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What Are Cavities and How Do They Happen? | New York, NY

Cavities. They are one of those things that no matter how much we do to protect ourselves against them, can creep up on us unexpectedly. Understanding the factors that enhance or mitigate your risk of developing a cavity, the warning signs, and how they are treated, goes a long way in your ability to make informed decisions about your care routine. Here are some things we think you should know about cavities.

How Do Cavities Happen?


Acidic Foods– Citric acid contained in lemons, limes, and oranges also pops up as an ingredient in processed foods. Citric acid and others weaken teeth and put enamel in danger of erosion which in turn creates crevices for bacteria to stick and become a cavity. It would be difficult to avoid citric acid, so the best thing you can do is consume water throughout the day and keep the intake of acidic foods to a minimum.

Sugar– While sugar doesn’t cause cavities, like citric acid, it contributes to the likelihood you may develop one. Sugar is a harmful bacteria’s favorite food, so the longer sugar lingers on your teeth, the more likely that bacteria will begin to eat it. This weakens your enamel and creates opportunities for that harmful bacteria to hang around and cause a cavity.

Are Children More Prone To Develop Cavities?

Believe it or not, children are not more prone to develop cavities than adults, but there are factors that may put children and elderly individuals at more risk for tooth decay. Children tend to crave and eat sugary foods while doing a poor job brushing their teeth. The elderly tend to take medication that reduces the amount of saliva they produce thus reducing the neutralization properties of saliva. Drinking water throughout the day and regular dental visits can help both children and their grandparents to reduce the chances harmful bacteria may cause a cavity.

How Are Cavities Treated?

If you wake up to a toothache or notice black spots on a tooth, you may have a cavity. Cavities are a common occurrence and dentists have several means of treating them. Treatment options vary depending on how advanced tooth decay has become.

Simple Decay- Fluoride treatments and fillings are viable treatment options if the cavity is in its early stages. Your dentist will apply a solution to the decaying tooth to kill harmful bacteria and place a filling where the cavity was to seal the area to prevent further decay. This is a fairly simple and painless method for cavity removal, as well as the most common treatment option.

Serious Decay- If the cavity has progressed beyond the ability for a fluoride treatment to remove the bacteria, crowns, root canals and tooth extraction are a dentist’s next line of defense. Crowns are custom coverings for decaying teeth; typically made from porcelain, they work to strengthen your affected tooth once the bacteria have been removed. If the decay reaches the inner tooth or pulp, your dentist will remove the pulp, medicate it to clear any infection, and add a filling. Tooth extraction is a last resort option when the decayed tooth is beyond restoration. Your dentist may recommend a bridge or implant for the gap.

Aesthetic Advantage has state-of-the-art educational facilities that can help you take your career to the next level, call us at (212) 794.3552 for more information.

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Effective Ways To Care For Baby Teeth | New York, NY

Our babies and children may never acknowledge the benefits caring for their teeth at that age have on their adult teeth later. Yet, their health will always be better off from early interventions in proper oral hygiene. “Baby teeth” are the precursor for adult teeth, they are the placeholder and it’s important they be maintained for gum health and reduction of harmful bacteria.

Oral hygiene for our children begins the day their first tooth breaks through the gum. With a damp, soft cloth, lightly wipe your baby’s gums after feeding. Once more prominent, you may use a soft toothbrush and non-fluoride toothpaste twice a day until preschool age. At that age, the amount of toothpaste that can be safely used increases to the size of a pea.

When your child is at that age and able to brush on his or her own, it’s important to keep an eye on them. Many children find the process of brushing teeth to be boring or unimportant, but this is an important age to develop good habits. Singing toothbrushes and flavored toothpaste help encourage kids to find the process more enjoyable and help guide them towards brushing their teeth for two minutes. Another great way to encourage your child is to brush with them and show them how to get to their molars, the back of their teeth, and the front.

