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Answering Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

dental servicesIt is no secret that a person’s smile is one of the first things others notice about them. However, a healthy smile can get harder and harder to achieve as you get older, because despite how well you take care of them, they don’t always last as long as they should.

This is where crowns, bridges, and dental implants come in. There are plenty of dental services available to make your smile shine the brightest it can, but the problem is many patients refuse to go to the dentist over fear of the unknown. To prevent this, here we explain some commonly asked questions concerning dental implants so you are as educated as possible!

What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants are fake teeth that come with a small metal anchor that is surgically attached to your jawbone. Think of the metal anchor as a substitute for the tooth’s root, and once it is placed the prosthetic will act and function like a normal tooth.

Why would someone choose to invest in a dental implant?
Dental implants are great because they feel and look like natural teeth. They are actually so popular that 3 million people already have dental implants, and this number is growing at a fast rate of 500,000 per year!

What is the process of getting a dental implant like?
The treatment is a three-step process — the dental implant will be placed into your jawbone and as it heals, it will fuse permanently. Once this implant is bonded to the bone, an abutment is placed on top of the dental implant to connect the root to the replacement tooth. Then, a crown, which will be made to look the same color as your natural teeth, will be molded and placed on top.

How will I know if a dental implant is right for me?
There are a variety of factors that go into determining if you are the right candidate for dental implants. But as a rule of thumb, you should have a fully developed jawbone, healthy gums, and no other medical problems that will hinder the healing process.

Want to learn more about dental implants? Contact our doctors today for any and all of your dental services questions!

Tips and Tricks That Will Help Make Your Child’s First Dental Exam Go By Smoothly

dental examWe all know that proper oral hygiene is important from a young age, but it can be easier said than done to get your child to visit the family dentist without being nervous and having a breakdown. Dental care is all too important in children, as children with poor oral health are three times more likely to miss school because of dental pain.

So, to make your child’s first dental exam go by as smoothly as possible, here are some tips and tricks to try out.

  • Start brushing from a young age.
    You want your child to get familiar with oral hygiene from the time their first tooth comes in. Make sure to make it a nightly routine to have your child brush their teeth and for you to check to see if it was done thoroughly. This way the child will get accustomed talking about, touching, and cleaning their teeth.
  • Read books on dentistry.
    There are plenty of books out there that will help to introduce this somewhat foreign concept to your child. Adding a book about going to the dentist to their stash of books will make their first appointment feel normal!
  • Practice giving your child an exam.
    Sit your child down in a recliner at home and go through a pretend dental exam with them! Take a pencil and tap their teeth, brush their teeth one by one, and give them some water to gargle and swallow as a means of practice.
  • Don’t mention fear until they do.
    Chances are your child won’t be fearful of the dentist by themselves — they have probably heard their parents or other family members talk about negative dental experiences and have grown scared. So do not mention anything about even the possibility of the exam being scary, and always speak positively so they have nothing to worry about.
  • Go in with them
    It is completely normal to go into the exam room with your child and hold their hand if they are scared. Seeing a calm and collected parent will work wonders on a child who is a bit scared!

These tips are easy, right? Just remember that practice makes perfect and it may take a few times for your child to get accustomed to a dental exam.

If you are in the need of dental services for your family, make sure to contact our Brockport dentists today!

Great Dental Dad Jokes Just in Time for Father’s Day

family dentistFather’s day is right around the corner, and you know what that means. Dear old dad will be able to devote his entire day to telling as many Dad jokes as possible. To get in the mood for this special day, here are some punny dental dad jokes that will get you laughing.

Q: What dinosaur is known for having amazing teeth?

A: The Flossoraptor!

Q: What did the frequent patient say to the dentist when checking in?

A: I’ve been here several times, I know the drill!

Q: What is the best time to schedule a dental exam?

A: Tooth-hurty! (2:30)

Q: What does the family dentist of the year get?

