NITROUS OXIDE – (LAUGHING GAS) AT ISMILE DENTAL
For some of our patients, visiting the dentist office can provoke anxiety. Even though our dentists have skilled and gentle hands and work in a state of the art facility with sterilized equipment, dental treatment can make some patients uneasy.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. Nitrous oxide puts patients in a completely relaxed – yet responsive – state and has been been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years.
A local anesthetic will be administered in combination with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain. Nitrous oxide eliminates any nervousness or discomfort, and makes treatment seem to pass more quickly.
Pediatric dentistry focuses on preventive treatment, tooth growth and development, and behavioral guidance of children from birth to adolescence. With a team of compassionate pediatric dental providers on staff at iSmile Dental, which has two locations in Brooklyn, New York, you can expect comprehensive care for your child’s smile in a welcoming environment. To request your child’s next dental exam, call the Williamsburg or Park Slope office, or use the online booking tool today.
Pediatric Dentistry Q & A
What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry focuses on prevention and counseling about proper oral health, so your child can lower their risk of decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Caring for your little one’s baby teeth as soon as they start erupting is essential for the health of their future adult teeth.
Baby teeth serve a purpose: they’re guides for permanent teeth, which helps adult teeth grow into proper alignment. If your child’s baby teeth become decayed or if they fall out too soon, the development and alignment of their adult teeth become compromised.
By scheduling regular pediatric dentistry appointments, your child’s dentist can track and manage your child’s oral health. They can also intervene quickly if any decay, damage, or other issues arise.
When should my child have a pediatric dentistry exam?
In general, the pediatric dental providers at iSmile Dental encourage you to bring your child in for their very first dental exam as soon as you see their first tooth erupt. Just as you need twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings, your child also needs to see their dentist every six months after that first visit.
However, there are times when your child may need to see a pediatric dentist outside of routinely scheduled exams. It’s important to bring your child to iSmile Dental if they experience:
- Mouth or tooth pain
- Gum redness or swelling
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Knocked-out tooth (even if it’s a baby tooth)
iSmile Dental providers can even help your older child with orthodontic treatments once all of their adult teeth are fully grown. The practice proudly offers Invisalign® teeth aligning treatments to perfect your teen’s smile and bite.
What can my child expect during a pediatric dentistry exam?
The compassionate pediatric dental experts at iSmile Dental provide gentle dental care for children of all ages. Your pediatric dentist examines your child’s mouth, jaw, neck, and bite and talks with you about your child’s oral health. During each step, your dentist shows your child any tools they may use during the exam and counsels them on how the tool works.
Some pediatric dentistry exams may require digital X-ray images, depending on your child’s age and any oral health concerns. If any dental cleanings or treatments are necessary, your dentist educates you about the next steps and what your child can expect during their dental service.
iSmile Dental offers comprehensive pediatric dentistry in a calm and relaxing environment. Request your child’s dental visit online or by calling the office nearest you today.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Our office is not only dedicated to your smile, we’re also dedicated to your overall wellness. We take a serious approach to your dental care, which includes an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like any kind of cancer, oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. You are the most important factor in the early diagnosis of oral cancer through routine screenings in our office.We have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. While these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, it is very important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
- A lump, thickening or rough spot
- Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
Our staff is trained in a simple, quick screening, which involves an examination of your mouth as a whole, and not just your teeth to detect cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, we will also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities. If we find an area of concern, we may perform a simple test, such as a brush test, which collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth to be sent to a laboratory for analysis. If this test comes back atypical or positive, we may recommend a biopsy.
During your next appointment at iSmile Dental, ask for an oral exam. Early detection of oral cancer can improve the chance of successful treatment.
COMPREHENSIVE DENTAL EXAM
Maintaining good oral health is about more than simply correcting painful issues as they arise. Early detection and prevention is essential in promoting healthy teeth. At iSmile Dental, we are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive dental exams patients will find anywhere. Our thorough dental exams are designed to analyze the health of your entire mouth, including the teeth, gums, soft tissues and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Each of these considerations is essential in ensuring long-term oral health and is considered the current Standard of Care with the American Dental Association.
RADIOGRAPHY (DIGITAL X-RAYS)
A full set of digital X-rays is one of the first and most important tools in monitoring the health of your mouth. We utilize state-of-the-art digital technology for all dental X-rays. These computer-aided X-rays provide images of unmatched quality, making it easier to identify and diagnose oral health concerns. Combined with an oral cancer screening, digital dental X-rays can identify any issues in the supporting structures in the mouth. Furthermore, digital X-rays expose patients 80-90% less radiation than traditional X-rays, making them a much safer option.
PERIODONTAL EXAM AND CHARTING
The health of your gums is every bit as important as the health of your teeth. That is why all of our dental exams include a thorough periodontal exam as well as charting. Periodontal charting consists of measuring the depth of gum pockets, the areas that form between teeth. Pocket depths are a distinctive indicator of gum health and are essential in monitoring for issues such as gingivitis.
