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Dr. Iofin Elected President of New York State Association of Endodontists

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Dr. Iofin Elected President of New York State Association of Endodontists

Dr Alexander Iofin - President of New York State Association of EndodontistsDr. Aleksander Iofin was recently elected to serve as the President of the New York State Association of Endodontists, after completing his term as Treasurer and then Vice-President of the organization.

In Dr. Iofin’s new role as President, he looks forward to giving back and helping not only improve health services for the public, but also advancing the art, research, and science of Endodontics.

As the leader of the New York State Association of Endodontists, Dr. Iofin is responsible for organizing a cutting-edge educational program at the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the largest dental meeting in the country—with over 53,000 attendees—this upcoming November at the Javits Center in New York City.

In Dr. Iofin’s practice, Fifth Avenue Endodontics at Rockefeller Center, he focuses on integrating state-of-the-art tools and patient education into his work to help provide a pain-free (and dare we say pleasurable?) experience for all of his patients.

Because at the heart of it, Dr. Iofin believes comfort is the key to a successful patient experience. His patients couldn’t agree more.

The Fifth Avenue Endodontics team, including partner Dr. Syngcuk Kim, one of the most respected endodontists worldwide, distinguishes their practice as being on the vanguard of technology in patient care, integrating microsurgery and advanced technology into their practice such as the Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), a new diagnostic scanner that gives one of the best quality 3-D “real time” images available on the market today.

Dr. Iofin practices endodontics full-time at Fifth Avenue Endodontics and teaches part-time as an Assistant Clinical Professor of the Department of Endodontics at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

So yes, you could say Dr. Iofin knows A LOT about root canals and patient care.

If you need a tooth saved, schedule your consultation by contacting us here or calling: 212-757-1000.

Root Canals – What’s Involved, What to Expect

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The Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment procedure The term root canal is thrown around somewhat loosely in regards to tooth pain, but what does this actually mean? It’s worth noting that The American Association of Endodontics states that millions of teeth are treated through the root canal process each year! When someone refers to getting “a cavity filled”, this is a more common procedure. But when decay, gets too close to the nerve canal, that canal needs to be cleaned and filled to prevent ongoing damage and pain.

For a root canal treatment, the dentist or endodontist will remove the irritated part of your tooth interior, called the pulp. This is living tissue that has nerves and blood vessels, and is removed to prevent spreading infection to the bone. Following this, to ensure that the infection cannot happen again, your tooth is filled and sealed as a final step. It differs from getting a cavity filled as the work is done in the root as well, and root canals are done on teeth that have too much decay to be fixed by a normal filling.

Another common misunderstanding regarding a root canal is that people believe that the tooth is actually replaced in full. However, everything is done to save your original tooth, and so the tooth will not be removed. A filling or a crown will be placed later to protect the tooth. Your bite line will still be the same, and you will still be able to chew naturally. Not to mention this reassuring fact that you might like to hear: This dental process has the highest satisfaction rate of patients!

In total, the whole process can last from 1 to 3 hours depending on the complexity of the tooth and connection to various canals in the mouth. In New York, the approximate cost of a root canal treatment is about $1800 – $2500 without insurance, but the tooth will last a lifetime, when treated by experienced professional endodontic specialists, such as the team at Fifth Avenue Endodontics.

Those who have a tooth that is decayed and painful should not wait, because if a root canal cannot save the tooth, procedures like tooth extraction, placing an implant or creating a bridge can be more costly and quite involved. Nothing works as well as a natural tooth. Taking care of a problem sooner rather than later is always in the patient’s best interest.

There are still more benefits from this treatment. First of all, root canals have over 90% success rate in patients, leaving the margin for error very small for you. Your mouth also will not have to readjust, as you are keeping your own tooth. The reason this is a big deal is because if a foreign object is placed in the mouth, there are chances that it can cause other issues, like shifting of teeth or bacterial infections, even TMJ! And lastly, The root canal treatment procedure should be seen as an investment. When performed by skilled Endodontists, the root canal will pay for itself, as you will most likely never even have to touch the tooth again! You will be able to forget about it for the rest of your life, depending on your age at the time the work is done.

To rid yourself of pain and get this procedure done safely and correctly, contact Fifth Avenue Endodontics, Rockefeller Center, New York City with any questions on this subject. Your priority should be having it done right the first time around!

