Monday, August 20, 2018

Back-to-School Check-Ups

The Oyster Bay Family Dentists are not only specialists in prosthodontics. We also provide general dental care to people of all ages. Everybody should get their teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. For children, check-ups are especially important because they allow us to monitor their development and plan interventions. If they’ve missed an appointment, the beginning of the school year is a great time to make up for it.


Children get dental infections more often than adults. While baby teeth are not permanent, pain can still be severely detrimental to a child’s well-being, and it is good for them to learn good oral hygiene habits early. Gingivitis or toothaches in a child may also be an indicator of another issue, such as diabetes or sinus infections, so children’s complaints should always be taken seriously. A check-up provides us with a chance to administer a fluoride sealant, which will provide additional protection against tooth decay.


Our office is particularly well-equipped to carry out dental extractions. During a child’s appointment, we’ll use x-rays to determine whether their adult teeth are coming in correctly, or if the wisdom teeth or others need to be removed. If necessary, we can also refer children for orthodontic work to ensure a healthy, attractive smile.


Drs. Denise VeyVoda and Robert G. West operate The Oyster Bay Family Dentists at 123 South Street, Oyster Bay, New York, 11771. To schedule an appointment, call 516-922-5730 or visit Oyster Bay Dentists and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Friday, August 3, 2018

When to Replace Fillings

Nobody should put up with a toothache. Sensitive teeth require the attention of a dentist, and if the problem is related to a filling, it will not get better on its own. At the Oyster Bay Family Dentists, we want our patients to be aware of when a filling needs to be replaced.


Before placement of a filling, the decayed portion of the tooth is drilled away. This may cause discomfort for the patient for a few days, but the pain should not be severe or last for long. The patient also should not have any difficulty closing their teeth together. If they do, the filling is “high” and needs to be contoured. If the filling seems to be leaking, the material must have changed shape while setting and needs to be removed to prevent infection.


The bonding used to cement teeth is not permanent. The upper lifespan of a filling is about ten years. After that, the bonding may crack, creating a place for bacteria to hide in. During regular dental appointments, a dentist will check to ensure the stability of the patient’s fillings and remove ones that are at risk of failure.


Drs. Denise VeyVoda and Robert G. West operate The Oyster Bay Family Dentists at 123 South Street, Oyster Bay, New York, 11771. To schedule an appointment, call 516-922-5730 or visit Oyster Bay Dentists and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Avoiding Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

The oral surgeons at Oyster Bay are highly experienced providers of extractions and replacement teeth. In order to help patients better understand their options, we wanted to provide information about a rare but serious issue called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ).


Osteonecrosis refers to the death of bone tissue. It could happen to the jaw if it was exposed by something such as a severe infection, but in the modern world, it typically only happens as a result of tooth extractions. When teeth are extracted, the sockets usually close over the exposed jaw bone, but there could be complications if the patient is on bisphosphonate medication. This kind of medication is used to prevent bone resorption and is used to combat osteoporosis and the side effects of chemotherapy. Most ONJ cases occur in people who received bisphosphonates intravenously.


If ONJ is identified, the dead bone can be shaved and treated with an anti-bacterial rinse. But it can be avoided completely if patients fully disclose their medications and future treatment plans with all of their doctors, so oncologists will know not to start chemotherapy until after tooth extractions and oral surgeons will know not to recommend extractions to people on bisphosphonates.


Drs. Denise VeyVoda and Robert G. West operate The Oyster Bay Family Dentists at 123 South Street, Oyster Bay, New York, 11771. To schedule an appointment, call 516-922-5730 or visit Oyster Bay Dentists and fill out a contact sheet.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a great solution for patients that are looking to literally “bridge the gap” created by one or more missing teeth. The Oyster Bay Family Dentists use dental bridges to restore smiles, improve talking and chewing ability, and in some cases help improve patient speech. Missing teeth can make it more difficult for patients to produce certain sounds when speaking, and the replacement of those missing teeth can help the patient form those sounds more effectively.


The process of creating a bridge begins by reshaping the anchor teeth (abutments) to which the bridge will be attached. After the anchor teeth are prepared, an impression of the teeth is taken and sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the impression to create a model of the teeth as they appear in the patient's mouth. Then a bridge is custom-made to properly fit and feel as close to natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of crowns that cover the anchor teeth and a pontic (or pontics), which look like and act as the replacement tooth or teeth.


If you have questions or concerns about cosmetic dental services or restorative dental services, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.oysterbaydentists.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists in Oyster Bay, NY, call 516-922-5730.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Juvederm Fillers in Oyster Bay, NY

As we grow older our skin begins to lose its tightness. It may also cause us to lose confidence in ourselves and can leave a person feeling self-conscious, making them think they look older than they actually are. Luckily there is a solution. The Oyster Bay Family Dentists offer non-surgical injectable filler called Juvederm that is FDA-approved to instantly smooth moderate to severe wrinkles around your nose and mouth for up to one year with optimal treatment.


When you visit The Oyster Bay Family Dentists for Juvederm treatment, the procedure takes about 15 minutes with immediate results and no recovery time. Patients should be aware that not every wrinkle-filler is right for every type of wrinkle. The least risks and best results come from using the right one correctly. Side effects are rare but can include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site.


If you have questions or concerns about cosmetic dental services or Juvederm Fillers, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.oysterbaydentists.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists in Oyster Bay, NY, call 516-922-5730.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Teeth Whitening

The Oyster Bay Family Dentists see many patients who want to be able to present their brightest and whitest smile.  Many ask the doctors and staff about over the counter products, and have tried them with underwhelming results.  Instead of winging it with retail products, come see us for a consultation and get your own custom whitening system!


During a consultation, your dentist will examine the level of staining on your teeth and be able to tell you what kind of results you can expect from the whitening system. To whiten your teeth at home, you will be fit with custom whitening trays made from molds of your teeth.  For a treatment, apply the whitening gel directly onto the trays and fit them over your teeth.  Your dentist will advise how often you should treat at home and how long each treatment can last.  Following dentist’s instructions, patients have seen this system whiten their smiles 4-8 shades!


To learn more about teeth whitening and all the services provided at the practice, visit www.oysterbaydentists.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists in Oyster Bay, NY, call 516-922-5730.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Halitosis: Chronic Bad Breath

Halitosis, also known as chronic bad breath, is something that mints, mouthwash, or gum, will not remedy. Unlike morning breath or a strong smell that lingers after a pungent meal, halitosis lingers for weeks, maybe months at a time. Halitosis can result in an anxiety among those affected and may leave you feeling bad about yourself. The Oyster Bay Family Dentists don’t ever want to see that happen and encourage you to schedule an oral exam to assess the condition.


If a daily dental routine of brushing and flossing isn’t reducing the odor in your mouth, you may be a victim of periodontal disease, cavities, and/or dry mouth. If you’re a smoker, tobacco can dry out the mouth leaving you with oral discomfort and bad breath. By drinking plenty of water, and cutting down on caffeine and cigarettes, you’re not only doing your breath a favor, but you’re making a wise decision for your oral health and periodontal health as well. Treatment for halitosis will depend on the cause, but if it’s hindering your self-esteem and leaving you feeling unconfident, please give us a call to get the problem under control.


If you have questions or concerns about oral care or dental health, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.oysterbaydentists.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists in Oyster Bay, NY, call 516-922-5730.