Endodontics and Root Canal: What You Need To Know

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New York Endodontic Associates answers the question : What is Tooth Sensitvity?

April 9, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on New York Endodontic Associates answers the question : What is Tooth Sensitvity?

What is Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a common name for dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity. If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air, makes your teeth or a tooth sensitive or painful then you have sensitive teeth.

Is Tooth Sensitivity Common?
Tooth sensitivity is very common and it has been estimated that approximately half the population experiences tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can come and go over time.

Why does Tooth Sensitivity (Dentin Hypersensitivity) Happen?
Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by dentin on root areas exposed due to receded gums or periodontal disease. Receded gums are very common and up to four fifths of people have gum recession by the time they are 65.

When the root of a tooth becomes exposed it does not have a layer of enamel like the crowns of your teeth. Instead the roots have a very soft covering called cementum, which once lost leaves the dentin of the root exposed. Overzealous brushing or using a very abrasive toothpaste can also cause abrasion of the tooth’s enamel surface and expose dentin. A very acidic diet – for example a diet with a lot of citrus food, pickles or sodapop — can cause tooth erosion and dissolve the tooth surface, exposing the dentin. Bulimia and GERD can also result in dental erosion and sensitivity due to acid in the mouth.

It is important to tell your dentist or hygienist if you have any sensitive teeth, so that he or she can examine your mouth, see if the problem is tooth sensitivity (dentin hypersensitivity) and help you choose the best treatment. When teeth are sensitive it can be painful to brush them and if you brush poorly because of pain then there is more risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Pain after hot, cold, sweet or acidic food and drinks can also be a sign of decay with a cavity or hole in the tooth, or a sign of a broken tooth, and if this is the case your dentist will treat you with a filling or other treatment.

What Makes Exposed Dentin Painful?
Dentin contains thousands of tiny channels that are only visible with a microscope. These channels run from the surface, through the dentin to the nerve center of the tooth — the pulp. The channels contain fluid and after eating or drinking hot or cold foods, the fluid in these tiny channels moves and irritates the nerves in the tooth, causing pain.

Can I Prevent Tooth Sensitivity?
You can reduce your chances of getting tooth sensitivity by keeping your mouth as healthy as possible with good oral hygiene to help prevent receding gums and periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing properly as recommended by your dentist or hygienist and using a low abrasion toothpaste can help reduce the chance that you will have tooth sensitivity. A diet that is not acidic also helps prevent tooth sensitivity. Ignoring your sensitive teeth can lead to other oral health problems, especially if the pain causes you to brush poorly making you vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

What Can I Do if I Have Sensitive Teeth?
First tell your dentist or hygienist. He or she can help you and see what the best treatment is. It is also important to tell your dentist or hygienist in case the cause is not dentin (root) hypersensitivity and the tooth is sensitive due to a more serious problem.

To treat tooth sensitivity, your dentist or hygienist may recommend that you use a low abrasion toothpaste specially made for sensitive teeth — a desensitizing toothpaste. These toothpastes make the teeth less sensitive if you brush with them twice a day and also contain fluoride to help protect your teeth against decay. Alternatively, your dentist may prescribe a brush-on fluoride gel or a fluoride rinse, or a high fluoride level toothpaste that is specially formulated to make your teeth less sensitive and provides extra protection against decay. These treatments happen at home when you are brushing your teeth and are inexpensive. Other treatments for sensitive teeth that your dentist or hygienist can provide in the dental office are also available. These include treatments that are painted onto the teeth &— such as fluoride varnishes and plastic resins, fillings if a lot of tooth area has been lost, and lasers.

You should ask your Endodontist about the best way to treat your sensitivity.

For Further questions please contact New York Endodontic Associates @ 516-869-0111
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Dental Emergencies : Endodontists on long island discuss the treatment of fractured and broken teeth

March 28, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Dental Emergencies : Endodontists on long island discuss the treatment of fractured and broken teeth

Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack (fracture) or break. This can happen in several ways:
Biting down on something hard
Being hit in the face or mouth
Having cavities that weaken the tooth

When a tooth chips or breaks, it may not hurt. However, your tongue usually feels the sharp area quite quickly. Minor tooth fractures usually don’t cause pain, but if a large piece of the tooth breaks off, it can hurt. That’s because the nerve inside the tooth may be damaged. If it is exposed to air, or hot or cold foods or drinks, it can be extremely uncomfortable.

