About Dr. Michael Baharestani

by on May 1, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Root canal treatment has traditionally been a feared procedure. Many people in the past have compared painful experiences to root canal. Fortunately, modern procedural techniques and anesthetic make root canal treatment routine most of the time.  Dr. Michael Baharestani takes his time to explain treatment options and procedures needed to reduce anxiety.

What makes Dr. Michael Baharestani different?

Dr. Michael Baharestani is a second generation root canal specialist (Endodontist) practicing at 12 Bond Street in Great Neck.  At his state of the art office, patient comfort and satisfaction are the priority. Dr. Baharestani and his friendly staff maintain a warm and friendly environment to accommodate patients who have pain and require expert care.
Where did Dr. Michael Baharestani obtain his expert skills?
While at NYU Dental  school, Dr. Baharestani excelled and was inducted into the OKU honors society. Following this, he went on to do a general practice residency at The Mt. Sinai Hospital. Ultimately, Dr. Baharestani was accepted into the prestigious Endodontic residency program at NYU.
What are some of the services provided by Dr. Michael Baharestani?
As an endodontist, Dr. Baharestani treats patients who have dental pain that need root canal and root canal retreatment and treatment of dental infections.
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Endodontic infections and antibiotics

by on August 26, 2016 | Posted in Blog
An oral infection can occur when the soft tissue of a tooth degenerates and dies. The soft tissue or pulp can die as a result of: a deep restoration,multiple restorations, trauma, or other sources. Many times in order to treat the source of the infection endodontic therapy or root canal is necessary.
An infection associated with a tooth may occur in a chronic or acute status. A chronic periapical infection is contained or walled off via the patients’ immune system. Although this may give the patient pain antibiotics are not indicated, unless other symptoms exist.
These symptoms may include but are not limited to a facial swelling or a fever.
A patient may have a chronic situation which can become acute. This acute situation includes a facial swelling or abscess.  A variety of antibiotics may be used in conjunction with endodontic therapy to relieve symptoms and attack the source of the problem.
Endodontic treatment(root canal) can be completed by an Endodontist. The Endodontist will use sterile treatment measures to remove as much of the bacteria as possible so the patients body may ideally heal the infected tooth,bone,and soft tissues.
It is these sterile Endodontic procedures which can help the healing process, not the antibiotics. The reason for this is that the source of the infection in Endodontic infections is the tooth and the antibiotics cannot get into the tooth to remove the bacteria.
Dr. Michael Baharestani is an Endodontist, root canal specialist who practices in Great Neck,NY. His practice is solely limited to Endodontics and he uses the most advanced techniques to treat his patients.
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Gentle Endodontic (root canal) treatment

by on August 19, 2016 | Posted in Blog
In the past, Root canal treatment was known to be painful. Some said that it was more painful than giving birth to a child. In fact, the comment was to always compare pain to ‘as painful as a root canal.’
Today, with modern anesthesia root canal treatment is relatively pain free. Endodontists, root canal specialists, can use various anesthetics to provide treatment in an hour appointment. For mandibular, lower teeth, a block anesthetic technique is used. This block technique will provide anesthesia for an entire side of the jaw from the back to the midline, including one side of the tongue. For maxillary, upper teeth, an infiltration technique is used to anesthetize the area adjacent to the tooth being worked on.
The block technique usually lasts longer therefore, it is important to take care after the root canal to not bite one’s lip,tongue, or cheek.
Endodontists, are usually quite adept at providing anesthesia for the most symptomatic teeth. Many times a referring Doctor may refer to an Endodontist because of difficulty with anesthesia.
When needing a root canal contact an Endodontist for an evaluation of your tooth. If root canal treatment is indicated, an Endodontist can provide a comfortable and gentle experience in most cases.
Dr. Baharestani is an Endodontist practicing in Great Neck, NY. His practice is limited to providing root canal treatment to his patients
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Flossing can prevent the need for root canal Proper oral hygiene technique is very important. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing Atleast once per day. These principals can prevent decay and gum disease. If decay in a tooth is neglected this can lead to a root canal. Root canal when necessary can be done by an Endodontist- root canal specialist. Therefore, proper oral hygiene is critical.
When a patient goes for his or her dental check ups, usually every six months, he or she can consult with the dentist regarding proper flossing technique. Flossing can remove particles of food and bacteria that brushing alone cannot address.
There are various types of floss that can be used. Waxed and unwaxed are two types of floss. The best advice regarding the material type of floss and technique can be obtained from your dentist and hygienist.

