Category: Dentistry

What Should I Look for in a Cosmetic Dentist?

20 Nov 2020 by  admin in Dentistry

Portrait of happy patient in dental chairA cosmetic dentist should have a reputation for excellence, and the patient results to prove it. They should also have fair prices and extremely high standards of cleanliness. Cosmetic dentistry is often defined as a set of procedures that improve the aesthetic appearance of teeth, gums, and bite. These areas are imperative to self-confidence, oral health, and life satisfaction.

When trying to find a top-quality cosmetic dentist in your area, be sure to consider the following criteria before scheduling a consultation.

Check Their Reputation

Reach out to your network of family and friends to inquire about their positive experiences with cosmetic dentists. Speak with colleagues that you know have had dental work, and ask if they are happy with the outcome and their experience.

Online reviews and recommendations from trusted sources are an excellent way to vet prospective dentists.

Examine Cleanliness Practices

A significant factor when it comes to oral health is cleanliness. Any healthcare professional that you interact with should have stringent sanitation policies that ensure the safety of their workspace. A dentist’s office should feel clean and open, and express an overall air of confidence.

When you visit for a consultation, ask to be shown around the facility. If there is anything in your visit that doesn’t inspire confidence, you always have the option of scheduling an appointment elsewhere.

Seek Out Fair Prices

Not only should a cosmetic dentist have great reviews, but they should also have fair prices. Most top-notch dentists use the same or similar materials, so prices should not be too wildly different. Of course, a cosmetic dentist’s prices do reflect their experience, skill, talent, and quality of work. Shop around to find what is a fair price for your location.

Ask for Before and After Photos

Every trustworthy cosmetic dentist will have a portfolio of before and after photos. Looking through past examples of your dentist’s work can give you a clear picture of what they are capable of. If the photos provide models for what you would like to see in your own smile, then this cosmetic dentist may be the right fit for you.

Book Your Free Consultation Today

Searching for an exceptionally skilled and friendly cosmetic dentist in Suffolk County? Contact Rocky Point Dentistry today and schedule your consultation. We have elevated our already-stringent sanitation policies since the COVID-19 pandemic to meet all CDC and government criteria. Our patients’ safety is our #1 priority. We hope to see you in our office soon and take the first steps towards your brand-new smile!

What Can Be Done for Gaps in Teeth?

24 Jul 2020 by  admin in Dentistry

A gap between two teeth, or a diastema, can form anywhere in the mouth but is most noticeable between the two front teeth. Diastemas are more common than you would think, affecting both adults and children.

While some gaps are small or not noticeable in a far corner of the mouth, other gaps are very noticeable and can cause issues with self-confidence. Luckily, diastemas are fairly simple to fix with treatments like dental bonding, veneers, and orthodontics.

What causes gaps in teeth?

Diastemas can occur in both adults and children between any two teeth in the mouth. There are several potential causes for diastemas, including:

  • Jawbone or Tooth Size – Too big or too small teeth or jaw bones can cause extra space to grow between the teeth.
  • Thumb Sucking – Thumb sucking can pull the front teeth forward and form gaps.
  • Oversized Labial Frenum – The labial frenum is the tissue that extends from the upper lip to the gums. If it’s oversized, it can force a gap to form between the two front teeth.
  • Improper Swallowing – A swallow should press the tongue against the roof of the mouth. However, some people push their tongue against their front teeth when they swallow, which can create a gap.
  • Gum Disease – Gum disease can weaken the jawbone, which causes the teeth to loosen and move.

Can gaps in teeth be fixed?

Gaps in teeth can be fixed! In fact, fixing gaps in teeth can help with both smile aesthetics and overall dental health.

Depending of the severity of the diastema, there are a few different treatment options:

  • Dental Bonding – Dental bonding is a treatment in which a tooth-colored resin is attached to the teeth and then hardened in order to bond the separated teeth together. This treatment is one of the fastest and most economical as it doesn’t require the removal of enamel, though the bonding material lacks some of the strength and longevity of other gap treatments.
  • Veneers – Veneers are thin pieces of material, oftentimes porcelain, that are shaped and colored to match your teeth and bonded to the front of your teeth. Like a mask or building façade, veneers cover any dental imperfections including gaps.
  • Orthodontics – Sometimes the gap requires more than a simple cosmetic procedure. Using braces to close tooth gaps means getting braces on all the teeth, as simply closing the front gap would create new gaps in other places. Luckily, there are modern invisible aligners that give the same effects of metal braces without the downsides.

