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    What to Expect from Your Dental Implant Procedure

    Last updated 11 months ago

    According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have at least one missing permanent tooth. Tooth loss may be due to advanced decay, gum disease, or injury. Whatever the reason that you are missing a tooth, consult with your cosmetic dentist to find out if dental implants are right for you. Dental implants offer a permanent and durable solution for missing teeth. Keep reading to find out what you can expect from your dental implant procedure.

    Consultation

    The first step in the dental implant procedure is a consultation with your dentist. During your appointment, your dentist will make sure that your oral health is good enough to support the implant post. You’ll discuss any existing medical conditions that you have, and together you can determine if dental implants are the right solution for you.

    Implantation

    Once you and your dentist have decided that dental implants are a good choice for you, you can move ahead with the procedure. You will be anesthetized during the minor surgery in which your dentist implants a titanium post into your jaw bone. The post is the replacement for your tooth root. After this procedure is complete, you’ll wait for everything to heal and for the post to integrate into your jaw bone. Soon, you’ll return to your dentist who will affix a crown that matches your teeth’s natural shape and color to complete the implant process. You’ll be left with a restored smile that is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.

    Aftercare

    In order to make your dental implant last a lifetime, it is essential to practice good oral care. You may need to visit your dentist more frequently after the implant is placed to make sure everything is healing normally. You should still maintain your at-home dental health routine of regular brushing and flossing. Initially, you may want avoid very hard foods as you adjust to your new dental implant.

    If you are missing one or more teeth, call Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 803-1815. Our caring dentists will guide you through every step of the dental implant process. Call today to start your journey towards a better, healthier smile!

    Teeth Grinding 101

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can be a painful and damaging habit. Watch this video to learn the basics of teeth grinding and what you can do to treat it.

    Teeth grinding frequently occurs at night, and often results in chronic headaches, jaw pain, and neck tension. Though the exact causes of teeth grinding are not known, stress and a misaligned bite may contribute to the problem. Teeth grinding can wear down your teeth over time and cause cracked or broken teeth. Ask your dentist if you need a mouth guard to prevent damage to your teeth from grinding.

    Dental Care of Stamford offers comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry for families in the Fairfield County area. Call us at (203) 803-1815 or visit our website to schedule your next dental appointment today!

    Are Your Teeth Suffering Damage While You Sleep?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Do you ever wake up with a sore, aching jaw? Do you experience headaches or neck aches and you’re not sure why? If so, you might be one of the many people who grind their teeth during their sleep. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause serious damage to your teeth and result in a host of other dental problems. Talk to your dentist if you think you might be grinding your teeth at night. Keep reading to find out if your teeth are suffering damage while you sleep.

    How Do I Know?
    There are a few telltale signs that you grind your teeth during your sleep. If you share a bed, ask your partner if they ever notice a grinding noise while you’re asleep. Oftentimes, the noise will be loud enough to wake the other person up. A constant headache is another sign that you could be grinding your teeth. If you think you might be grinding your teeth at night, ask your dentist to look for signs of bruxism at your next appointment.

    Why Is Bruxism Harmful?
    In addition to causing chronic headaches, neck pain, and jaw pain, bruxism can do serious damage to your teeth. Bruxism exerts a great deal of pressure on your teeth and can lead to cracked, chipped, and broken teeth. In extreme cases, your teeth can actually become loose and potentially fall out. Over time, the repetitive grinding motion can wear down your teeth and cause a need for bridges, crowns, root canals, and other dental procedures.

    How Do I Stop?
    Though the exact causes of teeth grinding are not known, stress, caffeine and alcohol consumption, and poor oral habits can contribute to bruxism. Train yourself not to grind your teeth during the day, and practice relaxation techniques before you go to bed. Your dentist may also want to fit you with a mouth guard that will protect your teeth while you sleep.

    You don’t have to live with the pain and damage of teeth grinding. Call Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 803-1815 to find out how we can help you. We are open six days a week to make scheduling an appointment easy.

    Sedation Dentistry: IV Sedation

    Last updated 1 year ago

    IV sedation is an amazing tool that your dentist can utilize to help you with your dental treatments. It allows you to get the dental care you need without remembering the procedure. This option is useful for people who are afraid of the dentist, need extensive work done, or need more than one treatment at one time.

    After your visit to the dentist, you'll need someone to drive you home and stay with you. For about 24 hours after your procedure, you'll be sleepy and groggy. You shouldn't drive, exercise, or try to move about on your own. Be sure to begin drinking water as soon as you can after you get home, and move on to soft foods as soon as your dentist recommends.

    To find out if IV sedation is right for you, contact our dentists at Dental Care of Stamford by calling (203) 803-1815. We will keep you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.

    Your Guide to Ensuring Successful Treatment Using the Invisalign System

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you are unhappy with your smile, you have many options available to you at your cosmetic dentist's office. Invisalign is just one treatment choice you have to get the straight, perfectly aligned teeth you've always wanted. For successful treatment with Invisalign, follow this simple guide:

    Follow your cosmetic dentist's instructions. When you get your Invisalign trays, you'll be given directions explaining how and when to wear them. Make certain that you follow these instructions closely for the best outcome. Your treatment may not be successful, or might have to use the system longer than projected if you don't comply with the treatment.

    Take the trays out when you eat. As part of the directions from your cosmetic dentist, you'll be told to remove your Invisalign trays when you eat or drink. Failure to do so could result in damage to the trays, which could set your treatment back. The trays can also become discolored by exposure to foods or drinks, which negates one of the main benefits of Invisalign: their covert operation.

    Clean your aligners twice daily. Just as you should brush your teeth twice a day to remove food and plaque, you should also clean your trays morning and night. Food and bacteria from your mouth can accumulate on the aligners, giving them a bad smell or making them more visible. Clean your Invisalign trays each time you brush your teeth for a healthy, straight smile.

    See your cosmetic dentist for regular checkups. Your teeth will still require professional cleanings and evaluations for problems during your Invisalign treatment; cavities and gum disease can put a big damper on the excitement surrounding getting straight teeth. You’ll also need to get your new trays at these appointments so that your treatment can continue.

    To get the treatment you need for the smile you want, visit the cosmetic dentists at Dental Care of Stamford. We offer a variety of cosmetic treatments, as well as routine dental care for the entire family. For an appointment, call our friendly office staff at (203) 803-1815.

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