Responsible for supporting/nourishing your teeth and protecting their supporting bone structure, our gums play an important role in your oral health. Consequently, if the gums fall ill, your entire state of oral health can become threatened. Fortunately, our team of family dentists at Silverman & Associates in Bellmore and Bayside, NY, carefully watch gum tissue and educate patients about a dangerous condition called periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that affects one's gum tissue, tooth roots, connective tissue, and jaw bone. The bacteria which causes this infection is also linked to many systemic diseases, as well, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and more.
The National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research states that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Fortunately, it is preventable. Conscientious oral hygiene habits (both at home and in the dental office) remove bacteria-laden plaque and tartar. Left to accumulate, however, these biofilms degrade gums, expose tooth roots, and ultimately loosen teeth.
Do you have periodontal disease?
While the incidence of mild gingivitis and more serious periodontitis increases as people grow older, age is not a primary factor. Heredity plays a role, as does tobacco use, and men are twice as likely to develop gum disease as women are.
Here are some of the signs of periodontal disease that your Bayside family dentist looks for:
- Redness, tenderness, swelling
- Pimples on the gums
- Receding gum tissue and a "long in the tooth" appearance
- Exposed tooth roots
- Deep periodontal pockets as measured with a small metal probe at the dental office
- Shifting dental bite
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Accumulated plaque and tartar
- Pain when biting and chewing
Treating periodontal disease
Mild cases respond well to careful brushing/flossing at home and routine cleanings at Silverman & Associates. However, other people may require a more involved intervention, such as:
- Deep cleaning
- Root planing
- Antibiotic therapy
- Gum grafting
- Suture-less laser therapy
Of course, the best treatment for any oral health condition is prevention. Gum disease preventatives include:
- A low-sugar, high fiber diet
- Good hydration with several glasses of water every day
- Twice daily brushing with a soft toothbrush for two minutes
- Routine dental check-ups and professional cleanings semi-annually
- Once-a-day flossing
- Moderation in alcohol use
- No tobacco or cigarettes
Have your best smile right now
Healthy gums are the foundation of oral health, so why not contact the family dentists at Silverman & Associates to arrange your six-month cleaning and examination? We have two offices open six days a week. For the Bellmore location, phone (516) 781-9700, and for Bayside office dial (718) 225-0515.
Are you thinking of getting dental implants?
The restorative procedure helps rejuvenate and strengthen your smile. If you're interested, your family dentist at Bellmore and Bayside, NY, provides dental implants.
Dental implants are biocompatible fixtures surgically placed into the jawbone. Dental implants consist of several parts a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone, a screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post, and a crown matching the rest of your teeth to complete your smile.
The procedure is straightforward.
- The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, and prevents weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone.
- After inserting the titanium post, the family dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration (a process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone) to occur.
- After healing is complete, your Bellmore and Bayside dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw, and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Caring for Dental Implants
To take proper care of your dental implants, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day, at least once before bed. A change in diet may also be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative care.
There are several advantages to dental implants like restoring bite and chewing function, and replacing one, or multiple teeth.
Are you missing teeth? If you're interested in finding out more about dental implants, call your family dentist at (718) 225-0515 for the Bayside, NY, office or (516) 781-9700 for the Bellmore, NY, office to learn more!
When people marry, they typically live together and combine bank accounts to make things more streamlined and simple. But as the family grows, they often begin to branch off into different schools and activities, making things a bit more hectic. However, there are ways to maintain some order in all of this chaos, including visiting a family dentist like the team at Silverman & Associates in Bellmore and Bayside, New York, who specialize in treating patients of all ages. Below, we explain why family dentists just make sense for today's busy households.
With a family dentist, your entire family's dental records are all in one convenient place. That means there's no need to call several different offices to schedule regular cleanings. Nor do you need to take off multiple days from work or school and spend time driving all over the city. In many cases, the scheduling staff at Silverman & Associates in Bellmore and Bayside can work all of your family members' appointments into one specific day, keeping the rest of your schedule free.
