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


 

Post-Operative Swelling

free_cold_pack.jpgWe offer comprehensive care at Elite Dental Arts in Midtown, including restorations and cosmetic orthodontics. Particularly in these fields, there are times in a patient’s oral care when a tooth extraction or other kind of surgical procedure may be necessary. These procedures are safe and routine, but we want patients to understand issues relating to post-operative swelling so they will be less distressed and know whether they need to seek help.


When a tooth is removed, the body’s inflammatory response will be triggered. Typically, the amount of swelling a patient experiences will be proportionate to the difficulty of the procedure. A simple extraction is unlikely to cause much swelling, but an operation requiring incisions into the gums will cause a lot. In the first twenty-four hours after surgery, the patient should try to control the swelling by applying cold packs. The cold pack should be kept on for fifteen minutes at a time and then removed for fifteen-minute intervals. After thirty-six hours, the patient should switch to hot packs, with similar protections to avoid scalding. It is typical for swelling to peak three or four days after the procedure. If it continues to swell past that point or fails to go down, or the area looks black, you should inform us.


Another important point is that a patient’s lips will feel strange after being injected with anesthetic. Biting down on them could cause them to swell, which isn’t ideal but should go down after a few days. But if the lips smell bad or pus leaks from them, they may have become infected and the patient will need antibiotics.


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


 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Pediatric Dentistry

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A child’s teeth actually start forming before birth. Believe it or not, at birth, your baby has 20 primary teeth, some of which are fully developed in the jaw. Although these teeth may not be visible yet, starting your child off with good dental care can help protect their teeth for decades to come. Even babies can develop tooth decay if proper feeding habits aren’t practiced. This is why Dr. Nick Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts strives to assure that this generation and future generations of young patients grow up with the healthiest conceivable smile.


While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor the teeth for signs of baby bottle decay. Examine the teeth, especially on the inside or the tongue side, every two weeks for dull spots (whiter than the tooth surface) or lines. Even before your baby starts teething, run a clean, damp washcloth over gums to clear away harmful bacteria. Your child’s first visit to the dentist should take place before his or her first birthday. The general rule is six months after the eruption of the first tooth. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with the dental team.


If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, 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.


 


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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

National Dental Hygiene Month

toothbrushes_free.JPGOctober is National Dental Hygiene Month, which means it’s time to brush up on brushing. At Elite Dental Arts in Midtown, we provide advanced restorative and cosmetic care, but any procedure is going to depend on regular maintenance to be successful.


Teeth should be brushed twice a day from the time the first one emerges. Artificial teeth are no exception. Brushing should be done with a soft-bristled brush for two minutes at a time and on every tooth surface. When brushing the outward-facing sides of the teeth, it is good to use a sideways motion as long as the gum lines are not neglected. When brushing the inward-facing sides, people should use vertical strokes. Flossing is still considered a core part of dental hygiene. When flossing, people should use long strands, slide the strand as far down the side of each tooth as they can, and make a shoe-shine motion to catch tartar. A Waterpik is an acceptable alternative.


Using a tongue scraper every day is a good way to fight bad breath and to prevent the inhalation of dangerous bacteria. Mouthwash can improve peoples’ breaths, but isn’t a substitute for brushing and flossing. Hygienists also recommend chewing sugar-free gum after meals as a way to remove food debris if a person doesn’t plan to brush again for several hours.


Call 212-681-0939.


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

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Peri-Implantitis

dental_implant.jpgAs specialists in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, we at Elite Dental Arts in Midtown have successfully placed hundreds of implants. These restorative devices can be designed to carry a load of a single artificial crown or to help support a denture. Lots of peoples’ lives have been significantly improved by them, but like natural teeth, it is important to care for them or they may be damaged. In this week’s blog post, we wanted to ensure patients understand the danger of peri-implantitis.


Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is an unfortunately common ailment. It is usually the result of bacterial infections in the gum pocket, where bacteria consume food debris and produce acid that sticks to teeth. “Peri-implantitis” is the term dentists use to describe inflammation around implants, and while inflammation could be due to leaking dental cement or a rheumatic disorder, it is also usually caused by bacteria.


When infections become severe enough, they can cause gum recession and bone tissue loss. After patients get implants, dentists carefully monitor their bone mass, and if too much jaw tissue is lost, the implant has to be removed. However, despite the frequency of gum inflammation, implants are overwhelmingly successful. If patients come to us quickly after noticing signs of gum disease such as bleeding and redness, we can almost always save their implants.


To schedule an appointment, call 212-681-0939.


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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Oral Surgery Procedures

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Oral surgery can be nerve-wracking for a patient who’s never undergone a surgical procedure, but Dr. Nick Mobilia of Elite Dental Arts is here to make patients comfortable every step of the way. Some of the oral surgery procedures that Dr. Mobilia provides are wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions, and dental implants. If you desire a smile makeover, or you are experiencing tooth pain that may require removal, we can assist.


Not all patients require wisdom teeth extraction, but if they are impacted and/or causing the patient pain, extraction is usually best. If you have missing teeth, dental implants are an alternative option to bridges and dentures. Candidates for dental implants need to have an adequate bone level and density, must not be prone to infection and must be dedicated to oral hygiene. To discuss oral surgery procedures with Dr. Nick Mobilia, schedule a consultation today.


If you have questions or concerns about oral surgery, 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.


 


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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sleep Apnea and Alcohol

People suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OAS) will find compassionate, expert care at Elite Dental Arts in Midtown. Our oral appliances will help protect patients from night time teeth grinding while keeping their airways open. But because we focus on prevention, we want our patients to know they can reduce their risk of OAS by avoiding alcohol before bed.


OAS is caused by the sagging of throat tissue into the airway. It results in teeth grinding (bruxism) because people subconsciously try to move their jaws and reopen their airways while asleep. Alcohol is a muscle relaxant. It creates a risk of throat obstruction even in people who do not get sleep apnea normally. Consequently, they may be taken out of deep sleep several times in a night. But they may also have a more difficult time waking up if they stop breathing, which could cause the amount of oxygen in their blood to get dangerously low.


People may not realize if they have sleep apnea, but they can get tested for it in a sleep clinic. We can assist sleep apnea patients by providing them with custom-fitted oral appliances to keep their upper and lower teeth apart at night, but avoiding muscle relaxants will let the oral appliances do their jobs more easily.


To learn more about Invisalign and all the services we provide at our practice, visit Elite Dental Arts 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