Preventive Dentistry

We love helping patients stay healthy and avoid dental problems—even if that means we see less of you.

A key part of preventive dentistry is having regular check-ups, to stop problems before they start or minimize problems before they get worse.

A typical checkup, which we recommend twice a year, includes the following services:

  • Check for problems that you may or may not be aware of
  • Look for signs of cavities/tooth decay
  • Take x-rays of your teeth to check for hidden problems
  • Inspect gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
  • Perform a thorough cleaning to remove tartar and plaque buildup
  • Discuss your concerns, create a customized treatment plan, and demonstrate preventive measures

We also offer preventive services for common problems, such as:

Cavities/Tooth Decay. Bacteria in dental plaque release acids that break down the enamel. While sugar consumption often leads to cavity formation, it’s not an inevitable outcome. Other factors include oral hygiene, diet, individual tooth anatomy, and saliva quality. Severe decay may cause pain. Untreated, this condition can lead to gum swelling, tooth abscess, and eventual tooth loss.

Solutions

  • Fluoride Treatment. These professional strength treatments offer much stronger protection than the doses in toothpaste or tap water, and they take only a few minutes.
  • Sealants. This treatment applies resins to the tooth’s surface, covering the grooves and crevices and making them less likely to harbor plaque.

Bleeding Gums. This condition is a sign of gingivitis, or gum inflammation, and results from inadequate plaque removal. Gingivitis may eventually progress into periodontal disease, where the damage affects underlying bone structure. Left untreated, chronic periodontal disease may lead to loss of teeth. Severe gum disease also increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, complications with pregnancy, and other health issues.

Solutions

  • We offer a range of non-surgical treatments to help keep your gums healthy, correcting early issues before they require surgery.

Headaches and/or Jaw Pain. These symptoms may result from teeth grinding or clenching, a condition known as bruxism. Many patients are not even aware that they grind their teeth at night. Bruxism can damage your teeth and restorations. The condition often causes jaw pain, tension headaches, and discomfort of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Solutions

  • NTI-tss Appliance. This revolutionary, FDA-approved device minimizes the intensity of clenching and grinding and may successfully manage bruxism and TMJ. This oral device covers the front teeth only, making it more comfortable for patients to use.
  • Splints and Mouth Guards. These devices provide full coverage to teeth to prevent damage from nighttime grinding and clenching.

Loud Snoring or Sleep Apnea. People who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing periodically during sleep, which disrupts restful sleeping. (Loud snoring often accompanies the condition.) Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea—the most common form—can negatively affect other aspects of health, leading to heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary hypertension, and other chronic problems.

Solutions

  • Oral Appliance Therapy. We can custom-create and fit an oral appliance that corrects both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. A great alternative to a CPAP machine, this therapy can improve your sleep, restore your alertness, and revitalize your health. A sleep apnea treatment made for NYC!
I love showing patients how to unlearn bad habits they may have picked up when they were younger. Good habits lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles.”
– Dr. Fiona

Call Dr. Fiona for a friendly consultation today.