Joseph S Dallessandro, DDS

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Periodontal Splinting

Growing up, finding out you had a loose tooth was a celebratory event! It meant you were getting older and growing up. Finding a loose tooth as an adult usually creates some alarm. Causes range from periodontal disease, injury, and misalignment. Schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi immediately. Our office is located in New York, NY.


The recommended solution for a loose tooth is Periodontal Splinting. It connects your loose teeth together into a solidified unit. Teeth, like people, are stronger together. Patients are offered temporary and permanent periodontal splinting. Temporary comes in the intra-coronal and extra-coronal form. The difference lies in how they attach to your teeth. Extra-coronal simply attaches to the enamel. Intra-coronal requires a channel to be built into the tooth. Within the channel a splint is placed. Permanent splinting is more advanced. This is due to its longevity. Every loose tooth receives a dental crown. A splint fuses the crowns together, merging them into one.


A loose tooth should never be ignored. Left untreated, it will damage the surrounding structures. It will either fall out or need to be extracted. The biggest cause of a loose tooth is injury or facial trauma. Personal injury or falling can also knock a tooth loose. Advanced periodontal disease is another factor. There is also misalignment due to bruxism or teeth grinding. The unnecessary pressure can cause your teeth to shift.


Worried you might have a loose tooth? Have you suffered from a facial injury? Contact our New York, NY, office today. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi, visit our website or call 212-988-1089.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Teeth Extraction: Sectioning

Having a tooth extracted is a nerve-wracking procedure regardless of age. Teeth Sectioning is an easier form of removal. Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi offer it to our patients in the New York, NY, area. The soon-to-be extracted tooth is broken into multiple sections. This makes it easier to remove and requires less force. Contact our office to learn more!


Your New York dentists may recommend teeth sectioning for a few different reasons. Certain teeth may prove to be difficult. Some are unique and are multi-rooted. Impacted wisdom teeth are another example. They are larger by nature, making them prime candidates for sectioning. Sectioning provides a faster recovery time and needs less force. This makes it the best option for pediatric extraction.


The procedure begins with Drs. Dallessandro or Choi applying a local anesthetic to the area. General anesthesia is used in certain cases. The pulp and nerve are severed for the tooth removal. A dental drill breaks the tooth into pieces. Water is continually flushing out the area, removing bone chips and fragments. Finally, they removed the sectioned pieces. Your dentist will stitch up the area.


The entire procedure produces minimal amounts of pain. One of the major benefits of sectioning is that it requires less force, resulting in less pain. A smaller wound also means a quicker healing time. Follow the instructions given by your New York dentists. Doing so prevents your stitches from tearing. Use over-the-counter pain medication or prescription medication to manage your pain levels.


If you or a loved one are in need of tooth extraction and are interested in our Teeth Sectioning services, contact our office in New York, NY. Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi are available by appointment either by calling 212-988-1089 or visiting their website.

Monday, May 27, 2019


Inlays and Onlays are restorative devices commonly referred to as partial crowns. They are placed onto a tooth, restoring function and appearance. Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi provide these services to our patients in the New York, NY, area. We can help you if you’re self-conscious of your smile. Contact our office today.


The difference between inlays and onlays is the severity of the damage to the teeth. These partial crowns are applied at the tooths base. If the cusp isn’t damaged then an inlay can be used. It’s bonded directly to the tooth. Onlays are needed when the cusps need replacing. They extend onto the chewing surface to do so.


Inlays/onlays are available in a variety of different materials. These include gold, composite resin, and porcelain. Your New York dentists recommend porcelain. It’s the strongest and most natural looking in appearance. With porcelain, you won’t even be able to notice that the partial crowns are there.


The entire inlay/onlay process takes between 2-3 appointments. The first step is removing the decayed material. An impression or mold is then made of the tooth. This is the basis for your restorative device. It is sent to a dental laboratory to be created. It will take between 2-3 weeks for completion. In the meantime, a temporary sealant is applied. At the second appointment, the sealant is removed. Your inlay/onlay will then be permanently bonded.


