How Does a Dentist Fix or Remove a Broken Tooth?

A broken tooth is sometimes a fact of life. No one wants to deal with the unfortunate pain, hurt, and distress that is caused by it. For most, they can’t wait for a convenient moment to go to our New Hyde Park dental office. However, many people have not experienced a broken tooth before and, understandably, have questions about how a dentist at New Hyde Park Dental can fix or remove a broken tooth. Below, we’ll detail a few ways.

Filling to fix a broken tooth

For the smallest of injuries to a broken tooth, a dentist may decide to create and insert a filling into the break. In the process of fixing a broken tooth, a dentist will likely bond it. This involves using a resin, shaping it to the outside “look” of the tooth, and letting it set. Usually, this tooth colored resin will look natural and be a permanent fix for a broken tooth, so no one but the patient will know work was done. 

Dental crown to fix a broken tooth

Larger pieces of a broken tooth often require a dentist to fix it using a crown or a dental cap. Usually, depending on the type and size of the break, a dentist will file down your tooth so it is easy to place a cap or crown on it. This is done through making an impression of a tooth with a putty-type material that is then sent to a lab or manufacturing center. There, using the impression, a crown or dental cap is created. While you wait for a permanent crown or dental cap to be created, the dentist will likely give you a temporary crown so you can continue to live and eat normally.

Removal of a broken tooth

Sometimes, there is little recourse but to extract or remove a broken tooth and evaluate options. If your dentist determines this is the right course of action, they will numb the area and extract the tooth using a variety of tools. Following the removal of a broken tooth, you and your dentist can evaluate options for replacement or something, such as dentures, that will mask the fact that your tooth was removed.

What if I have more questions about how a New Hyde Park dentist can fix or remove a broken tooth?

Call our New Hyde Park office today with any questions about how one of our dentists can fix or remove a broken tooth. We’re available to make an appointment for you with a qualified dental professional as soon as possible!

How a Dentist Treats Dry Socket

Dry socket is one of the dental maladies feared by so many people who avoid going to the dentist or do not wish to undergo more than routine dental procedures. alveolar osteitis is the direct consequence of tooth removal for any reason and while preventable, does occur in a significant number of people. 

When does dry socket occur and what is a dry socket?

While still rare, alveolar osteitis is caused after a tooth is removed and is most common in wisdom teeth removal. During most routine tooth removals, a blood clot usually forms to protect the opening in your gums and allow the healing process to commence. 

However, if a blood clot does not form, it can create what is known as a dry socket. A alveolar osteitis often leaves gums and bones exposed, leading to infection and other maladies. These dry sockets are created through bacterial contamination from food or other objects that enter a person’s mouth. Trauma is another possible cause of alveolar osteitis as a consequence of the tooth removal procedure. It is important to seek treatment as quickly as possible with a New Hyde Park dentist in order to minimize the damage.

Are there risk factors and possible complications for alveolar osteitis?

Generally, there are not many risk factors for dry socket, but people who have experienced dry socket before are more likely to get it than those who have not. Other risk factors include use of cigarettes and other tobacco products regularly, take oral contraceptives, or if you don’t care for the wound properly.  The possible complications for dry socket include healing that is delayed, socket infection, and an infection that spreads to the bone and could hurt other parts of the body.

How will a New Hyde Park dentist treat alveolar osteitis?

A New Hyde Park dentist will quickly work to treat dry sockets so that infections do not occur or spread and lead to further damage. This is often done through cleaning the dry socket to ensure it no longer has any food or other particles. A New Hyde Park dentist will then pack the dry socket with gauze. We may then later give you a saltwater or other rinse in order to clean the dry socket at home, in addition to more gauze to protect the socket from more damage.

What do I do if I have more questions regarding how a dentist treats a dry socket?

Call our New Hyde Park office today for an appointment to get more information on alveolar osteitis and how dentists treat them. We’re standing by and available for any questions you may have.

How Does a Dentist Fix a Chipped Tooth?

We’ve all been there: when we bite down on hard candy or a fork, knife or spoon, and we hear the hard crunch or crack of enamel breaking. This can be terrifying for health, physical, and cosmetic reasons. The first reaction of many is to cover their face until they can fix the issue. Luckily, the fast work of a New Hyde Park dental professional can help fix a tooth quickly so you can work, spend time with family, and pursue leisure activities.

How do I care for my chipped tooth immediately?

A broken tooth should be immediately fixed by a dentist as soon as possible. Any delay can only lead to a worsening of the condition. While you get your appointment scheduled with a New Hyde Park dentist, you may want to take over the counter acetaminophen for the pain. You can also cover the tooth, if it is jagged, with a small piece of wax paper or sugarless chewing gum to stop it from cutting into your tongue. If you need to eat, have soft foods that will not further worsen the chipping of the tooth.

