Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Moy Dental
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

It’s important that you properly care for your new tooth to ensure that it lasts a long implants

Getting a dental implant can take several months of treatments and patience, but as many dental implant wearers will tell you, it’s definitely worth it in the end. After all, there is no other restoration that will more closely function like or resemble a real tooth. Of course, the goal of our San Leandro, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Stephen Moy, is to make sure that your new implant lasts as long as possible, which means following these helpful tips:

Treat Implants Like Real Teeth

Since implants are made to look and function like real teeth you should also treat them like real teeth. This is a good rule of thumb when it comes to the care and maintenance you offer your implant. If you treat it just like you do the rest of your smile and maintain good oral hygiene then there is no reason why you shouldn’t have your implant for many years to come.

Brush and Floss Regularly

Part of treating your implant like a real tooth is also cleaning it like it’s one. This means brushing and flossing your entire mouth, even your artificial tooth. Brush twice a day (ideally, try to brush between each meal) and floss daily to remove plaque buildup from the gumline and around the tooth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth.

There’s No Need to Be Aggressive

Some people are literally hard on their teeth every time they brush. You don’t have to press hard or scrub teeth aggressively to get them thoroughly clean, and the same goes for cleaning your dental implant. Being too aggressive when brushing can wear away teeth and may even cause damage over time. Remember that the dental crown that’s attached to the implant isn’t impervious to damage.

Visit Your Dentist for Routine Checkups

One of the most important things you can do once you get your implant is to keep visiting your San Leandro dentist every six months without fail for checkups and routine cleanings. During these exams we can also check the health of your implant to make sure that everything is fine. If something is wrong then we can treat the issue right away before it becomes serious.

If you are interested in getting dental implants in San Leandro, CA, or if you have questions about how to care for your new implant, then don’t hesitate to call Dr. Moy’s office today. We can answer your questions and help you determine the best way to treat your tooth loss.

By Moy Dental
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are your ready to replace your missing teeth with dentures but aren't sure which type is the best choice for your situation? San Leandro, denturesCA, dentist Dr. Stephen Moy provides a little information about the various types of dentures available.

Full dentures

Full dentures are the type of restorations that most people think about when they hear the word "dentures". The dentures consist of a row of artificial teeth attached to a pink base designed to resemble natural gum tissue. Full dentures are created from a mold of your mouth and rest against your gums. You'll receive the dentures after you mouth heals from your tooth extractions.

Although full dentures are custom-made for your mouth, they will need to be adjusted periodically to ensure that they continue to fit well. Properly fitting dentures prevent slipping and gum irritation that can make wearing dentures uncomfortable.

Immediate dentures

Although you need to wait until your mouth heals to wear full dentures, you can begin wearing immediate dentures minutes after your teeth are extracted. Several weeks before your extraction, an impression of your mouth will be made in our San Leandro office. A dental laboratory will use the impression to create your new dentures. In addition to ensuring that your appearance isn't affected after tooth extraction, immediate dentures also help speed the adjustment process and decrease bleeding.

Implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures are the latest denture option. Instead of resting on your gums, a metal frame connects your dentures to titanium posts implanted in your jawbone. You won't receive your new dentures immediately after your implants are placed in your jawbone, as it takes about three to six months for the implants to bond to the bone. Because implant-supported dentures securely anchor your dentures in place, you'll enjoy excellent biting power and won't have to worry about slipping or gum irritation.

Partial dentures

If you have several missing teeth in a row, you may want to consider partial dentures. The dentures are attached to your teeth with small hooks at either end. Partial dentures can improve your appearance and make eating easier.

Restore your smile with dentures. Call San Leandro, CA, dentist Dr. Stephen Moy at (510) 351-4030 to schedule an appointment to discuss denture options.