Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the dominant causes of tooth loss and edentulism, the state of not having a single original adult tooth left. In spite of our sophisticated technology and increased awareness of oral health and hygiene, gum disease remains pervasive in the United States, affecting, in some form or stage, an estimated 80% of the population.
“Periodontal disease is an advanced oral bacterial infection of the soft tissue (gums) and sockets (jaw bone) surrounding the roots of teeth,” explains Dr. Steven Moss, All-on-4TM dental implant expert and Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. “This infection penetrates deep down into the gums surrounding the teeth where it’s very difficult for patients to clean, often necessitating surgical intervention.”
Left untreated, periodontal disease causes all sorts of terrible symptoms, ranging from bad breath and gum inflammation to oral lesions and tooth discoloration. But, gum disease is most noted for causing tooth loss and edentulism, the latter of which approximately 38 million Americans currently suffer from.
The 9 Risk Factors for Gum Disease
But as terrible as this disease is, it is preventable and treatable. According to research published in the Journal of Periodontology avoiding this common cause of tooth loss is quite reasonably within the individual’s control. There are, according to dental healthcare specialists, nine risk factors for tooth loss as a result of periodontitis and they are:
Age: Individuals older than 35 are at risk,
Gender: Males are more prone to periodontitis than females,
Never seeing the dentist or oral hygienist,
Never brushing your teeth or flossing,
Tobacco-use, whether it’s chewing or smoking and past or present,
Being a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer,
Having high blood pressure,
Missing teeth at the front of the mouth*
* According to the research published, the teeth located at the front of the mouth are far more likely to be lost to periodontal disease than the molars and pre-molars.
What Can You Do?
Clearly, some of these risk factors cannot be avoided. There’s nothing you can do about your age or gender and some of the conditions that share a relationship with gum disease can be hereditary. What you can do is avoid the other risk factors and, if you are at a relatively higher risk of gum disease – if, for example, you’re an older male with diabetes – you can take the additional measures necessary to maintain good oral health.
“By brushing your teeth regularly and thoroughly, by flossing daily and seeing your dentist and oral hygienist on a regular basis, you should be able to prevent gum disease,” say All-on-4TM dental implant specialists. “Couple good oral hygiene with good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to keep most if not all of your natural teeth for life!”
Dr. Paulo Malo, pioneer of “All-on-4” dental implants and President of the MALO CLINICS Group (Lisbon, Portugal), discusses the key benefits of this oral rehabilitation technique with Dr. Steven Moss, an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon from MALO Advanced Oral Rehabilitation in Rutherford, New Jersey on the television talk show, YOUR HOUR.
Cheryl, Your Hour Host:
“It may shock you to learn that more than 30 million Americans have lost or are about to lose their teeth and many of them are not candidates for traditional dental implant procedures. With us today to discuss this issue and some of the alternatives are Dr. Paulo Malo and Dr. Steven Moss. Gentlemen, how widespread is this problem?”
Dr. Steven Moss, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery:
“Well, it’s quite common, Cheryl. It’s estimated that there are about 37 million Americans with no teeth at all. That’s people we call ‘edentulous’ and edentulism is a pervasive problem, not only here in the United States, but around the globe. As they go through life, many patients lose their teeth for various reasons, whether it’s periodontal disease, tooth decay or trauma. And so we see significant numbers of our population, as we age, without teeth. About 40% of patients over the age of 65 have no teeth at all and that’s quite a big number.”
“What is it about these people that prevent them from being considered candidates for traditional dental implant procedures?”
Dr. Steven Moss:
“Typically, as we lose our teeth, we lose the bone that houses the roots of the teeth because there’s no more function or pressure put on that bone. So, the bone tends to disappear and when you go to the dentist and ask, ‘Doc, what can be done?’ He or she says, ‘Sorry, you’re stuck with your dentures because you don’t have enough bone volume to put implants in.’
I’ll let Dr. Malo explain how he got around that problem, but for decades here we used to take bone from another part of the body and graft it to the jaw and wait months for that to heal. We’d then put in six or eight or even ten implants to support a full bridge, wait another few months, and then you’d finally get your teeth 12 or 18 months later. Now, all that’s gone by the wayside and we can do entire teeth replacement in the same day, sometimes in as little as an hour.”
