Everything listed under: Levittown Dentist

  • What can I eat following and extraction?

    Immediately following an extraction don't eat anything. If you are still numb you will only hurt yourself. If you insist on consuming some calories then stick with a liquid diet until the feeling returns. Once the feeling returns then you may cautiously eat a soft diet.

    A soft diet consists of any food you can mush or separate with your fingers. It also means nothing with seeds, nuts or any particle that will not easily dissolve or can be rinsed away. If you need to hold it with you hands to bite off a piece of food that's probably not a good idea. 

    You just had a tooth extracted and now you have a hole in your jaw. That hole needs to fill up with a blood clot and form a plug to allow healing. If the extraction involved an upper tooth it's unlikely to be a problem. Most humans eat sitting up or standing. Any food that enters the hole with likely fall out of the hole the same way due to simple gravity. Lower extractions are another story. The further back in your mouth the more likely pieces of food will collect and be deposited into the hole. Food in an extraction site is equivalent to having a splinter in your finger. If not removed it will likely get infected.

    So avoid popcorn, peanuts and seeds. Stick with high protein shakes, scrambled eggs, yogurt and similar soft foods.  If in doubt you can always call Dr. Gottlieb for some healthy suggestions.

     

     


  • Dental Cleaning with sedation.

    Yes, you can have your teeth cleaned with sedation. You can have every dental procedure done with sedation. Sedation dentistry is not limited to oral surgery. When you need to have a tooth removed many patients request sedation to help them overcome their anxiety or fear of the dentist and the dental procedure. A significant number of men and woman would like to have sedation just to have their teeth cleaned or to fill a few cavities. 

     At Anxiety Free Dental we understand that you mouth is a very sensitive part of your body.  Dr. Gottlieb offers Oral or IV sedation to every patient for all dental procedures. Below is an example of a very apprehensive young man who put off cleaning his teeth for years. He was afraid of the pain and anxious about hearing the sound a dental instrument makes while scraping the tartar off the teeth. With oral sedation and good local anesthesia he was able to have a couple of fillings done and his teeth professionally cleaned. For a no obligation consultation call Dr. Gottlieb at the Levittown  dental office.

    Before cleaning with sedationafter cleaning with sedation dentistry

     

  • Halitosis - Your Bad Breath

    Your Bad Breath - Halitosis

    If someone’s breath smelled bad once, you’d probably forgive them for it. Right? What if their breath smelled bad regularly? Would you have the guts to bring this potentially embarrassing personal issue up to them? You’re more likely to keep silent about it so you don’t offend. After all, there are so many remedies to this common problem you would think there should be no reason for anyone to have chronic bad breath.

    Bad breath, or halitosis, is produced as a result of excessive build up of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) from the breakdown of proteins by bacteria in the mouth. The more food particles in your mouth, and around your teeth, the higher the levels of bacteria further contributing to bad odor. To get rid of bad breath, start regularly brushing your teeth and tongue after every meal. Heavy plaque and tartar that accumulates around your teeth may also contribute to bad breath and periodontal disease. A professional cleaning will help and you will smell the difference immediately.

    You should already know to avoid tobacco products, as well as consuming onion, garlic, spicy or sugary food. Mouthwashes, breath fresheners, mints, and flavored gum can only mask the odor for so long.

    Dry mouth could be another blame for bad breath. Think about the smell of your breath in the morning. Awful, isn’t it? During sleep, saliva production decreases, leaving your mouth dryer than normal. Since saliva helps to cleanse the mouth, having chronic dry mouth can result in harboring more bacteria to produce bad smell.

    If you are part of the unfortunate population that suffers from chronic bad breath, know that it can be subsided, if not eliminated completely. For more tips, remedies or just for laughs, you’ll want to watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0FAVR6_ZEQ  

    You are always welcome to come into the Levittown Dental Office for a free consultation without an obligation. So call today to meet Dr. Marc Gottlieb and his amazing compassionate  staff.


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    Fear of Needles and the dental injection.

    One of the biggest fears many patients have in the dental chair is the fear of the needle or dental injection. Many patients worry about the pain of the injection or the shock type feeling when trying to numb a lower tooth. Even the thought of the dentist using dental instruments for cleaning, examining, and/or drilling teeth causes them to break into a cold sweat. Of the many sharp and pointy objects a patient may first encounter is the needle. Today most dentists will typically apply a topical anesthetic  (cherry flavored) to help eliminate any sensations of the injection. Today's modern local anesthetics have a neutral Ph so you hardly feel any discomfort. The type of local anesthesia can be tailored to the procedure so your entire face doesn't have to be numb for hours after you leave the dental office.  

