Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center

Thanksgiving Day Denture Tips

As we approach the holidays here in NYC and look forward to small family gatherings around all our favorite Thanksgiving foods, don’t let your dentures get you down.

Already wondering about how you’ll navigate Friendsgiving Zoom calls where your smile will be front and center?

Problems with dentures, like breaks, cracks, and sore spots, can interfere with your merrymaking, but there’s ways to prepare, manage, and avoid these mishaps. Our New York City dental team has prepared this denture care guide to ensure the best experiences possible when it comes to celebrating the holidays with dentures.

How to Prepare

Preventing Sore Spots

If you’ve had dentures for long, you know that pesky little sore spots can pop up when your dentures aren’t in prime shape.

Get organized now and schedule an appointment with us to ensure your dentures are good to go for your Thanksgiving. If there’s ever a time to be diligent about your oral care, it’s when you’re gearing up for the holidays and the good food you’re about to consume.

Don’t let your dentures get in the way of your celebrating.

Ensuring the Proper Fit

The mere mention of Thanksgiving brings food to our minds, but as we gather around tables, talking and laughing are as much a part of the festivities as partaking in big, delicious meals. And we know what can happen when your denture fits poorly and you’re in the middle of sharing a story or your great uncle tells a joke that causes you to burst out in laughter.

If embarrassment from denture slippage doesn’t chase you out of the room, the painful friction that can result may. Don’t let this happen—book an appointment to have your dentures fitted today.

Choosing Safe Foods

Be aware of which foods are hardest on dentures.

Avoiding hard and chewy foods that put stress on your dentures will help to prevent fractures and dislodged teeth. In fact, if your dentures are old or loose, we recommend you schedule a consultation to come in and have them examined and relined before the festivities. Aging and worn-down dentures usually don’t fit or function properly, and having them repaired will lessen the chance that a problem will arise during your Thanksgiving meal.

Foods to Avoid

Regardless of the state of your dentures, it’s best to stay away from hard and sticky foods, such as the following:

  • Nuts
  • Hard candies
  • Sticky puddings
  • Dried fruit
  • Turkey bones

Meal Tips

Sometimes it’s just too tempting to eat the forbidden foods. We know the feeling. If you find yourself wanting to indulge just a bit, here are a few suggestions for minimizing denture damage.

  • Cut your food into smaller bites which will make chewing and breaking the food down easier.
  • Chew on both sides of your mouth to spread out the pressure and chewing forces and to reduce stress on one part of the dentures.
  • Eat slowly and enjoy every bite.

Dental Emergency

Accidents do happen, and when they do, we strongly urge you to call us and schedule an appointment immediately.

Most repairs can be completed in our office in less than an hour.

Attempting to fix your dentures yourself can lead to more damage which would require more than a quick appointment with us. We strongly urge you to refrain from trying to repair your dentures yourself.

Denture Cases

The secret to caring for your dentures while you’re on the road is your denture case.

Breaking and losing dentures tend to happen more often when we are traveling for the holidays or not in our regular routine at home. When damage happens, cases provide a discreet and safe way to store your denture until you can get it fixed. And when you’re traveling, storing your dentures in a case when you remove them at night will protect them and reduce the risk of losing them. And just to be safe, we recommend you carry your old dentures with you in case of an emergency.

Best wishes from all of us at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!

Reveal the Smile of Your Dreams When You Take Off That Mask!

Interest in NYC Makeovers Booming During COVID-19 Pandemic

We may be wearing masks when we go out, but we are spending more time than ever at home on Zoom calls where we feel like our smiles are upfront and personal.

How many times a day do you see yourself on a screen?

We’ve joked in Manhattan that a silver lining of the pandemic is that we can go to work in our pajama pants. But when it comes to NYC video conferencing, we can’t hide our pearly whites. We may not be wearing shoes, but our smiles are on candid camera.

How do you feel about yours?

