Dyker Heights Crowns

Dental crowns in Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights crowns

Dyker Heights crowns

When it comes to your teeth, no matter how hard you try, they’re going to change—usually not for the better. In fact, those once pearly whites can start literally falling apart as previously stable, sturdy enamel has gradually eroded to a hollow shell. While that sounds scary, not all is lost. Crowns help keep those chompers intact. Take the first step. Contact Michael Acquista. Swing by office soon and treat yourself to Dyker Heights crowns.

Crowns can be useful for a myriad of reasons. They can be smile-saving solutions for any of the following: supporting or covering a tooth with a large filling, hiding a discolored or extremely deformed tooth, and stabilizing dental bridges. Got kids? It’s no secret that they’re not (usually) disciplined when it comes to sticking to an oral hygiene routine—which is known for leading to early tooth decay. Keep in mind, not all crowns are one and the same. Different types are tailor-made to meet specific dental health needs. Stainless steel crowns, for instance, are a fantastic option to serve as a placeholder for a (later inserted) permanent crown. Now you might be not so excited about the prospect of a shiny metal tooth. No problem. In that case, you’ll want to explore the wonders of a porcelain-fused-to-metal alternative which is known for its unrivaled subterfuge, blending in with the rest of your pearly white smile. For more information, don’t hesitate to visit Michael Acquista. One trip to his dental office and you’ll be well on the way to Dyker Heights crowns.

All you have to do is schedule an appointment with Michael Acquista. Do it via phone or e-mail, whichever you prefer. After that, you’ll only be a hop and a skip away from getting first-rate Dyker Heights crowns. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

479 Bay Ridge Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 238-1081

Dyker Heights Dentist

Veneers in Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights dentist

Dyker Heights dentist

Do you like your smile? If you look in the mirror and find yourself dissatisfied with what you see, turn to us at the office of Michael Acquista, D.D.S. Our Dyker Heights dentist provides veneers that are designed to restore your teeth to a more appealing appearance.

Veneers, typically made from porcelain, are thin shells that look just like real teeth. They are placed over the fronts of your teeth that have cosmetic issues, giving you an enhanced smile that you’ll feel positive about showing off to the world. What problems can veneers address? Virtually anything related to size, shape, spacing, or color can be resolved by our Dyker Heights dentist. This includes chips and cracks, discolored teeth, poorly-sized or misshapen teeth, gaps that are too wide between teeth, and crooked teeth. The process is quite simple. First you will come in for a consultation and examination so that a determination can be made as to whether you are a good candidate for veneers. You’ll need o have basically healthy gums, but otherwise you should be eligible. Porcelain is popular as the material for making them due to its close color resemblance to your teeth. It is also stain resistant, making it ideal if you are a coffee or tea drinker, a smoker, or you engage in one of the many habits that are linked to loss of tooth whiteness. Impressions are taken and sent to the dental lab. There, your veneers are made. Our Dyker Heights dentist will fit them to you, making adjustments if necessary. The final bonding to your teeth, which necessitates a minimal amount of your tooth material to be filed away, takes place only after you are certain that you are satisfied with the look and feel of them.

Schedule an appointment at our Dyker Heights dentist office. Take the first step toward improving your smile.

479 Bay Ridge Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 238-1081

Park Slope Root Canal

Follow-up Care for Root Canals in Park Slope

Park Slope Root Canal

Park Slope Root Canal

When it comes to Michael Acquista, D.D.S. and what his practice can do for you you need only look at their online presence and see that from Facebook to twitter, to yelp everyone and anyone who has left a review has seen first hand what these guys can do for them and have reaped the benefits of superior care. For a Park Slope root canal you need to get in here soon rather than later because the damage is already done and will only propagate if you don’t get on it now.

That said, the practice of Michael Acquista, D.D.S. is a judgment free zone and you don’t have to worry about coming in and feeling embarrassed about your sub par smile. In fact they have seen it all and just want to offer you the Park Slope root canal relief that can get you back on your feet and start you off on a new path for a lifelong of good oral health.

There is perhaps nothing more important to your life than making sure you have a healthy mouth. Whether you are worried about the outward appearance of your teeth or just the general comfort because as we all know a bad toothache can ruin not only your day your week too then you know that you have to see Michael Acquista, D.D.S. today and start the road to recovery from your Park Slope root canal. Root Canal Therapy and addressing the causes of toothaches is what they do best but if you are interested in just a simple cleaning or perhaps you want to see what we can do for you in regards to something more major and cosmetic like braces don’t hesitate to bring it up. Consultations are free and we can outline every plan that is right for you and get you to know what you have been missing out on your whole life.

