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Savoring Success: Nourishing Your Dental Implants for Years to Come

July 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 3:53 pm
A woman holding a plate of vegetables

Dental implants are one of the best and most permanent ways to improve your smile and keep your mouth healthy and chewing for years to come. Once you have implants, you can basically eat whatever you want, right?

Well, that’s true, but you may want to consider how certain foods will affect the health of your implants if you want to keep them strong, healthy, and doing their job.

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Why You Might Need a Bone Graft to Get Dental Implants

July 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 6:36 am
A dentist explaining how dental implants work

Today, dental implants are the “gold standard” of tooth replacement. That’s only natural –  they have unique benefits compared to dentures or bridges. Even so, not everyone qualifies for these prosthetics at first. Some patients will need a bone graft before dental implant treatment. Without the former service, one’s new teeth won’t work like they should. Your Massapequa Park dentist can explain if you’d like to learn more. To that end, here’s why your dental implants may require a bone graft beforehand.

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You Asked, We Answered: Does It Hurt to Have Your Invisalign Attachments Removed?

June 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 3:22 pm
Woman with red, curly hair wondering

If your teeth were moderately misaligned at the beginning of your Invisalign treatment, then your orthodontic plan likely required “attachments” to be placed on the front of your teeth. These clear buttons give your aligners something to grip onto, helping them move crowded and spaced-out teeth into their properly aligned positions. Naturally, they’ll be removed as soon as you’ve worked through your series of trays, but will it hurt? If you’ve wondered the same thing, then keep reading to learn the answer to the question, “Does it hurt to have your Invisalign attachments removed?”

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What to Do If Your Clear Aligners Are Turning Yellow

June 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 1:55 pm
Patient using toothbrush to clean their Invisalign aligners

Invisalign has helped more than 12 million patients over the last two decades, and the clear aligners continue to be one of the most popular selling points. But what happens when your once-clear aligners begin to discolor? Fortunately, there are several proactive steps you can take to prevent additional staining and keep the next trays in your series clean and clear! With this in mind, keep reading to learn what to do if your clear aligners are turning yellow.

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Is Gum Disease Genetic?

May 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 2:37 pm

Patient with advanced gum diseaseDid you know cavities aren’t the only threat to your oral health? Gum disease is also a leading cause of tooth loss, despite being preventable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 50% of adults have the oral infection. Recently, researchers have found a genetic component behind gum disease. While you can’t change your DNA, many risk factors are in your control. Here’s how you can keep your gums healthy, even if periodontal disease runs in your family.

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Can I Get Invisalign If I Grind My Teeth?

May 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 1:25 pm

Set of clear aligners on blue backgroundInvisalign is the preferred choice in orthodontics because it’s discreet and comfortable. No brackets or wires are needed to fix bite and alignment problems. Instead, clear aligners are worn over the teeth to move them. Many people are candidates for Invisalign, but certain factors can’t make you ineligible, like bruxism. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, you may still benefit from Invisalign, but there are a few things you should know.

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My Invisalign Aligner Doesn’t Fit: What Should I Do?

April 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 1:02 pm
a closeup of a patient with an Invisalign aligner

Invisalign is one of the hottest treatment options around—these days, more patients than ever before are taking advantage of these unique clear aligners for various orthodontic needs. However, if you fall into this camp, you might’ve noticed recently that your aligners don’t seem to be fitting as intended—and whether they’re too tight, too loose, or ill-fitting in some other way, this can ultimately affect your treatment’s progress! Here’s more from your dentist about what can possibly cause your aligners to stop fitting correctly, along with what you can do to address the issue and keep your Invisalign journey from experiencing any setbacks.

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Why Dental Implants Are a Top-Notch Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

April 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 12:27 pm
a closeup of a dental implant against a blue background

If you’ve heard of dental implants, you probably know that they’re among the several unique options for replacing missing teeth—but did you know that they’re considered the gold standard when it comes to rebuilding a smile with extensive tooth loss? In fact, they can even notably outperform other tried-and-true restorative options like dentures and bridges! Keep reading to learn more about this incredible, innovative solution and what makes it the top choice for lost pearly whites.

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5 Habits to Avoid with Dentures

March 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 4:30 pm
a person smiling and holding their dentures

Dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue to restore the appearance and functionality of the mouth. They are a common option for tooth replacement with full dentures lasting around 5-10 years and partials lasting 5-15 years. But, despite their durability, there are habits that can cause issues you’re your restorations and may even endanger your oral health. Keep reading to learn about five bad habits to avoid if you have dentures.

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Why You Need Gum Disease Therapy Before Cosmetic Dental Work

March 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 4:25 pm
person speaking with cosmetic dentist about gum disease therapy

If you’re unhappy with your smile due to issues like chipped or stained teeth, cosmetic dentistry can provide a solution. However, it’s important to address any underlying oral health problems before undergoing treatment, such as periodontal disease. Gum disease therapy is crucial because it ensures that the foundation of your teeth is healthy and strong enough to support any cosmetic dental work that you may want in the future. Continue reading as we explain why gum disease therapy is necessary before getting cosmetic dental work.

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