“Wow! Well, Doctor, tell us about it!”
Dr. Paulo Malo, Founder of MALO CLINIC Group:
“Well, basically it all started in 1990. We actually studied this problem globally and found out that more than 40% of the population above 65 years old, in civilized countries as well, did not have teeth in at least one jaw. This was serious because when you lose your teeth, you also lose your bone and when you do not have bone in your jaws we cannot place the implants. Implants, as you know, are just little screws. This was a major problem because the only way we could give patients teeth was either by giving them a bone grafting procedure, which is basically taking bone from another part of the body and placing it in the maxilla [upper jaw], or by giving them dentures.
Dentures are something from the 19th Century: they’re not stable in the mouth and they do not provide quality of life to those that wear them. So, the bone grafting was regarded as the solution at the time. But the problem with bone grafting is that it can only be done in healthy people and specifically in young people. But, as you can imagine, it’s not exactly these kinds of people – young and healthy people – who don’t have teeth! People who don’t have teeth are typically over 60 or 65 years old and suffer from ailments, such as diabetes, periodontitis, osteoporosis and other systemic diseases. As a result, bone grafting was really not that successful and most of the people that did undergo this procedure did so at risk.
I have dedicated 20 years of my life to assessing and finding a solution to this problem and it took about 10 years to develop a system that can actually avoid bone grafting. This system is called the ‘All-on-4’. Today, it is globally known and we have received many prizes and honors for it all over the world. But, it all started about 18 years ago and it’s the combination of a surgical procedure and products, which, in almost 100% of cases, avoids the need for bone grafting. This breakthrough has three key benefits:
By avoiding the need for bone grafting, the price of oral rehabilitation is almost halved and that is very important because we’re talking about a lot of money!
The second benefit, which is even more important, is that the success rate is almost 100% versus sometimes 40% – 50% of traditional implant procedure patients.
And the third is that anybody can do this. It doesn’t matter what disease patients present with or what age they are.
So, basically the message is that if your dentist has told you that you cannot have fixed [non-removable] teeth because you do not have enough bone, then you should immediately get in contact with us because today, this simply is not true. Something CAN be done.”
“So is there somewhere our viewers can go to find out who can help them?”
Dr. Paulo Malo:
“We have clinics all over the world, including China, Australia, Moscow, Italy and Portugal and now in the United States and Brazil. We have just started another clinic in the United States, which is the biggest clinic of its kind on the North American continent: it’s in New Jersey. But, patients can also check this out with their local dentists. We’ve been training about 4,000 oral surgeon dentists every year and it’s been going on for about six years now. Of course, people are most welcome to contact us directly – we are located in Rutherford, New Jersey.”
“Very cool and is there a website we can go to?” Dr. Steven Moss:
“Yes, Cheryl, that would be www.malodentalimplants.com. Your audience can also go to YouTube and search for ‘MALO CLINICS’ or enter the name of the procedure, which is ‘All on Four’ and they’ll be able to see some videos of patients having surgery, getting their teeth replaced and smiling at the end.”
“Thank you both very much for your time, gentlemen!”
Contact MALO Advanced Oral Rehabilitation, Rutherford, New Jersey
For more information on “All-on-4” dental implants or to schedule a free consultation with one of MALO AOR’s skilled and experienced specialists, contact them today at 877-625-6872. Alternatively, you can leave your details with them by filling out the Contact Form on their website.
Dr. Steven Moss Has Recently Been Officially Given The Name Of New York City’s “Best Dental Implant Dentist” After Asking A Group Of Experts In An Online Survey
(MaloDentalImplants.com/Newswire — March 9, 2013) New York City, NY — Dr. Steven M. Moss goes by many titles: Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology; Fellow of the Dental Society of Anesthesiology, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the New Jersey Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry… He is a distinguished lecturer and has co-authored papers in scientific journals as well as a chapter for an upcoming textbook on the All-on-4TM procedure. But behind these prestigious titles and many accomplishments is a man who, at the very core, is simply passionate about changing patient’s lives. That… and helping other dental professionals to do the same. The outcome of a current online poll during which respondents were asked about to name “Best Dental Implant Dentist” generated what some may likely claim was an incredibly foreseeable result, well known All-On-4 Dental Implant Expert Dr. Moss was picked out more than any other recognized name in New York City.