Michael Acquista, D.D.S.
479 Bay Ridge Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 238-1081

Bay Ridge Root Canal

Root canal therapy in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge root canal

Bay Ridge root canal

When you have a painful tooth that is caused by damaged or infected pulp in the tooth’s center, you will need to have a root canal to save the tooth. At our dental practice, Michael Acquista, D.D.S., you can receive a painless Bay Ridge root canal from our expert dentist, Dr. Michael Acquista.

The pulp, or soft inner tissue is important during the tooth’s development. Once a tooth is fully mature, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth is nourished by tissues surrounding it. The pulp is normally surrounded and protected by a layer of dentin.

Above the gumline, the dentin is protected by a layer of enamel; below the gum-line the dentin is covered by cementum. When a crack or cavity destroys these protective layers, the pulp is exposed to irritants and bacteria in your mouth. This can result in inflammation then infection, and, eventually, an abscess. Periodontal (gum) disease or a severe blow to the tooth can also damage the pulp. Endodontic therapy removes the damaged pulp and usually the tooth returns to a healthy condition.

If an abscess was present before treatment the healing process may take up to 2 years

For an appointment to see our dentist for a Bay Ridge root canal treatment, or other dental care, simply contact us today.

479 Bay Ridge Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 238-1081

11209 Dentist

Common causes of tooth stains in 11209

11209 dentist

11209 dentist

You are probably reading this because you’re dissatisfied with the color of your teeth and you want to do something about it. But how did your teeth lose their whiteness in the first place? At the office of Michael Acquista, D.D.S., our 11209 dentist is dedicated to helping you reverse the effects from the common causes of tooth stains.

Food and drinks play a big role. Coffee and tea are two of the most popular beverages, drank both hot and cold. And both are known teeth stainers. The same is true of red wine and cola. Among foods, hard candies, soy sauce, curry, and berries are high on the list. But when it comes to the biggest hazard to your tooth color, nothing can compare to tobacco. Whether you smoke it or vape it, the reality is that your teeth may become stained, or even turn yellow or brown if you use tobacco too often or for too long. And certain prescription drugs (tetracycline, for example) also discolor teeth. Don’t settle for store-bought whitening products. They can contain abrasive ingredients, leading to your precious tooth enamel being damaged. For results that are noticeable, and whitening that is done safely and quickly, depend on our 11209 dentist. You can have it done right here. And in less than an hour, you’ll be amazed at how white your teeth have become. We’re also pleased to offer the option of a take-home version. It’s easy to use, and in just a few days, you’ll get the outcome you’re looking for. The whitening will not last forever, but you can expect to get a year or maybe even several years before you have to return to our 11209 dentist for a re-treatment.

Say goodbye to stained or discolored teeth. Contact us today and schedule an appointment to come in for teeth whitening treatments.

479 Bay Ridge Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 238-1081

Bay Ridge Dental Implants

Implants, Tooth Loss in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge Dental Implants

Bay Ridge Dental Implants

There is no better place on the planet to go for dental implants than the practice of Dr. Michael Acquista, D.D.S. We offer the highest quality Bay Ridge dental implants around, and we have no plans of losing that honorary title any time soon; we take pride in having earned a an excellent reputation all around the Bay Ridge area, with calls pouring in from new clients every day. We attract this attention by giving everyone only the greatest dental implants physically possible; no one will be able to deny our incredible services. Don’t believe us? Often times, patients must see to believe. That’s alright, just book an appointment to learn more about our high quality services. Call us today!

The friendly and experienced professionals here at the practice of Dr. Michael Acquista, D.D.S. are more than ready to give you the Bay Ridge dental implants you have always wanted. No matter what your job is, or what you do in your free time, chances are you have teeth in some way shape or form. You probably also need implants for some of them, because you are reading this right now. If we guessed correctly, then there really is no need to waste any more time on your quest for the ultimate smile. You can think of your new implant as Excalibur and yourself as king or queen Arthur, and we are the rock that the sword is in. This is an appointment metaphor. You can also access our website for more information about our location and business hours!

Do not wait another minute! Contact the professionals at the practice of Dr. Michael Acquista, D.D.S. to see what we can do for you today! It does not have to be long or complicated; in fact it can be very quick and easy. Book an appointment to receive your Bay Ridge dental implants today!

Michael Acquista, D.D.S.
479 Bay Ridge Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 238-1081

All you need to know about Root Canal Treatment

Although much maligned,  Root canal (Endodontic) therapy is a great service and not nearly as horrible as many people think.  This blog will discuss the tooth anatomy, the reasons why root canal treatment may become necessary in order to save a tooth, how the procedure is performed, and how to minimize discomfort before and after the procedure.  Note that when root canal therapy is indicated, the other option is extraction of the tooth.