How does a dentist fix my broken tooth?

Depending on the severity of the chip, it may be a relatively simple fix through filling or a resin-based process called bonding for a front crack tooth, so the damage is not noticeable. Bonding is a simple process where a dentist applies an adhesive to your chop tooth and then adds a tooth colored resin to fill in the chipped part of your tooth. After the dentist has ensured your broken front tooth resembles your natural tooth, he or she will expose it to safe radiation to harden it.

However, if a larger piece of your tooth breaks off, your dentist may opt for a dental cap or crown to fix your chipped tooth. Your dentist may file away part of your tooth so that he or she can place a porcelain or resin dental cap or crown on top of your crack tooth. This fix for a more severe chop tooth may also involve a root canal or canal therapy, which helps ensure the underlying root of the tooth is preserved while the cosmetic exterior is replaced. Thus protecting against lasting and sometimes lifelong damage to your mouth.

Crowns are usually a more intensive process than adhering resin to your Broken tooth. They usually require at least two visits to our dental office to complete, so a New Hyde Park dentist can provide you with a temporary crown and then, after a couple of weeks, a more permanent crown. There may be other alternatives, such as a dental veneer, for other cases that we can pursue in treating your cracked tooth. 

What if I have more questions about how to tooth fix?

Call our Dentist Lake Success office today so you can get all of your questions answered about how a New Hyde Park dentist can fix your tooth, and to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

What is the Difference Between Tartar and Plaque?

For so many patients, tartar and plaque are interchangeable scourges that they want to live without. It ruins their smile, can contribute to bad breath, and can contribute to a myriad of other dental issues. Unfortunately, patients believe they can treat tartar and plaque with the same removal and treatment techniques and achieve the same result. However, tartar and plaque are very different occurrences that require two different strategies to deal with effectively. Below we’ll detail the differences between tartar and plaque. 

What is plaque, what does it do, and can it cause tartar?

We hear a lot about plaque and its impact on teeth from TV commercials,  pamphlets, and when dental professionals, including your dentist, tell you to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Plaque is the unsightly buildup on a person’s teeth that comes from food and drink that you ingest throughout your day. Smoking can also cause plaque. Plaque is comprised of acidic bacteria that can harm your teeth and unless it is removed through regular brushing and flossing, can contribute to diseases impacting your gums, tooth decay, and the buildup of tartar.

What is tartar, what does it do, and how can I prevent it?

If plaque isn’t removed on a regular basis by brushing and flossing, it can turn into tartar over a period of one to three days. In addition to the issues related to buildup, tartar can cause bad breath, also known as halitosis, contribute to gum disease, and it will negatively impact enamel which can lead to tooth loss, cavities, and other maladies.  The best way to prevent tartar is to prevent plaque. Brushing twice a day is the most important part of plaque prevention as it effectively cleans your mouth. Additionally, flossing once a day with an emphasis on brushing your gums can get rid of hard to get to plaque and eliminate it.

Why can only a dental professional remove tartar?

Plaque is easy to remove at home and many people practice effective plaque removal through their daily brushing and flossing routine. Tartar buildup is impossible for people to remove at home and requires a dental professional with the correct training and instruments. Your dental professional, a dentist or hygienist, will use a metal scaler to remove tartar from your mouth. For most patients who go to regular dental visits every six months or so, this is a sufficient treatment to remove the tartar buildup. However, for other patients who have not gone to the dentist with as much regularity, a patient may need a deep clean that involves other, more invasive procedures to remove tartar.

What do I do if I have any more questions on why tartar can only be removed by a dental professional?

Our New Hyde Park Dental office is available to answer any questions you may have on the difference between plaque and tartar. Call us today so we can answer your questions and assist you in ensuring any and all tartar you have is removed – so you can have a healthy smile that will last you for years to come. 

What to Expect When Having a Tooth Removed

Getting a tooth removed is not an easy or pleasant experience for most. Sometimes, even with the best and most diligent dental care, tooth removal is the only option to ensure a healthy mouth and to prevent future problems from occurring in other parts of your body. For many, there is some trepidation to getting teeth removed because they are unsure of what comes next for their smile and their overall health, oral and otherwise. Below, we’ll detail to expect when you’re having a removed tooth.

Why would I have a tooth removed? 

