Dr. Gary S. Rafal DDS PC

Local Dentist in Brooklyn, New York. SuperMedia Content Disclaimer: http://spag.es/hjh9DV

Give your smile the care it deserves with Dr. Gary S. Rafal D.D.S., P.C., your local dentist in Brooklyn, New York. Our staff is ready to care for your mouth with the most reasonable prices for teeth cleaning and special dentistry in the industry, even for uninsured patients. Comfortable Care: Every time you visit us, you will find a familiar face. That's because we have retained the same dedicated hygiene and support staff for most of our 28 years of service. Because of our loyal staff, many of our clients choose to stay with us even after they move away from the area. In fact, we currently have patients traveling from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. Convenient Location: Our office is conveniently located off major highways and accessible by public transportation. Most Insurances Accepted: Working with dental insurances as much as possible, our office is able to provide the personalized attention you deserve because we are not a clinic.

[12/19/19]   The frequency of dental visits varies among individuals, as those at risk for periodontal diseases may have to see their dentists more often. However, the absolute minimum should be once a year, even if you have good oral health.

[12/17/19]   Braces can present a unique challenge when it comes time to floss. There are a number of different methods to get around this. Check with your orthodontist.

[12/12/19]   What are a few common superstitions about teeth? That a large space between the teeth is an indication of someone who does not tell the truth while wide front teeth are an indication of someone who is generous.

[12/10/19]   Do you know that a tooth that has been knocked out begins to die within 15 minutes? To help it survive longer, hold it in your mouth or put it in milk.

[12/05/19]   Although teething biscuits can be effective at reducing teething pain, they can also leave behind starches that promote bacterial growth. An effective, and healthier, alternative is to provide a baby with a cold wet cloth to chew on.

[12/03/19]   Mouthwash can be a great help in your daily oral hygiene routine because it reduces acid levels in the mouth, cleans hard-to-brush areas, and re-mineralizes teeth. Talk with us about the best products for your situation.

[11/28/19]   Like any other part of the body, the internal structures of the mouth can be examined using an x-ray. With this imaging tool, dentists and oral surgeons can check for things like bone loss, malignant and benign tumors, and cavities.

[11/26/19]   In addition to an orthodontist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon may be required if there is also a mouth or jaw issue that needs to be addressed.

[11/21/19]   How old are braces? They actually date back to antiquity. In fact, some mummies discovered in Egypt have been uncovered that have bands of metal attached to their teeth. Additionally, both Hippocrates and Aristotle make references to the value of braces.

[11/19/19]   Do you ever worry about the safety of dental x-rays taken during your appointments? Since the radiation present is a very small dose, we’re able to get an accurate picture of what’s going on in your mouth without putting your health at risk.

[11/14/19]   In dental terms, what is a bridge? This a prosthetic installed by prosthodontists to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures, bridges are fixed in place and are anchored on teeth and/or implants on either side of the gap.

[11/12/19]   Chronic bad breath is not something you need to live with - nor should you. Oftentimes it is an indicator of a more serious problem that requires dental or medical attention. Your dentist can make a number of recommendations.

[11/07/19]   All prescribed drugs and medication have some degree of risk, including some of the more powerful barbiturates, which also have a risk of addiction. That's why many sedation dentists use benzodiazepines or similar drugs that are low risk and have few side effects.

[11/05/19]   It’s important to remember that proper oral hygiene is about so much more than just the health of your teeth and gums. Some conditions can actually cause more serious health concerns when left untreated.

[10/31/19]   How are dental implants better than dentures? Dental implants are specially designed to mimic natural teeth. Unlike dentures, you can comfortably eat and speak with implants without worrying about slipping. Moreover, they don’t need special care other than brushing and flossing.

[10/29/19]   While most urban areas add fluoride to the water to help prevent tooth decay, that is not enough. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.

[10/24/19]   Did you know forceps are a derivative of a 14th century dental tool? The dental pelican invented by Guy de Chauliac is the ancestor of today’s forceps. The pelican was used until the 18th century when it was replaced by the dental key which was used until the 20th century when the modern forceps were introduced.

[10/22/19]   There are gum diseases that can be treated without the patient having to undergo surgery. A common condition that can be cured without surgery is gingivitis, which can be treated with simple gum therapy methods.

[10/17/19]   Don’t put off getting cavities filled. Untreated cavities can lead to bone damage, nerve damage and infections. These problems require more extensive dental work such as root canals and crowns, which in turn leads to greater out-of-pocket expense for you.

[10/15/19]   Water offers many benefits and one of these is maintaining good dental health. It is recommended that you drink some after every meal as this helps wash away food particles. More importantly, drinking water helps neutralize the mouth's acidity as acids left by food tend to stick around.

[10/10/19]   Dental issues can cause more problems than losing teeth. Research has shown that there is a direct link between poor dental health and hygiene and cardiovascular disease. Have a heart and visit the dentist regularly.

[10/08/19]   Did you know that the hand you use for writing usually determines the side you’ll chew on? This means that if you’re right-handed, you’re more likely to chew on your right side and vice versa.

