Consider These Aging Dental Concerns Jun. 15 2016
As you age, your teeth age, and taking care of your teeth is as important as taking care of your body. Read on to learn more about a few of the conditions that can affect the aging mouth.
You may wonder why you’re getting cavities when you haven’t had them in years. Aging means entering a second round of cavity prone years. Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging, but it is a side-effect of more than 500 medications, including those for allergies, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. What to do?
- Drink more water.
- Use over-the-counter oral moisturizers.
- Use sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva production.
- Get a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air.
- Avoid beverages that irritate dry mouths, like coffee, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, and acidic fruit juices.
- Tell your dentist about any medications that you’re taking.
The American Cancer Society, estimates that each year there are 35,000 diagnosed cases of mouth, throat and tongue cancer. The average age of those diagnosed with these cancers is 62. Regular dental visits are vital because oral cancer is not usually painful in the early stages and early detection saves lives. Some visible symptoms include open sores, white or reddish patches, and any changes in the lips, tongue and lining of the mouth that last for more than two weeks.
Periodontal or Gum Disease
The risks of gum disease increase with age. Periodontal or gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque. Little pockets form at the gum line where bacteria can grow. If left untreated, bacterial infections can cause damage to connective tissue and bone, leading to tooth loss. Gum disease is often a painless condition until the advanced stage, when it eventually destroys the gums, bone and ligaments supporting the teeth, leading to tooth loss. Regular dental visits can ensure that gum disease is treated or prevented entirely.
Dr. Glasser specializes in geriatric dentistry and wants to help you have the best-looking smile every day of your life. Call to schedule an appointment, today: (631) 423-6767.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me? Mar. 21 2013
When patients are living with a less-than-perfect smile, they will often assume that cosmetic crowns are their only real treatment option. While this may have been the case in years past, understand that modern dentistry now affords us a simple, effective, minimally-invasive alternative: porcelain veneers. A treatment growing more popular year after year, many patients still aren’t sure what veneers are really all about. To help paint a clearer picture, let’s take a quick look at a few of the treatment’s most important patient-side benefits.
Porcelain Veneers Are…
- An effective solution. As one of today’s top dental restorations, porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are custom-made and bonded to the fronts of the teeth. A simple procedure with dramatic results, veneers can restore a patient’s smile in as few as two short office visits.
- A versatile procedure. Porcelain veneers are one of today’s most versatile dental restorations, working to correct the appearance of several common cosmetic concerns. These include chips, gaps and permanent discoloration. While not an orthodontic solution, veneers can also be used to improve the appearance of slight misalignments.
- A minimally-invasive approach. Compared to dental crowns, porcelain veneers represent a remarkably minimally-invasive alternative. During the procedure only a small amount of natural tooth material is removed, to compensate for any added thickness of the veneer.
- A natural-looking restoration. Designed to look exactly like the patient’s natural teeth, porcelain veneers are custom-made and expertly color-matched for each and every patient. Veneers are translucent – just like teeth – which help them blend seamlessly with a patient’s natural smile.
- A confidence-booster. A less-than-perfect smile can take a toll on a patient’s confidence and self-esteem. As one of today’s most popular “dental makeover” procedures, veneers work to restore a healthy, youthful smile – a smile you can be proud of!
Porcelain Veneers on Long Island
To learn more about porcelain veneers or any of the services we offer, contact us today. Our offices are located in Melville, and you can reach us directly at 631-423-6767. We look forward to meeting you.
Dental Implants: Understanding Your Options Feb. 21 2013
Did you know: “Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay.” A statement that comes directly from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the AAOMS goes on to explain that “… by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.”
Clearly, tooth loss is something that can ultimately affect any one of us. Taking its toll on patients’ confidence and self-esteem, those with missing teeth need to understand all their restoration options. In an attempt to help patients make an informed decision, we wanted to take a moment to explain one of the most important modern advances in restorative dentistry: dental implants.
Here is our list of Today’s Top 5 Questions About Dental Implants:
- How do dental implants work? A dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth root, the part of the tooth that lies under the gum. Resembling a small screw, implants fuse directly with the jaw bone and serve as a sturdy foundation for one of several types of implant restorations – a single crown, a dental bridge or a partial or complete denture.
- What does a dental implant procedure entail?Placing dental implants requires a series of office visits, generally spanning three to six months. The implant surgery, itself, is an outpatient procedure, performed under local or general anesthesia. Once the implant has completely fused with the jaw bone, it receives a small post and can then be restored with a crown, bridge or other prosthesis.
- What are some advantages of dental implants? When a tooth is lost, replacing it with a dental implant is often the healthiest option. Widely considered today’s most successful restoration option, dental implants result in remarkably natural-looking results, better bone preservation and less insult to surrounding teeth.
- How long do dental implants last? Dental implants are regarded as today’s most permanent restoration solution. While each patient is unique, dental implants can often last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
- Are dental implants a good option for me? The best way to find out if you are a candidate for dental implant surgery is to schedule a consultation with a qualified implantologist in your area. Patients in the Long Island area are encouraged to contact our offices at 631-423-6767.
Dental Implants on Long Island
To learn more about dental implants or any of the services we offer, contact us today. Our offices are located in Melville, and you can reach us directly at 631-423-6767. We look forward to meeting you.
Welcome to my Blog! Jan. 31 2003
Within this regularly updated feature of my website, I will provide visitors with practice news and specials, as well as information regarding the most recent technological advances and new treatments in dentistry.
I believe that patient education and open communication with your doctor are the keys to achieving healthy, fully functional results and patient satisfaction, which is why I strive to provide the highest quality of dental care for patients of all ages. This is done by combining technical skill and broad experience with cutting-edge technology for impeccable medical results.
I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to visit my new blog. Please check back often to learn about the latest news, updates and additions to the practice and within the field of dentistry, and feel free to post comments and/or suggestions on any posts that you find of interest.