How Do I Take Care of My Dental Implants?

If you have just had a dental implant procedure with your dentist at Dental Arts in Kew Gardens, NY, then surely you are familiar with the importance of prioritizing care to keep your implants looking new. Your oral health is the gateway to an overall healthy body and healthy you. Read on to further learn how you can take care of your dental implants.

  • Regular Brushing. Regardless of any procedure or treatment you might have, brushing your teeth at least twice a day is essential in protecting your pearly whites. Brushing your teeth will eliminate the buildup of plaque and bacteria. It is the best way to protect your teeth from decay and other diseases.

  • Daily flossing. Although we are reminded to floss every day, it still may not be a habit for us. Flossing will help to get rid of bacteria and debris caught between your implants. The bacteria left between your teeth can ultimately lead to tooth decay and other diseases. Ask your dentist to show you proper flossing techniques to further protect your teeth.

  • Regular dental appointments. Regularly visiting your Dental Arts dentist will allow them to check and see the progress of your dental implants. Your dentist will be able to catch problems before they become a big issue.

  • Professional cleaning. We recommend you professionally clean your teeth four times a year during the first year of your treatment. Talk to your dentist after the year is over to see how often they recommend professional cleanings for you. It may vary patient to patient.

The reason dental implants are so successful is because the screening process is exceptionally thorough. Contact us today to schedule your next dentist appointment and continue to protect your teeth!

Wisdom Tooth Pain: Signs You Need an Extraction

It is very rare to ever hear of someone who is living with their wisdom teeth fully grown in without any problems whatsoever. So, why do they exist in the first place if all they do is cause problems? How do you know if you need to remove your wisdom teeth? Did you know that it’s necessary to remove wisdom teeth sometimes before they are even fully exposed?

We don’t expect you to be an expert on all things about oral health, but we want to help inform you.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the teeth farthest back in your mouth. They are often referred to as the third molars and typically come in later in life. However, everyone is different. Some people never get wisdom teeth at all! (although this doesn’t mean they aren’t wise)

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

In the past, our distant ancestors needed substantially more chewing power than we do today. A hard diet of roots, plants, and meat wasn’t as soft and easy to chew as the processed foods that we consume today. Over time, the human jaw has shrunk in size, and these wisdom teeth no longer grow in properly for the majority of people.

Why is Extraction Necessary?

Here are three signs that would mean that your wisdom teeth need to be extracted:

  • Your wisdom teeth are causing you pain.

    Pain can indicate that a cavity is forming or that the teeth are pressing up against something that they shouldn’t

  • The gums are inflamed.

    Inflamed gums mean that oral hygiene isn’t being properly taken care of. It can be difficult to care for teeth so far back in the mouth. In this case, the teeth should be removed.