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What foods can I eat after my dental implant surgery? It’s a frequently asked question for every patient scheduled for implants. The quick answer is softer foods that will not affect the healing process. We’ll provide a list of suggested foods later in this article.
Dental implants, when healed, achieve a strength on par with natural teeth because they fuse to the bone — become integrated with the body — as they heal. Therefore, it’s crucial to eat properly after your surgery to make sure healing occurs as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Your dentist or periodontist will want to see a fully healed implant before attaching the final crown (replacement tooth) at the top.
List of Soft Foods for Dental Implant Patients
Following surgery, an implant patient will be placed on a soft diet to allow the healing process to take place. Dentists and periodontists generally advise that a soft diet can include:
- Soft, fresh foods including some fruits and vegetables
- Soft protein foods including tofu, fish, eggs
- Soups and well-cooked stews with small pieces of meat
- Pancakes, waffles, muffins, soft bread
- Rice, pasta, cooked grains such as couscous
- Yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream
- Other foods soft enough to be cut easily with a fork
Foods to Avoid After Implant Surgery
It’s essential to avoid solid foods that require heavy chewing after dental implants are placed initially. Also, items with small kernels that can become caught between teeth and might cause an infection are to be avoided. The list includes:
- Firm meats and chewy meats like steak
- Crunchy vegetables like carrots or fruits such as apples
- Popcorn and other foods with small, loose pieces
How Long Until I Can Eat Normally?
In general, the dental implant healing process occurs during a time frame of four to six months. Several factors can affect the healing time for dental implants. A significant one is whether or not bone grafting was required during the implant surgery. Once healing is complete, patients can expect to return to a regular diet. One of the significant advantages of implants is a return to bite strength on par with natural teeth. They provide a substantial advantage over other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures, which can slip or fit loosely. It’s because implants fuse to the jawbone when fully healed and have the strength of real teeth.
Osseointegration Makes Dental Implants Superior
Dentists and periodontists nearly universally recommend dental implants to replace lost teeth. One of the most significant advantages is their ability to preserve the jawbone. You eat soft food while they heal because the bone is regrowing around the implant screw like the roots of real teeth. In dental and medical terms, this natural bone fusion process is known as osseointegration. It’s an advantage implants have over all other replacement methods. For example, with dentures and bridges, tooth sockets are left open, and the underlying bone recedes. It’s not good for nearby teeth and, in some cases, can make your face or cheeks appear sunken.
Well-placed dental implants, on the other hand, can help keep the jawbone firm and healthy. When fully healed, they provide a bite strength nearly identical to real teeth, allowing you to eat whatever you choose. There is some dietary restriction for a short period after surgery, but it is well worth it for the long-term benefits. If you’ve lost teeth and need them replaced, visit our Farber Center offices in Medford or Hauppauge, NY, for an exam and consultation.
Support Immune Health with Periodontal Check-Ups.
Healthy gums support a stronger immune system and better whole-body health. The holistic periodontists at Farber Center remind everyone that periodontal maintenance visits — check-ups, cleanings — are even more critical at this time. With coronavirus infections a concern for everyone, it’s wise to do as much as you can to stay healthy.
If you’ve never had a periodontal (gum disease) check-up, you’re encouraged to schedule an exam at either of our Farber Center locations. We’re among the leading Long Island periodontists with offices in Medford and Hauppauge, NY. If you’ve already been diagnosed and treated for gum disease, it’s crucial to stay current with your periodontal maintenance visits. Low-grade infections in the gums threaten your teeth and also affect the immune system. Our advanced treatments are safe, more comfortable, and highly effective. If you’ve noticed swollen, tender, or irritated gums and suspect you may have a problem, it’s wise to visit us and have it checked out.
Periodontal Maintenance Can Help Immune Health
Numerous research studies have examined links between healthy gums and a well-functioning immune system. In reverse, the same studies scrutinize potential connections between infected gums and their negative effect on immune health. Low-grade bacterial infections in the gums show up in the immune and circulatory systems, including the heart. Therefore for anyone affected by gum disease, there are multiple reasons to have it treated and resolved. Likewise, if you’ve had gum disease treatments already, you likely need maintenance visits to support good periodontal (gum) health.
