Our Services

Preventive and Diagnostic


Preventive and Diagnostic
An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities.  Radiographs allow for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.

Cavity Exam

During this visual examination, Dr. Austin locates areas of decay on chewing surfaces and between teeth. Dr. Austin uses both a clinical exam and x-ray (radiographic) findings to determine the most conservative treatment plan for your oral needs.

Gum/Periodontal Examination

Gum disease is often a silent disease, but is also the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. The key signs that you may have gum disease are:  bleeding gums, bad breath, swollen and tender gums, gums that are red in color instead of pink, and gums that are sliding or “receding” away from the neck of the tooth, causing root exposure. If you have one or more of these signs, you should make an immediate appointment for an evaluation and treatment. Our staff will examine your gum tissues to ensure that gum disease is detected in its early stages.

The type of treatment that will be needed will be determined after we perform a full gum evaluation by measuring your gums with a special measuring device called a probe. Based on these measurements and the bone levels visible on your x-rays, we will then be able to advise you on the best treatment plan for your needs.  You could need a “basic cleaning” known as a prophylaxis, or a “deep cleaning” known as “scaling and root planing.” If after your gum evaluation we determine that you have advanced gum disease, a deep cleaning will be required to treat your gum disease instead of a basic cleaning.

The presence of gum disease is a significant consideration in determining the outcome of other dental procedures ( for example, cosmetic dental treatment) and can also affect your overall health, so we take the health of your gum and bone tissue very seriously and will work with you to improve both your oral and overall health.

If your gum disease is advanced, we recommend ARESTIN®, an antibiotic treatment that is inserted beneath the gums to help kill the infection causing bacteria.  Additionally, we carry several home care products such as WaterPiks® and electric toothbrushes to help improve your oral health.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer affects thousands of Americans yearly. We use the latest technology to detect changes in oral tissue consistencies and/or lesions. At NYC Cosmetic and General Dentistry, we routinely perform visual examinations of all the tissues in your mouth. Your clinician will check the mouth for white patches, red patches, ulcerations, lumps, loose teeth, and review your dental x-rays for abnormalities. With early detection, cancer may be caught before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives.

HIV Screening

Our dental practice recently made history by becoming the first private dental practice in the United States to offer FREE routine HIV testing to our dental patients during their visits.

 

Gum infection therapy is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.
Daily oral hygiene is a vital component to a healthy mouth. Dr. Austin recommends the following products to help maintain your beautiful smile!

  • Philips® Sonicare Flexcare Connected Sonic Toothbrush
    • Using an app, this bluetooth connected toothbrush will electronically provide feedback on your brushing to guide you to more effective brushing and a brighter smile.
  • Philips® Sonicare Gum Health Sonic Toothbrush
    • This toothbrush provides a gentle clean with optimal plaque removal for healthier gums.
  • Waterpik® Waterflosser
    • Easier to use than traditional flossing, the Waterpik Waterflosser will help remove plaque and debris from between teeth and will help improve your gum and overall oral health.
  • Philips® Sonicare Breath Rx Starter Kit
    • This kit will provide everything you need to achieve a cleaner mouth and fresher breath. Included in the kit are: tongue scrapers, tongue spray, whitening toothpaste and a mouth rinse.
  • Philips® Sonicare Antibacterial Mouthwash
  • Philips® Sonicare Breath Rx Antibacterial Mouthwash
    • This mouthwash works to destroy bacterial that caused bad breath.
  • Philips® Sonicare Breath Rx Tongue Care Kit
    • This kit will help remove the odor causing bacteria that can build up on your tongue and cause bad breath. Included in the kit are tongue scrapers and tongue spray.
  • Philips® Sonicare Flouride Rx Sensitivity Relief Toothpaste
    • This toothpaste is specially formulated to provide relief for users who experience tooth sensitivity.
  • Philips® Sonicare Breath Rx FreshBreath TouchUp Spray

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Restorative


Restorative
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the outside of a severely decayed tooth. Dental crowns can be completed in two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepped (shaved down) and an impression is taken. A temporary crown is placed while the permanent crown is being made. During the second visit, the permanent crown is carefully fitted and then cemented into place for a permanent restoration.

