Pain Free Dentistry

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.

New York Dentists on Benefits of Laser Dentistry Technology

new york dentists, laser dentistry,great neck cosmetic dentistry Great Neck, NY – Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates, a highly skilled group of Great Neck dentists, operates with the mission of “blending the art and science of dentistry to meet the unique dental health needs of patients.” In their ongoing pursuit to provide patients with state-of-the-art technology, the practice has embraced the use of lasers in a variety of dental treatments ranging from gum disease procedures to cavity care. According to the dentists at Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates, laser dentistry is reshaping the way that both doctors and patients approach dental procedures.

For periodontal treatments, Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates are utilizing laser technology on almost 100% of their patients. The dentists say the lasers are great tools, allowing the removal of tissue and tooth decay without the use of a drill. Using a laser also makes it possible for dentists to perform procedures, which heal 30-40% faster than traditional incisions. In addition, the dentists say they are using lasers to manipulate and reshape bone.

Laser dentistry is a much more conservative form of treatment than traditional methods. Instead of open procedures where the inner gum is exposed, the dentists say laser treatments can reach beneath the surface of the gums to kill off bacteria and even reshape the bone. They add that prior to laser dentistry, this would not have been possible without surgically opening the gums. There are many benefits associated with laser-assisted dental treatments, including significantly less trauma and gum recession with pain reduction of about 80%. Since no incisions are necessary, the dentists say the healing process becomes uneventful because there is virtually no pain, no swelling, and no inflammation after treatment. The dentists at Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates add that patients are healing so quickly that they are no longer delaying or avoiding dental treatments, which in the past have involved much more pain.

For patients concerned about the safety of laser use in dental procedures, Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates say the laser is entirely made up of light, which poses no danger to personal health and does not contain harmful radiation. The dentists add that these lasers are designed to operate at specific wavelengths that are set to target water molecules residing in bacteria and in soft tissue and bone. Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates, a Great Neck cosmetic dentistry practice, say that lasers can also be used to remove any abnormalities found in the mouth, such as canker sores and many different kinds of growths that are often completely healed within a few days.

About Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates

Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates has been serving patients’ dental needs for over thirty years. The team consists of top dentists in every area, including general, cosmetic, reconstructive and sedation dentistry, who are dedicated to providing each patient with individualized care using the highest quality materials and state-of-the-art technology. The practice focuses on all areas of dentistry, including periodontal care, endodontic treatment, pediatric dental care, and dental care for elderly patients. The practice also offers a wide rage of cosmetic dental procedures including dental implants, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and orthodontics.

To contact Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates, visit their website at greatneckdentalassociates.com. The Great Neck office is located at 611 Northern Blvd., Suite 100,
 Great Neck, NY 11021, and can be contacted for appointments at 516-708-4019. The Mid-Island office is located at 400 South Oyster Bay Road, 
Suite 201, 
Hicksville, NY 11801, and can be contacted for appointments at 516-960-5619. The center’s Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/Greatneckdentalassociates.

What are you afraid of?

Do you suffer from anxiety before a dental visit? Do you put off necessary treatment because you are afraid? Don't worry- you're not alone. The American Journal of the American Dental Association has estimated that close to 30 million people have fears of visiting the dentist. At Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates we strive to make each visit as comfortable and worry-free as possible. Below are some helpful tips that can eliminate that fear.

1. Listen To Your Favorite Tunes: Music is a great way to get your mind off your visit. Bring your headphones and an Mp3 player next time you come in and listen to your favorite bands while getting a procedure done. Whether you're listening to Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, or Maroon 5- your visit will surely go by quicker.

2. Who, What, Where, When, Why: For many patients anxiety comes from the "not knowing" and we want to change that. Ask our assistants and hygienists what they're doing, how it will benefit you, and what the outcome will be. Understanding these things will help ease anxiety because you will know what to expect.

3. Make A List: Regardless if you are afraid of needles and drills or have had a bad experience with your previous dentist, we want to know. Create a list of your concerns and bring it with you to your next dental appointment. We encourage all of our patients to voice their fears that way we can work together to minimize stress and make visits more comfortable.

