At Frangella Cosmetic and General Dentistry, I’ve helped correct the imperfections of many smiles with bonding. Whether teeth are stained, cracked, chipped, or spaced unevenly, this safe and effective technique is convenient and can be completed in just one appointment. In order to fix these flaws and give you the best results possible … I stay up-to-date on the latest bonding agents and technologies and review cosmetic dentistry studies. For example, I recently pulled up an ACE Panel Report that included survey results on the use of different bonding agents. In it, nearly 300 US dentists and American Dental Association members shared insight on which tooth surfaces are toughest to bond, what their top five preferred products are, and which bonding techniques are their favorite. I won’t bore you with all the details … but let’s just say it’s valuable stuff for a dental professional like myself – who wants to give you the ultimate results! How does bonding work? When providing this treatment, we attach a tooth-colored resin (plastic) material to the affected tooth. A strong light cures the resin in place. We sculpt and mold the material – like an artist – so that your tooth looks and feels natural and whole again. It’s often an excellent alternative to amalgam restorations. Dental bonding is also…
- Cost-effective. It’s less expensive than veneers. If you need it done to fill a small cavity or for structural reasons, your dental insurance will cover the treatment.
- Non-invasive. With our techniques and technology, we’ll be able to help you relax while we enhance your smile.
- Most treatments can be completed within an hour … so you don’t have spend most of your day in the dentist chair.
- Long-lasting. By properly looking after your smile at home, your bonding treatment can remain effective for as long as 10 years.
Dr. Tina has only one four-legged companion, but she has more than enough love to give. Mabel, a Boston Terrier, was born on March 11, 2010. Imagine how cute she was! She’s a sweet friend who gets along very well with Dr. Tina’s kids, Lea and Ashlyn. “She’s always excited to see people and is always looking for belly rubs,” Dr. Tina says. Dr. Tina has always had a soft spot for dogs. She chose a Boston Terrier because of its energy level, temperament, and ideal size. They grow 15-17 inches tall and only weigh 10-25 pounds. Mabel is like an Olympic sprinter, running as fast as she can after tennis balls, squirrels … you name it! Dr. Tina likes throwing tennis balls to her and when she races with the kids. They like to hang out – with Mabel resting in her lap. As for why Dr. Tina decided on the name Mabel, she says it “just seemed to fit.” Facts about the Boston Terrier:
- It was the first dog breed in the USA.
- They used to be bred as rodent hunters and fighting dogs.
- For nearly 40 years, the Boston Terrier has been the official State dog of Massachusetts.
- It was given the nickname “the American gentleman” because it looks like it’s wearing a tuxedo.
- They are loud snorers and are known to clear a room due to their gassiness. (Don’t laugh! ?)
- The late US president Gerald Ford owned two Boston Terriers named Fleck and Spot. Celebrity owners include Rose McGowen, Allison Sweeny, and Denise Richards.
Doctors Andrew, Tina, and Laura Frangella are an award-winning brother-sister team of dental experts who strive for excellence to give their patients perfect smiles. Many years of education combined with countless hours of hands-on experience equals results, knowledge, and skills you can count on. Dentistry – the perfect fit for the Frangellas! Why did they all choose to improve smiles? Dr. Andrew decided dentistry was for him after finishing his first year of undergraduate school. He is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry class of 2005 and received his bachelor’s degree at Lehigh University Bethlehem in 1999. As part of his commitment to continuous learning, he was awarded prestigious Fellowships from the Academy of General Dentistry and from the world-renowned Misch International Implant Institute in association with Temple University and with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Andrew is the recipient of the 2005 Robert A. Sussman Memorial Award – given to doctors who show clinical excellence in operative dentistry and humanitarian value in patient care. When he isn’t improving smiles for a lifetime, he educates other dental professionals about emerging technologies in dentistry. Dr. Tina always knew she wanted to work in the health care field. At the end of high school and at the start of college, she worked in her uncle’s dental office. She loved the environment and this wonderful learning experience helped her realize that she wanted to be a dentist too. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Afterwards, Dr. Tina finished her general practice residency at Nassau University Medical Center. