When it comes to addressing all of your dental needs in one place, Advanced Dental Arts NYC, founded, by Dr. Todd Bertman, has just what it takes to get you the perfect smile – and that is sure to make you smile.
Dr. Bertman, who grew up on Long Island, went to school in Pittsburgh where he stayed for dental school before relocating to New York City. He then did his residency at Kings County Hospital and moved back to Manhattan where he has been making mouth miracles happen for over two decades.
Advanced Dental Arts NYC, a multi-specialty practice which includes oral surgeons, ortho-
dontists, periodontists, endodontists and general dentists, is designed to give you the most convenient dental experience. “I developed the office so that you can come in and be seen by different dental specialists instead of traveling around,” says Dr. Bertman. “You can come in for a simple cleaning or anything else that might need to be done can be managed right here. New Yorkers expect convenience and great care, of course.”
He might have been practicing dentistry for over 20 years, but this dedicated dentist, whose practice has over 15,000 patients, could not have anticipated the perils brought on by the pandemic.
“We were closed for two and a half months during which time we had no patients and no income. I was forced to let go of some of our original 27 staff members which included nine doctors while we waited to get back into tour routine. We kept about six or seven people on salary. At the time people were quarantining and navigating through phone and Zoom calls, but its incredibly difficult to treat patients over the phone. We’re not a work from home type of business!”
Since reopening in July, most of his patients have been coming back into the office. According to Dr. Bertman, the dental field as a whole was more mentally and physically prepared for going back to work than other industries because they were already accustomed to wearing masks and gloves and constantly sanitizing to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. “Even prior to the pandemic, we were always taking Universal Pre-cautions. This is an approach to infection control whereby we treat all human blood and body fluids as if they were known to be infectious.”
Additional measures they have taken to minimize the spread of the virus include limiting the number of patients they see at one time. They have also incorporated air filtration systems like HEPA in each operatory room, and continue to make sure the operatories remain sealed off. A professional cleaning crew is in twice a week using hospital grade disinfectant. Their typical dental cleanings aren’t typical…instead of using a cavitron or ultrasonic cleaning devices, they use diode lasers so that it minimizes aerosols. The cavitron vibrates and spits water, creating an aerosol. Aerosols are tiny drops of water that linger in the air for hours. This can cause cross contamination. By using the laser instead, it minimizes aerosols. “Dental offices are regarded as one of the highest at-risk places for coronavirus, so we were always looking for the best ways to address the issues at hand and make things as safe as possible.”
Dr. Bertman’s pioneering practice, which he originally opened in Greenwich Village before relocating to Midtown, has now been back downtown forten years. Currently located on 9th and University, Dr. Bertman and his team are getting people’s gums back to their gloriousness with a laser procedure called the LANAP protocol. “For the past several years I’ve been treating severe gum disease using a laser. That’s super important because we are now able to treat gum disease more effectively with way better results. Over half of all adults suffer from severe periodontal disease. The dental industry has been treating this disease all wrong for many years by cutting the gums open, cleaning out the bacteria, and then sewing you back up. Not only is this extremely painful, but the results don’t compare to what we see with a laser. By using a laser, we are able to naturally allow the body to heal and grow bone in the jaw. The best part is no scalpels or sutures. We recently treated a 41-year-old patient whose teeth were loose. Instead of pulling her teeth, we were able to use the LANAP protocol to save them. This procedure leads to new bone growth in the jaw allowing her loose teeth to tighten up. We were then able to use Invisalign to finish her smile. This type of stuff just isn’t taught in dental school.”
Additionally, a celebrity chef presented with loose teeth and the fear of the inability to chew his meals, confidently. After LANAP, his natural teeth tightened up and once again enjoyed every bite. The anecdotes are endless. From correcting dental disease to implementing cosmetic procedures, this downtown practice offers a one stop solution for all your dental needs! Including options for metal-free implants or a smile re-designed through custom porcelain veneers. So why aren’t other dental practitioners as innovative? Lasers are costly and it’s not taught in dental school. When it comes to addressing your appearance, this laser can also erase common growths or lesions of the tongue and lips. Recently, a young bride-to-be needed a growth on her lip removed just days prior to her
wedding. The growth was removed in under five minutes and she was confidently photo-ready! “I strongly believe the dental profession has the opportunity and the obligation to improve the quality of people’s lives.”
Dr. Bertman is bringing back smiles by changing people’s lives!