BITE ANALYSIS AND TMJ EXAM
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that hinges the lower jaw to the skull. As many patients know, this joint is prone to causing pain due to several different factors. At your dental exam, the doctor can discuss any TMJ symptoms you may have and determine what treatment is best to relieve your discomfort. Similarly, a comprehensive bite analysis can determine if your teeth need adjusting in order to create a more comfortable bite and prevent unnecessary tooth wear.
DETAILED TOOTH EXAMS
Perhaps the most important aspect of your dental exam is the inspection of each tooth for both present and potential issues. These may include minor chips or cracks that you may not even be aware of but have the potential to cause pain. Our office also uses laser cavity detection to analyze the health of your enamel and determine if any of your teeth are at risk for developing cavities. By identifying cavities early, the teeth can be repaired before they start causing pain and keep much more of their original structure intact.
WHAT IS A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
Lets face it; dental emergencies are a part of our everyday lives. Most dental related issues are gradual – that is they develop over time due to neglect, poor oral hygiene, genetics, or a host of other reasons. However, there are times where an unexpected pain or an injury can occur even if you take the best care of your teeth. In cases like these, you may require immediate care from your dentist or need to be seen by a dentist in your local emergency room. What are some examples of dental emergencies that may require immediate care?
EXAMPLES OF DENTAL EMERGENCIES
Dental emergencies or injuries to the mouth may include teeth that are knocked out, chipped, broken or fractured, forced out of position of loosened. Other dental emergencies often include lips, cheeks or gums that are cut. Oral injuries are painful and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible.
HOW SOON SHOULD I SEE A DENTIST?
Immediately. Getting to the dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving or loosing a tooth.
WHAT TO DO IF A TOOTH IS KNOCKED OUT?
- Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
- Don’t touch the root. Handle the tooth by the crown as touching the root may cause further damage.
- Gently rinse the tooth in water and remove dirt. Do not scrub.
- If possible, gently place the tooth back in the socket to keep it moist. It’s important not to let the tooth dry out.
- If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket, the American Dental Association recommends immersing the tooth in milk. Milk can preserve the tooth until you get to a professional.
WHAT TO DO IF A TOOTH IS PUSHED OUT OF POSITION?
- Using very light finger pressure, attempt to position the tooth back into position. Do not force the tooth.
- Bite down to keep the tooth from moving.
WHAT TO DO WHEN A TOOTH IS FRACTURED?
- Rinse mouth with warm water.
- Use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling.
- Use ibuprofen, not aspirin, for pain.
- Immediately see your dentist who will be able to evaluate the significance of the fracture. Only a dentist can diagnose the – severity of the fracture and treatment plan accordingly.
WHAT TO DO WITH PAINFUL SWELLING?
- Rinse your mouth with salt water to relieve the pain and pressure.
- Contact your dentist as the swelling might be caused from an infection, or an abscess that should only be drained by a professional.
WHAT TO DO WITH A LOST FILLING OR CROWN?
- Contact your dentist. In many cases if the crown has not been damaged, it can simply be re-cemented.
WHAT TO DO WITH SUDDEN OR SEVERE TOOTHACHE?
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Floss around the tooth to make sure nothing is lodged between your teeth.
- If the pain persists, contact your dentist.
WHAT TO DO WHEN EXPERIENCING SENSITIVITY TO HOLT OR COLD?
- If the discomfort last only moments, sensitivity may not signal a serious problem. It may be caused by small area of decay in a tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root surface resulting from gum recession and possibly toothbrush abrasion.
- Keep the area clean, cleaning very gently around the gum line, brushing no more than twice a day.
- Try using fluoride-containing toothpaste geared specifically toward sensitive teeth.
- If the sensitivity persists, contact your dentist for an appointment.
WHAT TO DO WHEN TISSUE IS INJURED (EXAMPLE: CHEEKS, LIPS, GUMS)?
- Injuries to your cheeks, lips, gum, tongue can include lacerations, tears, puncture wounds. The area should be cleaned with warm water immediately and the injured person should be taken to the emergency room or hospital immediately for emergency care.
- Bleeding from the tongue can be quickly treated by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound.
Some dental emergencies can lead to severe problems including life-threatening infections if not treated properly and immediately. Having an emergency dental kit handy at-all-times is always helpful. Some kits can include: Gauze, handkerchief, small container with lid, Ibuprofen (Not aspirin – Aspirin is an anticoagulant, which may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency), and your dentists phone number.
iSmile Dental is fully equipped to handle all dental emergencies in New York City. Our Williamsburg and Park Slope, Brooklyn location is open 6 days a week. We have the experience and expertise to deal with all of your dental emergency related issues. Contact us today.