can be caused.
If you have suffered from tooth loss in earlier years, physiological changes to the gums and jawbone may make denture wearing uncomfortable; techniques like dental implants can help to restore the natural appearance of a smile, while also helping to maintain the health of the gums and jawbone, as well as offering support to surrounding teeth.
Dietary changes, such as cutting down on alcohol or sugary treats can also help to maintain a healthy mouth, as well as a healthy body.
To learn more ways to care for your teeth through retirement years, contact Drs. Sender and Russ, serving Long Island and surrounding areas, today at 516-681-2525 to schedule an appointment.
Will Dental Implants Affect the Natural, Adjacent Teeth?
September 24th, 2012
The oral cavity is an interesting system of checks and balances. When any single condition within the mouth is changed, a chain-reaction occurs in which other conditions begin to change also.
Sometimes, these changes bring about undesirable results. For example, losing a single natural tooth can lead to the movement and shifting of the adjacent teeth, contribute to premature bone loss, affect your speech, and impact the function of your jaw joint.
On the other hand, there are some changes that can result in a positive and beneficial outcome. Take tooth replacement, for example. Choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth can have a healthy impact on the natural, adjacent teeth. In fact, implants can counteract just about all of the effects of tooth loss.
Without any negative stress or pressure on the neighboring teeth, implants can actually prevent the movement and shifting of the adjacent teeth. Bone loss that would otherwise impact the neighboring teeth can also be prevented. As the most conservative tooth replacement solution, your implant dentist will not need to reduce or modify the structure or integrity of the nearby natural teeth.
By preserving the bone and the positions of the surrounding teeth, implants help to keep your bite stabilized, reduce excessive strain on the jaw joint, and preserve your appearance as well as your confidence.
Other replacement options, such as dental bridges and removable partial dentures require that the surrounding tooth structure be significantly reduced in order for the new restoration to be anchored securely. With a bridge, at least two neighboring teeth must be cut and capped with a bonded restoration. For a partial denture, metal clasps are used to temporarily hook your replacement teeth into place. Both solutions contribute to stress and increase the risk of damage to the neighboring natural teeth.
It is understandable and expected that dental implants will affect your natural, adjacent teeth. Fortunately, we know that the impact will be overwhelmingly positive and you can be assured that you have been provided with the best possible tooth replacement alternative.
For more information about the benefits of dental implant treatment, contact the Hicksville office of Drs. Scott Russ and Jeffrey Sender today to schedule an informative consultation.
Beware of an Acidic Diet
September 14th, 2012
In order to really fight cavities, it helps to know what causes them. There was a time when candy and other sweets were blamed for causing tooth decay or cavities. Most patients believed that simply avoiding candy would also help them to avoid cavities.
Tooth decay happens when the teeth are exposed to an acidic environment.
Today, research has proven that there are other factors that can impact your dental health, even when you brush and floss daily. That’s why it is important to visit your dentist regularly for x-rays and information regarding your oral hygiene.
Tooth decay happens when the teeth are exposed to an acidic environment. In the case of candy-eating, the bacteria within the mouth have the ability to convert sugars into an acidic byproduct that can weaken and destroy the enamel. Unfortunately, acids from the foods that you eat and drink can also attack you enamel, leading to tooth decay and sensitivity.
Any foods or beverages that contain sugars or carbohydrates can increase the acidity of the saliva. In addition, soft drinks, fruit juices, tomato-based products, and sports drinks can be highly acidic. Patients who avoid sweets and observe a healthy diet should realize that even a “healthy” diet can damage the teeth. Frequent exposure to these foods and drinks can keep your teeth under constant attack, resulting in damage that is difficult to control with brushing and flossing alone.
Patients who suffer from acid reflux or GERD should also be aware of the increased levels of acids within the mouth. With reflux or frequent heartburn, gastric acids are introduced into the mouth, resulting in erosion and decay if left uncontrolled.
In a healthy mouth, the saliva acts as a natural buffer against acids. When the saliva production is low, as is the case with dry mouth, or when the acid attacks are too frequent to be neutralized, the resulting damage can be significant. Your dentist may recommend reducing the frequency of exposure to acidic foods and drinks, controlling heartburn, drinking more water, and even chewing certain sugarless gums can help to prevent damage.
To learn more about the impact an acidic diet can have on your oral health call the office of Drs. Scott Russ and Jeffrey Sender, serving Plainview and neighboring areas, today at 516-681-2525 to schedule an appointment.
What is the success rate for dental implants?
September 4th, 2012
If you have chosen to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant, you should feel assured that you are making the right choice for your health. Dental implants are the solution of choice and have remained so for several decades, as they offer many of the same advantages as natural teeth.
Implants are known to be the most conservative solution, since they do not need to connect to the neighboring teeth for support. They can prevent significant bone loss, since they permanently integrate with the underlying bone, holding it in place. This fusion or integration with the jawbone also contributes to a more comfortable chewing experience because the tooth is firmly anchored in place. The implant can be cleaned each day in the same manner as the natural teeth, requiring only a toothbrush and toothpaste for maintenance.
The advantages of dental implants are certainly impressive, but it’s important to understand what you should expect in terms of the implant process as well as the longevity of you replacement tooth. In general, the success rate for a dental implant is near 98%. When placed under ideal circumstances, and in the hands of a skilled implant dentist, only 2% of dental implants fail within the first five years of placement, and that failure rate decreases steadily after five years.
Proper conditions at the time of placement can position you for the best chances for a successful outcome. This includes good overall health for the implant patient and plentiful bone at the proposed implant site.
Once the procedure has been completed, diligent homecare, efforts to prevent gum disease, and routine dental examinations are necessary to protect your investment throughout the years. Your overall health will also be important, as uncontrolled or unaddressed medical conditions can threaten your implant at any time.
When your implant dentist places your new tooth, it is with the expectation that you will enjoy the benefits for a lifetime. Many patients find the available research and high success rate to be reassuring and even encouraging.
If you are interested in pursuing dental implant treatment to enhance your smile and would like further information, contact the office of Drs. Scott Russ and Jeffrey Sender, serving Long Island and surrounding areas, today to schedule a consultation.
I'm Postponing Dental Treatment Because It's Not Bothering Me
August 27th, 2012
No one looks forward to going to the dentist. There is a certain stigma that going to the dentist is automatically going to be bad news. In truth, a visit to the dentist might ultimately save a problem from escalating. But for many, they can’t overcome the thought that if they ignore a dental problem it will go away. Unfortunately, that is generally not the case, and just because something isn’t bothering you now doesn’t mean the damage isn’t being done. And sometimes that damage can result in losing a tooth, which can mean a visit to the implant dentist.
Untreated dental decay results in the erosion of the tooth. For some patients, there might not be discomfort associated with decay. But the ensuing damage is being done. The result can be infection, or ultimately tooth loss. Fortunately even if you sustain tooth loss, there are options that will prevent further damage from occuring.
Thanks to dental implants, a patients that has lost one or several teeth due to trauma, disease or decay no longer has to live with gaps. A visit with your implant dentist will open the discussion on dental implants and how this treatment might be your best option.
Thanks to dental implants, a patients that has lost one or several teeth due to trauma, disease or decay no longer has to live with gaps.
Postponing replacing a missing tooth can affect many aspects of your life. Bone loss at the site of a missing tooth starts quickly, allowing remaining teeth to shift toward the new gap. The inability to chew properly may impact your healthy diet; a missing tooth can alter the way you speak; you may become very self-conscious about your smile.
But a dental implant can restore all the things you thought were lost. A dental implant is surgically placed in the gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Over the healing process, the implant will fuse to bone tissue acting much like the root of your tooth. A final restoration will complete treatment – yourimplant dentist will match the shade and shape of the surrounding teeth making your implant virtually undetectable.
Patients who maintain the healthiest teeth and gums generally don’t postpone needed dental work because they know what it takes to have those healthy teeth, and don’t ever want to be in a position to lose them.
Contact the office of Drs. Scott Russ and Jeffrey Sender, serving Oyster Bay and the neighboring areas, for additional information. Call 516-681-2525 to schedule your professional consultation today.
Halitosis: Treatment options for bad breath
August 16th, 2012
There are several factors that can result in bad breath. Strong foods and beverages like onions, garlic or coffee are easily resolved by observing good oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing daily; using a mouthwash; and for more immediate needs, a breath mint. But many cases of bad breath are attributed to dental problems that are best resolved with the help of your dentist.
Halitosis can be due to gum disease, plaque build-up, dental decay or a combination of these. Plaque build-up is the result of bacteria that is allowed to stay on teeth and gums. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene through daily flossing and brushing with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel along with a fluoridated mouthwash will help to control the build-up of plaque. However, the only way to remove plaque and tartar that has been allowed to grow is with a professional cleaning by your dental provider.
Throat and sinus infections can also be a major cause of a sour smell emanating from the mouth. Seeing your dentist is the best way to pinpoint the origin of bad breath and treating problems like dental decay, which ultimately may save additional expense and possibly tooth loss, or the need for a root canal.
Gingivitis, commonly referred to as gum disease or the more serious periodontitis, is treatable in many ways. Depending on the severity of your case, a deep cleaning referred to as root planing and scaling allows the dentist to go beneath the surface of the tooth and remove the dangerous plaque that has accumulated. In more advanced cases, antibiotics or oral surgery might be needed to correct the problem. Gum disease, if left untreated, not only causes bad breath, but can result in tooth loss.
Another major contributor to halitosis is tobacco use. Dentists point to smoking as a primary cause of periodontal disease, so in addition to the act of smoking itself causing bad breath, it may lead to gum disease.
