Diagnostic & Preventative Care

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Dental hygiene is the cornerstone of good oral health. The comprehensive diagnostic and preventative services we provide at 172 NYC Dental will ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. Routine checkups are an essential aspect of preventative dentistry and include careful examination and diagnostics as well as thorough cleanings. Our hygienists and dentists will also provide guidance about proper home care to give you and your family the skills you need to maintain your oral hygiene on your own.

A healthier mouth is an important part of a healthier lifestyle. Let us partner with you to provide a full spectrum of preventative dentistry services right here in NYC.

We all know the axiom, “A stitch in time saves nine”. This is very true in dentistry and is the basis of preventive dentistry in New York City. By sticking to an intelligent, efficient home care regimen of brushing and flossing; by eating healthy foods and eliminating sugar; wearing night guards or Invisalign aligners when needed we can ensure that your teeth will serve you well for your entire life. Here’s another amusing axiom. “Be true to your teeth or they will be false to you.”

Preventative care is a partnership between our team of dental specialists, hygienists, and You. The patient is an integral part of maintaining proper oral hygiene; which in turn will prevent disease and the need for our team to perform any involved work.

 

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Dental Cleaning & Adult Checkup

I have a fear of going to the dentist and had not been in several years. I immediately felt at ease upon entering this business and was treated with respect and great care. The hygienist was friendly and kept checking [...] Sami Martin | google
“Its totally the dentists, but not just the dentists. Every person who works there is full of pride and knowledge. I genuinely experience every visit. Ive gone in with dental issues inspiring my anxiety only to be calmly and clearly [...] Ann Czar | google
“Best practice in the city!!! Would not go anywhere else… Every dentist, periodontist, Doctor, nurse, receptionist is amazing. They work with you and insurance while remaining to be a top motch office. They are really the best and I’m so [...] New York City Patient | heathgrades
“I have been going to this practice for many years now. I have seen a few different dentists here and they are all terrific. The staff is helpful, friendly and on top of things. I highly recommend this office if [...] Lisa A. | yelp
– “I happened to pick 209 Dental as my dentistry when I moved to NYC, which happened to be a great choice. It is easy to schecdule an appointment here, and the staff is very helpful and have explained my [...] Abhinav R | google
“Dr. Ben Ifraimov is the best. He has been our family dentist for the last decade or so. He is very professional, efficient, conservative in his treatments, and always listens to and time for his patients. Recently, I had a [...] Khristina N | yelp
I’ve been going to 209 dental for years. I now live in long Island and still make the trip out for my appointments. Dr’s Ahn and Kafko are caring individuals. Best dental experience ever! Anna G | yelp
Oxanna is the absolute best hands down best cleaning ever!!! Dr Wang and Laura are simply amazing!. I would never go anywhere else this place is top-of-the-line. Melissa P | yelp
“This is first dental practice I look forward to going to. The front desk staff, hygienist and dentists are some of the friendliest and best in Manhattan.” Erin | yelp
“My hygienist was great! Check up was great, in and out in a timely manner.” Katie Sepulveda | yelp
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What are the essentials needed for optimum preventive dentistry?

  1. Multispecialty office including cosmetic, prosthodontic, endodontic, periodontal and implants, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and Invisalign clear tray orthodontics 
  2. Comprehensive dental hygiene department conversant with Arestin therapy
  3. Cutting edge diagnostic equipment, digital x rays, Panorex, dental Cat-Scan, iTero 3D scanner, lasers, intraoral microscope, Cancer screening light, biopsy kit, fluoride, sealants
  4. Detailed nutritional counseling 
  5. Culture of caring, “treating people not only their teeth”
  6. Experienced staff that are clinically brilliant, dedicated, and intuitive  

Dental Checkup at 172 NYC Dental

A dental checkup at 172 NYC Dental encompasses far more than teeth cleaning. Although cleaning is an essential prophylactic service, preventative dentistry requires a comprehensive and individualized approach to patient care.

When it comes to diagnosing and treating oral pathology, our hygienists are the first line of defense. Along with our highly trained dentists, these dental professionals join forces to become a team dedicated to providing you with expert dental care at an affordable price. The team’s mission is to prevent dental disease, provide cutting-edge treatment, and address any cosmetic concerns you may have.

We offer a variety of diagnostic and preventative services, including:

