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12 Things The Dental Implant Professionals in New York Wished Every Patient Knew, PART 4 This four-part article series presents a suite of interesting facts every dental healthcare practitioner wished their patients knew and practiced. Welcome to the final installment of this four-part article series on the many facts and important tips dental implants professionals wished New York residents knew. Over the course of Part 1, 2, and 3, the following were explained: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

It's not normal for gums to bleed. Floss that frays quickly may be a sign of an ill-fitting restoration or cavity. You should see the dentist at least once a year, even if nothing feels wrong. Tooth decay is the second most common disease in the United States. You should never store your toothbrush in a small, closed container. Think your teeth need a whitening treatment? A simple professional cleaning could be enough to do the trick. 7. A frayed toothbrush is completely ineffective at cleaning your teeth. 8. If you don’t floss, 35% of your tooth surfaces are left unclean. 9. Your dentist can tell from the health of your teeth and gums just how well you look after your teeth between dental appointments. 10. There is a strong connection between poor oral hygiene and a number of potentially fatal general health issues. We've only got two more important points to cover, so let’s get to it!

11. Untreated tooth loss leads to further tooth loss. "If ever there was a motivation for getting missing teeth replaced, let this be it," says a dental implants professional in New York. "We are constantly asked by patients why they should replace a missing tooth or teeth, especially if it has gone missing right at the back of their mouth and is not really bothering them. If a missing tooth didn't impact the health of the neighboring teeth or the underlying jawbone, then we might very well tell patients not to bother spending the money on a dental implant. But unfortunately, there are several health ramifications and the biggest concern we have as dental healthcare professionals is that it will lead to further tooth loss."

ďż˝ Each tooth in your mouth provides support to its neighbors. When a tooth is lost and left without replacement, the support can be lost and the adjacent teeth can become unstable and slowly migrate to fill the gap left by the missing tooth. This causes instability to jump from one tooth to the next in a sort of "domino effect" and can increase your risk of infection, loose teeth and tooth loss. ďż˝ Tooth loss can lead to the localized atrophication of supporting bone and subsequent drop in the bone level at the site of the missing tooth. This drop in bone level can upset the stability of and expose the roots of the neighboring teeth, leaving them highly vulnerable to decay or becoming mobile (loose). "For all these reasons and for your bite function and smile aesthetics, we highly recommend that patients get missing teeth replaced and as promptly as possible," explains the dental implant expert in New York. And finally...

12. Dental implants are regarded as the best, most sophisticated and longest lasting treatment for missing teeth. "If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth to decay, gum disease, accidental trauma, bad dental work or a failed root canal, the best and most sophisticated technology available is the dental implant," says an All On 4 implants expert expert. "This is true whether you’ve lost one of your teeth or all of them. They work better and they typically last several years if not decades longer than other teeth replacement technologies."

12 Things The Dental Implant Professionals in New York Wished Every Patient Knew, PART 4