How Does Geriatric Dentistry Differ From Other Types of Dentistry? Sep. 15 2018
Getting older can mean a lot of things for your overall health including things like fine lines and wrinkles. When it comes to your mouth, aging can mean an increased loss of teeth or just poor overall oral health. Even if you haven’t experienced either of these geriatric oral concerns, it’s equally as important that you come into see Dr. Dean Glasser on a regular basis. Because Dr. Glasser specializes in geriatric dentistry, he can help keep your mouth as healthy as possible. If you’ve never been to a geriatric dentistry specialist, you may be wondering “Why can’t I just stick with my own dentist?” let’s take a closer look to see why.
First things first, we aren’t going to force you to get rid of your dentist in order to see Dr. Glasser but there are some definite benefits of seeing a geriatric specialist. As you age, your jaw bone weakens and you are more susceptible to oral conditions like dry mouth and gum disease. Because geriatric dentists like Dr. Glasser have specific training and knowledge when it comes to geriatric dentistry, they are more equipped to help you.
Additionally, geriatric dentistry also focuses on restorative dentistry which includes reconstructive dental procedures like dentures, dental implants, dental bridges, dental crowns, and replacement dental fillings.
What Can a Geriatric Dentist Do For Me?
In addition to ensuring that your oral health is in good shape, a geriatric dentist like Dr. Glasser will also take into account age-related changes such as independent living, sensory function, and slower reflexes to ensure that you get the best treatment possible.
If you want to look more into using Dr. Glasser as your geriatric dentist, schedule your appointment at our Melville office today and call us at (631) 423-6767.
3 Tips to Help Speed Up Your Dental Implant Recovery Aug. 15 2018
If you have recently been told by Dr. Dean Glasser that you need dental implants, you may have more questions about them than you can swallow. Luckily, our staff is here to help answer any of your questions and concerns. The dental implant procedure itself is a two-step procedure. During the first step, a metal rod (which essentially acts an artificial root) will be surgically implanted into your gums. As long as your gums heal nicely around the implant and the implant sticks, then we can move forward with the second step. But because recovery from the first step is so critical, you may not know where to start. This article will take a closer look at three ways to speed up your dental implant recovery.
For the first day or two, we encourage our patients to take time off of work or away from daily duties to rest. Resting is your body’s number one way to heal itself— no matter what kind of surgery you are having. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to lay in bed all day and watch movies?
For the first few days after surgery, make sure that you are careful with the implant area. Specifically, make sure that you don’t prod or probe the area which can disrupt the healing process. Also, we usually encourage patients to avoid doing things like swishing with a lot of water because this can also disrupt any healing.
Switch Out Your Gauze
Some patients experience more bleeding at the surgical site than others. If you do experience regular bleeding for the first several days, make sure that you are applying gauze to the area. The gauze will help stop the bleeding and absorb the blood. If you do use gauze, however, make sure that you switch it out for clean bandages every couple of hours. Dirty gauze can harbor germs and bacteria which may cause an infection.
When we send you home from dental implant surgery, we will give you detailed recovery instructions, but a few extra tips never hurt. To learn more about dental implant surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dean Glasser at our Melville office and call us at (631) 423-6767.
The 411 on Conscious Dental Sedation Jul. 15 2018
As much as we dentists don’t like to admit, we aren’t exactly seen as angels in the eyes of most people. In fact, it’s safe to say that the majority of people out there dread coming to the dentist— no matter how nice Dr. Dean Glasser is. And because sitting in the dental chair makes the majority of people at least a little bit anxious, sedation dentistry was invented. Here at Dr. Dean Glasser’s office, we provide patients with a variety of levels of sedation to help you feel as calm as possible during your procedure. For patients who are either undergoing a small procedure like a dental cleaning or cavity, or whom only have a little bit of anxiety, we may recommend either minimal or conscious sedation.
What’s Conscious Sedation?