LASER DENTISTRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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History of Laser Dentistry

Laser DentistryHistorically, dentistry and lasers have been married since 1994. Initially, lasers were used to treat just a few dental issues but today their use has grown to apply to everything from tooth decay, to gum disease, to bonding. The FDA approves of laser dentistry for treatment and it’s seal of approval assures dentists the products or devices they use meet the ADA standards for safety and efficacy, among other things.

The lasers used in dentistry today have evolved with the development of new hardware and software. As a result, dentists and endodontists now use lasers to:

  1. Treat tooth decay and its removal. Tooth decay or “caries” and “cavities” is a disease that is not life threatening but typically results in tooth enamel, dentin, or cementum being destroyed from long-term exposure to harmful bacteria and other germs.
    The bacteria eventually turns into a colorless film on your teeth and gums called plaque. The plaque leads to the production of acids which break down tooth enamel over time by dissolving, or de-mineralizing, the mineral structure of your teeth. This leads to tooth decay and weakening of the teeth which, untreated, leads to fillings, root canals, or extraction.
  2. Prepare, cure and harden fillings and bonding. Materials used for fillings and bonding to repair teeth and adhere to existing and healthy enamel are blended to respond to laser light for hardening and adhesion. It is not invasive or painful compared to what may have been used in the past before laser light was available.
  3. Remove bacteria and reshape gums after various dental procedures. The laser method of doing this is not only less traumatic than traditional methods but also, healing is faster for the patient.
  4. Remove lesions or tissue for biopsy (examination for cancer). Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue so it can be examined and checked for diseases including cancer. Lower powered lasers are commonly used to remove unwanted lesions, aid or facilitate healing. and to relieve cankor sore pain.
  5. Whitening teeth. Lasers speed up in-office whitening procedures when combined with the application of a peroxide bleaching solution. The solution in effect, is “activated” by the laser energy which is where the enhanced speed comes into play.

How Does Laser Dentistry Work?

All laser technology functions by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for dental procedures, including oral surgery, the laser dentistry tool acts as a cutting instrument for vaporizing tissue that it comes into contact with. When used for curing, a bond is created between filling materials and the tooth being treated. For teeth whitening, laser facilitates and in fact enhances the benefits of tooth bleaching agents.

For more information, call your Endodontist New York today! We specialize in painless root canals and have all the latest technology in our New York City office.

The Anatomy of a Tooth – and How it Decays

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The Tooth Anatomy

Tooth Anatomy shows parts of the toothUnderstanding a root canal or any dental procedure is more easily done when you understand the tooth anatomy. The field of tooth anatomy concerning the physical structure of teeth. The outside of your tooth is covered by a very hard, white enamel. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, and it takes a beating from biting and chewing, not to mention the extreme temperatures of hot and cold beverages and foods.When you think about it, it’s surprising it doesn’t wear down and decay more frequently!

The enamel is very hard for good reason – it protects the soft, sensitive insides of the tooth. The layer immediately under the enamel is called dentin, and it too is fairly hard. But under that is the pulp – very soft and sensitive. The pulp is what can become infected or inflamed. Infection and inflammation can come from a number of causes – a crack in the enamel, a chip in a tooth, decay from cavities, or a faulty filling or crown.

Obviously, if infected or inflamed pulp is left untreated, it will lead to pain for the individual. This is why at the first sign of mild pain or discomfort in a tooth, you should see your dentist. When decay has spread up into the root of the tooth, you may need a root canal from an Endodontist. Endodontists, such as those here on 5th Avenue, work specifically on the inside of teeth. We are “interior teeth specialists.”

The roots of the teeth reach up into your gums. They anchor your teeth and keep them in place, and are an essential part of a healthy mouth. Decay travels, so it can get into the roots.

Endodontists save millions of teeth each year, by performing root canals and avoiding the entire tooth being ruined. Saving a tooth is always preferable to losing a tooth. These days, a root canal treatment is very similar to receiving a filling. Gone are the days of root canals being a highly painful dental procedure. They’ve become routine with modern products and equipment. Endodontic treatment will save the tooth and reduce the need for further, future dental work.

However, nothing beats good old prevention. You don’t want the exposed part of your teeth to become decayed, which is why brushing and flossing regularly is encouraged. You don’t want to eat lots of sugary foods either, as sugar contributes to decay (and it’s not good for us, anyway!). Untreated decayed teeth can lead to an abscess, and you don’t want that, as it will be painful when it develops.