It’s also crucial to remind patients about the vital need for good at-home care. Your gums benefit as much as your teeth do from brushing and flossing. Make sure to brush at least twice daily and floss a minimum of once a day. If it has been a while since you’ve had a refresher about best-practices for brushing and flossing, make sure to ask for pointers during your next check-up. Even adults benefit from a refresher now and then. Fluoride toothpaste, soft toothbrushes, and ADA-approved oral rinses all contribute to better oral health when used correctly.
Today’s Periodontal Treatments are More Comfortable
At Farber Center, we’ve always made patient comfort a top priority, providing appropriate anesthesia options for all treatments. But it’s also important to point out that newer methods like Laser Pocket Disinfection and Pinhole Surgical Technique are less invasive and more comfortable. Especially for older adults who may have heard about the discomfort of treatments years ago, its crucial to point out that things have changed — and improved. If you’ve been apprehensive about visiting us, schedule an exam and let us explain more. One of the reasons we stay ahead of the curve with the newest methods is to keep our patients more comfortable.
Less invasive periodontal treatments also often mean less time in the chair, quicker healing time, and a shorter period for any needed dietary modifications. Patients are delighted by these improvements and now experience much less inconvenience and discomfort while keeping their gums healthy. Our values at Farber Center also include a deep commitment to patient education. We’re pleased to answer questions and always to try to present the most complete information possible before patients make decisions. Our mission is to save teeth, and one of the best ways to accomplish it is to treat and resolve any gum disease.
Farber Centers are Open as Usual with Added Precautions
Amid concerns about the coronavirus, we have added extra layers of protection to our already rigorous cleaning and sanitizing protocols. The health and safety of our patients and staff is a paramount concern. Our treatment rooms, patient waiting areas, and laboratories are disinfected continuously for the protection and peace of mind of all. If you’d like more information before visiting us for your appointment, please read a Statement from Dr. Alan Farber here.
A Message from Alan Farber, DDS and Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants
At Farber Center, we’re closely following the developing public health concerns related to coronavirus (COVID-19). We want our patients, guests, and staff to know that we are taking extra measures to keep all of our offices, exam and treatment rooms, and laboratories safe and clean.
Because we are a surgical practice, we at all times observe the strict sanitizing and disinfecting protocols required for facilities like ours. Now, in addition to those, we are taking additional precautions against COVID-19. Together with all of you, we are continuously monitoring health updates from local, state, and national authorities. Our offices are open as usual and will make updates to our policies and procedures as may be required to prevent the presence or spread of COVID-19.
Specifically, we always maintain a high standard of infection control (e.g., tissues, hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes throughout our facilities). Also, in addition to our extensive daily sanitization of facilities with disinfectant-based cleaning agents, we’ve now increased the frequency of cleanings (including doorknobs, countertops, etc.). They occur throughout the day and are completed with advanced cleaning products known to be effective against COVID-19 and other microbes.
Also, both Farber Center locations, Medford NY and Hauppauge NY, follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the professional associations of periodontists and dental specialists. We will do whatever is required to keep our patients and staff as safe as they can be from infection with COVID-19.
We look forward to seeing our patients for their regularly scheduled appointments and want everyone to feel safe and comfortable in our facilities.
Always feel free to contact us with questions or for more information — at any time.
Alan Farber, DDS
Do Your Teeth Look Too Long When You Smile?
Years ago, as people became older, they were said to look long in the tooth. It was because their teeth appeared longer when gums and supporting bone began to recede. For anyone noticing this condition today, there are simple treatments to correct it. For example, gum grafting is one of the many services performed by our holistic Long Island periodontists at Farber Center. It’s a relatively straightforward procedure to improve the appearance of long-in-the-tooth patients — it makes you appear younger.
Receding gums, often caused by periodontal disease, occur as the underlying bone begins to shrink, and the gum tissue follows. In dental terms, the process is known as gingival or gum recession. To help patients understand, we use the analogy of carpet lying on a floor. If the floor caves in, the rug follows. It is what happens when you have periodontal disease: You start to see more of the tooth because the bone resorbs and the gum tissue follows.
