You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that someone playing hockey, racing motocross or duking it out in an ultimate fighter match had a tooth knocked out. But acting in a movie? That's exactly what happened to Howie Mandel, well-known comedian and host of TV's America's Got Talent and Deal or No Deal. And not just any tooth, but one of his upper front teeth—with the other one heavily damaged in the process.
The accident occurred during the 1987 filming of Walk Like a Man in which Mandel played a young man raised by wolves. In one scene, a co-star was supposed to yank a bone from Howie's mouth. The actor, however, pulled the bone a second too early while Howie still had it clamped between his teeth. Mandel says you can see the tooth fly out of his mouth in the movie.
But trooper that he is, Mandel immediately had two crowns placed to restore the damaged teeth and went back to filming. The restoration was a good one, and all was well with his smile for the next few decades.
Until, that is, he began to notice a peculiar discoloration pattern. Years of coffee drinking had stained his other natural teeth, but not the two prosthetic (“false”) crowns in the middle of his smile. The two crowns, bright as ever, stuck out prominently from the rest of his teeth, giving him a distinctive look: “I looked like Bugs Bunny,” Mandel told Dear Doctor—Dentistry & Oral Health magazine.
His dentist, though, had a solution: dental veneers. These thin wafers of porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask slight imperfections like chipping, gaps or discoloration. Veneers are popular way to get an updated and more attractive smile. Each veneer is custom-shaped and color-matched to the individual tooth so that it blends seamlessly with the rest of the teeth.
One caveat, though: most veneers can look bulky if placed directly on the teeth. To accommodate this, traditional veneers require that some of the enamel be removed from your tooth so that the veneer does not add bulk when it is placed over the front-facing side of your tooth. This permanently alters the tooth and requires it have a restoration from then on.
In many instances, however, a “minimal prep” or “no-prep” veneer may be possible, where, as the names suggest, very little or even none of the tooth's surface needs to be reduced before the veneer is placed. The type of veneer that is recommended for you will depend on the condition of your enamel and the particular flaw you wish to correct.
Many dental patients opt for veneers because they can be used in a variety of cosmetic situations, including upgrades to previous dental work as Howie Mandel experienced. So if slight imperfections are putting a damper on your smile, veneers could be the answer.
If you would like more information about veneers and other cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”
It’s not always practical to assume that your child will take care of his or her teeth properly—many adults don’t even keep up with regular dental hygiene. Also, children are more likely to get multiple cavities because of their attraction to candy and sweets. Your child can enjoy long-term benefits from a simple and effective treatment called dental sealants, which can be applied by a family dentist at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry in Bellmore and Bayside, NY.
What Is a Dental Sealant?
The back teeth (molars) have fissures and pits that make it easier for you to chew tough foods. Unfortunately, those crevices can become susceptible to enamel damage and tooth decay. A dental sealant is a covering that protects the top surface of the molars from food, particles, sugar, and bad bacteria. Sealants are made of a liquid plastic resin material that hardens with a curing light. The fissures and pits have an extra coating of protection to stop cavities from forming.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
When you take your child in for a checkup and cleaning, there’s a good chance that your Bellmore and Bayside, NY family dentist will recommend dental sealants. These are some of the benefits of this preventative dental treatment for your child:
- The sealant treatment is a painless treatment that only requires a relatively short appointment with your dentist.
- You increase the chance that your child’s teeth (both primary and permanent) will stay intact well into their older years.
How Long Will Dental Sealants Last?
Before a dental sealant is applied, the tooth is cleaned and checked thoroughly for any signs of decay. After the treatment, the protective benefits should last for up to a year. You’ll save the time and trouble of having to take your child in for a potentially stressful appointment for a cavity filling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that dental sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities in the back molar teeth.
Schedule an Appointment for Your Child
Dental sealants are usually suggested for young children for the prevention of cavities and tooth decay. It may give you peace of mind as a parent. Call today for an examination with a family dentist at Silverman & Associates. Call (516) 781-9700 for Bellmore or (718) 225-0515 for Bayside, NY.
How do you know if you need a tooth extracted? There are some definite signs and symptoms to pay attention to. The truth is, you need the help and expertise of your Bayside and Bellmore, NY, family dentist at Silverman & Associates to know for sure.