Once your teeth have been professionally cleaned and examined for potential decay or disease, other options available to treat bad breath include tongue scrapers to remove bacteria that can grow on the tongue. However, maintaining healthy gums and teeth is a good start for curing bad breath, and can be initiated by a visit to our dental team serving Long Island for a professional cleaning and needed treatment.
Common Oral Problems: Plaque and Tartar
August 4th, 2012
The onset of many dental problems has its origin with the build-up of plaque and tartar. Daily flossing and brushing with a fluoride toothpaste or gel is a great start to controlling them, but the only way to completely remove plaque and tartar from teeth is with a professional cleaning by your dentist or dental hygienist.
Twice yearly visits to your dental provider for that very important cleaning and exam will help catch potential problems before they escalate. Dental decay and gum disease are two of the primary problems that you can anticipate if you allow good oral hygiene habits to slip and miss those much needed dental visits.
Twice yearly visits to your dental provider for that very important cleaning and exam will help catch potential problems before they escalate.
Plaque build-up is due to bacteria being allowed to settle on teeth and gum tissue. Daily flossing and brushing with toothpaste or gel will help to limit the build-up of tartar and plaque. But it doesn’t take long for plaque, which is that sticky substance that clings to your teeth, to harden on teeth especially at the gum line.
The problems that arise from plaque build-up include gingivitis, the onset of gum disease. Left unchecked, gingivitis can evolve into periodontitis. At this point, it is often necessary to undergo root planing and scaling, which is a deep cleaning that allows the dentist to remove tartar and plaque from beneath the gum line.
Other complications include chronic halitosis and dental decay. Dental decay can result in the possibility of a root canal, the need for a dental crown, or even tooth loss.
Many patients that suffer from excess plaque and tartar build-up can point to their ancestors as part of the issue as periodontal disease has been linked to possibly being a genetic problem. But other factors, such as smoking, diet, stress and lack of sleep can also play a major role in whether or not you might suffer from this condition.
You can break the cycle of excessive plaque build-up even if your family members seem to deal with it. But you must commit to those bi-annual visits to your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam. In addition, you must be vigilant with daily flossing. Brushing with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel, and even rinsing daily with a fluoridated rinse, are all good habits to develop to control excessive plaque build-up.
Controlling plaque and tartar is an essential key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. For more information and to schedule your next exam in Hicksville, contact Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 today.
Gum Disease: Am I still a candidate for dental implants?
July 27th, 2012
Gum disease can have a devastating effect on a person’s oral health if left untreated, and for anyone considering tooth replacement methods, having gum disease could prove a stumbling block to successful treatment.
For an implant dentist to be able to successfully perform tooth replacement there are a number of factors he or she has to consider. A patient’s oral and general health will be taken into consideration during an examination to determine candidacy for implant treatment.
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and so sufferers may not necessarily be excluded as a candidate for dental implants. In fact, many people who undergo dental implant treatment do so having lost teeth to periodontal problems in the past.
However, for those who experience on-going issues with gum disease, or if gum disease is prevalent during the implant dentist’s initial examination, then this may unfortunately count against the patient.
This is not to say that the patient cannot have dental implant treatment; moreso, that for successful implementation of dental implants, the cause of the gum disease will have to be treated first.
Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gum tissue, and often manifests first as bleeding gums during brushing. As the disease progresses, it can cause periodontitis, a condition which attacks the tissues that support the teeth and hold them fast. Left untreated, periodontitis can lead to teeth be coming loose and falling out, and in severe cases can erode and decay the jawbone – an important player in successful dental implant treatment.
For dental implants to be successful, the implant dentist requires to place a small titanium support into the patient’s gum tissue and jaw bone. Over time, the titanium bonds with the jaw bone to provide strength and support to the implant, but this is made more difficult if the quality or quantity of available bone mass in the patient’s jaw is compromised.
For anyone considering dental implants but are worried that gum disease may preclude them from treatment, a consultation with our experienced and dedicated implant dentists, serving East Meadow NY and the surrounding areas, is the first step towards determining suitability as a candidate for treatment.
Which Teeth Can Be Replaced By Dental?
July 16th, 2012
For anyone who is considering tooth restoration treatments in order to restore their smile, they might be wondering which method best suits their needs. The choice may come down to the method that best suits the teeth to be replaced – a question best directed to an implant dentist.
With the advancements in recent years of dental technology, dental implants may well be the best solution as implants can be used to replace anything from a single tooth to many teeth.
The use of dental implants involves the implant dentist placing a titanium rod directly into the gum tissue and onto the patient’s jaw bone. Over time, the rod bonds with the jaw bone to offer strength and support that is absent in other dental reconstructive methods, such as dentures or bridges.
With the advancements in recent years of dental technology, dental implants may well be the best solution as implants can be used to replace anything from a single tooth to many teeth.
The number of implants to be used will be dependent on the number of teeth to be replaced and the location of the teeth; a single implant can support several replacement crowns with the aid of an additional bridge.
The implant dentist will examine the patient’s bone mass and jawbone tissue in order to determine the amount of dental implants that will be required for successful treatment. In cases where there is insufficient quality or quantity of bone mass, the dentist may recommend bone grafts in order to build up the amount of bone available.
Dental implant treatment can be performed in a single day, or over several sessions, depending on the number of teeth to be replaced. After a short period of healing time, the implant process is completed by the fitting of a porcelain crown which acts and behaves for all intents and purposes as a natural, healthy tooth.
When the benefits of dental implants are taken into consideration, it’s not hard to see why this method of tooth restoration has grown in popularity.
For more information and to schedule your dental implant consultation, contact Broadway Dental, serving Levittown and the surrounding areas, at 516-681-2525.
Increase Your Quality of Life with Dental Implants
July 3rd, 2012
Until recent times, replacing lost teeth typically meant being fitted with dentures. However, as dental technology has advanced, so too has the range of dental reconstructive methods available to an implant dentist. Now, they are not limited to dentures as a method of tooth replacement; dental implants have become a hugely popular alternative, and come with a host of benefits over other methods.
For example, while a person fitted with dentures needs to take care when eating certain foods, those with dental implants can continue to eat whatever they like. Dentures can slip while being worn, potentially creating embarrassing situations or can become uncomfortable if worn for prolonged spells.
Implants help to support the surrounding teeth and prevent tooth shift, which can alter and compromise a person’s bite.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are a permanent solution. Fitted directly into the jaw bone by an implant dentist, by way of a titanium support that fuses to the bone, and topped with a porcelain dental crown, implants provide and restore much of a person’s natural biting strength with no fear of teeth slipping or shifting.
Implants help to support the surrounding teeth and prevent tooth shift, which can alter and compromise a person’s bite. The implant process also negates the need for special adhesives to keep the tooth replacement in place.
Implants, unlike dentures, also do not create any stress on neighboring teeth as they do not require to be attached to other teeth in order to be supported. And they can also help preserve oral health, as the fusing which takes place between the titanium support and the jawbone helps reduce degradation of the jawbone.
And, while dentures require removal and the use of special solutions to keep them clean, implants can be cared for in the same way as natural, healthy teeth by way of a regular tooth cleaning regime and regular visits to a dentist.
When considering methods of tooth replacement, dental implants can indeed boost a person’s quality of life far in excess of any other method and so help keep any disruption to a person’s lifestyle to a minimum.
It’s little wonder then, that with so many benefits, dental implants have become a hugely popular alternative to dentures when it comes to dental restoration.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options in Farmingdale and the neighboring areas, contact the office of Drs. Jeffrey Sender and Scott Russ today.
Is Snoring Harmful?
June 26th, 2012
Although snoring isn’t necessarily attractive or pleasant, everybody does it, right? It would be safe to estimate that most adults snore sometimes, and many snore every night. Though snoring alone is not necessarily harmful, it could certainly indicate an underlying health problem that should not be ignored.
Sleep apnea is an example of a sleep disorder that is often characterized by snoring. Sleep apnea occurs when normal breathing is interrupted multiple times throughout the night, typically as the result of an obstruction of the airway. When the muscles near the back of the throat become relaxed, the soft tissues can partially or completely obstruct the airway, triggering snoring or gurgling sounds as the body struggles to take in air.
To resolve this type of sleep disorder, your dentist and your physician can work together to protect your health. A sleep study is generally necessary in order to properly diagnose sleep apnea. Upon your physician’s recommendation, your dentist may employ either surgical or non-surgical techniques to treat your condition.
Why is it important to address sleep apnea? There is a tremendous amount of research that identifies sleep apnea as a factor related to social, medical, and dental complications.
Frequent interruptions in breathing can prevent your body from achieving healthy levels of sleep each night. Repeating a cycle of sleep deprivation can leave you feeling groggy and tired during the day. Concentrating on critical tasks such as driving, operating machinery or problem-solving may be difficult and potentially dangerous.
High-blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are serious health conditions that have been linked to sleep apnea and snoring.
Socially, heavy or disruptive snoring can be a burden on your intimate relationships. Spouses and roommates may simply be unable to tolerate thunderous snoring at night. For the patient who suffers from sleep apnea, restlessness, irritability, and memory loss can take a toll on personal relationships even during the day.
Talk to our dentists about snoring today. The treatment options range from simple to complex, and seeking a solution as soon as possible can preserve your health, your safety, and your relationships.
To learn more about your options in Westbury and the surrounding areas, contact Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525.
Do Dental Implants Require Special Care?
June 15th, 2012
Who wants to think about teeth all day? Alright, well maybe your implant dentist does spend the better part of the day thinking about teeth. But, for the rest of the population, teeth should look nice and work well without imposing on your busy lifestyle.
