Menopause and your Oral health May. 15 2021
During a woman’s life, she will transition into a period called menopause. Menopause can cause a variety of changes to occur in a woman’s body, including the inability to conceive children. At the same time, this transition can impact one’s oral health as well! Dr. Dean Glasser and his team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island in Melville, NY can help women understand the connection between menopause and their oral health and wellness!
- Bone loss. One effect of menopause is the development of a condition called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the loss of bone throughout the body. However, it can also impact the jawbone which is responsible for holding permanent teeth in place. Patients with periodontal disease may also notice changes in their jaw which can contribute to the loss of natural teeth. Working with your dentist to prevent periodontal disease and control bone loss is essential during menopause and beyond.
- Dry mouth. Changes in hormone levels throughout menopause can also contribute to the development of dry mouth. This is the reduced ability for the mouth to produce saliva. Saliva is important in one’s oral health and wellness as it keeps the mouth moist and can reduce the risk of cavities and infection.
- Gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can cause the gums to become red and inflamed in the earlier stage known as gingivitis. By preventing the development of bacteria that can contribute to this condition, women in menopause can reduce the risk of gum disease and keep the smile healthy.
- Burning mouth syndrome. Some women experience burning mouth syndrome during menopause. This condition can cause a burning sensation in the tongue, cheek, lips, or even the whole mouth that can cause significant discomfort. The cause of this condition is unknown but occurs often in women with menopause. Lifestyle and dietary changes can reduce symptoms.
Schedule a visit with Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island
If you reside in the Melville, NY area and want to work with a team of professionals to achieve a healthy smile even throughout menopause, we can help! Call (631) 423-6767 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean Glasser and his team today! The office is located at 458 Old Country Road and accepts new patients.
When you might benefit from endodontic treatment Jan. 15 2021
The idea of having a root canal performed is a scary thought for most patients, but the procedure itself is painless and helps maintain your natural smile. Also known as endodontic therapy, the root canal treatment is performed by Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser of Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island. The purpose is to save your tooth, remove infection and/or pain, and eliminate the need for extraction of your natural tooth. In certain situations in addition to local anesthetic, the apprehensive or anxious patient may require conscious sedation. Dr. Dean Glasser is Certified in the administration of Enteral or Oral Conscious Sedation. The purpose of sedation dentistry is to provide a more suitable and comfortable state of relaxation for the patient as they proceed through their course of treatment. Upon completion of the Root Canal therapy, a Post and Crown is often fabricated to provide a long term restoration for the tooth. There are a few different reasons why a patient might require this procedure. Below are just a few common situations that can occur that might warrant a recommendation of root canal therapy:
- Toothache. Inside of the natural tooth is a mass of tissues known as the dental pulp, which houses the blood supply and nerves of the tooth. When this area is impacted by decay or trauma, it can cause pain that ranges from a mild to severe toothache. The purpose of the Root Canal treatment is to provide a viable option to save the tooth as opposed to the removal or extraction of the tooth.
- An abscess. If an abscess has developed due to bacteria around the tooth, it can cause great discomfort including pain and swelling. To address this active bacterial infection, root canal therapy is performed and often antibiotics are prescribed to resolve this problem.
- Large cavity. A cavity that goes undiagnosed and untreated can become extremely large and result in damage to the dental pulp within the tooth. This can impact the pulp to the point that it becomes painful, and a toothache develops. This is the primary reason why areas of decay should be caught early and treated as soon as they are found.
- Damage to the tooth. If there has been trauma or injury to the tooth that causes damage to the dental pulp, root canal therapy may be recommended by Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser. Any type of injury to the mouth may require an evaluation by a dental professional.
Learn more about endodontic therapy at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island
Melville, NY area patients who may be in need of root canal therapy and or sedation dentistry are encouraged to request an appointment with Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser for an evaluation. Their practice, located at 458 Old Country Road, is committed to both new and current patients in need of necessary dental work in the community. Call (631) 423-6767 to request an appointment.
Sedation dentistry for your next appointment with Dr. Dean Glasser Dec. 15 2020
Dental anxiety can impact anyone at any age. For some patients, dentistry can provoke a fear and trepidation that, in spite of knowing there is a problem, the individual will forgo care until the emergency reaches unbearable discomfort. For others, past negative experiences in the dental chair can cause patients to avoid visiting their dentist. Whatever the reason, the team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island can help with the use of sedation dentistry.
What is sedation dentistry?
Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser describe sedation dentistry as a method of addressing dental anxiety, fear, or even a severe gag reflex with the use of pharmaceutical medicines or inhalation agents. With sedation, patients can be made to feel relaxed and comfortable before, during, and after their dental treatments. Often the patients will have little or no recollection of the procedure as some of the sedatives have amnesic properties. Our practice offers several modalities of sedation for patients to choose from, and these can all be discussed during a consultation visit at our facility. The main purpose of Sedation Dentistry is to create an environment that will allow the patient to complete elective or emergency care in a relaxed setting that best suits the patient.
