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    Common Causes of Dental Pain

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Dental pain is a common complaint heard by dentists. Because so many things can trigger it, the first stage in getting out of pain is pinpointing the exact cause. Your dentist can use a number of techniques to diagnose and treat dental pain. Here is a look at some of the most common culprits.

    Cavities
    Cavities are a common cause of dental pain. When a tooth becomes decayed, it often impacts the nerves, which causes painful symptoms. The longer a cavity is allowed to progress without treatment, the more intense the pain is likely to become. Untreated cavities can also contribute to other painful dental health issues, like abscesses and infected gums. Your dentist can easily treat a cavity by removing the decayed part of the tooth and replacing it with a filling. For large cavities, a root canal procedure and a dental crown may be used to alleviate the pain.

    Teeth Grinding
    You may not be conscious of grinding your teeth, but you are likely to be conscious of the pain caused by your habit. Most people who grind their teeth do so at night while sleeping, but some people also grind and clench during the day when dealing with stressful situations. Grinding your teeth not only causes jaw soreness, but can also lead to problems with chipped and broken teeth. Your dentist can help ease pain associated with grinding by giving you a custom-fitted mouth guard. Talking to your doctor about stress management techniques may also help.

    Malocclusions
    When your bite doesn’t line up appropriately, pain can result. Tooth misalignments can cause you to hold your jaw in an awkward position, triggering pain. A number of techniques, including Invisalign, can be used to correct these kinds of issues.

    If you’re suffering from dental pain, make an appointment with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. today to start working towards a solution. At our NYC dentist’s office, we can diagnose the cause of your pain and offer treatments designed to deliver relief. Find out more about all of our services, including our cosmetic dentistry work, by calling (212) 661-9777. 

    Keep Track of Aligner Changes With This App!

    Last updated 3 years ago

    One of the great things about using Invisalign to straighten your teeth is that you need fewer appointments for adjustments than you would with braces. However, forgetting to change your aligners on time can prolong your treatment and compromise your results. The good news is that with this app, you’ll never forget to make the change again!

    The Android Align on Time app allows you and your dentist to generate a schedule for aligner changes that can be added to your smartphone’s calendar. You’ll get an alert every time you need to change an aligner, so you never fall behind. Up to 60 dates can be programmed into your calendar.

    Use this app to stay on top of your Invisalign treatment with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. Get started on getting the treatment you need by calling our NYC dental office at (212) 661-9777. 

    Start Straightening Your Teeth This Summer With Invisalign!

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Are you ready to make a change with your smile? Summer is a great time to start working on the smile you’ve always wanted with Invisalign! With more free time in the summer months, you can concentrate on adjusting to your aligners and fit in appointments with ease. What are some of the benefits you can reap from using the Invisalign system? Here are just a few of the reasons why you shouldn’t put off starting your treatment any longer.

    Health Benefits of Straight Teeth
    Straight teeth look great, which is reason enough to start using Invisalign, but the benefits are more than cosmetic. Straight teeth are also good for your health. Spacing issues make it difficult to keep your teeth and gums clean. Overlaps and crowding can partially obscure tooth surfaces, which means your toothbrush can’t sweep away all of the bacteria. Crowding also makes flossing difficult. In turn, plaque and bacteria build up, causing tooth decay and gum disease. Widely-space teeth leave your gums vulnerable to injury. Straight teeth can even improve your digestion, since tooth misalignments can compromise your chewing.

    Invisalign System Advantages
    Invisalign offers many advantages over traditional braces. Because Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to straighten teeth, no one will know that you are undergoing treatment. Since the aligners are removable for eating, no foods are off-limits, like they are with traditional braces. The aligners can also be removed for brushing and flossing, so you don’t have to change your oral health routine. Many patients with braces struggle to adapt to brushing and flossing around their brackets and wires, so they end up with tooth decay. Lastly, Invisalign treatment is usually faster than treatment with traditional braces.

    Don’t wait another day to get a beautiful smile. Make an appointment with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. and find out if Invisalign is right for you. Be sure to ask about the other cosmetic dentistry treatments we provide in our NYC office. Schedule your consultation today by calling (212) 661-9777. 

    Causes of Tooth Darkening

    Last updated 3 years ago

    As you get older, you may notice that the surface of your teeth becomes darker and more yellow. Knowing about the primary causes of tooth darkening will allow you to avoid those causes and preserve your smile.

    Watch this video to find out more about what causes teeth to darken. Medication and tobacco products are two primary causes of tooth darkening. Certain foods and drinks, especially those that are dark in color or acidic, can also cause tooth discoloration.

    Teeth whitening treatments can restore the brightness of your teeth so you can be proud to show off your smile. If you’d like to schedule a teeth whitening appointment in NYC, call Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C. at (212) 661-9777.

    A Look at the Dental Implant Advantage

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that offers a number of benefits to dental patients. If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution to restore your smile. Talk to your dentist and check out the information below to learn about the advantages dental implants can offer you.

    Health
    Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants truly function like your natural teeth. Rather than sitting on top of the gums, each dental implant has a titanium anchor that is placed directly into the jaw bone. The bone fuses around the anchor, providing a secure root for the tooth replacement. This means that dental implants won’t have a negative effect on the surrounding gums and teeth. Additionally, the jaw bone will not deteriorate like it does when lost teeth are replaced with dentures.

    Convenience
    Dentures need to be removed and cleaned each day and refitted periodically, while dental bridges may need to be replaced after five to seven years. Dental implants, on the other hand, can last for over a decade with proper care. To care for dental implants, you just need to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine with twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and biannual dental checkups. In addition, you’ll never have to worry about dental implants slipping out of place when you are eating or speaking.

    Aesthetics
    Dental implants not only function like natural teeth, but they also look like natural teeth. The crown that sits on top of each dental implant is custom-made to match the shape and color of your natural teeth. Once you have dental implants, it will be impossible for other people to tell that you were ever missing teeth.

    Don’t let missing teeth impact your smile and your self-confidence. Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C. can help you enjoy a healthy and complete smile once again with dental implants. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call our NYC dentist’s office at (212) 661-9777.

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