    Fortunately, we do understand needle phobia, also known as trypanophobia. It is completely natural and common among patients of all ages. If you are terrified of needles, we understand that you can’t “just get over it” and mentioning this phrase to you would probably not help you to either.  After all, the slight pinches you feel are very minor compared to pain you would feel without the anesthesia and you sure won’t want to undergo dental work without it.
    Here are two tips to help your fear of needles:
    1. Focus on how much better you will feel after your dental work. Understand that Sedation Dentistry helps alleviate your fear of the dental injection and once numb you can receive pan less dental care.  
    2. If sedation dentistry is not you you then perhaps listening to music, through your head phones or trying your best to close your eyes and relax. The point is not to build up anxiety about the perception of pain you will feel by being stuck with a needle. Modern dentistry has come a long way to eliminate your fear of the needle.
    Hopefully, you find these tips helpful when visiting us in the Levittown office. Ask Dr. Gottlieb as many questions as you like and he will explain the many options you have to overcome your fear of the dentist and the fear of the dental injection.

    If your terrible fear of the dental injections is preventing you from even staying in the dental chair comfortably, sedation dentistry is an option that can be taken which would help you overcome your fear of needles. Sedation dentistry is a very safe option for many patients. You are given pills or a liquid to take about 30 minutes before treatment. The medication will make you drowsy and relaxed. You will not be unconscious however, many patients do not remember the appointment. For those very nervous patients I.V. Sedation may be another option as well.  Sedation dentistry helps many patients get over their initial fears of needles. 

    Katherine Ynsinare
    & Marc Gottlieb DDS


  • Why Patients Fear the Dentist

    Fear of the dentistFears not only paralyze, they also lead to avoidance. A fear of heights, for example, would make one stay far from anything that isn’t grounded. Similarly, a fear of the dentist can make someone avoid the dentist. In efforts to avoid the dentist individuals may brush their teeth three times a day. They floss daily and rinse with a Fluoride mouthwash. Unfortunately, most apprehensive dental patients neglect proper oral care and wait until they are in pain to start dental treatment.

    If you are someone who will go to the dentist only when it is absolutely necessary, not only are you more likely to delay treatment, the treatment may be more costly and complicated. This procrastination may in turn make your fear of the dentist worse and turn into a vicious cycle of dental fear.” Frankly, the longer you wait for your next dental visit, the more fearful you’re likely to be.

    For many patients, this stems from previous experiences with a dentist, especially during childhood. If this is the case for you, you should be very glad to know that the field of dentistry is continually advancing and there are many options for you to be treated so you feel no pain. The newer generations of local anesthetics are virtually painless. Sedation dentistry is also a very safe option for most apprehensive dental patients.

    We are here to make you feel more comfortable. Before any procedure, the dentist will clearly explain what you will be feeling and for what duration. Don’t let your fear of the dentist keep you from receiving the preventative oral care you need or suffer with a toothache that can be painlessly treated in our Levittown office.

    Written by
    Katherine Y. and Dr. Marc Gottlieb

    Sources:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2945617/

    http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6831/7/1


  • Pacemaker / Defibrillators and the dental appointment

    Dentistry and Cardiac Devices: Is there an interference?

    Individuals with abnormal sequences in their electrical impulses, also known as arrhythmia, could have medical devices, such as Cardiac Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defribillators (ICDs), which can help prevent future complications and or treat their heart conditions. If you currently have one of these devices or will soon be receiving one, your physician will remind you to be aware of surrounding items in your environment that might cause interference with it.

    According to the American Heart Association, an item as simple as a pair of headphones can cause interference with defibrillators and pacemakers due to a magnetic substance they contain. The interference is dependent on their distance to the medical device. Being conscious of your surroundings, you might have wondered whether electrical dental devices could cause any interference.


    Several studies have suggested select dental devices may cause interference with pacemakers and ICDs. Thus, dentists have been cautioned to avoid these dental devices. However, many of these studies were conducted in vitro, in laboratory settings, which are not necessarily the same conditions as in the clinic or operatory. The authors of a recently published study aimed to demonstrate that dental devices do not interfere with pacemakers’ and defribillators’ pacing and sensing function.