    • Dental cleaning and adult checkups: Our comfortable and professional routine cleanings and checkups play an essential role in keeping smiles healthy for life. At the time of your exam, your dentist will inquire about your overall health, how you are eating, sleeping, what medications that you are taking, what allergies you have, do you need to be premedicated, what medical conditions exist, what past operations were done, are there any devices implanted in you (ie pacemaker). The exam will become more focused on your mouth if you have any dental concerns. The dentist will in detail ask how often you brush, how long you brush; with what type of toothbrush and toothpaste you use. We will then discuss nutrition (your diet). Our big mantra is to reduce sugar intake, “there is no good sugar”. The dentist and the hygienist will then review your radiographs; then and only then does the in mouth oral exam begin.  We look at occlusion, function, esthetics, speech. We look at decayed, missing, and broken teeth. We Observe bone levels and pocket depths around the teeth. We look at the anatomy of the entire mouth coupled with an oral cancer screening exam. We then slowly, gently discuss with our patients our findings. We devise an intimate, comprehensive treatment plan if need be or reinforce good home care when we see it.
    • Digital X-rays: With far less radiation and more efficiency than traditional X-rays, dental digital X-rays will allow us to diagnose and treat a variety of dental concerns. Digital radiographs are seen immediately on the computer screen in our treatment rooms. Since they are digitized they can be sent to insurance companies, other doctor offices, or directly to our patients. By observing the X-rays with the dentist on a big screen, treatment plans and options are more easily explained. In addition to our digital x-ray machine, we have a digital Panorex machine. This piece of equipment revolves around our patient’s head thus giving a radiographic representation of both jaws and the surrounding structures. We also have a state of the art 3D Dental CAT machine. This amazing tool allows us so see your jaw and teeth in three dimensions; very valuable when placing implants or diagnosing fractures in teeth.
    • Family and pediatric dental care: Good dental hygiene habits start young. We are proud to offer comprehensive dental services for your whole family. Treating young people is a very special process. The child’s experience must be fulfilled from an emotional as well as clinical aspect. We use the “show, tell, and do” technique in the office, where the child becomes part of the team that is treating him. We use positive,  pleasant words to describe what is happening to the child as he observes everything with the aid of a handheld mirror. We talk to your child, engage the child, and even make balloons out of exam gloves! We count teeth, do some magic tricks and make your child smile and feel good about visiting the dentist. We are strong on prevention. We apply sealants, we do fluoride treatments and cleanings (prophylaxis). We treat older children with Invisalign braces, we do root canal therapy (pulpotomies) when needed. Each operatory has nitrous oxide for some cases. Our expert care is axiomatic, what is of paramount importance is that your child bond with our dental team, have a wonderful experience, brush his teeth more diligently at home and look forward to seeing us in the future.
    • Oral Cancer Screenings: Our advanced oral cancer screening methods are the best way to ensure that this disease is caught in its earliest stages. We review dental and medical histories. Encourage people not to smoke, modify drinking habits. We examine all soft tissue in your mouth, palpate your lymph nodes. If we were to see something suspicious we will biopsy the lesion, or remove it or refer you to a specialist outside our office. We use specialized lighting to help us in our diagnoses. Coupled with our dental radiographs and oral exam we are an excellent front line defense in preventing oral cancer.
    • Mouthguards: Protect your teeth and jaws from damage caused by excessive nighttime grinding and impact sports injuries. Nite guards come in different materials. They can be soft rubber, hard acrylic, or a hybrid of hard and soft that we have developed in our on site laboratory. Nite guards disengage the teeth so that any bad effects from bruxism (grinding our teeth while we are sleeping) or trauma from contact sports is mitigated. We use night guards to treat temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD). -The appliance will open the jaw slightly, allowing the lower jaw (mandible) to slip back to its proper position in relation to the upper jaw. (condyle in most retruded position in glenoid fossa). When this occurs the muscles that hold the lower jaw to the head relax and the pain goes away.
    • Sleep apnea and sleep appliances: Sleep apnea is a severe condition. We can effectively diagnose this condition and provide appliances to ensure a restful and safe night’s sleep. A patient who has sleep apnea will repeatedly start and stop breathing while asleep. If left untreated health risks occur. These include high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks.  If you snore loudly and feel tired after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea. The most common form is called obstructive sleep apnea. The main cause of this disease is excess weight and obesity, which is associated with the soft tissues of the mouth and throat. During sleep, when throat and tongue muscles are more relaxed, these soft tissue structures can cause the airway to become blocked. Here are signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:
      • Excessive daytime sleepiness
      • Loud snoring
      • Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep
      • Abrupt awakening accompanied by gasping or choking
      • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
      • Morning headache
      • Difficulty concentrating during the day

Addressing All Your Oral Health Needs

After a meticulous prophylactic cleaning, your hygienist will answer your questions and go over preventative information that can benefit your overall oral health, which may include addressing:

  • Nutrition, such as decreased intake of refined sugars and carbohydrates
  • Home care, such as proper brushing and flossing techniques
  • Recommended toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, or mouthwash
  • Habits that could negatively impact your oral health, such as smoking or excessive alcohol
  • Sleep apnea and snoring
  • Grinding or clenching teeth, also called bruxism
  • Saliva flow
  • TMJ disturbances or jaw pain
  • Malocclusion, crooked teeth, and other cosmetic factors
  • Any additional concerns that you may have

When we discuss your oral health, the conversation will be informative and non-authoritative. All information you receive from your hygienist will be communicated with your dentist so that you can be sure of a coordinated and comprehensive treatment approach.

Learn More About Our Preventative and Diagnostic Dental Services

Contact 172 NYC Dental today to schedule a consultation with a member of our dental team at our modern and beautiful office right here in the city. Our goal is to give you the smile you have always wanted.

