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Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

A dental sealant is a type of thin coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to help prevent decay. Dental sealants are most often applied to the premolars and molars, which is where decay tends to happen most.


Who Should Get Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are typically recommended for children and teenagers as soon as their permanent teeth come in.
In addition to children and teens, adults can also benefit from dental sealants. However, sealants can only be applied to teeth that don’t show signs of extensive decay and don’t already have filings.


Dental Sealants and Baby Teeth

Dental sealants are typically applied to permanent teeth only. However, in some cases, sealants can benefit a child’s baby teeth, too.
If the baby teeth have particular grooves and depressions that make them more susceptible to decay, sealants may be recommended to make sure the child doesn’t lose his or her teeth too early.


Dental Sealants: Easy Application by Your Local Dentist in Pearl River NY

One of the benefits of dental sealants is that they have a quick-and-easy application process that only takes a few minutes and can be done in your local dentist’s office.
As a qualified local dentist in Pearl River NY, at Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C.. we carefully apply dental sealants with the following application process:

  1. 1. The tooth or teeth that are to be sealed are cleaned thoroughly.
  2. 2. Each tooth that is to receive a sealant is dried completely, and the area is prepped with cotton to keep the tooth dry during the following step.
  3. 3. The tooth is prepped with a special acidic solution that that helps the sealant bond to the tooth. The teeth are rinsed of the solution and dried again.
  4. 4. Dental sealant is applied to the tooth enamel, bonding to the tooth directly.
  5. 5. The sealant is allowed to harden, sometimes with the use of a curing light.

What are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?

The best way to prevent cavities is daily brushing and flossing. But sometimes—especially with premolars and molars, which can be difficult to see and to reach—it’s not possible to clean every surface of the tooth. When these nooks and crannies are left untouched, they become a hiding spot for the kind of bacteria that causes cavities.
Dental sealants act as a safety net that help prevent cavities even if you miss a spot. While they’re no substitute for brushing and flossing, sealants add extra protection that can be just what your child needs to avoid tooth decay.
The CDC reported that dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth, which is where almost all cavities occur.
Some types of sealant are also clear, which means your dentist can keep an eye on the condition of the tooth underneath.


Low-Cost Solution

Dental sealants are relatively low cost, and they may be covered by your insurance. Best of all, this low-cost solution can save you money down the line in fillings and other extensive dental work.


Nightguards for Teeth Grinding

Many people experience teeth grinding or jaw clenching from time to time. Tension in the jaw can be caused by a number of factors, including emotional stress and physical pain. But when teeth-grinding and clenching—known as bruxism—goes from occasional to a more regular occurrence (on a nightly basis for example), you could be damaging your oral health.


Why Do I Clench My Teeth at Night?

Teeth grinding and clenching can be caused by emotional factors such as anxiety, but when bruxism happens in your sleep, it’s likely caused by an abnormal bite.
Grinding and clenching can also be a symptom of certain sleep disorders, including sleep apnea.
If you think you may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night—you may feel pain in your teeth or jaw when you wake up, or your loved one may have witnessed it happening while you slept—it’s a good idea to inform your dentist right away.


Signs of Bruxism

We can help you identify and treat teeth grinding and clenching so that you can sleep more soundly at night and protect your teeth from damage with the help of a custom-fitted mouthguard.
As your local dentist in Pearl River NY, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. will check for the following signs of bruxism during your scheduled appointment:

  1. 1. Jaw tenderness
  2. 2. Excessive wear on your teeth
  3. 3. Loosening of teeth
  4. 4. Tooth fractures
  5. 5. Abnormal bite

Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. will also take a complete medical history to eliminate the possibility of your teeth grinding being caused by a sleep disorder and address any issues of abnormal bite.


How Mouthguards Help Teeth Grinding

Mouthguards are a type of covering worn over your teeth to protect the teeth from injury when you grind or clench at night.
Mouthguards typically cover only the top teeth, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or other fixed dental gear), a mouthguard may be fitted for the bottom teeth, as well.
Based on your appointment and your unique situation, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. can create the perfect mouthguard for you.


Custom Mouthguards versus Store-Bought Mouthguards

There are different types of mouthguards, including those which can be bought preformed at the store (“boil-and-bite” mouth protectors and stock mouth protectors).
Custom mouthguards are made individually in your dentist’s office or based on your dentist’s instructions, and they are the only type recommended by dental professionals for use in cases of teeth grinding and clenching.
To make a custom-fitted mouthguard, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. uses an impression of your teeth, which is then used as a model to create the mouthguard using a special material.
“Boil-and-bite” and stock mouthguards are inferior to custom-fitted mouthguards in many ways, and they’re not recommended for use in protecting your teeth against bruxism.


Mouthguards for Relief from Teeth Grinding

A custom-fitted mouthguard can help you protect your teeth from the harmful affects of grinding and clenching at night. If you grind and clench your teeth at night, or suspect that you do, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. can help with a custom, highly effective and durable mouthguard.


