Preventive Dental Treatment & Education
As its name suggests, preventive dentistry is intended to prevent dental problems and related health conditions before they start. The health of your mouth is vital to the health of your entire body. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight and other health problems. Healthy teeth are less likely to need extensive and pricey dental procedures. You can keep your teeth and yourself healthy by brushing and flossing every day as well as getting regular dental exams. Schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning today by calling (631) 474-7477.
Oral Cancer Screening
Mercury-Free & Metal Free Restorations
Metal alloys commonly used have the potential to create small electro-magnetic fields in the mouth which can interfere with some of the normal electrical processes that occur each second in the body. In effect, these materials give rise to small electrical currents (Oral Galvanism) which may have mild or severe consequences for the patient. Common complaints include: metallic taste in the mouth, burning tongue, and accelerated corrosion of other metal restorations.
Advances in ceramic (porcelain) and composite-resin technologies have provided us with the ability to restore broken or missing teeth WITHOUT the use of metals. Their strength and durability are now comparable to the metals which they replace. These bio-compatible materials do not react, or interact, with other materials already present in the mouth.
Non-Surgical Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
Periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This is often accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins). Sometimes, there is also a need for adjunctive therapy, such as local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Most periodontists would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment, including surgical therapy. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health. Non-surgical therapy does have its limitations, however, and when it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal anatomy damaged by periodontal diseases and to facilitate oral hygiene practices.
Biocompatible Cosmetic Dentistry
Biocompatible smile-makeovers are our specialty! All phases of cosmetic dentistry are available. These include: tooth-colored fillings, metal-free caps (crowns) and bridges, tooth whitening, and laminate veneers.
Full & Partial Dentures
Patients who have lost their natural teeth due to decay, periodontal disease or injury can suffer from related problems including further decay, difficulty eating and speaking, and drooping of facial muscles. Full and partial dentures replace the missing teeth both aesthetically and functionally, providing support and restoring the smile. Full (complete) dentures are used when all of the natural teeth have been lost, while partial dentures fill in the gaps between natural teeth. The gums, dentures and any remaining natural teeth will need to be cleaned regularly to prevent staining, sores and plaque build-up.
Implant Restoration & Maintenance
Dental implants provide a stable base for replacement teeth that look, feel and work like natural teeth. With dental implants, a person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat and smile with confidence. Implants can replace one tooth or several missing teeth.
Dental implants are cylinders made of titanium that are surgically implanted into the jaw. The jaw bone grows around the base of the implant, while the top protrudes through the gums. Once they are secure in the jaw, the posts serve as anchors for tooth replacements such as fixed crowns and bridges and secure removable dentures.
TMJ Diagnosis & Treatment
Teeth-grinding, or bruxism, occurs when the jaws are clenched and the teeth grind against one another during sleep. Stress and anxiety are often blamed, but sleep disorders, abnormal bite and missing or crooked teeth may also be the culprits. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to headache, sore jaw and painful, loose or fractured teeth.
Biocompatible Dental Material Testing
For the utmost in safety and peace of mind, many patients are choosing to have their dental restoratives pre-screened for them. This involves a blood-serum analysis in which commonly used dental materials are compared for their degree of reactivity with a person's immune response. The report allows the dentist and patient to select the materials which have the LEAST degree of impact immunologically. This is especially important in patients who already have compromised immunity. The goal here is to restore the teeth and mouth with predictable results, and minimize the chance of undesirable side-effects from long-term exposure.
Holistic Family Dentistry
Holistic, health-centered dental care for the whole family is our specialty. Dr. Fazio and his dedicated team will provide children, parents, and prospective parents with the latest, up-to-date information on dental care and disease prevention. This can include nutritional strategies for fighting cavities, Homeopathy for infection management and prevention, as well as personalized home care instruction.
Integrative Oral Surgery
Integrative Oral Surgery expands upon the basic principles of Oral Medicine and surgical technique. By incorporating the latest information and techniques to properly diagnose and treat commonly overlooked sources of infection in the jaws, Dr. Fazio can help rid the body of chronic infections which are a burden to the body's immune system.
Biological Root Canal Therapy (Ozone Therapy)
Traditional Root Canal Therapy (RCT) can be limited in its ability to completely sterilize the root complex. Additionally, the materials commonly used to fill the roots (Gutta Percha) may cause sensitivity reactions in some patients. This can result in a chronic, low-grade infection which can be a major burden on the body.
A more biologically-friendly approach involves the use of Oxygen-Ozone gas to provide sterilization. This can provide a greater likelihood of long-term success, with less body burden on the body. For more information on this minimally invasive procedure, please read our article titled 'Why Many Dorctors Turn to Ozone Therapy.'
Sports Dentistry Is a multi-faceted consideration of dental and physical well-being for professional athletes and weekend warriors alike. This is designed to improve athletic performance, aid in complementing rehabilitation, and maintenance of health. This can include diagnosis and treatment of oral-medical toxicities, nutritional counseling, access and referrals to alternative medical specialists and other therapies.