• Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Cavities

    Cavities occur when teeth become decayed. Left untreated, the decay can spread throughout the tooth and eventually infect the root, nerves, and bone around the tooth, triggering the need for a root canal or even causing the loss of the tooth. Fortunately, there are multiple things you can do to prevent cavities that are simple and easy enough to do every day. Protect your oral health can reduce the need for time-consuming dental treatments with these steps.

    Brush and Floss

    Brushing and flossing are the easiest—and most effective—things you can do to reduce the risk of cavities. Brush and floss twice per day to remove the build-up of plaque and bacteria on the surfaces of your teeth and your gum line, and you will drastically cut your chances of getting a cavity. In addition to your daily teeth-cleaning regime, see your dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning, to remove any build-up on your teeth that cannot be addressed through brushing and flossing alone.

    Cut Sugar

    Your sugar intake is directly linked to your risk of cavities, since sugar feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Cutting your sugar intake overall will help to control your risk of cavities, but pay especially close attention to things that expose your teeth to sugar for an extended period of time. For example, sucking on a lollipop or slowly drinking a sugared beverage over a long period of time bathes your teeth in sugar, whereas eating a piece of candy causes a shorter exposure time. The longer the exposure, the worse it is for your teeth.

    Chew Sugar-Free Gum

    Not only does sugar-free gum help to remove some debris from eating from your teeth, but it can also stop the growth of bacteria. Xylitol, the artificial sweetener used in most sugar-free gum stops bacteria growth, protecting your teeth from decay.

    Talk to your dentist in NYC at Park 56 Dental to find out about other ways you can keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free. Schedule your appointment for a teeth cleaning or other dental care by calling (646) 783-3529.

  • Can You Drive Home After Dental Sedation?

    Dental sedation is helpful for several different procedures, especially for people who often get anxious about seeing the dentist. There are also different levels of sedation, depending on your specific needs and preferences for treatment. If you are going to get any kind of dental sedation, you may wonder if you can drive home after your appointment. Here is what you need to know.

    In the cases of mild sedation, such as laughing gas, the recovery time is fast, so you can drive yourself home after the procedure. With other types of sedation, including oral, intramuscular, and intravenous, the period and depth of sedation is much more significant. In these cases, you will need someone to drive you to and from your procedure. If you aren’t sure what kind of sedation you’re having for your procedure, ask your dentist.

    At Park 56 Dental, we’re committed to your comfort as you get the dental care you need, from root canals to dental implants. For more information about sedation dentistry near NYC, call (646) 783-3529.

  • Can Complex Issues Be Treated with Invisalign?

    If you aren’t happy with the appearance of your smile, your dentist may recommend Invisalign. Invisalign can correct issues like misalignment and spacing problems, without the need for metal brackets and wires. However, patients have an idea that Invisalign can only correct minor problems. Is this true?

    Watch this video to learn more about the ability of Invisalign to treat complex issues. Invisalign can treat the vast majority of malocclusions, regardless of complexity. Your dentist can help you decide if it is the right choice for you.

    Find out more about Invisalign by making an appointment at Park 56 Dental. As a certified Invisalign provider in NYC, we can help you feel confident in your smile again. Make your appointment today by calling (646) 783-3529.

  • Preparing for Your First Visit to Our Dental Office

    Park 56 Dental is committed to giving every patient with the highest possible caliber dental care available on every visit. Our focus on putting patients first is one of the reasons that we have been voted Top Dentist in NYC. Whether you’re looking for general dentistry care or a cosmetic treatment to feel more confident in your smile, you’ll find it at our dental practice. Are you considering making an appointment for your first visit at our dental office? Here is a look at what you can expect.

    Review of Your Health History

    Before any exams or treatments begin, we need to understand your health. We will review any records you have from previous dentists and the dental and medical history forms you complete for our office. Be sure to provide as much information as possible. There are many medical conditions that have an impact on your dental health, such as diabetes, so we need a full picture of your health status. This is also a good time to discuss any questions you have or to share your history of dental anxiety. We offer sedation dentistry for your comfort and can help you decide if it’s a good option for you.

