Visiting the Dentist

Visiting the Dentist

As vaccine rollout continues throughout NYC with almost six million doses being administered in NYC facilities patients are returning to the city for dental and medical appointments. Many patients have missed their biannual dental check-up and dental cleanings. Without routine hygiene patients' gums will experience inflammation due to plaque and calculus remaining at the gum line. This gum line will become erythematous and bleed over time. Bleeding gums are a signature sign of a patient's need for cleaning. If the bacteria in plaque and calculus remains around the tooth at the gum line over time it will not only result in inflammation but could initiate bone loss around the tooth. Unfortunately, bone loss is irreversible.

In addition to hygiene at dental checkups, a patient is checked for dental cavities routinely. These cavities can grow exponentially when left untreated. As the cavity gets larger it can grow close to the nerve. When the bacteria from a cavity has gone near or into the nerve patients can experience pain and sensitivity. Unfortunately, if a cavity has reached such a size and is in close proximity pending evaluation by a dentist with clinical examination and radiographs a root canal may be indicated to save the tooth. 
Radiographs are used to diagnose cavities.

In addition to high-tech air filtration in every operatory and waiting room, N-95 masks, disposable gowns, disposable instruments, we continue to follow a COVID protocol. We continue to uphold dental sterilization standards that have been in place in dentistry for many years, including but not limited to, autoclaving instruments, cold sterilization, and using disposable products as much as possible. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions, or if there is anything we can do to help you feel more comfortable for your dental visit. 

The last part of a clinical examination during your biannual check-up is your head and neck oral cancer screening. This is a routine part of every examination where the dentist checks the tongue, hard and soft tissues inside and outside of your mouth, lips, lymph nodes and around your neck. April is oral cancer awareness month but this is something your dentists at Metropolitan Dental Care are always checking for. 

Dr. Leelah Jaberi, DDS

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