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What to Know About Dental Bonding

Dental bonding, also known as tooth or adhesive bonding is a quick and painless in-office procedure that can take as little as a few hours with one dental office visit. This dental procedure is often completed without anesthesia, and is often considered one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures.

In 1955, Dr. Michael Buonocore wrote a paper about the procedure that started a revolution in the industry for a better alternative in dental care. Over the years, the process has improved and come a long way to being a less invasive treatment for a lower cost.

What Is Adhesive Bonding?

The adhesive is usually a resin-based composite made from dimethacrylate monomers and filler materials like silica that are insoluble, very pliable, and can match the color of your teeth. When applied to the affected area, it can repair or restore one or more teeth. Once your dentist forms the resin to the shape of the needed repair, he will shine a blue light to cure or harden the resin so it stays in place. The curing light is at a 450 to 490nm wavelength, which gives it the blue color.

Conditions for Dental Bonding Treatment

Using the dental bonding procedure to repair your teeth can save you money and will last anywhere from three to ten years. The resin and curing process is sturdy enough for chewing and do not break down with your saliva. A few instances of use would be:

  • Fill cavities.
  • Close gaps.
  • To change the shape or lengthen a tooth.
  • Repair discoloration or brightening.
  • Repair chipped or cracked teeth.
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Dental Bonding Before and After

The treatment process is fast, easy, and pain-free for most individuals. With the resins and light spectrum used in today’s procedures, this is a great way to fix your smile.

What to Expect During the Treatment

Nothing special needs to be done on your part before arriving at the office. You will be shown to a private room where your dentist will perform the treatment. Most of the time anesthesia is not needed.

The dentist will clean the tooth and use a palate to match the color to the rest of your teeth. The surface is roughened before washing with a conditioning liquid. The resin will be molded into the affected area and smoothed to the necessary shape. A blue light will be applied to harden the resin and cement it to the surface for a few moments before polishing.

Complete Dental Bonding in One Office Visit

The entire procedure is done in one visit at our Port Washington dental office and can be accomplished over your lunch hour. From start to finish, the treatment usually takes 30 minutes to an hour. There are no restrictions, and you may return to work immediately. Our office is friendly, is centrally located in the town of Port Washington, and we treat all of our patients like they’re our only patient. Call today! We are happy to answer any questions and make an appointment for you.

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Ways to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Chipping a tooth can be very distressing, not only can this cause physical pain, but it can also make you self-conscious. Fortunately, there are treatment options. Our experienced dentists will determine which option will work best for you based on the type of damage that has occurred. Read on to learn about the different ways to repair a damaged or chipped tooth below:

Dental Bonding to Repair a Chipped Tooth

Dental Bonding can be used to fix a small, cosmetic chip. In this procedure, composite material is molded over the unaffected part of the tooth to repair the damage. First, the remaining enamel is roughened up to better adhere to the composite. The composite is then shaped and set with a blue light to harden the material. Bonding can last for up to 10 years for small, superficial chips.

Veneers to Fix a Cracked Tooth

A veneer may be used when a cracked tooth results in significant damage. Veneers are porcelain covers for the front of your tooth, that provide a smooth, natural look. Typically veneers can last up to 30 years with proper care, although they may not be recommended for teeth grinders. To install a veneer, some of the tooth structure is removed to eliminate bulk. Your dentist will then take impressions that will help the lab create a natural looking veneer. You will then be fitted with a temporary veneer until your porcelain veneer is ready to be bonded onto the front of the damaged tooth.

Crowns Can Be Used to Fix a Chipped Tooth Too

Crowns are used when a tooth is significantly damaged or causes pain when drinking or chewing. Crowns are porcelain caps that cover the entire surface of the damaged tooth to improve its appearance and prevent the loss of the tooth. First, the tooth is prepared by removing some of the structures to accommodate the crown. Next, your dentist will take impressions that the lab uses to create the permanent crown. You will then be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready. The permanent crown is cemented to the remaining tooth structure.

Chipped teeth can result from many different causes which may lead to pain and emotional distress. Fortunately, there are several ways to repair the damage and restore your beautiful smile. With proper care, many of these treatment options may last several years without needing to be replaced. Let our friendly, experienced dentists and dental staff help you find the best treatment option for your damaged tooth.

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5 Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

There are different types of dental fillings available at 3V Dental, including metallic and color-matching composite materials. Today, it is easy for our dentists to fill a small cavity in only a few minutes to prevent additional decay. However, it is better to prevent tooth decay in the first place. Here are five oral care tips that will improve the condition of the enamel on your teeth to help prevent any cavities that will require fillings.

