Pediatric Dentists in Nesconset NY

Our Pediatric Dental Services


All of our services are specific to your child and their needs. We will always explain all the options and discuss all treatment with you and your child if you desire. Ample time is always given to explain all conditions and treatments. For children and families there is no one size fits all. We can often be flexible.


Preventive and Diagnostic


An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. During an oral evaluation, a thorough examination of the mouth, head, and neck is performed to detect abnormalities.
Regular cleanings help keep gums healthy and teeth cavity-free. A dental cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque and polishing of the teeth to remove stains and prevent further buildup of plaque.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.
Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, cysts and check the progress of previous procedures. Advances in technology now allow for digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure more than 50 percent, and produce instant, high-quality images that can be viewed immediately by the dentist and the patient.
During a regular check-up, oral hygiene instructions are given to both patient and parent.  Good home care can reduce the risk of plaque and tartar build-up which can lead to cavities. Instructions include proper techniques for brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinses.
Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities.  The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.
Many sports require athletes to use a mouth guard to protect their teeth while practicing and playing. Frequently used in contact sports, the mouth guard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.

Pre-formed, ready-to-wear mouth guards can be purchased inexpensively at many sporting stores, but they do not always fit well. They can be uncomfortable and interfere with talking and even breathing.

Sporting goods stores also offer semi-custom mouth guards, in which the plastic is heated and then the athlete bites on it while still warm to provide some level of custom fit.

Your dentist can make a custom mouth guard by taking an impression of your teeth and then creating a device fitted to your mouth for the highest level of both comfort and protection. A custom fitted mouthguard can be particularly important for athletes who wear braces.

Our office can even use your favorite sports team or other designs to create a truly custom mouth guard!


Aesthetic


Cosmetic bonding is the process of filling or restoring teeth with a tooth-colored material in order to maintain a natural appearance.
Whitening, also known as bleaching, is the procedure used to brighten teeth. We offer professional grade but teen safe home bleaching supervised by our doctors. Speak to your doctor to see if this procedure is correct for your child.
Icon offers the ability for our doctors to treat and remove white spots that might be unsightly. This treatment is especially helpful after orthodontic treatment that may leave white decalcifications on anterior teeth. Icon treatment is easy and allows us to treat with out drilling, shots or removing any tooth structure. Ask our doctors if Icon is right for your child or young adult.

Restorative


Tooth-colored fillings are the most lifelike material used to fill cavities. Composite fillings can be done in one visit. Once the decay is removed, the tooth is filled with this composite material that hardens immediately after placement.
Root canals involve treating decay that is inside of the tooth. If the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is damaged it will gradually decay if left within the tooth. The pulpotomy  involves removing the pulp, cleaning out the root canals, and packing the canals with material that will help restore the tooth until it is time for it to exfoliate (or fall out on its own naturally).
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the outside of a severely decayed or malformed tooth. Unlike most adult crowns pediatric crowns can be completed in one visit. We offer stainless steel crowns and under certain circumstances white ceramic crowns for primary teeth
A tooth that can not be saved or needs to be extracted for orthodontic reasons may need to be removed. While this may seen especially scary our specialist are trained in the most minimally invasive techniques. Strong topical anesthetic jelly is placed before the area will be numbed with local anesthesia. Often nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is used to calm the patient.

Pain Free & Sedation Dentistry


Our advanced dental lasers allow most of our restorations to be done with out the need for shots or any local anesthesia (novacaine/lidocaine). Most children find that laser dentistry is far more comfortable than traditional methods using drills.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe option for some children. The nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask that fits over your child’s nose. Mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide allows the patient to breathe normally through their nose, and within seconds they should start to feel more relaxed. Your child remains awake and able to communicate throughout the appointment While using nitrous oxide your child will be breathing more oxygen than is in the normal room air and is completely safe with no known allergies. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the mask is removed and your child can return immediately to normal activities or school. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for your child.
Sometimes larger treatments require that the child’s tooth is numb with local anesthetic. Because of our dental lasers we use far less local anesthetic than most other dental offices. When needed our doctors use a special extra strong topical anesthetic first. As pediatric specialist our doctors excel at pain free injections.
IV Sedation, also called general anesthesia, uses medications to allow the patient to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment. Patients with high levels of anxiety or with special needs may benefit from IV Sedation.  General anesthesia can also be a good option for patients with extensive tooth decay or for patients who are undergoing surgical dental procedures.  The doctor can discuss the risks and benefits of general anesthesia to help you decide if this is a good choice for your child.
When necessary, and after a discussion of all treatment options, IV sedation uses medications to allow the patient to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment. Patients with high levels of anxiety, with special needs, or extensive treatment plans may benefit from IV Sedation. The doctor can discuss the risks and benefits of general anesthesia to help you decide if this is a good choice for your child.

Our office uses a medical anesthesia team consisting of an anesthesiologist and nurse or second anesthesiologist. The medicines and monitoring equipment that our office uses is the same as what would be used in any modern hospital as is the training that the team receives. We follow the same highest standards and protocols suggested by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.


Interceptive Orthodontics


A habit appliance is useful to help stop a thumb or finger habit and/or to help re-train an improper tongue position or swallowing pattern. It is sometimes necessary to place an appliance to minimize the harm and distortion the habits or tongue posture can have on teeth. Most habit appliances are banded for adhesion to the back molars and are not removable.
Space maintainers are used to keep teeth from drifting into an empty tooth space due to early loss of primary (baby) teeth. Baby teeth act as a guide for the eruption of the permanent teeth. A space maintainer is made of stainless steel and/or plastic. It can be removable or fixed to the teeth.

Holistic Dentistry


We are a latex and gluten free office and have prophy paste free of dyes available.
Our office is mercury free and we only place white tooth colored fillings also known as composite.
A “buzz” word in composite and sealants has been BPA or Bis-Phenol-A. In an effort to make sure that only the healthiest and holistic materials are placed in your child’s mouth our composites and sealants are BPA free.
We take radiation dosages very seriously and have digital x-ray machines. A lead apron with a thyroid protective collar will also be used to ensure that your child’s body is fully protected. In addition, we routinely use the diagnodent, which in some instances, allows us to detect cavities without even needing an x-ray. We follow all guidlines to keep radiographs as few and as safe as possible
No shots! No Numbing! Our office is the most experienced pediatric dental office on Long Island in laser dentistry. This allows us to do many procedures such as white tooth colored fillings without the need for any shots! We can also do procedures such as a frenectomy and gingivectomy.
Silver Diamine Fluoride or SDF treatment sometimes allows for an alternative and often more natural way to treat cavities without drilling or filling. When appropriate, SDF is faster and less expensive than drilling and filling while also killing the bacteria that cause cavities. Ask our doctors if SDF is the right choice for your child.