Based out of Staten Island New York, Dr. Joseph Cipriano is helping patients achieve complete smile makeovers one implant at a time. As a general, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Cipriano leads Healthy Smiles of Staten Island where he uses the latest in technology to provide digitally guided dental implants to maximize precision and comfort for his patients. It’s no wonder he is the top choice for dental implants in Staten Island.
Here at Healthy Smiles Staten Island, we do just that for our patients. We make sure you have a healthy foundation first and foremost, followed by enhancing your teeth aesthetically to give you the confidence to smile more and in turn make the world a better place.
Dr. Cipriano uses the latest technology when it comes to performing alignments, root canals, veneers, and dental implants here at his Staten Island practice, and goes above and beyond to make sure his patients are comfortable during the process.
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This is a question that we get often. We perform all phases of dentistry, making sure that you have a healthy foundation first and foremost. This starts with having a cleaning, followed by x-rays and determining if there are any issues that need be addressed, such as root canals, porcelain work, bridges or implants. Once we know what we are working with, we will take an artistic approach in enhancing your teeth; giving you a smile that uniquely fits your face through a variety of different cosmetic procedures such as whitening, bonding, crowns and even suggesting Invisalign if needed.
When it comes enhancing your smile with whiter teeth, it is solely up to you and your current lifestyle and urgency. Generally, we suggest in-office teeth whitening with Phillips Zoom in-office whitening here at our Staten Island location. It is much faster to come in and have one-session vs. spreading it out over the course of weeks or months with at-home whitening.
For example, if you want your teeth to be whiter and brighter prior to an upcoming memorable occasion such as a wedding, we suggest having our Zoom in-office whitening treatment. If you are a coffee drinker, in-office whitening is highly recommended. At-home whitening for coffee drinkers is always a losing battle as you are essentially taking two steps forward and one-step backwards with daily coffe drinking. Also, if you are thinking about getting veneers, odds are you’ll want to maximize your efforts with in-office Zoom whitening to be sure that you will have the whitest possible smile before we select a color shade for your veneers. See link here for video explanation.
As if going to the dentist wasn’t overwhelming enough for some, having to decide on which cosmetic procedure on your own can definitely make you lose some sleep. Luckily, here at Healthy Smiles Staten Island, Dr. Cipriano will go over all of your options with you giving you the pros and cons of each, ensuring that you feel confidence and comfortable in your decision.
Some dentists have a tooth minimum. However, here at Healthy Smiles Staten Island, Dr. Cipriano feels this is totally subjective to the desired look that the patient is trying to achieve. For example, some patients may only need two veneers to close a gap from teeth continuing to shift after braces, or in some cases to simply replace old bonding material from a childhood accident. Conversely, some patients may need the top 6 or 10 to achieve the “cocktail shot”, which is the teeth that you see from left to right when you speaking forward. See link here for video explanation.
Each case is different in terms of how many teeth we decide on doing, but generally a patient will come in for a consultation to go over the entire procedure so that they know what to expect. If we start that same day, typically we will prep the teeth in the same appointment and have them leave with temps. Then, depending on how many teeth we choose to do along with lab turnaround times, we can have you back in for the permanents in 10 days to 1 month. See link here for video explanation.
When it comes to choosing between whether a patient should get a bridge or an implant, many factors come into play. For starters, does the patient have healthy gums? Secondly, what condition are the neighboring teeth in? In some cases, a mixed approach might be best. It all depends on the current condition of each patient. A bridge will place stress on the neighboring teeth if you're not getting an implant for the missing tooth in the middle, but sometimes that's the best approach if the gums aren't healthy. So again, it depends on the condition of the teeth and gums in discussion. Together with the patient, Dr. Cipriano will way out all options going over the pros and cons of each. This whole-mouth health approach to addressing missing or damaged teeth is what makes us the best place for dental implatns in Staten Island.
During the dental implant procedure, Dr. Cipriano will give you an anesthetic so you should feel minimal discomfort if any at all. If you follow the post-operative instructions and take the prescribed antibiotics, the healing process should be a breeze.
Typically, dental insurance doesn’t cover implants. However, more companies are realizing the need for these procedures so there are some dental insurance companies that do cover implants. In many cases, your insurance may help pay for teeth the dentist places on your implants, if not your dental implants themselves. Contact us today for a consultation, and to see if your insurance will cover your procedure.