Dental Health

Root Canal vs Dental Implant

Brooklyn root canals vs tooth implants

Hello, NYC dental blog visitors. I am Dr. Frederick Hecht of Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht. When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, a dentist and patient must make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by performing a root canal or to extract the tooth.

There are several factors that influence this decision. These include whether there is infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of periodontal disease.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. The dentist or endodontist uses files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.

The root canal is the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown. This protects what’s left of the tooth and allows normal function.

A root canal is commonly the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has severe decay or damage. Root canals have been performed with success for generations and have a very low failure rate.

But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. Teeth with curved roots are more difficult to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

Because there is always a slight risk that a root canal can fail and eventually require extraction, some Staten Island patients wonder if they should just get a dental implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is necessary, talk with your dentist about the pros and cons of each procedure. If you do not currently have a dentist, I invite you to schedule a consultation at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht. You can rely on us for vital, unbiased information so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment.

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht: 347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Healthy Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In today’s post, we will concentrate on important behaviors that impact oral health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two vital habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to keep a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is necessary for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do eat calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are dangerous to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar leads to the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to dental caries.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This revs up plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice. (It really can chip teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are harmful to teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is smarter to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • If you have children, speak with Dr. Hecht about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.
  • If you have an eating disorder – seek professional help ASAP. Bulimia and anorexia are extremely damaging to teeth. (Not to mention the toll they take on the heart and other organs.)

We urge all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. At Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht, we serve the Staten Island area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, porcelain crowns and root canals.

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Is Grandpa Smiling?

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How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population?

The Good News:

The rate of dental caries in the elderly has decreased in the past thirty years.1

The Bad News:
25% of persons age 65+ have no remaining teeth2
Nearly 20% have untreated tooth decay3
10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What essential circumstances will improve the oral health of age 65+ Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three required components:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care1

At Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht in Staten Island, we are devoted to providing our elderly patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care that addresses the special challenges that impact seniors. These challenges include difficulty brushing and flossing due to arthritis, dry mouth caused by prescription medications, tooth sensitivity, bone recession, and complications due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

We want our elderly patients to not only have a healthy smile, but a beautiful one as well. Many of our senior patients have elected to improve their smiles with care such as crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, sedation dentistry and tooth whitening. The majority of our smile makeover patients are thrilled with their new smile and report that it has improved their life immensely. They feel happier, more attractive, and more confident in social settings.

The comfortable team at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht on Staten Island provides the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services for Staten Island area patients of all ages including porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry and porcelain crowns.

1“Periodontal Disease in Seniors (Age 65 and Over),” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/PeriodontaldiseaseSeniors65over.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

2Oral Health for Older Americans,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult_oral_health/adult_older.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

3Dental Caries and Tooth Loss in Adults in the United States, 2011–2012,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db197.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht: 347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Hiding Your Smile? Staten Island Dental Care Can Help

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Some people don’t feel that their smile is an asset, so they do their best to keep it hidden. Pictures, funny movies, jokes, hilarious internet videos – none of these can coax a smile or laugh.

If this person sounds familiar (because it is you!), then maybe you would like some details about complete smile makeovers.

Don’t be embarrassed! Plenty of New York residents are hesitant to show their smile. The good news is that there is help.

Here at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht we provide cosmetic dentistry procedures for our NYC area patients who have issues such as a previous mouth injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, chipped teeth, tetracycline stains, crooked teeth, or missing teeth.

Now is the time to get the confident smile that you’ve always wanted!

Many patients start with teeth whitening. This gets them on their way to a brighter smile. It’s a simple procedure, but the results are truly compelling.

Other procedures that enhance the look of your teeth and/or your oral health include dental crowns, dental implants, veneers, enamel shaping, gum contouring, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an experienced orthodontist if required.

I’m Dr. Frederick Hecht and I am passionate about helping my patients enjoy healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. If you would like to know more, give us a call at 347-695-4380.

