Posts for: November, 2017
A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.
“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”
That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.
Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:
- Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
- Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
- Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!
So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”
Those gaps in your smile hurt your self-confidence and your oral function, too. Biting, chewing and speaking are so much harder when even one tooth is lost to trauma, cavities or periodontitis (gum disease). What's the solution? Most healthy people are candidates for modern dental implants from Forest Hills dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz. These artificial teeth reside right in the jaw bone--just as natural teeth do. Implants support jaw bone density and give patients the real look, feel and smile functionality they thought may be lost forever.
Your new dental implant in Forest Hills
If Dr. Lestz determines your oral health and jaw bone density are adequate for implant placement, he'll place your new artificial tooth in two stages. One involves inserting a titanium implant, shaped like a threaded screw or cylinder, right into the jaw bone in the empty socket. He'll cover the area with a healing cap and suture it closed, and then, you'll return home to allow the site to heal over the next several weeks to months.
As the site heals, the jaw bone and implant bond together through something called osseointegration--literally meaning that the bone and implant fuse, forming a super-strong foundation for the rest of the prosthetic tooth. When Dr. Lestz feels that the implant is ready, he will re-open the area and bond on a metal extension and porcelain crown, and the treatment is complete.
With routine brushing twice daily, flossing once a day and six-month examinations and hygienic cleanings at Dr. Lestz's office, your dental implant can last for decades. That's one of the big advantages of implant technology--longevity. Additionally, smokers should kick the habit if possible because tobacco degrades implant sites, causing an infection called peri-implantitis.
Other uses of dental implants
If you have lost more than one tooth, you may be able to wear an implant-supported denture. Supported by four or more implant devices as needed, these well-fitting and super-secure dentures give patients lifelike appearance and oral function amazingly close to natural teeth. Plus, these artificial teeth do not slip, click, wobble or require messy adhesives as some conventional dentures do.
Come in for a consultation
What have you got to lose? Really, the odds are in your favor that dental implants from Forest Hills dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, can close your smile gaps for good. Call today for an appointment: (718) 544-9100.