Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

New Filling, Onlay and Crown Instructions.

Follow instructions for 14 days.

1. Avoid sticky foods Gum, taffy, ect..
2. Avoid hard foodsNuts, bread crust, ect..
3. Avoid extremely cold or hot temperaturesLiquids and Food.
4. Brush and Floss as usual

 

TEMPORARY CEMENT INSTRUCTIONS

1. Clean out any excess cement in the crown.
2. Try in the crown to ensure proper seating.
3. Dry the crown with gauze.
4. Open the cement packet, squeeze out its contents and mix together with the end of the cotton swab.
5. Fill the crown with the cement.
6. Place the crown on the tooth and bite down for 10 minutes.
7. Clean off any excess cement.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BLEACHING

1. Brush before and after bleaching.
2. Be consistent when you start bleaching your teeth.  Bleach for 10-14 days in a row.
3. Use bleaching material for only 30 minutes a day.
4. Your teeth are more susceptible to stain during bleaching and for 30 days after. Try to avoid dark foods and drinks (tea, coffee, red wine).
5. Rinse trays out gently to avoid distortion.  Do not place in hot water.
6. Teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold for several weeks.
7. Keep the gel you are using at room temperature.  Store all other tubes in the refrigerator.

What Is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is caused by a variety of things; in medical terms, cavities are called caries, which are caused by long-term destructive forces acting on tooth structures such as enamel and the tooth's inner dentin material.

These destructive forces include frequent exposure to foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates. Soda, candy, ice cream—even milk—are common culprits.  Left inside your mouth from non-brushing and flossing, these materials break down quickly, allowing bacteria to do their dirty work in the form of a harmful, colorless sticky substance called plaque.

The plaque works in concert with leftover food particles in your mouth to form harmful acids that destroy enamel and other tooth structures.

If cavities aren't treated early enough, they can lead to more serious problems requiring treatments such as root canal therapy.

Preventing Cavities

The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. Your body's own saliva is also an excellent cavity fighter, because it contains special chemicals that rinse away many harmful materials. Chewing a good sugarless gum will stimulate saliva production between brushing.

Special sealants and varnishes can also be applied to stave off cavities from forming.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have a cavity:

  • Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold water or foods.
  • A localized pain in your tooth or near the gum line.
  • Teeth that change color.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by sugary substances in breast milk and some juices, which combine with saliva to form pools inside the baby's mouth.

If left untreated, this can lead to premature decay of your baby's future primary teeth, which can later hamper the proper formation of permanent teeth.

One of the best ways to avoid baby bottle tooth decay is to not allow your baby to nurse on a bottle while going to sleep. Encouraging your toddler to drink from a cup as early as possible will also help stave off the problems associated with baby bottle tooth decay.


Dr Scott C. Province
and Associate
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
425 Madison Avenue, Suite 800

New York, NY 10017
(212) 682-8032