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Dr. Richard J. Gochman

Dentist

Dr. Richard J. Gochman is a top Dentist in Flushing, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Richard J. Gochman is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Richard J. Gochman is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Richard J. Gochman is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Flushing, New York, Dr. Richard J. Gochman is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Richard J. Gochman
  • Flushing, New York
  • Columbia University
  • Accepting new patients

Is it possible to brush my teeth way too much?

Don’t worry. As long as you are not pressing really hard (do your bristles start to flatten out in a month?), then 4 times a day is perfectly okay.

Dr. Gochman

Should I get all of my wisdom teeth extracted in one appointment?

It is possible to do all 4 at one time, but if you do that. I would recommend having an oral surgeon to do them under general anesthesia or deep sedation

What should I do if my dentures feel loose?

Certainly, the dentures need to be evaluated. Sometimes the same dentures can be relieved, which would be less costly than new ones. Other times, there may be too many issues with READ MORE
Certainly, the dentures need to be evaluated. Sometimes the same dentures can be relieved, which would be less costly than new ones. Other times, there may be too many issues with the current ones, and a new set may be the way to go.

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Anything I can do for my tooth gap?

Gaps can always be fixed. There are 2 options. One is moving the teeth orthodontics, and that can be done with clear aligned therapy. The other way is with veneers. Your mouth READ MORE
Gaps can always be fixed. There are 2 options. One is moving the teeth orthodontics, and that can be done with clear aligned therapy. The other way is with veneers. Your mouth would need to be evaluated for an opinion on which would be the best.

Dr. Gochman

What is the best whitening toothpaste?

Almost all over-the-counter toothpastes that say whitening will work the same. If you are looking for whiter, you should consider kits, or an in-office treatment.

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Should I have my teeth cleaned more than twice a year?

If you notice that you accumulate a lot of plaque- it would be a good idea to try and go every 4 months instead of six.

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My child accidentally ate toothpaste. What should I do?

Good morning, Unless your child ate the TUBE of toothpaste, she should be fine with swallowing the amount that is put on a toothbrush. It is only necessary to put a pea-sized READ MORE
Good morning,

Unless your child ate the TUBE of toothpaste, she should be fine with swallowing the amount that is put on a toothbrush. It is only necessary to put a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on the brush. Most of the cleaning is actually done by the bristles.

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When should I consider porcelain veneers?

Usually you can improve misaligned teeth with an orthodontic procedure such as Invisalign. We have seen many patients that want a much quicker solution- or had previously tried READ MORE
Usually you can improve misaligned teeth with an orthodontic procedure such as Invisalign. We have seen many patients that want a much quicker solution- or had previously tried straightening with poor success. For them porcelain veneers can create the smile you want in as little as 2 weeks!

Rich

Does an impacted tooth require surgery?

If the tooth REQUIRES an extraction it would be a surgery for an impaction. You should know that not ALL impacted teeth need to be removed. If they have no symptoms and are not READ MORE
If the tooth REQUIRES an extraction it would be a surgery for an impaction. You should know that not ALL impacted teeth need to be removed. If they have no symptoms and are not interfering with an adjacent tooth- they can often be left alone.

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How do I know if I need a root canal?

There are some symptoms that suggest the need for a root canal- but obviously since you have discomfort- a dental visit for a proper evaluation and X-ray will be the only way to READ MORE
There are some symptoms that suggest the need for a root canal- but obviously since you have discomfort- a dental visit for a proper evaluation and X-ray will be the only way to know for sure.
I would assure you that your experience this time should be much better.

Dr Gochman

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Can my silver fillings be replaced with white fillings?

Yes, you can certainly have your silver fillings replaced with more modern tooth-colored materials. Depending on the size, the replacements would be either composite filling, or READ MORE
Yes, you can certainly have your silver fillings replaced with more modern tooth-colored materials. Depending on the size, the replacements would be either composite filling, or ceramic onlays or ceramic crowns.

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Can a toothpaste help with tooth sensitivity?

Yes, there are ingredients in the desensitizing toothpastes that will absorb into the teeth to relieve some of the sensitivity. It needs to be used regularly for a few weeks to READ MORE
Yes, there are ingredients in the desensitizing toothpastes that will absorb into the teeth to relieve some of the sensitivity. It needs to be used regularly for a few weeks to start seeing improvements.

How can I close the gap between my frontal teeth?

Oftentimes a situation like that can be remedied permanently with porcelain veneers.

Are there any natural remedies for dry mouth?

In my experience, not wanting to take more medicines (which generally don’t work), the best is sugar-free lozenges and a product called biotene.

Why are some people's canine teeth sharper than others?

Yes, the shape and arrangement of each person's teeth are individual and largely related to genetics, just like skin tone, hair color, etc.

For small kids how frequent should dentist visits be?

You should start with 6 month visits. If your doctor sees that the mouth has been clean and healthy, they MAY suggest annual visits

Are electric toothbrushes any better for the teeth?

Yes. Electric toothbrushes are more efficient and effective in keeping plaque and calculus to a minimum between professional cleanings

I had some bleeding in my gums while brushing. Could it be serious?

Probably not serious if it doesn’t happen normally. If it becomes more persistent or uncomfortable , then schedule a visit to see your dentist.