The opinion poll and subsequently, the designation of “Best Dental Implant Dentist” was started immediately after an intense debate started about just whom in New York City would in reality be able to lay claim to that distinction. In an effort to maintain the survey fair to all locals, the survey was conducted on the internet and the winner was selected by area residents independently.
Immediately following beginning the poll, there seemed to be a fierce competition for the title of “Best Dental Implant Specialist”, but after the dust settled, there was a very clear and indisputable recipient of the coveted title. After the survey ended, Steve Moss was presented as the formal “Best Dental Implant Dentist” for New York City, NY.
Folks asked about the ballot appeared to have split responses to Steve making a claim of the disputed title, varying from sheer disbelief that one distinct person could be so very popular, to complete agreement over the selection local residents had decided upon.
Dr. Moss was most likely recognized as “Best Dental Implant Dentist” by locals in large part as a result of to the hard work Moss has produced for local area dental patients with edentulism.
After the overall results were in, Steve Moss was mentioned as saying “To be candid, I just didn’t even know that there was a ballot taking place at all. I’m shocked that many people are aware of my name”!
Moss was also overheard saying “I work hard on being the best for my patients, and am genuinely energized about what I have going on in 2013. Hearing that people here in New York City have actually identified me as “Best Dental Implant Dentist” is not only an honor, additionally it is a privilege. Thank you very much to all residents that participated in the vote.”
About Dr. Steven Moss
Dr. Steven Moss is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at MALO Advanced Oral Rehabilitation in New Jersey and an authority in the placement of dental implants and in the treatment of the total edentulous (those without any teeth). Having recently been selected by Nobel Biocare, a global leader in dental implants and dental technology, to join a panel of very distinguished researchers, scientists and clinicians at their NYC 2013 global symposium on the treatment of edentulism, it can be said with certainty that Dr. Steven Moss is one of the most experienced and respected surgeons in the field when it comes to treating patients who are in need of an entire new set of teeth.
Dr. Steven Moss: Television Interview
Dr. Steven Moss: Education and Training
Dr. Moss was interested in biomedical engineering when he was a teenager. By the time he applied for college, he was genuinely committed to the health care profession and chose biology as his major. Dr. Moss was greatly interested in becoming a surgeon and it was at this time, during his college years, that dental implants were beginning to create waves in the United States. It was around this time that Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark presented his breakthrough research in osseointegration and implantology in North America.
Intrigued by these incredible developments, Dr. Steven Moss did some more research on the topic and became exposed to the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. So, when the time came to choose a career path, his natural decision was to go to dental school with the ambition of becoming an oral surgeon. He graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Tufts University’s School of Dental Medicine.
Subsequent to graduation, Dr. Steven Moss embarked upon the highly prestigious Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at the University of Connecticut. After which, while in private practice he, along with his colleagues, started focusing on the All-on-4TM and spent time collaborating with experts at MALO Clinic-Lisbon. They were invited to receive hands-on training in the breakthrough All-on-4TM dental implant procedure under the tutelage of Dr. Paulo Malo: the All-on-4TM’s very own pioneer.
Dr. Steven Moss and the MALO Advanced Oral Rehabilitation Facility
Years later, and with the guidance of their now close friend, Dr. Malo, Dr. Steven Moss and his colleagues went on to create a world class dental implant facility. Not only is revolutionary dental implant treatment provided to patients here, but the team of specialists helps to train other dental professionals alongside Dr. Malo at one of their many educational seminars on the All-on-4TM procedure. They also contribute to the vast amount of research MALO Clinic Education oversees in its continual effort to further advance the art and science of the All-on-4TM procedure.
The esteemed team at MALO Advanced Oral Rehabilitation facility, including Dr. Moss, have successfully repaired tens of thousands of patients’ smiles. Having seen patients of all ages and with the full spectrum of oral problems, MALO AOR is indeed a leader in the field of full mouth reconstruction and complete oral rehabilitation.
