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WhyYouShouldFlossAroundtheImplantsSupportingYourBridge

We've been using bridges to replace missing teeth for decades. Now, recently-developed implant-supported bridges are even more dependable, promising greater durability and less interference with remaining natural teeth.

But just like other restorations, you'll need to keep implant bridges clean to ensure their longevity. Although both the bridge and implants are impervious to disease, the supporting gums and bone aren't. If they become infected, they can break down and your restoration will fail.

Cleaning an implant-supported bridge includes flossing around each of the implants to remove dental plaque, a thin film of food particles and bacteria most responsible for dental disease. To perform this task, you'll have to pass the floss between the bridge and gums to access the sides of each implant.

To help make it easier, you can use a tool like a floss threader, a thin, shaft-like device with a loop on one end and a needle-like point on the other. You'll first thread about 18" of floss through the end and then pass the threader between the bridge and gums with the sharp end toward the tongue.

With the threader completely through, you'll then wrap the floss around your fingers as with regular flossing and move the floss up and down each side of the implants you can access. You'll then pull the floss out, reload the threader and move to the next section, repeating this process until you've flossed each side of each implant.

You can also use pre-cut floss with a stiffened end to thread between the bridge and gums or an interproximal brush with a thin bristled head that can reach underneath the bridge. And you might consider using an oral irrigator, a pump device that sprays a stream of pressurized water to remove and flush away plaque around implants.

To round out your hygiene efforts, be sure you visit your dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings. Your dentist can also advise you and give you training on keeping your implants clear of disease-causing plaque. Cleaning around your implants will help ensure your restoration will last.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework.”

DentalImplantsBetterthanEverthankstoOngoingTechAdvances

While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.

Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.

But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.

These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.

Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.

These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”

Bright White SmileHow your dentists in the Upper East Side, NY, can give you a fantastic smile

If nature gave you a great smile, you are lucky. If nature didn’t provide you with the smile you deserve, you can rejuvenate your smile. The answer is cosmetic dentistry! Today’s cosmetic dentistry combines both art and science to give you an outstanding smile. The dentists at Upper East Smiles in Upper East Side, NY, can help you achieve your best smile.

There are several procedures to choose from to rejuvenate your smile. Whether you have chips, cracks, yellowing, staining, or just an aging, dull smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure designed just for you and your smile. Consider:

Professional teeth whitening to brighten up a yellowed, stained smile. You can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter, and your beautiful results can last up to 5 years! Treatment is quick too; the in-office procedure takes only about an hour. Professional teeth whitening products have been rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness, so you know they will be gentle and work very well.

Tooth-colored fillings to fix damaged teeth. Tooth-colored fillings use composite, a liquid resin which can be color-matched to your tooth enamel, so your new fillings will blend perfectly with your smile. The composite can be sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth, and then the material is hardened with a special ultraviolet light. Your new fillings will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Dental implants to replace a single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are completely stable because they are fully embedded in bone. They look just like natural teeth, and you care for them like natural teeth too, by brushing and flossing. They become a permanent part of your smile.

Porcelain veneers if you want a dramatic, beautiful smile. Veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They cover cracks, fracture lines, staining, discolorations and many other unsightly aesthetic issues. They are the ultimate way to give you a celebrity-perfect smile quickly and easily.

To find out more about whitening, tooth-colored fillings, implants, veneers, and other cosmetic procedures, call the dentists at Upper East Smiles in Upper East Side, NY. Rejuvenate your smile by calling today!

By Upper East Smiles
July 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
WhatsSoSpecialAboutDentalImplants

Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.

Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?

Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).

Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.

Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.

With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”

By Upper East Smiles
March 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you trying to decide whether dental implants are the best tooth loss treatment dental implantsfor you?

We know that choosing the right restoration to replace one or more missing teeth is a big deal. Each option comes with its own list of pros (and sometimes cons, too) and it can sometimes be confusing which option is best. Luckily, our team of dentists in Upper East Side, NY, is here to help make the decision easier. If you’ve been considering getting dental implants, discover the many benefits you’ll enjoy with this restoration.

Second Only to Real Teeth

We know that the first thing on most of our patients’ minds is that they want to replace their missing tooth with a restoration that is as close to the real thing as possible. While dental bridges and dentures have certainly come a long way to resemble real teeth, they don’t function quite the same way; however, implants do. Implants are designed to replace tooth roots so they don’t just look like real teeth but they also function like them, too.

Durable and Strong

Implants are definitely one of the strongest restorations you can get. After all, the implant itself is made from titanium, an extremely strong and hardy metal. The implant is then placed into the jawbone where it fuses together with natural bone and tissue to become a permanent foundation. Once the implant fuses together with the jawbone it could end up lasting you the rest of your life.

Restore Chewing and Speaking

Nothing is worse than discovering that eating some of your favorite foods are now a major challenge because of tooth loss or that you now have an embarrassing speech impediment. While dentures can move around in your mouth and make it difficult to fully restore speaking or chewing, dental implants stay firmly in place so you can comfortably and confidently nosh on all the foods you love or converse with those around you without having to think twice about implants.

Protect Your Jawbone

When people lose one or more teeth the first thing they think about probably isn’t the health of their jawbone, but it should be. After all, if you don’t treat tooth loss the jawbone will begin to deteriorate, as well. Once the jawbone begins to deteriorate your facial structure will also change. Your chin will get shorter and your cheeks will start to look more sunken. This can also lead to premature wrinkles and lines. If our Upper East Side restorative dentist places an implant not long after you have lost your tooth then we can prevent bone deterioration and also preserve your facial structure.

If a dental implant sounds like the treatment you’ve been looking for to finally say goodbye to those gaps in your smile then it’s time you called Upper East Smiles in New York, NY. We want to give you back the smile you’ve always wanted.