Luckily, roots can be cleaned out, filled and healed by skilled Endodontists whose goal is to see everyone have a healthy smile. If you have questions about your teeth or gums, please don’t hesitate to ask your NYC Root Canal specialists here at Fifth Avenue Endodontics.

EATING AND DRINKING FOR YOUR TEETH 

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Good and Worst Foods for Teeth

We eat for a lot of reasons. Because we are hungry, we eat what we like, we eat what tastes good or we eat healthy for our bodies. But when, if ever, do we eat for our teeth? Do you ever even think about your teeth when making food choices? Now, we talk about the foods for teeth.Good and Worst Foods for Teeth

When it comes to food, your teeth are the first to be affected. And your teeth do have enemies. It’s important to know what foods are good for your mouth and which ones can have negative effects on your teeth and gums.

Let’s first talk about sugar. Is it one of the worst foods for teeth? That grainy white stuff you dump in your coffee — Yep, not nice for your teeth. Eating candy or candy bars, sucking on a lollipop, eating cake or cookies — all of this is detrimental to your teeth. You may have a lot of fillings in your mouth because you had cavities in your younger years. Maybe because you had too much sugar as a child and into your young adulthood. Keep in mind that a little bit of natural sugar is okay but things like agave nectar, Stevia and artificial sweeteners don’t contribute to decay like good old-fashioned sugar does.

Note that chemical-based artificial sweeteners may not be good for us so they should be consumed in very limited quantity. Just a dash of Splenda rather than a whole pack is the way to go. But play around with different sweeteners and figure out what works for you.

Now let’s talk about the crunchy stuff. Decay starts with bacteria and so any foods that cut back bacteria are good foods for teeth. Sugar — you guessed it — actually contributes to bacteria growth. But things that we crunch like celery, carrots, apples and cucumbers will not only fight bacteria in our mouth by producing saliva, but they also help keep plaque from forming on your teeth and at the gum line. Get in the habit of crunching one fruit a day, ideally in the morning. Why? Because eating fruit at night — which has a good amount of sugar in it — means you don’t burn it off and the sugar becomes fattening for you. Better to eat sugary foods earlier in the day so that you burn the calories.

And of course we are going to talk about dairy. You need calcium not just for strong teeth but also for strong bones. Many people are calcium deficient. Do you eat enough yogurt, milk, and cheese? Maybe a little ice cream now and then – but again, choose ones that are low in sugar. Sunflower seeds are actually very high in calcium and they promote building tooth enamel so try snacking on them once in a while.

Let’s talk about beverages now. Are you consuming sugary beverages like lemonade, sweetened iced tea, energy drinks, Gatorade, sodas? Alas, these are not your friends. Not only are they bad for your teeth and potentially cause cavities but they put too much sugar in our body. Sugar has been linked to all kinds of health problems and should be consumed in very small quantities. Keep this in mind when making beverage choices. Try having water with just a small amount of fruit juice or lemonade mixed in. Drink light iced tea and add ice and lemon. It’s important to make good beverage choices. Coffee of course stains your teeth as do any dark beverages so try limiting them and replacing them with lighter colored beverages if you’re concerned about white teeth. Green tea is a perfect substitute.

Now keep in mind that some foods can actually wedge in between your teeth more easily than others. Things like breads, crackers and potato chips can leave small particles in the cracks of your teeth and you don’t even know it. They create a perfect home for bacteria. This is why flossing is so important.

At the end of the day it is up to you to take care of your teeth and avoid decay. As New York City’s root canal specialists, we’ve seen our share of decay. We know what foods can do to our precious teeth. So, take care of your teeth, New York! Toss out the candy bar and have celery with peanut butter or apples with a bit of almond butter instead. Thanks for reading.

What dentist to use – How to choose

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How to choose a Dentist

Not all dentists are alike. You obviously have choices, so do you like your current dentist? If not, there’s no reason not to change. You have choices in dental care and the reality is that some dentists are better than others. Just like any profession, some are more skilled and have better customer care and “bedside manner”. Don’t feel guilty about switching, because your dental health is important. You need your teeth for your lifetime!

how to choose a dentistSo how do you choose a dentist? Random selection from an online search or just responding to a postcard you got in the mail? We recommend doing a little homework.

