Thursday, November 29, 2018

Diabetes and Gum Disease

free_diabetes_kit.jpgBleeding gums are not healthy. If you have them, we want you to come to Elite Dental Arts in Midtown for help. Gingivitis is unfortunately common, but there is one group that is at particular risk: people with diabetes. In people with high blood sugar, not only do infections last longer, the infections further exacerbate their difficulty controlling glucose.


Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is the immune system’s initial response to infection.  It isolates the disease-causing agents and floods the area with white blood cells. This process weakens the walls of the gum tissue cells and can be harmful if the inflammation becomes chronic. For reasons that are not entirely clear but are probably related to hardened blood vessels, people with high blood sugar are prone to more inflammation and have a harder time resisting infections. When gum infections reach an advanced stage, called periodontal disease, they may cause recession of gum and bone tissue, allowing the teeth to come loose.


People with diabetes have to be especially careful about their oral hygiene. Fortunately, during regular dental visits, we can provide deep cleanings in the gum pockets, where patients cannot reach. Studies have shown that people with periodontal infections suffer increased glucose levels, but that when gum disease is treated, people’s diabetes symptoms improve.


Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017


 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Retainer Options after Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is an investment and after your braces are removed, you’ll need to protect your investment by keeping your teeth in place with a retainer. A retainer is a piece of plastic and metal that is custom-made for your mouth only. It’s important to wear your retainer because shifting will occur naturally. Dr. Nick M. Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts may suggest different retainer options based on your preference.


There are two types of retainers available – fixed and removable. Removable retainers are usually a combination of wire going across the front of the lower or upper front teeth and held in place with acrylic material and hooks. A more appealing and comfortable alternative may be a clear plastic retainer. A more permanent option is a fixed retainer in which a wire will be bonded across the back of the teeth with cement. Depending on your lifestyle, Dr. Nick M. Mobilia can discuss different retainer options with you during a consultation.


If you have questions about orthodontic treatment or aftercare options, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.elitedentalarts.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts here in New York, NY, call our office at 212-681-0939. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thank You for Your Positive Reviews!

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Here at Elite Dental Arts, Dr. Nick Mobilia and staff appreciate feedback from our patients because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Our staff would not only like to thank Kimmy Z. for leaving this positive review, but we would like to thank her for being a dedicated patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!   


“Being referred to Dr. Mobilia was one of the best things that have happened to me! I have visited many dentists over the years and none have provided the same caring attitude and professionalism as Dr. Mobilia. My last visit was practically painless and Dr. Mobilia keeps you informed in every step of the procedure. I've never had such a pleasant experience at a dental office until meeting Dr. Mobilia and his staff. They are all wonderful!” – Kimmy Z.


If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.elitedentalarts.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia at Elite Dental Arts in New York, NY, call 212-681-0939.


 


Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Avoiding Tooth Decay during the Holidays

Sugary treats, drinks, and snacks abound during the holiday season. We at Elite Dental Arts in Midtown want everyone to have a good time and would hate to see our patients develop tooth decay. We decided to provide a few tips that will keep everybody’s teeth safer while allowing them to enjoy toasts and feasts.


Tooth decay occurs when oral bacteria eat food debris and excrete acid. While highly sugary treats are not healthy, it is the length of time food remains in contact with teeth that determines how much decay could result. One of the most common sources of decay is sugary drinks, including pumpkin spice lattes, eggnog, apple cider, and wine. People typically consume them over a long time without sips of water in between, allowing sugary residue to accumulate. Hard candies are another problem, because of the amount of time they are in contact with teeth and because they cause the mouth to dry out, preventing saliva from washing sugar away. Starch can also be a food source for bacteria, so it’s important to not allow bits of food to remain stuck in the teeth while snacking over an extended period.


People produce the most saliva during meals, so it’s best to limit sticky and sugary foods to then. Even at times when you can’t brush right away, you can try chewing sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production and pull away food particles. Xylitol-flavored hard candies are tooth-friendlier than sugary ones. As for drinks, you can eliminate residue by alternating with swigs of water. If you are going somewhere without fluoridated water, you could bring some along in bottles.


Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017


 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Periodontal Maintenance

In its most advanced stages, gum disease can lead to gum recession, and even tooth loss.  Elite Dental Arts wants to make sure it never gets to that point for you and your family!  When plaque builds up on a tooth, the gum starts to pull away from the tooth and form a pocket around the buildup, which only leads to more gum recession.  A scaling and root planing procedure is used to treat this buildup and prevent the later stages of gum disease.


Scaling and root planning are two parts of a deep cleaning procedure your dentist can perform to help reverse the progress of gum disease.  The procedure beings with scaling, which is the process of the dentist removing plaque from the surface of the teeth, all the way down to the gums. Root planing is the term for any minor contouring to smooth the surface of a tooth near the root.  When plaque has been removed and the tooth root has been smoothed, the gums that have pulled away will have a clean, smooth surface to reattach to as they heal.


To learn more about deep periodontal cleaning and all the other treatments provided at our practice, visit www.elitedentalarts.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts here in New York, NY, call our office at 212-681-0939.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Smoking with Sleep Apnea

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Smoking will exacerbate any respiratory condition.  It is proven to cause snoring and lead to obstructive sleep apnea.  Patients struggling with sleep apnea should visit Elite Dental Arts for evaluation. We can help patients find relief from sleep apnea, but quitting smoking is up to you!  Smoking causes upper airway inflammation, meaning the swelling causes the airway to narrow and disrupts the nasal passage and throat.  This causes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  Cigarettes are highly addictive, and some smokers seek treatment for sleep apnea but continue to smoke. Smoking with sleep apnea not only puts more stress on the heart every day, but negates any treatment a sleep apnea patient is undergoing.


Habitual smokers may feel relaxed by one last cigarette for the day, but it actually creates more complications for restful sleep. Smokers can experience nicotine withdrawal overnight, causing more waking up and restlessness.  Quitting smoking cold turkey is very difficult, but even lessening the amount of cigarettes or avoiding smoking at nighttime can help you achieve more restful sleep.  Most smokers cannot quit on their own or on their first attempt, so don’t get discouraged!


If you have questions or concerns regarding sleep disorders, please give us a call. To learn more about the sleep apnea treatments we offer, visit www.elitedentalarts.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts here in New York, NY, call our office at 212-681-0939.


 Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Inlays and Onlays

wear3.jpgWe’re proud to have restored hundreds of patients’ teeth at Elite Dental Arts in Midtown. Although we provide everything from implants to dentures, sometimes, all that’s needed is a partial crown. Those situations usually occur when enough of a tooth is damaged to necessitate something larger than a filling, but there’s still usable crown material.


The molars and premolars have multiple pointy bits, called cusps, separated by indentations. When the indentations are not sealed, they can easily become a trap for food, leading to decay. Once the decay has been drilled away, there may be a significant area in need of restoration. If a partial crown is called for, we’ll make an impression of the mouth that the prosthesis will be designed from. The patient will wear an artificial crown in the meantime. Once the prosthesis is complete, they will return for a follow-up appointment at which time it will be cemented in.


When a partial crown can be placed into an indentation, it is called an inlay. When it also covers at least one of the cusps, it is called an onlay. Inlays and onlays need to be brushed just like normal teeth or else decay will resume, but when properly cared for they can last for over a decade. Since our office heavily emphasizes aesthetics, the partial crowns we use will match the color of the patient’s teeth.


Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017