General Dentistry

Dr. William Schlesinger and his staff on the Upper East Side are very much of the belief that a healthy smile is a beautiful smile. That is why we want to see you regularly for checkups and cleanings – so that we can identify any dental issues you may be having before they are allowed to develop. Cleanings and checkups are very basic treatments, and can help you to avoid more expensive procedures later on.

We offer a full range of general dentistry treatments and assuming if you enjoy good dental health, but are perhaps not happy with your smile, we can evaluate you for the possibility of cosmetic treatments. With your good oral health in mind, we offer the following general treatments:

Dental Exams

The importance of regular dental examinations cannotgeneral dentistry be over-emphasized. You have probably heard it said that the best defense is a good offense and that is every bit as true in the dentist’s chair as it is on the battlefield or in an athletic competition. A dental exam lets your dentist find problems like cracks, chips, or dental work that is deteriorating and treat those problems in the early stages.

Even if you are compulsive about your oral hygiene, chances are that you will not notice a cavity early on. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, Dr. William Schlesinger can locate cavities before they can take hold or spread to adjacent teeth. When you visit him for an exam, he will also look at your gums to confirm or rule out early signs of gum disease. Once your dental exam is completed, Dr. Schlesinger can recommend a course of treatment for your dental issues or perhaps simply send you on your way with a promise to see you again in six months’ time.

Dental X-Rays

xraysWhen you visit Dr. William Schlesinger on the Upper East Side, you can be assured of benefiting from the most modern dental techniques and technology. Dental x-rays have come a long way since your parents’ day and are by far the best means of finding problems in the teeth and the underlying jaw.

With modern technology, you no longer have to wait for your x-rays to be developed – everything is done using a computer and special imaging software. This means that not only can you have x-rays done in far less time, they are also considerably less costly.  You will also experience far less discomfort than in days gone by, since the camera that is fitted into your mouth is much smaller. Your x-rays will give Dr. Schlesinger a completely accurate image of what is happening in your mouth, so he can recommend treatments with an unprecedented degree of accuracy. Guesswork is eliminated, so you end up spending far less time in the dental chair and you save money.

Dental Cleanings

Everyone loves the way their mouth feels and the way theirdental cleanings teeth look, after a professional dental cleaning. Of course, a good dental cleaning delivers much more than just a great feeling and a sparkling smile – it is also the best way to prevent periodontal disease. And no matter how often you brush and how well you floss, there is no way other than a professional cleaning to eradicate all the plaque and tartar that will inevitably build up under the gum line.

If you have been avoiding having a professional cleaning because you hate the idea of sitting in a dentist chair forever while a hygienist uses a sharp tool to dig into your gums and chip at your teeth, you no longer need to worry.  Dental cleanings now are generally done using an ultrasonic machine that uses super-high vibrations to blast away plaque and tartar. If you have particularly stubborn deposits, the hygienist may still use a manual scaler for part of the process, but overall, you will find your cleaning much less stressful and far more comfortable.

Dental Hygiene

Do you remember your mother reminding you to brush flossingyour teeth before you went to bed? She was right. You absolutely have to brush regularly, and you should also floss every day. However, just doing it is not enough – you need to do it the right way.

Now you are thinking, “There’s a right way to brush my teeth?” Yes, there is. And it would probably surprise you how many people really have no idea how to brush and floss effectively. Knowing the proper techniques for brushing and flossing is extremely important because improper oral hygiene can result not just in tooth decay, but harm to your general health. If you are unsure how you should be brushing and flossing, the dental hygienists at Dr. William Schlesinger’s office on the Upper East Side can show you how it’s done. Of course, Dr. Schlesinger always enjoys seeing his patients, but he knows that you would rather be doing almost anything else than sitting in his chair. Learn the proper brushing and flossing techniques to minimize your chair time.

Root Canals

technologyRoot canals have a bad reputation. How many times have you heard someone say, “I would rather… than have a root canal?” And then you can insert “go to work,” “visit my in-laws,” “eat a lima bean” or some other unpleasant phrase.

Dr. William Schlesinger and his staff on the Upper East Side really do not understand why root canal treatment came to be so feared. It’s actually a routine procedure, done under local anesthetic and it’s not painful at all – in fact, root canals relieve pain. You need a root canal when the root of your tooth is so damaged that it becomes infected. The infection causes the pain and the root canal treatment makes it go away.

A root canal involves opening up the tooth’s surface and removing the infected pulp. Then, the canal is cleaned out and filled and the opening is sealed. That’s all there is to it. It is really not all that much different from an ordinary filling, with the exception that you will likely need a crown in order to protect the tooth. That is why root canal treatment is more expensive than an ordinary filling – more expensive, but not more painful.

 

Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings not only look good (because they match yourdental fillings natural teeth), they are considerably more durable than traditional metal fillings. This is because they require little in terms of tooth preparation, so they bond more securely. If you are of a certain age and still have metal fillings, no one has to tell you that they are unsightly. However, you may not realize that they could also present a health concern because of their mercury content.

Dr. William Schlesinger on the Upper East Side can take out your old fillings and replace them with composite fillings that are colored to match the rest of your teeth. If you need a new filling, you can rest assured that Dr. Schlesinger will always use tooth-colored compounds. If the decay is minimal, your tooth will likely need very little preparation – in fact, in some instances, tooth-colored fillings can even be done with no need for local anesthetic. Whether you have just a small cavity, or you need a significant restoration, composite fillings can correct most dental issues and look good while restoring functionality to your teeth.

Oral Cancer Screening

Most people never worry about oral cancer, unless they are smokers or heavy drinkers. Think about this, though – how often have you heard someone say, “My grandma never had a cigarette in her entire life and she died of lung cancer”? Oral cancer is no different – there are risk factors, to be sure, but anyone at all can get it. In fact, oral cancer is one of the more common cancers, with literally tens of thousands of cases diagnosed in the United States in any given year. Like other cancers, if it is not found and treated, it can be fatal.

The good news is that if oral cancer is discovered and oral cancer screeningtreated in its early stages, the prognosis for full recovery is very good. That is one of the reasons why regular dental checkups are so important. Dr. William Schlesinger will examine you for anything unusual when you have your regular checkup and if he sees something that could be problematic, he will order a biopsy. Most of the time biopsies come back negative, but keep this in mind – the only thing worse than discovering oral cancer is not discovering it.

Contact Us

Dr. William Schlesinger practices general and preventative dentistry at 255 East 70th Street, Suite 1E, New York, NY. You can arrange a consultation by calling 212-517-5940, or by using the form on our Contact Us page.

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