Schedule an appointment today! Book Online 212-355-2290

What Our Patients Are Saying

With over 1000 reviews from all over the webwith an average rating of 4.9 we are proud to be in the Manhattan Dental Elite.
I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Nikitayev. Dr. Nikitayev was professional, gentile, and caring. He didn’t over-assess and provided possible options without imposing them. He explained every step of the process and I didn’t feel a thing (even without [...] Suh Eun Kim | google
Had to get an infected wisdom tooth extracted and some minor gum surgery. All I can say is if I could give him 10 stars I would. The procedure went smoothly. I didn’t even know he had already extracted my [...] Yolanda F | google
I have a fear of going to the dentist and had not been in several years. I immediately felt at ease upon entering this business and was treated with respect and great care. The hygienist was friendly and kept checking [...] Sami Martin | google
I happened to pick NYC Dental as my dentistry when I moved to NYC, which happened to be a great choice. It is easy to schedule an appointment here, and the staff is very helpful and have explained my coverage [...] Eric K | yelp
“I have been a client for several years and this dental office has basically saved my mouth and left me great teeth!! Several gum and deep cleanings etc proven to give me confidence and I am thrilled with this dental [...] Deborah F | demandforce
” Dr. Ahn is amazing. I fractured a tooth and came in the same day as a new patient on an emergency basis as I was in terrible pain. The tooth was extracted and a bone graft put in place. [...] John D | yelp
“Its totally the dentists, but not just the dentists. Every person who works there is full of pride and knowledge. I genuinely experience every visit. Ive gone in with dental issues inspiring my anxiety only to be calmly and clearly [...] Ann Czar | google
“Best practice in the city!!! Would not go anywhere else… Every dentist, periodontist, Doctor, nurse, receptionist is amazing. They work with you and insurance while remaining to be a top motch office. They are really the best and I’m so [...] New York City Patient | heathgrades
“Absolutely exceptional in every capacity. Everyone in the office-the front desk, medical assistants, and doctors-are genuinely kind, incredible friendly, and make a point of explaining in layman’s terms the procedures they need to perform and why.” Mark M. | yelp
“Dr. Infraimov and entire staff of 209 NYC Dental are fantastic. From the ease of making appointments to the friendly and professional office ladies, to the caring and knowledge of the dental professionals, I cannot recommend this practice enough!” Kathleen | heathgrades
“I have been going to this practice for many years now. I have seen a few different dentists here and they are all terrific. The staff is helpful, friendly and on top of things. I highly recommend this office if [...] Lisa A. | yelp
– “I happened to pick 209 Dental as my dentistry when I moved to NYC, which happened to be a great choice. It is easy to schecdule an appointment here, and the staff is very helpful and have explained my [...] Abhinav R | google
“Dr. Ben Ifraimov is the best. He has been our family dentist for the last decade or so. He is very professional, efficient, conservative in his treatments, and always listens to and time for his patients. Recently, I had a [...] Khristina N | yelp
“Thanks to my bad cavities, I now know the best dental place in NYC! Besides the best technique/equipment they use in this facilities. Michelle(not sure if her title is the manager?) is a precious asset who impressed me with her [...] Cy U | yelp
“I think hes on the best if not the best dentists in Manhattan as well as his nurse Diana she was sweat and professional, went for wisdom tooth problem, unbelievably smooth and painless operation, got it out in no time, [...] Mohammed A. | yelp
The best experience at the dental office. Extremely professional. | facebook
I’ve been going to 209 dental for years. I now live in long Island and still make the trip out for my appointments. Dr’s Ahn and Kafko are caring individuals. Best dental experience ever! Anna G | yelp
Oxanna is the absolute best hands down best cleaning ever!!! Dr Wang and Laura are simply amazing!. I would never go anywhere else this place is top-of-the-line. Melissa P | yelp
“This is first dental practice I look forward to going to. The front desk staff, hygienist and dentists are some of the friendliest and best in Manhattan.” Erin | yelp
“This is a wonderful dental office with very professional and friendly staff and up to date technology. They took me at a very short notice when I needed emergency dental work, they were so nice and accommodating. The office itself [...] Masha | yelp
“Fantastic service. Always helpful and professional staff. Dr Ahn is best!” Francine Fakih | yelp
“Love the practice. Dentist, hygienist orthodontist and support staff all engaging, professional and very very good at what they do.” Mimi Barker | yelp
“Everyone there is so nice and patient with overgrown toddlers like myself haha. I recommend Dr. Ahn and Dr. Wang especially.” Shelly Kanner | yelp
“I have always liked Dr Anh and the staff! That is not true of many medics or their staffs.” Susan K Manning | yelp
“I’ve been seeing Dr. Ahn for my Invisalign and I’m very happy about the service at 209 NYC Dental and the result. Dr. Ahn is knowledgeable, detailed and patient.” Kana | yelp
“My surgeon recommended seeing Dr Ahn after I had an implant and I can not be happier with the quality of care that I have received not only from him but also from the staff at 209 Dental.” Jules W. | yelp
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