What about it makes you self-conscious?

With so many of our social activities limited, we have more time to devote to self-care and improvement. And those cosmetic procedures that you’ve been thinking about for a while are seeming more attractive with each passing day. What better time to work on your smile than now?

5 Smile Makeover Options

NYC smile makeovers are on the rise due to the constant presence of Zoom calls and video presentations that put our smiles under constant scrutiny. We are all experiencing a heightened awareness of our smiles.

What do we like?

What do we want to change?

Whether it’s teeth whitening or Invisalign, lip enhancement or fillers, when it comes to improving our smiles with minimally invasive solutions in Manhattan, the sky’s the limit.

Teeth Whitening

What do you see when your face pops up on Zoom?

Have your teeth lost their sparkle?

Why not brighten your smile in the comfort of your home with our customized trays that are both affordable and easy? Watch your smile grow lighter and brighter with each video call, and as we move past the pandemic and come out from behind our masks, surprise your people with a smile that glows.

Learn more about teeth whitening.

Invisalign

If you have been considering straightening your teeth for a long time, there’s never been a better time than the present, especially if Invisalign—a series of clear, removable aligners—is the path you want to take.

Comfortable, convenient, and almost invisible, the people on your screen won’t even know you’re in the middle of orthodontic treatment.

Learn more about Invisalign.

Veneers

As you spend so much time face-to-face with your smile on a screen, are you noticing small chips, cracks, discoloration, or worn down or uneven teeth?

We’ve got a simple solution for that little part of your smile that makes you uncomfortable.

Veneers are tooth-colored ceramic shells that we bond to your teeth to transform their color, shape, size, or length and accentuate all the best aspects of your smile.

Learn more about veneers.

Dental Crowns & Bridges

Self-conscious?

It’s time to stop hiding that smile.

Our carefully crafted crowns are designed to protect and strengthen broken teeth. Now that you have a more flexible work-from-home schedule come into our office where we use our unsurpassed level of expertise and latest technology to design and place each bridge and crown.

We’ve gone the extra mile to enhance our safety protocols and go beyond CDC requirements on all equipment and instrumentation, including specialized air filtration, UVC lights, aerosol annihilators, and all recommended PPE as well as extended hours.

Learn more about dental crowns and dental bridges.

Dental Implants

Getting dental implants can take time that we don’t always have, but right now during the pandemic, take advantage of your more flexible schedule and budget. And when we’re back to more in-person, mask-free interaction, you’re smile will be on point and your quality of life much improved, thanks to the permanence and superior benefits of dental implants.

Learn more about dental implants.

Your Best Smile

Why the current clamor for beautiful smiles?

Our Zoom calls require us to be up in each other’s faces more than we ever thought possible, and the signs of our aging have never been so visible. Working online has made us less-confined, timewise, so our open schedules allow us to make appointments more easily. Thank goodness, the pandemic will not last forever.

So carpe diem!

Make the most of the time and the opportunity you have to take care of yourself now. And when the times comes: remove that mask with pride as you reveal a brand-new smile.

Don’t forget to keep up on the simple things, like attending your routine dental cleanings and checkups. No matter the state of your smile, regular preventative care is a must if you hope to keep it beautiful.

How We Empower Our Patients Through Patient Education

Patient education is a pillar of our mission at Herald Square Dental, NYC. Why? Because patient education means patient empowerment. And it is our responsibility to provide you with the opportunity to make well-informed decisions about your oral health with confidence.

You’ve searched the internet for answers and discovered conflicting information about your oral health condition and the options available to you. Has this kept you up at night? Rather than googling your way through opposing points of view, bring your questions and concerns to us, your New York City dental experts at Herald Square Dental.

We know your situation is unique, and the choices you make are yours alone. So, we want you to be 100% confident when deciding how to address your oral health condition. From your finances and your schedule to your oral care needs and goals, all play a part in what you decide is the ideal dental solution for you.

