Take a moment to evaluate your dental health. Are you brushing and flossing regularly? When was your last scheduled cleaning? Though it may seem trivial to skip brushing your teeth here and there, continually neglecting your dental health can result in undesired effects, as gum disease and tooth decay both stem from either improper or infrequent teeth cleaning practices. Failure to keep your oral hygiene up to par may cause discomfort, tartar buildup, cavities, and receding gums. Below are tips to keep your mouth healthy, as well as steps you can take to restore the appearance of gums and teeth.
It’s been said countless times, but brushing and flossing twice a day is truly the best defense against tooth decay and gum disease. However, it is important to consider how you are brushing and flossing. Don’t neglect hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, and always opt for a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Using a daily mouthwash can add another layer of defense against plaque and gingivitis.
The work doesn’t end at home, however. Even the best brushers may fail to completely eliminate plaque from their teeth. Remaining plaque can harden and develop into tartar. This substance sticks to teeth and requires professional care to remove. Scheduling regular cleanings with your dentist can ensure tartar is removed properly, lowering your risk of gum disease.
Though gums may recede due to tooth decay or gum disease, specialized cosmetic dentistry procedures can restore the appearance of gums. Pinhole gum rejuvenation can reposition gums to hide the effects of gum recession in as little as one hour. A small, pin-sized tip is used to slide your gums over the areas that have receded. Collagen strips are then inserted underneath the gums to ensure proper placement. Patients can also opt for Gum Gap Restoration, which uses a different approach to fill receded areas. During this procedure, a hyaluronic acid-based filler, known as Restylane®, is injected directly into the gums to add volume. This procedure can achieve natural-looking results in as little as 30 minutes.
Porcelain fillings can completely restore the appearance of decayed teeth. These fillings are natural-looking and can reflect the color and shape of your existing tooth. Porcelain fillings are designed to fit into cavities, while retaining the structure and appearance of teeth. Patients require a total of two office visits to properly place porcelain fillings. During your first visit, the cavity is cleaned and the decayed part of your tooth is removed. Next, an impression is made of your tooth in order to develop your porcelain filling. Patients receive a temporary filling to wear until their follow-up appointment. During your next visit, your porcelain filling is fitted and bonded to your tooth.
Dr. Lana Rozenberg and her staff look forward to answering any questions you may have about gum disease, tooth decay, pinhole gum rejuvenation, Gum Gap Restoration, and porcelain fillings, as well as any of our other dental procedures. Contact us at our New York office at 212.265.7724, or you may request an appointment online for a personal consultation with Dr. Rozenberg.