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Our patients ask us questions all the time. We want to be sure our patients are comfortable and have the information they need to make informed healthcare decisions so we provide answers to some of the frequently asked questions.

Questions? Send it to us on the Ask Us Anything form under the FAQs and you'll get answer!

Why should I come to Advanced DDS for all my dental work?

If you are looking for a dental office that provides high quality dentistry with a team of competent professionals, then Advanced DDS is what you’ve been looking for. We understand the importance of building a strong relationship with our patients. From start to finish, it is important to us that we know the wants and needs of each individual patient. With our state-of-the-art technology, we’re able to devise the best treatment plans for our patients.

We are a one-stop-shop for all your dental work. We have a team of on-site on-staff licensed IV sedation dentists that can provide phobic patients with a comfortable and stress-free visit.

See for yourself how Advanced DDS’s culture, philosophy and overall environment is different and call us today at 516.825.1100.

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Why should I go to the dentist?

It’s extremely important to visit the dentist on a regular basis because your oral health affects your overall health. When you are eating food or drinking beverages, the bacteria in your mouth is carried through your body.

You should not only go to the dentist when you have a tooth ache or dental emergency. You should go to prevent any dental emergency from occurring. Prevention is key to maintaining a healthy body and is the most valuable solution to your oral health. Therefore, you should make sure you are having regular dental visits for your continuous care appointments.

How do I choose the right Dentist for me?

It’s important to develop a strong relationship with your dentist. You should be comfortable and be able to trust their professional recommendations. When looking for a dentist, consider the following questions:

 

  1. What are their office hours? Are they convenient with your schedule?
  2. Does the office appear clean, neat and orderly? What type of water filtration system are they using? Are the dental instruments properly cleaned?
  3. What services do they offer? Are they a full-service dental office? Do you have to travel and find a specialist for the necessary procedures?
  4. What are the dentist’s credentials? How many years of experience do they have? Are they continuing their education and staying up to date on the latest techniques and technology?
  5. How conveniently located are they? Is it easy to travel to from your job or home? Do they have their own parking spots?

 

How often should I be visiting the dentist?

Children, teenagers and adults should see the dentist every six (6) months for their continuous care appointment. Patients who are at a higher risk of Periodontal Disease (gum disease) and Oral Cancer may be recommended to see the dentist more than two times a year.

What is the approximate cost?

The cost of your treatment varies depending on the services needed for each individual patient. In your initial visit to the office, we will discuss with you what procedures you need, the cost estimate and payment options that best suits you.

What is considered a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can happen at any time; studies have found an increase in dental emergency visits within the United States. Some of the more common dental emergencies include but are not limited to:

  • Knocked out tooth
  • Mouth sores
  • Broken denture or partial
  • Lost crowns or cap
  • Fractured tooth
  • Lost filling
  • Cuts or wounds to oral tissue
  • Abscess or dental infection
  • Wisdom teeth pain
  • Dry socket

If you experience a dental emergency, here are some temporary tips on relieving pain:

  • Take over the counter pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol
  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater
  • Ice your cheek over the area that hurts

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What should I do if I have dental phobia & dental anxiety?

You are not alone, studies have found that 9 to 15 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of fear and anxiety. At Advanced DDS we offer IV Sedation Dentistry. This allows our phobic patients to relax and drift into a peaceful place while staying conscious during the treatment.

Will my insurance cover my entire treatment?

Similar to most medical insurance plans, your individual dental coverage is unique to your plan. Even within a single insurance provider, there are generally several plans available to consumers.  Each dental plan may differ from what you may have expected on coverage because (but not limited to): 
– You have already used some or all of your dental benefits 
– Your insurance plan pays only a percentage of the fee
– The treatment needed was not a covered benefit
– You have not yet met your deductible

Advanced DDS is a premium dental practice. We invest in the latest technologies to ensure your treatments are as comfortable as possible utilizing the most recent advances in dental care while ensuring the greatest level of patient safety. We are not an in-network dental practice but we will work with you in obtaining the greatest coverage available in your plan. It is likely you will have some level of payment responsibility. 