Pain from a broken or cracked tooth may be constant or may come and go. Many people feel pain when they chew because chewing puts pressure on the tooth.

What You Can Do

Cracked (Fractured) Teeth
There is no way to treat a cracked tooth at home. You need to see your dentist. Sometimes the tooth looks fine, but it hurts only when you eat or when the temperature in your mouth changes (because you drank something hot or cold, for example). If your tooth hurts all the time, it may have a damaged nerve or blood vessels. This is a serious warning sign.

Broken Teeth
If you have a broken tooth, see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can figure out if the break was caused by cavities, and if the tooth’s nerve is in danger. A damaged nerve usually will require root canal treatment.

Until you get to the dentist’s office:
Rinse your mouth well with warm water.
Apply pressure with a piece of gauze on any bleeding areas for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. If this doesn’t work, use a tea bag with pressure on the area to stop the bleeding.
Apply a cold pack to the cheek or lips over the broken tooth. This will help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
If you can’t get to your dentist right away, cover the part of the tooth that is in your mouth with temporary dental cement. You can find this at a drugstore.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

What Your Dentist Will Do
Fractured Teeth
There are several types of tooth fractures and breaks, each of which requires different treatments. These include:
Minor cracks — Also called “craze lines,” these are surface cracks that affect only the outer white surface of the tooth, called the enamel. Minor cracks rarely need treatment. However, your dentist may lightly polish the area to smooth out any rough spots.

Cracked tooth —
This type of fracture involves the whole tooth, from the chewing surface all the way down to the nerve. The pieces remain in place, but the crack gradually spreads. Cracks can sometimes be repaired with filling material. The tooth often will need a crown to prevent the crack from getting worse. If the pulp (nerve and other live tissues) is damaged, you may need a root canal as well.

Chips — Minor chips don’t always need treatment. Your dentist may suggest repairing the damage with filling material to prevent it from getting worse or to make the tooth look and feel better. If the chip is very small, the dentist may polish and smooth out the chipped area.

Broken cusp — These breaks affect the pointed chewing surfaces (the cusps) of the teeth. They usually do not affect the pulp and are unlikely to cause much pain. Your dentist may repair the damage to restore the tooth’s shape. Frequently, however, an onlay or crown will be required.

Serious breaks — These breaks go deep enough to expose the nerve. They almost always cause the tooth to hurt and be sensitive. Usually, the broken part of the tooth will bleed. You will need root canal treatment to remove the exposed nerve and probably a crown to restore the tooth to normal function so you can eat and chew properly.

Split tooth — This means that the tooth has split vertically into two separate parts. Some teeth, such as your back teeth (molars), have more than one root. It may be possible to keep one of the roots, which will then be covered with a crown. First, you will need root canal treatment. Second, the dentist will remove any roots that cannot be kept. Third, you will need a crown to cover the root and replace the tooth. In some cases, when a root cannot be saved, the tooth will have to be removed.

Vertical breaks or split root — These cracks start in the root of the tooth and extend upward toward the chewing surface. These breaks are often painful because the area around the root may be inflamed or infected. In most cases, the tooth will have to be removed.

Decay-induced break — In this case, the tooth has broken or crumbled because a cavity weakened it from the inside out. Your dentist will evaluate the cavity and recommend the best way to restore the tooth. In some cases, if the decay is extensive and goes down to the bone,the tooth may have to be removed.

For Further questions please contact New York Endodontic Associates @ 516-869-0111
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Long islands Top Endodontists Debunk Six Dental Myths

March 21, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

Brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly dental check-ups are standard for oral health care, but there are more health benefits to taking care of your pearly whites than most of us know. In a review article, a faculty member at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) debunks common dental myths and outlines how diet and nutrition affects oral health in children, teenagers, expectant mothers, adults and elders.

Myth 1: The consequences of poor oral health are restricted to the mouth

Expectant mothers may not know that what they eat affects the tooth development of the fetus. Poor nutrition during pregnancy may make the unborn child more likely to have tooth decay later in life. “Between the ages of 14 weeks to four months, deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, protein and calories could result in oral defects,” says Carole Palmer, EdD, RD, professor at TUSDM and head of the division of nutrition and oral health promotion in the department of public health and community service. Some data also suggest that lack of adequate vitamin B6 or B12 could be a risk factor for cleft lip and cleft palate formation.

