Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island
January 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you know how to reduce your risk of tooth decay? Our East Providence, RI, family dentist, Dr. Ryan Lee, preventative careexplains how preventive care can keep your smile bright and healthy.

Prevent decay with good oral hygiene

Tooth brushing may not be a particularly exciting activity, but it plays a crucial role in preventing cavities. The longer plaque remains on your teeth, the greater your chance of developing decay. Unfortunately, tooth decay isn't the only problem that can occur if you're not a thorough or regular brusher. If left in place for just one week, plaque can become a hard, gray deposit called tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove at home and can cause gum disease if it's not removed with special dental instruments.

Luckily, you can reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease by following these recommendations:

  • Brush for a least two minutes with toothpaste that contains fluoride, a mineral that rebuilds areas of tooth enamel weakened by acids.
  • Don't skip a morning or evening brushing session. Removing plaque at frequent intervals is the key to neutralizing the effects of the bacterial-laden film on your teeth.
  • Floss once a day to remove the plaque that builds up between your teeth.
  • Use mouthwash to freshen your breath and reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. Read labels and choose products that specifically mention cavity-fighting or antibacterial properties.

Limit sweets and sugary beverages

Avoiding sugary foods and beverages is a simple way to help prevent cavities. Once you take a bite of a sugary food, bacteria in plaque combines with the sugar to form acids that attack your tooth enamel. Sugary foods and drinks aren't the only culprits. Carbohydrates, found in cakes, cookies, crackers, chips, pretzels and other foods, are converted to sugars. Eating too much of these foods can also boost your cavity risk.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier for your body and your teeth. Some fruits and vegetables, such as apples and carrots, even act as natural tooth cleaners.

Make time for regular dental visits

Regular visits to our East Providence office can help you avoid cavities and gum disease. Every checkup includes a cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, an oral cancer screening and a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth and jaw. Should we find any cavities, prompt treatment will limit the damage to your teeth.

Protect your smile with preventive care. Call East Providence, RI, family dentist, Dr. Lee, at (401) 434-4413 to schedule an appointment.

By Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: family dentist  

Why visit multiple dentists when you only really need one?family dentist

With life being so hectic we are all looking for a little bit of convenience wherever we can find it, right? Choosing a dentist that the whole family loves is really important. Sure, you could all go to different dentists but why waste that precious time when you can turn to East Providence, RI, family dentist, Dr. Ryan Lee to get dental care for your whole family?

Why choose a family dentist?

There are many benefits that come with specifically choosing a family dentist to care for your family. For one, every member of your family will continue to get quality dental care from the same trusted provider for the rest of their lives.

If you were to turn to a pediatric dentist for your child’s dental care, once they turned 18 years old they would need to find another dentist. Instead of worrying that your teen wouldn’t do the work to find a new dentist, why not have a dentist in East Providence, RI, that will always be able to provide you and your children with complete dental care no matter their age?

Having a dentist you trust is so very important. After all, you are putting your dental health in our hands. That’s why it’s important that you establish rapport with our dental team. By having a family dentist in your family’s life for the long term it’s easy to provide you with customized care to meet your ever-changing needs.

We offer a comprehensive range of services to cater to every member of your family’s specific needs and goals. We can help provide orthodontic treatment for your child or teen while providing preventive dental cleanings and creating dentures or dental implants for older adults.

Plus, since we really get to know your family inside and out we can also pinpoint what dental treatments will help you the most in the long run. For us, preventive dental care is the most important. We can create plans for your entire family that cater to their specific needs.

As if this wasn’t all the reason you need to choose a family dentist, we also make it more convenient to schedule appointments for the whole family. Not only can we schedule appointments that work with your busy schedule but we could even make appointments for the whole family in the same day so that you don’t have to come back several times for cleanings or other dental care. How’s that for convenient?

If you have questions about the different family dentistry services we offer in East Providence, RI, or you need to schedule an appointment with us, don’t hesitate to call Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island today. We are dedicated to providing the very best dental care possible because we know your family deserves the best.

By Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

As much as you might want to just sweep your tooth loss under the rug, if you care about your oral health and want to protect your smile dental implantsfrom more damage then it’s important that you turn to our East Providence, RI, family dentist Dr. Ryan Lee right away. While you could choose from dentures or a dental bridge, why not get the next best thing to a real tooth?

What are dental implants?

These small metal posts are pretty amazing. Not only do they replace missing tooth roots but they are also the most durable tooth replacement you can find. After all, no other artificial tooth is designed to be as sturdy and resilient. In fact, with the proper care implants can last several decades, which means that you could potentially have the same replacement tooth for the rest of your life.