    Perhaps, you may be wondering what these electrical dental devices include? Some of the more commonly used electrical dental equipment in our office include the battery operated curing light (used in many restorative procedures), ultrasonic bath (for sterilization of our instruments), cavitron (used during dental cleanings), amalgamator, and hand pieces. Investigators in the study operated these devices at various distances of the cardiac devices on 32 patients, making this one of the largest in vivo study to investigate these effects. These participants ranged in ages from 18 to 90 years of age. It is significant that there was not a single major interaction among them. After testing pacemakers and ICD units, it was concluded that “…dental devices presented minor electromagnetic interference with programmers that interrogate cardiac devices implanted in patients. Those interactions are not typically observed in a dental setting because cardiac devices wouldneverbe interrogated there, and the observed interactions were not associated with significant clinical implications.”

    Although the study noted interference with the telemetry from the cardiac programming unit, there is “no clinical impact on patient safety.” If you’ve ever been concerned about how items in our office may affect devices used for your heart conditions, we hope this information reassures you that dental devices have posed and continue to pose very little threat to you. We hope future studies are conducted to provide even greater validity, not only for dental professionals but for our patients. Continue visiting your dentist without worries! If you have any questions or have a dental emergency don't hesitate to call Dr. Gottlieb at the Levittown office.

    AHA:
    https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/Devices-that-may-Interfere-with-Implantable-Cardioverter-Defibrillators-ICDs_UCM_448464_Article.jsp

    Interference between dental electrical devices and pacemakers or defibrillators
    http://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(14)00026-9/fulltext

    Electromagnetic interference of electrical dental equipment with Cardiac pacemakers (2007):
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17937372brillator

     
    Written by: Katherine Ynsinare
     Dr. Marc Gottlieb's Levittown Dental Assistant


  • Gagging and the gag reflex.

    What’s this gagging?:

    Have you ever experienced a feeling when you are brushing your tongue where all of a sudden, you almost have the urge to vomit? If so, you have activated your gag reflex, also known as the pharyngeal reflex. The gag reflex is usually described by a contraction of the back of the throat in response to an object touching the posterior part of the tongue, the roof of your mouth, or really any area at the back of the throat. It helps to prevent us from choking or ingesting harmful substances. [1]

    I have never known the severity of a gag reflex until meeting patients that have been really difficult to treat because of a gagging issue. In fact, I have come to meet some individuals with such a severe gag reflex that brushing or flossing their teeth is a major problem. Imagine the difficulties they would have keeping up with dental hygiene at home. Patients have confessed that eating certain foods have also become problematic. This can result in picky eating and/or malnourishment.[2] And while some patients claim to have this issue since infancy, others seem to develop it as an adult.

    Gagging at the slight touch of a dental instrument in the mouth could very much also be psychological. Maybe your anxiety in the dental office is getting the best of you.

    “Well, I don’t know why I gag so much. Is there any way I can stop gagging?”

    The first step should be to figure out what is causing the gagging. Removing the gag reflex during dental work could be just a simple yelling of “aaaaahhhh” or require simple to heavy sedation. You could just as easily see a huge difference in the activation of your gag reflex by not eating for a certain number of hours prior to sitting in the dental chair. Perhaps you could ask your dentist to distract you or have you calculate math problems. Depending on the type of dental treatment required and the location in the mouth Oral or I.V. Sedation will be required. Back molars are harder to treat than front teeth and lowers next to the tongue more difficult than uppers.

    The best way to determine how to treat your gagging is to have a simple dental exam. Often we can take the initial X-rays outside your mouth. A panorex type X-ray only requires the patient to bite on a stick using the front incisor teeth.

    For additional information on gagging and the dentist follow the links below or call for a free consultation without an obligation.

    [1]Anxiety Symptoms Series: http://www.healthcentral.com/anxiety/c/157571/119343/anxiety-symptoms/
    [2] What is the Gag Reflex?: http://www.livescience.com/34110-gag-reflex.htmlk
    [3]A Long-Term therapeutic Treatment For Patients With a Severe Gag Reflex: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00207140490914252#.VK5w3dLF-Xo

    Katherine Dr. Gottlieb's dental assistant.  

    Written by Katherine Ynsinare  DA
    Anxiety Free Dental Levittown, NY 11756


  • Fear of the Dentist

    Fear of the dentist or dental phobia affects more than 25% of patients who need a dentist. Many patients have painful memories of going to the dentist when they were a child or develop dental anxiety as they get older. The thought of sitting down in a dental chair causes palpitations and sweaty palms.

