Preventive Dental Cleanings in Great Neck, NY
Passes Dental Care is your Great Neck comprehensive dental care practice. We're proud to offer our patients the ability to minimize the hassle of being referred to other specialties. You can put your trust in our skilled dental team to keep you comfortable during regular hygiene visits and preventive check-ups and support your continued home oral health routines. Complete preventive care is a top priority for our dental team, and the flexibility our comprehensive service list under one roof is designed to save you time in the dentist's chair!
In addition to offering top preventive dental care in Great Neck, Dr. Passes and his team are experienced at handling complex restorative and cosmetic dentistry cases, which means you'll receive the highest-quality services for whatever you need, including dental trauma, injury, smile misalignment, or disease. Our main goal is to provide you with optimal oral health through your regularly scheduled exams and beyond!
Top Technologies for Healthy Smiles
We use 3D digital x-rays, intraoral and extraoral cameras, digital cavity detection, and intraoral scanners to spot potential oral health concerns before they get the chance to become problems. Our advanced dental technologies and treatments allow us to address the following:
Bleeding gums: People often think that bleeding gums are a normal part of brushing one's teeth when they should be considered a sign of gum disease.
Bad breath: Plaque clings to the surfaces of our teeth, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. The compounds produced by these microbes can cause bad breath.
Redness or swelling of the gums: Inflammation is a common dental ailment that indicates periodontal disease.
Receding gums: If you notice that your teeth look longer than they used to, it may be because the gums have receded (away from the enamel), exposing some of your tooth roots.
Sensitivity: If gum recession occurs, the exposed root area may become sensitive to hot or cold. A periodontal abscess is an infected pocket of pus that forms around the root of a tooth, and as the infection grows, it becomes painful and swollen.
Loose teeth: If periodontal disease causes your gums to pull away from the jaw, teeth may become loose or migrate. Tooth loss can also occur if you clench or grind your teeth too hard.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is by brushing and flossing regularly. Other steps you can take to preserve your teeth include:
- Eating a healthy diet.
- Reducing stress in your life.
- Giving up unhealthy habits like smoking.
Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are essential for keeping your teeth healthy, even if you already have a good brushing and flossing routine. We can detect early forms of gum disease by evaluating gingival tissues visually, measuring their attachment levels to teeth, and assessing the health of tooth-supporting bone using dental radiographs (x-rays).
Professional Teeth Cleanings
To help keep your teeth healthy between dental appointments, Dr. Harvey Passes recommends that all patients receive a professional cleaning at least twice every year to prevent disease and other oral health issues from arising. Our dentist will recommend custom preventive treatment plan to help keep your smile healthy! We use the latest tools and techniques to provide fast and comfortable care while eradicating plaque from tooth surfaces. After the cleaning, we will polish your teeth to remove stains and discoloration. If necessary, we may use fluoride treatment to strengthen them further.
During your regular preventive 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
- Perform a thorough teeth cleaning
- Apply strengthening mineral treatment to help protect your teeth
Fluoride mineral treatment is a recent, 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 us to schedule an appointment.
Dental fillings are designed to replace and restore tooth structure that has been damaged by decay or fractures. Our dentist will replace the old, broken-down amalgam or metal fillings that contain traces of mercury, with healthier, amalgam-free composite white fillings to restore your teeth. We use new age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials that are always mercury-free.
Nightguards For TMJ Pain
If you grind your teeth (bruxism) while you sleep, it could lead to headaches and TMJ. Our team has also worked with patients who suffer from bite-related headaches, using orthotics and advanced treatments to fix bite issues that cause pain.
TMJ symptoms include pain around the ear, jaw, or muscles on the sides of the face; clicking or popping sound coming from TM, chronic headaches, dizziness and tinnitus. Our custom orthotics are designed to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of TMJ, bruxism, and resulting headaches.
Mouthguards For Athletics
If you participate in any sport, protecting your smile is vital! One simple way to do that is by wearing a mouthguard. Our mouthguards are custom-made for each patient, providing superior protection of the teeth and even more protection against concussions.
Desensitizing Treatments for Sensitive Teeth
If you are sensitive to hot and cold, our team has a solution for you! After ruling out anything serious, our team will apply a special paste designed to take away sensitivity and keep it at bay for months. He can suggest ways to prevent teeth from becoming sensitive between regular cleanings.
Preventive Dental Extractions
A dental extraction is a procedure that completely removes a tooth. 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, such as the removal of wisdom teeth.
Top Preventive Care & Dental Cleanings in Great Neck, NY
Is it time to schedule your next dental appointment? Call us today to schedule your dental cleaning or preventive care appointment. Our Great Neck dental team looks forward to helping you achieve beautiful, healthy teeth!