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You have heard about dental implants, the preferred tooth replacement choice. However, you really don't understand how they work. At Putnam Family Dental, Dr. Alaa Ahmed and Dr. Islam Dehis specialize in implant dentistry. They can explain the procedure from start to finish and tell if you qualify for these marvelous artificial teeth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces a natural tooth root. The device is crafted from titanium, a naturally-occurring metal known for its remarkable biocompatibility. In fact, human bone quickly adheres to titanium, making it the best choice for dental implants.
An implant device resembles a screw or cylinder. If a patient has good oral health and adequate bone in the jaw, he or she can receive an implant(s) as the foundation for a single-tooth replacement or to anchor dentures or bridgework.
Dr. Ahmed or Dr. Dehis carefully examines the oral health and jaw bone density of each prospective implant patient. If everything checks out, the dentist places the implant during a brief oral surgery procedure right at Putnam Family Dental.
Over the subsequent weeks, the jaw bone and implant bond together through something known osseointegration. When healed completely, the implant can accept a metal alloy post and dental crown fashioned from high-quality porcelain. That's it. The new tooth is complete and ready to use.
If a patient requires more extensive tooth replacement, multiple implants can secure either fixed or removable dentures according to patient need and preference.
Dental implants are highly successful
In fact, the American College of Prosthodontists praises implants as up to 95 percent successful at the outset. Long-term, implants stay healthy and function well for many decades.
Keys to success are healthy bone and gum tissue. To keep implant sites viable, patients should:
- Maintain consistent oral hygiene habits at home and see their dentists twice a year for professional cleanings and examinations
- Stop all tobacco usage (cigarettes cause peri-implantitis, an infection as destructive as advanced gum disease)
- Avoid excessive pressures on their teeth (wear a bite guard to soften the forces of habitual grinding and clenching)
Could implants work for you?
There's a sure way to know. Call the dental implant experts--Dr. Ahmed and Dr. Dehis--at Putnam Family Dental in Putnam, CT. You'll receive a comprehensive evaluation, to determine a tooth replacement plan right for your situation. Phone the office staff to schedule an appointment at (860) 928-5334.
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
Have some questions about periodontal laser treatment from our Putnam office? Read on to find the answers!
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria attacks the tissue around teeth, and it unfortunately goes unnoticed by most people if they don't visit their dentist on a regular basis.
If your periodontal disease isn't treated, this bacterial gum infection progresses to gingivitis inflammation, which in turn leads to bone loss around the teeth. When people lose bone tissue, the gum tissues detach from teeth and form little bacteria-harboring pockets around teeth that harbor.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Redness or swelling of the gums
- Receding gums
- Periodontal abscess
- Loose teeth
What is periodontal laser treatment?
Dental laser technology has advanced in modern time, and it is now used to help regenerate new periodontal attachment. Periodontal laser treatment, like Excisional New Attachment Procedure (ENAP) and Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), should reduce loss of clinical attachment level (CAL) and/or create clinically significant new tissue attachment when used with scaling and root planing (SRP), according to the American Association Of Dental Consultants.
What are the benefits of periodontal laser treatment in Putnam?
- Minimally invasive: Lasers are not very invasive and eliminate the necessity for drilling.
- Shorter healing time: Because laser treatment isn't invasive, the gum, tooth, and surrounding areas aren't traumatized.
- Minimizes risk of bacterial infection: Lasers help sterilize the infected areas and lowers the risk of bacterial infections.
What are some preventative strategies to avoid periodontal disease?
- Regular dental checkups
- Regular professional cleanings
- Healthy diet
- Quitting smoking
Who do I contact?
If you have more questions about periodontal disease and laser treatment, then you need to contact Drs. Alaa Ahmed and Islam M Dehis at Putnam Family Dental! Just call the Putnam, CT, office today at (860) 928-5334 to schedule your appointment!
When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason.
“I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth,” the singer tweeted, “and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have had to have them imminently removed.”
The dental problem Lipa had to deal with, impacted wisdom teeth, is not uncommon in young adults. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums), generally making their appearance between the ages of 18-24. But their debut can cause trouble: Many times, these teeth develop in a way that makes it impossible for them to erupt without negatively affecting the healthy teeth nearby. In this situation, the teeth are called “impacted.”
A number of issues can cause impacted wisdom teeth, including a tooth in an abnormal position, a lack of sufficient space in the jaw, or an obstruction that prevents proper emergence. The most common treatment for impaction is to extract (remove) one or more of the wisdom teeth. This is a routine in-office procedure that may be performed by general dentists or dental specialists.
It’s thought that perhaps 7 out of 10 people ages 20-30 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Some cause pain and need to be removed right away; however, this is not always the case. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted and is likely to result in future problems, it may be best to have it extracted before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even with x-rays and other diagnostic tests, it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when—or if—the tooth will actually begin causing trouble. In some situations, the best option may be to carefully monitor the tooth at regular intervals and wait for a clearer sign of whether extraction is necessary.
So if you’re around the age when wisdom teeth are beginning to appear, make sure not to skip your routine dental appointments. That way, you might avoid emergency surgery when you’ve got other plans—like maybe your own world tour!
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
Like other aspects of our lives, aging can take a toll on our smile. Over a lifetime the effects of disease, teeth wearing and the foods we eat can cause our teeth and gums to look unattractive.
Here are 3 of the most common age-related dental problems and how we can help you "turn back the clock" on each one.
Discoloration. Teeth can dull and grow darker over time. And not just from what we eat or drink—age-related structural changes in the tooth can also cause discoloration. We can often alleviate external staining temporarily with teeth whitening. If the staining is heavy or it originates inside the tooth, then we can install life-like porcelain veneers or crowns to cover the discoloration. We can also use composite dental materials to alter the color of one darkened tooth so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of your teeth.
Wearing. Our teeth naturally wear down over time. If the wearing is excessive, though, teeth can look shorter and less youthful. Again, we can use veneers or crowns to change a tooth's outward appearance and make them look longer. We can also employ enamel contouring and reshaping that smoothes out sharper edges caused by wearing to give your teeth a softer, more youthful look.
Receding gums. On the other end of the spectrum, gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can make them look much larger and unattractive. Our first step is to treat any gum disease present—the most common cause of recession—which often helps the tissues to regenerate. If your case is more advanced, though, you may also need grafting surgery to restore lost gum tissue. Using in-depth microsurgical techniques, surgeons attach grafted gum tissue at the recession site. Over time new tissue will grow, restoring adequate gum coverage.
You can also improve your appearance at any age with orthodontics. Besides a more attractive smile, properly aligned teeth tend to wear more slowly and evenly. This and proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care can keep your teeth looking younger even in your later years.
If you would like more information on gaining a more youthful smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Your Dentist can help you Look Younger.”