How to Have a Dental Filling (and Not Look Like You Did)

How to Have a Dental Filling (and Not Look Like You Did)

Your teeth are strong and designed to last a lifetime with proper care. That care can involve and occasional restoration including a dental filling.

Tooth decay or tooth damage from an accident can require your tooth to be filled. When a dental filling is recommended you have choices and each comes with aesthetic benefits.

Metal no more?

The old metal fillings are called amalgam fillings. Amalgam is a combination of metals which include silver, mercury, tin and copper. Millions of people have amalgam fillings however concern has been raised over the mercury in amalgam. The controversy over amalgam centers on how much mercury fillings released and how much the body absorbs. In the past, amalgam fillings were thought to be inert. This would mean that no mercury was released once the filling was placed in the tooth. In recent years, sophisticated tests have changed this view. Very small amounts of mercury in the form of vapor can be released as the amalgam filling wears.

A more current option is called composites. This type of filling allows for durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

A third option is Porcelain fillings. This type of filling is virtually undetectable because they can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. They are also functionally superior to metal fillings, and will not become loose, fall out or impact the structure of your tooth. And because they’re not metal, they’re more compatible with your overall health.

Dental fillings are an important treatment to keep your teeth healthy and functional. Tooth colored fillings give you a less noticeable advantage with improved results.

Contact your dentist about any issues with Dental fillings Call us at 914-921-5437 to schedule a free consultation.

What Dental Cavities Reveal About Your Oral Health

What Dental Cavities Reveal About Your Oral Health

There is no “last-minute” effort when it comes to your dental care. Most of your dental problems, cavities included, are the result of long-term patterns.

While we’re on the subject…

The technical (impress-your-friends) word is “dental caries.” You know them as “cavities.”

They are the result of ongoing tooth decay. And their diagnosis is most often traceable to prioritizing your dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings with your dental hygienist.

The sugar-connection isn’t what you think

Sugar gets bad “press.” Eat sugar…get cavities…right?

True, a diet high in sugar isn’t best for your teeth and gums. But the blame is best placed on the bacteria that live in your mouth.

Avoiding sugar altogether isn’t realistic. Removing it from your teeth and gum tissue is!

Oral bacteria feed on the sugars and other food substances that are allowed to remain on your tooth surfaces and deep within your gum pockets (the spaces between your teeth and gums).

As bacteria feed they break down your tooth structure (decay). Once decay progresses a cavity develops.

Search-and…treat!

Spotting decay and cavities is a primary focus of your preventive dentistry appointments that include a dental examination and teeth cleaning. Your dentist will examine each tooth structure looking for weakened areas or those that reveal obvious signs of decay.

Symptoms include:

  • Noticeable spots or discoloration on your tooth
  • A heightened level of teeth sensitivity
  • Holes, pits, or indentions in your teeth
  • An ongoing toothache

The earlier these symptoms are observed and diagnosed the better. Topical fluoride can be used to strengthen your tooth enamel on those areas that have been weakened by beginning decay.

Removing the decay and treating the cavity with a dental filling is often necessary. Larger cavities can require the restoration of your tooth structure with a dental crown and an inlay or onlay.

In severe cases, root canal can be necessary to save your tooth. Otherwise an extraction will be recommended and require potential follow-up with a tooth replacement.

Cavity prevention begins with a preventive dental mindset. Keep your tooth surfaces and gum tissue clean and free from lingering sugar and food particles.

Contact our Morris Park or Bronx dental office  and find out more.

Morris Park Dental Associates
960 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
(718) DR-SMILE (718-578-4109)
morrisparkdental@gmail.com

How to Have a Dental Filling (and Not Look Like You Did)

How to Have a Dental Filling (and Not Look Like You Did)

Your teeth are strong and designed to last a lifetime with proper care. That care can involve an occasional restoration including a dental filling.

