OFFICE HOURS   |   Tuesday - Friday: 9AM - 6:30PM   |   Saturday: 9AM - 4PM509 Madison Avenue, Suite 702, New York, NY - Telephone: 212 644 0004

Insurance Details

Participating:

  • Met Life
  • Delta Dental
  • Guardian

Accepting:

We may accept other insurances such as: Aetna PPO, Cigna PPO and others. Please call us to see if your plan is accepted.

DENTAL SERVICES

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants are thin plastic coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars (back teeth). Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs in these surfaces. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to prevent decay and it helps maintain sound, intact teeth. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 benefit most from sealants,since it is best applied soon after the molars have erupted before the teeth have a chance to decay.

Dental Sealants

Composite Restorations

We use poly-ceram composite fillings, which provide a near perfect color match to your teeth. Composite fillings are capable of achieving a chemical bond-linkage to the underlying organic dentin and a micro-mechanical bond to the surrounding enamel - in short, bonding with and strengthing your tooth.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns Image

Non-Surgical Treatment for Periodontal Disease

We offer non surgical treatment for periodontal disease: root planing, scaling, and Arestin®. Root planing and scaling are therapeutic treatments to remove toxins and bacteria from the root surfaces of the teeth. Periodontal (gum and bone) disease can be easily elimated this way, as removing toxins allows the body's immune system to begin the healing process. We also employ Arestin®, a powerful antibiotic treatment. Even though SRP (Scaling and Root Planing) removes a great deal of the bacteria that cause periodontal infection, the instruments used during this mechanical procedure can't always reach the bacteria that hide in the bottom of pockets or in difficult-to-reach areas. That's why we often decide to add a locally administered antibiotic such as Arestin. Clinical studies show that Arestin and SRP is more effective at shrinking the size of infected periodontal pockets than SRP alone. Arestin remains in the pocket for up to 21 days - to help ensure continued treatment.

Root Canal Treatments

A sequence of treatments for the Pulp (a soft tissue made up of nerves, arteries & veins) that has been damaged, which is caused by infection from deep cavities that are irreversible (cannot heal itself) and fractured or broken tooth.

Root Canal Image
Treatment consists of complete removal of an infected pulp, cleaning & shaping the canals, filling the canal with a biocompatible material such as gutta percha and then filling it with a temporary cement while waiting for the permanent restoration (post & core and a crown).

Post and Core Additions to Crowns

Placing a new post or core is a procedure that is required in order to rebuild and strengthen a tooth that had root canal treatment. It adds the proper support necessary to restore a tooth with a cap or crown. We use the latest technology, fiber posts and fiber reinforced cores, for additional strength and flexibility.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

When a tooth needs restoration, sometimes the best choice is Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM). We might choose a PFM crown to restore a tooth when a large filling has failed, or when the tooth is cracked, broken, or subject to grinding and clenching. Very often, it is the treatment choice after Root Canal. These crowns are strong enough to withstand heavy biting pressures and at the same time can have excellent cosmetic appearance.

A PFM crown consists of a tooth-colored porcelain layer baked onto a metal core. It is precision-crafted in a dental laboratory, so it will take two appointments to restore your tooth with a PFM crown.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns Image

Gold Fused to Metal Crowns

Gold Metal crown is another choice for weakened or worn teeth. Gold based crowns are ideally suited for replacing and augmenting posterior (rear) teeth. It has some very distinct characterestics that make it the best choice. It is strong and flexible, it lasts longer than any other crowns, it doesn't darken or stain overtime and it is biocompatible in your mouth.

Like the PFM crown it is also precision-crafted in a dental laboratory and will also take two appointments to restore your tooth.

Night Guards

Nightguards are a custom-made plastic device that fits over your top or bottom teeth worn to protect them from the damage caused by bruxism (teeth grinding) or clenching.

Grinding can happen during the day, but it often happens at nightime during sleep because of chewing reflex or stress response. Habitual grinding or clenching can affect muscles, jaw joints (temporomandibular joints) and the appearance of the face. The signs and symptoms of bruxism are that the teeth will be worn down and become shorter.Tenderness and pain may be felt in the muscles and jaw joints on waking in the morning. Teeth can become sensitive,painful and loose, after they have been worn down or cracked by the grinding.

Night Guards

In most cases,wearing a nightguard will help prevent occlusal wear and will relieve TMJ pain.



Dr. Helma Philips offers Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry and Periodontics & is located in Midtown, NYC.
Office Hours: Tue-Fri 9AM-6:30 PM; Saturdays 9AM-3PM.
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