Category: General Dentistry Resources

What Is the Best Option for Replacing Missing Teeth?

13 Jan 2021 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

The loss of one’s permanent teeth is a serious and widespread problem. In the U.S. alone, about 120 million people are missing at least one permanent tooth, and about 36 million people have lost all of their teeth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. The loss of even one natural tooth can lead to significant consequences. Not only does it negatively affect one’s self-confidence and appearance, but it can also lead to health problems, such as poor nutrition and the degeneration of the jawbone.

Fortunately, there are multiple options for replacing missing teeth. Visit a cosmetic dentist to discover which treatment option is the best fit for your needs and preferences.

Dentures

Modern dentures are far stronger, more convenient, and more aesthetically pleasing than the dentures of past decades. Plus, many people choose this option for replacing their missing teeth because getting traditional dentures doesn’t require surgery. As such, it’s an affordable option.

If you have a full arch of missing teeth, you’ll need a complete denture on that arch. Those with just one or a few teeth missing will need a partial. They may be removable or fixed. The removable ones are held in place with clips, whereas fixed are permanently adhered with the remaining natural teeth as anchors.

Dental bridges

Another type of smile restoration to consider is the dental bridge. Dental bridges quite literally bridge the gap that missing teeth create in a smile. If you have one or more missing teeth, and this gap is flanked by remaining natural teeth, then a dental bridge might be a good option for you.

There are two main types of bridges: fixed and removable. Removable bridges are more affordable. To fit a removable bridge, the cosmetic dentist will create a pontic, or crown, which is fitted into the gap. It’s held in place with clips that affix to the natural teeth adjacent to the gap. The process to fit a fixed bridge is a bit more involved. The dentist will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the adjacent natural teeth to fit crowns over them– they anchor the bridge permanently.

Dental implants

Dental implants are often the preferred option for patients. They provide a permanent, natural-looking solution. Dental implants consist of a titanium post, which is anchored within the jawbone. Atop the post sits an abutment, which holds the artificial crown in place. Because dental implants are anchored within the jawbone itself, they help preserve bone mass and prevent osteoporosis.

Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or an entire arch of missing teeth. If you have multiple missing teeth, it may not be necessary to place an implant post for all of them. The All-On-4 technique, for example, can replace an entire arch of missing teeth with just four implants.

Schedule a smile restoration consult today

The best option for replacing your missing teeth depends on your lifestyle, preferences, and the state of your oral health. You can schedule a one-on-one consultation with the smile restoration experts in Huntington, Long Island, to find out which option is best for you. Call Long Island Implant and Cosmetic today.

Please note that we are currently open for all appointments, including consults for dental implants in Huntington, Long Island. Our entire team is taking the strictest precautions to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community. Thank you for following our COVID-19 protocols while you’re in our office.

 

Additional resources on smile restorations:

  1. American College of Prosthodontists, Facts & Figures, https://www.gotoapro.org/facts-figures/
  2. Mayo Clinic, Dental Implant Surgery, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-implant-surgery/about/pac-20384622

 

 

What People Notice First About Your Smile

22 Dec 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

Everyone knows that a person’s smile is among the first things other people will notice. Smiling is clearly important to socialization in our culture. According to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96% of people believe that a smile is crucial for a person’s appearance and attractiveness. Furthermore, research indicates that it makes a person appear more intelligent, happy, and successful. But what exactly is it about a person’s smile that is most noticeable?

The color of your teeth

One of the first things a person will notice about you is the color of your teeth. If your teeth are a dingy yellow or brownish color, you may create an undesirable first impression. You might also try not to smile much at all, giving the impression that you aren’t a friendly or approachable person.

Fortunately, transforming your teeth into a brilliantly white smile is as easy as scheduling a cosmetic dentistry visit. Of course, there are whitening products available over the counter. However, these aren’t very effective, and they take a long time to produce any visible results. Instead, opt for professional teeth whitening. Your dentist can get your teeth several shades lighter in under one hour.

The alignment of your teeth

In addition to the shade of your smile, the alignment of your teeth is crucial for forming a favorable first impression. If you have crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, or your upper and lower jaws just don’t fit together quite right– it can be a source of embarrassment. That’s why so many adults these days are choosing to undergo Invisalign treatment.

Your cosmetic dentist can fit you for custom-made Invisalign aligners. Since they’re made from clear materials, no one will be able to tell you’re wearing them. Plus, you could see visible improvements in as little as three months. On average, most people only need 12 to 18 months in total to achieve optimum results.

