Joseph S Dallessandro, DDS

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

A bone graft is the term for harvesting bone material from a healthy location and grafting it to a location that is broken or weakened. Dr. Joseph S. Dallessandro uses this method to strengthen jaw bones in preparation for dental implants.


Missing a tooth for an extended period of time can leave the jaw bone vulnerable and compromise its structure.  When a patient needs an implant for a permanent replacement tooth, a bone graft reinforces the jaw bone so it is strong enough to handle the placement of an implant. 


In one procedure, bone material is harvested from a healthy location in the patient’s mouth and grafted to the compromised area of the jaw bone.  This strengthens the weakened bone, and encourages growth of new bone material as it heals.  After the procedure, the bone graft will be monitored over the course of months.  When the jaw bone has strengthened enough to handle the placement of an implant, our doctors can move forward with the patient’s plan of care.


To learn more about bone grafting and all 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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is the term for removing excess gum tissue from the surfaces of teeth.  Dr. Joseph S. Dallessandro removes gum tissue from patient’s mouths for aesthetics and for function.  At our office we see many patients unhappy with their smiles, and even patients without any damage to their teeth feel like their gums keep them from enjoying their ideal smile.  When gum tissue is removed for function it is typically for making room to affix a restoration, like a crown, to a tooth.


Whether a crown lengthening procedure is done for function or aesthetics, it is a simple in-office procedure. Local anesthetic is used while your dentist removes excess gum tissue with either a scalpel or laser tools.  If tissue is being removed for a restoration to fit you may only require tissue to be removed from a couple of teeth.  Some people have more gum tissue than others and it results in a gummy smile, which can be corrected throughout the entire mouth.  The result is a visually pleasing ratio of teeth to gums that creates an even smile! 


To learn more about crown lengthening and all the services we offer 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.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tooth Sensitivity

If you avoid eating ice cream and coffee because your teeth cringe when the food touches the surface, you may be a victim of sensitive teeth. Approximately 40 million adults in the United States experience tooth sensitivity and Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro does not want you to be one of these people. To avoid sensitive teeth it’s important to diligently visit us twice a year for oral exams and professional cleanings while maintaining a proper oral care routine at home.


Sensitive teeth can be caused by abrasive brushing which means you are brushing too hard, tooth erosion from acidic food and beverages, and gum recession that is likely caused by periodontal disease. To find relief from your discomfort, it’s important to be honest about your oral care habits with Dr. Dallessandro because he can tell you where you need improvement and encourage you to brush more often.


If you have questions or concerns regarding tooth sensitivity, 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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sectioning Teeth

Sometimes wisdom teeth have to be removed in order to prevent infection or preserve the alignment of the rest of the teeth. At the Upper East Side dental office of Dr. Joseph Dallessandro, we understand that patients may not be happy to hear this, but we strive to make the procedure as easy on them as we can. One way to make extractions easier is by sectioning teeth.


The molars have strong ligaments holding them in place and multiple roots. (Lower molars have two roots; upper ones may have three.) Extracting a tooth is done my rocking it back and forth in order to loosen it, but this may not be possible to do when a tooth is firmly secured into the jaw. It may also not be possible if the reason a tooth is being removed is that is not fully exposed. Furthermore, trying to yank out a tooth with an enormous amount of force could break it or hurt the patients.


As an alternative, we can use a drill to cut a large tooth into sections. The patient will be anesthetized and not feel this, but the tooth will be cleanly broken down into smaller pieces. The sections can then be lifted out individually through smaller paths without needing to be yanked or twisted as much.


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.


 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Research into Filling Failure

We work hard to stay up-to-date on new medical research at the Upper East Side dental office of Dr. Joseph Dallessandro. Recently, scientists examined data on people who had suffered from premature filling failures to look for common features, and they were surprised by what they found.


The bonding used to secure dental fillings has an expected lifespan of ten years, but the people in the study required replacements after five years, at most. The researchers found that they were likelier than people with successful fillings to be smokers or to use alcohol. They also found a strong correlation between filling failure and a particular DNA sequence. The possibility that people could be more predisposed toward filling failure because of their genetics merits further investigation, but in the meantime, people whose relatives have struggled with poor oral health should be especially vigilant about maintaining their regular check-ups.


Another major finding was that resin bonding is just as successful as amalgam fillings. This is significant because resin is the same color as natural teeth and lacks mercury, making it a more popular option. Knowing that it is not prone to higher failure rates will contribute to its increasing popularity.


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.


 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Oral Cancer and Alcohol

We provide oral cancer screenings at Dr. Joseph Dallessandro’s Upper East Side dental office and are a vital part of the care teams of oral cancer patients. As part of our prevention efforts, we want to publicize a new study by the American Society of Clinical Oncology which found alcohol to be one of the causes of oral cancer.


That may not sound like a new discovery since alcohol in combination with smoking was already known to be a risk factor, but the new study was unusual for looking at alcohol in isolation. It found that new cancer cases, including oral cancer, can be attributed to alcohol about 5% of the time. Although heavy drinking created a greater risk, the type of alcohol consumed was apparently irrelevant and drinking lightly or in moderation also presented a risk.


It is still unclear how alcohol causes mouth cancer, specifically. Scientists hypothesize that alcohol breaks down soft tissues in the mouth, which then have to rebuild, with a risk of forming cancerous material each time. But one thing which is clear from the research is that when people stop drinking, their risk of developing oral cancer decreases.


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 and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cosmetic Dentistry: Veneers

If you wish to enhance the color or shape of your teeth, veneers may be an option for you. Veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are discolored due to excessive coffee, tea, and wine consumption, teeth that are worn down due to clenching or grinding, and teeth that are chipped or broken. Getting veneers is a simple process that is usually completed in three trips to the office. If you wish to discuss veneers to restore your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro, DDS.


A dental veneer is a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite that is placed over the facial surfaces of teeth. To determine if you are a candidate for veneers, Dr. Joseph S Dallessandro will discuss your oral health during a consultation. Because the process of placing veneers requires natural tooth structure to be removed, you will need to discuss your smile goals, as removal of any natural tooth structure is permanent. Although veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create bright smiles, they also protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments.


If you have questions or concerns about veneers or cosmetic dental options, 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.