Saturday, April 21, 2018

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

As dentists who offer prosthetic teeth and body parts to those suffering from cancer, we are observing Oral Cancer Awareness Month. This disease is treatable if caught in time, but can do incredible amounts of harm. We want our patients to know what they need to watch out for and why it matters.


The most recent statistics indicate that almost 50,000 people in the United States get diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Among people who are newly diagnosed, 40% do not live for more than five years. However, dentists can often find oral cancer before it spreads by searching for red and white spots or lesions in the patients’ mouths. We can also use a specialized light to examine soft materials below the surface of the oral cavity. If something suspicious is found, a sample of the tissue can be sent to a laboratory for diagnosis.


Besides the signs dentists look for, patients should also know to seek help if they experience ringing in their ears, pain on one side of their head, or feel as if there is persistent a lump in their throat they are unable to swallow. Smoking and alcohol use are highly correlated with mouth and throat cancer, and the later can also be caused by HPV.


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, April 11, 2018

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is primarily used to treat receding gums where tooth has been exposed. When plaque and bacteria build up at the gum line, the gums start to pull away from the teeth and stretch, forming little pockets around the buildup. Even when these little pockets are cleaned out, they remain at the gum line and cause the gums to recede.  The doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists can help you correct this by repairing deficient gums with a gum graft. 


A gum graft procedure consists of harvesting healthy tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth and transferring it to the site that needs reinforcement. This gives the deficient gum a replacement, and encourages growth of new material around the graft.  Gum grafting can be performed when receding gums become unsightly, or to cover teeth that have been exposed by receding gums and become much more sensitive.  If you think you could benefit from a gum graft, please contact us.


To learn more about gum grafting 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, April 4, 2018

Bone Grafting For Dental Implants

A bone graft is the term for harvesting bone material from a healthy location and grafting it to a location that is broken or weakened.  The doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists use this method to strengthen jaw bones in preparation for dental implants.


Missing a tooth for an extended period of time can leave the jaw bone vulnerable and compromise its structure.  When a patient needs an implant for a permanent replacement tooth, a bone graft reinforces the jaw bone so it is strong enough to handle the placement of an implant. 


In one procedure, bone material is harvested from a healthy location in the patient’s mouth and grafted to the compromised area of the jaw bone.  This strengthens the weakened bone, and encourages growth of new bone material as it heals.  After the procedure, the bone graft will be monitored over the course of months.  When the jaw bone has strengthened enough to handle the placement of an implant, our doctors can move forward with the patient’s plan of care.


To learn more about bone grafting 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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Benefits of Veneers

If you have teeth that are gapped, chipped, broken, or fractured, our doctors at The Oyster Bay Family Dentists would like to tell you about veneers. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. Veneers are an irreversible process, so it’s important to have all of your questions answered before moving forward. Allow us to explain more about this cosmetic procedure.


Veneers are used to recreate the natural look of teeth while also providing strength and resilience that resembles tooth enamel. The process of veneers takes one or two appointments. During your first visit, our doctors will discuss the new shape and look of what we are going to accomplish by placing the veneers. Afterward, an impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to our laboratory where the veneers will be created. During your second visit, your veneers will be placed and you will be able to show off your new smile.


If you have questions or concerns about veneers, 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, March 14, 2018

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Everyone has a set of wisdom teeth, but this set of ‘final molars’ often stays impacted.  Some patients experience these teeth beginning to erupt, usually between the ages of 17 and 24.  Even when that happens, there is not enough space in the mouth for these wisdom teeth to grow, which is why the Oyster Bay Family Dentists typically recommend extraction. 


Keeping wisdom teeth too long can cause oral discomfort and headaches, as well as damage the surrounding teeth and put a patient at risk for infection. If you experience swollen or tender gums around the wisdom teeth, jaw pain, or facial swelling, give us a call. We can determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed, and discuss sedation options and procedure with you.  The procedure will include stitches and some down time, but following instructions, a patient’s recovery shouldn’t take more than a week.


To learn more about wisdom teeth extraction 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, March 7, 2018

Crown Lengthening

The Oyster Bay Family Dentists want every patient to experience their best smile.  Even when patients take great care of their teeth, they may think their gums keep them from their perfect smile.  It is normal for some people to have more gum tissue than others and when it results in a gummy smile, we can correct it by a procedure called crown lengthening.  


Crown lengthening is the term for removing excess gum tissue from the surface of the teeth and sculpting the gum line.  Dentists often do this in order to expose more of a tooth and affix a restoration like a crown. We also offer crown lengthening for cosmetics so that any patient can have their perfect smile.  Local anesthetic is used while your dentist removes excess gum tissue with either a scalpel or laser tools.  The procedure only comes with minor discomfort afterwards, and result is a pleasing ratio of teeth to gums that creates an even smile.  Contact us if you think your smile would benefit from crown lengthening!


To learn more about crown lengthening 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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Oral Cancer and Alcohol

The prosthodontists of the Oyster Bay Family Dentists provide reconstructive surgery to people who have suffered the ravages of oral cancer. But we also want our patients to know how to avoid this disease in the first place, which is why we strive to provide the latest information.


Recently, the American Society of Clinical Oncology released a study which examined the relationship between cancer and alcohol. They found that alcohol use is the cause of about 5% of new cancer cases, including of oral cancer. This is concerning because most people are aware of the danger posed by smoking and HPV, but are not aware of that of alcohol. The research did not show that the odds of cancer developing differed between different types of alcohol, but it did show that even moderate drinking carries a risk.


Scientists are still debating why alcohol would lead to oral cancer. Some hypothesize that it damages the soft tissues in the mouth, which then have to regrow. But one positive finding of the research was that when people stop drinking, their chances of developing cancer in any part of the aerodigestive tract declines.


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.