Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center

How to Make Your Own Ice Cream

'ice cream'As you may or may not know, July is officially National Ice Cream Month! While it is fun to go and grab ice cream from your local shop down the street, it can be more fun and rewarding to make your own ice cream for you and your family to enjoy. Ice cream is also a great treat to enjoy after different types of oral surgery. You don’t need an ice cream maker in order to make delicious, creamy ice cream. Just follow our instructions below!

Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

– 2 cups of milk
– 3 tablespoons of sugar
– 2 teaspoons of vanilla

Materials:

– 3-4 cups of ice
– 2/3 cup salt
– 1 quart sized Ziploc bag
– 1 gallon sized Ziploc freezer bag

Instructions:

– Combine milk, vanilla and sugar in quart sized bag
– Press any air out of bag and seal tightly
– Mix ice and salt in gallon sized bag
– Place quart sized bag into gallon sized bag and seal tightly
– Shake the bag vigorously for about 5 minutes.
– It will be very cold, be careful!
– Liquid inside smaller bag should start to harden
– Let bags sit for a few minutes with ice in large bag surrounding small bag
– Open bags up and scoop ice cream out
– Enjoy!!

As you can see, it isn’t hard to shake up some ice cream that the whole family can enjoy, using fairly standard household ingredients. Use chocolate/strawberry milk instead of regular milk to change the flavor, or use half and half for a creamier product. This year, celebrate National Ice Cream month by making your own ice cream at home!

Where do Dental Implants come from?

Dental implants have a surprisingly rich and interesting history. Across centuries and throughout cultures around the world there is evidence of attempts at replacing missing teeth with various objects and materials.

The oldest dental implants can be traced back to 2000 BC in China, where missing teeth were substituted with bamboo pegs.

Fast forward a bit to around 1000 BC and you’ll find an ancient Egyptian King whose tomb was recently discovered along with his mummified remains; a copper peg hammered into place where a tooth once lived. This may have been the first time in history that we know of when metal implants were used.

Across the globe some time around 300 BC, an iron tooth was found in a French grave thought to be Celtic in origin. It is possible this implant may have been a post-mortem placement to honor the dead, as an attempt to perform the surgery using a live patient would have been an excruciatingly painful process.

Just 2000 years ago missing teeth were being substituted for animal teeth, and the poor were even selling their teeth to the wealthy, just to make ends meet! The body often rejected these surrogate teeth, causing infection.

More recently in 1931 in Honduras, Dr. Wilson Monroe and his wife found a jawbone amongst other artifacts, with teeth fashioned from shells and attached to the jawbone of an ancient man.

Today we are lucky enough to have dental implants that not only look and feel like real teeth, and anesthesia for the pain is also a plus. Thanks to studies conducted by Per-Ingvar Brånemark of Sweden in the 1950’s, oral surgeons have been able to perfect the process over the years to create today’s implants, which have a 98% success rate! Through a process known as osseointegration, metals and other implant materials are able to be skillfully placed so that your jaw bone actually attaches itself to the implant creating a seamless support system.

Missing a tooth or two? Give us a call at New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024 to discuss your dental implant options today!

What is Advanced Platelet Rich Fibrin?

'woman smiling'Advanced Platelet Rich Fibrin (A PRF) is a new advanced technology that helps heal wounds anywhere in the body, including those involved in oral surgery, using the patient’s own blood. Unlike Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), it has no additives. In addition to that, A PRF is very rich in platelets, leukocyte cells (growth factor cells) and contains enriching Fibrin – the key ingredient for initiating the healing of a wound, with added antibacterial properties.

A PRF is more advanced than PRP due to having 20 times more leukocytes cells.  It is used inside of extraction sockets and around dental implants to fast-track bone and gum formation. It allows the implant to heal at an accelerated rate.

When the body detects a wound, it begins the healing process by rushing different cells to the wound. One of the main cell types is Platelets. Platelets are the cells that circulate in our blood and bind together when they recognize damaged blood vessels. When you get a cut or a wound, the platelets bind together at the site causing a blood clot which stops us from bleeding. This stimulates stem cells that help create new tissues. This overall process allows the body to heal faster and more efficiently.

