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Dental decay is a very common oral health problem that both children and adults experience. Basically, a cavity is a hole in your tooth fillingsenamel caused by the corrosive action of oral bacteria that thrive on plaque and tartar. Previously, dentists used only amalgam, or metal, filling material to repair a cavity, but now you and your family dentist in Bellmore and Bayside, NY have a great alternative: the tooth-colored filling. The dental team at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry use natural-looking composite resin to restore decay and leave smiles strong and healthy.

Do you need a filling?

If you do, you may not know it. However, some patients experience a sharp pain when they bite down on a decaying tooth, or the tooth can be sensitive to heat, cold or sugary foods.

Fortunately, your family dentist in Bayside can see cavities by examining your teeth or with X-rays. Whatever the diagnostic tool, your family dentist will remove the decayed portions of your tooth and fill the remaining space with a strong and realistic material called composite resin.

How does composite resin work?

Most tooth-colored fillings are made from this innovative blend of glass and acrylic. Some larger fillings--called inlays and onlays-- may be created from dental grade porcelain.

To restore a cavity, your Bellmore and Bayside family dentist removes the decayed tooth enamel. When the dentist employs composite resin, they actually remove less healthy enamel than he would if he were restoring the tooth with amalgam. Amazingly, composite resin bonds right to the tooth, actually becoming part of it. Your dentist adds the composite to the prepared tooth layer by layer, hardening each one with a special curing light. This process makes the restoration exceptionally strong. Also, the dentist ensures the finished filling bites together properly with the teeth in the opposite arch.

Do tooth-colored fillings last?

Most studies show that with good at-home and in-office hygiene, tooth-colored fillings serve patients well most anywhere in the mouth, and these restorations last an average of seven to ten years or more. Plus, composite resin proves to be gentler on remaining tooth enamel because this synthetic material behaves much like real enamel. Its flexibility allows it to move with the physical forces of biting, chewing and clenching.

Also, while it is worth noting that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deems old-style amalgam fillings safe, most dentists and their patients prefer the aesthetics and versatility of composite resin fillings. They can be placed anywhere in the mouth and are unnoticeable.

Do you have questions?

If you are concerned about the health of a tooth or have questions about what tooth-colored fillings could do for your smile, please contact a family dentist at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry in Bellmore and Bayside, NY for an appointment. Call (718) 225-0515.

By Silverman and Associates
May 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Even very small chips and cracks in your teeth can become a problem if they aren't fixed in a timely fashion. Thankfully, an affordable dental bondingand easy dental treatment called dental bonding is available to quickly repair chipped or cracked teeth. The dental team at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry in Bellmore and Bayside, NY, offers this treatment -- find out if it can help you perfect and strengthen your smile.

Tooth Repair with Dental Bonding
For a dental bonding treatment, your dentist uses the same material that fills in cavities. It is a composite resin compound that hardens and bonds to the surfaces of your teeth. Instead of spreading the material in the pits and fissure of a tooth that has been affected by a cavity, your dentist applies it to the front and lower surfaces of the chipped or cracked tooth instead. It fills in, covers, and solidifies the tooth so that it can stay strong and have a better appearance.

The Bonding Treatment
It's possible to complete a bonding treatment during a lunch hour from work. It only takes a few minutes for your Bellmore and Bayside family dentist to prepare your teeth to accept the composite material, apply it to the surface, harden it with a curing light, then smooth and polish the tooth. When finished, it will look just like the rest of your teeth in shade and contour. 

Benefits of Dental Bonding
While there are alternatives to dental bonding to fix cracks and chips in the teeth, many patients prefer this treatment for a number of reasons:

  • It's relatively inexpensive compared to other cosmetic solutions
  • The tooth color can be matched almost exactly
  • It only requires a short one-time appointment
  • There’s no need to wait for a dental lab to create a crown or veneer
  • It will last for five or more years before another treatment is needed

One Quick Appointment
A dental bonding treatment can be completed in just one appointment with a family dentist at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry in Bellmore and Bayside, NY. Call the Bayside office at (718) 225-0515 to schedule a visit to see if bonding can repair your dental issue. Or call the office in Bellmore, NY, at (516-781-9700) if that would be more convenient for you.

