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By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
April 05, 2021
Category: Dentist

Did you know that Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, offers emergency dental services? Although you'll hopefully never need to use them, the services and treatments provided by your emergency dentists, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, can help you protect your smile.

What is a dental emergency?

You may need an emergency dental treatment if any of these things happen to you:

  • Your tooth is throbbing and you feel unwell: If you have a severe toothache and feel terrible, you may have a dental abscess. Abscesses are bacterial infections that affect the pulp in the center of your tooth. Other symptoms may include fever, facial swelling, swollen lymph nodes, and pus around your tooth. Abscesses must be treated immediately to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body.
  • You had an accident and now your tooth is loose: A blow to the face, a fall, or another type of accident can loosen teeth and even move them out of their normal position. You'll need to see the dentist as soon as possible if your tooth is loose. If the tooth has moved, try to gently move it back. If it won't move, don't force it.
  • Your tooth was knocked out: Accidents and blows to the face can also knock out teeth. Rinse the tooth with clean water and place it back in the socket. If the tooth won't fit in the socket, put it between your cheek and gum or in a container filled with milk or your own saliva. Time is of the essence if you knocked out your tooth. Reimplantation of the tooth is possible if you can visit the Norfolk, MA, dental office within an hour of your accident.
  • You have lacerations in your mouth: Your dentist also treats cuts in your mouth. Place a clean cloth against your mouth or face to slow the bleeding during the drive to the dental office.
  • You broke a tooth: Broken teeth can be very painful. Covering the broken ends of the tooth with dental cement, available in dental repair kits sold in drugstores, can dull the pain until you see the dentist.

When you have an emergency, get in touch with the dentists at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, right away. Call your emergency dentists, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, at (508) 850-6992 to schedule your emergency appointment.

By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
February 27, 2020
Category: Dentist
Tags: root canal  

How a root canal from your dentists in Norfolk, MA, can relieve your tooth pain

If you have tooth pain, root canal therapy could be the key to finding relief. Read on to learn how Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, offer this treatment to relieve pain and keep you healthy.


More about root canal treatment

There are many reasons why you might need a root canal. A root canal might be indicated if you have suffered trauma to the tooth from an accident or injury. Deep dental decay is also a frequent reason why a root canal might be needed.

If you need a root canal, there is nothing to fear. A root canal simply involves removing diseased tissue inside your tooth and replacing it with a sedative material that eliminates infection and fluid buildup, relieving pressure and pain. After your painful symptoms have subsided, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth, and that’s it!

There are several signs and symptoms you might need a root canal, including:

  • Tooth pain that increases with exposure to hot and cold foods or beverages
  • Sharp, stabbing tooth pain when you bite down or chew
  • Dull, aching tooth pain that never goes away
  • A red or white bump appearing on your gums
  • Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
  • A tooth becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it


Need dental care? Give us a call

A root canal is nothing to fear. Root canal therapy can eliminate tooth pain and let you keep your smile intact. For more information about root canal therapy and how it can help you, call Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, at (508) 850-6992. Call now!

By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
January 07, 2020
Category: Dentist
Tags: braces  

Braces are an orthodontic method for helping you achieve a straighter smile by repositioning teeth that are crooked or out of place. Braces Bracescan also close gaps between teeth, as well as correct jaw and bite alignment issues. Several types of braces are available and our dentists, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, can help you choose the right type to best suit your needs. For braces in the Norfolk area, visit Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry.

Are There Different Types of Braces?

We offer three main types of braces at our Norfolk dental practice, including conventional metal and clear ceramic. In general, most types of braces involve the use of brackets, wires, and bands. Brackets are affixed to the teeth in the front of the mouth, while bands are placed around the molars. Wires are used to join the brackets and bands affixed to each tooth together.

With both conventional metal braces and clear ceramic the brackets are generally placed on the front of the teeth. All types of braces are highly effective for straightening crooked teeth, closing large or small gaps between teeth, repositioning teeth that are out of place, and correcting jaw or bite alignment issues.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to braces for straightening your smile. Instead of brackets, band, and wires, Invisalign straightens the teeth and closes small gaps using aligner trays that fit over each row of teeth. Similar to braces, the trays gently exert pressure on the teeth to move them in the desired direction. A distinct feature that makes Invisalign an appealing option for some patients is that the aligner trays are clear, which makes them extremely discreet. The trays are also removable so they can be taken out to brush and floss more easily.

