Dental Cleaning & Adult Checkup NYC

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Regular cleanings and dental checkups, also called hygiene appointments, are an essential part of your overall oral health. During your appointment at 172 NYC Dental, your highly skilled hygienist, along with our knowledgeable dentists, will provide the best teeth cleaning and checkup anywhere in the city. As you relax in our comfortable and beautiful Manhattan office, you can rest assured that our team will take good care of you. One of our favorite axioms is that an “ ounce of prevention is worth

Many unwanted visits to the dental office.” We recommend that most patients come every six months for their check-up and prophylaxis (cleaning). X Rays (radiographs) will be taken to form a baseline of a patient’s oral health; thereafter they will be taken as needed. Our diagnostic equipment is state of the art digital machines. Included in our armamentarium are digital x-ray machines, panorex, and dental CAT-Scan. These machines are incredibly diagnostic and extremely safe.  

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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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The Importance of Regular Teeth Cleanings and Checkups

Regular dental cleanings and adult checkups are a great way to have healthier teeth, gums, and overall oral health. Our dental health professionals will clean your teeth and provide essential diagnostic checks to ensure that you are free from any underlying oral health issues. Here are just a few of the reasons that you should fit regular teeth cleanings and checkups into your busy schedule:

  • Many oral health concerns can be identified and prevented during your regular checkup
  • Teaching proper oral home care
  • Nutrition 
  • Sleep apnea appliances (better sleep for everyone)
  • Review of temporomandibular joint function (TMJ)
  • Occlusal misalignments
  • Review effects of Bruxism (grinding of one’s teeth)
  • Answer questions about tooth whitening
  • Oral cancer screening, lymph node check
  • Discussions to stop smoking and excessive drinking
  • Xerostomia (dry mouth)
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Periodontitis (gum disease associated with infection, loss of bone, and mobility of teeth) 
  • Early detection and treatment will help you avoid costly and potentially severe dental health problems down the road. (cavities, missing, broken teeth, periodontal disease and any other oral abnormalities)
  • Diagnosing and treating problems found under the gum that can be seen only by dental x rays ie impacted wisdom teeth
  • Damaged teeth, gums, and bones can impact your ability to eat and digest food.
  • A beautiful smile can improve your self-esteem and aid your personal and professional life.
  • Designing a comprehensive treatment to address any issues such as missing teeth, implants, crowns, and cosmetic dentistry
  • Your oral health can contribute to many systemic diseases ie
  • Endocarditis: an infection of the lining of the heart that can stem from bacteria in the mouth
  • Cardiovascular disease: An association with the bacteria that cause gum disease and clogged arteries
  • Pregnancy and birth complications: Periodontitis is now linked to premature birth and low baby birth weight.
  • Pneumonia: Bacteria in the mouth can enter the lung causing pneumonia and other respiratory problems
  • Diabetes: gum disease is more prevalent and severe in people with high blood sugar levels, the sugar prevents oxygen from reaching the gums, allowing anaerobic bacteria to grow and cause an infection that can lead to tooth loss.
  • HIV/AIDS: Oral lesions are observed in 75-90% of HIV positive patients. These lesions include oral candidiasis, hairy leukoplakia, Kaposi sarcoma, necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, and aphthous stomatitis 
  • Remove buildup of plaque, tartar, and staining
  • Covid: During these times when people are shying away from their check-ups; teaching patients how to do proper self-exams to detect OPMD (Oral Potentially Malignant Disease)

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What You Can Expect During Your Teeth Cleaning and Checkup

Dental prophylaxis, or your routine dental teeth cleaning, should be performed every six months by one of our highly skilled hygienists. This type of treatment typically includes the following steps:

  1. Meeting and Greeting
  2. Review of medical health (allergies, need to be pre-medicated with antibiotics for such reasons 
  3. As cardiac valve problems, recent orthopedic surgery)
  4. Review of patients homecare regiment (toothbrushing, toothpaste, flossing)
  5. Nutrition avoiding sugar in the diet
  6. Dental radiographs (usually once a year as needed)
  7. Examination of mouth, occlusion, bruxism, abfractions, decayed teeth (cavities), missing teeth, and broken teeth.(by the dentist)
  8. Periodontal charting: determining the depth of pockets (loss of bone) around the roots of teeth
  9. Discussing and listening to patient as to what are their concerns, problems and what improvements they may want (ie cosmetic, Invisalign, implants)

Your dental hygienist identifies areas with plaque and tartar buildup. Now the actual cleaning begins:

Using specialized equipment and instruments, your hygienist cleans all the surfaces of your teeth, removing plaque, tartar, and the bacteria that cause gum disease. In the first phase of the cleaning, the hygienist will use a sonic cleaner called a cavitron. This machine under a very gentle water spray removes gross chunks of calculus, plaque and food debris from the teeth. After that’s completed our hygienists will use glistening hand instruments to refine the cleaning and gently go under the gums to remove and debris that may remain.