Dr. Moss, After Hours
When he’s not repairing broken smiles and replacing missing teeth, Dr. Moss can be found adventuring or relaxing in the great outdoors. Whether he’s on the beach or in his own garden, Dr. Moss is most rejuvenated and restored under the natural canopy of the blue sky. When asked what his greatest personal achievement is, he replied without hesitation: “My marriage; I have a truly exceptional wife as a partner.”
Golfing, scenic drives, travelling, deep sea fishing and spending time with his family are among the other pastimes you’ll find this internationally acclaimed dental implant surgeon doing.
Contact Dr. Steven Moss
With an incredible number of achievements behind his name, Dr. Steven Moss is an invaluable member of the MALO Advanced Oral Rehabilitation Facility team who has changed the lives of thousands of previously edentulous or near-edentulous people!
It’s amazing how we, as a civilization, justify the expenses we cover from month to month. We’ll spend $300 or more on a pair of jeans or $1,000 or more on a handbag because it bears a better-known brand name. Of course, there’s the sense of status that comes with wearing True Religion jeans or swishing around a Gucci on our arm, rather than some unknown brand. But, is it worth it?
Apparently it is!
How come, then, does the cost of dental implants constitute an insurmountable problem for so many people? Cost is perhaps one of the biggest reasons patients with missing teeth opt for more conventional replacement approaches, such as removable dentures or traditional dental bridges. They would rather have an inferior technology placed than one that feels, functions and looks far more natural and lasts far longer too.
A Clash of Priorities
We splash out on the more expensive material possessions so that we can enjoy their intangible benefits of status, while nickel and diming our bodies out of the better treatment options. The ironic thing about this arrangement is that the patients who do opt for conventional teeth replacement technologies end up shelling out cash for dental implants in the long run any way.
Failing bridges, dentures that don’t fit anymore… these are common problems. Eventually, a patient gets sick and tired of the challenges and repeated expenses associated with these technologies and decides to do what they should have done from the get go: have dental implants placed.
Only the Best for Your Body
Another angle to consider this conundrum from is this: If you needed a heart valve replaced, would your focus be on saving money? “Nah, doc, that’s okay: just give me the cheapest valve you’ve got… I’ll just have to make do.”
Absolutely not! With your life at stake, you want the very best the field of cardiology has to offer! You don’t mess around with your general health, so why would you deny your oral health the very best?
“Yeah, sure… but a missing tooth isn’t going to kill you…”
No, a missing tooth won’t kill you. But just one missing tooth can lead to a “domino effect” of problems that could lead to further tooth loss and eventually the need for oral rehabilitation. Naturally, you’ll opt for removable dentures, which don’t do anything to keep the underlying jawbone healthy. So, after wearing dentures for 10 or so years, your jawbone could become so atrophied and wasted away that eating is a terrible, painful struggle. At this juncture, malnutrition could claim as many as 10 years of your life span.
This is no exaggeration. One of the biggest problems facing the elderly is malnutrition and this almost always comes down to inferior teeth replacement technologies.
The take-home message is this: We need to realign our priorities. Where is our money best spent? On a more expensive handbag so that we can feel a little more posh when walking down the street? Or, is it best spent on replacing missing teeth with the best possible technology so that we can grow old healthily and with a much greater self-confidence?
If this is a reality you’d prefer not to face, then you’d better look after your teeth really well! Regular and thorough brushing and flossing is the cheapest way to keep your smile beautiful and youthful!
Any New Jersey dental implants specialist will tell you that the most sophisticated and long lasting solution to missing teeth is dental implants. That’s not because these specialists are biased towards their own field, it’s because this fact has been established firmly by precedent. There are thousands upon thousands of patients around the world who have benefitted enormously from this technology. Some of these people have had their dental implants for more than 30 years without any trouble or sign of failure!
Well, there is something that’s better, more sophisticated and longer lasting than dental implants and that’s your own biological technology: your natural teeth. It is fairly comforting to know that should we ever lose any of our own teeth the science exists to replace them. But, our primary goal should be to keep our natural teeth for as long as possible. The best way to do this is to grab that toothbrush and fight a good fight against tooth loss and the need for dental implants!
