At the office of Dr. Phyllis G. Merlino: Todt Hill Pediatric Dentistry, we can provide children with the specialized dental care they need.  Children’s teeth are still in development and require a specific type of care.  As a Board Certified Pediatric Specialist, Dr. Merlino has the experience to treat children’s teeth and will take the necessary precautions to help prevent dental disease.

We also understand that children are not always eager to receive dental treatment. We have created a fun and welcoming environment for children to feel more comfortable receiving dental care.  We will do everything in our power to schedule an appointment that works with a family’s schedule.

By scheduling an appointment with our team, you are investing in the future of your child’s oral health.  We will treat your child while also helping to instill positive experiences.  This way, the child will continue to develop a healthy relationship with dental care in the office and at home.


Our office is clean and well taken care of.  Our dental equipment is modern and up-to-date.  We take pride in an office that you and your child will be comfortable in.


We are happy to hear from you, answer your questions, and schedule an appointment. Call us at 718-761-2090
 

Questions and Answers

CAN MY CHILD BE “ASLEEP” DURING DENTAL TREATMENT?

Yes, we work with a dental anesthesiologist.  The dental anesthesiologist comes to our office for a scheduled visit, and Dr. Merlino can accomplish all of the needed dental treatment in one visit while the patient is sedated.  Our first step will be a consultation visit where we will get to know your child and understand your concerns and treatment needs.  We will then make a recommendation as to the type of sedation dentistry that would be best.   With any type of dental work, it is important to be well informed and make a decision that you feel is best for your child’s health.   Call 718-761-2090 for more information.

WHAT ARE DENTAL SEALANTS AND WHO BENEFITS FROM THEM?

The chewing surface of children’s teeth are the most susceptible to cavities. Sealants are adhesive coatings that are applied to the tops of teeth and can be highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Studies show that 4 out of 5 cavities in children under age 15 develop on the biting surface of back molars. Molars commonly decay because plaque accumulates in the tiny grooves of the chewing surfaces. Sealants prevent the cavities that fluoride cannot effectively reach. As a preventive mechanism, sealants are an important part of a cavity-free generation. 

WHAT ARE COMPOSITES (TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS)?

Composites or tooth colored fillings are used to restore teeth for which cosmetic appearance is important. Tooth colored fillings are used to repair fractured teeth and/or areas of decay. The shade of the restoration material is matched as closely as possible to the color of the natural tooth. A tooth colored filling that covers the entire tooth is called a strip crown. 

WHAT ARE CROWNS?

Crowns are full coverage restorations that completely cover and protect the entire tooth.  Crowns are used to restore teeth that were badly decayed or fractured.  Crowns for primary teeth can be metal (stainless steel) or tooth colored (made of Zirconium - a porcelain like material).  Dr. Merlino is familiar with both types of crowns and is proud to be one of only a few Pediatic Dentists in Staten Island trained to work with Zirconium crowns for children.

WHAT ARE PULPOTOMIES AND PULPECTOMIES?

A pulpotomy (also known as a baby root canal) is a procedure that consists of treating the infected portion of the nerve to avoid extracting the tooth.

A pulpectomy is necessary when the nerve (pulp) of the tooth is dead or abscessed. The entire infected pulp is removed from the roots of the tooth and medication is placed in the root canals. 


WHAT IS NITROUS OXIDE?

Nitrous Oxide, commonly referred to as  laughing gas, is breathed in by your child with oxygen during the restorative appointment. It is used to relax a mildly anxious child. 

WHAT ARE SPACE MAINTAINERS?

Space maintainers are used when a baby tooth has been prematurely lost to hold space for the permanent tooth. If space is not maintained, teeth on either side of the extraction site can drift into the space and prevent the permanent tooth from erupting. 

WHY ARE “BABY TEETH” SO IMPORTANT?

Primary teeth have been labeled “baby teeth”. However, the first tooth usually isn’t lost until 6 years of age and some primary molars must function until 12 or 13 years of age before they are replaced. Primary teeth are necessary for proper chewing, proper speech, the proper development of the jaws and for esthetics. Care of the primary teeth is important not only for proper function, but also to avoid a number of unpleasant conditions that result from their neglect. 

DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

We are not participating providers to every insurance company.   We will assist you in filing your insurance as a benefit to you, and there are some insurances that will pay their portion directly to us.  We do request full payment for each visit.  Once the insurance benefits have been verified, we can estimate what your portion of payment will be. We  accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express as forms of payment.  Financing is available through CareCredit.  

It is best for you to contact us with any insurance questions  yo may have at 718-761-2090.

DO YOU ALLOW PARENTS TO COME BACK WITH THEIR CHILDREN?

As the parent you are welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area during the visit. Expect your child to do well and enjoy their visit to our office and chances are they will do just that! 

IS YOUR OFFICE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, our office is fully accessible.  Our front entrance, the waiting room, the restroom, and all three dental operatories are fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

DO YOU HAVE A DIGITAL X-RAY SYSTEM?

Yes!  Our radiographic system is completely digital and up-to-date.  This system uses very little radiation to capture the images that are needed to treat and examone each patient thoroughly.  X-rays are a very important part of our diagnostic process.

ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH A HOSPITAL?

Yes, Dr. Merlino is an Attending Dentist in Pediatric Dentistry at Staten Island University Hospital's Department of Dentistry located at the North Site.  She is involved in teaching the dental residents in the Dental Clinic as well as in the Operating Room.  Dr. Merlino has privileges at SIUH to bring patients to the Operating Room and to be admitted.

SDF or SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE

This is a topical medicament used to treat and prevent dental caries and relieve dental sensitivity. It is applied to teeth that are decayed and is used in addition to restorative treatments.

Office Informtion

Give us a call!

We are happy to answer any questions you have about making an appointment or  your insurance coverage.

Phyllis G. Merlino, DDS

268 Todt Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10314

(718) 761-2090

Hours

 

The office is open alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays, 

and every other Saturday

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