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The Causes of and Treatments for Teeth Grinding and Clenching

November 9, 2015

woman with headache from teeth grindingA 2005 survey conducted by the Children’s Hospital Boston Dental Clinic collected data on childhood bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) from nearly 900 families. 38% of these families reported having children that engaged in night-time teeth grinding and clenching. Children whose parents brux were 1.8% more likely to engage in night-time bruxism. A 2013 study revealed that 5% of the population reported experiencing night-time bruxism, and 10% reported diurnal (day time) teeth clenching and grinding. However, day time bruxism may simply be more easily diagnosed than night time bruxism rather than more common. Bruxism is a fairly common problem with numerous causes, and appropriate treatments are almost as varied as these causes. It’s essential for patients who brux to seek appropriate treatment since bruxism causes or worsens numerous oral health concerns including dental wear, chips, cracks, damaged restorations, and TMJ disorder. If you experience day or night time bruxism, don’t hesitate to contact your South Shore Dental Care team for treatment recommendations.
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Dental Implants Massapequa Residents Rely On – South Shore Dental Care

September 4, 2015

Woman smiling with beautiful teeth thanks to the dental implants massapequa lovesDid you know that even one missing tooth can change your face? Over time, the jawbone and gum tissue that support and shape facial features deteriorate creating wrinkles, indentations, and sagging. Even patients who wear traditional dentures experience these changes because the root of the tooth actually stimulates the retention of gum tissue and bone density. Traditional tooth replacement options only restore the visible parts of teeth, but dental implants replace the entire tooth from the roots up. That means patients are better able to retain gum tissue and bone density, and maintain their youthful appearance. At South Shore Dental Care, we offer the dental implants Massapequa residents prefer. Our skilled dentists, friendly team, and patient-centered care make us the ideal dental implant dentist for all of Long Island. Call to schedule a dental implant evaluation today.
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Perfect Porcelain Veneers

June 24, 2015

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If you have significant damage to your front teeth, you may be tempted to hide your smile. Fixing chipped or cracked teeth or replacing missing teeth can be expensive and time consuming. At South Shore Dental Care we offer comprehensive dental care no matter what your oral health needs. We can restore your smile with crowns, bridges, dental implants or other restorative dentistry treatments, but for many the hours of dental work is too stressful. Porcelain veneers from the experts Dr.s Dory and Khalida Stutman can correct your smile without the time and financial commitments of restorative dentistry. We believe that all dentistry is cosmetic because a beautiful smile should be the end result of everything we do, but our traditional cosmetic dentistry services include teeth whitening, Invisalign and porcelain veneers. If you’re interested in any of our full-spectrum dental care options from pediatric to geriatric dentistry, our Massapequa Park, NY office has you covered. Call to schedule an appointment today.

How Porcelain Veneers Work

Our office prides itself on offering our patients the widest array of dental treatment options, and this includes our cosmetic dentistry services. If you are interested in having porcelain veneers placed to correct your smile esthetics, our highly skilled dentists will start by explaining the numerous options our practice can provide.

Traditional porcelain veneers require two visits. An initial consultation/examination visit allows our staff to examine your teeth and determine whether veneers are a good option to correct your bite. If you and your dentist determine that veneers are right for you, molds will be made of your teeth so a customized veneer can be milled. At South Shore Dental Care we work with the renowned dental ceramist, Jason J. Kim to produce the highest quality natural looking and feeling veneers available. Once your custom veneer is ready, you’ll come in for your second visit to place the veneer.

For patients who need minimal-prep or no-prep veneers, we work with several of the leading ultra-thin veneer brands: Lumineers, DaVinci Veneers and Durathins. These brands offer similar look and function to the traditional porcelain veneer, and still require two dental visits one to take molds of your teeth and one to apply your custom veneer. However, these veneer options are made of extremely thin layers of porcelain so less tooth preparation is needed to place the veneers.

Who Should Consider Veneers

If you have chipped, cracked or broken teeth, veneers can be a less invasive treatment option that traditional crowns to correct smile esthetic. If you have dental damage caused by tooth decay, veneers help protect against future cavities or bacteria. Patients who are not healthy enough to undergo complex dental procedures like crown and bridge therapy or dental implants, are usually able to have veneers placed with no adverse health effects. Any patient who isn’t happy with the smile they have, but doesn’t have the time or budget to undergo extensive dental restoration treatments will benefit from porcelain veneers.

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Whatever the reason you’re considering porcelain veneers, our expert staff can help you make a dental care decision that’s right for you. A consultation with one of our skilled cosmetic dentists will thoroughly explain your options, and give you the opportunity to hear about other dental treatments to correct your bite. If you’re in need of cosmetic dentistry treatment or any dental care, our convenient Massapequa Park practice is here to help. Call to schedule a consultation today. Our practice welcomes patients form surrounding areas including Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh.

