General Dentistry

GENERAL DENTISTRY

GENERAL DENTISTRY

Sit back, relax and let us take care of you. We offer general and preventive dental services for NYC professionals. On time efficient appointments, that never make you feel rushed.

GENERAL DENTISTRY

Dr. Alex and his team offer a full scope of traditional dental procedures, including but not limited to cleanings, fillings, root canals, crowns, surgeries, etc. His work is administered with the utmost respect for the science and art of dentistry.

Maintain a Beautiful & Healthy Smile

Preventive care includes routine cleanings designed to keep mouths healthy and identify at their earlier stages any signs of potential problems. It also includes maintenance of the more demanding cases with advanced periodontal care, oral hygiene instructions, radiographs, sealants and preventive resins. Problems are best treated in their earlier stages and treatment at this stage is both more conservative and cost effective. We firmly believe that our patients should be presented with every opportunity to avoid future and potentially more costly and invasive problems. To that end, we aim to educate patients on the status of their oral health and to implement early detection and treatment in all areas of dentistry.

Dental Cleanings & Checkups

Not all patients are the same. We recognize that your needs are unique. Many patients should expect to be in need of cleaning every six months. Some patients can go longer between their cleanings. Still others need attention every three to four months.
Which group do you fall in? What are the signs that you are overdue for a cleaning?

  • Do you see bleeding from the tissues surrounding your teeth?
  • Do you notice unpleasant odors or tastes in your mouth frequently?
  • Is flossing difficult or painful?
  • Does food constantly become trapped between your teeth?

All of these questions and their respective answers may help us to understand your needs and educate you as to how you can help yourself avoid future problems.


Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer screening includes a careful examination of the entire oral cavity for any kind of abnormal cell growth. This is done by a professional dentist who will check the lips, gum tissue, inside lining of the check, tongue, the palate, throat and the tonsils for any abnormality. Sometimes, a visual examination alone is not enough to identify the symptoms of oral cancer. Therefore, we may suggest a few tests to be sure that there is no danger of oral cancer. The common tests for oral cancer screening are blue dye test and dental examination with light.

Oral screening process: why it is important

Cancer of the mouth is a disease that can be treated successfully if detected early. Regular dental checkups are therefore very essential. Oral screening for cancer is reasonably priced and is a painless and simple examination. In case of a wound or a cyst of any kind in the mouth, a simple biopsy can detect the presence of abnormal cells in the wound. In 90% of cases, if followed by proper treatment, oral cancer is generally curable.


 

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are used to treat teeth that are damaged due to tooth decay. You could have tooth decay if you are experiencing symptoms such as extreme sensitivity to cold and hot food and drinks, constant toothache, jaw pain and/or bad breath. Dental fillings help eliminate sensitivity and pain in the tooth and prevent any further damage from taking place. A simple check-up can determine whether your teeth need repair and if you need dental fillings. If necessary, an x-ray is taken to find out the extent of the damage.

Tooth Colored Fillings

We are pleased to provide our patients with tooth colored fillings made from either porcelain or composite resins. They are the same color as your teeth! This makes them look much more natural in your mouth and also means that your mouth will remain “mercury-free”.


 

Root Canal Treatments

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or has become infected. During a root canal, the inside of the root of the tooth is cleaned out and sealed. Without treatment the tissue surrounding the tooth becomes infected and abscesses can form.
These are some common symptoms that indicate you might need a root canal treatment:

  • Tender gums which might also be swollen
  • Extreme sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Severe toothache

Are you currently suffering from a toothache?

A toothache is defined as pain in or around a tooth.
Toothaches can be caused by:

  • Tooth decay
  • An Abscessed tooth
  • A Tooth break, chip or fracture
  • Bruxism or grinding teeth
  • Infected gums and/or gingivitis
  • A filling that has become damaged or loose over time

What are the symptoms of toothaches?

  • Tooth pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant.
  • Swelling around the tooth and gums
  • Fever, headache or nausea
  • A foul taste in the mouth

How can Alex Shalman Dentistry Dental help you with toothaches?

Call our office today if you are experiencing a severe toothache. We offer SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS whenever possible! We will bring you in for a focused examination of the impacted tooth or area of your mouth, that will include an x-ray of the area and a thorough doctor examination. After the exam our doctors will give you a treatment plan on how to fix the problem.


TMJ – Grinding Teeth at Night

TMJ disorders (also called TMD disorders) cause tenderness and pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) — the joint on each side of your head in front of your ears, where your lower jawbone meets your skull. This joint allows you to talk, chew and yawn.

Grinding Teeth

TMJ disorders are caused by many different types of problems: arthritis, jaw injury, or muscle fatigue from clenching or grinding your teeth during sleep or while awake. Teeth grinding is also referred to as Bruxism in the dental field.

What are the symptoms of TMJ Disorder?

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
  • Limited ability to open the mouth very wide
  • Jaws that get “stuck” or “locked” in the open or closed mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Toothaches

There are several options for treating TMJ/TMD disorder, with surgery being the last resort option. We offer custom-fit night guards – or splints – that can help you stop grinding your teeth at night. We will create a night guard oral appliance specifically for you, so that it will fit comfortably and not prevent you from sleeping. By managing your Bruxism, we can lessen the symptoms of TMJ.

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