Tooth health matters from the day they appear, so parents who take their children’s oral hygiene seriously and encourage good habits aid the child’s adult teeth later- even if they don’t know it yet.

Aesthetic Advantage has state-of-the-art educational facilities that can help you take your career to the next level, call us at (212) 794.3552 for more information.

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Do You Experience Dry Mouth Symptoms? | New York, NY

Dry Mouth can be caused by a natural inability of your glands to produce sufficient saliva, medication, aging issues, or a result of radiation therapy. It is a condition in which someone’s salivary glands produce insufficient saliva to keep their mouth wet.

Saliva is important because it naturally prevents tooth decay by neutralizing acids, limiting bacterial growth, and washing away food particles throughout the day. It also makes food consumption easier as enzymes in the saliva aid in the breakdown of food. While dry mouth is an inconvenience, it can also have a notable impact on your general and oral health.

Common symptoms include:

– Dryness or sticky mouth feel

– Bad breath

– Dry or grooved tongue

– Difficulty chewing, speaking, and swallowing

Complications:

– Increased plaque

– Mouth sores

– Tooth decay

– Gum disease

– Sores or split skin around the mouth

Dry mouth habits:

  – Consumption of caffeine and alcohol

– The use of tobacco, antihistamines, and decongestants

– Consumption of sugary, acidic, spicy or salty foods

Some suggestions to alleviate symptoms may include a fluoride tray or rinse to prevent cavities. There are also prescription or over-the-counter artificial saliva or moisturizers to lubricate your mouth. These can be effective means of alleviating discomfort in addition to suggestions made by your physician.

At-home remedies:

– Sip water or chew ice chips during the day and during meals

– Chew sugar-free gum

– Over-the-counter saliva substitutes

– Breathe through your nose

– Utilize a humidifier

Due to the variety of causes for dry mouth, it’s important to discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor. Your dentist however may be a good resource for suggestions about protecting your teeth.

Aesthetic Advantage has state-of-the-art educational facilities that can help you take your career to the next level, call us at (212) 794.3552 for more information.

Aesthetic Advantage proudly serves New York, Atlanta, Florida, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Boston, Rhode Island, California, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

Clinical Instructor Spotlight: Michael Kraus | New York, NY

Dr. Michael Kraus graduated from Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery and has been in private practice for the past 26 years. He’s a clinical instructor at Columbia University and here at the Rosenthal Institute in New York City. He’s also an instructor at the Atlantic Coastal Research Clinic in Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Kraus is very proud of his teaching experience.

With cosmetic and restorative dentistry being Dr. Kraus’s true passion, he decided to open up his own private practice in 2001, which is located on Madison Avenue in mid-town Manhattan. His office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for comprehensive dentistry. He is known for his comprehensive care and attention to detail. Dr. Kraus addresses the needs of the entire oral cavity and the connection to the patient’s overall health.

Dr. Kraus is a spokesperson for major brands such as Colgate, Crest, Sonicare and Trident.

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

Program II: Rosenthal Philosophy and Technique Expanded | New York, NY

This level builds upon the techniques and concepts presented in Level I. This program is limited to 10 doctors and takes place over two weekends, one month apart. Review of smile design principles and philosophy, facial aesthetic design principles for more advanced cases, live patient prep and insertion in our clinic, an introduction to implant placement in the aesthetic zone, case presentation workshop and advanced occlusion lecture, Dr. Rosenthal will also sit with you in a small group setting to discuss difficult and challenging cases, practice concerns and anything for which you need advice. Participate in our marketing panel discussion and bring your practice questions in front of our group of talented dental professionals for resolution.

Program Prerequisites

It is a prerequisite that you have completed Level I. You must have a patient to bring with you to our clinic on Saturdays with a need that falls within our guidelines. Cases must be submitted for pre-approval.