These are just a few of the ways gaps in teeth can be fixed. Speak with your dentist to come up with a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs.

Close your gap at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is open and welcoming patients for all procedures, including those to close gaps in teeth. We are working hard to follow all prescribed safety guidelines to keep our patients and staff healthy.

Call today to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss gap-closing treatment options with our Long Island dentists.

Additional Resources:

  1., Diastema,
  2. Medical News Today, What is a Diastema?

How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

20 Feb 2020 by  admin in Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry


inhalation sedation at dental clinicNo one likes the idea of getting dental work, but for some, the anticipation is so overwhelming that they avoid it altogether. However, sedation dentistry helps people overcome mild to severe anxieties so that they can feel comfortable and relaxed before, during, and after their procedure.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation therapy refers to the use of medications to help ease patients’ anxieties or to prevent pain during procedures. While this can also be referred to as “sleep dentistry,” only general anesthesia– actually causes a patient to lose complete consciousness. In most cases, however, the patient is awake during the procedure but remains relaxed.

Types of sedation dentistry:

  • Inhalation sedation (laughing gas)– This is a minimal sedation level that involves inhaling nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture. The inhalation will relax you during your procedure but wears off quickly enough to be able to leave the office completely aware. In some instances, you may even be able to drive yourself home.
  • Oral sedation– This type of sedation is usually administered as a pill before the procedure begins. Its purpose is to produce a relaxed, sleepy state during the procedure. Depending on your dosage, you may even fall asleep but can still be awakened easily if necessary.
  • IV sedation– This is another moderate form of sedation that works quickly. It also gives the dentist control to increase the sedation level if he notices discomfort during the procedure.
  • Deep sedation – If you need something stronger than a mild to moderate sedation, your dentist may prescribe a higher dose to help you reach a deeper sedation level. However, unlike general anesthesia, you can still be wakened without the need for drugs to wear off or reversed.
  • General anesthesia (sleep sedation) – This sedation is the strongest form, causing complete unconsciousness in the patient. This can be administered in cases of extreme anxiety or sensitivity. However, dentists usually encourage other sedation methods, as anesthesia can have other strong side effects.

Candidates eligible for sedation dentistry

A 2014 study on why people fear the dentist found that nearly 50% of individuals in the U.S. experience anxiety and even panic— from past traumas and discomfort with needles and tools to irrational and uncontrollable fears, all this can be managed with the use of sedation.

Sedation dentistry is an option for patients who:

  • Suffer from dental-related phobias
  • Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
  • Have a small mouth or bad gag reflex
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Need extensive dental work done
  • Have sensitive oral nerves that can cause increased pain during the procedure
  • Have general anxiety or anxiety toward dental work

Schedule a consultation today

If you’re suffering from tooth pain or are just nervous about getting a procedure done, there are options for you. Our dental office is qualified to administer various forms of sedation to make sure you feel relaxed and comfortable during your procedure. Call us today to learn more about our cosmetic dental procedures.


What Is Better – Braces or Invisalign?

22 Nov 2019 by  admin in Dentistry, Invisalign

braces vs. invisalign

Over four million Americans wear braces to correct misaligned teeth. It’s never too late to straighten your smile; in fact, 1 in 5 braces-wearers are over 18 years old. Braces has been a traditional treatment for crooked teeth, but more Long Island residents have been asking about Invisalign at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in recent years. Learn why!


Some children like the look of metal wires and colorful rubber bands – proud of their differences. However, the invisibility of Invisalign treatment is the top reason people choose this method of tooth straightening over traditional braces. Instead of using wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners designed to perfectly fit over the teeth. They are FDA approved and contain no gluten, latex, BPS, or BPA. Most people will never know you have them in.


