It is difficult to predict just what kind of general dentistry and oral health care you will need as an adult. That’s why it’s important to choose a Midtown Manhattan dentist office that is able to cater to all your needs, whether it’s time for a bi-annual exam and cleaning, root canal therapy, gum disease treatment, tooth-colored fillings, or TMJ treatment and bite alignment.
General dentistry services provided by Manhattan dentists Dr. Sandip Sachar and Dr. Katherine Wong include:
Your at-home dental care is essential in helping you maintain healthy teeth and gums. But it’s also critical to see your dentist twice a year for an exam and a cleaning. During the exam, your Manhattan dentist will check your mouth for potential signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and other gum health concerns. Plaque will be thoroughly cleaned from your teeth as well, because no matter how diligent you are about brushing and flossing at home, there are no tools in your bathroom that can rival the precision of dental instruments.
Tooth-colored fillings are often referred to as composite fillings. Composites are a popular choice for filling cavities or repairing teeth because the fillings match natural tooth color, making them unnoticeable, and are free of toxic dental mercury. The composites also give additional strength to tooth structure which means you are less likely to experience the tooth cracking or breaking down years later. Because the composite fillings adhere tightly to the tooth structure, this decreases the possibility of decay, making your tooth even stronger.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that, if not caught and treated early, can result in tooth loss and serious infection of the gums. For the most advanced cases of periodontal disease, root planing and scaling is conducted in order to clean the gums and rid your mouth of the infection, thereby creating a solid foundation for your smile to be rebuilt. If you have already lost teeth to periodontitis, it will be necessary to undergo restorative dentistry once your gums have healed in order to create a new smile that is functional and attractive. Seeing your dentist regularly for preventive care visits can help keep gum disease from turning into a big, painful problem.
Root Canal Therapy
While an abscessed or infected tooth can always be repaired with tooth extraction, it is possible to save the natural tooth instead of root canal therapy, ultimately preventing other oral health problems from developing in the future. Modern treatment and advanced aesthetics make root canal therapy easier to endure and more manageable than ever before. The interior pulp of the tooth is removed and replaced with a special material that allows the tooth to stay intact. If necessary, a porcelain crown will be placed over the remaining tooth above the gum line to give it additional strength and restoring full functionality.
Using an electronic sensor instead of x-ray film, the digital x-ray images that your Manhattan dental office takes are then stored on a computer for instant and easy viewing. The images can be enlarged, which makes it far easier for dentists and hygienists to detect problems. Plus, digital x-rays reduce radiation exposure by nearly 90 percent, and that’s compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays. Without x-rays, problem areas in the mouth may go undetected. This valuable tool can uncover decay, gum disease, bone loss, tumors, cysts, abscesses, poor tooth and root positions, and all manner of oral health problems inside a tooth or below the gum line, which means you can have them treated before they become very problematic and painful.
While we always practice careful and thoughtful dentistry, gentle dentistry is especially necessary when it comes to treating patients who are anxious about visiting the dentist, whether adult or child. When it is time for your child to see the dentist, choose a Manhattan dental practice that knows that a child’s dental needs differ from an adult’s. We take our time with the smallest patients to make sure they are comfortable, secure, and have a great experience at the dentist so that they are set up for a lifetime of positivity when it comes to maintaining their oral health. And if as an adult you have stress about seeing the dentist for any reason at all, know that you will be in good, gentle hands at our Midtown dentistry practice.
Some patients need to have their wisdom teeth extracted and others do not. Which camp you fall into depends on the size of your mouth and the expertise of your Manhattan dentist. Wisdom teeth are typically extracted because your jaw may not be large enough to accommodate them, they may partially break through the gum only to become infected, or the teeth may erupt at an odd angle. The extraction of wisdom teeth eliminates these painful problems and prevents the teeth from becoming crowded.
An improper bite or dental occlusion can cause a patient to suffer from frequent heads, shoulder pain, neck pain, and discomfort in the jaw joint. You may also experience aching or popping jaws when you open or close your mouth. A misaligned bite can occur for a variety of reasons, most often dental disease, trauma or injury to the mouth, or simply the way permanent teeth grew in. When teeth do not join together as they should, tension in the surrounding muscles can develop which leads to chronic pain. But it is possible to undergo TMJ treatment and have your bite restored to a comfortable and natural position that eliminates constant pain.
Sleep apnea is a chronic and serious condition that causes multiple pauses in breathing or multiple shallow breathing while a person is asleep. The pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes, and often returning to normal breathing jolts a person from deep to light sleep, interfering with quality of sleep. Ask your Midtown Manhattan dentist if you are a good candidate for a sleep apnea oral appliance that will help restore normal breathing during sleep and protect you from dangerous and potentially fatal side effects of obstructed breathing during sleep.
Dental implants are quickly becoming one of the most popular restorative dentistry treatments, trumping dentures for tooth replacement thanks to their longevity and permanent nature. One or more missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, which uses a titanium tooth root to stimulate the jawbone and to stand as the foundation for a prosthetic tooth. All-On-Four and All-On-Six dental implants are also available to replace an entire arch of teeth with as little surgery as possible. But no matter what type of implant you receive, it will look natural, feel comfortable, and restore full functionality to your smile.
Contact a Manhattan dentist today at Sachar Dental to learn more about the general dentistry procedures that can give you a healthy, stunning, secure smile.