The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene
Good oral hygiene is critical in the prevention of the infection, decay and diseases that cause tooth loss, amongst a myriad of other terrible symptoms. Our mouths are naturally teeming with bacteria. By brushing and flossing regularly, we help to keep the activity of these microorganisms down to a minimum. By going for regular scheduled appointments with the dentist and oral hygienist, any existing problems can be dealt with in a timely manner, while more stubborn deposits of calculus and tartar can be eliminated before they have a chance to cause cavities, decay and inflammation. Good oral hygiene and professional attention both constitute the preventative care that is so important in keeping our teeth and gums in great condition.
So, are you fighting the good fight?
What Your Home Oral Hygiene Routine Should Look Like
Taking the best possible care of your teeth involves more than just brushing them morning and night, although that is a good start! You should spend at least two minutes brushing your pearly whites at a time and you should aim to do so at least three times a day. You should also floss your teeth every day, preferably before you go to bed at night.
You will be shocked and appalled to learn of the amount of food debris and plaque (bacteria) that accumulate between your teeth. See the picture below? Want to hazard a guess at what that is? Yes… it’s used dental floss under the microscope. It may look gross, but at least all that food debris and bacteria is on the floss and not between your teeth!
By neglecting to floss, you are allowing all of this gunk to harden into deposits of tartar, causing gum inflammation, infection and disease.
The bottom line here is simple. Brush, floss and see your dentist on a regular basis. A couple of minutes a day is a paltry price to pay to keep your pearly whites in excellent life-long condition. And if you ever do lose a tooth for any reason, make sure you choose the best replacement technology on the market: dental implants!
Too many people ignore problems in their mouth. They wait until a problem – such as a mild tooth ache or gum inflammation – has become so far advanced that the treatment required to fix it is far more expensive and invasive in nature than it would be if they came for a simple check-up in the first place. This is what we’d like to refer to as the “Dental Butterfly Effect,” where a small action (or lack thereof) leads to significant consequences.
People’s reluctance to seek treatment is quite an interesting paradox: most people avoid going to the dentist because they either don’t want to spend the money on an appointment, or they are afraid of dental treatment; of pain, needles, anesthesia and all sorts of other things. Yet, instead of coming for regular check-ups, which would effectively prevent severe problems from developing in the first place, these patients rather wait… and wait… and wait until they cannot ignore the symptoms of tooth decay, tooth loss or gum disease any longer.
In the end:
The people who avoid the dentist because they don’t want to pay a couple hundred dollars or less to have their teeth restored seem to end up shelling out thousands of dollars on surgery, dental restoration and even Flemington dental implants to fix advanced oral problems and ailments that could have easily been prevented or treated in their beginning stages.
The patients who avoid the dentist because they are afraid of dental treatment end up needing complex and invasive surgical procedures, which cause far more post-operative pain and discomfort than a simple dental check-up, which is typically pain-free!.
It’s all very counter-intuitive, really!
An Interesting Analogy for the Dental Butterfly Effect
In reality, keeping your teeth and gums in good shape requires little effort and very little money other than those twice-a-year appointments with the general dentist and dental hygienist. Let’s take a look at an analogy everyone can relate to…
The two rear break lights on your car stop working. Either the bulbs have blown or there is a simple electrical problem. Either way, all you need to do is take your car down to your local mechanics and wait for all of 15 minutes while they replace the bulbs or fiddle with the wiring. Yet you don’t. You say to yourself: “I just don’t have the time and I’m a little short on cash right now! I’ll get them fixed as soon as I can.”
So you drive around in your car, enduring the anxiety that comes with knowing your rear lights are not functioning properly. Then, one day, you round a corner in the road and are forced to come to a sudden halt. The guy in the car behind you would have had a few extra critical seconds to respond had he seen your break lights, but they don’t work, do they?
SMASH! Fender bender!
Instead of spending a few dollars getting your brake lights replaced, you are now looking at shelling out cash for the damage done to both your car and to the guy who rear-ended you. This can easily add up to several thousand dollars, assuming the guy doesn’t want to sue you for driving around in a vehicle that isn’t road-worthy!
What if the force of the impact drove you into the car in front of you as well? What if you caused a three or FOUR car pile-up? Worst still… what if you or someone else was seriously injured?
Do you see how one very small problem – a broken brake light – can lead to damage that can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix and all sorts of emotional and physical trauma? It suddenly makes that 15-minute pit stop at the local mechanic sound very convenient, doesn’t it?