There are a multitude of reasons to have a tooth removal. Sometimes, your mouth is too crowded and if your teeth are too big for your mouth, one may have to go even if all your teeth are well-cared for. Another reason is infection or risk of infection that may have already afflicted a tooth or may spread to other teeth compromising your oral health or causing other health issues. 

What should I expect when I have a removed tooth?

Your dentist or oral surgeon will explain everything you need to know regarding tooth removal for your specific case. Many times, they will inject an anesthetic in the area so you do not feel pain. In some cases, they will use general anesthesia which puts you to sleep, so you are effectively asleep throughout the entire procedure. In some cases, a tooth can be removed all at once. In others, a tooth may have to be removed in pieces. 

What can I expect after I have a tooth removed?

Once your tooth has been removed, you should follow a New Hyde Park dentists’ instructions and take any medication as prescribed. For some, painkillers may be appropriate. For others, relaxing for a day or two in addition to putting ice packs on their face to reduce swelling is a tried and true method to recuperate. You should also avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for at least 24 hours. Eating soft foods is helpful in addition to regular oral care, as long as you avoid the area so it has time to heal and repair itself. 

If I’m worried about care after my tooth is removed, when should I call the dentist?

Some pain and discomfort is normal once your tooth is removed so you should not need to call the dentist for minor aches and pains. However, there are times when a call to the dentist is warranted. If you believe you have a potential infection, marked by fever and chills, persistent cough, nausea, or vomiting, you should call our office immediately as this may be a sign of a serious condition.

What do I do if I have more questions about having a tooth removed?

If you have any questions about having a tooth removal, our New Hyde Park office is here to assist you every step of the way. Call us today for an initial consultation where we can walk you through the process step by step.

The Benefits of Invisalign

For so many, needing corrective dental work is never good news. The time, cost, and actually using either braces or Invisalign is never easy. People sometimes worry about how they will look and what others will think of them when they wear braces. This is in addition to the adjustment, upkeep, and other duties involved in keeping traditional metal braces in tip top shape. However, one of the friendlier alternatives to traditional braces is Invisalign. It is a clear, plastic alternative to traditional metal braces that helps correct your teeth and create a beautiful, brilliant smile. Below, we’ll discuss what Invisalign is, how it differs from traditional metal braces, and what the benefits of retainer are.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an invisible alternative to traditional metal braces that work to guide out of place teeth to their proper place. Unlike traditional braces, they are made of a clear plastic and are much easier to clean.

What are some of the benefits of Invisalign?

Easier to clean

One of the many benefits of retainer is that it is easier to clean. Unlike traditional metal braces, you only need to worry about cleaning your aligner trays instead of worrying about onerous brackets. 

No need to adjust your current diet

Another one of the benefits of Invisalign is that you do not need to avoid certain foods or even some drinks because you are using it. One can simply remove the aligners and reinsert them after the meal is done and you have thoroughly brushed and flossed your teeth. 

More comfortable 

Traditional metal braces are notoriously uncomfortable. Between metal and bands needing tightening, there is little to look forward to when you have traditional braces. A benefit of Invisalign is a decrease of pain for the wearer’s mouth. 

Fewer visits to the dentist’s office

Metal braces that are traditionally installed in someone’s mouth sometimes require many multiples of visits to a dentist’s office demanding time, money, and, most importantly, patience. A key benefit of orthodontics is that you receive multiple aligners for multiple stages at the same time, eliminating the need for some of those visits.

Look better

Although many people profess not to care about how traditional metal braces make them look, they often shy away from photos at social or professional occasions to not showcase the braces. A tangential benefit of orthodontics is that taking photos will not be impacted and you can showcase you winning smile with confidence while maintaining a professional demeanor. 

What can I do if I want to take advantage of the benefits of Invisalign? 

If you want to explore the benefits of Invisalign or whether Invisalign aligners are right for you, call our Lake Success office today. Our New Hyde Park dental professionals are standing by to help you and ensure all your questions and needs related to the benefits of Invisalign are answered.

Why It’s Important to go to The Dentist on a Regular Basis

Dental care is vital to a healthy lifestyle. No matter if it’s because you’d like to keep your teeth pearly white and shining or if you want to prevent bigger issues down the road, going to the dentist on a regular basis is a must. Some believe that poor dental care only impacts your mouth, but nothing could be further from the truth. Poor dental care can lead to other health issues that not only impair your ability to eat but may also impair your ability to live a healthy, active, and successful life. Below are some reasons you should go to the dentist on a regular basis.

