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How Do You Clean Dentures?

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How Do You Clean Dentures?

Dentures are worn in order to help people speak, eat, and smile naturally when they have lost a tooth or a number of teeth. However, in order for their used to be successful, you need to make sure you maintain and clean your dentures properly. In this blog post, we will discuss how to clean your dentures effectively, as this is critical when it comes to maintaining good daily hygiene. Nevertheless, you may find that you need to take extra steps on occasion to get rid of the bacteria that is hard to remove. 

How Food Gathers In Your Dentures

Food particles collect on your dentures whenever you eat. Food can become trapped under a lower denture when it drifts to the floor of your mouth. In addition to this, when compared with oral tissues, food is going to stick to the surface of your denture material more easily, which can build up over time. 

The Issues That Arise From This Buildup of Food

If the food particles that have stuck to different areas of your dentures are not removed, it can result in a number of different oral issues. In fact, RDH Magazine has stated that 87 percent of people who wear dentures experience bad breath. Food buildup is the major contributor to this.

How To Clean Your Dentures

Now you know why it is so important to clean your dentures as well as engaging in your typical daily brushing. With that being said, we are going to take a look at how to do this properly. You should use a deep-cleaning solution on a periodic basis to deep clean the dentures and soak away any deposits of food. These solutions will usually come in effervescent tablets, which have been formulated specifically for denture cleaning.

Make sure you do not use brushes with stiff bristles or any other sort of materials that are abrasive. This includes products containing bleach and whitening toothpastes, as they can cause damage to the dentures. Also, you can warp your dentures if you use boiling water or very hot water to clean them.

Look inside the denture to make sure there are not any food particles left after they have been soaked. If there are, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and scrub or brush in order to get rid of the particles. Make sure that you rinse your dentures thoroughly afterward. 

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of how to care for your dentures properly. If you follow the advice and suggestions that have been mentioned above, you should have nothing to worry about when it comes to denture maintenance.

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If you need an adjustment on your dentures, are needing a repair, or have other questions about your dentures then feel free to schedule an appointment with Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale today! We are happy to help improve your confidence and smile!

Who Does Dental Implants In Westchester?

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Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale has Prosthodontists on our staff which can place crowns, fillings, bridges and dental implants. All of our dental implants are produced within our in-house dental lab, where we work closely with technicians to produce an artificial tooth that looks and feels natural. Our experienced Prosthodontists are then able to carefully insert these implants into your gums, helping to restore your smile.

Why Get Dental Implants?

At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we offer a number of dental restorative options to our patients. Dental implants can have numerous benefits over other forms of Prosthodontics such as bridges and dentures. A few of the pros and cons are listed below:

Pros of Dental Implants:

  •  Dental implants can be easily cleaned. They don’t need to be removed and sanitized separately like a bridge restoration because they are fixed and can be brushed and flossed just like normal teeth.
  • Dental implants will strengthen your jaw. By continuing to offer the feeling of having a tooth there, the bone is less likely to recede.
  • Our dental implants are designed and built to look just like real teeth. Unlike metal crowns and fillings, they’ll look and feel natural.
  • With certain restorative options like veneers and fillings, you may be advised to not eat certain foods. With dental implants you can eat whatever you like with no fear of the implant coming out.

Cons of Dental Implants

  • If you don’t have healthy gums of jaw bones, you may be unable to get implants fitted. In such situations, dentures or bridges may be better suited (both of which we are able to do at Advanced Dentistry).
  • Dental implants can be costly to install and may be out of some people’s budget. We try to offer affordable rates on implants, but even so some people may find that dentures and bridges are more feasible. It’s worth noting that implants may last for life and so can be good investments despite their initial price.   

What Is The Procedure Like?

Fitting dental implants is a multi-stage process. You’ll first need a consultation to help take scans of your mouth so that an implant can be measured and designed. Certain preparatory procedures may then be recommended such as bone grafting or a sinus lift.

The actual implant fitting itself sounds scarier than it is, but it will likely be done under anaesthetic so you may not feel anything. A titanium post is placed through the gum and fitted to the jawbone. You will need several months to heal, and when the area is strong enough to withstand normal chewing pressures, a crown will be fitted on top.

