Can Black Mold Cause Periodontal Disease?

Exposure to black mold can cause serious health complications. Most people are aware that the toxins produced from black mold can cause symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, however, many people are unaware that black mold can be linked to dental issues. The toxic substance produced by black mold, known as mycotoxin, is what causes additional health issues beyond those caused by inhalation of mold spores.

Here at TeethNow, we care about the overall health of our patients and provide them with the best possible treatment options. In order to treat our patients properly, it is essential to know the circumstances of each case. With that being said, it is important to educate yourself on the effects mold exposure can have on your overall health, as well as your oral health. Let us unfold some important information and helpful tips about black mold and the effects it has on the human body.

What Is Black Mold?

Black mold is a type of fungus that is formed by several species of fungi that have a black or green appearance. These molds develops in warm, moist areas, including bathtubs, showers, kitchens, and basements. Many black molds release toxins that can be irritating or extremely harmful to the human body.

When mold spores manifest and create colonies with other spores, they produce what is called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins affect the upper respiratory system and cause flu or cold-like related symptoms. People living in homes that have toxic black mold are exposed mainly through breathing in the mold spores and mycotoxins. Breathing in large amounts of these substances can cause irritation in the airways, such as the mouth, throat and nasal cavity.

Common Symptoms Of Mold Poisoning

Exposure to toxic black mold can cause a number of serious health issues. The more common symptoms caused by mold poisoning include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Congestion
  • Itchy or irritated skin
  • Itchy, red eyes

If you have allergies or asthma, exposure to these substances will affect you greatly. You may experience more severe forms of these symptoms or have other serious symptoms, such as:

  • Chronic headache
  • Fatigueness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever

How Can I Identify Black Mold In My Home?

Mold can be unsightly, therefore, identifying if you have it in your home can be difficult. Some helpful tips in identifying black mold include:

  • At times, black mold may not be visible because it grows in dark, hidden, and humid places. That is why the odor is oftentimes the first sign. Mold produces a unique smell that can help identify if you have mold, without even seeing it.
  • Searching for bundles of black growths, especially in moist, warm areas in your home. Even if you do not spot clusters of black mold, notice if you begin coughing, wheezing, or sneezing when entering a room.
  • Search for causes of black mold growth, such as any leaks, papers, old food, or poor ventilation.
  • Discard anything that has been affected by mold or contributes to the growth of mold.

Dental Issues Caused By Black Mold

Along with the common symptoms caused by black mold, dental issues, like bleeding gums, can also be a symptom of mold exposure. Oftentimes, people just believe they are practicing poor oral hygiene and would not think to relate their bleeding gums to black mold.

Mold multiples in the form of spores, which are microscopic and difficult to see with the naked eye. These spores and the toxic substance they produce, mycotoxins, are responsible for the dental issues related to mold exposure. When inhaled, the spores become trapped in the mucus that lines the throat, nasal cavity and sinuses. It is the mycotoxins produced by black mold that irritates the membranes in the mucus, which triggers extreme sensitivity and bleeding gums.

Also, the upper respiratory issues mentioned before causes individuals to breathe mainly from their mouth. Breathing continuously through your mouth can be damaging to your teeth. Breathing through your mouth dries it out and decreases the production of saliva. Saliva is essential for washing away food particles and neutralizing the acids in the mouth. Therefore, without sufficient amounts of saliva, tooth decay and cavities may occur.

Now that we have established the link between mold exposure and dental issues, it is important to be aware of your treatment options. Our periodontists at TeethNow are experienced in treating periodontal disease. If your gums bleed excessively while brushing or flossing or if your tooth is decayed, we can help. We offer several dental implant and periodontal care treatment options to resolve your specific cse. Call (877) 440- 6579 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Is Root Canal A Painless Procedure?

Most patients when they hear the words “root canal” automatically think of a painful procedure. Many years ago, that may have been the case; however, now with advancements in modern technology and general anesthetics, root canals can in fact be a painless procedure. There are several misconceptions and myths about root canals that force people to avoid getting this treatment. Here at TeethNow, we can assure you that you are in the best hands and will undergo a painless procedure.

