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Dental Implant Basics

Dealing with oral issues can be frightening. Something about the thought of drilling and digging in the mouth area sends most people into a panic. But with the right dentist performing those procedures, the scary thoughts quickly become unjustified.

Benefits of Dental Implants

For those with teeth that may be missing or must be removed, dental implants are a great way to still enjoy eating foods and feeling comfortable with smiling because they replace those missing areas with standard looking teeth that function just like the rest.

If you’re considering dental implants, here is a basic rundown of what’s involved.

The Basics

If you have a tooth that needs to be removed, a periodontist or oral surgeon will first work on that portion of the procedure. Or, if you are already missing a tooth in the area in question, they will move on to the next step which involves taking an impression of the tooth and area to be filled so the new implant will be a good fit.

The following steps, depending on each patient’s specific condition and needs, can take a few hours, weeks or months to go through. Visiting with a professional is the only way to know what will be involved in your case.

When you get a dental implant put in, there are metal posts inserted into your jaw to connect the tooth to your jawbone and gums. The replacement tooth that has been created from the impression to fit the location is then mounted. Over time as the area has time to heal, it will then become stable and in the final steps of the tooth restoration procedure, your dentist will have you come in for an office visit to place the crown over the implant to protect it.

Since these are firmly put in place, they are much more stable feeling than traditional dentures or bridges and make it easier to do things like eat and talk. Each patients experience will differ depending on the unique situation but overall, the steps involved in getting a dental implant are not painful.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry services are a great advantage of modern medicine and are making it possible for more people to continue to have a great smile and use their teeth for longer than ever before. Much of the anxiety around trips to the dentist are based on fears that pain will be intolerable but this just isn’t the case. If you’re ready to get teeth that look and feel great back, give Fried Dentistry a call to schedule an appointment.

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Thanksgiving Dental Health

Now that Halloween and the fear of candy harming our teeth has passed, there are more holidays approaching that cannot be ignored. The upcoming Thanksgiving and following Christmas, Hanukkah and other festivities, do more than just bring together families and increase gift buying.

All of these events are also an opportunity to indulge in foods we may only see one time each year. In addition to the threat to our midsection, some of these foods and can also harm our oral health. If you’re looking to keep your teeth healthy this Thanksgiving, here are some tips to consider.

Sugar

Like any other day of the week, eating sugary foods like desserts and drinks in small amounts, or avoiding them all together is key. At Thanksgiving, there will likely be an endless supply of pies and cookies on the table. If you reach for those to satisfy your pumpkin pie craving, be sure to also excuse yourself from the table and brush afterwards to fight any acid attacking tooth enamel.

Starch

Thanksgiving is a holiday when starches are pretty hard to avoid. Everything from fresh baked dinner rolls to gravy can contain it. But starch can wreak havoc on your teeth the same way sugar does, by attacking enamel and causing decay. Be sure to drink water with your meals and swish it around your mouth as you eat to break up and keep food particles from sitting in between your teeth.

Get Up From the Table

Even if you try to practice healthy choices at the dinner table and stay away from certain foods on Thanksgiving, you can still do harm if you don’t realize just how long you’ve been sitting and eating. It’s easy when the family is gathered around the table to lose track of time, enjoying each other’s company, but eating and talking could add up to a few hours at the table and that is far too long for your teeth to have food moving through them with no break. Schedule some periodic walks away from the table. Go for stroll, take your conversation over to the fireplace, and give yourself some time to floss and brush before the next serving.

As we enter the holiday season, it’s a good idea to get dentist cleanings for the year booked as well. Contact Fried Dentistry to request your next appointment.

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Tips to Avoid Scary Dental Issues This Halloween

Halloween is the start of consecutive holidays that are centered on food and treats. While it’s a great reason for fun and bonding with family and friends, it can also be a really scary time for your teeth if you’re not careful.

This year it’s predicted that U.S. consumers will be spending more than ever on candy and costumes. $2.7 billion is predicted to be spent on candy alone this year.

If you want to spare yourself the aches and issues that will show up later, here are a few tips to skip terrifying dental issues this Halloween.

Eat in Moderation

As with anything that we indulge in in life, we must keep it in moderation. The same is true for candy and sweets. It’s very easy to get out of control when there is a giant bowl of goodies sitting in front of you, or candy everywhere you turn – which is typically the case for Halloween. And since it’s not just the children indulging in the candy bowl, now’s a great time to practice self-control. It can be tricky to resist temptation but delineating between reasonable and over consumption is a life-long skill you’ll want to practice and demonstrate to your children.

Keep Mouth Clean

When it comes to tooth decay, there is no worse culprit than sugar that sits for too long on the tooth’s surface. Think about it, if you’re eating a giant amount of candy after a long night of trick or treating and going to bed soon after, that means all of that dangerous content is sitting in your mouth for much too long. Even waiting until the morning to brush it off is too long, the damage will already be done. Swishing some water in your mouth while eating candy may also help to wash some of the sugar away instead of sitting on and between your teeth while you eat it. Brushing and flossing will be the best options.

Skip the Candy

Candy isn’t the only culprit to oral issues. Other sugary drinks and sodas or even hard food items like candied apples can wreak havoc on the teeth. If you’d rather avoid the frightening outcome, consider opting for alternatives to candy for this Halloween. Kids and adults can still enjoy and passing out sentiments without it having to be candy. Cheap novelty toys and games for example can still be fun, without the aches.

Scheduling regular dental visits is the best way to keep your family’s oral health in check. If you’re in the Wallingford, CT area and looking for a dentist, contact us today – we’d love to help!