Your dentist has referred you to a periodontist and you have some questions. What is a periodontist? And, what services do they provide that your dentist doesn’t provide?

A periodontist is a dental specialist with three years of extensive post-graduate training after completing dental school. The specialized training they receive focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that affect the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. They are also trained in oral plastic surgery and can treat conditions such as loose teeth and receding gums. In addition, they are trained in the placement of dental implants. A periodontist provides other specific services, including scaling and root planing, the debridement of the root surface, treatment of oral inflammation, sinus augmentation procedures, and cosmetic periodontal procedures. Periodontists are trained to recognize illnesses that affect the oral cavity and they can help in the diagnosis of conditions that include cancer, diabetes, and viral infections. 

Your dentist is the person you visit for general dental care. They will conduct your regular oral and dental health checkups. Because you see your dentist on a regular basis, they will have a better understanding of your dental health and history and are better able to provide you with a wider array of treatments. Your dental procedures, such as an X-ray, filling cavities, veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, crowns, and bridges are all procedures that your dentist will be able to resolve. If you need periodontal care that doesn’t require surgery, your dentist should be able to perform the procedure.

Most dentists are able to treat less serious cases of periodontal disease but many dentists will refer their patients to a periodontist if the situation is more challenging. While some dentists are able to perform dental implant procedures, if the implant is more serious and challenging, they will refer those to a periodontist too.

While there are differences between dentists and periodontists, they are both dental specialists whose primary goal is to make sure your smile is healthy and beautiful. With regular visits to your Island Dental dentist, your dentist will be able to see evidence of periodontal disease and refer you to a periodontist for treatment if the need arises.

Contact our dentists at Island Dental Associates in Franklin Square to schedule an appointment or discuss any of your oral concerns. Give us a call at  516-271-0765 or use our online form to schedule a visit.

Upon the recommendation of your Island Dental dentist, you’ve decided to get dental implants. It may be because you’ve lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, sustained an injury or accident, or you don’t want to wear dentures. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and also secure dentures. 

Are you a Candidate for the Dental Implant Procedure?

You are a good candidate for a dental implant because you meet one or more of the following conditions:

The Dental Implant Procedure 

The dental implant procedure is an inpatient surgical procedure that involves three visits to the Island Dental office in Franklin Square. The first visit is to prepare your jawbone for the procedure, the second visit is to put the implant post into your jawbone, and the third visit is for the final adjustment and bite. You will be given general anesthesia and will be asleep throughout most of the procedure. Your gum tissue will be numbed with a local anesthetic while the implant guideposts are placed in your jawbone. After that, the dental titanium post will be placed in the proper position and fitted to both the gum and bone. After the procedure, your dressings will be removed and you will be woken up. Your Island Dental dentist will measure the distance between your jawbone and the implant, adjusting the remaining parts to the implant in order to form an attractive appearance and a stable fit. 

Once your implant has become fully osseointegrated or integrated into your jawbone, you will return to the office so we can make a dental crown for the implant. The crown will be placed onto the connector that is attached to the implant. Once it is bonded, the implant post will never need to be repaired or replaced and can last a lifetime. The dental crown that is placed on the implant may need to be replaced at some point between seven to 15 years. 

Recovery After a Dental Implant Procedure

After your dental implant procedure, you may feel a bit groggy for a few hours. You will need to arrange beforehand with someone to take you home after the procedure. You may experience some minor bruising and swelling, minor bleeding, and pain. You will be asked to eat soft foods for a certain amount of time while you are healing. 

Are You Ready to Get Dental Implants?

Taking good care of your implant crown and preventing damage to the tooth will affect the life of your dental implant restoration. You don’t get tooth decay with a dental implant but you can be affected by periodontal disease, so it’s important to practice good dental care and continue with regular care from your Island Dental dentist. Overall, dental implants have a success rate well in advance of 95% but you need to make sure that you practice good oral hygiene and return to the office for regular dental visits. 

If you would like to know if you are a candidate for dental implants you can contact our dentists at Island Dental Associates in Franklin Square to schedule an appointment. Give us a call at  516-271-0765 or use our online form to schedule a visit.

‌Your Island Dental dentist has told you that you need to get some work done. It’s not that you need to replace your tooth and a filling isn’t going to solve the problem you have. The options presented to you are either a veneer or a crown but what are the differences between the two? ‌

Crowns and veneers are both considered dental restoration procedures. They can help to improve the appearance and function of your teeth but a veneer covers the front of your tooth and a crown covers your entire tooth. 


