Farber Center

reassuring fearful patients

Fear of the dentist is common in some patients who are referred to a periodontist. Dr. Farber provides advice on reassuring patients who are referred.

Many patients may express an element of fear when they hear that periodontal treatment is needed. Most of the time we want to discover the nature of the fear of the dentist. Is it the fear of the procedure, some misinformation that have heard from others, or the fear of discomfort during or after a periodontal procedure? So, we need to find out what their concern is and then we can address the situation appropriately.

A lot of patients come in worried about the procedure and after it is done they tell me, “Oh, that was not so bad” and the reason for this is that nobody looks forward to any type of surgical procedure. However, periodontal treatment today causes minimal discomfort, especially using lasers and even with classical, conventional periodontal surgery. The same is true for an extraction and placement of a dental implant. Most patients will only take an Advil with Tylenol for two days and that will be all that they need.

We have found that when we mention the word “laser” it seems to get the patients into my office much easier, so using a laser may be a good option to explore. The use of a laser has been more common in today’s surgeries and I have been using the laser for the last three years. You will find that other patients just want to be sedated, and we do have conscious sedation as well as IV sedation available. If the patient wants to be put to sleep and that is the only way they will go through with the procedure, then by all means, refer them and we will discuss that option.

If you would like more information about the procedures available at the Farber Center or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or e-mail.
Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

That Pesky Disease

There are many problems that are related to heart disease, one of them being atherosclerosis, a condition that develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. As the build up grows, the arteries become narrow, making it harder for the blood to flow through. When this occurs, you are more likely to have a blood clot causing the blood to stop flowing and a heart attack or stroke to occur.

According to the American Heart Association, one third of women die of heart disease or stroke – more than all cancers combined – and 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

Did you know the plaque build up in your mouth that is then carried throughout your body?  That is one of the many reasons regular dental cleanings are important to your total body health.

There are some tips for you to be more in the know to put yourself at a lower risk for this pesky disease:

  1. know your family history
  2. eat healthier
  3. become more active
  4. cut out cigarettes
  5. manage your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Keeping your body healthy includes your oral hygiene. It is where the process begins for any disease.

Farber Center knows the importance of oral health and total body health.  At each visit to our office we take blood pressure readings.

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure

LANAP®, which stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, uses a laser to perform periodontal surgery. Developed by Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., LANAP® surgery is successful in treating gum disease with minimal trauma to the mouth. It is a surgical laser procedure designed for the treatment of periodontitis through regeneration rather than resection. The LANAP® procedure is a protocol that deals with inflammation, the infectious process, occlusion, tooth mobility, and an osseous component.

 

Even patients who have traditionally avoided dental treatment or experienced traditional surgery in the past accept LANAP® treatment. They are seeking an alternative to traditional surgery and are familiar and comfortable with the use of lasers for LASIK treatment for their eyes. Thus, they consider laser treatment for periodontal disease a viable alternative. Clinically, what becomes immediately apparent postoperatively is minimal discomfort, shrinkage of swollen, puffy gums, and reduction of bleeding.

After the procedure, patients can see that the tissues feel and look healthier. Since LANAP® treatment is not a cut-and-sew procedure, no native tissues are injured; the recession associated with traditional surgery is not present.

 

After LANAP® treatment, patients realize how much dentistry has changed, and they are inspired to continue their care. Call today to see how LANAP® is right for you, 631.265.4442!

Preventing Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease remains the single greatest cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Reducing the risk of heart disease is learning a healthier eating habit. After all the food goes into the mouth first. So think if you have a periodontal disease, that forms inflammation that is then carried to the heart. So why not have more foods that can help reduce the risk of both diseases?!

Blueberries: The inflammation in your artery walls can increase the risk of a heart attack but eating at least a cup of blueberries a day can counter that process because they are inflammation-battling antioxidants.

Beets: unleash helpful compounds called nitrites into your blood, expanding your vessels and improving blood flow, these benefits helped lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness in people with high Blood Pressure.

Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, and pecans are all good. Nuts contain heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Snack on unsalted raw nuts, nut mixes, and nut butters to improve your heart health. People who ate a handful of nuts five or more times a week were 29 percent less likely to die of heart disease than those who avoided nuts, a New England Journal of Medicine study found.

Fatty Fish: Salmon, sardines, herring, and canned light tuna are rich in omega-3 fats, which are shown to improve cardiac capacity during exercise.

Legumes: Aim to eat 5 to 10 grams of fiber a day; a cup of legumes provides 2 to 6 grams. Use canned black beans with red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt to make a healthy salsa. Think of beans and lentils as buckshot loaded with soluble fiber. In your gut, soluble fiber binds to cholesterol-laden bile acids and carries them out of your body, says Kate Patton, R.D., of the Cleveland Clinic.

Many people wait until it’s too late to take action. Each day you can make better choices in your diet to improve your overall health. After all, it starts inside the mouth first. So take precautionary measures and get yourself into a routine for cleanings, periodontal care, and good oral hygiene. Reduce the risk before it can even reach your heart! Call Farber Center today to schedule your appointment, 631-265-4442!

 

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

Links between Heart Disease and Gum Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Enacting positive oral hygiene practices and obtaining treatment for periodontal problems can help prevent the risk of developing this unfortunate condition.

