Flushing Oral Surgery

Four Foods to Avoid if You Have TMJ

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If you grind your teeth while you sleep, clench, and have frequent headaches, and if your jaw clicks or pops when you chew, you may suffer from a TMJ disorder.

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, one of the most used joints in the body, and it’s not uncommon for an uncomfortable and irritating disorder to result due to overuse, genetics, and/or trauma. We offer a variety of treatments to help resolve this issue and restore balance and harmony to your jaw function, including stress management, nightguards, orthodontics, or even surgery, depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Do these symptoms sound familiar? If so, schedule a consultation with us as soon as possible, so we can get to the root of your problem and set you on a path to renewed oral health and wellness.

What to do for TMJ?

What most TMJ patients don’t realize is the effect food can have on their symptoms. We highly recommend the first thing you do is begin treating your TMJ at home by eliminating certain foods from your diet. Making appropriate changes to your diet will significantly decrease the amount of stress and pressure you place on your jaw joint.

What foods should you not eat when you have TMJ?

There are 4 types of food that can aggravate TMD joint pain and discomfort.

Avoid chewy foods.

Chewy foods agitate the jaw joint because they require excessive force to be broken down. If you notice your jaw has to work hard when eating certain foods, like taffy, soft caramels, bagels, and steak, replace them with bananas, yogurt, and mashed potatoes.

Stay away from crunchy foods.

Crunchy foods place extra pressure on the jaw joint and require a downward chewing force which can be painful. Try to avoid raw carrots, apples, and pretzels, and enjoy cooked vegetables and pasta instead.

Take smaller bites.

If you suffer from TMD, you’ve probably noticed that you are unable to open your mouth very wide. In fact, taking large bites is not only difficult but also painful. Steer clear of foods that require you to open your mouth excessively, like corn on the cob and apples. Cut them up and enjoy smaller bites.

Eliminate foods that cause inflammation.

Less obvious foods that increase joint pain are those that cause inflammation. Fatty and processed foods, such as those with refined carbs and sugars, high-fat content, and salt should be removed from your diet in order to limit inflammation. Say no to fried foods and red meats that have a tendency to fire up joint pain.

As you seek to heal and recover from TMD, integrate a soft diet into your routine and record any changes in your symptoms. If you’d like more information or tips and tricks for finding relief as you adjust your diet, make an appointment with Dr. Li today.

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3 Things You Should Know About Dental Implant Recovery

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If you’ve scheduled dental implant surgery, you’re on the path to an abundant life that will include eating, smiling, and laughing to the fullest. You’ve learned that dental implants are the best teeth replacement option available. And thanks to their durability and permanence, they provide the closest match to natural teeth in both appearance and function.

But when it comes to the healing part of implant placement, it’s important to keep in mind that implant surgery is a slightly invasive procedure that requires the right care to achieve optimal results and a smooth recovery. Read on to learn about the most important facts concerning dental implant recovery, what to expect during the process, and how to make the most of those days following surgery.

1. Implant surgery is a process.

It’s crucial to take a deep breath and settle in for the long haul when it comes to implant surgery. There are several steps, and for the best results, you won’t want to rush any of them.

The first and most involved part of the process is when we place the implant, a screw, into your jaw. Immediately, the implant will begin to settle into the jaw and the surrounding bone will grow around and fuse with it. But this takes time. Once the 3-4-month healing period has been completed, your dentist will place the permanent crown on the implant, and they may place a temporary one to get you through the waiting period, especially if the implant is near the front of your mouth. The screw acts as a root for your new artificial tooth, so complete integration with the bone is necessary.

2. Different factors extend the progression of implant placement.

A variety of additional treatments, such as extractions, bone and gum grafts, and sinus treatments, are needed for maximum success, but these lengthen the implant process and its recovery. For example, if we build up your jawbone with a bone graft to ensure sufficient mass and support for the new tooth, you’ll be looking at at least four additional months overall.

The more implants we place, the longer the recovery. When we place three or fewer implants, our patients are typically packed to their everyday routine within 24-48 hours. However, if you were to get a full arch of implants or even several implants at once, you’d need to set aside at least three days to rest and recover. We encourage you to schedule enough time off so that complete healing can take place.