Here Is How To Strengthen Your Teeth To Prevent Decay

Tip 1: Consume More Fruits and Vegetables

Your daily diet affects the condition of your teeth, but you can add an assortment of fruits and vegetables to your menus. Look for fresh dark leaf greens, bright red tomatoes and tasty bell peppers to create a salad for lunch instead of eating a hamburger. When you want a tasty snack, eat an apple rather than consuming potato chips or ice cream.

Tip 2: Perform Oral Care At Least Twice a Day

It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste. In addition, flossing once a day is also essential to remove additional food debris that leads to a buildup of plaque on your teeth. Buy a new toothbrush every three months, and choose dental floss that is easy for you to use.

Tip 3: Stop Smoking Cigarettes

If you smoke cigarettes, then you are more likely to have tooth decay, gingivitis or halitosis. The nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco will inflame the soft tissues inside your mouth, causing you to have numerous dangerous bacteria on your gums, palate or tongue that will cause tooth decay.

Tip 4: Take Vitamins To Improve Your Teeth

In addition to a healthy diet, you can take dietary supplements to improve the condition of your teeth. Taking vitamins and minerals is especially important when you have allergies that make it impossible to consume certain foods or beverages.

Tip 5: Schedule Routine Dental Visits Twice a Year

You should visit your dentist every six months to have a thorough cleaning and examination of your teeth. If you have a cavity, then your dentist can fill it with a color-matching filling when it is toward the front of your mouth. Alternatively, if you have a cavity in a tooth at the back of your mouth, then your dentist will use a durable metal filling instead.

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Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Which is Right for You?

What Are Dentures?

In the past, false teeth, or dentures, were your only option for replacing the teeth on the bottom or top of your mouth. A dentist would collect X-rays of your face and molds of your mouth to create false teeth that were attached to durable resin materials. These dentures would fit comfortably in your mouth so that you would have a normal appearance.

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With the proper fit, false teeth are easy to wear so that you can chew food and talk correctly. However, wearing false teeth isn’t always easy because the items may slip on the gums, leading to clicking noises or mouth sores. In addition, you must remove the false teeth to brush away food debris to prevent bad breath. If you don’t like wearing false teeth, then visit a dentist to learn if there is another option that will make your life easier on a daily basis.

What Are Dental Implants?

If you have missing teeth, then you can have an attractive smile and strong bite by having dental implants inserted in your mouth instead. These types of restorations are placed directly into the gum tissue so that you don’t need to remove the items to get rid of food debris. However, a dental implant procedure, performed by an oral surgeon, requires having healthy gum tissue and strong alveolar bone to hold the devices in place. If you have a healthy mouth, then a dentist can insert a dental implant right away, but when your bones aren’t in good condition, you will require preliminary treatments first.

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A dental implant procedure can take only a few office visits, or you may need extensive treatments to eliminate gum disease and build stronger bones. A dental implant can last for many years, making the restoration a good financial investment.

Why Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures?

With implants, you will have a more natural appearance with dental crowns that are attractive but durable. You won’t need to remove dentures twice a day to brush away food particles and rinse your mouth. A dental implant won’t slip inside your mouth while chewing food or talking to someone. While there is an adjustment time after getting a dental implant, you won’t need to cope with painful blisters inside your mouth that occur with false teeth. A dental implant can give you more self-esteem because you won’t feel at though anyone else will notice your false teeth. Having implants can also improve your life in other ways, including making it easier to chew nutritious food along with talking without any slippage.

Contact 3V Dental Associates today to learn more about your restoration options when you have missing teeth.

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How to Tell if You Have Gum Disease

Gum disease occurs when the bones and tissue that surround the teeth become inflamed and infected. Also known as periodontal disease, the condition has two types. Gingivitis involves the gums alone while periodontitis is more severe and occurs in the tissue under the teeth.

How to Recognize Gingivitis

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Notice the inflammation and redness around the gum line.

Healthy gums have a pink color and will have a firm fit against the teeth. When gingivitis is present, it will have the following symptoms:

• Swelling, redness and tenderness

• Bleeding after eating or when the teeth are flossed and brushed

Gingivitis is not always painful, which may lead to a delay in treatment.

How to Recognize Periodontitis

Periodontitis

Unlike gingivitis, the symptoms of periodontitis are more obvious.