Headache Prevention with NTI

When it comes to our overall health, we can often overlook the impact good dental care can have. This is especially true if you suffer from regular headaches, migraines, and/or TMJ pain.
The Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition (NTI) tension suppression system is a revolutionary, FDA-approved treatment for chronic migraines and headaches. It is the first non-surgical, non-drug method approved to help prevent headaches and related problems.
If you’re struggling with headaches, migraines or related pain, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. may be able to help you lead a more healthy and pain-free life with the help of NTI.


What is NTI?

The NTI device is a type of mouthguard that you wear at night. It works by preventing bruxism (grinding and clenching) and other factors that often lead to headaches upon waking in the morning.
The NTI mouthguard is custom-fitted to your mouth so that it fits perfectly over your front upper teeth. By doing so, it separates your canine and back teeth to minimize the harmful effects of grinding and clenching during sleep.


How NTI Works to Prevent Headaches

NTI-tss stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition-tension suppression system. The trigeminal nerve is located in the head and neck, and nociceptors are what send signals to the brain upon injury.
The NTI-tss device works to reduce the tension in these nerve systems within the head and neck that often leads to headaches, migraine, and jaw pain.
The NTI device is a small, acrylic mouthpiece that fits over the top two front teeth and clicks into place. By fitting the NTI device specifically to your bite, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. can ensure that the device stays in place and fits comfortably so that you can rest your mouth and jaw while wearing it.
The device allows your mouth to rest in a stable position, releasing the tension on the muscles and malfunctioning nerves in your jaw and neck.


Make Your Appointment for NTI

Many people have already found relief from headaches and migraines with the help of the tiny NTI device. What’s more is you can get a custom-fitted NTI device at Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C, your local dentist in Pearl River NY.


Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers (also known as dental veneers or porcelain laminates) can be the perfect solution for discolored teeth, worn, or chipped teeth, or teeth which are misaligned or have gaps.
If you’re considering porcelain veneers or other options to correct the above issues, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. can help you decide and move forward with your chosen procedure or treatment.


Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers can be made from different materials, including resin composites. Porcelain is the ideal choice as a dental veneer because it better mimics the appearance of a natural tooth.
As your go-to local dentist in Pearl River NY, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C… can fit and apply a custom porcelain veneer that looks natural and perfectly complements your smile.


Caring for Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers resist staining better than resin veneers, so they’re easy to take care of in the same way you take care of your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash.
We sometimes recommend avoiding foods and beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine, which can discolor your veneers. This has the added benefit of reducing staining of your natural teeth, as well.


Procedure for Getting a Dental Veneer

Getting a porcelain veneer usually requires multiple trips to the dental office: one appointment for a consultation, one to fit the veneer and prep the tooth, and one to apply the veneer. You may choose to have multiple teeth go through the veneering process at the same time.

    1. 1. Consultation

Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. will take your complete history (if you are a new patient) and discuss the veneer process. You’ll have the chance to describe your desired outcome from the veneer process. The dentist may also take x-rays, as well as impressions or photos of your mouth and teeth.

    1. 2. Fitting and Preparation

A tiny amount of tooth enamel must be removed from your tooth’s surface to prepare the tooth for the veneer application (about ½ millimeter or the same thickness of the veneer). After this, the dentist will make a model of the tooth, which is sent to a laboratory which creates the veneer. In some cases, a temporary veneer may be placed during this waiting period.

    1. 3. Application

Finally, your veneer will be permanently cemented to the surface of your tooth once the dentist has ensured its correct color and fit.


How Often Do You Have to Replace Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are durable and last a long time. However, they don’t last forever, and they may require early replacement in the following circumstances:

  • – Decay of the underlying tooth.
  • – Loose veneer.
  • – Change in color of the neighboring teeth (via uneven staining or whitening treatment).
  • – Cracked or damaged veneer.

With the proper care, and barring any of the above reasons for early replacement, porcelain veneers can last well over ten years.


You Can Have a Beautiful Smile

If you’re self-conscious of your smile because of aesthetic flaws, porcelain veneers may be just the solution. Schedule your consultation with Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. to learn more.


Custom Take-Home Whitening Trays

Your smile is key to your self-image and confidence. If your teeth are discolored or not as white as you’d like them to be, it can be hard to feel confident in your smile and overall appearance. While store-bought whitening kits can make minor improvements in the whiteness of your smile, the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth at home is with custom-fitted mouth trays made by your dentist.


Why Custom Trays?

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommends take-home, custom whitening trays specially-made by your dentist, rather than store-bought whitening trays. This is because over-the-counter whitening products often don’t work as well, and they can even irritate your teeth and gums.
Ill-fitting OTC whitening trays can lead to whitening gel leaking out and onto the gums, where it doesn’t belong and can cause irritation. Many customers of OTC whitening kits also report tooth sensitivity after the application at-home treatments.
In addition to the potential irritation these kits can cause, over-the-counter whitening kits aren’t able to achieve the same quality of whitening results that custom trays achieve.