  • Plaque, cavities, or other tartar buildup that creates worse problems: many people may believe that brushing and flossing regularly are all you need to do to maintain proper oral health. However, that assumption is incorrect. Only a New Hyde Park dentist, with specialized tools, can provide the proper cleaning you need to help get rid of plaque and tartar that build up even in the cleanest and well-kept of mouths. Additionally, a dental surgeon at our Lake Success office will be able to correct cavities, something that no person can do on their own without specific training and equipment found only in dental offices.
  • Gum disease: thousands of people believe that gum disease is easily detectable or will just not happen to them no matter how they treat their teeth. However, gum disease is a serious issue that is difficult to diagnose on your own and instead requires an experienced New Hyde Park dentist or dental staff to identify it and then suggest and implement a treatment scheme that will help combat it.
  • Stops bad habits from making things worse: many of us have bad habits that we are either unable or unwilling to stop. This can include drinking too many sugary, acidic beverages such as soda, beverages that stain, such as red wine, smoking, or eating too many sweet things that can damage your teeth, such as hard candy. Visiting your dentist regularly can keep these harmful habits in check through cleaning and maintenance.
  • Detecting oral cancer or other important and life-threatening diseases: for many who deal with oral cancer or have successfully beat it, they likely often wish they had gone to the dentist earlier so they could begin treatment immediately. The symptoms of oral cancer, while familiar to a New Hyde Park dentist, are difficult to detect by dental patients themselves. Going to a dentist at our Lake Success office regularly will reduce the risk you will have to face such a catastrophic moment.

No matter what reason you have to go to the dentist regularly, it is important that you make an appointment as soon as possible. Proper dental care is essential to a healthy body and healthy life. Call our office in Lake Success today so we can book you an appointment with a New Hyde Park Dental professional who will take care of all of your needs.

How to Prevent Mouth Odor

For thousands of Americans, mouth odor is a recurring problem that they wonder how to get rid of. This can make a person embarrassed to speak for fear odor will overwhelm their words and leave their intended audience more repelled than anything else. Many feel not only embarrassed but also wonder how they can get rid of the mouth odor that continues to plague them day after day. Below are a few tips on how to prevent mouth odor so you can speak to your friends, family, and colleagues without fear of mouth odor being the first thing they see or feel about you.

• Brush and floss your teeth daily: there are fewer more effective ways than twice daily brushing and flossing of teeth to eliminate odor from food or drinks which has stayed on your mouth over time. This won’t only combat mouth odor but will pay long-term dividends when it comes to your overall oral health.

• Rinse your mouth with a New Hyde Park dentist-recommended mouthwash: sometimes brushing and flossing doesn’t get to all the problem areas you need to tackle. We recommended mouthwash won’t only kill bacteria but will usually also have a minty flavor that can only bolster fresh breath.

• Make sure to use a tongue scraper: over time, a film or layer will develop on your tongue that can lead to ongoing and long-term breath that may be durable no matter your best efforts. Using a tongue scraper can be a hard reset on your mouth and tongue that daily care such as brushing and flossing cannot get rid of.

• Avoid foods that stick on your breath in addition to tobacco: some foods are much more potent breath wise than others. Onions and garlic are huge offenders that cannot simply be brushed away or eliminated with mouthwash as they are absorbed into the bloodstream. If you must eat foods with these ingredients, they are best saved for end of day meals. Additionally, if you’re even a social smoker, kicking the tobacco habit will help ensure you don’t have mouth odor which is difficult to get rid of and that can stain your teeth both in the short and long term.

• Skip the mints, chew gum: mouth bacteria is drawn to sugar which is often highly present in mints, only exacerbating bad breath over time. On the other hand, gum helps produce saliva which can be helpful in fighting bad breath.

• Keep your mouth moist and your gums as healthy as possible: dry mouth leads to bad breath and other mouth odors, so a moist mouth is helpful in a clean, professional presentation. Drinking water will keep your mouth moist and help your breath to be crisp and clean. Additionally, watching your gum health is crucial to helping ensure that you eliminate any potential pockets of bacteria that can cause bad breath or other mouth odor.

• Visit our Lake Success dental office on a regular basis: no matter how intense your home care routine, nothing replaces a visit to the dentist. Be it regular cleanings or more intensive dental help, a visit to our New Hyde Park Dental office will help decrease mouth odor and put you on the right path to oral health for years to come.

Signs You May Have A Cavity

We’ve all been there: our mouth doesn’t feel quite right, teeth are very sore or very sensitive, hot or cold liquids or food cause pain, and a range of other symptoms pop up. This in addition to a consistent, throbbing pain is a tell-tale sign of a cavity. Other times, the pain is so inconsistent that it barely merits a second thought. This range of symptoms can lead some people to forgo a visit to NHP Dental and even postpone their regular dental checkup, because they may incorrectly feel that no pain means no problem. However, the symptoms above can be signs that you may have a cavity and should visit our Lake Success Dentist office sooner rather than later.

