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At Chappaqua Dentistry, we have a variety of different treatments, each suited to the needs and oral health circumstances of every individual patient. Our routine care treatments designed to prevent issues from cropping up is known as general dentistry, while cosmetic dentistry primarily addresses aesthetic issues and helps to restore confidence with a perfect looking smile. However, for more serious problems, we also have restorative dentistry.
Restorative dentistry describes the procedures that are medically necessary to improve and retain the function and integrity of your teeth following damage or tooth loss. They are also often essential for protecting your teeth, gums, and jaw tissue from further harm.
Many restorative dentistry treatments also have cosmetic benefits as well, however, as they restore not just the function but the aesthetic completeness of your smile. Here, we’re going to look at some of the treatments available and whether or not they might be right for you.
Cracks and chips are amongst the most common problems we improve through restorative treatments. Accidents and injuries can frequently result in a tooth being compromised, but the problem is more than just aesthetic. Besides often being very painful, indeed, cracks and chips are often dangerous. They can lead to gum and jaw tissue infections that can become very severe.
As such, we have a range of different cracked or chipped tooth treatments depending on the severity. These include the following:
Dental crowns and dental implants are also available for major cracks and chips and, next, we will explore what to expect from those treatments. When you come to see us about a cracked or chipped tooth, we will always recommend the treatment best suited to the type and severity of damage sustained.
Dental crowns are often fitted as part of a dental implant, or in the case of a root canal or severe damage. Crowns are artificial teeth that are made of resilient porcelain, designed to perfectly mimic the appearance, function, and the structural benefits of real teeth. Compared to other artificial teeth replacements, they are designed to be permanent.
How dental crowns are fitted will depend on the circumstances. In the case of tooth loss, they are fitted as part of a dental implant, which we will explore in more detail a little later. In cases of major tooth damage or following a root canal treatment, they are fit onto the existing tooth.
3D imaging scans are taken of the teeth and a mold may be used to determine the proper shape and position of the crown, as well as the appropriate color that it should be. Following some anesthetic, the tooth is filed down to the shape that can best support the crown, which is then fixed in place using special dental cement.
Crowns not only look just like a natural tooth, but they feel natural, too. When compared to other tooth replacements, they also function a lot more like their natural counterparts. You can bite, chew, brush, and floss with them just as you would the rest of your teeth.
If you have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, dental implants might be the right solution for you. Providing that you have enough suitable, health jawbone to support them and healthy gums to ensure they are fitted correctly, dental implants can serve as permanent replacements compared to traditional bridges or dentures.
There are different kinds of dental implants, but they all work around the same premise. During their first visit, the patient has a small hole drilled into their jawbone and a post is attached to it before being sealed over. The process isn’t as painful as many expect thanks to expert anesthetic usage. A gum seal or temporary crown may be attached to the post to allow the implant to heal.
Osseointegration takes place over the new few weeks to months, which sees the jaw and implant grow and fuse together. Following this, a second appointment is scheduled. Individual teeth can be replaced with a crown for every post, but multiple teeth can also be replaced using a limited number of posts in the form of permanent dentures and bridges. Each of the treatments has its own advantages, which we can explain further to you during the process.
If your situation is not suitable for dental implants, we can also help with treatments to fix that. Bone reconstruction and gum disease treatments can help us create a suitable foundation to ensure your implants function as well as anticipated.
Full mouth reconstructions are most often treatments that are medically necessary due to serious dental injury, badly crowded teeth, or misaligned teeth. It is also considered necessary, as opposed to an elective procedure, if the majority of a patient’s teeth are missing or damaged due to tooth decay.
Rather than a single treatment, a full mouth reconstruction is an ongoing plan of treatment, the length and steps of which can vary from individual to individual. Depending on the condition of existing teeth, it can involve the fitting of dental implants, crowns, veneers, dental bonding, and the usage of root canal therapy, fillings, and much more.
A full-mouth reconstruction begins with a thorough consultation with one of our dentists. Piece by piece, we will restore your teeth with the best solutions available. In the end, the aesthetic and functionality of your teeth will be completely restored.
If you have suffered from tooth decay, you may have a portion of tooth missing that can result in further tooth loss if left untreated. Fillings are used to seal the damage and protect the tooth, repairing its function and integrity.
Many dentists use metal amalgam fillings that work well, but produce several potential health risks and also diminish the natural aesthetic of your teeth. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are both resilient and more natural looking. We can ensure they are mixed to match the color of the surrounding tooth as best as possible. Furthermore, if you are planning on having your teeth whitened in the future, we can make sure they match the shade that you desire.
Chappaqua Dentistry offers composite fillings which are created in many colors to match the unique shade of your tooth.Composite fillings are made up of several materials including ground quartz, porcelain and glass. These materials are durable and nearly invisible when matched correctly with the opacity of your natural tooth.
Dental onlays and inlays are a treatment available when replacing old dental fillings. Whether your old filling is worn down or you have old amalgam fillings that need to be replaced, we can determine the right option for you and inlay or onlay new composite fillings in just the right spot to extend the life of the natural affected tooth.
If you’re suffering from partial or complete tooth loss, a dental crown can help you replace the original tooth with a ceramic crown that looks, feels, and functions just like the real thing. We are proud to offer some of the best dental crowns in all of Chappaqua, with different implant options based on your needs.
Every crown we fit is created using specialist 3D imaging technology of your teeth that can show us precisely what shape the new tooth is supposed to look like. We also take care to ensure that the crown is the perfect shade to match the rest of your teeth so that, when the treatment is complete, it’s close to impossible to tell the difference.
Crowns are inserted by cementing them over the original tooth or implanting them directly into the jawbone. The patient is sedated, so drilling a small hole and fitting the post in is relatively pain-free. Following the first surgery, the jawbone and post grow and fuse together in a process known as osseointegration that can take a few months. During this time, we can provide a temporary crown to ensure a natural aesthetic.
However, the final crown is not only aesthetically superior to the temporary replacement, but it’s almost indistinguishable from a real tooth, functionally and structurally. A small screw and special dental cement are used to fix it to the post, creating a firm, stable, and permanent replacement. It feels, looks, and acts like the real thing, meaning you can bite, chew, brush, and floss it without worry.
Complete dentures may be a necessary option when the natural teeth need to come out. After careful removal of teeth, it’s necessary to wait until the mouth is fully healed. This may take several months. Waiting for the mouth to heal allows the bone structure to heal and change after the teeth are gone. This will allow for denture fitting to be accurate and the dentures will fit well and stay put during the day.
Partial dentures are fitted to rest on a metal frame which will act as anchors for the set of dentures. Partial dentures are a nice, removable alternative to a bridge.
If you’re considering dentures, please call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists.
Whether you have a cracked or chipped tooth, are worried that you have potentially developed decay, or have missing teeth, we are eager to help you restore, repair, and protect your oral health with the restorative dentistry procedures available at Chappaqua Dentistry.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch and to book an appointment with one of our dentists. We will arrange a visit as soon as possible to take a closer look at any issues you might be dealing with, and promise the utmost care, compassion, and service in any procedure we recommend. Contact us and schedule an appointment today!