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4 Reasons to Get Dental Bonding

1 Apr 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

beautiful smileDental bonding is an affordable and effective way to quickly improve the appearance of your smile. It involves the application of a small amount of composite resin onto the tooth. This tooth-colored material is then shaped and polished until it takes on a perfectly natural appearance and form. The result is that no one will be able to tell where the natural tooth ends, and the dental bonding material begins. Here’s a quick look at the top reasons why you might consider talking to a cosmetic dentist about this.

Dental bonding can correct a wide range of cosmetic issues

Dental bonding is somewhat similar to dental veneers because it can quickly resolve many different cosmetic issues. This treatment is commonly performed to repair teeth that are chipped or mildly cracked (crowns may be required for severely cracked or fractured teeth). Dental bonding can also be used to reduce gaps between teeth and correct tooth asymmetry. It is the same resin that dentists use to fill cavities after removing decayed matter.

It is completely safe

These days, many people are becoming more aware of the potential toxicity of materials, such as mercury amalgam fillings, for example. Dental bonding has the advantage of being a non-toxic treatment with a superior safety profile. The composite resin material your dentist will use does not contain any metal.

The procedure is quick

Another reason to consider getting dental bonding is that it takes very little time out of your busy schedule. To treat one tooth, it may take as few as 30 minutes. The majority of treatments are completed within one hour. Your dentist can use a special laser to help the material cure, or harden, more quickly.

No downtime is necessary

In addition to quickly getting in and out of the dentist’s office for your appointment, you can look forward to returning to your usual activities right away. No recovery time is necessary for this. It’s also not typical for a cosmetic dental bonding treatment to require a local anesthetic.

However, if you’re receiving composite resin to fill a cavity, you can expect your mouth to be numb for a few hours. You’ll still be able to return to your usual activities (except for eating) right away.

Schedule your dental bonding consult in Long Island

You’re one appointment away from having a more beautiful, functional smile through dental bonding. Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry will thoroughly evaluate your smile to plan your treatment and explain all of your options. We’re experts in cosmetic dentistry, offering everything from dental bonding to implants to Invisalign, and many more! Schedule your consult in Huntington, Long Island, by contacting us today.

Additional Resources:

  1. Healthline, Teeth Bonding: What You Need to Know, https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/teeth-bonding
  2. WebMD, Your Teeth and Dental Bonding, https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding#1

 

 

 

8 Advantages of a Dental Bridge

1 Apr 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

If you’re missing a tooth (or teeth), you’ve probably wondered if a dental bridge is right for you. From implants to bridges, there are many options. The best way to determine which procedure is best for you is to speak to a dentist who specializes in cosmetic procedures.

Bridges are a popular solution to replace missing teeth as it utilizes your surrounding teeth to hold your crowns in place. There are many advantages to choosing this solution. Here are 8 of them:

#1 Jawbone mass doesn’t matter

Dental implants are the preferred choice for replacing a missing tooth or set of teeth. However, in some cases, patients may have insufficient bone mass in the jaw, making it difficult or impossible to properly secure it. If the patient is ineligible for dental implants and doesn’t want to receive bone grafts, they can still take advantage of a bridge.

#2 It doesn’t require surgery 

Another reason why some patients may choose bridges over implants is to avoid surgery. Advancements in the industry have reduced the pain or discomfort experienced with implants. However, it is still reasonable for some patients to prefer a less invasive method.

 #3 There’s no wait

They offer a quick, almost instantaneous solution to a missing tooth. The procedure is a simple, straightforward process that doesn’t require any surgery or long recovery times. Instead, patients can leave the office with a beautiful, full smile without any pain or discomfort.

 #4 They can be permanently fixed 

There are a few different ways that bridges can be secured—removable and non-removable. The non-removable option involves placing permanent caps on the healthy adjacent teeth to securely hold the bridge in place over the area with the missing tooth. Patients on tight budgets may sometimes choose removable bridges that are fixed with metal brackets and require removal for cleaning. 

#5 They stay in place 

Whether you choose the removable or non-removable option, your dental bridge will stay put through meals and conversations. You won’t have to worry about embarrassing or uncomfortable slips that can sometimes happen with dentures.

#6 They last a long time 

With proper care, they can last a long time before needing to be replaced– usually up to 15 years. However, the longevity of your bridge depends significantly on how you treat them. You should take care to brush and floss around it, or remove it for proper, regular cleaning. You should also avoid unnecessary hard chewing that can wear down the crown over time.

#7 They are budget-friendly 

Implants offer many benefits—however, the cost is simply too high for some. Bridges provide a great long-term solution at a more attainable price point. Of course, flexible financing options are available for both. 