What Is A Root Canal Procedure?

The goal of root canal therapy is to save a tooth that is extremely infected. Root canal therapy is recommended when the pulp (the soft tissue deep inside the root canal) becomes infected or inflamed. The pulp can become infected by bacteria due to an injury or because of a severe cavity that was left untreated.

There are several indicators that show you may need a root canal. Signs to look out for include:

  • Immense pain. Serious teeth pain felt when eating or when pressure is applied to the infected area.
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold. Having sensitive teeth is common, however, if the sensitivity is prolonged even after the food is removed, it may be a sign of needing a root canal.
  • Discoloration of the tooth. A greyish/blackish discoloration of the tooth may be caused by an infection of the pulp.
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums. A serious infection can cause swelling or tenderness in the gum to touch or when pressure is applied.
  • Drainage. Discharge from the root of the tooth is a common sign of infected pulp.

In some cases, there are no symptoms that indicate you may need a root canal; that is why regular dental checkups are important. During a regular dental check up, your teeth and surrounding gum and bone are evaluated for any signs of infection or periodontal disease.

What To Expect During A Root Canal

Now, with all of the stories you have probably heard and read about root canal procedures, you’re probably wondering if they are actually true. It is common to hear horror stories of pain and discomfort that is felt during the procedure. Actually, the exact opposite is true. The pain felt isn’t from the procedure itself, it is from the infection in the tooth. The procedure itself is painless. A local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and the surrounding area, therefore, no pain or discomfort will be felt.

Here is what to expect during a root canal procedure:

  • Once the local anesthetic is administered, very small tools, such as a drill, are utilized to access the inside of the tooth by creating an opening at the bottom. After access to the root is available, the damaged and diseased pulp from the inside of the tooth is removed using very small files. The files are then used to reshape the inside and root of the tooth.
  • After the inside of the tooth and root canal is completely cleaned out and dried, the opening of the tooth will be covered with a temporary filling, made with rubber-like material called gutta percha.
  • Finally, the treatment will be finished with a permanent crown placed on top of the tooth.

How TeethNow Can Help You Face Your Fear!

We understand that the term “root canal” isn’t a very pleasing one to discuss and can bring fear to patients. However, here at TeethNow, we can help you overcome that fear. We offer several restorative services to help you with any dental emergency you may be experiencing. Our specialists have performed several successful root canals, having our patients leave healthy and satisfied. If you feel too anxious or nervous about the procedure, don’t worry! We also offer laughing gas as well as sedation to help you feel more comfortable and at ease during the process. It will be a painless and stress-free root canal.

Our office is fully equipped with advanced dental technologies, making our root canal therapy relatively painless, easier, and quicker. If you are looking for more information about the root canal procedure or what to expect during your consultation, call us at (877) 447-6768.

Can You Get Dental Implants If You Have No Teeth?

When it come to replacing missing teeth, there are several different treatment options to consider. However, if you have no teeth, your options may be limited due to bone loss. With advancements in technology, that may not be the case anymore.

The most common option for replacing a full set of teeth is dentures, but they are not the most effective and long-term solution. At TeethNow, we strive to provide our patients with the best treatment option possible, and we believe dental implants offer multiple advantages compared to other treatment options, especially dentures.

I Have No Teeth – What Are My Options?

One of the main concerns when it comes to dental implants is making sure the jaw bone density of the patient is strong enough and high enough to properly insert and support the dental implants. Having no teeth causes the jaw bone to weaken and diminish over time. At times, bone grafting may be needed in order have enough stability to support the dental implant. The comfort level of dental implants also makes them the natural choice for a full-mouth restoration.

Rather than having to deal with the hassle and discomfort of conventional dentures, people opt out for single tooth implant with a crown, dental implant-supported denture, or the All-on-4™ technique. Each of these options have do in fact replace missing teeth, however, each have their own advantages that make them the better solution.

Single Tooth Implant With Crown.