Book A Complimentary Consultation

If you’d like to know more about getting dental implants in Westchester, don’t hesitate to book a consultation with us. We’ll guide you through the process in detail so that you’re comfortable with the entire procedure. Please schedule your complimentary consultation today.

What is Full Mouth Debridement?

A full mouth debridement is a special kind of deep dental cleaning that could be required if a person has heavy plaque tartar build-up on his or her teeth. Patients in need of a full debridement probably won’t have seen a dentist for a checkup or cleaning in a long time, possibly not for years.  Without regular care, it’s common for there to be a heavy buildup of plaque and tartar, which obscures the teeth structure down to and past the gum line. The obstruction would make it difficult or perhaps even impossible for a dentist to be able to provide a full exam and accurate assessment of the person’s oral health. To clear the build-up, and recommend next steps to restoring dental health, a full mouth debridement will be the first step. 

Is This The Same As A Normal Dental Cleaning?

It’s easy to mistake a debridement for cleaning, however it is not the same type of service. Instead, a debridement will be completed before a cleaning. It will usually involve an electronic scaler. This will pulverize the plaque with a mixture of pressure and water to ensure that it is removed from the teeth and gums. 

A debridement will usually only be required once, and will be completed in one visit. The heavy plaque and tartar build-up will come away during the debridement, and the next visit, which will typically take place a few weeks later, will involve a regular cleaning and another exam. Without the buildup, we will get a good look at the patient’s gums and teeth. If there are signs of gum disease, we will discuss necessary periodontal treatments to restore gum health. We will also take new X-rays and determine a course of treatments needed for tooth restoration. 

Sedation is an option for patients who need a full mouth debridement, which we will discuss before making a debridement appointment. In some cases, sedation can be necessary, due to the fact that the build-up of plaque and tartar can make your gums quite sensitive, and the treatment may cause discomfort. Some cases can take a while, and sedation will keep a patient comfortable while the work is completed. Sedation dentistry is a good option for anyone who has anxiety about coming in for treatment. We’re here to resolve those fears so you can get the care you need. 

Why Is Debridement Necessary?

A debridement treatment is necessary when a person’s teeth and gums are so neglected that they are obscured by plaque build-up. The removal of the build-up, and damaged tissue, is the first step to restoring a patient’s dental health. If you find yourself in a situation where you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, but you are in need of dental care, please know that we understand that the prospect of being in the chair can be difficult to face. Patients can be embarrassed, or unsure how to handle anxiety associated with being in a situation where you are vulnerable. We have sedation options to help you relax while you are with us, and we will never treat you with anything other than the utmost respect. We feel honored to be trusted with your care.

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How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

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If you’re looking to restore a natural and beautiful smile, then dental veneers could be the option for you. Our dental veneers option is a great way to improve the overall look of your teeth and to restore your smile, but we often get questions asking how long veneers last and if they’re a permanent solution or not.

Dental Veneers Last a Long Time, but They’re Not Permanent

Dental veneers from our Westchester Dental Practice are essentially very thin laminates or shells of a tooth that are colored to replicate the look of natural teeth and often made using porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material. They are typically bonded to the front surface of your teeth to restore their appearance regardless of the oral conditions that could be affecting you.

However, they’re not completely indestructible and can be damaged if you’re not careful. Whether it’s the daily habits you subject them to or the quality of the procedure, there are many circumstances that could affect their longevity.

In general, veneers can last up to 15 years if they’re taken care of properly and longer if you’re very careful with them. However, if they’re subjected to a lot of wear and damage, then they may only last a decade and will need to be replaced whenever they chip or crack. It’s completely up to the patient to guarantee their lifespan, but the type of material used can also play a role in their lifespan.

Understand What Damages Veneers

Veneers are made to replicate the look and feel of teeth, so they will react similarly to the same things that damage your natural teeth. For instance, they can chip and crack like natural teeth, and they can also be stained by coffee and tea. Biting hard objects or food items can also damage and weaken them over time.

