Dr. Michael Acquista D.D.S.
Dentist | General Practice479 Bay Ridge Pkwy Brooklyn NY, 11209
Hi, I'm Michael Acquista DDS. I got my dental degree from Columbia School of Dental & Oral Surgery and have been in private practice in Bay Ridge for over 30 years. My office is small and you will receive individual attention. I offer the best ways to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, the best Cosmetic Dentistry and esthetics, filling materials, crowns, bridges, implant restorations and dentures. I promise I will exceed your expectations and do everything possible to explain your conditions and treatment options as well as being gentle and thorough. We perform all dental procedures except Orthodontics, complex extractions and surgery, but I will refer you to the finest specialists if need be.
Education and Training
Columbia College of Arts and Sciences B.A. Pre-Med / Philosophy 1977
Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery D.D.S. 1981
Dr. Michael Acquista D.D.S.'s Expert Contributions
Healthy eating: It is so important, but Doctors don't learn much about it. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, suggested we should, but not much has happened. I want that to change. I lecture to other Doctors and my patients about it, and on smilebayridge.com, I have hyperlinks to...
How painful is a dental bone graft?
Grafting doesn’t hurt, but if it is with a routine extraction that is what makes it sore. READ MORE
What causes sore gums under dentures?
If they are over 10 yrs. old, the fit is poor and that irritates the gums. If they are new, then they are sore spots, which is typical, but you must return for adjustments. READ MORE
What is the easiest way to straighten your teeth?
Go to the dentist. They will evaluate and discuss options. READ MORE
What can you not eat with lingual braces?
Eat whatever, no exceptions READ MORE
Tell your dentist. They will get medical clearance from your physician with instructions. READ MORE
Yes, or a dentist. You may need antibiotics or dry socket paste. READ MORE
Yes, it might be herpes. Usually occurs on the borders of the lip, forming a bubble that eventually pops and resolves, lasting 1-3 weeks. Go to your dentist for evaluation. It is very contagious, especially when the bubble pops, and you can get a prescription which can be helpful if that is the case. READ MORE
Lump on tongue
Let the dentist look at it. If it is suspicious, you can have it biopsied, and they will find out what it is. READ MORE
How long will a temporary dental crown last?
It might fall out in a week or stay on for years, but it will begin to leak and the tooth will decay after a few weeks or months. The tooth also can shift after 2 weeks, and the crown might not fit, or it might be damaged after adjusting the crown for the “shift”. READ MORE
What is the cheapest way to fix crooked teeth?
Every case is different, so I cannot say. Go to the dentist and ask them to discuss your options. READ MORE
How bad do veneers hurt?
They don’t hurt. You may have some sensitivity with the temporaries, but no biggie. READ MORE
Should I avoid certain foods with a crown?
No. READ MORE
How long does it take to get 2 dental implants?
The implant placement is an hour or more. After 2-4 months impressions are taken and final crowns can be placed 1 month later. READ MORE
How are full dentures held in place?
Full dentures are held with suction. Sometimes denture adhesives are used to improve retention. READ MORE
Which mouthwash is best for removing plaque?
Brush your teeth with toothpaste and you can reach all of the plaque that the mouthwash would reach. But to remove the rest of the plaque, you need to use dental floss. READ MORE
Does Invisalign weaken teeth?
If orthodontics is done properly and you follow directions, you should be fine. If not, you might get extra tooth decay and/or bone loss around teeth. READ MORE
Do dentures look natural?
Yes, they can look very natural. Look at the set up of the teeth before processing, if possible. READ MORE
What percentage of an overbite do you need to get braces?
Overbite is not measured as a percentage. The indications for orthodontic therapy are complex. The doctor should tell you the pros and cons of getting or not getting treatment. This is informed consent, and it is the law. Once you have been informed, and all your questions have been answered, then make an informed decision. READ MORE
Can you wear a retainer with veneers?
Yes. It will also serve to protect the veneers if you grind your teeth at night. READ MORE
Should I be concerned about root canal pain?
It takes 6-8 weeks to completely heal. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- - 2017
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Ceramic Crowns
- Dental Fillings
- Implant Dentistry
- Initial Oral Examination
- Metal-free Crowns (ceramic Crowns)
- Night Guards
- Periodontal Treatment
- Root Canals
- Teeth Whitening
- Brushing And Flossing Instructions
- Fluoride Treatments
- Cosmetic Dentures
- Treating Bad Breath
- Diagnosing Oral Diseases
- Tooth Decay
- Periodontal (gum) Disease
- Tmj Problems
- Restoring Decayed Teeth
- Amalgam (silver) Fillings
- Composite Fillings
- Root Canal Therapy
- Non-surgical Gum Treatments
- Periodontal Therapy
- Dental Emergencies
- Traumatic Injuries
- Acdemy of General Dentistry, Steinway Study Club, Peninsula Dental Society,
- American Dental Association
- Professional Member Academy of General Dentistry
- Professional Member Steinway Study Club
- Professional Member Peninsula Dental Society
- Professional Member Bay Ridge Dental Society
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Guild for Exceptional Children
Areas of researchNutrition, Diabetes, Perioprotect medical device, Bioactive glass restorative materials, Holistic medicine, herbal remedies, fish oil, cholesterol medications.
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- What is a Yeast Infection?
Candidiasis is a type of fungal infection resulting from overgrowth of the yeast genus, Candida. The most predominant species in this genus is Candida albicans. The yeast survives in different parts of our body, including the skin, genitals, throat, and mouth. Growth of these organisms commonly...
- Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life
Dentists suggest that infection and inflammation of the oral cavity correlates with other medical conditions, like a heart attack or dementia, and can cause serious health concerns over a period of time. Although the causes and effects between oral health and health conditions are not yet...
- What Could Halitosis Mean?
IntroductionHalitosis is also referred to as bad breath in layman’s term. Having bad breath can be embarrassing and may sometimes cause anxiety. Bad breath is commonly experienced by people. In fact, 1 in every 15 people experiences halitosis on a regular basis. Halitosis has a number of...
- Can Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Help Prevent Periodontitis?
According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Diabetic Association, food containing polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) may help to prevent gum disease. Periodontitis is the most common type of gum disease in which the gum separates from the teeth, allowing the bacteria to...
- When are Dental Crowns Recommended?
What is a Dental Crown?Dental crowns are used for saving damaged or broken teeth, as well as when a tooth requires a root canal treatment. In order for the dental crown to get attached to the tooth, the tooth needs to be reduced in size first.A dental crown is a prosthetic superstructure that...
- Treat Gum Disease for Healthier Blood Vessels
Intensive treatment of gum diseases may help blood vessels and gums, reports a study published in, The New England Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted on 120 people who had severe gum disease, or peridontitis. In this condition, the gum line recedes and teeth loosens as the support is...
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