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Dr. Zelig is a board-certified Periodontist and is an expert on dental implants & treating patients with Dental Phobia. Dr. Zelig can answer any and all questions you have about complex dental problems, dental implants, gum disease, treatment of gum recession, and IV sedation dentistry.

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Dr. Zelig has personally placed several thousand implants with excellent success and has worked with many dental specialists and educated them on full mouth reconstruction, esthetic dentistry, and Sedation Dentistry. Dr. Zelig is a coauthor of a book on Dental Phobia, "The Fearless Smile: Overcoming Dental Phobia"


American Academy of Periodontology, American Board of Periodontology, North-Eastern Society of Periodontists, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology


I received both my dental degree (DDS) and my certificate in the specialty of Periodontics from New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Zelig graduated among the top 10% of the graduating class. As a result of outstanding academic achievements, Dr. Z was elected into the membership of Omicron Kappa Upsilon- the national dental honor society. In addition, Dr. Zelig has lectured to general dentists and specialists on periodontal treatment and dental implants. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology which recognizes periodontists who have made significant achievements beyond the educational requirements of the specialty. Board-certified periodontists have been examined by a panel of internationally respected peers and has been awarded Diplomate status. By successfully completing this challenge, Dr. Zelig has demonstrated a robust knowledge of periodontics, Continued professional development, Critical review of results of therapy, and interest in providing the best, most up-to-date care.

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Cindy02/02/15101010Thank you.
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Recent Answers from Joseph Zelig, DDS

2015-02-01 Periodontal disease:

Hello Cindy,  Thank you for your question. It sounds like you are very diligent with your oral home care. Good oral hygiene is very important to keeping gum disease away, but there are other factors at

2015-01-02 Problem with new filling:

Hi Sandra,  Thank you for contacting me with your question. It is not uncommon to feel some slight discomfort for a few days after receiving a dental filling. However, the type of pain and sensitivity

2013-05-05 Implant vs. Root Canal:

Hey Christine,  Sorry to hear that this tooth has been causing you so many problems. Based on your description and the history, I would agree that there is an irreversible problem with the tooth. While

2013-01-09 Apparent line at top of crown:

Thanks for your question. You seem like a very reasonable and level-headed patient. It is rare for gums to recede that quickly, although it can happen especially if there was inflammation from a gum problem

2013-01-02 Pain around nose and upper gum:

Ron,  Sorry to hear about your accident. While reading your question, I was thinking that there might be another crack/fracture of the tooth beneath the gum. Your symptoms of throbbing, pressure, and pain


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