Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My Locations

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My Locations

Manhattan Office (Click Here)

   249 East 48th Street
   New York, NY 10017


Sunday 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Brooklyn Office (Click Here)

   2200 85th Street
   Brooklyn, NY 11223
   (718) 236-1165


Monday 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Friday 2:00 PM–5:00 PM

Avoidng Root Canals

How to avoid root canals.



Every time people hear about root canals, it makes them feel not very comfortable, to say the least. Root Canal Treatment is performed when the nerve of the tooth is irreversibly inflamed. In a great majority of cases the cause is deep carious lesion (decay). But there are cases when nerve inflammation can be cause by trauma of the tooth as well, or some other factors. Nerve of the tooth is such delicate structure, so, when infected, the treatment by medication or any conservative means is not usually an option. The rationale for the treatment of a diseased nerve is to clean it from all existing canals of a tooth and filling them with a filling material.

In significant number of cases Root Canal Treatment is performed when there is evidence that the cavity is so deep, so the risk of future nerve inflammation is great and Root Canal Treatment is done to prevent potential inflammation from happening. Is it wrong by making that choice? No. Determination to perform Root Canal Treatment is based on many specific factors of a particular situation at hand. It is judgment call. After all Dentistry both is an art and a science.

But there is also scientific evidence that the nerve has great potential for healing, when handled conservatively with the use of materials that applied on the base of even a deep carious cavity or a fractured tooth. Those materials promote calcium formation that protects the nerve (pulp) of a tooth, forming a protective layer over the nerve of the tooth. That approach coupled with use of modern bonding technology and materials enables a dentist to restore teeth conservatively, thus avoiding Root Canal Treatment. I call it Minimally Invasive Dentistry. Time tested Composite and Ceramic materials that are compatible with the tooth structure can restore large portion of a tooth structure safely.  Composite or Ceramic Inlays or Onlays are very good alternative to a crown (when indicated), because it requires much less cutting (reduction) of a tooth structure than a crown preparation and it’s least irritating for the gingiva (gum).  Inlay is lab processed restoration that fits very tight against a prepared tooth. It is stronger than a composite filling, fits more accurately and lasts longer.





Friday, August 30, 2013

Fractured teeth


July 28, 2013

Case of the month

Cosmetic Dentistry evolved with improvements in bonding and composite technology. Bonding of composite (filling) material to the enamel and dentin of the tooth structure means chemical bond between the filling material and the tooth structures. Enamel of the tooth is the outer layer of the tooth (“white” color) makes the tooth look pearly and beautiful. Bonding to enamel is stronger than to the Dentin. Dentin is a yellow colored part of the tooth located under the Enamel layer. Over the last five to ten years bonding to the Dentin significantly improved. Parallel to the improvements in bonding technology, new technology lead to the development of stronger cosmetic composite dental materials. Modern Nano composites are made up of microscopically small particles that can be polished to a very high degree of luster and translucency. All that means highly aesthetic filling materials that can be indistinguishable from a natural tooth structures.

As with any dental procedure, case selection is critical for success of a procedure. Case selection means good diagnosis of a problem and proper treatment plan in a given situation. Patient understanding of clear choices is crucial. In a case of our young patient, tooth fracture could be restored by direct cosmetic composite bonding, or minimum preparation ceramic veneers. Ceramic veneers is a good choice, even in a young age, because it can be accomplished with very little (or even without) tooth reduction. These restorations are very strong and long lasting.

Parents of our teenage patient chose direct composite bonding.

Patient is a 10 years old boy presented with fractured upper anterior teeth.

Because of a young age of the patient, Minimally Invasive Treatment was selected.

The two fractured teeth were restored with direct composite bonding and minimum cutting of the tooth structure


10 yo child fractured anterior teeth


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Maryland bridge

August 30, 2013

Case of the month

“Maryland bridge”.

Tooth bonding is a modern technology coupled with modern dental composites and ceramics makes variety of conservative dental restorations possible. It puts a deeper meaning in the idea of Minimally Invasive Dentistry. Much less tooth reduction is necessary to achieve successful and long lasting aesthetic dental restoration. It must be said that case selection is critical for success of the “Maryland Bridge”.

Patient presented with complain on loose and very unaesthetic lower anterior teeth. X-ray revealed large pathology around lower left central incisor. Tooth was failing and had to be extracted. Because the tooth was located right in the front area, a solution had to be found how to immediately replace missing tooth right after extraction. Patient had to leave the country in several weeks and time was of the essence. It was recommended to fabricate a “Maryland Bridge” and to bond it immediately after extraction.  This type of dental restoration is called ‘Immediate”, because it is installed immediately after extraction. It requires high degree of accuracy.  In order to stop bleeding tooth was extracted with minimum trauma and absorbable suture was placed. After bleeding was stopped, the “Maryland Bridge” was bonded with the use of special composite cement. Patient was very happy with result of the treatment and opportunity to walk out from the office with a secure and aesthetic restoration.

pathology of lower aterior tooth

Large pathology of lower anterior tooth.

failed lower anterior tooth

Inside view of a failing lower anterior tooth

Chuchovskaya teeth24 25 26 lingual

Maryland Bridge” bonded to adjacent teeth immediately after extraction

bonded brudge immediately after tooth 25 extraction

Inside (lingual) view of a “Maryland Bridge” immediately after cementation

bonded bridge inside view