Flushing Oral Surgery

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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The Same Excellent Patient Care and Team Approach at Our New Location in Brooklyn

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It is with great excitement that we welcome you to our second location. As we expand our distinguished reputation and team approach to more community members in the Brooklyn area, Dr. Li looks forward to warmly receiving new patients and helping you to feel at home in our Brooklyn office.

Holding fast to the high value we put on continual education and training of our team, we implement innovative technology at our second location as well, ensuring comfort, convenience, and optimal results.

At this new venue, our mission to provide you with the best oral surgical care by using our team approach remains the same. Our oral surgeons, who are also dedicated restorative dentists, and our support staff work together to continue to create a caring and nurturing environment where your comfort and safety is of our utmost concern. We welcome you with open arms!

We offer our same excellent services and team approach in our Brooklyn office:

  • X-Navigation—efficiency, accuracy, and precision for implant placement
  • Regenerative Medicine—platelet rich growth factors (PRGF) which promote and accelerate hard and soft tissue healing
  • Piezosurgery—increased accuracy and minimal discomfort with ultrasonic vibrations
  • Teeth-in-an-Hour—a fully functioning set of teeth in one visit, our doctors serving as both your oral surgeon and restorative dentist
  • Surgically Clean Air—multi-stage air purifying technologies, ensuring a germ-free environment
Your healthy and confident smile is our top priority, and we invite you to make an appointment at our new location in Brooklyn. Call today! 718-366-0070

Benefits of Replacing a Full Arch of Teeth with Dental Implants

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Full Arch Dental Implants in Queens and Long Island NY

Have you been making the most of your dentures even though they continue to cause you problems? Dentures are a serviceable means to replacing a full arch of missing teeth, but nothing compares to the far superior treatment of full arch dental implants.

Why are full arch dental implants the best option? Without question, dental implants are the most modern, effective, and permanent teeth replacement method when it comes to replacing a full arch of missing teeth. For most of our patients, the comfort and security they provide outweigh any positive element one might find in dentures.

At Flushing Oral Surgery – Dental Implants, our doctors are the experts at teeth replacement, and they are prepared to meet with you and help you decide what would be the best fit for your unique situation. Here are some facts to think about while considering the next steps:

Traditional Dentures

Traditional removable dentures, one of the most common methods for full-arch teeth replacements, are designed to resemble a full set of teeth that sit upon a healthy gum line. Made of a plastic base and ceramic restorations, dentures create a seal with the natural gum line which holds them in place.
Adhesives help dentures from shifting, but eating hard, chewy, and sticky foods tend to cause the dentures to slip or fall out despite the bonding’s extra security.

For optimal results, special care should be taken to prevent dentures from breaking, chipping, and staining. Dentures must be removed each night, brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soaked in a cleaning solution.

Full Arch Dental Implants

Much like dentures, full arch dental implants are used to replace a complete upper or lower arch of teeth. What makes full arch dental implants more popular is the way in which they provide a fixed, natural-looking smile. With only 4-6 strategically placed implants, we can permanently replace an arch of up to twelve teeth that doesn’t slip or shift position. We typically perform this procedure in alignment with a dental bridge or overdenture to ensure complete aesthetic restoration.

The care required for dental implants—to maintain their health and success—is the same as that which you provide for your natural teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, continue to wear a nightguard. Keep up on your routine dental check-ups. During those appointments, we will keep an eye on the implants’ stability, examine the health of your jawbone and gum tissues, and check for any minor cracks or chips. And finally, carry on with your usual excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.

Things to Consider

When you’re choosing between dentures and dental implants for a full arch of teeth, consider the following:

  • The durability of each treatment
  • The stability of each treatment
  • The care required of each treatment

For many reasons, full arch dental implants are usually the far better choice for replacing missing teeth, most importantly the way in which they naturally resemble a full mouth of beautiful, healthy teeth that last a lifetime.

For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, call us today! Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960

Why the Best Time to Consider Dental Implants Is at the Time of Tooth Loss

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If you’ve lost a tooth and are looking for the most natural replacement, dental implants are the ideal option. Not only do they look, feel, and function like natural teeth, but they are low maintenance and long-lasting.