About Our Clinical Session

Clinic takes place on Saturday – both sessions. You will be assigned an instructor personally trained by Dr. Rosenthal who will work alongside you during our clinic session. Your instructor will be available to help you from the beginning all the way to the insertion of your case. Dr. Rosenthal will also be available to assist you with smile design and applying the final finishing touches to your case. Our unique hands-on approach helps you to overcome any fears or obstacles you may have with regard to setting up your case, managing your patients and delivering a beautiful and aesthetic end result.

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

An Overview of Program 3: Masters Group | New York, NY

If there is anything we here at the Rosenthal Institute know, it’s that continuing your education is something we never stop doing. Technology will always evolve, making our industry continuously advance. Aesthetic Advantage offers many programs to further your dental education, ending with Program III: Masters Group. Master the technique and philosophy of smile design. This course will focus on more individual attention and smaller groups—this elite and exclusive group is limited to five participants. We will have small workshops on occlusion, working on models with facebows, and you will participate in an advanced hands-on workshop on aesthetic recontouring on models. You will have the opportunity to wax up your own case and make your temporaries chair-side. You will work on more advanced cases in clinic. This is targeted toward a more individual learning experience in a much smaller setting at a more advanced pace. You will prep and cement an advanced case in clinic alongside an instructor. Participate in our marketing panel discussion and bring your practice questions in front of our group of talented dental professionals for resolution.

The prerequisites are very simple. Once you’ve completed programs I & II, you have qualified to enroll in the Masters Group. Only limited to five doctors a session, you will be assigned an instructor trained by Dr. Rosenthal to help you alongside your procedures. Feel free to ask about any questions you may have in order to be able to provide your patient with the most painless, beautifully aesthetic result. In addition, this program will allow each participant to have the opportunity to listen to many lectures and take part in hands-on learning techniques regarding Dr. Rosenthal’s Philosophy and Technique.

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

Have You Enrolled in the Hands-On Continuum? | New York, NY

Keeping abreast of today’s dental improvements is important in order to give your patients the best care. This is why continuing your education is necessary. Please join us at the Aesthetic Advantage Hands-On Continuum, at the Rosenthal Institute, New York University College of Dentistry. We have a comprehensive 4-day program, spread over two weekends, focusing on comprehensive esthetic and restorative care. Participants will gain advanced knowledge of comprehensive and restorative cases; become proficient in treatment planning and case presentations; and develop the skill needed to perform esthetic dentistry at the highest level with increased confidence. Participants will have the unique opportunity to work hands-on with a patient or choose the option of observing over the shoulder 15 cases being treated from start to finish.

We will have lectures on:

  • Preparation Techniques and Principles of Smile Design
  • Temporization (Chair Side)
  • Review of Material Selection
  • Patient Management
  • Occlusion for Function
  • Efficient Cementation Techniques
  • Periodontal and Aesthetics Combined
  • Combination Cases Involving Implants
  • Lab Communication for a more Predictable Result
  • Marketing and Practice Management

We will have a marketing panel of experts, available to address topics of interest or concerns about your individual practice situations.

Our program gives you the opportunity to be exposed to top speakers, learn cutting edge aesthetic procedures and techniques and be mentored by our clinical faculty. Let us infuse your practice with the excitement, energy and the necessary skills to become more confident and passionate about the practice of dentistry, setting yourself apart from others in your industry!

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

Expand Your Mind: Continuing Your Dental Education | New York, NY

Now that we have generally moved past the age of COVID-19, there is a newfound desire to live life to the fullest and many people have begun to rethink their existence. For many this begins with their career. So many people have said goodbye to their jobs, in search of a more fulfilling existence. Some find a different job; others take a different route – they go back to school.

Deciding to go back to school is a big decision for anyone, but for those of us in the dental field, going back to school is almost a given. After all, technology is constantly changing and improving the way we do things.

Continuing dental education is extremely important for all in the dental field. As a dental professional you should be keeping up with the major changes happening in the industry every day. The world of dentistry is growing extremely fast and will continue to grow over time, making it clear why it’s so important to continue your dental education.

