Referrals & Word-of-Mouth – Our Favorite Way of Meeting You

Getting referrals from our patients is the greatest compliment we could ever receive. Here at Farber Center, we value the opinions of each and every patient.

We continually thank our patients for their trust and appreciation shown to us. Over the past 30 years, we have enjoyed seeing your loved ones. When people refer us to their friends and family it is the greatest compliment we could ever receive. One of our core values at Farber Center is treating every patient with the utmost respect, providing multiple options and giving high-quality care.

When it comes to the dental industry, some may be apprehensive to make an appointment and visit a dental office. Having a trusted friend or family member share their great experience at our Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implant offices will put their anxiousness to rest.

Word of mouth is so powerful in our community. The people of Long Island truly care for one another and it’s important to guide others in the right direction. It is especially important that we keep our oral health in mind when it comes to those that are close to us, even if speaking about the dentist is
uncomfortable. We encourage our patients to spread the word about their visit with Farber Center. Your conversation with them could potentially save your loved ones’

We look forward to hearing from your friends and family soon. Feel free to let a friend know about your time with us and have them give us a call today.

Hauppauge: (631) 265-442 || Medford: (631) 758-3700



Turn a Gummy Smile into a Beautiful Smile

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A gummy smile can turn into a beautiful smile with the help of the periodontists at Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants.

What is a Gummy Smile?

As dentists, they look at people as they smile and evaluate what they see. Some people have a very big smile, and still do not show their teeth, and other people have a smile that shows not only their teeth, but also a tremendous amount of gum tissue. We call this a “gummy smile.”

Where We Come In

“Patients come in to see me and they say, ‘Dr. Farber, my teeth are very small. Can you make them longer?’ The reason the teeth appear to be small is because the gum tissue itself is very long or the patient is showing too much gum tissue. The excess tissue needs to be removed in order to make the teeth look better or look the proper length,” said Dr. Alan Farber.

In my office, we are able to correct that gummy smile – in other words, reduce the amount of gum tissue. This is a procedure that creates the proper smile line for the front teeth.

When people have their gummy smile transformed into a more natural smile, it is definitely a “wow” moment. They say, “Thank you for changing my life.” Our doctors get a lot of cards, letters, and notes saying they that love their new smile.

What is the Procedure Like?

The process of removing excess gum tissue is a minimally invasive procedure. It takes only one visit to do the procedure and there is one follow-up visit. Sometimes people go further; they want to change the look or the color of their teeth using whitening or veneers that their general dentist can provide. However the framework, in other words the gum tissue around the teeth, is the key.

“I have an analogy I use. If you were to hang a picture on the wall, it could be a great picture, but if you do not mount it properly and put the right frame around it, then it will not look nearly as good. Creating the framework is shaping the gum tissue around the teeth, and that is one of the services we provide at the Farber Center,” said Dr. Farber.

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Vitamin D Leads to Stronger Teeth

Vitamin D

Did you know Vitamin D puts you on the right track to great oral health? This summer, Vitamin D can help your teeth maintain their strength.

Why Vitamin D?

Studies have found that Vitamin D can help in controlling periodontal disease. It encourages growth and can strengthen the bones around one’s teeth. This is because Vitamin D contains anti-inflammation properties that can calm gingivitis.

Without it the bone that forms the jaw or skull cannot sufficiently mineralize and neither can your teeth. When your teeth are not sufficiently mineralized from inadequate levels of Vitamin D, dental caries, or cavities, can form and you could suffer the loss of enamel. Therefore, the presence of Vitamin D may reduce the risk of cavities.

This vitamin is most commonly absorbed when ultraviolet B light from the sun hits your skin. When combined with calcium in your body, this vitamin works its magic. When your body takes it in it becomes the catalyst for calcium to be absorbed into your bones and teeth. Without a catalyst, calcium is not easily absorbed into the body. It is important to increase the absorption of calcium and phosphate from the foods you eat.

Don’t hesitate to step outdoors this summer to take in more Vitamin D, but make sure to apply sunscreen to protect you from the sun’s other harmful rays. Although it is more commonly taken in from the sun, some foods can also give you sufficient levels of this vitamin. Foods like fatty fish (tuna and salmon), orange juice, soy milk, cheese, egg yolks, beef liver, and mushrooms all allow your body to take in Vitamin D.


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Dentures Versus Dental Implants – The Right Decision


Dental implants stimulate bone and provide a strong bite.  They are an alternative to removable dentures, which cause bone loss and reduced biting forces. Dr. Alan Farber explains why dental implants are the right choice for optimal oral health.

What’s Wrong with Dentures?

Patients often come to see me with a complete denture that is removable. They complain that they lost much of their chewing force. When people have a healthy set of teeth, their chewing force is strong.  They have the power to bite into any food they want to eat. However, when people replace their teeth with dentures their biting force goes down about 80% or more.  This problem is present even with denture adhesives, which most people do not like.

Dental Implants – A Fantastic Alternative

Dental implants are a great alternative to conventional removable dentures.  We use dental implants to replace an entire arch of teeth–whether it be an upper or lower arch—by supporting a non-removable, permanent bridge.  When implant dentistry is used to replace teeth, the biting force is dramatically increased—almost to the level of having healthy natural teeth.

What’s Going on in My Mouth?

When people lose their teeth the jawbone is not stimulated and the bone starts to shrink.  We call this process of jaw shrinkage “resorption.” Eventually the removable denture that sits on this jawbone will get looser and looser because there is less bone available.  As the process continues, the patient starts to use more denture adhesive and eventually the resorption becomes so severe that the patient cannot wear a denture.  I call these patients “denture cripples.”

Even when patients who suffer from bone resorption are able to wear dentures, they come into my office and say, “What happened to my face?  It’s collapsing!  Now I’m all wrinkled and I look like my face has shrunken.”  This cosmetic problem is due to the loss of teeth and the ensuing loss of bone.

A Happy Ending

With a non-removable denture that is secured by dental implants, the patient has a restoration that does not come out, so there is no wear and tear from something removable putting pressure on the jaw.  The patient does not feel the implants, but they are stimulating the surrounding cells.  The bone cells keep remodeling and replenishing themselves and the bone is well maintained for many years.


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