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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!

3 Benefits of Dental Implants

3 Benefits of Dental Implants

Missing a tooth? Meet your new best friend—dental implants. Before choosing to opt for a dental implant, it’s important that you understand the in’s and out’s of these replacement teeth and how they will benefit your smile. When replacing a tooth or a gap with a dental implant, you are not only giving your smile the perfect finishing touch, but also allowing yourself the normalcy of a full set of teeth. Below are three reasons as to why dental implants are the best tooth replacement option.

Lasts A Lifetime: Dental implants are made with a combination of titanium (yes, the same titanium used in airplanes and spacecrafts!) and jawbone that creates a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth. This replacement tooth is able to withstand numerous years of regular wear and tear when paired with a proper oral hygiene routine that is consistent and thorough. This powerful replacement tooth (or teeth) is permanent—so you won’t have to worry about getting a new one anytime soon. To ensure that you keep your dental implants in tip top shape, take the initiative to clean your implants after enjoying any foods or drinks—just as you would with your natural teeth.

Can Prevent Gum Disease: By having a dental implant in place of a gap, you are able to prevent any debris or bacteria from being trapped within the crevices between your teeth and gums. In fact, a dental implant can give you the appropriate amount of space you need to maintain a daily brushing and flossing ritual, reducing the risk of irritation of your gums, like periodontitis.

Restores Chewing Power: One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is being able to fully chew and eat again! In fact, studies show that many patients fail to even find a difference between a natural tooth and a dental implant, as they look and feel just the same. With the ability to chew properly, you’re able to maintain a normal and healthy balanced diet (and life) by being able to eat a variety of your favorite foods.

When looking for a replacement tooth option, consider dental implants. Need more information or want to learn more? Give us a call at Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960 to explore the next steps to regain not only your smile back, but your confidence too.

Wisdom Teeth: Recovery Tips

Wisdom Teeth- Recovery Tips

Wisdom Teeth are the back molars that come in last, usually between the ages of 18-25. These molars are typically removed due to lack of space that can cause shifting of the surrounding teeth. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort, you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Below are a few things to keep in mind following a successful wisdom teeth removal surgery.

What to Expect:

Wisdom teeth removal can be uncomfortable to some degree; however the amount of pain varies from person to person and how many teeth are removed. It’s important to note that the anesthesia wears off approximately six hours after the procedure, which is when you may need to use the pain medication your doctor has prescribed.

Foods to Eat:

Eating after having your wisdom teeth removed can be difficult, as you will most likely not be able to eat your typical foods. We always suggest to stock up on soft foods beforehand so that you’re adequately prepared. Below are a few suggestions:

• Applesauce
• Jell-O or Pudding
• Yogurt
• Oatmeal
• Soup
• Mashed Potatoes
• Smoothie

Foods to Avoid:

There are quite a few foods to be on the lookout for, as they can cause a significant delay in healing time and potentially cause complications.

• Anything that can get stuck in the extraction site, irritate the gums, or reopen the stitches (i.e. rice, quinoa, or types of seeds).
• Hot, crunchy, and spicy foods that can cause irritation.

*Please note that you should also refrain from drinking through a straw to avoid dry socket that occurs when a blood clot loosens due to the suction.

Taking proper care of the wound after surgery is crucial, as it plays a detrimental role in the amount of time it will take to recover. Full recovery can take anywhere up to two weeks to following a wisdom tooth removal surgery. It’s very important for you to follow the aftercare instructions provided to you after the procedure. If you think it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed, give us a call! Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960

3 Benefits of Dental Implants

3 Benefits of Dental Implants

Missing teeth? You may be trying to decide what replacement procedure is best for you; dental implants, dentures or maybe even another option. When it comes to choosing, we always recommend dental implants. Dental Implants are a permanent solution to a lost tooth (or teeth) and have many benefits over some of your other options. To help make your decision a little bit easier, we’ve created a list of the top three benefits of dental implants!

1. Dental Implants Act Like Natural Teeth!

One of the most well-known benefits of dental implants is that they look and act just like your natural teeth. When properly placed, dental implants are nearly impossible to detect. Unlike dentures, which are removable and can cause discomfort to the wearer, dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw and provide no discomfort.

When dental implants are implanted to your jawbone, they provide the utmost of stability. This means that you can continue to eat your favorite foods, speak normally, and enjoy your improved self-esteem!

2. Improves Your Oral Health

Losing a tooth can have a big effect on the overall health of your mouth. When a tooth is lost, your gums begin to recede, which then causes the teeth to begin to shift, ultimately weakening your jaw bone which causes major problems for the rest of your remaining teeth. Dental implants provide stability to the jaw and prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting.

3. Reliability

Due to the permanent nature of dental implants, when properly taken care of, the implants can last a lifetime! Luckily, taking care of your implant is simple. Simply treat the implant as you would your other teeth, with the help of proper brushing and flossing.

Taking action to replace your missing tooth sooner rather than later will result in less headaches in the future. If you are considering dental implants as a dental procedure, give our office a call to schedule your consultation at Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960!