Dental Implants – Dr. David Todd, Oral Surgery

Lakewood NY Dentist | I Chipped a Tooth! What Can I Do?

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It usually starts pretty innocently. You’re biting into your favorite hard candy and suddenly you realize that there’s one little hard piece in your mouth you can’t seem to dissolve. You check it out and fear overcomes you when you see it’s a little chipped piece of a tooth.

Enamel may be one of the hardest substances in the body but like most things in life, it has its limit. Whether you are chewing on ice or grinding your teeth at night, there’s always a chance of putting your teeth at risk. If you have chipped your tooth, there’s no need to panic. Here are a few things we can do to restore your beautiful smile: 

Tooth Bonding 

Tooth bonding has many structural uses, and it can be very helpful for repairing chipped teeth. Tooth bonding is a simple procedure that doesn’t require any numbing. The bonding materials and porcelain used are natural in color and can be designed to perfectly match your teeth. Your smile will look good as new, and people will have a hard time noticing you ever chipped a tooth to begin with.  

Dental Crown 

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that helps protect your teeth, while at the same time improving its appearance. An AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) dentist will likely use a tooth colored crown made out of porcelain or zirconia to look identical to your teeth. Crowns will also provide the durability and strength your teeth need to withstand daily use. You may only need a partial crown if our dentist sees that the chip doesn’t affect the entire tooth.  

Porcelain Veneers 

Porcelain laminate veneers are made up of several thin layers of ceramic used to repair chipped teeth. They will be bonded to the teeth to replace the original enamel of the tooth with a special adhesive. Dental veneers are a fantastic way to get your tooth to look whole and healthy again.  

If you have a chipped tooth and would like more information on these methods, or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today. 

Lakewood NY Dentist | Eating After Dental Implant Placement

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Following dental implant placement, our team may advise you to adhere to a soft food diet lasting from a few days to several weeks. Nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean meat, eggs, low-fat dairy, and beans encourage healing due to their high nutritional content and being easy to eat. Here are some foods we recommend eating after dental implant placement:

Protein Shakes 

Protein Shakes are an excellent source of not only protein, but vitamins too. Mixing the powder with milk leads to the consumption of even more minerals and vitamins necessary for healing. If you choose to have a protein shake, try to avoid using a straw the first few days and stick to drinking from a glass. The suction created by a straw may reopen the treatment site. 

Cottage Cheese 

Cottage cheese is a great source of nutrients, vitamins, and protein to aid in recovery. Cottage cheese has a smooth texture that allows easy consumption and helps prevent any potential debris getting stuck in the implant area.  


Soups can be a liquid meal replacement after dental implant placement. Before eating any soups or another warm dish, make sure the implant area has healed enough and avoid anything that is very hot. With protein and vitamins, soups and stews are nutrient rich and the liquid nature make them easy to consume. Avoid chunkier soups that have ingredients such as rice to avoid debris getting lodged in the implant area. 

It is important that you follow our post operation instructions carefully. Doing so will help your mouth heal faster and prevent any potential damage from occurring. Remember to stick to soft foods for as long as you are able and to avoid overly hot foods and foods that can leave behind debris such as rice, popcorn and sunflower seeds. The foods listed above are only some of the options that we recommend eating after a dental implant placement. 

If you have any questions regarding dental implant placement, other food recommendations, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us. 

“Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?”

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Dental implant surgery has been hailed as one of the major breakthroughs in dentistry of the last 50 years. For good reason.

Implants have proven to successfully replace single missing teeth and missing bridges. They stabilize dentures and will replace an entire arch of teeth. The success of implants offers patients with treatment options not widely available until recently.

Are you a candidate for dental implants? Here are five criteria we consider when assessing a patient’s candidacy:

1. Desire for treatment

2. Medical history

3. Condition of mouth and commitment to dental hygiene

4. Results of an X-ray exam

5. Budget

When patients present for treatment, one of the critical questions to resolve during the patient interview is to make sure we understand their desire for treatment.

Once the goal of treatment is understood, a treatment plan with necessary procedures and sequence of treatment can be established. Sometimes the process is simple, such as replacing one lost tooth. In other situations, planning for treatment involves several different consultation appointments with facial photographs, creating dental study models and treatment planning “wax ups” of proposed tooth positions.

As part of the initial interview, a review of a patient’s medical history is carried out.

Although implants have a very high success rate, there are times when the treatment is not the right fit for a patient. Patients who have uncontrolled diabetes, are undergoing chemotherapy, are heavy smokers (a pack per day or higher) or have compromised healing potential for any reason, are not good candidates for dental implants.

The condition of the mouth and commitment to dental hygiene is also very important.

Patients must have good oral hygiene and be free of periodontal disease. The condition of the other teeth is important in planning care. If there are many teeth which are heavily repaired or compromised, it is generally not appropriate to place single implants as the other teeth may fail in a relatively short period time. Treatment of other dental disease needs to be carried out prior to implant therapy. Assessment of oral hygiene is very important and sometimes patient education and training is required to improve oral hygiene prior to implant placement.

X-rays (radiographs) are carried out to determine the relationship of the implant sites to the adjacent teeth and volume of bone present at the site. Thanks to the advancement of implant techniques, extractions are performed and often implants can be placed immediately. However, with some patients, bone repair (bone grafting) must be carried out prior to implant placement.

Lastly, dental implant treatment can be expensive and the creation of a budget is important.

Many dental insurance companies do not cover implant treatment as a benefit. However, our office can work with you to provide options that will allow you to receive care within your budget.

Dental implant treatment is an excellent way to replace missing teeth and has been very successful. Like all medical and dental treatments, a proper evaluation is needed to determine who is an appropriate candidate for care. If you are interested in dental implants, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our office.


Dr. David W. Todd, DMD, MD, Oral SurgeonDr. David W. Todd, DMD, MD, has been active in his profession. He has authored 18 articles in various publications and made numerous presentations at state, regional, and national meetings. For Dr. Todd’s full bio click here.



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