Crooked teeth, poor bite, gaps, crowding. They're just some of the problems treated by braces. At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir provide precise and comprehensive orthodontic care for qualified patients of every age. Whether you're a child who just needs some spaces maintained or are an adult who desires a beautifully straight smile, our dental team can help!
Why get braces?
Although cosmetic concerns definitely play a role in deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment, there are other more important reasons. The Academy of General Dentistry maintains that crooked smiles, poor bite, and jaw misalignment contribute to tooth decay, migraine headaches, facial pain, and even periodontal disease. Some individuals have speech problems because of gapped, crowded, and missing teeth.
The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends evaluation for braces by age seven, and most orthodontic patients begin treatment between the ages of 10 and 14. However, more and more adults pursue orthodontic treatment these days because of the increasingly efficient diagnostic and treatment processes. As long as your teeth, bone, and gums are healthy, there's no good reason not to get braces!
What braces are right for you?
Your dentist in Norfolk will determine the course of your orthodontic treatment. Evaluation includes a complete oral examination, digital X-rays, and photographs and impressions.
Children and young teens typically receive correction conventional metal braces and archwires. Additionally, tooth-colored ceramic or lingual braces (mounted on the tongue side of teeth) may be options. Children have the advantage of growing bone structure which allows to correct skeletal problems. Dr. Sapir may leverage in planning treatments that are quicker and making full bracketing at a later date easier. This kind of pediatric orthodontic treatment is termed "interceptive."
Also, for older teens and adults, the dentist may consider Invisalign clear aligners. Favored because of their smooth texture, removability, and discreet appearance, Invisalign appliances can correct minor problems and relapses. They are easy to clean and aesthetically pleasing.
Find out more
Could you straighten your smile? Why not consult with Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry? They love treating patients of all ages and entire families in particular. Braces could be in your future! Call the office today for a consultation: (508) 850-6992.
We are here to assuage your concerns about your upcoming root canal.
Have you recently been told that you need root canal treatment? If so, you may have turned to the Internet to provide you with the information you need to understand more about your upcoming procedure; however, there are a lot of myths and misinformation regarding root canals and our Norfolk, MA, dentists Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir want you to be fully and properly informed about what goes into getting a root canal before it happens.
First and foremost, if a TV show or movie has made you think that a root canal is some crazy form of dental torture, we are here to give you the peace of mind you are looking for. Dental technology has come a long way over the years, which means that many dental procedures are now easier, faster and completely painless. Root canals are just one of these procedures.
Say Goodbye to Pain
Most people who require root canal treatment come into our office because they are experiencing a pretty severe and persistent toothache. In order to get rid of the pain our Norfolk, MA, general dentist will need to perform root canal therapy to remove the inflamed or infected dental pulp (a structure that lies inside the tooth). Advanced dental techniques also ensure that along with providing you with instant relief from your toothache, the procedure really is no more invasive than getting a dental filling nowadays.
And if this wasn’t enough to make you feel at ease, know that we also apply a local anesthesia to the area prior to treatment. This anesthesia will numb the area so that you don’t feel any discomfort while we perform your root canal. Of course, your comfort is our number one priority, so we will continuously check on you and make sure you aren’t feeling any discomfort throughout your procedure.
Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry is so happy you’ve chosen us to give you the comprehensive and tailored dental care that you need. No matter if you are bringing your child in for their first dental checkup or you are experiencing a toothache in Norfolk, MA, we are here for you every step of the way.
Like all good habits, strong oral hygiene habits and routines are usually established in childhood. From regular trips to the dentist to brushing and flossing, introducing children to the benefits of practicing good oral hygiene and preventive dental care will set them up for healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir offer general and pediatric dentistry services for the entire family at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA.
Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should take your child for their first dental exam when the first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday. Despite the fact that primary (baby) teeth are temporary, they still need to be cared for like permanent teeth to prevent tooth decay and dental problems in the future.
How to Get Your Children Excited About Oral Hygiene and Dental Care
Getting your children excited about brushing their teeth and flossing is the first step in making a good oral hygiene routine stick. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Buy them a toothbrush that they will love to use, and replace it every few months on a regular basis
- Teach them how to floss and proper brushing techniques by using yourself as an example, and make it an event that you do together so that they will look forward to the activity every day
- Buy age-appropriate toothpaste
- Schedule dental checkups for the entire family at the same time if possible to help ease anxiety about going to the dentist, and to establish a routine
- Encourage them to eat healthy snacks and to keep up with their brushing and flossing routine by creating fun incentives that make it feel more like accomplishing a goal than keeping up with a chore
Find a Pediatric Dentist in Norfolk, MA
For more oral hygiene tips and preventive dentistry services for the entire family, contact Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry by calling (508) 850-6992 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Minda Sapir or Dr. Shabtai Sapir.
