Implant Dentistry

What is implant dentistry?

Implant dentistry is a field that is dedicated to restoring missing teeth by using dental implants. A dental implant is a false tooth root that holds an artificial tooth in place. There are two types of dental implants, endosteal and subperiosteal.

Endosteal implants are the preferred type. These implants are placed inside of the jawbone. They are held in place with cylinders, screws or blades. Subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jawbone. They are held in place by a metal framework post that protrudes through the gums. Subperiosteal implants are used when the patient cannot wear conventional dentures.

 

What are some of the benefits of implant dentistry?

One of the main benefits that comes along with getting dental implants is improved functionality. Missing teeth can make it difficult for a person to eat and talk. Dental implants can also restore a person’s confidence. Furthermore, dental implants are extremely reliable. They can last for many years if they are cared for properly.

 

Who is considered a good candidate for dental implants?

People who want to get dental implants should be in good oral health. They should be free of periodontal disease or any other form of gum disease. A dentist will perform a thorough assessment to determine whether dental implants are right for a particular patient.

Implant Surgery

Implant surgery is a modern alternative to traditional dentures

For replacing missing teeth, implant surgery offers better-looking and easier to manage results for many people.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed directly into or on top of the jaw bone. Implants have several advantages over dentures:

Dentures might need to be supported by healthy teeth, and can end up damaging them. Implants don’t need this kind of support.

Dentures can come loose, or trap food, require special creams and adhesives to manage, and can interfere with your ability to speak and eat if they don’t fit properly. Implants have none of these problems.
Dental implant surgery can be done in one visit, or it may require several visits, depending on the condition of your mouth and jawbone. You will need to wear a protective cover for a few months to protect the implant while it heals and bonds with the bone.

Implants do require a commitment to good oral hygiene to keep the artificial tooth clean and in good shape, and they may not be appropriate for smokers or patients who grind their teeth. Your dentist can help you explore whether implant surgery is the right way to replace your missing teeth.

Oral Surgery

What is oral surgery?

Any type of procedure that is performed in or around the mouth can be classified as oral surgery. One of the most commonly performed types of oral surgery is wisdom teeth removal. Oral surgeons are also qualified to place dental implants and perform jaw realignment surgeries.

 

What does it take to become an oral surgeon?

Oral surgeons are required to complete either four years of medical school or dental school before they can complete a residency in oral surgery. This residency typically lasts about four years. Oral surgeons are also required to pass a board examination before they can legally practice.

 

Who might need an oral surgeon?

A patient who has been having problems with his or her wisdom teeth will need to see an oral surgeon. In fact, anywhere from 75 to 80 percent of people will need to get their wisdom teeth removed. People who have been suffering from TMJ may also need to see an oral surgeon.

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is important for assuring the dental wellbeing of your youngster

It’s important to recognize that the developmental stages a child experiences also affect dental health. As your child learns to eat and drink on his or her own, for example, the need to keep teeth clean becomes important. Developing good dental habits at the earliest point possible sets your child up for a lifetime of good oral health.

Your initial care of your child’s teeth will involve your cleaning the teeth at least twice a day. As your child becomes able to handle a toothbrush, you will still need to monitor oral habits. Yearly checkups for babies and pre-school aged children are recommended, with the very first pediatric dentistry visit occurring between 6-12 months of age. During these visits, dental examination and cleaning will be performed. Preventive care for children often includes the placement of dental sealants to help protect against cavities.

In some cases, you may be faced with the fact that your child has developed a cavity and needs a filling. Pediatric dentistry specialists are skilled at working with children in order to reduce the stress of dental procedures that can be painful. While many children are able to deal with dental treatment without special measures needed to calm them, others demand unique attention in order to manage the newness of the situation and the related pain. Your pediatric dental team is skilled at dealing with these issues effectively in order to provide exceptional treatment with minimal fear and discomfort.

Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal therapy and surgery techniques are designed to treat diseases of the gums and supporting bone (periodontal disease).

To manage gum disease, the type of treatment that is used depends on the severity of the disease. Upon the initial consultation, dentists will evaluate how far the gum disease has gone. If the condition has not progressed very far, then a regular professional cleaning might be effective in reversing the trend.

If the condition has indeed progressed further, a periodontal therapy and surgery plan can be set up with a periodontist. Usually he or she will start non-surgical periodontal treatment like scaling or root planing. These deep cleanings are very effective at removing calculus (tartar) and returning the gums to proper health.