Got Dental Implants Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

February 10, 2015

471814805Are you considering dental implants? Many tooth loss patients are excited about dental implants, but are still confused by the wealth of information available on the topic. The fact is that dental implants are fast becoming the preferred treatment choice of both patients and dentists, because of their numerous restorative and practical benefits. We hope to make the process as simple and transparent as possible. Read on to explore the  implants process for yourself, and then make an appointment with the experienced restorative and dental implants experts of South Shore Dental Care today. South Shore Dental Care delivers quality care daily throughout Massapequa, NY, Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh, and the surrounding communities.

Dental Implants FAQ

Dental implants are tiny biocompatible titanium posts which serve to replace both your missing tooth and your missing tooth’s root.

  • How Are They Placed?

Dental implants are placed gently in the jawbone through the gum line. The implants then require several weeks to fully fuse with your natural bone structure.

Dental implants are, by far, the most effective and beneficial form of natural tooth replacement available today. Implants offer stability, comfort, and ease of care not afforded by dentures. Implants are also better for your long term oral and overall health than dental bridgework. In fact, implants are the only tooth replacement method which actually preserves your natural bone structure and youthful facial features.

Massapequa Dental Implants Appointments

While dental implants are not for everyone, they are unequivocally the best choice if your oral health and bone densities meet the minimum treatment requirements. Millions of patients have discovered the life changing advantageous of dental implants tooth replacement, and now you can too! Just make an appointment with South Shore Dental Care and our highly qualified  implants specialists today. South Shore Dental Care proudly restores smiles daily throughout Massapequa, NY, Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh, and neighboring areas.

Have A Healthier Smile with Gum Disease Therapy

August 22, 2014

472315273Though many people pay a lot of attention to their teeth, making sure that they are bright and straight, they may forget about the most important aspect of having a healthy smile. Your gums are essential to a healthy smile, and if they are compromised in any way, the results are never positive. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects approximately 80 percent of Americans, and many of them do not even know. Fortunately, our doctors are able to treat your gum disease with gum disease therapy at their Massapequa Park, NY dental office.

If left to its own devices, gum disease has the potential to cause many negative oral and bodily ailments, such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, tooth loss, bone loss, and much more. It is very important to make sure you tackle your gum disease in the early stages, as it is able to be reversed. A few signs of gum disease include red and swollen gums, gums that are sensitive to the touch, and gums that bleed when you brush or floss.

One of the ways we are able to treat your gum disease is by scaling and root planing. This allows for us to remove the harmful bacterium from below the gum line, making sure your smile is restored to a healthy state. This also lets us smooth out the rough areas on your tooth’s root. We will also be able to give you instructions and advice that you can put into practice at home, ensuring your gums are as healthy as possible. If you are suffering from gum disease and would like the help of our doctors, contact our office, and we would love to help!

At South Shore Dental Care, we’re committed to providing our patients with a wide array of dental services, high-quality cosmetic dentistry, and up to the minute dental technology. Our Massapequa dental office serves patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Have A Fuller Smile with Dental Implants

August 8, 2014

480753457One thing that many people strive for is a beautiful, full smile. Though it may not be important to some, there are those who spend a lot of time and effort into making sure their smiles are in excellent condition, and if their smiles are compromised in any way, it can have negative effects on the way they feel about yourself and the way they interact with the people around you. Not having a complete smile can be detrimental to your oral and bodily health, and our doctors are able to give you the comprehensive smile of your dreams by offering dental implants to their patients.

When you have teeth missing from your smile, there are many negative side effects that can take place. Some of them being a greater risk at gum disease, a misaligned bite, TMJ, and your teeth shifting in order to make up for the extra space. It is important to replace any missing teeth in your smile, and dental implants are an excellent and permanent way to accomplish that goal.

The journey to your dental implants begins with a consultation with our doctors. They will be able to assess your smile in its current condition, ask you about your future smile goals, and determine whether or not dental implants are right for you. You will also have that opportunity to ask questions or bring up any concerns you may have about the procedure. We want you to be as informed as possible throughout the entire process, making sure you feel comfortable.

If you are deemed a candidate for dental implants, a titanium screw will be embedded into your jaw bone, replacing the missing tooth root. Over time, the screw will fuse with your jaw bone, creating a strong and solid foundation. After the proper amount of healing time has passed, the abutment is added, which is essentially a support system for the implant itself as well as the crown. Last, the tooth-resembling crown is added placed, completing your new look. At the end of the procedure, you have a flawless, full smile you have always wanted! If you would like our doctors’ help restoring your smile using dental implants, contact our office today!

At South Shore Dental Care, we’re committed to providing our patients with a wide array of dental services, high-quality cosmetic dentistry, and up to the minute dental technology. Our Massapequa dental office serves patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

PreNew PreView is a Better Smile Preview Tool in Long Island

November 26, 2013

PreNew PreViewIf you’re thinking about undergoing extensive dental work, such as a cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedure, it may be hard to visualize what your smile will look like after treatment. Dental technology has advanced to the point where there’s now many options available to help you preview your new smile. South Shore Dental Care uses PreNew PreView because it’s the best method available.

