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General Dentistry Services

Dental Exam & Cleaning

Preventive dentistry is the key to a beautiful and healthy smile. Professional dental exams and cleanings are all about preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar can still build up on your teeth. The most effective way to remove these deposits is through regular dental exams and cleanings. Most patients should visit our dental practice every six months. During your appointment the dedicated staff at East Village Dental will remove plaque, tartar and any superficial stains. Dr. Krantz will then exam your teeth and gums for signs of gum disease or other dental health problems. Your comfort is a top priority for Dr. Krantz and his team and we strive to make every appointment efficient and pain free. Call East Village Dental today to schedule your dental exam and cleaning appointment.

Gum Disease & Periodontal Health

Caring for your oral health includes regular teeth and gum care. Neglecting your gums can eventually lead to periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, which is a culprit for the deterioration of your overall oral health. Periodontal disease affects 75 percent of adults over 35 years of age and is responsible for approximately 70 percent of all adult tooth loss. Since symptoms of periodontal disease are mild, some people never realize their mouth is under bacterial attack. 

Highly recognized as a greatly progressive disorder, periodontal disease is triggered by preventable factors, like plaque buildup, tobacco use, certain medications, and stress, as well as unpreventable causes, like systematic disease and fluctuating hormone levels during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. Research proves up to 30 percent of the population may be genetically susceptible to gum disease.

Periodontal disease begins when the bacteria in the sticky film which forms on the tooth surface, what we call plaque, causes gum inflammation. If the irritation is ignored, plaque will release toxins to break down the natural fibers that hold your gums to your teeth, permitting even more bacteria and toxins to invade. Plaque deposits quickly harden into calculus or tartar, which is a rough, porous substance that cannot be removed by brushing. Over time, this progression can lead to severe inflammation, bone loss, gum recession, and tooth loss.

Symptoms and signs include:

Red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
• Gum recession, or gums pulling away from teeth
• Loose or separating teeth Pus between the gum and tooth         
• Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
• Bite changes
• Change in the fit of partial dentures

If you have noticed any of the above signs or symptoms, please call us immediately to schedule a consultation and assessment. Together, we can win the battle against periodontal disease and maintain your fresh and healthy smile.

Periodontal & Gum Therapy

For adults, periodontal (gum) diseases, not tooth decay, are the major cause of tooth loss. Perio- dontal diseases are caused by bacterial infections that attack gums, ligaments and bone. Often painless, these diseases may develop slowly or progress quite rapidly, and can occur at any age.

The warning signs include:

Gums that bleed easily; red, swollen or tender gums; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; persistent bad breath or bad taste; permanent teeth that are loose or separating; any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite; or any change in the fit of partial dentures.

Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. The first step is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tarter deposits beneath the gum line. When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our Periodontist is extremely qualified, and can recommend appropriate treatment.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is one of the premiere treatments for teeth with extensive decay or damage. Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth's new outer surface.

Crowns can be made out of porcelain (meaning some sort of dental ceramic), metal (a gold or other metal alloy), or a combination of both. Other terms that are used to refer to dental crowns are "dental caps" and "tooth caps."

Why do teeth need dental crowns?

A dentist might recommend placing a dental crown for a variety of reasons but, in general, most of these reasons will usually fall within one of the following basic categories:

To restore a tooth to its original shape.
• To strengthen a tooth.
• To improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.

Dental Bridges & Implant Restoration

Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth and are considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Some of the benefits of dental bridges are that they can help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face shape in tact.

Dental bridges typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and are less invasive than other options, such as dental implants. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last up to 30 years.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy refers to the process by which a dentist treats the inner aspects of a tooth, specifically that area inside a tooth that is occupied by its "pulp tissue." Most people would probably refer to a tooth's pulp tissue as its "nerve." While a tooth's pulp tissue does contain nerve fibers it is also composed of arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and connective tissue.

For the purposes of this discussion, so to use terminology that people seem to be most familiar with, we will use the terms "nerve" and "nerve tissue" to refer to a tooth's pulp tissue.

Where precisely in a tooth is its nerve?

Teeth are hard calcified objects but their inner aspects are not completely solid. Inside every tooth there lies a hollow space which, when a tooth is healthy, contains the tooth's nerve tissue. Dentists use the following terms to refer to various portions of this nerve area

The pulp chamber. This is a hollow space that lies more or less in the center of the tooth.

The root canals. Each tooth's nerve enters the tooth, in general, at the very tip of its root(s). From this entry point the nerve then runs through the center of the root in small "root canals" which subsequently join up with the tooth's pulp chamber.

Saving the tooth

In a root canal therapy treatment it is possible to save the tooth. The inflamed part of the tooth is removed and then the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed. Dr. Krantz and his team care about your comfort and modern root canal treatments are very similar to a routine filling. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.

Bad Breath Therapy

Bad breath can create socially embarrassing moments and/or can ruin relationships. Bad breath could be a manifestation different factors.

Bad breath can be caused by foods such as garlic that could last 24 to 48 hours. Another source of bad breath is a result of bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue which produce volatile sulphur compounds in the form of hydrogen sulfide. Furthermore, bad breath is caused by gum disease or even problems with the digestive system.

Depending on the cause of the bad breath, there are different solutions available. However, the cause of it could be determined first.