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Dr. Heidi R. Finkelstein D.M.D

Dentist | General Practice

333 N.W. 70th Ave Suite #204 Fort Lauderdale FL, 33317

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Dr. Heidi Finkelstein is a Dentist practicing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Finkelstein specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others. To begin her career, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida and her Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University located locally, in Davie, Florida. She is actively involved in local Study clubs and dental associations at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Finkelstein also has prior experience in research associated with Cystic Fibrosis and H.I.V. She was also recognized by the Department of Diagnostic Sciences Division of Oral Medicine at NSU-CDM for her outstanding Case presentation. Furthermore, she has also been qualified for fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.

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  • How can I fix a cracked tooth?

    Depends on the severity of the fracture. Is your nerve healthy from the fracture? Do you have pain? You will need a radiograph to confirm nerve health before a final diagnosis for repair is given. If the tooth is restorable and there IS nerve involvement, you may need a root canal. Other options for repair: 1) Bonding (white filling material sculpted to look like your tooth. This is a good option for younger patients who may need more treatment in the future. The downside is bonding will stain over time). 2) Conservative veneer - 2-step process that replaces the missing tooth structure with porcelain (a more lifelike material made by a lab). 3) Full coverage crown - used if you broke the tooth enough to need a root canal or to the point where a bonding may not hold on well bc too much tooth structure is gone. Good luck! READ MORE

  • What leads to swollen gums?

    Gum swelling can be from a number of reasons including, but not limited to: 1) inflammation 2) infection 3) poor oral hygiene 4) hormones (fluctuation with monthly cycle and/or pregnancy) 5) adverse effects of medications. You may have a specific or unique reason. Please contact your dentist for examination to determine. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Why does Invisalign hurt my teeth?

    Invisalign is sore because we are moving teeth. Your tooth is surrounded by a ligament that acts like a trampoline for a tooth. When you move teeth, you put pressure and/or stretch these ligaments to move the teeth. If your health history permits, tylenol will work well. READ MORE

  • Does root planing cause gum recession?

    When the gums tighten back up and heal after root planing you can experience some gum recession. However, the recession that you have is actually good (compared to having inflamed and bleeding gums) because it will eliminate large pocket depths and make it easier for you to clean. READ MORE

  • Can I swallow my saliva after tooth extraction?

    Yes, absolutely. Vigorous Spitting could actually put you at risk of dislodging the clot and causing dry socket or for more bleeding! READ MORE

  • Do you need dental anesthesia to remove a cavity?

    You do not NEED to have anesthesia to remove a cavity, but it may be quite uncomfortable if you decide you don't want to be numb. You will also need to stay very still, even with discomfort, to allow your dentist to do their best job for you. I have had people who could tolerate it, but they are few and far between. READ MORE

  • How often should you get a deep cleaning?

    Deep cleaning should only be recommended in the presence of active periodontal disease. Your dentist should take measurements of the pocketing around the teeth and document areas that bleed. Once you have been treated with deep cleanings, it will be recommended that you maintain your mouth health by having maintenance cleanings every 3-4 months. Staying very regular on your maintenance care will help avoid deep cleanings in the future. Missing maintenance visits will put you at risk for activating periodontal disease again and you may require deep cleanings again. Hope this helps! READ MORE

  • Are bone grafts necessary after a tooth extraction?

    If you plan to have an implant, you are much better off having the area bone grafted. It will prevent your bone from resorbing/shrinking. If your bone shrinks too much, you may not be a candidate for implant placement in the future. READ MORE

  • Can I wait a month to fill a cavity?

    The sooner you can treat decay, the better the prognosis. If you wait-you could risk needing a root canal or more involved procedures to save your tooth! The sooner the better! READ MORE

  • Can a dentist fix black triangle teeth?

    Yes! You have several options. Bondings vs. porcelain options can be discussed with your dentist! How exciting! READ MORE

  • What could be the cause of my gum bleeding?