High shine prophy paste is applied to remove the remainder of plaque from your teeth, leaving them bright, beautiful, and smooth.

After your cleaning, your hygienist may review proper brushing and flossing techniques to help you maintain your oral hygiene at home.

Your hygienist and dentist can also answer any questions you may have about preventative care. If you struggle with night grinding or play an impact sport, they can also fit you for professional-grade mouth guards.

The relationship between the patient, dentist, and hygienist is unique and intimate. When patients are pleased with their treatment we take great care to see that the relationship remains intact during their subsequent visits.   

The Use of Digital X-Rays, Panorex, and CT Scans

We recommend that all of our patients have new digital X-rays taken at least every 12 months to check for oral health concerns. For all first-time patients, initial visits consist of full mouth digital X-rays taken with a panoramic X-ray machine. Also called a panorex, this X-ray gives us a full view of the teeth, underlying jaw structure, and sinuses. If your dentist spots something on your X-ray that they want to take a closer look at, they may also recommend a CT scan.

Dental X-rays (radiographs) are images of your teeth that the dentist uses to evaluate your oral health.  These X-rays are used with extremely low levels of radiation (Digital concept) to capture images of the interior of the patient’s teeth, gum, bone, and skull. This device helps our dentists to see problems like cavities, tooth decay, bone loss, periodontal disease, and impacted wisdom teeth.

To some dental x rays may seem scary or overly invasive. In our office, with ultramodern digital technology, we want to ensure you that these important diagnostic “tools” are incredibly safe.

Dental rays are typically performed yearly. They can happen more often if our dentist is tracking the progress of a dental problem or treatment.

Several Factors influence the frequency of dental X-rays:

  1. Age
  2. State of oral health
  3. Patient complaints or symptoms of oral disease
  4. A history of medical factors, ie diabetes, that can affect bone loss leading to periodontal disease or dental decay
  5. Pregnancy
  6. Radiation treatments for a systemic disease (cancer)
  7. Medical devices implanted in patients

For new patients (especially those without previous radiographs) we typically take full mouth series along with a panorex. This provides an important baseline for one’s overall oral health.

It is important for children to be monitored radiographically in order to determine the development and sequencing of baby teeth (deciduous) to their adult (permanent) teeth.

Dental x rays do involve very small doses of radiation. The exposure levels are so low that they are proven safe for adults and children. Digital x-rays, used in this office, lower the exposure even further.

We use very sensitive, small sensors in the mouth rather than film which makes the experience even more comfortable.

In our office, our patients’ health and safety are of paramount importance. Lead aprons with thyroid collars are used to further protect our patients. The radiation level is reduced to zero. 

During pregnancy, it is safe to have dental X-rays. We prefer not to expose patients in their first trimester.

Digital imaging provides numerous advantages over its film predecessors. Digital radiography provides clinicians and their patients to instantly see the images on a computer, iPad, or phone. These pictures are of a higher resolution and more accurate than film. Additionally, these images can be sent to other doctors, insurance companies with great ease.

Important Teeth Cleaning Information for New Patients

If you are visiting 172 NYC Dental as a new patient, we look forward to providing you with the best teeth cleaning possible. First, however, we must establish your overall oral health and identify any underlying dental pathologies. Your first appointment will consist of a comprehensive exam that includes full mouth X-rays and general dental cleaning.

As a healthcare facility, we take our responsibility for our patients’ health seriously. Once we determine that your mouth is healthy, you will be able to schedule cleaning-only appointments with occasional exams as needed.

New patients can take advantage of our New Patient Special, which costs only $325 ($435 value).

How Much Does It Cost for a Basic Teeth Cleaning?

Most PPO insurance plans cover two cleanings per year, or a cleaning every six months, as long as the annual maximum has not been used up. However, the out-of-pocket cost for our regular teeth cleaning is $144.

Experience the Best Teeth Cleaning at 172 NYC Dental

Whether you had your teeth cleaned six months ago or it has been a lot longer than that, you can count on 172 NYC Dental to provide you with the best hygiene appointment in the city. Contact us today for more information.

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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