With the technology advancing in such little time now, it’s essential for everyone in the dental field to stay on top of the game. Ongoing training for dental professionals is so important that even most states require that all dentists and hygienists must complete a specific amount of dental continuation education classes each year in order to remained licensed in the field.

Not only is it beneficial to you to continue your dental education, but to your patients as well. Continuing your dental education allows you to provide the best care possible while having access to the last preventative, diagnostic and treatment methods.

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

Aesthetic Advantage: When It’s Time to Think About the Next Step | New York, NY

Do you feel as though your practice has reached its peak? Are you bored with your dental techniques and need a change in your routine? If so, the Dental College at New York University College of Dentistry’s State of the Art Rosenthal Institute is the perfect opportunity to provide you and your team with a completely unique outlook on dentistry. The dental college in New York, not only allows individuals to experience hands-on dental courses but arranges for the most professional guest speakers and mentors to advise individuals on various aspects of dentistry. After what we’ve been through the last few years, it’s easy to want a change.

Senior Instructor Dr. Alvin W. Neff states, “Dr. Larry Rosenthal transformed my practice from average to excellent by implementing the principles he teaches. As a result, my Northwest Arkansas practice is a very successful general dentistry practice which focuses on restorative and cosmetic procedures.

Having personally attended over 2,000 hours of continuing education, I can tell you that Dr. Larry Rosenthal’s seminars, year after year, are the most inspiring and educational of any offered in our profession. He takes great pride in helping others achieve success. This is the true example of a leader. I have met dentists from all over the world at his seminars. The high caliber of dentists who come from all corners of the earth to hear Dr. Larry Rosenthal and to learn about his techniques consistently impresses me.”

Dr. Alvin W. Neff is one of the many individuals who has benefited from the dental college courses offered by Aesthetic Advantage. If you are looking for a way to enhance your professionalism, consider enrolling today.

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers | New York, NY

By Dean C. Vafiadis, DDS

Part 1 of this series on smile design gave an overview of the many facets involved in beautifying smiles by design and the many ways of interpreting what is normal or ideal. Our first article discussed the role of the dentist as diagnostician, artist and scientist in meeting you the patient to decide the best course of action for your particular situation. A detailed analysis of your smile is critical to the correct assessment and the appropriate procedures for change or enhancement.

Porcelain veneers within reason allow for the alteration of tooth position, shape, size and color. They require a minimal amount of tooth preparation – in this case reduction (approximately 0.5 mm of surface enamel) – and are, therefore, a more conservative restoration than a crown, which requires significant removal of sound tooth structure. Although not the only alternative for all esthetic abnormalities, they are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice.

What Is a Veneer?

Simply stated, a veneer is a thin covering over another surface. In dentistry a veneer is a thin layer of dental restorative material, usually porcelain that replaces enamel.

Porcelain was named after its resemblance to the white, shiny Venus-shell, called in Old Italian “porcella”. The curved shape of the upper surface of the Venus-shell resembles the curve of a pig’s back (from the Latin porcella – a little pig). Properties associated with porcelain are high strength, hardness, glassiness, high durability, translucence and high resistance to chemical attack.

Dental porcelain is a type used by dental technicians to create bio-compatible life-like crowns and bridges for dentistry. As you will note from the cases shown, dental porcelains in the right hands can make for spectacular tooth imitations by mimicking tooth enamel perfectly. This is also a testament to the artistic skill of the laboratory technicians with whom the dentist partners in producing life-like precision veneers to create your enhanced smile. The dentist will usually specify a shade of porcelain, corresponding to a set of mixtures in the laboratory containing the porcelain powder. The powder corresponding to the basic tooth color is mixed with water, and then placed in an oven for “firing.” Further layers of porcelain are built up to mimic the natural translucency of the enamel of the tooth.

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