Braces tightening can be a painful process for children with low pain thresholds. It is common for soreness and discomfort to persist for a few days after the wires are placed. The lips and tongue can become agitated by the presence of metal in the mouth, particularly if a wire or bracket breaks. Kissing another person with braces can cause you to get stuck together. By contrast, Invisalign is painless with smooth surfaces that do not irritate mouth surfaces.


Food can easily get stuck between metal brackets, causing the unwanted buildup of plaque. Popcorn, caramel, corn on the cob, and sticky candies are forbidden foods when you wear braces. Invisalign aligners are simply removed and cleaned after meals. You can eat whatever you want, without worry. Simply remove the aligners before eating or drinking anything but water. Some may consider this a nuisance, but most people find they tend to snack less during Invisalign treatment, which provides an added benefit of weight loss.


The cost of braces range from $3,000 to $7,000, whereas Invisalign costs around $5,000. X-rays While metal braces may seem more affordable, other factors include the frequency of orthodontic office visits. You’ll need to visit the dentist every six weeks to tighten your braces wires. Invisalign users receive several months of trays that are replaced at home every two weeks. No surprise repairs will be needed for the Invisalign trays either.  Many insurance policies willingly cover 25 to 50 percent of the cost for either braces or Invisalign.


Invisalign can treat crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, gap teeth, cross-bite, open bite, and crowded teeth. Braces may be necessary to correct severe oral issues, such as misshapen teeth, tilted teeth, large gaps, intrusion, and extrusion. If you have a dental bridge or porcelain veneers, the Invisalign tray may not adhere to the teeth.

Suffolk County Cosmetic Dentistry

We want you to live your best life and get the smile you deserve as soon as possible. Our office is renowned for award-winning, patient-centered care. A free consultation with Suffolk County cosmetic dentists Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry will help you know for sure whether braces or Invisalign is right for your situation.

Experiencing Tooth Pain? Here’s What Might Be Causing It

13 Sep 2019 by  admin in Dentistry

Whether it’s a constant throbbing pain, a dull ache, or irritation to food or drinks, tooth pain can feel almost impossible to manage. The good news is that you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) live with it. In many cases, correcting the cause of your tooth pain can be a simple and virtually painless procedure that will almost instantly alleviate you from the agony. Plus, getting into the dentist early and receiving prompt treatment can prevent the problem from turning into something more serious and harder to correct.

Read through the most common causes of tooth pain and how they can be treated, then schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine exactly what’s causing your toothache.

Tooth decay or cavities

Cavities occur when things like bacteria in the mouth, excess sugar, lack of brushing, and other factors begin to erode your tooth, causing permeant damage and decay. Sometimes cavities can be painless; other times, a cavity may cause constant dull pain or sensitivity to food.

Treatment: Dentists look for cavities by searching for soft spots, examining x-rays, or looking for obvious signs of decay in the mouth. Cavities are often corrected by cleaning and filling the area with metal, porcelain, or other material.

Tooth Fracture

Trauma to your tooth can sometimes cause the hard dentine to split, crack, or break off. This can leave nerves and other interior parts of your tooth exposed to bacteria, food, and other particles that can irritate the tooth and create a painful sensation.

Treatment: Your dentist can try to save the tooth by patching fractures with a filling, dental glue, or a veneer. In extreme cases, they may need to perform a root canal, place a crown or cap over the tooth, or extract the tooth altogether.

Tooth abscess or Tooth Infection

A tooth can become infected if it has a cavity, fracture, or other tooth damage that is left untreated and the nerve or “pulp” of the tooth is exposed to bacteria and begins to die. The abscess can cause inflammation, often causing extreme pain and sensitivity to the area.

Treatment: Treatment options depend on the extent of the damage and usually involves a combination of the following: draining the abscess, antibiotics, a root canal, placing a cap or crown over the tooth, or tooth extraction. An untreated tooth infection can lead to serious, sometimes deadly, health issues.

Loose crown or damaged filling

Crowns and fillings are designed to patch fractured, decayed, and damaged areas of your tooth in order to protect the inner parts of your tooth from bacteria and substances that can cause infections or irritations. If the crown or filling becomes damaged from either excessive wear and tear, age, or other trauma, it may no longer be protecting the area and can lead to tooth pain.