If the biting surfaces of your teeth are damaged, prohibiting their use and hurting your appearance, contact Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi of New York, NY. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 212-988-1089.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Root Canal Therapy

An infected tooth requires immediate treatment. This is the best way to prevent the infection from spreading, stop bone loss, and possibly save the tooth. In the dental profession, endodontics is the specialty comprising of the nerves and roots. The most common procedure; the root canal. Root canal therapy is used for infections. At your New York, NY, dental office, Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi offer root canal therapy.


Infections are often found in the roots of the tooth. Thus, a root canal is necessary. At the procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to the tooth. This keeps you comfortable and experiencing minimal discomfort. Your New York dentist will drill into the tooth, opening the root canal. The infection can be spotted. All affected tissue is removed and the area thoroughly cleaned. Afterward, the hole is sealed and a temporary crown is applied. The crown assists the healing process while restoring appearance.


Root canals are the most infamous of dental procedures. They have a bad reputation that is simply incorrect. With today's technology and medicine, root canals are highly successful and almost pain-free. Any soreness experienced the next day can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. Antibiotics may also be prescribed if an infection occurs. The result is an infection-free mouth and the ability to enjoy the foods you love.


If you or a loved one need root canal therapy, contact our New York, NY, office. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi, visit our website or call 212-988-1089.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Periodontal Splinting

When you’re a child, a loose tooth is exciting! As an adult, the reaction is quite the opposite. A loose adult tooth is often caused by injury, misalignment, lost gum tissue, or orthodontic treatment. Like people, teeth are stronger together. Periodontal splinting attaches weak teeth, combining them into a stronger unit. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, contact Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi at their New York, NY, office.


It’s important to schedule an appointment with your New York dentist as soon as a loose tooth is noticed. If left untreated, a loose tooth damages the other periodontal structures. Trauma is one of the main factors behind this problem. It’s caused by grinding or clenching your teeth or loss of bone support. A combination of the two is also possible. Periodontal disease is the other major cause.


The act of splinting loose teeth corrects the uneven pressure caused by the misaligned bite. There are temporary and permanent splinting available. For temporary splinting, there are extra-coronal and intra-coronal splints. Extra splints are bonded to the enamel. Intra splints require a channel cut into the teeth. It’s then placed in this area and cemented into place. For permanent splinting, the teeth are crowned and a splint fuses each crown together.


Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi are located in New York, NY. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 212-988-1089.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Occlusal Adjustment

If you’re waking up with sore jaws, or feel like your bite is uneven when eating, you need an occlusal adjustment. An occlusal adjustment fixes the misalignment of the teeth. Drs. Dallessandro and Choi provide this service to our patients at our New York, NY, office. When left untreated a misaligned mouth leads to chronic pain and/or a temporomandibular joint disorder.


The main cause of a misaligned bite are teeth that are crowded, missing, loose, or shifting. The result is abnormal pressure caused by an uneven distribution. Teeth are meant to come and work in a complete set. When one piece of the puzzle is out of place, the whole thing falls apart. Fixing your bite makes your teeth meet properly.


The procedure itself is relatively painless. Local or general anesthetic are applied. Your New York dentists use a dental drill with a fine filing stone. Removal mouthpieces are placed to relax the jaw and protect the teeth.


Patients that are eligible for an occlusal adjustment are those with shifting teeth, who clench or grind or have an uneven bite. In some cases, tooth sensitivity can be treated with an occlusal adjustment. A computer scan of the mouth pinpoints discrepancies in your mouth. These indicate where the adjustments need to be made. It’s highly efficient and prevents unnecessary procedures.


For more information, contact our New York, NY, office. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi, visit our website or call 212-988-1089.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Canker Sores

Canker sores are small, shallow ulcers that appear in your mouth and make it difficult for you to eat and talk. The cause of canker sores isn't known although stress is thought to trigger the ulcers. When possible, we encourage our patients at Family Dental Care of Chicago to avoid foods that have citric or other acids. The foods to avoid when you have an ulcer include lemons, oranges, apples, and tomatoes.

There are signs that you may have canker sores including include pain on your tongue or the inside of your cheeks and a burning sensation in your mouth. Canker sores are generally oval shape and are usually white or gray with a red edge.

While there is no extract treatment for canker sores, we encourage you to rinse your mouth with hot salt water a couple of times a day to help with recovery. If you still have a canker sore after 1-2 weeks we advise you to make an appointment with us. 

To schedule an appointment, call 212-988-1089 or visit Joseph Dallessandro DDS.