Dental implants are the tooth replacement solution that can perform quietly and discreetly without requiring that you think about them all day. In fact, most dental implant patients will tell you that they never think about their implants at all.
If dental implants are so great, why are they so forgettable? The truth is that implants are such a close imitation of your natural teeth that they just seem to blend into the bunch. They are shaped the same as a real tooth and connect to the jaw bone via an artificial tooth root. There are no extra parts, clips, or clasps to distract your tongue or interfere with your meals.
Dental implants are the tooth replacement solution that can perform quietly and discreetly without requiring that you think about them all day.
As you move throughout your day, you should not be made aware of any particular tooth in your mouth. Instead, the teeth should work together as a group to accomplish any task, whether it may be chewing or smiling. In this same manner, your dental implant will also be tough to differentiate from the rest of your teeth.
In fact, dental implants require very little in the way of special attention. Dental implants do not:
- Have to be taken in and out
- Have to soak in a cup at night
- Trap food particles underneath
- Require a special brushing or flossing technique
- Limit or restrict your dietary choices
- Compromise the integrity of the neighboring teeth or underlying bone
Once your new teeth are in place, your top priorities will include proper brushing and flossing as well as routine dental examinations. It’s no coincidence, these duties are exactly the same as those required to maintain your natural teeth.
Find out if dental implants are right for you by contacting our implant dentistry team, serving Nassau County, for a consultation.
Smoking and Your Dental Health
June 4th, 2012
Bad breath and the increased potential for oral cancer are the classic side-effects of smoking. With all of the publicity regarding the dangers of smoking, most of the population is familiar with these common side-effects. But, what do you know about the lesser known hazards? What does smoking really do to your oral health?
By assuming a habit such as smoking, one must also assume responsibility for all of the inherent risks. As an expert in the health and/or disease of the oral cavity, your dentist can educate you about the obvious and hidden dangers to your teeth, gums, and soft tissues.
Periodontal Disease. The chemicals and heat from cigarette smoke are constant irritations to the gum tissue. Bad breath, plaque and tarter accumulation, even tooth decay become much more likely, making the challenge of preventing and managing gum disease exceptionally difficult.
Oral cancer. Many of the chemicals and additives in cigarettes have been scientifically linked to various forms of cancer. Most cancers of the mouth begin on the sides of the tongue, though it can also be found on the lips, floor of the mouth, the throat, or on the face. Similar to other forms of cancer, oral cancer rarely causes pain in the very earliest stages, making it difficult to diagnose during self-examination.
Slow Healing. The toxins in cigarettes can impair the body’s ability to heal itself after an injury. In the mouth, the gums may be unable to heal following oral surgery or periodontal therapy. The delay in healing can be so significant that patients may experience complications with blood clotting after having a tooth extracted. Delayed healing may also cause the failure of dental implants, or exclude patients as candidates for the implant procedure.
Staining. Cigarettes are notorious for causing stained and discolored teeth. The tongue and lips are also susceptible to severe staining, posing a challenging cosmetic concern that may be difficult to correct.
Choosing to smoke or taking the steps to quit are both very personal decisions. No matter your personal preference, you can rely on our knowledgeable and experienced dental team to provide the appropriate guidance and care for the protection of your oral health and your overall health. For more information in the Plainview area, call Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 for your appointment today.
Common Causes of Tooth Loss
May 28th, 2012
Everyone experiences tooth loss when we shed our baby teeth and grow our adult teeth, but there are several reasons why we can be affected by tooth loss in adult life; leaving behind an unsightly gap in an otherwise healthy smile.
Advancements in dentistry mean that an implant dentist can restore a smileaffected by tooth loss back to its former glory, with dental implants becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst patients over other forms of treatment, such as dentures or fixed-bridge treatment.
Dental implants have become hugely popular in recent times and involve an implant dentist placing a small titanium support into the patient’s gum.
Some common causes of tooth loss in adults include:
- Tooth decay and gum disease, which are most often the result of poor dental hygiene; in fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults
- Trauma, caused by accident such as a road-traffic accident, or sports clash, or a simple trip and fall; trauma can either lead to instant tooth loss, or in some cases cause damage that doesn’t manifest for a period of some years such as root fractures
- Health complications brought about by conditions such as Type-2 diabetes or high blood pressure
A missing tooth might not be attributable to any underlying cause; indeed, congenital absence of a tooth is not uncommon. A congenital absence occurs when a baby tooth is not naturally replaced by its adult successor.
But whether by external or natural causes, a missing tooth can easily be replaced by an implant dentist and so restore a patient’s smile either through the use of dentures, fixed bridge treatment, or dental implants.
Dentures involve the manufacturer of an artificial tooth, or teeth, which can be removed by the patient. Dentures typically consist of a gum-colored plastic base with artificial teeth attached. A fixed bridge, on the other hand, involves treating adjacent teeth to the gap in order to house supporting dental caps, between which an artificial tooth is fixed.
Dental implants have become hugely popular in recent times and involve an implant dentist placing a small titanium support into the patient’s gum. A dental crown is placed on top and the finished implant looks and behaves as a normal tooth would, fulfilling the functions of dentures or fixed bridge treatment, but with none of the drawbacks.
The end result is a natural looking smile that can be looked after in the same fashion as normal, healthy teeth and unlike other treatments, can last a lifetime if properly looked after.
To learn more about your options for tooth replacement, contact our office serving Levittown NY and the surrounding areas.
What is the Lifespan of a Dental Implant?
May 17th, 2012
Dental implants are often the preferred method to treat tooth loss. They owe their increased popularity largely to the advantages they boast over other means of treatment when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
Unlike dentures or fixed-bridge treatments, which can become loose or weakened over time, dental implants are extremely durable and can withstand a good amount of force – as much as a normal, healthy tooth.
What’s more, while certain foods may be off the menu with dentures or fixed-bridge treatment as these could damage either, there are no such restrictions with dental implants and patients can enjoy eating the foods they love, without fear of damage.
Benefits of dental implants include:
- A natural appearance – dental implants are molded to fit the gap they replace and can be colored to blend with the rest of the patient’s teeth;
- Restoration of bite strength – the implants can restore a patient’s bite to near the force it would ordinarily have with a proper tooth;
- Comfort – the implants don’t require any special adhesives to fix them in place, meaning they won’t slip or become loose;
- After-care – unlike other treatments, dental implants require no special care and can be looked after in the same fashion as normal, healthy teeth.
Much of the strength of dental implants comes from the titanium pillar that an implant dentist places directly into the patient’s gum. The pillar fuses directly with the jawbone, creating much greater strength and support for the dental crown that sits on top of the pillar than either dentures or fixed bridge treatment.
And, as the pillar acts for all intents and purposes as a tooth root, it stimulates the gums in a fashion that it prevents gum recession – whereas dentures and fixed-bridge provide no such stimulus and so gums can recede over time, leading to further tooth loss.
With proper care through a regular dental hygiene routine and undertaking regular check-ups from an implant dentist, a patient’s dental implants represent a permanent solution to replacing a lost tooth that will last a lifetime.
To find out how you can benefit from dental implants in Long Island and the surround areas, contact Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525.
History of Dental Impants
May 4th, 2012
Dental implants have become a hugely popular method of tooth replacement since they were first introduced into the dental industry as a means for implant dentists to reconstruct a patients’ smile with a more permanent solution than had previously been available to them.
Many people thought dental implants to be a relatively new dental technology, but in reality, implants have been around for thousands of years in one form or another.
Seashells were one of the earliest used materials and ancient Egyptians and Mayan civilizations used to shape seashells into tooth-like shapes before hammering them directly into their gums. Since then, other materials, such as gold, platinum and other metallic alloys have been used to replace lost teeth.
Many people thought dental implants to be a relatively new dental technology, but in reality, implants have been around for thousands of years in one form or another.
In many cases, these replacements lasted only a short time and it wasn’t until 1952 that a Swedish doctor, Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, created the precedent for dental implants when he discovered that titanium could bond with living bone matter, against the beliefs of the medical profession at that time. Under carefully controlled observation, Professor Brånemark proved it was possible with a high degree of success and with little long-term damage to the surrounding soft tissue to integrate titanium with living skeletal bone; a process he called ‘osseointegration’.
The process was a medical breakthrough and osseointegration has been used in replacement surgeries for many parts of the body. Although the idea of dental implants quickly followed the discovery, the first use of dental implants came about in 1965 when Brånemark implanted a human volunteer.
Since that time, the process has undergone rigorous research and improvements, and now perhaps the most popular choice of dental reconstruction surgery, due to the benefits it carries over other treatments such as dentures and fixed bridge treatment. It is thought that more than seven million instances of Brånemark’s discovery exist in patients all around the world and that number will only grow larger as more and more people realize the benefits of dental implants and Brånemark’s discovery which makes implants possible.
For patients considering which form of dental reconstruction treatment is best for them, an implant dentist can help advise on the benefits of dental implants, and also other forms of treatment, such as dentures or fixed-bridge treatment. To learn more in the Woodbury NY area, contact our office today and schedule your consultation.
TMJ Therapy: What are my options?
April 26th, 2012
TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint, and is the name given to the joint of the jaw which connects to the skull. Sometimes the joint can become painful, which is commonly referred to as TMJ disorder.
There are several symptoms of TMJ disorder, including:
- chronic headaches
- a clicking, popping or grinding jaw
- pain in the muscles of the head, face, jaws or neck
- a change in the patient’s bite
- crooked smile/jaw
- abnormal wear and tear to the patient’s teeth
A dentist can usually spot the signs of TMJ disorder and there are some options to treat the condition. If you’re a sufferer of any of the above symptoms, be assured that you’re just one of around 10 million Americans who also suffer from TMJ at any given time.