White or brown stains on teeth can occur from several reasons. Sometimes the stain is only on one tooth and sometimes it is widespread throughout the mouth. Developmental defects and /or staining are an esthetic problem and they may indicate a weakened tooth, to which early intervention can be beneficial to the patient. In this blog we will discuss different reasons for staining and developmental defects in teeth and the treatment of them.
A small white or yellow stain on a singular tooth is usually caused from local trauma to the developing tooth. Trauma or infection of a baby tooth can affect the permanent tooth that is developing in the gums under the baby tooth. The result may not be seen until the permanent tooth erupts many years later.
The permeant incisors and first molars start developing in the first year of a baby’s life. Sometimes if the baby was sick, ran a fever or suffered from complications in development after birth we may see white or yellow areas in several front teeth and six-year molars. These are areas of enamel that are hypomineralized and they tend to be weaker and more susceptible to decay. This situation is called MIH (Molar- Incisor Hypoplasia.) It is important to treat the six-year molars early, after their eruption to limit their breakdown and decay. Treatment of the molars may be with fillings or crowns determined by the extent of the defect. Incisors may be treated with bonding, whitening. and/or microabrasion. When a child is old enough crowns or veneers may be considered. Over exposure to fluoride or certain antibiotics as a young child can also cause brown, grey or yellow stains on multiple teeth.
There are also genetic disorders that can affect the overall development of all the teeth, for example Dentinogensis Imperfecta and Amelogenesis Imperfecta. Some disorders affect multiple areas of the body, not just the teeth. In these cases, it is important to be treated consistently from a young age as teeth erupt, along with a long-term restorative plan to preserve as much tooth structure as possible.
Dr. Shabtai Sapir has extensive experience treating many of the defects discussed above and has published numerous scientific articles on these defects. Treatment needs to be preventive as well as provide an esthetic solution. If you or a loved one suufers from any of these issues call Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry (508)850-6992 to set up a consultation.
Before Teeth with white and yellow staining defects After treatment with Enamel Microabrasion
Case of Dentingensis Imperfecta impacting all teeth in the mouth- Pretreatment
If you or a loved one had a dental emergency, would you know what to do? A cool head and some basic first aid knowledge help tremendously. So does having the phone number of your emergency dentist handy. At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Shabtai Sapir and Dr. Minda Sapir have your best oral health in mind. So, when the unexpected strikes, call their office for kind and accurate advice and a same-day appointment when required. Read here about what you can do to prepare yourself before seeing your dentist.
What is a dental emergency?
5 million teeth are knocked out annually in the United States--many due to sports. Additional causes are falls, motor vehicle accidents, or other unanticipated circumstances. Other dental emergencies include:
- Oral lacerations
- Lost or cracked fillings or crowns
- Broken orthodontic appliances
- A severe toothache
- A dental abscess (infection)
- Damaged denture, bridgework, or other tooth replacement
In these cases, treatment cannot wait, and you need to take action right away. Your Norfolk emergency dentists advise keeping an emergency kit handy, particularly if you have children involved in sports. Some basic supplies should include:
- Sealable plastic bags
- One or two bottles of water
- Disposable vinyl gloves
- Dental floss
- Reusable ice packs
- Small hand towels
- Orthodontic wax
- Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
What to do right away
Here are some examples of dental emergencies and what you need to do immediately.
Avulsed tooth You can replant a knocked out tooth by holding it by the crown (top) and placing the roots into the empty socket. Hold it there while going to the dentist's office. If he or she treats and splints it within an hour of injury, you increase the chance that it will survive.
Chipped or cracked tooth The fractured piece should be placed in milk and not left dry,
and brought to your Norfolk, MA, emergency dentist. Cover jagged tooth edges with orthodontic wax. The doctor likely can bond the pieces back in place with composite resin, or for more serious damage, a crown and or root canal therapy may be needed.
A severe toothache Call the office for an appointment. In the meantime, take analgesic medication, and if there is swelling ice your jaw to reduce swelling (10 minutes on and 10 minutes off).
Oral laceration Apply direct pressure with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. If bleeding continues after 15 minutes, get to the hospital emergency room.
Foreign object lodged between teeth Gently try to pry it out with dental floss. If this doesn't work, wait for treatment by Dr. Sapir.
Our dentists are highly trained in emergency and restorative dentistry, and they are ready to help. If you have a pressing dental concern, call Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry right away at (508) 850-6992.
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