3. Some pain, swelling, and bruising is normal.

Expect a small amount of discomfort as you come out of surgery, and don’t be alarmed if you experience some bleeding. These symptoms are a normal part of the healing process and are easy to manage with the right post-operative care. We are happy to prescribe pain medication if over-the-counter pain killers, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, don’t do the trick. If your symptoms increase or worsen, call us right away.

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When you come in for a consultation and schedule a dental implant surgery, we will review with you all post-operative instructions and medications. We understand that every patient is unique and personalize treatment plans accordingly. From there, we are able to guide you in making the most of your recovery period to ensure optimal healing and excellent results.

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Why 3D CBCT Technology Matters for Dental Implants

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If you’re missing teeth and ready to fill those gaps with dental implants—today’s superior teeth replacement option—you may be wondering where to go. What makes one practice more trusted and reliable than another? The secret to beautiful, natural-looking implant teeth is in the technology used to plan and place them.

We at Flushing Oral Surgery remain ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing cutting-edge technology in our dental implant care. We’ve replaced drilling and cutting with 3D scanners and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging. Why? Because keeping you safe and comfortable is our number one goal.

We’ve long been frontrunners in the use of highly advanced forms of modern technology so we can more efficiently address patient needs and provide the best care possible. This means we regularly invest in state-of-the-art equipment which enables us to perform dental procedures safely, quickly, and comfortably.

Read on to learn more about how 3D CBCT technology makes a difference in implant care for our patients.

3D Imaging and Scanning

CBCT is the newest innovation in imaging, and we use it to take highly accurate images of the anatomical structure of your teeth, bones, and nerves.

What is CBCT?

3D-imaging machineWhen it comes to the awe-inspiring technology of our day, dental CBCT is at the top of the charts. What we once considered an impossibility, as oral surgeons, is now possible. And what once took us a large amount of time to accomplish can now be done in mere seconds.

3D imaging with cone beam is a CT scan system that generates high-definition x-rays of your oral cavity within seconds. This revolutionary technology gathers precise details that we use for diagnostic purposes before creating treatments plans that we tailor to your unique case.

What is CBCT used for?

CBCT makes collecting information quick and simple. Our 3D imaging system allows our doctors to:

  • Gain visual access to every angle of your anatomical structures.
  • Determine best treatment options.
  • Analyze nerve, sinus, and roots positions before surgery.
  • Remove any guesswork in measuring and positioning implants.

Patient Benefits

Our CBCT technology is a state-of-the-art tool that is not only effective in helping our doctors in performing their best work, but it significantly improves our patients’ experiences as well. Our 3D imaging system provides quick, easy, instant scans, is less expensive, and allows for a more comfortable patient experience.

The health and safety of our patients is our priority, and CBCT technology ensures the best possible care possible. The benefits include:

  • Exposure to very low amounts of radiation.
  • The most accurate diagnosis and treatment plans.
  • Increased success in procedures.
  • Lower surgical risk factor.

Top oral surgeons Dr. Li have devoted extensive time and education to implantology, resulting in top-notch oral surgical care. Our modern equipment makes it possible for our procedures to be fully completed in our office, providing both convenience and comfort to each and every patient.

Committed to accuracy and precision, we continue to implement the latest, most innovative devices, technology, materials, and techniques to ensure we always deliver beautiful results and the highest level of patient care.

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5 Reasons We Use Piezosurgery

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The mere mention of jaw surgery often evokes feelings of fear and anxiety in many patients, and this causes some of us to completely avoid necessary treatments altogether. If this applies to you, we want to do all we can to assure you that we can treat our patients comfortably and safely, alleviating dental issues before they become bigger, more complex problems. And to do so, we use a groundbreaking technology: piezosurgery.

As experts seek to develop technology that provides comfortable and minimally invasive oral surgical options, the latest is piezosurgery. At Flushing Oral Surgery, we have replaced traditional bone-cutting methods with this advanced technique which enables us to gently cut bone with ultrasonic micro-vibrations that keep the soft tissue safe.

What makes piezosurgery so special?

Piezosurgery allows for better accuracy.

During piezosurgery, Dr. Li use tiny 3D ultrasonic waves to gently break apart bone tissue without causing damage to the soft tissue that surrounds it. The accuracy of piezosurgery helps protect sinus membranes, arteries, and nerves around the hard tissue. In short, there are very few risks to the surgical site and nearby areas when this advanced technique is used.

Piezosurgery provides more comfort.