Here’s some helpful guidance on how to choose a dentist.

First it’s best if they are within 10 miles of your home or work, otherwise, you are less likely to make and keep your appointments. Convenience is important. Second, they have to have hours you can work with. They also have to have an appealing, very clean office. You can pay them a visit in advance before choosing them, just let them know you’d like to do so.

Once you’ve made a selection, it’s time to check on their background and training. You can start by finding out if they are a member of the American Dental Association. Seven out of 10 dentists are and so this gives them credibility and is a reassurance for you the patient. Members of this organization agree to abide by the high ethical standards set by the ADA.

When you first call or visit your prospective dentist, ask what degree he or she has. You are looking for a DDS—Dr. of Dental Surgery or DMD—Dr. of Dental Medicine, which are the same degree. Confirm that they are board certified by the ADA.

If you can meet the dentist in person, even just briefly, or speak to them on the phone, that’s great because it gives you a chance to get a feel for their personality and client relationships. Are they personable, do they explain themselves well? It’s ok to ask questions. A good one to ask is, “what if I have a serious dental issue outside of normal hours, like I crack or lose a tooth?” How does their office accommodate a dental emergency?

It’s also very important to find out up front how they bill, and what they charge. What will your costs be? And confirm that they take your insurance if you have it. If you don’t’ have insurance, do they allow installment payments on higher cost dental procedures? If you need a root canal, do they send you to an endodontist (root canal specialist)?

What’s really ideal is if you can identify and speak to an actual client of your prospective dentist, or read prior client testimonials. That is the best feedback you can find. The bottom line is, you can look at online reviews, read about the dentist you’ve chosen, and gain some insight. But meeting the dentist in person before becoming a client is your best way to know if you will like them and want to use their services for years to come.

As New York City Endontists, we have seen the work of sub-standard dentists and excellent dentists. If you need a referral, call Fifth Avenue Endodontics and we’d be happy to share some names of dentists with you.

Treating Cavities and Types of Fillings – Part 2

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Dental Cavity Treatmentdental cavity treatment procedure

The dental cavity treatment goes back centuries, but it was not until 1875 that Dr. G.V. Black first described an organized approach to their treatment. His systematic methods are still used today, primarily for the placement of fillings. Although he recommended amalgam fillings, which are rarely used today (the ones we remember, silver in color, which are a mixture of mercury and other metals).

Most cavities discovered during a dental examination will need to be treated. In general, if a cavity has broken through the enamel and is into the underlying dentin, then that tooth has undergone cavitation, and requires cavity treatment. Early dental cavities that have not spread to the dentin should be treated with fluoride.

There are two basic principals of treating cavities: removing the decayed portion of the tooth, and rebuilding the missing tooth structure with a filling material. With an injection of local anesthetic, xylocaine in most cases, and a high-speed dental drill, the decay is removed and this prepares the tooth for filling. In the past, fillings were silver (amalgam), or gold. These materials are layered on top of the liner or base to finish the process of rebuilding the tooth. Composites, resins and porcelain are being used today as alternate filling materials.

Porcelain is still sometimes used for dental fillings called inlays. The disadvantage is that they can be brittle and therefore susceptible to breakage. Porcelain costs significantly more than amalgam or composite fillings. Porcelain can also cause accelerated wear of the opposing tooth when biting. Still, it has many advantages.

After a filling, it is not unusual for the tooth to be sensitive for a day or two. The deeper the filling, the more likely the tooth will have prolonged sensitivity, especially to cold food or drink. However, fillings should be completely comfortable within two weeks unless they were built up too high, and need to be filed down. If sensitivity lasts more than two weeks, that may indicate a tooth that has an inflamed or infected pulp, and requires root canal therapy by an endodontist.

A good filling, done correctly, will last ten to 20 years and is the ideal treatment when a cavity is caught early. Bad cavities often lead to a root canal procedure, which is no longer a painful prospect. New advancements in root canal and endodontic technology have made this procedure quick and only producing slight discomfort. More on cavity treatment, fillings and lasers in our next article! Thank you for caring about your teeth, from your New York City endodontists.