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Expert rootcanal treatment in greatneck

by on August 3, 2016 | Posted in Blog

An Endodontist is root canal specialist. They provide expertise in diagnosis and treatment of the dental pulp and the surrounding tissues.
Many times it can be difficult to diagnose why a patient is having pain or which tooth is the source. Endodontists can use special instruments to aid in their diagnosis. They often look for tiny cracks in teeth that can cause a lot of pain and that may be invisible to the naked eye. Through the use of a dental operating microscope, it may be possible to see these cracks. The dental operating microscope may help help an Endodontist look for previously untreated root canals. These untreated canals may cause inflammation and infection, which may cause the patient pain.
Other means for finding a source of pain could be looking for clues on radiographs. These clues require a highly trained eye to be spotted. These clues could range from a deep decay to a widening of a ligament to an area of chronic infection.
The technical experience of an Endodontist cannot be matched. Endodontists limit their practice to root canal offering their patients maximum expertise.  In fact, it is this experience which can make the process of having a root canal seem routine and often relatively painless.

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4 Root canal facts to know

by on July 1, 2016 | Posted in Blog

A root removal is often the best answer to a damaged tooth root. Here are 4 things to know about root removal in Great neck that may make it easier to deal with this common procedure.

On a scale of 1 to 10 how much does a root canal hurt?

This is probably the biggest concern for anyone who has to undergo a root canal procedure. The good news is, the procedure should cause no more discomfort than a dental filling.

Many dentists will help alleviate the discomfort of the needle with a little topical anesthetic applied prior. Once your mouth is numb, you should find the rest of the procedure to be tolerable. Talk to Michael Baharestani about any concerns you may have. He should be able to give you a little peace of mind about  pain.

How long is the post root canal healing time?

Luckily, healing time is usually fairly short.  It is normal to feel some discomfort after the anesthetic has worn off, but, within a day or two, you should be able to resume normal activities. Your dentist may also an antibiotic if he or she feels there is a risk of remaining infection. Your tooth and the gum surrounding it could  remain sensitive for two to three days.

Will my restored tooth last?

Once the procedure has been successfully completed and you have a fully restored tooth, you will need to take good care of your mouth. Some dental restorations do need to be replaced over time, but, with the care of your dentist and a good oral health care regime, you can make your restoration last.

Do I have any other options?

If you have been told you need the procedure, the only realistic solution is to have the tooth removed. While this may seem like the easy fix, removing a tooth is always the least favorable choice. Missing teeth can lead to other issues and the restoration to repair it can be more invasive and costly that post root canal restorations.

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Signs You’ll Notice

As a patient, these symptoms will be the most obvious to you:

  • Pain: This can range from dull aches to sharp pains as well as from mild to severe. You may also feel throbbing and the pain may be inconsistent.
  • Gum Tenderness: Tender and swollen gums near the affected tooth may occur. The swollen areas may or may not experience pain when touched.
  • Increased Symptom Frequency: While at first symptoms might be sporadic, they usually increase in frequency and duration.
  • Varied Symptoms: You may experience a combination of these symptoms in various degrees.

