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Get On Top Of Your To-Do List by Calling Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht

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Is it time to get your life back in order, Staten Island? Call it Spring Cleaning. Call it a Hard Reset.  I like to call the small and simple tasks cling-ons. These are things like refill a prescription, change your furnace filter, get your oil changed, replace the lightbulb or make a dental appointment.

If you’ve been pushing dental work onto the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way and move on to your other tasks. Call 347-695-4380 to set up a consultation. Once and for all determine your dental needs and create a straightforward, fabulous, all-encompassing plan.

 

Dr. Frederick Hecht strives to provide extraordinary service to our fabulous patients in Staten Island, New York. At your consultation feel free to ask about veneers, implants, invisible braces, bridges and all things dental. We answer cosmetic dentistry questions all day long and Dr. Hecht knows how to clearly explain the pros and cons related to various treatment plans.

Move through your to-do list today – change your oil, check. Replace that lightbulb, check. Make a dental appointment, check. It feels great.

We invite you to meet the incredible team at Staten Island Dental Care in Staten Island. We are proud of our venerable reputation for vital personalized attention and first-rate care. Our comfortable team can answer any questions you have about our top services:

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cosmetic dentistry
porcelain crowns
root canals
tooth-colored fillings

Fredrick S. Hecht

Affordable One-Visit Tooth Fix

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Some NYC people are unhappy with the way their teeth look but many mistakenly assume that cosmetic dentistry is far too expensive to pursue.

Sure, a complete mouth reconstruction can be a significant investment. Consider the cost of dental school and post-graduate training for a master level cosmetic dentist. Consider the expense of individually creating multiple restorations at a high-tech dental lab. Consider the cost of setting up and maintaining a full-service dental practice or laboratory.

Before you give up on improving your smile, however, look at a less celebrated but extremely effective and affordable cosmetic dental remedy: dental bonding.

Dental bonding has a wide range of applications for unappealing teeth. Bonding can correct a tooth that is damaged, chipped, short, or discolored. It can can also correct teeth that have gaps in between them.

How does the dental bonding procedure work?

First, your tooth will be slightly (but painlessly) roughed up to help the resin adhere. Your dentist will use a shade guide to confirm the perfect color of composite to match the existing teeth. Your dentist will apply liquid composite resin on the tooth, layer by layer. He or she will carefully shape and polish it before it hardens.The tooth is then covered with a conditioning liquid that aids in adhesion.

Once the resin is bonded, it is further molded to the exact shape for your bite and appearance. A laser helps rapidly bond the resin in place as it hardens. Further shaping and polishing, if required, complete the procedure. The result is a beautiful smile.

Bonding is a simple and cost-effective method for perfecting your smile. Call today at to set up an appointment at 347-695-4380.

We invite you to meet the incredible team at Staten Island Dental Care in Staten Island. We are proud of our venerable reputation for vital personalized attention and first-rate care. Our comfortable team can answer any questions you have about our top services:

porcelain veneers
cosmetic dentistry
porcelain crowns
root canals
tooth-colored fillings

We are now accepting new patients and look forward to meeting you.

Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York 10314
347-695-4380
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A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool

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Providing quality dental care is much easier for NYC area dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health – and pictures are far more accurate than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth and gums are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date x-rays.

The frequency of x-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need x-rays more often.

X-rays also help dentists find cavities, evaluate gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue that all dentists consider when ordering x-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many important precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on the patients.

It is essential that women in Staten Island inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

Hi. My name is Frederick Hecht and my practice Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht is currently accepting new patients. If you are looking for a friendly, skilled, and experienced dentist and are living in Staten Island or the NYC area, we hope you will schedule a consultation. We are located at 1520 Richmond Ave in Staten Island, New York, and our comfortable staff is second-to-none.

Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and full smile makeovers. We want you to have the healthy, sensational smile that you deserve!

Our top services here at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht are:

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cosmetic dentistry
porcelain crowns
root canals

Please call us at 347-695-4380 today!

The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/x/x-rays, accessed on August. 1, 2014

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, NY
10314

 

Tooth Whitening: In-Office Or At Home?

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If you are planning to whiten your teeth, the essential first step is to pick a whitening method. It may seem like there are a multitude of options, but it’s important to remember that they all employ a peroxide-based whitening solution. The difference lies in the strength of the bleaching solution and method of delivery. In-office whitening procedures generally use a solution with a relatively higher concentration of peroxide. In other words, it is stronger.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of DIY and in-office teeth whitening.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Advantages
Generally less costly
Doesn’t require a trip to your Staten Island dentist
May cause less tooth sensitive and pain
At-Home Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
Takes longer to achieve desired level of lightening
Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
Solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Advantages
Pros
Same day results
Administered by a dental professional
Gum tissue is protected
In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
More expensive

Did you know that in order to maintain the brightness achieved from an in-office teeth whitening treatment, a patient must follow up with at-home touch-ups? Therefore, a combination of in-office and DIY methods is often the most effective solution.