A: A little plaque!

Q: What do you call a dentist who isn’t a fan of tea?

A: Denis.

Q:A dentist went to the North Pole on vacation. What animal did he see?

A: A molar bear!

Q:What did the tooth say to the dentist going on vacation?

A: Make sure to fill me in when you get back!

:Q: Why did the smartphone need tooth whitening?

A: It had a little bluetooth that need to be taken care of.

Q: Why did the King schedule a dentist appointment?

A: He was in need of a new crown

Q: Why did the dentist leave the airport?

He was afraid of the cavity search!

Q: What is a dentist’s favorite candy?

A: A gummy bear!

Q: Why did the deer need braces?

A: Because of his two big buck teeth!

Q: How did the dentist congratulate the golfer with a painful cavity?

A: Great job on the hole in one!

Q: What do dentists call their x-rays?

A:Tooth pics!

Q: Why did the Storm Trooper need to whiten his teeth?

A: To get rid of the dark side!

Despite their puns, these jokes do have a purpose: to inspire you to sign your family up for regularly scheduled visits with your dentist!

Remember: Children are especially in need of dental services. The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation reports that more than 40% of children have dental cavities by the time they enter kindergarten! Our family dentist will teach your entire family healthy dental habits from their very first appointment, and we offer everything from fillings to cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

So do your father a favor and remind him to schedule a dental appointment this year! This way he can say his Dad jokes with an even bigger smile on his face.

Keeping Cavities Away: Tips for the Holiday Season

We are entering that home stretch of the year where we celebrate holiday after holiday. From Halloween to New Year’s Day there are festivities each month where we can spend time with family and friends – and eat to our heart’s content! Such a high volume of celebratory feasting can take a toll on more than just your waistline; it can also affect your dental health.

Dental Health and the HolidaysAt Brockport Dental, we believe it is important to head into the holidays equipped with the knowledge to make sure your teeth remain cavity free while still allowing you to enjoy the tasty delights of the season! Here are a few tips to keep cavities at bay during the festive time of year.

First and foremost, as with many things, moderation is important. That is a general health tip, but it also applies to your teeth. If you consume sugary treats, make sure you are eating a substantial meal to dilute the caustic effect that sweets have on your teeth. It is also a good idea to eat less chewy and sucking candies, and choose something that doesn’t linger. The longer it lasts, the more damage it does.

It is always a good idea to brush or use mouthwash after consuming something sweet. Colgate reports that bacteria forms following a meal and often has roughly 20 minutes to attack your tooth enamel unimpeded. Brushing right after a meal can help stop these germs in their tracks and help keep your teeth healthy.

Keep in mind, though, that if you had an acidic treat or meal, you should wait at least 30 minutes to brush. While this may seem to counter the last tip, the reason is that foods with citric acid can actually weaken your tooth enamel, and brushing so soon afterwards can cause more damage rather than helping. Regardless, don’t forget to carry around a portable toothbrush with you to your festivities to keep your teeth fresh throughout the holidays.

One last tip: Water! After eating, you can drink water to help wash away bad bacteria and leftover food particles. Water is a safe option – and helps keep you hydrated – so drinking a glass of water after your meal can help to make your mouth a happier and healthier place.

As long as you are mindful of what you are eating and you are willing to take a few extra preventative steps, your smile will continue to sparkle and shine. You can still enjoy all of the tasty foods and desserts that the holiday season has to offer without having to come to Brockport Dental with a terrible tooth ache. To learn more dental tips for the holidays, chat with your dentist at your next appointment. Call us today at 585-589-0000 to schedule your next visit or request an appointment online now.

Thanksgiving and Your Teeth

Despite Thanksgiving being a time for many to indulge – and sometimes overindulge – in their favorite foods, some of the foods we enjoy the most during the holiday season is bad for our teeth. To keep your mouth happy this holiday season, here are some of the foods you might want to avoid at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.

