6 Surprising Things That Affect the Cost of Dental Implants

October 7, 2017

Senior man smiling at dental officePatients who want to replace missing teeth with dental implants have a lot of questions, but the most common one by far is, “How much do they cost?” Patients are often frustrated when their dentists tell them that it varies, but this is the only honest answer. There are numerous factors that impact the cost of your dental implant restoration, and having a better understanding of these variables will help you determine the cost of your implant tooth replacement plan.
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Dr. Scotto-Lavino: The Convenient Cosmetic Dentist for Mt. Sinai and Port Jefferson Residents

December 23, 2015

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I never forget a face”? When people make that remark, there is usually one facial characteristic that is more memorable than all the others: a person’s smile. If you want to make your smile one they can’t forget, then consider cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Scotto-Lavino. Conveniently located in Selden, NY, our office draws people from Mt. Sinai, Port Jefferson and beyond. We’ve helped many from the area achieve their smile goals and we’d be happy to do the same for you.
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Proper Brushing Technique from the Dentist Selden, NY Trusts

September 14, 2015

Proper brushing technique from your dentist selden, NYContrary to popular belief, there is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth. Too often, patients think that going through the motions while brushing their teeth is acceptable. Guess what – it isn’t. Your teeth, along with your oral health, needs to be taken care of and proper brushing is a big part of that. The days of spending less than a minute brushing or lackadaisically moving from one tooth to another are over. We’re here to help you with your brushing routine so you can enjoy the benefits of fantastic oral health. Though brushing isn’t the only thing you can to do to keep your oral health in great shape, it’s one a main component of great oral hygiene habits.

Our Selden, NY office wants you to know that you have a friend in us. If you’re unsure of proper brushing techniques and could use some help, we’re here for you. Dr. Scotto-Lavino is the dentist Selden, NY residents can trust to get their smiles looking and feeling beautiful. Step one of achieving great oral health is by having an excellent brushing technique. We’ll provide you with a tried and true brushing technique that will leave your teeth feeling clean.
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Are you Flossing Correctly? Ask the Dentist Port Selden Trusts

August 18, 2015

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Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino and his Selden, NY team encourage patients to examine their flossing routine to receive maximum benefit from their efforts. Many patients dislike flossing, but the majority of flossing related complaints are actually the result of improper technique. Thorough dental hygiene at home protects teeth from decay, and significantly reduces risk for periodontal (gum) disease. Without proper flossing, you’re not cleaning some of the most at risk parts of your teeth.  Dr. Scotto-Lavino and his team invite you to read more about flossing and its benefits, or call to schedule a dental hygiene visit to find out more.
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Great Alternative to Traditional Dentures: All-On-4 Dental Bridges

April 7, 2015

Severe tooth loss is never a great experience. Whether tooth loss is due to oral decay, periodontal disease, injury, or facial trauma, tooth loss is detrimental to oral health and can have a significant effect on self-esteem and self-image. Dentures are the go-to solution for severe tooth loss, but they are not permanent. The office of Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino has an alternative to traditional dentures that are permanent and fixed. All-on-4 are durable, long-lasting bridges which will replace your missing teeth and provide a wonderful smile you will be proud to show off.

What is All-on-4?

Unlike dentures that require adhesives to stay in place, All-on-4 bridges are permanently fixed in the mouth. Very similar to dental implants, which replace a tooth or several teeth, these dentures are placed in the mouth via biocompatible titanium posts. The posts are surgically attached to the jawbone, so they can naturally merge with the bone itself. The permanent dentures are then bonded to the posts, securing them in the mouth. Unlike dental implants, however, which require a healing period after the posts are inserted, with All-on-4, you can leave the placement procedure with teeth set and ready to go.

What are the Benefits?

all on 4All-on-4 are fantastic, durable replacement teeth that offers improved oral health, mouth functionality, and the aesthetics that you want. These dentures also have the following benefits:

  • Reliability: These permanent replacements have been extensively researched and tested for strength. Take solace knowing that All-on-4 are reliable, dependable dentures.
  • Time: The procedure and healing times are significantly reduced, compared to other treatments. And, after the posts are inserted in the mouth, the doctor can give you a set of temporary bridges. You can still eat and talk comfortably, while you wait for your permanent set.
  • Affordability: All-on-4 are cost-effective, since the treatment does not require bone grafting.

