5 Myths About Dental Implants

Do you have missing teeth that are affecting your daily life or levels of self-confidence? Many people immediately turn to dentures to resolve their missing teeth issues, but there are new services that may provide better quality. Our staff at Dental Arts KG offers high-quality dental implants from our experienced staff. What are dental implants and how do they compare with dentures or partials? Continue reading to get the answers to these questions and learn five myths about dental implants that concern many individuals.

Myth #1: The recovery is painful and isn’t worth it.

Prior to the procedure, your dentist will provide you with the proper method of anesthetics in order to avoid any pain. Many say the recovery is easier than it is with an extraction. The duration of the recovery time will vary greatly from patient to patient.

Myth #2: Dental implants don’t look natural.

Dental implants are made out a ceramic material that closely resembles the appearance and feel of your tooth’s natural enamel. Your dentist will work with you to find the best color match, size, and shape for your smile.

Myth #3: Dental implants could be rejected.

It is highly unlikely that dental implants would be rejected. The overall success rate for dental implants is 98%. Our team is highly trained and experienced in working with different procedure in order to guarantee you a successful procedure.

Myth #4: Dental implants are a lot of work.

Dental implants are meant to be just like your natural teeth; they do not require any special care or attention. Make sure you brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit the dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Myth #5: Few people are candidates.

There are basically three criteria to meet: Do you have one or more missing teeth? Are you an adult? Are you in good health for a surgery?

If you are interested in a dental implant for your smile, then contact our dental office near you for more information on scheduling your next consultation with Dental Arts in Kew Gardens.

Wisdom Tooth Removal – Aftercare

Have you recently or are soon getting your wisdom teeth removed? Your dentist at Dental Arts KG may already have gone through several instructions about the aftercare, but we are eager to provide you with further information on what you can expect following your procedure and how you might feel. Continue reading to learn more about wisdom tooth removal aftercare.

Immediately after your procedure, our team will supply you with gauze packs that are placed in your mouth. Firm, yet gentle, pressure can be applied and can then be removed an hour later if the bleeding has stopped. If the affected area continues to bleed, then you can place another gauze pack on the area for another 30-45 minutes.

Remember:

  • Do not rinse vigorously.
  • Do not feel the area.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not take part in any strenuous activities for the week following your procedure.

You are encouraged to brush your teeth, but avoid the extraction area until we give you the O.K. Use mouthwash or a saltwater rinse after the bleeding has stopped. They should be three times a day, particularly after eating. Our team also encourages individuals to enjoy some downtime after an extraction. Remaining active can affect bleeding. Bleeding, pain, and swelling are all common following an extraction and can be controlled with pressure, a cold compress, and medication. Keeping your mouth clean is one the most important things to do after this procedure. Continually use a saltwater rinse or mouthwash to keep the area clean and infection free.

If you are interested in learning more about the aftercare for any of the procedures we provide, then contact our office. Call us today to set up your next appointment with a member of our staff.

Teeth Whitening Questions Answered

As we age, it’s normal for the teeth to become discolored or stained, even with diligent oral care habits. Many people want to have a brighter, whiter smile. It can not only boost the appearance of the smile, but can also help you look younger overall. There are a variety of methods available for whitening teeth. Here are some common concerns and questions about a professional treatment.

Why should I consider a professional whitening treatment?

There is certainly no shortage of products available for whitening teeth at any store, but professional treatments provided by your dentist are usually quicker and safer. Not all over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are approved by the American Dental Association, so you can’t be sure of the strength of the application and how it will affect your teeth. Choosing the wrong product can result in damage to the teeth and soft tissue. It’s safer and more economical to have a dentally supervised treatment.

Can anyone have a dentally supervised whitening treatment?

Not necessarily. Your age and the health of your teeth have to be taken into account for any type of whitening treatment. When you consult with a dental professional, you’ll get a full evaluation to determine your candidacy before receiving treatment. Patients with sensitive teeth, excessive white spots, tooth decay, infected gums, bridges, crowns, or other dental work may not be good candidates for a teeth whitening treatment.

What can I expect from a professional whitening treatment?

One session of a professional treatment usually takes only 45 minutes and can generally whiten your teeth 5-10 shades.

What happens during a professional whitening treatment?

A professional teeth whitening usually involves the application of the whitening agent directly to the surface of the teeth. The gums will be barricaded or otherwise protected from the treatment beforehand. A special light will then be applied to the teeth to help activate the treatment. This process may be repeated up to three times in a single visit to achieve optimum results.

5 Reasons to Avoid Store-Bought Teeth Whitening Kits

Many of us have already tried over the counter whitening kits and products that leave us with little to no results. Dental Arts KG provides a wide range of cosmetic treatments including professional teeth whitening that is both safe and effective. Continue reading on to learn of five reasons why you should avoid cheap home teeth whitening kits and instead talk to your dentist about the treatments we provide.