Comfortable Care For the High Fear Patient

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool

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Providing quality dental care is much easier for NYC area dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health – and pictures are far more accurate than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth and gums are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date x-rays.

The frequency of x-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need x-rays more often.

X-rays also help dentists find cavities, evaluate gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue that all dentists consider when ordering x-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many important precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on the patients.

It is essential that women in Staten Island inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

Hi. My name is Frederick Hecht and my practice Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht is currently accepting new patients. If you are looking for a friendly, skilled, and experienced dentist and are living in Staten Island or the NYC area, we hope you will schedule a consultation. We are located at 1520 Richmond Ave in Staten Island, New York, and our comfortable staff is second-to-none.

Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and full smile makeovers. We want you to have the healthy, sensational smile that you deserve!

Our top services here at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht are:

porcelain veneers
cosmetic dentistry
porcelain crowns
root canals

Please call us at 347-695-4380 today!

The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/x/x-rays, accessed on August. 1, 2014

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, NY
10314

 

Dental Breakthroughs On The Horizon

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At Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht, we use the latest proven dental technology to provide our patients with quality general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. In addition, we keep tabs on the most current dental research that is moving the industry forward.

Here are some of the intriguing dental technologies currently being evaluated and tested:

Fill and Heal: Bioactive Glass
A new type of filling created from ‘bioactive glass’ has been shown to prolong the life of fillings by reducing secondary decay and replacing lost minerals.

“Bioactive glass, which is a type of crushed glass that is able to interact with the body, has been used in some types of bone healing for decades. This type of glass is only beginning to see use in dentistry, and our research shows it may be very promising for tooth fillings.”1 Jamie Kruzic, professor of advanced structural and biomaterials at the Oregon State University College of Engineering

Stem Cells
Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to furnish a host of exciting breakthroughs in dentistry.

A research team from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University is applying stem cell technology to dentistry with the development of stem-cell based biomaterials that regenerate tooth dentin.2 The purpose is to use them in fillings and root canals to save and regenerate tooth structure. The research is in its early stages, but this technology could one day help preserve millions of smiles for people worldwide.

3D Printing
3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to manufacture aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less costly, you will be seeing them in more New York  dental offices.

Technology has its place, but experience, ability, and a warm and attentive chairside manner are just as indispensable. The comfortable team at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht invites you to welcome the difference at our comfortable dental office. Call today to make an appointment.

Note: The image to the right is a CAD-CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing) machine used for the production of dental restorations.

1“Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass,” Oregon State University December 22, 2015, http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/dec/tooth-fillings-future-may-incorporate-bioactive-glass, accessed on October 24, 2016
2Liz Cass, “Fillings that heal your teeth – how regenerative medicine could change your visit to the dentist,” University of Nottingham, July 1, 2016, https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2016/july/fillings-that-heal-your-teeth.aspx, accessed on October 24, 2016

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Keep Your Teeth Safe, Staten Island

Keep Your Teeth Safe, Staten Island

Hopefully you are one of many health-conscious Staten Island residents who is finding ways to get outside or to the gym and get moving. There has been an explosion in the variety of activities offered by personal trainers, all-purpose Staten Island gyms, specialty facilities, and New York recreation departments in recent years. With all these exciting ways to exercise becoming commonplace, people in the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne areas may not be aware of the tooth risks associated with them.

I’m Dr. Frederick Hecht, a concerned Staten Island dentist and fitness enthusiast, and I want to talk to you today about mouth protectors.

You might think that mouth protectors are only for ultimate fighters and football players, but actually mouth guards can and should be used during any activity where a blow to the face is possible.

This includes many common sports such as pick-up basketball games, volleyball, gymnastics, and bicycling. When you have a properly fitted mouth protector, you can prevent broken or lost teeth as well as lip, tongue, and jaw injuries.

