Dentists Elizabeth Sandoval and Irma Torres work with their staff of trained tooth techs to shine up clients’ chompers. The 45-minute appointment kicks off as a dental guru pokes, prods, and administers a polygraph test to each tooth to search out signs of hidden disease or decay. Patients then relax as a thorough prophy jet cleaning washes away plaque and tartar buildup, leaving mouth pearls smooth and shiny. Digital x-rays further inspects cuspids for cavities and contraband lollipops.
At Bronx Community Dental Care, Dr. Oleg wields an array of dental technology such as thin porcelain lumineers and safe BriteSmile whitening gel that activates under low-intensity light. The doctor maintains a dual emphasis on treatment and prevention through a menu of general and cosmetic dentistry and surgical procedures.
To detect tooth and gum issues, Dr. Oleg’s team uses an intraoral camera, which facilitates views of mouth recesses that mirrors or open-mouth screams cannot, and digital x-rays, which reveal invisible structures for examination on a computer. They also repel impending decay with pediatric sealants, and skillfully maneuver mouths to extract wisdom teeth, graft bones, or perform surgery on gums. Upon spotting flaws in individual teeth, the team also springs to action with the CEREC machine, which rapidly sculpts or restores compressed porcelain crowns and inlays during one visit.
Dr. Elliot Sabbagh, DDS, wanted to be a dentist as soon as he graduated from high school, so he took the fastest route to get there: New York University’s accelerated dental program. He has put that extensive training to good use for the past 18 years at iSmile Dental Centers, a group practice he started and has expanded to include eight practices across New York City’s five boroughs. He and his fellow dentists provide a comprehensive slate of dental services—exams, crowns, fillings, digital x-rays, wisdom-tooth extraction, veneers, and power whitening—that cover patients’ preventive, surgical, and cosmetic needs.