Could your oral care routine use a little spring-cleaning? If you have some questions about what might be best when it comes to keeping your healthy smile, you’re not alone. Keeping good dental habits is one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy mouth and smile. But if you don’t understand how to care for your teeth and gums, you may be doing more harm than good.
Just like your home requires seasonal maintenance, so do your teeth, and Spring is the perfect time to schedule your 6 month cleaning and exam, says Dr. Sandeep Kaur of Rite Smile Dental. Spring is a popular time for hygiene and exams as college kids are returning home for the summer school age kids are catching up on their physicals for summer activities. Spring is also a popular time for adults to come in for their cleanings, especially if they are planning to take a summer vacation and want to make sure that any needed dental work is taken care of well in advance of any planned trip. Dr. Kaur highly recommends coming in for a cleaning and exam before making a trip, especially out of the country, so that a long awaited vacation is not marred by a dental emergency.
Your teeth were made to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t! Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but teeth that are not replaced can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped, or crowded, and create subsequent problems.
Dental implants are designed to blend in with your other teeth and have proven to be an excellent long term solution for restoring your smile. Most patients find that dental implants are a secure and stable replacement for their own tooth or teeth.
Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth. Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and today is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.
Steps of a Dental Implant
There are three steps for acquiring a dental implant. The two steps performed by a dentist are available at Rite Smile Dental. First, Dr. Kaur places the implant into the jawbone. Most other dentists send their patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist for this step. While it heals, it is recommended that you consume soft food.
In the second step, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. The bone actually grows around the implant and holds it in place. That is what makes the dental implant so strong. This process takes several months.
Lastly, Dr. Kaur places the replacement tooth (crown) or teeth (bridge or denture). It is important to note that the replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, Dr. Kaur will give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.
Am you a candidate for a dental implant?
Implant patients are of all ages. Implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Dr. Kaur at Rite Smile Dental in Branchburg can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history. Call for a free consultation.