    Bleeding in your gums is usually a sign of inflammation and possibly gum disease. There are two types of gum diseases - Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and Periodontitis(gum inflammation accompanied by bone loss). Gum disease can be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. Your dentist should use a small tooth ruler to check the space between the tooth and the gums. This is an exam (accompanied by X-rays) will help gather information for appropriate diagnosis of gum disease. READ MORE

  • Pregnancy and toothache. What do I do?

    Yes! See a dentist right away to make sure you do not have an abscess. This can be dangerous for you and your baby. READ MORE

  • Can dentists treat sleep apnea?

    This depends on the severity of your apnea. Consult your sleep doctor and your dentist to find out if this is the right choice for you. READ MORE

  • What is the treatment for dry mouth?

    Be sure to drink plenty of water. If you are on any medications you can speak with your primary care physician and find out if that may be one of the side effects of them. You can also use OTC biotene or oasis rinses. READ MORE

  • What are the steps involved in maintaining good oral hygiene?

    It is important to incorporate flossing once a day. I recommend traditional floss since you can "hug" the crevices of the teeth and really remove the debris between them. Check out our facebook and/or website for videos on different flossing techniques around natural teeth, bridges, and implants. www.MyPlantationDentist.com READ MORE

  • I am not very satisfied with my RCT. What should I do about it?

    Root canal treatment can be sensitive from 6 months -1 year after being completed - this is completely NORMAL! If the area presents with swelling, I would recommend seeing your dentist immediately to rule out other pathology such as a gum infection or a root fracture. READ MORE

  • Can calcium deficiency impact teeth?

    That would depend on the age of your son. If the teeth are still forming, then calcium can affect the development. If the teeth are fully exfoliated and developed, the calcium will have less of an effect. But recognize that milk products are not the only source of calcium and if you are worried about your child’s intake, you should supplement with a multivitamin or other foods! READ MORE

  • Is chewing gum often bad for your teeth?

    Congratulations on this huge step to better health! Chewing gum can actually be beneficial in many ways. It can remove difficult to remove food particles from the grooves on the biting surfaces of the teeth. I would recommend selecting a brand of gum that contains an ingredient called “Xylitol”. Oral bacteria can metabolize sugars into acidic byproducts that damage your teeth. Xylitol is the only sugar that cannot be metabolized by oral bacteria, further protecting your teeth from decay. The only downside to frequently chewing gum is that it exercises the grinding and clenching muscles and can increase damage from a grinding or clenching habit. All in all I would agree, it’s still better than your previous smoking habit! Congrats again! READ MORE

  • Can an infected tooth spread the infection to the other teeth as well?

    Yes, it can spread to other teeth, your sinuses and other vital areas-that's why dental infections are so dangerous (and in extreme cases, deadly). It is important to have regular dental visits and have good home care. If the infection is very bad, your doctor may place you on an antibiotic to help control the infection before doing any treatment. It is also important for you to follow thru with the treatment even if you are not having pain because an infection will usually only respond to an antibiotic for a short time before it can become aggressive again and may not respond to antibiotics as well the second time around. READ MORE

  • How can flossing help in maintaining the health of teeth and gums?

    When you ONLY brush your teeth without flossing, you are only removing debris on the smooth surfaces of the teeth (cheek side, tongue side, and biting surfaces). The bristles of your tooth brush alone cannot get between the teeth. Flossing is a means of manipulating out debris BETWEEN the teeth that is missed when you brush only. It is recommended that you floss daily - my recommendation is to do it right before bed when you can remove the debris from your entire day before you go to sleep when the bacteria levels tend to be higher. There is, in fact, a technique to flossing. Please check out our website or facebook page for videos. www.MyPlantationDentist.com https://www.facebook.com/pg/MyPlantationDentist/videos/?ref=page_internal READ MORE

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Heidi R. Finkelstein D.M.D, P.A

333 N.W. 70th Ave Suite #204 -
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317
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