Traditional surgeries that involve drills and burs are rather invasive and often involve pain, bleeding, and swelling. Piezosurgery, on the other hand, is a treatment strategy that eliminates those possible outcomes, requiring smaller incisions and less tissue modification.

Piezosurgery is the safer method.

Since piezosurgery uses ultrasonic waves rather than drilling to cut bone, there are fewer chances of experiencing bleeding and infection. Overall, this technique provides much less risk of complications, side effects, and post-op issues.

Piezosurgery enables faster healing.

The recovery period for piezosurgery is almost non-existent when compared to more invasive, traditional procedures that use drilling. In fact, most of our patients return to work the same day rather than having to take a few days off.

Piezosurgery is only used by top oral surgeons.

Piezosurgery is a cutting-edge technique that requires training and expertise that most oral surgeons have not yet explored. So, by choosing us, you’re putting your oral health in the hands of an elite few—the best.

Ready to find out more about piezosurgery?

From simple to complex jaw-surgery procedures, including tooth extractions, bone grafting, periodontal disease treatment, and dental implants, we treat our patients expeditiously in the utmost professional manner, implementing advanced technology to skillfully restore your smile and your confidence.

Call us today and book a consultation in which we can assess your situation, discuss any questions you may have, and determine if piezosurgery would benefit you!

 

 

How to Get Ready for Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

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You’ve made the decision to get your wisdom teeth removed. Congratulations! That means you’re probably finishing high school or already have. Well done. As you move toward adulthood with the wisdom that only comes with the passage of time, your third and final set of molars have come in. Your dentist has recommended you have them removed, and you’ve got lots of friends who already have. What should you do ahead of time to make sure this whole experience goes as well as possible? Check out our answers to the following frequently asked questions. A few key steps will ensure a quick and successful recovery.

What’s okay to eat after my wisdom teeth removal?

First things first. No eating at all the morning of your surgery, or at least the eight hours leading up to it. If you take medications and we approve them ahead of time, those are allowed with just a little sip of water. We know fasting is no fun, especially for growing teens, but the reward on the other side is worth it.

The day before your wisdom teeth removal, help your family stock up on all your favorite soft foods, like ice cream, Jell-O, yogurt, smoothies, and milkshakes. Then, after surgery, once you’re feeling good about moving on from clear liquids, enjoy these delicious treats, but consume them slowly.

Resist the urge to drink with a straw, including the ones in your water bottles. That could dislodge the clot that will be covering your extraction site which can lead to lots of pain and a condition called “dry socket.” Also, if you smoke, which we highly recommend against anyway, refrain from that habit while you’re healing as it can also cause delay to your recovery.

I know this is an outpatient surgery. Can I drive myself?

No. Even the best of drivers should not drive after any type of sedation, even the mildest. So, make sure to bring an adult driver with you to your surgery. We will not begin the extraction unless you have one with you. And ask that companion of yours to hang out for the day. Your healing will most likely be very uneventful, but it’s wise to have someone around just in case.

Will I feel like going to work or school after my wisdom teeth removal?

No, you’ll be sleepy. And even if you do feel amazing, don’t go to school or work or any of your normal activities. In fact, don’t even do homework or housework. Kick back on the couch and watch Netflix. Or nap all day. The best thing you can do for a quick and complete recovery is rest.

What do I do if my mouth starts hurting?

You won’t feel any pain at all during your surgery because we will gently sedate you and make sure your experience with us is safe and comfortable. But later in the day, as you return home and the anesthesia wears off, you’ll want to use an ice pack on your face and take over-the-counter meds to manage any discomfort. We’ll also send you home with a prescription for stronger pain medication to have on hand.

How long will it take to feel normal again?

Not long. Most of our patients are back to their busy lives within 3 or 4 days. If your surgery is more involved and your teeth are impacted it could take a few extra days for a full recovery. It takes a few months for your wounds to heal. So, be careful with what you eat and how your brush during that time. Remember to avoid straws and tobacco. Dislodging the blood clot or the stitches would prolong the whole process.

Ready to tackle this?

If you’re still feeling hesitant about moving forward with this surgery, remember that our expert oral surgeon, Dr. Li, removes wisdom teeth every day in our Flushing NY office. The procedure is quick and easy, and if you are prepared and follow the simples steps we’ve mapped out for you, your wisdom teeth removal will be a complete success. Before surgery, we’ll provide you with all the pre-and post-op instructions you’ll need. There should be no surprises. You’re in excellent hands. You’ve got this!