The temporomandibular joint consists of two small joints, one on the skull – the temporal bone – and one on the jawbone called the mandible. The purpose of the joint is to ensure the jaw operates in a smooth, pain-free motion, however, it is extremely sensitive and can easily become misaligned, while surrounding muscles can suffer trauma causing a host of problems throughout the body. Indeed, TMJ disorder can affect several parts of the body, not just the head area.
A patient, through discussion with a dentist, has several options to help treat the problem of TMJ disorder, including:
- Anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen to ease the pain of TMJ and tackle any inflammation of the muscles around the joint
- Warm compresses, which help ease and loosen the muscles
- TMJ exercises, which help keep the muscles around the joint active
- Dietary changes, such as switching to soft foods and so relieving bite pressure
- TMJ mouthguards, which are specially crafted to fit the patient’s jaw helping to reduce the strain on the muscles surrounding the joint, giving them a chance to heal
Mouthguards to treat TMJ may also be known as bite-plates or splints and is a plastic guard that fits over the upper and lower teeth, and is typically worn at night. The purpose of the guard is to reduce the pressure exerted on the jaw through clenching or teeth grinding and helps alleviate tension on the muscles surrounding the jaw.
If the patient still experiences pain from TMJ disorder, there are surgical procedures which can help, and these can be discussed with a dentist.
However, for many patients who suffer, a combination of self-help therapies, such as anti-inflammatories and exercises, and a custom TMJ mouthguard, should see many patients experience relief from TMJ disorder.
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, contact Broadway Dental, serving Westbury and the surrounding areas, at 516-681-2525 to schedule your consultation.
Options for Replacing Multiple Teeth
April 15th, 2012
If, due to missing teeth, you have an unsightly gap in your smile, then you might wonder how you can restore your smile to past glories. After all, tooth gaps not only affect your self-confidence but can also affect the health and alignment of the teeth around the gap.
If you are one of those wondering how to repair your smile, then be assured that there are options to do so, from standard dentures to dental implants, and a consultation with our implant dentist can help find the correct option for you.
Dental implants offer greater strength to surrounding teeth than either bridge or denture treatment
Let’s take a look at the options available:
Dentures – dentures are typically a removable prosthetic plate that fits inside the mouth cavity and has been specially molded to the individual’s mouth. Attached to the plate are false teeth which align naturally with the gaps in the patient’s mouth, offering total concealment. However, dentures require special cleaning solutions, adhesives and are quite fragile and easily damaged. They can also be uncomfortable to wear over a long period, and can cause bone loss in the jaw.
Tooth-supported Bridge – tooth-supported bridges involve preparation of the teeth to either side of a tooth gap in order to act as supports for dental crowns which are placed over the teeth. The tooth gap is concealed by artificial teeth that span the gap and are attached to the dental crowns. Tooth-supported bridges offer greater strength to the remaining teeth and also give more comfort than standard dentures; they also last much longer. However, like dentures, they too can lead to deterioration of the jaw bone around the tooth gap.
Dental Implants – dental implants involve an implant dentist placing small titanium support pillars directly into the patient’s jawbone, upon which dental crowns are then placed to give the illusion of real, healthy teeth. By attaching the support directly to the jawbone, the bone continues to function as if a real tooth was present, avoiding any deterioration of the bone. Dental implants offer greater strength to surrounding teeth than either bridge or denture treatment. Implants are also permanent and long-lasting, whereas dentures and dental bridges may require replacement after a time.
In fact, dental implants mimic so closely the appearance of healthy teeth that they have become a hugely popular method of dental reconstruction due not only to the fact they look, feel and function like natural teeth and are just as easy to maintain, but aesthetically they provide a near-perfect appearance and are indistinguishable from the patient’s remaining teeth.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options inLong Island, contact the office of Drs. Sender and Russ today.
Is the Dental Implant Prone to Cavities or Gum Disease?
April 4th, 2012
Dental implants are a common replacement for missing teeth and come with a host of benefits, not least restoring a winning smile!
Dental implants are small titanium support pillars that an implant dentist inserts directly into the patient’s jawbone. This helps imitate the design of a proper, healthy tooth and so prevents degradation of the jawbone which would otherwise occur with other treatments, or if the gap was left unfilled.
The titanium support is then topped off with a dental crown that looks exactly like a natural tooth – in fact, a dental implant will be indistinguishable from a real, healthy tooth!
Aside from the aesthetic qualities of dental implants, they offer other benefits including the reinforcement of the patient’s bite, strengthening of the surrounding teeth, and increased durability – unlike other alternatives, dental implants can last a lifetime if properly maintained through a good oral hygiene regime.
Another benefit of dental implants is, because they are an artificial tooth, they are not susceptible to cavities and so aren’t affected by sugars or acids which might attack and weaken tooth enamel. However, that doesn’t mean that you can excuse yourself from giving the dental implant the same level of dental care as normal, healthy teeth, as the gum tissue surrounding the dental implant can still be susceptible to gum disease.
And so, a proper dental hygiene regime is important to ensuring that your healthy teeth – and your dental implant – remain free from both cavities and gum disease, through regular brushing and flossing, and professional cleaning during dental check-ups. As a result, maintaining dental implants is much easier than maintaining other dental reconstruction techniques, such as dentures which require nightly removal and special cleaning solutions.
When considering which dental reconstruction option best fits the patient’s situation, there are bound to be questions surrounding each of the options available – dental implants, dentures and dental bridge treatment – and so consulting with an implant dentist can help the patient get answers to all the questions they might have, and so help the patient make the best choice for their oral health moving forward.
To learn more about dental implants in the Long Island area, contact Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 today.
Are Dental Implants an Option for Lost Back Molars?
March 27th, 2012
Your molars perform an important role within your mouth; they are the teeth responsible for chewing down food so it can be swallowed. Molars are situated at the rear of the patient’s mouth and occupy both the upper and lower sets of teeth. Due to their position within the mouth, they can sometimes be difficult to work with when it comes to dental treatment.
Successful treatment of a missing rear molar through dental implants is high, and when performed correctly the treatment can ensure a patient’s bite remains strong for many years after.
If a patient loses a molar, then it can affect the way they eat and can cause other dental problems. And so dental implants are an ideal solution to help prevent further problems by reinforcing the surrounding teeth and also to ensure the patient’s chewing capability remains unhindered.
While some patients may opt for bridge treatment rather than a dental implant, it is likely that a bridge treatment may not yield the best results; indeed, a dental implant as a molar replacement is likely to look better in the mouth and provide much more strength than a bridge.
An implant dentist can advise on the best course of action, depending on the location of the molar that has been lost and will take into account other factors when recommending whether or not a patient should consider dental implants as a replacement for a lost molar, including:
- The amount of bone in the affected area that will house the implant’s ‘root’
- Accessibility into the location of the missing molar for dental equipment
- The effect the dental implant will have on surrounding teeth
In instances where the patient has insufficient bone mass to support a dental implant, the implant dentist can use a graft to build up the bone enough to allow a dental implant to be fitted. In some cases, however, the location of the missing molar may make treatment difficult if other teeth, nerves or the tongue, block entry to the cavity.
Of course, not everyone elects to have a missing rear molar replaced, but if left empty a gap left by a missing molar can cause the surrounding teeth to shift and grow into the vacated space, thus creating problems with the patient’s bite in later life.
Successful treatment of a missing rear molar through dental implants is high, and when performed correctly the treatment can ensure a patient’s bite remains strong for many years after.
To learn more about your toot replacement options in Long Island, call Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 and schedule your consultation.
Will a Root Canal Save My Tooth?
March 15th, 2012
Root Canal treatment is a fairly common treatment utilized by dentists to preserve the longevity of a damaged tooth. The procedure involves a dentist removing the inner tissue – known as the pulp – from inside the tooth and then cleaning out, filling and finally sealing the tooth to prevent infection.
Root canals are often performed when tooth damage, either through decay or other means, leaves the tooth’s pulp exposed to bacteria in the patient’s mouth. Without treatment, the bacteria can result in the pulp becoming infected and eventually it will die. Once dead, if not removed, the pulp will continue to decay, releasing further bacteria which can affect the jaw bone.
Whilst the simplest answer may be simply to remove the entire tooth, a dentist may instead opt to perform root canal treatment in order to preserve the tooth. Removing the entire tooth could create problems with biting and chewing as the remaining teeth shift due to the space left behind, and so is a practical alternative to tooth removal.
The decision to carry out a root canal will depend on a dentist’s assessment of the affected tooth. If they decide a root canal is necessary, then a dentist will first create an opening in the tooth, often by drilling into the tooth under local anaesthetic.
Once the opening has been created, the dentist will remove the pulp from the root cavity and clean the inside of the tooth using specially-developed files. The dentist will also sculpt the inside of the tooth to ensure a good seal.
Then, the root cavity is filled with a special rubber substance called ‘gutta percha’ that stops bacteria from re-entering the tooth before applying a dental filling to seal the tooth.
Further dental check-ups will also be required to ensure the root canal treatment has been successful and that the filling remains intact. Maintaining a good dental hygiene program is also important to help increase the treatment’s chance of success.
Indeed, the success rate of root canal treatment is extremely high, with the probability of successful treatment around 95%. In most cases, root canal treatment can preserve the affected tooth for many years after treatment as the tooth remains alive despite the absence of the pulp.
If you are in need of root canal treatment in Hicksville NY, contact Broadway Dental today to schedule your visit.
Dental Implants: A Great Investment for Your Health
March 2nd, 2012
When we lose a tooth, we typically have several options to choose from to replace it; we can choose dentures, a dental bridge, or to have dental implants placed by an implant dentist.