Let us help you make that choice with confidence. Here’s how we aim to do just that:

Clear Communication

We’re here to provide you with the facts about your oral health as well as your options in the clearest and most transparent way possible. In fact, we go out of our way to explain complex medical terms in regular language so you can make knowledgeable choices. You won’t hear medical jargon, technical terms, or strong opinions when discussing your oral health with our dentists.

Unhurried Appointments

Talking with you, understanding your concerns and expectations, and providing you with options takes time. That’s why we make an effort to schedule ample, unhurried appointments in which we offer detailed yet digestible chunks of information on your case.

Visual Aids

Technology allows us to present you with information in ways that pamphlets and charts cannot. Whether it’s informative articles on your patient portal or video clips online, we supplement our in-person conversations with technology. We’ve found this to be a quick, convenient, and effective way of getting a message across.

Social Media

We are primed to meet you where you are. Since many of you are on social media, we regularly update our various platforms with helpful and informative oral health tips. To keep you up to date, opt-in to receive automated alerts and notifications when we post new information.

Your Feedback

We want to know how you’re feeling about the information you’re receiving so we can customize our oral health education strategy. Be sure to leave a review each time you come in.

When it comes to teeth replacement options, there are many suitable and reliable choices. Despite the widespread belief that dental implants are optimal, dentures or bridges might be the better option for some. No matter your choice, the important thing to remember, the nonnegotiable, is the value of keeping up with your oral hygiene and regular checkups.

  • Make sure to come in for your annual cleanings.
  • Visit our office every 3-6 months to maintain the oral health of your remaining teeth.
  • Schedule checkups for removable dentures every 4-6 years.

Unlike many practices who struggle to provide patient education because of the extra challenge it presents, your dentists at Herald Square Dental are devoted to encouraging open discussions between our team and our patients. We provide clear and coherent information that emboldens our patients to make oral health decisions with certitude.

For more information about our patient education practices or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call our Manhattan office today! Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024

What Happens if You Wait to Replace a Missing Tooth

Did you know that most everyone (in NYC and beyond) loses at least one tooth during their lifetime? And as we age, the chances of tooth loss skyrocket. Whether your tooth loss is due to injury, disease, or decay, the questions are: what’s the best course of action when this happens? What are your New York City options? And most importantly, how long do you have to replace that missing tooth? The short answer—not much time at all. The sooner you replace it, the better. And here’s why:

Adequate Bone Mass for Dental Implant Support

Teeth keep our jawbones in good shape by providing them with regular stimulation. We all have an alveolar bone in our jaw that anchors our teeth, and it’s the stimulation of this bone through chewing that wards off deterioration. Furthermore, stimulation leads to an absorption of minerals, but when stimulation isn’t present, minerals are sent elsewhere in your body. The result? An overall decline in the health of your jawbone.

An important factor to keep in mind when it comes to replacing teeth in NYC is that the process of this inevitable break down of your jawbone begins the moment you lose a permanent tooth. And without adequate bone mass, dental implant placement can become an impossibility.

The Effects of Untreated Missing Teeth on Your Health

Jawbone health ranks at the top of the list for reasons to replace a missing tooth with an implant right away, but there are other important reasons to take action. Failure to replace your missing tooth can lead to:

  • TMJ pain and headaches
  • Skin wrinkling due to collapsed facial structure
  • Complications with the remaining face
  • Nutrition and speech issues

Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants in New York City

Dental implant success depends heavily on sufficient bone mass and structure. Without enough jawbone, you risk implant failure and the chance that the implant does not fully fuse with the bone.

Treatment for Compromised Jawbones

The good news is that if you’ve waited and left your missing tooth without immediate treatment, we can still help! Building your jawbone back up to create a foundation suitable for implant placement is done through a procedure called bone grafting. And our expert implantologists perform this treatment every day.

