General Dentistry & Hygiene Program

Dental Hygiene and General Procedures in NY

We offer a full range of dental services, from general dentistry to dental hygiene and cleanings.

We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care possible, and our team of proficient professionals is dedicated to making sure your experience with us is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

What does it mean?

General Dentistry refers to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of disorders and conditions that affect the teeth, gums, and other structures in the mouth.
Dental hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth clean and free of disease and other problems (such as bad breath) by brushing, flossing, and using other methods for oral care.
Dental cleanings are crucial for maintaining good oral health, and our team of skilled professionals is dedicated to providing the best possible care for your teeth.

No matter what your dental needs may be, we are here to help. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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Dental Services We Provide

Dental Hygiene and Exams

Dental hygiene is important for maintaining good oral health. Dental cleanings and exams help remove plaque and tartar from teeth and can help detect problems early on. Regular dental visits are essential for keeping your smile healthy and bright!

X-rays and Panoramic X-rays

Dental x-rays and panoramic x-rays are two types of dental imaging that can be used to assess the health of your teeth and jaws. Dental x-rays are taken from inside your mouth, while panoramic x-rays are taken from outside your mouth. Both types of dental imaging can provide valuable information about the health of your teeth and jaws.

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Gingivitis, Periodontal Treatments

Gingivitis is a common and mild category of gum disease caused by plaque buildup. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. If not removed, plaque can harden and turn into tartar, which can lead to Gingivitis. Gingivitis causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily.
If Gingivitis isn't treated, it can lead to Periodontitis, which is the most serious form of gum disease. Periodontitis occurs when the gums pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets. These pockets fill with plaque and tartar, which leads to inflammation and infection. Periodontitis can eventually destroy the bone around your teeth and cause your teeth to fall.

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Fluoride and Gum Treatments

Fluoride and gum treatments are two of the most popular ways to improve oral health. Fluoride treatment can help to prevent cavities and gum disease. On the other hand, gum treatments specifically help improve your gums' overall health. Both treatments are available at our dental office in New York, and they can be performed together or separately.

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Tooth-colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resins that match the color of your teeth. They are used to repair decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth. Tooth-colored fillings can also improve the appearance of your smile.
The main advantage of tooth-colored fillings is that they blend in with your natural teeth; this makes them less noticeable than silver fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are stronger and more durable than silver fillings.

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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a procedure to remove the infected or damaged pulp from your tooth. It may be necessary if you have a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, or an infection. Root canal treatment is also known as endodontic therapy.

The pulp is the tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. It's located in the root canal, which is the space inside the tooth's root. The root canal extends from the tip of the root of the teeth to the pulp chamber, located beneath the enamel and dentin.

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TMJ Disorder

TMJ Disorder is a condition that can cause a wide range of symptoms, including pain, headaches, jaw clicking, and difficulty chewing. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will address your specific needs.

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FAQ's of General Dentistry & Hygiene Program

Why Whole Body Dentistry?

Oral health plays a vital role in your overall well-being and vice-versa.
After more than two decades of practicing dental care, our team recognizes the symbiotic relationship between the health of your mouth and the rest of your body.

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  • Why Choose Us?

    At Fine Dental, not only do we take the state of your mouth into account, but also the state of your body so you can achieve greater overall health and confidence.

Does Oral Health Really Affect Your Whole Body?

Definitely! Periodontal disease is one great example.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 47.2% of Americans over the age of 30, and 70.1% over 65, suffer from some form of periodontal (gum) disease.

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    Gum diseases begin to develop as an excess of certain types of bacteria take shelter in regions of the mouth.
    This overabundance of bacteria can cause persistent bad breath, red or inflamed gums, bleeding gums, and tooth loss. Eventually, gum disease can cause damage to your overall health.
    In some cases, patients don’t develop signs or symptoms of the disease in its earliest stages, leading them to believe that their oral health is perfectly sound.
    Research has shown that periodontal disease is linked to several diseases or conditions of the body, including:
    * Heart disease.* Blockage of the arteries.* Stroke.* Pneumonia.* Diabetes.* Blood cell disorders.* HIV.* Pre-term labor.

What Do Hygiene Appointments Include?

Fine Dental recommends that patients undergo professional dental cleanings and thorough dental examinations at least twice a year.

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  • More About Treatment

    Jaw exercises, bite correction therapy, and even surgery can also be used to provide patient’s with relief.

What are the Signs of Gum Disease?

You may have gum disease if your gums are red and swollen or bleeding. It is natural for this to happen from time to time after eating something that irritates your gums or brushing too aggressively.
If, however, this happens on a regular basis, you probably have some type of gum disease.

  • More About Gum Disease

    Other symptoms include…loose teeth, pain while chewing, and sensitive teeth or teeth that appear longer.
    If you live in the 10016 area, we can examine your gums and let you know what the source of your problem is.
    * Bad breath.*Loose teeth.*Sensitive teeth.*Teeth that appear longer than they used to.