    Here at Anxiety Free Dental we do not judge you but will help you through this so you are out of pain, free of infection and chewing normally. You have many options for dealing with fear of the dentist. Different techniques work for different patients so I offer everything from TLC to I.V. sedation.

    Modern dentistry has come a long way with very small needles and new potent local anesthetics provide painless injections. Another simple option would be to relax you before the injection with Nitrous Oxide, otherwise know as Sweet Air or Laughing Gas. Nitrous Oxide relaxes and calms you down. It comes on quickly and wears off quickly. It is not metabolized by the body and within minutes is completely gone and you can drive yourself home or return to work.

    Oral sedation is a very safe way to relax even more than with Nitrous Oxide. Oral sedation can be combined with Nitrous Oxide to potentiate the medication to help you overcome the fear of the dentist. Very few patients remember the dental visit and the appointments seem to go by much faster. I’m using more and more oral Versed (Midazolam) which a short acting Valium type drug for shorter appointments and cleanings. For longer appointments a combination of Valium and Halcion (Triazolam) really relaxes the patient.

    For those who are very afraid of the dentist I offer Intravenous Sedation as well. If you would like additional information feel free to call the Levittown Dental office for a free consultation without obligation. Emergencies are always welcome.


  • What to expect after a root canal.

    After the local anesthetic wears off it’s not unusual to have some soreness in and around the tooth that was treated. This soreness usually lasts about 3 days and gradually gets better. I’ve had patients that had discomfort for up to three weeks.

    Inflammation is the reason for the discomfort and is caused by your dental infection, the dental injection and the files used to open up the root canal system. I encourage patients, who can take ibuprofen, (Advil, Motrin) to take 800mg every 4-6 hours until comfortable. If the pain persists and you feel it is getting worse you should return to the office for an evaluation. All antibiotics have side effects so are no longer routinely given. If you experience swelling or escalating discomfort then antibiotics may be indicated.Obviously if you have an allergy to any prescribed medication don’t take it. If you develop allergic symptoms stop the medication and call the prescribing doctor.

    Avoid Chewing on the tooth until the final filling or crown is placed. Also eat soft foods to prevent a root fracture or aggravate the already sore tooth. Depending on the reason for the root canal a follow up appointment may be necessary.

    Your recovery and wellbeing is our number one concern. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to call the Levittown office (516) 796-6600


  • One Hour Denture.

    Can I really have new dentures in an hour?

    Yes and no. I was recently exposed to the Larell Dentures in an hour system and it does have its place. Nothing can be more personal or unique as a denture. Your teeth and smile may look common but your gums and the amount of bone support under the gum is as specific as a fingerprint or retinal scan.

    The Larell 1 Hour system utilizes a pre-fabricated complete denture. They are available in 5 basic sizes and the denture base can be grossly adapted to an impression of the ridge with boiling water. Once adapted to the model the denture is then tried into the mouth and retrofitted with self-cure acrylic to intimately fit the mouth.

    This product is a great solution for a patient who lost or damaged their denture beyond repair and needs a solution quickly to return to work or the community. It’s also a great option for remote locations or individuals with limited access to dental care. Larell dentures look and function well for a lot of patients with a normal bite or jaw relationship and remaining bone support that can be sized to one of the 5 available sizes. One limitation is the availability of multiple shades and tooth forms.

    If the patient desires a specific shade or specific tooth alignment then conventional dentures are the only option. Every conventional denture is a custom appliance using a set of acrylic denture teeth set into a custom fitted base. The fabrication of a conventional full denture requires several basic steps. We start off with an impression or two of the supporting areas of the mouth. After the impression is taken an anatomic stone model is poured and record base made to establish the bite, midline and vertical dimension (chewing height). This allows the dentist and dental technician to offer a wax try in of the denture to confirm the esthetics, phonetics and function of the new teeth. Once satisfied with the above, an age old process know as the lost wax technique, converts the wax to a strong durable acrylic. This conversion usually requires pressure and heat so offices or dental laboratories process them overnight. This last step is often the bottleneck to rapid denture delivery.

    So yes a set of dentures can be fabricated in an hour but there are also benefits to conventional dentures. To determine which is right for you call the Levittown dental office for a no obligation consultation.


  • Rampant tooth decay from raisins.