Reasons You May Need Bone Grafting

Drs. Shirzadnia and Yam, our implant dentists at Herald Square Dental, NY, thoroughly examine your jawbone structure when you come in for a dental implant consultation. First steps include determining whether or not you will need a bone graft.

The most common reasons you may need bone grafting before implant placement include:

  1. You’ve been missing a tooth for several months which means your jawbone has begun to deteriorate.
  2. You’ve experienced trauma or infection which can cause a defect in your jawbone.
  3. You’re missing front teeth. The walls of the front teeth sockets are thin so often have a difficult time regenerating on their own.
  4. You have large or low sinus cavities, and bone grafting with a sinus lift may help restore the bone height required for implant placement.

The Bone Grafting Process for Dental Implant Placement

To bulk up your jawbone, we are in the practice of grafting donated bone into the area that has shrunken due to lack of stimulation. Once the graft is placed, your body will grow new bone over the next several months that will fuse with the donated bone.

Recovery from Bone Grafting

Bone grafting can cause minimal post-operative swelling, bruising, and soreness. We prescribe pain medications to aid in any post-op discomfort you may experience, and we’ll provide you with after-care instructions before you leave our office.

APRF—A Grafting Alternative

Advanced Platelet Rich Fibrin (APRF) is the process of using your blood, drawn during outpatient surgery, to create a new framework for tissue to grow in your wound site. Using a by-product of blood that is rich in platelets allows the body to take advantage of its normal healing pathways at a significantly accelerated rate. Simply put, APRF is an advanced grafting technique in which we use your blood to create personalized grafting material which adds healing elements for bone regeneration.

Herald Square Dental, NYC is proud to offer the highest level of bone grafting and dental implant care. We provide only the best experiences and results every day, using advanced treatments and technologies and a genuine passion for what we do. We are the experts. We’ve been replacing missing teeth since 1977. So, if you come to us for aesthetic or health reasons, you are in good hands. Give us a call at our Midtown Manhattan, NY office today! Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024

Why Dental Implants are an Excellent Teeth Replacement Option

NYC Dental Implants Replace Natural Teeth

There’s absolutely nothing like our natural teeth, but the truth is, most of us will lose a tooth, for one reason or another, as we age. In fact, approximately 125 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. No one should be walking around New York City without teeth.

If you’ve lost a tooth and are feeling a bit anxious and embarrassed, we know the feeling. Your smile and eating habits have been hampered. You need a fix that doesn’t tax your lifestyle or your wallet. We’re here to tell you that dental implants have become revolutionary for both patients and our NYC doctors, making them well worth every penny and minute it takes.

We want you to be proud of the teeth replacement method you choose. The choice you are comfortable with is the choice best for you. Consider the following factors that make dental implants a preferred teeth replacement method for many.

Dental Implants function like natural teeth.

Since dental implants are made of titanium—a metal that is biocompatible with bone—they have the rare ability to fuse with your jaw, acting as roots and anchoring your new tooth to your jawbone, much like the structure of natural teeth. As the implant screw continues to integrate with the bone over time, the implant will feel and look completely natural and even indistinguishable from your other teeth. Thanks to the complete fusion of the implant to your jaw, your new tooth will not slip or shift position but stay securely in place.

Dental Implants can last a lifetime.

The stability that results once an implant fully integrates with the jawbone makes them the most valuable teeth replacement option in the long run. Once placed, implants are here for good. After all, they won’t be lost or eaten by the dog, because they are never removed. While we cannot guarantee that implants last forever, with proper care, they have the potential to last a lifetime.

Dental Implants provide structure for adjacent teeth.

Did you know that most tooth replacement methods require the new tooth to rely on its neighbors? Bridges depend on adjacent teeth for support, and partial dentures occasionally cause stress on neighboring teeth and make them susceptible to decay. Quite the contrary for dental implants! Self-sufficient as they stand alone, implants help protect their neighbors by carrying their own load and aiding in the maintenance of jaw health (Read on.).

