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Despite its unusual name, the all-on-4 technique can be described simply as restoring the entire upper or lower jaws with four implants. They are permanent teeth that look and feel natural which are installed by Arash Vahid and the other professional dental associates at AV Dental Associates in Jersey City.


•    Can restore your facial features
•    Prevent bone deterioration
•    Allow you to once again eat your favorite foods again
•    Help you bite with up to 70% more force
•    Let you feel the temperature of your food as well as the taste
•    Do not press down uncomfortably on your gums
•    Do not need to be taken out at night
•    Can be brushed like regular teeth.

Traditional implants use anywhere from six to eight implants. However, all-in-4s use just four implants per arch and are placed at an angle, allowing you to use your natural bone for support.

Your implants are crafted by hand to match your teeth perfectly and make your smile something you are proud to show off again. You will not need to leave the office without teeth during the manufacture of your all-on-4s. 

The all-in-4 technique is ideal for someone who may be currently wearing dentures or may need them. While your age is not important, you do need to be in good health to take advantage of this technique.

The results of all-on-4s generally make our clients very happy because they restore their smiles. In addition, they are able to clean their teeth normally and enjoy the freedom from dentures.


When a dentist speaks of “immediate implants,” he or she is referring to “one stage” or “one piece” implants that were introduced in around 2003 and replace traditional implant surgery. Immediate dental implants are a hassle-free treatment to replace missing teeth quickly and avoid missing work or school or regular activities. The duration of treatment is very short as compared to the normal process, as is the time required for healing.

Immediate implants allow you to avoid two or multiple stage dental implants of the past, which may have involved flap surgery. This may have required suturing your gums and would have made a significant healing period necessary.  It also may have involved many trips to the dentist, which can cause hassle and anxiety.

With immediate implants you will:

•    Avoid invasive flap surgery
•    Undergo a painless procedure
•    Be fitted with implants made of high-tech titanium
•    Be fitted with bio-compatible implants
•    Receive one piece implants

In much less time than traditional implants once took, Dr. Vahid and his professional dental associates at the friendly Jersey City office can assist you in regaining your smile in a fraction of the time it would have taken in the past.

During the procedure, Dr. Vahid or an associate drills a small hole using a local anesthesia and light pain medication like Ibuprofen. A small titanium post much like a screw is then inserted and a temporary tooth is placed on the titanium post. The post is durable and allows you to leave the office with no gaps.

The time frame for a typical immediate dental implant varies from 30 minutes to an hour. Dr. Vahid or an associate will explain what to avoid and how to treat your implant until the permanent tooth can be affixed.  Usually, patients are asked to avoid foods like apples, carrots or anything hard as the post becomes fully attached to the jaw. Later, the patient returns to receive the permanent tooth. However, the benefit is that only the patient ever knows about the missing tooth because the tooth never appears to be missing as the replacement is repaired.

Immediate dental implants are one of the latest developments in the field of dentistry and just one of the services offered at AV Dental in Jersey City.



Approved by the USDA in 2004, laser assisted periodontal therapy or LAPT is a very safe and effective way to treat periodontal disease. Using a precision laser, Dr. Vahid and the dental professionals at the Jersey City office can treat gum disease without using traditional scalpel cutting techniques. No tissue is removed while 99% of the bacteria causing the disease in the periodontal pockets is removed. This non-surgical technique is considered non-invasive.

Traditional methods of repairing gum disease usually involve suturing while laser assisted periodontal therapy corrects gum disease quickly. In addition, the procedure is virtually pain free. Faster recovery is another benefit of laser assisted periodontal therapy.

Your medical history is first discussed, to rule out any conditions that would affect your ability to heal from the therapy. Then a thorough exam is performed to assess what level of treatment you might require.

On the day of your appointment for laser assisted periodontal therapy, a very small laser is inserted in the place the infection is harbored between gums and teeth and the bacterial infection is removed.

