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By GentleDentalNYC
January 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out just how dental crowns can protect damaged teeth?dental crowns

Cracked tooth? Needing a root canal? We know these are issues you would like to avoid at all costs, but sometimes dental problems arise that require immediate care from our Midtown, NY, general dentist Dr. Kara Mason. Of course, you might be wondering what’s next if you are dealing with a damaged tooth or a tooth weakened by an infection. This is where a dental crown comes into play.

What is a crown?

A crown is a restoration that can be used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain or composite resin so that it most closely resembles the appearance of a real tooth.

What does a crown do?

A crown is a pretty amazing restoration because it is extremely versatile. When people think about crowns they most often think of them for restoring a weak or damaged tooth. This is probably one of the most common reasons a person requires a dental crown. If a tooth has incurred extensive damage due to decay, infection or trauma then a crown will be used to improve not just the appearance but also to strengthen the tooth.

Of course, if you have a tooth that is severely malformed or discolored then you may also want to consider getting dental crowns from our Midtown, NY, cosmetic dentist to improve the shape, color and overall appearance of one or more teeth.

Lastly, crowns can also be instrumental in replacing one or more missing teeth. If you have several missing teeth in a row then you may choose to get a dental bridge to replace those teeth. If so, crowns will be cemented over the natural teeth on either side of the gap to stabilize the false teeth in the middle. A crown is also used to cover a dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth.

Do you have questions about dental crowns? Do you want to know if your smile could benefit from this restorative treatment? If so, then call GentleDentalNYC in Midtown, NY, today to schedule your consultation.

By GentleDentalNYC
November 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

If you have ever woken up with tightness or pain in your jaw, you may have been grinding your teeth in your sleep. Habits like teeth jaw paingrinding and clenching can be a response to temporary periods of high stress and anxiety, or part of an ongoing problem. Dental problems like tooth decay or an infection can also trigger pain. Another common cause of jaw pain is TMD (temporomandibular disorders), which results from an injury or damage to the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. There are a number of possible underlying causes of jaw pain. Dr. Kara Mason, a general dentist at GentleDentalNYC in Midtown, NY. recommends scheduling an appointment if you are experiencing ongoing pain, stiffness, or sensitivity.

Jaw Pain Diagnosis and Treatment

The best way to prevent oral health problems and to catch problems early is to practice preventive dental care, which includes brushing your teeth after meals, flossing every day, eating a healthy diet and avoiding excessive sugar consumption, not smoking, and going to a general dentist for regular check ups and dental cleanings. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends making an appointment every six months. But if you are experiencing persistent jaw pain, don't wait until your next routine visit to schedule an appointment.

Why Your Jaw Hurts

Some of the most common causes of jaw pain include:

  • TMD
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Infection
  • Gum disease or tooth decay

Treatment options vary depending on what is causing your jaw pain. Teeth grinders may need to wear a night guard. TMD has several underlying causes as well and may be treated with a combination of medication, oral appliances, or lifestyle modifications and therapy depending on the severity and condition of the joint. Oral health problems like decay or gum disease may be treated with anything from antibiotics to clear up infection, to a dental filling or root canal therapy, depending on the issue.

Find a General Dentist in Midtown

For more information about TMD and other jaw pain causes and treatment options, contact GentleDentalNYC in Midtown by calling (212) 355-2195 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mason today.

By GentleDentalNYC
September 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Dealing with a toothache? Find out why root canal treatment may be necessary.root canal

If you are noticing a nagging pain in a tooth, this isn’t something you should just ignore. Pain is your mouth’s way of telling you that something is amiss. Since dental problems won’t go away by themselves, it’s important that you visit our Midtown NY, general dentist, Dr. Kara Mason, immediately.

Why is root canal therapy necessary?

If you have a toothache you may be wondering what’s going on. More often than not it’s your dental pulp calling out in pain. A dental pulp is a structure that lies within the tooth that contains nerves. You can consider the pulp to be the feeling center of the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed it will cause pain.

Decay, infection and trauma can all lead to a damaged dental pulp. Once the pulp has become infected or inflamed it will need to be removed. Luckily, the pulp is not necessary for a tooth to remain healthy. The purpose of root canal treatment is to remove the dental pulp and to clean out the inside of the tooth where the infection lies.

What happens if you don’t get a root canal?

If you decide to ignore the problem then it will only continue to get worse until the tooth is so damaged that it can’t be repaired. Once this happens the tooth will need to be removed and then we will need to replace it with an artificial tooth. Isn’t it much easier, simpler and cost-effective to prevent this from happening altogether and to just get a simple root canal?

