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By GentleDentalNYC
October 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth pain   root canal  

Pain in a tooth, whether it's constant or intermittent, is a warning sign that should never be ignored. Midtown Manhattan general dentist Dr. Kara Mason provides treatments that will quickly put an end to your tooth pain.

Why do I have a toothache?

Woman with a Toothache

Tooth pain can occur for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Tooth Decay: Cavities can be quite painful, particularly if they're large. If you have a cavity, you may notice that your tooth has become sensitive to sugary, hot, or cold foods and drinks.
  • Inflamed or Infected Tooth: An inflammation or an infection in your tooth may be the reason your tooth hurts. In some cases, pain may be caused by a dental abscess. Abscesses are bacterial infections that can cause severe pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes and facial swelling. The infections require emergency dental treatment.
  • A Cracked Tooth: You may notice that your tooth hurts when you chew or bite if there's a crack in it. Your gum may also become a little swollen due to a crack.
  • Gum Disease: The pain in your tooth may actually be caused by gum disease. Treating the disease promptly will help you avoid tooth loss.

How can my dentist relieve my pain?

The treatment your general dentist offers will depend on the source of your pain. Tooth decay is treated by numbing your tooth, removing the decayed portion and replacing it with a filling. If your pain is caused by an inflammation or infection, you'll need root canal therapy. During the treatment, your Midtown Manhattan dentist removes the pulp and replaces it with a rubber-based filling, eliminating the source of the pain. You may also need a dental crown to strengthen your tooth.

Adding a dental crown to a cracked teeth stops the pain and also prevents the tooth from fracturing or breaking. If your pain is caused by gum disease, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning or other treatments that remove bacteria, plaque and tartar and help your gums heal.

Relieve your toothache with a visit to your Midtown Manhattan, NY, dentist. Call general dentist Dr. Kara Mason at (212) 355-2195 to schedule an appointment.

By GentleDentalNYC
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   Clear Braces   Braces  

Find out everything you could ever wish to know about this nearly invisible orthodontic system.

Invisalign Clear BracesA straighter smile is right around the corner and better yet, you can do it without others noticing your braces. That’s right; our Upper East Side general dentist Dr. Kara Mason offers a way for older teens and adults to finally get that straight, beautiful smile in a fast, reliable and completely clear way. Have you heard of Invisalign before? Find out what this treatment is all about.

Q. What is Invisalign?

A. Invisalign is a unique orthodontic treatment designed to straighten teeth and fix common misalignments through the use of clear, custom-made aligners. These aligners look similar to whitening trays, except they are made from clear, medical-grade plastic and are designed to fit tightly against the teeth.

Q. How does it work?

A. Each aligner is specially designed based on the treatment plan our Upper East Side dentist maps out for you during your consultation. Each aligner will shift certain teeth a predetermined amount in order to get the ideal results. Aligners provide just the right amount of pressure to gradually and safely move teeth into the proper position over time.

Q. Do I have to change my diet while wearing Invisalign?

A. Patients who’ve had to get traditional braces will tell you that it isn’t always easy to stay away from the foods they love while wearing braces. Of course, brackets and wires can easily be damaged by foods that are too chewy, sticky or hard, which means that you have to avoid these foods while wearing traditional braces; however, this isn’t the case with Invisalign. Just simply remove your aligners prior to mealtimes and you can enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your braces.

Q. Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

A. Invisalign is the perfect option for older teens and adults who want to fix minor crowding, crookedness, gaps between teeth and other malocclusions (e.g. overbites; underbites). When you come in for a consultation our dentist will be able to tell you whether Invisalign is the best approach for getting your smile straighter.

Q. How long will I have to wear my aligners?

A. If you want to see results you’ll want to make sure you are wearing your aligners as much as possible. This means aiming to wear them about 22 hours out of the day. The only times you should remove them is to brush and floss your teeth and before eating. Make sure you also rinse and clean your aligners daily to prevent stains.

If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign then give our Upper East Side dental office a call today and let us know that you are interested in getting Invisalign (or mention it during your next dental cleaning). Turn to GentleDentalNYC for all of your smile needs.