In children, tooth decay is the most prevalent disease, about five times more common than childhood asthma. “If a child’s mouth hurts due to tooth decay, he/she is less likely to be able to concentrate at school and is more likely to be eating foods that are easier to chew but that are less nutritious. Foods such as donuts and pastries are often lower in nutritional quality and higher in sugar content than more nutritious foods that require chewing, like fruits and vegetables,” says Palmer. “Oral complications combined with poor diet can also contribute to cognitive and growth problems and can contribute to obesity.”

Myth 2: More sugar means more tooth decay

It isn’t the amount of sugar you eat; it is the amount of time that the sugar has contact with the teeth. “Foods such as slowly-dissolving candies and soda are in the mouth for longer periods of time. This increases the amount of time teeth are exposed to the acids formed by oral bacteria from the sugars,” says Palmer.

Some research shows that teens obtain about 40 percent of their carbohydrate intake from soft drinks. This constant beverage use increases the risk of tooth decay. Sugar-free carbonated drinks and acidic beverages, such as lemonade, are often considered safer for teeth than sugared beverages but can also contribute to demineralization of tooth enamel if consumed regularly.

Myth 3: Losing baby teeth to tooth decay is okay

It is a common myth that losing baby teeth due to tooth decay is insignificant because baby teeth fall out anyway. Palmer notes that tooth decay in baby teeth can result in damage to the developing crowns of the permanent teeth developing below them. If baby teeth are lost prematurely, the permanent teeth may erupt malpositioned and require orthodontics later on.

Myth 4: Osteoporosis only affects the spine and hip

Osteoporosis may also lead to tooth loss. Teeth are held in the jaw by the face bone, which can also be affected by osteoporosis. “So, the jaw can also suffer the consequences of a diet lacking essential nutrients such as calcium and vitamins D and K,” says Palmer.

“The jawbone, gums, lips, and soft and hard palates are constantly replenishing themselves throughout life. A good diet is required to keep the mouth and supporting structures in optimal shape.”

Myth 5: Dentures improve a person’s diet

If dentures don’t fit well, older adults are apt to eat foods that are easy to chew and low in nutritional quality, such as cakes or pastries. “First, denture wearers should make sure that dentures are fitted properly. In the meantime, if they are having difficulty chewing or have mouth discomfort, they can still eat nutritious foods by having cooked vegetables instead of raw, canned fruits instead of raw, and ground beef instead of steak. Also, they should drink plenty of fluids or chew sugar-free gum to prevent dry mouth,” says Palmer.

Myth 6: Dental decay is only a young person’s problem

In adults and elders, receding gums can result in root decay (decay along the roots of teeth). Commonly used drugs such as antidepressants, diuretics, antihistamines and sedatives increase the risk of tooth decay by reducing saliva production. “Lack of saliva means that the mouth is cleansed more slowly. This increases the risk of oral problems,” says Palmer. “In this case, drinking water frequently can help cleanse the mouth.”

Adults and elders are more likely to have chronic health conditions, like diabetes, which are risk factors for periodontal disease (which begins with an inflammation of the gums and can lead to tooth loss). “Type 2 diabetes patients have twice the risk of developing periodontal disease of people without diabetes. Furthermore, periodontal disease exacerbates diabetes mellitus, so meticulous oral hygiene can help improve diabetes control,” says Palmer.

If you have question regarding this or any other dental related issue, please call our ROSLYN Long Island Root Canal Specialists @516-869-0111. Our Endodontists in Roslyn, Manhasset or Great Neck Long island are available 7 days/week.

Risks/Benefits of Dental X-Ray’s, A clarification of the Thyroid Fears.

March 12, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Risks/Benefits of Dental X-Ray’s, A clarification of the Thyroid Fears.

It doesn’t take much to scare people when it comes to cancer, especially when the cause, unlike smoking, seems beyond one’s control. So I was not surprised by a stream of panicked e-mails I received after a television show in which the popular Dr. Mehmet Oz called thyroid cancer “the fastest-growing cancer in women” and cited the harmful effects of radiation from sources like dental X-rays and mammograms.

Dr. Oz warned that people who have more than five X-rays a year have a fourfold greater risk of developing this cancer, and recommended the use of a lead thyroid shield when getting dental X-rays or mammograms. One of his guests on the program, Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, a gynecological cancer specialist, said she would not get dental X-rays if the only reason was to check her teeth.