Poor oral hygiene and habits such as grinding your teeth can also have a negative effect on your veneers. In short, you should generally consider what damages your natural teeth and apply the same rules in order to protect your veneers.

Protecting Your Veneers

In order to prolong the lifespan of your veneers, it’s important to treat them much like your natural teeth. This means following good oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing to reduce the buildup of plaque and remove stains, but also keeping them free of bacteria. You should also continue attending regular checkups with us to keep your veneers and natural teeth clean.

You should also protect veneers if you’re going to be putting them in a potentially dangerous situation. For example, if you’re going to be playing a contact sport, then you’ll want to use a mouth guard to protect them. Similarly, you’ll want to address issues such as teeth-grinding so that you’re at less risk of cracking them.

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At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we offer dental veneers at our dental practice in Westchester.

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How Do You Clean Invisalign Trays?

When braces are required, many Westchester dental patients choose Invisalign® because they’re clear, harder to notice and easier to remove. They can also seem less daunting because they’re free of the metal and wires that traditional braces use.

However, if you’ve used your Invisalign® trays for a while, you may be wondering how to clean them properly to ensure that they stay as clean as the day you received them. Avoiding this could lead to discoloration, bacteria buildup or even smelly odors if you’re not careful. So to help you out, we’ve put together this post to explain how to clean Invisalign® trays.

  1. Clean Your Invisalign® Trays Before Wearing Them

Much like your natural teeth, you should be cleaning your trays every morning before you wear them to prevent bacteria from building up. Clean both the inside and outside using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. You should brush them much like you would your regular teeth and rinse them off afterwards, allowing them a bit of time to try before putting them on. Toothpaste and a soft brush should be enough and you want to avoid using a mouthwash or other type of cleaner. Be gentle when brushing your Invisalign® trays to avoid damaging them physically.

  1. When Removing Invisalign® Trays, Rinse Them

If you’ve been wearing your Invisalign® trays for some time, then they’ve probably accumulated a bit of saliva and bacteria just from everyday use. To prevent dry saliva, plaque and bacteria from building up, make sure you rinse your Invisalign® trays once they’re removed from your mouth. Brushing them with a soft toothbrush and a bit of toothpaste works to keep them as clean as possible, but rinsing them with water and drying them can also work if you’re in a hurry or unable to use a brush and toothpaste at the time.

  1. Brush and Floss Before Putting Invisalign® Trays On

In order to keep your Invisalign® trays clean and free from bacteria, it’s important to also keep your teeth clean. Before you wear your Invisalign® trays, make sure you’re brushing your teeth and flossing so that any bacteria on them doesn’t sit on the inside of your Invisalign® trays. If you wear them while there’s still bits of food between your teeth, then it will trap them in your trays and eventually lead to dental issues in the future.

  1. Don’t Leave Them in the Open

Exposing your Invisalign® trays to the open air could lead to a buildup of bacteria, especially if they’re moist and warm. Make sure you always carry a case with you to keep them safe and make sure you practice some basic maintenance tips to ensure that they stay clean. Your Invisalign® trays will already be exposed to a lot of bacteria since you’re wearing them every day, so you don’t want to make it worse by also exposing them to things like dirt, food splashes and being dropped on the floor.

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If you want to learn more about Invisalign® or other services offered by Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation today.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Anesthetic options, including sedation, are often used to minimize pain and discomfort during treatment. However, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale also understands that some of our patients may experience fear or anxiety of dental treatments.

 Besides doing everything that we can to ensure a comfortable, welcoming environment, we do what we can to ensure your needs and concerns are addressed. This can include the use of sedation dentistry. Here, we will look at some of the potential options that could help you feel at ease.


Sedation Dentistry In Westchester

The most commonly offered solutions for sedation dentistry are:

  • Oral Sedation
  • IV Sedation
  • General Anesthesia

Each option has its own advantages, and your Westchester dentist will be able to help you by recommending the best method of sedation for each treatment. Don’t hesitate to ask during your consultation or to mention any concern about anxiety or fears of treatment, so we can do what we can to ensure your comfort. For both IV sedation and general anesthesia, Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale ensures that sedation is carried out by a trained Dental Anesthesiologist.

