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Dental Abscess: A Royal Pain in the Mouth

What is a dental abscess?

Ugh!

If you’re experiencing pain in your mouth, there’s a very high likelihood you’ve got a dental abscess – a fancy term for a pocket of puss in your tooth or gums caused by a bacterial infection.

What are symptoms of a dental abscess?

Ouch!

The main symptom of a dental abscess is pain. It is very important that you call us right away to set up an evaluation if experiencing any of the following:

  • Severe, persistent, throbbing pain that can radiate to the jawbone, neck, or ear
  • Sensitivity when chewing or biting
  • Swelling in face or cheek
  • Difficulty swallowing or opening mouth
  • Nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, diarrhea (in extreme cases)
  • Foul smell or taste in your mouth
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold

What causes a dental abscess?

Eww!

A dental abscess is caused by a growth in bacteria from an existing cavity. When cavities are not taken care of properly, tooth decay spreads and wreaks havoc in neighboring teeth and gums. That’s why it’s extremely important to brush and floss regularly. When poor oral hygiene is the norm, bacteria spreads and pain results. Other factors that can lead to a dental abscess are gum disease, a cracked tooth, complications from dental surgery, and trauma.

What are the treatment options for a dental abscess?

Ah!

If you have dental abscess symptoms, call immediately, and we will try to set up an appointment for you the same day›! Once you arrive, we will make an evaluation and proceed accordingly. Treatment may involve an x-ray for a more accurate diagnosis, a small incision to drain the infected area, and antibiotics to aid in recovery. In severe cases, root canals and extractions may be required, but invasive treatments are rare and can be avoided if the abscess is treated immediately.

What can I do to manage the pain myself?

Phew!

If you can’t immediately come to our office for treatment, take these steps to minimize pain:

  • Avoid food and drink that exasperate the infected area.
  • Chew on the side of your mouth that is not impacted by the abscess.
  • Use a very soft toothbrush
  • Refrain from flossing.
  • Do make every effort to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible so as to avoid any further complications.

How can I prevent getting a dental abscess?

Yay!

Good oral hygiene is the number one step to avoiding a dental abscess.

  • Regularly visit your dentist for oral exams and your dental hygienist for regular maintenance dental cleanings twice yearly.
  • Brush morning and evening.
  • Floss everyday.
  • Avoid surgary drinks and snacks.

There’s no doubt about it – a dental abscess is absolutely no fun. The good news is they can be easily avoided and carefully treated. Call us – your top dentist in NYC – today to set up a consultation if you think you may have a dental abscess. New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024

The Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth

Just like the rest of your body, the health of your teeth depends largely on what you eat! Read on for a list of the best and worst foods for your teeth.

The Best Foods for your Teeth

  • Dairy: Calcium and vitamin D help to build strong bones and teeth, while phosphorous protects enamel and helps replace minerals in teeth.
  • Eggs: Eggs are another great source of calcium and vitamin D for tooth health.
  • Fish, Meat and Tofu: These are good sources of phosphorous, which helps with remineralization.
  • Dark Green Veggies: Green veggies are rich in vitamins and fibrous for great oral health.
  • Crunchy Veggies: Carrots, celery, and other crunchy vegetables gently scrub the surfaces of teeth and stimulate the flow of saliva, which has enzymes that buffer against acids.
  • Fake Sweeteners: Sugar-free gum does two important things: First, it is a good alternative to sugary treats, and second, the artificial sweetener Xylitol has shown great promise in preventing cavities.
  • Apples: High in fiber, apples scrub away plaque and keep your breath fresh.

    The Worst Foods for your Teeth

  • Citrus Fruit: High levels of acidity in citrus fruit damage enamel.
  •  Soda: A combination of acid, sugar and carbonation can be a disaster for your teeth (not to mention the rest of your body!)
  • Candy: Candy is full of sugar, which feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay. In addition to that, candy tends to “stick around” because of its gooey texture.
  • Red Wine: Wine is very acidic (white wine too!), which wears down enamel and leads to staining.
  • Coffee: Tannic acids in coffee and tea wear down enamel, leading to excessive staining.
  • Tomatoes: Another highly acidic food, tomatoes can wear down the protective surfaces of teeth.
  • Pickles: Soaked in a bath of acidic vinegar and sugar, pickles can cause damage to teeth over time.
  • Dried Fruit: These otherwise healthy snacks tend to get stuck in teeth and contain high amounts of sugar.

Don’t worry! We don’t expect you to avoid all of the foods on the “worst” list. In fact, there are things you can do to minimize the damage posed by these foods. Use fluoride toothpaste twice a day to keep enamel healthy, and floss once daily. Rinse your mouth out with water after eating.

And call us today to set up your next hygiene appointment! New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024.

What is an overdenture?

An overdenture is a removable denture that is attached to natural teeth or dental implants. It is different from a traditional denture, which rests on the gums unattached. Patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth have a variety of options available to them, the most well-known being dentures. For some patients, conventional, unattached dentures are the right choice in treatment. For others, however, an increased level of function and comfort is desired. This is when overdentures become a great option.