While all three methods can restore a smile back to its former glory, the impact on a patient’s health can differ depending to the treatment chosen. An implant dentist can help ensure the right treatment is taken to suit the patient’s circumstances.
Dental implants also provide support to surrounding teeth, preventing shifting and maintaining the mouth’s structure almost as if there was no tooth loss to begin with.
For instance, a denture may only return around 20% of the patient’s chewing force, can irritate the patient’s mouth and become ill-fitting over time as dentures can’t fully support the surrounding teeth. Dentures also require regular cleaning, and are quite fragile if handled incorrectly.
Bridge treatment, on the other hand, is sturdier than denture treatment. However, bridge treatment can lead to food and debris becoming trapped within the mouth; over time this debris begins to rot, which can eat away at tooth enamel and cause further problems if not kept clean.
Dental implants result in little loss of chewing force compared to real teeth and when fitted look just like the real thing. Dental implants also provide support to surrounding teeth, preventing shifting and maintaining the mouth’s structure almost as if there was no tooth loss to begin with.
The treatment involved in having dental implants takes longer to administer than other methods. An implant dentist places a small titanium support directly into the jawbone. Over time, this support will graft to the patient’s jawbone before the dentist fits a crown over the support, restoring the patient’s smile back to its former glory.
The results of dental implants are impressive; not only will the patient preserve their smile and their bite, but they will also build confidence in their self, knowing their smile is as good as it can be.
Plus the patient retains most of the functions of their mouth that would otherwise be lost – or greatly reduced – through other treatments, such as improved comfort; taste restoration; speech retention and an overall betterment of the patient’s oral health.
To learn more about dental implants in Nassau County, contact our experienced team at Broadway Dental. Call 516-681-2525 for your consultation.
Implant-Supported Dentures: What are the benefits?
February 24th, 2012
Good, better, best. When it comes to your teeth, your smile, and your ability to chew, you deserve only the best. Modern dentistry has raised the bar in terms of what you can expect from your dental restorations. Virtually every traditional dental procedure has been enhanced and improved within the last three decades.
For dentists, these advancements have translated into more predictable and successful procedures. For patients, it means more comfort and more confidence.
Today, these tremendous improvements can even be seen in restorations such as dentures. Your implant dentist can now use dental implants to improve the stability and fit of a complete denture. Dentures have historically been used to replace all of the upper or lower teeth, allowing patients to perform basic functions such as chewing and speaking. Unfortunately, ill-fitting dentures developed a reputation for slipping, sliding, and irritation.
With the addition of dental implants, a poorly fitting denture can be transformed into a custom-fitted smile. Since dental implants are designed to extend into the underlying jaw bone, they can be used to establish a sturdy foundation for your denture. Now, rather than attempt to glue your denture to the gum tissue, your implant dentist can anchor your denture to a series of dental implants.
Dental implants are permanent titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw bone. They are strong enough to absorb the tremendous forces of chewing and biting while also preventing bone loss. To operate in conjunction with dentures, dental implants can be fitted with special attachments to hold your denture in place.
According to your needs, your implant-supported denture can be permanent or removable. The benefits of this relationship are exciting both for the dental patient and the implant dentist. A denture that stays in place and improves your health can also improve your quality of life. Improved speech and improved chewing and digestion can make daily life more tolerable. A stable and secure smile makes life more pleasurable.
If you are interested in your options to improve a poorly fitting denture in the Jericho area, contact Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 and schedule your appointment today to explore your choices.
Stop Jawbone Atrophy with Dental Implants
February 15th, 2012
There are many tooth replacement solutions that can provide you with a pretty smile today. Dentures, partials, bridges, and dental implants are all viable options for filling the gap left by missing teeth. But, what happens once you leave the dental office?
Only dental implants provide stimulation to the jaw bone, preventing jawbone atrophy.
It is important to understand the long-term effects of your tooth replacement choice. How long will the tooth replacement last? What are the maintenance requirements? How will the choice affect your overall health?
These questions and more can be discussed with your implant dentist in order to select the option that will be most satisfying for you. Ultimately, you will want to know that your choice will meet your needs and enhance your life. After all, you will need to live with your selection on a daily basis for many years.
When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone will begin to deteriorate in the absence of a tooth root. Although some tooth replacement choices can replace the portion of the tooth that is visible when you smile, they do little to stimulate the underlying jaw bone. Over time, this deterioration, known as jawbone atrophy, can cause many unpleasant side-effects.
As the bone loss becomes more advanced, a noticeable dip or defect becomes visible in your gum line. Whereas a dental bridge or denture can initially be made to fit snuggly at your gumline, bone loss will cause a gap to develop between your restoration and your gumline. The progression of bone loss has a significant impact on the comfort and appearance of your denture or bridge. Eventually, bone atrophy becomes evident in your facial profile. Loss of bone structure can be identified by sagging jaws, sunken cheeks, and drooping lips.
Only dental implants provide stimulation to the jaw bone, preventing jawbone atrophy. Through a process known as osseointegration, the implant becomes permanently anchored to the bone. Bone loss is essentially stopped, as the dental implant literally replaces the natural tooth root. In this manner, the dental implant restores the portion of the tooth that is visible when you smile, while also continuing to stimulate the jaw bone.
Schedule an appointment with our Long Island implant dentistry team today to discuss your risk for jawbone atrophy and to explore the most appropriate solution for you.
Single Tooth Replacement: What Are My Options?
February 2nd, 2012
Thanks to the tremendous advances in technology over the last 30 years, there are now more options than ever for restoring your smile. Whether your concerns are cosmetic, functional, or both, you can now objectively weigh your options to find the solution that is most suitable for you.
In terms of tooth replacement, there are some traditional solutions such as dental bridges that are still effective for restoring the space left by a missing tooth. However, dentists and patients are recognizing the increasing advantages of more modern solutions such as dental implants.
For most patients who are missing a single tooth, dental implants have established a sound reputation for success. Your implant dentist can provide a wealth of information as to how dental implants can be utilized to address your individual needs.
In some instances, a traditional dental bridge can be used to fill the void left by a missing tooth and restore your biting surface. Several decades ago, this solution was considered to be the high standard in tooth replacement. As you consider this solution, it is important to identify and understand some of the bridge’s inherent short-comings. Choosing a dental bridge requires the removal of a significant amount of natural tooth structure. Also, the bridge does not include a replacement tooth root to extend into the underlying bone.
Although the dental bridge is still considered to be an acceptable choice for tooth replacement, many of its disadvantages can be overcome with dental implants. Dental implants are considerably more conservative, since your implant dentist will not have to remove any natural tooth structure. The implant is also designed to mimic the design of a natural tooth, including the biting surface as well as the tooth root. The presence of the tooth root provides the support that is necessary to maintain the surrounding bone structure while also distributing chewing forces.
In choosing to replace a single tooth, the dental implant has quickly replaced the dental bridge as the highest standard of care. To learn more about your options in the Old Bethpage NY area, contact Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 to schedule an appointment.
Reasons to Replace a Missing Tooth
January 26th, 2012
Although your dentist is a doctor who specializes in the care of your teeth and gums, most dentists are genuinely concerned about your overall health and wellness. It should be reassuring to know that when your dentist makes a recommendation, such as choosing an implant to replace a missing tooth, it is based upon the knowledge that the procedure will ultimately improve the quality of your life.
Dental implants are often the best solution for replacing a missing tooth.
If your dentist has recommended dental implants in Westbury, it is important to understand a few fundamental facts:
- Dental implants are often the best solution for replacing a missing tooth. When your implant dentist places a dental implant, your new tooth will be permanently integrated with your jaw bone. This means that your dental implant will look and function more similarly to a natural tooth than any other tooth replacement alternative.
- Replacing a missing tooth can restore your confidence. Missing teeth can slowly diminish self-esteem as you begin to feel uncomfortable laughing or smiling freely. Many patients may even feel a sense of shame or embarrassment about the gaps and spaces between the teeth.
- A missing tooth can create a domino effect in regards to your remaining teeth. When even one tooth is lost, the neighboring teeth will naturally begin to shift or move out of place. This shifting can lead to crowding, food traps, and gum disease.
- Bone loss is another unfortunate consequence of tooth loss. In the absence of a tooth root, the bone virtually melts away in a process called resorption. Overtime, patients may notice a shrunken jaw or sagging cheeks.
There are many reasons to replace a missing tooth. To find out if dental implants are the correct choice for you, contact Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 and schedule a visit with our implant dentist today.
Eat the Foods You Want With Dental Implants
January 16th, 2012
There is much to be said about enjoying a good meal. Aside from pure nourishment, many important moments in life take place during meals. Business lunch meetings, family dinners, and romantic dates are just a few of the social interactions that are centered on meals.
These are not the times to be concerned about limited food choices. Unfortunately, once you have suffered tooth loss, most of the tooth replacement choices are not durable enough to sustain the type of diet that you deserve. Dentures, partials, and bridges are not securely anchored in place, making chewing and biting uncomfortable. In public, struggling to chew and bite can become quite an embarrassing challenge.
It is fortunate, however, that patients can enjoy the advantages of implant dentistry in Nassau County to resolve the challenge. Your implant dentist may recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth in virtually any scenario.
Both front teeth and back teeth can be effectively replaced with dental implants. As a matter of fact, dental implants are being used to replace teeth in any location in the mouth, top or bottom. Whether you are missing one natural tooth or an entire arch, implants are typically the very best solution.
With implant dentistry, your new tooth can be directly integrated with the jaw bone to create a firm and secure bite. With this stable foundation, your implant can be used to chew and bite a wide range of foods and snacks.