    Once or twice a year one of my regular patients with perfect teeth will call me with a toothache. Andy had a toothache. When I reviewed his chart all 28 teeth were intact. The X-rays taken 6-8 months ago looked great. Our new X-Ray now revealed rampant tooth decay causing the toothache. 

    My first question was did you start any new medications? When he denied taking any new medications I then asked are you eating raisins?  His wife decided to start giving the entire family healthy snacks. Raisins are nature's natural gummy bears. They are very high in sugar and stick to every tooth surface. Many patients feel if it's natural or organic it can't do any harm. Natural foods or supplements can be very high is sugar or interact with your regular medications. 

    As a rule if it contains sugar (natural or not) and sticks to your teeth it will cause decay and not a good idea. Sugar free products that stick to your teeth can also cause decay so be careful when choosing your snacks. If you think you have a cavity call the Levittown office (516) 796-6600 for a quick exam. It's a lot easier, cheaper and faster to fix a small cavity than wait until it hurts.

  • Dental Degree

    I'm often asked by friends, neighbors and students with an interest in dentistry what is the difference between a DDS and DMD degree.

    It's very simple, one has a "M" and the other an "S". When a dental school is chartered they decide to award a DDS or DMD degree. The actual length of study and courses taken are identical. Like all areas of medicine there are specialty degrees and additional training required after school. 

    To offer sedation you do need additional training and I trained as an anesthesiologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

  • Your bleeding gums are a problem.

    Contrary to what you may have been told bleeding gums is not normal. You wouldn’t ignore blood in your urine or blood leaking out of any other body part so why do many patients ignore their bleeding gums.

    Bleeding gums is usually caused by a bacterial infection and could be the first sign you have early gum disease or a more advanced case. Smoking reduces the amount of bleeding but doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem. If you wake up in the morning with blood on you pillow you should be examined to determine the cause. If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing you should also come in for a check up.

    Don’t wait until it hurts. Most problems can be easily treated and stabilized before it becomes a major issue. Call the Levittown office at (516) 796-6600 to set up an appointment for a regular cleaning and exam.


  • Dental X-rays and the link to benign meningiomas.

    Earlier this Spring an article published in Cancer found that patients with benign brain tumors (meningiomas) had certain types of dental X-rays during their lifetimes. I was surprised that this type of sensationalist journalism was actually published. As a trained evidence based dentist I quickly reviewed the study and found the conclusions to be radiobiologically impossible.

    I've been practicing in Levittown for over 30 years and have treated over 8,000 patients and can't recall a single patient with a meningioma. The actual study questioned 1,433 patients with the tumor to a control group of 1,350. The tumor group participants ranged in age from 20-79 and had to recall the time in their life when the X-rays were taken and how many. 

    Sometimes conclusions in life are very obvious. If you jump out of an airplane with a parachute you live and without one you don't. This study concluded that patients who had 2 or 4 bitewing X-rays had a 50 to 100 percent higher risk of developing a meningioma compared to patients who received a full mouth series of X-Rays or a Panorex film. The problem is that a full mouth series of X-rays contains 2-4 bite wings and then 16 additional X-rays as well. A Panorex film exposes the entire mouth. The conclusion defies all logic and science. The energy from a dental X-ray travels in a straight line and most of it is absorbed by the lead backing on the film. Little if any energy ever reaches the brain.

    Today dental care and dental X-rays are much safer. The amount of electronic radiation is limited and confined to the small area examined. The American Dental Association (ADA) has established guidelines to follow for radiation safety and many times the X-ray is limited to your toothache or specific problem. If you have any concerns about dental X-rays play it safe and ask the dentist. You can always call the Levittown dental office at 516-796-6600 to discuss you concerns.


  • Are there any secrets to preventing tooth decay with diabetes?

