Thursday, September 21, 2017

What Is An Apicoectomy?

At The Oyster Bay Family Dentists, our doctors perform many root canals to save and repair teeth that are badly damaged or infected.  A root canal procedure involves removing any inflamed or infected tissue, and thoroughly cleaning the root canal system.  In most root canal cases, the tooth heals and doesn’t require further treatment. When an infection won’t go away or the canals become re-infected, our doctors can perform an apicoectomy.


An apicoectomy removes damaged tissue and seals a tooth’s root from any further infections.  The procedure involves a small incision in the gums, followed by removal of any infected tissue and finally the end of the root tip itself.  A root-end filling is placed there to act as a seal, preventing reinfection. The gum is sutured, and most patients only feel slight discomfort or swelling during healing.  If you have a tooth infection lingering after a root canal gone wrong, please contact us to discuss your treatment options.


To learn more about the apicoectomy procedure and all the services we provide, 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, September 13, 2017

Drink More Water

The best thing you can do for your smile is to keep your mouth clean. In addition to brushing and flossing on a daily basis, it’s important to stay hydrated to keep your mouth moist. Water replenishes saliva, our body’s natural defense against dry mouth and tooth decay. Sugary beverages may wash down your food, but as we’ve previously mentioned, they provide no nutritional benefits to tooth enamel. Our doctors at The Oyster Bay Dentists are here to encourage you to drink more water to protect your teeth.


Water cleans the mouth with every sip, keeping teeth cavity-free. Water washes away the sugars that food and beverages leave behind to attack tooth enamel. Additionally, when saliva runs low, the mouth becomes dry. The frequent dry mouth can lead to tooth decay. Next time you reach for a sugary drink, try replacing it with water, or if you decide to consume the sugary beverage regardless, wash it down with a refreshing glass of water.


If you have questions or concerns about 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.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hygiene with Bridges

Oyster Bay’s Dr. Robert West and Dr. Denise VeyVoda are highly skilled prosthodontists, providing patients with long-lasting replacement teeth. But to ensure lasting oral health, patients need to know how their hygienic routines will change to accommodate structures such as a fixed bridge.


In the same way that patients slide floss along the sides of their teeth, they should also slide floss along the underside of the bridge. Some companies manufacture specialty floss with stiffened tips that can be threaded through the gap between the bridge and the gum. But patients can also use a threader, which is like a soft, flexible sewing needle, to loop normal floss.


Bridges that are secured with implants instead of resting on natural teeth may have a bit more space for patients to work with. Electric toothbrush and water pick manufacturers are now designing adjustable heads for their devices that can be used on implants. Patients also get good results from using a proxy brush, also known as a Christmas tree brush, to push away food debris.


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 OysterBayDentists.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

When Dental Bonding Breaks

Unfortunately, no one is immune to dental problems nor are they impervious to dental accidents. When a tooth has been damaged by injury, it may chip, crack, or fracture.  Fortunately, The Oyster Bay Family Dentists can repair the tooth with dental bonding. Dental bonding provides the same aesthetic appearance as tooth enamel, but not the same strength. Therefore, like a natural tooth, it can chip too.


Weakened tooth enamel can be repaired, but once tooth enamel is broken, it will not grow back. Dental bonding is putty like resin that is applied to the tooth, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. Like enamel, dental bonding can take a beating. If your diet consists of highly acidic foods, the acidity can damage bonding over time. With proper oral care, dental bonding can last for up to seven years. Call us immediately if you notice sharp edges, or if your teeth feel strange when you bite. This is a sign that dental bonding needs a touch-up.


If you have questions or concerns about dental bonding, 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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Extrinsic Tooth Stains

Tooth discoloration can make even the healthiest smile look undesirable. We’ve previously discussed intrinsic stains in a previous post, but now our doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists would like to discuss extrinsic stains. Extrinsic tooth stains occur on the outer surfaces of the teeth and can range in color from yellow to dark brown. Though extrinsic staining isn’t detrimental to your oral health, it may affect your self-esteem. Fortunately, we offer whitening services to fix that.


If you regularly drink beverages like coffee, tea, soda, or wine, your teeth may eventually develop a dark hue. Additionally, lifestyle habits such as smoking may also cause extrinsic stains on the tooth. Most often, extrinsic stains can be removed with professional whitening treatment. Not everyone is a candidate for whitening, so to discuss if this treatment method is right for you, schedule a consultation with The Oyster Bay Family Dentists.


If you have questions or concerns about teeth whitening 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.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fixing Loose Teeth

As prosthodontic specialists, we at Oyster Bay Family Dentistry regularly help patients who have suffered trauma to their teeth. When permanent teeth come loose slowly over time, it is usually due to periodontal disease, which we classify as secondary occlusal trauma (primary occlusal trauma is damage without infection). Fixing weak teeth requires a combination of periodontal and reconstructive therapy.


Periodontal disease doesn’t just destroy gum ligaments. It also causes the jaw bone to erode. When patients lose their back teeth, they sometimes try to compensate by chewing with their incisors. But the front teeth are not suited for that task and the bite forces they are subjected to further loosen them, and can also cause them to be pushed outwards, forming an open bite.


Antibacterial treatments and removal of dead tissue are necessary to prevent periodontal decay from getting any worse, and splints are commonly used during the reconstructive process. Whether the splint is permanent depends on the individual case. Teeth that have migrated may require orthodontic correction. Lost jaw tissue can be replaced with a bone graft, which can then be used as the basis for implants to replace any teeth that have been lost. But it’s much better for a patient to maintain their oral hygiene and come in at the first sign of trouble.


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 OysterBayDentists.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dental Abscess Causes and Treatment

Toothaches can be very painful, but when they lead to infection the problem becomes more serious. Most of us know how painful a canker sore can be, but what about a dental abscess? An abscessed tooth is a painful infection that is commonly caused by tooth decay, dental trauma, or periodontal disease. The Oyster Bay Family Dentists encourage you to seek treatment right away if you have signs of symptoms of a dental abscess.


Most abscesses are painful because they originate from a bacterial infection in the mouth. Bacteria exist in plaque, so if you lack proper oral hygiene, you increase your risk of developing a dental abscess. Abscesses can form very quickly and resemble a pus-filled bubble. The abscess will not go away on its own, so it’s impossible to seek treatment as it will need to be drained and treated with antibiotics. If the infection is not treated, it can destroy the bone surrounding the infected tooth. Rinsing with salt water may reduce the pain, but it will not eliminate the problem.


If you have questions or concerns about dental abscesses, 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.