Dr. Konstantine Trichas believes the key to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile is through smart, proactive, preventative dental care. With regular dental exams and cleanings, he can address any existing or potential dental issues, which can greatly minimize your need for more extensive – and costly – dental work in the future. At Upper East Side Dental Arts, we provide a wide variety of preventative care options to keep your smile healthy, vibrant, and beautiful.
To learn more about our preventative care options, please review the information below. If you would like to schedule a consultation with us, please contact our office today.
Advanced & Non-surgical Periodontal Care
In its earliest stages, gum disease has very few symptoms, and occasionally there are no visible symptoms at all. However, when left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious health problems that can extend beyond your oral health. Since the connection between your oral and systemic health is so strong, Dr. Trichas offers a number of non-surgical periodontal procedures to promptly treat any periodontal concerns before they have a chance to develop into more advanced stages.
The state of your oral health can give Dr. Trichas a window into your overall well-being. Research has shown that even symptoms as seemingly minor as inflammation of the gums are linked to health risks such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Because the consequences can be so severe, we recommend our patients at Upper East Side Dental Arts maintain proper dental hygiene at home and visit us for routine dental exams and cleanings. With our advanced laser dentistry options, we can treat periodontal disease and improve the overall condition of your gums with procedures that are virtually painless.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a crucial non-surgical treatment for the prevention of tooth decay. By removing the buildup of plaque and tartar that can accumulate along the gum line, around the teeth, and in the deep pockets of the gums, harmful bacteria can be removed, the risk of future infection can be minimized, and the soft tissues can have an opportunity to heal. This common yet effective procedure is ideal for patient who want to improve their overall oral health.
Oral exams can be essential for maintaining your oral health. Dr. Trichas recommends that his patients schedule routine oral exams twice yearly, allowing him to screen for developing dental issues that may have arisen since your last exam. By taking this proactive measure, you can receive prompt treatment for cavities or any minor damage to the teeth and gums before the issue develops into a more advanced and complicated problem. X-rays may also provide a more comprehensive look at the state of your teeth to help keep your smile healthy.
Oral Cancer Screening
By detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages, you can greatly increase your chance of completely eliminating this disease. Routine oral cancer screenings allow Dr. Trichas to examine the soft tissues of the mouth for any abnormalities. Using the VELscope® system, he is able to see irregularities in the soft tissue that would not be otherwise visible. Oral cancer screenings typically take only two minutes to complete, but this simple routine exam can be vital to maintaining your health. Many of our patients schedule cancer screenings along with their routine oral exams for convenience and peace of mind.
Family Dental Care
Dr. Trichas treats patients of all ages, and strives to cultivate an atmosphere that is comfortable and inviting for both children and adults. At Upper East Side Dental Arts, we believe in the importance of instilling children with good oral hygiene habits at an early age. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff focuses on educating children on how to best care for their teeth so they can have a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. In addition, our range of preventative procedures – including sealants and fluoride treatments – can help prevent dental issues from developing before they start.
Dental cleanings are usually performed during the same office visit as your oral exams. Though vigilant brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, professional cleanings can remove any plaque or tartar buildup in spaces around your teeth that are difficult to clean. Dental cleanings can be an essential preventative measure against tooth decay and for maintaining good oral health.
Many people commonly associate fluoride treatments with children; however, they can be beneficial for patients of all ages. Fluoride rinses can be performed immediately after your routine dental cleanings, reducing the ability of bacteria to form on the teeth and gums. As a result, fluoride treatments can significantly minimize your risk for cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease. During your next oral exam, ask your dentist if fluoride treatments can help you maintain a healthy smile.
When a sealant is placed on the surface of a tooth, that tooth has an extra layer of protection against cavities and decay. Frequently used to help shield the small crevices on the surface of the back teeth from bacteria, this preventive care treatment is often used to protect the teeth of children. However, adults can also benefit from sealants and, combined with good at-home oral hygiene, lead to cavity-free checkups.
Your health is our primary focus, and as part of that endeavor, we adhere to the highest infection control standards. We believe that exceptional patient care begins with comprehensive safety and cleaning practices. Our office is routinely cleaned and disinfected to protect all of our patients. In addition to ensuring each of our tools is sterilized before and after each procedure, we also sterilize disposable materials whenever possible to prevent the spread of germs and disease.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, is used to preserve the health of severely damaged or decayed teeth – and save teeth from loosening or even extraction. If teeth in this severely compromised condition are not treated, infections can spread, weaken your entire immune system, and significantly increase your risk for additional health concerns. Teeth that are damaged or decayed to this degree also typically cause extreme pain or an abscess in the area around the tooth. However, some patients in need of root canal therapy may only exhibit sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a bad taste in the mouth. Though others may not experience any symptoms at all, the potential threat of advanced health concerns still remains. Root canal therapy begins by removing the infected tooth root and disinfecting the nerve chamber. Afterward, a dental crown is secured to the affected tooth for enhanced protection and support. At Upper East Side Dental Arts, we use dental crowns that are custom-designed to match the color of your natural teeth, which can give your smile a beautiful and seamless appearance.
If you have a dental emergency, please do not wait to schedule an appointment to receive help. Dental emergencies most frequently occur due to injury, infection, or sudden severe pain among other reasons. In the case of an emergency dental situation, our dental professionals are always available by phone at (646) 741-4114.
OraVerse® is an innovative product designed to reverse the effects of local anesthesia, allowing you to return to work or your normal daily activities as soon as possible. Dr. Tricas typically administers OraVerse® immediately after your dental procedure, which can cut the wait time for the numbness of anesthesia to recede in half. With OraVerse®, you can chew, talk, and smile comfortably and naturally much sooner.
Whenever possible, our team takes a holistic approach to dentistry. Keeping our focus on improving and maintaining your oral health, we strive to run a “green” office for the safety of both our patients and the environment. In addition to finding alternatives to toxic materials as much as possible, we aim to reduce our office’s overall waste by using the latest technology to digitize as much information as we can. This digitization enhances the efficiency of our treatments as well as eliminates the need for traditional dental molds. While helping to preserve the environment with green methods of dentistry, we can also better serve our patients and create beautiful smiles that can last a lifetime.
Mercury Free Dentistry - Tooth-Colored Fillings
At Upper East Side Dental Arts, we use modern tooth-colored fillings instead of traditional mercury metal amalgam fillings. The innovative materials used for tooth-colored fillings can strengthen teeth while also restoring the tooth’s original appearance for a beautiful, healthy, durable smile. Metal fillings have been known to expand and shrink when subjected to extreme temperatures, causing teeth to crack and giving bacteria a space beneath the filling to grow. Tooth-colored fillings eliminate this problem for a tooth restoration that is long-lasting. As an added benefit, using tooth-colored fillings helps protect our environment by eliminating the disposal of mercury-based materials. Whether you are in need of a new filling or want to replace your traditional metal amalgam fillings for a more youthful and natural smile, Dr. Tricas can help improve the health and the beauty of your teeth.
Contact Upper East Side Dental Arts
To learn more about our preventive dental care options, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office today.