A note about non-professional teeth bleaching kiosks:
A few years ago during the height of the tooth-whitening craze, teeth whitening kiosks starting popping up in NYC area malls. Though some have closed their doors, a few remain in business. urges patients to avoid these establishments. There is little regulatory oversight and customers have no guarantee of the safety of their services or the qualifications of their employees. As always, it is vital to only trust your smile to dental professionals.

Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht advises patients to meet with with their Staten Island dentist before starting any tooth bleaching regimen. An oral examination will help your dentist know if tooth whitening will deliver the results you are seeking. This is especially essential when you have tetracycline stains or multiple restorations.

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, NY
10314

 

6 Reasons To Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants

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For thousands of years, dentures have been allowing people to chew foods harder than mashed bananas and flash some teeth when they smile. However, Staten Island denture wearers know how unstable, irritating, embarrassing, and inconvenient they can be.

Today, NYC dental patients with missing teeth are fortunate to have a tooth replacement choice that is far better than both traditional dentures and dental bridges. A tooth implant provides the total package, so to speak. An implant replaces the visible part of the tooth and – this is key – also the root.

The dental implant process works like this: A super-strong titanium post is anchored directly into the jawbone. An abutment is then attached to the post. Finally, a crown or denture is attached to the abutment. Tooth implants provide the following benefits:

Stability – Implants don’t move around in your mouth.  This permits normal chewing, swallowing, and speech.
Bone Retention – The post prevents the bone loss that almost always occurs after a tooth is extracted
Dental implants prevent jaw muscle dysfunction that can occur when remaining teeth are forced to compensate for missing teeth
Tooth implants eliminate gum irritation caused by dentures
No need for denture relines
No denture adhesive needed (Remember, they are anchored in your jawbone just like natural teeth!)

Staten Island dental implant patients with one or two missing teeth can replace each missing tooth with a permanent implant. Staten Island dental patients with significant tooth loss are usually best served with an implant-anchored denture.

If you want more information about tooth implant costs in Staten Island or cosmetic dental financing, call Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht at 347-695-4380. Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht is a full-service general and cosmetic dental practice dedicated to preventative dental care. We offer:

 

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Comfortable Care For the High Fear Patient

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Dental Breakthroughs On The Horizon

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At Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht, we use the latest proven dental technology to provide our patients with quality general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. In addition, we keep tabs on the most current dental research that is moving the industry forward.

Here are some of the intriguing dental technologies currently being evaluated and tested:

Fill and Heal: Bioactive Glass
A new type of filling created from ‘bioactive glass’ has been shown to prolong the life of fillings by reducing secondary decay and replacing lost minerals.

“Bioactive glass, which is a type of crushed glass that is able to interact with the body, has been used in some types of bone healing for decades. This type of glass is only beginning to see use in dentistry, and our research shows it may be very promising for tooth fillings.”1 Jamie Kruzic, professor of advanced structural and biomaterials at the Oregon State University College of Engineering

Stem Cells
Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to furnish a host of exciting breakthroughs in dentistry.

A research team from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University is applying stem cell technology to dentistry with the development of stem-cell based biomaterials that regenerate tooth dentin.2 The purpose is to use them in fillings and root canals to save and regenerate tooth structure. The research is in its early stages, but this technology could one day help preserve millions of smiles for people worldwide.

3D Printing
3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to manufacture aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less costly, you will be seeing them in more New York  dental offices.

Technology has its place, but experience, ability, and a warm and attentive chairside manner are just as indispensable. The comfortable team at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht invites you to welcome the difference at our comfortable dental office. Call today to make an appointment.

Note: The image to the right is a CAD-CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing) machine used for the production of dental restorations.

1“Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass,” Oregon State University December 22, 2015, http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/dec/tooth-fillings-future-may-incorporate-bioactive-glass, accessed on October 24, 2016
2Liz Cass, “Fillings that heal your teeth – how regenerative medicine could change your visit to the dentist,” University of Nottingham, July 1, 2016, https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2016/july/fillings-that-heal-your-teeth.aspx, accessed on October 24, 2016

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Lasering In On Precision Dentistry

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The powerful, precise, highly-concentrated beam of light originally known as Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASER) is so ubiquitous that the acronym has now been relegated to lower case.

Lasers are used in everything from weapons to barcode scanners. They have increased efficiency and advanced technology in numerous industries such as communications, manufacturing, and practically every branch of science. Today’s post focuses on how lasers have changed dentistry.

Lasers are now used in many technologically-advanced New York dental practices for a broad range of care. Lasers allow dentists to be extremely precise when working on both tooth and gum tissue.