1. You won’t get the look you are after. Our dental team can provide your smile with a custom look that you can only dream of having. Cheap at home products cannot help you achieve this.

2. Cause damage to your teeth. Cheap kits can cause major damage to your teeth and gums, especially the tooth’s enamel. These products will typically require a longer use which means more bleaching products in your mouth for a longer period of time. Our dentists know exactly how much time it takes to get the shade you want the first time around.

3. No substitute for tooth decay. Whitening kits should not be used to correct tooth decay or other dental issues. They are for cosmetic purposes only. If you are interested in a different restorative option, then contact our clinic for more information.

4. Nerves can be damaged. Using teeth whitening treatments incorrectly can damage the nerves in your teeth. It may even get to the point that your teeth need to be extracted.

5. Standard mouth guards. Our dental office provides customized options for treatments. This includes using a personalized mouth guard for teeth whitening that fits only you for optimal results.

Contact our dental office today for more information regarding professional teeth whitening options and see how you can easily get a smile makeover.

About Inlays and Onlays

Our dental team offers a wide range of services at Dental Arts KG for cosmetic and restorative purposes. We provide one on one consultations in order to help our patients achieve exactly what they are looking for. One of the services we recommend is called inlays and onlays. What is this service and how can you benefit from it? Continue reading on to learn more and see if your smile could benefit from these restorations

Inlays and onlays are used to restore large areas of a tooth that have been severely damaged or decayed. They can be made out of a wide range of materials that have different purposes and benefits.

How Do They Differ from Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings work well for small cavities or minimal amounts of decay. Inlays and onlays are often needed for major tooth decay and damage. They are the perfect solution for a large area that needs correction.

Who are Ideal Candidates for Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are best used for individuals who are affected by major tooth decay, dental erosion, or tooth damage caused by an injury. It is important that the patient has enough healthy tooth structure. If this is not the case, then tooth extraction may be necessary in order to protect the rest of the mouth.

The Inlays and Onlays Procedure

If you are an ideal candidate for inlays and onlays, then your dentist will begin the procedure by removing the damaged tooth structure. They will then make an impression of the tooth and send it to a lab to create the final restoration. While the patient is waiting for the permanent inlay and onlay, they will be given a temporary restoration. Contact our office today for more information on restorative care.

What Happens During Your Dental Cleaning

Most of us come to the dentist twice a year to get our routine dental cleanings. At Dental Arts KG in Kew Gardens, NY, one of our favorite things to do is to keep our patients informed and educated on exactly what goes in our office. Being that dental cleanings are one of the most routine and common reasons for a visit to our office, we found it fitting to write a blog about what happens during these appointments. You may be familiar with the amount of time it takes, or even the sounds associated with a dental cleaning, but what exactly are we doing when we stick that hook tool in your mouth? Read on to find out.

The Procedure

Dental cleanings are not created equal, meaning if you maintain regular dental care you can expect just a routine removal of plaque or tartar, and polishing of the teeth. Our dental hygienists will be sure to address any points or areas that need your attention so that you can achieve a more thorough routine at home.

If a deeper clean is needed, removal of the tartar from above and beneath the gums is essential. Tartar buildup can eventually lead to gum disease, so it is imperative that our office we fix the problem as soon as possible.

Should You Be Scared?

You should never be scared of making a dental cleaning important. What you should be scared of is not making your oral care a priority. At Dental Arts KG, we attempt to go above and beyond to make you feel as comfortable and safe as possible in our office.

Feel free to give our office in Kew Gardens, NY, a call, and we would be more than happy to schedule a consultation or set up a first appointment. We can’t wait to meet you!

Benefits of Fastbraces and How They Work

Have you always dreamed of having straight teeth, but dread the idea of metal braces? How about if you’re an adult, and being in meetings, conference calls, and always seeing your friends may hinder you desire to get metal braces. On top of it all, what if they take a long time to produce results? Thanks to modern technology, and inventors having the patient in mind, we now have something called Fastbraces! What are they?

How Fastbraces Work

Fastbraces use a special technology that harnesses the power of triangular brackets and couples it with elastic wire to promos movement of the teeth without having to constantly come into our office for adjustments and switches of wires. Fast braces make it possible for your teeth to move where they need to go in much less time.

