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General Dentistry & Preventive Care

General Dentistry in Ithaca, NY

General Dentistry

Prevention is the key to great dental hygiene. Our staff at Advanced Dental Technology of Ithaca II PLLC makes it their priority to ensure you receive the highest quality dental care available. Treatment starts in a warm, caring, and patient-friendly environment, where Dr. Zax will use her 30+ years of experience to help you achieve and maintain your gorgeous smile. We will also discuss the variety of treatment options, including cosmetic and dental implants, that may be possible for any dental conditions that may surface after an exam and cleaning. Dr. Zax is meticulous in her care and will do everything possible to ensure that your restorations are both beautiful and comfortable.

We will provide you with a detailed diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan usually staged for immediate care followed by further treatment that can be timed to meet your needs as well as a preventive discussion about how home care, diet and regular dental visits all work together to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Dental Exams | Dental Cleanings | Veneers Bridges | Crowns | Non-Surgical Gum Care

General Dentistry in Ithaca, NY


Preventive Dentistry

As human beings, we are prone to tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer. What can we do to minimize our chances of getting these problems?

1. Brush twice a day using a soft, or even better, an electric toothbrush. With an electric toothbrush, just move it gently along the surfaces of the teeth—do not scrub; it does all the work for you.

2. Floss between your teeth and gently in the gumline area every night before bed.

3. Don’t use tobacco products, and don’t drink alcohol excessively. Both of these can lead to oral cancer, and heavy use of alcohol and tobacco increases your chances of getting oral cancer exponentially (that’s a lot).

4. Seek regular dental care at least every six months. That means having your teeth cleaned, having routine dental x-rays taken, and having the dentist check your teeth, gums and other soft tissues of the mouth for cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer screening. If you or a close family member are especially prone to any of these conditions, you may need to have your check-up frequency increased to every three months. Remember, prevention is always better than treating the breakdown associated with disease.

5. Pay attention to your diet. Limit the amounts and frequency of starchy and sugary snacks.

We all eat starches and sugars, and so we are all going to have some acid forming in our mouths, which causes tooth decay. In fact, our mouths are rather like test tubes; there is always going to be some tooth mineral dissolving, but there is also repair, remineralization occurring.

The secret is to have more remineralization and less demineralization!

Dental Exams | Dental Cleanings | Veneers Bridges | Crowns | Non-Surgical Gum Care


This patient had damage due to soda sipping. Note the extreme erosion of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The teeth were restored with composite resin material and the patient quit her soda sipping habit!

Tooth erosion before restoration


Teeth after erosion restoration



These defects can be caused by chemical erosion, abrasion, stress from biting or a combination of these factors. They can easily be restored with cosmetic tooth colored resin material.

Tooth abfractions


Tooth abfraction restoration


General Dentistry in Ithaca, NY


If you have suffered with soft teeth very prone to decay and loss of bone supporting the teeth, you may need to have removable dentures. They can be made to look attractive and restore your chewing function. There is usually an adjustment period as you learn to eat and even speak clearly with dentures in place.

Conventional Dentures

These are made once all the teeth have been extracted and the mouth has completely healed, following the extractions.

Immediate Dentures

These are fabricated as temporary dentures to be placed in the mouth immediately after the teeth have been extracted. In this manner, the patient does not have to go without teeth for any length of time. Once the tissues heal following extractions, most patients will need either a relining or a definitive denture to replace the bulk oral tissues which have remodeled following the loss of teeth.

Best Described By One of our new patients:

“Thank you and your office for such a wonderful and thorough introduction to you, your staff and your work. I was a little surprised when I left, not knowing that I had these dental issues starting up, but at the same time so grateful to you for finding them and bringing my attention to what needs to be done. I very much appreciate how you give your patients a full plan of action, including prices, to go home with. It is such a respectful way to allow people to make decisions. I must add, your prices are very reasonable….I made three appointments in February to have the work done that you suggested.

I am also very appreciative about our conversation around what might be causing the de-mineralization and decay. I am now rinsing after I drink my probiotic drinks which is twice a day. I also sometimes take a supplement at night if I wake up and can’t get back to sleep. I checked and it has citric acid, so I rinse after that. I am intensely interested in the body, how it works, and keeping it healthy. So adding these new routines, along with some good brushing and flossing tips from Deb, has been satisfying and exciting.

I look forward to years of good dental health with you.”

Advanced Dental Technology of Ithaca II PLLC

For more information about our dental services or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 607-273-5940. We look forward to being your smile team!