General Dentistry in Locust Valley, NY
Healthy teeth and gums for life? Let’s make it happen!
Meet Dr. Koster
Dr. Adrianne Koster helps her patients achieve beautiful, healthy, and confident smiles. That’s the focus and goal of her dental practice at Locust Valley Dentists. She’s won many awards throughout her distinguished career and is known for her attention to detail and skillful approach to high-tech dental treatments. Her patients will learn about their dental health and all of the dental treatments available to them.
She is a graduate of The State University at Stony Brook Dental School and completed a General Practice Residency at the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY where she treated an underserved community and developed her clinical skills. During her early career, she worked at several prestigious Manhattan practices where she developed her unique patient-first approach to general dentistry.
" The doctors and staff at this office are amazing! Some of the nicest people you can hope to meet, and the dental work that I received was phenomenal. The office is inviting, and the care that is taken to make sure things are done correctly is top tier. Great experience. "
- Roger V.
"Dr. Koster has done extensive dental work for me over the years. She is both kind and caring. She is thorough in her work and takes the time to explain in detail what she is doing. Her compassionate nature has a calming effect during her work. "
" Both my daughter and I have been patients of Dr Koster's and we couldn't be happier. She has a gentle demeanor and is super thorough. She shows genuine concern for our teeth and gives us advice on what to keep doing/do more of to keep them healthy. Her office staff are really nice too. I am grateful to be in their good hands. "
- Dawn C.
Ready to begin your journey to a healthy smile?
General Dentistry Services
A beautiful smile must be built upon a healthy foundation. Whether you’re interested in cosmetic treatments or are ready to restore the health of your teeth and gums, we start with a full exam and assessment of your dental health. We look for the warning signs of decay and disease, educating you on how to take great care of your smile. Every option we discuss has been carefully chosen based upon our years of experience as well as the treatment’s effectiveness as shown through many scientific studies.
Comprehensive Dental Care
Comprehensive dental care allows us to meet all your dental needs in one office. Our comprehensive services include general dentistry as well as restorative and cosmetic treatments.
Exams & Cleanings
Oral cancer screenings, gum disease evaluations, and fluoride treatments create healthy and happy smiles for patients of all ages. Our hygienists and dentists are gentle and thorough, helping patients feel in control of their dental health.
Fix cavities with white fillings. They aren’t just better looking, they’re better for your teeth, too! They’re smaller than silver mercury-amalgam fillings and actually strengthen your teeth.
Gum Disease Treatments
Gum disease is the #1 cause of preventable tooth loss in adults. Deep cleanings and other non-surgical gum disease treatments restore your gum health.
Periodontal therapy includes a variety of treatments that clean, protect, or repair damaged teeth and gums. We offer scaling and root planing, gum grafting, laser treatment, and dental implants.
A root canal might sound scary, but Dr. Koster offers gentle care and high-tech equipment for an effective and comfortable treatment. Root canals are often necessary for severe toothaches, and they can relieve long-term pain and tooth sensitivity that makes daily life difficult.
General Dentistry FAQs
How do I choose a good dentist?
You can choose a good dentist by asking friends, family, or your doctor for a recommendation or by reading reviews and learning about the education, certifications, and experience of a dentist in your area.
Is an endodontist a dentist?
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in diagnosing tooth pain and root canal treatment after additional training following dental school. Not all dentists are endodontists.
Is general dentistry a specialty?
General dentistry is not a specialty, according to the American Dental Association. A general dentist is your primary dental care provider who will diagnose and treat your typical dental needs.
What are the different types of dentistry?
The American Dental Association recognises 12 dental specialties: dental anesthesiology, dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine, orofacial pain, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.
What do you call a dental surgeon?
The term for a dental surgeon is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This dental specialist performs surgery for the mouth, face, and jaw. They treat accident victims who suffer damage to the face or mouth and perform reconstructive or dental implant surgery.
What is a general dentist?
General dentists are the primary dental care providers who patients see for typical dental care, including diagnosis and treatment. A general dentist has completed dental school but did not choose to undergo additional training in a specialty.
What is an endodontist vs oral surgeon?