Single tooth implants can be used for patients who need to replace one or multiple teeth. The dental implant is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. The dental implant acts as the artificial root and anchors the replacement tooth, or crown. Once the implant is integrated with the bone, a crown is then attached to the implant and replaces the missing space left by the missing tooth. With this option you can have your teeth individually replaced so they will appear to be growing out of your gum, making them look more like natural teeth. This option usually requires eight or more dental implants.

In order for this procedure to be successful, the patient must have a strong enough jaw bone to support the implant as well as healthy surrounding gum tissue and teeth. If the jaw bone is not dense enough, bone grafting may be required.

All-on-4™ Fixed Bridge.

The All-on-4™ treatment is an advanced, minimally invasive solution for replacing teeth. The treatment is a full-arch restoration with the use of only four dental implants, two of which are inserted at a 45 degree angle in the posterior of the jaw. By inserting the implants at angle, we are able to utilize the available bone, avoiding the need of any bone grafting. This helps preserve the bone and soft tissue.

With this technique, patients can receive a fully-functioning, brand new smile in a shorter procedure time. Compared to natural teeth, this procedure improves functionality to 90%. They allow you to eat the foods you want comfortably and you are able to clean the fixed implant bridge as if they were natural teeth.

Dental Implant Supported Dentures.

There are numerous advantages that dental implants provide. Other than looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant supported dentures are designed to be a long-lasting solution. They are much more and stable compared to conventional dentures because they are fixed to the jaw bone.

The most beneficial advantage of implant supported full dentures is that the bonded bridge is supported by implants rather than the surrounding teeth. When utilizing conventional dentures, over time, recession of the jaw bone occurs which can lead to a collapsed smile. The integration with the jaw bone helps keep the jaw bone healthy and intact, providing constant support for the dental implants.

TeethNow Can Restore Your Smile!

At TeethNow, we understand that having missing teeth can affect your self-confidence and keep you from showing your smile; that is why we are here to help! Our All-on-4™ procedure can give you the beautiful smile of your dreams. This is our most affordable procedure for patients wanting to replace a full set of teeth. For many patients who utilize dentures, dental implants were not an option due to the high cost. Now, with the All-on-4™ procedure you can get rid of your denture and have a fixed set of teeth in just one dental appointment!

Normally, about 6 to 10 dental implants are needed to support a fixed full denture, along with additional bone grafting. With the All-on-4™ technique we are able to attach a fixed full denture with as little as 4 to 6 dental implants. The dental implants are inserted at a 45 degree angle which drastically increases their strength, making them more durable and stable to support the fixed full denture.

If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth and want to know more about the All-on-4™ procedure, schedule an appointment online or call (877) 447-6768

Mini Dental Implants

What Are Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants are the most innovative dental implant type. Though they are smaller than the traditional dental implant, they are just as strong and effective. Mini dental implants carry out the same function as traditional dental implants, providing patients with an alternative option for tooth/teeth replacement.
Starting from the time they were first implemented, mini implants have gained a large amount of attention. In addition, they are frequently inquired about. Their small size and narrow structure makes them a high demand and highly appealing smile restoration option.

Mini Dental Implants vs. Traditional Dental Implants

Both mini dental implants and traditional dental implants are made up of a titanium alloy material. Other than their similarity in material make-up, they differ in many ways. The mini dental implant measures 2.5 mm in diameter, whereas the traditional dental implant is approximately 5 mm in diameter.

The size of these implants make this option more cost effective and less invasive. Since the screw that is inserted into the jaw is much more narrow, no drilling is required. Upon evaluation at one of our three TeethNow locations, you will find out which treatment is best for you.

TeethNow Procedures Using Mini Dental Implants

After your consultation with your doctor, your assigned treatment plan coordinator will go over your treatment options, as well as your financial options. Your X-Ray and CT-Scan results will determine if you have a sufficient bone density to support your mini dental implants. If you are approved to receive our procedures with these implants, you will be on your way to a brand new and transformed smile.

For mini dental implants and other full smile restoration options in New York City, Long Island, or New Jersey, visit one of our three convenient locations! Schedule your free consultation by visiting our website or calling us at (212)843-4444.

