Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Alzheimer's Disease and Gum Disease

As specialists in dentures, it’s no surprise to us at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists that gum disease is closely tied to disease throughout the body. Dentists have long known that there appears to be a correlation between periodontal infections and Alzheimer’s disease, but it was thought that people with memory problems simply struggled with oral hygiene. Within the past few months, new studies have been published that shed more light on this issue and the importance of prevention.


One of the bacteria species that causes gum disease is Porphyromonas gingivalis. It secretes toxic enzymes called gingipains as a defense against white blood cells. Gingipains are found at elevated levels in the brains and spinal fluid of people with Alzheimer’s disease. We also know that P. gingivalis causes the production of components of the plaque that disrupt Alzheimer’s patients’ neurons. Another recent study established that P. gingivalis is able to move from the gums to the brain in living humans.


Scientists caution that it is too soon to say that gum disease is the sole cause of Alzheimer’s and that there are likely other factors, as well. But there is good reason to believe that gum infections and Alzheimer’s exist in a feedback loop. New research is being done into whether treating gum disease can break that loop, but it is a good idea in the meantime for everyone to stay vigilant in their brushing.


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 3, 2019

Instructions after Tooth Extractions

We don’t remove teeth without a good reason, but extractions are a routine procedure that can usually be completed without a problem. To ensure that patients understand the importance of following instructions, we at the Oyster Bay Family Dentists wanted to explain a little bit about why we take certain precautions.


Our main concern after removing a tooth is that the socket does not dry out. After a tooth is removed, healthy blood will form a clot that seals off the socket and the exposed jaw bone. But if the clot does not form or does not stay in place, not only will the socket become painfully dry, it will also become a way for bacteria and other harmful substances to enter the body. In the worse cases, tissue of the jaw bone could become necrotized.


Patients are advised to avoid sucking on straws or eating sticky foods after getting an extraction, because these could dislodge the clot. Smoking could also prevent a clot’s formation or create a suction that would dislodge it. Some medications also interfere with clotting, which is why patients should make sure to disclose all of them to us. A dry socket is a greater risk when removing the lower wisdom teeth, so those patients especially should be on guard against the bad taste and smell that could indicate a problem. If a dry socket does develop, we’ll be able to treat it with a pain-relieving, antibacterial dressing.


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, June 27, 2019

Cosmetic Care after Pulp Infections

We take care at the Oyster Bay Family Dentists that our patients will be pleased with the appearance of their smiles. When providing prosthetic teeth, we match their color to the teeth the patient already has, and we provide whitening services to remove external stains. But what do we do about intrinsic stains? Those could require a different approach because of their implication about a patient’s health.


Some intrinsic stains are harmless. Teeth may appear brown if a patient consumed too much fluoride during their childhood or black if they were exposed to tetracycline antibiotics. But those are rare cases. More often, intrinsic stains are due to an injury to the dental pulp. Besides causing a tooth to be black, red, or purple in color, pulp injuries and infections usually cause pain and a bad smell. If left untreated, an infection can spread, causing an abscess in the gum.


Root canal therapy is the normal way of removing infected pulp. Once the infected material is out and the patient is in less danger, their tooth may be filled with whitening gel and then sealed. After a week, the whitening agent can be removed and the tooth may be filled in normally. If the patient is still displeased with the color of their tooth, it may be covered with a veneer.


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, June 6, 2019

Periodontal Splinting

Having a loose permanent tooth doesn’t bring the same amount of excitement that it did when you were a kid. As an adult, it’s often a sign of injury, lost gum tissue, misalignment, or orthodontic treatment. Trying to eat or speak becomes uncomfortable. Drs. Robert G. West and Denise VeyVoda of The Oyster Bay Family Dentists offer a solution. Periodontal splinting attaches your weak teeth to strong ones, creating a single, stable unit. Contact our office in Oyster Bay, NY, to learn more.


 


Schedule an appointment with your Oyster Bay dentist as soon as a loose tooth is noted. Otherwise, it can damage other dental structures. Trauma is the biggest culprit for a loose tooth. Grinding or clenching your teeth is also a probable reason. Some patients even experience a combination of the two. Periodontal disease is also a likely cause.


 


By splinting your loose teeth, Drs. West or VeyVoda are able to correct your misaligned bite. This relieves the pressure behind the looseness. Temporary and permanent splints are offered. For temporary splints, there are extra-coronal and intra-coronal. The placement defines the kind needed. Extra are bonded to the enamel while intra requires a channel in the teeth. For permanent splints, a splint fuses the crowns of each tooth together.