Tooth decay, tooth damage, and treatment for dental cavities can require your tooth to be filled. When a dental filling is recommended you have options and one of them comes with aesthetic benefits.

Metal no more?

The benefits-of-replacing-old-fillings-and-crowns-in-the Bronx/ Tooth colored dental fillings are a natural-looking alternative to standard, traditional metal fillings. Silver (amalgam) fillings have been used for years but they have noticeable disadvantages.

Amalgam fillings can appear dark the longer they’re in your tooth. They are also known to require more of your tooth structure to be removed when they’re placed.

A perfect match

Tooth colored fillings are a strong and less noticeable dental restoration. Keep in mind that the details of your treatment will determine the best filling material.

Tooth colored filling options can include composite resin and porcelain. Each have a white, natural-looking color and have a particular application depending on the area being treated.

Dental fillings are an important treatment to keep your teeth healthy and functional. Tooth colored fillings give you a less noticeable advantage with improved results.

Contact our Morris Park or Bronx dental office  and find out about dental implants.

Morris Park Dental Associates
960 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
(718) DR-SMILE (718-578-4109)
morrisparkdental@gmail.com

If You’re “On-the-Fence” About Dental Implants This Could Help

If You’re “On-the-Fence” About Dental Implants This Could Help

Sometimes a single, vital piece of information can “tip” you to make a decision. That’s true when deciding to solve your tooth loss with dental implant treatment.

Sure, you have options when you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth. It’s also important to understand why dental implants are superior to other tooth replacement options.

What are you missing?

Simply put, dental implants have one basic function. They fill the gap where your tooth is missing.

But there’s more to implant placement.

It helps to understand the role an implant plays within your tooth gap. Before you know the function of an implant it’s useful to know why your missing tooth gap is a problem.

Ignoring tooth loss can damage your overall oral health. A single missing tooth can cause your surrounding healthy teeth to shift out of proper alignment leading to other more costly dental treatment.

The erosion or loss of vital bone and gum tissue is another concern. This can make a bone graft necessary whenever you decide to replace your missing tooth or teeth.

Your dental implant relies on the support of healthy bone tissue. A graft fills in what’s lacking and after a healing period allows your dental implant to be placed into adequate, healthy bone tissue.

Though necessary, this requires time that can delay your tooth replacement. Plus you will incur the additional costs of the bone graft procedure.

You have options

Dental implants provide you a secure, healthy tooth replacement solution. An implant forms a new tooth root in your missing tooth gap and overtime will adapt to your bone and gum tissue.

Dentures-vs-dental-implants are a common tooth replacement option. They rely on the surface of your jawbone and gum tissue and with long-term use can cause your tissue to erode further.

A dental bridge is similar. It relies on the support of your adjacent teeth and within a period of time can weaken them.

Your dental implant integrates with your available bone and gum tissue. This prevents the movement associated with dentures and provides a secure new tooth root for supporting the dental crown on the surface.

Dental implants, from top to bottom, are a secure tooth replacement option. The implant is made of titanium, the abutment (post) fits within your implant to hold a natural-looking new tooth on the surface (a dental crown).

Standard implant treatment can require a period of months to complete due to tissue healing and any additional procedures that are necessary such as a bone graft. The result is a solid, stable new tooth that fills your missing tooth gap and restores your tooth function and appearance with a lasting tooth replacement.

Contact our Morris Park or Bronx dental office  and find out about dental implants.

Morris Park Dental Associates
960 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
(718) DR-SMILE (718-578-4109)
morrisparkdental@gmail.com

Why Now is a Good Time for Teeth Whitening

Why Now is a Good Time for Teeth Whitening

Time is on your side. That’s true until it begins to take its toll or if you ignore an opportunity.

Teeth whitening keeps you on the solution side of things. And speaking of solutions it’s an effective way to reverse the discoloration on your teeth from months or years of diet and lifestyle choices.

Time factors

Natural wear on your tooth enamel doesn’t happen overnight. As you age and enjoy your favorite foods and beverages your teeth will begin to dull and lose their brightness.