The laser destroys bacteria that encourage gum disease while activating the healing process of the soft tissue. Laser therapy can also help increase blood circulation at the bottom of diseased pockets while assisting in regeneration of gum attachment. A series of treatments may be prescribed. With this approach, the majority of patients with even deep pockets from 6 to 9 mm can benefit.

The diode laser used in LAPT cuts and coagulates at the same time, facilitating faster postoperative healing time and fewer post-operative complications, and infection.

You can probably go about your normal routine the very next day after treatment.





Everyone gets plaque but some develop it more robustly than others and can benefit from scaling and root planing. Regular brushing and flossing help keep plaque and calculus in check but can’t always guarantee your mouth will be disease free. Sometimes patients need more attention than regular brushing and flossing can provide.

Also known as conventional periodontal therapy, scaling and root planning is also referred to as deep cleaning. This process eliminates dental plaque and calculus, which can cause inflammation and lead to tooth decay. These procedures can treat gum disease before it comes so severe that you risk tooth loss.

By doing deep this deep cleaning, Dr. Vahid and his professional associates at the Jersey City office can help you make sure you avoid more serious and costly dental procedures. This can be done when gums show signs of disease such as gums have started to pull away from the teeth. It is also a solution to hard mineral deposits or tartar that are otherwise more difficult to remove.

You may be asked, based on your medical background, to take a course of oral antibiotics before the treatment to ensure that any bacteria that enters the bloodstream is neutralized and does not cause harm. When you come for the treatment you can expect local anesthesia, which will numb your gums and lips. The dentist will use tools to remove hardened plaque or calculus from around and between each tooth.

After the procedure, you must brush and floss regularly to prevent the same problems from resurfacing.


Diabetics are at risk for damage to their nerves, eyes heart and other organs including the gums. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection of the gum and/or bone that holds the teeth in place and allows them to do their job of masticating food. When gum disease is left untreated it can lead to pain during chewing and eventually, tooth loss. People with unregulated blood sugar are more prone to develop gum disease.

Because diabetics are more prone to periodontal disease, it is important to let the dental professionals at AV Dental know you have that condition. Because blood vessel difficulties are common in diabetes, they can increase gum disease. When blood vessels are not healthy they do not process nutrients correctly and do not effectively eliminate the body’s waste materials, which can weaken resistance of bone and gum tissue and make it prone to infection.

Bacteria thrive on sugar and when diabetes makes regulating blood sugar difficult, bacteria can increase and lead to more gum disease. High glucose levels in diabetic mouths can lead to early gum disease.

Smoking also increases the risk for gum disease and with diabetes, sets the stage for gum disease and other long-term health effects. In fact, if you smoke and have with diabetes and are age 45 or older, you are 20 times more likely than a person without these risk factors to get severe gum disease.

Luckily, the experts at AV dental Associates in Jersey City can assist you with sound advice. Schedule an appointment today to talk to a dentist about what you can do to get ahead of diabetic periodontal disease. If you are already experiencing symptoms of gum disease, we can help! Dr. Arash Vahid and his associates can assess your situation and recommend how to control the existing gum disease and prevent further damage.


If you feel anxiety about visiting the dentist, you are not alone. Many patients experience intense nervousness when faced with the prospect of any dental procedure, even from something as simple as a regular cleaning.

At AV Dental Associates in Jersey City, we administer anxiety-reducing medications to patients who are anxious about dental procedures. This simply means AV Dental’s trained and certified Jersey City staff is authorized to administer medication to make you more comfortable and free from anxiety during the procedure.

Sometimes called “sleep dentistry,” sedation dentistry allows you to relax – you will be on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened. The difference between sedation dentistry and general anesthesia is that under anesthesia you cannot easily be awakened.

Sedation can be administered in multiple forms:

Oral sedation is given via pill and can range from minimal to moderate. Usually, the drug given is similar to something like Valium and is easily tolerated and harbors very little risk. The pill makes you very drowsy and may cause you to become groggy enough to need a ride home from AV Dental Associates’ offices.