Treatment: Loose or damaged fillings, caps, or crowns can usually be repaired or replaced quite easily, especially if caught early.

New teeth

All of us go through the “teething” phase as babies and children, and many of us go through this painful process again as teenagers or young adults when our third molars, or wisdom teeth, begin to come in. While some molars can come in without problems, some can become impacted (coming in from the wrong direction) or create serious pain in the gums, mouth, and jaw.

Treatment: Most patients complaining of pain from incoming wisdom teeth will have them removed. In normal cases, this can just mean pulling the tooth. If the tooth is impacted or if there are factors that complicate the removal, you may need to undergo surgical extraction.

Treating tooth pain

If you are experiencing pain in your tooth or mouth, don’t wait to have it treated. Untreated issues with the teeth can quickly grow into larger problems with more extensive and costly procedures. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with our Long Island dentists to discuss your treatment options and stop suffering through tooth pain.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive All of a Sudden?

25 Feb 2019 by  admin in Dentistry

tooth sensitivityTooth sensitivity can happen to anyone, and it often happens abruptly, with little warning. There are many possible causes of tooth sensitivity, but the good news is that it’s also treatable. Talk to your dentist if you experience any unusual changes with your oral health, including persistent tooth sensitivity that causes pain when you consume hot or cold liquids or foods.

Over-the-counter whitening strips

Everyone wants a bright, white smile. If you’ve been using tooth whitening products, like over-the-counter strips or trays, this is likely the cause of your sudden tooth sensitivity. Over-the-counter whitening products can also cause gum discomfort and irritation. A better solution is to see a cosmetic dentist to have professional whitening. Dentists take extra precautions to protect the gums from irritation and the teeth from sensitivity.

The development of gum disease

If you have red, puffy, bleeding gums along with sensitive teeth, then it’s likely that gum disease is the cause of your symptoms. Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that affects countless Americans. If left untreated, gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease) will progress to advanced periodontitis. As gum disease gets worse, the teeth will begin to loosen as the bone and tissues underneath are broken down.

The earlier you see a dentist, the least invasive gun disease treatment will be. Gingivitis is treatable with a deep cleaning technique called scaling and root planing. You’ll also need to improve your oral hygiene habits to keep gingivitis at bay. As your oral health gets better, your tooth sensitivity should subside.

Chipped or cracked tooth

Teeth are pretty strong, but unfortunately, they’re still susceptible to damage like chips and cracks. These breaks in the protective enamel expose the softer dentin underneath, making teeth more likely to become painful when you drink hot or cold beverages. Cracked teeth also let in bacteria from plaque. In severe cases, this can cause inflammation or infection of the tooth pulp. Your dentist may use a bonding technique to deal with minor chips. If the problem is more severe, you may need a crown.

Tooth grinding

Tooth grinding, or bruxism, is something that many people do without realizing it. It often happens at night when the sleeper clenches the jaws together. Over time, tooth grinding can cause the enamel to wear down. It can also lead to chips. Both of these problems can lead to tooth sensitivity. You might also suffer from jaw pain, ear pain, and headaches from the tooth grinding. If you’re a tooth grinder, your dentist can fit you with an oral appliance to wear at night to protect your teeth from damage.

Treatment for sensitive teeth in Long Island

If you live in the Rocky Point area, you can see Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Our team provides both general and cosmetic dentistry services, including gum disease treatments, same-day CEREC crowns, and teeth whitening. It’s our mission to give each patient the beautiful and healthy smile they deserve.

Call (631) 423-6563 to request an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in Rocky Point, NY.

Additional resources:

  1. Everyday Health, 10 Biggest Causes of Tooth Sensitivity,
  2. Live Science, Tooth Sensitivity: Causes, Remedies & Treatment,

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

13 Jun 2018 by  Ali Long in Dentistry

Advancements in cosmetic dentistry provide numerous ways to improve your smile, correct troublesome issues and boost your confidence. There have been major innovations in natural-looking porcelain veneers, tooth whitening options, same-day dental implants and teeth straightening systems, giving you many possibilities for aesthetic and functional enhancements.