Post Dental Implant Procedure Tips

Dental implants are the most effective means to smile restoration. They also hold the highest success rate in providing patients with permanent, fully functioning teeth.

Post Procedure DONT’s

Though dental implants are a wise and rewarding investment, it is extremely important for all patients to adhere to their specific procedure’s post operative instructions. Each dental implant procedure has its own unique post procedure instructions that must be followed carefully. You will never have to worry about being misinformed or uninformed regarding these instructions. The instructions are explained to you by your assigned treatment plan coordinator, as well as the Periodontist who is performing your procedure.

Post-operative instructions play a key role in the longevity and success of your implants, ensuring that they will last a lifetime. At TeethNow, we want the very best results for our patients. We assign each patient to their own, personal treatment plan coordinator. Our treatment plan coordinators take extra care of their patient from the beginning of their journey, to months following their procedure. The treatment plan coordinator’s purpose is guide each patient through financial, procedural, and post-procedural matters.

They will go over the post-operative instructions and answer any questions you may have. These instructions will be be your guide of reference so you can thoroughly enjoy your new smile for the rest of your life!

Post Dental Implant Procedure Tips

  • Do not smoke
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages
  • Do not brush your teeth near the surgical area
  • Do not rinse or spit
  • Keep on a soft diet
  • Avoid spicy foods

All above instructions are general post-procedure tips, all of which should be followed until instructed otherwise by the professionals at TeethNow. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your appointment, call (212)843-4444.

All-On-Four Procedure

We can replace your entire top and bottom set of teeth with just 4 implants per arch — in one visit!

Tooth Loss – Effecting Millions Worldwide

As of 2018, studies confirm that nearly 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. The factors that contribute to missing teeth typically vary from person to person. Some of these factors may include dental decay, smoking, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, Periodontal Disease, and bone trauma.

From mild cases to severe cases, tooth loss disrupts daily functions and interferes with everyday life. In addition, tooth loss worsens with age. When someone is presented with tooth loss, they are dealt with a plethora of issues.  Pain, migraines, eating trouble, and low self-esteem may arise as a result of tooth loss. In severe cases, bone loss and facial disfiguration can and will occur.

All-On-Four – Tooth Loss Solution

At TeethNow, we provide our patients with full-proof solutions to their tooth loss, as well as solutions to their discomfort, low self-esteem, and oral health decline. Our team of dental implant professionals perform specialized dental implant procedures, day-in and day-out, that each serve to fully and permanently restore patients’ teeth. In doing so, we restore our patients’ confidence, and more importantly, their oral health.

Would you believe us if we told you that we can replace your entire top and bottom set of teeth with just four implants per each arch? Moreover, what if we told you we can do that in just one visit? 

It’s true. The All-On-Four procedure does just that. The preparation for this procedure utilizes our highly innovative, in-office technology to gain all the information and measurements necessary for the most successful results. Once we deem the patient qualified for an All-On-Four, we take x-rays, a CT Scan, and impressions to create custom engineered teeth for them specifically.

What To Expect

Patients can receive All-On-Four on both their top and bottom arch, or on just one of the two. The fixed bridges that we custom engineer to your mouth attach to the four implants on the top jaw and the four implants on the bottom jaw. You will leave our office with permanent sets of teeth that both look and function like natural teeth.

We offer two different types of implant materials for our All-On-Four patients to choose from. They can receive titanium implants or ceramic implants, depending on their preference. Ceramic implants are the most natural and holistic means to a new smile. Metal-free, ceramic implants are bio-compatible, extremely safe for the body, and more.

In addition to gaining a beautiful new smile in just one visit, your All-On-Four acts as a stimulant for your bone. Your brand new smile will restore your health, confidence, and ability to enjoy the things you have been missing.

Don’t let tooth loss control your life. Call TeethNow at (212)843-4444 for the smile you’ve been missing!

Smile In a Day – Same Day Dental Implant Treatment

Are you looking to fully renew your smile as quickly, effectively, and permanently as possible? Well, you are in luck! Our TeethNow team is made up of premier dental implant professionals who specialize in various dental implant techniques and procedures. If you have been mislead in the past or simply unsure of your next steps regarding your missing teeth, you have come to the right place.

