Dental faq

Here we try to answer most of your dental related questions. 


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Who are you guys anyway?


We are a privately owned dental practice located on Steinway Street in the heart of Astoria, Queens, NY. Our dentists are dedicated to providing the citizens of Astoria and the Greater New York City Area the best dental care possible. Steinway Family Dental Center was founded and created in 2000 by the hard work of Dr. Dayanayev and Dr. Malakov. Together they assembled a talented and motivated staff to operate one of the most trusted dental practices in Queens.


Q: Where are you located exactly?


Steinway Family Dental Center is located right on Steinway Street between Broadway and 34th Avenue in Astoria, Queens, NY. You can take public transportation to reach us as we are right off the M and R train Steinway Street station.


Q: How big is your practice?


Steinway Family Dental Center is proud to be one of the largest dental practices in Queens. We want to help as many people as we can in our community, so we make a huge effort to employ some of the finest dentists in New York as well as a formidable staff of dental assistants to aid in our patients’ treatment. We treat each patient as an individual, a friend and extension of the SFDC family. Our relationships with our patients are built upon trust and goodwill. Come on down for a visit, a consult, or just to say hi! We hope to see you in our office soon!


Q: Are you the right dental practice for me?


Queens is the most diverse borough in all of New York City. It is the home of many different cultures all mixed in, living and working together. Our staff is a perfect representation of the rich diversity Queens has to offer. Our employees come from all different backgrounds and can speak an impressive amount of languages which is especially helpful with communicating with our patients from different countries. We speak Spanish, Russian, Persian, Ukrainian, Hebrew, and some of our staff members even know how to put on a convincing British accent for good measure. We make sure that our patients understand exactly what each treatment involves.


Q: What do your patients think of you and your services?


To answer this question we thought we should let our patients speak for themselves. Watch our patient video testimonials!


Q: What causes tooth loss?


Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss. Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth’s mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. While tooth decay primarily affects children, periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects mostly adults. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.


Q: Who can place dental implants?


A periodontist, an oral surgeon, or an implantologist places dental implants. The periodontist and oral surgeon are teamed with a restorative dentist. They will place the implants and then the patient will be seen by a restorative dentist for completion of the crowns or overlying appliance. There will be two dentists during the course of treatment. An implantologist is trained in both dental implant surgery and restoration of the dental prosthesis. An implantologist will do both the surgery and the restoration, and there will be only one dentist during the course of treatment. Click here to find an implantologist near you.


Q: What are the warning signs of oral cancer?


Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.


Q: What causes periodontal disease?


The major cause of periodontal disease is the buildup of plaque, which results from the overgrowth of the mouth’s naturally occurring bacteria. In order to prevent the development of periodontal disease, an individual needs to maintain sound hygiene practices by brushing his / her teeth and flossing daily.


Q: What are the treatments for periodontal disease?


A If periodontal disease is caught at an early stage (when it has not progressed beyond the point of gingivitis), it can be treated with scaling and root-planning (removing plaque around the tooth and smoothing the roots’ surfaces). If the disease progresses to a later stage, the patient may need surgical treatment, which involves cutting the gums, eliminating the hardened plaque build-up, and repairing the damaged bone.


Q: What is gingivitis?


Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums around the roots of the teeth. It marks the early stage of periodontal disease, and it is characterized by red, swollen gums.


Q: What is an oral surgeon?


An oral surgeon is a dentist who specializes in different aspects of surgery in and around the mouth. He / she performs simple extractions and difficult, complex extractions, including the removal of wisdom teeth. Most oral surgeons are qualified to install dental implants and perform jaw realignment procedures. They usually have about four years of advanced education after finishing dental school.


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