Our Dental Services

Initial Oral Examination

Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. We will perform a complete oral examination which includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.

The Preventive Program

Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where proper oral hygiene is maintained. Our dental hygiene program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. At the initial visit with our hygienist, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits. Sealants placed on permanent teeth of kids and adults that have deep grooves and are prone to cavities

Holistic Dentistry

Holistic dentistry maintains the philosophy that the teeth and associated structures are part of the whole body. This health focused approach to dental treatment means that the teeth, jaw and related oral structures are treated with specific regard to how treatment will affect the entire body. Here at Smile Designs of Long Island East we adhere to this 'Whole Body' approach to oral health care by combining both sound dental science and technical expertise with a passionate concern for his patient's comfort and emotional well-being.

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Gum Disease and Your Health

Every patient that enters our office is given a comprehensive examination, which includes a thorough evaluation of the gums and bone around each tooth. Disease in the gums or jaw bones can contribute to:

  • Stress
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Diabetes
  • Infection


  • If evidence of gum disease does exist, it is usually treated comfortably and without surgery. Treatment is combined with nutritional supplements and herbal mouth rinses that will improve the condition of your gums almost immediately.

    Only a dentist can diagnose the existence and severity of gum disease. People with gum disease have been shown to be at higher risk for stroke and heart disease, and pregnant women with gum disease are seven times more likely to give birth to premature babies.

    Diet and Oral Health

    A person's overall health also influences the strength of his or her teeth. Proper nutrition is an important part of maintaining healthy teeth. It is generally recognized that tooth decay results from bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria produce a harmful acid, which can dissolve teeth. A lack of calcium in the diet or an irregularity in the parathyroid gland, which regulates the amount of calcium in the body, can contribute to the breakdown of once healthy teeth by decreasing their resistance to these acids.

    Non-Toxic Dental Materials

    The goal of dentists has been to develop materials that simulate natural tooth structure as closely as possible, both in strength and appearance. Over the past few years, there has been growing concern about the potential health hazards associated with toxic materials, such as mercury, used in dental materials. Additionally, these mercury amalgams expand and contract, creating a space for bacteria to enter a tooth. This increases the chance of developing cavities, or cracks in the teeth which can lead to pain, sensitivity, fractures, a need for root canal treatment, or even the loss of teeth.

    Recent advances in dentistry have given way to a growing number of options in repairing teeth. Instead of using these "silver" fillings, we take pride in placing tooth-colored, mercury-free fillings and high-quality porcelain inlays, onlays, and crowns. These materials are bonded to the tooth surface, restoring the tooth back to 100 percent of its original strength and beauty.

    Gum Treatment

    Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth. If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no permanent damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings. If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths.

    Crowns & Caps

    The terms dental crowns and caps are synonymous. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, or to prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns are fabricated in a laboratory and are made either of porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed.

    Bridges & Dentures

    A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. There are two basic types of bridges. A fixed bridge which remains in your mouth at all times and is supported by your natural teeth. Removable bridges (partials and full dentures) are removed from the mouth several times a day for cleaning and rest on the gum where the missing teeth are being replaced.

    Dental Implant Restoration

    If a tooth is extracted or missing for some other reason, it is now possible to replace it using dental implants. An implant is like a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It's composed of two main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural-looking smile.

    Invisalign

    Benefits of Invisible Braces Our dentists are able to treat a wider range of complex alignment cases thanks to recent advances in dental technology, including improvements to the Invisalign® system. Among other benefits, Invisalign® aligners are:

  • Removable, allowing you to brush, floss, and eat a variety of foods with ease
  • Virtually invisible
  • Comfortable to wear at all times of the day
  • Customized to fit only your smile
  • Plastic, not metal
  • Easy to clean
  • Cost effective
  • Extractions

    When tooth removal is necessary, we do simple and complex (surgical) extractions with local anesthesia and if needed, we offer oral sedation or nitrous oxide.

    Veneers

    Not All Veneers Are Made the Same. You Deserve the Best, So Accept No Imitations.