Soft Tissue Gum Grafts Restore Original Root Coverage
There are different types of gum grafts, and fortunately, today, with the advancement of science, we sometimes no longer need to use your tissue. We can use donated tissue, and by using your blood growth factors, it can be an almost exact match of the tissue. After treatment and healing, many people can barely tell where the graft is because it looks so natural — a perfect match with existing gum tissue.
Treatment depends on each individual, but if its only a question of gum recession — showing a little more root — soft tissue gum grafts can be an ideal solution. Everyone who undergoes the procedure ends up with a more youthful smile. Your comfort during gum grafting or any other procedure is of paramount importance to us. We can offer anesthetics during treatment and always use the most up-to-date methods to minimize any discomfort.
A Beautiful Smile Boosts Self Confidence
Our periodontal gum surgery treatments are primarily designed to treat gum disease and save teeth, which is our mission at Farber Center in Hauppauge and Medford. But sometimes, as in the case of gum grafting, our procedures also make cosmetic improvements to help you have a beautiful, youthful smile. The care you give your teeth and gums at home by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily is essential. When combined with periodic cleanings and check-ups, it’s the best way to maintain your oral health.
Healthy teeth and gums also preserve your bite strength and allow you to bite into all the crunchy food you enjoy. Many of the crunchiest foods are the fruits and vegetables each of us should eat more of in our daily diets. Keeping your gums healthy also contributes to better whole-body health. Your immune and circulatory systems are among those that benefit from good oral health and hygiene. If you’ve had periodontal treatment to resolve gum disease, consider gum grafting as the final step of the process — and one that will restore your youthful smile.
Dental implant-supported dentures that are permanent provide an excellent tooth replacement solution for anyone who has lost an entire arch of upper or lower teeth. They are a significant advance over traditional dentures that can be removed and are held in place by adhesives. The stable, firm bite provided by the underlying implants is a total game-changer in terms of a better quality of life. One of the more popular and effective implant-supported denture systems is known as All-on-4® and its one we offer at Farber Center in Medford or Hauppauge, NY. We’re one of Long Island’s leading providers of dental implants, periodontics, and holistic dentistry.
Together with nearly all dental professionals, we recommend implants as the best solution to replace missing teeth. In cases where complete upper or lower rows have been lost, a denture is an excellent solution when it is permanent and secured by implants. No matter how well a traditional removable denture is fitted and held in place by adhesives, it cannot provide the firm bite available with support from implants. The implants are screws of titanium or ceramic that are placed into the jawbone in a manner similar to the roots of natural teeth. As they heal and fuse to the bone, there is considerable strength and stability that develops over time.
Why are Implant-Supported Dentures Better?
The major benefit of implant-supported dentures is a secure fit and a firm bite — quite similar to natural teeth. But also crucially important is interaction with the jawbone. Dental implants as they heal go through a process known as osseointegration — which is a medical term to describe the way they integrate with the bone. Although implants are made of titanium or ceramic material and therefore are artificial, they are accepted by the body. It means the underlying jawbone which is vital to oral health and even facial appearance is preserved. When teeth are missing and the sockets left open, bone loss occurs which can change the look of your face and diminish your oral health.
Eating healthier is a topic that is on nearly everyone’s mind today, and many of the healthiest foods are firm and crunchy. It means you need a sufficient bite strength to eat many fruits, vegetables, and many other healthy whole foods. When your dentures are supported by dental implants and held in place permanently, you’re able to eat and enjoy all foods that people with natural teeth enjoy. Also, gone are any concerned or apprehension that you would have had if you were wearing removable traditional dentures. Everyone knows they can slip and move, not to mention the daily mess and inconvenience of trying to apply adhesive to hold them in place.
What Type of Denture is Right for You?
Before you make a decision, it’s always wise to ask about all of your options. At Farber Center, we pride ourselves on thorough patient information and will be pleased to discuss the advantage of every option. For many people, and based on many favorable experiences, we often recommend All-on-4® permanent dentures. They bring our patients many of the benefits of dental implants and allow us to replace a full arch of teeth in a day. All four implants are placed during one outpatient surgery at our office, and patients leave with a set of temporary teeth in place immediately. Nearly everyone who has All-on-4® is pleased and glad they decided it was right for them.
