Cosmetic Dentistry Articles

Cosmetic Dentistry Articles

How do dental offices scan for oral cancer?

An important part of your regular checkup is to have an examination for oral cancer. This is a quick and easy check that is completely pain-free, but it’s absolutely vital. During this examination Dr. Penchas or another of our dentists will examine your oral tissues very carefully. This is to check for any signs of lumps and thickening in tissues, and any changes in color …

Dental Implant Maintenance

In fact the opposite is true, and even though the implant post is made from inert titanium it’s still inserted into living bone. As such it does require regular maintenance and monitoring to ensure no problems are developing that could affect the implant, the crown or the surrounding bone and gum tissue. Keeping your Dental Implant Free from Plaque and Calculus This is one of …

Can I Superglue My Tooth Back On?

  So you might wonder, can I superglue my tooth back on if it falls off? This is definitely not a good idea, and if you read the back label of a tube of superglue then you’ll see there are all sorts of dire warnings about the effects of this glue on skin. If you try to glue your tooth back on with superglue then …

What to expect after a Tooth Extraction

There are many reasons for tooth extraction, the most common are: Tooth decay, broken or damaged tooth Advanced gum disease Non-functional, malpositioned or impacted tooth Orthodontic purposes Whatever the reason, the dentist must discuss in detail how the extraction can affect the remaining teeth. When a tooth is removed through extraction, the remaining teeth may loosen, move or drift. The missing tooth may also affect …

Midtown Dentistry Practices Infection Control

Infection Control Infection is a possibility after every dental procedure both for the dental staff and patients. That is why at Midtown Dentistry, we follow the recommendations set by the American Dental Association, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA) and various federal agencies regarding infection control in our clinic. It is our commitment to provide not only modern services and …

Patients want comfort and safety at each dental visit!

Patient Comfort and Safety Midtown Dentistry is committed to bringing its patients not only the most modern dental services but also their utmost comfort and safety before, during and after the procedure. As soon as you enter our clinic you are welcomed by our friendly but professional staff and guide you through the waiting lounge and make sure that you are accommodated immediately. We Make …

10 After Dental Treatment Care Instructions

After Tooth Extraction If you had tooth extraction, which is considered a minor procedure, it is common to experience bleeding right after but there is no need to panic. What the patient needs to do is follow these home care instructions: Put a gauze pad on the extraction site and bite it gently to absorb the blood. Let it stay for at least half an …

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

There are many ways to whiten teeth. Depending on the teeth stains that you have, dental whitening treatments differ from one another. It ranges from the whitening toothpastes in stores, over-the-counter bleaching kits, to the more expensive professional whitening treatments by dentists. Each one works differently from one another, and can cost anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Teeth stains are …

Should I go to the Dentist if I am Pregnant?

You may ask yourself, should I go to the dentist if I am pregnant? A pregnancy is always a health risk among women patients. However, generally, there is nothing wrong with visiting the dentist if you are pregnant. Some dentists even recommend regularly visiting the dentist even during pregnancy because of a change in the hormones. Moreover, keeping a healthy oral hygiene lessens the health …

Does stress cause oral health problems?

Canker Sores Canker sores are not typically dangerous, but they are very bothersome. These small whitish or grayish ulcers in the mouth are quite painful, and often appear in pairs or more. Experts do not exactly know what causes them, but a number of factors affect it. This could include immune system problems, viruses, or even stress. Fatigue and allergies increase the risk of getting …

Can Dental Cleaning  Cause an Infection?

 A dental cleaning is part of a healthy oral hygiene. It involves the removal of  plaque and tartar deposits that build up on the surface of the teeth. Plaque is  the sticky, bacteria-infested substance on your teeth, while the tartar  deposits are the hard ones. Saliva has calcium, and other substances that  protect our teeth, but it can also add to the calcium build-up on …

Dry mouth, an oral health problem?

 Why is having a dry mouth considered an oral health problem? Our mouths need saliva to cleanse it and to help in digesting food. It is also responsible for preventing infection because it controls the bacteria. If the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, it gets dry. This condition is called xerostomia. There are many causes for this condition. These may include the following: Side effect …

The Truth About Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is your number one ally in fighting cavities and tartar – but it could also be storing all the dirt and bacteria that you have in the bathroom. The truth about your toothbrush from researchers at England’s University of Manchester found out that an uncovered toothbrush harbors over a hundred million bacteria, including those that cause diarrhea and skin infections. However, our mouths …

Is Drill-less Dentistry Available Today?

Going to the dentist may sound really scary for some people because of the drilling sounds. However, there are some dentists, where drill-less dentistry is available. They are also called air abrasions or microabrasion. Air is used to remove tooth decay and other plaque, as well as to prepare the tooth surface for sealers and other bonds. So if you have serious fear of dental drills, drill-less …

Do Teeth Whitening Toothpastes Work?