Smile-in-a-Day is a highly successful, state-of-the-art technique that uses dental implants to replace missing teeth or stabilize existing dentures. As patient’s come into our office looking for a full-proof solution to their missing teeth or defective dentures, we evaluate them thoroughly to ensure they are good candidates for the Smile-in-a-Day treatment. This technique can be used for the replacement of:

  • a single tooth
  • multiple teeth
  • replacement of all teeth

This treatment utilizes leading dental technology for the most effective results. A low radiation 3-D x-ray with 3-D software is used to plan the implant placement. In addition, the 3-D imaging allows for our professionals to accurately gain the measurement of the quality and quantity of the patient’s bone. This precision allows for a smooth and easy teeth placement at the time of surgery. The beauty of this procedure is in the title; Smile-in-a-day truly allows our patients’ to walk out of the office with beautiful teeth in just one day.

Dental implants are screws made up of titanium or ceramic, both of which are secured into the jawbone to securely support the new teeth. Smile-in-a-Day serves to immediately attach a provisional crown or bridge to the implant anchors, eliminating the discomfort that comes with missing teeth or dentures. It is now possible to get the smile you have always wanted in just one day. We specialize in making smiles last! Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our elite New York City dental implant specialists.

Before & After Patient Compilation

Dental Implant Transformation Before & After

At TeethNow, we take each smile seriously and treat each patient with the utmost understanding of their personal situation. As dental implant specialists, we have seen cases from mild, to severe, and everything in between.

Patients with cases of severe tooth decay and missing teeth do not have to worry about whether or not they will be treated. There is no case too big or too small for magic to be made at TeethNow. If the idea of undergoing a dental implant procedure worries you, we have provided you with some patient before & afters for your inspiration.

We have come to understand the catch 22 that many patients come to us experiencing. Their oral health, self-esteem, and daily functioning are each dependent on some form of full smile restoration. At the same time, they are apprehensive and unaware of what the smile restoration process entails.

It’s Simpler Than You Think

Once explained, procedures such as Smile-in-a-Day and All-On-Four become the key to all dental implant candidates’ relief. Our dental implant experts here at TeethNow are elite and highly experienced professionals who specialize in full smile restoration procedures such as these.

Both the All-On-Four procedure and the Smile-in-a-day procedure serve to completely restore a patient’s smile. The assigned procedure will depend largely on the amount of teeth the patient needs replaced. For single teeth, to multiple teeth, Smile-in-a-day is the go-to procedure. For an entire upper and-or lower jaw of missing teeth, the All-On-Four is the go-to procedure.

All-On-Four Procedure

For the All-On-Four procedure, a fixed bridge is set onto just four implants, securing the natural-looking, fully-functioning teeth into the implants for a permanent smile. Thanks to our high-end technology, the patients’ fixed bridges are created to perfection. They are customized specifically to each patient’s mouth with the help of the x-rays and impressions. On the day of the procedure, the patient has their teeth extracted and their implants fastened into their mouths. They leave our office with a brand new smile in the same visit! 

Smile-in-a-Day Procedure

The Smile-in-a-Day procedure utilizes the same technology for maximum precision and efficiency. Any row of teeth is replaced with an authentic looking and functioning section of teeth, implanted into the bone. These permanent teeth with blend right in and allow you to enjoy what had been difficult to enjoy for quite some time.

To schedule your free consultation, click here, or call (212)843-4444. Now that you have seen the possibilities, your new smile is just a call or click away!

Brian Prutkin’s All-On-4 Transformation

Smile Restoration

What do you greet the world with each day? What is the tell-tale sign of confidence and the spark of positivity? What grabs the attention of others, sets an uplifting tone, and helps nourish your body with the food you enjoy? That’s right — a smile.There is so much power in a smile; that is why our team here at TeethNow understands just how important a smile truly is.