But whatever method you choose, it’s essential to strike a balance among aesthetics, function, and your practical needs. It’s also crucial to keep in mind bone preservation with implants for many reasons, not the least of which is helping to preserve a more youthful facial appearance. Your self-confidence and self-esteem also should factor in. For many people, having removable dentures is embarrassing and a source of anxiety with the possibility they could slip or fall out. Whatever your thoughts, it’s a good idea to thoroughly discuss all of the options with a dental professional before deciding whether or not the permanence of implant-supported dentures is right for you.
Has a dental professional ever told you that you have receding gums? If yes, Farber Centers in Medford and Hauppauge, Long Island, NY, offer a new scalpel-free and suture-free treatment. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® is a minimally invasive surgical method that covers any root surfaces left exposed by receding gums. Sometimes areas of the teeth have exposed root surfaces, regardless of the amount of tissue that is present, or the thickness of that tissue. Our patients who have undergone the procedure with Dr. Chris Chondrogiannis have been pleased with the results and the comfortable method itself.
As one of Long Island’s leading periodontists, we pride ourselves in offering advanced techniques to treat receding gums and all forms of gum disease. We are holistic dentists dedicated to saving teeth, helping you maintain excellent oral health, and supporting better whole-body health. Our goal is to offer the most comfortable and minimally invasive options for all gum disease treatments, and the pinhole surgical method is the newest and best option for addressing and improving gum recession.
What is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique®, also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®, achieves greater root coverage for anyone affected by gum recession (receding gums). It is a minor surgery that heals faster, is more comfortable than earlier methods, and involves no scalpels and no sutures. The increased or restored root coverage is comparable to traditional gum surgery using connective tissue grafting. With any method, the goal is to increase the amount of thick tissue that covers root surfaces. Pinhole achieves it with less discomfort, fewer side effects, and excellent results.
The pinhole technique was pioneered as an alternative to methods requiring cutting and sewing with scalpels and sutures. Pain, swelling, and bleeding were more prevalent with earlier methods, which also brought patients more discomfort. As a result, it was common for people to avoid or defer surgery to correct receding gums. Healthy gum tissue properly covering the root surfaces of your teeth is essential to good oral health. Therefore, it has been a significant advance in periodontics to offer a newer method which patients and dental professionals embrace.
How is it Different From Traditional Gum Surgery?
Unlike traditional surgery for receding gums, which involves a large incision using a scalpel, the Pinhole Surgical Technique® uses tiny pinholes and specialized instruments. The instruments are inserted through the pinhole to separate and loosen the tissue. Then it is extended down to cover the exposed roots. To hold the extended gum tissue in place, collagen strips are placed underneath. They help avoid the need for sutures, which was the earlier method. Overall, it is a more comfortable and more efficient way to accomplish greater root coverage.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® is so beneficial that each year more periodontists move away from gum grafts taken from the roof of the mouth at toward att newer technique. At Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants, we recommend it for nearly all root coverage procedures to treat receding gums. Oral health and tooth preservation are the medical reasons for treating gum recession, but when it occurs in front, there also may be a cosmetic benefit. For anyone who values a beautiful smile, the combination of healthy teeth and gums achieves the desired appearance.
What Happens During Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation®?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique® involves tiny pinholes that are about 1.5mm in diameter. Once the hole is opened up, the surrounding gum tissue is gently loosened so that it can be stretched downward. As more of the root surface is covered, the relocated (gently extended) tissue is secured in place with collagen strips and left to heal. There is less swelling and bleeding, and even in as little time as overnight, an observable amount of healing begins. Virtually everyone has a smoother post-operative experience than with traditional gum surgery, and the results are outstanding.
We recommend everyone visit Farber Center for a complete periodontal exam. If you’ve never seen a periodontist, don’t wait for a referral — schedule an appointment today. If you suspect upon self-examination that you may have receding gums, you owe it to yourself and your teeth to have a professional examination, and treatment is recommended.
About 50,000 people a year are diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States each year, and about 10,000 will die from the disease.
Early detection and diagnosis are the most factors in successfully treating oral cancer, which may occur on the lip, inside the mouth, tonsils, salivary glands, esophagus, back of the throat, tongue, and soft tissues of the mouth. For most people, anything mentioning the word cancer is automatically intimidating, but it’s essential not to let that stop you from being examined frequently.
