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By ParkLin Dental, PC
September 13, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Do you have one or more missing teeth? This may be a sign that you need dentures. Restore your smile with dentures from your Katonah, NY, dentists, Dr. Enyoung Park, and Dr. Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental.

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable systems of custom-made artificial teeth and gums. The dentures are fabricated to replace your lost teeth, restore their normal appearance, and restore their functions.

What are the types of dentures?

Dentures can be either partial dentures and complete dentures. The partial dentures can replace some teeth, while the complete dentures can replace a whole teeth row on the top or bottom of your mouth. If you are going to use full dentures, your dentist will first give you a temporary set of dentures called the immediate dentures. You will be wearing these dentures to get used to them before receiving the permanent conventional dentures. Also, the partial dentures can be made of plastic and called the transitional partial dentures, or of cast Vitallium, and these partial dentures are called removable partial dentures.

Who are the candidates for having dentures?

If you’re suffering from one or more of the dental conditions below, our dentists recommend you to receive your dentures from our Katonah, NY, office.

  • Having loose or moving teeth: this may be a sign of cavities or gums disease
  • Missing one tooth or more: missing one or several teeth indicates an emergency demand for dentures. If you left your smile incomplete without replacing the missed teeth with dentures, the remaining teeth won’t be supported and will become weak and at risk of being lost.
  • Suffering from gums disease: if left untreated, gums disease will cause bone loss which will further cause tooth loss

How to care for your dentures?

Just like your natural teeth, dentures must be brushed and cleaned daily. Take your dentures out of your mouth after each meal, rinse them well with water, and brush them using a very soft toothbrush. You also have to keep your mouth and gum clean by cleaning them with a soft toothbrush.

Complete your smile with dentures from your Katonah, NY, dentists, Dr. Park, and Dr. Lin of ParkLin Dental. Call (914) 232-8182 and book your appointment today.

By ParkLin Dental, PC
March 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and infection. It occurs when plaque builds up in your mouth and decays your gums and teeth. When you understand the early signs of gum disease you will be prepared to fight against it.

With a proper dental care routine, including regular visits to your Katonah, NY, dentist, you can prevent gum disease from taking a toll on your teeth. If you are showing any of the following signs of gum disease visit Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is caused by an accumulation of plaque. Plaque is the combination of bacteria, food debris, and saliva which breaks down tooth enamel and deteriorates gums. There are several stages of gum disease to look out for: gingivitis, slight, moderate, and advanced periodontal disease.

In its earliest stage, the gingivitis stage, gum disease can be reversed with better oral hygiene. However, as periodontal disease progresses it becomes harder to cure and may require surgery to remove infected parts of the jaw. To prevent gum disease from progressing it is important to catch it at its earliest symptoms.

Early Signs of Gum Disease

  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
  • Changes in bite
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth Pain
  • Receding gums
  • Separating teeth
  • Swollen, tender, or irritated gums

You can beat gum disease in its early stages because it has yet to infect your jawbone or teeth. Your Katonah, NY, dentists Dr. Park and Dr. Lin can help you in this stage if you visit regularly and take care of your teeth with their recommended hygiene routine. Be sure to always brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Avoid food that contributes to plaque build-up and quit smoking. If the disease advances more serious procedures are required. Prevent costly surgery by taking care of the early signs of gum disease.

If you notice any of these early symptoms call ParkLin Dental at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment. You can visit Dr. Park and Dr. Lin at their office in Katonah, NY, for regular cleanings and other services to fight gum disease. Don't hesitate, call today!

By ParkLin Dental, PC
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Could an oral cancer screening help you protect your health? The screenings are just one of the oral health services and treatments offered by your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental.

Who needs a screening?

The short answer is everyone. Oral cancer can affect anyone at any time, making screenings important no matter what your age or risk factors. In fact, about 53,000 people will develop cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates.

These factors may increase your risk of developing oral cancer:

  • Tobacco use
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Age 55 or older
  • Human papillomavirus infection (HPV) of the mouth or throat
  • Poor nutrition
  • Conditions or medications that suppress the immune system
  • Exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun (The ACS notes that lip cancer is more common in people who work outdoors.)

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

Lumps and bumps aren't the only signs of oral cancer. Other signs can be more subtle and easy to overlook. Do you have a canker sore that never seems to get better? A sore that doesn't heal may be an indication that you have cancer.

Cancer can cause red or white patches in your mouth, pain, or difficulty chewing. Loose teeth and poorly fitting dentures may also be related to oral cancer, although cancer is certainly not the only possible cause of these problems.

You may notice that your tongue or mouth feels numb or that you have a sore throat that just won't go away. Your voice may also become hoarse, or you may develop ear pain if you have oral cancer.

How can I get an oral cancer screening?