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A dental bridge replaces missing teeth without the use of a denture or dental implant. A false tooth is held in place by being attached to a neighboring tooth. In order to fabricate a bridge, crowns are made for the teeth on either side of the space and a false tooth is placed in between the crowns, which act as supports.

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Dentistry has come a long way since the time when silver fillings were the norm. Thanks to advances in modern dental materials, we are now able to treat teeth that are decayed, damaged or worn with natural-looking tooth-colored fillings that are both cosmetically and structurally superior to their predecessors.

At NYC Cosmetic and General Dentistry, we can repair teeth and replace old silver fillings using natural-looking porcelain materials called “inlays” or plastic materials called “composite resins” that are carefully matched to the color of your existing teeth. Porcelain “inlays” provide the same strength and protection as silver while remaining virtually invisible. Inlays are now considered to be “state-of the-art” and the “new standard of care” in dentistry.

We also offer porcelain inlays. Custom made in a dental laboratory, porcelain inlays are excellent for restoring molars with cavities or fractures. These top notch fillings require two visits to complete the procedure.

Custom made in a dental laboratory, porcelain inlays are excellent for restoring molars with cavities or fractures. These top notch fillings require two visits to complete the procedure.

An inlay fits within the contours of the tooth and has all of the fine details of a natural tooth. The cost of an inlay is much higher than silver and composite due to the materials required to fabricate this filling as well as the additional cost of having the filling custom made in a dental laboratory by a ceramic specialist to fit your tooth precisely.

Materials used to fabricate these restorations are usually porcelain. Unlike composites, inlays come with a glaze are more stain resistant and are highly resistant to wear.

Dental bonding is used to address a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental issues. Our general dentist in Manhattan, Dr. Austin, can restore your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile with dental bonding.

Whether your teeth are chipped, cracked, discolored, or decayed, or you are concerned about gaps between teeth or receding gums, dental bonding can provide a long-lasting solution to many of your dental problems. Dental bonding is typically the quickest, easiest, and least expensive way to repair minor cosmetic imperfections in your smile.

During the dental bonding procedure, a tooth-colored composite resin much like plastic is applied to the affected area and hardened with light so that it bonds firmly to the tooth or teeth. The resin can be used to reshape your teeth, cover chips or cracks, repair decay, or protect exposed roots caused by receding gums. Since there are several different resin combinations, we can match the dental bonding material to the color of your teeth to ensure that your smile continues to look natural.

If your teeth have cosmetic imperfections or need minor restorative repairs, dental bonding at our practice in New York may make all the difference. With it, Dr. Austin can greatly improve the health, well-being, and beauty of your smile.

Dental implants are the replacement of tooth roots in the mouth. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants, which are placed in the jawbone, are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium.

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The anchors begin to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth.

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Cosmetic


Cosmetic
To dramatically whiten your teeth, teeth whitening expert Dr. Austin offers 1 hour teeth whitening with one of the leading professional strength teeth whitening systems available. With our professional teeth whitening system, we can actually lighten the color of your teeth an average of six shades in just an hour.

  • First, we will determine if you are a candidate for teeth whitening.
  • Next we will take “before” photos that will be used to later compare the initial color of your teeth to the final color after whitening.
  • Then we will begin protecting your cheeks, lips and gums with barrier materials so that only your teeth are exposed.

The powerful hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening gel is applied directly to the teeth and soaks into the internal pores of the teeth below the tooth’s enamel where the yellow color and stains are housed. The gel is applied to the teeth up to 4 times for 15 minutes each session to total 1 hour. After the 4th session, we will take “after” photos to show you just how much whiter your teeth are following the treatment.

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Dr. Bobbi Peterson has been the orthodontist of choice, for numerous celebrities. Despite the many demands on her time and schedule, Dr. Bobbi still finds time to contribute and make her expertise and experience available to push the profession forward. She is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontics, a Fellow with the World Federation of Orthodontics, and a Distinguished Consultant and Advisor in Dentistry to the National Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Bobbi has extensively lectured on orthodontic procedures on African American children with the Boston Institute of Orthodontics and received the Award of Excellence from the National Board of Dental Sciences, in 2013. She’s also been named Top Orthodontist in New York City by the International Association of Dentists in 2014, and sits on the board of numerous foundations and corporate enterprises, including the Africana Festival, based on Key West, Florida and ESB Home and Healthcare LLC in, East Orange New Jersey.