Dental Implants promote jaw health.

Your jawbone begins to lose its mass the moment you lose a tooth due to lack of stimulation. Living tissue, such as bone, requires stimulation (which teeth provide during chewing) to rebuild itself and stay healthy. When a jaw is left untreated after losing a tooth, it will begin to deteriorate. This makes it more difficult to place an implant in the future. Faces begin to take on an aged look prematurely and jaws become susceptible to fractures if many teeth are lost and not replaced. The prevention of bone mass deterioration is an advantage offered by no other teeth replacement method.

Dental Implants are low maintenance.

Perhaps, the most convenient benefit of dental implants is that they require only the same type of care you give your natural teeth—brushing twice and flossing once daily. Simply keep up on regular cleanings by your dentist, like you do for your natural teeth, and your implants will remain in good shape. While dentures require special creams, adhesives and overnight soaking, good oral hygiene and regular visits to one of our offices is all that is needed to maintain optimal oral health and to avoid gum disease.

Dental implants are, without question, an excellent teeth replacement option when it comes to safety, aesthetics, and simplicity. Truly a game changer, they allow you to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence. For more information regarding the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, call our NYC location today! Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024

Open for Dental Emergencies

Herald Square Dental & the Denture Center is open for dental emergencies which means no one should be walking around in pain. As we continue to wait for sheltering orders to be lifted, don’t suffer in silence behind closed doors. Avoiding the dentist when you have an urgent dental need can lead to infections and complications that could gravely endanger your health down the road. Take action to relieve your pain today and schedule an emergency appointment at our NYC office.

Safety Measures at Our Office

Infection control has always been top priority at Herald Square Dental & the Denture Center, and we have updated our office to make sure we meet all standards put forth by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA).

In order to ensure your safety and protection, we’ve made the following changes to our office:

  • We’ve removed all but 7 strategically placed chairs for social distanced seating in our waiting area. They are rarely used because we try to direct patients to our private operatories immediately upon their arrival.
  • We have also constructed shields at our front desks to enhance social distancing and further mitigate any risk of contracting the virus.
  • We have ample space in our large office which helps to provide a safer environment to protect against contracting the coronavirus.
  • Every member of our staff wears excellent PPE. Our team is monitoring and strictly following all safety guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients are given specific appointment times, and we sanitize the patient areas after each visit.
  • We have added sanitation protocols utilizing UVC, Ozone, and hypochlorous acid

Oral Issues That Should Be Dealt with Immediately

Our office is open for dental emergencies, and, put simply, pain is a dental emergency. When you come into our office so that we can relieve your pain, we guarantee that we will take care of every aspect of your treatment in one visit if at all possible. We understand the effort required for come into our office, so we aim to do all we can to eliminate your pain and get to the root of your oral problem within one appointment. Our goal is your safety and comfort.

Urgent dental needs (as defined by the ADA) that necessitate at visit to our office are comprised of, but not limited to, the following:

An Abscess

Severe pain may be an indication of an abscess, a pocket of puss in your tooth or gums caused by a bacterial infection. It is very important that you call us right away if you are experiencing a throbbing

pain that does not go away or swelling in your cheek. Waiting will make things worse and may even lead to an invasive treatment, such as a root canal or extraction. So, if you’re in pain, do not delay. Call our Manhattan office today!

A Broken, Lost, Damaged Denture

It is not uncommon for a denture to be damaged or broken and cause an irritating rub. Thanks to our in-house laboratory, we can easily repair or reline and adjust your denture and relieve your discomfort While-U-Wait. If your denture is loose or ill-fitting, do not put off getting it repaired and relined if you are unable to wear it or it is irritating and causing swelling. Schedule an appointment with us right now.