- Oral conscious sedation – for patients with moderate anxieties, oral conscious sedation is an effective solution. A sedative is administered approximately one hour prior to the procedure and the patient is then transferred to a dental treatment room where they can relax to light music or TV. Once sedated to an acceptable level the patient can undergo dental treatments without the uneasiness all the while being carefully monitored. Upon completion of treatment the patient is allowed to relax during the recovery phase. When the patient is deemed stable the patient is then discharged and escorted home by a responsible adult.
- Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that has been previously used in operating room settings and can be used to relax the slightly anxious dental patient. Also known as “laughing gas,” this inhalation agent can provide enough anxiety reduction that when supplemented with dental anesthetic, can create a suitable level of relaxation to allow the patient to receive proper care. The administration of this gas is done via a mask and when the procedure is complete, oxygen is administered to reverse the effects. Patients who utilized nitrous oxide sedation can immediately drive themselves home or to work following their appointment. The ability to quickly recover from this light sedation and resume normal activities without any lingering effect makes this a viable option for many patients.
Are you interested in learning more about sedation dentistry solutions?
Contact Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser of Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island in Melville, NY to request an appointment and see if sedation Dentistry is the right option for you. The office is located at 458 Old Country Road and can be reached at (631) 423-6767. We are always open to new and current patients in the area.
Ways to replace missing teeth in the mouth Nov. 15 2020
Statistically over the course of ones lifetime we are likely to lose one or more teeth for various reasons. Perhaps you’ve had issues with severe tooth decay, late-stage periodontal disease, or trauma. With missing teeth, patients often experience problems such as the shifting of existing teeth, bone resorption, or ineffective chewing and speaking. Often patients with anterior tooth loss may feel less than confident with their smile or facial appearance. Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser and their experienced team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island work regularly with their patients to help them choose a tooth replacement option appropriate for their unique situation. In certain situations, in addition to local anesthetic, the apprehensive or anxious patient may require conscious sedation. Dr. Dean Glasser is Certified in the administration of Enteral or Oral Conscious Sedation. The purpose of sedation dentistry is to provide a more suitable and comfortable state of relaxation for the patient as they proceed through their course of treatment. Below are just a few of the more common ways in which a patient might choose to replace one or more missing teeth:
- Dental bridge – a dental bridge “bridges the gap” between natural teeth where one or more teeth are missing. This restoration is custom-made and uses the adjacent teeth for support. It is a fixed (cemented) prosthetic solution.
- Dental implant – dental implants are in high demand as they provide a more conservative option to drilling down adjacent teeth. They use a titanium screw design that functions as an artificial tooth root. They can be restored in many ways and continue to be a popular choice for permanent tooth replacement.
- Implant-Retained Bridges and Implant-Retained Dentures – a hybrid restoration of implants and dental prosthetics, the implant-retained dentures often referred to as "All on Four" or Bar Overdentures are a conservative alternative to full dentures. Implant supported crowns and bridges are often a great option as they feel and function in many ways like your original teeth. This is the strongest and most durable solution for extensive tooth loss.
- Partial denture – partial dentures have a metal framework and false natural-looking teeth. They slide into place and use the existing teeth for support. They are easy to remove and replace, ensuring they are simple to care for and keep clean.
- Full denture – a full denture is used in replacing all the teeth in the dental arch. It is typically made with acrylic and designed to look like natural teeth. They are the most economical solution for extensive tooth loss but provide the least function and natural feel.
Call Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island today
Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser and their team of caring professionals are ready and willing to assist new and current patients in the area of Melville, NY with their needs for tooth replacement. If you are interested in learning more about dentures, bridges, and dental implants, contact the office by calling (631) 423-6767. We are conveniently located at 458 Old Country Road.
What to expect with endodontic therapy Oct. 15 2020
Inside of the roots of a tooth is a complex collection of nerve fibers and blood vessels that not only keep the tooth alive but provide the sensation of pain. When this area of the tooth becomes damaged through infection or decay, it can cause patients to experience a toothache. In situations such as this, the best option for treatment is a procedure called endodontic therapy, or more commonly known as “root canal therapy.”
What happens during root canal therapy?
Endodontic treatment is often required to repair a diseased tooth. Before the procedure, patients are given proper sedation and anesthetics to numb the area. Then, a hole is made in the tooth and specialized instruments are used to remove the dental pulp from inside of the tooth’s canals. Then, the area is disinfected to treat bacteria and then filled and sealed using gutta percha. Because endodontic treatment can cause a tooth to become weak and brittle, the tooth may also require the placement of dental crown on top to strengthen it and protect it from damage. In certain situations in addition to local anesthetic, the apprehensive or anxious patient may require conscious sedation. Dr. Dean Glasser is certified in the administration of Enteral or Oral Conscious Sedation. The purpose of sedation dentistry is to provide a more suitable and comfortable state of relaxation for the patient as they proceed through their course of treatment.