Their Benefits

The benefits of fast braces are unparalleled in comparison with other conventional forms of aligning your teeth.Let review some of these benefits together:

  • The process is super comfortable. Even though the teeth are set to move at a faster pace than metal braces, the material itself is much more flexible. Thanks to this flexible material, you don’t have to worry about cutting the inside of your mouth and your teeth move where they need to.
  • They are hardly noticeable. The brackets being triangular take up much less space in the mouth and even less o each individual tooth, making them appear less bulky than traditional braces.
  • Your teeth will look beautiful, faster. The biggest benefit associated with this treatment is that the braces come off sooner. The materials and technology allow for a quick solution to even the most crooked teeth.

Schedule an Appointment with Us, Today!

If you love the idea of Fastbraces, or maybe a more conventional alignment process is more your style, give our Kew Gardens, NY, office a call to schedule a consultation with our highly-trained staff and dental professionals. At Dental Arts KG, we want to see you with your most beautiful, and healthiest smile!

What You Need To Know About Root Canals

The thought of a root canal treatment may easily terrify many people. Knowing what is involved in a root canal allows for a less stressful procedure. Our dentists at Dental Arts KG are experienced in providing root canal therapy on our patients. What is a root canal and is it a painful procedure? How long will your procedure take? Continue reading to find the answers to these commonly asked questions.

How can a root canal save your tooth?

A root canal is the inside of your tooth where the nerves and blood are located. When the pulp inside your canal becomes infected, your dentist will need to properly clean them out. This happens when cavities enter the canal and bring bacteria that leads to the infection. A root canal properly cleans out the tooth and helps to save your infected tooth.

How long do root canals take?

Most of the time, our dentists at Dental Arts KG can perform a root canal treatment in just one visit. The overall appointment should only last a couple of hours. If we want you to return for further treatment, then we may ask you to schedule an appointment a week or two later.

How long will you be numb after the root canal procedure?

Our dentists numb the area in order to prevent pain and discomfort from your treatment process. Depending on your circumstances, the numbness will wear off within a few hours of your appointment.

How many times will you need to visit the office for a root canal?

Our dentists prefer to complete the root canal treatment in just one visit. If more appointments are needed, then our dentist may choose to leave a medication inside the canal for further protection.

The Importance of Bringing Children to the Dentist

Some parents grow hesitant to send their children to the dentist too early, but we’re here to tell you that as soon as your children even have teeth, the time has finally come to begin teaching them about the importance oral care and hygiene. Their baby teeth are just as important as their adult teeth, so by taking them to the dentist early, your setting them on a path of good dental health.

Children’s Diet

Statistics indicate that as early as three, as many as 30 percent of children are already experiencing tooth decay. This is, in large part, to do with children’s eating habits. We know that as parents it can be really difficult to excite and peak your children’s interest to eat vegetable and things healthy for them. Unfortunately, they begin to be more inclined to eat sugary foods or candies that do nothing for the health of their teeth. So because of these facts, teaching your kids how to brush and care for their teeth grows even more important.

Forming Good Habits

Parents should have a few things in mind when it comes to habits their children should pick up o drop as they continue to grow:

  • Proper use of fluoride
  • What to do about finger or thumb sucking
  • Milestones for teething
  • How to brush a child’s teeth

At Dental Arts KG in Kew Gardens, NY, our main priority is you and your family’s oral care. We treat you like our family, making sure you have your oral care in order, and that you have the proper tools to maintain your oral health while you aren’t in our office. We re always available by phone, and are happy to take in new patients that are ready to have their oral health transformed! Give us a call today to schedule your first appointment with us.

How Much Do Same Day Dental Crowns Cost?

Are you in need of a dental crown restoration for your smile? Our dentists at Dental Arts in Kew Gardens, NY provide patients with same day dental crowns. Same day dental crowns provide the benefit of efficiency and less pain than prolonged procedures. Our dentists realize the need for long-lasting and effective dental procedures that will improve our patient’s oral health. To learn more about the general pricing for dental crowns, continue reading on.

Is the cost of same-day crowns all the same?

Crowns are a more affordable option compared to other restoration options. Dental crowns are unique to each individual patient. Each patient will require a different amount of materials and a specific number of crowns for their smile. The true beauty of dental crowns from our dentist is that they can be completed in just one appointment with our dentists. This lessens the costs of additional appointments with our dentists. We accept a variety of insurances that cover at least part of same day dental crowns expenses. Contact your insurance provider to find out what they will cover for you.

Who is a candidate for same-day crown dentistry?

Dental crowns provide a wide range of benefits to your smile. They provide help if your teeth are misshapen, need additional support or strength, chipped or cracked, or have severe decay. They also help to improve a variety of things for your oral health. Our dentists can help you to save money on same day crown dentistry.

If you are in need of dental crowns, then contact our dentists at Dental Arts in Kew Garden, NY for more information on restorations for your smile. Contact our dentists today to set up your next appointment with one of our dentists.