Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cosmetics and Dental Pulp

Patients at Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Flushing should have smiles they can be proud of. We offer a variety of cosmetic care options, including whitening. But some dental stains are on the inside of the tooth, and those could require more intensive treatment.


Intrinsic stains are unlikely to be responsive to external bleaching and could indicate an oral health problem. A benign cause of intrinsic staining is that the tooth was exposed to tetracycline antibiotics or a large amount of fluoride during its formation, which could make it look black or brown. This can be masked with a veneer. But a more serious problem is if the pulp is infected or necrotized. The swelling or rot could be visible from the outside and make the tooth look black, red, or purple.


Tactile and heat tests, as well as x-rays, can help us to determine if a tooth is infected. If so, we may be able to salvage it by performing root canal therapy. Once the infected material has been removed, the inside of the tooth can be bleached. After about a week, the bleach would be removed and the tooth would be sealed over. In worse cases, it may be necessary to provide an artificial crown for the tooth, which would be selected to have an attractive color. But if you have an unusual tooth stain, don’t delay getting it checked out. You don’t want an infection to spread.


Farid Hakimzadeh, DDS, operates Fresh Meadows Dental Care at 58-47 Francis Lewis Blvd., Suite 100, Flushing, New York, 11364. To schedule an appointment, call 718-224-7272 or visit Fresh Meadows Dental and fill out a contact form.


 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Mouthguards and Facial Safety

If you play organized sports, you’re probably required to wear a mouthguard. But even if you don’t there are still plenty of activities for which it’s a good idea to have one. We’ve treated a lot of people at Fresh Meadows Dental Care who have suffered emergencies and we’ve provided them with lasting restorations, but we’d rather our patients understand their preventive options.


If a mouthguard is fitted properly, it shouldn’t interfere with breathing or be overly cumbersome. Athletic wear stores and online retailers provide both generic mouthguards and boil-and-bite models. The latter are much preferable. They have the advantage of being easily modified as a person’s teeth shift position, which is especially important for people undergoing orthodontic therapy. (Invisalign aligners should not be used as mouthguards.) A person with braces may want their boil-and-bite mouthguard refitted under professional supervision.


A fixed mouthguard might be preferable if a person is done undergoing orthodontic therapy. Regardless, mouthguards and their containers need to be cleaned with each use. They should also be kept out of heat to avoid unwanted reshaping. Besides when playing sports, the American Dental Association also recommends that people wear mouthguards while cycling, skating, and doing gymnastics. If you need help caring for a mouthguard, we’ll be glad to give you some pointers.


Farid Hakimzadeh, DDS, operates Fresh Meadows Dental Care at 58-47 Francis Lewis Blvd., Suite 100, Flushing, New York, 11364. To schedule an appointment, call 718-224-7272 or visit Fresh Meadows Dental and fill out a contact form.


 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tooth Decay and Sensitivity

Are you looking forward to ice cream sandwiches this summer? If not, we hope it’s not because of sensitive teeth. We at Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Flushing want all our patients to be confident in their teeth’s structure. If you suffer from sensitivity, the likeliest cause is thin enamel.


The dentin that surrounds our dental pulp is made up of miniature tubes. When it comes into contact with something very cold or hot, it easily conducts heat to or from the nerve at the tooth’s center. Below the gum line, dentin is surrounded by cementum, which helps the tooth root adhere to the walls of the gum pocket. Enamel, a tougher substance made of calcium phosphate, forms the hard shell of the crown of the tooth and normally insulates dentin.


Although enamel is extremely hard, it dissolves when subjected to acid. There are two main sources of acid; one is excretion by oral bacteria that consume food debris, and the other is acid reflux. Regular brushing and flossing is essential to removing oral bacteria, while cutting back on acidic foods such as red meat and alcohol can reduce acid reflux. Patients may also consider sealants to further shield their enamel and extra-fluoridated toothpaste to reinforce it. Once enamel has been lost, it will have to be replaced synthetically, but it may still be possible to strengthen enamel that has lost minerals. Tooth roots, which have no enamel to begin with, may need to be protected by a gum graft if gum tissue has receded from around them.


Farid Hakimzadeh, DDS, operates Fresh Meadows Dental Care at 58-47 Francis Lewis Blvd., Suite 100, Flushing, New York, 11364. To schedule an appointment, call 718-224-7272 or visit Fresh Meadows Dental and fill out a contact form.


 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dental Veneers

Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care, located in Flushing, NY., wants you to have a smile that you can be proud of. Your smile will be with you for the rest of your life. If you are self-conscious of your smile, porcelain veneers are the answer. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that go over your natural teeth. They can fix issues such as stained, cracked, gapped, misaligned, and chipped teeth.


