Advanced Technology

Oral Surgery Made Easy

oral surgeryNo one likes the idea of having oral surgery. We get it! No matter how much we geek out over dentistry, no matter how fascinated we are by every procedure, no matter how much advanced training we get, we really don’t want to experience oral surgery ourselves! But we can assure you of one thing: If we HAD to have oral surgery, we would want to have it done right here by one of our experienced colleagues. Comfort and Compassion

Not only is everyone here just as passionate about dentistry as we are, our approach to oral surgery is always gentle, compassionate, and individualized. Whether you need to have a tooth removed because of advanced decay or damage, your wisdom teeth are impacted, or you need gum surgery, you can be sure that no one will ever judge you or increase your anxiety. Instead, our entire team will work together to put you at ease, let you know what is happening at every step, and make sure the experience is as pain-free as possible.

Our Surgical Options

Whatever you need, we have it right here in the comfortable office you are familiar with by a comforting staff you know and trust. There is no need for referrals to another office.

  • Dental implants
  • Wisdom Tooth and other extractions
  • Oral lesion care
  • Oral cancer diagnosis
  • Frenectomy
  • Bone grafting
  • Sinus lift
  • Ridge augmentation
  • Pinhole gum surgery

And much more.

Sedation

Of course we have a variety of sedation options including, IV sedation, to ease you through any necessary oral surgery. Patients tell us they ever felt a moment of pain or discomfort because we tailor our sedation methods to meet each individual need.

We also offer painless anesthetic for even more comfort. Our computer controlled anesthetic delivery system offers one of the slowest, steadiest, most comfortable injections a patient can experience. If you need any type of oral surgery, please come talk to us. We are here to help you get healthy, strong, and smiling again.

Some things just shouldn’t be crooked… and that includes your smile!

Sept4FlossGetting a straight smile might seem like a luxury. Honestly, who has the time or energy to spend time in braces?  It is something most people, especially adults just don’t want to deal with. The problem is, crooked, crowded, or poorly balanced teeth can affect much more than your smile – they can also affect your overall health and wellbeing. Crowded teeth are harder to clean, and flossing can be a real challenge. All those dirty nooks and crannies can lead to severe oral health issues.

In fact, crooked teeth can:

  • decay more easily because of hard to reach plaque build-up
  • cause chewing, speaking and breathing issues
  • contribute to gum disease
  • advance deterioration of the jawbone
  • lead to headaches and other TMJ disorder problems

And that is nothing to make light of! Straightening your smile is clearly more than cosmetic, it’s good for your health too. That makes the idea of straightening your smile just a little bit more compelling, doesn’t it?

We thought so.

Because orthodontic issues are linked to your health, we recommend that kids have an evaluation for braces early, before their jaws stop growing for maximum orthodontic effectiveness. We offer both traditional orthodontics and less visible options to help adults find their healthiest smile, such as:

  • Invisalign
  • 3M Incognito Braces
  • Radiance Clear Braces
  • Ceramic Braces

As a bonus, your smile gets to look terrific too!

For more information about our orthodontic solutions for both children and adults, please give us a call today. We’d love to help your find your perfect smile!

I’d Rather Have a Root Canal

root canal“I’d rather have a root canal than be stuck in traffic.” “Liver for breakfast? I’d rather have a root canal!” “Wow. That board meeting was just about as fun as a root canal.” We have heard all the jokes, and we don’t like them! Not because we don’t have a sense of humor –  you all know we can take a joke – but because they are so wrong!

The truth is, in spite of its bad reputation, a root canal could be your tooth’s best friend. That’s right!

If your tooth is badly damaged, decayed, or infected, a root canal could let you keep that tooth instead of having it pulled.

Why Would I Need a Root Canal?

The most common reason for a root canal is a tooth infection. Untreated, dental infections can worsen and spread into the bone at the end of the root. This infection is called an abscess, and can lead to severe health issues like skin infections such as cellulitis, infection in the jawbone, brain abscess, and pneumonia from the spread of the infection throughout the body.

Yea. We aren’t trying to scare you, but this stuff is pretty serious.

If you have any of the following symptoms, don’t delay, call us right away:

  • Continuous toothache
  • Jaw pain
  • Bad breath
  • Pain when chewing
  • Swollen glands
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Fever

We start by offering sedation dentistry to anyone who is at all nervous or has trouble getting numb, and proceed with all the pampering extras patients have come to expect from our office.