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Can Dental Implants Restore Seniors’ Smiles?

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You may be young at heart, but if you’re no spring chicken, your teeth might be starting to show your age. The good news is, in today’s modern world, you no longer have to just roll with the punches when it comes to aging and losing teeth. In fact, thanks to modern technology, no one must go without teeth. We believe everyone, no matter their age, deserves a big, solid smile and that dental implants are the golden ticket.

What are dental implants?

First things first. If you aren’t yet familiar with dental implants, here’s the short version. An implant is an artificial tooth that’s made of a screw which we place in your jaw and a crown that we affix to an abutment that is attached to the screw. It’s really that simple. And if you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, we are able to attach an entire arch prosthesis to only four implants that we strategically place in your jaw, no matter the health of your jawbone. Our jaws tend to shrink the longer they go without teeth, but our full arch replacement system allows us to place the screws at angles, so bone grafting is not necessary.

Benefits of Dental Implants for Seniors

We understand that many of your friends have probably opted for dentures because they found them easy and affordable. The truth is dental implants are actually just as cost-effective and simple in the long run as any other teeth replacement option—maybe even more so.

Dental implants are for those who want their teeth replacement to be as natural as possible.

When it comes to artificial teeth that are natural-looking and functioning, implants can’t be beaten. If you get an entire row of implants, not one will bat an eye. And if you just have an implant or two placed to fill in gaps, we match the color and shape so that they blend in with your other teeth, and again, no one will be the wiser. It won’t ever cross anyone’s mind to consider that the new teeth might not be your own.

Dental implants are for those who want their teeth replacement to be as comfortable as possible.

Have your friends ever complained about how uncomfortable their dentures are? Since dental implants feel like natural teeth and stay put, there’s no pain or rubbing resulting from shifting. In fact, dental implants never move. They are not only comfortable physically, but they eliminate all embarrassment that you might experience with dentures that slip. Eating, talking, and laughing are as comfortable with implants, physically and socially, as a full set of natural teeth.

Dental implants are for those who want their teeth replacement to be as affordable as possible.

If you have heard that dental implants are expensive compared to other teeth replacement options, this may be true upfront. But they’re not as costly as they used to be, and there are money-saving dental plans for seniors that offer discounts implant procedures. Furthermore, implants can last a lifetime, so the money you spend on replacing lost or broken dentures must be figured into the overall cost. And the cost of the comfort and ease implants provide is priceless. Contact someone in our office today financial reasons are keeping you from getting implants. Our staff will help you find a payment plan that works for you.

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Why You Should Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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Wisdom teeth are named for the timing with which they begin to push through the gums, during a young person’s approaching adulthood and newly arrived wisdom. Erupting behind the first two sets of molars in the back of your mouth, these new molars join 28 other teeth that are already present. Most wisdom teeth have a difficult time fitting comfortably into a full set of teeth.

What are impacted teeth?

Impacted teeth are those that are unable to push through the gums and remain fully or partially covered by gum or bone. This scenario is quite common, when it comes to wisdom teeth, and has the potential to cause a variety of complications. In fact, 9 in 10 people have at least one impacted tooth. Impacted teeth can lead to:

  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed, irritated, and bleeding gums
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Loss of bone and gum

Most of us find wisdom teeth to be harmless initially. What we don’t understand is the potential they have to eventually cause serious problems to the rest of our mouths. Some people never get wisdom teeth, but most of us do, and at Flushing Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, we highly recommend their extraction for the following reasons.

Misaligned and Crowded Teeth

As stated above, there’s little room left for wisdom teeth once it’s their turn to arrive. So, it’s no surprise that their pushing and shoving negatively impact adjacent teeth and leave them misaligned. If you or your child have had braces, the orthodontist has likely recommended a wisdom teeth extraction soon after having the braces removed to avoid overcrowding and damage to your newly straightened smile.

Damaged Bone and Teeth

If keeping your smile straight isn’t enough motivation to schedule that wisdom teeth removal, how about the damage those third molars can cause to your jaw and next-door molars? When too many teeth are crammed in too small a space, bone loss and tooth decay can spread like wildfire. It’s simply not worth the risk.

Infected Gums

Teeth and bone aren’t the only ones in jeopardy when it comes to impacted wisdom teeth. Our gums often get caught in the crossfire as well. Those who let their wisdom teeth fend for themselves often end up with inflamed gums and complications that are difficult to repair. Partially impacted teeth tend to pull away from the gums, leaving ample opportunity for bacteria to grow and infection to occur.