Dental Trauma

Accidents happen, and when they do, they definitely warrant emergency treatment. If you are injured and incur cracked teeth, crowns or veneers or experience soft tissue trauma, etc, do not force yourself to live with the pain. Putting off treatment could lead to more difficult problems ahead. Come in to see us as soon as possible.

Cracked Tooth

If you suspect you have a cracked tooth, make an appointment with us a soon as possible. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm water to keep it clean, and take over-the-counter pain medications to help with any discomfort. Using a cold compress against your cheek will help to reduce swelling. However, we urge you to schedule an appointment with us immediately. You’ve got one set of teeth that need to last a lifetime, so repairing them right away will ensure they last longer. Waiting only increases the odds of permanent damage and tooth loss.

Swelling

If you are experiencing swelling of any kind in your face, gums, or cheek, call us to set up an evaluation and treatment—all in one visit. There’s no doubt that swelling is no fun and can be an indicator of an underlying issue that ought to be dealt with right away. The good news is that we at Herald Square Dental & the Denture Center are abiding by all CDC guidelines and safety precautions put forward by the ADA. You are in good hands with us. There’s simply no reason to remain in pain.

When You Should Wait

At this time, we are not performing any preventative care or elective dental care which means we cannot see you for your routine cleanings and check-ups. We are constantly working to maintain social distancing and safe patient care so are not providing any form of dental hygiene at this time. We will keep you posted as orders are lifted and we ease cautiously back into regular care. We do miss you and look forward to seeing you soon. In the meantime, do not hesitate to come in for emergency treatments.

When to Call Us

If you have a toothache or dental pain, swelling, an infection, a broken or cracked tooth that needs a simple repair or a root canal, a broken, cracked, or loose denture that is causing a sore spot and requires an adjustment or is not functional, we are here for you. If insurance is a concern, please refer to our payment and insurance page. We make every effort to provide our patients with the care they need, and we are equipped and ready to put a smile on your face.

3 Ways to Maintain Oral Health at Home During COVID-19

New York, NY

The gravity of the last several weeks has been surreal. No words give justice to what we’ve all been going though. We are grateful for the news of each recovery and mourning with those who have lost loved ones. Thank you to those who are donating serum. The implications of this pandemic for NYC and our surrounding communities are huge.

Every one of us is experiencing a change in our routines, expectations, and daily activities. At times, our lives seem to be spiraling. What is still within our control? We at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center want to encourage you to take care of your oral health. This is one thing you can do while sheltering in place.

Easier said than done, you may be thinking. Of course. Everything is right now. But as we adjust to this current situation, oral health is one what can so easily fall by the wayside if we are not careful. Here’s what we recommend you do to avoid a mouth full of cavities when we are able to end this time of isolation and lack of regular dental office hours.

Think long term.

This pandemic will not go on forever. No matter what it may feel like right now, remind yourself that social distancing will eventually be a thing of the past, and when you’re up in your colleague’s space, your breath and the state of your teeth will matter. What you do now, or fail to do, will have an impact on your future. Brush now for a brighter tomorrow. When this virus is in the rearview mirror, you’ll be glad you did.

Create a new daily routine.

Now that we no longer need to get fully dressed as we work from home or eat breakfast before leaving for work, forgetting to brush our teeth until late afternoon happens to the best of us. By that hour, we wonder if it’s worth it since evening seems right around the corner. It’s worth it. But a morning brush is even better. So, figure out what works for you. Plan to brush right after that first cup of coffee or first thing as you return from your morning walk. Schedule it into your new morning routine. Set a reminder on your phone if you need to.

Take inventory of what you eat and drink.

Studies have shown that the consumption of comfort foods, snacks, and alcoholic beverages is on the rise as we cope during these prolonged periods of constant family togetherness and isolation. Bottom line: our new normal is anything but normal, so we are aching for some variety of comfort. But it’s no secret that sugary and acidic food and drink can destroy enamel and wreak havoc on teeth. So, limit your intake. Drinking lots of water to prevent erosion and to wash away potential cavity-causing bacteria is a helpful hack when you do partake.