Foods that Support Healthy Teeth

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Advice for Having Healthy Teeth

Advice for having Healthy TeethFor all of our clients at Fifth Avenue Endodontics of New York, this information is helpful to you, and continues our three-part feature on eating for healthy teeth, skin, hair and nails. When we are children, everyone starts telling us not to eat candy or a lot of sugary foods and drinks to protect our health and smile – That’s all true! But, if you want to be proactive – read on to learn little known facts about what you should eat for healthy teeth, gums, hair, and nails!

Here are a few delicious healthy foods that are great for you on the inside and out!

Whiter Teeth

If you want to sport a gleaming smile you can skip the white strips and start noshing on healthy, vitamin rich fresh and naturally sweet strawberries! They taste better and deliver sustenance with a natural astringent malic acid, plus vitamin C to help get rid of stains and plaque. Just remember, you still need to keep the floss around for those pesky post-snack particles.

To prevent cavities and maintain good oral health and good breath, consider the fact that food changes in your mouth the moment you eat something. Bacteria in your mouth converts sugars and carbohydrates from the foods you eat to acids, and it’s the acids that begin to attack the enamel on your teeth, which is the start of the decay process. So, the more often you eat and snack, the more frequently you are exposing your teeth to the cycle of decay.

Stronger, Healthier Gums

For the health of your mouth, some of the best food choices include cheeses, chicken or other lean protein-rich meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel and having healthy teeth by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to re-mineralize teeth. Re-mineralization is the natural process by which minerals are re-deposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids.

Other smart food choices include firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. These choices offer high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of the saliva. Your saliva is important because it helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering the acids. When you wish to eat acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, make them part of a larger meal to reduce the acid from them and their impact to your teeth and gums.

Coffee is the most popular way for adults to start the day in the U.S., but, you might want to switch to Green Tea or at least add it to your routine. Green tea improves the health of your teeth and gums, as it decreases inflammation, makes your mouth more alkaline, inhibits the growth of cavity-causing bacteria, prevents tooth loss, may slow progression of oral cancer, and freshens breath by killing odor-causing bacteria. Also, green tea tends to be rich in fluoride which is possibly the best known tooth strengthening agent available.

Longer, stronger fingernails and hair!

A smart go to for quick snack staples are almonds and carrots.  Almonds happen to strengthen fingernails due to the high content of biotin and vitamin E found in the nuts.  And, carrots provide high amounts of beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in your body which is essential to hair growth. Not enough of either in your system may lead your talons and locks to become dry and dull.

For a truly healthy, bright smile – keep your diet simple, balanced and rich in lean protein, fresh raw greens and vegetables, and vitamins while eliminating or minimizing anything processed and/or sugary.  And, floss daily! Your New York City Endodontist cares about the health of your teeth!

Eating for Healthy Skin, Hair, Teeth & Nails – Good advice from your New York City Root Canal Specialists

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Good advice from New York City Root Canal Specialist

New York City Root Canal SpecialistIf you care about your teeth, you no doubt are someone who cares about your hair, skin and nails. Everyone, for centuries, has always wanted and admired healthy skin and hair. Healthy teeth and fingernails are also essential for overall good looks and good health. Here are some tips from your New York City Root Canal Specialist that will help you care for these parts of your body.

Fresh lemons are great for glowing complexions and consuming the juice once a week or so has been touted as a way to support your skin. Squeeze some lemon juice from a fresh lemon into your drinking water or hot tea. You can also add lemon to a variety of foods to keep your skin glowing. This Vitamin C antioxidant can also help collagen repair…our collagen is lost due to aging.

Coconut water is also a healthy and delicious way to keep your skin hydrated. It is a healthy, refreshing alternative to sugary sodas and fruit juices, which dehydrate you and have no nutritional value.

Olive Oil, with its healthy fatty acids, may reduce inflammation and stress on your skin. You can apply it topically to the face or any area needing moisture and smoothing. You can also add olive oil to your food and salads to help keep your skin radiant.

When it comes to our teeth and gums, your New York City Root Canal Specialists suggested that you eat Vitamin-C enriched, yummy red strawberries, found to produce whiter Teeth, while aiding plaque removal and stains. The Vitamin C and malic acid in strawberries will give you a healthy smile. Vitamin-rich foods like almonds, leafy greens and fish, actually aid in keeping tooth enamel strong and healthy. (In our next article, we’ll talk more about foods and beverages that are good for the teeth and gums.)