In advanced cases, periodontal surgery techniques such as periodontal pocket reduction procedures (to reduce gum pockets), gum graft surgery (to cover exposed tooth roots), or regenerative procedures (to regenerate bone and tissue) may be required.

After successful periodontal therapy and surgery, patients will, of course, need to go to their follow-up examinations and follow an appropriate brushing and flossing regimen in order to avoid progression of periodontal disease.

Porcelain Restorations

Porcelain Restorations for a Natural Smile

Your smile is one of the things people notice first about you. An attractive smile can make you feel better about yourself. You don’t have to worry about crooked, missing or chipped teeth. Dental technology advances make it possible for anyone to have a charming smile.

If you’re unhappy with your smile, you can make an appointment with your dentist to discover the latest porcelain restoration technologies. Porcelain restorations are worth the cost because they give a natural look and your new smile will last for years.

Porcelain veneers are custom made and unlike crowns, they require minimal removal of tooth surface to be applied. They are translucent and look like natural teeth. Veneers make use of the latest dental technologies and techniques to give you a perfect smile. It only takes two or three dental appointments to change the look of your smile. The procedures are done with minimal or no discomfort.

If a decayed tooth needs a larger filling, dental inlays and onlays might be the answer. Inlays and onlays can be made from porcelain for a lifelike result. As with porcelain veneers, the dentist will make an impression of your tooth in a first visit. The impression is sent to the laboratory where the inlays and onlays are made to match your tooth.

Porcelain restorations also include porcelain crowns. When a tooth has become fractured, if there is an old filling of significant size or the tooth has been damaged by decay, a porcelain crown may help to restore a natural smile.

People of all ages have successfully transformed their smile. You don’t have to live with a smile that’s less than perfect.

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is the area of dental health that concentrates on preventing the onset or progression of oral diseases such as tooth decay or periodontal disease.

Ideally, preventive dentistry is a cooperative team effort between the patient and the dental clinic staff.

Preventive dentistry begins in the patient’s own home. Regular brushing is the most basic of preventive care techniques. Another important preventive procedure is daily flossing to remove plaque and particles of food between the teeth, making sure the floss also reaches under the gum line. Preventive dentistry involves also the patient’s lifestyle. For example, eating too much sugar or foods that stick to the teeth can lead to cavities. Tobacco use not only discolors the teeth but can also cause gum disease and oral cancer.

An annual dental exam is an essential part of preventive dentistry performed in the dental clinic. It includes examination of the teeth and gums and also periodic x-rays. A professional cleaning of the teeth should be done by a dental hygienist, preferably twice a year. Sometimes patients experience sensitive teeth, which may make it difficult to withstand cleanings or even regular brushing. Yet, a dentist can help recommend treatments and devices that can help with this discomfort.

 

Preventing Tooth Decay in Children

Perhaps one of the most essential steps in preventing dental problems is to introduce children to their family dentist as soon as their first tooth emerges. Though many people think that children’s teeth will anyways be replaced by permanent teeth, it is important to know that tooth decay in primary teeth can adversely affect the development and health of the permanent teeth. Thus, establishing healthy habits w1hen it comes to dental hygiene is crucial for exceptional dental health later in life. Parents and dentists can become essential partners for better oral health care when it is promoted early in life. By providing essential care in the form of brushing and flossing instructions, unnecessary dental procedures can be saved throughout a child’s life.

 

The Cycle of Prevention, Treatment, and Maintenance

Like the other parts of the human body, teeth must be maintained throughout the course of a lifetime. They are essential for food consumption, speaking, and cosmetic appearance. Therefore, patients should look after a high quality dental care for themselves and their family.

Root Canal Therapy

Treatments Provided in Our New York Office at Sutton Place

When a tooth is threatened by infection or injury so severe that the tooth may be lost, it can often be saved by root canal therapy. Though root canal therapy has a fearsome reputation, skilled care can make it a painless technic with a local anesthetic. Root canal therapy is just one of the many treatments provided in our office.

 

When Is Root Canal Therapy Needed?

The dentist may advise root canal therapy when a tooth acquires a deep infection, becomes cracked or when it has repeated dental technic done on it. If not properly treated, the problem can lead to an abscess. Determining the extent of this type of damage is one of the services provided in our office.

 

How Is Root Canal Therapy Done?

