Q&A : All You Need To Know About Long Island Dentistry
Patient education is an important facet of our business. In our Huntington, Long Island office, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot take the time to answer all patient questions, explain conditions and procedures, and empower individuals to take charge of their oral health. Here you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions, which we can expand upon, if necessary, during your consultation.
How can I prevent tooth decay and gum disease?
Lifestyle choices like daily brushing and flossing, refraining from tobacco use, and eating a healthy, balanced diet are most important in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease as you age.
What is the gold standard for replacing a missing tooth?
Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. Made from titanium and screwed into the upper or lower jaw bone, a natural fusing process creates the strongest anchor for one or more prosthetic teeth. Crowns are custom-made of porcelain, ceramic, or resin to match your existing teeth and fit your mouth.
What can I do to improve the look of my smile?
We are able to improve your smile through tooth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, and porcelain crowns. Tooth whitening is a safe, fast, cost-effective way to undo enamel stains and tarnishing from coffee, tea, and wine. Bonding fills gaps in front teeth and changes a tooth’s color with amazing results. Porcelain veneers placed overtop your natural teeth can improve teeth damaged by fracture, darkening, or genetics. Porcelain crowns replace natural teeth that are injured, improperly sized, or misshapen.
Why are my teeth so sensitive?
Sensitive teeth are often due to gum recession, which allows food and water easier access to sensitive nerves. Toothpastes, gels, and dental procedures can be used to improve the feel of your mouth. Gingivitis is another possible cause of sensitive teeth, so it’s best to bring up your concerns with Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at your consultation.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammatory condition occurring when bacteria covers the teeth and enters the gums. The gums become irritated, inflamed, sensitive, and may bleed. Brushing, flossing, and regular hygiene visits are the best way to prevent the condition from occurring or from worsening.
What is periodontal disease?
We call periodontal disease a “silent disease” because most people are diagnosed with little to no symptoms. This chronic disease begins as gingivitis, but worsens if left untreated, causing bad breath, gum recession, mouth sensitivity, tooth pain, and a domino-effect of tooth loss. Through a full mouth irrigation, periodontal cleaning, and local antibiotics, we can typically control the condition without surgery.
What type of filling should I get?
For years, silver amalgam fillings, made from metal alloy and mercury, were the best type of restoration available. Silver fillings harden quickly, are very durable, and cost less. Some insurers will only cover the cost of silver fillings. White composite fillings, made of plastic and ceramic, are preferred by many patients because they match the look of natural teeth better and do not experience heat or cold sensitivities.
If you’re looking for expert Long Island dentistry in South Huntington, look no further than Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. We accept most insurances, offer comfortable sedation dentistry by trained in-house professionals, and perform many procedures same-day for your convenience.