Restore Your Smile Today

Let our team of friendly, talented experts restore your smile and give you a set of working, amazing replacement teeth. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation. Our passionate staff welcomes everyone who lives in Selden, NY, Centereach, Port Jefferson Station, Mt. Sinai, Terryville, Farmingville, Coram, and the surrounding communities.

Fall In Love with Your Smile! Get Professional Teeth Whitening from Dr. Scotto-Lavino in Selden, NY

February 13, 2015

465382113Have you noticed that your pearly whites aren’t so pearly? Tooth staining and discoloration can happen naturally over time for many reasons. As we get older, the outer layer of enamel on our teeth is slowly worn away, eventually revealing the darker dentin layer underneath. Our teeth can also discolor from smoking, drinking coffee, tea, and wine, and from taking certain medications or antibiotics. But you don’t have to settle for a dull or discolored smile. Professional teeth whitening from Dr. Scotto-Lavino can fully restore your teeth to their true hue and brightness. Make an appointment with Dr. Scotto-Lavino today for the reliable teeth whitening treatment you need. Dr. Scotto-Lavino is a well practiced cosmetic dentist, proudly delivering quality care daily throughout Selden, NY, Centereach, Port Jefferson Station, Mt. Sinai, Coram, Terryville, Farmingville, and the surrounding communities.

What about Teeth Whitening Toothpaste and Strips?

Given the number of teeth whitening options, how do you know which one is right for you? The first thing to consider is that teeth whitening can be achieved in one of two ways. A product can either bleach your teeth using peroxides that remove both deep and surface stains, or work to physically or chemically remove surface stains only with non-bleaching ingredients. Teeth whitening toothpastes fall into the latter category. They can’t change the color of your enamel and so are generally ineffective for correcting yellowed teeth or removing deep stains. Other over-the-counter products like teeth whitening strips, rinses, and gels, do contain the necessary bleaching agents; however, they are heavily diluted. It can take several weeks of daily use before these products begin to work, leaving you at risk for gum irritation and inflammation from the prolonged exposure.

Dr. Scotto-Lavino Offers Easy Take Home Teeth Whitening Solutions

Dr. Scotto-Lavino offers easy take-home teeth whitening using the Sapphire  system, complete with custom fitted home bleaching trays and professional strength teeth whitening gel. You can conveniently use the trays and bleaching gel at home and get noticeably whiter teeth in just 7 to 10 days!

Selden Teeth Whitening Appointments

Everyone wants a bright white smile. In fact, teeth whitening is the #1 aesthetic goal of most cosmetic dentistry patients. Make your teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Scotto-Lavino today and get the quality dental care you deserve. Dr. Scotto-Lavino restores smiles daily throughout Selden, NY, Centereach, Port Jefferson Station, Mt. Sinai, Coram, Terryville, Farmingville, and neighboring areas.

Learn Everything You Need to Know About Cosmetic Dentistry

January 17, 2013

smile in dig squaresWhile health is a crucial factor when it comes to the state of your teeth, many patients are also just as concerned with the look of their smile. This is understandable – a professional, polished image in today’s workforce is a powerful tool, and a white, straight smile can help you make a positive first impression on the people around you. Blemishes like stains, cracks, chips, or misalignments can diminish that impact, though, and leave you embarrassed and hesitant. While general and restorative dentistry are wholly invested in the health of your mouth and teeth, cosmetic dentistry is your solution if you’re in need of procedures that focuses on their appearance.

While cosmetic dentistry procedures can vary from practice to practice, your local dentist in Selden, NY defines them as:

  • Cosmetic Dental Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Dental Implants
  • Teeth Whitening

If patients are interested in complete smile makeovers, these procedures can also be combined to target any specific concerns.

Like with any dental work, cosmetic dentistry usually begins with a thorough evaluation and consultation with your dentist. Oral health is still a priority, which means that dentals may prescribe periodontal treatment or other measures before your mouth will be ready for cosmetic dentistry treatments. After that, your dentist will discuss what you’re looking for in regards to a new and improved smile, and he or she can recommend procedures that will give you the desired results.

Our office in Selden can help with all of your cosmetic dentistry needs and send you back out into the world with a five-star smile you can’t wait to show off. We also serve patients from Centereach, Port Jefferson, Farmingville, and surrounding communities in Long Island.


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