What could be better than eating the foods that you want? Bite into a thick steak, and thoroughly chew all textures of vegetables and fruit. There are few limitations in regards to your food choices once your implant has completely healed.
Your implant dentist understands that enabling you to eat a variety of foods and chew thoroughly enough for proper digestion can be an asset to your health. But, actually enjoying meals is an important simple pleasure that cannot be ignored.
Schedule your consultation with our experienced implant dentistry team today to avoid having yet another meal ruined by the consequences of tooth loss.
Do dental implants mimic the natural tooth structure?
January 3rd, 2012
Thinking about the shape and sizes of dentures, bridges, and partials in comparison to a natural tooth, it is easy to understand why these restorations present so many challenges. Laden with clasps, hooks, acrylic foundations, and uncomfortable irritation to the gum tissue, dentures and partials are quite a mouthful!
Dental implants, by design, mimic the natural tooth structure in shape, size, and appearance.
Bridges, though they are more stable and more attractive than the previously mentioned options, still have their share of drawbacks. Sometimes considered too aggressive for the replacement of a single tooth, the enamel of at least two natural teeth must be modified in order to stabilize the bridge. In essence, a dental bridge is designed to involve at least three teeth just to replace one tooth.
With so many complicated choices, patients in Long Island NY seeking dental implants are pleased with the possibility of a third option. Dental implants, by design, mimic the natural tooth structure in shape, size, and appearance.
Compared to other tooth replacement choices, only the dental implant can replace the missing tooth root. The bone in the area becomes integrated with the specially coated Titanium implant post, creating a permanent and secure foundation. The artificial root takes up only the space that would have been occupied by the natural tooth root, and has no negative impact on the neighboring teeth.
When your implant dentist has evaluated your implant post for proper healing, the crown or cap can be placed. This restoration is generally used to finalize or complete your dental implant procedure, and will be customized to look and feel like your other teeth. The crown, shaped exactly like your remaining teeth, is also designed to take up no more space than the natural tooth.
It is not by coincidence that the dental implant mimics the natural tooth structure. Implant dentists and patients are quickly recognizing the fact that there is no need to stray away from Mother Nature’s original design when it comes to tooth replacement.
To find out how you can replace your missing tooth with the solution that is as natural as the original, contact Broadway Dental at 516-681-2525 and schedule your consultation today.
Is there an age limit for dental implants?
December 27th, 2011
Dental implants appeal to a wide variety of Westbury patients, but some candidates may worry that they are too old to have the devices placed. Age should not be a concern, though. Implant success rests largely on other factors that are independent of a patient’s age.
The amount of bone in a person’s mouth is the most important aspect of determining whether that person is a viable candidate for dental implants. Because the implant must fuse with the jawbone in order for the implant to last, the jawbone must be sturdy enough to support the implants.
As long as the patient has enough bone, the implant dentist can perform the dental implant placement procedure.
Although bone loss does accompany aging, the phenomenon occurs when the natural teeth are lost and their roots are not replaced for some time, allowing the bone to gradually wear away. Older people who have kept their natural teeth or those who get dental implants shortly after the teeth are lost or extracted are not likely to experience significant bone loss.
Even if the patient does have severe bone erosion, surgical techniques such as sinus augmentation or bone grafts can supplement the remaining bone, giving the patient an opportunity to qualify for dental implants.
At the older end of the spectrum, age is typically not an issue for dental implant candidates. However, patients who are children or early teens may not be appropriate for the appliances. It is difficult to place dental implants in a jaw that is still growing and developing. Those implants could shift over time, or they may not “take” at all, leaving the child with a large gap in the smile. Even so, dental implant placement may be possible in younger patients if it is planned within the context of an overarching orthodontic intervention.
Dental implants offer a number of advantages over alternatives like bridges and dentures. Fortunately, there’s no upper age limit for dental implant patients. Contact Broadway Dental at 516.681.2525 and begin planning your journey to a more attractive smile.
Dental implants: Reclaim a more youthful appearance
December 16th, 2011
One of the numerous disadvantages of dentures is their effect on a patient’s appearance. Over time, the skin around the mouth becomes pinched in denture wearers, making them look much older than their true chronological age. Dental implants, on the other hand, help patients to restore a youthful flair even in the face of tooth loss.
The structure of a dental implant makes a major contribution to its aesthetic benefits.
Long Island NY patients can take advantage of dental implants to avoid a look of premature aging.
In working with an implant dentist, patients are choosing the method that does the best job of imitating a natural tooth. The structure of a dental implant makes a major contribution to its aesthetic benefits.
When the biological teeth are lost, so are their roots. Hidden below the gumline, the roots may not seem to be important to the smile, but they actually play a significant role in its appearance.
The roots help to hold the jawbone in place. When they are absent, the jawbone begins to atrophy and change shape. However, the skin around the lips and teeth does not adjust accordingly, and it can pull and become noticeably wrinkled. This adds years to the patient’s appearance.
Unlike dentures, dental implants replace the roots of the missing teeth. The bone’s shape remains stable, and there are no changes to the skin in the area of the mouth. In this way, dental implants help patients to appear younger.
Beyond the facial changes, the morphing jawbone can also affect the fit of the dentures. Over time, they will not fit as well, making them prone to slipping out of place and even more noticeable and unattractive.
Even an implant that replaces a single tooth is an aesthetic improvement over other methods like bridges and crowns. An implant-supported prosthetic tooth fits in seamlessly with the rest of a patient’s smile, while other methods sometimes stand out—in a bad way.
Are you concerned that a missing tooth (or multiple teeth) are making you look older than you really are? Consult with our experienced implant dentistry team to learn more about the options available to you.
Structure of a Dental Implant
December 5th, 2011
Do you need to replace a missing tooth? Are you looking for a solution that will last for decades? Our Long Island implant dentist offers the best tooth replacement option in terms of form and function—dental implants.
When placed by an implant dentist, these appliances are stable, durable and attractive alternatives to a natural tooth lost to decay or injury.
Dental implants are screw-like structures that are inserted into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth’s root. A standard dental implant is typically at least 3 mm in diameter, and they can range from 8-16 mm in length. The dental implant is topped with a small post that holds the prosthetic tooth in place.
The dental implant is made of titanium, and this material is central to the implant’s success. Titanium is biocompatible. That is, it is able to integrate with the bone material found naturally in the body. As a result, the implant fuses with the jawbone, making it practically indistinguishable from the root of a biological tooth.
This process does require that the patient have sufficient bone material to support the implant’s osseointegration. However, if a patient has significant bone loss, the remaining bone can be augmented to increase the likelihood of the implant’s success.
Dental implants work so well because they replicate the tooth’s roots. Rather than focus only on the visible portion of the tooth, dental implants replace the entire tooth structure.
After the dental implant is placed, it is topped with an artificial cap or crown. This crown is designed to the specifications of the patient’s smile. It is carefully crafted so that it blends in with the rest of the patient’s natural smile.
The dental implant’s structure offers numerous advantages over other tooth replacement methods. A dental implant stabilizes the jawbone just as a root does, preventing the erosion that can eventually put other teeth at risk.
Unlike fixed permanent bridges, which require crowns to be placed on adjacent teeth, dental implants have no impact on other teeth.
Dental implants are your best choice for tooth replacement. Contact Broadway Dental at 516.681.2525 to see if an implant is a possibility in your case.
What is sleep apnea?
November 28th, 2011
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which air cannot move freely through the nose and throat, causing a reduction in available oxygen. Sleep apnea actually stems from an inadequate airway, and can be attributed to hereditary anatomy of the nasal and throat passages and/or obesity. In many cases, patients who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware of the signs and symptoms, or uninformed as to the health risks associated with the condition.
Although a consultation with your Woodbury dentist may be necessary to confirm the disorder, many of the warning signs can be identified at home. Some of the symptoms most identifiable at home include heavy or disruptive snoring, and failure to achieve deep and satisfying levels of sleep.
It’s important to know that delaying or ignoring treatment recommendations can actually be harmful to your health:
- Due to interrupted sleep patterns and a depleted oxygen supply, sleep apnea sufferers begin to lack necessary or adequate rest. The body is unable to fully recuperate from stress or illness.
- Inability to concentrate during normal daily activities such as driving, critical thinking, and work-related tasks can be both dangerous and frustrating.
- Lack of sleep can lead to obesity/weight gain. Sufferers may tend to consume more unhealthy foods and drinks during the day in an effort to stay awake and alert, while also feeling too tired to remain active throughout the day.
- A weakened immune system and more frequent cold/flu symptoms can be a health risk which leads to more serious health conditions.
Fortunately, the treatment for sleep apnea is typically conservative and fast-acting. Your dentist may recommend a comfortable mask that can be worn while sleeping. By delivering a gentle flow of air, the mask can help to keep the passages of the nose and throat open.
Sometimes, a small, custom-fitted mouth guard can effectively treat sleep apnea. Similar to an athletic mouth guard, your dentist may prescribe this appliance to properly position the lower jaw, keeping the airway open and enabling oxygen to flow unobstructed.
These treatments are effective for treating and preventing the harmful effects of sleep apnea, while also addressing the more annoying symptoms such as snoring. To find out how sleep apnea treatments, prescribed by our dental team, can improve your quality of sleep for yourself, schedule an appointment today.
What you need to know about teeth grinding and clenching
November 18th, 2011
Commonly referred to as bruxism, teeth grinding and clenching is an extremely common dental condition. Many children clench and grind the teeth, though most tend to outgrow the condition before they reach adulthood. Many adults also clench and grind the teeth both during the waking and the sleeping hour.
In dentistry, although bruxism is recognized as a common condition, it should not be ignored. The damage and side effects of this condition can be painful, irreversible, and disruptive to your lifestyle. Making plans to speak with your Plainview dentistabout your bruxism habit should be considered a high priority.