If you’re searching for a trusted and reputable cosmetic dentist in Suffolk County – someone who has the training, skill and experience to provide amazing results – we have a few tips to aid in your selection process.

The following criteria may be helpful in narrowing down your choices.

Education and credentials

In addition to a D.D. S. degree from an accredited institution, your cosmetic dentist should have extensive training in various types of cosmetic and surgical procedures including extractions, bone grafting, implant dentistry, laser dentistry, periodontal surgery and prosthetics. Look for membership in professional organizations like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Comfortable, caring environment

Going to the dentist can be stressful for people of all ages.  As soon as you enter the office, you should be in a calm, stress-free environment where patient comfort – and satisfaction — is a top priority. Are the staff personable and open to questions? Does the dentist have a friendly, caring bedside manner? If you’re very anxious, is sedation dentistry available?

State-of-the-art equipment & technology

Cosmetic dentistry is constantly evolving, and the best in the field want to stay abreast with the latest techniques and technological advancements. Does your potential dentist have a fully-equipped clinic with intraoral cameras, diode lasers, digital X-rays, monitor visuals and equipment for screening oral cancers?

Extensive experience in smile makeovers

Cosmetic dentistry is a delicate blend of science and art. Look for a cosmetic dentist who has years of experience honing their skills in the particular treatment you are considering, whether it is Lumineers, CEREC crowns or gum reconstruction. They may even open your eyes to a new solution that will yield even better long-term results. Before and after photos of actual patients who had smile makeovers are another good indicator of expertise.

A good communicator

Cosmetic dentistry can change your appearance dramatically, which means you need to understand your diagnosis, treatment options and what to expect. Good communication skills are essential, as you want a professional who can speak in clear, simple terms and someone who takes the time to thoroughly discuss your concerns, goals and expectations.

Suffolk County cosmetic dentistry

Just about every general dentist offers some cosmetic treatments these days, but when it comes to your smile, do you really want to take such a risk without doing your homework first? At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick strive to stay a step ahead of their peers through ongoing studies, lectures and conferences on the latest technologies and techniques designed to benefit patient aesthetics and dental health.

We invite you to schedule a complimentary consult with a cosmetic dentist Long Island residents have come to know and trust by calling 631.296.0609. Our office is centrally located at 31 Fairway Drive, in Rocky Point.

Additional Resources on Cosmetic Dentistry:

  1. Everyday Health, All About Cosmetic Dentistry
  2. American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Accredited members of the AACD

Top 5 Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

4 Apr 2018 by  admin in Dentistry

First impressions really do matter, especially when you’re on a first date, interviewing for your dream job, or schmoozing with important clients. And when it comes to making first impressions, few things are as impactful as a brilliant, welcoming smile.

If your smile is less than welcoming, it’s time to make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments that can help you make a fantastic first impression.

Teeth whitening

Stained teeth can send the wrong signal. If your pearly whites aren’t quite as white as they should be, you can schedule an in-office teeth whitening visit. Your teeth will be several shades whiter in just one quick appointment. In-office whitening treatments are far more effective than over-the-counter strips, gels, and pastes because they use professional-grade ingredients. Your dentist may have a light-activated system for even better results. Plus, unlike OTC products, your dentist can take extra precautions to protect your sensitive gum tissue during your treatment.

Dental veneers

Dental veneers can be a great choice for some people, especially those who have multiple types of cosmetic concerns. These wafer-thin teeth facades can cover up minor chips, cracks, gaps, and unevenness. They can also camouflage discoloration that doesn’t respond well to teeth whitening. Porcelain veneers are custom-made. Although porcelain itself is durable, veneers won’t last forever, and they may not be a great choice for you if you have bruxism. Your cosmetic dentist can determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers.

Dental bonding

If you do have bruxism, your teeth may develop chips over time. Teeth chipping can also be attributed to sports injuries, workplace accidents, and falls. Your dentist can easily fix minor chips with dental bonding. It involves applying a specially shaded composite resin, which replaces the missing enamel and restores an aesthetically pleasing shape to the tooth.