Patients come to us with cases ranging from one missing tooth, to a full mouth of missing teeth. There are many reasons for missing teeth that vary from person to person, some of which include Periodontal Disease, tooth decay, injury and/or poor oral hygiene.

TeethNow Procedures

By way of our specialized smile restoration procedures, we guarantee that our patients will leave our office with a fully functioning, permanent set of teeth. In addition, they will gain the power of a smile for the rest of their lives. Many patients, however, are told that the types of options we offer to them are not a possibility for them personally. Often times, they have been told by other doctor’s that a full smile restoration is not possible and never continue trying to find a solution.

Brian Prutkin’s All-On-Four

Our patient, Brian Prutkin, did not give up after being told he may only qualify for a denture. When he came to TeethNow, we evaluated him and immediately gave him the option of an All-On-Four. We explained that the All-On-Four procedure would provide him with a permanent, implanted fixed bridge that will be set into his top and bottom jaw. This All-On-Four would restore Brian with the confidence he once had, and more importantly, it would give him the ability to carry out the daily functions he had lost the ability to carry out for quite some time.

For many years, Brian was afraid to come to the dentist. His case was beginning to infringe upon his daily life and effect the way he was living from day to do.

“I couldn’t eat the things I wanted to eat, I was waking up tooth pain and headaches. My friends wanted to go out and I didn’t even want to be a part of that anymore.”

Brian explained to our team at TeethNow that he simply wanted to be healthier and feel better about himself.

All-On-Four Transformation

Once Brian took the first big step towards his transformation, our team went ahead and took all the x-rays, photos, CT Scans and impressions they needed to begin Brian on his All-On-Four journey. Using the latest technology, TeethNow is able to prepare the implants and fixed bridges to perfection, prior to the day of surgery.

Because of this, we are able to perform the All-On-Four procedure in just one visit, allowing our patients to leave the office with their brand new smile in just one visit. ‘Out with the old and in with the new’ was the exact protocol we followed as we swiftly removed the remaining, decayed teeth, replacing them with a full set of functional teeth.

To see Brian’s transformation first-hand, enjoy this video we have prepared for all patients who were once in Brian’s place. Change can be a scary thing, but the end result is well worth the apprehension. Rid yourself of discomfort, eat with no worry, speak what’s on your mind, and smile with confidence! Call (212)843-4444.

Holistic Dental Alternatives

When you think of “natural” or “holistic” treatments, does dentistry come to mind? Thanks to the advancements made in dental techniques — combined with the natural treatments preferred by patients — holistic dentistry has become increasingly well-known and in demand. It is now an everyday part of modern patient care.

About Holistic Dental Alternatives and Holistic Dental Options

Here are a few examples of when your dentist might recommend a holistic alternative to traditional types of treatment:

  • Cosmetic white fillings (composite) vs. Mercury (amalgam) restorations
  • Metal-free dental implants (Ceramic/Zirconia) vs. A conventional bridge or partial denture (porcelain fused to metal)
  • Clear alignment trays vs. Metal braces and orthodontics
  • Ceramic/Zirconia dental crowns vs. Metal or metal-based restorations

What are the Best Holistic Dental Alternatives to Traditional Treatments?

For a completely holistic approach to dental care, it’s important to choose a dentist who has the same goals in mind as yourself. He or she will take extra steps to ensure your treatment plan only involves safe and minimally-invasive options that benefit both your oral health as well as your quality of life. Believe it or not, holistic dentistry doesn’t have to cost you extra!

Holistic Dentistry and Tooth Replacement

The best — and most holistic way — to replace your missing teeth is with dental implants. Metal free implants like those made of ceramic are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they’re also extremely safe for your body. As a bio-compatible restoration, your body will accept the implant almost as if it were a real tooth.

Porcelain and ceramic implants “integrate” into the mouth as your body triggers new bone around the artificial tooth root. This unique process fuses the implant into its socket, so that it can stay for the rest of your life. Compared to other types of tooth replacement, implants offer the most cost-effective solution.

For holistic dental implants, we welcome you to contact us at TeethNow for a free consultation to explore what options are available to help you smile with confidence.