Want to keep your Gums healthy?  Try Greek Yogurt to avoid gum disease. Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt can keep your gums healthy. Yogurt is also good for digestion, and dairy supports strong finger and toenails, too.

Beautiful strong nails can be had by adding almonds to your diet. Not only are almonds a good low calorie snack, but they are enriched with Biotin (which is Vitamin H) and Vitamin-E, the healthy vitamins for strengthening nails. Look for these two vitamins in foods if you feel your hair and nails need strengthening.

Your Hair is your “Crowning Glory.” Sweet potatoes, with their high beta-carotene content, will help prevent dry, dull, and slow growing hair. The beta-carotene in sweet potatoes will be converted into Vitamin A, to make your hair “shine and grow.” Root vegetables and eggs are also good sources of Biotin.

Here are the nutrients for you to note/remember that will help you accomplish having healthy Hair, Skin, Nails, and a healthy body.

Biotin, which is good for brittle nails and thinning hair.

Vitamin K and K2, a fat-soluble vitamin that is great for bone metabolism to strengthen bones, tendons, ligaments, and of course, hair skin and nails

Primrose oils that provide GLA, which is Gamma Linoleic Acid.

Coconut oil is another healthy choice, which provides saturated fat. You can cook with coconut oil, eat it raw, and also apply it to your hair.

Omega 3 fatty acids – great for skin and cardiovascular health

We’ll continue this discussion next time. Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Endodontics has been serving patients from all over New York, we see our fair share of patients whose skin, hair, nails and teeth could use some support and strengthening. In our busy lives, we tend to neglect these parts of our bodies that are “taken for granted”, but yet are so important to our health, vitality and self esteem.

Part Two – Technology in the Dental Industry

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Previously, we provided an article on new tools and technologies being utilized in today’s dental and endodontic practice. Here, we continue that article, listing additional technological advances in dental technology.

Diagnodent is a high-tech tool used for the early detection of cavities – so it is essentially a preventive measure. The advanced technology uses sound pulse and laser to detect cavities in their early stage, which is more effective than traditional methods and allows you to commence treatment immediately, limiting the amount of decay and so increasing the likelihood of saving the tooth.

Tooth implant using advance dental technologyDental implant technology continues to improve with demand. Mini-implants can now accommodate small tooth replacements. The bio-integration of the titanium tooth root with human bone is becoming more predictable. The industry has also focused on reducing treatment time, and some implants can now be placed immediately after a tooth extraction as opposed to waiting four to six months, as was the case in the past.  Dental implants are a great option if a tooth needs to be removed and replaced. However, preserving your natural teeth should always be the priority. If the tooth is salvageable and is in need of a root canal treatment, you should see an Endodontist for evaluation.

Advance Dental Technology Tools

Desensitizers can be used by your dentist or hygienist prior to dental technology treatment if you have sensitive teeth. A desensitizer decreases or eliminates pain during treatment so you are comfortable during a procedure that may otherwise have caused you pain, discomfort, or anxiety.  Desensitizers can be used alone or in conjunction with other pain management medication and anxiety relief approaches like a local anesthetic or sedation dentistry.

Digital radiographs this dental technology offer a better way to capture dental images through a sensor that processes the image onto a computer screen. They provide greater comfort than traditional X-rays and are certainly faster, while also adding the benefit of reducing exposure to radiation. Four digital radiographs are about equal to one “paper” X-ray.

Electric hand pieces enable hygiene professionals to improve their procedures while using rotary cutting instruments. They provide for a smooth delivery of material, which puts less stress on the healthy tooth structure. They are often quieter, too.

Intra-oral cameras now in use can produce accurate images of your teeth and the supporting structure. This allows you, your dentist and dental technician to see tooth defects.  They also help you to learn more about dental hygiene practices and help determine where to focus when brushing your teeth.

Lasers offer reduced discomfort and in some cases, a suture free option for the treatment of benign tumors, cold sores, crown lengthening, decay removal, gummy smiles, dental fillings, tongue tie and speech impediments, nerve regeneration for damaged nerves and blood vessels and scars. They may also be applied in the treatment of select dental conditions such as sleep apnea, certain cases of TMD (Temporomandibular disorders) and tooth sensitivity. This is a very exciting area of development in dental technologies.

These exciting options make dental work more flexible and effective than ever before. And aid clients as well. Look for even more high tech advances in Part 3, coming next month.