Jaw Pain and TMJ Complications

Having your wisdom teeth removed reduces the likelihood that cysts or tumors will form in your jaw, and those growths may cause not only pain but also complications related to TMJ.

Difficult Dental Hygiene

Even patients who decide to keep their wisdom teeth intact find their teeth to be quite snug, making flossing nearly impossible in places. We’ve found that adequate brushing is also tricky when teeth are packed in. Undergoing the small surgery to have your wisdom teeth removed might be worth being able to enjoy excellent oral hygiene for the rest of your life.

There’s no doubt about it—the potential for things to go poorly when wisdom teeth are left to their own devices is not worth the risk. Having them removed ensures fewer complications down the road. If you have any questions about your particular situation, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule a consultation with one of our wisdom teeth experts.

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5 Ways Parents Can Prepare Children for Wisdom Teeth Removal

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flushing awardAs you and your child prepare for your child’s wisdom teeth removal, they may be nervous. Begin by reminding them that wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that we do every day in our office. Assure them that they have nothing to worry about.

Tell them that you have received all the instructions you need to be well prepared for a smooth and maybe even fun wisdom teeth removal experience.


Here are the 5 ways you can prepare for your child’s wisdom tooth extraction:

  1. Make sure you have plenty of your child’s favorite smooth, pureed, and soft foods on hand. We recommend ice cream, apple sauce, soup, Jell-O, yogurt, mashed potatoes, milkshakes, smoothies, and oatmeal. Immediately after surgery, give your child clear liquids and then slowly progress to soft foods. Do not give your child straws during the healing period because they can dislodge the clot that is covering the extraction site, resulting in a very painful condition called “dry socket”. Also, refrain from giving them particulate foods, such as granola, berries, popcorn, that easily get stuck into the surgical site. Finally, warn them that tobacco use will deter their healing and possibly lead to serious complications.
  2. Plan to take the day off work, so you can accompany them to the surgery. Even if your child is of driving age, we will not proceed with the extraction if they are alone. The procedure usually takes about an hour. Please plan to stay for the duration.
  3. Insist your child rest at home after surgery for the remainder of the day. Stock up on movies and set your child up in a cozy corner of the couch. We recommend they relax at home for several days. This will ensure a smooth recovery. Sleeping is an excellent way to spend the first day. Do not let your child exercise, go to school, or even do homework. Too much activity will inhibit proper healing.
  4. Assure your child that they will feel no pain during the surgery and that we are trained and highly experienced with administering anesthesia. We will provide your child with a safe and comfortable experience. We recommend you have ice packs in the freezer ready to go for when you return home. This will help with swelling. Over the counter pain meds may do the trick to minimize discomfort when the anesthesia begins to wear off, and we’ll give you pain medication prescriptions as well.
  5. Do not allow your child to eat or drink the morning of the procedure or for at least eight hours before the procedure. Pre-approved medications may be taken with a sip of water.

Preparing for your child’s wisdom teeth removal comes down to taking these 5 simple steps ahead of time. Your child’s recovery experience depends on it. Prior to surgery, we will send you and your child home with very specific pre/post-surgical instructions so that you know exactly what to expect.

Your child is in expert hands at Flushing Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. If you have any remaining questions, call us today and speak with someone in our office.

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Dental Bone Grafts and Why You May Need One

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If bone grafting sounds like a complicated and scary procedure, rest assured it’s simple, safe, and one of our top oral surgical services at our Flushing, NY office. Chances are, you’re wondering about bone grafts because your dentist suggested you replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. And you’ve visited your oral surgeon who says you need to have a bone graft done first. Read on to learn about the common yet transformational procedure of bone grafting and how it lays the foundation for implant placement.

Why do I need a bone graft?

For those with insufficient jawbone mass and structure, bone grafting is done to bulk up the area and prepare it for implant placement. If we were to place an implant in a jaw that lacks adequate bone, there’s a high likelihood it would fail or have difficulty integrating with the jawbone. Osseointegration is the process in which the titanium metal of a dental implant fully fuses with the jawbone to ensure both stability and permanency. This takes place when the bone is a healthy size, large enough to support an implant.