A dental veneer sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers, is a very thin layer of tooth-colored material that is bonded to the front of your existing tooth. A veneer is used to correct teeth that have been discolored as a result of:

Veneers are also used to repair teeth that have been worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned, or have gaps between them. In order for a veneer to adhere to your tooth, you need to have enough tooth enamel for the veneer to bond to it. 

Veneers can provide several advantages, including:

Some of the disadvantages with veneers include:


A crown covers your entire tooth. It can be composed of either all porcelain, porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM), or all-metal. Crowns are tooth-shaped and color-matched to your teeth with the exception of an all-metal crown.

If you have tooth decay, your Island Dental dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth prior to making your crown to prepare your mouth for the placement of the crown.

Crowns can provide several advantages, including:

Some of the disadvantages of crowns include:

In conclusion

Veneers are used primarily for appearance and function. They do not improve the function of your teeth if they are unable to be repaired. Crowns can help with the appearance of your teeth but they also protect your teeth when protection is needed. 

If your tooth has a large filling, is heavily damaged, worn or cracked, or has had a root canal, your Island Dental dentist may suggest a crown. If your tooth is in good condition and your restoration is specifically designed for cosmetic purposes, a veneer may be the best solution.

Regardless, veneers and crowns will improve the appearance of your teeth. Your smile will be improved and your self-image will improve too. 

If you would like to discuss a veneer or crown with an Island Dental dentist, please contact us to schedule an appointment, or you can call us at 516-565-6565. The dentists at Island Dental Associates will discuss your dental history and your concerns with you and explain treatment options so you can make an informed decision.

SureSmile ® Aligners are considered one of the most innovative solutions for straightening teeth on the market today. It offers a much more efficient way to take care of issues that traditional metal braces cannot fix due to its high level of precision and accuracy. Unlike older methods, patients can see an improvement in their smile after only six months!


For many people, cosmetic or orthodontic issues don’t just go away over time, they’re lifelong problems that can make it difficult to function normally on a day-to-day basis. SureSmile ® Aligners are designed to be worn almost 24 hours a day; you only remove them while eating and brushing your teeth. Despite their thin design, clear aligners offer all of these benefits


There’s very little discomfort associated with SureSmile ® Aligners as they’re made out of soft material that reduces pressure on your gums and teeth over time. While many people choose clear aligners because they seem more convenient initially, studies show that patients are up to nine times less likely to stop treatment with oral-wear appliances when compared to in-visibility appliances like clear or metal braces.

Ease of Use

First, SureSmile ® Aligners are clear, so it’s easy to show off your smile as you work on your straightening goals. And aligners offer a better chance of success than other forms of removable retainers because they provide continuous pressure over 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (unlike nighttime retainers). Additionally, one study found that most participants experience little discomfort from aligner therapy compared to traditional treatments like Invisalign® and braces. However, if you find you are experiencing discomfort or need more pressure to keep your teeth aligned correctly during an adjustment period (usually one to two weeks), visit your dentist or orthodontist to have them take an impression of your teeth in order to create a new set of aligners that works best for you.

Treatment Time

The treatment time for traditional braces can vary depending on how quickly teeth move or if teeth need to be reshaped or moved. The average treatment time for a traditional Invisalign case runs two years, but cases that are more complicated and require more customization of aligners may take longer than two years to complete—and some may require even longer, depending on your overall health and what kind of results you’re looking to achieve.


When it comes to aligners, most patients notice a change in their teeth’s appearance within about two weeks. It usually takes about six months, though, to complete treatment with both upper and lower aligners; since teeth are reshaped gradually, you won’t need new ones until you’re done with your treatment.

Contact the Franklin Square dentists at Island Dental Associates to request an appointment.  Contact our offices at 516-565-6565 or use our online form to schedule a visit.

You’ve probably heard stories of people who have had their dental implants last them decades, and they still look as natural as the day they were installed. But you might be wondering just how long dental implants can last—and if your own treatment will deliver that same level of longevity. Here’s what you need to know about how long dental implants can last and what your cosmetic dentist can do to ensure it last as long as possible.