An endodontist specializes in restorative procedures such as cavity restoration or root canal treatment. An oral surgeon specializes in surgical procedures like extractions, jaw fracture treatment, dental implants, or impacted wisdom tooth extraction.
What is Endodontics Dentistry?
Endodontics dentistry refers to dentistry concerning the dental pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of the tooth. An endodontist would perform a root canal treatment, for example.
What is the highest degree in dentistry?
In order to practice dentistry, dentists must earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) degree, which each require study and training in dental anatomy, nutrition, and performing various types of dental care procedures. If an individual wishes to enter a specialized field of dentistry, they may then pursue a master’s degree or certificate in a subspecialty, such as pediatric dentistry or orthodontics.
What makes a great dentist?
Aside from being knowledgeable and experienced in the field of dentistry, a good dentist is also trustworthy, detail-oriented, caring, and has good communication and leadership skills.
What skills are needed for a dentist?
Dentists should be studious and interested in science and have good skills in communication, manual dexterity, problem-solving, and leadership. Dentists should also be knowledgeable regarding anatomy and medicine.
What is general dentistry?
General dentistry is the core practice of dentists. It includes providing oral health exams, diagnosing oral diseases, and prescribing treatment for dental issues.
Are all dentists the same?
No. Since every dentist has a different educational background, personality, professional interests, and policies, some will make certain people happier than others. Choosing a dentist for you requires experiencing new offices for yourself.
What is the difference between restorative and general dentistry?
Restorative dentistry refers to dental procedures that repair damaged teeth. Some of these procedures include fillings, crowns, and dental bridges. General dentistry includes some restorative practices like fillings for cavities and gum disease treatment but is focused more on the combined prevention and treatment of tooth disease with examinations and cleanings.
Sleep Apnea and Snore Guards
8 hours of quality sleep is important, but sleep apnea makes it difficult. This condition causes people to momentarily stop breathing during sleep and wake up periodically. A custom-fit snore guard is an easy and comfortable solution for sleep apnea and nighttime teeth clenching.
Soft Tissue Laser
Soft tissue lasers can treat gum disease, contour the gums to correct a gummy smile, and remove stiff tissue that causes speech impediments. This innovative medical technology can treat a variety of cosmetic and medical conditions with minimal recovery! We can easily customize your treatment to your needs and cosmetic goals.
TMJ can cause painful jaw clicking, locking, and swelling accompanied by jaw clenching that can have a damaging impact on your oral health. Relieve your painful TMJ symptoms and improve your oral health with lifestyle changes, special exercises, oral appliances, or medications. We will find the right solution to fit your needs and lifestyle.
When your teeth are severely damaged or decayed, they can impact the health of the surrounding teeth. Teeth extraction alleviates the pain of damaged teeth and restores your beautiful smile. This is also a helpful procedure for teeth that are impacted or patients who need wisdom teeth removal.
Tooth wear refers to various kinds of tooth damage caused by abrasion, tooth grinding, acidic foods, or other tooth-damaged factors. Luckily, tooth wear is often easily treatable with options of fillings, crowns, or veneers.
Locust Valley Dentists: Are we right for you?
- Our convenient office has hours that can fit the busiest schedule
- There’s no stress and no judgments here, just a focus on your smile
- Our modern and relaxing office has everything you’d expect and more
- Learn how to improve your health and whole-body wellness
No Insurance? No problem.
We believe you don’t need dental insurance to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. We work with our patients and offer a variety of flexible financing options. If you have questions about how much your visit will cost, just let us know.
Insurance & Financing
We can help you file your claim and maximize insurance benefits for your general dentistry treatments. Don’t see your insurance plan listed? Have questions about payment options? Call us at (516) 759-2288 and we will answer all of your questions.
At Locust Valley Dentists, we work with most PPO insurance providers.
" Dr. Koster is the absolute best. I wish I had found her sooner. She really cares about her patients! "
- Kelly M.
" I had a great appointment with Dr. Koster. She is really knowledgable and friendly. Not pushy like my last dentist. Highly recommend! "
- Djuro K.
" Dr Koster is very knowledgeable about all aspects of Dental Care. She also has a caring nature I would highly recommend her. "
- Linda C.