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The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist every six months to maintain optimum <a href="/reference/conditions/dental-health">dental health</a>. During a normal check-up Michael P Gelbart, Dr. will clean your teeth. During a dental cleaning, plaque and tartar deposits are removed. If tartar builds up, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria. The purpose of getting your teeth cleaned is to leave the teeth clear and smooth so that the bacteria are unable to stick to the teeth.
Sometimes dentists refer to teeth cleaning as prophylaxis which is Greek for “to prevent beforehand”. Regular cleanings can prevent gum disease and help detect much more serious problems. Cleanings will also keep your teeth white so they will sparkle the next time you smile. The dental hygienist uses an ultrasonic instrument to loosen the larger pieces of tartar from the teeth. It also sprays water to move away debris from the working area. This instrument makes a high pitched sound, but is not sharp in any way. In order to reach the smaller pieces of tartar the hygienist will use a scaler and a curette. These curved hand tools are able to reach into smaller areas. The curves in these instruments match those of the teeth and make it easier to scrape off the harder-to-reach tartar on, and between, the teeth.
When the cleaning is done the hygienist may use a polisher to polish your teeth. Gritty paste is placed inside the cup part of the hand tool, and when it is applied it leaves the teeth shiny. Michael P Gelbart, Dr. might finish up with a fluoride treatment which will strengthen your teeth. Fluoride usually comes in different flavors and is placed into a foam tray. You will be asked to bite down for thirty seconds while the fluoride covers your teeth. After, you will rinse and spit.
Some people avoid the dentist because they are afraid of getting their teeth cleaned. If it has been a long time since you have visited the dentist, it may take longer for the hygienist to clean your teeth. If you follow up with regular dental visits, those visits will take much less time.
If at any time you feel any <a href="/reference/conditions/pain">pain</a>, be sure to let your Michael P Gelbart, Dr. know. They would be more than happy to work with you to alleviate any fear or discomfort. If you live near Brewster, NY, call (845) 279-4999 to schedule your appointment today. There is nothing better than the feeling of clean teeth to enjoy when you leave Michael P Gelbart, Dr..
Teeth whitening is used to restore discolored teeth to their natural teeth color. The discoloration may be from years of coffee consumption, wine drinking, or even smoking. Teeth whitening is now one of the most common procedures in the field of cosmetic dentistry.
Dental veneers are thin shells made up of plastic or other materials that are placed over patients’ teeth to protect them from surface damage or to improve their aesthetic appearance. Depending on their structure, veneers may be directly built up in the patient’s mouth or fabricated elsewhere and later bonded to the particular teeth. And because they are intended to improve the overall appearance of the patient’s teeth, veneers are made to resemble the color and composition of natural teeth as closely as possible. At the Family Dental Group in New York, veneers are one of the leading techniques that are being used to improve a patient’s smile.
Dentures are essentially removable replacements for missing teeth. Two types of dentures are available: complete, or full, dentures and partial dentures. Patients who need to replace an entire row of teeth use full dentures. On the other hand, partial dentures, or partials, are used when only a few of the teeth need to be replaced and some of the natural teeth are still intact. At the Family Dental Group in New York City, full and partial dentures are fabricated to resemble natural teeth as closely as possible while also taking into consideration the patient’s comfort when wearing them.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral Cancer Screenings
We all know that going to the dentist twice a year will keep our teeth healthy and help prevent gum disease. But did you know that your dentist can help detect oral cancer? As with any type of cancer, early detection is important. The earlier cancer is detected the greater the chance for a cure. <a href="/docs/203/cancer">Cancer</a> can start as small white or red spots in the mouth. It can affect the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, hard palate, soft palate, sinuses, or throat. According to the American Dental Association over 34,360 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Unfortunately, only half of those diagnosed with the disease will survive more than five years.