Building Up Your Jawbone

Bone grafting is a standard procedure that over half of our dental implant patients have done before proceeding with implant surgery. These patients often require bone grafting for the following reasons:

  • Missing teeth for an extended time—Your jawbone begins to atrophy the moment you lose a tooth or have one extracted.
  • Trauma or infection—This can lead to a defect in the bone, resulting in its need to be built up.
  • Missing front teeth—More than any others, front teeth have thin sockets and often can’t regenerate on their own.
  • Large or low sinus cavities—We often graft bone with a sinus lift to help restore the bone height required for implant placement.

The Health of Your Jawbone

A jaw is like a body that needs exercise to stay healthy. Chewing provides the necessary stimulation that keeps a jaw strong, but without that movement, it begins to shrink as your body sends the minerals elsewhere. The alveolar bone that anchors your teeth begins to break down as soon as you lose a permanent tooth. Inadequate bone mass not only causes problems for implant placement, but can also lead to facial skin wrinkling, TMJ pain and headaches, nutrition and speech issues, collapsed facial structure, and complications with your remaining face.

How does bone grafting work?

Bone grafting is a very routine procedure that we do in our office every day. We place donated bone (or your own bone is taken from another site in your mouth) in the area that needs more mass. Your body will naturally grow new bone as your jaw heals during the several months following surgery, and the donated bone grafts will develop into your own bone over time.

Ready to get started?

Dr. Paul Chin-Fan Li and the rest of our skilled team at Flushing Oral Surgery offer the highest level of bone grafting and implant care. The latest technology combined with our passion for excellent patient care allows us to provide only the best bone grafting experiences. For more details on what it means for us to build a foundation for your dental implants with a bone graft, please give us a call! Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960

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5 Reasons Dental Implants Are the Best Choice for Seniors

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There’s no shame in losing teeth as we age. It’s part of life, and our teeth serve us well for as long as they can. But when they go missing, it’s time to replace them and restore your ability to enjoy life with the confidence and ease you once had. Dentures and bridges are options, but as the top oral surgeon in Flushing, NY, we’re here to tell you that dental implants are the superior choice for seniors. Here’s why.

Enhanced Diet

Are there foods that you’ve had to give up because they’re too hard to chew? Is your nutrition suffering as a result? We’ve talked with many of our denture patients who complain about lack of energy and overall irritability. When we ask them about their diet, we find that their diminished biting and chewing capabilities have led to painful and annoying eating experiences, so sometimes, when it comes to food, they go without. Dental implants, on the other hand, are artificial teeth that are placed in your jaw so that they function like your natural teeth, strong and secure, anchored with a titanium screw. There are no food restrictions for those with implant teeth, and our implant patients experience no pain or discomfort with biting, chewing, or eating.

Improved Appearance

If you’re missing a tooth or wearing dentures or bridges, you know how difficult it can be to grin, to proudly flaunt those pearly whites, to smile to the fullest. At Flushing Oral Surgery, we implant confidence. Dental implants allow you to laugh and play with your grandkids without worrying about denture slippage or gaps in your smile. Our implant teeth will help you feel good about yourself while preventing innocent yet awkward questions from your grandkids about your funny teeth. They won’t even be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and your implants.

Quality of Life

The truth is you can probably get by with missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures. But suffering in your golden years, whether from embarrassment or discomfort, is completely unnecessary. When there’s the possibility of chewing properly and eating freely and healthily, of smiling openly and laughing fully, why not embrace this improved quality of life that dental implants provide?

Affordability

Dental implants may seem more expensive upfront. But in the long run, they’re the best bang for your buck. They last two to three times longer than bridges and dentures, and they don’t break or require the kind of maintenance of traditional teeth replacement methods. Implants also provide stimulation for your jawbone which keeps it from deteriorating over time, and it’s hard to put a price on jaw health. The question is: can you afford going without?

Convenience and Care

Since dental implants are inserted in the jaw and then fused with the bone, they are permanent and do not need to be removed for cleaning. Brushing twice and flossing once daily, which you’ve always done for your natural teeth, is all that’s required to keep your implants in good shape. Implants don’t get lost, slip, stain, or break easily. When it comes to convenience, dental implants are tops.

If you haven’t talked to us yet about the possibility of getting implants, we’d love to share with you the details of single, multiple, and full-jaw, All-on-4 implant options and how each could improve your life. We understand that every patient’s dental health and history is unique, and we look forward to discussing yours with you!

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