Oral Sedation

There are oral medications that we could recommend in order to ease any fears of treatment, whether it’s general anxiety, fear of needles, or a fear of specific treatments and instruments. Oral sedation allows us to complete dental work on our patients in fewer appointments and in less time. It’s as simple as taking a pill, is highly effective, and can make your experience of the appointment go much more quickly.

IV Sedation

If a fear of needles is not your greatest concern, then we can use a small needle that is inserted into your hand or arm in order to deliver a sedative intravenously. This treatment can be highly effective for patients who have fears of dental treatments or instruments that stronger than oral sedation would be recommended for. If you do have a fear of needles, we can offer an oral sedative before the IV sedation, as well. The key benefit of IV sedation is that is works much faster, helping patients relax all the easier with a deeper level of sedation.

General Anesthesia

Some patients have a fear of dental procedures so great that they do not want to see or remember the experience of the treatment at all. General anesthesia effectively puts the patient to sleep throughout the treatment and can also be recommendof general anesthesia last much longer than both oral and IV sedation, so patients need to be observed after it is admied for those who have physical disabilities or health issues that may otherwise impede the treatment. The effects nistered and will need to arrange transportation as driving is usually not recommended.

We Can Help You Feel At Ease, No Matter The Treatment

If you’re in need of dental treatment, but you may hesitate due to fear or anxiety, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale is ready to help. Our range of sedation dentistry options, as well as an attentive, gentle treatment from our dental team, can ensure that you don’t have to miss out on treatments you need any longer.

Schedule an appointment with us today and we can help to you have a healthy, beautiful smile!

What Is A Partial Denture?

The team at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale can provide a host of prosthodontic treatments to replace missing teeth and to restore your smile. This includes the addition and fitting of a partial denture in Westchester. Read on to learn more about what this treatment entails.

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What Are Partial Dentures?

A partial denture is designed with replacement teeth fixed to gum-colored plastic basics, often attached to a metal frame with attachments that affix to your surrounding teeth. These attachments  are designed to look more natural. Sometimes, a crown will need to be fit in replacement of natural teeth in order to help fit the partial denture.

What To Know About Your Partial Dentures

It’s expected that your partial denture may feel strange and bulky, initially, but most patients become used to them over time. Dr. Brisman will show you how to insert and remove the dentures, which may take some practice.

To begin with, you will likely be asked to wear the denture all day, which may cause some discomfort, but it’s important as a means of identifying the areas that need adjustment. If the denture doesn’t fit correctly, it can cause too much pressure on an area which can make it sore. This is why Dr. Brisman wants to make sure that any necessary adjustments are made.

You may also need adjustments to your denture over time. This is simply due to the fact that the mouth naturally changes as we age, which can change how the denture fits. If the fit of your denture ever feels off, don’t hesitate to let Dr. Brisman know so he can adjust it. He will recommend routine visits, as well, to make sure there are no problems with your denture going forward.

The Benefits of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures have a host of benefits. For instance, they can greatly improve your experience of eating. It’s recommended you start by trying them with soft foods, chewing with both sides of the mouth, and avoiding anything that is extremely sticky or hard.

Another benefit is that they can improve your speech. Again, it can take time to get used to speaking properly with your dentures, so it’s recommended that you practice reading aloud and taking the time to repeat words that you initially have some trouble with.

Maintenance & Care For Partial Dentures

Dentures need to be cleaned, just like your teeth. This involves only brushing to remove food deposits and plaque. There are specific denture cleaning brushes available, but soft-bristled toothbrushes can work well, too. Brushing and rinsing can help you prevent it from staining. It doesn’t require toothpaste, however, which can damage the denture. Your dentist may also recommend a professional denture cleaner to ensure you give it the best care possible.

Could A Partial Denture Be The Right Choice For You?

If you want to restore your smile and your bite, then partial dentures may just be the solution you need. Get in touch with Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, and we can arrange a free consultation to allow Dr. Brisman to take a closer look at your options.