Sweets

Now, this is easier said than done. With everything from cookies to pumpkin pie available for dessert after Thanksgiving dinner, it’s hard to say no to all of the different delicious treats. However, these foods are filled with sugars that can be harmful to your teeth and will be sure to accelerate any potential cavities you might have. Not only that, but enjoying too many of these sweet treats will increase your waistline, as well!

Dried Fruits

Fruits such as raisins, prunes and apricots may not the most popular of Thanksgiving foods, but they’re still commonplace. However, while you’d think that being dried would make them better for you, this process actually makes them sticky. This means they are more likely to get stuck to your teeth. That paired with the high sugar concentration in each one makes them a dangerous option for your dental health and gums should you choose to ingest them.

Starchy Foods

For those who may not know, this means foods such as bread or potatoes, which are common staples on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. Consuming too much of these popular options can lead to having excess starches stuck in your teeth. Starchy foods break down into sugars, which in turn leads to your teeth and gums becoming a breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to tartar, plaque and tooth damage.

As the saying goes, moderation in all things is key. At Brockport Dental, we hope you have a happy and healthy holiday, but if you find your mouth in pain before or after the holiday, let us help. We offer affordable, high-quality dental services in Albion, New York, and we’re sure to get you smiling again.

For more information on our services, call us today at 585-589-0000.

Gum Disease May Lead to More Serious Conditions

In previous blog posts here at Brockport Dental, we’ve discussed how gum disease can be damaging to your teeth and gums in the long run, but did you know that unhealthy gums and teeth could possibly lead to a number of other health issues?

Gum DiseaseAccording to a recent article from The Washington Post, studies are looking for correlations between gum disease and myriad other health issues, from diabetes, heart disease and stroke to at-risk pregnancies, pancreatic cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.

While these studies are interesting and may show some relationship between gum disease and these more serious conditions, this research is still in its infancy, and there’s been no study that proves a direct relationship between gum disease and one of these other diseases. Research is also still being performed to understand the severity of the impact of gum disease and how those who suffer from gum disease may be impacted in other areas of their health.

The numbers so far are intriguing enough, however, for experts to recommend extra gum care for patients who are at-risk for these diseases. Even insurance companies have begun offering extended dental coverage to patients who are suffering from the conditions mentioned above, including diabetes, to help prevent worsening oral health.

These studies offer the first indications that there might be a cause-and-effect relationship between gum disease and other health concerns, which means that it’s all the more important to take good care of your teeth and gums. With regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings, you can keep your mouth healthy and prevent the possibility of other health concerns down the line.

Whether you’re a patient who’s already dealing with other health issues, or a dedicated teeth-brusher who just wants to keep your mouth and gums healthy, we’re here to help. Our knowledgeable dentists are ready to answer your questions about gum health, and help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy. To make an appointment for your next cleaning, call us today at 585-589-0000 or schedule an appointment online now.

Factors that Can Affect Dental Sedatives

Dental SedativesSo you need to have an oral procedure done – what a bummer! At Brockport Dental, we know that the idea of having a procedure done can make you feel uneasy, especially if your procedure requires sedation. Now, there are some factors that can affect how the sedation affects you. We have compiled a list of tricks and tips to ensure that you have the best experience possible.

Preparing for Your Procedure

First of all, oral sedation may not be the best option. Novocain can be just as effective as sedation in many cases. However, most people choose sedation because they are afraid of needles. We won’t lie to you – certain shots of Novocain can be uncomfortable, depending on the area where it is being done, but it can sometimes be more cost-effective and even be easier for both you and your dentist to complete the procedure.

If you know that you require full sedation, you may need to avoid eating and drinking in the days and hours leading up to your procedure. The amount food and liquid in your stomach will often affect how well sedatives work, and we often will recommend not eating or drinking within the six hours prior to your appointment. Specific foods may also need to be avoided. For example, grapefruit juice has been known to conflict with your metabolism when it comes to breaking down sedation medication, which is why we recommend not eating grapefruit for a 96-hour period – 72 hours prior to the appointment and 24 hours after the appointment – says Dear Doctor.