    Diabetic patients are more prone to tooth decay, periodontal disease and heal much slower than non-diabetic patients. Also the longer you are a diabetic the greater the risk. A type 1 diabetic will have more problems that a diet controlled type 2 diabetic.
    In order to understand how to prevent tooth decay and dental infections you need to understand the cause. Once you know the cause you can prevent the problem. Three things need to be present. You need to have a tooth, bacteria and a food supply for the bacteria. If you reduce any one of the three components you can slow down or minimize the dental complications of diabetes. To reduce the bacteria in your mouth you can rinse with a chlorhexidine mouthwash. If you have less bacteria you will have less disease or fewer complications. Another option you have is to eliminate the food source to the bacteria and starve them to death. All you need to do is simply brush after every meal and floss your teeth. A tooth brush only cleans the outside and inside of your teeth. Flossing removes the food and plaque between your teeth.
    Another tool you can use to prevent tooth decay is to brush with a prescription toothpaste that contains a higher concentration of fluoride or have your dentist make a fluoride tray so you can give yourself home fluoride treatments.
    Diabetics need to be monitored more often than non-diabetic patients. Depending on how severe a diabetic you are and how long you have had the disease you made need to be examined every three months. Without a doubt if you are a diabetic and having dental pain or have a dental abscess see your dentist immediately. A diabetic with a dental infection can quickly snowball into a life threatening infection. If you would like additional information on diabetes and dental disease please call the Levittown, NY 11756 office at 516-796-6600.

  • How do I know if I have Gum Disease

    It can be hard to know and you can have gum or periodontal disease without pain or symptoms. If you haven't been to a dentist in a while and rarely floss your teeth there is a good chance you have one of the stages of gum disease. 

    You may notice your gums are bleeding, red in color or have some tenderness. Bad breath is another sign of periodontal disease. If you notice pus between your teeth and gums you have a problem and should be evaluated by the dentist.

    Smoking can mask many of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease until it's too late. I would encourage all patients to come in for a brief examination for any dental problem. Your dental problems are a lot easier to treat early when it starts than to wait until it's too late. The mouth is a window into the health of your body so make a New Years resolution to call the Levittown Dental Office and take care of your teeth and gums.

  • Canker Sores

    There are many reasons for canker sores, some simple and some more serious. Most canker sores are brought on by stress or certain foods. If you have more than one sore or are getting them often see your dentist or physician to be evaluated for Suttons disease or Bechet's syndrome. 

    You can try salt water rinses, mouthwash or any other over the counter or home remedies and they go away in seven to ten days. In our Levittown office I place a drop of debactrol on the sore and within a minute the pain is gone and you can return to your normal activity. I've been told that you can obtain the same relief with a diode laser. In any case if you get one now and then try to reduce the stress in your life. If you are constantly suffering from canker sores make an immediate appointment to rule out serious systemic problems.

  • Is hypnosis used in Dentistry

    Hypnosis has been around for centuries and many religious rituals send the participant into a hypnotic state. Some dental schools expose their students to the art of hypnosis but most do not.

    Hypnosis is a focused form of concentration that can mimic sleep but the subjct is not sleeping. They also will only listen and do what is safe and does not contradict their beliefs. With that said how does a dentist use hypnosis. Hypnosis is a form of basic communication. With the use of calming words the dentist will help the patient start to relax. This first step is know as progressive relaxation. Once relaxed the dentist will often have the patient imagine a different place other than the office, He or she then explains that many of the sounds you hear allow you to relax even more and go deeper into a state of complete relaxation. Very often the dentist will transfer the association of the sound of the drill to become a soothing sound. You can create a feeling of numbness by suggesting your fingers are falling asleep and going numb. You then transfer that numb or sleeping feeling to the lip or the area to be treated.

    Many patients practice self hypnosis so a dentist trained in hypnosis can easily work with this patient to control pain and other sensations. It takes practice and the more often a patient is hypnotized for anything the easier and faster it is to go under. I have formal training in hypnosis and use it daily as an adjunct to my local anesthetics, sedatives and pain medications.

    More dentists need to be trained to use this valuable tool. If you would like additional information simply contact me using the contact form or call the office in Levittown. The phone number is 516-796-6600.

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  • Dental Bonding. How long does it last?

    Dental Bonding ProcedureBonding is a dental term for white filling. In the back of the mouth they don’t last as long as the classic silver filling because the white filling contains resins or plastic. Silver is a metal that is stronger and more wear resistant but doesn’t look as good in areas that show.

    The early materials would yellow and stain over time. The photo’s shown above are before and after pictures taken of a patient who came to me with stained older bonded lateral incisors. I simply removed the old bonding and replaced it with newer modern materials that will last a lot longer and is completely reversible.

    If you would like additional information simply contact me using the contact form or call the office in Levittown. The phone number is 516-796-6600.

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Dr. Marc Gottlieb is one of Long Island's leading dental practicioners, specializing in helping those who feel anxiety or apprehension when visiting the dentist. He can be reached at marc@anxietyfreedental.com