A root canal is a common and important dental procedure which can help you avoid a tooth extraction and treat your heavily decayed or damaged tooth instead of removing it altogether. However, understanding how to interpret the signs that you may need a root canal is important in helping your dentist find and treat conditions requiring this procedure early. Find out more about root canal therapy and what it can do for you with Dr. Brandon Huang at New York Dental Studio serving the Midtown Manhattan area in New York, NY.
What does a root canal treat?
Teeth have an inner, hollow area which houses the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. Called the tooth’s pulp, if these materials become damaged, it causes a toothache. A root canal clears out decayed, diseased, or damaged tissue from within the tooth. Since the root canal allows the tooth’s structure to remain in place, this procedure can prevent the need for a tooth extraction, which removes the tooth completely to cure decay or damage.
Are the rumors true? Does a root canal hurt?
Root canals do not hurt because the first thing your dentist does during your procedure is numb the area of the tooth. This local anesthetic deadens the area and allows your dentist to work without you feeling any pain or discomfort. If you do feel pain during your procedure, tell your dentist and they can administer more anesthetic.
Can a root canal help me?
One of the most obvious signs of needing a root canal is a toothache, though there are other instances where a root canal can benefit you. Sometimes, your dentist might catch decay before it reaches the tooth’s nerve to cause a toothache. In this case, a root canal stops the decay in its tracks and prevents a toothache from ever happening. Additionally, a root canal may be necessary if your dentist finds a crack or break in the tooth which could, in the future, compromise the tooth’s inner pulp and cause pain or infection.
Root Canal Therapy in New York, NY
For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Huang at New York Dental Studio serving the Midtown Manhattan area in New York, NY. Call (212) 588-1809 to schedule your appointment for an examination and cleaning with Dr. Huang today!
When you’re among the top players in your field, you need every advantage to help you stay competitive: Not just the best equipment, but anything else that relieves pain and stress, and allows you to play better. For top-seeded Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic, that extra help came in a somewhat unexpected form: a custom made mouthguard that he wears on the court and off. “[It helps] to not grind my teeth while I play,” said the 25-year-old up-and-coming ace. “It just causes stress and headaches sometimes.”
Mouthguards are often worn by athletes engaged in sports that carry the risk of dental injury — such as basketball, football, hockey, and some two dozen others; wearing one is a great way to keep your teeth from being seriously injured. But Raonic’s mouthguard isn’t primarily for safety; it’s actually designed to help him solve the problem of teeth grinding, or bruxism. This habitual behavior causes him to unconsciously tense up his jaw, potentially leading to problems with muscles and teeth.
Bruxism is a common issue that’s often caused or aggravated by stress. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to suffer from this condition: Everyday anxieties can have the same effect. The behavior is often worsened when you consume stimulating substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and other drugs.
While bruxism affects thousands of people, some don’t even suspect they have it. That’s because it may occur at any time — even while you’re asleep! The powerful jaw muscles that clench and grind teeth together can wear down tooth enamel, and damage both natural teeth and dental work. They can even cause loose teeth! What’s more, a clenching and grinding habit can result in pain, headaches and muscle soreness… which can really put you off your game.
There are several ways to relieve the problem of bruxism. Stress reduction is one approach that works in some cases. When it’s not enough, a custom made occlusal guard (also called a night guard or mouthguard) provided by our office can make a big difference. “When I don’t sleep with it for a night,” Raonic said “I can feel my jaw muscles just tense up the next day. I don’t sense myself grinding but I can sort of feel that difference the next day.”
Â An occlusal guard is made from an exact model of your own mouth. It helps to keep your teeth in better alignment and prevent them from coming into contact, so they can’t damage each other. It also protects your jaw joints from being stressed by excessive force. Plus, it’s secure and comfortable to wear. “I wear it all the time other than when I’m eating, so I got used to it pretty quickly,” said Raonic.
Teeth grinding can be a big problem — whether you put on your game face on the court… or at home. If you would like more information about bruxism, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”
October is National Dental Hygiene Month. It’s a great time to talk about your first line of dental defense: your toothbrush.
Are you getting the most out of your tooth-brushing routine at home? Your toothbrush is the primary tool to maintain oral health on a daily basis, so here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Brush gently twice a day, every day, for two minutes each time using a soft toothbrush. Scrubbing with too much force or with hard bristles can damage gums and tooth enamel.
- Use fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral that builds tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or when the bristles start to look frayed, curled, or worn.
- Rinse out your mouth thoroughly after brushing to get rid of bacteria and food debris that you worked loose from your teeth.
