Keeping Sayville Healthy
Your oral health is intrinsically tied to your physical health. Great general dental services won’t just keep your smile bright and cavity-free, they will help protect your immune system, your heart, and even your pregnancy! West Sayville family dentist, Dr. Richard Sigismondi offers general dentistry services to keep your smile healthy year-round.
Our general dentistry services take protecting both your teeth and your overall health into perfectly balanced consideration.
Our advanced comprehensive dental exams and oral cancer screenings help us find oral health issues while they are still small and easily repaired or managed so your natural teeth can last your lifetime and your gums stay healthy.
Healthy gums are one of the most critical components of a healthy body.
In study after study, gum disease has been shown to affect your lungs, heart, pancreas, kidneys, joints and brain, contributing to everything from cardiovascular disease and pancreatic cancer to arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and strokes.
If we do find problems such as decay or gum disease, we use the safest and most effective methods to get you healthy – fast.
And to keep you comfortable through any procedure – even dental hygiene – we offer both oral sedation and nitrous Oxide to help you relax.
General Dentistry Services
Comprehensive oral exams are our blueprint to achieving complete oral health. Discovering problems before they become major issues is one of the primary ways we keep your mouth healthy and in great shape. Our advanced comprehensive dental exams help us find decay, tooth wear, or periodontal disease while they are easily managed so your natural teeth can last your lifetime and your gums stay healthy.
Oral cancer screenings so we can catch the very first sign of trouble. Oral cancer is one of the fastest growing of all cancers. In fact, every day, mouth cancer is diagnosed in about 100 individuals, which means thousands of people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone. Protect your health and the health of your loved ones – schedule an oral cancer screening from Dr. Sigismondi today!
Dental hygiene and cleanings with effective and gentle technology for your comfort. Keeping your teeth clean is one of the most important things you can do for your smile. It not only helps keep your teeth clean and bright, it keeps them free of harmful bacteria buildup and tartar that can lead to gum disease. We use a variety of comfortable and highly effective tools to assist us in your dental cleaning. One of our most powerful tools is the Cavitron, an ultrasonic scaler that uses high frequency sound waves to clean teeth. This method is not only very gentle, it has also been proven effective in removing tartar from both above and below the gum line. If it has been more than six months since your last cleaning, call us to schedule your oral hygiene visit today!
TMJ Treatment to relieve you of your headaches with a more balanced bite. If you suffer from chronic headaches, neck or jaw pain, please talk to us. It could be TMJ disorder, and we have been trained to help you find relief. Often TMD stems from a bad bite or a lack of harmony in the way your teeth come together. It can be a result of stress, clenching, an accident or other trauma, or even poorly balanced dental work. We use a variety of non-invasive, non-surgical treatments to help relax your jaw muscles and move your bite back into its ideal position. Our patients tell us that the relief from pain is incredible!
Intra-oral camera exams to educate you on your oral health needs by seeing every detail of your mouth. These exams allow you to see and understand exactly what is going on in your mouth, right along with the doctor. Intraoral cameras are tiny digital cameras that fit comfortably in your mouth and enable your dentist to show you an enlarged image of your smile on a computer screen. Not only does this help during diagnosis with clearly defined images that show details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations, it also helps you understand the condition of your teeth and what might need to be done to get them healthy and sound.
Digital x-rays for accuracy and lower radiation exposure. While we learn a lot about your oral health through our visual examinations, there are things that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Traditional x-rays used to be the standard of care, but today, the most effective x-ray technology is the digital x-ray. Because they are digital, they also significantly decreases your exposure to radiation. In fact, digital x-rays use 75% less radiation than conventional x-rays! This process is also better for the environment – it uses no photo chemicals or traditional film, eliminating potentially hazardous waste.
Fluoride treatments to keep teeth strong and cavity-free. Fluoride treatments aren’t just for kids! While we do recommend that children have a fluoride treatment at every visit, we find that it can be beneficial for adults as well. Fluoride treatments can help prevent tooth decay – even adult root caries – by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.
Periodontal therapy for impeccable gum health. Taking care of your gums is crucial, not only for the health of your smile but also for your whole body’s health. (Gum disease has been linked to everything from certain kinds of cancers and heart disease to premature birth.) That’s why, if we discover signs of a gum infection or periodontal disease, we will suggest advanced periodontal therapy to get your gums healthy. Don’t risk your health! Please call us right away if you have any signs of gum inflammation, redness, or bleeding.
Oral sedation to help you stay relaxed and calm any fears. If you are nervous about any aspect of your dental care, we can help. We offer easily reversed oral sedation and nitrous oxide sedation for any visit – even hygiene. Sedation dentistry works so well, not only because it reduces anxiety and pain, but also because it helps your muscles relax. Because of this, we offer sedation dentistry to a wide range of patients, easing those who can’t sit still or relax in the dental chair because of physical difficulties, special needs, or pain; calming anxious patients; helping patients who have difficulty getting numb or who have a strong gag reflex; and allowing us to complete several procedures in one visit. Because sedation dentistry causes drowsiness, you will want to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
Sleep Apnea and snoring treatment for a full night’s rest. If you often wake feeling unrefreshed or experience frequent daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, irritability, or mood disturbance, you could be suffering from the disruption of your sleep due to snoring or, more seriously, obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Richard Sigismondi can help. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of excessive snoring or sleep apnea, we will send you out for a sleep study. If sleep apnea is diagnosed, we can create a custom oral appliance to hold your jaw in the ideal position during sleep. You’ll find yourself waking refreshed and renewed without surgery or the need for an uncomfortable and noisy CPAP machine or other forced air device. You can even speak and drink from a glass with the appliance in place. It is a healthy, comfortable way to find yourself sleeping well and waking refreshed again.
Mouth guards protect teeth during sports and for patients who grind at night. Protect your teeth from sports injuries or nighttime grinding with our comfortable, custom-made mouth guards. Unlike over-the-counter, boil-and-bite guards, our mouth guards are created from impressions of your teeth for superior comfort and true effectiveness. It is a great way to safeguard your natural teeth and to ensure that your restorative investment is kept strong and whole, no matter what game you play or how stressful life can be.
Emergency care because accidents happen. If you have a dental emergency, please call us right away. Don’t wait. If your emergency happens during the day, we will fit you into our schedule. If it happens when we are not in the office, please call us anyway. There is someone available to answer your questions, ease your fears, and help you get the care you need. If you have lost a tooth, do not rinse it or allow it to dry out. Instead, immediately place it in water, saline solution, or milk. You can even keep it moist and protected in the socket it came from or under your tongue. If the roots are intact, we may be able to re-implant them.
Frequently Asked Questions
The exact cost of your general dental care will depend on numerous factors. This includes which kind of service you receive and your insurance coverage. We strongly encourage you to contact your insurance provider to learn which costs they can cover. You should also talk to your dentist about the possibility of financing options.
Dentists usually recommend seeing your general dentist at least once every six months or twice a year. This visit will better allow your dentist to keep track of your oral health and intervene as needed if a problem develops. Depending on your level of oral health, your dentist may recommend you see them more often.
General dentistry is focused on maintaining the oral health of patients of all ages by providing basic services such as exams and cleanings. Cosmetic dentistry is focused on improving the aesthetics of your smile through treatments such as teeth whitening. Some cosmetic dentistry treatments, like Invisalign, may also help improve your oral health.
Because general dentistry has an emphasis on prevention, it’s often highly affordable. Your insurance provider is likely to cover the cost of a general dentistry service because it helps prevent the need for more costly treatments down the line.