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Restorative Dentistry in Chappaqua, Westchester NY

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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.

Cracked or Chipped Tooth Treatment

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:

  • Cosmetic bonding: For minor chips, dental bonding is a quick and effective solution. We use a composite, the same used for tooth-colored fillings, to fill in the gap created by the chip and restore the shape of the tooth.
  • Dental veneers: When it comes to minor cracks, we can fill them and seal with composite resin, before fixing dental veneers. These thin ceramic covers fix onto the teeth and restore its visual completeness quickly and easily.
  • Root canal: Major cracks may reach and irritate the inner pulp of the tooth, leading to serious infection. We can remove the pulp and nerve chamber, clean out any infection, and fill and seal the area. We may also use a crown or veneer to cover the tooth, as the procedure can result in it becoming discolored and less secure.

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

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.

Dental Implants

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 dental 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 treatment can help us create a suitable foundation to ensure your implants function as well as anticipated.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

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.

Composite Fillings, Inlays and Onlays

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.

Our dentists can help determine if a filling, onlay or inlay is the best option for your cavity care. Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss these options.

Complete and Partial Dentures

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.

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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 schedule 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!