Teeth whitening can solve the yellowing effect  that impacts your teeth. A whitening treatment targets the enamel and transforms it from dull to bright.

An important consideration

Over-the-counter whitening products are numerous. Before you purchase one we recommend that you consult with your dentist.

Why?

A teeth whitening product or procedure might be ineffective and produce disappointing results due to dental conditions. A dental examination can save you time and costs especially if you have oral health issues such as tooth decay, significant tooth discoloration, or extreme teeth sensitivity.

A PROactive solution

A professional teeth whitening procedure can produce fast and effective results. Our in-office Zoom! Whitening treatment can brighten your teeth up to 10 shades of whiteness in one appointment.

Your procedure uses a proven whitening process that’s applied and monitored by a dental professional. The whitening solution gently penetrates your tooth enamel to eliminate the discoloration, staining, and yellowing on your tooth surfaces.

An at-home whitening kit can accompany your in-office Zoom! Whitening treatment. Custom designed trays and solution will be provided following your in-office treatment to help maintain your teeth whitening results.

You will experience white, healthier looking teeth including the professional support of our dental team.

And about “time being on your side…”

It’s time for prom, Mother’s Day, and wedding season. Brighten your smile or someone else’s.

Contact our Morris Park or Bronx dental office  and find out why Now is a Good Time for Teeth Whitening.

Morris Park Dental Associates
960 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
(718) DR-SMILE (718-578-4109)
morrisparkdental@gmail.com

How to Know if You Have Tooth Erosion and What to Do About It

 

You might not always feel vulnerable. But that doesn’t mean an attack isn’t underway.

Tooth erosion is one of those circumstances. The attack on your teeth occurs daily and pain and sensitivity are the first signs.

You’ll also recognize it if this happening

The appearance of your teeth can reveal much about their overall health and condition. Dental erosion is noticeable on your teeth as wear, cups or hollow areas, and a dark, yellow appearance just beneath the surface of your teeth (below the enamel covering).

Teeth sensitivity increases the more your teeth’s enamel has eroded. Hot and cold beverages and those that have high acidity can trigger it.

The primary cause and how to control it

The acid within your food and beverage choices are the primary cause of tooth erosion. Acidity in your diet softens your protective tooth enamel.

This good news is that saliva is a valuable neutralizer. It restores your mouth’s environment and helps prevent acid from overtaking it.

Although there’s a natural resistance due to saliva, frequent acid attacks on your teeth are damaging. Your teeth can be damaged gradually as small amounts of protective enamel are lost.

Guard your tooth enamel with a some new habits and by making a few dietary adjustments.

  • Enjoy foods and beverages that have high acidity during mealtimes to reduce the frequency of acid exposure.
  • Avoid holding each sip of your beverage in your mouth and swishing it around to reduce the time it remains on your teeth.
  • Chew sugar-free gum following your meals to enhance healthy saliva production that helps neutralize acid in your mouth.
  • Delay teeth brushing for an approximate hour after you eat to allow your tooth enamel to repair and harden.
  • Observe the condition of your teeth and stay current with your dental check-ups to determine if tooth erosion requires treatment such as dental bonding or veneers.

Contact our Morris Park or Bronx dental office about any issues with teeth sensitivity or tooth wear. Schedule an examination to diagnose any tooth erosion.

Morris Park Dental Associates
960 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
(718) DR-SMILE (718-578-4109)
morrisparkdental@gmail.com

If You’re “On-the-Fence” About Dental Implants This Could Help

If You’re “On-the-Fence” About Dental Implants This Could Help

Sometimes a single, vital piece of information can “tip” you to make a decision. That’s true when deciding to solve your tooth loss with dental implant treatment.

Sure, you have options when you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth. It’s also important to understand why dental implants are superior to other tooth replacement options.

What are you missing?