What Is A Complete Smile Makeover?

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If you’ve been searching the internet for ways to improve your smile, you may have come across the term “complete smile makeover.” But what is it, exactly? 

In the most general sense, a complete smile makeover is a set of cosmetic dental procedures that enhance the appearance of your teeth and gums. (Note, that gums are a vital part of the smile makeover process too. If they are receding, damaged, or infected it adversely affects the natural beauty of your mouth). The vast majority of smile makeover procedures are minor interventions and require little to no recovery time.  

The Purpose Of A Complete Smile Makeover

The general purpose of a complete smile makeover is to improve the appearance of your teeth and gums. How Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale achieves this, however, depends on the current state of your mouth. 

What Techniques Might Your Dentist Use For A Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover can include one or a combination of the following cosmetic techniques: 

  • Repairing cracked or chipped teeth. You may feel that your chipped and cracked teeth adversely impact the beauty of your smile. Dental professionals, however, can use a combination of techniques to repair cracks and chips and help your teeth achieve their full potential. 
  • Adjusting the layout of your teeth. Not all teeth come through in the right place. Some slant inwards or outwards, while others can come through twisted. A complete smile makeover, therefore, includes orthodontic techniques to adjust the position of your teeth, straightening them where possible and improving your bite. 
  • Whitening your teeth. Over time, teeth can lose their natural whiteness and take on a yellowy-brown color. Smile makeovers use a combination of whitening techniques to remove staining and get teeth looking their best once more. 
  • Replacing missing teeth. Missing teeth are common. You may have lost a tooth through injury or decay. Dentists can replace missing teeth with implants – permanent false teeth which attach directly to the jawbone. 

As you can see, getting a complete smile makeover is a considerable undertaking, potentially involving multiple steps. Don’t worry though: before your dentist carries out any procedures, he or she will talk you through the entire process. Most dentists offer an initial consultation where they ask you about the problems that you’d like them to correct and tell you how long treatment will take. Sometimes you have to complete one step before you can begin another, so the consultation is an excellent opportunity for you to set realistic expectations. 

How Do You Maintain Results?

A complete smile makeover can last a long time, but you need to maintain it. The basics of oral hygiene apply: brush your teeth twice per day for two minutes and floss regularly. Limit your intake of sugar to prevent decay, and reduce tea and coffee consumption to cut down on staining. 

The great thing about a smile makeover is that it can do wonders for your confidence. People who change their smiles feel happier in social situations and have higher self-esteem.

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If you are interested in a complete smile makeover and finally have the smile that you have always desired, then schedule a complimentary consultation with us today!


What Is A Bone Graft?

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A bone graft is a procedure that fixes the damage that is caused by gum disease or from having a tooth removed. Bone grafts aid in a healthier bone structure by growing new bone around where the damage has occurred. Some patients will be in need of a bone graft if they are having dental implants placed. There are three main types of bone grafts, which will be discussed below. 

The process of a bone graft will depend on the exact issue that you are facing, but will generally be determined by an x-ray of the infected area, followed by an anesthetic being applied to the area. Then, a small incision will be made in the gum where the dental implants will be fitted and the tooth’s root will be cleaned. The area will then be prepared and fitted with the graft material. Once complete your mouth with be cleaned and your gums will be sewn back together to protect the new graft. After the surgery, you will be given antibiotics to help prevent infection and help with the healing. It takes approximately 6-9 months for the area where the graft is placed to heal.  

As technology and dentistry advances, as does the techniques to restore the bone. Our professional multi-specialty practice in Westchester will ensure that if you need a bone graft the procedure will be effective and simple. There are 3 main types of grafting methods:

  • Block grafts
  • Particulate grafts
  • Sinus lift procedures 

Bone Grafts & Dental Implants

A long-term solution to gum disease or tooth loss, dental implants work alongside bone grafting. An artificial tooth root is inserted into the jaw and holds the replacement tooth in place. Dental Implants function and feel like a natural tooth. It will need to be fitted after a bone graft is placed. Otherwise, shrinking can occur in the existing bone structure (a common side effect of tooth extraction) which will not take a dental implant. 

