What Happens When You Lose a Tooth?

Dentist surgeryDo you have a missing tooth?  Don’t worry!  Whether your tooth loss was accidental or a result of tooth decay, there are several options available to you.  We offer several dental services that can help restore the appearance and health of your smile.

Restoration Options:
  • Crowns – If part of your tooth stays in tact, you may be able to restore it with a crown.  Dental crowns sit on top of your tooth, hold it together and protect it from decay.  Dental crowns can even be custom designed to blend in with the natural appearance of your smile.
  • Bridges - This restorative completely replaces a lost tooth.  Bridges rest on top of your gum and use the surrounding teeth for support.  They are a great choice for lost molars that sit in the back of your smile.  
  • Partial Dentures - This option is great for patients who have lost one or several teeth.  The partial dentures also sit on top of your gums, but unlike bridges, they can be removed.
  • Dental Implants -  Since dental implants are attached to your jaw bone, they provide the most natural look and feel of all the restorative options.  There is no need to alter your eating, drinking, or oral hygiene habits to manage your new implant.  However, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants and some healing time is required.
Visit our website to learn more about our restorative dental services or call 516-482-2215 to schedule a consultation.  At our office, Dr. Stewart Brody can help you determine the best restorative solution for your smile.

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Should You Get a Dental Implant?

Dental implantA missing tooth is more than a cosmetic issue – it can have a serious effect on your oral health too.  Missing teeth can cause misalignment and make your mouth more prone to cavities.  Whether you experienced accidental tooth loss or you recently had a tooth extracted, it’s important to take steps to restore your smile.

While there are several restorative options available to you, dental implants are often the favored tooth replacement option.  They are custom designed to match the natural shape and shade of your smile.  Their stability also makes them a comfortable choice, requiring minimal adjustment to your oral hygiene routine.

While dental implants are a great choice for most patients, they are not for everyone.  We do not always recommend dental implants when you:

    • are a heavy smoker
    • have a weakened immune system
    • have diabetes
    • grind your teeth at night
    • your teeth are not fully mature (children)
You can read this article or visit our website for more information on whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants.  If you are a missing a tooth, call 516-482-2215 to contact Perfect Smile Maker for your dental implant consultation.  Stewart Brody, DDS will help you determine the best restorative solution for your smile.

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How To Care for Your Dental Implants

asdfDental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing or damaged teeth.  With good care, your new dental implant is designed to last a lifetime.   Here are a few tips to help keep your dental implant healthy following your procedure.

Implant Care Tips:

  • Mouthwash – Immediately following your implant procedure, we recommend that you use Chlorhexidine Gluconate Mouthwash to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.  This helps reduce the risk of post-operative infection.
  • Diet – After your procedure, you want to be careful with your implant.  The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and warm soup.
  • Brushing – Until your permanent crown is implanted, you will need to care for your abutment with a small toothbrush.
  • Bi-Annual Visits – You should always schedule dental checkups twice a year to make sure that your smile is healthy.

After your dental implant has fully healed, you will be able to treat it just like any of your other natural teeth.  With regular brushing, flossing, and biannual dental exams and cleanings, your smile will be healthy and your dental implant will be long-lasting.

Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.  You can also call 516-482-2215 and schedule an appointment to visit Stewart Brody, DDS to determine if dental implants are the right option for you.

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