Toothache

The mostly commonly associated issue when it comes to cavities is toothaches. It has many people rushing to the pharmacy for temporary pain relief from oral gels or other over the counter medicine. However, toothaches can’t be permanently treated by over the counter pain relievers, which are only a temporary solution. Only a qualified New Hyde Park dentist can help ensure that your toothache – whatever the cause, is relieved in both the short and long term.

Tooth Sensitivity

Usually less severe than a toothache, tooth sensitivity can be a part of a person’s daily life without too much pain or interruption of daily activities. Many learn to live with this low-grade pain and may even avoid their favorite foods such as cold ice cream or piping hot coffee, to not have to deal with the tooth sensitivity. This can be a sign of an underlying issue such as a cavity, even if a low-grade one. That’s why you should never take a chance on it being “just sensitive teeth.” You should quickly schedule an appointment with New Hyde Park Dental, to make sure that those sensitive teeth don’t have any other issues.

Visible holes in your teeth or other unsightly stains 

As people get older, their teeth often yellow and weaken over time. However, this doesn’t always include unsightly stains. Sometimes, unsightly stains are more than just coffee stains and can signal a cavity or another issue related to your teeth. Another indicator that you may have a cavity is a visible hole in a tooth or teeth. Whenever you see these, you should immediately schedule an appointment at our Lake Success, NY dental office, so one of New Hyde Park Dental’s dentists can work to determine whether you do indeed have a cavity or another medical malady.

What should I do if I think I have a cavity but don’t have any of the above symptoms?

A cavity can manifest itself in multiple ways, not all of them detectable to non-dental professionals. If you think you have a cavity, you should contact New Hyde Park Dental so you can be seen by a professional who can diagnose your ailment. No matter what you choose to do, the most effective way to prevent cavities are regular teeth cleanings by a dental office and brushing and flossing. Contact our Lake Success, NY office today for an appointment with a cavity dentist, so you no longer have to live with even the thought of a cavity!

Summer Habits For Good Dental Health

Summer is here and everyone is excited for longer days and fun activities. Along with summertime fun comes food that tastes delicious, but is bad for your teeth. From savory staples like hamburgers and hot dogs to sweet treats like ice cream, the food may be satisfying for your stomach, but it won’t be satisfying to your teeth. The summer menu is chock full of memorable meals that people look forward to all year, but can wreak havoc long after warmer temperatures have dissipated and we begin to break out our favorite sweaters. Taking some of these steps can ensure you not only enjoy your summer treats, but also prevent the consequences from extending into the rest of the year.

Resist Too Many Sugary Drinks and Sweets

Summer is a time when we enjoy many different types of sugary drinks and sweets that are only available using the freshest fruit. However, the satisfaction you get from that momentary consumption can add up and have long-term impacts on you and your dental health. The best way to help your teeth and fight plaque is to not overindulge to begin with.

Brush Twice A Day

The basic advice that any New Hyde Park Dentist or Lake Success, NY dentist would give a patient (to brush twice a day) rings true no matter a person’s age. This is likely by far, the cheapest way to promote dental health and is the most consistent way to do so. Most Americans have no trouble at all adhering to a tooth brushing regimen that helps clean teeth, dislodge food, and keep breath fresh by killing harmful bacteria which can harm teeth, gums, and even have other health issues beyond your mouth.

Floss Regularly

Flossing regularly is another inexpensive way to maintain dental health and ensure that a person’s mouth is properly taken care of. While brushing is effective, even the most diligent brushing technique does not get every nook and cranny between teeth. Flossing is a great way to help ensure that anything that brushing didn’t reach is extracted from your mouth, so it won’t cause short or long-term damage.

Visit Your Dentist

Make sure to use your summer vacation time to take care of yourself in addition to getting some relaxing R & R. Ensuring that you use some time off to get your teeth cleaned by a Lake Success, NY dentist or NHP dental surgeon is one way to help keep your dental health in tip top shape. This can also help ward off any incipient problems that can cause real and lasting damage by ensuring that treatment happens as soon as warning signs develop. Additionally, for more involved procedures that may require multiple office visits to New Hyde Park Dental or a Lake Success, NY dentist, scheduling some of those procedures during this summer can help you get a head start on future visits, and may make the overall experience less painful or less expensive if you can space them out.

No matter what your dental goals are this summer, we can help you plan a roadmap to permanent dental health. Contact New Hyde Park Dental or a Lake Success, NY dental office today to get started!