Who doesn’t want whiter teeth? Everyone probably wants a whiter set of pearlies, because it can definitely brighten up a person’s face. Because of that, there are also a lot of whitening toothpastes on the market nowadays. Their ingredients vary from one another, and there are others that are more expensive than the usual ones. However, the question remains: do teeth whitening toothpastes work? Whitening toothpastes …

Are You Allergic to Dental Root Canal Fillers

There are many things used during a root canal procedure. Aside from the latex-based fillings, there are injectable anesthetics, surface disinfectants, topical anesthetics and topical anesthetic agents. Always check with your dentist to lessen the risks of possible allergic reactions. Gutta-percha is one of the most common fillings used in root canal nowadays. Gutta-percha is a purified form of Mazer Wood Trees mixed with zinc …

Can Fish Oil Help Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal diseases are quite bothersome, as it affects more than half of adults and are even linked to heart problems like strokes and attacks. It is also the main cause for tooth loss. Such diseases might not be too obvious during its first stages, but a lot of people fail to realize that they have such diseases. These gum diseases, if not properly treated, may …

Good Oral Hygiene Prevents HPV Infection

 What is HPV Infection? HPV, or human papillomavirus, is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. These HPVs also infect throats and mouths of both males and females. Aside from genital-to-genital contact, HPV can be passed on during oral sex. Infected persons to not even know that they are infected, and HPV may even be passed years after contact with an infected person. Although …

Are Amalgam Dental Fillings Safe?

Have you wondered….. Are amalgam dental fillings safe? Amalgam fillings, or silver fillings, are alloys of mercury mixed with other metals, like silver and tine, which are used for sealing a tooth cavity. Because of its low cost, strength and durability, it became a popular dental restorative filling since the 1800’s. However, over the years, there are many concerns about the amalgams’ safety, mainly because …

Prosthodontics

The same applies to dentistry.  There is your general dentist whom you probably see for your biannual dental exam and cleanings.  If there is an extensive dental issue, your general dentist most likely will refer you to that specialist so that you will benefit from the best dental care. Dental specialties include: Periodontist:  Deals with specifically the gums and surrounding tissues. Pedodontist:  Treats children and …

What is happening with my crown?

A burning sensation or pain around the crown can be due to several things:. Excess cement around the crown and under the gum. An allergic reaction to the material used in constructing the crown. An allergic reaction to the dental cement. An allergic reaction to dentifrices; tooth paste, floss, Injury around the crown due to aggressive flossing or brushing. An improperly fitting crown or restoration. …

Dental Sterilizers Often Are Not Sterile

  Sterilization Gets Ride of Spores Most importantly, sterilization eradicates a specific type of microorganism called “spores” that is often resistant to antimicrobial agents in disinfectants. Sterilization techniques that are used in a dental office are sterilization machines, also termed “autoclaves,” that combine precise levels of pressure and heat necessary to kill organisms invisible to the naked eye. How do these machines work? You may …

Home Made Mouthwash is Cheap and Affective

A mouthwash serves to help reduce the daily build-up of the thin, invisible layer of bacteria that forms around teeth known as plaque. Fighting plaque is important to prevent a number of conditions:  the development of tartar (or hardened plaque), the presence of cavities that eventually lead to tooth decay, toxins that progress into gum disease, and bad breath. It is important to note that …

Enhance Your Smile with Dental Veneers

You know what “ Smile Power” is.  It’s that feel-good, on-top of the world-confident feeling you have when you know your smile is the best it can be.  And everyone knows that porcelain veneers in Houston, TX are bigger and better with a complete smile makeover. Veneers are very thin coverings that are permanently cemented to the teeth being cosmetically restored and require much less …

Oral Cancer and Dental Oncology

Oral cancer.  It’s a subject no one likes to think about or discuss, but unfortunately it is one of the most common types of cancer with a low survival rate. Usually at the time of detection, it is most likely in an advanced stage. This is why it’s important that you choose a dentist who has expertise in oncology as well as dentistry.  Today most …

The Cost of Delaying Treatment on a Cavity

Are cavities a big deal?  If left untreated, they can be… Cavities are the start of tooth decay.  Typically a Dental Hygienist can catch a cavity in its early stages during a regular teeth cleaning appointment. Your Hygienist can refer you to the Dentist, who can repair a small cavity with a simple procedure known as a filling. Ignoring a cavity, however, can end up …

What is a prosthodontist?

Every day, your teeth are subjected to constant wear and tear, and sometimes the damage can’t be taken care of by a general dentist. This is where a prosthodontist comes in. Prosthodontists such as Dr. Jonathan Penchas are expert dentists, with 3-4 years additional post-doctoral education and training after completing dental school. What is a prosthodontist? Prosthodontists specialize in the cosmetic restoration and replacement of …

Digital Impressions at Midtown Dentistry

A dental impression is necessary for the creation of dentures, veneers, & crowns.  This usually involves pressing a soft, gooey material around the teeth and gums, & allowing the material to harden.  Then, a “cast” is custom-made to fit the patient’s restoration. Traditionally, getting dental impressions can be an uncomfortable and unnecessarily lengthy process for a patient.  Unpleasant materials must be pressed against their teeth …

Why visit your dentist regularly?

Why visit your dentist regularly? It may not seem necessary to regularly visit your dentist; however it is essential for monitoring and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Earlier detection for changes can be addressed; as recent studies show the importance to maintain a healthy mouth for our overall health.  Oral infections have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. What to expect? A six month appointment …

 

 

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