The presence of metal fillings

For quite a few decades, metal fillings were the gold standard in cavity treatments. And although metal fillings are durable, they are widely considered undesirable because of their appearance. When a person with these fillings opens their mouth, you can see where they’ve had work done. Fortunately, today there is another option. Talk to a cosmetic dentist about getting your mercury amalgam fillings removed and replaced with safe and durable fillings that match the natural shade of your teeth.

Schedule a smile makeover consult today

After reading the above, you may decide that it’s time for a smile makeover. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Our cosmetic dentist in Huntington, Long Island, will discuss your aesthetic goals with you, thoroughly examine your teeth, and recommend a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve a Hollywood smile.

Please note that we are currently open for all appointments, and we are taking strict precautions to protect our valued patients, staff, and community from the transmission of COVID-19.

 

Additional resources on cosmetic dentistry

1. American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Can a new smile make you appear more successful and intelligent? https://aacd.com/cmsproxy/236/files/Can%20a%20new%20smile%20make%20you%20appear%20more%20intelligent.pdf

2. Shape, Light Up Your Smile, https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/light-your-smile

 

 

Top 3 Smile Priorities for 2021

8 Dec 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

This past year certainly didn’t turn out the way any of us had hoped. But the good news is that it’s almost over, and better things are on the horizon. Get ready to take on tomorrow and brighten your future with a smile makeover for 2021. During a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in Huntington, Long Island, you can discuss your concerns about your teeth and get personalized recommendations. Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular options.

Erase years of stains with just one treatment

Nothing epitomizes getting a fresh start in life– like a brilliant new smile. You can erase years of unsightly yellow or brown stains on your teeth with just one in-office tooth whitening appointment. The speed at which you’ll see results is one reason why professional whitening is such a popular option.

Cosmetic dentists have access to whitening ingredients that are far more potent than those found in over-the-counter products. Plus, your dentist can use a special light to activate the whitening agent, allowing it to fight those stains more effectively.

Cover up a range of imperfections with veneers

Another smile makeover option that is popular– due to its fast results– is veneers. Dental veneers are comprised of a very thin sheet of tooth-like material. Your dentist will apply them to the visible side of your teeth. The result is a beautiful Hollywood smile.

Although dental veneers provide rapid results, they do require two office visits. At the first visit, the dentist will determine whether you’re a good candidate for this treatment. If so, they’ll make impressions of your teeth and send those to an off-site lab.

Your dental veneers will be custom fabricated, especially for you. Your dentist will carefully shave away a tiny amount of enamel from the teeth to be treated before applying them at the next appointment. On average, veneers can last about 10 years. The better you care for them, the longer they will last.

Make 2021 the year you finally straighten your teeth

With so much of the world connecting via high definition laptop cameras on Zoom, it’s more important than ever to have a beautifully straight smile. This coming year, invest in yourself with clear aligners from Invisalign. You’d be surprised at how affordable they are—and at how quickly you can begin seeing results. Many people can see a difference within a matter of weeks, and it may only take 12 to 18 months to see your final results.

Get a jump start on your 2021 smile goals

At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re all about new beginnings. Our friendly cosmetic dentists, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot, look forward to meeting you and discussing your smile makeover priorities. We’ll customize your treatment recommendations to suit your goals. Call our office in Huntington, LI at to schedule an appointment.

Finally, please note that we are currently open to all appointments. Each staff member follows strict COVID precautions to protect our valued patients and our community’s health and safety.

 

Top Problems People Have with Their Smiles    

23 Oct 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

A great smile gives you confidence. If you are self-conscious– it can affect many aspects of your life. Remember that many other people are having the same problems as you. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can resolve this and give you the smile you have always wanted.

Here are some of the most common issues we can fix:

  1. Poor Alignment

If you have always kept your mouth closed in photos due to poor tooth alignment, Invisalign will let you smile for the camera. You are never too old for Invisalign. Unlike traditional orthodonture, there are no wires involved, and the product’s name reflects the clear plastic aligners that move teeth into place over time.

Within a year to 16 months, the misalignment is corrected. Not every person with poor alignment is an Invisalign candidate, but most patients with this condition can benefit.