Mouth protectors come in three main types: stock, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well. You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores in the Staten Island area. They are to be softened in water and then formed to your mouth (make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions). Custom-fitted mouth protectors can be made by your Staten Island dentist to make sure you have a perfect fit.

The soft tissues that line your cheeks and lips are especially susceptible to injury when you have braces or fixed bridge work, not to mention the damage that can be caused to the orthodontic appliances themselves. For these reasons, a mouth protector is extremely important for Staten Island patients undergoing these treatments. Your Staten Island orthodontist may even suggest a mouth protector for your lower teeth as well.

If you have questions about sports dentistry in Staten Island or any other dental issues, please contact my office and schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting you.

Frederick Hecht
Staten Island Dental Care
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island New York
(347) 695-4370
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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Hi kids, adults, and golden-agers in Staten Island. No matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are a vital practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! (If you don’t have any teeth, communicate with us about dentures and dental implants.)

At Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht, we have an excellent office and comfortable team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best methods for preventative care. At each check up, our experienced and well trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth will receive a comprehensive analysis. They will be inspected for any dental caries, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is vital so you can be certain that they don’t turn into larger problems.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Frederick Hecht at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht will ensure you avoid acute dental issues.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving speedily, so it’s important to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check up is detailed and comprehensive. At Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. With technology like our advanced dental x-rays, nothing will get past Dr. Hecht. If is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be established.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Hecht will detail what is needed moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will be certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Into The Thick Of It – The Skinny On Toothpaste

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Welcome to our blog, Staten Island! I’m encouraged with how much I have to share with you about toothpaste and oral hygiene in the short time we have together. Enjoy!

Why does toothpaste seem gritty?
The abrasive nature of toothpaste is to aid in removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Rough brushing becomes unnecessary for Staten Island dental patients when the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering food particles and polish the enamel at the same time.

What’s with the strong minty options?
Minty flavorants are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, effective toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for Staten Island men and women affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea and ginger. To treat halitosis it is best to avoid periodontal disease and to also brush bacteria from far back on the tongue. Removing the source is essential and more effective than covering it up with minty flavorings.

What is Fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?
Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious NYC residents for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are present in many toothpastes to add another essential dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Flossing regularly in conjunction with toothbrushing aids in averting bacterial growth, tooth decay and plaque buildup by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?
The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash simply adds yet another powerful layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

Dr. Frederick Hecht and the staff at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht encourage a committed, consistent approach to dental hygiene.  We are located at: 1520 Richmond Ave in Staten Island, New York 10314

If you need information about dental implants, restorations, veneers or crowns, call us today at 347-695-4380. We are proud to serve Staten Island, New York with comprehensive dental services.

Comfortable Care For the High Fear Patient

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Avoid Sports Injuries: Protect Those Teeth!

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It is estimated that over 5 million teeth are knocked out yearly and a significant portion of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth requires several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration expenses. Not to mention pain!

I’m Dr. Frederick Hecht of Staten Island Dental Care and I want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. I advise my patients to think of mouthguards as an important part of their protective gear. Most Staten Island parents require their children to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer. I encourage parents to emphasize the importance of mouth protection from your child’s very first 5 year-old T-ball game. And we all need to practice what we preach.

You are probably aware of the main types of mouthguards: ready-to-wear, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed but are definitely not one-size-fits all and probably provide the least amount of protection. (Though they are better than nothing.)

You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at Staten Island sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).

Some Staten Island dentists offer custom sports mouthguards that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Mouth protectors that are comfortable are more likely to be worn by kids who complain about wearing a mouthguard. Ask your dentist about custom mouthguards.

Mouth protection is extremely important for Staten Island patients with braces or fixed bridge work. Some Staten Island orthodontists recommend mouth protectors for lower teeth as well.

If you or your child has a sports-related dental emergency, call my Staten Island office immediately at 347-695-4380. I will do everything in my power to save the tooth but every second counts. Make sure you save all pieces of the tooth and bring them with you.

 

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

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