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Dental implants provide an effective way to replace missing teeth. The implant is typically made of titanium and is surgically placed by an oral surgeon. Screw-like parts meant to imitate the root of a tooth are placed into the jaw bone to support the implant. Read on to learn about what to expect from the procedure.
Preparation Before the Procedure
Depending on the patient, the dentist may provide certain pre-operative instructions. The patient might have to rinse his or her mouth with an anti-bacterial mouthwash. As a preventative procedure, the patient may be prescribed antibiotics to take a few days before the surgery. The length of the procedure will depend on the patient’s dental health, number of teeth involved, and the type of teeth being replaced. A patient having a single tooth implant can prepare for a one- to two-hour procedure.
Phase 1 of the Procedure
The entire dental implant process can take three to eight months and happens in two phases. The surgical phase is done in the dental office. The patient is put under local anesthesia or IV sedation to make the mouth thoroughly numb. The dentist then creates an incision in the gums to expose the bone where the implant will go. The implant’s root is screwed into place with a hand tool or drill, and the gums are closed over the implant. Over the course of a few months, the implant becomes attached securely to the jaw bone.
Phase 2 of the Procedure
The second phase happens when the implant is re-exposed. The dentist creates another small incision in the gums to expose the implant. Next, a small abutment is placed on the implant to hold the new crown, which will remain permanently in the mouth. The dentist will begin a series of appointments to fabricate the crown. This includes making several impressions of the teeth in order to create a model of the mouth. The new crown is fitted to these models before going in the mouth.
Hampton Family Dentistry, located in Middletown, New York, includes a team of oral surgeons, pediatric dentists, periodontists, and orthodontists that work together to provide the best oral care available. In addition to traditional dental implants, we offer plate-form and subperiosteal implants for our patients. Visit our website or call (888) 686-3856 to schedule a consultation.
Last updated 17 days ago
Gum recession is a serious condition that needs the treatment and supervision of a dental professional. Gums function to protect the sensitive roots of teeth. When they recede, they can cause serious problems, such as root cavities and tooth sensitivity to hot and cold. Gum recession can be caused by trauma, heredity, irregular tooth position, and periodontal disease. If gum recession is ignored, it will continue and tooth loss can happen. Watch this video for more information on gingival recession.
Hampton Family Dentistry provides families with a variety of dental services, including treatment and prevention of periodontal disease and gum recession. We have locations in White Plains, Hartsdale, Middletown, and Walden, New York. Visit our website or call (888) 686-3856 to learn more about our practice.
Last updated 24 days ago
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to tooth discoloration, Zoom! Whitening could be right for you. This treatment can be tailored to your needs to prevent complications that are common with other whitening systems, like tooth sensitivity.
Zoom! Whitening can be performed at your dentist’s office or at home. In many cases, dentists recommend an initial in-office whitening session followed by touch-up treatments at home. Zoom! in-office treatments combine potent whitening agents with an activating light to whiten your teeth by up to eight shades in 45 minutes. For at-home treatments, your dentist will create custom-fitted trays. You will fill these trays with the whitening agent and wear them for the length of time prescribed by your dentist. You will notice whitening results in as little as one week, with full results usually achieved in about two weeks. The at-home whitening solution contains two desensitizing agents for your comfort.
Hampton Family Dentistry offers both types of Zoom! Whitening to help our patients get the beautiful smiles they want. Ask your Hampton Family dentist about all our cosmetic dentistry options during your next visit. Call (914) 946-9098 to learn more.
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Everyone wants a bright, white smile, but there are several different things that can dull the gleam of your grin. From foods to medications, the things that can discolor your teeth are many. Fortunately, your dentist can recommend at-home and in-office teeth whitening treatments that can battle tooth discoloration. You can also keep your teeth whiter by avoiding these common staining culprits:
Foods and Drinks
Many foods and drinks leave behind stains on your teeth. Berries are notorious for staining teeth, as is wine. Coffee, tea, and dark-colored sodas may also discolor your teeth. Even apples and potatoes can make your teeth look dull. You can reduce some of the staining effects of these foods by brushing and rinsing with water right after eating them. When it comes to dark-colored beverages, sipping with a straw can also help reduce staining by limiting the amount of time the liquid is in contact with your tooth enamel.
Cigarettes take a toll on just about every part of your body, and your teeth are no different. In addition to upping your risk of oral cancer and causing gum disease, cigarettes leave unsightly stains on your teeth. Smokers often have very yellow teeth that can be difficult to clean. They may also develop dark spots on their teeth and gums. If you want to show off your smile, ask your dentist or doctor for help quitting and then see your dentist for teeth whitening.
Certain medications can also cause your teeth to darken. Tetracycline and doxycycline are particularly hard on kids’ teeth and may stain teeth of those less than eight years old. Antihistamines, antipsychotic medications, and blood pressure medicines may also cause teeth to darken. Never stop a medication without medical supervision. If you think your medications may be causing tooth staining, talk to your doctor about other treatment options.
If you’re concerned about the color of your teeth, let the friendly dentists at Hampton Family Dentistry help. We offer in-office Zoom! Whitening and are happy to provide tips on ways you can curb tooth staining. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists by calling (914) 946-9098. We have offices in Middletown, Walden, White Plains, and Hartsdale.
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Plaque is the enemy of good oral health. This sticky substance builds up on your teeth and can lead to tooth decay. This video explains how plaque damages your teeth and what you can do to prevent it.
Brushing twice daily is crucial for plaque removal. If you don’t get rid of plaque by brushing, it will harden and turn to tartar, which can only be removed during a dental cleaning. Your dentist can cut the risk plaque poses to your teeth by applying sealants to the chewing surfaces. Sealants prevent plaque from getting stuck in the nooks and crannies of your teeth.
Sticking to bi-annual dental cleaning appointments will help keep tooth decay at bay. Make your appointment today at Hampton Family Dentistry. We have dental offices in Middletown, Walden, White Plans, and Hartsdale to serve you. Call us now at (914) 946-9098.