But you already knew that, and now you’re wondering when you should have this procedure done. How important is it to schedule a dental implant appointment right away? The short answer is: very. Time is of the essence, and here’s why.

Why Replacing Missing Teeth Immediately is Best

Your teeth and jaw are in a balanced relationship in which they depend on each other. The jaw supports the teeth, and the teeth stimulate the jaw. The moment a tooth goes missing, the body begins to remove the jawbone because it is no longer needed. In other words, the body considers the jawbone surplus material and uses its nutrients elsewhere when there is no tooth to support. Likewise, the stimulation provided by the tooth is what bulks up the jaw. Without it, the bone breaks down.

Bone Loss Speeds Up the Aging Process

This natural process of bone break down is called bone resorption and begins the moment the tooth is lost. The first thing to happen is the reshaping of the bone. Next, the bony ridge of the jawbone begins to deteriorate. As we lose bone in our faces, our profiles change, our faces take on a concave, shrinking effect, and we begin to look older.

When it comes to dental implants, they need the same support from your jawbone that your natural teeth require. So, if you wait to get an implant, you’ll have less bone because it will have begun the process of breaking down. Conversely, if you get an implant immediately after having lost a tooth, the mass of your jawbone will be ideal for implant placement. Like replacing a tooth that falls out naturally, it’s best if you get your implant right then and thereafter having a tooth extracted.

The Exception—When You Should Wait

It’s best if you can manage to get your dental implants right away, but you may have to wait if:

  • You have an infection. Infections can cause implants to fail, so we must get rid of the infection before moving forward with implant placement. Whether it’s in your tooth or your gums, infections affect your jaw, so we’d clear up the infection first to set you up for dental implant success.
  • You’ve lost too much bone. The good news is: it’s never too late to get dental implants. The sooner you get them, the easier the process. However, we can graft in more bone and build up your jaw, creating the most optimal conditions for a favorable outcome, if you’ve already waited. If you’re planning to have a tooth extracted, we can do a bone graft at the time of extraction or we can allow time for healing before placing the implant, depending on your situation. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Li will evaluate your case and advise you on the best plan for treatment.

Where are you in the process? Have you recently lost a tooth? Are you planning to have a tooth extracted? Please call our Flushing, NY office to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon Dr. Li today!

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5 Reasons Dental Implants Are Worth It

A photo of an elderly couple with their granddaughterIf you are missing a tooth, you know the inconvenience, embarrassment, and stress that comes with this predicament. Your smile and eating habits have been hindered, and you need a fix. But dental implants sound like a huge endeavor and expense. Is it worth it?

Here are the reasons our team at Flushing Oral Surgery and Dental Implants believes dental implants are worth the investment.

Long-Lasting

The unparalleled durability that a dental implant offers cannot be ignored. An implant’s titanium screw fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, securing it in place forever. Now, that’s a permanent solution. The moment a tooth is lost, the supporting jawbone begins to lose structure and deteriorate. However, the fusing of the implant with bone provides much-needed stimulation that keeps the jaw healthy and the smile long-lasting.

Replacing the Root

Dental implants don’t just replace the part of the tooth that we can see above your gum line, but they replace the root of your tooth as well. By acting as root, the implant increases your chances of avoiding bone loss. Healthy bones mean healthy smiles.

No Dietary Restrictions

Since dental implants function and feel like your natural teeth, patients can enjoy eating without any dietary restrictions. Implants offer the freedom of eating anything and everything, as opposed to dentures that can put a strain on your normal eating habits.

A Natural Look

Arguably the greatest advantage of getting a dental implant is that the tooth replacement doesn’t look like anything but a real tooth. Without question, it looks and functions so naturally that your friends will never know that the implant is not the real tooth.

The Cost of Going Without

Dental implants last 2-3 times as long as bridges and dentures. So, the upfront expense translates to a better investment over time. In fact, implants end up paying for themselves. In terms of longevity and cost, dental implants cant be beaten.

Is dental implant surgery worth all the trouble? When it comes to durability, appearance, and functionality, dental implants are the best option out there. By choosing dental implants, youre choosing the long-term option that can last a lifetime.