[10/03/19]   Honest communication with your dentist is perhaps the best way to have a smooth dental procedure. If you have even the faintest amount of feeling when we start your procedure, please let us know so that we can ensure you’re fully numb before we continue.

[10/01/19]   Gum disease is one condition that can be treated by using lasers, which work to reshape gums and remove bacteria.

[09/26/19]   Did you know that 50% of people say that a smile is the first thing they notice about someone? Dentists recommend that you brush twice a day and floss daily so your smile is always shiny and white.

[09/24/19]   The primary use of a hard tissue laser is to cut into bone and teeth with extreme precision. Hard tissue lasers are often used in the “prepping” or “shaping” of teeth for composite bonding, which is the removal of small amounts of tooth structure and the repair of worn down dental fillings.

[09/19/19]   Did you know that many types of toothpaste products are not approved for children less than 6 years of age? When choosing the right toothpaste for your child, be sure to read the labels and consult with your dentist if you have any questions.

[09/17/19]   What is Photobiomodulation? This is an exciting procedure in the field of laser dentistry that utilizes lasers to regenerate nerves and blood vessels that have been damaged. Photobiomodulation can even be used to reduce and sometimes eliminate scars around teeth or gums.

[09/12/19]   What used to be called “conscious sedation” has been given a more appropriate label – moderate sedation. Under this type of anesthesia, you will not feel any pain and it is unlikely you will remember the procedure; however, you may carry on a conversation, although you may be difficult to understand.

[09/10/19]   When you first identify your TMJ disorder symptoms, you’ll likely first speak with your family doctor or dentist. If their recommended treatments don’t provide enough relief, you should see a specialist.

[09/05/19]   Does the thought of having a dentist use a drill on your teeth cause you anxiety? Your dentist may be able to use a laser instead of a drill.

[09/03/19]   For reasons doctors don’t quite understand, TMJ is most likely to surface in women during their early 20s or between the ages of 40 and 50. Most dentists use non-invasive methods to provide relief and help TMJ sufferers regain normal functionality.

[08/29/19]   If you have dental insurance, regularly scheduled teeth cleaning will help you keep your benefits in place, and prevent inadvertently voiding them should more extensive work be needed. If you suffer from anxiety about visiting the dentist, talk to us about how mild sedation will help.

[08/27/19]   When you visit us, some questions we may ask you are whether your pain is constant, or if your symptoms come and go.

[08/22/19]   Did you know that many soft tissue procedures performed with dental lasers often do not require stitches or sutures? Just one of the many benefits of newer laser dental procedures includes the ability to forgo the use of stitches.

[08/20/19]   Because normal saliva production is so important to the health of the gums and teeth, it is important to talk with your dentist if you are currently taking medication that reduces saliva production or contributes to dry mouth.

[08/15/19]   In order to properly diagnose TMJ, the dentist may recommend an X-ray, CT or MRI scan. These medical imaging technologies allow the dentist to see if the jaw is properly aligned and examine the structural integrity of the bone.

[08/13/19]   The type of sedatives prescribed by a dentist will depend in part on the type of procedure being performed, as well as the patient’s medical condition and any other drugs they might take. The most popular class of sedatives used are benzodiazepines.

[08/08/19]   Did you know that researchers are working with a relatively unknown plant in Mexico that's much sweeter than table sugar but doesn't contribute to tooth decay and may soon be developed as a sweetener substitute?

[08/06/19]   While TMJ disorders most often occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40 years, they can also occur at any age. That’s why it’s important to seek medical attention if you suspect you may have a TMJ disorder.

[08/01/19]   It’s important to remember that not all soft tissue surgeries in the mouth will always require stitches. If you’d like to avoid the discomfort of having these in your mouth, we’re always happy to discuss whether laser surgery is an appropriate option.

[07/30/19]   Sugar damages teeth because it feeds bacteria (those germs have to eat something) which, in turn creates an acid that eats tooth enamel. Candy is not the only source of sugar; some dried fruits, like raisins, contain a higher percentage of sugar than drugstore candy.

[07/25/19]   One of the biggest fears of dental patients is the drill. Hard tissue dental lasers may eliminate the need for the traditional turbine dental drill. Also, they typically eliminate the need for a local anesthetic injection.

[07/23/19]   Dental floss is considered an integral part of gum and dental care these days, but it's really an ancient routine. Researchers have discovered remnants of dental floss and toothpicks in the teeth of prehistoric humans from thousands of years ago.

[07/18/19]   One of the most popular questions is whether or not sedation will be covered by your insurance. A lot of this depends on the procedure and the type of insurance you have. A sedation dentist will give you all the information you need to check whether it's covered.

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9915 Seaview Ave, Ste 1
Brooklyn, NY

General information

Appointments: We respect appointment times. When you schedule with us, our staff will be ready to work for you. Our Dentist: Dr. Rafal has been in this location since 1984, and Dr. Homburger has been here for more than 20 years. Memberships: American Dental Association | Second District Dental Society | New York State Dental Society

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 15:00
Saturday 08:00 - 13:30
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