No need to switch
As your child grows, their dental needs begin to evolve as well. Likewise, fully grown adults may also find that they need tooth restorations or other repairs done on their teeth. Family dentists see patients from toddlers to seniors, so you don't need to seek out a different dentist each time another family member reaches a new stage in life. That familiarity also helps kids (and dental-phobic adults) feel more comfortable when it's time to visit their dentist; knowing that the office's staff and procedures remain the same can have a calming effect.
You can be assured that by choosing a family dentist, each of your family members' unique dental needs will be appropriately addressed. This is because family dentists like those at Silverman & Associates have received specific training for each stage of life, giving them a unique advantage over dentists who only see pediatric or adult patients.
Interested? Give us a call!
If you're ready to simplify your life with a family dentist, contact Silverman & Associates to schedule an appointment with one of our team members today! We have convenient locations in both Bellmore and Bayside, New York. Dial (516) 781-9700 for Bellmore, and (718) 225-0515 for Bayside.
Orthodontic appliances are a great solution! Your Bayside and Bellmore, NY, family dentists offer Invisalign, a clear dental appliance. The aligners are custom-made transparent trays that fit over teeth instead of being cemented or bonded, like metal braces.
More About Invisalign In Bayside And Bellmore
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is discreet. Invisalign consists of clear aligners. If a patient has minor tooth imperfections, like slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, or improperly positioned teeth Invisalign is a great option.
Invisalign works by applying forces to each tooth to place them in their proper position. The clear, flexible plastic is custom-designed using a specialized software. It is convenient for adults and teens.
The treatment can take anywhere from a couple months to a couple years depending on your dental needs, and consists of trays that fit your upper and bottom teeth. Trays should be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day and can be removed if you have an event, but that's unnecessary since they're invisible.
Here are some benefits of using Invisalign:
- Removable: This orthodontic appliance is removable to clean teeth, which improves oral hygiene.
- Discreet: This invisible orthodontic treatment is important for social occasions, like weddings and proms.
- Diet: Diet modifications are necessary when you have metal braces, but there aren't any food limitations for clear aligners.
- Comfort: They are made of a thin, flexible material that doesn't irritate oral soft tissues of the mouth.
- Teeth-Grinding Protection: They can also be used as night guards to protect teeth from excessive wear, teeth-clenching, or teeth grinding.
Caring For Aligners
In order to take proper care of your clear aligners, as mentioned above, you need to clean them out daily. Rinse them with lukewarm water and use a brush to remove food debris. Also, brush your teeth twice a day, at the very least, and floss at least once before bed.
For more information about Invisalign, contact your family dentist at Silverman & Associates today!
If you have gaps in your smile, chances are you have thought about closing them and restoring your teeth to what they once were. With dental implants, you can do just that. But how do dental implants work and how can your dentist help? Learn more about dental implants and their numerous benefits with your dentists at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry with locations in Bayside and Bellmore, NY.
How can dental implants help me?
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants can help you fill in your gaps. Dental implants replace a single tooth using one implant in the area of the tooth’s socket, then attaching a prosthetic tooth to the implant itself. Several missing teeth in a row may benefit from a dental bridge held in place by an implant on either end. Implants can also replace all the teeth on an arch by holding an implant-supported denture in place.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Before you consider dental implants, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that you are a good candidate for this procedure. Missing teeth cause bone atrophy, a process where the bone under the gums lacks stimulation and begins to break down. In order to successfully support an implant, your jawbone should have minimal atrophy. Patients who have significant bone atrophy may require bone grafting treatments prior to receiving a dental implant. Additionally, you should have a strong at-home oral care routine to ensure that your implant and natural teeth remain free from teeth decay and gum disease.
What can I expect during the implant process?
The procedure to complete a dental implant takes place in two phases. The first phase will involve meeting with your dentist to prepare your mouth, taking an impression of your existing teeth, and the surgical procedure to place the implant. The implant will heal and integrate into the bone over the course of several months. After the healing period, your dentist will reopen the gum tissue over the implant and permanently place a prosthetic tooth to fill in your gap.
Dental Implants in Bayside, NY, and Bellmore, NY
Dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper care. For more information on dental implants, please contact Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry with locations in Bayside and Bellmore, NY. Call (718) 225-0515 to schedule your appointment at the Bayside office or (516) 781-9700 to schedule your appointment at the Bellmore office today!
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