If you are taking any natural remedies, prescriptions or over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, please discuss this with your dentist prior to the procedure, as well. Your dentist may need to adjust the amount of sedation given to you or even the type to avoid a potential drug interaction.

Smoking and alcohol consumption can also impact how sedatives affect you. Please be sure to discuss your habits prior to your procedure. Pre-existing medical conditions may also affect your recovery. For example, conditions like diabetes or hemophilia can affect your recovery time and should be discussed with your doctor ahead of time to discuss any possible concerns or complications.

Each person is unique and will interact with sedation differently. It is better to be up front with your dentist than to be unpleasantly surprised by a potential risk later.

After Your Procedure

What happens after your appointment? First off, make sure that you arrange for a ride to and from the dentist’s office as you will not be able to operate heavy machinery until the sedative has worn off. Depending on the type of procedure you receive, you may want to take some time off work as well so to give your body time to recuperate from the effects of sedation. You may need to take a half day or even a full day off to properly recover. Each procedure impacts each person differently, and there is no definitive way to say how something is going to affect you. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

It is important to remain hydrated and drink water after your appointment, as well. Remaining hydrated will help your body recover from the procedure. We also recommend getting a good night’s sleep prior to your appointment and the night after. Sleep can help you relax ahead of your appointment and can help your body recover from your procedure.

Before any appointment requiring sedation, our team will discuss your medical history and any concerns that you have with you to make sure that your procedure goes smoothly and without any issues. Sedation can seem daunting, but we can help answer your questions and relieve your concerns.

Of course, the best way to avoid requiring sedation all together is to keep up with your dental health regimen – which includes keeping regular appointments with your dentist. Schedule your next visit to Brockport Dental today by calling us at 585-589-0000 or request an appointment online now.

Getting a Crown – And Not As Homecoming King or Queen

CrownsDo you have crowns on the brain this week? While this week might be homecoming week at Albion High School, where a few lucky students will be crowned homecoming king and queen, here at Brockport Dental when we talk about crowns, we’re talking about teeth.

A crown is a cap or covering that encases a tooth’s entire surface, restoring it to its original shape and size after a cavity or injury has wreaked havoc on its structure. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth from further damage that could lead to you losing a tooth entirely when a filling or some other type of fix or restoration is simply not enough.

Crowns are a fairly common practice in the dentistry field. The most common kind of crown is made of porcelain, which is often the same color as your tooth, so you won’t be able to tell a difference where the tooth with the crown covering is just by looking at your teeth. Porcelain crowns last for many years, as well, but may need to be fixed or replaced in the event of chipping or cracking.

Brockport Dental will place a crown on your tooth if you have a decaying, broken or fractured tooth; a large or fractured filling that needs some extra help; or after we perform a root canal to make sure your tooth stays healthy. We can also use crowns and caps to cosmetically fix or enhance parts of your smile that you’re not pleased with.

We typically apply a crown over the span of two appointments. The first appointment will involve having molds or impressions taken of your teeth so that we can create a crown that meets the exact specifications and dimensions of your tooth. We’ll also place a temporary crown on your tooth until the permanent one can be attached. We’ll numb your tooth and the surrounding area, shave away any decaying tooth, and use a temporary non-harmful cement to place the temporary crown.

At your second appointment, we’ll remove the temporary crown, clean your tooth, and place the permanent crown on your tooth. We’ll make sure your bite is neat and accurate, and ensure that you don’t have any discomfort from chewing with the crown in place, ensuring a comfortable and natural-feeling experience.