 


Drs. Robert G. West and Denise VeyVoda are located in Oyster Bay, NY. To schedule an appointment at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists, visit our website or call 516-922-5730.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Gum Grafting

Drs. Robert G. West and Denise VeyVoda of The Oyster Bay Family Dentist offer gum grafting procedures to our patients. These are necessary when patients don’t follow recommended oral routines. Periodontal disease manifests when proper brushing and flossing isn’t utilized. The early stage is Gingivitis. It can be reversed while later stages of periodontal disease cannot. When your gums begin to recede gum grafting is necessary. Contact our office in Oyster Bay, NY.


 


Gingivitis occurs when bacteria and plaque manifest. This bacteria will continuously multiple until large pockets are formed. Drs. West or VeyVoda can clean these pockets out. This won’t get rid of them though. They reveal an abnormal amount of the tooth itself, making it dangerous and displeasing to look at.


 


A gum graft can fix this. It restores and corrects these gum pockets. Your Oyster Bay dentist starts by numbing the areas with a local anesthetic. Gum tissue is removed from the top of the mouth. It’s then stretched and stitched over the gums. The outcome is to cover the exposed areas of the tooth. A successful procedure encourages the gums to grow on their own.


 


Following your post-operative instructions is necessary for a successful procedure. It should take between 2-3 weeks to fully heal. It’s important to avoid eating difficult food during this time. Try to eat only soft and cold foods. Don’t engage in any sorts of vigorous exercise. Be very careful when brushing and flossing the healing area.


 


To learn more about the gum grafting procedure, contact The Oyster Bay Family Dentists. We are located in Oyster Bay, NY. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Robert G. West or Denise VeyVoda, visit our website or call 516-922-5730.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Lumineers

Dental lumineers are similar to porcelain veneers with one big difference: lumineers require no preparation and are done quickly. Veneers are made of thick porcelain while lumineers are ultra thin. At The Oyster Bay Family Dentists, Drs. Robert G. West and Denise VeyVoyda can directly apply lumineers to your teeth. It’s quick, painless, and easy. Contact our office in Oyster Bay, NY, to learn more.


 


You don’t have to be embarrassed about your smile with lumineers. They correct issues like stained, chipped, gapped, crooked, and misshapen teeth. The entire process takes two easy visits to your Oyster Bay dentists. At the first appointment, your upper and lower teeth are used to create an impression or mold. Your customized cosmetic devices are created in a dental laboratory from the supplied impressions. Unlike veneers, you won't need drilling, shots, or temporary restoratives.


 


The lumineers are made between 2-3 weeks. You’ll schedule your second appointment after they’ve returned. Drs. West or VeyVoda will have you test out the lumineers. If they fit, they’ll be placed directly onto your teeth. It’s as easy as that.


 


There are many benefits to dental lumineers. The biggest being that it’s a timesaver. You only need two appointments for the complete process. You also save your natural teeth with lumineers. Veneers require you to trim off layers of your natural teeth. Not the case with lumineers. The bond is a lot more secure. Lumineers are placed directly onto the enamel. Lastly, it avoids creating post-procedure teeth sensitivity.


 


If you are interested in learning more about dental lumineers, contact The Oyster Bay Family Dentists. We are located in Oyster Bay, NY. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Robert G. West and Denise VeyVoda, visit our website or call 516-922-5730.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dental Implants

Teeth are like a puzzle, they’re meant to come in a complete set. The puzzle doesn’t work without that missing piece. That’s why Drs. Robert G. West and Denise VeyVoda offer dental implant services to our patients at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists. Located in Oyster Bay, NY, dental implants are a permanent and recommended solution for missing teeth.


 


The entire process takes over a few months to complete. It starts with your Oyster Bay dentist taking x-rays of your mouth and jaw. If your bone structure is looking strong, you’ll be eligible for implants. Otherwise, you may need to get a bone graft.


 


At the beginning of the procedure, the specific area receives a dosing of local anesthetic. This will minimize any pain or discomfort. Drs. West or VeyVoda creates an incision in the gums. The implant, composed of a titanium screw, is inserted. It’s then shut with a suture. The placement of a temporary dental crown restores everyday functions. This lets you continue to eat and speak normally. It takes between 3-6 months for the area to heal. A healing process called osseointegration occurs, where the bone grows around the screw.


 


Once the implant has healed, the next stage can begin. An abutment is placed onto the screw. It will serve as the base for your new restorative device. A permanent restorative device is created from the abutment. At your final appointment, it’s permanently placed.


 


To learn more about dental implants, contact The Oyster Bay Family Dentists. Our office is located in Oyster Bay, NY. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Robert G. West or Denise VeyVoda, visit our website or call 516-922-5730.