Composite fillings

Speaking of composite material, do you still have old metal fillings? Silver amalgam has long since fallen out of favor for cavity fillings because it’s unsightly, and because some people have health concerns regarding exposure to toxins. Talk to your dentist about getting those metal patches out of your mouth, and replacing them with composite fillings. The composite material is shaded to match the surrounding teeth, so no one will know that you have a filling or two.


Invisalign represents an amazing milestone in dental technology. By now, pretty much everyone in the developed world knows what Invisalign is—a system of clear plastic aligners that gently straighten misaligned teeth. It’s convenient, comfortable, and discreet, and it’s perfect for dental patients of all ages. Even if you’ve had braces in the past, your teeth might benefit from Invisalign because they can shift out of position over time.

You’ll find all of these cosmetic dentistry treatments—plus much more—at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are known among their patients for their artistry and attentive patient care. Schedule a consult with a cosmetic dentist Long Island trusts! Call (631) 296-0570.

Additional resources for cosmetic dentistry clients:

  1. Colgate, Five Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures,
  2. Teeth Whitening, Teeth Whitening,

4 Things Your Job Interviewer Will Notice

2 Feb 2018 by  admin in Dentistry

Seasoned hiring managers have a sharp eye and a keen attention to detail. They’ll notice things about you that you might have overlooked yourself. If your shoelaces are mismatched, your under-eye bags betray your sleep habits, or you have a slight case of bed hair, you can bet your interviewer will see it.

Granted, your skills, work history, and experience should take center stage in any hiring decision, but everyone knows that first impressions can make all the difference—especially in a competitive job market.

Before you walk out your door to the office you hope you can call your own, take a look at the following checklist.

Your smile

You can camouflage an awful lot of things about your appearance, but a healthy, friendly smile isn’t something you can fake. And if you’re embarrassed about your less-than-ideal teeth, your job interviewer will notice. Imagine that you’re a hiring manager, and you’re interviewing two candidates. Susie walks into your office with an outstretched hand and a genuinely friendly, warm smile. Joanne arrives for her interview with a nervous, closed-lip smile. Joanne says all the right things, but you sense that she might not put clients or customers at ease the way that Susie can. Who would you hire?

The fact is that your smile conveys a lot about your personality. Your smile might tell people that you’re approachable and welcoming—or not. If your smile is more like Joanne’s than Susie’s, it’s time to visit a cosmetic dentist. A simple teeth whitening treatment can be completed in just one office visit. Porcelain veneers will take a little longer, but might still be ready in time for your big interview. If you’re making long-term career plans, then consider dental implants or Invisalign.

Your punctuality

It should go without saying that your interviewer will make a note of your arrival time. Never arrive late to an interview. You should assume that, on your way there, you’ll encounter bad weather, multiple car crashes, and construction-related detours. In other words, leave early. Hang around the neighborhood discreetly if you’re extremely early, and show up at the right office about five to 10 minutes early.

Your wardrobe

It’s much more problematic to arrive under-dressed than over-dressed to a job interview. Don’t go there wearing a tux or a ballroom gown, of course, but do dress as though you care about getting the job. Give your outfit a once-over before you get dressed, and check for issues like loose threads, missing buttons, or visible cat fur.

Your body language

Professional hiring managers are great at reading body language. They can tell when you’re nervous or when you’re calm—and when you’re nervous, but trying to look like you’re calm. Look comfortable, confident, and professional, but don’t try to fake being too relaxed. If there’s a table directly in front of you, you can clasp your hands together and place them on it. Don’t cross your arms, tap a pencil, or fidget. Remember to breathe naturally and show off your smile!

Making great first impressions is what we do

Here at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Suffolk County, we’re all about first impressions. Our cosmetic dentists on Long Island will help you plan your ideal smile makeover. Call us at 631.296.0602 to request your one-on-one consultation today!