How Do I Care for My Teeth When I Have Braces?

Caring for your teeth when you have braces can require a bit more effort. The brackets, bands, and wires can make it challenging to thoroughly clean between and around teeth. However, there are several habits you can develop to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Helpful habits that can help you better care for your teeth with braces include:

  • Avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods
  • Avoid biting into hard candies and foods
  • Avoid biting your fingernails or chewing on pens or pencils
  • Use a water pick when cleaning teeth
  • Use a floss threader to clean between teeth
  • Use an interdental brush to clean around brackets, bands, and wires

Braces can help you achieve the smile you desire by straightening crooked teeth, closing gaps, and aligning your bite. A dentist can help you choose the right type of braces for you based on your needs. We offer a no-cost consult where we can help you choose the right type of braces for you based on your needs and to achieve the best results. To learn more about braces, call Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry at (508) 850-6992 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Minda or Shabtai Sapir.

By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
July 17, 2019
Category: Dentist

Orthodontic treatment is about more than just improving the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Bite and alignment issues can impact your Bracesoral health and even affect your nutrition. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, the dentists at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, offer braces as well as general and cosmetic dentistry services for the entire family.


Fix Your Smile and Oral Health with Braces in Norfolk, MA

Orthodontic problems like crowding or crooked teeth can make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene, which increases the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease by creating a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and plaque buildup.

Depending on the issue, some bite problems can cause pressure and damage to the joints that connect the upper and lower jaw (the temporomandibular joint), increasing your risk of TMJ disorder. In younger children, problems like an overbite or protruding teeth can also increase the risk of soft tissue injuries to the tongue, lips, or cheeks from impact during a fall or from sports injuries.


Types of Bite and Alignment Problems Corrected by Braces

Bite problems result when the upper and lower jaw don't match or align properly when the mouth is closed. Braces and orthodontic therapy helps to gradually shift the teeth into the correct alignment. Although childhood is the best time to get orthodontic treatment, it is never too late, and many people get braces in adulthood to correct bite issues.

Braces can be used for bite problems including:

  • Protrusion
  • Crowding
  • Overbite
  • Excessive spacing
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite


Find a Dentist in Norfolk, MA

For more information about braces and the benefits of orthodontic treatment, contact Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry by calling (508) 850-6992 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Minda Sapir or Dr. Shabtai Sapir today.

By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
April 09, 2019
Category: Dentist
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Going to the dentist can be nerve-racking. Some people even have a hard time thinking about going to the dentist and avoid it, which cansedation dentistry lead to the deterioration of oral and dental health. If you're someone who's afraid of the dentist or suffers from some sort of anxiety at the thought of visiting your doctor, then you should discover how Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, can help relieve your anxiety.

What types of sedation dentistry are available?

There are several methods of sedation dentistry used by your Norfolk, MA, dentist. If you feel sleep dentistry is something you should consider, then here are a few options to consider when meeting with Drs. Sapir to discuss sedation:

  • Oral sedation: Individuals who opt for oral conscious sedation will take a sedative pill about an hour before the procedure or take medication a night before, if that's something discussed with their doctor and is found to be a safer and more comfortable option for them. The patient can be sedated through the whole procedure and they may not remember the dental treatment occurring. Someone will have to drive you to and back from the dentist's office if this is your choice. There are various levels of oral conscious sedation, ranging from a person  who is very much awake during their treatment, but are relaxed and at ease, to feeling more drowsy
  • Nitrous oxide: Oxygen is mixed with the nitrous oxide and is inhaled by the patient through a mask that's put over their face. The sedative, also known as laughing gas, will not put you to sleep, but can help you relax. It's effect is quick and does not leave a residual sedative in your body when you leave the office.
  • IV Conscious Sedation: This is when sedatives are delivered directly into your bloodstream. This is more powerful than oral sedation and has an almost immediate effect. Your doctor monitors you with specialized equipment during treatment. It's advantageous because of its immediate effect and how quickly and easily it can be adjusted if need be.

If you're interested in finding out more about sedation dentistry from Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, call (508) 850-6992 today!