PreNew PreView isn’t just a simulated image of what your smile will look like. It’s actually a physical mockup of what your completed smile will look like that you can wear over your teeth so you and your loved ones can get a real-life preview of your completed smile. We’ll start by taking a picture and impression of your smile. This will be sent to the PreNew PreView lab along with treatment details and will be used to create a mockup of your smile. You can then wear this smile to preview your treatment before it even begins.

If you’re interested in learning more or seeing how PreNew PreView can help you truly understand the impact of your dental treatments on your smile, give us a call today. Everyone deserves to have a beautiful smile and this technology makes it easier than ever before to see what you have to look forward to before agreeing to treatment.

At South Shore Dental Care, we’re committed to providing our patients with a wide array of dental services, high-quality cosmetic dentistry, and up to the minute dental technology. Our Massapequa dental office serves patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Stutman Can Restore Your Gum Tissue With Amaris Gingiva

November 19, 2013

gum tissueIf you have a severely decayed smile, it may not be just your teeth that are missing or in need of repair. Sometimes, your gum tissue can recede, especially without teeth to hold it in place. Luckily, there are solutions available to help restore and replace this missing gum tissue to ensure a health smile. At South Shore Dental Care, we want to make sure our patients always have healthy, complete smiles with our restorative dentistry services.

Dr. Dory Stutman wrote an article that’s featured on Dental Products Report’s website discussing a solution to this problem.  Dental Products Report is a site that focuses on informing dentists about the newest dental products on the market. This article is about Amaris Gingiva, a special system than can be used to restore gum tissue, also called gingival. Dr. Stutman can use this system to restore your gums, making sure they’re color matched to the rest of your smile. Restorative dentistry treatments such as this are an important part of the services that we offer.

This is another example of the cutting edge, high-quality dental care you will receive at our office. We’re always working to try and keep up with the latest dental technology and products to ensure that you’re receiving the best dental experience possible when you visit our office. If you’re missing gum tissue, give us a call today to see how we can help improve the health and appearance of your smile.

At South Shore Dental Care, we’re committed to providing our patients with a wide array of dental services, high-quality cosmetic dentistry, and up to the minute dental technology. Our Massapequa dental office serves patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Advantages of Dental Implants

March 20, 2013

Last time, we talked about dental implants and why they’re important for the health of your smile. Today we’re going to compare dental implants to other tooth replacement methods to see why they’re the most effective option to restore the health, appearance and function of your smile. At South Shore Dental Care, we want our patients to be fully informed about all their smile choices.

When people think of replacing missing teeth, their first thought is often dentures. Dentures are a traditional way to help restore function if you’ve lost all or nearly all of your teeth. However, they’re removable, so there’s always the risk of them slipping or coming loose in public.

Crowns and bridges can also be used to replace missing teeth. While these can be sturdier than dentures, they don’t do anything about the missing tooth roots. Your tooth roots are important because without them, you could lose bone from your jaw.

Only dental implants give you a secure fit while creating a replacement tooth root to ensure the health of your jaw bone. Dental implants not only stop any further bone loss, but they can sometimes encourage growth of the jaw bone to replace what has been lost.

At South Shore Dental Care, we’re committed to providing our patients with a wide array of dental services, high-quality cosmetic dentistry, and up to the minute dental technology. Our Massapequa dental office serves patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Restore Your Smile’s Functionality and Appearance with a Full-Mouth Reconstruction

October 12, 2012

For some patients, extensive decay, disease, or a serious injury has left their smile with limited functionality, or with a smile they’re embarrassed to share with others. In cases like these, one service may not be enough to restore functionality or appearance. That’s why, at South Shore Dental Care, Dr. Dory Stutman and Dr. Khalida Stutman are happy to provide a service called full-mouth reconstruction.

A full-mouth reconstruction uses multiple services and multiple appointments to do what just one service can’t—create a beautiful smile that gives you the maximum amount of functionality. Our Massapequa dental office offers a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental services, including:

Depending on your needs, a full-mouth reconstruction would use several of these cosmetic or restorative services to help you achieve a smile that boosts confidence and restores your ability to chew effectively.

But which services are most right for you?

Dr. Dory Stutman or Dr. Khalida Stutman will help you determine that during your consultation appointment. At that time, we’ll assess what your needs are through an oral exam, and we’ll also talk to you about your concerns before finalizing a personalized treatment plan. We would also be happy to talk to you about your sedation options.

Are you ready to get your smile back on track with a full-mouth reconstruction from South Shore Dental Care? Call our Massapequa dental office today. Dr. Dory Stutman and Dr. Khalida Stutman proudly serve patients from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh.

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