Signs Your Endodontist Will Notice

Dr Michael Baharestani DDS Root canal specialist in Great Neck will use these signs to indicate a root issue:

  • Radiolucency: In a routine X-Ray, your dental professional may notice ark spots indicating a damaged root.
  • Gum Boils: The official name is fistulous tracts, but most patients refer to these pimple-like occurrences as gum boils. They typically form at the tip of the tooth root.
  • Darkened Teeth: A single or standout darkened tooth may indicate inner root problems.
  • Exposed Tooth Nerve: An exposed tooth root is a clear indication for professional intervention.

What You Should Do If You Think You Need a Root Canal?

If you are worried you need a root canal, you should:

  • Make an Appointment: The first thing you should do is make an appointment with your dental professional. Go in as soon as possible to catch the issue as early as possible.
  • Submit to Diagnostic Testing: Your dental professional will use a range of equipment like X-Rays to determine the true cause of your symptoms.

After consulting with Dr. Baharestani , ask about the next steps in the process and how to prevent future root canals. Give us a call or set up your appointment online.

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Root canal Glossary

by on June 17, 2016 | Posted in Blog

Clarification on some Root canal terms!


Pulp: Deep inside each of your teeth, underneath the white enamel exterior, is the pulp. Pulp is tissue helps the tooth grow. It also gives the tooth the ability to perceive hot and cold and vibration. Pulp and nerve is good because small cavities can recalcify and solve themsleves but only if the tooth is alive and has not had a root canal. Pulp can become inflamed or infected from deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth.

Crown: A crown is the procedure that strengthens a hollowed out tooth. A crown is necessary after you get a root canal to protect the tooth after the dead tissue has been scraped out during the root canal. You’ll need a crown after your root canal so that you can bite on your tooth and use it normally after a root canal.

Root Canal: A procedure done by a dentist that saves a dead or dying tooth by “mummifying it” — essentially, scraping out the dead issue inside so that the outer portion of the tooth (the white enamel, and the root of the tooth which lives inside your gum) can stay in your mouth, instead of having to be taken out entirely.

Irreversible and reversible pulpitis: Pulpitis is inflammation of dental pulp tissue. If the pulpitis pain is irreversible, this might indicate more serious damage than if the pulpitis pain is reversible.

Endodontist: A dentist who specializes in root canals and procedures that preserve infected or diseased teeth.

Abscess: Essentially a hole in the jawbone. Bone won’t grow in the area around an infection, so this shows up as a dark space on the x-ray.

Percussion sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity, tenderness, or pain when you tap on the tooth.

Hot and cold sensitivity: Just like what it sounds like — this refers to whether your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold drinks.

Lingering and non-lingering pain: Pain that “lingers” (stays around) or does not linger (pain that goes away) are indicators your dentist will use to help determine if you need a root canal or not. When pain is lingering, this means that the tooth isn’t able to recover. When pain is non-lingering, this is a sign that the tooth is able to recover.

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Not many people enjoy going to the dentist, especially when they need major dental work done, but at Michael Baharestani DDS Root canal specialist, in Great Neck, we try and make every experience you have with us as pain free and enjoyable as possible. Root Canals need to be done when the tooth decays from cavities or cracks and the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected. A good sign you may need a root canal is if you have moderate to severe pain when you chew.


How to Prepare

Relax! – Your dentist will inject a numbing agent into your gums before they start drilling. Advil and Tylenol are ok after, but avoid aspirin for at least ten days prior to your visit as it can thin your blood and cause complications during the procedure.

Avoid certain foods – It is best to avoid any foods that are particularly sticky, chewy or hard a few days before your root canal procedure. These foods can get stuck in your tooth and make it a pain for your dentist to remove prior to the procedure. If consuming these types of foods is unavoidable for you, try chewing on the side of your mouth that is opposite of the tooth that requires the root canal. This will also help keep you from experiencing any pain before the tooth can be repaired.

Ask questions – The best way to prepare is to follow your dentist’s instructions. Going to get a root canal can be a daunting experience so if you have any questions or concerns then you should contact your dentist prior to the appointment.

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