Doesn’t a root canal hurt?

We know there are a lot of horror stories out there about root canals, but don’t worry. Our Midtown NY general dentist doesn't want to see you in pain and we know that a damaged dental pulp can certainly cause a boatload of pain. Don’t you want to relieve it? The only way to get rid of pain is through root canal therapy. The purpose of this procedure is to eliminate pain not cause pain.

If this wasn’t enough to calm your fears, also know that root canal treatment is performed after the tooth has been numbed, so you won’t feel a thing. What a relief to not have to deal with that nasty toothache any longer!

As the name already states, GentleDentalNYC in Midtown NY is dedicated to providing you comprehensive dental services with a gentle, caring touch. Call us today at 212-355-2195 if you are dealing with a toothache.

By GentleDentalNYC
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Get a Whiter Smile in Just One VisitTeeth Whitening

Embarrassed by your stained teeth? A professional in-office teeth whitening treatment can give you a whiter smile in just one visit. In-office teeth whitening removes years of stains and the process is safe and hassle free. GentleDentalNYC, which is located in New York, NY, offers a full range of dental services, including professional teeth whitening. Dr. Kara Mason is one of the finest dentists in Midtown New York, NY.

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Inadequate flossing, brushing, and rinsing with mouth rinses to remove stain-producing substances and plaque can cause tooth discoloration. If you smoke or use tobacco, your teeth will darken over time. Pigments from dark-colored beverages and foods like red wine, cola, and tea also cause permanent stains on your teeth. Certain medicines such as antipsychotics, antihistamines, and drugs for high blood pressure can also stain your teeth.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Professional in-office teeth whitening takes place under carefully monitored conditions and allows for the safe use of high-strength peroxide– yielding results that are visible immediately. One in-office teeth whitening treatment provides brighter, whiter teeth after just 45 minutes in the dental chair. One in-office teeth whitening treatment will make your teeth 8-10 shades lighter.

Teeth Whitening Consultation

Your Midtown New York, NY dentist will determine if professional teeth whitening is suitable for you after performing an oral examination to ensure proper health. Teeth whitening is ideal for patients who have healthy teeth and gums and desire a whiter smile. Patients with gum disease or decay are poor candidates for teeth whitening because they have to address these problems before seeking cosmetic treatments.

Everyone wants an attractive smile, and why not? One of the most glamorous ways to improve your appearance is with a knock-out smile. Call GentleDentalNYC at 212-355-2195 right now to schedule a consultation in New York, NY. Professional teeth whitening can improve your smile- and the quality of your life. Here's to you.

By GentleDentalNYC
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Could a restorative procedure help you improve your smile? Midtown New York, NY, dentist, Dr. Kara Mason, discusses a few restorative dentistryprocedures, including dental implants, that can help keep your smile full and healthy.

Root canal therapy

Inflammation or infection of the tooth pulp can lead to tooth loss if you don't have a root canal. This tooth-saving procedure may sound a little scary, but the procedure really isn't much different than the regular filling process. After the diseased or inflamed pulp is removed, the pulp cavity and the canals that reach from the top of the tooth to the roots are cleaned and shaped. Small posts may also be added to support the crown that will be added later. Filling the tooth with gutta percha or another flexible material seals and protects it.

Crowns and bridges

Whether you have a crack in your tooth, or you just don't like the look of one of your incisors, you can benefit from crowns. Crowns are hollow, tooth-shaped restorations that completely encase teeth, offering excellent support and coverage for cosmetic imperfections. Crowns can be used to:

  • Strengthen cracked or fragile teeth
  • Restore broken teeth
  • Lengthen teeth
  • Cover discolorations, unusually shaped teeth and other flaws
  • Serve as an artificial tooth for a dental implant

They're also used to replace missing teeth. Bridges, restorations that consist of at least three crowns, close the gap in your smile. Crowns cemented to teeth on either side of the gap support a third crown that takes the place of the missing tooth.

Dental implants

Titanium dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss, thanks to the implants' ability to fuse to the bone in your jaw. Implants serve as replacement roots and anchor crowns in place. It usually takes about three to six months for the implant to bond to the jawbone. Once it does, you'll visit our Midtown New York office to begin preparations for your new crown.

When you choose a dental implant to restore your smile, you won't experience any decrease in biting power and will treat the new tooth just like your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will help keep the implant healthy.

Would you like to improve your smile with dental implants or other restorative procedures? Call Midtown New York, NY, dentist, Dr. Mason, at (212) 355-2195 to schedule an appointment.

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