Chipped Teeth: More Than Just a Cosmetic Problem

Do you have chipped teeth? Although our teeth are naturally strong, certain stresses can cause chips, cracks, and breaks. While this may appear to be merely a cosmetic issue, a chipped tooth may indicate oral health issues. 

Chipped teeth are repaired at the Farber Center on Long Island

How Did I Chip My Teeth?

Common causes of chipped or cracked teeth include:

  • Biting something hard like hard candies, an ice cube, or a bone
  • Experiencing trauma to the face such as a punch or being hit playing sports
  • Cavities, which weaken the teeth
  • Poor oral hygiene, which can leave you vulnerable due to thinning tooth enamel and other issues
  • Bruxism, or excessive teeth grinding

How Can I Fix Them?

Treatment of chipped teeth depends on the size and location of the chip.

Even if your chip is tiny and painless you should see a dental professional for instruction and treatment. An untreated chip can grow and result in exposed nerves, which leads to tooth sensitivity and pain. In the case of those larger chips treatment may include a root canal and possibly a crown or implant to replace the tooth.

How to Avoid Chipped Teeth?

  • Watch What You’re Eating: Biting into candy like lollipops and sucking candies are a sure way to chip a tooth. Additionally, the sugar in these candies can cause tooth decay.
  • Buy a Night-Guard: If you have a tendency to grind your teeth you may be doing it in your sleep as well. Investing in a night-guard can prevent damage from unconscious grinding.
  • Maintain a Consistent and Effective Oral Health Care Regimen: Brush at least twice a day and floss daily for the best results

We Can Help

If you have a chipped or cracked tooth don’t hesitate to contact Farber Center for a consultation to implement a treatment plan. Our services both treat and prevent ailments like chipped or cracked teeth.

The Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants

 

 

Bone Grafting: What You Need to Know

You may be wondering what exactly bone grafting is and what it has to do with dental implants. Farber Center offers bone grafting as one of its many services. It is a key method to restore your smile through regeneration.

Bone grafting is part of treatment for tooth loss

Farber Center periodontist Dr. Chris Chondrogiannis breaks down the procedure and what you need to know about it:

When Do I Need This Procedure?

The best time to perform the bone grafting procedure in the extraction socket is when you lose a tooth. The extraction socket, the location of tooth removal, shrinks by 40% within the first six months.

By grafting bone, we are able to create a stable blood clot in the socket to preserve the majority of the bone volume.

What’s the Next Step?

The ultimate treatment for a removed tooth is a dental implant. Creating proper height and width of bone volume allows the dental implant procedure to be much simpler and more predictable. 

What is “Site Development”?

“Site development” is the method of preserving the socket of the area of extraction. The best opportunity that we have to regenerate bone lost from an infection while we are taking the tooth out. This avoids a second visit and undergoing an additional recovery period.

How Will I Feel After the Procedure?

There is minimal discomfort and the patient’s medication is the same as if the bone grafting was not done at that same time.

As always, if you have any questions about this procedure or any others please contact us via our contact page at FarberCenter.com

The Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants

Our Dental Forums Aim to Educate Long Island

Farber Center is dedicated to furthering the education of all dentists and hygienists on Long Island through our dental forums.

Long Island Dental Forums help educate practitioners in the field.

Moreover, as leaders in periodontology on Long Island, we raise the bar for other dentists and hygienists. We offer a way to learn exciting new dental advancements. Additionally, the clubs provide an opportunity to network. 

Long Island Dental Forum

Long Island Dental Forum, an affiliate of the Seattle Study Club, hosts dentists all across Long Island. The forum meets once a month to enjoy good company from other local dentists and to learn more about the growing advancements in the field of dentistry. 

Past topics include: HIPPA, the mouth-body connection, and new dental technologies.

For more information please email us at studyclub@farbercenter.com

Long Island Dental Hygiene Forum

Long Island Dental Hygiene Forum is a club for dental hygienists to gain experience in the field of dentistry and also obtain CE credits. Moderated by Farber Center and led by hygienists Nicoles Morales and Kristen Ronaldo, the group maintains a strong presence in the Long Island dental community. The group’s past topics include patient care, laser-surgery procedures, and nutrition. The study group meets three times a year and also holds evening sessions. 

For more information please email farbercenterlidhf@gmail.com

The Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants

Long Island Dental Hygiene Forums educate dental hygienists