General Dentistry in NYC
At Meridian Dental Group, we aim to provide the most current and reliable services in the dental field. We have listed the most common services below with brief descriptions.
Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination
Prevention is the key to a healthy and beautiful smile. We believe in having routine exams and x-rays to prevent minor existing conditions from becoming serious problems.
An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities. Radiographs allow for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.
Professional cleanings are needed every 3, 4 or 6 months depending on each individual’s dental needs. We will make that assessment during the exam and provide our patients with the best schedule for their cleanings. Our office provides ultrasonic and manual cleanings as well as scaling and root planning procedures.
Custom Mouth Guards
Throughout all the stresses that we put our joints through, patients may not realize that the soreness or pain they are experiencing in their jaw or ears may be due to stresses on their Temporal Mandibular Joint. We custom fabricate appliances to help alleviate those stresses and prevent further damage and pain.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth roots after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Therapy is a procedure that allows a person to save their tooth after the nerve has become infected or injured. This is a great alternative considering the only other option would be to have the tooth removed. When root canal therapy is performed, infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth chamber. The doctor would then clean out the infected tooth internally and then seal it to protect it from future infection. It is recommended to place a crown after root canal therapy to protect it.
A tooth that can not be saved with restorative procedures may need to be removed. Before removal of the tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and surrounding ligaments and tissues with a gentle rocking motion. Once it is loose, it is gently removed. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.