How your dentists in Katonah, New York can help the health of your smile
Gum disease affects many people and it affects both the young and the old, both women and men, and it can lead to more serious complications and affect your overall health. The good news is gum disease can be treated. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York offer a full range of treatments to help your gums and teeth get healthy and stay healthy.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria contained in the plaque which forms on your teeth. The bacteria cause inflammation, which leads to swelling, redness, and bleeding. In fact, you may have gum disease if you notice:
- Your gums bleed during brushing and flossing
- Your gums look red, swollen, or puffy
- Your gums are irritated or painful
- You notice chronic bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth
If you think you have gum disease, you must begin a program of great oral hygiene, which includes:
Brushing after each meal and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in a gentle circular motion on all surfaces of all teeth and along the gumline. Many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush because of its flushing action.
Floss at least once each day; use either waxed or unwaxed floss and wrap it around the tooth as you go down in between your teeth. This wrapping action helps the floss to stay on the tooth surface and remove plaque more efficiently. You can use floss picks instead of a piece of floss if you have arthritis or other dexterity issues.
Visiting your dentist at least once each year for a thorough dental exam including x-rays; visiting your dentist regularly can make the difference and help prevent gum disease from turning into periodontal disease, which damages the bone supporting your teeth.
Visiting your dental hygienist at least every six months for a thorough dental cleaning; your hygienist will remove the hard and soft deposits on your teeth.
Gum disease can be treated and you can achieve a healthy smile, but you have to get started. To find out more about keeping your smile healthy and avoiding gum and periodontal disease, call Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York today!
Dental implants might be right for you if you need to replace missing or extracted teeth and have sufficient bone in the jaw area to support placement of the implants. Dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement option that can last for years with proper care. One dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple implants can be used to support bridgework or overdentures when replacing several missing teeth. At ParkLin Dental, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin are your dentists for dental implants in Katonah, NY.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are hypoallergenic metal titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone and used to support artificial teeth. The dental implants act as roots for those teeth and can be topped with dental crowns when individual teeth are being replaced or they can be topped with bridgework or overdentures when replacing multiple teeth. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone through a minor surgical procedure and will eventually fuse with the bone over time through a natural process known as osseointegration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several benefits. They restore your smile, whether you need to replace a single tooth or several teeth. Additionally, since dental implants are placed in the jawbone and permanently fuse with it over time, they securely anchor replacement teeth in place so there is no concern that those teeth will come loose or slip out of place. Another benefit of dental implants is that they are durable and can last for many years. They are also made from a hypoallergenic metal so they can be safely worn by anyone with enough bone to support them.
Other benefits of dental implants include restoration of both speech and normal biting and chewing functions. Speech can be altered when teeth are missing as the gaps from missing teeth affect tongue placement when speaking. Filling in the gaps with dental implants can improve speech. Normal biting and chewing functions are also restored as the work of biting and chewing food can be distributed equally across a full set of teeth, which reduces wear and tear on the natural teeth that were previously taking on all the work.
Your dentist for dental implants in Katonah can provide further details about how dental implants can benefit you based on your specific needs and concerns.
A dentist can help you decide if dental implants are the right option for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Park or Dr. Lin, call ParkLin Dental at (914) 232-8182.
For a balanced, natural-looking smile, ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY offers custom-crafted partial and full dentures. If you're missing teeth, learn here about the types of dentures which Dr. Eyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin offer.
No more gaps
A gapped smile impacts oral function, bone structure, self-confidence and nutrition. At ParkLin Dental, the dentists and their caring team believe optimizing oral health and function means tooth replacement as needed for some of their patients.
The ParkLin Dental team in Katonah offers many tooth replacement options, including single-tooth dental implants. For people with more extensive tooth loss, they deliver innovative denture options to fill gaps and enhance smiles.
What kind of denture is right for you?
Much depends on your overall oral health and the extent of your tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 7 percent of Americans have lost at least one tooth to accident, decay or gum disease by the age of 17. As age advances, so do the number of teeth missing, degrading oral function and smile aesthetics in a big way.
So, Dr. Park or Dr. Lin look carefully at a patient's oral health, remaining teeth, supporting gums and bone and other factors to decide which kind of tooth replacement to offer. People with sufficient bone in their jaws often qualify for single- tooth implants when they have lost a limited number of teeth.
Other people, however, have multiple and extensive smile gaps. or they are fully edentulous. In other words, they have no teeth whatsoever. Whatever the case, the experts at ParkLin Dental help individuals decide which denture will look, feel and perform most like natural teeth.
Partial dentures act much like jigsaw puzzle pieces, filling spaces with artificial teeth crafted from dental-grade acrylic. These pontics, as dentists call them, rest on a metal frame and attach to natural or crowned teeth with u-shaped clasps. Partials last for years with good care and are removable for hygiene and at night to allow the gums to rest.
Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth on either the top or bottom or both. They require a precision fit to stay in place without slippage or need for adhesive. When appropriate, full dentures may be supported by multiple dental implants which provide excellent stability and also improve jaw bone integrity with use.