Thyroid cancer is much on people’s minds, particularly because of the nuclear reactor accident in Japan. After all, it has only two known causes: a rare genetic condition and exposure to large doses of radiation, especially during childhood.

The effects of radiation are cumulative, so in theory frequent exposure to even low doses could add up to a cancer risk. So what are the facts about radiation and the thyroid, and how concerned should you be about an annual mammogram or dental X-rays every few years?

Here are a few things to remember:

¶Thyroid cancer is relatively rare, accounting for about 3 percent of all cancers in women, 1 percent in men and 1.4 percent in children.

¶Diagnoses of thyroid cancer have increased sharply in recent decades. Between 1980 and 2007, the incidence rose to 17 per 100,000 from 6 per 100,000 each year, and to 5.8 per 100,000 from 2.5 per 100,000 men each year. The number of diagnoses in women nearly doubled from 2000 to 2008.

¶Yet the death rate from this disease has not increased, and more than 97 percent of patients survive.

Dr. Otis W. Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, said the stable death rate despite a rising incidence strongly suggests that most of the thyroid cancers now being diagnosed would never have become a health threat.

“Our technology has gotten so good that we are finding cancers today that even 15 years ago would not have been diagnosed,” Dr. Brawley said in an interview. “We’re finding and treating cancers that would never have killed anyone.”

Advances in Diagnostics

In a study describing a 140 percent increase in thyroid cancers diagnoses from 1973 to 2002, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006, researchers at the Veterans Affairs medical center in White River Junction, Vt., also concluded that the rise was the result of “increased diagnostic scrutiny.”

They noted that if there were a true increase in thyroid cancer, the rise would be reflected in patients at every stage of the disease. But in their study, 87 percent of the increase was attributable to diagnoses of small papillary thyroid cancers, many of which would never have caused any problem.

The fact that thyroid cancer increased in all age groups from 2000 to 2008, Dr. Brawley said, “is more consistent with the introduction of new diagnostic technology than with any cause like mammography.” If mammography were a factor in the rise of thyroid cancer, he added, you’d expect to see a greater rise in women older than 50 than in women ages 20 to 40.

Dr. Leonard Wartofsky, a thyroid cancer specialist at Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia, said in an interview, “The doses associated with mammography have been well studied and well calibrated. As long as it is done with modern equipment, women should not be concerned. That degree of radiation is not consequential.”

The higher rates of thyroid cancer found in women could also reflect the fact that many are checked annually by gynecologists, who routinely examine the thyroid region for possible enlargement, Dr. Brawley suggested.

With regard to dental X-rays, he noted that the amount of radiation exposure associated with them has decreased considerably in the last 20 years, which is inconsistent with a rise in thyroid cancer diagnoses.

Radiation Risks

To be sure, exposure to high doses of radiation, especially in childhood, raises the risk of cancer, and thyroid cancer in particular. Well before this risk was recognized, radiation was widely used to treat benign conditions like enlarged tonsils and adenoids, acne and ringworm of the scalp.

Thyroid cancers afflicted many who were exposed as children, or even prenatally, to large amounts of radiation when Americans dropped atomic bombs in Japan in 1945 and when the Chernobyl accident occurred in 1986.

While very large doses of radiation destroy the thyroid, moderately high doses — like those that are used to treat Hodgkin’s disease or tumors of the head and neck — can cause genetic mutations that develop into cancer.

But what of lower doses? Studies of the relationship between frequent dental X-rays and thyroid cancer have been conflicting, and in some the methodology has been suspect. (Some reports, including a frightening one from Kuwait, relied on people’s ability to remember the X-rays they received.)

But the best study of diagnostic X-ray exams, conducted in Sweden, where precise medical records are kept, found no connection to thyroid cancer.

Other factors linked to an increased risk of thyroid cancer include consumption of nitrates in public water supplies (from fertilizer runoff) and certain vegetables, and goiter caused by insufficient iodine in the diet.

Playing It Safe

There’s no harm in asking a mammographer to use a lead thyroid collar, and a lead apron should cover the front of the neck during dental X-rays. Still, some internal radiation scatter will occur, Dr. Brawley said.

Dr. Wartofsky suggested that women worried about the radiation from a mammogram could have an M.R.I. or ultrasound exam instead. But check first on insurance coverage for these alternatives.

