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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.
Last updated 11 days ago
If you have lost teeth, you’ve likely begun to look at options for restoring the aesthetic of your smile. Dental implants replace missing teeth in place of a bridge or dentures in a way that essentially replaces the root of the tooth. Because the process of placing a dental implant is so involved, many patients do not know what to expect.
The Three-Step Process
Dental implants are typically placed in stages. In the first stage, the implant is placed into the bone underneath the gum so that it is protected from any outlying forces while it heals. The goal is for the bone to bond directly with the implant—a process called osseointegration. This means that the implant, made of biocompatible titanium, will be secure and permanent. After this has healed, the implant is exposed by moving the gum and adding an abutment, which will eventually attach to the prosthetic tooth. Sometimes the abutment can be added at the same time as the implant, making another surgery unnecessary. It is important that the implant and abutment are not under chewing exertion until it is certain that the healing process is successful. Once this has been determined, the prosthetic tooth can be added.
Options for surgery
There are alternatives involving implants made of two pieces that protrude through the gum during the healing process instead of allowing the implant to heal underneath the gum. This means that the gum does not have to be surgically removed to reveal the implant and the abutment can be simply added to the implant once it has healed. The two processes yield very similar results in terms of success.
Are you considering dental implants as a solution for tooth loss? The office of Dr. Michael J. Wei specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry in the NYC area. Visit our website to view all of our services or call (917) 720-2769 for more information.
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Our wonderful patient Ameena came all the way from Dubai to get a Smile Makeover from Dr. Michael J. Wei! Check out her video testimonial and her really cool hair!
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Teeth whitening can give a smile an entire new look and grant a higher level of confidence for any big event. Potential employers want to be impressed by their candidates, so you’ll want to feel confident in your appearance, and especially in your smile. If there is an upcoming wedding or photo shoot, you’ll want a healthy looking smile to show forever in photos. Or maybe you just want to look your best and know that white teeth will complete any ensemble. It’s one easy step to take to feel assured in yourself and your presence.
At the office of Dr. Michael J. Wei, we specialize in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, including exceptional teeth whitening services. If you need a smile makeover in the NYC area, you can view our services on our website, or just give us a call at (917) 720-2769 to get started.