What is a Root Canal?

Patients often ask why the procedure is called a root canal. While the name is intimidating, it is actually pretty simple and descriptive.

Inside your tooth is a network of blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves. This is all contained in what is commonly known as the pulp. This pulp is under the hard surface of your tooth and extends all the way into your tooth’s roots – in other words, the root canal.  When there is infection in this canal it causes severe pain, so maybe that’s where the bad reputation comes from: Infection in the root canal, not the root canal procedure!

To end the pain, save your tooth, and keep you healthy, we remove the dental pulp, along with any debris and infection, and seal your tooth with a porcelain dental crown. Our patients are absolutely amazed at the relief they find.

Now, stop making root canal jokes. If you get a toothache, you are going to thank us for this information. Want more? Give us a call. We are always happy to educate and inform.

root canal diagram

Lost a Tooth? Get a Brand New One with a Dental Implant!

Oct3 oldschoolAs new as they seem, people have been trying replace their missing teeth with dental implants for thousands of years. As far back as the Mayan civilization, people were using tooth-shaped pieces of shell and pounding them into their jawbone to replace teeth. Wow. That takes some gumption, both to be on the receiving end and to perform!

Thankfully, dental implants have come a long way since then! Research on the materials used in modern dental implants started in the 1950s when titanium was clinically observed to integrate with bone, a process called osseointegration.

This osseointegration is what makes implants so special. Because the titanium post fuses with the bone, it replaces the root and supports the jaw, something no other restoration can do. When topped with a beautiful porcelain tooth, the dental implant works exactly like your own tooth!

Why Implants? Why Not Just Choose a Partial or a Denture?

Over 20 million people are missing teeth. That’s a lot of uncomfortable people – people who might be having difficulty chewing, who are embarrassed about smiling, and who feel nervous when they talk. That discomfort can continue for a large portion of these patients who replace their teeth with a traditional prosthetic. Not so much with an implant!

Not only is a dental implant a permanent replacement for a missing tooth, it is the most naturally functioning replacement available. It even keeps your bone stimulated so  bone degeneration is minimized and you stay younger looking and healthier longer. Here at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates we can even attach a full denture to implant posts. This denture can be cared for just like your own teeth and doesn’t cover the roof of your mouth so food is more enjoyable.

Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates Are Here for You!

No matter how many teeth you are missing – from one to all 32 – we have a dental implant solution for you. If you have been told you are not a candidate because of bone loss, ask us about that too. We have a variety of bone grafting services that may make implants possible after all!

STA Computer Controlled Anesthesia

It’s True – Our Injections are Painless!

Do you hate injections? You are not alone. Belonephobia, or the fear of needles, afflicts more than ten percent of the population! And, unlike other phobias, fear of needles can actually make people prone to fainting, according to Martin Antony, a psychology professor at Ryerson University in Toronto and co-author of the book Overcoming Medical Phobias. Says Dr. Anthony,"The possibility of fainting is the most pronounced difference. You don't see that very often in other phobias.

We certainly don’t want to see our patients faint! In fact, we don’t want our patients to be even the tiniest bit nervous when they come to see us. That’s why we offer both sedation dentistry and the innovation of pain-free, computer controlled anesthesia injections.

Why would I want a computer to control my anesthetic injection?

A large part of what makes injections painful, is the pressure of the liquid anesthetic being forced into the gum tissues. Most injections are also delivered by hand, which can make the force inconsistent and sometimes too strong. When anesthesia is delivered by a computer-controlled, anesthesia-delivery system, the injections are slow, steady, and completely comfortable. They are so comfortable, many patients who have routinely requested sedation dentistry no longer ask for it once they experience these breakthrough injections.

How do computer controlled injections work?

To keep the flow of anesthesia consistent, a computer chip in the delivery wand helps sense the density of the tissues in your mouth. When the density is registered, the flow of anesthetic will be adjusted accordingly, dispensing just the right amount to keep you comfortable.

Does it all sound technical and maybe a little overwhelming? All you really have to know is that using a computer to control your anesthetic injections takes the sting out and puts the comfort right where you want it.

If you would like to learn more about this great technology, give us a call today!