Simply put, dental implants have one basic function. They fill the gap where your tooth is missing.

But there’s more to implant placement.

It helps to understand the role an implant plays within your tooth gap. Before you know the function of an implant it’s useful to know why your missing tooth gap is a problem.

Ignoring tooth loss can damage your overall oral health. A single missing tooth can cause your surrounding healthy teeth to shift out of proper alignment leading to other more costly dental treatment.

The erosion or loss of vital bone and gum tissue is another concern. This can make a bone graft necessary whenever you decide to replace your missing tooth or teeth.

Your dental implant relies on the support of healthy bone tissue. A graft fills in what’s lacking and after a healing period allows your dental implant to be placed into adequate, healthy bone tissue.

Though necessary, this requires time that can delay your tooth replacement. Plus you will incur the additional costs of the bone graft procedure.

You have options

Dental implants provide you a secure, healthy tooth replacement solution. An implant forms a new tooth root in your missing tooth gap and overtime will adapt to your bone and gum tissue.

Dentures are a common tooth replacement option. They rely on the surface of your jawbone and gum tissue and with long-term use can cause your tissue to erode further.

A dental bridge is similar. It relies on the support of your adjacent teeth and within a period of time can weaken them.

Your dental implant integrates with your available bone and gum tissue. This prevents the movement associated with dentures and provides a secure new tooth root for supporting the dental crown on the surface.

Dental implants, from top to bottom, are a secure tooth replacement option. The implant is made of titanium, the abutment (post) fits within your implant to hold a natural-looking new tooth on the surface (a dental crown).

Standard implant treatment can require a period of months to complete due to tissue healing and any additional procedures that are necessary such as a bone graft. The result is a solid, stable new tooth that fills your missing tooth gap and restores your tooth function and appearance with a lasting tooth replacement.

Contact your Morris Park and Bronx dentist at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) or click here to schedule an appointment to find out more about your single tooth loss or multiple missing teeth. Schedule an examination to discuss your tooth replacement options including dental implant treatment.

Oral Cancer Awareness & Oral Cancer Screenings

Your Best Response When Asked About an Oral Cancer Screening

Can I get a…”

If you’re wondering what I’m looking for, it’s “a YES!”

In fact that’s the best response to being asked if you want an oral cancer screening. No other answer can help eliminate your risk like “a yes.”

Oral cancer awareness demands a proactive response. Why?

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation thousands of deaths can be prevented each year by agreeing to a simple, quick, in-office oral cancer screening.

Is your mouth causing you problems?

It might surprise you to know this. But a significant amount of your healthy lifestyle (or otherwise) is connected to your mouth.

Preventing oral cancer begins there. Your mouth, throat, and tongue are among the most vulnerable places in your body.

Approximately 90 percent of diagnosed oral cancer cases can be traced to lifestyle choices. Most common are tobacco and alcohol use.

Another statistic is startling.

Research is finding that oral cancer is emerging among non-tobacco users and among those who drink alcohol less frequently.

The human papilloma virus (HPV16) is now being targeted as a leading cause of oral cancer cases.

And that’s not all…

Your oral cancer risk increases as result of a few other causes. Poor or neglected dental care, your diet, and being over exposed to ultra-violet radiation can lead to oral cancer as well.

When to pay attention

There are early and visible warning signs for oral cancer. It’s essential that you’re aware of any changes or suspicious looking problems in your mouth, on your tongue, or in your throat.

You might not experience any painful symptoms. Be aware of any lesions or sores in your mouth that linger and do not heal after two or more weeks.

Other symptoms to notice include:

  • Red or white skin patches in your mouth
  • Thickened skin or a noticeable lump in your mouth or on your tongue
  • A sense of numbness in your face, neck, or mouth
  • The feeling that something is caught in your throat
  • Bleeding in your mouth
  • A consistent sore throat

A vital step beyond awareness

Your routine dental examinations and teeth cleanings are a good reminder to increase your oral cancer awareness. The professional observation by your dentist and dental hygienist can detect any mouth, tongue, or throat abnormalities.