    Digital Imaging of Your Teeth and Mouth

    Our digital imaging process uses 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays, and the images are available for immediate review. These images will form a baseline for your current dental health that we can use to make treatment decisions.

    Cleaning and Treatment Planning

    After a comprehensive cleaning and exam, your dentist will sit down with you to review his or her findings and discuss a treatment plan that meets your needs. This is also a chance to discuss cosmetic treatments that you are considering, from veneers to a full smile restoration.

    Get your first visit on the calendar today by calling Park 56 Dental. Our team is here to ensure every stage of the process meets your satisfaction. Make a dentist appointment in NYC today by calling (646) 783-3529.

  • Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

    If you’re experiencing sudden tooth pain while enjoying an ice cream cone or a hot coffee, then you may have tooth sensitivity. This temporary discomfort can also occur when brushing or flossing your teeth. The underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is the exposure of the dentin, which lies underneath the enamel. A number of factors can cause the dentin to be exposed. Your dentist can figure out what’s going on and develop a customized treatment plan for you.

    Oral Hygiene Habits

    It’s important to continue brushing and flossing your teeth, even if you experience tooth sensitivity. Neglecting your oral care can make the problem worse. However, dentists strongly recommend brushing with a soft or very soft toothbrush, and using gentle, circular motions. Brushing too aggressively is one possible cause of tooth sensitivity. And if you’ve just eaten something acidic, like marinara sauce, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. The acidity softens the enamel, which allows the toothbrush to erode it more easily.

    Plaque Buildup

    Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on the teeth. Everyone gets plaque, but you can prevent it from causing tooth sensitivity. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily will prevent the excessive formation of plaque, and the hardening of plaque into gum-irritating tartar.

    Gum Disease

    At first, gum disease causes the gums to become swollen, inflamed, and irritated. If you don’t have a dentist treat it, it can eventually turn into periodontal disease. In this stage, the gums can pull away from the teeth. Gum recession is another possible cause of tooth sensitivity.

    Cracked Teeth

    A crack in the enamel can expose the dentin. This leaves you susceptible to tooth sensitivity when consuming very cold or hot foods and beverages. Visit an emergency dentist as soon as you can to get the cracked tooth repaired.

    Sensitive teeth can be uncomfortable, but the dentists at Park 56 Dental can help! In addition to designing smile restorations in NYC, our team offers preventive and general dentistry services. New and current patients can get in touch at (646) 783-3529.

     

  • Basics of Invisalign for Teens

    Did you know that Invisalign makes aligners just for teens? Invisalign Teen lets kids eat the foods they love, play the sports they enjoy, and smile with their friends without fear of showing metal brackets and wires. Get the facts about Invisalign for teens when you watch the accompanying video.

    You’ll hear about the sophisticated computer imaging software the dentist will use to precisely map every stage of the treatment. You’ll even get to see what your teen’s smile will look like before beginning the treatment!

    When your teen is ready for Invisalign treatment in NYC, call Park 56 Dental at (646) 783-3529. Our dental clinic maintains a friendly, welcoming environment, and focuses on high-quality, patient-centered care.

  • Caring for Your Teeth Between Dental Visits

    Dentists recommend scheduling a professional teeth cleaning and exam every six months. But between trips to see your dentist, your teeth can accumulate a lot of plaque and tartar. Keep your teeth clean and healthy between visits by brushing at least twice daily. If you’re prone to tooth decay or gum disease, you might want to brush your teeth an extra time after lunch. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.

    As essential as brushing is, it can’t reach the areas between the teeth. This is why you need to floss at least once per day, every day. Talk to your dentist if you have trouble gripping or maneuvering the floss. He or she may recommend using a proxabrush or handled floss pick. You can also add mouthwash to your brushing and flossing routine. Look for mouthwash that carries the ADA seal, contains fluoride, and doesn’t contain alcohol, since alcohol can dry out your mouth.