At Flushing Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, we owe much of the success of our dental implants to our team approach which involves our dual degree oral maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Li, your restorative dentist, and our dedicated dental laboratory. We pair the latest technology, such as our X-Guide™ guided implant system and our cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system with surgical evidence-based analysis to ensure precision and accuracy.

Want to make an appointment with us to discuss your options? Call our Flushing NY office today! Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960

3 Ways to Maintain Oral Health at Home During COVID-19

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As our routines, expectations, and daily activities evolve with the COVID-19 crisis and as we follow our mandate to shelter in place, we tend to feel helpless at times. What are some of the things that we can still control? Our team at Flushing Oral Surgery – Dental Implants wants to encourage you to prioritize the upkeep of your oral health. This is one thing you can do in the midst of these uncertain times. As we adjust to this current situation, oral health is one thing that can so easily fall by the wayside if we are not careful.

Here’s a reminder of what we all should be doing to maintain optimal oral health, with or without the crisis of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands.Never before have we been encouraged so emphatically to wash our hands, but 20 seconds before and after any personal dental care should always be your standard.
  • Brush twice daily.Don’t neglect this practice just because your daily routine is not the same as it once was. Make a conscious effort to prioritize your brushing.
  • Floss once daily.If this hasn’t yet become your habit, make it one now. Floss while you read before bed or during your evening show.
  • Eat well.Sticky, sugary snacks and drinks may be attractive at the moment, but they’ll destroy your teeth if you’re not careful.
  • Limit snacking.Permit yourself to eat at specified times, and steer clear of your kitchen even though it may just be a few feet from your home office.
  • Drink plenty of water.Drinking half your body weight in ounces is ideal for your overall health, and water serves as a natural cleanser for your teeth.
  • Avoid smoking.Did you know smoking is bad for your oral health? It limits blood flow to your mouth, making it easier for bacteria to grow.

Maintaining Your Oral Health

Consider the following practices and perspectives as you seek to prevent a decline in your oral health while we all stay at home.

The Long Haul

COVID-19 will not last forever. It might be hard to imagine at the moment, but remind yourself that social distancing will eventually be a thing of the past. When you’re face to face with your people again, your breath and the state of your teeth will matter. What you do now, or fail to do, will have an impact on your future. Brush now for a brighter tomorrow. When the coronavirus is in the rearview mirror, you’ll be glad you did.

Your New Daily Routine

We no longer need to get fully dressed as we work from home. There’s no rush to eat breakfast before walking out the door. Our days have become fluid, so forgetting to brush our teeth until 3 pm happens to the best of us. Is it even worth it by then? Yes, it is. But brushing in the morning is even better. So, make a plan to brush right after that first cup of coffee or first thing as you return from your morning walk. Schedule it into your new morning routine. Set a reminder on your phone if you need to.

Eating/Drinking Habits

Did you realize that comfort foods, snacks, and alcoholic beverages are on the rise as we cope during these prolonged periods of constant family togetherness and isolation? We are reaching for anything that will comfort us as we navigate our new normal that is anything but normal. However, sugary and acidic food and drink can destroy enamel and wreak havoc on teeth. So, limit your intake. And drink lots of water to prevent erosion and to wash away potential cavity-causing bacteria is a helpful hack when you do partake.

Excellent oral health doesn’t just happen, especially as we work from home, manage distance learning, and juggle the uncertainties of this current time. But routine is essential. If you’re struggling emotionally or fighting psychological fatigue, take some time out of your day to access your routine and the habits that you’ve developed over that past several weeks. Decide on one adjustment you’d like to make that will lead you toward a happier, healthier smile. Make oral hygiene be your focus today.

Dr. Li and our team at Flushing Oral Surgery – Dental Implants have missed seeing you, and we plan to reschedule your appointments at the soonest possible opportunity.

Updated Patient Safety Measures at Our Office

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Infection control has always been extremely important to us at Flushing Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. We assure you that we will continue to adhere to all infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and New York State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (NYSSOMS). Rest assured that your safety and well-being is our top priority!