For dental checkups, find a dentist who uses digital X-rays, which deliver much less radiation. “We’ve said for years that the amount of radiation from dental X-rays is not enough to cause cancer,” Dr. Wartofsky said.

And don’t let irrational fear get the better of you: It is simply not possible to detect all dental decay without X-rays, and missing hidden decay could result in the need for a root canal or extraction of the tooth.

If you have question regarding this or any other dental related issue, please call our Long Island Root Canal Specialist @516-869-0111. Our Endodontists in Roslyn Long island are available 7 days/week.

New York Endodontic Associates introduction to Dental Emergencies

March 8, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on New York Endodontic Associates introduction to Dental Emergencies

Pain is one of the reasons people go to the dentist. A painful tooth can be triggered by hot or cold foods and drinks. Heavy biting or grinding may break a tooth and cause it to hurt when you chew. Sometimes, when a filling falls out, you may have a throbbing ache.

Any injury to teeth or gums should not be ignored. Nerves or blood vessels could be damaged. There is also a risk of getting an infection. If an infection is not treated it can spread to other parts of the head and neck and cause serious health problems. In rare cases it can even become life threatening. It is very important to always seek treatment for a dental injury. Getting injured teeth repaired and treated as soon as possible after an injury is the best thing to do.

Today, dentists have many options for dealing with dental emergencies. There are advances in pain management and ways to restore teeth. Teeth can be repaired with synthetic materials that are strong and look as good as your natural teeth. Your dentist has the training and skills to identify what the problem is and how serious it is. He or she almost always can reduce or get rid of your pain within a few minutes.

When To Call Your Dentist

If you’re not sure if a dental problem is an emergency, dentists offer this advice: If it hurts, it’s an emergency. This is because even injuries that seem small can affect the living tissues inside the teeth. Quick treatment improves the odds of saving injured or damaged teeth.

Any obvious damage to a tooth should be treated as soon as possible. Chips or fractures can affect the living tissue inside the tooth, causing more problems in the future. Your dentist can prevent the damage from getting worse.

The same is true of a lost filling or crown. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, the tooth has lost its support and it could easily become damaged. Pieces could break off or crumble, and you would need more extensive treatment. If you see your dentist right away, there’s a good chance he or she will be able to repair the damage more easily

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Clove oil may alleviate tooth pain

March 8, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

Use of complementary and alternative medicine is on the rise in the United States. About 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children are now using some form of complementary and alternative medicine, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Center for Health Statistics (part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Now comes word that clove oil, an essential oil from the clove plant, could potentially relieve toothache pain.

The New York Times recently took a closer look at clove oil as an alternative remedy. The essential oil has been shown to have analgesic and antibacterial properties—making it a useful tool in treating bacteria-caused toothaches.

However, it’s questionable whether clove oil will appeal to patients, said the Times.

“It has a strong and sometimes unpleasant taste, and if large quantities are accidentally ingested, it too can have side effects. But it was widely used in dentistry before the advent of more commercial anesthetics, and research shows it works thanks to its active ingredient, eugenol, the same compound responsible for the plant’s aroma,” wrote columnist Anahad O’Connor.

Mr. O’Connor cited a 2006 report in the Journal of Dentistry that split patients into four groups with each having clove gel, benzocaine, a placebo resembling the clove gel, or a placebo resembling benzocaine applied to their gums. Needlesticks were applied after five minutes. The placebos did not numb the tissue against pain, but the clove and benzocaine did—with very little difference shown between clove gel and benzocaine.

If clove oil is used, it can be applied by cotton swab or a piece of tissue, or applied gently to an affected area. Mr. O’Connor said it can be found in most health food stores. “Although considered safe when used correctly in small amounts, it can cause liver and respiratory problems when ingested in large quantities,” he wrote.

Benzocaine, which was used in the 2006 study, is the active ingredient in oral pain relievers Anbesol and Orajel, which are commonly available over the counter. Benzocaine is an anesthetic.

The over-the-counter drugs have valuable advice for patients, too: Tooth or gum pain, particularly that which lasts over a period of time, should be evaluated by a dentist. It may be a symptom of an underlying condition that requires attention.

For more information about any of the symptoms you may be having, call our root canal specialists in long island new york @ 516-869-0111. Should you need emergency dental care are available 7 days/week.

Helping patients deal with Teeth Whitening Sensitivity ?

March 6, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Helping patients deal with Teeth Whitening Sensitivity ?