What Is A Sinus Lift?

If you are missing some of your upper molar teeth, it might result in extensive bone loss. This will affect your maxillary sinus, resulting in them dropping down. In this case, when the bone is too fragile for a dental implant, a dentist will lift the maxillary sinuses through bone grafting. Thickening the bone and raising the floor of the sinus, this surgery will take approximately 5 months to heal before the bone is ready for dental implants. 

What Is A Small Bone Graft?

To make sure that there is minimal shrinkage after a tooth extraction or the gum disease is fixed, a small graft will be placed. This will help with lowering the amount of bone loss you suffer from. It will be filled with demineralized bone granules (usually taken from the jawbone at the back of your mouth) before a protective collagen membrane is applied. The incision will then be sewed up and it will take a few weeks for the granules to integrate. 

What Is A Medium Bone Graft?

If you have been suffering from tooth loss or gum disease for a few years, a medium graft will have to be undertaken. Following the same procedure as the small graft, the difference between the two procedures is that the medium graft can be used on a larger area of missing teeth. 

What Is A Large Bone Graft?

Tooth loss that has been affecting a patient for a decade will have resulted in extensive levels of bone loss. In this case, a large graft will have to be undertaken. At this point, dental implants simply aren’t possible due to how fragile the jaw bone is. This procedure is the same as the small and medium graft – the only difference being that the bone granules will be taken from another part of the body, for example, the hip, to form a block of bone. It will be secured into place with screws that are specially made before a protective collagen membrane is used. A dental implant then might be able to be fitted after a few months of healing.

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If you are interested in dental implants you may need a bone graft. The only way to know is to schedule a consultation with Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale today! Our team of dentists look forward to working with you to find the best solution to fix your missing teeth and improve your smile

What Is A Dental Implant Procedure Like?

What Are Dental Implants?

If you’re considering getting dental implants, then you probably have a lot of questions about the procedure, not least what they actually are.

Dental implants are a kind of artificial teeth consisting of a crown and a post. The crown is a synthetic structure designed to look the same as a natural tooth. The post connects the crown to the jawbone. Dental implants are widely considered to be the gold standard of tooth replacement because, just like a natural tooth, they fix to the jaw, precisely simulating the presence of a tooth. You would never know that many people with dental implants had had teeth replaced.

The Stages Of A Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implant treatment has several stages.

The Initial Evaluation

The first stay of the treatment is to evaluate your current needs. Your Westchester dentist will perform a routine inspection of your mouth and use x-ray equipment to find out more about the structure of your teeth. After the investigation, the dentist will be able to choose implants that will match the look and structure of your existing teeth.

The next part of the evaluation process involves judging your mouth for compatibility with various types of implants and how many teeth may need replacing.

Finally, you’ll be able to consult with your dentist about your treatment options, including anesthesia. You’ll also learn about your role in the surgery, including things that you should do, and things you shouldn’t.

The Surgery

Dental implant surgery is done in several stages.

The first stage is to remove the damaged tooth, whether because of injury, infection or something else. Then the dental surgeon may prepare the jawbone. For implants to fit, it is something necessary to perform bone grafting work. If you have bone grafting work done, you’ll need to wait until the jawbone heals before more treatment can be completed.

The next step, once the jawbone has healed, is to insert the post of the implant into the gumline. Again, you’ll need to wait for the surrounding tissue to heal. During your final visit, the dentist will attach the crown – the part of the tooth that gives it its natural look.

It’s worth noting, therefore, that it will take several months for the process to complete. Once it is done, however, you’ll have a tooth replacement that will simulate the action of a real tooth.

After Surgery

It’s normal for people to experience some degree of discomfort after surgery. Your gums may swell around the site of a removed tooth or the newly installed implant. You may also have bruising in your gums or at the site of the implant.

If your symptoms persist, then there’s no need to suffer in silence. Book an appointment with your Westchester dentist and get your teeth seen straight away.

Remember to continue to look after your teeth once the implants are installed. You’ll want to brush at least twice a day and floss once per day and keep going to your dentist for regular checkups.