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Smiles for a lifetime thanks to Dr. Lichter
There was a time not that long ago when it
was assumed that missing, broken and yellow
teeth were just an unfortunate part of growing
old. Brooklyn dentist Joseph Lichter, DDS,
insists it no longer has to be that way.
“My motto,” says Dr. Lichter, “is smiles for
a lifetime.” By helping patients make informed
decisions about their oral health needs and
offering the latest in cosmetic dentistry,
Dr. Lichter is committed to maintain or, if
necessary, restore a beautiful smile.
“Sadly,” says Dr. Lichter, “dental problems
can have a real impact on quality of life. Many
people hold back from laughing or smiling
because they are uncomfortable about their
His new facility on Avenue P in Midwood
is not your grandfather’s dental office. Before
showing up for a first appointment, new patients
are encouraged to go online to fill out a “Smile
Analysis.” The analysis asks 17 questions that
help both the doctor and patient decide on a
course of treatment. The new patient is asked to
“tell us what you don’t like about your smile.”
Among the questions are: Are any of your teeth
yellow, stained or somewhat discolored? Do
you have any prior dental work that appears
unnatural? Are the edges of any teeth worn
down, chipped or uneven?
At the office patients will find four dentists,
skilled hygienists and the latest equipment
to meet all of their dental needs. But more
importantly, said Dr. Lichter, he and his staff
offer the care that their patients deserve.
“Unfortunately in today’s world some of the
care part has been lost. Skill and compassion
go hand-in-hand when providing exceptional
Whether they are performing traditional
dental procedures or cosmetic dentistry, Dr.
Lichter’s team takes an overall comprehensive
approach that takes into consideration the
patient’s entire body, not just the teeth.
Dr. Lichter said he is proud to bring stateof
the art dentistry to Midwood.
“I am always trying to be on the cutting edge
of my profession,” he said. He appreciates the
positive feedback he has been getting. The
new office space that has been tripled in size
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allows the team to accommodate more patients
This is a full service traditional dental
practice that has been in Midwood for more
than 65 years. Dr. Lichter is the third dentist to
run the office. Of course Dr. Lichter performs
traditional dental procedures such as teeth
cleaning, fillings, root canal therapy and the
removal of teeth. But in addition the practice
offers the latest in restorative and cosmetic
dentistry including implants, porcelain
veneers and crowns and fixed bridges. These
and similar procedures can make a broken
smile look like new.
The office offers Invis-align, an alternative
to metal braces that uses virtually invisible
plastic aligners that gently shift teeth into
place over a period of time. This alternative,
the doctor said, has become increasingly
popular with teens and adults. This procedure
can have a longterm impact on quality of life.
The good news, Dr. Lichter said, is that
people are learning to take better care of
their teeth. And as people in today’s world
expect to live longer they are more open to
what cosmetic dentistry has to offer.
He acknowledges that modern dentistry can
be expensive, especially for treatments that
are not covered by insurance. “Dentists,” he
explains, “can have extremely high overhead,
especially for work done outside the office.”
However Dr. Lichter said he attempts to keep
dentistry affordable so everyone can benefit.
His experience so far has been that patients
find the results well worth the investment.
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A spot or mole on the body can be a cause for concern. A seborrheic keratosis is one such
type of skin growth that is actually benign but may cause concern due to its appearance.
What is a seborrheic
Thanks to education and awareness
about skin cancer, more
people are taking heed of skin
growths and changes and visiting
their dermatologists. A spot or mole
on the body can be a cause for concern.
A seborrheic keratosis is one
such type of skin growth that is actually
benign but may cause concern
due to its appearance.
Seborrheic keratoses, or SKs, are
one of the most common noncancerous
skin growths, says The Mayo
Clinic. Although anyone can get
them, they are more common in middle
aged to older adults. Also known
as basal cell papilloma, senile warts,
or barnacles, these growths form as
a common sign of skin aging, according
to DermNet New Zealand.
The American Academy of Dermatology
says a seborrheic keratosis
may seem worrisome because it
can look like a wart, a pre-cancerous
skin growth, or even skin cancer.
However, despite their appearance,
SKs are harmless.
How do these form?
Seborrheic means “greasy” and
keratosis means “thickening of the
skin.” Despite the name, seborrheic
keratoses are not known to be caused
by an abundance of sebum in the
skin, nor are they limited to areas of
increased oil production. The exact
cause of SKs isn’t known, but some
doctors feel that an overproduction
of skin cells can cause a thickening
of the skin in certain areas.
The American Osteopathic College
of Dermatology offers that SKs
are most likely hereditary, and they
often are found on the trunk of the
body and where the face meets the
scalp. Sometimes seborrheic keratoses
may erupt during pregnancy,
following hormone replacement therapy,
or as a result of other medical
Some of these growths have a
warty, rough surface, while others
look like dabs of warm, brown candle
wax on the skin. ADA says they can
range in color from white to black,
but most are tan or brown. Their appearance
may change as one ages,
and it is even possible for them to fall
off naturally over time. The Mayo
Clinic says that, unless changes include
becoming sore or bleeding
without healing, there’s little need to
act. SKs may form singularly, but often
they appear in groups.
Seborrheic keratoses have no relationship
to skin cancer and do not
pose a risk to one’s health. Unlike
moles, they will not turn into melanoma.
The superfi cial nature of SKs
mean they can become irritated by
clothing and grow.
Unless a seborrheic keratosis is
in an area that causes constant irritation,
there is really no need to
seek treatment. However, dermatologists
can remove them quite easily if
they are unsightly or uncomfortable.
A topical anesthetic, cryosurgery
or laser therapy is possible. Generally
little scarring is produced, offers
American Osteopathic College of
Although seborrheic keratoses are
harmless, their appearance may be
similar to skin conditions that are not.
Those who are unsure about changes
to the skin should always seek the help
of a licensed dermatologist.