Transcript of "Welcome to the Dental Office of Liana Libin"
Welcome to the Dental Office of Liana Libin, D.D.S.
For a quarter of a century, we have been providing the finest dental care to the members of the
Sheepshead Bay community and its surrounding environs. Exemplary patient care, outstanding
aesthetic results, compassion and integrity are the cornerstone of our dental practice.
Incorporating the latest technology, our state of the art practice specializes in preventive,
cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry.
Our patients expect and receive the finest care with a gentle touch each and every time they see
us. In the 21st century, dentistry has evolved into a science that maintains function, form, health
and a beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Among our most important functions is to educate our patients as to their treatment options. At
our state of the art dental practice, we take the time to speak to our patients about treatment goals
and our staff will make recommendations allowing patients to make the most educated oral
health care decisions.
Below are some of the most common services we provide:
Complete dental examinations
Cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers
A full array of preventive, hygiene and periodontal therapies
The latest in porcelain restorations
Teeth bleaching and whitening procedures
Root canal therapy
Pediatric dental care
Fixed and removable prosthodontics
Dental implant restoration
We hope that patients will find this website to be a useful and interesting resource for all of their
dental concerns. To learn more information about any of the procedures that we offer or to
request an appointment, please call our office at the number listed above.
Services - Liana Libin, DDS
From routine cleanings and fillings to cosmetic dentistry, we are equipped to handle all of your
dental needs. To help you understand more about our office, we have included brief descriptions
of some of our common procedures.
Initial Oral Examination
Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. We will
perform a complete oral examination which includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal
evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their
supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.
The Preventive Program
Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean
and where proper oral hygiene is maintained. Our dental hygiene program is designed to help
prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. At
the initial visit with us, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent
Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include amalgam and composite. Newer dental fillings
include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Depending on
the extent of decay and the tooth's location, we may recommend a specific type of filling
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. This
simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
Symptoms of the infection are generally acute dental pain or sensitivity to hot, cold or
percussion. If you experience any of these symptoms, we will most likely recommend root canal
therapy to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is
thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be
completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of
treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.
The terms dental crowns and caps are synonymous. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's
function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a
tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often
used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a
cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or
dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained
tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns are fabricated in a laboratory and are
made either of porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic
materials that have been developed.
Bridges & Dentures
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and
alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and
literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from
gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth
for support. There are two basic types of bridges. A fixed bridge which remains in your mouth at
all times and is supported by your natural teeth. Removable bridges (partials and full dentures)
are removed from the mouth several times a day for cleaning and rest on the gum where the
missing teeth are being replaced.
Gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth can now be treated with wonderful results and very
conservatively using porcelain veneers. Veneers are natural in appearance and are a perfect
alternative for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain)
designed to cover the front side of your teeth.
Dental Implant Restoration
If a tooth is extracted or missing for some other reason, it is now possible to replace it using
dental implants. An implant is like a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like
your natural tooth. It's composed of two main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that
takes the place of the missing root and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is
cemented on top of the implant. In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor
dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with
removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more naturallooking smile.
Using our in-office laser bleaching system, we will be able to make your teeth whiter and
brighter in one 1 hour visit. You can also choose our easy at-home applications which provide
outstanding results in a matter of days.
When tooth removal is necessary, we can perform extractions using local anesthesia.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. We will
evaluate your progression of periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets
filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these
irritants remain in the pocket, they cause infection and damage to the gums and eventually, the
bone that supports the teeth. If the disease (known as Gingivitis) is caught in the early stages and
no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings may be recommended. You will also be
given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental
cleanings. However, if the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage, where the infection
has caused bone loss and diseased pockets have formed, your treatment options may include
scaling and root planing, bone surgery or gum therapy.
Pediatric Dental Care
We take pride in creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for our younger patients
in an environment that is lighthearted and fun. We focus on establishing oral health habits that
last a lifetime, with education and prevention as our primary tools.