What is a Dental Implant?

Do you have a missing or extracted tooth?  Dental implants are one of the most realistic tooth replacement options available to you.  While we offer several restorative dental services at our office, dental implants offer a real look and feel that many patients love. Dental implants are connected directly to the jaw bone, functioning just like a natural tooth.  The restoration is made up of three parts:
  • Titanium Implant – The implant is attached directly to the jaw bone.  Through a process known as osseointegration, the jaw conforms to the base of the implant.  This securely holds the restoration in place and acts as the root of the tooth.
  • Abutment – The abutment attaches the implant base to the custom crown.
  • Crown – Each crown is custom created to match the shape, color and texture of your natural smile.  The crown provides patients with a natural appearance that looks and feels real.
Learn more about dental implants here. It is important that patients with missing teeth take the time to restore their smile.  Missing teeth can increase your risk of periodontal disease, bone loss and tooth misalignment.  Visit our website for more information or contact our office to schedule a consultation by calling 516-482-2215.  We can help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental Implants – why they are the standard of teeth replacements

One of the question’s I hear every day is “are dental implants worth it?” The short answer to this question is OF COURSE THEY ARE! If you do any search on Google you will find countless articles telling you the same thing such as here at the AARP and at Real-Self – one of the most well-respected medical communities on the internet. But if you want to read a real dentist’s review of dental implants you’ve come to the right place. Dental implants offer an excellent alternative to traditional tooth replacement procedures such as dentures and crowns, and are the preferred method of tooth replacement today. Here in Great Neck, NY many of us take better care of our teeth but it’s been estimated that at some point during our adult lives 70% of the population will loose at least one tooth. We are very lucky that there is a procedure such as dental Implants available to make sure that if you lose a tooth; it can be replaced and still look good and  be comfortable. So why are dental implants so great? Dental implants use anchors that are put into the gum-line and a professional cosmetic implant is created that fits your mouth perfectly to go on top of these anchors. They are much more secure and comfortable than removable dentures. Dentures, which were the traditional treatment for tooth replacement, have a tendency to wiggle, they can be very noticeable, and you need to remove them to clean them effectively; additionally, they require frequent visits to your dentist to maintain healthy oral hygiene. On the other hand, dental implants are secure, will last YEARS, can be cared for as if they are your own teeth, are stain resistant and require only the normal dental visits to maintain oral health. Dental implants can be used to treat single missing teeth or multiple teeth; plus just about everyone is eligible for dental implants. Dental implants essentially become your teeth and no special care is needed besides normal brushing and flossing. A good analogy to use to compare dental implants to dentures is buying a car. Dental implants can be more costly than dentures upfront but you are paying for quality and comfort, and there will be little maintenance costs associated with your implants. Implants are like buying a Lexus. Dentures on the other hand are very reliable and have been used for years; however, they are higher maintenance and will require more frequent visits to your dentist. Dentures are more like buying a Nissan. Nissan makes a great car, but they are not a Lexus. If you are considering a dental procedure to replace a missing tooth or teeth you should consult your dentist before you make any decision. If you would like to make an appointment at my office please visit http://perfectsmilemaker.com/office.htm and fill out the form, or call 516-482-2215. I hope this clarifies some of the differences between dental implants and dentures, and will allow you to have realistic expectations about each procedure. I look forward to answering any questions you may have.

Why you have to be careful of what you eat

I’m very excited, I am making my first post today about how eating right can mean a world of difference to your dental health. The summer, especially, can be a harrowing time for our teeth and gums because the great weather means we are all eating/drinking more fruity and sugar foods/drinks. I know I love ice cream and frozen coffee drinks as much as anyone, but the increased sugar intake can be very dangerous for your teeth and gums. A key to knowing how much damage different food/beverages are doing to your teeth is: “the simpler the sugar, the more damage”. Simple sugars (like the ones in soda and candy) give the bacteria that live in your mouth easy access to energy which promotes growth and multiplication of these dangerous organisms. When you have too much bacteria in your mouth the likelihood of cavities and gum disease is severe. A by-product of having more bacteria in your mouth is that it tends to create a more acidic environment.
            Rotten Teeth
                 If you’re not careful your teeth will look like this
Eating  and drinking more acidic choices tend to create more problems for your teeth and gums because high acid foods/drinks erode enamel. Examples of acidic beverages include sodas, energy drinks, citrus fruits and drinks (ie Orange Juice) and sports drinks to name a few. I hope you found this informative and interesting, and if you think you may be at risk for developing cavities or gum disease please visit your dentist as early as possible to promote the health of your teeth and gums.

Welcome

Welcome to The Stewart C. Brody – Long Island Dentist blog. I’ve been practicing family & cosmetic dentistry in Great Neck, New York since 1986, and I hope to share some of the things I’ve learned along the way and open a forum of discussion for all of the exciting updates that are going on in the world of dentistry today. My hope for this blog is for you to learn about what the world of dentistry entails, for anyone who is interested in these topics to join in the conversation, and most of all, I hope you all enjoy what you read here