The signs and symptoms of bruxism can range from mild to severe. Popping and clicking of the jaw joint, headaches and neck aches, and difficulty chewing typically indicate a level of dysfunction in the joint. Many patients suffering from the disorder have been informed by loved ones and family members that the sounds of grinding teeth can be especially loud at night. The sounds can be just as disruptive as snoring.
It is important to contact your dentist if you show any of the above signs because the effects of bruxism can be more severe than occasional disturbed sleep or a clicking jaw joint. Bruxism is also known to contribute to:
-Damage of the teeth and enamel, including chipped or broken fillings and fractured porcelain (on crowns and bridges). Even the enamel near the gumline can eventually fracture away (known as abfraction) leaving exposed root surfaces and weakened teeth.
-Tooth sensitivity and the inflammation of the periodontal ligaments can occur in response to the tremendous forces that are generated when clenching and grinding. The teeth can become hypersensitive to normal stimuli such as temperature, pressure, and sweets.
-Bone loss, or periodontal disease, is a troublesome and irreversible consequence of bruxism. As the bone resorbs and the gumline begins to recede, the teeth lose vital support. These tissues are unable to regenerate, and periodontal disease becomes a lifelong condition.
Damage to the TMJ (jaw joint), leading to popping, clicking, joint pain, inflammation, arthritis, lockjaw, difficulty biting and chewing can lessen your quality of life and trigger a chain reaction of side effects. Be proactive against the effects of bruxism. Call our dental team at 516-681-2525 to schedule an appointment today to learn about your treatment options.
What factors contribute to the long-term success of dental implants?
November 8th, 2011
Choosing to invest in dental implants is also a choice to invest in your overall health. As with any investment, you will want to ensure that the return on the investment is appreciable. With dental implants, the best way to ensure that you receive the maximum return on your investment is with proper planning and proper care at home.
Long-term success begins with scheduling a comprehensive examination in Bethpage regarding dental implants. You’ll learn about your options for implant dentistry, as well as discuss any obstacles that may prevent you from enjoying successful dental implants.
There are some factors known to have a significant impact on the success of your dental implants:
- Good overall health. A healthy diet speeds the healing process and naturally reduces inflammation. Properly controlled health conditions that are managed through diet, exercise, and/or medication can dramatically extend the life of your implants. Avoiding smoking and other habits that can be detrimental to your health can also help to extend the life of your implants.
- Proper plaque control, such as brushing and flossing, is key to the success of your dental implants. The elimination of periodontal disease anywhere in the mouth, and especially at the implant site can reduce the possibility of bone loss or infection around the implant. Choosing a high quality power toothbrush and antimicrobial mouthrinses also helps to improve the effectiveness of your homecare regimen. Dental implants do not require special tools or techniques for daily maintenance. Simple, thorough plaque control can be highly effective.
- The management of occlusal/biting forces such as bruxism, poor occlusion, and proper positioning of the teeth (bite stabilization) can protect the implants and dramatically extend the life of the replacement teeth. Discussing and identifying any possible source of extreme forces on the implants or neighboring teeth is an important part of your consultation. Your implant dentist may simply recommend a protective mouth guard to reduce the impact of these forces.
Our top priority at Broadway Dental is to provide you with a solution that works best for you. Once the implant is in place, it is important to take the appropriate steps to protect your investment. Schedule your visit today to learn more about prolonging the life of your dental implants.
Do I have to live with tooth sensitivity
October 28th, 2011
You have started avoiding eating or drinking anything that is cold or hot because the zinging sensation you feel when heat or cold hits your teeth has become more than a little uncomfortable. The reasons for the sensitivity can range from minor to major, so if you are experiencing this condition a visit to our dentist serving Hicksville can offer many ways to alleviate the discomfort.
Sensitivity can occur for a variety of reasons. Brushing too hard with a stiff toothbrush can cause the tooth’s enamel to wear away exposing the dentin bringing on sensitivity.
As we age, many experience gum recession. When this happens, the nerve might become exposed and consuming hot, cold, sweet or sour can cause those twinges to occur.
If your sensitivity is due to harsh brushing or gum recession, there are easy remedies. First of all, switching to a soft bristle toothbrush will help. Secondly, there are many over the counter products one can use to bring relief. There are toothpastes and rinses that can ease sensitivity in the root nerve and with consistent use will build up a coating that will provide further protection.
If your sensitivity is due to a more serious condition, your dentist can offer a solution. A cracked or broken tooth or a deep cavity can result in hot or cold sensitivity due to the nerve being exposed. Once the tooth is repaired with a filling, or perhaps a dental crown, the sensitivity should ease.
If you are dealing with gum disease or are prone to excessive plaque build-up, these problems can lead to sensitivity as well. A visit to your dentist will provide relief, as well as instruction on how to avoid sensitivity going forward.
Based on the reason you are experiencing sensitivity, your dentist might recommend one of the popular over the counter products. However, if you have tried these products and they have failed to bring relief, there is a desensitizer your dentist can apply during your dental visit. This product is aimed at reducing discomfort, but your dentist might suggest you continue to use one of the many products available over the counter to supplement the desensitizer.
Whatever the reason causing your sensitivity, regular visits to your dentist, twice daily brushing and flossing and using a fluoride rinse are all possible solutions to bring an end to the discomfort due to sensitivity.
You no longer have to live with tooth sensitivity. Contact our experienced Broadway Dental team at 516.681.3514 to learn how we can help.
Gingivitis and your overall health
October 17th, 2011
Understanding the origins of your gum disease can provide your Long Island dentist with many tools needed to control and improve the issues revolving around gingivitis.
Gingivitis is basically inflammation of the gum tissue, and the precursor to developing a more serious problem called periodontal disease. Many believe the reason for their gingivitis is due to heredity, and that they are doomed to the same fate as family members.
However, popular wisdom follows that excellent oral hygiene could be the answer to solving problems you may have with your gums. Professional dental cleaning and dental exams twice per year, plus twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste or gel and daily flossing are the basics to start relieving gingivitis.
A major contributor to this condition is plaque forming on the teeth. Without removing plaque, the foods we eat and beverages we drink allow more build-up of plaque on our teeth. Although you can’t see it, the plaque is working under the gum tissue leading to inflammation. Left untreated, this inflammation could progress to bleeding gums, bad breath, infection and even tooth loss. What started out as gingivitis becomes a more serious periodontal disease, which can lead to a lifetime of more extensive dental cleanings and treatment like root planning and scaling.
Other factors that might impact your dental health include diet, vitamin deficiency, smoking, and alcohol consumption – even stress. Stress can result in grinding your teeth, which can lead to damage to your teeth and gum tissue. A healthy diet and adequate vitamins will help promote good dental health, but these alone are not the total answer.
Also, it is very well documented that gum disease may be linked to heart and respiratory disease. And losing one’s teeth would most certainly impact overall health.
There is no one definitive symptom that would tell you that you have gingivitis. Only your dentist or dental hygienist is in a position to diagnose this condition. This is why those twice yearly visits to your dentist are so important. If your dental provider sees any of the symptoms, and they are caught early, you can immediately start a dental regimen that could save your teeth. Developing the good habits of excellent oral hygiene now might save your overall health in the future.
Dental Implants: Enjoy the benefits of a complete smile
October 5th, 2011
Many of us have friends and family that don’t seem to smile broadly. It’s not because they aren’t happy, but maybe are embarrassed by the appearance of their teeth. If that is your case, a visit to your Woodbury implant dentistfor a total smile makeover could open the path to big smiles in the future.
For those who have lost teeth due to trauma, infection or they just never grew in, there is now a permanent solution that offers the stability and appearance of your own natural teeth. The process of placing a dental implant allows the implant to work much like the root of a tooth. An implant resembles a small screw. It is made of an extremely strong metal, and when imbedded in the gum tissue will eventually become the base of a new tooth.
Your implant dentist will assess your dental health, as well as your overall health, to make sure you are a good candidate for dental implants. Whether you are replacing just one tooth, or are planning on more than one, since a dental implant actually becomes part of your dental anatomy, it is essential that a thorough exam be done to make sure of a successful outcome.
A dental implant will take four to six months to heal. During that time, a temporary cover will be placed over the implant to offer protection during the healing process. Once that portion of the treatment is complete, the implant will have adhered to bone tissue giving it strength and stability.
At the uncovering of your implant, your dentist will then complete your smile makeover by providing you with your final restoration which has been made to look like the shape and shade of your natural teeth. In fact, these dental restorations are so lifelike, it is very difficult to detect that one has had any dental work performed.
In addition to the appearance benefit, adding an implant will also improve your ability to eat and speak more naturally. Replacing missing teeth generally also has the effect of boosting confidence as well. So now that you have newly gained confidence, have enhanced the ability to eat and speak with ease, it will be a pleasure to be able to enjoy the benefits of a new complete smile.
To learn more about dental implants and to schedule a consultation, please contact Broadway Dental at 516.681.3514.
Orthodontics: What to Expect at the First Appointment
September 28th, 2011
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry specializing in the treatment of malocclusions, or improper bites. Misalignment can lead to numerous problems such as abnormal wear and tear, teeth grinding, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Moving the teeth into the proper position can alleviate these problems, helping you keep your teeth longer and avoid the long-term discomfort of some of the side effects associated with misalignment. If you are considering orthodontics in Hicksville, you might be wondering what to expect when you go in for your first appointment.
The Orthodontic Consultation
Typically, your first appointment will be a consultation. The dentist will evaluate your teeth and your bite, take a number of images, and provide suggestions for what he feels is the best approach to correct your alignment issues. The dentist might also make molds of your teeth to provide additional information about how your teeth interact with each other.
