Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Udoff is always happy to answer any questions his patients may have about our available dental services and the benefits of trusting your oral health and overall wellbeing in a health centered dentist’s capable hand. He has compiled a list of common FAQs and their answers below for easy access. If you would like to discuss the matter with our team directly, you can also contact us in Middletown, NY. We look forward to assisting you.
What does it mean when dentistry is “minimally invasive?”
Minimally invasive dentistry is based around a simple principle – that any restorative material added to a person’s smile is not as strong as the original structure. That’s why Dr. Udoff primary goal for his patients is the preservation of their healthy teeth. This limits the need for restorative dentistry procedures. Minimally invasive dentistry begins with prevention. The idea behind minimally invasive dentistry is to remove the least amount of tooth structure while restoring the tooth, teeth or full mouth to optimal health. The least of all the minimally invasive procedures utilized is, remineralization. Then, air-abrasion, micro-composite dentistry, and finally bonded indirect dentistry. Your smile can stay strong and healthy for life as we partner together in preserving your oral health!
Are amalgam fillings with mercury safe or not?
This topic is highly controversial in the dental community – you can find several dentists on either side of the argument. Dr. Udoff’s opinion is that mercury is a well-known neurotoxin that has been shown to damage nerve tissue through skin exposure, inhalation and ingestion. In addition, mercury also contributes to serious health problems like asthma, bronchitis, fibromyalgia, and heart disease. He can review his research on this matter more extensively with patients during a first appointment.
Can you remove my mercury fillings?
Yes! Removal of mercury fillings is the time when a person is most susceptible to the effects of exposure. Our team uses state-of-the-art equipment to keep patients safe during the removal process, including removing the mercury in large chucks, use a high-volume air filtration system, , a high-speed evacuation system for optimal results and an amalgam separator
Can stress really affect my dental health?
Yes. “Stress is a non-specific response of the body to demands made upon it.” Selye, H: Stress without distress. Although stress is natural, the ways in which peoples bodies adapt to stress is highly individual. An individual’s resistance to stress is one of the causative factors in the breakdown of their dental health. Constant stress may lead to the development of a bite disorder, tooth decay, musculoskeletal problems and the inability of the oral structures to function properly in unison. If you are experiencing a lot of muscle fatigue or severe headaches, Dr. Udoff strongly suggests scheduling a consultation so that he can review your condition comprehensively and provide a full-body, musculoskeletal approach to treatment as needed.
I’m experiencing a lot of jaw pain. Can you help me?
Yes. Chronic jaw pain may be caused by habitual bruxism (teeth grinding), worn teeth or the, presence of TMJ disorder/TMD . Dr. Udoff is extensively trained in the field of jaw pain. In fact, he uses subjective questioners, advanced imaging, vibrational analysis, dopler, EMG and CMS to deferentially diagnosis your TMD and/or musculoskeletal dysfunction. Once diagnosed he provides a custom-tailored therapy to assist in the restoring harmony to you, your smile and your body.
Should I be worried if my gums are bleeding after I brush and floss?
Experiencing oral bleeding on a regular basis is not a harmless occurrence – far from it. Most likely, it is a telltale symptom of gingivitis and/or periodontal disease. Gingivitis can be reversed with no lasting effects by learning the proper techniques of home care. Whereas, periodontal disease is a gradual oral infection that can cause patients to lose adult teeth in its most advanced stages. Dr. Udoff takes this threat to your oral health and wellbeing very seriously. We offer extensive preventive measures (including a Dental Fitness Plan) and effective therapy options to combat its progression and help restore health to your oral structures.
How can a Dental Fitness Plan help me?
Our Dental Fitness Program will track a patient’s ongoing periodontal health in a comprehensive fashion, cataloging important information like plaque buildup, oral bleeding, and the depth of periodontal pockets. Creating scores on the patient’s level of health. These scores are tracked over time allowing the patient to see changes occur and make adjustments to your personal oral hygiene at home resulting in a stronger, healthier smile.