    Traditional veneers are generally thicker, and thus require more aggressive and irreversible removal of healthy tooth structure. The extensive preparation technique frequently requires shots and anesthesia to minimize sensitivity and pain, and typically involves placement of acrylic temporaries for over two weeks between visits. The minimally invasive Lumineers technique typically eliminates the need for shots or temporaries, so while you wait for your custom-made Lumineers, you’ll look great and feel great. While many dentists offer veneers, not all dentists have been trained to deliver the signature benefits of Lumineers as we have at Smile Designs of Long Island East.

    Root Canals

    Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges. Symptoms of the infection are generally acute dental pain or sensitivity to hot, cold or percussion. If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend root canal therapy to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.

    Nitrous Oxide

    Nitrous oxide is simply a gas which you can breathe in and breathe out. It's colorless, sweet smelling, non-irritating, and it allows for safer, quicker, and more comfortable dental care. It allows our patients to breathe a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen while enjoying a remarkable depth of relaxation. It virtually eliminates the fear, nervousness, and tension associated with dental procedures. You remain in complete control, you are conscious, and you can follow directions.

    What are the advantages? Laughing gas, which is what nitrous oxide is sometimes referred to, works very rapidly. It reaches the brain within 20 seconds, and relaxation and painkilling properties develop after two or three minutes.

    The depth of sedation can be altered from moment to moment, allowing us to increase or decrease the depth of sedation. Other sedation techniques don't allow for this. For example, with intravenous (IV) sedation it is easy to deepen the level of sedation but difficult to lessen it. With gas, the effects are almost instantaneous. Other sedation techniques have a fixed duration of action because the effects of pills or IV drugs last for a specific span of time whereas gas can be given for the exact time span it's needed for. It can also be switched off when not needed and then switched on again. Although to avoid a roller coaster effect this should not be done too abruptly.

    With nitrous oxide it is easy to give incremental doses until the desired action is obtained. This is called titration. We have virtually absolute control over the action of the drug - preventing the possibility of accidental overdoses. While giving incremental doses is possible with IV sedation, it's not possible with oral sedation. As a result, oral sedation can be bit of a hit and miss affair. For certain procedures, especially those involving soft tissues such as scaling and root planing, inhalation sedation such as nitrous oxide may be used instead of local anesthesia. Nitrous oxide acts as a painkiller; however, its pain-relieving effects may vary from person to person.

    Radiography

    Using the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office. Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to 90% less radiation than with traditional X-ray technology.

    Laser Dentistry

    We utilize state-of-the-art technology and dental materials in order to offer our patients the finest in dental care available. With the most advanced dental lasers, we are able to perform procedures such as some fillings, periodontal (gum) treatment, and many other dental procedures without needing injections. Research shows that laser procedures heal more comfortably too!

    To find out how you can learn more about Laser Dentistry, and our "No Drilling Fillings," please contact our office.

    Teeth Whitening

    Our office proudly uses ZOOM Whitening.

    Get the Whiter Teeth and Healthier Smile You've Been Wanting

    Your smile is the way you greet the world. Why not put your best self forward with the confidence of a more beautiful smile? When it comes to whitening, your dentist is your best resource. Only dental professionals have access to the professional-strength whitening of Philips Zoom. Philips Zoom is the #1 patient-requested professional whitening treatment. In fact, over 10 million patients have already used Zoom to achieve brighter, healthier smiles.

    NuCalm

    NuCalm® is a proprietary clinical system that calms the brain within minutes by bringing alert beta brain wave function down to the alpha range (first stage of sleep). NuCalm is unique because it creates deep relaxation without using narcotics or controlled substances, causes no significant side effects, and requires no recuperative time or supervision. Before NuCalm, anxious patients had two ways to cope with the anxiety induced by a healthcare procedure: chemical sedation or avoid the treatment. With NuCalm, clinicians can create a relaxed experience without doing any harm.

    Source: www.nucalm.com

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    Monday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Tuesday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
    Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Thursday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
    Friday: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

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