The Need for Dental Implants

Teeth lost through injury, decay or periodontal disease don’t usually cause significant problems until they’re missing for an extended period of time. Dental implants are often a great solution for people with a severe dental problem that requires one or more teeth to be extracted. Before choosing to have a tooth removed and replaced with an implant, it’s important to consider how long dental implants last. A tooth implant is made of titanium and is designed to support replacement teeth for many years, but like all other materials used in dentistry, it does have limits on its longevity. If you need help determining how long dental implants last and what your options are for replacing them as needed, contact your dentist on Long Island today.

Types of Dental Implants

There are several types of dental implants and each is suited for a specific type of patient. The material an implant is made out of, and its longevity will vary. To find out which is best for you, schedule a consultation with your Long Island dentist. Here’s a breakdown

Finding the Right Dentist

When you go looking for a dentist on Long Island, you’ll quickly learn that there are plenty of choices to be made. It can seem overwhelming at first—but it’s actually pretty simple. Keep in mind that it’s best to trust your instincts when choosing a dentist. Look around and compare offices by price, location, and aesthetics (if possible). Read through patient reviews online and talk to friends who have gone through similar procedures; those personal recommendations mean more than anything an internet review can tell you. Most importantly, don’t rush into a decision: get all of your questions answered before moving forward with your procedure!  

Treatment Process – Duration, Recovery Time, and Cost

The treatment process for a dental implant is divided into 3 phases. In Phase 1, also known as the surgery, we make an incision on your gum tissue and install a post made of titanium that will serve as your new tooth’s root. During Phase 2, or the interim, you’ll need to visit our office several times over a few months to have us monitor your progress. At one point in time during Phase 2, your dentist will cut down both sides of the top part of your gums to expose more of your jawbone so that we can place an implant directly into it.

Tips to Make Sure Dental Implants Last Long

A dental implant is a metal screw placed in your jawbone to support a crown, bridge, or denture. It’s considered one of today’s best solutions for replacing missing teeth. There are many factors that can affect how long dental implants last, including diet, genetics, and certain medications. Here are some ways you can make sure your implant stays put over time: Brush twice daily with ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste and use floss daily to prevent food particles from getting trapped between teeth and gums. You should also visit your dentist at least once every six months for professional cleanings (every three months if you have gum disease). Be conscious of any diseases that could be impacted by an implant failure.

Contact the Franklin Square dentists at Island Dental Associates to request an appointment.  Contact our offices at 516-565-6565 or use our online form to schedule a visit.

Oral cancer starts in the mouth. It can be caused by smoking, drinking, or chewing tobacco. Symptoms associated with mouth cancer include a lump or sore inside the mouth, pain when chewing or swallowing, persistent sore throat, weight loss, change in voice quality, and pain in the jaw or mouth. Here are a few more things you need to know about mouth cancer.

Why It’s Difficult to Detect Mouth Cancer

Brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but there are other things that you can do to maintain your oral health. For instance, by avoiding things like smoking, alcohol, and cancer-causing foods like cured meats, you can prevent cancers from developing around your mouth.

Cancers of the oral cavity and oropharynx are sometimes difficult to detect. Their symptoms may be like those of other illnesses, and they may appear in a variety of ways. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. If left untreated, these types of cancer are usually fatal.

It can be frightening to receive a cancer diagnosis. Diverse types of cancer affect people differently. Some types of cancer are so rare that they don’t have many symptoms, while others present more signs that lead to a diagnosis.

The signs and symptoms of mouth cancer are often subtle in comparison to other cancers. The symptoms can also include unusual colored patches on the roof of the mouth or changes in taste. These symptoms are sometimes mistaken for a benign infection of the mouth. Until cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, the person may not know they have mouth cancer.

Check with Your Dentist

The most common type of cancer in the mouth is mouth cancer. Mouth cancer can be difficult to detect, so it is important to have your mouth checked regularly by a dentist.

A visit to the dentist to discuss any possible symptoms of mouth cancer is not always a pleasant experience. However, it is an invaluable part of taking care of your health. Ask your dentist about any oral health issues that you have, as well as for their recommendations regarding the treatment of any symptoms you are experiencing with your palette, gums, or teeth.

If your dentist cannot find any other causes for your signs and symptoms (such as an infection), they may refer you to a specialist to investigate the possibility of cancer.