  1. Discoloration

You do not have to live with yellow or brown teeth. Procedures for whitening teeth depend on how badly teeth are stained. Professional tooth bleaching brightens lightly stained teeth. You cannot get the same results from over-the-counter tooth whitening products.

An option for teeth stained superficially from smoking or drinking wine or caffeine products is enamel abrasion although this will not work on deep stains.

Bonding makes quick work of badly stained teeth. It also fills in any chips or small spaces.

  1. Misshapen or Broken Teeth

If your teeth are broken, misshapen, or asymmetrical, dental veneers are probably the easiest solution for a beautiful smile. These thin porcelain shells fit over the tooth after it is filed down. Dental veneers look completely natural.

Dental veneers also correct staining that does not respond to other treatments.

  1. Missing Teeth

Perhaps nothing ruins a smile more than missing teeth. However, missing teeth are more than a cosmetic issue. Failure to replace missing teeth leads to other problems, including shifts in adjacent teeth and further tooth loss or breakage.

Options for missing teeth replacement include implants and crowns with dental bridges. Implants, made of titanium, are anchored in the jawbone and eventually fuse with it. This process may take six months or more. The result, once the permanent crown is placed, is a strong and durable tooth.

Dental bridges “bridge the gap” between missing teeth and neighboring teeth. The process is less time-consuming than dental implants. Not everyone is a candidate for either implants or crowns. The dentist will determine the right procedure for you at the initial consultation.

Contact Us

We are open to patients once again for all procedures. Rest assured we take all prescribed safety precautions when seeing patients. Contact us today and schedule a one-on-one consultation with a cosmetic dentist on Long Island. Whatever the problem you have with your smile, we can help.

 

 

What Happens When Tooth Enamel Wears Away?

7 Oct 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

Tooth enamel is an integral part of your teeth. It is the thin outer layer that protects your tooth’s root and is the part that we see– it’s the part that bites, chews, and shines when you smile.

Enamel is very tough; in fact, it’s the strongest tissue in the human body. However, it can be damaged. Various types of food and drink can stain it. Coffee, red wine, tea, dark sodas, and smoking can all cause discoloration. More seriously, they can also cause decay.

What Causes Enamel Wear?

Enamel loss happens when the acids and bacteria from certain foods are left sitting on your teeth’s surface. Sugar and starches can create bacteria that harm tooth enamel. Acids from coffee and fruit can also contribute to the loss.

Enamel can also be lost through injury to the tooth. Biting onto something hard can crack enamel, and clenching or grinding teeth can break the surface– potentially causing a fissure in the protective layering, allowing the acids and bacteria to attack the tooth rapidly.

Why Enamel is So Important

Enamel covers the more sensitive, inner layer of the tooth called the dentin. Beneath that are the nerves and blood vessels. Cracked or damaged enamel can be extremely painful. This can cause excessive tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. If untreated, a loss of enamel almost guarantees a loss of teeth. It also means living with a painful, sensitive mouth.

Your tooth enamel can provide life-long protection, as long as you take good care of it. Unfortunately, the body cannot replenish this enamel itself, so it’s imperative to see a dentist if you fear enamel loss.

What Can Dentists Do for Enamel Loss?

There are three main ways that dentists can fix enamel loss. These include dental bonding, veneers, and crowns.

  1. Dental bonding involves the application of materials, like porcelain and resins, to patch chipped teeth. This is an affordable procedure that is also relatively quick. The porcelain can be altered to match the color of surrounding teeth, making for a very natural fix. This procedure is best used to fix one or two slightly damaged teeth.
  2. Veneers are the next step up from dental bonds. Like bonds, they involve fusing a piece of porcelain to the front of your tooth. Veneers are a desirable solution to enamel loss, though they cost more than dental bonds.
  3. Crowns are the fix for severe enamel loss. Like veneers, crowns are molded porcelain pieces created by dental technicians. These pieces are then fused onto your tooth to act as a replacement for lost enamel. Veneers are applied to just the front of your teeth, while crowns cover the entire tooth.

Worried You Have Enamel Loss?

If enamel loss is affecting you, contact us at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry for a one-on-one consultation. Our offices are open, and we’ve implemented stringent sanitation protocols. We’re happy to discuss your cosmetic dental options for enamel repair.