More tips on what job interviewers notice about you first:

  1. The Muse, 3 Little Details Interviewers Always Notice,
  2. U.S. News, The 7 Things Interviewers Notice First,

Top 5 Dental Problems in Adults

19 May 2017 by  admin in Dentistry

We tend to think of our teeth as fixed structures attached to the skeletal system. Yet, our teeth are living organs with tissues and nerves that suffer when we consume too much sugar or carbonated beverages, fail to brush and floss regularly, and smoke or chew tobacco. Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offers the best dental care to help patients get back on track when smiles have faded due to the five most common dental problems in America.

1. Dry Mouth

Dry mouth may not seem like an issue worth of a visit to the dentist, but it is important to remember the calcium and phosphate in saliva is what demineralizes the teeth, protecting them from premature decay. People with dry mouth report difficulty swallowing, cracked lips, a metallic taste, persistent bad breath, and sticky mouth feel. Some people experience unquenchable thirst, while others do not. Over 400 medications cause dry mouth as a side effect. It can also result from smoking, traumatic damage to the salivary glands, autoimmune disorders, cancer therapy, drug abuse, stress, and age. At home, you can sip water all day, avoid caffeine, or chew sugar-free gum. Dentists can prescribe saliva substitutes, check for signs of decay, and recommend special toothpastes or gels designed to treat this common issue.

2. Tooth Sensitivity

People with sensitive teeth experience discomfort when exposed to hot or cold beverages, with the worst cases yielding pain while brushing or flossing. Sensitivity can be related to something as mild as worn tooth enamel, or as major as tooth decay, worn fillings, and exposed tooth roots. Gum disease can also cause tooth sensitivity. You can replace acidic drinks with water, use soft-bristled toothbrushes, and avoid at-home teeth whitening products.

3. Periodontal / Gum Disease

The CDC reports that nearly 50 percent of adults over the age of 30 — about 65 million people – have signs of gum disease that range from mild to severe. This common condition, also referred to as “periodontal disease,” starts with gum inflammation called gingivitis and progresses to a bacterial infection caused by microbes that get underneath the gum tissue. As the body responds to this attack, the gums and underlying bone erode. Teeth loosen and chewing becomes painful. A cosmetic dentist may need to remove dysfunctional teeth. Researchers have identified a connection between oral infections and diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, so it’s important to seek treatment at the first sign of gum disease – bleeding while brushing. Regular dental checkups are necessary to catch gum disease before it progresses.

4. Tooth Infection & Decay

More than 90 percent of US adults have at least one cavity, and 1 in 4 people have untreated cavities. The tooth itself can also become filled with bacteria. Following a crack, fracture, or cavity, bacteria attacks the inner pulp tissue of the tooth and the nerves. Sometimes teeth decay simply due to age, as the roots soften and grow more exposed. Severe infections can result in painful swelling and difficulty chewing. The best way to prevent tooth infection is by brushing and flossing daily. Dentists can do root canals to fix the problem. They may also recommend special fluoride rinses, dental sealants, or caps. Bridges, dentures, or dental implants are used to fill in the gaps from missing teeth.

5. Oral Cancer

More than 49,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and roughly 9,750 people will die from it. Slightly more than half of those diagnosed with oral cancer this year will live more than five years. The likelihood of developing oral cancer generally increases with age starting after 40, but is more commonly associated with smoking, heavy alcohol use, and persistent Human Papilloma Virus infections. Regular checkups improve the chances of catching oral cancer early, when it starts as a tiny white or red spot. As the disease progresses, bleeding sores that don’t heal within two weeks, thick hard lumps, numbness, pain, hoarseness, persistent earache, or misaligned teeth may be observed. Treatment requires a multidisciplinary approach with surgeons, oncologists, dental practitioners, nutritionists, and rehabilitation experts.

Get your Long Island dental problems fixed sooner, not later!

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offers a full suite of cosmetic dentistry services to fix these issues and help you protect your smile for years to come. Call (631) 296-0602 to book an appointment with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliott in our Rocky Point, NY office. Here you’ll find fair prices and compassionate service that meets your highest expectations.

Additional “Dental Problems in Adults” Resources:

  1. Huffington Post – 6 of the Most Common Dental Problems, Fixed!, 
  2. CDC – Oral Health At A Glance (2016), 
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