Advanced DDS Blog
Did you know that not all dental offices filter their water the same way? It’s disheartening to think that your dentist might not be providing you with the cleanest, safest water possible. At Advanced DDS, you don’t have to worry about that – we use VistaClear.
What exactly is VistaClear, and why is its use so important to our office? VistaClear is an award winning dental waterline treatment system. The water that is filtered through this system is extremely high quality because it’s designed to reduce bacterial contamination in water. The first portion of the filtration system creates an environment that makes certain microbes unable to survive. Then, the filter is able to reduce or remove any surviving heterotrophic microorganisms, yeasts & fungi, and protozoans. You’re probably wondering what these things do to us if we were to use unfiltered water. High bacterial populations are potentially dangerous, especially for patients with compromised immune systems. If the water used has a high heterotrophic bacterial count, there is a possible risk of infection.
The interesting thing is that treatment of waterlines is not currently mandatory, so many dental offices do not use VistaClear. This means that there could be hazardous bacteria in their water! Don’t you want the safest water in your mouth? Advanced DDS wants our patients to have clean, properly filtered water even if it isn’t legally required. This is why we have the VistaClear system in all of our treatment rooms. Your health is our priority, so we want to provide you with the highest quality of care.
It’s no secret that our smile is one of the first things people notice when they look at us. It’s natural for us to want our teeth to look their best, but for those who are missing teeth, this may seem impossible. Tooth loss can be caused by a variety of different factors like disease, injury, and decay, and it can be tough for many patients to handle. Luckily, modern dentistry has afforded patients with a number of options to help restore missing teeth – including dental implants.
Implant dentistry is a unique restoration option that focuses on replacing the root of the tooth, rather than just what lies on the outside. To learn more about this effective and permanent dental restoration, keep reading.
Top 5 Patient-Side Benefits of Dental Implants
- They look, feel, and act like normal teeth. Dental implants are the most natural restoration option available, allowing patients to chew, speak, and more with ease. They look and feel like natural teeth, and unlike other restoration options, they are comfortable and don’t affect a patient’s speech.
- A permanent solution. As the most permanent restoration option available, dental implants can afford patients a bright, white smile for years to come. With good oral hygiene and routine dental visits, dental implants can be a permanent solution for missing teeth.
- Boosts self-esteem. Let’s face it – missing teeth can greatly impact the look for your smile. With dental implants, patients can enjoy an enhanced smile and subsequently, enhanced self-esteem.
- A healthy option. Empty spaces in your mouth caused by missing teeth can have negative consequences, like the eventual deterioration and loss of part of your jawbone. Dental implants work to preserve natural bone, and doesn’t impact any of your surrounding teeth.
- Available in Garden City. We are happy to offer dental implants at our Garden City, NY office. Contact us today online or at (516) 825-1100 to schedule a consultation and find out if this option is right for you.
Dental Implants in Garden City
If you’re ready to achieve the smile you desire, contact us today to find out if dental implants are right for you. Our offices are located in Garden City, and we can be reached at (516) 825-1100. We look forward to hearing from you.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects a person’s breathing. More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation, and many unknowingly live with the disorder.
While most people just associate it with snoring, sleep apnea poses a serious health threat. Breathing irregularities can cause sufferers to wake abruptly throughout the night and sleep poorly, which takes a toll on their daytime alertness and overall health.
A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that those with severe sleep apnea may be up to three times more likely to die prematurely — and that risk increases if the disorder is left untreated. Untreated sleep apnea can also lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, memory problems, weight gain, impotency and daytime fatigue that could cause job impairment or motor vehicle accidents.
There are three main types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form, and occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat closes, which temporarily blocks the person’s airway. As the sleeping person attempts to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring.
In central sleep apnea, the airway remains open, but breathing temporarily stops because the brain does not send signals to the muscles involved in breathing. Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the obstructive and central sleep apnea aspects.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include morning headaches, dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up, constantly feeling tired throughout the day, even after you get 8 hours of sleep a night, and experiencing memory issues, learning problems and not being able to concentrate. Although people who are overweight and over the age of 40 have a higher chance of developing sleep apnea, it can affect anyone at any age, including children.