    Schedule your next dentist appointment in NYC at Park 56 Dental. Call us today at (646) 783-3529, and find out for yourself why we have some many rave reviews from our patients!

  • Does Laughing Gas Really Make You Laugh?

    Sedation dentistry is the use of safe, FDA-approved medications to help dental patients relax during their treatments. Nitrous oxide offers the lightest level of sedation available. It’s often called “laughing gas,” but it doesn’t actually make you laugh. Nitrous oxide works to induce a state of calmness and relaxation. It can also cause patients to feel a sense of euphoria. While patients are enjoying this altered state of mind, the dentist can perform any sort of procedure—from dental fillings to root canals.

    Because laughing gas makes dental patients fully relaxed, they may be more likely to laugh when they encounter something humorous. However, laughing gas won’t make a patient suddenly start laughing for no reason at all.

    Park 56 Dental is pleased to offer safe and effective sedation dentistry in NYC for patients who are interested in a relaxing, completely stress-free dental experience. Give us a call today at (646) 783-3529, and let us help you love your smile!

  • Examples of Common Dental Emergencies

    Most people don’t expect to see a dentist more than twice a year, unless they’re having cosmetic dentistry or restorations done. But sometimes, accidents happen. An emergency dentist can provide prompt care for common problems like a cracked tooth, severe toothache, or knocked-out tooth.

    Knocked-Out Tooth

    A knocked-out tooth is clinically referred to as an avulsed tooth. If you lose a permanent tooth, time is of the essence. You need to get to the dentist’s office within an hour for the best chances of re-implantation. First, locate the knocked-out tooth. Only pick it up by the white part, which is the crown. You can rinse the tooth with water, but don’t scrub it. Try to reinsert it in its proper place, making sure the crown faces the right way. If this isn’t possible, you can protect the tooth with a tooth preservation kit, available at drugstores and some supermarkets. If this kit isn’t readily available, place the tooth in a cup of milk while you get to the dental clinic.

    Cracked Tooth

    If you have a minor chip on a tooth, it can wait a few days to receive a dentist’s attention. But if you have severe chipping or a cracked tooth, you should see a dentist right away. A severe crack may indicate damage inside the tooth. The dentist will likely take an x-ray to assess the possible internal damage. If the pulp has sustained trauma, then you may need a root canal and a crown.

    Toothache

    Toothaches can be extremely distressing, particularly if they’re severe enough to interfere with normal oral functions. Some toothaches are caused by large particles of food wedged between the teeth. If possible, try to gently floss the area to see if your toothache lessens. If flossing doesn’t help or you’re unable to floss, seek emergency dental care. The dentist may determine that the toothache is caused by any of the following:

    • Oral abscess
    • Tooth decay
    • Gum infection
    • Damaged filling
    • Tooth fracture

    Park 56 Dental has dentists on call after hours to provide emergency dental care to patients in NYC. If you need prompt assistance during office hours, call (646) 783-3529, and we’ll get you in right away. Our highly trained providers have access to the latest medical technology to perform accurate diagnoses and develop effective treatment plans.

  • See How Invisalign Fits into This Patient’s Active Lifestyle

    Invisalign is a game-changer for patients who are dissatisfied with their crooked smiles. Since they don’t have to worry about brackets and wires, Invisalign patients can safely enjoy all their favorite sports and activities. Watch the accompanying video to see how these clear plastic aligners changed one woman’s life.

    Sarah is a self-described nature lover. When she isn’t working as a science journalist, she loves to snowboard and ice skate. Sarah chose Invisalign because it fits into her active lifestyle. Even though she’s only halfway through her treatment, she’s already seeing great results and feeling more confident about her smile.

    Are you ready to begin your Invisalign transformation in NYC? Call Park 56 Dental at (646) 783-3529, and become our next patient success story!