Additional Resources:

  1. My Penn Dentist, Repair Tooth Enamel, https://mypenndentist.org/2018/07/18/repair-tooth-enamel/
  2. 123 Dentist, Enamel loss: What it is and how to fix it,https://www.123dentist.com/enamel-loss-what-it-is-and-how-to-fix-it/
  3. Web MD, Tooth Enamel Erosion and Restoration, https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-enamel-erosion-restoration#1

 

 

 

How to Fix an Undersized Tooth

24 Sep 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

Dentist examining a patient teethHumans come in all shapes and sizes, just like teeth. Your teeth might be a bit bigger than average, a condition called macrodontia, or they may be smaller than average– microdontia.

Microdontia can have a significant impact on your smile. Too-small teeth can create a childlike appearance or even affect other facial proportions. Luckily, several different cosmetic dentistry procedures can help fix undersized teeth from veneers and crowns to bonding and gum contouring. The treatment that is right for you and your teeth depends on your dental health, the underlying cause of your microdontia, and your budget.

What Causes Microdontia?

There are a few different causes of microdontia. The most common cause is genetics. Just like some people are born with dimples, double-jointed elbows, freckles, or pointed ears, other people are just born with small teeth.

In other cases, the teeth are the normal size, but they are partially covered by extra gum tissue, creating the illusion of too-small teeth. There are also rare instances in which microdontia is caused by a congenital disorder called amelogenesis imperfect– though small teeth are not the only symptom.

There are different levels of microdontia, each indicating different severities of the condition:

  • Truly Generalized – All teeth are smaller than the average tooth, generally associated with dwarfism or hormones
  • Relative Generalized – More than one tooth is too small, but not all teeth
  • Localized – Only one tooth is too small

How do I Fix Microdontia?

There are many different treatment plans for microdontia, including:

  • Veneers – Veneers are the most popular procedure for fixing an undersized tooth. Veneers are shells that are attached to the front of the existing teeth. They are custom-made to suit your smile and are very strong.
  • Crowns – Crowns are ideal for fixing undersized teeth if the teeth are very weak or damaged. Attached to teeth that have been filed down, crowns offer both cosmetic and health benefits for teeth.
  • Dental Bonding – Dental bonding is when the dentist applies a composite resin to the front of the afflicted tooth. Though similar in a few ways to veneers, dental bonding is more suited for teeth that are weak or have eroded enamel.
  • Gum Contouring – Gum contouring is used when the tooth only appears to be too small because of excess gum tissue. Gum contouring can be combined with other procedures if desired.

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry

Choosing the right treatment plan for your microdontia depends on the cause of your condition, as well as your smile goals, budget, and preferences. The expert dentists at Long Island and Cosmetic Dentistry can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs.  We are now open and welcoming patients for all procedures with all the state-mandated safety precautions. Call today to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

 

Additional Resources:

1. Healthline.com, What Causes Small Teeth? https://www.healthline.com/health/small-teeth

2. ScienceDirect.com, Microdontia, https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/microdontia

 

How to Look Your Best on Zoom

14 Aug 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

woman on a zoom meetingSince many offices have relocated to homes and business is primarily conducted on Zoom, now is a great time to brush up on the basics of looking better in front of a camera. You may have already had the unpleasant experience of turning on your webcam only to discover that you look completely different on screen than you do in real life. Not to worry! Much of this is due to bad lighting and other easily fixable issues.

Make smart clothing choices

Even if you aren’t in a formal office, it’s important to select your clothing with care. Avoid wearing sweatpants or shorts on a Zoom call, just in case you need to stand up at some point. Depending on how formal your work environment usually is, choose either jeans or slacks. When selecting a top, opt for solid colors. Shirts with busy patterns can be tedious for viewers to look at on a screen. However, it’s also best to avoid shirts that are bright white or dark black. On-screen, these tend to lose their definition, making your top look like a blob.

Use good lighting

Lighting is one of the most critical factors in your on-screen appearance. Face the window; don’t sit with your back to it. Although natural light is best, you’ll need a tall, bright lamp if the window isn’t providing enough light. Place it directly in front of you and above the level of your face. Avoid placing artificial sources of light behind you or to the side. This will cast unflattering shadows on you.

Create enough distance

Webcams have a wide-angle, which will look unflattering if you’re too close to it. Keep your laptop farther away from your head than you usually would, but close enough to speak into the microphone. Also, make sure the webcam is positioned slightly above the level of your head. You’ll want to tilt your head very slightly upward to look at the webcam—never downward.