We will however, carefully review your plan as you meet with our Financial Coordinator in our Garden City office for a complimentary benefits check. At that time, you will be apprised of what your individual plan benefits are and what co-pays or deductibles may apply.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Garden City office and providing years of superior dental care for you and your family.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding greatly improves the appearance of your smile. With the application of special filling agents, we can reshape, restore, and rejuvenate your teeth all while improving their function. A thin layer of specialized plastic is matched to your tooth color and then sculpted to fit. Bonding can resolve chipped, cracked, misshapen, broken, or stained teeth or for spaces between teeth.

When might I need a dental crown?

You may need to protect a weakened tooth from breaking following root canal. You may need to restore a broken or worn down tooth, support a large filling or improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth.

What are "same-day" crowns?

Our Cerec machine, an advanced computer, can provide long-lasting crowns and bridges in just one appointment, eliminating the need for a temporary crown or bridge. The tooth-colored ceramic matches your natural teeth.

I’m frightened about making an appointment and I’ve heard about IV sedation…what is that?

We want you to be completely comfortable during your appointment, so with IV Sedation Dentistry, we will inject medication into your arm so that you will drift peacefully through your visit with little or no memory of what took place. IV Sedation Dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years with millions of dental procedures

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically placed in the jawbone of where your missing tooth was rooted. In a few weeks, the cylinder bonds with the bone creating a strong foundation for the next step. Posts are attached to the implant upon which the artificial teeth are permanently placed. Dental implants provide outstanding results and support replacement for one tooth, several teeth or full mouth restoration.

When should I consider dental implants?

If you are missing or have compromised teeth, it is important to provide a solution as soon as possible as replacing missing teeth is essential to maintaining bone in your jaw. Over time, with decreased use, the jaw bone disintegrates until it becomes difficult to place implants.

Do you take my insurance?

While we work with dozens of dental plans, each one is unique in coverages and any deductibles or co-pays that may be required. Our office Financial Coordinator will review your plan to determine what coverages are available. It is likely there will be some level of payment responsibility.

Do you offer ZOOM whitening?

Yes. And quite often we have Zoom® whitening specials. We provide patients with Philips ZOOM® teeth whitening treatment: a safe, effective and fast way to brighten your teeth in a single office visit. The whitening treatment procedure is much more convenient than wearing trays or strips, making it a great choice for our busy patients. ZOOM® teeth whitening is done in our office in less than two hours, when you will receive up to four sessions. Your dental assistant will apply a gentle, hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel to your teeth. The gel is then exposed to a high-intensity light. After the treatment, your teeth will be up to 6-10 shades whiter.

Does Zoom® Whitening Hurt?

Some patients experience a mild amount of sensitivity, but you can help minimize any discomfort by using a toothpaste such as Sensodyne one week prior to your appointment. For sensitivity following the procedure, we recommend taking Advil and continuing with Sensodyne.

What restrictions are there for food or drink following Zoom treatment?

You should avoid any foods that are red, blue or other dark colors. Avoid drinking coffee or tea for 24 hours following your procedure.

How long will the whitening last?

The whitening can last up to three years, but does vary from patient to patient based on lifestyle eating habits and genetics. 

How do I maintain my teeth following whitening?

It is important to brush twice a day and floss to minimize plague build up. Try to avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. You can also use a home whitening touch up treatments to maintain bright teeth.

Is Zoom tooth whitening safe?

Dentist-supervised whitening is one of the safest cosmetic dental treatments available. ZOOM Teeth Whitening ensures you are safe from swallowing potentially harmful chemicals that are found in whitening strips, toothpastes, and hydrogen peroxide whitening mouthwash. The most common side effect is an increased tooth sensitivity after treatment.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Laser Teeth Whitening?

Unfortunately, dental insurance does not cover laser whitening. You may be able to use a flex spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) to help cover the cost of laser whitening.

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At Advanced DDS, we want you to know everything about your Dental care; patient education is a priority.  Have a question about our Dental Services, send it to us here and you'll hear back from us soon.  Note: for questions about your account and concerns about quality of care, please use this form.

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