Here’s a reminder of what we all should be doing to maintain optimal dental health, with or without the crisis of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands: We have all heard this a hundred times, but 20 seconds before and after any personal dental care should be standard always.
  • Brush twice a day: Even when (especially when) your schedule is less than ideal, brush morning and night.
  • Floss once a day: If this hasn’t yet become your habit, make it one now. Floss while you read before bed or watch your evening show.
  • Eat healthy: Sticky, sugary snacks and drinks can take down a smile in the time it takes us to put an end to the Coronavirus. Don’t let them.
  • Limit snacking: This will benefit your waistband as much as your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water: Drinking half your body weight in ounces is ideal for your overall health, and water serves as a natural cleanser for your teeth.
  • Avoid smoking: Did you know smoking is bad for your oral health? It limits blood flow to your mouth, making it easier for bacteria to grow.

Excellent oral health doesn’t just happen. And what we need to do to maintain it isn’t rocket science. But routine is essential. If you’re struggling emotionally or fighting psychological fatigue, take one day at a time. One project at a time. Make oral hygiene be your focus today.

Drs. Pasch, Yam, Shirzadnia, and Xu and our entire team at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center have missed seeing you, and we plan to reschedule your appointments at the soonest possible opportunity. We will continue to see those who are faced with a dental emergency and need urgent care by appointment only.

Why You Should Choose an Implant Dentist for Your Extractions

Why You Should Choose an Implant Dentist for Your Extractions New York City, New York

You’ve been told by your dentist that you need a tooth removed. And now you’re wondering where you should go to have the procedure done. We know that this decision can be overwhelming and even confusing. That’s why we offer you this guide – a list of things to consider when choosing a surgeon.

The Importance of an Implant Dentist

If you’re thinking: “I love my regular dentist. Why can’t my regular dentist perform my oral surgery?” The truth is, your dentist probably can, but here’s the thing. An implant dentist’s focus is oral surgery – all day, every day. Drs. Shirzadnia and Yam, our implant dentists at Herald Square Dental, NY, have undergone extensive and concentrated surgical training unique to oral surgery, and they have specialized equipment and materials close at hand. In fact, offices like ours, equipped with instrumentation specific to extractions and implant placement, allow Drs. Shirzadnia and Yam to perform procedures quickly, precisely and comfortably.

Socket Preservation, Manhattan, NY

An implant dentist should perform the extraction to determine if the site is suitable for an implant prior to extraction and to prepare the site properly so that it accepts the implant.

Additionally, an implant dentist evaluates smile and lip lines to ensure an optimal aesthetic result.

Extracting a tooth in a way that promotes healthy recovery and ensures a stabilized bone mass for a tooth replacement requires skill and proper techniques. At Herald Square Dental, our implant dentists know the value of socket preservation which helps to supplement existing bone and maintain structure of the ridge when a tooth is extracted. When it comes to removing teeth, Drs. Shirzadnia and Yam are experts in preserving as much bone as possible while adding bone replacement material to the extraction site to prevent collapse of the socket.

Benefits of Immediate Implant and Bone Graft Placement

When our NYC implant dentists place a dental implant on the same day as the extraction, advantages include:

  • Elimination of a second surgery 3 month after extraction.
  • Preservation of patient’s jawbone.
  • Allowance for just one post-surgery medication.

The Credentials Behind Our NYC Implantology

After Drs. Shirzadnia and Yam finished dental school, they went on to attain specialty training beyond the expertise of his dental credentials. Our NYC surgeons have undergone a series of rigorous requirements, proving they have achieved the highest level of competence when it comes to extracting teeth and placing implants.