This technic removes the nerve and pulp along with bacteria from the root canal and the pulp chamber and replaces it with a filling material. This technic is often done in one or more sessions. The interior chamber of the tooth must be cleaned, disinfected and shaped to receive the filler. It is critical that all traces of infection are removed before the final material is inserted and sealed. After the technic, in most cases, a crown is placed on the tooth to protect it. Fitting of crowns is another of the dental services provided in our office.

 

After Root Therapy Treatment

Generally, endodontic treatments last for many years, but new trauma to the tooth, infection or other damage can require re-doing of the root canal. A treated tooth can become diseased many years after the initial therapy. X-rays to determine the extent of the damage is one of the dental services provided in our office.

Dental Fillings

Tooth-colored restorations are also called white fillings.

A filling will restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay. The decayed material is removed, and the tooth is cleaned. The dentist will fill your cavity with a filling. When you need a cavity filled, you have a variety of options.

Modern dental advancements are utilized for teeth fillings. New dental technologies use composites that are made from hard plastic. These tooth-colored restorations are also called white fillings. Today, most patients prefer the white fillings over the silver fillings (amalgam fillings). Silver fillings are tolerant to wear, they are a low-cost alternative filling, but they are more noticeable. Tooth-colored restorations are custom made to the exact color of your teeth. This creates a natural appearance and the filling isn’t noticeable. Tooth-colored restorations can last between three and 10 years. White fillings can stain from drinking coffee or tea, or if you smoke.

Gold fillings are made in a dental laboratory and are custom made for your tooth. Gold fillings cost more, but last for many years.

Porcelain fillings are made in a dental laboratory and are also custom made. They resist staining, and are made to match the tooth. Porcelain fillings cost approximately the same as gold fillings. They might be recommended if the decayed area is large. Porcelain restorations are very natural-looking.

There is a variety of choices to make when it comes to filling your teeth.

Bad Breath Cures (Halitosis)

Individuals that suffer from halitosis on a frequent basis should consult with their dentist.

Your dentist will be able to determine if there is an oral cause for the problem and recommend a treatment. You may be sent to a specialist if an oral cause cannot be found.

 

One important cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene.

Proper brushing and flossing is required regularly to help reduce causes of halitosis like plaque, bacteria and food particles between the teeth. Regular professional cleaning of your teeth is also needed to limit the frequency of halitosis or bad breath.

Dental services that you receive aid in your bad breath treatment. Treatments that are provided in our dental office include the cleaning of plaque between your teeth and a thorough examination of your mouth to detect problems like decay or periodontal disease.

We may also recommend a special toothpaste for you to use in the morning, at night, and after meals. Another option we have is to recommend using special types of mouthwashes. These products have compounds that treat bad breath by neutralizing all the sulfur compounds in your mouth that contribute to bad breath.

Dryness of the mouth is also a cause of bad breath. One treatment that can be provided is a saliva substitute. This is a product that will moisten the inside of your mouth.

If you practice good daily oral hygiene and still have bad breath, then make an appointment for a dental checkup. The dental services that you receive are the best way to treat the problem.

Dental Crown and Dental Bridges

Crowns may be recommended when a tooth has become fractured, when there is an old filling of significant size or a tooth has been damaged by decay. The crown, commonly referred to as a cap, will strengthen and protect the tooth structure – or what remains of it. It can provide a better appearance for the smile as well.

There are three types of crowns. A full porcelain crown, a crown with porcelain fused to metal as well as an all-metal crown can be chosen from. A patient may have a choice or may be limited by what the dentist offers. There are at least two visits required to handle the fitting of a crown. The first visit involves all decay being removed and the tooth being reshaped. An impression will then be made and a temporary crown will be fitted and made from either metal or plastic. In the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary piece, followed by fitting and readjusting as necessary. The crown will then be put into place with cement.

Bridges may be recommended after suffering a tooth loss. When there is a loss of one or more teeth, it can cause the teeth to drift out of their natural position. This may affect the bite, gum disease, decay and even the loss of additional teeth. A bridge consists of one or more false teeth that will be anchored by one or multiple crowns on either side. This will be at least a two part process, similar to that of placing a crown. The dentist will prepare the teeth on each side of the area that needs to receive the crown or crowns. An impression will then be made of the entire space. A temporary or transitional bridge will be fitted inside the mouth after this. In a following visit, the dentist is going to place, adjust and then cement the fixed bridge in place. This will prevent shifts from occurring.

