During routine dental wellness visits, a dental hygienist uses special tools like a Cavitron to clean your teeth and remove built-up plaque and tartar that you can’t remove at home even with regular brushing and flossing. The official dental term for this is “dental prophylaxis.” Prophylaxis literally means “action taken to prevent disease, especially by specified means or against a specified disease.” By seeing us for regular visits, you and your family can prevent cavities and gum disease, and keep your teeth in optimal shape!
Regular check up exams also take place during dental wellness visits. One of our dentists will review your x-rays and look at your teeth for any early signs of decay or other abnormalities that might not have become painful yet. The earlier we find an issue, the easier and less expensive it is to help you fix it.
The iTero® Element™ Scanner uses a “wand” with a gentle laser to painlessly take an incredibly detailed impression of your teeth and gums. There’s no goo and no radiation. Once the scan is complete, you’ll immediately be able to see a digital model of your entire mouth.
Digital x-rays help diagnose problems with your teeth and jaw and can show our providers decay and bone loss that might not be visible yet. We use digital x-rays that are safe and emit an extremely small amount of radiation. We can even take panoramic, and 3-D cone scan images.
In-office fluoride treatments provide preventative topical application of fluoride in a much stronger concentration than you find in toothpaste or mouthwash available over the counter. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to prevent tooth decay, reduces sensitivity, and can even help repair teeth in very early (microscopic) stages of decay. Insurance doesn’t usually cover fluoride for adults, so it is an additional optional $30 fee. It is included in our hygiene membership packages.
Oral cancer screenings detect mouth cancer or abnormal tissues that may lead to mouth cancer while they are still at an early stage. We use a special blue light called a VELscope with a filter that makes areas of abnormality look different than the surrounding, healthy tissue.
If we find grooves in your teeth that a toothbrush bristle can’t reach they will recommend that tooth-colored material be applied to seal the indentations and act a protective barrier against cavities. Sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often. Learn more about Sealants on our blog.
If we notice signs of nighttime grinding or clenching (aka “Bruxism”) then we will probably suggest a custom-fitted tray that covers your top teeth to protect them from damage. Telltale signs you might be a grinder include flat spots on your enamel, jaw pain, or highly developed jaw muscles. Sometimes, the force of grinding can make teeth break, crack, become sensitive, or cause gums to recede. A nightguard is a good investment.
Neuromodulators (such as Botox) help relax the muscles that are affected by TMJ and help improve many of the symptoms
associated with TMJ inducing pain, limited opening, and jaw tenderness. With continued injections, the jaw muscles
can remodel and be in a more relaxed state. Dr. Mellanie Kim offers this treatment. Watch our very own hygienist, Miranda, receive this treatment for her TMJ pain.
We’re serious about making getting any kind of care you need easy and seamless. That’s why we even have a board certified Oral Surgeon, Dr. Victoria Laor, on our team to help out with wisdom teeth removal right here at the office you know and trust.
We use models, photos, and animations to show the whole family how to make the most of their home care and to understand recommendations for treatment. We’ll also take the time to go over options in detail, finding the ideal treatment plan to fit your needs, wants, and budget.
Dr. John F. Lhota is a 1985 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He attended a six-year accelerated program for dentistry in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for academically gifted students, where he obtained both his B.S. in Biology (minor in Literature) and his D.M.D. dental degree in six years. He…
Dr. Jennifer R. Martin has been in practice since 2000 and has been with Central Park West Dentistry since 2004. Her main focus is to provide her patients with quality dentistry in a compassionate and comfortable manner. Her ability to establish genuine patient relationships is evident by her loyal following. She received her Doctorate in…
Dr. Devin Kuller earned his Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, followed by his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from NYU. He was then accepted to the general practice residency program at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Department of Dental Medicine in Brooklyn. There, Dr. Kuller received the Resident of the Year Award and was asked…
Dr. Romney Piamonte’s passion for dentistry came at an early age when he experienced first-hand how a beautiful, healthy smile from expert dental care empowered his confidence. Dr. Piamonte received his Bachelors in Chemistry from UCLA, followed by his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from NYU College of Dentistry where he was inducted into the Omicron…
Dr. Mellanie Kim received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Rochester and her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. She received the Dean’s Scholarship while attending the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. Afterwards, she completed a General Practice Residency at Jacobi Medical Center,…
Dr. Joanne Oh was born and raised in sunny Southern California. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Dr. Oh received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, graduating in the top 5% of her class. Upon…
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