Overdentures take a hybrid approach to replacing teeth. The method combines dental implant technology with prosthetic dentures to bring patients closer to feeling like they have a full mouth of natural teeth in an affordable way. Patients can chew and bite almost anything. In addition to aesthetic and functional benefits, overdentures also protect your health by providing regular stimulation to the jawbone. Jawbone loss with conventional dentures is a very serious problem that has compounding negative health and aesthetic effects over time. With overdentures, four to six dental implants are anchored in the jaw and support the attached denture, providing the regular stimulation needed by the jaw to maintain health.

Benefits of Overdentures:

• Comfort: Doesn’t cover the palate

• Aesthetics: Protects facial appearance from jawbone loss

• Health: Protects the jaw

• Function: Allows for biting and chewing most foods with little restriction

• Proven: Has extremely high levels of satisfaction

• Easy Maintenance

• Proprioceptive response: Detects motion and position in mouth

• Reliability

Implant overdentures have a great track-record for improving people’s lives. To learn more about our tooth replacement options at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center, call us at New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024 today.

Why and when is tooth extraction necessary?

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As dentists, we always try to preserve your natural teeth whenever we can. However, there are times when the tooth has been compromised to a point where we cannot save it. In this case, the tooth must be extracted and the site prepared for replacement.

Tooth Fractures

When a tooth is broken or fractured, even just microscopically, the tooth typically will require extraction. Sometimes this is because the fracture goes well below the gumline, which makes it impossible to fix with a filling or crown. Or, sometimes there is a tiny fracture of root that cannot be mended. The bottom line? Tooth fracture almost always requires extraction of the tooth.

 

Severe Decay

Severe decay is another common reason for tooth extractions. If a tooth has decayed beyond repair, you will probably need extraction to avoid serious infection and relieve pain.

 

Gum Disease

Gum (“periodontal”) disease is very common. In its most severe, untreated form, periodontal disease eventually compromises the safety of the teeth as they loosen and the gums recede. This is another common reason for extractions.

 

Extraction: What to Do

The process of extracting a tooth is simple and painless. Prior to your extractions, we will talk with you about your replacement options and help you decide what choice is right for you, your health and your lifestyle.

 

Extractions and Dental Implants

In some cases, we are able to place a dental implant at the same time of extraction. This saves patients hassle and allows them to expedite the dental implant process. For those who haven’t decided which replacement method to move forward with, we will place bone grafting materials in the site during extraction to preserve the socket and surrounding bone for future dental implant placement.

 

If you have injured a tooth or have severe decay, please call our office today at New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024. We can help you determine the best course of action to preserve your oral health.

 

 

 

What To Do in a Dental Emergency

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If you think you have a dental or denture emergency, please call our office right away! We can help! New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024

What do I do if I have a denture emergency?

If you have a denture emergency, call our team – we can help!

Common Denture Emergencies

  • Broken dentures
  • Denture eaten by dog
  • Denture flushed down the toilet accidentally
  • Losing a tooth from denture
  • Needing to add a tooth to denture
  • Lost denture
  • Hospital threw away denture
  • Clasp broke off denture

What is a dental emergency?

Any situation that poses an immediate threat to your teeth or soft tissues is a dental emergency. Sometimes the condition is painful, but sometimes it is not. Either way, prompt professional care is of the utmost importance to save your teeth. Dental emergencies can be caused by impact, injury or infection.

Dental Emergencies we see Frequently

  • Swollen tooth or cheek
  • Toothache
  • Infection
  • Broken, cracked or chipped tooth
  • Broken fillings or crowns
  • Severe sensitivity
  • Swollen gums
  • Severe jaw pain

What if my tooth gets knocked out?

If you or your child loses a permanent (“adult”) tooth, seek professional help immediately. Often we can re-implant the tooth if we see you right away. Immediate steps to take when your tooth falls out: rinse the tooth with water, do not touch the roots. Try to place the tooth back in the socket. If that is not possible, you may place the tooth in a container of milk, water or saliva to keep it moist. Then CALL US right away! New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024

Pain and Home Care

If you can’t access care immediately, here are some effective pain management and home care strategies until you can be seen in our office:

  • Sore teeth and gums may benefit from warm water rinses.
  • Heating pads for jaw pain and toothaches.
  • Ibuprofen can relieve mild pain.
  • Ice packs on the outside of cheeks for jaw or tooth pain.
  • Dental anesthetics: use as directed on the package.
  • Avoid chewing in the injured area.
  • Place cotton over sharp edged teeth to protect soft tissues of the mouth.

If you are in pain or have another dental emergency, we will do everything we can to see you the same day. Please call our office for instructions: New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024.

Employee Appreciation

Each year, we celebrate our dental assistants, patient care coordinators, office manager, insurance coordinator, lab technicians and dentists with a special event and gifts in honor of Administrative Assistants’ day (April 25th).

