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It is a pleasure to go to my dentist! That’s not a statement you usually hear. It’s true because John Cottone, D.M.D. makes dental visits so comfortable! Two generations of our family have benefited from Dr. Cottone’s excellent services over the past two decades and each of us has a carefully monitored, individualized treatment plan. Dr. Cottone combines his technical skills with the latest advances in equipment, and he thoughtfully schedules appointments based on our busy lives.

The hallmark of Dr. Cottone’s practice is the high degree of personalization he extends to each of his patients. Children and adults are equally delighted by Dr. Cottone’s warm and engaging personality, as well as by the relaxed atmosphere. His expert and friendly team also makes Berry Hill Dentistry the ideal choice for family dental care. Bring your smile along – you will leave Dr. Cotton and Dr. Schmitz’s office with an even bigger one!

Robert and Marlene P.
Syosset, New York

Q: How can porcelain veneers help my smile

A: Porcelain veneers improve your smile by correcting a multitude of cosmetic concerns, including: gaps in teeth; chips and broken teeth; dull or yellowing teeth that cannot be whitened with traditional means; “gummy smiles” (showing too much gum when smiling); and, crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers broaden, straighten, whiten, and beautify most any smile. This procedure can be done in as little as two clinical visits. Many of our patients feel like porcelain veneers were the best improvement they could have made for their overall confidence. Ask us about how porcelain veneers can improve your smile at your next visit or send us an email.

Q: Sometimes when I chew I get a sharp pain. What can I do to correct this?

A: Most dental pain brought on by chewing is caused by a fracture, or crack, in the tooth. The pain can be corrected by placing an inlay/onlay or a porcelain crown, or through a more advanced treatment. You want to correct the pain as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth. Contact us today to schedule a visit.

Q: How can losing a back tooth affect my smile?

A: Losing a back tooth will darken your overall smile making it look smaller and narrower. Your smile will appear to stop short, and the look will be exaggerated if your missing tooth has teeth on both sides of it. Function during chewing will be reduced, and function of many teeth can be affected by losing just one tooth. When you are missing a tooth, you compensate by chewing differently, putting pressure on different parts of your mouth. This can cause your other teeth to shift, creating gaps and spaces, and may even cause fractures that result in additional tooth loss or the need for restorations.

Q: I just want my smile to look good. What are some options to help the appearance of my smile?

A: You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need dental implants, porcelain veneers, crowns, or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy; or, a combination of all these techniques. Dr. Cottone and Dr. Schmitz will suggest a dental treatment plan for you based on your goals, areas of concern, and on the overall condition of your oral health. Contact us for a complimentary smile evaluation to determine what course of action will produce the best solution for you.

Q: I brush everyday, but my breath is just not fresh. Is there anything I can do?

A: Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. Here is a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing; daily flossing and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings; and, careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances. However, if your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, we can offer several solutions.

First, we can provide a plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans away bacterial build-up on your tongue and significantly alleviates odor. Or, we can recommend a specially prepared rinse or toothpaste designed to actually break the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, if we suspect a systemic or internal problem, such as an infection or underlying condition, we may recommend you visit your family physician or specialist to identify the cause.

Q: What is a crown, and why do I need one?

A: If your dentist has recommended a dental crown to you, it is likely either to correct a broken tooth or to repair a tooth that has deteriorated due to cavities (decay). The decay in your tooth eats away healthy tooth structure much like rust eats away at metal. If not removed, decay will deteriorate the tooth to the point where extraction is the only viable treatment option. Sometimes, decay is removed – leaving healthy tooth structure, but not much of it. A crown can then be placed, which will restore the look and function of your tooth while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. Most crowns are precision-milled porcelain or full metal (gold or silver) and are individually customized for each application in each patient, giving you a natural, long lasting smile.

Q: I know I need X-Rays, but I’d prefer not to be exposed to unnecessary radiation. Do you offer digital X-Rays?

A: Yes, we do offer digital X-Rays. Digital X-Rays use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film X-Rays. You will find that in our dental practice, we research the latest trends in technology to find the solutions that promote your overall health, safety, and comfort.

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