A Patients Dream Come True...

Painless dentistry has received a lot of buzz in the dental community recently and we are excited to share with you what all the chatter has been about! Since our office began treating patients with a laser instead of conventional drill, we have received nothing but positive reviews and ovation. Laser dentistry is transforming our office and how we treat our patients. Typically in conventional dentistry the use of local anesthesia with a needle and shot is usually necessary so that the patient has no pain. The drill that is used typically causes discomfort from the vibration, heat, and pressure. The end result of a simple filling with the use of a drill causes a numb lip, which often restricts eating and speaking until the anesthetic wears off.

Many of our patients who have been treated with the laser have been pleasantly surprised that in fact it truly is painless! The laser that our dentists use is called the Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG laser made by Biolase. The Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG uses laser light and a gentle spray of water- that's it!

Laser dentistry is changing the way our patients view dental visits. Just ask our patient Jennifer Murillo who had work performed by our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Weiner. "When I came in as a new patient for a check-up and cleaning I was told I had numerous cavities. Never having a needle at the dentist's office before I was a little apprehensive. Dr. Weiner was very reassuring that everything would be fine, which it was, but as we talked he mentioned he had gone for training to remove cavities using lasers. I was stunned! He told me it would be coming to the office very soon. I had appointments for three weeks in a row to have the cavities removed- one so deep that I was numb from 3:30pm until almost 9pm that night. On my final visit the laser machine had arrived and I had the option to try it. WOW is all I can say!!! No numbing cream, no shot, no nothing. There was no pain during the procedure that I felt at all. My mouth had to stay very wet for the laser, which made me gag a few times (I can't lie). Once the suction was moved to a better location I wasn't filling up with so much water. When the procedure was completed Dr. Weiner told me I could go right then to eat a steak. Hopefully I can stay cavity free from now on, but if not, the laser is definitely the way to go!"

At Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates we pride ourselves in treating patients with the most up to date technology in our industry. We are so excited at the positive feedback laser dentistry has brought to our office. Please contact us today if you would like more information about this procedure or if you would like to schedule an appointment with us.

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will help maintain your oral health but there is another easier way. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry released a list of ingredients that can assist in maintaining and improve your overall smile. Eating these foods can help prevent tooth decay, inflammation, as well as bone loss. Below we've included out favorites...

 Basil- reduces bacteria in the mouth

Carrots- consist of Vitamin A which helps the formation of tooth enamel

Cheese- helps prevent tooth decay

Lemon- a natural whitener

Onions- reduces certain bacteria that causes decay

Wasabi- includes compounds that arrest bacteria growth

Quinoa- this grain is loaded with including calcium that helps strengthen your teeth

Pineapple- is packed with Vitamin C and the enzyme Bromelain that promotes healing in the mouth

 

Including these tasteful ingredients in your daily diet will not only improve  your oral health but your overall health too. You can find the entire list of ingredient's along with delicious healthy recipes for your next BBQ or dinner party on the AACD's website. If you have a recipe that consists of these ingredients PLEASE share it with us on our Facebook page.

Bon Appetit!

Waterlase Technology and Pain Free Dentistry

Our Long Island dentists at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates are very excited to announce they are now offering the latest breakthrough in laser based dentistry. We are now using the Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG Laser from Biolase. You may have seen this technology featured on the show “Doctors”. We are proud to say that we are one of the few practices in the tri-State are currently using this exciting technology. The Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG system is a revolutionary dental tool that combines laser energy and water to perform a variety of dental procedures often with no anesthetic because it’s virtually painless. There is no need to use a drill and the U.S. FDA has approved its use for procedures such as root canal therapy, restorations such as simple fillings or even crowns and dental implants.

The Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG will definitely make visits easier for even the most apprehensive patient. The procedures preformed using this laser are far less invasive and therefore far less traumatic than any other current treatments available. Studies have shown that 80% of necessary procedures that are postponed by patients are due to the fear of discomfort during the procedure. We feel with the Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG laser we may have solved this problem.

Please call or email us if you would like to find out if this exciting new technology would be appropriate for you.