Dr. Jennifer Englebright
Dentist in Wading River & Middle Island, NY
Dr. Englebright was raised on Long Island and grew up in Three Village. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature with Departmental honors in 2005 from Stony Brook University and her D.M.D. from The University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine in 2009. During her time at Penn, Dr. Englebright completed a one month dental externship at Charles Foix Hospital in Paris, France where she worked daily with native dental students, helping treat a socially and culturally diverse population.
Dr. Englebright went on to complete her General Practice Residency at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, Long Island, where she gained extensive training in all phases of general dentistry including anesthesiology, oral surgery, endodontics, and implant and cosmetic dentistry.
As a young professional, Dr. Englebright is a strong advocate for continuing education. She travels extensively to attend courses, conferences, and study clubs in order to stay up-to-date on the latest concepts, techniques, and materials.
Why did you become a dentist?
While I was in college I was majoring in English literature and loved writing, but did not see myself making a career out of it. I thought I would minor in Business and combine the two skills, but the pre-requisite course that I needed to take was full which made me reconsider my future. I always had an innate interest in teeth and went to work as a dental assistant in Setauket. It just clicked from there. I saw the positive impact that changing one’s smile or eliminating pain can have on improving one’s quality of life and I knew I wanted to be part of that.
What do you like most about being a dentist?
It is an incredibly rewarding profession. The ability to change one’s confidence, one’s self-perception just by changing one’s smile is remarkable. For some, it is the first time he or she smiles in 25 years. It is an unbelievable gift to be able to share this moment with them.
How do you spend your free time?
I enjoy working out, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
In addition, I spend a lot of my free time engaged in professional development – even if it means traveling across the country to attend a conference. I believe that commitment to my career extends far beyond the office.
Continuing education is critical so that I can offer my patients superior services and care. I also volunteer as much as possible. Every February I volunteer for “Give Kids a Smile” Day at Farmingdale College, helping dental hygiene students and residents to provide free dental exams to children on Long Island. Lastly, every month I volunteer at St. Charles hospital, teaching at the dental residency program. It is here where I help to pass on so much of what I’ve learned and use daily to develop the skills of young dentists.
Ask the Dentist
How much will this cost?
Cost should not be a barrier to getting the dental care you need. Our office has several financing options available. Please talk to our staff about how to make dental treatment possible within your budget.
There are always choices in dental care. We will explain your options, provide you with the exact cost of each option, and help you decide which treatment is best for you. We will educate you on the short and long-term benefits of each treatment option. For example, you may have a fracture on a tooth that could be repaired using a crown (which is a tooth-shaped cap that’s placed over the tooth) or a filling. While the filling is less expensive initially, the crown will better restore and protect the tooth, which will mean less dental work in the future. Investing a bit more money now can save you chair time and money in the future.
Cost issues are a big concern of our patients. Please talk to our staff about your financial needs. We want to make your investment in your oral health work within your budget.
Restorative dentistry is the process of taking a broken or fractured tooth back to its original structural integrity and appearance.
A broken or fractured tooth can do more than just impact your smile. It can cause you to experience pain when you are chewing or when your teeth are exposed to temperature extremes.
There are several methods to restore a tooth to its original function. Ideally, an all porcelain crown (a custom-made cover for the tooth) is fabricated to look and function like your original tooth. We can also splint crowns together spanning from either tooth adjacent to a space (i.e. where a tooth is missing) to restore bite, function, and esthetics. This is called a bridge and is an economically sound alternative to a dental implant. Restorative dentistry removes your pain and gives you back a beautiful smile. Best of all the process only takes two visits.
Please call our office to schedule a consultation. Our dentists will be happy to advise you if are a good candidate for restorative dentistry.