These days, Dr. Michael Abrams is running on pure adrenaline. Specializing in both orthodontics and periodontics, this dually trained dentist is a double threat. Since he opened Manhasset Dental Arts, a new state-of-the-art facility, with his sister-in-law, Dr. Elizabeth Abrams, also a dentist specializing in general and cosmetic dentistry (dental trauma too, especially in children), he hasn’t gotten very much rest. Nevertheless, he is enjoying the rush of delivering healthy smiles his patients love.
“I haven’t slept since 2016,” laughs Dr. Abrams, who had just returned from a dental trip in California and was back in his office hours later treating patients with his friendly and down- to-earth demeanor.
Since Manhasset Dental Arts opened its doors seven months ago, Dr. Abrams and his team have been getting high marks for the personal attention and care they give each patient. Their modern office, professional staff and state-of-the-art technology has made a scary trip to the dentist for some, a pain-free and even pleasant experience. One female patient described the treatment as five-star. She even loved some of the
“I got to watch YouTube and music videos while they worked on my teeth,” the patient said. “Even their water system is purified alkaline water. It was like my mouth was having a spa treatment during my cleaning. It’s unlike any other dental office I have ever gone to.”
Dr. Abrams also lectures nationally with the Greater New York Dental Meeting, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and NYU. Teaching and inspiring residents about a field he is so passionate about, he says, is always a thrill.
Question: What excites you about dentistry?
Answer: The interdisciplinary connection between periodontics and orthodontics, along with other branches of general and specialized dentistry.
Q: Can you tell us some of the common problems you see in your practice?
A: I see a lot of gingival recession due to misalignment of the teeth or even of the jaws, causing instability to the underlying foundational bone and gums. It’s so important to properly diagnose orthodontic issues, as this can lead to increased susceptibility to periodontal disease and cavities. I also see potential airway problems, as a result of misalignment.
Q: How has dentistry changed in the last decade?
A: Technology advances every day, and it’s our job to keep up so we can provide the most up-to-date and highest-quality level treatment for our patients. Some of these new developments are 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans. We use these to evaluate for possible tooth root fractures, to aid in root canal treatment and implant dentistry. Dental impressions have also changed for the better. The gooey materials that were once used are now replaced with digital impression scans. We can also treat disease with minimally invasive lasers instead of traditional surgery. We even have custom braces that go on the back side of your teeth, so they are truly invisible.
Dr. Abrams resides in Manhattan, and Dr. Elizabeth Abrams lives in Manhasset with her husband and three children. Both are excited to be part of the Long Island community.
To book an appointment contact Manhasset Dental Arts, 16 Park Ave., Manhasset. 516-472-7575. manhassetdentalarts.com.