In addition to oral surgery procedures such as bone grafting, sinus lift and ridge augmentation procedures, A PRF has many additional clinical applications such as repairing bone defects caused by cysts and extractions, and even trauma to the skin such as sun damage, acne scars and wrinkles. It has even been used to regrow hair in patients.

At Herald Square Dental we strive to provide the best techniques for our patients that will make their healing process and overall experience quick and comfortable. If you are interested in A PRF, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

 

April Brings Oral Cancer Into Focus

The word “cancer” is one of the scariest nouns in the English language, and one of the most dreadful diagnoses to give or receive. The month of April has been dedicated as Oral Cancer Awareness Month to help patients and doctors alike learn more about oral cancer, to identify it, and to face this seemingly monumental disease head on.

Oral cancer, which can impact the gums, tongue, cheeks, lips, and roof of the mouth, will be diagnosed in over 48,000 American lives this year alone. An average of one person will lose their life to this disease every hour of every day. The five-year survival rate for those who have been diagnosed is only about 65%. If oral cancer is caught early enough, it can be treated efficiently, and the impact of associated health issues can be greatly reduced as well.

That is why dentists like Dr. Ian Pasch of New York City’s own Herald Square Dental make sure to check all patients for the signs of oral cancer at every visit. Dr. Pasch, a dental professional of close to 35 years, and his team use the latest techniques and technologies, such as Velscope, to identify oral cancer signs and symptoms. Using this this technology allows the doctor to detect abnormal or dysplastic cells before they become apparent to the naked eye and before they have an opportunity to turn into cancer. Some of the other, more visible signs and symptoms of oral cancer that are looked for include:

-Red or white patches in the oral cavity

-Sores that don’t go away

-Pain, numbness or tenderness in the lips or mouth

-Difficulty speaking, swallowing, chewing, or moving your tongue

-Lumps, rough spots, thickened or eroded areas of tissue

The Herald Square team knows it is essential to discuss not only these signs and symptoms, but also some of the associated oral cancer behaviors, with patients every time they are in the office—not just in April.

Patients who are chronic smokers or drinkers, especially at an older age, are much more likely to develop oral or throat cancer than non-smokers or non-drinkers. Recently, more connections have been drawn between oral cancer and the sexually transmitted infection HPV, which is said to impact about 75% of the population. Not all forms of HPV cause or can cause oral cancer, but certain strains may be a cause, making it worthwhile to check for HPV and discuss it with your doctor.

A thorough conversation and education about oral cancer is one of the most efficient ways to impact a patient’s life outside of your office walls. It is recommended you talk to your patients about oral cancer and screen them for the signs and symptoms at every visit. If you are not sure how to start the conversation, or would like to review more resources and materials about Oral Cancer Awareness Month, visit the Oral Cancer Foundation’s website by Clicking Here.

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Oral Cancer Among Men to Increase in 2017

'man thinking about oral cancer'A recent study by the American Cancer Society reports that oral cancer cases in men is expected to increase in 2017 by 4%, while the rate of new cases among women stays the same year over year. “Oral Cancer”, which is a common way to refer to all head and neck cancers, involves cancer of the oral cavity, lips, tongue, pharynx and esophagus.

Unfortunately, oral cancers often go undetected until their later stages when they are more difficult to treat, giving them an even worse reputation than many other cancers.

Oral cancer is more likely in those who:

  • Drink Alcohol Excessively (more than 2 drinks a day for men and more than 1 drink a day for women)
  • Smoke or Chew Tobacco
  • Have HPV (certain strains of the HPV virus are known to cause oral and other cancers)

HPV and Oral Cancer

Along with the rise of HPV among men has come the rise of oral cancers as well. Unfortunately, it has now been estimated that half of U.S. men are infected with HPV. While most of these will not go on to develop cancer, certainly, these increases may continue to create a rise in head and neck cancers until the disease is brought under control.