Conscious sedation is a moderate form of sedation which puts patients in a state of relaxation but allows them to still remain awake and respond to commands. Typically, with this type of sedation, you won’t remember most of the procedure.
How Should You Prepare for Conscious Sedation?
Usually, with conscious sedation, we encourage patients to fast for about six hours beforehand and to avoid drinking anything for two hours before. However, during your initial consultation, we will go over a list of instructions to ensure that you come to your appointment fully prepared.
Make sure that you arrange for someone to pick you up from your appointment because you won’t be able to drive. If you need help arranging a ride, call our office a few days beforehand.
What Is Recovery Like?
One of the best things about recovering from conscious sedation is that it’s very minimal. Most patients experience a bit of grogginess after but that should quickly subside. Inf act, most patients can get right back to their activities just a few hours after their procedure.
Conscious sedation is a great way to stay calm and comfortable during an oral procedure without having to be fully sedated. If you are interested in learning more about conscious sedation and whether or not it’s right for you, contact our Melville office today and call (631) 423-6767.
3 Benefits of Intraoral Scanners Jun. 15 2018
Using the latest and greatest technology isn’t just beneficial to our dentists and staff here at Dr. Dean Glasser's office, but it’s also beneficial to our patients. One of the latest technologies that we have invested in is intraoral scanners. By scanning your mouth, our wireless intraoral scanner helps us deliver fast and easy 3D impressions. So, what are the benefits to you as a patient? Let’s take a closer look.
Have you ever looked at an old-fashioned digital x-ray only to think that it looks more like an alien invasion than your actual mouth? Intraoral scanners take away the mystery of what you’re looking at and deliver clear photos that make it easy for you to see the exact condition of your mouth, teeth, and jaw.
Less Chair Time
When it comes to going to the dentist, the last thing you want to do is sit in Dr. Dean Glasser’s chair for hours and hours on end— no matter how nice he is. With our intraoral scanners, we can reduce the amount of time you sit in one of our dental chairs because they are faster than ever.
Long gone are the days in which we would have to search through filing cabinets for old x-ray images of your mouth and jaw. Another great benefit of our intraoral scanners is that we can store all of your impressions in digital archives— making it easier for us to access them at every appointment.
Here at Dr. Dean Glasser’s office, we like to ensure that every one of your dental appointments goes as quickly and smoothly as possible which is why we have invested in technology like the intraoral scanners. Are you ready to schedule your next dental cleaning? Contact our Melville Office today at (631) 423-6767.
The 411 on Conscious Sedation May. 15 2018
When it comes to sedation dentistry, patients often assume that the only method used involves being completely unconscious with general anesthesia. And although general anesthesia can be used to help calm patients nerves and make the procedure go smoother for them emotionally, here at Dr. Dean Glasser’s office, we offer a variety of different types of sedation dentistry ranging from conscious sedation to deep sedation to even (yes, you guessed it) general anesthesia. To help you gain a better understanding of the types of sedation we offer, let’s take a closer look at conscious sedation.
What Is Conscious Sedation?
This type of sedation involves sedatives that will be administered to you before the dental procedure to help you relax. Although you will be conscious and responsive during your entire dental treatment, you won’t feel any pain, and many patients don’t remember much of the procedure afterward.
What Are the Benefits?
If your mind races and your dental fears tend to be greater than they actually are, then Dr. Dean Glasser may recommend conscious sedation to help ease your fears and calm your nerves. In general, we like to avoid general anesthesia unless it’s absolutely necessary— because it has more side effects. With conscious sedation, however, we can help many of our patients feel psychologically and physically more comfortable without as many risks involved.
There are too many things in life to stress over, and dental work shouldn’t be one of them. If dental fears are plaguing your life and preventing you from getting dental work done, Dr. Dean Glasser has got you covered. Ranging in strength and catered toward every patient, we have three different methods of sedation dentistry to help ease your fears.
Ready to take steps to learn more about sedation dentistry? Schedule an appointment at our Melville office today: (631) 423-6767.