 


The complete veneer process takes between 2-3 appointments. The first appointment with Dr. Hakimzadeh will be more of a consultation. There are a lot of different choices that come with choosing your veneers. It is recommended that you do some individual research beforehand. This will help you get a better idea of how you want your new smile to look. The two major choices are shape and color. For shape, there are two options, square and round. Many people believe that rounded veneers are more feminine, while square veneers are more masculine. This is not true. Both shapes are available regardless of gender. Color is the next step. Veneers come in shades of brightness starting at natural all the way to Hollywood levels of brightness. Once these decisions have been made the next part can begin.


 


Dr. Hakimzadeh and our staff will begin to prepare your teeth for placement. Your teeth will be cleaned and an impression or mold of your teeth will be taken. This impression is what will be used to create your veneers. In doing so, this guarantees that your veneers will fit perfectly. The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory to be made. It takes between 10-14 days to be completed. In the meantime, you will be given temporary veneers.


 


Once your permanent veneers arrive at the office, you will come in for your final appointment. Dr. Hakimzadeh will bond the permanent veneers to your teeth.


 


Fresh Meadows Dental Care is located in Flushing, NY. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh, visit our website or call 718-224-7272.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Proper Flossing Technique

Flossing is an important part of your dental routine. Many people overlook flossing, but its as important as brushing. Flossing cleans areas that your toothbrush simply cannot reach. At your bi-annual appointments with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh, you might find yourself fibbing about how much you floss. Yet flossing at least once a day can help you prevent major gum disease and dental issues. Our staff here at Fresh Meadows Dental Care, located in Flushing, NY., have a flossing technique that is recommended for you.


 


First, hold around 18 inches of floss between your two middle fingers. This allows you to switch out the floss as it becomes dirty. Gently guide the floss between your two teeth. Do not snap the floss. Once the floss has reached the gum line, curve it around one tooth in a “C” shape. Hold the floss tightly and move it up and down in a rubbing motion. Do this for all of your teeth.


 


There are many excuses that people use for why they don’t floss regularly. Many complain that it is a time-consuming activity. This is not true. Flossing can be done anywhere. Anytime you find yourself sitting down to watch TV, read, or go on your phone, you can be flossing at the same time. Another common excuse is that it can be difficult to reach your back teeth. Most grocery stores and supermarket sell flossing handheld applicators that can fit easily into smaller areas. Floss also comes in different thicknesses, with thinner floss easily fitting between tighter gaps.


 


If you worry that you are not flossing enough or that you might be flossing wrong, let your concerns be known at your bi-annual appointments with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh. Fresh Meadows Dental Care is located in Flushing, NY. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Hakimzadeh, visit our website or call 718-224-7272.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Inlays/Onlays

Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care, located in Flushing NY., offers a wide array of cosmetic services to our clients. If you are self-conscious or unhappy with your smile, let us help. Inlays/Onlays are partial crowns. These crowns attach to the base of your individual teeth to change their appearances.


 


Though technically inlays/onlays are considered a cosmetic procedure, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Not only do these crowns change the appearance but they also restore functionality to the teeth. It also helps prevent further damage or decay to a tooth.


 


The main difference between Inlays and Onlays are the severity of tooth decay. An inlay is used when there is no damage to the cusps of the teeth. These can just be placed directly onto the tooth. Onlays are needed when damage is extensive. The onlay extends onto the chewing surface on the back of the tooth, replacing one or more of the cusps.


 


The complete procedure will take 2-3 appointments with Dr. Hakimzadeh. First, all decayed or infected areas of the tooth are removed. Then a mold or impression of the tooth is taken. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory. They will use your impression to create your customized restorative devices. It will take between 2-3 weeks for the devices to be created and returned. In the meantime, you will receive temporary inlay/onlays. At your final appointment, Dr. Hakimzadeh will attach your permanent device.


 


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh, visit our website or call 718-224-7272. Fresh Meadows Dental Care is located in Flushing, NY.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

April 2019: Oral Cancer Awareness Month

This April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. At Fresh Meadows Dental Care, Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh offers oral cancer screenings to our patients. We want our patients to be healthy and happy. Prevention is the key to living a long life. That's why if you have or experience any strange anomalies in your mouth you should make an appointment ASAP.


 


You should make an appointment with Dr. Hakimzadeh if your experience anything new or strange in your mouth that doesn’t heal after 2-3 weeks. This is the first and biggest indicator of something more serious. This is especially true if it is reoccurring. Be on the lookout for these symptoms:


 


Sores that take longer or over 14 days to heal, weird coloring of the soft tissue, abnormalities that bleed easily, bumps or hard spots in the mouth, and/or a lump on the outside of the neck that has been there for at least two weeks.


 


The symptoms for HPV-caused oropharyngeal cancer can vary from these other symptoms. In this case, a patient might experience a hoarse or sore throat, a constant cough, a lump on the neck, difficulties swallowing, or an ache in one or both ears.


 


The biggest risk factors or oral cancer is heavy drinking and smoking. Chewing tobacco is also extremely detrimental to your health. The other big risk factor is contracting the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus 16.


 


If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule your appointment with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh immediately. Fresh Meadows Dental Care is located in Flushing, NY. Visit our website or call 718-224-7272 to schedule your appointment.