Joseph S Dallessandro, DDS

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Smoking with Sleep Apnea

Smoking will exacerbate any respiratory condition, and it is proven to cause snoring and lead to obstructive sleep apnea.  Patients struggling with sleep apnea should come see Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro and his staff for evaluation. We can help patients find relief from sleep apnea, but quitting smoking is up to you!


Smoking causes upper airway inflammation, meaning the swelling causes the airway to narrow and disrupts the flow of air to the nasal passage and throat.  This causes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  Cigarettes are highly addictive, and some smokers seek treatment for sleep apnea like a snore guard or CPAP machine, but continue to smoke. Smoking with sleep apnea not only puts more stress on the heart every day, but negates any treatment a sleep apnea patient is undergoing.


Habitual smokers may feel relaxed by one last cigarette for the day, but it actually creates more complications for restful sleep. Smokers can experience nicotine withdrawal overnight, causing more waking up and restlessness.  Quitting smoking cold turkey is very difficult, but even lessening the amount of cigarettes or avoiding smoking at nighttime can help you achieve more restful sleep.  Most smokers cannot quit on their own or on their first attempt, so don’t get discouraged!


To learn more about sleep apnea and the treatments we provide, visit www.josephdallessandrodds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro in our New York, NY office, call 212-988-1089.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Holiday Season

The holidays are a test of self-control for many of us. It’s hard to avoid snacks and sweets that are lurking around every dinner table. You don’t have to deprive yourself to protect your teeth enamel or dental health, Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro, DDS just wants patients to be more aware of what they are consuming. If you’re struggling with what to eat during this holiday season, we are here to help.


Whatever you decide to eat, be sure to brush your teeth after your meal, especially if you are munching on something that is high in sugar. If there is a charcuterie, or cheese spread on the table, reach for these, as cheese contains calcium that assists in keeping tooth enamel strong. Making poor nutritional decisions can lead to painful and expensive damage. So when you’re reaching for the candy canes, popcorn balls, and cookies, chew carefully, so you don’t chip a tooth.


If you have questions or concerns about diet and dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.josephdallessandrodds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro, DDS in New York, NY, call 212-988-1089.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Replace Teeth with Implants

At the dental practice of Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro, we have restored many smiles with single-tooth dental implants.  Implants are a permanent restorative option for teeth that are missing or have been extracted.  They look and feel like natural teeth, and are the most permanent and efficient means of replacing lost teeth.


An implant is placed over a series of appointments because of the healing time required.  Implants are titanium screws inserted through an incision in the gum. Over a period of 3-6 months, the jaw bone heals around the implant to become a solid, stable base for the new tooth. During this time a patient is fitted with a temporary crown, and a custom crown is created to match their smile perfectly.


After the jaw bone and gums have healed appropriately, the custom crown is placed in a second minor procedure.  The doctor may need to expose the head of the implant by removing some gum tissue, and the crown is screwed to the top of the implant.  When this is complete the tooth looks like part of the natural smile, and with proper care will last for decades!


To learn more about single-tooth implants and all the services we provide at the practice, visit www.josephdallessandrodds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro in our New York, NY office, call 212-988-1089.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Night Guard Protection

Mild tooth grinding may not require treatment. However, in serious cases, tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders (TMJ/TMD), headaches, and damaged teeth. Once your teeth become damaged this can lead to costly dental procedures that could have been avoided with night guard treatment. Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro offers custom-fitted night guards to eligible patients. These night guards are made for your mouth and your mouth only to provide maximum comfort.


It might be pretty unattractive to wear a night guard in the daytime, so that is why it should be worn during sleep. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard that athletes wear, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards at Artisan Dental are custom fitted for comfort and allow for proper breathing. To create the night guard Dr. Kamal Ahmed will first take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. 


If you have questions or concerns regarding night guards or oral appliances, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.josephdallessandro.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro in our New York, NY office, call 212-988-1089.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Impact of Smoking on Oral Health

Bad breath, tooth discoloration, and increase build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth are only a few of the unpleasant characteristics that arise while smoking. At the dental practice of Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro, we know you understand that smoking is bad for your overall health, so it should be no surprise that cigarettes and chewing tobacco are harmful to your oral health as well.


Not only does smoking increase the chance that you will develop gum disease, it makes treatment much more difficult because smoking hinders the healing in your mouth. Smoking and other tobacco products can lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. More specifically, it appears that smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells. This interference makes smokers more prone to infections, such as periodontal disease, and also seems to impair blood flow to the gums – which may affect wound healing.


If you have questions or concerns regarding smoking and dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.josephdallessandro.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro in our New York, NY office, call 212-988-1089.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges, like implants and partial dentures, are used to replace missing teeth. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They can be supported in any of three ways - by natural teeth, by dental implants, and by a combination of teeth and implants. If you are looking for an efficient way to replace missing teeth, Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro is here to assist you.


Dental bridges can restore a patient’s ability to speak because they are designed to bridge the gap that has been created by one or more missing teeth. Additionally, missing teeth can cause facial skin to sag and dental bridges can help a person maintain the shape of their face. There are several types of dental bridges that Dr. Dallessandro can discuss with you. A dental bridge is typically placed in two separate visits to the office.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental bridges or restorative dentistry, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.josephdallessandro.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro in our New York, NY office, call 212-988-1089.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Reasons for Extractions

Tooth extractions at the Upper East Side office of Dr. Joseph Dallessandro are usually a simple affair. But because we work so hard to save teeth, if we’ve recommended an extraction, it means there’s a major issue. To help patients understand what they’re facing, we’re dedicating this week’s post to reasons for tooth extractions.


If a tooth’s pulp is infected, root canals are usually an effective means of treatment. Sometimes root canals can fail due to abnormalities in the tooth’s structure, but even then, a specialist would retreat it while replacing the tip of the tooth root. But if an infection has progressed too far, it poses a danger to the patient’s overall health. A tooth may also need to be extracted if it is badly cracked along the root or if the surrounding gum tissue is too compromised to support it.


What’s much more common is for teeth to be extracted due to overcrowding or difficulty erupting. The wisdom teeth, which are the largest teeth and the last to emerge, often get trapped, requiring them to be extracted. Premolars may also be removed to allow the remaining teeth to form an arch, and baby teeth may be removed if they do not fall out naturally while the adult tooth is pushing through.


Joseph S. Dallessandro, DDS, and Jiah Choi, DDS, operate at 360 E 72nd St, Ste B, New York, New York, 10021. To set up an appointment, call 212-988-1089, or visit Joseph Dallessandro DDS and fill out a contact sheet.