Michael P Gelbart, Dr. can conduct an oral cancer screening exam as part of your scheduled dental exam. As part of the exam, they will feel for lumps or irregularities on your face, head, neck, and mouth. They will also look inside your mouth for any irregularities, sores, lesions, or discolorations. If you have noticed any change the areas mentioned, it is important that you mention it. If anything suspicious is found in your mouth, you may need a brush test. This test is used to collect cells which are later sent to a lab for testing. The procedure is painless. If the cells are found to be cancerous, they may be surgically removed.
If Michael P Gelbart, Dr. finds a larger mass, a scalpel biopsy may be done. Local anesthesia will be administered so the area in question can be removed for further analysis, or they might refer you to a specialist. If cancer is found it can be treated with surgery followed by either <a href="/reference/conditions/radiation-side-effects">radiation</a> therapy, drug treatment, or a combination of the two.
There is no definitive cause of oral cancer. Though family history, smoking, an unhealthy diet, and sun exposure increases your risk of oral cancer, they are not the only factors. You can be proactive in detecting cancer. Perform monthly self-exams by looking and feeling your lips and gums. If you find a sore in your mouth that will not go away, call (845) 279-4999 to make an immediate appointment at Michael P Gelbart, Dr..
Self-screenings are good, but not enough. Dentists can detect changes that are too small for you to detect alone. The American Cancer Society recommends oral screening exams every three years for adults over twenty and under forty. They also recommend yearly exams for those patients over forty. Ask for an oral exam during your next appointment. As your partner in health, Michael P Gelbart, Dr. is dedicated to helping all our patients reach and maintain optimum overall health. Call (845) 279-4999 to schedule your appointment today.
Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a sequence of treatments that are used to eliminate infection from the pulp of a tooth. The pulp chambers are the hollow spaces within the tooth that contain nerves, blood vessels, and other cellular structures. Root canals are one of the most widely used methods to preserve the patient’s teeth and save them from extraction.
When the enamel of a tooth becomes cracked, or chipped, or gets overrun by tooth decay and cavities, the pulp of the tooth may become infected and this will result in a very painful sensation that causes the patient great discomfort. Dental experts at the Family Dental Group in New York have a streamlined process for the removal of infected components, cleaning and decontamination of the hollowed out pulp chamber, reshaping the cavity and filling them with inert materials to restore strength and structure to the tooth receiving a root canal.
Tooth colored fillings are inert filling materials that are used to fill in cavities in the tooth after they have been treated for infection. In general, tooth colored fillings are made from composite resin materials that mimic the color and texture of natural teeth very closely making them the ideal material for restorations because they are less noticeable and more appealing than alternate types of filling material. At the Family Dental Group in New York, tooth colored fillings are the go to material for this procedure because not only are they aesthetically pleasing to the eye, they are also highly compatible with dental sealants, making them the ideal pair for filling procedures.
Dental implants are intended to replace one or multiple teeth. These devices are usually made of titanium because of its biocompatibility with human bone. Dental implants are highly efficient when placed as root form implants and are positioned within the bone. Dental implants can be used when replacing a single tooth in the mouth, or multiple implants have also been used in recent years to replace multiple teeth, as an alternative to using dentures or bridges. Experts at the Family Dental Group in New York have been using dental implants to successfully replace missing teeth with a stable restoration
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and tooth bridges are two of the most widely used dental restorations that are used to replace missing teeth in a patient’s mouth. Both are fixed prosthetic devices that are anchored onto existing teeth or cemented onto dental implants. Unlike removable restorations like dentures, dental crowns and tooth bridges do away with the troublesome routine of removing the restoration when not needed and putting it back in the mouth when necessary. At the Family Dental Group in New York, dental crowns and tooth bridges are often used in patients who require the replacement of multiple teeth, and the success rate for such procedures has been phenomenal.
The temporomandibular joints (<a href="/reference/conditions/temporomandibular-joint-tmj-disorders">TMJ</a>) are located in the area in front of the ears where the upper and lower jaws meet. These ball and socket joints work in unison. Between the two bones of the joint sits the articular disc, a disc made up of a cartilage-like substance. This disc keeps the bones from rubbing against each other.
