Last updated 5 days ago
Dentists often recommend dental implants to patients who suffer from missing teeth because they offer a permanent, fixed solution, as opposed to removable dental appliances such as dentures. There are several steps involved in the dental implant process. Consult a local dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants and to plan your treatment. Your dentist can also help you learn what to expect from each step of the process.
During your consultation, your dentist will evaluate your mouth, take x-rays, and review your medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Then, the dentist will develop a customized treatment plan suited to your unique needs. If you have additional oral health problems, such as gum disease, you’ll need to undergo treatment first. You may also require a bone grafting procedure if you’ve suffered the loss of mass in your jawbone.
Dental implants generally require two separate procedures. The first is for the placement of the implant, which is a post that is anchored into your jawbone. After applying an anesthetic, your dentist will insert the implant into the bone socket. Then, you’ll need to wait for a while to allow the area to heal. The bone must adhere firmly to the implant to hold it in place, a process called osseointegration. This may take about three to eight months.
Abutment and Crown Placement
Once the process of osseointegration is complete, you’ll return to your dentist’s office to have the abutment placed. The abutment is a post that is attached to the implant. Then, your new crown is placed securely on top of the abutment. The end result is a beautiful, healthy smile with completely natural-looking teeth.
To learn whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with a dentist at Hampton Family Dentistry. We offer convenient locations in Middletown, White Plains, Walden, and Hartsdale, NY. You can call (914) 946-9098 to speak with a friendly member of our dental team.
Last updated 12 days ago
Orthodontic treatment was once thought of as something reserved almost exclusively for adolescents. However, experts now know that people of practically any age can benefit from braces. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics urges parents to have their children screened by an orthodontist by the age of seven. Although not every child will require treatment at this young age, an evaluation by the age of seven allows for the early detection of potential problems.
Early Problem Resolution
Having your child evaluated by an orthodontist by the age of seven offers several key benefits. At this age, your youngster’s permanent teeth aren’t yet finished erupting. This means that an evaluation will reveal the side-to-side and front-to-back tooth relationships to determine if the way in which the teeth are erupting could pose problems later. Your child’s orthodontist can assess the potential for issues such as overcrowding, gummy smiles, open bite, overbite, and other bite pattern problems. If your child does show the potential for future problems, having early orthodontic treatment can correct those issues before they become more serious. For example, correcting overcrowding early in life may reduce the possibility of tooth extractions later.
Jaw Growth Direction
Orthodontists not only evaluate the growth and placement of teeth; they also ensure that a child’s facial bones are developing properly. The facial bones of a young child haven’t yet finished developing, which means that with early orthodontic treatment, potential problems such as facial asymmetry can be avoided. Your child may be a good candidate for a palatal expander, for example. A palatal expander is a device placed on the palate to gradually expand the upper dental arch.
Overall Treatment Time Reduction
By receiving orthodontic treatment early in life, many children are able to enjoy a reduction in the overall treatment time. Your child may need early intervention at a young age, followed by a second period of orthodontic treatment in the teen years. However, the overall treatment time is often greatly reduced.
Parents in the Middletown, NY area can schedule an early orthodontic screening for their child at Hampton Family Dentistry. Our comprehensive dentistry practice offers the latest in orthodontic technology, including the Invisalign system, ceramic braces, and traditional metal braces. For more information, call our office at (914) 946-9098.
Last updated 19 days ago
If your dentist diagnoses you with a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJ disorder), it means that there is a problem with your jaw joint. The jaw joint is a sliding hinge joint covered with protective cartilage. The joint also features a small disk for shock absorption to allow for smooth movements. Research is ongoing regarding the underlying cause of TMJ disorders; however, dentists believe it often is the result of lifestyle factors such as severe, chronic stress. Many people clench their jaw or grind their teeth when they’re stressed out; they may not even realize they’re doing it. This condition, called bruxism, may lead to TMJ disorders over time.
Sometimes, a TMJ disorder may be diagnosed when the disk deteriorates or is moved away from its proper position. Or, the joint may suffer trauma due to a physical impact. Some people may have arthritis, which can damage the cartilage of the joint.
If you have TMJ, schedule a visit to Hampton Family Dentistry of Middletown and Walden, NY. Contact us at (914) 946-9098 and ask us about our dentistry treatments for TMJ.
Last updated 24 days ago
You may already know that gum disease may eventually lead to gum recession and the loss of your natural teeth. But did you know that gum disease may also increase your risk of heart disease? Studies have found that having advanced gum disease can increase your risk of heart disease two fold and a stroke three fold.
Watch this video to hear more about this study and its implications for your dental health. You’ll hear about the signs of gum disease and how the inflammation can lead to heart disease. You’ll also hear about some treatment options for gum disease.
Protect your oral health and your overall health by scheduling a dentist visit every six months. Call the dental team at Hampton Family Dentistry at (914) 946-9098. We’re conveniently located in Middletown and Walden, NY.
Last updated 26 days ago
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are permanently anchored into your jawbone to take the place of missing natural teeth. By having your dentist or oral surgeon place dental implants, you’re protecting the underlying tissues and bone structure from deterioration. Dental implants also improve the appearance of your smile. However, to ensure that they last your lifetime, you’ll need to care for them properly. Talk to your dentist about how you can keep your dental implants and natural teeth healthy.
Ask your dentist to recommend oral care products. He or she is likely to advise you to use a toothbrush with soft bristles that won’t irritate your gums. You should also use toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride. If you have manual dexterity issues that interfere with your flossing routine, talk to your dentist about using flossing aids, such as floss grippers or threaders.
Brush your teeth at least twice every day. If you brush after meals, wait at least 30 minutes to brush. Use gentle, circular motions with your toothbrush. Remember to brush all sides of your teeth and dental implants, including the inner surfaces, outer areas, and chewing surfaces.
Dentists recommend flossing at least once per day. However, if you have a history of gum disease or other oral health problems, your dentist may advise you to floss more often to prevent future problems. Gently glide a section of floss between two teeth and curve it around a tooth, just underneath the gum line. Move the floss up and down gently to remove plaque. Repeat these motions for both sides of each tooth and implant.
Schedule a check-up with your dentist every six months. Your dentist will examine your dental implants and natural teeth to ensure there aren’t any oral health issues, and you’ll receive a professional cleaning.
The dentists and oral surgeons of Hampton Family Dentistry are proud to offer our patients cosmetic dentistry procedures, including dental implants. We offer customizable dental implant options to suit every patient’s needs. If you have any questions about our dentistry services, call our Middletown or Walden, NY locations at (914) 946-9098.