Plan a smile makeover at a cosmetic dentistry office

Whether in person or on a screen, smiling is always a great way to make a good impression, improve your appearance, and connect with others. But if you’re not happy with the look of your smile, you probably won’t be showing it too much. Now is a great time to undergo a smile makeover, and there are many cosmetic dentistry procedures to choose from.

For instance, you can get rapid results from in-office teeth whitening appointments. In under one hour, you can lighten your teeth by several shades and get rid of embarrassing discoloration. Another quick transformation can be achieved with the use of dental veneers. They are very thin sheets of porcelain that are affixed to the visible sides of the teeth. They instantly cover up problems like stubborn discoloration, chips, gaps between teeth, and misshapen teeth.

Schedule a cosmetic dentistry consult in Huntington, Long Island

Embrace Zoom calls with confidence by improving your smile with help from the cosmetic dentists at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot will help you plan a smile makeover that will achieve your goals– whether you want to straighten your teeth, whiten your teeth, or cover up imperfections. Our entire team is taking all recommended precautions to protect your health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. For cosmetic dentistry in Huntington, LI, contact us today.

 

Additional resources on cosmetic dentistry:

  1. American Dental Association, Whitening, https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/whitening
  2. American College of Prosthodontists, Dental Veneers FAQ, https://www.gotoapro.org/dental-veneers-faq/

 

 

 

 

4 Reasons to Get Dental Bonding

1 Apr 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

successful dental bonding patient giving thumbs upDental bonding is an affordable and effective way to quickly improve the appearance of your smile. It involves the application of a small amount of composite resin onto the tooth. This tooth-colored material is then shaped and polished until it takes on a perfectly natural appearance and form. The result is that no one will be able to tell where the natural tooth ends, and the dental bonding material begins. Here’s a quick look at the top reasons why you might consider talking to a cosmetic dentist about this.

Dental bonding can correct a wide range of cosmetic issues

Dental bonding is somewhat similar to dental veneers because it can quickly resolve many different cosmetic issues. This treatment is commonly performed to repair teeth that are chipped or mildly cracked (crowns may be required for severely cracked or fractured teeth). Dental bonding can also be used to reduce gaps between teeth and correct tooth asymmetry. It is the same resin that dentists use to fill cavities after removing decayed matter.

It is completely safe

These days, many people are becoming more aware of the potential toxicity of materials, such as mercury amalgam fillings, for example. Dental bonding has the advantage of being a non-toxic treatment with a superior safety profile. The composite resin material your dentist will use does not contain any metal.

The procedure is quick

Another reason to consider getting dental bonding is that it takes very little time out of your busy schedule. To treat one tooth, it may take as few as 30 minutes. The majority of treatments are completed within one hour. Your dentist can use a special laser to help the material cure, or harden, more quickly.

No downtime is necessary

In addition to quickly getting in and out of the dentist’s office for your appointment, you can look forward to returning to your usual activities right away. No recovery time is necessary for this. It’s also not typical for a cosmetic dental bonding treatment to require a local anesthetic.

However, if you’re receiving composite resin to fill a cavity, you can expect your mouth to be numb for a few hours. You’ll still be able to return to your usual activities (except for eating) right away.

Schedule your dental bonding consult in Long Island

You’re one appointment away from having a more beautiful, functional smile through dental bonding. Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry will thoroughly evaluate your smile to plan your treatment and explain all of your options. We’re experts in cosmetic dentistry, offering everything from dental bonding to implants to Invisalign, and many more! Schedule your consult in Huntington, Long Island, by contacting us today.

Additional Resources:

  1. Healthline, Teeth Bonding: What You Need to Know, https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/teeth-bonding
  2. WebMD, Your Teeth and Dental Bonding, https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding#1

 

 

 

8 Advantages of a Dental Bridge

1 Apr 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

Dentist holding model of mouth to illustrate procedureIf you’re missing a tooth (or teeth), you’ve probably wondered if a dental bridge is right for you. From implants to bridges, there are many options. The best way to determine which procedure is best for you is to speak to a dentist who specializes in cosmetic procedures.

Bridges are a popular solution to replace missing teeth as it utilizes your surrounding teeth to hold your crowns in place. There are many advantages to choosing this solution. Here are 8 of them:

#1 Jawbone mass doesn’t matter

Dental implants are the preferred choice for replacing a missing tooth or set of teeth. However, in some cases, patients may have insufficient bone mass in the jaw, making it difficult or impossible to properly secure it. If the patient is ineligible for dental implants and doesn’t want to receive bone grafts, they can still take advantage of a bridge.