What are the Consequences of Periodontal Disease?

In it's early stages, gum disease can cause some irritation and bleeding. There may be some discomfort, but it will be minimal. This stage is called gingivitis. If, however, it is left untreated the disease will spread, and the gums will start to recede by pulling away from the tooth. This creates pockets in the gum tissue that can expose more of the tooth structure and the root system.

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    Once exposed, the tooth and roots are more susceptible to becoming infected as bacteria can gather and start to irritate the area.
    This can lead to cavities and infections, along with bone loss. In severe cases, bone loss in combination with receding gums can lead to tooth loss. In many cases, adult teeth fall out due so because of gum disease.

What causes Gum Disease?

In short – bacteria does.
When bacteria remain on the teeth, it can form plaque and tartar. When this substance becomes stuck in between the teeth and gums, it can lead to gum complications.

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  • More About Gum Disease

    The best way to prevent this is to brush and floss several times throughout the day along with visiting the dentist for regular teeth cleanings.

Who is most at risk for Gum Disease?

There are things that increase your risk for getting gum disease.
These include:
* Smoking.* Hormonal changes.* Pregnancy.* Diabetes.* Certain medications.* Genetics.

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  • More About Risks

    Also, any time that the blood flow is constricted or reduced, your risk for the disease increases. This is why diabetics and pregnant women are more susceptible to the condition.
    At Fine Dental, we recommend that our pregnant patients visit our office at least twice during pregnancy in order to decrease their risk and the pregnancy complications that come with it.

How is it treated?

At Fine Dental, there are several ways that we treat gum disease. Fine Dental will make a recommendation after examining your teeth and gums to determine what the source of the problem is and what should be done to address it.
The treatment plan is often dictated by the severity of the periodontitis. Once the disease has progressed too far, more significant procedures may be necessary to heal the gums. At times, this involves surgery.

  • More About Procedure

    We recommend that patients throughout New York look for the signs of gum disease and schedule an appointment immediately so that the least invasive procedure can be used to correct the problem.
    The first step in addressing gum disease is to complete a deep cleaning. By removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums, we can help patients throughout the New York area start the healing process. Once the bacteria and plaque have been removed, the gums will start to heal naturally. If the plaque is only around the edge of the gum line, a standard teeth cleaning will work. If it has become trapped between the gums and teeth, a scaling and root planning procedure will be required. In this case, Fine Dental will need to scrape the plaque off from the teeth underneath the gums. Some dentists use a laser to do so in order to complete the procedure faster and possibly with less discomfort.

    When surgery is required, it is typically because the gums have receded significantly. When pockets form in the gum tissue, they need to be restored in order to protect the tooth again. In this case, a gum graft can be helpful. This works by taking tissue from the roof of the mouth or another area and grafting it to the gums so that the gum tissue can start to regenerate. The gums then need to be secured back around the tooth in order to protect it and the roots. If bone loss has occurred as a result of gum disease, a bone graft may be necessary in order to restore and strengthen the tooth. In this procedure natural or synthetic bone is compacted into the area and sealed so that the bone can start to regenerate.

    These procedures combined can help to both heal and restore your gums.

    At Fine Dental, we may start with a deep cleaning to see how well your gums react and start to heal. If they do not recover in short order, we may move to surgical procedures as necessary.

What is TMJ Disorder?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a group of conditions that can cause constant, often extreme pain in the face, head and neck.
Discomfort in those regions is a result of the dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint which joins your lower jaw to your skull, located on either side of your head.

  • More About TMJ Disorder

    We do not know exactly how many Americans suffer from TMJ disorder, but a good estimate is 10 million.
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How can the TMJ Joint Cause Problems?

Glad you asked!
TMJ disorder can develop as a result of… even arthritis.

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  • More Possible Consequences

    * Wear and tear on the jawbone.* A dislocation at the TMJ joint.* A skewed bite.* Habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth.* Arthritis.

How do you treat TMJ Disorders?

There are a variety of ways to treat TMJ Pain. Proper diagnosis is key.
By using state-of-the-art digital X-rays as part of an in-depth oral exam, our team can determine the reason for your discomfort.

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  • More About Treatment

    Jaw exercises, bite correction therapy, and even surgery can also be used to provide patient’s with relief.

Why Fine Dental for my TMJ Problem?

Fine Dental has years of experience treating TMJ Disorder, but there’s more…
One of the most important ways to treat TMJ issues is with a mouthguard. Most dental offices need to order out for those appliances.

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  • More About why to choose us

    At Fine Dental, we custom craft night guards in our state-of-the-art in-office laboratory.
    That gives our dentists the ability to control and alter the process more easily, and speed the easing of your discomfort.

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Dr. Scott Fine has been practicing dentistry in New York City since 1986 and has a successful general dentistry practice with a focus on cosmetic dentistry and implant reconstruction.