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Posts for: September, 2017

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
September 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
DrTravisStorkIfOnlyIdWornAMouthguard

If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”

What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.

You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.

Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.

Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.

“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…

If you would like more information about mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Athletic Mouthguards.”


By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
September 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Bergen County, New Jersey want you to knowroot canal

Root canal treatment can save your teeth! Even badly damaged, broken teeth can often be saved, thanks to modern root canal treatment. You can get rid of excruciating dental pain and not sacrifice your smile. Your dentists at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ want to share what you need to know about root canal treatment. They proudly serve the residents of Haworth and Bergen County and they can help you too!

There are many reasons you may need a root canal including decay that has reached the innermost area of your tooth, dental trauma from an accident or injury, or a dental infection. So how do you know if you may need a root canal? There are several signs and symptoms to look out for including:

  • Stabbing, sharp pain when you eat hot or cold foods
  • Pain that radiates from your tooth into your jaws and face
  • Severe, throbbing pain that doesn’t resolve
  • Puffiness or swelling around a tooth
  • Redness or drainage near the root of a tooth

Sometimes you may not experience pain, but you still may need a root canal. That’s why it’s so important to visit your dentists in Haworth and Bergen County at the first sign of trouble. By taking state-of-the-art digital x-rays and performing temperature and vitality testing, your dentists will know for sure if you need root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment begins by removing the dead and diseased tissue inside your tooth. Your dentists create a small opening in the top of your tooth and remove the infected tissue. They place a sedative filling inside your tooth which reduces swelling and inflammation. After a calming down period, the sedative is removed and a permanent, inert material is placed inside your tooth. A crown is placed to protect the tooth. That’s it! You’ve just had a root canal!

Root canal treatment is the safe, effective way to keep your tooth. For more information about root canal treatment, call your dentists at Gentle Dentistry, serving the residents of Haworth and Bergen County, NJ. Call today!


By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
September 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  
ThinkYouHaveSleepApneaFindOutforSuretoGettheRightTreatment

Fatigue, irritability and family complaints about snoring — all tell-tale signs you may have sleep apnea. There’s more to this condition than being grouchy the next day — the long-term effect could increase your risks for life-threatening diseases.

But how do you know if you actually have sleep apnea? And if you do, what can you do about it?

Undergo an exam by a physician trained in “sleep medicine.” Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked while you sleep, dropping the body’s oxygen levels; your body awakens to re-open the airway. The event may only last a few seconds, but it can occur several times a night. Even so, sleep apnea is one potential cause among others for snoring or fatigue. To know for sure if you have sleep apnea you’ll need to undergo an examination by a physician trained to diagnose this condition. He or she may then refer you to a dentist to make a sleep appliance if you have mild to moderate apnea.

Determine the level of your apnea’s intensity. Not all cases of sleep apnea are equal — they can range in cause and intensity from mild to advanced, the latter a reason for concern and focused intervention. Your physician may use different methods for determining the intensity of your case: review of your medical history, examining the structures within your mouth or having your sleep observed directly at a sleep lab. Getting the full picture about your sleep apnea will make it easier to develop a treatment plan.

Match the appropriate treatment to your level of sleep apnea. If you have moderate to advanced apnea, you may benefit from continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, an electrical pump that delivers pressurized air through a mask worn while you sleep that gently forces the airway open. It’s quite effective, but uncomfortable to wear for some people. Advanced cases may also require surgery to alter or remove soft tissue obstructions. If, you have mild to slightly moderate apnea, though, your dentist may have the solution: a custom-fitted mouth guard that moves the tongue, the most common airway obstruction, down and away from the back of the throat.

If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, see a trained physician for an examination. It’s your first step to a good night’s sleep and better overall health.

If you would like more information on sleep apnea treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “If You Snore, You Must Read More!