415 Northern Blvd.
Great Neck, NY 11021
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Monday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.



Passes Dental Care is a Great Neck NY dental practice where we provide patients of all ages with a comprehensive range of exceptional quality dental care. Whether you are visiting us with your child for the early dental care he or she needs or are seeing Dr. Passes for dental implants, you can rest assured that you will receive the very best care & service possible delivered by a team of dental professionals who truly love what they do!

Below is a glossary of terms and their definitions commonly used in the field of dentistry, courtesy of Dr. Passes and his amazing team.


Abscess – Infection caused by severe tooth decay, trauma or gum disease
Amalgam – A silver and mercury material used for fillings
Anesthetic – A drug used by your dentist to eliminate localized pain during certain dental procedures
Anterior – The teeth in front of your mouth
Antiseptic – An agent that can be applied to living tissue to destroy germs
Apex – The very tip of the root of a tooth
Aspirator – A suction devices used by your dentist to remove saliva from your mouth


Bleaching agent – A special gel used to whiten and brighten teeth
Bonding – A plastic composite that is painted on teeth to correct stains or damage
Bridge – One or more artificial teeth which are attached to adjacent teeth
Bruxism – Clenching or grinding of the teeth, most commonly while asleep


Calculus – Hardened plaque that forms on neglected or prone teeth (commonly known as tartar)
Canine – The pointy teeth just behind the laterals
Caries – Another word for cavities or decayed teeth
Cavity – A tiny hole in the tooth caused by decay
Central – The two upper and two lower teeth in the center of the mouth
Crown – An artificial tooth top or cover made of porcelain or metal
Cuspid – The pointy teeth just behind the laterals (also called canines)


Decalcification – The loss of calcium from the teeth
Deciduous Teeth – Primary or “baby” teeth
Dental Implants – An artificial tooth root that is attached to the jawbone to replace a missing tooth
Denture – A removable set of artificial teeth


Enamel – The hard, protective surface of a tooth above the gum line
Endodontist – A dentist who specializes in root canals and the treatment of diseases and infections of the dental pulp or inner tooth
Extraction – The removal of one or more teeth


Filling – A plug made of metal or a composite material used to fill a cavity
Fluoride – A chemical solution used to harden teeth and prevent decay


Gingivitis – Inflammation of the gum tissue around the roots of the teeth
Gums – The firm flesh that surrounds tooth roots


Impacted Tooth – A tooth that sits sideways below the gum line, often requiring extraction (often occurring with wisdom teeth)
Incisal – Related to incisors (see below)
Incisor – One of the flat, sharpedged teeth in the front of the mouth
Inlays – A custommade filling that is cemented into an unhealthy tooth
Instant Orthodontics – Alternative to braces using bonded porcelain veneers or crowns


Lateral – The teeth adjacent to the centrals


Night Guard – A mouthpiece made of plastic which is worn at night to prevent grinding of the teeth. Often used to treat TMJ.


Pedontist – Also known as a pediatric dentist which is a dentist who specializes in dental treatment for children
Periodontist – A dentist specializing in the treatment of gum disease
Plaque – A sticky film containing harmful acids and bacteria that causes tooth decay
Posterior Teeth – The teeth in the back of the mouth
Primary Teeth – Also known as “baby” teeth or deciduous teeth
Prosthodontist – A dentist specializing in the restoration & replacement of missing teeth or severely damaged teeth


Root – The portion of the tooth below the gum line
Root Canal – Clearing out and filling the inside nerve of a tooth that is heavily decayed


Sealant – A plastic coating applied to teeth to prevent decay. Used most commonly with children
Secondary Teeth – The permanent or adult teeth
SixYear Molar – Commonly known as the “first molar”
Sleep Apnea – A potentially serious disorder in which a sleeping person may stop breathing for 10 or more seconds, often repeatedly throughout the night


Tartar – See calculus
TMJ Syndrome – A disorder of the jaw joint, often caused by a misalignment of or a disparity in upper and lower jaw sizes
Tooth Whitening – A process in which teeth are whitened and brightened
Twelve-Year Molar – Commonly known as “the second molar”


Veneer – A plastic, porcelain or composite material used to improve the appearance of a stained or damaged tooth

Contact Passes Dental Care

If you have any questions about the dental treatments and procedures Dr. Passes provides, please don’t hesitate to contact us as we are always happy to speak with you! If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Passes, please complete the Appointment form . One of our friendly staff members will then contact you shortly to set up a time that’s convenient for you. At Passes Dental Care, we provide the community of Great Neck NY with high quality, personalized dental care. We love helping patients of all ages put their best smile forward and we can help your family achieve and maintain the healthy & beautiful smiles you deserve!