Conscious sedation for the fearful or apprehensive patient Apr. 18 2018
Conscious sedation has been around for many years from its early days of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) to the more current administration of oral sedation. Depending on the patient level of apprehension and length of the procedure, patients often show they would like to be asleep. with the advent of conscious sedation, this can be achieved in a safe and effective way.
Let's discuss a typical scenario, Mary, a 49-year-old patient requires some cleaning, fillings and root canal, extractions and implants. The patient has a history of traumatic experiences and wants to proceed but is very scared. With conscious sedation, we are able to complete all treatment in just one appointment. the patient for all intent and purposes is asleep but can easily be awakened and has all their protective reflexes. The most common and beneficial effect is complete amnesia of the appointment. There is no emotional trauma, pain, or need to be seen by multiple dentists.
Ease of administration
Approximately 1 hour prior to their dental procedure, the patient will be administrated sedation in pill form. dosage is dependent on patients size, weight, age, and supplemented by Nitrous Oxide and oxygen. The patient is carefully monitored for heart rate, oxygen, and blood pressure to assume patients safety.
⦁ Ideal for long and multiple procedures
⦁ Ideal for apprehensive or phobic patients
⦁ ease of administration
⦁ a wide range of safety with little or no side effects
We at Implant and General Dentistry Long Island have been proud to serve the needs of the denture population in a professional and respectful manner. As your denture advocates, we will continue to strive to bring you denture excellence and the latest advancements in modern dentistry.
How Technology Is Changing the Dentistry World Apr. 15 2018
In this day and age, if you were to tell somebody that technology matters they would probably look you dead in the eye and say, “Obviously.” But when it comes to just about every part of your life, you may not be quite as aware of how important of a role technology plays— including dentistry. Here at Dr. Dean Glasser's office, we love the latest smartphones just as much as anyone else, and we also make sure that we use the latest technology to serve you better.
Our CamX Triton helps us better treat and diagnose all of our patients so that you have a better experience overall. But what else can the CamX Triton do and why is it so important? Let’s take a closer look.
Eliminates the Need to Use X-Rays In Most Instances
Even though only small amounts of radiation are used during dental x-rays, they can still be harmful to young patients and expecting mother’s. With the CamX Triton Proxi interchangeable head, we can take clear images of your teeth and gums without the need of x-rays in most instances.
Better Image Quality
What is worse than having your dentist show you an x-ray or image that they themselves can hardly read? Just about nothing. With the CamX Triton, Dr. Dean Glasser can not only take clearer more precise images of your teeth and gums, but he can also show you better images that you can visualize.
It Can Diagnose Caries
Another unique benefit to the CamX Triton imaging system is that it can identify caries and plaque without the need for radiation.
Better imaging, no need for x-rays, and easier detection are just three of the unique benefits of the CamX Triton HD system that Dr. Dean Glasser uses. If you want to schedule your next dental appointment and experience this unique imaging system firsthand, contact our Melville office today at (631) 423-6767.
Three Myths About Veneers Mar. 15 2018
Having the perfect smile doesn’t always come without some work for most people. Luckily, with a variety of different cosmetic procedures, like dental veneers, from Dr. Dean Glasser, you can get a brighter, whiter, straighter, and perfect looking smile in no time. However, just like with most things, there are many myths circulating dental veneers. To help you feel more informed, we have created a list debunking three common myths. Let’s take a closer look.
They Will Be Too White
If you watched the hit ‘90’s sitcom, Friends, then you likely remember the episode where Ross had his teeth professionally whitened to the point that they glowed in the dark. One of the misconceptions that some patients have about dental veneers is that like Ross; their teeth will be so white that they will glow in the dark and make you feel like the next joke on the block. One of the best parts about porcelain dental veneers is that we can match them to your surrounding teeth so that they look more natural.