     The natural tooth is composed of the crown and the root.  The crown contains Enamel on the outside, Dentin below it, and the pulp chamber (called the “nerve”, but not really) in the center.  The tooth is alive, except for the Enamel, which is harder than bone and acts as an insulator to prevent air, hot and cold from causing sensitivity.  The pulp chamber contains blood vessels and nerves, and it nourishes the tooth with nutrients from the bloodstream which enter through the tip of the root.  When the tooth is first formed, the pulp is sterile, leading a “sheltered life” inside the tooth.  The pulp chamber divides into tiny tubes that go down the center of each root- these are referred to as the root canals.  Front teeth usually have one root, Bicuspids(premolars)have one or two roots, and Molars usually have three roots (and root canals).

     When tooth decay goes through the enamel into the dentin, a filling is placed.  When tooth decay goes deeper, it can reach the pulp chamber.  This can cause bacteria to communicate with the pulp and eventually cause the pulp to die. Trauma to a tooth can also lead to pulp death.  Sometimes the Dentist can determine if the pulp is dying based on symptoms, most commonly, a “toothache”.  But oftentimes the pulp can die slowly with few or no obvious symptoms.  Once the pulp has died, the Dentist can diagnose it with a pulp test, where a small electric current is applied, and no sensation is elicited.  After 6 months or so, a dark area (abcess) can often be seen on an x-ray at the tip of the root.  When the pulp is dying or dead, Root canal therapy is indicated.

     The surgical operation referred to as Endodontic therapy is a highly successful operation statistically when compared with all types of operations.  For instance, Hernia surgery is not very successful overall with roughly a 50% success rate.  Root canal procedures are roughly 90% successful for 10 years and 50% success after 20 years.  When root canals fail they can be redone (lower success rate ) or surgical root canals called Apicoectomies can be performed to extend the viability of the tooth.  An opening is made at the top or chewing surface of the tooth (usually with local anesthesia) and the pulp chamber is accessed.  Using a series of files (think of a plumber using a “snake” to clean a pipe) and a disinfectant irrigation solution- usually Chlorox – the root canal is filed and shaped and irrigated in order to remove all of the pulp tissue which may be in the form of red bleeding tissue or putrefied pus if the pulp has died.  The tissue must be completely removed and the canal space made as close to sterile as possible.  In order to accomplish this without exposing the patient to Chlorox, or the canals to the patient’s saliva germs, a mask is placed over the tooth with a clamp on the tooth to secure it.  This is called a rubber dam.  Rotary machines are also used to shape the canals.  Once the canal is clean and the length to the root tip has been measured to facilitate complete cleaning and shaping, the canal is dried with paper sticks and a filling is placed.  The most commonly used material is Gutta Percha, a thermoplastic rubber.  The fillings are fitted to seal the tip of the root and cemented with waterproof cement.  X-rays verify that the entire root canal is filled and the material is subsequently condensed, often with heat, to insure the entire root canal space is filled.  A temporary filling like clay is placed in the access opening at the chewing surface, and the tooth is reduced (drilled) out of contact with the opposing tooth.  This is because as the tooth begins to heal, it is tender and one should not chew hard on it for several days.  Return to the Dentist 1-4 weeks later- the temporary will leak and the root canal will fail or the tooth is more likely to fracture if you don’t.

      What can you do to make the root canal procedure as painless as possible?  It is easy!  Remember, there are two things to worry about:  Infection and Inflammation.  If the pulp has died, then Infection is a concern.  If there is swelling associated or the pulp has been dead for a while, an antibiotic may be prescribed.  The best thing to do, if possible, is to take the antibiotic for at least two days, or until symptoms and/or swelling subsides before completing the procedure.  Sometimes the first antibiotic is only partially effective, or not effective, and a second antibiotic may be prescribed.

Next is Inflammation- it is always part of the picture.  When the pulp is dying, it is inflamed, when there is a toothache, there is inflammation, when the pulp is dead, there is inflammation around the outside of the tooth.  Finally, the root canal procedure causes inflammation.  The solution is to take Aspirin, Advil, or Aleve as directed with food, when the tooth is symptomatic, and one hour before the root canal procedure, and after the procedure for a day or two.  Do not take these meds all day for more than a few days because they decoagulate, or thin the blood, and can cause internal bleeding.  Do not take these meds if your doctor tells you that you should not.  If you have Asthma, ask your doctor.  These medications stop the synthesis of Prostaglandins which is the chemical that your body produces in response to inflammatory processes(which causes you to experience pain).  Also, if you take Tylenol with the aspirin after the root canal procedure, it works a little better, because that addresses other aspects of the pain experience.   NOTE:  This article is not to be construed as Medical advice.  It is only my opinion and you must speak with your Doctor about all information and suggestions I have given.   Thank you.  Michael Acquista DDS

Cosmetic Dentist in Bay Ridge

Dental veneers in Bay Ridge

Cosmetic Dentist in Bay Ridge

Cosmetic Dentist in Bay Ridge

If you want to improve the look of your smile, you will definitely want to visit us at our dental practice, Michael Acquista, D.D.S. Our cosmetic dentist in Bay Ridge, Dr. Michael Acquista, can provide you with the right cosmetic dental treatment to make your smile more beautiful, including providing dental veneers or teeth whitening.

