Our goal is always to help our patients maintain their oral health and to care for and protect their natural teeth.
In order to maintain good oral health, it is essential that you receive regular professional care. We recommend that patients visit us at least twice a year for cleaning and polishing. During preventive care appointments, our dental team also performs X-rays to detect the presence of any tooth decay. Early detection and treatment of decay can prevent the development of serious problems that require extensive treatment later on.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while and feel that you may be in need of a check-up, please contact us today to find out how our dentists can help you along the path to a healthy smile.
Digital radiographs use digital sensors rather than traditional x-ray film. They are faster, offer clearer image quality with lower radiation and are better for the environment.
Oral Cancer Screening
Your screening will include a visual and physical exam of your face, lips, tongue, gums, throat and oral tissues. The dentist will look for any bumps, swellings, unusual patches of color, ulcerations or any other abnormalities.
We recommend in-office, professional, topical fluoride treatments, especially for children and patients who may be at a higher risk of developing cavities. The fluoride is applied in the form of a gel, foam or varnish, either painted onto your teeth or placed in a tray. We do recommend you wait at least 30 minutes after the treatment to eat or drink, allowing the fluoride time to absorb.
We offer custom-fit mouth guards, made from an impression of your teeth. Mouth guards may be recommended for children and adults who participate in sports and other physical activities and for those who grind or clench their teeth while sleeping.
Sealants are a thin protective coating made from plastic or other materials painted over the chewing surface. They create a smoother surface, which is easier to keep clean and free of bacteria and decay.
Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, may be addressed by following a healthy daily routine – brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Make sure to drink plenty of water and try some sugarless gum to get your saliva flowing. If your bad breath persists, we can perform an exam and a professional cleaning to rule out oral health issues and we will advise you on next steps.
We offer Zoom! Whitening and Opalescence Whitening in our office to restore white, healthy-looking smiles.
Veneers are ultra-thin laminates that are adhered to the front surfaces of teeth to conceal gaps, chips, or discoloration in a person’s smile. These restorations can also be used to correct minor misalignment or add length to smaller teeth to a produce full, beautiful smile.
Composite bonding involved using a composite resin matched to the shade of your existing teeth to repair decayed teeth, chips or cracks, improve discoloration, close gaps between teeth, make teeth look longer, change the shape of teeth, and protect exposed roots.
The Invisalign® system utilizes a series of clear plastic mouth trays that are custom-made to fit comfortably in the mouth and gradually bring the teeth into alignment. Every couple of weeks, you will change to the next aligner in your custom-molded set until the process is complete.
Dental implants are pure titanium fixtures that are surgically implanted into the jaw to serve as bases for crowns, bridges, or dentures. Once an implant has integrated into the jaw, a post is secured to it to provide support for the restoration. The dentists at West Hempstead Dental, P.C. are highly qualified in providing the latest treatment in implant dentistry. Dental implants are considered the gold standard in dental restorations for missing and failing teeth. They provide virtually all the functionality of natural teeth and prevent bone loss that occurs when tooth roots are removed.
Crowns are custom-made tooth replicas that are excellent for restoring the appearance of damaged or decayed teeth. Crowns can also be used to replace teeth that are malformed or misaligned.
Inlays & Onlays
An inlay sits inside the grooves that are within the cusps (points) of the tooth. An onlay, which is larger, fits within the grooves but also wraps up and over the cusps (points) covering more of the surface of the tooth.
Dental bridges are custom restorations designed to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth or teeth attached to a crown on either side. The dentist places the crowns over the teeth adjacent to the gap, which allows the replica to fill in the empty space.
Dentures have enabled millions of people to replace their missing teeth and achieve gorgeous, natural looking smiles. Modern dentures come in a variety of forms and can be used to replace several or all of a person’s teeth.
At our office, we use tooth-colored fillings to preserve teeth that are in the early stages of decay. These fillings will reinforce the structural integrity of your tooth and help insulate it against extreme changes in temperature, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods and beverages without discomfort.
The temporomandibular joints, also known as TMJ, are joints and muscles located on each side of the head in the jaw that make it possible for you to open and close your mouth. Any problem that prevents this system from working properly may result in TMJ disorder, which can be a very painful condition. There are various causes of TMJ disorder including dislocation, arthritis, injury, stress/teeth grinding and tooth/jaw alignment.
Root Canal Treatment
In this procedure, the infected tissue in the tooth is carefully removed and replaced with an inert filling material. After undergoing root canal therapy, a patient usually receives a crown on his or her treated tooth to provide it with a natural appearance and restored structural integrity.
For adults, gum (periodontal) disease is a major cause of tooth loss. These diseases can be caused by bacteria that attack gums, ligaments and bone. Warning signs include: bleeding, red or swollen gums, gums pulled away from your teeth, a bad taste in your mouth and/or bad breath. Treatment will depend on the type of disease and how it has progressed.
Pocket Depth Reduction
During this procedure, the dentist will fold back the gum tissue in order to remove bacteria, and then re-secure the tissue into place. If necessary, irregular surfaces of damaged bone will be smoothed to eliminate areas where bacteria can grow.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat periodontitis (gum disease). The procedure involves scaling bacterial toxins, plaque and tartar from teeth and root surfaces; followed by smoothing any rough areas on root surfaces.
During this procedure, excess bone and gum tissue are reshaped, exposing more natural tooth. This procedure can be used on one tooth, evening out your gum line, or on several teeth giving you a beautiful, natural smile.
The bone grafting procedure involves making a small incision in your gum to expose the bone beneath it and grafting material (which can come from your own body or elsewhere) is added. The grafting material will eventually be absorbed and replaced by your own new bone which will be strong enough to support an implant.
While our goal is always to save your natural teeth, sometimes extractions are unavoidable. There are many reasons an extraction may be necessary including extra teeth, baby teeth that don’t fall out on their own, preparation for orthodontic treatment, severe infection, and wisdom teeth if they are decayed, cause pain or are impacted.