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By: johnc1
Court Street Family Dentistry
Annoying discomfort in one of my molars during a recent Friday was pain by Sunday. Big problem: my home and dentist are in Michigan. I'm living temporarily in Agawam on a job assignment. I fortunately found this website and reviews for several dentists, including Dr. Zive (Court St. Family Dentistry). First thing Monday I phoned Dr. Zive's office because one review indicated he would come to his office for emergencies outside of office hours and that he personally answered or returned patient calls. I got his answering service, however, and nearly hung up when I learned he was on holiday that week. Despite my protest that I didn't want to disturb his vacation, the service said he would call me within the hour, which he did. He listened to my problem and told me without hesitation to meet him at his office in Westfield. When I got there I was second in line to a little girl who'd chipped her tooth over the weekend. The bottom line: Dr. Zive effectively treated my problem that morning (severe gum infection) and I was back to normal before the end of the week. The following Monday I was in his office again for a complete exam and followup treatment. I have gingivitis and missed a treatment by my Michigan dentist due to my extended travel. Dr. Zive and his excellent hygienist came to the rescue heroically in my view, with compassion, a sense of urgency and thorough professionalism. Dr.'s equipment and his techniques are the latest, and the dental-chair-side manner of he and his staff are as warm and friendly and competent as you will ever find. I have an excellent dentist in Michigan of similar caliber against whom I'm measuring my impression of Dr. Zive and his staff. I recommend Court Street Family Denistry to anyone in-a-throbbing-tootache (or hearbeat). John C.
Tips & Advices
  • If a tooth decays and the nerves or pulp (soft internal tissue which helps teeth develop) become inflamed or infected
  • If a tooth is cracked or broken and nerves are exposed
This generally depends on any specific issues you wish to address with your teeth. There are toothpastes designed to whiten teeth, fight cavities, decrease sensitivity, prevent bad breath, resist gingivitis, and those specific to children (with lower fluoride content). There are also toothpastes that offer “complete” protection by combining aspects of many of the above toothpastes.
It’s recommended to get a professional cleaning at least two times per year.
  • Desensitizing toothpaste numbs the nerves in the teeth that can cause discomfort.
  • Mouth guard can protect against grinding teeth during sleep.
  • Fluoride treatment can be applied by dentists to sensitive areas to numb teeth and strengthen enamel.
  • Root canal can treat problems in a tooth’s core.
  • Surgical gum graft where a piece of gum tissue is removed from a section of the mouth to cover an exposed root.
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but there are certain signs that can help you and your doctor determine if yours should be:
  • Wisdom teeth are pushing other teeth around, causing pain and misalignment
  • Cysts form around newly emerged wisdom teeth, causing jaw damage
  • Gums get inflamed and swollen, causing cavities and pain
  • Doctor determine from x-rays that wisdom teeth will cause problems in the near future

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