Inhaled minimal sedation is administered through a nose mask and is more commonly known as laughing gas or nitrous oxide. This form of sedation usually allows you to drive yourself home without help.

IV moderate sedation involves receiving the drug through a vein with an IV and allows AV Dental associates trained professionals to adjust the dosing in real-time.

Of course, in addition to sedation you will also receive topical anesthetic at the site being worked on during the procedure to relieve any discomfort the procedure may cause.


Maybe you had a tooth knocked out in an accident. Perhaps crown got dislodged while you were enjoying caramel corn. Maybe your tooth is causing you tremendous pain and you have no idea why. There is a wide range of dental issues considered emergencies. Chances are that if you are feeling a lot of pain that has lasted for a few days or more, it is time to call AV Dental Associates.

While there is never a good time to have an emergency emergency problem, the good news is that the professionals at AV Dental are standing by to help you with your unplanned dental problem.

If you are in a situation where your tooth was knocked out and you can recover the tooth, please bring it to Dr. Vahid and his associates in a glass of milk. For lost dental crowns or fillings, use a piece of sugar-free gum to fill the gap and seek emergency dentistry care as soon as possible.

Most importantly, do not worry. All you need to do is call our Jersey City office at (201) 484-7759.

One of our customers had this to say about us on Google Reviews:
 “I went to AV Dental a couple months ago with a terrible tooth ache.  My prior dentist had done a horrific job.  I called AV Dental and they scheduled me an emergency apt. in which I am very grateful because Dr. V helped me a lot. He took away the pain and I'm finally done with my Root Canal. I am sticking with this office for future dental work and checkups. I appreciate the staff because they are approachable and very sweet. Thank you guys for making my dentist visits pleasant!

No matter the issue you are having, you can count on AV Dental Associates to expedite your emergency appointment to make certain you are comfortable in no time. Don’t let your dental problem go or wait – it could get worse.



The words “oral surgery” can be intimidating if you’re unclear on what your procedure will entail. At AV Dental Associates, we take the time to explain your procedure every step of the way and make sure you know what to expect. From diagnosis to surgery plan, we take the time to make your care optimal.

To properly treat any problems involving the teeth or your jaw, X-rays are usually necessary. Before surgery, the dentists at AV Dental Associates will examine your X-rays to proceed with the most minimally invasive procedure possible.

Any risks will be discussed with you prior to surgery and you will be in the best of hands before, during and after the procedure. You should plan for a family member or friend to drive you home after your surgery so you can rest and heal after your oral surgery.

Oral surgery can include a simple tooth extraction or involve more complex procedures. Teeth are only removed in cases where disease is discovered, a tooth is injured, or if overcrowding in the mouth necessitates it.

Wisdom teeth extraction also falls under the heading of oral surgery, another service offered at our Jersey City offices. By the time they reach about eighteen, young adults have 32 teeth. The Third Molars, also known as "wisdom teeth" often need to be removed. This often requires general anesthesia. AV Dental Associates are highly trained and confident in providing safe office general anesthesia for wisdom tooth extraction and all other oral surgeries.

During the procedure, the goal is to complete the surgery as efficiently as possible and to eliminate the problem. The patient’s comfort is considered every step of the way and monitored constantly.

After teeth are removed, the gums are sutured and sterilized. After the procedure, you can expect to rest in the office under professional supervision until you are ready to be taken home by your ride. Often post-operative antibiotics are prescribed as a precaution to avoid infection or complications.

Should you have any questions about your oral surgery, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at our Jersey City office.


Dental implants can dramatically improve your appearance and your life. AV Dental Associates are experts in dental implant technology. You will be amazed at how replacing the damaged tooth that has embarassed you for so long can enhance your appearance.

A dental implant, also known as an endosseous implant or fixture, is a surgical component installed into the bones of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis.