Inflammation is what puts you at risk for both, but how? The bad breath, the bleeding gums and cavities, causes bacteria to settle between the teeth and under the gums.  There are two main types of : gingivitis, which causes red, painful, tender gums, and periodontitis, which leads to infected pockets of pus. That’s the type that raises the worry for heart problems. This bacteria causes inflammation to go into the bloodstream that leads to hardened arteries, also called atherosclerosis, a condition that makes it hard for blood to flow to your heart.

It’s important to get regular dental checkups and dental X-rays. You will want to catch any signs of gum disease early before too much inflammation has occurred in the body. Start with a healthy smile, then comes a healthy heart.

Call us today, 631.265.4442!

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

Happy Heart, Happy Smile.

February is Heart Health Awareness month and you always think that it is about how to take care of your heart and only heart disease. Did you know that gum disease and heart disease have many relations? There has been research found that gum disease is a risk for coronary artery disease and one research even found a direct link between gum disease and clogged arteries in the legs.

Inflammation is another common denominator for both diseases. When people have moderate to severe gum disease, their levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a protein that rises during whole-body inflammation, increase. CRP levels are also used to assess a person’s risk of a heart attack.

Colgate says, Patients with chronic gum conditions such as gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease have the highest risk for heart disease caused by poor oral health, particularly if it remains undiagnosed and unmanaged. The bacteria that are associated with gum infection in the mouth, can enter the blood stream, where they attach to the blood vessels and increase your risk to cardiovascular disease.

Physicians and their dentists should work together to focus on reducing heart disease risk and ensuring good periodontal care for patients with heart disease and gum disease. Good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations are the best way to protect yourself against the development of gum disease.

 

Farber Center can help you! Call us today for your periodontal examination, 631.265.4442!

 

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/heart-disease/article/how-oral-health-and-heart-disease-are-connected-0115

 

 

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

Think Water.

You want something to drink and you go to have that nice soda that you’ve been wanting all day. You open it up and it just tastes so good. But, some food for thought.

Did you know how much sugar is really in all of those soft drinks that you love to drink? In the picture shown you can see just how much sugar you are consuming in one drink. If you have not thought about water, think again. Not only is that amount of sugar harming the body, but think about your teeth!

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feeds on sugars from food and drinks. That bacteria, called plaque, can stick to your teeth, producing acids that eat through the enamel on your teeth. The worst part is that the when you sip drinks all day that contain sugar the clearance of sugar from your mouth takes about 20 minutes. During the 20 minutes, the teeth are very active and convert sugar to acid. Just think, it only takes 20 minutes you say? Well that’s for that one sip, what about the next sip, and the next sip, so all those 20 minutes lead up to a day of sugar on your teeth?

Farber Center can help check for tooth decay, call today to make your appointment, 631.265.4442!

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

New Year, New Benefits, New Smile!

It’s a New Year and you’re looking for the start of a new you. What perfect timing, your new medical benefits have just kicked in! So where to start? How about total body health.

When looking at what program is the best for you think about starting from the inside out. Start with your inner health, how long has it been since you have had a physical just to make sure everything is working properly or just even blood taken to make sure all your vitamins and minerals are in check? Once you have ruled any problems that could arise inside, like stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis, then it’s time to turn to your workout plans and how to embrace a healthier lifestyle. It’s the beginning of the year and everyone is ready to conquer the New Year with a new you, but just remember this, take the time each year to get your yearly exams, to take the time to invest in yourself.  And don’t forget about your teeth, they need their yearly check up too, make your appointment today!

 

 

 

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

Medford Periodontist Discusses Temporary Restorations

Your smile and happiness make for a happy, healthy you!

Your smile and happiness make for a happy, healthy you!

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

After dental implants are placed, a temporary restoration is often used 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. A temporary restoration is also used to get the proper tissue design—to allow the tissue to heal around the restoration.

3. A temporary is placed to ensure that the patient has a proper bite.

4. If a patient wants something changed, then the esthetics 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.

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.

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.

There is a set amount of time that a temporary restoration is designed to last, and people should not go beyond that timeframe. 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.

 

 

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

Keeping Patients Comfortable During Implant Dentistry

Hauppauge periodontist Dr. Alan Farber explains that he utilizes various types of sedation to keep patients comfortable during implant dentistry:

“Patients are often surprised by how comfortable they are during and after the placement of dental implants. The often report that the procedure was much easier than they expected.

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Many patients have their implants placed with what we call local anesthetic. Once the patient is numb they do not feel any discomfort. They just feel a little pressure or a little vibration during the implant procedure.

Some patients, however, need more relaxation and we have what we call conscious sedation techniques using medications. I am currently certified in New York State to utilize conscious sedation.

Often times patients come in and they say they just want to go to sleep and wake up when the procedure has been completed. We have a medical team of board certified anesthesiologists who come to our office quite regularly. A medical anesthesiologist uses intravenous sedation, also called IV sedation, to put the patient to sleep and carefully monitor all vital signs during the procedure.

After the procedure, the patient wakes up and further assessments are done. The patient stays in our

Our patients' comfort, along with their overall health, is our #1 concern.

Our patients’ comfort, along with their overall health, is our #1 concern.

office for a period of time to more fully recover from the anesthesia and receive post-op instructions. The patient is then driven home by a driver who has accompanied them to the office.

Most patients compare an implant being placed to a tooth being removed, and they tell me time and time again that the implant placement was easier. They say afterwards that they hardly felt any discomfort.

Also after a dental implant procedure in our office, most patients report that they use a minimal amount of medication for discomfort. Often we will recommend Motrin, Advil, Tylenol or similar medications if needed for a short time after a procedure.”

 
Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com