The Take-Home Message
Don’t become a victim of the Dental Butterfly Effect. You are, to a large degree, in charge of the future of your oral health and by investing in it every day you can prevent problems that will cost you a lot of time and money to fix. Even then, treatment – such as Flemington dental implants – cannot guarantee that you’ll get your smile back into its original pristine condition. Negligence causes permanent damage. Be smart and make the right investments and avoid the cost of gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.
Whether you have lost one of your teeth or absolutely all of them, there is a solution waiting for you at MALO Advanced Oral Rehabilitation. We offer the full suite of dental implant procedures along with effective pain management and sedation. If you think that you are too old, you’re not. If you have been previously told that you are not a good candidate for dental implants due to bone loss, you may yet be! Don’t resign yourself to a life spent trying to cope with the challenges and repeat expenses of removable partial or full dentures. Newer and more sophisticated dental implant procedures and technology could get you eating, speaking and smiling again with confidence.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants, whether used to replace a single tooth or an entire upper or lower dental arch (or both!) are an excellent choice for patients of all ages. These teeth replacement devices consist of a tiny titanium ‘tooth root’ or screw, which is inserted surgically into the jaw bone at the site/s of the missing tooth or teeth. An abutment is affixed to the implant, which is then used to support a durable and aesthetic ceramic tooth crown. In the case of multiple missing teeth or edentulism (toothlessness), four implants are used to support a customized prosthetic dental bridge. This is known as the “All-on-4″ protocol:
About “All-on-4™” Implants
The “All-on-4™” procedure is ideal for patients who have suffered extensive jaw bone loss after years of being toothless and/or wearing dentures. The procedure can typically be completed in a single surgery, whereby any infected or failing teeth are extracted and four titanium screws per arch are inserted into the jaw at angles which make the best use of the remaining healthy bone. In most cases, that same day a customized prosthetic arch of teeth is then securely attached to these implants, so patients are able to go home having achieved full arch restoration in as little as a single day.
Dental Implants: Results
The result of dental implant surgery is a new tooth, or a new set of teeth that are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth. This is not only in aesthetic appearance, but in the way they work and feel too. Dental implants are fixed and non-removable, which means that they are cleaned and maintained similar to natural teeth. Also, the surgery is quick! Patients having new teeth placed with “All-on-4™” implants (full arch restoration) typically only spend a few hours in surgery and are done by the end of the day.
As far as teeth replacement is concerned, no other dental technology can rival the benefits of dental implants, which last several decades if cared for properly.
Come and See Us
If you’ve lost one or more of your teeth to accidental trauma, tooth decay or gum disease, don’t hesitate to pay us a visit here at MALO Advanced Oral Rehabilitation. Don’t underestimate the importance and value of having a beautiful and healthy smile. No matter what shape your teeth are in, getting them fixed and replaced is always well worth the investment.
In our previous article post, we provided an introduction to this four-part series on preventing tooth loss and the subsequent need for Bronx dental implants. We also discussed the first two tips for maintaining a beautiful and healthy lifelong smile: (1) twice daily and thorough brushing and (2) daily flossing. Together these tips comprise a home oral hygiene routine that should keep bacterial activity in your mouth to a minimum, thus preventing the development of infection, decay and disease that can cause tooth loss, necessitating the placement of Bronx dental implants. Remember, when it comes to your teeth, no adage is truer than “prevention better than cure!”
How to Avoid the Need for Bronx Dental Implants # 3: Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year
A demanding lifestyle and constant stream of bills in the post can put those bi-annual visits to the dentist on the back-burner. Especially if you believe there’s nothing wrong with your teeth. But the problem with this attitude is that bacterial infection in the mouth, whether it’s isolated around a single tooth or has spread to your gums, frequently doesn’t present with any pain. In fact, many of the symptoms of gingivitis can quite easily be ignored until they become acute and chronic, at which stage you are at a much greater risk of requiring Bronx dental implants at some stage in the immediate future! An essential part of preventative healthcare is regular visits with the dentist. Even if you are unaware of any problems or ailments, make sure you go twice a year and get a professional cleaning while you’re at it. Avoid the need for Bronx dental implants by diagnosing and treating oral ailments in their infancy!
