Sealants offer a simple way to reduce your child's risk of developing cavities. These protective coatings are among the many services and treatments provided by your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental. Read on to learn what sealants can do for your child!
Why should I consider sealants for my child?
Small pits and grooves in the pre-molars and molars at the back of your child's mouth make chewing and tearing food a little easier. Unfortunately, cavity-causing plaque often builds up in the pits, a presence that ultimately increases your son or daughter's risk of tooth decay.
Although your toothbrush does a good job of removing plaque on most parts of your teeth, the bristles are too big to reach the smaller pits and grooves. Luckily, sealants prevent cavities by covering the chewing surfaces of pre-molars and molars with a clear coating made of plastic-based resin. This resin stops plaque from reaching the pits and grooves, thus boosting your child's dental health!
When should my child receive sealants?
Sealants should be applied soon after your child's permanent pre-molars and molars erupt. These teeth are often a bit weak and more susceptible to tooth decay when they first appear.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants usually last about 10 years, although they may wear away sooner if your child grinds or clenches their teeth. Your child's Katonah dentist will examine the conditions of the sealants during checkups and recommend reapplication if necessary.
Can adults get sealants?
While sealants can help adults reduce cavities, dental insurance may not cover the cost of the coatings if you're an adult.
Does it take long to place the sealants on my child's teeth?
Applying sealants only takes a few minutes. After your son or daughter's teeth are cleaned, an etching solution is applied. This solution helps the sealants adhere to the teeth. After application, the liquid sealants are hardened with a curing light, and then your child will be all set!
Give us a call!
Would you like to protect your child from the dangers of tooth decay? If so, call your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental, at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment!
People are reluctant to wear dentures. Of course, natural teeth are best, but, if your own teeth are cracked, shifting, painful and heavily decayed, it may be time to consider these tooth replacements. At ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY, dentists, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin, craft and place lifelike and highly functional dentures. Have the facial appearance and oral function you deserve.
Your oral health impacts the rest of your body. Sometimes, oral injury severely compromises dentition. Cracked teeth are subject to decay and abscess, and missing teeth create unsightly gaps which weaken any remaining teeth.
Unfortunately, dental extraction may be the only alternative. If so, partial or full dentures can restore oral function and appearance to your smile. Plus, your health will improve significantly.
How Dentures Work
Your Katonah, NY, dentist will help you arrive at a workable denture solution. Whether you are missing just a few teeth or even all of them, Dr. Park or Dr. Lin will evaluate your situation and give you the best choices for your smile.
Creating and fitting dentures always involves X-ray imaging and oral impressions. Dr. Park or Dr. Lin will consider your bite and overall facial appearance. Then, they can offer the following denture types when appropriate:
- Full conventional dentures replace a complete arch of teeth. Crafted from realistic tooth and gum-colored acrylic, these prosthetics stay in place when crafted and fitted accurately.
- Immediate dentures, as the name indicates, are placed immediately after tooth extractions. They actually help heal the gums and bone because of the pressure they exert on these tissues and allow a patient to leave ParkLin Dental with a complete smile. Immediate dentures lose their fit over time, however, they must be relined or remade.
- Partial dentures fill smile gaps the way a puzzle piece completes a jigsaw puzzle. Composed of acrylic teeth on a metal frame, a partial clips to remaining natural teeth.
- Implant-supported dentures provide excellent smile appearance and optimal biting and chewing. No slippage, no adhesives, and no sore spots make implant dentures the best option for many people who have substantial tooth loss. The prosthetic itself is anchored into the jaw with two, four or more titanium implants as needed.
Know What's Right
Your smile is uniquely yours. If you need restoration or tooth replacement, see Dr. Park or Dr. Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY, for premium quality dentures. Call (914) 232-8182 to schedule a consultation today!
How your dentists in Katonah, New York can help the health of your smile
Gum disease affects many people and it affects both the young and the old, both women and men, and it can lead to more serious complications and affect your overall health. The good news is gum disease can be treated. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York offer a full range of treatments to help your gums and teeth get healthy and stay healthy.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria contained in the plaque which forms on your teeth. The bacteria cause inflammation, which leads to swelling, redness, and bleeding. In fact, you may have gum disease if you notice:
- Your gums bleed during brushing and flossing
- Your gums look red, swollen, or puffy
- Your gums are irritated or painful
- You notice chronic bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth
If you think you have gum disease, you must begin a program of great oral hygiene, which includes:
Brushing after each meal and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in a gentle circular motion on all surfaces of all teeth and along the gumline. Many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush because of its flushing action.
