Another Leap Forward in Dental Healing: Dental Demise
by Jeffrey Etess, DMD, NMD, IBDM

In my more than twenty-five years practicing dentistry, I continue to see the same pattern of dental demise: Person gets silver filling, person gets larger white filling, person graduates to crown, person needs root canal, root canal fails, and ultimately, receives dental implant. It DOES NOT need to be this way. The first thing to understand is that not all dentistry is the same. The great majority of dentists have good intentions, but factors like differing levels of education, experience, and skill, combined with inadequate dental insurance reimbursements and high patient volumes, contribute to less than ideal results. Unbeknownst to many, dental insurance is vastly different than medical insurance. Dental insurance should be regarded as a gift card, allowing some payment toward a procedure, but not likely to provide you with complete cost coverage for the level of dental maintenance and care you require and deserve. For routine cleanings, most dental insurance plans reimburse an amount less than what the hygienist performing that cleaning earns per hour, resulting in a rushed and inadequate service in most cases.

Many patients feel that they have done their due diligence in researching and choosing a dentist. “My dentist has hundreds of five-star online reviews.” Unfortunately, there are paid services that will generate a false online narrative.

Another factor to consider is that today many independent dentists are forced to sell their existing practice to corporate entities. Oftentimes, the now former owner/dentist is obligated to continued working at the practice, albeit now as an employee, unable to provide you with the same level and quality of care, because the office is now under corporate guidance and scrutiny. Sadly, this transfer of ownership (and care) is often unknown to the patients. Moreover, with the influx of “big box dental corporations,” there is a need to maintain high patient volumes with lower levels of quality in dentistry; this seems to attract the hiring of newer, inexperienced, and likely debt-ridden new dentists, who are willing to “churn out” production quotas, and not really take the time to perfect their craft. Those who suffer are the patients. Like it or not, these are the facts.

Luckily, you do not have to endure this. At Integrative Dental Specialists of Long Island, Dr. Etess and his team will always provide you with the best level of dental care, NO EXPCEPTIONS. Our office has the specialized dental skill set and the most modern equipment to ALWAYS treat you with the best and safest care. We always use the most premium dental materials available today—which are holistically minded and biocompatible. We do it correctly, or we do not do it at all. Integrity is doing what is correct, especially when no one is watching. Dental integrity is what Dr. Etess represents. Remember, do not assume all dentists have the same level of skill and expertise.

There is nothing better than your own natural teeth. Many dentists today are quick to extract teeth, yet, there is nothing available today that is a perfect replacement for a natural tooth. Even a properly treated “root canal tooth” is better than no tooth. The key words here are properly treated. Most root canals have dismal results because unfortunately, most are not done to the high level of care which Dr. Etess provides. There is a difference, a huge difference. Unlike most holistically minded dental professionals, Dr. Etess strives to save your teeth, leaving extractions and implants only as a last option. For patients requiring tooth replacement, Dr. Etess offers world class treatment options.

Remaining on the cutting edge of the newest dental advancements is a full-time task and top priority for Dr. Etess. In order to provide our patients with the most sanitary environment possible, we employ ENHANCED proactive ultraviolet air and surface office disinfection protocols. Do not assume all dentistry is the same. Dr. Etess prides himself on bringing you top notch, unmatched care. We work toward one standard, the HIGHEST standard. The time for excuses has passed. If you are looking for the finest, safest, healthiest and most predictable results to correct your dental issues, supported by the most advanced dental technology, contact Integrative Dental Specialists to make an appointment with Dr. Etess today.

Jeffrey Etess, DMD, NMD, IBDM, graduated in the top 10 percent from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is a Certified Endodontic Specialist / Implant Specialty Surgeon with a dual degree in Dentistry and Board Certified in Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine. Also certified in Biomimetic Cosmetic Dentistry, he has provided a broad array of biological dentistry for his patients for over 25 years.

Integrative Dental Specialists of Long Island is located at 245 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, NY. For more information, call 516-253-1800 or visit


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