To treat sleep apnea, a Thornton Adjustable Positioners (TAP) appliance is used. This device consists of two plastic pieces that fit over the upper and lower teeth in order to hold the lower jaw forward during sleep, keeping the airway open. Dr. Brian Raskin is extensively experienced and well-versed in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea. He works closely with a sleep doctor to properly diagnose patients’ problems and custom-fits TAP appliances for each patient.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Garden City
Dr. Raskin offers a variety of treatments for sleep apnea. To find out which one will work best for you or to learn more about sleep apnea, contact his office here. Advanced DDS office is located in Garden City, NY, and can be reached at 516.825.1100. We look forward to hearing from you.
Everyone wants a beautiful, healthy smile. However, the perfect smile may seem out of reach if you have crooked or abnormal teeth. For a long time, metal dental braces were the only way to fix dental issues. Now, clear Invisalign® braces are available as an alternative to metal braces.
Let’s take a closer look at the top reasons to ask your dentist about Invisalign®.
- Invisalign® braces are custom-built for you. The process begins when you make an appointment with an Invisalign® dental specialist. Your dentist will take x-rays to make impressions of your teeth, in order create custom-made, clear aligners that fit your mouth and teeth perfectly.
- Invisalign® braces are comfortable and invisible. Traditional, metal braces can cause soreness and irritation to gums and cheeks. Plus, they can be very unattractive! Invisalign® eliminates these issues, since they are made of clear, comfortable BPA-free plastic, and appear to be invisible on the teeth! Unlike metal braces, Invisalign® braces can also be removed easily. While you must wear them day and night for effective results, you can simply take them off whenever you need to eat, drink, or brush your teeth.
- Invisalign® braces are effective. Invisalign® braces are not only more cosmetically-pleasing, they are also highly effective in fixing teeth. In fact, they have proven to be just as effective at straightening and strengthening teeth as metal braces! Within a year of wearing them daily, Invisalign® helps correct mild spacing or crowding between teeth, as well as various other issues such as overbites, and crossbites.
- Invisalign® braces are affordable. Most patients are under the impression that Invisalign® braces are far more expensive than traditional dental braces. However, Invisalign® is surprisingly affordable, and, is even covered by some dental insurance plans. Invisalign® offers both adults and teenagers an affordable, low-maintenance, and low-pain approach to achieving their ideal smile. Speak with your dentist today to determine if Invisalign® is right for you.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Garden City
To find out more about Invisalign®, or any dental treatments and procedures that we offer, please contact us today. Our offices are located in Garden City, New York. You can book an appointment at (516) 825-1100, or visit us at http://www.advanceddds.com. We look forward to meeting you!
At Advanced DDS, staying up to date with the latest technology and dental procedures is essential.
As important as it is to us, every now and then, a patient will inquire about just how technology plays a part in their treatment and experience in our dental office. With that being said, we thought we’d outline a few of the ways in which technology enhances dentistry and leads to a better result for the patient.
Much of the technology that we offer at our office is beneficial for the patient’s total treatment time. Our CEREC machine, for instance, allows the patient to have a cap or crown custom made for them AND cemented in on the same day. Without a CEREC machine, it would take our office up to two weeks to have crowns fabricated by a dental lab. Dental labs are very busy because most dentists rely on them to fabricate appliances, caps, crowns, etc. By having the CEREC machine in our office, we can offer single appointment treatment for most cases that require caps, crowns, and onlays.
