Not sure if you are truly dealing with a dental emergency? For the sake of your health, it's vitally important that you know when it's necessary to turn to our Flushing, NY, dentist, Dr. Zev Maybruch, for treatment. Here are the most common types of dental emergencies and how to handle them!
"I am dealing with a toothache"
While you might not realize it, an acute toothache is enough to warrant an emergency dental visit to our Flushing office. After all, a toothache could mean that you have a cavity or that you are dealing with infected dental pulp, a problem that requires root canal therapy. Either way, this is a problem that needs immediate attention.
Here’s what to do: Give us a call and tell us what’s going on—we will schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. In the meantime, you may choose to numb the pain with an over-the-topical numbing gel like Orajel®; however, the only way to actually get rid of a toothache is to treat the problem with a visit to a professional.
"I am dealing with a cracked tooth"
How we treat the crack will depend on the severity. Minor cracks may be buffed away and dental bonding resin can be applied to the area to restore it; however, more serious cracks will require our dentist to use more specialized tools to prevent the crack from getting worse. Afterward, a dental crown will be placed over the tooth to restore functionality and durability.
Here’s what to do: If any pieces of the tooth have broken off, it’s important to collect these pieces then immediately come into our office for treatment.
"I am dealing with a knocked-out tooth"
It’s important to treat a knocked-out tooth immediately in order to save the tooth. This means visiting our dentist within one hour of the incidence, which can increase the likelihood of saving the tooth.
Here’s what to do: Collect the tooth and rinse it off with lukewarm water if there is any debris. Gently try to place the tooth back into the socket—if it won’t go in, then place it in a closed container of milk and directly head to our office.
"I am dealing with a broken dental restoration"
Whether you cracked a dental filling or a crown fell out, these are issues that need to be addressed quickly. After all, when a dental restoration is broken or has fallen out, the tooth is weak and susceptible to problems such as pain and sensitivity.
Here’s what to do: Bring in the crown or restoration that’s fallen out or collect any pieces of the broken restoration. If a wire has come loose on your braces, you can use the eraser side of a pencil to gently push the wire back into place (do not force it).
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If you are dealing with a dental emergency, it’s time to dial (718) 263-8300 for our dental office in Flushing, NY. We can adjust our schedule to make sure that your smile gets the treatment that it needs!
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth. Although it has the potential of creating a number of oral health problems, gum disease can often be treated successfully. To perform treatment for this condition, Dr. Zev Maybruch D.D.S., located in Kew Gardens Hills, NY, offers Laser Periodontal Treatment, a breakthrough in the treatment of gum disease. Read on to find out what laser periodontal treatment can do for you!
1. No Cutting: Laser Periodontal Treatment doesn’t cut into your gums like surgery, which results in less loss of periodontal tissue and removes the need for sutures. This treatment is also non-invasive and only requires local anesthetics, as opposed to the general anesthetics associated with surgical procedures.
2. Less Discomfort: Most people find that Laser Treatment to be a lot less painful than surgery. Lasers eliminate the need for drills, reducing the pressure and discomfort that patients feel. With minimal discomfort, patients will feel more relaxed and less anxious during treatment.
3. Short Recovery: Recovery from gum surgery can take between 2-4 weeks, and often includes considerable pain and swelling. Most people find they’re able to return to work immediately following Laser Periodontal Treatment. The recovery time is typically less than 24 hours.
4. Safe for Patients: Laser Periodontal Treatment is considered safe and effective, and there is very little risk of complication associated with the procedure. The treatment is also safe for all patients, including those with medical conditions such as hemophilia, HIV, diabetes, or those taking medications such as Plavix or aspirin.
5. Better Results: Laser Periodontal Treatment offers better clinical results while reducing the need for more invasive therapies. You can do this treatment alongside a traditional surgery or as a stand-alone treatment, a decision based around the extent of the periodontal disease.
6. Save Time: Laser Periodontal Treatment only takes two, 2-hour visits to complete, and is then accompanied by two follow-up appointments. Conversely, gum surgery typically requires four, 1-hour sessions along with a number of follow-up appointments for suture removal and additional check-ins.
Start smiling brighter and being more confident. Call Dr. Zev Maybruch D.D.S., at (718) 263-8300 today to schedule an appointment in Kew Gardens Hills, NY. We will help you heal your gum disease once and for all!
Are you interested in dental implants but a little hesitant about the surgery? Don’t be—this procedure to imbed an implant’s titanium post in the jawbone is relatively minor with little to no discomfort for most patients.
Some time before, however, we’ll need to pre-plan the surgery to pinpoint the best location for the implant, critical to achieving a solid hold and a life-like appearance. During these first visits we often create a surgical guide, a device inserted in the mouth during surgery that identifies the exact location for the hole (or channel) in the bone we’ll drill to insert the implant.