#2 It doesn’t require surgery 

Another reason why some patients may choose bridges over implants is to avoid surgery. Advancements in the industry have reduced the pain or discomfort experienced with implants. However, it is still reasonable for some patients to prefer a less invasive method.

 #3 There’s no wait

They offer a quick, almost instantaneous solution to a missing tooth. The procedure is a simple, straightforward process that doesn’t require any surgery or long recovery times. Instead, patients can leave the office with a beautiful, full smile without any pain or discomfort.

 #4 They can be permanently fixed 

There are a few different ways that bridges can be secured—removable and non-removable. The non-removable option involves placing permanent caps on the healthy adjacent teeth to securely hold the bridge in place over the area with the missing tooth. Patients on tight budgets may sometimes choose removable bridges that are fixed with metal brackets and require removal for cleaning. 

#5 They stay in place 

Whether you choose the removable or non-removable option, your dental bridge will stay put through meals and conversations. You won’t have to worry about embarrassing or uncomfortable slips that can sometimes happen with dentures.

#6 They last a long time 

With proper care, they can last a long time before needing to be replaced– usually up to 15 years. However, the longevity of your bridge depends significantly on how you treat them. You should take care to brush and floss around it, or remove it for proper, regular cleaning. You should also avoid unnecessary hard chewing that can wear down the crown over time.

#7 They are budget-friendly 

Implants offer many benefits—however, the cost is simply too high for some. Bridges provide a great long-term solution at a more attainable price point. Of course, flexible financing options are available for both. 

#8 They look natural 

Even though almost 70 percent of Americans have lost a tooth before the age of 44, having a gap in your smile can be embarrassing. Bridges are designed to blend naturally with your smile so that people would never even suspect you had lost a tooth. The crown is usually comprised of porcelain, a durable material that mimics the natural translucence of a tooth. 

Are dental bridges right for you?

If you have a missing tooth, schedule an appointment with our highly regarded team at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We are experienced in a variety of cosmetic dental procedures and can help you decide which option is best for you.

Can a Loose Tooth Tighten Back Up?

31 Mar 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

the confidence of a beautiful smileIt’s perfectly normal for teeth to become loose—but only if they are a child’s first set. If you’re an adult, a loose tooth can be quite alarming. There are several possible causes of this in adults. In some cases, a loose tooth can tighten back up. However, it’s always best to seek professional dental care, as it may require treatment. Furthermore, if the tooth is quite loose (such as from an injury to the face), this should be treated as an emergency that requires a quick visit to the dentist. The treatment for this depends on the cause of the problem.

Loose tooth caused by injury

Sports, falls, and car accidents are all common causes of injuries to the jaw and face. If you’ve sustained facial trauma, you should see your dentist immediately. Your dentist will evaluate the area for bone, soft tissue, and nerve damage, which can occur along with the loosening of the tooth. Any needed treatments will be performed. Then, if the tooth is only slightly loose, it may be left alone to tighten up on its own. Avoid chewing on it while it heals, and let your dentist know right away if it appears to become worse. If this is the case, it may need to be splinted. Your dentist will use the adjacent tooth to act as an anchor to hold it in place while the area heals. Be very careful to avoid chewing on it until your dentist determines it’s fully healed.

Loose tooth caused by gum disease

Gum disease is one of the most common causes of the loosening and eventual loss of teeth. If your tooth suddenly becomes loose, however, you shouldn’t automatically assume that you will lose it. It may be possible to salvage it—and your gum health—but you will need to get to a dentist as soon as possible. They can perform a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing.

You will need to commit to following good oral hygiene practices to prevent the infection from returning and allowing your mouth to heal.

Contact us

A loose tooth requires prompt attention from a qualified dentist. If you’ve developed a loose tooth—or any other dental emergency—you can get in touch with the friendly team at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Although we’re known for our expertise in cosmetic dental services, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot also provide emergency dental care.

It’s our priority to ease our patients’ pain as quickly as possible, and then to address the underlying cause of the problem. Call our office in Huntington, Long Island, and let us know you’re headed our way for an emergency appointment.

 

Additional Resources:

  1. Healthline, Loose Teeth in Adults: What You Should Know, https://www.healthline.com/health/loose-tooth
  2. Medical News Today, How to treat a loose tooth in adults, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322028

 

 

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