Dentists and periodontists like the people on our team at Farber Center are qualified and ready to perform oral cancer screenings for our patients. It’s a relatively quick and straightforward process that can occur as part of a routine check-up, often along with a dental or periodontal cleaning appointment. Of course, if you notice a suspicious bump or other abnormality in your mouth, don’t wait and make sure to schedule an appointment immediately. It’s vitally important to be checked out by a professional promptly if you suspect something may be wrong.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
Leading health care institutions, such as the Mayo Clinic list several factors that can increase your risk of mouth cancer. They include:
- Tobacco use of any kind: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Excessive sun exposure to your lips
- The human papillomavirus (HPV)
- A weakened immune system
Avoiding the risk factors that are within your control will certainly help. But it’s essential to keep in mind that as many as 30-percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer do not have any of the risk factors.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Changes in the seasons can be times when many of us develop colds, and a few of the symptoms associated with oral cancer are similar to symptoms of a cold. Therefore, be sure to keep track of when they start. If the symptoms last longer than two weeks, however, we recommend visiting Farber Center for an exam.
- A sore throat
- Difficult or painful swallowing
- Difficult or painful chewing
- Jaw pain or stiffness
- Tongue pain
- Poorly fitting dentures
- Loose teeth
- A growth, lump or thickening of the skin or lining of your mouth
- A sore that doesn’t heal
- A sore that bleeds
The Oral Cancer Screening Process
Typically, oral cancer screenings are two-part. There is a visual exam and a physical exam.
In the visual exam, we will inspect your face, neck, lips, inside of the nose, and oral cavity. You will need to take out removable dental appliances to expose all areas inside your mouth. We then will check for asymmetries, swelling, bumps, patches of color, ulcerations, or any other abnormality.
During or after the visual exam, we will check your head, cheeks, jaw, under the chin, and oral cavity for unusual masses. Difficulty opening your mouth or pain while being checked for masses may also be signs of oral cancer.
After Your Initial Oral Cancer Screening
The oral cancer screening process is typically precautionary and not diagnostic; therefore, if something is abnormal, you will be asked to come in for more regular screenings as a precautionary measure. The exams are not complicated, and early diagnosis is your best method to combat oral cancer.
Oral cancer screenings have value beyond the exam itself. They give you a chance to talk to your periodontist or dentists about any concerns — and to learn more about reducing oral cancer risks. If you’re apprehensive about having a screening, considering writing a list of questions before you go, then you will remember to ask about everything on your mind. Once the exam is complete, it can help to put your mind at ease.
It’s well-known that good oral health (a healthy mouth) is one of the most definite signs of a healthy body overall. There are many good reasons to have regular dental or periodontal check-ups. But one of the most important is that health issues can show up first in the mouth. Here are some of the things your dentist or periodontist will check for during an oral health exam.
Four Signs of a Healthy Mouth
1. You Have Good or Neutral Breath
For nearly everyone, a healthy mouth includes naturally good or neutral breath. You can check yourself quickly at home. Floss thoroughly between your teeth, or use a fingernail to scrape your tongue to check for odor. Either of these gives a reasonably clear sense of how your breath may smell after toothpaste and mouthwash have begun to fade away. Persistent bad breath is often related to bacteria and food particles present in the mouth.
Bad breath also may be a sign of more severe health issues, including diseases such as diabetes, or even sinus problems. Some medicines also can cause a dry mouth, which leads to unpleasant breath. In those cases, your dentist or periodontist can give you options to help improve dry mouth and its symptoms. Of course, the best way to keep your breath fresh and your mouth healthy is by brushing and flossing regularly.
2. Your Gums are Healthy
The next time you’re looking in a mirror, take a moment to take a careful look at your gums. They should appear pink and be firm when you touch them. If they are red, white, swollen, or tender, something is likely the matter. Your teeth should be firmly in place and should not wiggle or feel loose. Check also to see if your gums fit tightly with the teeth — no flaps, pockets, or spots where they seem to be receding from the tooth.
Healthy gums depend as much on frequent brushing (brush gently) and flossing as your teeth do. Daily flossing helps keep gums healthy, and it prevents periodontal pockets where bacteria can collect. Your dentist or periodontist will check your x-rays and carefully examine your gums to check for pockets. Farber Center reminds all patients that healthy gums are among the best indicators of a healthy body.