What are the alternatives to root canal therapy?
It is essential that patients understand the importance of performing root canal therapy to save a tooth. Without root canal therapy, the only other option for treating the tooth is to fully extract it. Then patients need to worry about tooth replacement solutions such as dental implants, partial dentures, or dental bridges, which can be an added expense. Whenever possible, it is best to maintain a natural tooth in the smile.
Is root canal therapy painful?
Many patients fear this procedure because they are led to believe that it is painful. In actuality, the problems that occur within the tooth can cause the pain, but the procedure itself is done to relieve the pain entirely.
Do you need a root canal?
Melville, NY patients who are in need of endodontic therapy are strongly encouraged to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Dean and Renee Glasser at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island to learn about their options for treatment. The practice is located at 458 Old Country Road and can be reached at (631) 423-6767.
Love your smile again with dental implants! Sep. 15 2020
At the Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island, Melville, NY area patients who are interested in learning more about dental implants for tooth replacement are encouraged to take the time to speak to Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser and their experienced team. Dr. Dean Glasser has achieved the highest level of recognition in Implant Dentistry by achieving Diplomate status by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dental implants are one of many restorative solutions available at the practice. With the use of the X-Guide Dynamic 3D Navigation device, our dentists can ensure precision of placement of your dental implants for the most optimal results. In certain situations, in addition to local anesthetic, the apprehensive or anxious patient may require conscious sedation. Dr. Dean Glasser is Certified in the administration of Enteral or Oral Conscious Sedation. The purpose of sedation dentistry is to provide a more suitable and comfortable state of relaxation for the patient as they proceed through their course of treatment.
How implants work
Dental implants are a wonderful solution for patients in the Melville, NY and Long island area with missing teeth. These titanium posts are used as a foundation for restorations such as bridges, crowns, and even dentures. They are held into the bone of the jaw for stability and strength, and is one of the most permanent options for patients to consider. Dental implants stimulate the process of bone maintenance by a process called osseointegration. When placed, dental implants provide a permanent restoration on a stable foundation for maximum function and esthetics.
The versatility of dental implants
Dental implants can replace one, several, or all the teeth in the dental arch. The titanium post is a foundation for any type of restoration. A single missing tooth can be replaced using a dental crown over the abutment of the implant, while an entire arch of teeth can be replaced with the stabilization of a full denture that snaps or screws into place with several implants along the jaw. Patients who need to replace several teeth may also find that the use of a dental implant to anchor one or both sides of a dental bridge is beneficial in providing a non-removable option. The versatility of dental implants is part of what makes them a popular choice.
Learn more about the dental technologies used at the practice of Dr. Dean Glasser
If you are considering the advantages of today’s technology in dentistry, now is a great time to book a consultation appointment with the team at the Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island. Dr. Dean Glasser and his associates work together to help Melville, NY area patients achieve healthy smiles with modern modalities. Call (631) 423-6767 today to request an appointment at our practice, conveniently located at 458 Old Country Road.
How to fight and treat tooth decay Aug. 15 2020
One of the most common dental problems is that of tooth decay. Also known as cavities, tooth decay can impact the smile in a dramatic way. When tooth decay occurs, it eats at the natural enamel of the tooth. When the decay gets deeper, it can become even more problematic and result in infection of the dental pulp within the tooth. While most small areas of decay can be treated with fillings, some patients may have extensive damage that requires the removal of the tooth altogether. With proper care and attention, patients in the Melville, NY area can combat tooth decay and prevent it altogether with proper oral health habits.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay is the formation of holes in the natural tooth enamel due to bacteria, acids, and plaque buildup. Bacteria feeds on sugars and creates acids that eat away at enamel. The formation of decay occurs over time, and if it is not detected early enough for successful treatment, it can become extremely large and impact your overall oral health.
How can I protect my smile from tooth decay?
Preventive dentistry is key to keeping the smile healthy. Patients should eat a healthy diet, brush and floss after every meal, and visit Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island every six months for a cleaning and evaluation. Patients are also urged to treat cavities with the use of fillings as soon as possible to prevent the progression of decay. While protecting the smile from cavities, patients will also be protecting their smile from the development of periodontal disease, another condition that can dramatically impact one’s oral health.
Learn more about tooth decay
If you live in the Melville, NY area and are interested in learning more about ways of fighting and treating tooth decay, we welcome you to call our office at (631) 423-6767. Dr. Dean Glasser and his team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island are here to provide a wide range of services to assist individuals in achieving beautiful, healthy smiles for life—and smiles free from cavities and disease! Our office is conveniently located at 458 Old Country Road and is accepting new patients.
