in Great Neck, NY
Your Local Great Neck, NY Dentist
Passes Dental Care is a comprehensive dental care practice. We offer you the ability to minimize the hassle of being referred to other specialties. You can put your trust in our doctors to assist you during your regular hygiene visits, check-ups and support your continued home oral health routines. Total preventative care is a top priority for us and the flexibility of all care under one roof saves you time.
Dr. Passes and our team are experienced at handling complex restorative and cosmetic dentistry cases, which ensures that you will receive the highest-quality services if you have had dental trauma, injury, or disease. Our main goal is to provide you with optimal oral health through your regularly scheduled exams.
You should schedule a routine dental cleaning two times a year. During this regular visit, one of your dental hygienists will:
- Remove plaque from your teeth, especially where your brush can’t reach, such as under the gum line and in between teeth
- Clean your teeth
- Apply fluoride to help protect your teeth
Fluoride is a recent and effective advancement in the dental and oral health industry. Studies have shown that teeth exposed to a moderate and consistent amount of fluoride are stronger and the fluoride helps rebuild the tooth structure and prevent future decay.
If you are due for your semi-annual routine dental cleaning, please call our office to schedule an appointment.
Filling means replacing and restoring your tooth structure that has been damaged by decay or fractures. We replace the old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural aesthetically pleasing look and feel.
In the past, unhealthy silver/mercury fillings were used. With today’s technological advancements, you will not have to suffer from embarrassment of those dark, black materials in your teeth. Today, we use new age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.
Crowns & Bridges
Q: What is a crown?
A: A crown is a covering that is custom-made to fit over a tooth that has been decayed, cracked, or damaged in some way. Crowns can be made of porcelain, acrylic resin, gold, or a mixture of these materials. Porcelain, although less durable, typically is the most natural-looking option.
Crown Treatment Plan:
- Numb the tooth
- Remove decay that is in or around it
- Re-sculpt the tooth so that the crown will fit on top
- An impression of your teeth is made to create a custom-fitting crown
- This takes about 1-2 weeks
- A temporary acrylic resin crown is placed on the tooth until the custom crown is made
- Custom crown is applied after removal of the temporary crown
- Your dentist will cement it into place
(This process takes about 2-3 visits over the course of 3-4 weeks). After the procedure is completed, it is required that you continue proper dental hygiene, daily brushing and daily flossing to help prevent bacteria, gum disease, and plaque to ensure that your crowns last a lifetime.
Bridges fill places where a tooth previously was and they are to prevent shifting of the teeth, which can cause bite and jaw problems (occlusions) and periodontal disease. Bridges can protect existing teeth’s integrity to keep a healthy smile.
The 3 Types of Bridges
- Fixed Bridge
- Most popular
- A filler tooth is attached to two crowns over existing teeth to hold it in place
- “Maryland” Bridge
- To replace missing front teeth
- Filler attaches to metal bands which are bonded to the abutment teeth
- Metal bands match existing tooth color with a composite resin
- Cantilever Bridge
- Used when there are only teeth on one side of the span
- Three-unit cantilever bridge has 2 crowns next to each other on the same side as the missing tooth
- The filler tooth connects to the crowned teeth
An extraction is the procedure when a tooth is completely removed. This process is sometimes necessary when a primary tooth prevents a permanent tooth from erupting, if a tooth has experienced decay or trauma beyond repair, if a patient has gum disease, or if a tooth is impacted (generally wisdom teeth).
Wisdom teeth, or your third molars, typically appear in the late teenage years or early twenties. They often cannot erupt fully or at all due to a lack of space in the jaw. This is called impaction. Problems arise whenever a tooth does not have the proper space to come through. This can also cause problems to adjacent teeth causing crowding and other complications.
Sometimes wisdom teeth that cannot erupt become enflamed beneath the surface of the gum and in the jawbone, causing a sac to form around the tooth’s root which then fills with liquid. Cysts or abscesses can occur if it becomes infected. Serious damage can be caused to the surrounding bone, teeth and tissue. If you are experiencing any pain in your gums or jaw, we strongly urge you to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to find out the cause of the problem.
Wisdom tooth extraction may be advised to avoid any of these problems. If so, we have highly trained staff and the proper equipment to perform such extractions with as little discomfort to you as possible.
Oral Disease and the Elderly
Oral and dental diseases affect the elderly for many reasons.
- Number of years of exposure
- Microbial assault
- Normal use (talking and chewing)
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Autoimmune disorders (pemphigus & pemphigoid)
- Reduced salivary flow (due to multiple medications)
- Physical limitations (difficulty with routine oral hygiene)
- Dentures still require proper oral health care
People without teeth are susceptible to oral cancer, mucosal diseases, and alterations in salivary gland function.
Is it time to schedule your appointment? Contact Dr. Passes, your Great Neck dentist, today!
If you believe you are a candidate for any of the treatments or procedures you have seen above, we encourage you to call our office at (516) 858-5921 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon and helping you achieve beautiful, healthy teeth!