How Much Do Dental Implants Cost on the Upper West Side?

Are you considering a dental implant? Dental implants are most often the recommended solution for teeth that are missing or cannot be saved. Whether a tooth is so severely decayed that it cannot be filled or fitted with a crown, your tooth is cracked or broken beyond repair, or you have a tooth that has been missing for a while, …

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost on the Upper West Side?

Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested treatments from cosmetic dentists. Unfortunately, as we age, tooth discoloration is inevitable—and a whiter smile is a small change that can make a dramatic difference in your overall appearance.  Since cosmetic dentistry isn’t covered by dental insurance, many patients are concerned about the cost when considering whether they should pursue professional …

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Do You Have TMJ? 8 Symptoms Not to Ignore

Although people often refer to TMJ disorder as TMJ, this abbreviation is for the joint that causes the pain—the temporomandibular joint. When this joint is causing pain or not functioning properly, the condition is known as TMJ disorder, also known as TMD or TMJD. It’s believed that around 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ pain. Although the joint in question …

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7 Dental Implant Questions to Ask Before Your Procedure

Once you’ve made the decision to pursue dental implants as a solution for your missing teeth, the next step is finding the right doctor for the job. At Smiles on the Upper Westside, Dr. Massiah and his team are highly trained and have the experience needed to help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.  If you’re interviewing a …

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4 Tips For How to Prevent Bad Breath

If you’re human, you’ve had bad breath at some point in your life. Our patients are sometimes embarrassed to ask us about bad breath, but there’s no reason to feel that way––no one wants to have bad breath, but often the causes are out of your control. It may also be a sign of a more serious issue, which is …

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Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Options to Consider

We see many patients who are in the process of deciding between dental implants and dentures. As you weigh your options, it’s important to consider the following: You hear it time and time again––dental implants prevent bone loss. But what exactly does it mean and how does it work? Permanent (adult) teeth are anchored in place by a long root. …

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4 Common Dental Problems in Older Adults

Even when we take the best possible care of our teeth, problems start to develop as we age. This is why it’s especially important to make those biannual dental exams and cleanings well into your senior years––dentists can spot potential issues before they progress to the point of needing costly restorative care. Below are some of the most common dental …

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7 Ways to Banish Bad Breath for Good

Bad breath, scientifically called halitosis, is a problem no one wants to have. Not only is bad breath unpleasant to others and makes a negative impression, it can also be a sign of underlying oral health issues. If you want to banish bad breath and keep it away for good, you’ll need to make some changes and develop some good …

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Dental Implants vs. Bridge

When you are missing a tooth, you have three options: you can get a dental implant, a dental bridge, or just leave it be. We don’t recommend the third option–doing nothing is certainly an option that works for every budget, but when a tooth isn’t replaced, it can alter the shape of your face, impact your speech patterns, cause problems …

4 Tips to Protect Your Teeth As You Get Older

4 Tips to Protect Your Teeth As You Get Older

There are so many things we have to worry about as we age. While busy you’re slathering on eye cream for those pesky crow’s feet and making appointments to check your blood pressure and cholesterol, make sure you don’t forget about your teeth! Like the rest of our bodies, our teeth change as we age. Your teeth have put in …