Teeth cleaning “is part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease,” Wikipedia succinctly explains. In addition to your regular brushing, flossing and rinsing, our dental hygienists can help you maintain a healthy smile by using specialized tools and polishers that can clean difficult-to-reach areas and remove hardened layers of accumulated tartar. As the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research points out, regular at-home brushing can only remove surface-level debris and only a professional cleaning has enough power to remove the built-up layers of tartar. We recommend that you come see us every six months to maintain optimal dental health.
Gum disease treatment
Early signs of gum disease include red, sore or bleeding gums and bad breath. Infected gum tissue can lead to bone and tissue loss and contribute to other adverse health conditions like diabetes and stroke. Our advanced treatments for gum disease include: gentle cleanings, non-invasive biofilms, state-of-the-art stain removal and polishing systems, ultrasonic plaque removal, and surgical interventions for the worst case scenarios.
Learn more about surgical treatments for gum disease like pocket reduction, bone and soft tissue grafts, guided tissue regeneration and bone restoration: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-disease-treatments
Lasers are a painless and more precise way of directing energy in the form of light for common dental procedures.
In our dental practice, we use lasers to:
- Detect cavities
- Remove decay
- Prep for fillings
- Harden fillers
- Treat tooth sensitivity pain
- Remove mouth sores
- Speed up teeth whitening
- Regenerate damaged nerves and blood vessels
- Contour gum tissue to correct a gummy smile
- Remove benign tumors
- Speed recovery time and minimize discomfort
As the Academy of General Dentistry points out, there are various advantages to laser dentistry, including a more relaxed dental experience without the need for drilling or anesthesia, better precision, faster healing times, bacteria reduction, and better control of bleeding during surgery.
Metal free dentistry
These days, more and more patients are asking about metal-free fillings. Adverse effects traced to mercury-releasing metal fillings run the gamut from depression, decreased fertility and neurological impairment to gastrointestinal issues, memory loss and Minimata’s disease. The Food and Drug Administration issued a 2009 warning that amalgam fillings should not be used in pregnant women or those with mercury sensitivity. They also reclassified metal fillings from a Class I to a Class II device to indicate the higher risk factor. While there has been no outright ban and the American Dental Association still considers amalgam to be “safe, affordable and durable,” World Health Organization research found resin-based fillings perform just as well as amalgam and offer added long-term health benefits. Surprisingly, Consumer Health says only 6 percent of dentists today are metal-free, so we are pleased to be among the elite! Learn more about metal-free dentistry here: http://educate-yourself.org/cn/mercuryfreedentristy2000.shtml
Migraine headache treatment
If you suffer from severe, pulsating headaches that last four to 72 hours that interfere with normal activities, typically accompanied by noise or light sensitivity and nausea, you are one of 23 million Americans who get migraine headaches. You may not think of headaches as an oral problem, but a migraine dentist can be a tremendous asset. Many dental problems are, in fact, related to headaches. “Temporomandibular joint disorders, toothache, jaw and sinus pain often coexist with headaches. A toothache of nonodontogenic origin may require a team of dentists and physicians to diagnosis and manage,” NYU researchers wrote in the New York State Dental Journal in 2009. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick specialize in creating Tension Suppression System mouth-guards to prevent nighttime jaw clenching and teeth grinding that contribute to chronic migraines. Click here to learn more about our migraine dentistry treatments.
Fillings, crowns and other dental treatments are naturally our first course of action to fix a decayed or damaged tooth whenever possible. However, in some cases, there is too much damage and the tooth needs to be extracted from the socket. In situations where tooth extraction is indicated, it’s good to have a dentist who is also an oral surgeon. As The Colgate Oral Care Center outlines, there are two types of tooth removal procedures: a simple extraction using an elevator and forceps or the oral surgery route involving anesthesia and an incision. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick routinely perform extractions of wisdom teeth, impacted teeth, and broken or degraded teeth. Read more about teeth extraction procedures here: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/tooth-removal/article/tooth-extraction
Few words strike as much fear in the heart of a dental patient more than “root canal.” However, at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we take great care to put you at ease and inform you of all your options. We do not take root canals lightly, but severe infection, inflammation or tooth damage does sometimes require that the inside of the tooth be cleaned, disinfected and sealed prior to restoration so it can continue to look and function like any other tooth.
The American Association of Endodontists recommends it for “efficient chewing, normal biting force and sensation, natural appearance and to protect the other teeth from excessive wear or strain.”
Did you know dental disease is the leading chronic childhood disease – five times more common than asthma?
Pediatric dentistry helps parents solve common problems like:
- Baby bottle tooth decay
- Thumb-sucking related abnormalities
- Tongue thrusting
- Speech impediments
- Early tooth loss
- Accidental damage
A kids’ dentist will perform routine exams and cleanings, as well as answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. Learn more about what to look for in a childrens’ dentist at the the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Affordable Long Island dentist
Struggling to find an affordable dentist on Long Island can now be a thing of the past. Our experienced Suffolk County dentists Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick regularly run special discounts on the most popular cosmetic procedures like in-office whitening, Invisalign and same-day dental implants. In addition, we accept a variety of payment methods and are more than happy to discuss alternative options with you, such as health savings accounts, CareCredit, low-interest medical loans, insurance coverage and in-office finance plans. We believe paying for necessary dental care should be easy! Contact our office to discuss your situation privately and relieve any concerns you may have.
As you search terms like “dentist near me,” you’ll come across many dental providers on Long Island, but few that deliver the range of dental services and compassionate care offered at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We have a long track record of happy patients who praise our communication style that puts them at ease and the impeccable results we provide. We invite you to read about our five-star service on Yelp, Facebook, Google+ and other review sites. If you’re looking for the best dentist on Long Island, give us a chance to prove the quality of our work and become your local dentist of choice. Call 631-296-0609 to have your questions answered or schedule a consultation.
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