  • Dr. Yam is a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, has earned a certificate from NYU’s Surgical Implant Program in 2009, has completed Imtec’s Mini Dental Implant Residency, and is a graduate of Pikos Institute in All on 4 Protocol.
  • Dr. Shirzadnia completed a fellowship in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Wyckoff Woodhull and Brooklyn Hospital and a two-year implant surgery fellowship in Wyckoff hospital. He has successfully placed and restored approximately 20,000 dental implants over the past twenty years.

The bottom-line? Choosing an implant dentist to remove your tooth is choosing the most qualified and highly trained surgeon. This will not only guarantee the best treatment possible but also ensure a peace of mind that you are truly in the hands of an expert.

Call our Midtown Manhattan, NY office to schedule an extraction with one of our NYC implant dentists today! Herald Square Denture & Dental Center Phone Number 212-689-0024

Oral Health: Know the Signs

Did you know that mouth cancer is the sixth most common cancer worldwide? The sad truth is that oral cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women, and the fastest growing group of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. Now is the time to be proactive and get yourself checked for oral cancer.

 

Remember—early detection saves lives! It is more important than ever for young adults, as well as older men and women, to get regular screenings whether they think they’re at risk or not.

 

What are the risks?

Knowing the risks can help you make educated decisions about your health. There are several risks that increase your chances of developing oral cancer:

  • Smoking and using tobacco products are a known long-term historic cause of oral cancer.
  • Heavy alcohol usage also makes you more susceptible to develop oral cancer.
  • The HPV virus, a sexually-transmitted disease, is the leading cause of oropharyngeal (the back part of the mouth) cancer.

 

What are the signs and symptoms?

The mouth is one of the body’s most crucial early warning signs in the fight against oral cancer. In between regular dental visits, it’s important to be aware of the mouth’s signs and symptoms. Remember, if you see any of these signs or symptoms, schedule an appointment at the office if you don’t see improvement within two-three weeks:

  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice
  • The development of white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
  • Lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together when you close your mouth
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth

 

Don’t wait any longer. Be proactive about your oral health, and get checked today!

 

Flossing: Absolutely Necessary!

Yes, You Still Have to Floss. No, the dance move “flossing” does not count. The AP recently released an article making the claim that “there’s little proof that flossing works”. Their review cited a series of studies that found flossing does little or nothing to improve oral health. Here’s the problem: the studies were flawed. The AP concluded that floss does little for oral health, but it’s important to note that the evidence they cited was very weak at best. In fact, they said so themselves.

As acknowledged by the AP, many of these studies were extremely short. “Some lasted only two weeks, far too brief for a cavity or dental disease to develop” (Associated Press). They also say that “One tested 25 people after only a single use of floss” (Associated Press).

Of course, the evidence is unreliable. You don’t simply develop gum disease because you forgot to floss yesterday. Cavities and gum disease do not happen overnight. Gum disease is preventable by maintain great oral health habits for a long period of time. Lets put it this way: If a study claims drinking milk does nothing for bone health, but draws conclusions after only three glasses of milk, is it a reliable study?

The fact of the matter is floss removes gunk from teeth. You can see it. Gunk feeds bacteria which leads to plaque, cavities, poor gum health, and eventually gum disease. Floss has the ability to reach the food particles that your brush can’t get to. Using a sawing motion instead of moving up and around the teeth to clean the cracks. Positive results come from correct use and it’s critical that people learn to use a tool properly before discarding it as useless.

That’s just what floss is: a tool. Just like your toothbrush, it is designed to keep your mouth clean, and therefore keep your body safe from infection. Both your toothbrush and floss are designed to do what the other can’t, and both successfully remove bacteria from your mouth. Just like proper brushing technique, it is important that you know how to use floss properly, so that you can reap the long-term health benefits of good oral hygiene.

Oral hygiene is a long-term process and requires long term observations to make worthwhile conclusions. In the meantime, it’s obvious that you should continue to do everything you can to protect your well-being, and floss is one of many tools that can help you do that. If you would like a refresher on the best, most efficient techniques for floss use feel free to call our office today