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Protect the health of your smile at all costs. Know when it’s time to see a dentist.
Accidents can happen at any time. Even though teeth are amazingly resilient, traumatic injuries, accidents, and infections can still take a toll on our smiles. So, what constitutes a true dental emergency and when is it time to see your Forest Hills, NY, emergency dentist Dr. Richard Lestz? It’s time to find out!
Pain of any kind is not normal, no matter how minor or severe. A toothache is usually a warning sign of a cavity, crack, or infection inside the tooth—all of which need to be addressed right away. A toothache will not go away by itself, in fact, it will most likely get worse if left untreated!
A Broken or Cracked Tooth
Some people may not be able to visibly see a crack or fracture in their tooth, but if you suddenly notice that your tooth is extremely sensitive or in pain whenever you chew or bite down, then this is a huge warning sign. A good rule of thumb: If the chip or crack is significant enough to cause pain or if the damage has left the tooth very sharp, then it’s time to visit our Forest Hills office.
A Knocked Out Tooth
This is very obviously a dental emergency and you need to call your dentist right away. It’s important that you come into the office as soon as possible after the incident in order for the re-implanting of the tooth to be successful. This requires that you come in for treatment no later than one hour after the injury.
To recover the tooth, it's important that you gently rinse it with water before either trying to place it back in the socket or in a container of milk or saline solution. After these steps, head directly to our office.
While these are the most common dental emergencies, you should also come into our office immediately if you are dealing with,
- A loose permanent tooth
- A soft tissue injury (e.g. cheek; lip) in which bleeding doesn’t go away after 15 minutes
- A broken restoration (e.g. crown; dentures) or a restoration that falls off
- Broken braces
Dealing with a true dental emergency in Forest Hills, NY? If so, pick up the phone and call our office immediately at (718) 544-9100. We want to make sure that you get the dental care you need when it matters most!
What do you like about your smile? Or, is this a better question: what don't you like about it? Likely, the things that you dislike about your teeth and gums are noticeable to others, too. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile speaks about your personality, ambitions and more. Dr. Richard Lestz, a cosmetic dentist in Forest Hills, NY, encourages you to explore the benefits of this creative branch of dentistry and learn how your smile can change for the better.
The particulars on cosmetic dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry has gained popularity since the 1980s, and it is a bona fide dental specialty. Dr. Lestz and his professional colleagues have increased their knowledge and skills through taking continuing education courses in this expanding field, giving patients multiple ways to improve how their teeth and gums look.
When evaluating an individual for a smile makeover, Dr. Lestz first does a complete oral examination to ensure the patient's mouth is free from gum disease and tooth decay. He then considers factors such as the shape, color and size of the individual's teeth, how wide the smile is, any bite or alignment issues, the patient's age and gender and most importantly, what the patient expects.
Patient expectations shape any smile makeover--from the simplest enhancements to complete reconstructions. Dr. Lestz encourages his patients to formulate realistic goals. In other words, cosmetic treatments should help the individual feel more confidence in his or her natural looks.
For instance, a patient may want her gum line evened, or she may like some small gaps between her top teeth filled. Another individual may be self-conscious about dark stains on his front teeth or in the appearance of dark metal fillings.
Frankly, there is no cookie-cutter approach when it comes to cosmetic dental treatments. Their goals and execution are as individual as the persons who seek them. It's important, however, that smile goals be clearly communicated and agreed upon before starting treatment.
Offered cosmetic treatments
Your cosmetic dentist in Forest Hills gives recommendations that make sense for each patient. He carefully considers the individual's budget and time commitment, too. Dr. Lestz offers these aesthetic services:
- Composite resin bonding to fill small flaws such as hairline cracks
- Tooth-colored fillings to restore decay seamlessly
- Orthodontics for children and adults, including conventional braces and clear aligners
- Porcelain veneers to conceal larger defects such as gaps, chips and deep stains
- Laser gum surgery to remove excess gum tissue and reveal more tooth structure
- Professional teeth whitening (both in-office and at-home versions) to improve tooth color by several shades
A final word
Cosmetic dental treatments benefit more than self-confidence. They help oral health, too, by strengthening weak enamel (bonding), making teeth easier to clean and improving tooth alignment (orthodontics).
So if you want to pursue the advantages of cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Lestz today for a consultation. You'll get your questions answered in a calm, reassuring way so you can enjoy your very best smile. Call (718) 544-9100.