What are the benefits of choosing dental implants?

Implants offer an array of other benefits that other tooth replacement options just can’t such as:

  • A restoration that functions just like a real tooth
  • A restoration that naturally fuses together with the jawbone to prevent bone loss
  • Preserving the original facial structure and preventing premature wrinkles
  • Preventing the rest of your teeth from shifting around
  • Restoring chewing and speaking
  • Improving your bite and alignment

Who should consider dental implants?

If you are a healthy adult who is missing one or more permanent teeth then dental implants may be right for you. Of course, dental implants aren’t for everyone. First and foremost, our East Providence, RI, general dentists will need to make sure that you are a good candidate for implants. This includes making sure that you maintain good oral hygiene and that you are free of decay or gum disease, and have sufficient jawbone density to support the implant.

Whether you have questions about getting dental implants in East Providence, RI, or you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for this restorative treatment, it’s time to call Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island today to schedule your dental implant consultation.

By Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island
May 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to learn more about this dental restoration and its many benefits?dental crowns

There are so many different dental restorations from which to choose that you may have started to mix them up a little bit. While there are a lot of options out there, there are still some tried-and-true restorations that will always be necessary. A dental crown is just one of these classic restorations that our East Providence, RI, family dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island, Dr. Ryan Lee, offer his patients. Learn more about dental crowns and why they are necessary.

A dental crown is a great option for anyone who has a damaged tooth. If your tooth has fallen victim to an infection, trauma or even severe decay, then the tooth may not be as strong as it once was. In this case, our East Providence general dentist will be worried that without a restoration to protect it that the tooth could become worse. In order to protect and stabilize the tooth, our dentists will recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth.

Of course, if your tooth is healthy but isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing, we may also recommend a dental crown. Crowns are custom-made to not just perfectly fit over your tooth but also to improve its appearance, as well. If you have a tooth that is badly misshapen or severely discolored, whether from past trauma or other issues, and other cosmetic options still won’t give you the revamped tooth you want then a dental crown may be the ideal way to go.

Before you get a dental crown, we will need to prepare the tooth for the restoration. What happens before getting your crown will really depend on the condition and health of your tooth. Any decay or infection will need to be treated right away before you get your crown. Decay will be removed, infections will be treated through a root canal and the tooth will be prepared. From there, impressions also need to be taken of the prepared tooth. This ensures that the dental lab creates a restoration with the perfect fit every time.

Of course, a prepped tooth shouldn’t stand on its own while you wait for your dental crown. In the meantime, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it while your permanent crown is being crafted. Once the crown is complete, we will remove the temporary once and then place the new one over the tooth to check the fit. If everything looks great, then it’s time to cement the crown right into place.

Whether you have questions about getting dental crowns or you want to find out if they can improve your oral health, turn to Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island in East Providence, RI, to answer your questions, calm your concerns and provide you with the proper care your smile needs to stay healthy.

By Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island
January 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep apnea, more specifically obstructive sleep apnea, can cause individuals to wake up from a night’s sleep without getting quality sleep apneasleep. This sleep disorder occurs when the upper airway is obstructed by excess tissue which causes the muscles there to collapse and relax during sleep. Because of this, it is increasingly important to be evaluated by an East Providence sleep apnea specialist at Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island in Riverside, RI, such as Dr. Ryan Lee, who can offer sleep apnea treatment.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 20 million American adults suffer from this ailment. Many individuals go undiagnosed for a long time. Common symptoms include:

  • Waking up abruptly
  • Gasping for air
  • Loud snoring
  • Inability to function throughout the day
  • Mood changes
  • Extreme fatigue

An East Providence sleep apnea specialist can diagnose and treat patients as soon as possible. Living with obstructive sleep apnea can lead to increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attack and even stroke. People with sleep apnea also struggle to function throughout the day.

How Sleep Apnea Treatment in East Providence Can Help

To treat obstructive sleep apnea the best, your dentist will lessen the obstruction a patient has in their airways. Oral appliances are helpful in mild to moderate cases. It repositions the tongue and brings the lower jaw forward, which allows the airways to open. Custom-made oral appliances are the best treatment option for individuals looking for sleep apnea treatment.

When it comes to sleep apnea, it’s important that a person is seen by a professional immediately to help them be treated the fastest. With the help of a professional such as Dr. Lee at Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island in Riverside, RI, any East Providence patient can seek the sleep apnea help they require. Call (401) 434-4413 today to schedule a consultation.

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