Another good example is Teeth Whitening. Come to Advanced DDS to get your teeth whitened and you will see noticeable results within a couple of hours. But if you try using at-home methods that you can purchase over the counter, it could take weeks, even months for you to really see a difference in the shade of your teeth. ZOOM! Teeth Whitening is great because it is fast, effective, and easy! We have seen patients for ZOOM! Teeth Whitening at our office a day or two before a big event that they had to go to, such as a wedding or family reunion who wanted to brighten their smile for all of the pictures they would be taking — and after one or two hours of ZOOM!, the results are easy to see. At-home methods do help to brighten your smile, but they take much longer. This is because the dosage of active whitening ingredients has to be limited in order for these products to sell over the counter. When you have your teeth whitened by professionals however, a much stronger and more effective whitening gel is used to brighten your smile.
For those who hate the feeling, sound, and smell of the dental drill, Laser technology has come to the rescue! We have the ability to use Lasers for treatment in situations that used to require more invasive techniques like drills. In fact, if your cavity can be treated with a Laser instead of a drill, that also means that most of the time you won’t even need an injection to help you cope with the pain — it’s that easy! Additionally, Lasers can be used to reduce and kill harmful bacteria living in the mouth, removing/contouring bone or tissue, or the removal of cold sores with minimal discomfort.
Another “advanced” treatment method that we offer at Advanced DDS is Sedation Dentistry. Sedation Dentistry involves the placement of an IV in the patient’s hand or arm which allows for the flow of medicine which effectively relaxes the patient. The patient remains conscious, in what we call a twilight sleep — just conscious enough to respond to directions and communicate with the doctor if necessary. Otherwise, the patient does not feel the treatment that is being done and has little to no memory of the entire appointment by the time they leave. Sedation Dentistry is great for patients who are fearful, nervous, or those who have some invasive procedures that have to be done, such as implants, extractions, or bone grafts.
Advances in technology at dental labs has also led to some great benefits for our patients. Hybridge, our full mouth restoration process is a great example. Hybridge essentially includes between 5 and 6 dental implants on the arch of your mouth which work together to stabilize a custom made denture that is fabricated by the Hybridge Dental Lab in Rochester, New York. The Hybridge appliance is very advanced because it is essentially a denture that is made to be permanent. This means that the teeth, gums, and structure of the appliance are far more durable and realistic looking than your average denture. Advances like the Hybridge Full Mouth Restoration are only made possible by the evolution of technology in the dental field in the past decade or so.
Technology’s Impact on Dentistry
The quality and relative ease of dental treatment from the patient’s perspective is only getting better. Current technology at Advanced DDS allows you, the patient, to have significantly less discomfort during procedures, less wait time, and higher quality results. Perhaps most importantly, technological advances in the dental field give you options.Newer treatment methods are available to you as a patient to give you the best options possible. At Advanced DDS, you will always be presented with current technology and treatment options, but you will never be restricted to accept a treatment method you are not comfortable with. Technology, for both the provider and the patient, presents a multitude of options — and you can never have too many options.
This past week was a challenging ones for Americans, particularly those living in the Northeast.
The bombing that took place at the Boston Marathon last Monday, April 15th was a shock for us all. In the hours and days after the bombs went off, millions of Americans were left wondering what would happen next.
Why did this happen? Would the perpetrators ever be caught? Are more attacks planned?
For 5 days straight we all asked these questions to ourselves until Friday, April 19th, when the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was taken into custody.
The reason the attacks were carried out is still unclear. It is still unknown if the two bombers were acting as part of a larger group of terrorists. Everyone is trying to figure out how attacks like this could be prevented in the future.
With all of this uncertainty, a few things have become clear in the wake of this tragic attack:
We banded together as a nation, as a community, and as human beings.
- When faced with unspeakable danger at a public event, hundreds of Americans who were not injured by the explosions ran towards the site of the attack to help those who were seriously injured. The selfless acts of those who ran towards the scene of the crime makes it evident that our sense of community in Boston and as a country was heightened by these tragic events, not diminished.
- When the government, police, and media released photographs of the two suspects, they were asking American citizens for their help in solving the case. American citizens answered this call. Once the photos were released, law enforcement received hundreds of tips from every day people who either knew the bombing suspects or had seen them in person. Every single piece of information that civilians gave to the police led to the death of suspect #1 on Thursday and the arrest of suspect #2 on Friday evening. Without the tips that they received from the people who called in, the suspects might have still been at large for much longer.
