When should I bring my child to the dentist?
We recommend children have their first dental visit around the age of three. Of course, if you notice a problem earlier than this age, such as discoloring of the teeth, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldstein for an evaluation. Dr. Goldstein sees children regularly at eight years old and up.
At what age do children require braces?
Children sometimes get braces as early as age seven or eight if they have a jaw bone discrepancy. Otherwise, it’s around the same time that their permanent teeth erupt, around 11 or 12.
When should wisdom teeth be removed?
It’s best to remove wisdom teeth in the mid-teens, before they have fully developed, and the risk of complications is its lowest.
How long does bleaching last, and is it dangerous?
Bleached teeth will stay lightened for a long time, but your personal habits will determine the exact length. Drinking coffee and black tea, eating dark-colored sauces and foods, and smoking will degrade whitening effects sooner. We recommend periodic touch-ups, catered to your lifestyle and preferences. Bleaching is perfectly safe and will not damage the tooth enamel, although minor, transitory sensitivity is normal following bleaching.
What’s the best way to correct crooked, stained teeth without braces?
Porcelain veneers, often called “instant orthodontics,” are the best way to correct minor misalignments and stains without braces. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Goldstein designs and places porcelain veneers from his Randolph dental office. See the results of some of our patients!
How long do porcelain veneers last?
On average, porcelain veneers will last about 10 years. We advise patients with porcelain veneers to avoid biting fingernails, chewing ice, and using the teeth as tools, as these activities could damage the veneers and shorten their lifespan. Regular visits to the dentist and thorough at-home hygiene will lengthen the lifespan of your veneers.
Which is better, a tooth-colored or silver filling?
The longevity of tooth-colored fillings is approaching that of silver. In some cases, they may outlive a silver filling. The distinct advantage of a tooth-colored filling is that it looks like a tooth and is chemically bonded to the remaining tooth structure, thereby strengthening the tooth.
In addition, it does not contain mercury. While the ADA has ruled that mercury fillings are safe, Dr. Goldstein has decided not to take any chances with patient health. He prefers the safety of composite and the all-white smile it maintains.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure to save a tooth that has been infected. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and sterilized. Generally, a tooth that has had a root canal will need a crown. Learn more.
What is an implant?
An implant is a small titanium cylinder used to replace a missing tooth. The implant is placed in the jaw bone and serves as a replacement for the tooth's root. Learn more.
Does an implant hurt?
Most patients tell us that there is nothing more than just a little soreness after the surgery.
How long does an implant last?
The success of an implant depends on many things. Generally, they are about 90-95% successful. Oftentimes, they will last a lifetime.
Are sealants necessary for my child’s teeth?
Yes, sealants are very important in preventing decay in cavity-prone surfaces of teeth. Once placed, a sealant can protect teeth for about five years.
Can Periodontal disease really cause heart disease?
There is countless research that concludes that an elevated CRP (Cardio Reactive Protein) goes hand in hand with periodontal disease. This is a marker that is used to predict heart attacks. It is said that flossing can add 6 to 7 years to your life.