Awareness is vital but an oral cancer screening is your best solution for eliminating your risk. The screening is fast, painless, and can be included as a part of your routine examination and teeth cleaning appointment or during a routine check-up if you’re a denture wearer.

An oral cancer screening will detect any abnormal tissue areas. Suspicious tissue will be sent for a biopsy to determine if follow-up treatment will be necessary.

Be proactive about your oral health. Say “yes” to an oral cancer screening.

Contact your Bronx and Morris Park dentist at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) about an oral cancer screening for you and your family. Click here to schedule a dental examination and teeth cleaning and request a screening during your appointment.

How Dentistry Can Help You Sleep Better

Your health and lifestyle depend on it. The quality of your sleep affects your career, your relationships, and of course, your physical and emotional health.

Any risks to your sleep cycles deserve attention and treatment. Over 18 million people experience Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) making the treatment of sleep disorders a top priority.

Risks to be aware of

Falling asleep is only the beginning of sleep related problems. There’s another risk that’s more serious and potentially life threatening if untreated.

Sleep apnea has to do with your breathing during a sleep cycle. Interruptions to your breathing during sleep disrupts your sleep cycle and increases your potential for health risks.

Your overall health can suffer. Conditions can include high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and more.

Is this happening during your sleep?

The goal of sleep is to achieve an uninterrupted, restful zone without risk to your health. Falling asleep and staying asleep restores energy to your mind and body.

A healthy period of sleep should be without interruption. All parts of your body will enter a relaxed condition.

The downside to full relaxation is that your throat can relax to the extent that snoring occurs. The snore reflex is triggered by air passing over your throat muscles as you breathe.

Another issue can be caused by snoring. Your airway can become blocked as your throat muscles relax and prevent healthy breathing.

A choking or gasping response is natural when this occurs. You will often awaken briefly before returning to sleep.

Each brief lapse in breathing is associated with sleep apnea. If this happens many times throughout your sleep cycle you will awaken feeling tired and fatigued.

A dental solution for better (and healthier) sleep

A CPAP device is the common treatment for sleep apnea issues. The treatment can be effective but you might find the necessary equipment that’s used to be impractical and burdensome.

Sleep dentistry provides you a less restrictive solution. A custom-designed oral appliance that’s worn while you sleep can keep your airway open and reduce or eliminate snoring.

Your jaw will also be properly aligned when using the appliance. Airflow will be improved and you’ll breathe more naturally during sleep.

Your appliance is custom-fitted to your bite and is comfortable to wear. More effective breathing when sleeping will reduce your health risks and enable you to experience a more restful sleep.

Insurance coverage could apply to your oral appliance and sleep dentistry treatment. This could be an option for you if you’re unable to tolerate the CPAP device.

Contact our Morris Park and Bronx dentist, Dr. Elena Holtzman, at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) about your sleep issues and related health concerns. Click here to schedule a dental examination to discuss sleep apnea and how a custom-fitted oral appliance can reduce your health risks, help eliminate snoring, and provide you a more restful sleep.

Invisalign Day July 15, 2016 In The Bronx

Morris Park Dental celebrated our first ever Invisalign Day in the Bronx on July 15, 2016 and it was a great success! The first lucky 25 people who signed up received:

  • Free Consultation
  • An additional $500 off Invisalign full cases started that day (your treatment includes: intraoral photos, impressions, models, 3D images of your teeth throughout treatment, all appointments, Invisalign aligners, and up to 3 modifications to your treatment as needed)
  • Free Take Home Teeth Whitening (a $399 value)
  • 24-Month interest-free financing (payments typically range from $125 to $250 per month depending on your available benefits.

If you would like to find out how Invisalign can work for you, please call our office at (718) DR-SMILE (718-377-6453) to schedule an appointment.  Please check out some pictures from the event:

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