What You Can Do

Prevention and detection are the most important things when it comes to the fight against oral cancer. With early detection, we can do better for survival rates and, as we have seen with general cancer cases, prevention in the form of abstaining from tobacco and drinking in moderation can reduce the number of cases over time. In order to protect yourself and your family and help us with survival rates, we urge you to see us for an oral cancer screening. It only takes a few minutes for us to examine you – and it could save your life.

For more information on oral cancer, call us at New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024 or visit oralcancerfoundation.org.

3 DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF LOSING ALL YOUR TEETH

Keeping a bright and confident smile with you at all times is the result of good dental hygiene. Obviously, your smile can already tell you if you have healthy teeth and gums. But what if you lose all of your teeth? What will happen next? Here are three devastating effects of losing all your teeth:

#1 Bad aesthetic appearance

Obviously, it’s the first thing everyone will notice. Your appearance will significantly affect what you feel socially and psychologically. Not only do you create gaps in your mouth but losing teeth may also affect your facial aesthetic structure as a whole.

#2 Health

A certain study consisting of 367 denture wearers have shown that 47% of these all have low chewing performance. It also noticed that there are lower fruits and vegetable intake. So, lower consumption of fiber foods can lead to intestinal or stomach problems, especially for patients who already lost their teeth and are experiencing deficit chewing performance. This only concludes that if the dental functions are compromised, our overall health may be compromised because of poor swallowing habits.

#3 Loss of confidence

Tooth loss actually affects confidence and may even cause some slight anxiety. Though complete denture can provide the satisfaction on patient’s needs, most of them are quite affected how their social life become. They are worried about how they will deal with their intimate situations particularly when their new partner doesn’t know about their oral handicap.

As a matter of fact, there’s a previous dental survey which demonstrates that about 80% of the entire population (with no teeth) can wear both lower and upper dentures every time. They seldom leave their comfort zone. And once they feel they are being forced to go out, not wearing their teeth while meeting and speaking to different individuals, they may feel uncomfortable.

The teeth are obviously an important part of our physical appearance. There is no doubt that crooked, oddly shaped, stained teeth and total tooth loss can affect our overall well-being in dealing with other people.

Don’t go without a smile. Learn about our available dentures and dental implants in Manhattan by calling our office and scheduling your free consultation at New York Office Phone Number212-689-0024.

FAILED DENTAL IMPLANT: WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

NYC dental implants have already helped millions of dental patients worldwide. The procedure has given people their confidence back by providing an efficient solution for missing teeth. However, not all implants are done equal, resulting in some cases where the procedure fails. If you will fall victim of dental implants, what are your options to fix or restore your teeth’s condition?

It is quite hard to tell the best options without a professional check-up. Your dentist at Herald Square has to determine what causes the implant to fail in the first place before suggesting the best option.

What Causes Dental Implants to Fail?

There are certain reasons why your dental implant might fail, but the most common reason is the “osseointegration.” It is a process wherein the implant fails to bond properly with your jawbone. One good indication that your implant might be failing is when an inflammation occurs on the surrounding bone of the implant.

Possible Options for Failed Dental Implant

We’ve compiled the possible procedures that you can take if in case you find yourself facing a dental implant failure.

1. Implant Breakage

If the cause of the failure is an implant breakage but the jawbone is not damaged, then no major operation is needed. Just make sure to inform your dentist as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Your NYC dentist can just immediately remove the damaged implant and place a new one. A new implant will be replaced after there is a clear understanding of what causes the first implant to fail. This makes the second implant more durable.

2. Osseointegration issues or Implant Infection

As mentioned earlier, osseointegration is another common cause of implant failure. There are two ways that a dentist can fix this dental issue, but it all depends whether the bone infected or bone loss is medium or severe.

• Medium Bone Loss

The dentist will examine the cause of the infection that results in bone loss. After which, he will then remove the failed implant and let the affected area heal before replacing the implant. The healing process might take a few months, though.

• Severe Bone Loss

For severe cases, your dentist usually has to perform a bone grafting procedure before replacing the failed implant. Bone grafting is a process wherein a new bone is grown.

To learn more about dental implants in Manhattan, call our office at New York Office Phone Number212-689-0024 today!

