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    Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Missing teeth can have a devastating impact. Whether tooth loss occurs due to tooth trauma or disease, it can affect both the physical and emotional health of those who suffer from it. If you have missing teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution to your tooth loss concerns. Comprised of a titanium post, abutment, and dental crown, a dental implant provides the stability, strength, and beauty of a natural tooth. To find out if you make a good candidate for dental implants, consult a dentist who specializes in this type of treatment. Dental implants typically require patients to have a firm bone foundation into which posts can fuse, so if your dentist determines that you have sufficient bone for this procedure, you can quickly be on your way to have a restored and healthier smile.

    Dr. Michael J. Wei provides dental implant services for those residing in the greater Manhattan region. If you would like to learn more about this treatment process, call (917) 720-2769. We can set up an appointment with Dr. Wei to see if you might be eligible for this type of treatment.

    Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration

    Last updated 18 days ago

    A faded smile can also fade your confidence. If your teeth no longer give off the bright luster they once had, why not try teeth whitening? This easy and painless cosmetic dentistry procedure has helped countless people get back the stunning smiles they want. When you avoid the common causes of tooth discoloration, you can also retain the whiteness of your teeth for months or even years.

    Brushing Practices
    Perhaps one of the most prevalent reasons for yellowed teeth is also a cause that many people overlook. Plaque buildup is a problem that impacts the smiles of millions of people. Not only does this condition raise the risk of gum disease, but also it can turn down the brightness of a beautiful smile. Key to preventing the accumulation of plaque on your teeth is consistently brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Flossing everyday can also remove plaque that builds around the gumline.

    Drinking Routines
    Do you enjoy a daily morning cup of coffee? Is your dinner often accompanied by a glass of red wine? Each of these habits could be contributing to the discoloration of your teeth. Many foods and drinks that are dark in color contain pigment that can stick to and penetrate tooth enamel. Even if you brush and floss on a regular basis, it may become progressively more difficult to stop the darkening of your teeth. Enjoying beverages such as coffee, red wine, black tea, cola, and cranberry juice in moderation can help to delay the look of stained teeth.

    Smoking Habits
    Tobacco usage can have multiple effects on your dental health and appearance. Smoking is a known risk factor for oral cancer, and the residue that it leaves on teeth can quickly turn them yellow or brown. These deposits are particularly challenging to remove with brushing and flossing alone, but with teeth whitening, you can eliminate the side effects of this habit. However, the only way to prevent smoking from continuing to damage your teeth is to stop using all tobacco products.

    Make your appointment today for teeth whitening treatment. Call (917) 720-2769 to schedule a visit with Dr. Michael J. Wei in New York City. We can also help you determine which of our other cosmetic dentistry services, such as porcelain veneers and tooth bonding, might be right for you.

    Fixing Your Crooked Teeth

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Getting the beautiful smile you want can begin with a single dental visit. This video describes why so many people are taking advantage of invisible braces for their orthodontic needs.

    Invisible braces, or Invisalign braces, are not braces at all. Rather, they are clear plastic aligners that users can place over their teeth much like a mouthguard. Like braces, though, invisible braces make it possible to have a straight smile. This type of treatment gently produces more even teeth alignment, which can provide not only a more pleasing smile, but also better oral health.

    Want to see how Invisalign braces can transform your smile? Call Dr. Michael J. Wei today at (917) 720-2769 to schedule an appointment with him at our New York City office.

    Why Preventive Dentistry Is Important

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Delaying regular dental care can result in painful and preventable oral health issues. That is why dentists emphasize the importance of dental checkups. When people go to a dentist before they feel a toothache or notice tender gums, he can evaluate their oral health and correct any issues before they become more serious problems. In fact, preventive dentistry can prove the difference between enjoying a lifetime of dental health and suffering from early tooth loss.

    Ward Off Gum Disease
    Too often people dismiss their red or bleeding gums. Especially when these symptoms produce no pain, they might assume that they are minor concerns. However, they are often the early warning signs of gum disease, a condition that affects millions of Americans. When left to progress without treatment, gum disease is often the precursor to loose teeth and tooth loss. However, your dentist can help you avoid this common problem. During your dental cleanings, your dentist can remove the plaque and tartar that cause gum inflammation, recession, and deterioration.

    Stop Early Tooth Decay
    Some individuals may think that a trip to the dentist is necessary only once they experience a toothache. By the time that the tooth generates pain, though, it typically means that it has a substantial infection that has worked its way into the interior of the tooth. If the tooth is salvageable, a dentist can perform a root canal. In some cases, though, teeth significantly damaged by extensive tooth decay may require extraction, which may then demand restorative treatment.

    Address Bruxism Symptoms
    Gum disease and tooth decay are not the only problems that can cause harm to gum tissue and teeth. Bruxism, a condition that causes people to clench and grind their teeth as they sleep, can also have a considerable negative effect on oral health. If bruxism goes undiagnosed, it can lead to the wearing away of enamel and the cracking of teeth. In each case, teeth become highly vulnerable to decay. Dentists can easily detect the symptoms of bruxism, such as worn down teeth, and provide mouthguard protection and other prevention strategies to stop further damage to teeth.

    Are you due for your next dental checkup? Then call Dr. Michael J. Wei at (917) 720-2769. We provide comprehensive dental care, including preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatment, for individuals in Manhattan and the surrounding areas.

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