How to Avoid the Need for Bronx Dental Implants # 4: Thirsty? Drink Water Instead of Soda, Fruit Juices and Energy Drinks
Thought you had a penchant for sweet treats? There is one other organism that covets the sugar smothering your tea-time Danish more than you, and they can cause you to require Bronx dental implants… bacteria! Every time you eat or drink something sweet, the amount of bacteria covering your teeth and gums sky-rockets. This is because these tiny micro-organisms use sugar to fuel their multiplication. While most of the bacteria in your mouth are relatively harmless and won’t make you sick, their acidic excretions do erode away at the protective outer layer of your teeth, the enamel. Over time, this erosion can expose the softer underlying dentine and even the pulp chamber within the tooth structure. Bacteria swarm into these tiny cavities where they can escape the bristles of your toothbrush. The body adopts an inflammatory response to this occupation and the subsequent infection of a tooth can lead to its demise if not treated effectively and in a timely manner. The moral of this story is not only to minimize the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume in a day if you want to avoid the need for Bronx dental implants, but also the frequency at which you consume them. And this can be done most effectively by opting for mineral water instead of those sugary and acidic sodas, fruit juices and energy drinks.
How to Avoid the Need for Bronx Dental Implants # 5: Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
Your teeth may be covered with the hardest substance in the human body, enamel, but that doesn’t mean you should be using them for rough tasks, such as prying open containers or crushing ice. These kinds of habits can cause physical damage to your teeth, which in turn provide bacteria with points of entry into the tooth structure. Avoiding the need for Bronx dental implants means using your teeth only for the functions they are intended: chewing food.
Bronx Dental Implants: Stay Tuned!
Stay tuned for the third installment of this four-part article series to read more tips on how to prevent the array of nasty oral ailments that cause tooth loss and the need for Bronx dental implants.
An Introductory Note on Bridgeport Dental Implants
Bridgeport dental implants offer the most sophisticated and long term replacement solution for patients that present with single or multiple missing teeth. These fantastic dental devices have been available for many decades now, but recent advantages in medical technology and surgical protocol have made it possible for qualified and experienced oral surgeons and prosthodontists to achieve unprecedented feats in total oral rehabilitation. Nowadays, patients that have lost all of their original adult teeth to periodontal or gum disease – an incredibly prevalent health issue in the United States – are able to get a full set of immediately functional non-removable teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from a full set of natural healthy teeth. And modern surgical protocol for the placement of Bridgeport dental implants almost always makes this possible in a single day with a single surgery and at a cost that is tens of thousands of dollars cheaper than traditional dental implant techniques!
But having said all of this and in spite of the fantastic benefits and advantages of Bridgeport dental implants as a tooth replacement technology, nothing can rival your own original adult teeth. For this reason, we should be doing everything in our power to keep our pearly whites as healthy as possible: so that they might serve us until well into our late adulthood and beyond. In this four-part article series on preventing the need for Bridgeport dental implants, we shall be discussing the 11 different habits and lifestyle changes that are necessary to keep your oral health and hygiene in the best possible condition. In doing so, you can prevent the host of illnesses, dental conditions and oral diseases that are known to cause tooth loss.
How to Avoid the Need for Bridgeport Dental Implants # 1: Get Brushing Right!
We begin this series on Bridgeport dental implants with perhaps the most obvious point in maintaining a high standard of oral health and hygiene. While you may be aware of the importance of twice-daily brushing, most people just aren’t doing it correctly! You should be brushing at least twice a day (morning and night) for two minutes at a time, dedicating 30 seconds per quadrant of the mouth. You should also brush your tongue. Its rough surface offers a perfect home for bacteria, which, 8 times out of 10, is the cause of bad breath. If you really want to avoid tooth loss and the need for Bridgeport dental implants, you should actually brush your teeth 30 minutes after eating or drinking anything. Oral bacteria are incredibly opportunistic and their numbers soar after every meal. Waiting 30 minutes after a meal allows the PH levels in your mouth to return to normal and your teeth a chance to remineralize. This prevents the erosion of the dental enamel in the long term.