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Adelphi University in Nassau County, NY. Another two educational milestone were her residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in IV conscious sedation and her training in advanced restorative dentistry and progressive orthodontics. She particularly enjoys whitening and straightening smiles as an Invisalign® specialist in midtown NYC. Just like her sister, Dr. Laura became immersed in dentistry at her uncle’s practice. She considered both the dental and medical fields, but chose dentistry because she enjoys working with her hands to enhance smiles and forming positive relationships with patients. Dr. Laura graduated with honors from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. During her studies, she was honored by the American College of Prosthodontics for outstanding achievement in the study of prosthodontics (replacement teeth). Then, Dr. Laura completed her general dentistry residency at Nassau University Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Lehigh University. It makes Dr. Laura feel good inside to provide complete smile makeovers with dental implants in Manhattan. If you’ve searched for “Central Park Dentistry” or “Manhattan Dentist,” we’re glad you’ve found us! Give us a call today and join our dental family – we’d love to help you smile more!]]>
If you are someone who looks to protect the health of your teeth there are many surprising sources of fluoride that can help achieve the daily recommended allowances. If you are someone that hates fluoride and wants to avoid it then these sources may also be of interest. The daily recommended ingested allowance of fluoride is 3 mg for female adults 19 years or older and 4 mg for male adults 19 years or older with maximum allowances of 10 mg in both genders. The amount of fluoride varies along with the amount of the substance in which it is found. You are probably saying to yourself, “keep this short and simple, just give me examples of the sources”…… and here they are:
Oral Hygiene Product Sources for Fluoride
- A strip of toothpaste with .24% sodium fluoride covering the length of the brush: .75-1.5 mg of fluoride
- 10 ml of Mouthrinse with .05% sodium fluoride: 2 mg of fluoride
Water Sources for Fluoride
- Water NYC, 1 liter: .7 mg fluoride
- Dasoni, 1 liter: .07 mg fluoride
- Poland Springs, 1 liter: .10 mg fluoride
- Aquafina, 1 liter: .05 mg fluoride
Food Sources for FluorideA few foods contain significant amounts of fluoride. Since it is found in seawater, ocean fish contain fluoride. It is also concentrated in tea leaves. The approximate fluoride content for some common foods:
- Tea, 3.5 ounces: 0.1-0.6 mg fluoride
- Canned sardines with bones, 3.5 oz: 0.2-0.4 mg fluoride
- Fish without bones, 3.5 oz: 0.01-0.17 mg fluoride
- Chicken, 3.5 oz : 0.06-0.10 mg fluoride
- Raisins, 1.5 oz: .101 mg fluoride
- Baked Potatoe, .3 lb: .078 mg fluoride
- Lamb, 6 oz: .054 mg fluoride
- Table wine, 26.4 fl oz: 1.150 mg fluoride
Every so often I like to take a step back and evaluate the progress made in the area of dental implants and how it has changed in my practice. Over the last few years I have been placing a dental implant (Biohorizon) with improved design features from past implants. These improved design features have minimized a few of the complications associated with dental implants in my practice. One of the complications that has be reduced greatly is peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is the inflammation of bone and gums around dental implants in patients. With the added Laser-lok design feature on the Biohorizon implants, tissue stays firm and attached around the implant fixture. Therefore, reducing the likelihood of peri-implantitis developing. The biggest advantage I have noticed because of improved implant design is the increased rigid fixation I attain while placing the Biohorizon dental implant. This has allowed me to place the majority of dental implants at the time of tooth extraction. Anyone familiar with the traditional healing process for dental implants is aware that a dental implant procedure from start to finish can take 6-12 months. This includes multiple surgical and post operative visits. Today, with the immediate placement of an implant during extraction, that time-frame has been reduced to 3-6 months start to finish. This has not only reduced the healing time, but reduced the amount of surgery and visits a patient needs to complete the process. The overall satisfaction from the procedure has improved tremendously. These improvements have made a significant impact in the treatment of my patients with dental implants today. I look to forward to further advancements and sharing them with you as we progress. Remember to keep those implants clean!!! (T-32 Ultrasonic Rechargeable Toothbrush).]]>
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