METHODS AVAILABLE TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH IN THE NYC AREA

While missing teeth on a seven-year-old child might be cute, it’s not a desirable option for adults. Patients in the area of NYC who are faced with tooth loss need to consult with a professional dentist about the best method to replace missing teeth.

Dentures

Full and partial dentures are a solution for many patients who are seeking an economical solution to their tooth loss. Dentures are commonly considered because they are incredibly affordable. Dentures come in two varieties depending on the needs of the patient. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, and partial dentures replace one or more teeth within a dental arch. They are made with quality materials for longevity and functionality.

Dental bridges

Bridges are a wonderful option for those seeking a more permanent solution. Bridges are bonded into place and can last a decade or longer with proper care. They do require special flossing underneath them to remove food particles and maintain oral health, but they are a great alternative to removable restorations such as dentures.

Dental implants

Dental implants are best for patients who want to make an investment in their smile. These titanium restorations are meant to act as a natural tooth root replacement. They are restored with crowns, bridges, or dentures depending on the needs of the patient. These restorations can last a lifetime with proper care, making them one of the most desirable options for long-term repair.

There are consequences to not replacing missing teeth as soon as possible, so it is essential that patients consider solutions that are available. Whether patients choose dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants, it is important to have a replacement put in to maintain bone structure and keep the existing teeth from shifting out of place.

At Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center, Drs. Pasch, Yam, Shirzadnia, and Song can assist patients in the area of NYC for tooth replacement. Their practice is conveniently located at 224 West 35th Street on the 16th floor. Patients can contact their practice for a free consultation appointment by calling New York Office Phone Number212-689-0024. With a practice in business since 1977, patients know and trust the dental professionals available.

WHAT CAN RUIN YOUR TEETH?

At Herald Square Dental, we dedicate ourselves to not only restoring your smile if it has been negatively impacted, but helping you prevent any such complications from happening in the first place. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about your oral health at your appointments, and we also supply blogs, just like these, to help answer your questions too.

We must say, some of the most common questions we answer have to deal with how certain items or habits may impact the teeth. From some of the more obvious ones, like smoking, to some you may overlook, like sports drinks, they all have the ability to influence your oral health one way or another.

What are some of the other most tooth-ruining items or actions out there? Try:

  • Bottled Water
  • Wine
  • Diet Pills
  • Candy
  • Certain diseases like diabetes.
  • -& so much more!

For a more comprehensive list, featuring over 20 items, actions, and life occurrences- check out this article from Health.com by Clicking Here.

To schedule an appointment with Herald Square Dental or to address any of the situations you see via that link, don’t hesitate to call us at New York Office Phone Number212-689-0024.

How are Dental Implants Placed?

How are Dental Implants Placed?

If a dental professional approves your eligibility to undergo implants, then you can proceed with the surgery. To give you a preview of what to expect when getting the procedure, here is how a dental implant is placed:

  • First Stage
  • According to your preference, your dentist may give you antibiotics and pain killers or you might ask to be sedated through an intravenous line injected in your arm. After this has been settled, the doctor will cut through your gums to expose the bone. The implants will then be placed in the hole after drilling the bone. To ensure that the implant is placed accurately, some dentists take an x-ray before stitching the gums up.

 

The entire process usually takes up one hour for single dental implant. The duration for this process varies depending on how many implants must be placed and in the event that you get a bone graft simultaneously.

 

  • Your dentist will provide you with antibiotics and pain killers after the initial process of dental implant. After seven to ten days, head back to your dentist’s clinic to have the stitches removed.

 

  • Usually three to four months for the lower jaw and five to six months for the upper jaw, you have to wait for the bone to connect with the implant.

 

  • Second Stage

 

  • You are ready for the second step if the implant settled well with its surrounding bone. A small incision in the gum, done by your dentist, will reveal the implant.

 

  • Your dentist will now use a metal healing collar to replace a protective screw from the implant.
  • The healing cap resembles a small metal cylinder above the gum area where your tooth is located. It retains the space around the implant so that the gum heals correctly.
  • The healing collar or cap looks like a small metal cylinder that sustains the space between the gum and the implant to ensure correct healing. The healing collar must be sitting above your gums where your supposed tooth would be.