Joseph S Dallessandro, DDS

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby teeth aren’t built to last into adulthood. They are naturally weaker than their adult counterparts, which is what makes them so susceptible to tooth decay. That’s why children are more likely to get cavities than older individuals. It’s important to practice good dental hygiene with your children, including infants. Otherwise, they are at risk for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi provide dental services for the entire family. Contact our office in Upper New York, NY, to learn more.


Baby Bottle Tooth Decay begins as all cavities do, with a surplus of oral bacteria. This is often caused by high sugar intake levels. The cause is right in your child's bottle. The American Dental Association recommends only giving your infant breast milk, formula, or regular milk. Do not fill bottles with sugary drinks like juice, soft drinks, and sugar-water. Older children should drink water. It naturally contains fluoride, a cavity-combating chemical.


It’s suggested that you don’t give your child access to a bottle in their crib or bed. This creates moisture in the mouth, leading to Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Giving them clean pacifiers is also important. Don’t dip them in sugary substances like honey.


An infant’s parents, especially the mother, are big sources of bacteria. It is often transferred through the mother's saliva. This is done by sharing food or improper pacifier cleaning. Abstain from all unnecessary mouth-to-mouth contact.


Schedule your child’s first dental appointment with Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi. We offer family-friendly services in the Upper New York, NY, area. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 212-988-1089.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Cleaning Your Tongue

It’s important to brush and floss your teeth daily, if not twice a day. But what about your tongue? Most dental routines focus on the teeth and gums while neglecting it. Instead of brushing your tongue, invest in Tongue Cleaners/Scrapers. Drs. Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi recommend these handheld dental appliances. They remove coatings off your tongue by scraping away the dead cells and bacteria. Learn more at our office in New York, NY.


Tongue cleaning apparatuses are sold at most grocery stores and supermarkets. They are a great and inexpensive investment. Using them is simple and easy! Start off by placing the scraper at the back of your tongue. Slowly move it forward, scraping your tongue as you go. Once you reach the tip, rinse off the cleaner. Clean out your mouth with water as well. Repeat for as many times as necessary


There are a handful of benefits to daily tongue cleanings. Tongue coatings are caused by dry mouth, smoking, yeast infections, medications, and poor oral hygiene. Removing the build-up of dead cells improves your breath. Certain scientific studies state that daily tongue cleaning can improve your overall sense of taste. Removing harmful bacteria will improve your health.


Use caution and the right amount of force when cleaning. The sharp edges that clean the tongue can also cut you. Be cautious of where and how much pressure you are using. Try to avoid activating your gag reflex.


The office of Joseph Dallessandro and Jiah Choi is located in New York, NY. To schedule an appointment, visit their website or call 212-988-1089.

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.