By Silverman and Associates
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

In the past, achieving a straighter smile usually meant wearing metal braces that were readily visible anytime you smiled. Now you can invisalignstraighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign straightens teeth with the use of soft aligner trays that are clear so they are practically invisible! The trays are also removable, which makes brushing and flossing easier. Invisalign is available from Silverman & Associates, your Bayside and Bellmore, NY, family dentists.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an innovative method for straightening teeth that are crooked or misaligned. In place of the metal brackets and wires associated with traditional braces, Invisalign utilizes flexible plastic trays to straighten and align the teeth. Like traditional braces, the Invisalign aligner trays apply controlled forces to move the teeth into the desired position. A specialized software program is used by your Bayside and Bellmore family dentist to map out a multi-stage plan for moving the teeth. New aligner trays are created for each stage of the plan.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign offers several advantages for teens and adults who want to straighten their smile. Some of the primary advances of Invisalign aligner trays are that they are discreet, comfortable and removable.

One of the biggest benefits of using Invisalign to straighten the teeth is that it is discreet. As stated, the Invisalign trays are clear, which makes them barely visible when smiling or talking. The clear trays are much less noticeable than the silver brackets and wires of traditional metal braces. Further, the trays are removable so they can be taken out temporarily for photos and special occasions. The trays can also be removed when eating and to brush and floss. This makes it easier to keep both the teeth and the trays clean for improved oral hygiene.

Another advantage of Invisalign trays is their comfort factor. There are no uncomfortable metal brackets and wires to poke the gums, as can happen with traditional metal braces. The soft plastic aligner trays fit comfortably over the top and bottom rows of teeth with no hardware to cause discomfort. There is little risk of gum irritation when wearing the flexible aligner trays.

You can straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign. If you are interested in this discreet method for straightening your smile, contact Silverman & Associates, your family dentists in Bellmore and Bayside, NY. To schedule an appointment at the Bellmore office, call (516) 781-9700. For the Bayside office, call (718) 225-0515.

By Silverman and Associates
January 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

A good dental hygiene routine is important to maintaining good oral health and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. The family oral hygienedentists at Silverman & Associates in Bayside and Bellmore, NY see many patients who want to improve their dental hygiene but aren’t sure where to start. The good news is that taking care of your teeth properly is simple. The information is detailed here:


Almost everyone knows brushing is important. But do you know why? The act of brushing helps to break up the colonies of bacteria-filled plaque that collect on the surface of the teeth and gums. These bacteria are the agents that eventually cause decay and gum disease if not properly and vigilantly cleared away. If plaque is not removed it can harden into calculus, at which point it becomes much more difficult to remove conventionally. To keep plaque and calculus at bay, your Bayside and Bellmore family dentist recommends brushing twice daily for two minutes each time with a good quality toothpaste. Your dentist can make suggestions on the best kind for you. Toothpaste that contains cavity-fighting fluoride is a good idea, for example.


Flossing seems to be one thing that people always mean to do but never follow through on a routine. Like brushing, the act of flossing helps to disrupt the colonization of bacteria, only it does so in the hard-to-reach places in between the teeth. Without flossing, cavities can go undetected for a long time, particularly if you’re not visiting your dentist regularly. To get in the habit, you can try using floss picks, which can be easier to maneuver. Place them in a spot where you’re most likely to use them. Flossing before or after brushing is totally up to you; it should be done once a day but the time is not important.

Visiting Silverman & Associates, your Bayside and Bellmore, NY family dental team, twice yearly for a cleaning and checkup is also part of a good oral health regimen. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists, contact our office today!

By Silverman and Associates
November 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   Fastbraces   orthodontics  

Would you like to straighten your teeth but don't want to wear braces for years? Luckily, there's an alternative that decreases the length of fastbracestime you'll be in braces. The dentists at Silverman & Associates, your Bellmore and Bayside, NY family dentists, explain how you can benefit from Fastbraces.

How do Fastbraces work?

As their name implies, Fastbraces work much quicker than other brace systems. If you wear traditional braces, your teeth are realigned in two phases. The top parts of the teeth are usually moved during the first year you wear braces, then the roots are realigned the next year. As you can imagine, this process takes time. Fastbraces move the entire tooth, from the root to the crown, at the same time.

Although Fastbraces don't look much different than traditional braces, they offer exceptional results. Fastbrace's innovative triangular bracket and wire system is specially designed to correct the position of your roots from the moment you first start wearing your braces.

How fast are Fastbraces?

Most people need to wear braces for two to three years to achieve the desired results. When you choose Fastbraces, you may be able to have your braces removed after just three months to one year. You may begin to notice results after just a few weeks. Since you'll spend less time wearing your braces, you'll also pay less for your orthodontic treatment.

Am I a good candidate for Fastbraces in Bellmore and Bayside?

Fastbraces are an excellent solution for most orthodontic issues, including overbites and crowding. They're a good choice whether you're a child or an adult.

Transform your smile with Fastbraces! Find out if these innovative braces are the right choice for you by scheduling an appointment with the Bellmore and Bayside, NY family dentists at dentists at Silverman & Associates.

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