Many of our patients enjoy having their teeth whitened because tooth whitening is a cost-effective way to make a great improvement to the overall appearance of your smile. Many of our patients feel that having a whiter smile will make them feel more confident as they go through their busy day. Since teeth naturally yellow with age, having a brighter smile will also give you a more youthful appearance. At our dental practice, our cosmetic dentist in Bay Ridge is happy to offer our patients two different types of tooth whitening. You can either have your teeth whitened while you relax in our dentist’s chair, or purchase our professional take-home tooth whitening system. If you have a specific cosmetic dental problem, it may be able to be easily corrected with dental veneers. A patient can get one or many dental veneers depending on the cosmetic dental problem being corrected. Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain which are made to cover the front of the tooth only. They are permanently attached the tooth, and are made to last for many years. Porcelain veneers can fix the appearance of: teeth that are too short; teeth that are chipped; teeth that have surface cracks in the enamel; teeth that are misshapen; teeth that are slightly misaligned; teeth that have uneven gaps between them; teeth that are discolored and cannot be whitened with traditional whitening methods; and teeth with many other cosmetic dental problems.

For an appointment to meet with our cosmetic dentist in Bay Ridge to improve the look of you are smile, simply contact us today.

479 Bay Ridge Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 238-1081

Dentist in Bay Ridge

Dental plaque in Bay Ridge

Dentist in Bay Ridge

Dentist in Bay Ridge

Many people are aware of just how important is that they brush their teeth every day, but not everyone knows why this is so important. One of the main causes of tooth decay and gum disease is plaque buildup, and brushing your teeth every day can help to limit the amount of plaque accumulation with in your mouth at any given time. However, plaque and still accumulate regardless of how well you take care of your oral hygiene, which is why you should schedule biannual dental visits with our dentist in Bay Ridge, Michael Acquista, D.D.S.

Everyone should see the dentist about twice a year or once every six months. During these routine exams, your dentist can thoroughly examine your oral cavity and look out for early signs of decay, disease, or even things like oral cancer. One of the other more important parts of routine dental exams is the professional dental cleaning. You might think that these visits are a necessary if you already take good care of your oral hygiene, but even if you brush every day, floss, rinse with mouthwash, and do everything you can to enhance your dental health, you may still have hard-to-reach plaque with the potential to cause cavities and other dental problems. With comprehensive preventative care, our dentist in Bay Ridge Michael Acquista, D.D.S. can further protect you from decay, disease, and other issues that can affect your dental health throughout your lifetime. Routine exams also allow Dr. Acquista to examine your dental development and look out for issues that may be less obvious, such as problems below the gumline.

Routine dental care is essential, so if it has been more than six months since your last dental cleaning or exam, please call us here at the offices of our dentist in Bay Ridge. We can help them set up an appointment for you to see Michael Acquista, D.D.S. so you can get the dental care you need and you can get rid of excess plaque and bacteria so your teeth and gums are properly protected.

479 Bay Ridge Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 238-1081

Bay Ridge Dentist

Preventive Dental Care in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge Dentist

Bay Ridge Dentist

If you want to make sure that your teeth and mouth have the greatest chance of remaining healthy, you should visit us at Michael Acquista, D.D.S. where we specialize in preventive dental care. Our Bay Ridge dentist, Dr. Michael Acquista, emphasizes to patients the importance of preventive dental care if you want to have a healthy mouth.

It is very important to keep your teeth clean of plaque, and tartar free, in order to avoid dental cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. A great deal of dental plaque is removed on a daily basis by regular teeth cleaning and flossing. However, it is impossible to remove all dental plaque, which is why our patients are encouraged to come to our office every six months for a dental cleaning. During this time, dental tartar is also removed. Tartar encourages the development of deep pockets to form between the teeth and gums, when it remains on teeth. This will lead to serious gum disease and possible tooth loss if not treated. Our Bay Ridge dentist may also recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings if you are found to have gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. Preventive dental care in the form of periodic dental exams is also extremely important, as it is much easier to fix dental problems while they are new, and small, rather than wait for them to become larger ones. Children are also encouraged to get fluoride treatments to help strengthen their tooth enamel. Fluoride is topically applied to the teeth in a completely painless procedure that only takes a few minutes. It is also recommended that children get dental sealants to protect the flat chewing surfaces of their premolars and molars. The dental sealants will settle into the pits and grooves found on children’s teeth and keep dental plaque from being able to stick to the molars, and ultimately cause cavities.

For an appointment to be seen by our Bay Ridge dentist for periodic dental exams and preventive dental care, contact us today.

Michael Acquista, D.D.S.
479 Bay Ridge Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 238-1081