On surgery day, we’ll prepare you for a pain-free and relaxing experience. If you’re normally anxious about dental work, we may prescribe a sedative for you to take ahead of time. As we begin we’ll thoroughly numb the area with local anesthesia to ensure you won’t feel any pain.
The surgery begins with an incision through the gum tissue to access the underlying bone. Once it’s exposed, we’ll insert the surgical guide and begin a drilling sequence to gradually increase the size of the channel. This takes time because we want to avoid damaging the bone from overheating caused by friction.
Once we’ve created a channel that matches precisely the implant’s size and shape, we’ll remove the implant from its sterile packaging and immediately fit and secure it in the channel. We’ll then take x-rays to ensure it’s in the best position possible.
Satisfied we’ve properly situated and secured the implant, we’ll suture the gum tissue back in place to protect the implant with or without attaching a healing abutment to it as it fully integrates with the jawbone over the next few months (after which you’ll come back to receive your permanent crown). After a short recovery, you’ll return to full activity. Most patients only experience mild to moderate discomfort usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen.
While implantation is a long process, you’ll be obtaining what’s considered by most dentists and their patients as the most durable and life-like tooth replacement available. Your new attractive smile will be well worth it.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”
For a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, it takes a lifetime of personal and professional care. Starting your child’s daily hygiene with the first tooth eruption is a must; but you should also consider beginning regular dental visits in their early years, around or before their first birthday.
There’s evidence that early dental visits hold a number of benefits that could lead to reduced oral care costs over their lifetime.
Familiarity with professional dental care. Children need to feel comfortable and safe in their surroundings, especially new places. Beginning dental visits early improves the chances your child will view the dentist’s office as a regular part of their life. It’s especially helpful if the dental professional has training and experience with young children to put them at ease.
Early monitoring for dental disease or other problems. A young child’s teeth are highly susceptible to tooth decay. Dental visits that begin early in a child’s life increase our chances of detecting any developing dental problems early. In addition to treating decayed teeth, your child may also need preventative actions like sealants or additional fluoride applications to protect teeth if they are at a higher risk for disease. As the child develops, we may also be able to catch early bite problems: with interventional treatment, it may be possible to reduce future orthodontic costs.
Parental help and support. As we discuss your child’s dental care with you, we’ll be able to provide essential information and training for how to care for their teeth and gums at home. We’ll also be able to ease any common concerns you may have, such as thumb sucking or other oral habits, as well as give you sound advice and techniques for dealing with these problems.
As with other areas of childhood development, starting off on the right foot with oral care can make all the difference to their future dental health. The sooner you begin regular dental visits with your toddler, the better their chances for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
If you would like more information on dental care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”
You can maintain optimal oral health by developing good oral hygiene habits. Doing so helps prevent various oral health concerns, including gum disease and tooth decay. Good oral hygiene habits include avoiding sugary items in your diet, twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. If you live in the Flushing and Kew Gardens Hills areas, Dr. Zev Maybruch is an expert in the field and can be your dentist for regular checkups.
Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Developing good oral hygiene habits is important for several reasons. Not only do good dental hygiene habits promote better oral health, but they can also contribute to better health overall. Many oral health problems resulting from poor dental hygiene have been linked to a variety of health conditions in the body, such as heart disease and certain types of cancers. Your Flushing dentist can help you maintain your best oral health through regular exams and cleanings. Additionally, your oral hygiene routine should include the following habits for better health:
- Brushing and flossing daily
- Using a toothpaste containing fluoride
- Brushing gently with a soft-bristled brush
- Scheduling regular dental checkups
- Limiting consumption of sugary items
- Avoiding or stopping smoking
Good oral hygiene habits that can be performed at home include brushing twice daily with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Using a soft-bristled brush that is gentle on the gums is also important, as is regularly flossing. Regular dental checkups give your Flushing dentists an opportunity to look for potential oral health problems and treat them before they become worse. Dental checkups also include a thorough professional cleaning that removes such problems as plaque and tartar buildup that cannot be easily removed at home.
Of course, another important habit to incorporate into your routine is limiting or avoiding the consumption of sugary foods and drinks. The sugars in such items react with the bacteria on teeth and form an acid, which can erode tooth enamel. When tooth enamel erodes, teeth are at risk for infection and decay. Smoking can also cause oral health problems, including gum disease and tooth loss. It is best to avoid smoking altogether. For those who already smoke, quitting can improve oral health and reduce the risk of developing gum disease and suffering tooth loss.
Regular dental visits are just as important to a good oral hygiene routine as brushing and flossing at home daily. To maintain good oral hygiene habits, schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Maybruch, your Flushing area dentist, by calling his dental practice at (718) 263-8300 today.
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