Fluoride – A Helpful Tool for Your Oral Health

periodontal treatment Long Island NYAlthough fluoride is not essential to every person, fluoride can be a huge help to those who have periodontal disease.

Every patient we see in our office receives a fluoride treatment unless they do not want it. It helps in the process of fighting gum disease and maintaining your overall oral health.

What Does Fluoride Do?

Throughout the day, minerals from your teeth are lost and gained where acid attacks the teeth. In the areas where minerals are lost, this can cause tooth decay.

A fluoride treatment replaces those minerals you lost during the day from daily activities like eating.

What are the Benefits of This Treatment?

When it is absorbed into your teeth, it helps prevent cavities and reverses decay in the early stages. This can prevent decay on the root surface and the crown. Since the mineral can reach the root surface, this treatment is a great help to patients with gum recession as well.

Fluoride keeps the outer layer of the tooth (enamel) hard and strong. With strong enamel, you can prevent cavities and fight gum disease. Since gum disease can increase your risk of cavities, this treatment can greatly help those with gum disease to further prevent them.

Ultimately, fluoride treatments are part of our process of strengthening not only your oral health, but your total body health.


Temporary Restorations – An After-Treatment Solution

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Dr. Alan H. Farber explains why temporary restorations after dental implant treatment help ensure great looking final restorations.

What are Temporary Restorations?

Temporary restorations are a temporary filling for a prepared tooth used until permanent restoration is carried out.

Why are They Used?

After a professional places the dental implants, they temporary restorations for a number of reasons:

  1. With the temporary restoration, patients can get a good idea of how the final restoration will look and feel.
  2. Used to get the proper tissue design, temporary restorations allow the tissue to heal around the restoration.
  3. They ensure that the patient has a proper bite through proper placement.
  4. If a patient wants something changed the aesthetics can be worked out in the temporary stage.   In other words, we do not want to go right away to a final restoration which is not reversible.  If the patient says, “ I don’t like the way the temporary looks– please change it,” then the final restoration will reflect those changes.

What Results Can I Expect?

Temporary restorations often look almost as good as the final restoration.  We want the patients to look at the temporary and say,  “Wow! This looks great and feels great.”  The final restoration will be better, but we need to work this all out in the temporary stage. 

But Don’t Wait on Implants

Because temporary restorations look so good, patients sometimes delay getting a final crown or final bridge on their implants.  The problem with that scenario is that bacteria can leak under the temporary restoration and that may affect the health of the implant in the long run. 

A temporary restoration won’t last forever so patients should plan on completing their full treatment in a certain time frame.  Typically, six months is the longest amount of time that I would recommend that a patient keep a temporary restoration.  They need to return to the office in a timely manner and get their new, permanent teeth.



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Missing Teeth? We’re Here to Help

Are you missing teeth? Putting off replacing missing teeth could mean much more than merely hurting your image and self-esteem.

Missing teeth can impact your health


The Consequences of Missing Teeth

When it comes to teeth, they serve three different, important functions: eating, communicating and smiling. When one of your teeth are missing, you could suffer in the long run.

Not only is a missing tooth troublesome to your physical smile, you could suffer from malocclusion which is when your teeth become misaligned. When a tooth goes missing, your teeth eventually move to make up for the space.

When it comes to missing teeth, it’s a use it or lose it scenario for maintaining bone density and jaw bone. This can be avoided by putting in a bridge or dental implants.

What You Can Do

Here at the Farber Center, we truly have the best of the best for all of our patients. Missing one or more teeth is no joke and considering the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 have 3 or more missing or decayed teeth, you are not alone.

Time and time again we have helped patients regain their confidence and improved their health through our variety of services.

Dental Implants

Dental implants can restore your quality of life with missing teeth

Farber Center offers dental implants that provide a foundation for replacement teeth, which look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

Our 1-Day Smile service, in which Dr. Farber is specially trained in, allows you to have a single tooth or an entire arch replaced on the day of treatment.

For more severe cases, Farber Center offers the All-On-X/All-On-4®, which maximizes the use of available bone allowing for new, functioning teeth the same day as the implant procedure.


Smoking can highly increase chance of tooth loss

While you have many options at Farber Center to remedy missing teeth, we encourage all of our patients to take the steps to prevent tooth loss in the first place.

Here are a few key tips:

  • Don’t smoke – Tobacco and nicotine linger on teeth and rapidly increase tooth decay.
  • Maintain a strict oral hygiene regimen – Brush for at least two minutes, 3 times a day and floss daily
  • Visit your dentist at least every six months
  • Eat a well-balanced diet than limits sugar intake


It is important to recognize that a missing tooth can affect your oral health which can affect your total body health. We look at your total body health to identify issues on a broad spectrum. Remember: oral health begins with total body health.


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New Technology and Compassion – Overcoming Dental Fear

New technology helps patients overcome fear of the dentist

Our periodontists help patients who fear the dentist with compassion and new technology. We make it our goal to ensure patients are comfortable during their visits.

Scared of the Dentist?

Sometimes our new patients vocalize their fear of the dentist. If they neglected their oral health care for a long time because of that fear they often feel embarrassed. At Farber Center we demonstrate compassion and put our patients at ease.

“When I sit down with them and get to know them, they start to feel more comfortable expressing their needs, their desires. Patients are often happy and relieved to hear about treatment options that will help them solve their dental problems,” said Dr. Alan Farber.

Unfortunately, many patients have a history of unpleasant dentistry – what Dr. Farber calls antique dentistry. In this scenario a bad experience left a lasting impression on the patient. The memories of one bad dental experience often linger for years. This leaves patients quivering at the thought of sitting in an exam chair.

The Farber Center Solution

Despite these prior experience,  many of our patients say they feel very comfortable in our office environment. Additionally, they express their faith in our team. We go out of our way to get patients numb with minimal discomfort, sometimes with no discomfort.

I have had patients ask me, “When are you going to give me the injection?” and we have already given them the injection and they did not even know it,” said Dr. Farber.

We actually purchase extra small, narrow needles. Although we don’t like using the word “needle,” our special needles make injections much easier for the patients.

Additionally, we use new topical gels that we apply to the gum tissue before giving an injection. These are produced for us by a special pharmacy known as a “compounding pharmacy.” The gel numbs the area and makes the injection much easier for the patient by minimizing discomfort.

Patients in our office find that dentistry can be comfortable because we relate to them personally and do everything possible to give them a pleasant experience. That’s what we’re all about.

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