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Dr. Sal Varano: Helping Patients Look Their Best


December 04, 2008

Dr Varano continues an 18 year tradition of excellence in dentistry. Graduating at the top of his class from New York University, Dr. Varano is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. He takes over 50 hours of continuing education a year in order to stay on the leading edge of the profession. A past president of the Eastern Dental Society, Dr. Varano is active in the dental community, speaking to dentists at dental meetings throughout the year. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, Nassau County Dental Society, the Franklin Square Study Group, and the Garden City Study Society. His recent relocation to his state-of-the art facility in Garden City is a culmination of his professional commitment to providing patients a comfortable, warm atmosphere in a genuine and caring environment.


Dental1: Can you explain how your practice completes a full implant procedure?


Dr. Varano: One of the preeminent principles of our office is open and clear communication with our patients and I am particularly proud of our ability to just listen. It is amazing how often a patient will thank us for just taking the time to hear their concerns and talking with them, not to them. We explain to the patient the pros and cons of dental implants, if they are a candidate, and what preliminary procedures might be required. We’ve recently relocated into a brand-new facility and have the ability to use a variety of educational tools to help our patients make an informed decision. This might include use of the intraoral camera displayed on one of our flat screen televisions in each treatment room, a Straumann DVD on patient experiences or even simply reviewing a digital x-ray.


Once an initial treatment plan is formulated, the patient is referred to a surgeon who, as part of the team approach, contributes his input to the final treatment plan. It is important for each member of the team to be on the same page as we know each other’s treatment philosophies and abilities. Treatment planning is the most important aspect of implant dentistry and when planned with attention to detail and a concept of the desired final result of the patient , treatment will progress in a predictable fashion.


Dental1: Regarding tooth replacement, how importance is appearance to your patients?


Dr. Varano: Today we all want to look our best regardless of our age and background. At Varano Dental Excellence we strive to satisfiy a patient’s esthetic desires to look and feel their best. This is why we take the time to hear what people want, and can subsequently come up with a series of solutions that address their goals and still follow the best medical and dental standards.


Dental1: What are the most common questions patients ask and how do you answer them?


Dr. Varano: Question: How long will the whole process take? I explain it all depends on the complexity of the individual case, and can range from weeks to over six months.


Question: Will I have to go a long time without my teeth? I explain that we can almost always provide an immediate temporary restoration.


Question: Will it hurt? I explain that the procedure is usually done under local anesthesia,and is often easier on the patient than some other procedures they may have had. In fact, the almost universal response when a patient returns from the surgeon is “I can’t believe I waited so long ; that was so easy!”


Question: How much will it cost and is any of it covered by my insurance? I explain that it all depends upon the plan that their employer purchased; we work hard to maximize your benefits and will do what we can to get you every dollar to which you are entitled. In addition, we do have various payment plans available, including interest-free options.


Dental1: What do you find to be the biggest challenge in your practice?


Dr. Varano: Believe it or not, it is trying to get patients away from those preconceived ideas they have of what dental implants are. Once they begin to realize that this is the dentistry of today and not some exotic treatment beyond their reach, the obstacles are removed.


Dental1: Do you think we will reach a point where dental implants replace traditional crown and bridge as the standard of care?


Dr. Varano: We’re already there. When I graduated from my residency at the New York VA Hospital, implants were still treated as these elusive treatments that came from Europe. Now 20 years later , they are as much a part of the dentisty in the United States as gloves and masks.


Dental1: Is there anything else you would like to share with the Dental1 community?


Dr. Varano: The abilty to never have to wear a denture, or grind down a perfectly healthy tooth just to “get a bridge“ is an amazing concept in dentistry today, just as the ability to read this article on a computer screen is an amazing concept that many of us never would have conceptualized even 15, 20 years ago. Our office and our staff are excited to share our love of what we do with our patients. The caring ,the concern, the meticulous attention to detail in a comfortable state-of-the-art environment is all part of what we offer. We invite you to visit us in person at our office in Garden City, NY or online to see if we can offer you something special.


Last updated: 04-Dec-08

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