Safety Precautions for Patients and Staff

We’ve made some key updates to our office protocols in order to ensure your safety. These precautions have met and continue to exceed all NYSSOMS, OSHA, CDC, and ADA guidelines.

You will find the following changes when you visit our office:

  • Additional hand and sanitizer, soap, and water are always available in each operatory and our reception area for patients and staff.
  • A one-way flow throughout our office helps maintain social distancing.
  • We follow and exceed all OSHA guidelines in terms of sterilization and disinfecting of all surfaces and each room between patients.
  • We’ve strategically installed Surgically Clean Air air purifying units in the reception area, in our operatories, and throughout our office.
  • Every member of our staff is required to wear PPE, including N95 masks, face shields, surgical cap and scrub tops and bottoms with gowns, in the operatories.

Changes and Requirements

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We’ve made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

  • When you first arrive, you will be asked several screening questions.
  • Bring your own mask with you when you come in for an appointment. We will not allow anyone to enter our office without a mask.
  • We will request that you wash your hands before entering the surgical suites for consultations and for procedures.
  • Our waiting room no longer offers magazines, and it has been reconfigured to accommodate social distance seating of 6 feet and more.
  • Appointments will be arranged to allow for social distancing between patients which may mean fewer options for scheduling your appointment. Thank you for your patience.
  • We will allow more time between patients’ appointments to reduce waiting times for you and to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any given time.

If you have any questions about your upcoming appointment or about our standards and procedures, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960

Dental Care During COVID-19

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By now, most of us are aware that our governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed the “New York State of PAUSE” mandate that includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must cease to offer services. This executive order has been issued to assure uniform safety for everyone, and as an oral and maxillofacial surgery practice, we must close our doors to all aspects of care except for dental emergencies.

What does this mean for you?

We are currently only seeing limited patients according to the American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines, with limited operating hours on a case by case basis.  The ADA defines dental emergencies as potentially life-threatening dental issues that require immediate attention. Please call our practice if you have an urgent dental need, such as uncontrollable bleeding or severe pain or infection, and we will make every effort to care for you.

We will reschedule all routine and non-urgent dental procedures as soon as the executive order has been lifted. In the meantime, stay home and stay healthy. Rest assured that we are in this together. You are not alone. We will do all we can to meet your oral surgical needs at the soonest possible opportunity.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we want to treat you immediately. Please call our office at Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960.

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Good Dental Hygiene

Dos and Don’ts of Good Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene is important. Those who practice good oral habits reap the benefits, while the latter… not so much. Most of us have a great deal of control over whether or not we keep our teeth as we age. Those who don’t follow a proper routine, end up losing their teeth, thus requiring the need of tooth replacement (such as dentures, dental implants, etc.). If you want to achieve an optimal level of oral hygiene, all you have to do is follow these do’s and don’ts!

Do…
• Brush your teeth twice a day! Use a soft-bristled brush with a fluoride tooth paste and be sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth, even the hard to reach places.

• Floss your teeth every day! Floss removes food trapped between your teeth and the film of bacteria that forms before it turns into plaque.

• Visit your dentist every 6 months! Regular visits allow your dentist to discover early signs of cavities and gum disease.

• Eat a mouth healthy diet! Indulge yourself in foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and of course, water!

Don’t…

• Forget to replace your toothbrush! Tooth brushes should be replaced every 3 month—or after you recover from being sick. If you have an electric toothbrush, replace the head rather than purchasing a whole new one.

• Brush too soon after eating! Brushing immediately after eating acidic food can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away. To be safe, wait at least 1 hour.

• Go overboard with bleaching! Over-bleaching your teeth can make them very sensitive to hot and cold foods, thus causing a variety of other problems.

• Ignore pain or abnormalities! Toothaches can be a sign of a more serious dental issue. See your dentist as soon as you discover changes in your dental health.

• Consume lots of soft drinks and sugary foods! These foods are highly acidic, which wears away your enamel overtime. Frequent consumption of sugary substances allow plaque to grow more rapidly—thus the likelihood of cavities will increase substantially.

When it comes to your dental hygiene—you have the option between keeping your teeth or not. By starting to practice these dental do’s and don’ts, you will be on the right track to a long-lasting smile. Give us a call today Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960!