• Gums that recede away from the teeth

• Consistent bad breath

• A discharge of pus from the gums

• Changes in the bite

• Loose teeth

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease begins with gingivitis and proceeds to periodontitis without proper treatment. It occurs when the bacteria in plaque, a substance produced in the mouth, grow out of control due to poor oral hygiene. The bacteria feed on sugars and food particles to create toxins. In time, plaque can harden into tartar, which causes severe mouth irritation and results in the gums pulling away from the teeth, leaving large pockets that may contain pus. All of these symptoms require immediate attention from one of our qualified dentists.

Gum Pocket Test

Even if there is no gum pain, that does not mean there is no disease present. This is why dentists will perform a gum pocket test to measure the distance between the gums and where the tooth is seated. A normal pocket measures from one to three millimeters. Any distance greater than that requires treatment.

Gum Disease Treatment

Gingivitis may require antibiotics to clear up the infection. This may be done with oral medication, or a special toothpaste and mouthwash. Periodontitis is more complicated and may require the following procedures:

• Root planing and scaling. This removes the tartar buildup above and below the gum line.

• Gingivectomy. This eliminates the pockets between gums and teeth where plaque builds up.

• Flap procedure. This repairs damaged bone and cleans the roots of the teeth.

• Extraction. Teeth that cannot be saved are removed for the patient’s health.

Antibiotics may be required after each of these procedures. The patient may also need to use an antibacterial mouthwash.

In order to avoid gum disease, brush and floss daily, and see your dentist twice per year for checkups and cleanings. Eat a healthy, balanced diet without sweets and avoid poor oral habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption.

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The Invisalign Treatment Process

Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. The clear trays are almost completely invisible, which makes them a great option for both teens and adults. Clear braces can treat most forms of misalignment as successfully as traditional braces.

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If you’re interested in clear braces, you should learn about how the process works, so you can make an informed decision about whether they’re the right treatment option for you. At 3V Dental Associates, we’re proud to be one of the leading Invisalign dentists on Long Island, but even more proud to service our local Port Washington community.

How long will treatment take?

The total length of Invisalign treatment depends on how complex or thorough the treatment is. On average, Invisalign treatments last nine to 18 months. However, depending on the severity of the misalignment, the treatment may be much shorter or much longer. After consulting with your 3V Dental Invisalign specialist, you’ll have a better understanding of the estimated treatment timeline.

Adults sometimes need to wear these amazing clear aligners for up to two years. Their teeth and jaws are less responsive, so it takes longer for their teeth to move into the correct alignment.

Wearing Invisalign aligners for the recommended amount of time each day will help the treatment go quickly. In some cases, some teeth will still be slightly out of alignment at the end of the treatment. If this happens to you, your dentist may order a new set of trays and continue with the treatment until those teeth become properly aligned.

How do I get started with Invisalign?

If you’re interested in clear aligners, you may be asking, “How does Invisalign work?” Schedule a free Invisalign consultation today with your favorite 3V dentist to discuss whether you’re a good candidate for clear aligners. Most people qualify for clear braces, but some severe cases of misalignment require traditional braces or other treatments.

If you’re a candidate for Invisalign clear braces, your dentist will take photographs of your teeth and face, X-rays of your teeth and jaw, and impressions of your teeth. He or she will plan exactly how the teeth should move to straighten out. Then, your dentist will send those records and plans to a lab that will create the trays. It usually takes about four weeks to receive the completed trays.

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During the treatment, you’ll go through an entire set of trays. Each tray will bring your teeth slightly closer to the final goal. You’ll start with a new tray every two weeks, and the trays will gradually move your teeth closer and closer to the straightened position.

Your dentist will give you detailed instructions for how to take care of your trays and teeth during treatment. You should remove the trays when eating and brushing your teeth. There are usually no restrictions on eating or drinking when you have clear braces, which makes them much more convenient than metal braces.

How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?

You should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, and you should only remove them for eating and brushing your teeth. This will help the teeth align as quickly as possible. If you wear the aligners for less than 20 hours per day, it will take longer for your teeth to shift. If this happens, your dentist may recommend taking more than two weeks with each tray before switching, but this will lengthen your treatment time.

How often do I have to visit my Invisalign dentist?

Most people visit their dentist every four to six weeks, which is the same frequency as with traditional braces. However, appointments with clear braces tend to be much quicker than with metal braces because there are no brackets or wires that need adjusting. The purpose of the appointment is just to make sure there has been progress and to receive the new aligners.

Ready to get started with Invisalign?

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iTero Digital Impressions Comes to 3V Dental Associates!