Dentists use lasers to:

  • Remove decay while preserving more intact tooth material
  • Firmly attach bonding material to a tooth
  • Remove oral lesions or obtain tissue for biopsies
  • Reshape receded gums
  • Eliminate bacteria while performing root canals
  • Increase the effectiveness of tooth whitening agents

Dental patients benefit with:

  • Fewer stitches – some surgical procedures require no sutures when a laser is used
  • Faster healing
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Decreased damage to surrounding tissue/bone
  • Less pain – eliminates the need for anesthesia in many procedures

Frederick Hecht, DMD, employs advanced dental technology with seasoned proficiency to serve our valued patients. At Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht, we believe that every man, woman, and child deserves a beautiful smile and a lifetime of oral health.

For questions about laser dentistry, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry or porcelain crowns, call 347-695-4380 today to schedule a consultation at Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht in Staten Island. We are located at 1520 Richmond Ave.

 

Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht:

347-695-4380

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
10314

 

Choosing A Dentist In Staten Island

Choosing A Dentist In Staten Island The American Dental Association offers some welcome advice for choosing a dentist in Staten Island. We have already talked about how word of mouth is an important factor in how many people find a dentist. Here are some things you should look for in an Staten Island dentist:

Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist in Staten Island. If you live in the Staten Island New York area, there are many options. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with their dentist.

Relationship is a strong factor. Your Staten Island dentist should be approachable, and should make you feel comfortable when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your dentist will be working very close with you to help you achieve a high level of oral hygiene; you most certainly will want to have a good, professional, comfortable relationship with your Staten Island dentist and the dental office staff.

Specialty is another important factor in choosing a dentist in Staten Island. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in corrective dentistry such as braces. Depending on your need, you may select a local Staten Island dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and work with you to through the years.

If you are looking for a dentist in Staten Island, please come by and speak with me. I can address your interest in any of these critical areas, and will be happy to introduce you to Staten Island Dental Care.

I look forward to meeting you.

-Frederick Hecht, DMD

(347) 695-4370

Keep Your Teeth Safe, Staten Island

Keep Your Teeth Safe, Staten Island

Hopefully you are one of many health-conscious Staten Island residents who is finding ways to get outside or to the gym and get moving. There has been an explosion in the variety of activities offered by personal trainers, all-purpose Staten Island gyms, specialty facilities, and New York recreation departments in recent years. With all these exciting ways to exercise becoming commonplace, people in the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne areas may not be aware of the tooth risks associated with them.

I’m Dr. Frederick Hecht, a concerned Staten Island dentist and fitness enthusiast, and I want to talk to you today about mouth protectors.

You might think that mouth protectors are only for ultimate fighters and football players, but actually mouth guards can and should be used during any activity where a blow to the face is possible.

This includes many common sports such as pick-up basketball games, volleyball, gymnastics, and bicycling. When you have a properly fitted mouth protector, you can prevent broken or lost teeth as well as lip, tongue, and jaw injuries.

Mouth protectors come in three main types: stock, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well. You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores in the Staten Island area. They are to be softened in water and then formed to your mouth (make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions). Custom-fitted mouth protectors can be made by your Staten Island dentist to make sure you have a perfect fit.

The soft tissues that line your cheeks and lips are especially susceptible to injury when you have braces or fixed bridge work, not to mention the damage that can be caused to the orthodontic appliances themselves. For these reasons, a mouth protector is extremely important for Staten Island patients undergoing these treatments. Your Staten Island orthodontist may even suggest a mouth protector for your lower teeth as well.

If you have questions about sports dentistry in Staten Island or any other dental issues, please contact my office and schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting you.

Frederick Hecht
Staten Island Dental Care
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island New York
(347) 695-4370
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Child-Friendly Staten Island Dentist

Child-Friendly Staten Island Dentist

It’s a question that many parents in Staten Island debate: When should I take my child in for their first dental appointment? The answer may be a little earlier than you think.

The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist around twelve months of age. This happens to be about the time when the first teeth tend to erupt.

Some Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne parents may wonder why dental visits are needed so early in their child’s life. Not only will your Staten Island dentist want to clean your child’s teeth and apply fluoride, it’s also important for small children to get used to seeing the dentist.

Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your Staten Island child is less likely to require braces or other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.

If you have a child that is apprehensive about visiting Staten Island Dental Care, you might want to think about bringing them to your next Staten Island dental appointment. Seeing you in the dental chair will help them become more comfortable with the idea.

I’m Dr. Frederick Hecht, a child-friendly Staten Island dentist, and I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, give us a call at (347) 695-4370.

At Staten Island Dental Care we offer:

sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
porcelain veneers and crowns
root canals

Thanks for visiting our Staten Island dental blog, and contact us today for all your dental needs!

Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York
(347) 695-4370
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