What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
We follow strict guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and OSHA. Our practices include sterilizing reusable instruments in an autoclave, then sealing them for the next use; disinfecting treatment rooms between patient visits; and using disposable products when possible. We always wear disposable gloves during exams and treatment, for your safety.
My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?
You'll need to first schedule a consultation with Dr. Lorber. He can assess your oral health and discuss options for replacement teeth. In general, you can choose from crown and bridgework, partial or full dentures, or dental implants. As the prosthetic most like natural tooth structure, a dental implant is a long-lasting, comfortable, realistic-looking choice.
What are dental implants and how long do they last?
Dental implants are an attractive alternative to bridges, partials, or full dentures. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Once the implants are secured, your dentist will attach handcrafted, permanent crowns or your prosthetic to the posts. Your replacement teeth will blend seamlessly into your existing smile. The life of the implant depends on your age, oral status, and personal hygiene. With proper maintenance, they last most people a lifetime. We have an implant team on site to perform all aspects of dental implant placement and restoration.
How can I improve my smile?
That sounds like an easy question to answer, but it isn't! Your smile is unique, and we won't compromise your individuality with smile enhancements. Smile design dentistry done right requires an initial consultation in which we’ll discuss your goals, preferences, and options for care. Generally speaking, we may suggest porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, all-white fillings or crowns, and/or replacement teeth. Traditional orthodontics or Invisalign clear braces may also be involved. After your comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we'll present a treatment plan for your new smile.
My teeth are stained. Can you help?
You're treating my child with braces, but I want a straighter smile, too! Problem is, I don't want to wear metal braces.
Is there a solution for me?
Absolutely. We offer a removable alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign uses 3D imaging to design a custom set of aligners. You’ll wear a set of aligners for two weeks, then move on to the next set in your series. For big events, simply remove the aligners. This makes cleaning easy, too. If you aren't a candidate for Invisalign, consider traditional braces with clear brackets. This less obvious orthodontia is popular with teens and adults. Make an appointment with our onsite orthodontist today to learn which treatment will best suit your lifestyle.
I have chronic headaches. What can I do?
Chronic headaches may be a symptom of a misaligned bite, bruxism (teeth grinding), or TMJ disorder. Dr. Lorber will carefully examine your occlusion (bite), jaw, head, and neck to determine the underlying causes of your pain. Oftentimes, we can correct the problem with a custom nightguard. Call our Maspeth dental office if you have more questions about headache relief with non-surgical therapies.
Will you see my kids and my grandparents?
Yes! We love families and see many of them. Our services are diverse, so we offer dentures for our older patients, as well as dental sealants for our youngest patients. Call to schedule comprehensive initial exams for everyone in your family – because their smiles are invaluable family assets!