3. Your Teeth and Dental Restorations are Strong
During every check-up, your dentist or periodontist will examine your teeth for strength and overall condition. They will also check restorations such as fillings, teeth with crowns, and dental implants. Grinding or clenching (bruxism in dental terms) is a frequent issue. It can increase wear on both the teeth and restorations, including fillings.
Tooth decay, along with small cracks or other issues with teeth and dental restorations are not always visible to the naked eye. Therefore, x-rays play an essential role in early detection. Together with a thorough exam, they can help detect issues before they become advanced and challenging to treat. If your dentist finds a potential problem, you’ll know immediately and be able to decide on treatment options to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
4. You Have Healthy Oral Tissues
Because an oral health exam covers everything, your dentist is trained to examine the entire mouth — tongue, lips, and cheeks in addition to teeth and gums. More than a few whole-body health issues can have symptoms that manifest in the mouth. They include diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and thyroid issues. Healthy oral tissues are generally pink, firm, and moist. Abnormalities may appear as dry mouth, infections, swelling, or tenderness.
Oral cancer screening is also a crucial part of your dental or periodontal check-up. Your dentist is trained to notice any warning signs for oral cancer or other serious issues. At Farber Center, we come down on the side of caution. If we see anything of concern, we’ll notify you on-the-spot and refer you to a physician for a follow-up.
Everyone wants to have a healthy smile, and it is one sign of a healthy mouth. But our exams go much farther, and we carefully check every patient for a variety of issues. Your teeth, gums, and oral health overall affect both your self-confidence and whole-body health. Give us a call or stop by our Medford or Hauppauge offices to schedule an appointment. We’ll also be glad to help you find out more about how a healthy mouth is an essential part of good health overall.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a dental implant, chances are you’ve been wondering about the steps involved. No matter what the reason for your implant — replacing a tooth that has been missing for a while or one that was lost suddenly due to an accident — the dental implant procedure steps will be the same. Frequently asked questions are What happens first? How long does it all take? How many visits are involved? All of these questions are answered in detail during your initial consultation visit at either of our Farber Center Long Island, NY dental offices, which are located in Medford and Hauppauge.
To provide you with a general overview, this article will highlight the three main steps of having a dental implant. Keep in mind, before any of these, and you begin with a consultation visit. During your preliminary exam, our team will explain more about traditional titanium and newer ceramic dental implants. You’ll hear about pricing differences and get to know our team of dentists before you decide which option is the right one for you.
The Dental Implant Procedure Steps: How Do They Work?
Once you complete your initial consultation and have decided on an implant type — titanium or ceramic — you’ll begin a three-step process. Farber Center assures your comfort and peace of mind throughout. Giving you a choice of anesthesia services is part of our commitment to offering the best dental implants Long Island has available. If you have apprehensive about dental visits, we’ll keep you as comfortable as possible during your computer-guided implant surgery.
Step 1: Implant Surgery/Placement
The original tooth has been removed, and you are ready to have it replaced. Step 1 is to place the implant.
During a short dental surgery at our office, we will surgically place the implant in your upper or lower jaw. It will require some drilling because the implant must fit firmly into the jawbone. The implant itself acts like the root of a tooth.
Correctly placing the implant is where the experience and expertise of the dental implant specialist factors in. The mouth has many nerves, and a successful implant placement must avoid damaging the nerves as the implant goes in. It requires expert knowledge of the mouth and jawbone, often assisted by computer-guided implant placement technology — 3D imaging has revolutionized the process).
Once the surgery is complete, and the implant has been placed, a healing cap goes on top for protection during step 2.
Depending on your circumstances, bone grafting may be required. It occurs either during implant placement or before. In either case, you’ll know in advance, and the bone augmentation will be part of your treatment plan.
Step 2: Healing and Fusing to the Jawbone
After your implant is placed, it is now time to heal. It is a vital part of the dental implant procedure steps. You need to let the jaw bone grow around the implant in a natural process called osseointegration. It takes some time but is how a dental implant becomes so strong and why implants are the best and most effective tooth replacement option.
Osseointegration is a medical term to describe how the implant fuses to the jaw bone. When complete, the bone locks the implant in place by growsing around it to reinforce it, the same as your natural teeth.