Whitening your teeth is one surefire way to boost your self-confidence and improve the look of your smile. It is also a rather simple procedure that can be accomplished either at the dental office or at your own home. The only downside to whitening your teeth is the sensitivity that sometimes develops. There are ways to combat this issue and still allow yourself to whiten your teeth and achieve that beautiful smile.

Although the exact cause of sensitivity from whitening is largely unknown, we do know that the properties of peroxide (one of the main ingredients in most tooth whitening products) has been shown to irritate the tooth nerve. This irritation or inflammation causes symptoms such as cold sensitivity and a tingling sensation.
Try the following techniques when whitening your teeth at home if sensitivity occurs. If you have the procedure done in a dental office and start having issues with sensitivity, feel free to try some of these techniques, but be sure to follow any instructions given to you by your dentist.

•It is very important to follow the instructions of your dentist when using a professional product or the manufacturer’s instructions for the over the counter products. (Never whiten your teeth for longer than recommended.)

•Try cutting back to every other day once the sensitivity starts along with shorter application times. Sometimes just giving your teeth a short break between treatments can help to alleviate the symptoms.

•Taking Advil or Aleve can help reduce the symptoms if taken before applying the whitening product. Taking it ahead of time may prevent the symptoms from surfacing.

•Check to see if you are using a product with a lower peroxide level (6 to 10% is a relatively low peroxide level for most people). While you may think that the higher the level of peroxide, the better the result, it is not worth it if you and your teeth are miserable.

•Limit the cold drinks and foods while you are whitening. Teeth may be temperature sensitive under normal conditions, but whitening can really exasperate sensitivity issues.

•Overuse of whitening products can also cause sensitivity. When used to excess, they have the potential to make your teeth very sensitive or even damage them.

•Using fluoride rinses and/or sensitivity toothpaste can help alleviate the symptoms. Fluoride treatments are also sometimes recommended either before, during or after you whiten your teeth.

•Be sure you are using a soft bristled brush when brushing your teeth. The softer bristles are gentler on your teeth and gums and can help cut back on your symptoms.

•Always inform your dentist if your sensitivity issues persist or worsen. There may be another cause such as gum recession or cavities.

•Ask your dentist about desensitizing products that can be applied at the office. When used correctly, they have been known to be effective at reducing sensitivity due to many different causes.

Although tooth sensitivity with whitening is very common, it is usually of short duration, lasting typically 24-48 hours. Years ago, most teeth whitening products contained very harsh ingredients that were found to actually damage teeth and cause extreme sensitivity. Products have improved greatly since then and now use high quality ingredients that are gentler on your teeth.

If you should have any question or concerns following your tooth whitening procedure please contact out dental specialists at 516-869-0111 We will be glad to assist you with any and all dental emergencies.

Male Cigarette Smokers More Likely to Need Root Canals

March 6, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Male Cigarette Smokers More Likely to Need Root Canals

According to a recent report from the American Dental Association, males that smoke cigarettes are almost twice as likely to need root canals based on news reports about an extensive study listed to appear in the Journal of Dental Research in April 2006.
Here at New York Endodontic Associates in Roslyn, NY, we take pride in serving greater Long Island with updated dental reports such as this article. The lead author of this study, Boston University’s Dr.Elizabeth Krall Kaye, presented the findings in New York City at a special media briefing hosted by the American Dental Association as well as the American Medical Association.

The Study

This long term study began in 1968, where researchers collected data from aging men in the Veterans Affairs. The participants were all males, whose progression of oral health was tracked for nearly three decades. The study states that these male participants were evaluated every three years for gum disease, tooth mobility, cavities, restorations and calculus.

Other risk factors for root canal treatment such as cavities, presence of crowns, age, signs of periapical infection and bone loss were also taken into account and adjusted for by the researchers. Emergency Root Canal Treatment can be avoided if risk factors can be managed properly through preventative care.

Risk Factors

Even though the study did find that the incidence of needing root canal treatment was higher in smokers than non smokers, the length of time that a participant spent smoking was also a clear factor. The risk factors of needing root canal treatment decreased with the extent of time that the participants had refrained from smoking. While no female smokers were involved in this research, the study did suggest that, “similar conclusions could likely be reached for female smokers.”


