Emergency Dental Care
Many dental emergencies, such as cracked or knocked-out teeth, cannot wait a whole day to be seen by a dentist. At New York Dental Group, we are committed to treating your smile as soon as we can.
Our services for dental emergencies include:
- Severe, lasting toothaches or other tooth pain
- A knocked-out tooth
- A chipped or broken tooth
- Damage to the soft tissues of the mouth, including the tongue, cheeks, lips, and gums
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- A partially knocked-out (extruded) tooth
- A lost dental restoration, such as a lost filling or crown
If you suffer from one of these, or another type of dental emergency, please contact our office. Our team will also be able to provide you with instructions on how to take care of your smile until you are able to come to our office to meet with our dentist. If you have experienced trauma to the head or neck, we recommend that you visit the emergency room or your general physician before coming to the dentist, even if your smile is also damaged.
Our dentist uses great care and skill when performing a tooth extraction to ensure that your dental experience is as comfortable and painless as possible. We will also provide you with detailed post-treatment care instructions so you can properly take care of your smile as it heals.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. While we strive to avoid the need to remove a tooth whenever possible, certain conditions may make tooth extraction the most effective option for returning your smile to good health and function. Following the tooth extraction, we are happy to provide you with one of our excellent tooth replacement treatments, if needed, to restore your smile to optimal health, beauty, and function.
Several conditions may necessitate tooth extraction. Among these are:
- Severe infection that has destroyed a significant portion of the tooth and supporting bone structure
- Serious decay that has damaged a tooth beyond repair, making a successful restoration impossible
- Crowding caused by too many teeth to properly fit in the mouth
A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One of the most common uses of a dental crown is to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed. The crown is custom made to fit over the entire tooth, starting at the gum line, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal; porcelain crowns are popular because they match the natural color and appearance of your teeth. Our dentist will help you determine which type of dental crown is right for your smile.
Crowns can be used for a number of other restorative and aesthetic purposes, including:
- To protect a tooth following root canal treatment
- To anchor and attach a dental bridge
- To cover and complete a dental implant
- To enhance the beauty of your smile
- To improve a misshapen tooth
- To strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weakened
- To support a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth in a row, we may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration, meaning it is non-removable. The dental bridge is anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns, which are custom made to fit your smile and are placed on the teeth or dental implants next to the space left by the missing tooth. These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place to restore your smile, ensuring that your restoration will not easily shift or come loose. It typically requires only two visits to our practice to complete the dental bridge. Dental bridges are designed to last for many years and to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile.
Our dentist may recommend a dental bridge to improve your smile by:
- Restoring your ability to speak, eat, and chew as normal
- Alleviating excess stress on the bite
- Improving the shape and volume of your face
- Replacing an unwanted removable partial denture
- Preventing the remaining natural teeth from moving out of position
- Enhancing the appearance of your smile
- Veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are ultra-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material. The veneers are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve appearance. Veneers provide virtually the ultimate in cosmetic enhancement, since they can be used to optimize tooth color, shape, size, texture, and shininess.
- Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from composite resin. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Porcelain is also much more durable than resin—resin veneers are much more likely to chip than porcelain veneers. However, the superior properties of porcelain veneers come at a cost—they are typically more expensive than resin.
What Types of Problems Do Veneers Solve?
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- Teeth that are discolored, due to:
- 1) Dark natural tooth color or
- 2) Trauma or other event: tooth injured, root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride present in a child’s diet, etc.Teeth that are worn down from grinding (bruxism).
- Teeth that are chipped or broken.
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped.
- Teeth with gaps between them.
What is the Procedure for Getting a Veneer?
- Number of Visits
- Getting a porcelain veneer usually requires three visits to the dental office: one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process.
- Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
- This first step involves an in-depth consultation between you and Dr. Pannu to discuss the results you are trying to achieve. During this appointment, Dr. Pannu will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate. He will also discuss what the procedure will entail. To determine this, records will be gathered during the consultation. These include diagnostic photos, x-rays, and impressions (or molds) of your teeth. The jaw joint (or TMJ) will also be studied to determine whether this will be a factor in treatment.
- The Porcelain Veneering Process
- To prepare a tooth for a veneer, Dr. Pannu will prepare the tooth surface, impression and temporary Veneer will be placed over the tooth. The veneer is fabricated in our laboratory at the premises. It usually takes about 2-3 weeks for the veneer to be produced. While the final porcelain veneers are being fabricated, temporary Veneers give the patient an excellent idea of how the final veneers will look.
- During the 2-3 weeks that the temporaries are in the mouth, good oral hygiene is extremely important. Inflamed gums from a lack of brushing or flossing can cause numerous problems with the delivery of the final veneers. Patients will be given thorough instructions on how to avoid this.
- Once the porcelain veneers come back from the laboratory, the final appointment is relatively easy for the patient and often can be done without anesthetic: temporaries are simply popped off and the permanent porcelain veneers are cemented on to the teeth. The visit ends with removal of excess cement, some polishing, and an adjustment of the bite.
Bruxism can be extremely harmful to the integrity of your teeth. Talk to our experts today if you are experiencing the pain and inconvenience of teeth grinding.
Clenching or grinding your teeth habitually is called bruxism. It can happen when you are awake though you may not notice that you are doing it, and it often happens during the night while you are sleeping. Bruxism is common in children and often goes away on its own, but adults can have bruxism too. Bruxism can be caused by anxiety or stress, but it can also be related to your teeth, your bite or your jaws. Some people who grind their teeth do not notice any symptoms, but sometimes bruxism can cause headaches, jaw pain or other symptoms related to temporomandibular joint disorder. Bruxism also wears down your teeth.
If you catch yourself grinding or clenching your teeth during the day or if you have frequent headaches or jaw pain, a dental exam can first rule out other possible causes of these symptoms. If bruxism appears to be the cause of worn teeth or other symptoms, there are steps you can take to prevent clenching and grinding when you are awake, and there is treatment available for nighttime bruxism.
If you tend to keep your teeth clenched or locked when your mouth is closed, try to make a conscious effort to separate your teeth. Avoid gum chewing and snacking on hard foods like nuts and hard candy. If you believe that emotional stress may be a contributing factor, you can learn relaxation techniques, and even physical exercises to relax your jaws.
Nighttime bruxism is especially problematic because it is impossible to consciously control. If you have symptoms like chronic headaches, facial pain, jaw pain, difficulty opening and closing your mouth or popping sounds in your jaws, you may benefit from treatment with a dental appliance called a splint. A splint is a mouthpiece that you wear while you sleep. It prevents your teeth from clenching or grinding, and gently positions your jaws to relieve stress. Splints are also used to treat TMJ disorder.
Bruxism is not dangerous to your overall health, but it can harm your teeth, cause pain and interfere with sleep, which in turn can cause daytime fatigue, trouble concentrating and poor work performance. You can learn more about bruxism by calling us to set up a consultation appointment.