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    Get to Know General Dentist Dr. Dharti Patel

    Last updated 4 days ago

    The dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, and dental specialists at Hampton Family Dentistry make up a compassionate team of skilled providers who deliver the very best in care to our patients. We’re proud of the caliber of our staff and of the services they provide to our patients. Dr. Dharti Patel is just one example of our outstanding team members.

    Dr. Patel, a general dentist at Hampton Family Dentistry, earned her doctorate degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  There, she was part of the Clinical Honor’s program in the Medically Complex Patients Clinic. She holds a certification in oral medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Patel is board-certified by the American Board of Oral Medicine, and is also a Fellow of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantations.

    At Hampton Family Dentistry, our team is ready to provide dental care to your entire family. Schedule a visit with one of our Middletown, NY dentists by calling (914) 946-9098.

    The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Do you want good dental health? If so, don’t let your brushing and flossing habits go astray. Brushing and flossing are the foundations of good oral health. They are the most powerful preventative dental care tools you have in your arsenal.

    Watch this video to find out just why brushing and flossing are so important. Most oral health problems can be traced back to one factor: plaque that is allowed to accumulate on teeth. Plaque becomes tartar, and the results are cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. By simply brushing and flossing, you can clear away plaque and save your smile.

    Regular dental visits are also critical to overall dental health. For great dental care for your whole family, make an appointment with Hampton Family Dentistry. Call us today at (914) 946-9098 to schedule an appointment at our Middletown, NY dental office.

    How Can an Oral Surgeon Help You?

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Although the care of a general dentist is an essential part of good oral health, more extensive treatment is sometimes required. That is where an oral surgeon enters the picture. An oral surgeon can help with a tremendous range of dental issues that impact your overall health. At Hampton Family Dentistry, we have oral surgeons on staff to provide the best continuity of care. Here are a few of the procedures oral surgeons can perform.

    Dental Implants

    Dental implants are an ideal alternative to dentures for many patients. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouth of lost teeth. During the multi-step procedure, screws are placed into the patient’s jaw and allowed to fuse with the bone. Abutments and crowns are then attached to the screws. The results are extremely natural, and unlike dentures, require no special care. Oral surgeons are particularly skilled at placing dental implants in high-risk patients, including those with bone loss or chronic health conditions.

    Reconstructive Surgery

    If your upper or lower jaws are injured or begin to deteriorate, an oral surgeon can help correct the issue and restore your facial structure. The exact nature of reconstructive surgery depends on the issue. Oral surgeons can use techniques like bone grafting, dental implants, and skin grafts to correct the problem. Reasons why patients may need reconstructive oral surgery include facial damage caused by a car accident and bone degeneration from wearing dentures for a long period of time.

    Lesion Removal

    If you have a suspicious growth in your mouth, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon to have the growth biopsied to determine if it is a sign of a medical issue. The oral surgeon may also remove the entire pathology if necessary.

    An oral surgeon can be an important part of your dental care team. At Hampton Family Dentistry, we have general dentists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists on staff to offer you comprehensive oral health care under one roof. You can make an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Middletown, Walden, White Plains, and Hartsdale by calling (914) 946-9098.

    Comparing Invisalign to Traditional Metal Braces

    Last updated 25 days ago

    If you dream of straighter teeth, then both Invisalign and traditional metal braces can deliver the results you want. The question of which treatment is right for you comes down to a number of different factors, from your treatment goals to your basic preferences. Your dentist will help you make the right choice when it comes to Invisalign and traditional metal braces, but these facts may also help you make up your mind.

    Invisalign

    Invisalign is a radically different alternative to braces. Instead of using pieces that are fixed to your teeth during treatment, Invisalign utilizes clear, removable aligners to shift your teeth. During the course of treatment, you will change your aligners periodically to continue moving your teeth into the positions pre-determined by your dentist. You will remove the aligners to brush, floss, and eat, so you don’t have to worry about adopting a new oral hygiene routine or avoiding certain foods. Dentists suggest Invisalign to many of their adult patients who need orthodontic treatment but are hesitant to wear metal braces. Despite its popularity with adults, Invisalign is also ideal for teenage patients.

    Traditional Metal Braces

    Traditional metal braces straighten teeth using a system of brackets and wires. The pressure of the wires causes the teeth to shift into more desirable positions. As your teeth move, your dentist will tighten your wires every few weeks to maintain the pressure. With metal braces, it’s important to avoid sticky or crunchy foods so you don’t break the brackets or wires. Your dentist will also show you how to brush and floss around the braces. Since traditional metal braces are more visible than Invisalign, they are more common among younger patients than adults. Teens, in particular, often enjoy picking different colored bands for their brackets.

    Get started on the road to a better smile with an appointment at Hampton Family Dentistry. In addition to our orthodontic care, our dentists offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. To make an appointment at our Middletown, White Plains, Harstdale, or Walden offices, call (914) 946-9098.

    Oral Health Concerns During Pregnancy

    Last updated 1 month ago

    You probably already know that you should take extra care to safeguard your overall health while pregnant. But did you know that pregnant women have special oral health concerns too? In fact, the changing hormone levels during pregnancy can make you more susceptible to gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. You can reduce your risk of gingivitis by scheduling more frequent dentist visits and following a good oral care routine at home.

    For more information on having a healthy pregnancy, watch this video presented by the American Dental Association. This dentist notes that while it’s common for pregnant women to crave more snacks than usual, it’s important to brush and floss after meals and snacks.

    Hampton Family Dentistry is your source for comprehensive dentistry services in the Middletown, NY area. Contact us at (914) 946-9098 and ask us about our general dentistry care and pediatric dentistry services, or visit us online to learn more.

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