National Administrative Professionals’ Day is observed on the Wednesday of the last full week in April of each year. It is a day of recognition of the hard work and support that the members of our team provide! Our team is the backbone of our practice. They play an integral role in patient care and in keeping “the doors open and the lights on.”

To all of our employees, we offer our sincerest appreciation for everything that you do to help keep our team moving forward!

History of Administrative Professionals’ Day

This holiday was created in 1952 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer. Initially the event was called “Secretaries Week” with “Secretaries Day” falling on Wednesday, but in 1981 the day was changed to “Administrative Professionals’ Day” to incorporate all administrative team members in recognition.

Employee Appreciation is:

  • A day for appreciating all employee work
  • Expressed in a variety of ways, from rewards to verbal interaction
  • A great way to increase job satisfaction
  • A powerful motivator

Employee appreciation is important to us at Herald Square Dental, and that is why, on this day, we say an extra-big “THANK YOU” to each member of our team!

Check out our busy New York team getting hot stone massages because they deserve to be pampered!

Team Talk With Our Charming Dental Assistant Mariely Medina

Greetings!
This month we are having a Team Talk with our charming dental assistant Mariely Medina.

Every month we sit down to talk to one of our team members at Herald Square Dental and the Denture Center. This month we are featuring Mariely, a wonderful Dental Assistant, who joined us in May of 2016. Find out more about Mariely here:

Before working at Herald Square Dental, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Mely: I was new to New York and the United States and I got a job through my High School in Washington Heights. It was 2006 when my HS introduced me to Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center. And, they helped me find a job as a receptionist in a dental office at my local middle school that performs preventative dental care as well as fillings and sealants for the students there. This opened up a door for me to the field of dentistry and I worked there the following summer as well in 2007.

What is your proudest moment at Herald Square Dental?
Mely: When Dr. Pasch told me how much I made his day with the things that I wrote about him in my Christmas card. I appreciate their having given me an opportunity to be part of our dental care team and I love my co workers as well! He felt extremely happy for the feedback which he said he doesn’t hear often and, of course that made his day.

What are 3 words to describe Herald Square Dental?
Mely:
Fun
Welcoming
Stimulating

What is your favorite part about working for HSD?
Mely: I love assisting with all aspects of oral surgery and doing the pre and post op teaching. I love to see first hand the cases progress and see very very happy people once their smile is enhanced.

Do you have an office nickname? What is it?
Mely: Yes, I do, it’s Mely. Actually they call me that at home too. My HS friends decided to call me Mely and it kind of stuck from there.

What would people never guess you do in your role?
Mely: I come up with new expressions ie, “If you see something, do something”. I am a team player for sure. I am the float assistant and I am adept at assisting each of our four dentists with all of the different procedures as well as helping the front office administrative team. It’s kind of cool being able to take my knowledge base across the board. It’s certainly not boring.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Mely: Cooking all types of food. Also, spending time with my dog, Benny. Benny is my 3 year old poodle mix. I think he has a human personality.

Tell us one surprising fact about yourself.
Mely: I was a folklore dancer in the DR from the time I was 11 until I came to the US.

Holiday Spirit

Greetings!

We are organizing a Christmas ornament exchange this season! If you are coming to our office for an appointment any day from now till 12/30/2016, please feel free to bring an old Christmas tree ornament with you and exchange it for a new one from our Christmas Ornament Exchange basket, located in our main reception area.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Herald Square Dental Team

Halloween Greetings

Have you ever wondered which candies are the most popular trick or treat candy? We did and we looked them up! Did your favorite candy make the list? Here are the top ten most popular Halloween candies:

  1. Reese’s
  2. M&M’s
  3. Snicker’s
  4. Hershey’s
  5. Kit Kat
  6. Twix 4 to Go
  7. 3 Musketeers
  8. Hersey Cookies N Cream
  9. Milky Way
  10. Almond Joy

Halloween is around the corner and it is important to be safe and have fun. Here are some healthy Halloween tips for you and your little monsters.

  1. Choose your candy carefully, avoid candy with open wrappers. Try snacking on sugar free candy which will lessen the chances of having unwanted tooth decay . If you’re going to indulge in the sugary more tasty candies be sure to have water nearby.
  2. Avoid Sticky Situations, such as gummy bears, taffy and other candies that stick to the teeth. These candies take longer to wash away by saliva, putting you more at risk for tooth decay.
  3. Drink More Water. Drinking water can help reduce the risk of tooth decay.
  4. Chew More Gum, chewing gum that is ADA ( American Dental Association) approved 20 minutes after each meal can reduce tooth decay, increase saliva production helps wash out food and sugar and help neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
  5. Simple: Brush and Floss Daily. It is very important after enjoying your favorite candy please be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal. Also remember to replace tooth brushes every three to four months. Yearly visits to our dental office is ideal, to prevent problems from occurring and to catch the ones that are forming at an early stage so it can be easy to treat.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween from your Friends at Herald Square Dental!