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    Spotlight On Preventive Care

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Preventive dental care consists of the brushing and flossing you perform on a daily basis right in your own home. These activities play an essential role in the long-term health of your mouth by preventing the buildup of the bacteria that cause bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. During regular visits to your dentist, he will ask about your daily oral care routine. If your brushing or flossing technique needs improvement, your dentist and dental assistant will show you how to make the necessary changes to benefit your oral health. Additionally, if you suffer from a condition such as bruxism or TMJ, your dentist can recommend preventive care such as a night guard or splint to protect your teeth while you sleep. If your gums show signs of inflammation, your dentist will perform a deep cleaning to eliminate any infection.

    Do you have questions about your daily oral care routine and whether it is effectively cleaning your teeth? Your dentist at KFA Dental is here to help you refine your technique to ensure you enjoy excellent dental health for life. Call our Long Island dental office at (516) 249-1188 or contact us online

    Is Gum Contouring Right for You?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    A beautiful smile consists of both your gums and your teeth. If your gums are uneven or a large portion of tissue is visible below the lips, it may affect the cosmetic appearance of your smile even if it is healthy. Gum contouring is a safe and easy cosmetic procedure that reshapes your gums for a more balanced smile.

    Who Can Benefit
    Gum contouring can benefit patients who are displeased with the look of their gums. Sometimes the gums naturally cover a large portion of the teeth or the gum line is uneven. Alternatively, teeth that are short or have become worn over time may seem disproportionate to the amount of gum tissue in the mouth. In some cases, medications or medical conditions can cause overgrowth of gum tissue. If you don’t like the way your gums look or feel that your smile is too “gummy,” talk to your cosmetic dentist to find out if gum contouring can help you.

    How It’s Done
    Gum contouring can be completed during a single dental visit. Prior to treatment, you will receive a local anesthetic to eliminate discomfort during the procedure. Your cosmetic dentist will then use a dental laser to remove excess tissue and create a natural and appealing gum line. The use of a laser to remove gum tissue minimizes bleeding and reduces the risk of infection so you can enjoy a faster, healthier recovery.

    What Happens Next
    After your gum contouring procedure, it’s important to take extra care with treated gums. You may experience swollen, puffy, or sore gums for approximately one week after treatment. This discomfort generally does not interfere with normal activities and can be minimized with over-the-counter medications. Eat soft, bland foods as your gums recover and brush and floss carefully to avoid irritating gum tissues.

    Could you benefit from laser gum contouring to improve the look of your smile? Schedule your consultation at KFA Dental by calling (516) 249-1188 to explore your cosmetic dentistry options in New York. Click through our blog to read more about other popular cosmetic and restorative dental procedures.

    What to Expect During a Veneer Procedure

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Porcelain veneers are a popular minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure that instantly give your smile a boost. Veneers can be used to correct the shape, size, color, and even alignment of visible teeth in the mouth. Your dentist will explain the entire procedure and answer any questions to ensure you know what to expect from your treatment with dental veneers.

    If you are considering any cosmetic dental treatment, schedule a visit with your dentist to discuss your options. While most patients are excellent candidates for veneers, it’s still important to undergo a full dental examination before proceeding with treatment. During this evaluation, you and your dentist will discuss your goals and how veneers wil create a more appealing smile.

    Tooth Preparation
    Before you receive dental veneers, your teeth must be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the veneers’ thickness. Your dentist may use a local anesthetic to ensure comfort during this step. After your teeth have been prepared, a dental impression is taken so the veneers can be created to fit exactly over each tooth’s surface. Veneers are created in an offsite laboratory and sent to your dentist for final placement. This process generally takes one to two weeks; your dentist will provide you with temporary veneers to cover your teeth until the permanent restorations are ready.

    Veneer Placement
    When your dentist receives your permanent veneers, you will return to the office so they can be placed. The temporary veneers are removed and your permanent veneers are fitting in your mouth. If small adjustments to the veneers are required, your dentist can perform these while you wait. Finally, the permanent veneers are bonded to your teeth with dental cement.

    Veneers are a popular procedure that can transform the look of your smile in just two dental visits. You can find out more about veneers and whether you are a good candidate for this treatment by calling KFA Dental at (516) 249-1188 or clicking on our web contact form to make an appointment.

    What Are Veneers?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Dental veneers are a restorative treatment option that address damaged tooth enamel. Veneers can be used to repair teeth that are broken, chipped, discolored, or worn to restore a healthy, even smile.

    This video explains that veneers are made from thin wafers of porcelain. A veneer covers the front facial surface of a tooth to correct small cosmetic defects. During the veneer procedure, your dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. You and your dentist will choose the shape, size, and color before the veneer is fabricated and cemented permanently to the tooth.

    Are you interested in improving your smile with veneers, tooth whitening, or dental implants? Contact KFA Dental of Long Island by calling (516) 249-1188 to find out how we can help! Check out our website for more information about your restorative and cosmetic dental options.

    A Look at How Technology Plays a Role in Dentistry

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Today’s modern dental office features a wide range of technology that allows your dentist to perform precise and comfortable procedures. From taking digital X-rays to creating custom porcelain crowns in an hour, dental technology can benefit patients of all ages and stages of oral health. Keep reading to discover the role technology plays in modern dentistry and how it can improve your smile.

    Digital X-rays
    X-rays remain an important tool in the evaluation of oral health. Today’s digital dental X-rays use very low doses of radiation and create images that are viewable immediately on a computer screen. Your X-rays can be manipulated digitally to allow your dentist the best view of your teeth and gums during an evaluation. Once your visit is through, your X-rays can be stored easily for comparison during future exams and procedures.

    CEREC Restorations
    In the past, dental restorations required two or more visits to complete. Your dentist would take an impression of the tooth requiring repair, then send this information to an offsite lab where the restoration was prepared. Today, CEREC technology allows your dentist to create a digital impression of your tooth using an intraoral camera. This information is fed into a computerized milling machine, which creates your porcelain crown, veneer, inlay, or onlay while you wait. You can leave the dental office the same day with your permanent restoration in place.

    Diagnodent Detection
    The earlier cavities are detected, the less invasive the treatment method required to address them. Diagnodent allows your dentist to find cavities that are often too small to be visible on X-rays or found during a physical examination. The Diagnodent laser painlessly illuminates each tooth, clearly showing small areas of decay so your dentist can immediately take steps to prevent further damage to your tooth enamel.

    KFA Dental is pleased to offer the latest in dental technology to our Long Island patients. We invite you to come experience Diagnodent, Invisalign, laser dentistry, Zoom!2 teeth whitening, and more when you visit our office. Click through our website or call (516) 249-1188 for more information.

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