Step into the modern world of digital impressions with iTero

Even though Dentists don’t say it, it is ugly to see patients gagging and spitting only to get impressions of their sick teeth. Dentists put up a real fight to be able to get a clear impression of patient’s teeth. Sometimes an accurate picture is never gotten because honestly, it is just so messy to put up with.  The Itero digital scanner is a medical scanner that produces 3D test results and treatment plan.  These scans have so far been used in over 1.2 million curative rounds and implant cases and more than 1.3 million orthodontic scans, consisting more than 600,000 Invisalign scans.  When getting a dental test using the ordinary conventional method of meeting an orthodontist, ordinary numerous pictures of a patient’s teeth are taken in order to gather all the parts of the teeth for a clearer assessment. With this Scanner, a full 3D picture is taken and sent to a lab for assessment. Here is exactly how this scanner works.

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How iTero Digital Impressions Work

• On meeting your dentist, moulds of your teeth are taken using the scanner.
• The moulds are sent to a lab where they are scanned into a 3D replica of your teeth.
• The results are then used to create a treatment plan for your teeth’s condition
• Once the results are scanned, you don’t have to visit your Dentist again, unless you want to. The results and your 3D treatment plan are sent to your email where you can view it on any smart phone, tablet or computer. This way you can talk about your treatment plan with your Doctor on a chat app, phone, and email or through any other means of communication you wish to use.

Your 3D treatment plan includes:

• How long your treatment will take
• A transition of how your teeth will look like through each treatment process
• A final picture of how your teeth shall look after the treatment is complete.

The Benefits of using iTero digital Scanning

Shorter Wait Times
This scanner is designed to help the busy patient get the treatment they deserve without having to wait in long hospital long lines to meet a Doctor and to wait for examination results for over 24-48hours

Modern Medicine at its Finest
Any hospital, Doctor or clinic that uses digital scanning can be viewed as the professionals they truly are.

3D Imaging
The whole idea of getting to see your teeth on a 3D picture gives both the Dentist and the patient a clear picture of the problem they are facing and the best treatment plan to go with

It’s easy to use
It works like a smart phone. With its touch screen, a Doctor is able to zoom images and rotate them to the desired size. This easy to use experience makes it trouble-free for Doctors to delegate nurses or other staff to operate the scanner.

We create a clean working environment
There is no need for trays and all the trash associated with examination rooms. Neither is there need for mixing chemicals to be used on the patient. This helps to provide a clean environment for both patients and Doctors.

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Conventional vs Digital Impressions Using iTero

In this digital era, the Invisalign digital impressions are the most comfortable way anyone from kids, Invisalign teens to adults can get a comfortable assessment and treatment process without going through the hassle of inserting sticky devices into the mouth or leaving behind a messy room or even worse not getting accurate results off a teeth examination.

Conventional scanners are nowhere comparable to these new technology scanners. Besides just taking a 3D image and displaying a treatment plan, these scanners provide a model file that can be used for various lab procedures such as creating restorative components for digital and storage records among other purposes.

Ready to schedule your Invisalign consultation? Contact us today!

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Dental Care for Toddlers

Starting your child’s dental care as early as possible will prevent cavities and other dental issues. Caring for toddler’s teeth is fairly easy, but it’s important to help your child develop good habits early in life.

Brushing Your Toddler’s Teeth

Your child should brush twice a day as soon as their teeth appear. Most children can start brushing with help from their parents when they’re three years old. Until your toddler reaches the age of six, you should supervise his or her brushing.

Use about a pea-sized amount of a fluoride toothpaste, making sure that your toddler doesn’t swallow it. With a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth. Angle the toothbrush’s bristles toward the gums as you brush. Your toddler should also floss just before bedtime.

Teach Good Eating Habits

Teaching your child good brushing and flossing habits from a young age will help them maintain their dental health into adulthood. Toddlers might not want to brush and floss, but make sure they know it’s not a negotiable part of their morning or evening routine.

When kids are very tired, they usually don’t want to brush. Having them brush and floss a little earlier in the evening can be easier for them than brushing and flossing right before bedtime when they’re exhausted. However, make sure the only drink your child has after brushing is water.

Problems to Watch Out For

You should watch out for baby bottle tooth decay, which can occur when your child takes a nap with a bottle of milk or juice. The sugar can cling to a tooth and lead to tooth decay. Only give your toddler water in a bottle before they go to sleep.

Drinking from a sippy cup all day can also lead to tooth decay, especially on the back of the front teeth. A sippy cup is a good tool for transitioning to drinking from a glass, but your toddler shouldn’t have one all day long.

Some children’s medicines are flavored or sugary, and they can increase the risk of cavities if they stick to a tooth. If your child is taking one of these medications, he or she may have to brush more than twice a day. Ask your dentist how often your child should brush.