How to Avoid the Need for Bridgeport Dental Implants # 2: Floss Everyday, no Exceptions
Flossing is perhaps the most neglected of all our hygiene practices. Most people see it as an ‘additional’ or ‘extra’ to brushing, when in fact, it is just as important! Your toothbrush cannot reach between your teeth to eliminate the plaque (soft, sticky deposits of bacteria) and food that accumulate there throughout the day. Simply leaving it allows bacteria to gain a foothold in the mouth that puts your oral health at a greater risk of infection (in the short term) and disease (in the long term). Avoiding the need for Bridgeport dental implants is done most effectively by maintaining a rigorous home oral hygiene routine, which includes daily flossing; preferably before you go to bed at night.
Tip: Keep a canister of floss in a convenient location, such as on your bed-side table or even next to your favorite chair in front of the TV.
Bridgeport Dental Implants: Stay Tuned!
Stay tuned for the second installment of this four-part article series to read more tips on how to prevent the array of nasty oral ailments that cause tooth loss and the need for Bridgeport dental implants.
This article, part 3 of 4, addresses some of the questions most frequently asked about dental implants and the All-on-4 protocol for complete oral rehabilitation.
In our previous two article posts, we have been providing answers to some of the questions frequently asked about NJ dental implants; what they are, how they work and the benefits they offer patients. In this, the third installment of a four-part series, we shall begin to provide answers to some of the questions patients ask about the ‘All-on-4’; a revolutionary dental implant protocol for the treatment of rampant tooth loss and edentulism (not having a single original adult tooth left).
Question: How many teeth can NJ dental implants replace? Is there a limit to the number I can have placed?
Answer: There are 32 teeth in the adult mouth (wisdom teeth included) and NJ dental implants can be used to replace all of them! However, instead of using 32 implants, which would not only be incredibly expensive for the patient, but traumatic on the mouth too, oral surgeons follow surgical placement protocol that have specifically been designed for the treatment of edentulous (toothless) and near-edentulous patients. In particular, the ‘All-on-4’ approach has become vastly popular for its unprecedented advantages for oral rehabilitation.
Question: What is the ‘All-on-4’ protocol?
Answer:The ‘All-on-4’ is a surgical plan for the placement of NJ dental implants in patients presenting with advanced tooth loss and a resultant loss of bone volume in the jaw. Through the precise placement of only four dental implants in regions of the jaw that naturally contain a greater volume of atrophy-resistant bone tissue, oral surgeons can find enough support to permanently place a customized, non-removable prosthetic dental bridge in the mouth. Moreover, this can be done almost never needing expensive, painful and lengthy bone grafting surgery beforehand. This in turn enables oral surgeons to complete the procedure – from the extraction of failing teeth to the placement of NJ dental implants – in a single surgery. In other words, ‘All-on-4’ NJ dental implants make it possible for patients to go from being edentulous to having a full set of immediately functional, aesthetic and non-removable teeth in one day! It’s no wonder this protocol has been described as a break-through in dental implantology and fixed oral rehabilitation!
Question: Does it hurt having NJ dental implants placed?
Answer:Whether you are missing a single tooth or are having an entire set of old, failing teeth replaced, NJ dental implants are always placed under the effects of anesthesia. The oral surgeons that carry out the procedure always make patient comfort a priority, which means the complete elimination of pain and anxiety; the former through the use of anesthesia and the latter, through the use of oral or intravenous sedatives. As a result, patients need not worry about experiencing any pain or discomfort during the placement of NJ dental implants. Post-operatively, prescription analgesics (painkillers) are used to effectively manage pain, which in any case, dissipates a few days subsequent to the surgery. It also serves to bear in mind that, contrary to popular belief, the placement of NJ dental implants is less traumatic and painful than having a tooth extracted!
Question: How long will I need off from work if I’m having ‘All-on-4’ NJ dental implants placed?
Answer:Every patient is different. Some find it easy to cope with the post-operative discomfort while others would prefer to weather out the worst of it at home, preferably in front of the TV! Having said this, many patients return to work the very next day after having ‘All-on-4’ NJ dental implants placed. It is generally recommended though that patients book themselves about two days off from work following the procedure. Then, should you require more or less time away from the demands of work, you can make the appropriate arrangements.
NJ Dental Implants: Stay Tuned
For the answers to more of your questions on ‘All-on-4’ NJ dental implants, stay tuned for the fourth and final installment of this article series.
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