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Regular Dental Exams Important for Overall Health

Regular dental exams are an important part of your healthy body plan. Don't wait - see your dentist today!

Recent research confirms that oral health is important to the body’s overall health. If the “eyes are a window to the soul”, the mouth can provide clues about the health and well being of the body. Regular dental exams have become about more than teeth.  These days, it’s likely your dentist and dental hygienist will also examine your tongue, gums, throat and mouth for signs of disease that can provide clues to overall health – and help keep you healthy overall.

Importance of Regular Dental Exams

Routine dental examinations can provide evidence that something is wrong. Sometimes people think that if there is no pain then there is nothing wrong, but they may be doing an injustice to their health. Being proactive can help to ensure there is no ongoing or future possibilities of disease.

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Continuing Education – New Technology for Better Dental Care

The national American Dental Association offers continuing education courses, some of which highlight new technology for better dental care. This allows dentists to explore and experience new technologies and determine if they meet practice goals for improving the quality, time, and comfort of patients.

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Enhanced Vision Glasses Improve Patient Care

For example, a new headset made by Orascoptic upgrades optics and lighting. This completely wireless device, called Eyezoom, allows  enlarging any field of my vision into a selected 3x, 4x, or 5x magnification. A gentle touch to the temple of the frames of these new eyeglasses directs focused lighting exactly where needed from a centered LED headlamp. Patients benefit from the increase in vision, perception, and illumination.

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Dental Benefits – Important End of Year Message

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As the end of the year approaches, there are two important issues that you have to attend to well before the end of this calendar year.

  1. If you haven’t utilized your dental benefits to the fullest, please recognize that you must do so before December 31. Ignoring your allowed utilization will cause you to lose benefits for this calendar year. You will not be able to recover any of these benefits. We can easily catch a simple problem before it gets too advanced and cost you more in dollars and aggravation. Schedule your appointment as soon as possible.
  2. The selection of your dental benefits for the upcoming year are occurring now. Many patients do not understand the consequences of selecting a poor insurance product that they deem good at the time of presentation. Our office team is proficient in understanding the differences in products that you are selecting from. Before making your final selection, it is urgent that you speak to us for the best decision.
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The truth about tooth-colored dental fillings

tooth colored fillings can create problems - using amalgam fillings in sensitive patients

Over the years, there have been many changes in dental materials. Perhaps the greatest changes have occurred with composites (white filling material), porcelains, and porcelain-like materials. The truth regarding all available dental materials is that each has a place. There is no perfect filling material for all situations. Different situations require different materials. And, from my experience, some of the newer material may not be the best choice. In fact, for some patients, it may be a disaster.

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Significant Loss of Tooth Structure

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Most patients who experience loss of tooth structure do so for one of two reasons:

  • Attrition
  • Chemical erosion

For each cause, the pattern of tooth wear is distinctive and gives insight into the causes, prognosis, and treatment for each individual.

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Occlusion Basics: How Teeth Meet and Function Together

AK Dental Arts in Staten Island NY can correct malocclusion or bad bite problems and TMJ

When dentists speak of occlusion, they mean how the teeth meet and function together.

In normal occlusion, the teeth come together so they fit into a proper anatomical arrangement – much like puzzle pieces that all meet at the same time. In abnormal occlusion, some teeth may hit before others or some teeth may not hit at all. This can create pain in the teeth or the musculature of the mouth or both.

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Dental Education Seminar: Implants of the Future and Traumatic Childhood Injuries

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The head clinician of Spear Education, Dr. Frank Spear, is a world-renowned educator and practicing dentist who has helped advance the profession of dentistry in the areas of implants, prosthodontics, dental materials, and occlusion.

Spear Education’s continued updates and advanced course options continue to evolve and teach interested dentists the skills and knowledge necessary to be leaders in our profession.

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Aesthetics & Complex Dental Cases – Dental Seminar

Continuing dental education is important at AK Dental Arts in Staten Island, NY

Aesthetic Dental Excellence

Aesthetic Excellence is the focus of the coursework at the prestigious Spear Education Seminar in Boston, Mass.. Many of our patients are interested in looking their best – for career advancement, for relationships and for self-esteem.

Complex Dental Cases

The coursework focused on diagnosis of and creation of treatment plans for more complex dental cases that require multiple approaches to create dental health for patients who need this level of service.