With crowns and bridges, keeping good oral hygiene is especially important.

Porcelain Veneers

Treatments such as porcelain veneers or laminates can also be used to correct other cosmetic problems such as worn, chipped and cracked teeth. Veneers may also be used to correct excessive gaps between the teeth. Misaligned and uneven teeth may sometimes require orthodontic measures such as braces, but in some cases these problems can be treated more quickly and successfully by using veneers.

Dental Sealants

Tooth decay is a common problem for children and adults, and is largely preventable through healthy oral hygiene habits including regular brushing and flossing, as well as visiting the dentist for a professional cleaning and examination at least twice per year.

Sealants, plastic coatings applied to the teeth, offer additional protection against tooth decay after a child’s permanent molars have erupted through the gums.

They are effective at preventing food and bacteria from becoming lodged in the deeper grooves of teeth in the back of the mouth, therefore reducing the likelihood that decay will develop.

The process of applying sealants is quick, and children can be assured that it will not be painful. The plastic coating is brushed on, similar to the way fluoride can be applied, and then dries and hardens within a few minutes. Adults can also benefit from the procedure as the risk of dental decay is not decreasing during their lifespan, and it offers the same advantages as those for children. Dental patients should expect that the condition of the coating will be examined at subsequent appointments to ensure that it is still providing optimal protection.

Generally, parents and guardians can expect sealants to last from five to ten years. It is important to recognize that sealants do not replace good oral hygiene habits. Children should be encouraged to brush twice daily, floss, and consume a variety of healthy foods. It is best to avoid frequent snacking between meals as this provides the opportunity for food and bacteria to enter and remain in the pits and fissures of molars, ultimately increasing the risk of decay.

Complete and Partial Dentures

Dentures are removable false teeth, replacing missing teeth. There are complete and partial dentures. Dentures should be comfortable to wear and look like natural teeth. The material should be hard wearing.

If you have never worn dentures before, keep in mind that it takes time to get used to them.

The lower denture will take more time than the upper denture. It may feel awkward at first, but in a small amount of time, you will forget you’re wearing them. It can take up to six weeks to learn how to speak comfortably while wearing complete and partial dentures. You may feel your tongue is constantly playing with your new dentures, but give it some time to adjust. Eat soft foods that are easy to chew to give yourself chewing practice. Wait a few weeks before attempting to eat steak or other hard foods.

It may also take time for your gums to get used to the dentures. You may notice a slight change in your facial appearance.

You must wear your dentures every day. If you don’t wear them, they may not fit when you put them in later.

Braces and Orthodontic Treatments

Braces and orthodontic treatments can vastly improve your smile and self-esteem

Braces and orthodontic treatments are among the dental services and treatments provided in our dental office that can work to restore a beautiful smile and boost your self-confidence. Braces are one option in terms of orthodontic treatments and people of all ages can go through braces treatment. An arched wire works to align the teeth into a straight position. During regular appointments, your braces will be adjusted. The length of time that braces will be worn varies according to your own individual teeth.

In our dental office, we will work to ensure that your treatment is as comfortable as possible. We will educate you on how to clean your teeth at home to ensure good dental hygiene and a healthy orthodontic process. Children, teens and adults can all go through the process of braces, but adults may be more hesitant to get braces. Straightening your teeth can provide an array of cosmetic and health benefits. Crooked teeth that are out of line can not only look unattractive, but they can place an individual at risk for tooth decay because food may become stuck between crooked teeth. Furthermore flossing can become a problem when teeth are not in proper alignment. If you are hesitant about undergoing braces, there are options available such as getting clear brackets that are not as visible as traditional braces.

After your treatment is complete, you will be fitted with an orthodontic retainer to keep your teeth in alignment. This will help avoid shifting of your teeth. It is usually recommended to wear your retainer 24 hours a day for the first few months following the removal of braces. After this, many patients wear their retainers only at night for an individually recommended period of time. This is a very important step in maintaining your beautiful, straight teeth.

It is never too late to start braces and orthodontic treatment. Although the process can seem daunting at first, our dental office will make the process as painless and carefree as possible. The results will definitely pay off, as your beautiful smile will bring you more confidence than ever before. For busy working professionals, a beautiful smile is important when meeting with clients and other professionals. Many people will look at your teeth when holding a conversation with you and having a smile that you feel confident about will have you smiling from within.