These can include crowns, bridges, dentures and even act as anchors for orthodontics. The basic technique used for dental implants today is osseointegration, which involves materials such as titanium and others. AV Dental’s expertise allows the titanium to form a bond with the patient’s bone for a permanent solution to the problem. The implant fixture is first placed, so that it is likely to osseointegrate by correct placement.

Healing time depends on how quickly the patient’s body allows osseointegration to take place before the dental prosthetic is attached to the implant or an abutment is placed which will hold a dental prosthetic.


What is Endodontics?

About Root Canals
Endodontics refers to the practice of what is more commonly called “root canals.” Staff members at AV Dental are well versed in delicate root canal therapies. In addition, our Jersey City team is adept at making what can be an anxiety-prone situation easy and pain-free.

When you are referred to an endodontist, it is likely you have a specific dental issue that needs extra attention. Endondontists are much more experienced in performing root canals and make use of the latest and most advanced techniques to make the process a minor inconvenience.

A patient with pulp damage will often come to AV Dental Associates with extreme sensitivity to hold and cold as well as a toothache. Because allowing a tooth with damaged pulp to remain unchecked can ultimately lead to losing the tooth entirely, our experienced Jersey City, New Jersey staff will work to insure you can obtain a timely appointment to fix the issue.

What to Expect
At the visit for the root canal, you will likely first receive local anesthetic to help make the procedure as pleasant as possible and prevent pain. The tooth receiving the root canal will be thoroughly dried and prepped for the procedure using special tools. In general, a root canal procedure takes just one visit. However, if your case is especially complicated, multiple visits may be necessary.

In general, root canals can allow AV Dental Associates to salvage a damaged tooth that might otherwise need to be removed. However, a tooth that receives a root canal is general weaker than a normal tooth thereafter. So after receiving a root canal, AV Dental Associates will likely schedule you for a checkup approximately six months later.

Once the root canal has been completed, you should no longer experience pain or sensitivity in the area.


Yan Quintana was born in Cuba. He moved to New York in his early 20s after attending college in Miami. He received his dental degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Quintana completed a six year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Columbia where he served as chief resident during his last year of training.

Dr Quintana practices full scope oral and maxillofacial surgery. This includes extraction of teeth, dental implants, bone grafting both major and minor, and general anesthesia. Also included are the diagnosis and treatment of pathology, diagnosis and treatment of TM joint disease, jaw surgery in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, facial trauma, and cosmetic facial surgery including Botox and cosmetic fillers. His special interest is orthodontic jaw surgery. He admits his patients to New York Presbyterian. His goal is to provide surgical excellence, while making each and every patient as comfortable as possible.


Dr. Jonathan Mendia earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. After, Dr. Mendia completed a post-doctoral residency in Dental Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, one of only six highly specialized Dental Anesthesiology programs in the country. Dr. Mendia’s specialized training includes all levels of anesthesia services.

In addition to serving as Assistant Clinical Professor of Dental Anesthesia at Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine, Dr Mendia provides continuing education courses on IV Sedation and medical emergencies. He holds certifications in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

Dr Mendia safely sedates pediatric, special needs, and geriatric patients, as well as anxious or dental phobic adults, providing a comfortable environment for both the patient and Dentist. Dr. Mendia aims to minimize patients’ dental fears and ensure that all of his patients feel more comfortable during their dental care.
Dr. Mendia resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife and son. His personal interests include sporting events, physical fitness and traveling.

Dr. Dinani is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, a leading school in the field of educating and training dentists. He opted to further his skills by joining a General Practice Residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Here he excelled in handling emergency care and treating patients with advanced dental disease in an effective and painless manner.