Make a Dental Appointment

Island Dental Associates in Franklin Square consider you a valued patient and we want to show you how much we appreciate your business. We offer an elevated level of quality, service, and expertise at our state-of-the-art facility. For more than 27 years, our dental practice has provided the community with the best services available. Our goal is to make your dental care convenient, affordable, and comfortable so that you can achieve the beautiful smile you have always wanted. To provide our patients with the highest quality products, our dental lab collaborates with our dentists. Our dental services include regular check-ups, restorations, dentures, and many other services. Call us at 516.565.6565 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit Island Dental Associates to book an appointment. We are located at 639 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010.

Support Ukraine in a time of need.

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Beginning March 15th, 2022, Island Dental Associates is collecting supplies to support Ukraine. There will be a box where supplies can be easily dropped off in the lobby of Island Dental Associates at 639 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010. The team at Island dental feels for the people and troops in Ukraine and is looking to support them in any way. Your contribution speaks volumes and we thank you for your support.

The following items are being collected:

  • First Aid/Medical Supplies
    • First aid kits
    • Pain medications (Advil, Tylenol, etc.)
  • New or lightly used blankets
  • New or lightly used sleeping bags

We will be sending in items to be shipped to Ukraine weekly.

Donation Box Information

You can replace your missing teeth with dental implants. They attach to your gums and jawbones seamlessly.

If you have lost your teeth because of an injury or a disease, this is the ideal solution since it is a permanent, natural-looking, and long-lasting replacement method. It also allows you to chew your favorite hard or crunchy foods again. Additionally, since they are artificial tooth roots, they can be paired with bridges and crowns to restore your smile.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider this option to replace your missing teeth.

7 Benefits of Dental Implants

You can get a lot of benefits from dental implants. Here are a few:

  1. You can get them to restore a tooth’s natural look. With them, you can now smile without feeling self-conscious.

  2. Your mouth will feel comfortable because they are molded into a natural shape. They won’t cause any discomfort to the inside of your cheeks.

  3. Your speech will improve, and you will be able to pronounce your words clearly again without a lisp as well as to speak at any volume that you like.

  4. Your teeth won’t wobble when you chew or crack if you bite hard on something. Your jaw will be restored to its natural strength and shape with titanium implants.

  5. Your oral health risks will be reduced since empty spaces between your teeth will no longer compromise the health of your gums.

  6. You will come to think of them as the best solution to your chewing problems. All other options available for replacing missing teeth, including the most expensive dentures, come with risks, costs, and discomfort.

  7. You will not have to chew on just one side of your mouth to compensate for the missing tooth that you had before you replaced it with a dental implant. A dental implant provides stable and permanent support when eating a meal. They help you maintain a healthy mouth and improve the structure of your full set of teeth.

Improve Your Oral Health Today with Dental Implants

You can improve your oral health by having dental implants. A titanium implant can be inserted under the gums, in the jaw, or in a hard palate. If you have gum disease, tooth loss, or a facial injury that has caused bone loss, you might be a suitable candidate for a dental implant.

Get a Consultation Today

Island Dental Associates is a professional dental practice in Franklin Square committed to providing exemplary service in a healthy environment. We have earned the trust of Long Island residents for more than 27 years. Our goal is to provide dental care that is convenient, affordable, comfortable, and pain-free. As a full-service dental practice, we help our patients restore their beautiful smiles. We provide our patients with complete family dentistry, ranging from teeth whitening to dental implants. To schedule an appointment, call us at 516.271.0781 or visit us online at Island Dental Associates. We are located at Franklin Square, NY 11010.

People who have lost teeth because of disease, injury, or wear and tear can benefit from getting dental implants. This surgical procedure inserts a titanium screw into a bone to hold an artificial tooth in place. They are affordable and can last a lifetime.

Missing teeth can cause speech impediments, difficulty chewing, chronic pain, and gum infections. Fortunately, dental implants are a durable, natural-looking, and attractive way to replace one or more teeth. You can smile again with confidence with this permanent solution.

The Best Age for Dental Implants

Most people do not realize that dental implants are not only for older people. Although there is no upper age limit, there is a lower one. The best age to get dental implants is when you have a fully developed jaw. You can’t have dental implants when you’re under the age of 18 since your bones are still growing. Your jaw must fully develop before receiving this type of surgery.

Choosing the Best Dental Implants

There are two primary types of implants: implant-supported crowns and implant-supported bridges.