Pain is an important symptom that needs to be evaluated. Sometimes tooth pain can be relieved with a simple filling or root canal. In other instances, the tooth needs to be removed. These are some of the signs you might need a tooth extracted due to dental pain:
- Severe tooth pain that continues after a dental filling has been placed
- Severe tooth pain that continues after root canal treatment
- Pain due to lost bone and infection from periodontal disease
- Dental trauma due to an accident or injury
- The loss of large amounts of tooth structure which prevents the tooth from being restored
There are other non-painful instances when you might need one tooth or several teeth extracted. One of the most common reasons is orthodontic treatment. Removal of teeth that are crowding other teeth makes orthodontic treatment quicker, easier, and more effective to give you the straight smile you want.
Wisdom teeth are also common teeth to be removed. Very few people have enough room for a third set of molars, called wisdom teeth. These teeth often don’t erupt properly or don’t erupt at all. They can cause problems for other teeth, and they are also very difficult to keep clean and healthy.
Only your dentist knows for sure whether tooth extraction is the right treatment. Your family dentists at Silverman & Associates can help you protect your smile! For more information about tooth extractions and other dental services, call (718) 225-0515 to schedule an appointment at our Bayside, NY, office or (516) 781-9700 to schedule an appointment at our Bellmore, NY, office today.
Responsible for supporting/nourishing your teeth and protecting their supporting bone structure, our gums play an important role in your oral health. Consequently, if the gums fall ill, your entire state of oral health can become threatened. Fortunately, our team of family dentists at Silverman & Associates in Bellmore and Bayside, NY, carefully watch gum tissue and educate patients about a dangerous condition called periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that affects one's gum tissue, tooth roots, connective tissue, and jaw bone. The bacteria which causes this infection is also linked to many systemic diseases, as well, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and more.
The National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research states that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Fortunately, it is preventable. Conscientious oral hygiene habits (both at home and in the dental office) remove bacteria-laden plaque and tartar. Left to accumulate, however, these biofilms degrade gums, expose tooth roots, and ultimately loosen teeth.
Do you have periodontal disease?
While the incidence of mild gingivitis and more serious periodontitis increases as people grow older, age is not a primary factor. Heredity plays a role, as does tobacco use, and men are twice as likely to develop gum disease as women are.
Here are some of the signs of periodontal disease that your Bayside family dentist looks for:
- Redness, tenderness, swelling
- Pimples on the gums
- Receding gum tissue and a "long in the tooth" appearance
- Exposed tooth roots
- Deep periodontal pockets as measured with a small metal probe at the dental office
- Shifting dental bite
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Accumulated plaque and tartar
- Pain when biting and chewing
Treating periodontal disease
Mild cases respond well to careful brushing/flossing at home and routine cleanings at Silverman & Associates. However, other people may require a more involved intervention, such as:
- Deep cleaning
- Root planing
- Antibiotic therapy
- Gum grafting
- Suture-less laser therapy
Of course, the best treatment for any oral health condition is prevention. Gum disease preventatives include:
- A low-sugar, high fiber diet
- Good hydration with several glasses of water every day
- Twice daily brushing with a soft toothbrush for two minutes
- Routine dental check-ups and professional cleanings semi-annually
- Once-a-day flossing
- Moderation in alcohol use
- No tobacco or cigarettes
Have your best smile right now
Healthy gums are the foundation of oral health, so why not contact the family dentists at Silverman & Associates to arrange your six-month cleaning and examination? We have two offices open six days a week. For the Bellmore location, phone (516) 781-9700, and for Bayside office dial (718) 225-0515.
Are you thinking of getting dental implants?
The restorative procedure helps rejuvenate and strengthen your smile. If you're interested, your family dentist at Bellmore and Bayside, NY, provides dental implants.
Dental implants are biocompatible fixtures surgically placed into the jawbone. Dental implants consist of several parts a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone, a screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post, and a crown matching the rest of your teeth to complete your smile.
The procedure is straightforward.
- The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, and prevents weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone.
- After inserting the titanium post, the family dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration (a process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone) to occur.
- After healing is complete, your Bellmore and Bayside dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw, and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Caring for Dental Implants
To take proper care of your dental implants, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day, at least once before bed. A change in diet may also be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative care.
There are several advantages to dental implants like restoring bite and chewing function, and replacing one, or multiple teeth.
Are you missing teeth? If you're interested in finding out more about dental implants, call your family dentist at (718) 225-0515 for the Bayside, NY, office or (516) 781-9700 for the Bellmore, NY, office to learn more!
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