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. 
Is bonding right for you? Once I get to know you and your smile better, together we can decide on which cosmetic option will get you the results you desire. If it’s right for you, I’ll be sure to give you maintenance tips to ensure your bonding treatment lasts as long as possible. As your Manhattan dentist, I look forward to talking to you about what you envision for your smile. The possibilities are endless. Call now!]]>

Mable, Dr. Tina's dog 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.
We all love dogs! When you’re in next, tell us about yours! And don’t forget to bring in a picture!]]>

  Providing our patients excellent cosmetic and general dentistry is our top priority. But when we’re not busy at our midtown dental office in NYC, or learning new techniques to care for your smile, you’ll catch us going on adventures in the great outdoors, relaxing, and travelling. While our interests vary, the common theme amongst three sibling dentists is that we relish sharing moments with friends and family. Dr. Tina is very passionate about baking. Her grandmother showed her all her secrets, and many family traditions center around food. She also tries her hand at various crafts – she finds fulfillment in learning a new skill and exploring what she can do with it. During Christmas and Easter, she gets together with family to bake cookies and pies. It’s an annual tradition, and Dr. Tina says they’ve been doing it “as long as I can remember!” One thing she doesn’t get to do enough with her family is travel… Between their busy family life and running two successful dentistry practices, it’s hard to make room for extended time away. “I hope, when the kids are older, to travel a little more,” she says.  Dr. Andrew enjoys hitting the fairways of local golf courses whenever he can. He finds it’s a great way to socialize. When the snow flies, Dr. Andrew skis downhill runs all over the country. But the biggest challenge each year is … finding the snow! Another one of his favorite pastimes is playing chess. When it’s time to kick his feet up, Dr. Andrew likes to watch classic comeback stories. He can’t get enough of the entire Rocky series. For those who haven’t seen it … this award-winning boxing drama features the mighty Sylvester Stallone who plays a fictional character named Rocky Balboa. Rocky overcomes all odds to rise to the top of the boxing world. At the top of his reading list is Russian-American author Ayn Rand. She wrote the best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and she created the philosophy of Objectivism. Dr. Andrew loves her philosophy. The best concert he ever went to was put on by English rock band Pink Floyd. When asked about her favorite pastimes, Dr. Laura fondly recalls her family’s camping trips. So, it’s fitting that outdoor activities are her thing. Whether it’s physical activities or just plain relaxing, she will take pleasure in it. The only stipulation is … it must be a nice day. Dr. Laura is also a bit of sports enthusiast. Each year, she tries to make it out to a few baseball and football games with family. She roots for the Mets and Giants – but will throw her support behind any New York team. And she likes to play, too! From baseball to soccer to tennis and even ice skating with her kids … Dr. Laura will try any of the activities her kids like. She’s a big fan of live entertainment – especially anything on Broadway. She says nothing compares to it. As for films, her all-time favorite is The Sound of Music. “It’s a classic,” she says, adding she watches re-runs on television. We know that every patient is unique in their likes, loves, wants, and needs. And that’s exactly how our whole team will treat you at Frangella Dental Care. Call us today!]]>

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  When they aren’t working their magic at Frangella Cosmetic and General Dentistry, doctors Andrew Frangella, Tina Frangella, and Laura Frangella get in as much quality family time as they can. They value their downtime and make the most of it every single day. Dr. Andrew grew up in Huntington, NY with his siblings but now lives on the North Shore of Long Island in the town of Manhasset. He says it’s a nice community with great schools, which is a good thing for his family. Several years after college, he met his wife Jennifer through friends. They’ve been together since 2009 and have 5-year-old twins, Jackson and Avery. Their favorite family activity is spending a day at the ski hill. Dr. Andrew enjoys taking his kids to soccer practice and watching them improve their ball-handling skills. The most rewarding part of being a parent is giving – and receiving – joy. Dr. Tina lives in Huntington, NY with her husband Brian and their two kids, Lea (6) and Ashlyn (3). They have a Boston Terrier named Mabel. She met her husband in … you guessed it! … dental school. He sat in front of her in their pre-clinical class. They chose to live in Huntington because Brian practices dentistry there and it’s close to both of their offices. They’re also close to family… And there’s another perk: it’s near the water. Their favorite thing to do is hang out at the lake. From boating to relaxing on the beach to paddle boarding and kayaking, they do it all together. Dr. Tina considers herself fortunate to be able to see the joy and excitement in her children’s faces when they learn and experience new things. Every day offers a new surprise. Dr. Laura lives in Dix Hills, NY with her husband Jeffrey and their two kids, Brendan (4) and Daniella (8 months). She met Jeffrey in college – he was the guy in the dorm next door. They became good friends, and the rest, as they say, is history. Their community is family-friendly and offers clubs for kids, great schools, and plenty of room in every backyard for kids to run around. Dr. Laura says that the best part of being a mom is witnessing her kids develop over time and learn new things. She says they’ve progressed by leaps and bounds – socially, educationally, and physically – in a very short timespan. She is proud every time they learn something new. If you’re looking for a new Manhattan dentist, we hope you give Frangella Dental Care a try! We know your family is as important to you as ours is to us! Give us a call today and join our dental family – we’d love to help you smile more!]]>

  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!]]>

Sources of FluorideIf 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 Fluoride

A 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

Dental implant detailEvery 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).]]>