Implant-supported crowns are the most common type of dental implant. Because they hold a permanent bond with the surrounding tooth structure, they are sometimes called “bonded” or “fixed” crowns. Fixed crowns are also sometimes referred to as fixed bridges. Usually, they are made from porcelain or ceramic materials, but some can also be made from metal alloys.

Implant-supported bridges are another option. They are also known as fixed bridges, but unlike implant-supported crowns, they have more options, such as metal, porcelain, and enamel-colored materials.

Are Dental Implants Better than Dentures?

Many patients wonder whether they should get dentures instead of implants. Despite the widely advertised benefits of dentures and their impressive cost, they are not a better option. Dental implants offer more benefits than dentures, making them a popular alternative.

A dental implant is placed in the jawbone with a titanium screw that has roots in the bone. It holds firmly in place because it is encased in a layer of bone. Dental implants are more effective than dentures because they have roots in the jawbone. Since dentures do not have an attachment to the jaw, they can wobble when you chew on anything hard or crunchy.

Why You Should Choose a Dental Implant

Dental implants are a long-term solution that can improve your oral health. Besides restoring your smile and raising your self-esteem, they will also improve your overall health since you can eat all kinds of healthy, natural foods, like apples and pears, or nuts and seeds.

Schedule a Consultation

Island Dental Associates is a Long Island-based dental office that believes in creating smiles that last a lifetime. We offer a variety of dental services, such as general and cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and orthodontics. We also offer dental implants and crowns to replace missing teeth. Our team of dentists and dental assistants at Island Dental Associates are ready to provide you and your family with the highest quality of dental care. Call 516.271.0781 to make an appointment. Online appointment scheduling is also available. Our dental practice is at Franklin Square, NY 11010.

When you indulge in sweet treats during the holiday season, it is particularly crucial that you practice regular oral care routines. This will prevent a variety of dental problems.

The sugar content in many holiday treats will make you more susceptible to tooth decay. However, if you take care of your teeth and gums now rather than after the holiday season, you can prevent any oral health issues in the coming year.

While caring for your teeth during the holiday season may seem like a cumbersome task when you’re just out to have some fun with family and friends, it is essential to practice some self-discipline. An overabundance of sweet foods and beverages during the holiday season can trigger plenty of dental problems.

To avoid tooth decay and gum disease, here are 3 tips for keeping up with your oral hygiene routines so that you can enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season.

1. Make an appointment with your dentist.

Practicing proper oral hygiene is the most effective way to protect your health. By visiting your dentist, you will not only protect your teeth, but also prevent foul breath, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Everyone should receive regular professional dental cleanings to remove the plaque that builds up on teeth over time. Plaque causes periodontal disease, which is an infection of the soft and hard tissues that support your teeth. This disease causes inflammation and can lead to tooth loss, pain in the mouth, and difficulty eating crunchy food.

Since dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar from causing cavities, they are an integral part of living a healthy life and one of the leading defenses against swollen, bleeding, and painful gum disease.

2. After eating, lower your risk of tooth decay.

Whenever you eat something sweet or sticky, the sugar from these foods will cling to your teeth and put you at risk for tooth decay and cavities. You can prevent all this from happening by brushing your teeth after eating candy or chocolates. If you can’t brush your teeth because you’re at a party, rinse your mouth with plenty of water.

Brushing, of course, is always the most effective option, but there is one more way to remove tooth-decaying sugars and acids from your teeth—eat your confectionery with a balanced meal to lower your risk of tooth decay. Here is why this simple strategy can prevent tooth decay: Eating a regular meal will activate your salivary glands. Since your saliva, will quickly neutralize acids, this will prevent harmful bacteria from harming your teeth.

3. Reduce your risk of chipping, cracking, or breaking your teeth.

Keeping your teeth healthy starts with eating the right candy. You should eat lighter candies that are softer, such as marshmallows or jelly beans. Avoid hard, crunchy candies like lollipops, popcorn balls, sticky caramels, and sugar-coated nuts.

Request a Consultation

Our team at Island Dental Associates believes a healthy and beautiful smile is the foundation of a happy and successful life in Long Island, NY. We have dedicated ourselves to providing personalized dental care to meet the needs of each individual patient. Visit us online at Island Dental Associates or call us at 516.565.6565 to schedule an appointment. We are located at 639 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010.