Metal Braces

Conventional metal braces are the most well-known kind of braces and are more agreeable today than any other time in recent memory. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces transforms your smile utilizing metal brackets and arch wires. With metal braces, you have the choice of designing your braces with cool, funky colored elastics rubber band when you are in the mood or keep it conservative with traditional rubber bands.

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Clear Braces

Virtually invisible, there are several advantages clear brackets have over traditional braces and aligners. Clear braces combine tieless braces with high technology archwires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably with truly spectacular smile and facial results. Available from skilled orthodontists, clear braces combine the best of traditional clear braces and invisible aligners to deliver a discrete treatment experience with results that go beyond straight teeth.

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Gold Braces

Gold braces are like the conventional metal braces but are more of a specialty item. Like conventional brackets, they are made of stainless steel, however they are covered in gold. The gold covering on the brackets may be a great alternative for those who are looking for a more cosmetic upgrade from the silver metal look with braces. The extra cost for gold braces is shockingly reasonable.

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Lingual Braces

Another strategy to hide being a “metal mouth” and to discretely improve your smile with braces is to consider lingual braces. Lingual braces are metal brackets that are placed behind the teeth and are “undetectable” when you smile. Because of the customization of the brackets and the additional efforts required to perform orthodontics from the back of the teeth instead of the front, the cost for lingual braces is usually a lot higher.

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Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®

Today, clear aligners such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® are the leading brands of clear, removable orthodontic appliances. An alternative to traditional braces, both Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® work by using a series of custom-fabricated transparent molds called “aligners” that gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. Because they require no metal wires, no rubber bands, and no metal or white brackets, it’s virtually undetectable, making it the treatment of choice among adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment.

The aligners are to be worn at least 20 hours a day in order to reposition the teeth successfully and most adults complete their treatment in less than one year (usually 6-11 months). However, treatment time will vary depending on the specific alignment problem that is being corrected. Despite popular belief, Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® can be used to correct many of the same problems as traditional metal braces such as crowding, spacing, crooked teeth, open bites, teeth that protrude too far forward, reversed bites, and other jaw problems that may have been inherited. We can confirm if you are a candidate for these cosmetic braces during a consultation visit.

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Today, clear aligners such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® are the leading brands of clear, removable orthodontic appliances. An alternative to traditional braces, both Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® works by using a series of custom-fabricated transparent molds called “aligners” that gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. Because Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® require no metal wires, no rubber bands, and no metal or white brackets, they are virtually undetectable, making them the treatment of choice among adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment.

The aligners are to be worn at least 20 hours a day in order to reposition the teeth successfully and most adults complete their treatment in less than one year (usually 6-11 months). However, treatment time will vary depending on the specific alignment problem that is being corrected. Despite popular belief, Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® can be used to correct many of the same problems as traditional metal braces such as crowding, spacing, crooked teeth, open bites, teeth that protrude too far forward, reversed bites, and other jaw problems that may have been inherited. We can confirm if you are a candidate for these cosmetic braces during a consultation visit.

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Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth. To place a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed. Afterwards, an adhesive layer is placed between the slightly prepped tooth and the veneer. The veneer is then hardened with a curing light.

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Porcelain veneers are excellent for restoring the appearance of teeth that have been damaged due to injury or that are discolored, chipped, or misaligned. The color, shape, length, and size of your teeth can be completely altered with high-quality porcelain veneers. Dr. Austin can make you look younger and more attractive with dental veneer technology.

Porcelain veneers replace the enamel of your teeth by bonding to the front of each tooth. Like natural enamel, these thin glass-like veneers are translucent and light-absorbing, which creates a natural and luminescent appearance. With porcelain veneers by New York cosmetic dentist Dr. Austin, you can have the beautiful, natural-looking smile you’ve always wanted.