This process may take several months. But don’t worry because the healing cap will protect the implant as it heals — and you’ll have a temporary crown on top, so it doesn’t look like you have a missing tooth. Once it’s healing is complete, it’s time for step 3.
Step 3: Permanent Tooth Replacement
Now it is time for the step you’ve been waiting for! Your dentist will attach a custom crown that will look, feel, and function as your new tooth. If you are replacing several teeth or a row of teeth, then an implant-supported bridge or All-on-4 permanent dentures may go in.
What is most vital for you about this step is that you will leave the office with a beautiful new tooth or teeth. No one except you will know that you lost a tooth in the first place. If the tooth is in front, your smile will be restored, and it is in back, your chewing ability will be back to normal. The implant placement and tooth replacement are complete. Congratulations!
So now you have more information about the three most essential steps in the process. If you have questions about Long Island dental implants or are ready to schedule an initial consultation, contact Farber Center today.
It might surprise you to learn about the increased belief that healthy teeth and gums can positively affect your entire body, including your heart.
It is yet another reason to brush frequently, floss daily, and see your dentist or periodontist for routine check-us and cleanings. At Farber Center, we want to help you dedicate the new year to become healthier and happier. In this case, you don’t need to do anything additional such as signing up for a gym membership—though exercise is essential. But you do need to resolve to take the best care possible of your teeth and gums. The next time you visit us, ask a hygienist for a refresher about brushing and flossing techniques.
When it comes to additional benefits from healthy teeth and gums, it turns out that your heart may be among the chief beneficiaries. When you have infected gum or decayed teeth, the bacteria found in those can come into contact with the circulatory system, and therefore the cardiovascular system. Research continues to establish direct links between oral health and heart health further, but the indicators are that one supports the other. Eating healthy also is one of the most significant determiners of heart health, and many of the best low fat and high fiber choices are crunchy fruits and vegetables. It takes strong, healthy teeth to chew and eat crunchy fresh vegetables and fruits.
Connections Between Heart Disease & Gum Disease
Gum disease, which is a low-grade bacterial infection, is caused by an accumulation of sticky, bacteria-laden film we all know as plaque. Similarly, the heart can develop atherosclerosis, which is a build-up consisting of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and various other substances. The build-up is a sign of coronary artery disease. Heart and gum disease also share many risk factors, including smoking or an unhealthy diet. Not everyone with gum disease will develop heart disease or vice versa. There is, however, a growing belief that gum disease may be a risk factor for heart disease. Additionally, people with gum disease are two to three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack.
Therefore, it’s essential to brush and floss — and to be treated promptly if you develop either gingivitis or periodontitis, two forms of gum disease. Periodontal treatment options have expanded significantly in recent years, in many cases, now less invasive and more effective. The arrival of lasers such as the PerioLase MVP 7 that we use at Farber Center has brought new and better gum disease treatments. With lasers, we can reattach gum tissue that has pulled away from the teeth and even stimulate the body to regenerate bone that has been lost. It means if you do develop gum disease and require treatment, the prognosis for improvement is better than ever before.
Low-Grade Oral Infections Cause Inflammation
The theory that gum disease can directly increase your risk for heart disease centers around the inflammation that results from gum disease. When your body is suffering from an infection, like gum disease, you begin to manufacture immune cells to attack the irritants and microbial attacks. In the short term, these cells are the body’s best defense against infection as it tries to heal. But in the long run, chronic inflammation is a crucial contributor to a series of health problems—including atherosclerosis. The best defense is identifying and treating any gum disease early, which also increases the chances that you will keep your teeth.
Among the many good reasons to visit your dentist or periodontist for twice-a-year check-ups is to identify any gum disease early. While some people may notice swelling or discomfort, many people can have gingivitis or periodontitis and not realize. Dental professionals can identify problems in their earlier stages when they are less harmful and more comfortable to treat. Periodontal deep cleanings, as well as newer methods like Laser Pocket Disinfection, are among the treatment methods available to help people with infected and inflamed gums. Farber Center is always aware of your comfort and peace of mind, and many new options are more comfortable and less invasive.
If you believe you are suffering from gum disease, or even if you want to be sure you aren’t, call us for an appointment or fill out our online contact form. Farber Center wants to ensure you have a healthy and happy new year.