Preventive Dentistry Services

Diligent brushing and flossing at home is an important component for lifelong good oral health, but it’s not all that you need. It’s important to catch and prevent dental problems undetectable to the untrained eye. Regular appointments with Dr. Ishwinder Saran and his dedicated team here at LIC Dental Associates prevent costly damage for patients of all ages. With our preventive dentistry services, we can provide skilled, thorough care that stops problems before they even start.

Check-ups & Cleanings

We strongly recommend that children and adults alike attend an in-depth evaluation and hygiene appointment with our Long Island City dental team once every six months. These crucial visits allow Dr. Saran and the rest of our staff to carefully inspect the surfaces of each tooth, the gums, the bite, the jaw, and other aspects of your oral health so that we can form a complete picture of your unique needs. This information allows us to then recommend treatment options, if needed, to restore full oral health.

Dr. Saran and his team use the EMS Piezon Ultrasonic technology to clean your teeth to a pearly white. Ultrasonic scaling is a dental procedure using an electric device rather than hand instruments. Ultrasonic scalers vibrate at a frequency that breaks down bacterial cell membranes. EMS Piezon technology makes this procedure more precise, faster, gentler and delivers higher patient comfort than any other product.

Ultra sonic scaling can also be combined with Air polishing. This procedure uses a pressurized jet of air, water and sodium bicarbonate powder to remove moderate to severe surface stains and plaque leaving you with a healthy and glistening smile!

Dental Sealants

Anti-Cavity Sealants are a nontoxic, plastic coating that is placed on the chewing surface of the back teeth to seal out any bacteria and food that would cause tooth decay. These sealants serve as a barrier to cavity-causing plaque, and they are painless, safe, efficient, easy-to-apply, long-lasting and very cost effective.

Dental sealants are commonly recommended for children, especially since children tend to have a hard time properly cleaning those back surfaces of their teeth. However, certain adult patients can also benefit greatly from sealants.

Nightguards

Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) is a common habit for many patients, and one that can be somewhat difficult to break, considering its tendency to occur during sleep. If left untreated, this issue can lead to several severe consequences, including chronic headaches, jaw pain, and damage to your enamel. Thankfully, Dr. Saran offers a solution: nightguards. This customized oral appliance can be worn comfortably while resting, and it serves as a barrier that not only protects teeth but also reduces the threat of discomfort, allowing you to sleep soundly throughout the night.

Sportsguards

Athletes of all ages know that protection is often needed to stay safe when doing your favorite activity – but have you ever considered the wellbeing of your mouth? After all, studies show that up to 40% of sports-related injuries involve the face. At LIC Dental Associates, we can create a custom-made sportsguard that’s comfortable and practical for you or your child’s use. Your smile will be well-protected, and in many cases, the severity of concussions has even been reduced thanks to this oral appliance. Dr. Saran recommends sportsguards for patients who take part in a wide variety of sports, including football, hockey, baseball, boxing, soccer, and more.

Oral Cancer Screening

The statistics associated with oral cancer are truly staggering – one American dies every hour from the disease, and 25% of people who are positively diagnosed never had or participated in any risk factors that could led have led to their condition.That’s why making oral cancer screenings a regular part of our six-month check-ups is crucial for Dr. Saran and the rest of our Long Island City dental team. The process only takes a few minutes – we’ll simply check your soft tissue for any possible abnormalities, such as lumps or crusts or eroded areas. If we do discover a suspicious area, we can help you take the next step towards a concrete diagnosis and effective treatment. The good news is that oral cancer has a high rate of successful treatment as long as it’s caught at an early stage!

At LIC Dental Associates, we’re focused on treating our patients to personalized attention and truly exceptional customer service. Whether you’re in need of a common filling or a complete cosmetic transformation, we look forward to helping you! Contact us today if you have any questions about our preventive care, or if you’d like to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Saran and his staff. Located in Long Island City, our practice also serves the areas of Astoria, Sunnyside, and beyond.