Finally, you and your dentist will consider if you should have immediate or conventional dentures. Immediate dentures are placed directly after tooth extraction, allowing for a natural looking smile and quicker gum and bone healing. The dentist places conventional dentures after extraction sites complete the healing process.
It's up to you and your doctor
Call ParkLin Dental to arrange a denture consultation. You don't have to put up with embarrassing smile gaps any longer. Learn about your options! Contact us at (914) 232-8182.
A study cited in the New York Post shows that a full 30 percent of Millennial Americans brush their teeth once a day, and the rest of that age group brush in a hit-and-miss fashion. What about you? Are you keeping good oral hygiene habits? At ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY your dentists, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin, stress how important regular oral care is--both at home and at the dental office. Read on about how to keep your smile healthy and bright.
Plaque and tartar
Dentists call them biofilms. They are the residues left on teeth after meals and snacks. Carbohydrate-based foods cause the most soft plaque which, if not removed by brushing and flossing, hardens into calculus, or tartar. Both plaque and tartar are vast reservoirs of Streptococcus bacteria which cause tooth decay and gum disease. To avoid both potentially devastating conditions, children through senior adults should follow strict habits of oral hygiene.
Oral hygiene habits
They start at home--in babyhood actually, when Mom or Dad wipes a little's one's mouth clean after each feeding. This oral hygiene habit progresses to brushing with non-fluoride toothpaste and eventually to fluoride toothpaste and flossing.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends everyone brush twice a day and floss in between teeth once a day. Morning and bedtime are best and whenever sugary foods are consumed.
Additionally, a healthy diet actually is a great oral hygiene habit. Your Katonah dentists advise:
- Limiting processed sugars and carbohydrates
- Eating fresh fruits and vegetables
- Consuming low-fat proteins, calcium from dairy products and dark leafy vegetables and upping the intake of whole grains (as opposed to refined grains), such as rice, oats, barley and wheat (if tolerated)
- Drinking water a day to help saliva production and keep teeth and gums clean
Finally, your partnership with ParkLin Dental is an important oral hygiene habit. Dr. Park and Dr. Lin usually recommend patients come to the office every six months for complete check-ups and hygienic cleanings. In-office prophylaxis avoids complicated oral health problems by diagnosing them early and by removing the tartar and plaque which inflame gum tissue and decay tooth enamel.
Your dentist will advise you if semi-annual check-ups are adequate or if you should come in more often (if you need periodontal maintenance, for instance). Also, the doctor may recommend fluoride treatments or plastic sealants, simple preventive services which protect teeth from developing decay.
How are you doing?
When you practice good oral hygiene, you can anticipate great check-ups and years of healthy smiles. If it's time for your six-month check-up and cleaning, please contact the office team at ParkLin Dental for an appointment: (914) 232-8182.
Would you like to join millions of people around the United States who have complete smiles? Yes, these individuals benefited from state-of-the-art dental implants, the modern solution to unsightly and unhealthy smile gaps. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin offer in-office dental implant placement at ParkLin Dental in Katonah. You can close the gaps in your smile and feel and look your very best.
Millions lost, millions restored
Each year, millions of Americans lose at least one tooth to gum disease, accident, cancer therapy or extensive decay. On the upside, about three million people annually in the United States undergo tooth replacement procedures involving dental implants, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
What's special about dental implants? Why choose these prosthetics over traditional bridgework or conventional dentures? The answer is simple: dental implants are lifelike. They look like real teeth. They have roots. They keep gum tissue and bone healthy just as natural teeth do.
Dental implants have three distinct parts: a titanium implant screw (which the dentist inserts into the jaw), an abutment, or extension post, and a porcelain crown. The titanium in the implant itself is key to dental implant success because human bone bonds exceptionally well to titanium.
This bonding process is called osseointegration, and while it takes time to complete, the result is an artificial tooth that is just as strong and functional as a natural tooth. Also, your dentist may use implants to support bridgework or full dentures, eliminating the denture slippage and reduced jaw bone density resulting from extensive tooth loss.
The implant procedure
Come to ParkLin Dental for a personal dental implant consultation. You'll meet with Dr. Park or Dr. Lin for a complete oral examination, including X-rays, to confirm your oral health is good and that you have sufficient bone in your jaw to support dental implants. Also, you'll discuss your smile goals and learn all about the implant process.
With a care plan in place, the treatment can proceed. Most implant surgeries require simple local anesthetic. The dentist numbs the area around the empty socket and places the screw-like titanium device. The gums are sutured closed, and healing begins.
After a period of healing and osseointegration, you'll return to ParkLin Dental where your dentist will re-open the implant site. Then, the doctor bonds on the abutment post and porcelain crown. That's it. That gap is gone.
In the long run...
Your dental implant can last the rest of your life. Just brush and floss as you normally would, and get routine exams and cleanings every six months.
Come see us
At ParkLin Dental, we love to see gapped smiles transformed. To arrange your consultation, please call the office at (914) 323-8182.
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