Creating Your Custom Whitening Trays

To receive your custom whitening tray kit, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C., your local dentist in Pearl River NY, will clean your teeth and ensure that any dental issues—including gum disease or tooth decay—have been identified and addressed.
After this cleaning and examination, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth, and use this model to create the custom trays. This process can take a couple of days.
The dentist will then go through the at-home process with you to ensure you properly apply the whitening trays at home and get the best results possible.


Using Your Take-Home Whitening Trays

Once you have your custom whitening trays home with you, you can use them to apply the whitening treatment—usually up to several hours a day for one to two weeks.
Patients are often blown away by just how much whitening can take place in this short period of time, from the comfort of their own homes.


Does At-Home Whitening Have Side Effects?

Custom-fitted whitening trays have the benefit of fitting your mouth and teeth perfectly, which means the whitening solution stays where it’s meant to be. Most patients find that this factor alone is enough to reduce much of the irritation they experience with OTC whitening kits, gels, and pastes.
However, some patients do experience minor tooth sensitivity over the course of their at-home whitening treatment protocol. This sensitivity usually disappears two or three days after completing the treatment.


Maintaining a Healthy Smile

As a leading cosmetic dentist in Pearl River NY, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. can help you achieve the white and sparkling smile you’ve always dreamed of and keep it healthy and shining for years to come. Along with regular teeth cleaning and checkups, as well as daily brushing, flossing, and avoiding foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, custom whitening trays could be all you need to feel more confident in your smile.


Dental Implant Restoration

A dental implant is a permanent solution for missing teeth or teeth that must be removed. With proper care and the right conditions, a dental implant is intended to last a lifetime. However, there are certain circumstances that can cause damage to the dental implant can cause it to require restoration. Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C offers dental implant restoration as your local dentist in Pearl River NY.


Problems with Dental Implants

Damage to your dental implant can occur from improper treatment, aggressive cleaning, or even from extreme changes in temperature.
Some circumstances can lead to issues with the implant itself and with the abutment (the part that attaches the implant in your jaw with the crown). However, problems with dental implants usually arise when the crown (the part you see above the gumline) becomes damaged.
If the crown of your implant is damaged or you’re experiencing problems with it, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C can perform a restoration.


Our Dental Implant Restoration Process

If you have a damaged implant or are experiencing difficulty with your implant, Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C will first schedule a consultation and examination to identify the problem.
We use imaging and a highly precise process to ensure your restoration fits perfectly within your mouth and with the shape of your implant. Damage to a crown or problems with the abutment can occur if the abutment doesn’t properly fit between existing teeth or tightly within the implant.
We use precise measurements and imaging to ensure your replacement tooth after restoration is kept perfectly straight and tight while remaining comfortable.


You Should Enjoy a Healthy Smile for Life

If you’re experiencing problems with your dental implant, schedule an appointment with us at Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C right away. We can quickly and precisely determine the cause of your dental implant issues and address any restoration issues in-office.
Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. can beautifully restore the look and feel of your dental implant crown so that it perfectly complements your smile.
While more serious issues with dental implants aren’t common, it’s important to visit your local dentist in Pearl River NY right away if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort.


Dental Emergencies

It’s essential to have a local dentist in Pearl River NY that you can trust and rely on in case of a dental emergency. Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C, with years of experience in a wide variety of family dental care, is here for you if you experience dental emergency and need to be seen as soon as possible.


What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation where you need dental care more quickly than usual. In many of these instances, treating the tooth or teeth quickly can mean the difference between losing the tooth and saving the tooth.
The following are common dental emergencies:

  • – Chipped or cracked tooth
  • – Abscessed tooth (tooth infection)
  • – Broken crown
  • – Knocked out tooth
  • – Lost dental filling
  • – Objects stuck in the mouth
  • – Severe toothache

What to Do in the Meantime

Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. can see you quickly if you’re having a dental emergency. However, if there is a period of time between the dental accident and when you can visit the dental office, it’s important to know what to do to treat the tooth in the meantime.
Here are some tips for taking care of emergency dental situations:

  • – For a chipped or cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • – For a knocked out adult/permanent tooth, it’s important to keep the tooth moist at all times until you can be seen by the dentist. Place the tooth in milk or use a tooth preservation product that ADA-approved.
  • – For an object stuck in the mouth, use dental floss to gently try and dislodge the object. Do not attempt to remove an object using sharp or pointed instruments, as this can lead to more severe injury.
  • – For toothaches, use dental floss to gently remove any food that may be caught between the teeth. Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it. You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin. Do not apply aspirin or other medication to the aching gums or tooth.

Get Help for Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies should be taken seriously, as they can easily lead to more severe issues if not treated properly. If you’re unable to visit the dental office and you’re experiencing severe pain or discomfort or signs of an infection (such as severe pain tooth pain and/or fever), visit the ER as soon as possible.
Bruce L. Rothschild, DDS & Associates, P.L.L.C. is here to help if you’ve experienced a dental emergency. Don’t hesitate to call our office right away to schedule your emergency dental appointment.