Screenings are offered as part of every dental checkup. If you notice any changes in your tongue, gums, mouth, throat, or lips during visits, give the Katonah dental office a call. We'll see you as soon as possible, perform a thorough examination, and take samples of any suspicious tissues. If you do have cancer, we'll refer you to the appropriate cancer specialists for immediate treatment.

Do you need a checkup and oral cancer screening? Call your dentists in Katonah, NY, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental, at (914) 232-8182 to schedule your appointment.

By ParkLin Dental, PC
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canals  

We understand that the thought of getting a root canal might make some people uneasy or scare, simply because they’re not entirely familiar with it. Additionally, misconceptions about root canals abound, such as they’re painful. However, these misconceptions are really just misconceptions.

Likewise, the cost, inconvenience, and pain of not having a root canal could be easily avoided. Because remember, the longer you wait to undergo root canal therapy with your dentist at ParkLin Dental, PC in Katonah, NY, Dr. Enyoung Park, or Dr. Terry Lin, the higher your risk of not being able to save your tooth, leading to extraction.

Root Canal Basics

Essentially, the primary purpose of root canal therapy is to save a tooth by getting rid of the infected or decayed pulp inside the affected tooth. After removal, the tooth’s interior will be cleaned thoroughly and disinfected and filled with gutta-percha, a material that’s similar to rubber, to protect the inside of the tooth. The last step is to place a dental crown on top of the tooth, further safeguarding it from future damage.

Reasons You Might Need Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy may be needed when your tooth pulp, which is the soft tissue inside your root canal, becomes infected or inflamed. With this in mind, the most common reasons why people require root canal therapy typically include the following:

  • Deep decay in the affected and/or neighboring teeth
  • A malfunctioning dental crown
  • Repeated dental treatments on the affected tooth
  • A sizeable chip or crack in the tooth

Apart from these, trauma to the tooth might result in damage to the tooth pulp even if your tooth doesn’t have any noticeable cracks or chips. If you fail to treat this, it will eventually lead to an infection or inflammation that, in turn, will cause severe and constant pain and an abscess to develop.

In a nutshell, there’s a multitude of reasons why people opt to undergo root canal therapy and a host of practical reasons why trying to save your real teeth is the best choice. A root canal will help you preserve your smile, limit your need for more extensive dental procedures later on, and maintain your oral functions.

Think You Might Need a Root Canal? Talk to Us

Dial (914) 232-8182 to get in touch with ParkLin Dental, PC in Katonah, NY, and book a consultation with your dentist Dr. Enyoung Park or Dr. Terry Lin, today.

April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

The most common causes of tooth loss in adults are decay and trauma. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 120 million Americans have lost at least a tooth. Here at ParkLin Dental, PC, in Katonah, NY, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin use dental implants and other teeth restoration solutions for replacing missing teeth.

That said, many people do not consider treatment because either they feel that it is unnecessary or it is not covered by their dental plan. In reality, not replacing a lost tooth can be detrimental to your health.

Causes of Tooth Loss

For many adults, aging is one of the usual reasons for tooth loss. However, many different causes should be considered why your teeth fall off. Understanding these reasons will help you to prevent and extend the life of your teeth to minimize the possibility of loss. These causes include:

  • Poor diet or eating habits
  • Bad oral hygiene
  • Practices that harm your teeth like grinding for example
  • Accidents

A balanced diet results in good oral health. This is the easiest and simplest way to safeguard yourself against tooth loss. By eating the right foods that protect instead of harm your teeth, you can prevent cavities, decay, and eventually tooth loss. Among these causes, accidents are the hardest to guard against because you never know when it will happen.

However, if you actively participate in sports, you can always invest in a high-quality mouthguard to protect you against concussions, fractures of the teeth and jaw, injuries to the neck as well as mucous membranes of the mouth and tooth loss.

The Negative Consequences of Teeth Loss

Aside from a less pleasant smile or changes in the way you speak, tooth loss could likewise affect the way you eat as well as your self-confidence. Besides these, other more serious issues that can result from a lost tooth include:

  • Bone Loss: This inevitably follows tooth loss. To maintain the density of the jawbone, it has to be stimulated. This normally comes from your teeth. A single tooth loss reduces this stimulation and gradually decreases bone density. To remedy this, your dentist in Katonah, NY, may recommend dental implants, as these are the only teeth restorations that prevent jawbone loss.
  • Collapse: As bone loss ensues, the distance between the tip of your chin and your nose begins to decrease resulting in a collapsed look. Aside from the sagging chin, it also makes you prone to jaw fractures and bite collapse.
  • Jaw Joint Pain: The more teeth you lose, the more dental issues you face and the less functional your mouth becomes. The increased spacing of your teeth and less functionality could also result in excessive jaw pain.

For More Details on Tooth Loss and Possible Solutions like Dental Implants, Give Us a Call

Call (914) 232-8182 to set your consultation date with Dr. Enyoung Park or Dr. Terry Lin here at ParkLin Dental, PC, in Katonah, NY.