Floss at least once each day; use either waxed or unwaxed floss and wrap it around the tooth as you go down in between your teeth. This wrapping action helps the floss to stay on the tooth surface and remove plaque more efficiently. You can use floss picks instead of a piece of floss if you have arthritis or other dexterity issues.
Visiting your dentist at least once each year for a thorough dental exam including x-rays; visiting your dentist regularly can make the difference and help prevent gum disease from turning into periodontal disease, which damages the bone supporting your teeth.
Visiting your dental hygienist at least every six months for a thorough dental cleaning; your hygienist will remove the hard and soft deposits on your teeth.
Gum disease can be treated and you can achieve a healthy smile, but you have to get started. To find out more about keeping your smile healthy and avoiding gum and periodontal disease, call Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York today!
Dental implants might be right for you if you need to replace missing or extracted teeth and have sufficient bone in the jaw area to support placement of the implants. Dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement option that can last for years with proper care. One dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple implants can be used to support bridgework or overdentures when replacing several missing teeth. At ParkLin Dental, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin are your dentists for dental implants in Katonah, NY.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are hypoallergenic metal titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone and used to support artificial teeth. The dental implants act as roots for those teeth and can be topped with dental crowns when individual teeth are being replaced or they can be topped with bridgework or overdentures when replacing multiple teeth. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone through a minor surgical procedure and will eventually fuse with the bone over time through a natural process known as osseointegration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several benefits. They restore your smile, whether you need to replace a single tooth or several teeth. Additionally, since dental implants are placed in the jawbone and permanently fuse with it over time, they securely anchor replacement teeth in place so there is no concern that those teeth will come loose or slip out of place. Another benefit of dental implants is that they are durable and can last for many years. They are also made from a hypoallergenic metal so they can be safely worn by anyone with enough bone to support them.
Other benefits of dental implants include restoration of both speech and normal biting and chewing functions. Speech can be altered when teeth are missing as the gaps from missing teeth affect tongue placement when speaking. Filling in the gaps with dental implants can improve speech. Normal biting and chewing functions are also restored as the work of biting and chewing food can be distributed equally across a full set of teeth, which reduces wear and tear on the natural teeth that were previously taking on all the work.
Your dentist for dental implants in Katonah can provide further details about how dental implants can benefit you based on your specific needs and concerns.
A dentist can help you decide if dental implants are the right option for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Park or Dr. Lin, call ParkLin Dental at (914) 232-8182.
For a balanced, natural-looking smile, ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY offers custom-crafted partial and full dentures. If you're missing teeth, learn here about the types of dentures which Dr. Eyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin offer.
No more gaps
A gapped smile impacts oral function, bone structure, self-confidence and nutrition. At ParkLin Dental, the dentists and their caring team believe optimizing oral health and function means tooth replacement as needed for some of their patients.
The ParkLin Dental team in Katonah offers many tooth replacement options, including single-tooth dental implants. For people with more extensive tooth loss, they deliver innovative denture options to fill gaps and enhance smiles.
What kind of denture is right for you?
Much depends on your overall oral health and the extent of your tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 7 percent of Americans have lost at least one tooth to accident, decay or gum disease by the age of 17. As age advances, so do the number of teeth missing, degrading oral function and smile aesthetics in a big way.
So, Dr. Park or Dr. Lin look carefully at a patient's oral health, remaining teeth, supporting gums and bone and other factors to decide which kind of tooth replacement to offer. People with sufficient bone in their jaws often qualify for single- tooth implants when they have lost a limited number of teeth.
Other people, however, have multiple and extensive smile gaps. or they are fully edentulous. In other words, they have no teeth whatsoever. Whatever the case, the experts at ParkLin Dental help individuals decide which denture will look, feel and perform most like natural teeth.
Partial dentures act much like jigsaw puzzle pieces, filling spaces with artificial teeth crafted from dental-grade acrylic. These pontics, as dentists call them, rest on a metal frame and attach to natural or crowned teeth with u-shaped clasps. Partials last for years with good care and are removable for hygiene and at night to allow the gums to rest.
Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth on either the top or bottom or both. They require a precision fit to stay in place without slippage or need for adhesive. When appropriate, full dentures may be supported by multiple dental implants which provide excellent stability and also improve jaw bone integrity with use.
Finally, you and your dentist will consider if you should have immediate or conventional dentures. Immediate dentures are placed directly after tooth extraction, allowing for a natural looking smile and quicker gum and bone healing. The dentist places conventional dentures after extraction sites complete the healing process.
It's up to you and your doctor
Call ParkLin Dental to arrange a denture consultation. You don't have to put up with embarrassing smile gaps any longer. Learn about your options! Contact us at (914) 232-8182.
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