Welcome Dr. Renee Glasser to Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island! May. 15 2020
At Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island, we have some exciting news to share with our dental family! Dr. Renee Glasser, Dr. Dean Glasser’s daughter, is now a part of our team! Dr. Renee Glasser grew up here in Melville, NY with her family and graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School East. After graduating high school, she moved on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook University.
Dr. Renee Glasser then received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and also served as the Vice President of the American Student Dental Association Stony Brook Chapter. During this time, she provided dental care to local and abroad communities that were heavily underserved. Her energy spent in this endeavor led her to receive the International College of Dentists Student Leadership Award. Dr. Renee Glasser was then trained in all aspects of the dental field during her residency in General Practice Dentistry at North Shore University Hospital, receiving additional education and training in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services and techniques.
Dr. Renee Glasser has become a part of the team at the Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island, and is excited to work alongside her father to become an experienced and respected dental professional in her community. She looks forward to meeting you and your family and providing the best possible care available to all who enter our doors!
Ready to work with our team of professionals at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island?
Now is the time to connect with the father and daughter team of Drs. Dean and Renee Glasser at our facility located at 458 Old Country Road in Melville, NY. Call (631) 423-6767 to schedule a consultation appointment and learn more about all we have to offer in our state-of-the-art dental facility!
CAT Scan and Airway Analysis Feb. 14 2020
When it comes to dentistry, there is more to care than just crowns, fillings, and cleanings. Dr. Dean Glasser of Melville, NY’s Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island is here to help patients achieve the best possible results from their smile—and address common problems such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Dean Glasser explains obstructive sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that can be addressed with dental interventions. Our practice utilizes some of the latest technologies to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea and provide a thorough evaluation. When patients have small or obstructed airways, they may be at a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. Using a CAT scan, which stands for “Computer Assisted Tomography,” the dentist can get a clear, three-dimensional view of the patient’s mouth and airways. This allows him to detect specific concerns that may need to be addressed with dental intervention. Not only can it be used to evaluate the teeth, gums, and bone to check for decay, disease, or damage, it can also offer a way for the dentist to check airways. Since the many structures of the mouth can be evaluated with this method, our dentist can use them in a variety of situations. Additionally, these images can be used when Dr. Dean Glasser is evaluating the health of the bone and the location of the sinuses prior to placing restorations such as dental implants.
Do I have obstructive sleep apnea?
Patients who have some of the following symptoms may want to speak to our team about undergoing CAT scans and airway analysis:
- Daily fatigue
- Dry mouth upon wakening
- Gasping for breath at night
- Headaches and migraines
Learn more about CAT scans and airway analysis
If you live in or around the area of Melville, NY, and are ready to work with a team of professionals to learn more about obstructive sleep apnea, consider Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island. Dr. Dean Glasser and his team are dedicated to assisting patients in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea to improve their overall quality of life. Call (631) 423-6767 today to schedule your appointment at 458 Old Country Road.
Using the Tap 3 Appliance for snoring and sleep apnea Jan. 15 2020
At the practice of Dr. Dean Glasser, patients can obtain general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services. Additionally, patients with conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea or chronic snoring may also benefit from a visit to his practice. This is because he proudly offers treatment with the use of a special oral appliance called the Tap 3 Appliance.
Understanding the Tap 3 Appliance
Dr. Dean Glasser describes the Tap 3 Appliance as a mandibular advancement device. TAP stands for Thornton Adjustable Positioner. This custom-made appliance is created to snap in place over the upper and lower arch of teeth like a sports mouthguard or an orthodontic retailer. It can hold the jaw forward and keep the tongue and soft tissues in the throat from collapsing into the airway and causing problems such as snoring and sleep apnea. The appliance is designed to not only be effective but to be comfortable to wear as well.
What are the benefits of the Tap 3 Appliance?
Oral appliances such as these are often available through dental facilities in the area. However, the Tap 3 appliance is different than the rest. This oral device is:
• Comfortable to wear
• Easy to adjust over time
• Provides precision control of the jaw alignment
• Effective when worn regularly
• Simple to create for proper fit and function
• Easy to care for and clean
Why wear the Tap 3 Appliance?
Patients who struggle with obstructive sleep apnea will find that they do not feel well-rested the following morning. This is because blockages are happening sometimes hundreds of times in one night, keeping patients from reaching the restorative levels of sleep needed to feel their best each day. By wearing an oral appliance, the airways can be maintained and patients can get a great night’s rest!
Interested in learning more about the Tap 3 Appliance?
Contact Dr. Dean Glasser and the team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island to discuss this solution with our area professional. The practice can be reached by calling (631) 423-6767 and visiting at 458 Old Country Road.