We want our patients to know that this procedure may seem scary at first, but we perform crown placement procedures on a regular basis, and there’s really nothing to be nervous about! If you have any questions and want to speak to a dentist, make an appointment online today or call us at Brockport Dental at 585-589-0000 and let us help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

 

Ecigarettes and Dental Health

Ecigarettes claim to be the new “healthier” alternative to the traditional cigarette. While there hasn’t been enough time yet on the market to study the potential long-term effects of ecigarettes, it’s not hard to see the appeal of these devices. The smell is more appealing than the standard cigarette and the vapor does not taste as burnt as the regular cigarette. But does this really make the ecigarette better for you?

Dental Health and EcigsHowever, ecigarettes can still negatively affect your oral health. Most ecigarette users elect for a solution that contains nicotine as a replacement for smoking, but nicotine itself has been proven to cause oral health issues. These issues can include bad breath, masking symptoms of gum disease and gum recession

Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor which means it restricts blood flow to internal organs. When polled, ecigarette users themselves have also said that they felt mouth dryness and irritation as one of the primary side effects of vaping – symptoms of nicotine causing a reduction in saliva production This, in turn, reduces saliva production, and without the proper amount of saliva, bacteria can build up in your mouth. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. As a vasoconstrictor, nicotine can also lead to death of gum tissues.

Nicotine is also a stimulant. If you’re already prone to teeth grinding, this could actually make your grinding habit worse. Grinding your teeth can lead to flat teeth, crowns or even the dreaded root canal. For more information on what issues nicotine can cause, check out this article on Ask the Dentist.

Part of the appeal of ecigarettes is the flavor options, and while the flavor is certainly preferred to burnt tobacco smoke, it still may not be healthy to inhale. Diacetyl, a chemical found in some ecigarette liquids, has been linked to a respiratory infection known “popcorn lung.”

Additionally, a recent study was conducted at UCLA that tested the flavors from several different companies. The vapors tested from some manufacturers contained small particles of metal, silica and carbon – definite hazards to health!

Tests also found that the mouth’s natural defense cavity is severely weakened by ecigarette vapors. An antioxidant called glutathione is crucial to keeping your mouth happy and healthy, but the study found that glutathione levels were reduced by as much as 85 percent after exposed to ecigarette vapor.

If you use ecigarettes and want to learn more about how they affect your health, discuss your habit with your dentist at your next appointment. To schedule a visit, call us today at 585-589-0000 or request an appointment online now.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

Oral Health When it comes to our health, we rarely think about the impact our dental health can have on our overall health. The reality is they are very much connected and by not taking care of your teeth you run the risk of developing other serious illnesses. Let’s look at a few aspects of the mouth-body health connection.

If you don’t take care of the pearly whites in your mouth, you run the risk of developing something like periodontal disease. This condition results in a chronic inflammation of the tissue around your gums, an infection below your gum line and disease-causing bacteria in your oral cavity.

Poor oral hygiene can also increase the effects of any preexisting conditions, which can cause more serious effects to your health. For example, if you have diabetes, developing periodontal disease can lead to an increase in your blood sugar levels, making controlling the amount of sugar in your blood stream even more difficult.

The development of heart disease and incidence of stroke is also connected to your dental health. Some scientists believe that bacteria in the mouth that is associated with periodontal disease can attach to our coronary arteries, which can result in the formation of blood clots and the narrowing of the arteries that could cause a heart attack. Inflammation caused by the disease could also allow plaque buildup to lead to swollen arteries, worsening any pre-existing heart conditions such as heart disease.

However, with proper oral care, these risks significantly drop. That’s why keeping up with your regular visits to the dentist are so important. By seeing your dentist regularly, you can keep an eye on your dental health, ensuring that not only you have healthy teeth and gums, but an overall healthy body.

Whether you haven’t been to the dentist in a while or need to schedule your next appointment, Brockport Dental is here for you. We offer gentle, comprehensive dental care that will help keep your mouth in great shape. To schedule a visit, call us today at 585-589-0000 or request your appointment online now!

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