- Also rinse your toothbrush well after each use to wash away the debris and bacteria you just brushed from your teeth.
- Let your toothbrush dry out between uses. A toothbrush that is stored in a closed container can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Keep your toothbrush to yourself. Sharing toothbrushes is a way to share disease-causing germs as well.
Follow these pointers and come in for regular dental visits to help ensure healthy teeth and a bright smile. If you have any questions about your dental hygiene routine, be sure to ask us.
You give so much to others. You work, serve your family and are kind to friends and neighbors. The appearance your smile, however, weighs heavily on you. Yes, your teeth are healthy, but they don't look it. Dark stains and cracks mask the vibrant you inside. Why not give yourself something wonderful--a smile you can truly love? At New York Dental Studio, Dr. Brandon Huang uses his artistic and finely-honed dental skills to create smiles that express an individual's true self. Porcelain veneers in Midtown Manhattan, NY are one of his cosmetic treatments that change smiles and lives.
What are porcelain veneers?
Also called dental laminates, porcelain veneers refinish flawed enamel by covering the front side of teeth with natural-looking ceramic. Custom-made at a trusted area dental lab, veneers are tooth-shaped, tooth-colored and permanently placed to rejuvenate smile aesthetics.
How does the process work? First, book a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Huang. He'll examine your teeth and gums, take some X-rays to ensure your mouth is free of decay and gum disease. This information will help him craft a detailed treatment plan. Also, you will discuss how you wish to improve your smile. So be sure to think specifically about this before your consultation.
The treatment itself is comfortable. Dr. Huang will gently remove about 1/2 mm of enamel from each tooth receiving a porcelain veneer. This minimal reduction allows the veneers to bond well and fit and bite properly. After taking oral impressions, he will cover your teeth with temporary laminates.
After a week or two, your individually sculpted and colored veneers will return from the dental lab. Your dentist will remove the temporaries and bond the new veneers in place. The bonding adhesive may be adjusted for color, achieving a beautiful, natural look.
Caring for veneers in Midtown Manhattan
Nothing really changes about your oral hygiene habits when you have porcelain veneers. Dr. Huang simply asks you to floss daily and brush according to the American Dental Association guidelines. Also, he wants all his patients to come to New York Dental Studio twice year for their usual cleanings and check-ups.
Finally, treat your veneers gently. Don't tear open packages with your teeth, chew your pencils or chomp into hard candy or ice cubes. If you grind your teeth, ask Dr. Huang about a night guard to avoid cracking your veneers and wearing down your natural tooth enamel.
You'll love it
Your smile can change dramatically with porcelain veneers. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that millions of people enjoy the benefits of this relatively simple smile enhancement. So find out more, won't you? Call New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY today for a consultation with Dr. Huang: (212) 588-1809.
You’ve lived most of your life with crooked teeth and an imperfect smile. You feel you should have done something about it years ago, but now you’re approaching your golden years — what would be the point?
Here’s the point: there’s a growing trend of older adults undergoing orthodontic treatment. People are discovering the life-changing benefits of straightening their teeth — even if they’re no longer teenagers.
So, what’s really holding you back?
I’m too old to have my teeth straightened. Not true — teeth can be straightened at any age, not just during childhood or adolescence. If anything would prevent orthodontic treatment it would be the state of your oral and general health, not your age. Your teeth’s supporting bone must be reasonably sound and healthy; likewise, systemic problems like bleeding disorders, leukemia and uncontrolled diabetes can make orthodontics difficult. But if you and your mouth are reasonably healthy, you can have your teeth straightened.
It’s too much to spend just to look better. Yes, orthodontic treatment can transform your smile — but it can also improve your oral health. Misaligned teeth are harder to keep clean, increasing the risks for tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease; they also don’t work well together so chewing is more difficult. By correcting your bite, you can reduce your chances of dental disease and improve overall mouth function.
I’d look silly at my age in braces. Self-consciousness about wearing these traditional appliances is common at any age. It’s understandable — the glint of metal is the first thing people see when you smile. But there’s a good chance you may be able to wear an alternative appliance that’s barely noticeable: clear aligners. These are a series of removable, clear plastic trays that you wear in sequence to gradually move your teeth. Not only are they less noticeable than braces, you can take them out for special occasions.
Don’t let these or other excuses keep you from a more attractive smile and healthy mouth. Visit your dentist for an examination to see if orthodontics can work for you.
If you would like more information on transforming your smile through orthodontics, 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 “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”
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