In many cases, the pictures the orthodontist takes are made with digital equipment. Using special software, the orthodontist can show you what your teeth, jaw, and profile look like now, and what they will look like after successful treatment. He will also provide information about the length of the treatment, expected costs, and payment plans.
Making a Decision About Orthodontics
Deciding whether to have orthodontics, either for yourself or for your child, is a complex decision. Your dentist can help by providing information about what might occur without treatment, and how your prognosis will improve with orthodontic treatment. In many cases, financing plans and other approaches can make orthodontics more affordable and easier on your budget.
During your consultation, be sure to ask any and all questions you might have about the process, how braces work, and what options you have. For example, if you have minor misalignment, you might be able a candidate for Invisalign treatment. More complex issues, however, often require traditional metal braces.
If you would like to learn how orthodontic treatment can transform your smile, please call our office at 516.681.2525 for an initial consultation regarding your treatment options.
Are You Prepared for a Dental Emergency?
September 15th, 2011
As with any medical emergency, the better prepared you are, the more likely you are to experience positive results. Our dentist serving Syossetcan help you if you experience a dental emergency, but your at-home preparation can make all the difference in a successful recovery.
What Do I Need for a Dental Emergency?
A first aid kit for dental emergencies is very similar to a standard first aid kit, but the addition of a few items can help you respond quickly and effectively to issues such as dislodged or broken teeth.
In addition to standard first aid materials, a typical first aid kit for dental emergencies should include:
- A small cup to transport dislodged teeth
- A product to help preserve dislodged teeth
Gauze can be used to stem bleeding inside the mouth. If a tooth is knocked out, you should place it in a small cup filled with milk, water, or a product specially designed to preserve teeth that have been dislodged from the mouth.
If a filling or a crown becomes loose or dislodged, toothpaste makes a good temporary adhesive to hold it in place until you can go to the dentist. There are also over the counter products designed specifically for this purpose.
Responding to a Dental Emergency
Quick action is the best way to ensure a good result and complete recovery after a dental injury. In the case of cuts or lacerations on the inside of the mouth, quick reaction will help slow or stop the bleeding while you take the injured person to the dentist or to an emergency room. Also, the sooner a knocked out tooth is recovered and placed in an appropriate solution, the more likely it is that your dentist will be able to successfully restore it to its proper place.
In any dental emergency, it is important also to see a dentist as quickly as possible. Even if an emergency room or doctor is able to help the immediate problem, a dentist can evaluate your mouth and teeth to see if teeth have been damaged or pushed out of position. If you experience a dental emergency, please contact Broadway Dental at 516.681.2525.
The Benefits of Choosing Dental Implants
September 7th, 2011
Improvements in dental technology have made dental implants a popular choice to replace missing teeth. Though some people still choose dentures or traditional bridges, dental implants provide several advantages over these options. Our Long Island implant dentist can help determine if dental implants are a good option for you.
Aesthetic Advantages of Dental Implants
Many people choose dental implants because of the way they look. Implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They are custom made to match the color and the overall shape of the tooth or teeth being replaced. They are made of materials that match the light reflecting properties of natural enamel, again making them look much more like natural teeth than the typical, more opaque materials used for traditional dentures. If you need to have only one or two teeth replaced, implants also more aesthetically pleasing because they do not require metal bands or adjacent crowns to anchor the replacement teeth.
Also important to many people is the fact that dental implants are stationary. Dentures can move around in the mouth and can even fall out if their fit is poor. If you choose implants, you will not have to worry about this kind of potential embarrassment.
Physical Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are also more comfortable than dentures. Dentures create bulk in the mouth and require a period of a few weeks for you to get used to them. Implants take up no more room than natural teeth, because the visible portion of the tooth is attached to an artificial root that is affixed directly to the jawbone. In addition, they stay in place, and do not have to be removed for cleaning, and so do not create uncomfortable abrasions or other issues caused by dentures that move in the mouth. Dentures must be reevaluated and sometimes resized every few years to ensure their fit remains comfortable; implants do not require this kind of maintenance, either.
To find out more about dental implants and their advantages over traditional dentures, please contact our implant dentistry team at Broadway dental for additional information.
Tips to maintain a healthy smile
August 29th, 2011
A healthy smile doesn’t just happen. You must nurture and care for your beautiful smile just as you care for the rest of your body. Our dentist serving Westbury will tell you, your smile is a reflection of your overall health. Your smile is the gateway to the rest of your body, and when the body is unhealthy, it often shows in your smile. Likewise, when your smile appears unhealthy, there are typically unhealthy conditions elsewhere in the body.
Taking steps to maintain a healthy smile will not only improve your confidence, but may also prevent a wide range of systemic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes:
- Visit your dentist regularly (Routine dental visits are nice for having your teeth cleaned, but take full advantage of the opportunity. Your dentist and staff can share a wealth of information regarding proper brushing and flossing, over the counter dental products, and cosmetic procedures.)
- Enjoy a healthy diet (Vitamin deficiencies and systemic diseases often have oral manifestations. Red and bleeding gums, slow healing, cracking at the corners of the mouth, and a coated tongue are all indicators of underlying healthy conditions. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for maintaining a healthy heart, a healthy body fat index, normal blood pressure, and firm, pink gums.)
- Brush after meals and floss daily (Brushing and flossing are still the best ways to remove plaque and food particles from the teeth and gums. You may know that bacterial plaque promotes gum disease, but it also leads to stained and discolored teeth. Plaque creates a sticky film that attracts stain. Remove plaque frequently to reduce staining.
- Talk to your dentist about clenching and grinding (Also known as bruxism, clenching and grinding can wear down the protective enamel layer, cause chipping and fracturing of the teeth, and lead to receding gums. To protect your smile, your dentist may recommend treatment designed to prevent damage to your teeth.)
When it comes to preserving your smile, consider your dentist a partner in your quest for health. If you are due for a visit, don’t delay; call Broadway Dental to schedule your next appointment.
Who is a candidate for Invisalign
August 16th, 2011
The study of the positions of the teeth, the bite pattern, and jaw development is known as orthodontics. When the teeth are not properly positioned, when the bite is not ideal, or when the jaw is too large or too small to accommodate the teeth, orthodontics can be used to promote symmetry and health.
Traditional orthodontics, consisting of metal wires, brackets, and bands have historically been used to achieve tooth placement and occlusion (bite). More recently, the Invisalign procedure has been effective in aligning the teeth and correcting the bite, with many added benefits. Most teens and adults functional or cosmetic orthodontic concerns are suitable candidates for Invisalign.
For Invisalign in Hicksville, schedule your appointment today and discover how this exciting technology can improve your smile. Invisalign consists of a series of clear aligners designed to gently guide your teeth into the most ideal position. For teen and adult patients, these clear trays provide a low-profile and discreet method of straightening the teeth.
Invisalign is often recommended for patients with functional concerns such as a crossbite, overbite, underbite, open bite, or overjet. These conditions can affect the way that the teeth fit together as well as the way the jaw joint functions. Virtually invisible, comfortable aligners are an attractive solution for adults who desire to improve their dental health without feeling like an adolescent.
Even when the position of the teeth does not pose a functional risk, many adults and teens choose orthodontics to improve the esthetic appearance of their smile. Invisalign is useful for correcting crowding, shifting, spacing, and tooth rotation. Often, patients who have had traditional braces during childhood may notice that the teeth have shifted out of place if a retainer has not been used regularly. Invisalign is an ideal solution for those patients who would like to re-align the teeth without having braces again.
Most patients requiring orthodontic treatment are candidates for Invisalign. Still, an evaluation by our experienced Invisalign providers is the only way to be certain. To find out if Invisalign is right for you, call Broadway Dental at 516.681.2525 today.
Why preventative dental care is so important
August 1st, 2011
Within the last five decades, the emphasis on prevention in dentistry has much to do with the progression of dental science. As researchers began to identify the causes of many common dental diseases, dentists were able to educate patients more accurately. Dentists could actually teach patients how to modify diet and lifestyle habits in order to improve their overall dental health.
More recently, research has shown that many dental diseases are directly related to our overall health. Your Woodbury dentist has the ability and expertise to provide the dental care necessary to positively impact your general health and well-being.
Some of the more commonly preventable dental diseases include cavities and gum disease. Other conditions such as oral cancer, TMJ disorders, cosmetic concerns, and orthodontic abnormalities can be successfully corrected if identified early enough. For these reasons preventive dental care is valuable both for prevention and early detection.
Preventive dental care may include:
- Routine x-rays (used to detect decay between the teeth, evaluate the bone levels around the teeth, identify impacted teeth, abscesses, and disorders of the jaw joint)
- Periodontal examination (a thorough evaluation of the gums and bone, used to detect signs and degree of gum disease, gum recession, and plaque accumulation)
- Fluoride treatment (strong concentrations of fluoride can be applied to the teeth periodically to strengthen the enamel, prevent cavities, and reduce sensitivity. Fluoride treatments are typically recommended for both children and adults following routine cleanings)
- Sealants (clear or white resin can be applied to seal and protect the grooves and pits located on the biting surfaces of the back teeth. Most sealants are applied during childhood, but can also be useful for preventing cavities in adult patients.)
- Oral cancer screening (your dentist and staff are trained to identify any abnormal lesions of the mouth, head, neck, and face. Common locations for oral cancer include the sides of the tongue, the soft palate, and the throat, which may be difficult to identify through self-examination alone.)
The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies to preventive dentistry. If you’ve not taken advantage of the preventive services offered by our dentistry team, call Broadway Dental for your appointment today.