Although born in America, Dr. Dinani spent 18 years in Tanzania – a beautiful country by the east coast of Africa. This has given Dr. Dinani a unique perspective into life, and one that you should ask him about! In his free time, he enjoys to play and watch soccer and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Dinani is a member of several organizations including the following:

The American Dental Association
The New Jersey Dental Association
The Middlesex County Dental Society
The Academy of General Dentistry


Ingry's dental background began as a sophomore in Newark Tech high school where she took Dental assistant classes until her senior year. After graduation, she decided to take a further step in her dental career to become a Dental Hygienist. She graduated from UMDNJ (now known as Rutgers) in 2010 and obtained a degree in Dental Hygiene. Ingry joined AV Dental Associates PA in January of 2014. Now 4 years into her career she continues to love what she does and grows more passionate about her profession. Her number one priority is to make her patients comfortable and educate them about the importance of good oral health.


After graduating in the top 10% of his class at Vanderbilt University in 2009, Dr. Zaffetti decided to pursue his doctoral training at New York University College of Dentistry, which he attended from 2009 to 2013.   Upon receiving his DDS degree, he went on to receive an additional year of post-doctoral training at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center GPR.  Dr. Zaffetti is a member of the ADA, NJDA, AGD and Hudson County Dental Society.  Dr. Zaffetti is committed to lifelong learning and will be attending the NYU Clinical Implantology Program in the fall of 2014.

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (May 20, 2014) ­­– AV Dental Associates is pleased to announce the expansion of its downtown Jersey City business located just blocks away from Journal Square.

Founded in March of 2012, the practice offers a wide range of general and specialty dental services to the residents of Jersey City and the surrounding areas. As of Jan 2014 the office has converted to digital patient charts, digital x-rays and expanded its capacity from 3 dental operatories to 5. The office is equipped with the latest technology including soft tissue lasers (for bladeless gum surgery), intra-oral cameras (used to take pictures of the mouth and then projected them onto TV screens for patient education), Vizilite oral cancer screening, digital panoramic x-rays and zoom whitening. The staff includes a full timehygienist, two general dentists, an oral surgeon and soon to be joining an endodontist (root canal specialist). A comprehensive hygiene department has been established to treat gum disease which is prevalent in 75% of the adult US population.
AV Dental Associates is also striving to make your experience as relaxing and stress free as possible. All dental operatory are equipped with comfortable dental chairs, HD TVs, Netflix service, WIFI and cable TV. They offer nitrous to help reduce anxiety.  Also, as of July 1st 2014 oral conscious sedation will be added to the list of services offered to the patients for an even more relaxing experience.
The auxiliary staff of highly trained dental assistants, insurance coordinators and schedule coordinators are devoted to providing the individuals with the best patient experience at AV Dental Associates PA. The dental assistants are well trained in the latest trends in dentistry and patient education. The insurance coordinators can assist each individual with their dental insurance coverage. AV Dental Associates PA accepts most major dental insurances and take care of processing the claims for their patients.
Services provided range from routine dental services such as exam, dental cleanings, fillings, dentures, crowns, root canals, and cosmetic dentistry to specialty services such as dental implants, bone grafts, wisdom teeth extractions, biopsies, oral surgery and root canal retreatment. Dental sleep medicine services are also offered to patients with sleep apnea improving their sleep, and as a result, their lives.
The cosmetic dental procedures offered include: veneers, zoom whitening, invisalign braces (invisible braces), six months smiles (clear braces), and white fillings. These procedures are geared towards improving one’s appearance, smile and self-confidence.
 Our dentists are also trained in the latest state-of-the-art dental techniques such as laser gum surgery. As opposed to traditional gum surgery where blades are used to cut the gum, the laser beam vaporizes unhealthy gum tissue without the need for cutting. This translates into much less post-operative discomfort and faster healing time.
AV Dental Associates use of state-of-the-art dental technology combined with highly trained staff, excellent customer service and regularly conducted customer surveys is what sets them apart from other practices in the area. Whether you need a simple dental cleaning, a cosmetic makeover, or restoration of your teeth, the staff at AV Dental Associates PA are committed to giving you the personalized attention you deserve.
Please visit our web site to watch informational videos about the dental procedure you may need and to read what our patients have to say about our practice.
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