If your child continues with a thumb-sucking habit after the age of three or four, it can cause issues with the mouth and jaw. Try to use positive reinforcement to break this habit by praising your kids when they don’t suck their thumbs.

 

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What You Need to Know About Oral Health and Breastfeeding

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding breastfeeding, especially regarding extended nursing. All of this confusion and misinformation can cause new moms to be unsure of how nursing could be impacting their little one’s oral health. Many believe that allow a baby or toddler to breastfeed for too long can lead to tooth decay, similar to “baby bottle tooth decay” in formula fed babies. However, this assumption has never been proven to be factual.

All children can be susceptible to contracting cavities; however, nursing is usually not the main proponent. In fact, before the bottle was introduced, cavities and dental decay in children were extremely rare. However, breast milk does contain natural sugar, so it is important to begin caring for your child’s oral health as soon teeth come in.

Streptococcus Mutans and Cavities

Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria known to be the primary cause of tooth decay, uses sugars found in food to produce acid. This acid contacts teeth and begins the decaying process.

Dr. Brian Palmer, a dentist, stated, “Human milk alone does not cause dental caries. Infants exclusively breastfed are not immune to decay due to other factors that impact the infant’s risk for tooth decay. Decay causing bacteria (streptococcus mutans) is transmitted to the infant by way of parents, caregivers, and others” (Palmer 2002).

A study conducted by Dr. Torney in 1992 also discovered that there was no correlation between cavities found in patients under the age of two and baby’s nursing patterns, such as frequent night nursing and nursing to sleep. The study also states Torney’s belief that breast milk bacteria actually assists in defeating decay-inducing bacteria. However, he also said that this does not make exclusively breastfed babies immune to cavities, as small enamel defects can cause teeth to become too far gone, and not even breast milk can save them.

In 2015, a study was performed in exclusively-breastfed infants for six months by Pediatrics. This study found that these children were 72% less likely to have crooked teeth, along with a lower chance of having an open bite, cross-bite, and/or overbite than formula fed babies.

This proves that if your breastfed toddler has crooked teeth, a cross-bite, etc., the cause is highly likely to not be from nursing. Instead, evaluate for other sources for the problem. Pacifiers and thumb-sucking have been known to cause crooked teeth; however, sometimes the problem is merely genetics.

Many mothers are frightened by the daunting task of nursing an infant or toddler who has teeth. Even though your child has teeth, you do not need to wean them off of breastfeeding. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend moms to breastfeed their infants for at least the first year of life, and the World Health Organization advocates for a minimum of two years.

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Living with Diabetes? Oral Problems to be Aware of

Diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas isn’t secreting enough insulin to combat the glucose in the bloodstream. It can cause all sorts of health problems. While many associate it with problems like poor circulation, trouble with eyesight and fatigue, few realize that it can also be a source of poor dental health. There are many dental problems that can be related to the disease. That’s why it is important to get frequent dental check-ups and cleanings. Here are some problems your dentist will be watching out for:

Gum Disease

There are two types of gum disease that are often spotted in diabetic patients. An early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis is most common in those with diabetes. If gingivitis is not treated, it can lead to a much more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Proper oral hygiene is not enough to combat this condition. As those with the condition may be susceptible to it because their body is less able to fight the infection that causes gum disease.

Serious gum disease needs to be treated by a dentist right away. It is not only detrimental to our oral health. It can actually lead to the progression of the disease itself. Having gum disease can make it more difficult for the body to regulate blood glucose levels.

Cavities

Diabetics are at a higher risk for cavities. Cavities are caused when bacteria invades the tooth. Part of the reason diabetics often experience this problem is because they have less saliva. Saliva helps to protect the teeth from these bacterial invasions. The other reason is that there is more glucose present in the saliva that the body’s able to produce. Since there is less insulin to counter-act it.

Dry Mouth

As noted before, having a dry mouth can lead to cavities. Diabetics must deal with the discomfort that a dry mouth produces. Having a dry mouth tends to lead to bad breath as well. That’s why it is especially important to use mints, gum, and mouthwash if you suffer from diabetic, dry-mouth symptoms.

Diabetes and Oral Health Are Heavily Linked

Diabetics need to take extra precautions when it comes to their dental health. Those with the condition should be sure to brush their teeth after every meal, visit the dentist at least twice a year, and never forget to floss. While being a diabetic makes it harder to keep up with dental health, it is possible.

If you are a diabetic, and would like to schedule a consultation with our friendly dental staff, contact us today. With a convenient Port Washington location, you’re in good (local) hands!

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