Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Care For the Entire Family

Oral Surgery

You can try to bite on a wet tea bag to help stop the bleeding and call the office.

Keep biting for at least 30 min or until it stops bleeding

A soft diet and cold things help.

Forceful spitting can disrupt the blood clot and the area will not heal properly. It can also lead to a dry socket, which is a socket with diminished blood supply that isn’t healing. These can be severely painful and can take up to a month to heal.


A post is placed after a root canal. It is used in cases where there is little tooth structure left, and the post as an anchor for the filling.

Once a root canal is completed, the tooth loses its vitality and becomes fragile like dry wood. With extensive forces while chewing, the tooth can fracture and may need to be extracted.

Cavities generally do not hurt. The nerve of the tooth is in the center of the tooth, once decay starts it doesn’t hurt. We aim to restore the tooth at that time. Once the decay enters the nerve chamber, it can lead to pain, discomfort and infection. At that point the tooth would need a root canal or extraction to be treated.

X-rays are important tools for a Dentist to diagnose not only cavities, but bone levels, infections, cysts and in kids the progression of teeth development.

2 times a day for 2 minutes.

Dry mouth can be caused due to many reasons, commonly due to medications. Try chewing gum, and drinking lots of water. Using Biotene can help as well.

Bleeding on brushing usually indicates that you have some level of periodontal disease. You need to come in for evaluation and for a thorough cleaning.

Put on a cold pack on the swollen area and contact the office to be seen immediately.

If there is a temporary filling in place especially after a root canal procedure, avoid eating hard or sticky foods. If the filling does come out, contact the office to have it replaced.

Depending on the type and the number of carpules of anesthetic, numbness can last for a few hours.

If you have just had a filling and the pain is generally on pressure when biting down or just on chewing, it might be that the bite is off and needs to be adjusted. Call the office to have it adjusted. It is harder to assess bite while one is numb.


Baby teeth are important for the development of children. These teeth help them talk, smile, and eat. They are also important in preserving space for the adult tooth that is yet to erupt. If these teeth are left untreated, it can cause infections that can impact the development of the new tooth, along with causing pain and discomfort. That can cause a child to not eat properly and can also affect speech development.

Coronavirus Information


It is very common for the temporary crown to fall off or break. It is made of a plastic like material and is cemented on with temporary cement. Thus on eating, especially hard or sticky foods, it can come off. If it does, do contact the office to have it re-cemented or remade.

To ensure the safety of our patients, staff and community, we are closing our office until the first week of June. We will reopen in June as per the guidance from American Dental Association and the New York State Dental Association to limit the spread of the COVID-19. If you have a dental emergency, we can triage it over the phone to determine if you need to be seen in the office, so please don’t hesitate to call 516 388 5002 or to email at info@pdmfamilydental.com. We will do the best to accommodate you. This decision was not arrived at easily; thank you so much for your understanding. Please keep yourself, your family and our community safe during these difficult and unpredictable times. We will be calling you to schedule your appointments. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates. Look forward to seeing you soon, Keep Smiling! Close