These joints are the most used joints in the body. They move every time the mouth opens and closes to eat, talk or yawn. Because they are used so often, there are many disorders associated with the joints being unbalanced or overstressed. These disorders are often called TMJ but this refers to the joints. Problems or disorders with the tempromomandibular joints are called TMD.
Symptoms include: <a href="/docs/305/migraine">migraines</a>, jaw pain, <a href="/reference/conditions/ear-disorders">ear pain</a>, <a href="/reference/conditions/dizziness-vertigo">dizziness</a>, and clogged ears. Hearing a popping sound in the jaw or a constant ringing in the ears can also be an indication of TMD. Sometimes the jaw will actually “lock” in place leaving the jaw immobile. Patients who experience one or more of these symptoms should contact Michael P Gelbart, Dr. at (845) 279-4999 so they can help evaluate the cause and ease your discomfort.
They will first work with you to determine the cause of the symptoms so they can effectively treat the cause. TMD symptoms can be caused by Myofacial pain dysfunction, Costen’s syndrome, teeth grinding, constant gum chewing, fingernail biting, jaw fractures, <a href="/docs/180/arthritis">arthritis</a> and stress. Dental problems and misalignments also have been known to cause problems with the TMJ joints. If the small disks between the jawbone and the sockets are displaced or perforated, this could also cause pain in the TMJ joints.
Michael P Gelbart, Dr. will evaluate the area, ordering dental x-rays and CT scans if necessary. If they think there might be a problem with the tissue, a MRI also may be ordered. Most of the discomfort associated with TMD can be eased with nonsurgical treatments. If the problem is minor, it can be treated with jaw rest or heat and ice therapy. You may get prescriptions for medication or cortisone preparation. Physical therapy, stress management or corrective dental therapy may also be needed.
If the problem is more serious, you may be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. These surgeons specialize in the jaws, teeth, and mouth areas. The surgeon may use arthroscopy or repair tissue by a directly repair the problem with surgery.
Call Michael P Gelbart, Dr. at (845) 279-4999 if you have any persistent symptoms. If you catch the problem early, it can be resolved before it causes you major discomfort or the need for surgery. If you live near Brewster, NY, Michael P Gelbart, Dr. can work with you to find both the cause and solutions for your problem.
Periodontal treatment is a branch of dentistry that deals specifically with gum disease and is responsible for managing the symptoms that aggravate the condition. Gum disease is a serious condition that must be given immediate attention because, if left untreated, it will proceed to destroy the soft tissues and bones that support the teeth. Complications of gum disease may involve tooth loss, or an increased risk of heart failure and other equally crucial problems in extreme cases. Gum disease is usually a result of poor oral hygiene. It results in swollen gums that are red or purplish in color, tenderness in the gums when they are touched, receding gum lines that make the teeth look longer than they normally are, the development of spaces in between the patient’s teeth, pus development in between the teeth and gums, bad breath, loosened teeth that alter a patient’s bite, and generally a bad taste in the mouth. At the Family Dental Grew up in New York, a dedicated department that specializes in periodontal treatment effectively manages the signs and symptoms of gum disease.
Orthodontics refers to the treatment of improper bites that could have been a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaws, or even both. The goal of our orthodontists here at the Family Dental Group is to enhance your dental health and ultimately make you look good and feel good about yourself. Orthodontic treatments aim to provide you with a good bite which involves having straight teeth that perfectly matches your teeth on the opposite jaw to make it easier for you to bite, speak, and chew. Teeth that are crooked and do not fit correctly are harder to clean and can lead to various dental problems after some time. In our 4 offices in NYC, Fishkill, Brewster, and Jefferson Valley, we encourage our patients to make this valuable investment because this could be a good option in keeping your teeth for a lifetime.
Sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing during sleep, a common problem that affects both adults and children. Certain sleep apnea types can be treated by your dentist or oral surgeon. Your doctor may also be a part of the diagnosis and treatment.
The National Institutes of Health estimate that more than 12 million Americans have sleep apnea, most often undetected or misdiagnosed. In fact, conservative estimates suggest that only 16 percent of sleep apnea sufferers receive treatment.
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