They Will Look Fake
One of the biggest fears that many patients have when it comes to porcelain veneers is that they will look fake— enter images of chicklet gum placed over your teeth. And although there may be some patients out there who leave their dentist’s office with a mouth full of fake looking teeth, here at our office Dr. Dean Glasser will ensure that your teeth look as real as possible each and every time.
They Don’t Last
Another misconception that some patients have about dental veneers is that they don’t last. However, it is estimated that dental veneers can last anywhere from about 7-20 years depending on the patient and how much wear and tear they place on their teeth.
Dental veneers are a great way to help correct oral issues like chipped or cracked teeth, and can also be used to treat cosmetic issues like misaligned, discolored, or oddly shaped teeth.
3 Toothbrushing Tips Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids Feb. 15 2018
You can teach your kid to grab their toothbrush, put some toothpaste on it, and then let them go to town, but they likely aren’t getting the job done. With a few easy tips, however, you can teach your kids how to properly brush their teeth so that they will have a healthy smile to last them a lifetime.
How to Apply Soft Pressure
The amount of pressure you apply to your teeth when brushing them is crucial. For instance, you want to apply enough pressure so that your teeth get clean, but you don’t want to use so much pressure that it makes your gums bleed. Show your child how much pressure to apply to their teeth when brushing by gently placing your hand over theirs while they brush their teeth so that they can feel firsthand how much pressure they need to apply.
To Use the Right Amount of Toothpaste
For babies under the age of two, you should be applying toothpaste that’s the size of a grain of rice, because it’s enough to clean their teeth without harming them if they accidentally swallow it. For kids that are over the age of two and that can brush their teeth without swallowing their toothpaste, you can start to apply an amount that’s the size of a pea.
To Brush for Two Minutes
You as an adult may not even be aware of this, but you and your children should be brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time while focusing on all teeth. To ensure that your child is brushing their teeth for the entire two minutes, try setting either a timer on your phone or get one of those small minute hourglasses so that they can keep an eye on the time while they are brushing.
By teaching your kids these simply tooth brushing tricks, you can help them fight cavities and have a healthier smile. To schedule your child’s next dental cleaning or to learn more pediatric dental tips, contact our Melville office at (631) 423-6767.
3 Family Goals to Set in 2018 for a Healthier Smile Jan. 15 2018
Now that the new year is here you likely fit into one of two categories: you are already working on your new year's resolutions, or you still have yet to decide on what you’re going to focus on this year. Whatever category you’re in, there’s one thing for certain: nothing will make your goals more attainable than having the support of your family. So, to help you make your goals that much more in reach, why not set goals together as a family? To help you ensure that your family stays cavity free all year long, we have created a list of three new year's resolutions you and your family can try together to make 2018 your best year yet.
This may be the hardest goal you will set as a family, but it may also be the most rewarding. You may not realize it, but sugar is in just about everything we eat. Yes, it’s in candy and baked goods, but sugar is also in things like pasta sauce, bbq sauce, and even peanut butter. And although a little sugar isn’t going to hurt you, too much sugar can wreak havoc on your blood sugar, waistline, and, you guessed it, even your teeth. Set a goal as a family to try to cut down on your sugar intake this year.
Brush More Often
The American Dental Association recommends that people brush their teeth at least twice a day which most people translate into just twice a day— ignoring the “at least” portion of the recommendation. As a family, try to set a goal to brush more than twice a day. For instance, try encouraging your kids to brush their teeth when they get home from school each day— the extra tooth brushing session will help them cut down on cavities.
Switch Out Your Toothbrushes Regularly
The American Dental Association also recommends that patients switch out their toothbrush every three to four months. If, however, your family isn’t into a habit of switching out their toothbrushes on a regular basis, you may be contributing to cavities and bacteria. Old toothbrushes not only have worn down bristles that don’t clean teeth as well but they also harbor germs and bacteria. Make an alert on your phone to change out your family’s toothbrushes every three months.
By incorporating these three tips into your dental routine, you and your family can have a healthier smile all year long. To learn more about your family’s dental health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean Glasser at our Melville office today!