Earl L. Estwick, DMD, PC

446 Route 304, Suite C • Bardonia, NY • 845-623-4887

Dr. Estwick

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you really do dental procedures as well as large practices in the city?
Why are my teeth sensitive?
What is the treatment for sensitive teeth?
What can I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
What is Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease?
How is Periodontal Disease treated?
What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?
What are white fillings?
How can I improve my smile?
What is Tooth Whitening, Bonding, Porcelain Veneers, and Porcelain Crowns?
What is a Dental Implant?
Do you limit your practice to an age group?
Does your office offer financing for services provided?

Can you really do dental procedures as well as large practices in the city?

Sure! We can because we know every individual patient in our Rockland County, New York, dental practice. They are not a file number. Because we have a healthy and manageable sized practice, we can serve each patient according to their needs. Estwick dental office has the same high tech equipment found in other practices: large and small, as well as the needed skills to do superior work. Back to Top

Why are my teeth sensitive?

There are a number of reasons for tooth sensitivity. Under normal circumstances, the exposed tooth is covered in a layer of enamel for protection. The part of the tooth normally not seen lies under the gum line, protected by cementum. When either of these protective layers are lost and the dentin inside the tooth is exposed to heat, cold, acids, etc. In short: the nerves become irritated.
The major causes are: 
Worn tooth enamel
Tooth decay (cavities)
 Worn fillings
 Fractured teeth
 Exposed tooth root
 Gum Disease. Back to Top

What is the treatment for sensitive teeth?

That depends on the cause. However, a good start is to brush with American Dental Association approved desensitizing toothpaste. The consistent use may resolve your problem.
For damaged teeth, bonding, crown, or inlay, may correct the problem; while receding gums often require a surgical procedure.
Flouride gel, applied in our office, strengthens the enamel in many cases, as does, ultimately, root canal removal. Back to Top

What can I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

A daily routine including brushing twice daily is a great start. However, doing it correctly is the key to a health mouth.
Important fundamentals

What is Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease?

Gingivitis is the early stage of infected gums, also referred to as periodontal disease. It occurs when bacteria invade below the gum line, causing symptoms such as irritated, swollen, and even bleeding gums. As it progresses it can cause damage resulting in loss of teeth. Routine cleaning by our Dental Hygienist can prevent the accumulation of plaque above and below the gums. Plaque harbors bacteria, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. This also reduces the amount of receding gums (the gums contracting leaves the tooth base exposed to bacteria and damage).

Some medical conditions and medication and life style habits make patients more predisposed to gum disease.
Notable symptoms of Periodontal Disease:

How is Periodontal Disease treated?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that can be controlled with ongoing procedures of cleanings, scaling, laser therapy, and antibiotics. In severe cases, generally when the disease has not been previously treated on a regular basis, surgical intervention may be needed. Back to Top

What is a digital X-ray, and how is it different from traditional X-rays?

Digital x-rays are immediately available, and do not have to be processed with chemicals. While that alone is advantageous, they require only about 20 % of the radiation than routine x-rays. Digital pictures show remarkable detail, can easily be transferred, stored, and do not deteriorate. They can be sent electronically to insurance carriers or specialists much faster and easier. Back to Top

What are white fillings?

These are composite fillings made without metal, and are matched to the color of your teeth. See our Cosmetic Dentistry page for further details. Back to Top 

How can I improve my smile?

We offer a number of options to include:
Tooth Whitening
Bonding
Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Crowns
We can help you determine which solution is right for you, when you come in for a consultation. To learn more about these procedures, please see our Cosmetic Dentistry page.   Back to Top

What is Tooth Whitening, Bonding, Porcelain Veneers, Porcelain Crowns?

They are procedures that mask defects in your natural teeth and improve your smile as well as self-esteem. See our Cosmetic Dentistry page for details. Back to Top

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial root inserted into the jaw, to replace one or more missing teeth. An artificial tooth or bridge is attached to the root. There are a number of advantages for those with loose, broken, or missing teeth; and often used for patients with periodontal disease. Dental implants can restore your ability to chew and digest food correctly. Visit our Cosmetic Dentistry page for details. Back to Top

Do you limit your practice to an age group?

No! We are a family dentistry practice that encourages parents, grandparents, and kids. Youngsters are encouraged to come in for comprehensive oral exams, just as the adults in the family are. We believe teaching them how to care for their teeth at an early age will prevent future problems. Our practice offers sealing applications to prevent cavities, especially in the youngest patients, all the way up to cosmetic dentistry and dentures for the older generation. A smile should last a lifetime. Back to Top

Does your office offer financing for services provided?

We sure do! We offer several smile saver options. Give us a call to discuss available financing. Back to Top