Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination
Regular dental check-ups are very necessary, because we believe it is the best policy to treat problems as they arise, rather than allow them to progress to such a point that treatment is unavoidable or even doubtful. Prevention is better than cure! A part of great oral health and periodontal (gum) care is good oral hygiene, which is provided by the fantastic team of oral hygienists at our New York City practice.
In addition to the thorough professional cleanings performed by our excellent team of oral hygienists, we also teach our patients how to properly take care of their teeth in between check-ups. This involves more than just twice daily brushing, but also the correct brushing and flossing techniques. We are also happy to recommend dental hygiene products and even offer samples for you to try out at home.
A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.
Custom Night Guards
We can custom make night guards for patients whose teeth show evidence of grinding (Bruxism) and jaw-clenching, which may lead to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
Scaling and Root Planing
If we diagnose gum problems, such as gingivitis or more severe gum disease, our dentist may recommend a root scaling or planning procedure to New York patients. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and in helping you not only to keep your natural teeth, but to also keep them looking beautiful and healthy.
Root planing and scaling are often necessary for the treatment of advanced gum disease. They are non-surgical procedures in which a periodontist (gum specialist) uses specialized instruments to remove deposits of plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line. The root surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and then polished so that the gums have a much better chance of healing and of reattaching themselves to the roots. Eliminating calculus from beneath the gum line is an essential step in the treatment of gum disease and can alleviate the symptoms of inflammation, swelling, and a receded gum line.
The dentists and oral hygienists at our general dentistry practice in New York City will also make suggestions for preventative measures, such as dental sealants if you have particularly deep cusps (crevasses) in your molars.
Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.