Take a look at this great video we just posted that goes over the details and benefits of Invisalign!
Invisalign is well known for being a clear alternative to metal braces, but Invisalign is great for many reasons:
1) Invisalign allows you to see results DURING your course of treatment.
2) Eat as you please! Just take your aligners out and chomp away.
3) Straighten your teeth without worrying about your looks — the aligners are clear and almost invisible to the eye
…and much more
Advanced DDS always offers a complimentary consultation for patients interested in Invisalign. If you have any questions about Invisalign, feel free to call us at (516) 825-1100 during office hours or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org any time.
When you take a stroll down the aisle of your local convenience store or supermarket to pick up a new mouthwash, it can be a very daunting task to select the one that best suits your needs given the array of options, colors, and brand names.
One characteristic that goes across the board for each and every mouthwash on the market is that it will work to freshen your breath.
Here is a summary of the different types of rinses, and the benefits of each:
We recommend these most often for general use to our patients. Antiseptic mouthwashes are intense and will often cause a tingling or burning sensation in the mouth that many people dislike – but their ability to kill germs and bacteria throughout your mouth, teeth, and gums makes the intensity worthwhile if you can bear it. It is important to note that antiseptic rinses contain alcohol, which acts as an anesthetic and disinfectant.
These are great at preventing cavities. We most often recommend fluoride mouthwash for young children and adults who are prone to cavities, having had a history of them in the past. Even if you haven’t had a lot of cavities, using fluoride is a great way to prevent them in the future and strengthen your enamel.
Containing the same ingredients commonly found in whitening toothpaste, a whitening mouthwash will work to remove surface stains on your teeth. Recently, some whitening rinses have added restorative and preventative ingredients, such as fluoride, to serve multiple functions at once.
Alcohol Free Mouthwash
These rinses are preferred by people who don’t like to wash their mouths with alcohol. Their best quality is that they don’t burn your mouth when you rinse – alcohol is the ingredient that causes the burn. But remember, alcohol is found in many mouthwashes because it acts as a disinfectant and activates essential oils that kill germs – so the absence of alcohol may mean fewer germs and bacteria are killed when you rinse.
These are medical-grade rinses to be used for specific reasons as determined by your doctor. It is common for these to be prescribed for patients who have or may be developing gum disease and those who have chronic dry mouth. If you are experiencing issues that require a prescription rinse and come to see your dentist for a regular checkup, the doctor will most likely recommend one for you.
When you take a trip to the dentist’s office, how do you feel? It’s normal to feel a bit nervous or anxious about your oral health – but how do you feel about your doctor? The office? The staff? The atmosphere?
It is all too easy for medical practitioners to neglect how their patients feel and just do the work that is required – nothing more, nothing less. Some doctors feel that their job is simply to see the patient and resolve their medical issues appropirately – and then it’s on to the next one.
At Advanced DDS, however. it is our mission to serve our patients. We want to know our patients as well as we can so that we can treat them appropriately, both medically and personally. For instance, knowing what is important to a patient (looks, functionality, durability, time, etc.) can only come from taking the time to engage in conversation with each and every patient. Many doctors do not take the time to get to know their patients – for us, this is essential.
As we get to know a patient better, we are able to determine the best possible treatment for that specific case. Maybe you work late hours and need to be seen by the doctor at a specific time when you come in. Maybe you are very afraid of the dentist and being in the dentist’s office. Maybe you don’t trust the doctor because of negative experiences with other doctors in the past. Maybe you just want your teeth to look new again.
Whatever the case may be, we feel that getting to know our patients allows us to offer the highest quality of care imaginable. At Advanced DDS, our doctors and staff treat each and every patient to suit their needs and priorities. So be honest with us! It will allow you to be comfortable as you get your work done, and it will allow us to make the best decision for your specific case.