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Dental Health

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Hudson Valley experts share advice that will keep you smiling.

The first step to a sensational smile is healthy teeth. And, it all begins with ongoing good dental care to prevent problems before they even start. When problems do arise, Hudson Valley dental experts can quickly get you back on track and restore your healthy smile.

I’m nervous about going to the dentist for a smile makeover. What measures are you taking to keep patients safe during the pandemic?

Mark Dunayer dental health
The safety of our patients is our number one priority. We have taken extensive measures to make sure we meet or exceed New York State and CDC guidelines for infection control and the safety of our patients and staff. For example, we use medical-grade air filters and an extraoral suction unit to reduce aerosols. We use a fogger to sanitize each treatment room between patients. And, everyone who works in our practice uses personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent any cross contamination between patients. At our practice, patients will find a full range of cosmetic and implant dentistry, including All on Four dental implants, and full mouth smile makeovers with the latest porcelain veneers.

B & D Dental Excellence – A Dental365 Company
Mark Dunayer, DMD
1 Crossfield Ave, Suite 301
West Nyack

How do you use laser treatments and what are the benefits?

Dental Design studio
There are many uses and benefits of non-invasive laser technology. A primary dental treatment, for example, is in providing non-surgical periodontal treatment that is both effective and comfortable. In gum recontouring, a dental laser can remove the excess gum tissue to reveal more of your natural teeth. In treating periodontal issues, a dental laser allows us to remove the diseased gum tissue and pockets of bacteria to help the gum heal and reattach to the tooth. In addition to innovative treatments on teeth, gums, and bone, we use laser treatments to treat sleep disorders, such as reducing the effects of sleep apnea or decreasing snoring (Nightlase®), as well as cosmetic treatments such as eliminating or reducing wrinkles in the cheeks and bags under the eyes (Smoothlase®), and plumping the lips (Liplase®).

Dental Design Studio
Richard K. Whalen, DDS
46 Fox St, Suite 3

What is the difference between dentures and implant bridges?

Fishkill dental studio
Dentures cover the roof of the mouth, which can cause several problems, such as allowing food particles to become trapped and the dentures possibly slipping while chewing hard food, which can be embarrassing and affect a person’s confidence. Some patients also experience an inability to differentiate the taste of food and drinks or between hot and cold, especially in the lower dentures where the denture adhesive cream is applied to reduce slippage. On the other hand, implant bridges provide more stability, help restore the surrounding bone, and resemble natural teeth, making it possible for patients to chew easily and well. Patients are better able to taste and enjoy their food. which gives them more confidence when smiling and talking and helps boost their self-esteem.

Syed Masihuddin, DDS, DICOI, FAGD, AACD, AAFE
Fishkill Dental Studio
1399 Route 52, Suite 203
Fishkill, NY

How can I achieve the beautiful smile I’ve been dreaming of with a simple “bleaching” procedure?

Dr. Michael Koumas
Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a solid try.

Michael Koumas, DDS
4 Hudson Valley Professional Plaza

How do you help patients who may be afraid become more comfortable and less fearful of dentists?

Taconic dental
We provide dental care for families with state-of-the-art technology and concern for every patient. Keeping patients relaxed is key. We even have a television in every room, so patients remain calm throughout their visits. It really makes me happy to work with someone who has always been afraid of the dentist and give them a good experience. The best thing I can do is to change a patient’s perspective of the dentist.

Taconic Dental
Erin Prunty, DDS
1557 Rte 82, Suite 8
Hopewell Junction

Why is a healthy smile so important?

Dr. Steven Stern
When you feel good about your smile, it shows in your confidence and the impression you make on others. If discolored, chipped, crooked, or missing teeth have caused you embarrassment or discomfort, a smile makeover can change everything. Our multi-specialty practice uses a team approach to coordinate every aspect of any treatment. Using the most progressive techniques in cosmetic dentistry, including: Zirconia implants, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and All-on-4TM teeth restoration, Windsor Dental Center can create a perfect, natural-looking smile in just two visits.

Windsor Dental Center
Steven P. Stern, DMD
375 Windsor Hwy, Suite 400
New Windsor

What is the difference between dentures and Teeth Tomorrow?

Woodstock dentistry
Dentures are made of acrylic with acrylic teeth. Dentures need to be removed daily for hygiene purposes and they cover the roof of your mouth, both of which contribute to an unnatural/artificial feel. Dentures can cause bone loss and over time as the bone shape changes, dentures slip because they no longer fit. Teeth Tomorrow is non-removable full arch bridge that replaces teeth and gum tissue; it is milled from a single piece of non-porous Zirconia anchored to dental implants. They don’t slip, fall out, chip, crack, or attract odors. They look beautiful and let you smile and eat the foods you love with confidence.

Woodstock General & Implant Dentistry
Claudia Patch, DMD
121 Rte 375

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