During your initial office visit, we will do a smile makeover consultation where we will walk you through the various stages of your porcelain veneers treatment, allowing you to take an active role in designing your new smile. Your teeth will be lightly buffed in which about half a millimeter of enamel will be removed from the front surface of each tooth. A mold of your teeth will then be made so that perfectly fitting veneers can be created from them.

During the second phase of treatment (7-10 days later), your new porcelain veneers will be fitted and then bonded to your teeth upon your approval of the fit, color, size and shape of your custom made veneers. Your new porcelain veneers will not only give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile, but also the confidence to conquer the world.

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If your smile smile shows a lot of gum tissue or you have uneven teeth, Dr. Austin can help reshape your smile with cosmetic tooth and gum recontouring.

Additional Services


There’s nothing funny about having bad breath. It can be not only embarrassing, but can affect social interaction and play a major role on one’s self-esteem. Contrary to what many people believe, bad breath (medically called halitosis) generally comes from the mouth and tongue (90% of occurrences) and not the digestive tract (only 10% occurrences). Bad breath can be made worse by the types of foods you eat such as garlic and onions and other unhealthy lifestyle habits such as tobacco smoking and chronic alcohol drinking.

Poor oral habits are the #1 causes of bad breath. If you don’t brush your teeth frequently and skip the important step of flossing your teeth daily, food particles combined with plaque can hide under the gums. The longer this bacteria and food stays under the gums un-removed, the greater your chances are of developing bad breath and gum disease. In addition, the tongue commonly collects bacteria which, when left unattended, releases odorous causing debris that can literally be scraped off of the tongue and appears as a brown, white, or yellow film of debris.

The great news about bad breath is that in most cases it is treatable! The first step to reversing bad breath is detecting it. Many people who suffer from bad breath are not aware of their condition. In our office, we are able to assess your breath and diagnose halitosis or bad breath. Our team will conduct an oral examination to determine the location and amount of plaque is present under the gums and on the tongue, then perform a professional teeth cleaning to remove hidden bacteria and treat gum diseases such as gingivitis (mild gum disease) or periodontitis (advanced gum disease) which contributes to bad mouth odor. We also carry the necessary home care products to help you maintain optimum oral health and fresh breath between dental visits. Ask about our BreathRx® line of products.

Stress and teeth grinding are common factors that lead to wear or flattening on the biting surfaces of the teeth. Many adults suffer TMJ disorder which can lead to this enamel wear. Diagnosis is an important step before treatment. Part of the dental examination at NYC Cosmetic and General Dentistry includes checking the joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving.

Your clinician may take x-rays and may make a “cast” of your teeth to see how the upper and lower teeth fit together. Your dentist may also request specialized x-rays for the TM joints. Depending on the diagnosis, the dentist may refer you to a physician or a dentist that specializes in TMJ disorder.

There are many treatments available for enamel wear and TMJ disorders. They may include eating soft foods, using ice packs, avoiding extreme jaw movement and other nonsurgical treatments such as mouth guards to prevent bruxism (teeth grinding), stabilization splints, anti-inflammation medications or Botox® injections.

Do you suffer from Dental Anxiety?

Dr. Austin understands that going to the dentist can be stressful and anxiety inducing. To alleviate your nervousness, we are pleased to offer several different methods of sedation to our patients.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Mixed with oxygen, Nitrous oxide allows you to breathe normally through your nose and within minutes you should start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some patients comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to our friendly staff about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.

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Conscious Oral Sedation

Conscious Oral Sedation is an alternative minimal sedation that allows patients to remain awake but relaxed. For people who have a fear of dental procedures, conscious sedation may take away some of the anxiety. Under the medication, patients may feel very drowsy or even fall asleep, but will not become unconscious. The doctor will combine the use of oral sedation along with a local anesthetic so you have little to no discomfort. Patients should plan to have someone bring you to the appointment and be available to drive them home following treatment.

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IV Sedation

IV sedation is an alternative sedation that allows patients to be relaxed during procedures. The specialist will combine the use of IV sedation along with a local anesthetic so you have little to no discomfort and will have no memory of the procedure.

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