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By Silverman & Associates
August 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

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.

Are you thinking of getting dental implants?

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

By Silverman and Associates
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Orthodontic appliances are a great solution! Your Bayside and Bellmore, NY, family dentists offer Invisalign, a clear dental appliance. The invisalignaligners are custom-made transparent trays that fit over teeth instead of being cemented or bonded, like metal braces.

More About Invisalign In Bayside And Bellmore

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is discreet. Invisalign consists of clear aligners. If a patient has minor tooth imperfections, like slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, or improperly positioned teeth Invisalign is a great option.

Invisalign works by applying forces to each tooth to place them in their proper position. The clear, flexible plastic is custom-designed using a specialized software. It is convenient for adults and teens.

The treatment can take anywhere from a couple months to a couple years depending on your dental needs, and consists of trays that fit your upper and bottom teeth. Trays should be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day and can be removed if you have an event, but that's unnecessary since they're invisible.

Here are some benefits of using Invisalign:

  • Removable: This orthodontic appliance is removable to clean teeth, which improves oral hygiene.
  • Discreet: This invisible orthodontic treatment is important for social occasions, like weddings and proms.
  • Diet: Diet modifications are necessary when you have metal braces, but there aren't any food limitations for clear aligners.
  • Comfort: They are made of a thin, flexible material that doesn't irritate oral soft tissues of the mouth.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection: They can also be used as night guards to protect teeth from excessive wear, teeth-clenching, or teeth grinding.

Caring For Aligners

In order to take proper care of your clear aligners, as mentioned above, you need to clean them out daily. Rinse them with lukewarm water and use a brush to remove food debris. Also, brush your teeth twice a day, at the very least, and floss at least once before bed.


For more information about Invisalign, contact your family dentist at Silverman & Associates today!

By Silverman and Associates
September 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you have gaps in your smile, chances are you have thought about closing them and restoring your teeth to what they once were. Withdental implants dental implants, you can do just that. But how do dental implants work and how can your dentist help? Learn more about dental implants and their numerous benefits with your dentists at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry with locations in Bayside and Bellmore, NY.

How can dental implants help me? 
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants can help you fill in your gaps. Dental implants replace a single tooth using one implant in the area of the tooth’s socket, then attaching a prosthetic tooth to the implant itself. Several missing teeth in a row may benefit from a dental bridge held in place by an implant on either end. Implants can also replace all the teeth on an arch by holding an implant-supported denture in place.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants? 
Before you consider dental implants, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that you are a good candidate for this procedure. Missing teeth cause bone atrophy, a process where the bone under the gums lacks stimulation and begins to break down. In order to successfully support an implant, your jawbone should have minimal atrophy. Patients who have significant bone atrophy may require bone grafting treatments prior to receiving a dental implant. Additionally, you should have a strong at-home oral care routine to ensure that your implant and natural teeth remain free from teeth decay and gum disease.

What can I expect during the implant process? 
The procedure to complete a dental implant takes place in two phases. The first phase will involve meeting with your dentist to prepare your mouth, taking an impression of your existing teeth, and the surgical procedure to place the implant. The implant will heal and integrate into the bone over the course of several months. After the healing period, your dentist will reopen the gum tissue over the implant and permanently place a prosthetic tooth to fill in your gap.

Dental Implants in Bayside, NY, and Bellmore, NY
Dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper care. For more information on dental implants, please contact Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry with locations in Bayside and Bellmore, NY. Call (718) 225-0515 to schedule your appointment at the Bayside office or (516) 781-9700 to schedule your appointment at the Bellmore office today!

By Silverman and Associates
June 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Though it is one of the most common symptoms of advanced teeth decay, the signs you may need a root canal are not always as obvious root canalas a toothache. In fact, if you catch decay early enough, you may be able to avoid a root canal altogether and handle your dental issue with a simple, less invasive dental filling. Find out more about the signs you may need a root canal with Silverman & Associates University Dental and Family Dental in Bellmore and Bayside, NY.

What is a root canal? 
A root canal is a dental procedure which removes advanced teeth decay from a tooth and prevents it from doing any further damage. Teeth have a hard, outside layer where decay begins as bacteria which attaches to the tooth. As the bacteria builds up and turns into plaque and tartar, it begins eating through the tooth and eventually reaches its inner pulp chamber, a hollow area inside the tooth’s outer walls which houses its blood vessels and nerves. A root canal clears out the infected tissue from within the tooth and fills the hollow area, which seals the tooth and prevents future infection.

Do I need a root canal? 
While the most evident sign you need a root canal is a toothache, there are other signs that this could be a necessary dental treatment for you and your smile. Other signs of advanced teeth decay include:

  • a hole or pit in the tooth
  • a dark brown or black spot on the tooth
  • sensitivity to hot or cold, especially while eating or drinking
  • a crack or break in the tooth
  • unexplained bad breath
  • unexplained taste in your mouth

Preventing Teeth Decay in Bellmore and Bayside, NY 
Preventing teeth decay is as easy as keeping bacteria, plaque, and tartar off your teeth. You can accomplish this with proper brushing and flossing techniques and a commitment to routine examinations and cleanings with your dentist. Brush twice daily for at least two minutes and floss between each tooth at least once a day. Follow the American Dental Association’s recommendation of twice yearly dental examinations and cleanings with your dentist.

For more information on root canals or teeth decay, please contact Silverman & Associates University Dental and Family Dental with locations in Bellmore and Bayside, NY. Call (516) 781-9700 to schedule your appointment at the Bellmore location, and (718) 225-0515 to schedule your appointment at the Bayside location today!