Biting the inside of your cheek is high on the list of minor but painfully irritating occurrences like paper cuts or tongue scalding from hot coffee. A mouth bite, though, has an additional tormenting feature — there's a good chance you'll bite the same spot again.
This kind of repeated mouth injury results in an enlargement of the soft tissue that has been traumatized. They're often diagnosed and referred to as a traumatic fibroma. When you bite your cheek, lips or tongue, you create a small wound that usually heals quickly. This healing process, though, can be interrupted if you bite the area again, which can then cause excess scar tissue to form.
The fibrous scar tissue, made up of a protein called collagen, is similar to a callous. You can often feel it with your tongue — a knot of tough skin that protrudes from the otherwise flat cheek wall. Because of this prominence, it tends to get in the “line of fire” during eating or biting, so you'll bite it again — and again. If this cycle continues, then even a more prominent scar tissue forms that you're more likely to bite again.
The wound will heal most of the time, unless you continually bite it. If it becomes a nagging problem, we can surgically remove the lump. After numbing the area with local anesthesia, we'll either use a laser or scalpel to remove it. The area is easy to fix and will flatten out the cheek surface. The entire procedure takes fifteen minutes or less and in a few days to a week you won't even notice it had been there.
While the vast majority of these lesions are harmless, it's still standard protocol to biopsy the removed tissue: a pathologist examines it under a microscope for cancer cells. This is a routine part of any medical practice and not a cause for alarm.
If you've had a lump for awhile that you always seem to be biting, see us for an examination. With a simple procedure, we may be able to remove that irritation once and for all.
If you would like more information on treating mouth lumps and other sores, 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 “Common Lumps and Bumps in the Mouth.”
Invisalign is an orthodontic solution that requires the use of custom-shaped lightweight, transparent aligners. Patients choose Invisalign because it is a discreet alternative to wearing clunky, uncomfortable metal braces. A dentist at New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY, may be able to improve your smile with Invisalign braces instead of using traditional metal ones -- find out how.
The Magic of Invisalign
Before Invisalign was created, patients who had minor orthodontic imperfections had to wear metal or lingual braces to fix them. Now, thanks to the magic of invisible plastic aligners trays, certain spacing issues can easily be corrected without wires, brackets and rubber bands. Each tray is custom-designed using imaging software and X-rays. You’ll wear each one for about two weeks before getting your next aligner until your teeth are where they need to be.
A Discreet Solution
Many patients of New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan are busy professional adults who can’t afford to wear permanent metal braces for years. They prefer Invisalign because it is a more discreet solution to their cosmetic issues. The trays are clear and fit snugly around your teeth, so they're barely noticeable. They can also be taken out at any time, though you’re encouraged to wear them for at least 20-22 hours per day.
More Invisalign Benefits
Besides general discretion, there are more reasons why patients choose Invisalign:
- The trays are comfortable to wear and move the teeth gently, unlike braces which can be painful to wear in the early stages
- Because the trays can be removed, eating your favorite foods is easier compared to standard braces
- The treatment length is relatively short compared to metal braces (about six to 12 months compared to years)
- There's no uncomfortable removal process at the end of the treatment plan—just continue to wear your last aligner tray at night as a retainer
Consult with an Invisalign Dentist
If you’re interested in joining the many patients who have chosen Invisalign over metal braces, make time to consult with Dr. Brandon Huang at his Midtown Manhattan, NY, office. Call (212) 588-1809 today to schedule an appointment.
Endodontics or root canal treatment is a series of procedures that treat soft pulp nerve tissue problems. It is one of the most effective ways to relieve tooth pain. Root canals in Midtown Manhattan, New York from Dr. Brandon Huang of New York Dental Studio have helped treat patients of all ages with various tooth pain.
Root Canal Treatment
Generally, a root canal is needed when inflammation or infection develops in the pulp of the tooth. The pulp tissue includes connective tissue, blood vessels and nerve cells. Without treatment, the infection will only worsen leading to a dental abscess and other health issues. Ultimately having a root canal performed by your Midtown Manhattan, New York dentist eliminates the pain you’re suffering from, so don’t put it off.
Root canals also help restore a tooth back to health. If it is left untreated, it can lead to extraction and other costly dental restorations. These extractions can lead to tooth shifting, which can lead to problems with chewing and the need for dental implants or bridges.
One of the major causes of infection is deep tooth decay. Untreated dental cavities allow bacteria to work their way to the center of the tooth and infecting it. Another reason bacteria may come into contact with the pulp is through cracked or chipped teeth. Any trauma to a tooth should be treated immediately so that root canal treatment isn’t needed later.
Some of the most common signs of needing a root canal include constant pain and pressure in the mouth, sensitivity in the gums and swelling. There is also sharp pain when you bite down on food. If you suspect you may need a root canal in Midtown Manhattan, New York, schedule an appointment with Dr. Huang of New York Dental Studio by calling 212-588-1809 today.
For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.
After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.
As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.
Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.
Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.
What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.
To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.
If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”
Sleep apnea is more than an annoyance. This chronic condition not only interferes with your alertness during the day, it may also contribute long-term to serious issues like cardiovascular disease.
Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes temporarily blocked during sleep. Of the possible causes, one of the most common is the tongue, which as it relaxes may cover and block the back of the throat. This lowers the body's oxygen level, which in turn alerts the brain to wake you to clear the airway. You usually go immediately back to sleep, unaware you've wakened. This can happen several times a night.
Although older people are at higher risk, anyone can have sleep apnea, even children with enlarged tonsils or adenoids. If you or a loved one regularly experiences fatigue, brain fog, irritability or loud snoring, sleep apnea could be the culprit. You'll need a complete medical examination to properly diagnose it.
If you do indeed have sleep apnea, there are a number of ways to treat it depending on its severity. One prominent way is with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine that produces a higher air pressure in the mouth to force the tongue forward and keep the airway open.
While CPAP is effective, the pump, hose and face mask you must wear may become uncomfortable while you sleep. We may, however, be able to supply you with a less cumbersome device: a custom-made oral appliance you wear while you sleep. Similar to a retainer, this appliance mechanically pulls and holds the lower jaw forward, which in turn moves the tongue away from the airway opening.
This oral appliance won't work with all forms of sleep apnea, so you'll need an examination to see if you're a candidate. With more advanced conditions, you may even need surgery to reshape the airway or remove soft tissue obstructions around the opening.
Whichever treatment is best for your situation, it's well worth reducing your sleep apnea. Not enduring these nightly incidences of airway blockage will help ensure you're getting a good night's sleep — and enjoying a higher quality of health and life.
If you would like more information on treating sleep apnea, 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 “If You Snore, You Must Read More!”
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