Cigarette smoking has long ago been established as a key risk factor, of both men and women, for oral cancer, lung cancer, heart disease and other medical and dental problems. The findings of this extensive study not only shows data indicating the link between male cigarette smokers and the risk factors of needing root canal treatment, but also reinforces the importance of prevention and overcoming tobacco addiction. For more information about this or any other article posted please dont hesitate to call us at (516)869-0111 at our Long Island Endodontic office to speak to a Long Island Endodontist.

Endodontic Treatment in Children- Root Canal Specialist Long island- Manhasset Endodontist

February 23, 2012  |  Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

Endodontic treatment involves the pulp of a tooth. The pulp contains the tooth’s nerve. It also contains blood vessels that give the tooth oxygen and nutrients. When the pulp is injured or infected, endodontic treatment is often done to try to save the tooth.

Your child may need endodontic treatment if he or she:

Feels pain in a tooth at any time, for no apparent reason
Has a tooth that is very sensitive to temperature changes
Has a broken tooth with exposed pulp
Endodontic treatment can be done in adult (permanent) or baby (primary) teeth. Even though baby teeth eventually will fall out, your dentist will suggest fixing them unless they would normally fall out soon. Baby teeth are important for chewing and speaking. They also hold spaces for the permanent teeth that replace them. If your child loses a baby tooth too soon, neighboring teeth can move into the empty space. This could block the permanent tooth from coming in, or cause it to grow in tilted.

There are two kinds of endodontic treatment done on baby teeth. With vital pulp therapy, the tooth’s pulp is removed from the crown of the tooth, but not from the root. In non-vital pulp therapy, also called root canal treatment, the pulp is removed from both the crown and the root. If these methods don’t work, the tooth will be taken out.

Vital Pulp Therapy for Primary (Baby) Teeth

For vital pulp therapy to work, there must not be any swelling or abscesses. Also, the tooth must not be loose.

There are four types of vital pulp therapy for baby teeth:

Protective base — This is used when there is decay in the tooth but the pulp is not directly affected. The decay is removed and a protective material is placed in the tooth before placing the filling.

Indirect pulp cap — This is used when the decay has come very close to the pulp but does not touch it. Most of the decay is removed. A protective dressing is placed over the decay that is close to the pulp. This prevents exposing the pulp. It also stimulates healing. A filling is then placed in the tooth.

Direct pulp cap — This is used when a small amount of pulp becomes exposed. This can happen during decay removal or because of an injury. Medicine is placed on the exposed pulp to protect it. Direct pulp caps do not work as well in baby teeth as they do in adult teeth.

Vital pulpotomy — This is used when the top part of the pulp is affected by decay or injured by trauma, but the root part is still healthy. The dentist removes the decay and the infected or injured pulp. The healthy pulp in the roots is left alone. The inside of the tooth is filled with a protective material. The tooth is covered with a stainless steel crown. A vital pulpotomy can be done in baby teeth. It also can be done in adult teeth that haven’t finished growing a full-length root. In these adult teeth, vital pulpotomy is usually done as a temporary fix until the tooth has finished growing its root. Vital pulpotomy also might be done as the first step in a complete root canal treatment.

Non-Vital Pulp Therapy for Primary (Baby) Teeth

Non-vital pulp therapy is better known as root canal treatment. This is done when the pulp is too damaged to be saved. The dentist removes all of the pulp from inside the tooth. He or she cleans the inside of the tooth and fills it with a special material. The material will be absorbed when the body starts reabsorbing the root in preparation for the tooth to fall out. A stainless steel crown is placed on the tooth to protect it. If the tooth is in the front of the mouth, the stainless steel can be covered with a tooth-colored facing.

Non-vital pulp therapy usually requires more than one visit.

Primary Teeth: Root Canal Treatment Versus Extraction

Your dentist will give you information so you can decide whether to have a primary tooth taken out, or to have root canal treatment done. This decision depends on:

Which tooth is affected
When the tooth would naturally fall out
The amount of damage to the tooth
Whether the problem has affected bone or gum tissue
If your child has serious medical problems, any infection can be serious. If the tooth was damaged by infection, there is a small chance that it could become infected again after root canal treatment. In this case, your dentist would probably recommend that the tooth be removed. If your child is healthy and removing the tooth might affect his or her ability to eat or speak properly, or the permanent tooth’s ability to come in properly, your dentist may suggest root canal treatment.

After Endodontic Treatment

Your child may have some soreness after endodontic treatment. It can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers for children.

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