#8 They look natural 

Even though almost 70 percent of Americans have lost a tooth before the age of 44, having a gap in your smile can be embarrassing. Bridges are designed to blend naturally with your smile so that people would never even suspect you had lost a tooth. The crown is usually comprised of porcelain, a durable material that mimics the natural translucence of a tooth. 

Are dental bridges right for you?

If you have a missing tooth, schedule an appointment with our highly regarded team at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We are experienced in a variety of cosmetic dental procedures and can help you decide which option is best for you.

Can a Loose Tooth Tighten Back Up?

31 Mar 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

the confidence of a beautiful smileIt’s perfectly normal for teeth to become loose—but only if they are a child’s first set. If you’re an adult, a loose tooth can be quite alarming. There are several possible causes of this in adults. In some cases, a loose tooth can tighten back up. However, it’s always best to seek professional dental care, as it may require treatment. Furthermore, if the tooth is quite loose (such as from an injury to the face), this should be treated as an emergency that requires a quick visit to the dentist. The treatment for this depends on the cause of the problem.

Loose tooth caused by injury

Sports, falls, and car accidents are all common causes of injuries to the jaw and face. If you’ve sustained facial trauma, you should see your dentist immediately. Your dentist will evaluate the area for bone, soft tissue, and nerve damage, which can occur along with the loosening of the tooth. Any needed treatments will be performed. Then, if the tooth is only slightly loose, it may be left alone to tighten up on its own. Avoid chewing on it while it heals, and let your dentist know right away if it appears to become worse. If this is the case, it may need to be splinted. Your dentist will use the adjacent tooth to act as an anchor to hold it in place while the area heals. Be very careful to avoid chewing on it until your dentist determines it’s fully healed.

Loose tooth caused by gum disease

Gum disease is one of the most common causes of the loosening and eventual loss of teeth. If your tooth suddenly becomes loose, however, you shouldn’t automatically assume that you will lose it. It may be possible to salvage it—and your gum health—but you will need to get to a dentist as soon as possible. They can perform a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing.

You will need to commit to following good oral hygiene practices to prevent the infection from returning and allowing your mouth to heal.

Contact us

A loose tooth requires prompt attention from a qualified dentist. If you’ve developed a loose tooth—or any other dental emergency—you can get in touch with the friendly team at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Although we’re known for our expertise in cosmetic dental services, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot also provide emergency dental care.

It’s our priority to ease our patients’ pain as quickly as possible, and then to address the underlying cause of the problem. Call our office in Huntington, Long Island, and let us know you’re headed our way for an emergency appointment.

 

Additional Resources:

  1. Healthline, Loose Teeth in Adults: What You Should Know, https://www.healthline.com/health/loose-tooth
  2. Medical News Today, How to treat a loose tooth in adults, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322028

 

 

Most common sports-related dental injuries

31 Mar 2020 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources

beautiful smile courtesy of InvisilignAthletes often pay particular attention to their physical health, but how much do they think about their oral health? With up to 39% of dental injuries attributed to sports and an estimated 50% of children sustaining an injury before graduation, it’s essential to understand the risks you or your child face as an athlete. Untreated dental injuries could lead to more significant (and costlier) problems down the line.

If you think you may have experienced this due to sports or another activity, don’t wait to be seen. Schedule an appointment with our Long Island team that specializes in sports-related dental traumas.

Common types of dental injuries in sports

There are many ways a tooth can become damaged, on or off the field. However, some types of dental traumas are more common in sports than others. While basketball has the biggest percentage of injuries, other high-contact sports could leave you with significant pain. Hockey, football, lacrosse, baseball, boxing, martial arts, and other sports can all leave your mouth vulnerable to damage.

If you play a sport, watch for these common types of injuries:

  • Cracked tooth – Unlike a chipped tooth, where a corner of it breaks off, a cracked tooth usually begins closer to the root and works its way down. It can cause mild to severe pain. Either way, cracked teeth can be serious and usually require prompt treatment to increase the chances of saving it.
  • Tooth intrusion – You’re probably worried about your child having a tooth knocked out, but you should also be concerned about them having a tooth knocked in. Being hit in the face from a ball, a fall, or another player can cause the tooth to get pushed back into the jawbone. This type of injury can cause damage to the roots and the tooth pulp, which could lead to tooth loss.
  • Fractured root – Some damage isn’t as visible. Specific types of impact may cause problems below the gums, damaging the root of your tooth while the crown remains relatively healthy. In most instances, the affected person won’t notice right away. However, left untreated, a fractured root could lead to severe and painful infections or necrosis, which can cause your tooth to fall out.
  • Avulsed teeth – Of course, in line with other traumas, sports can significantly increase your risk of an avulsed tooth– the complete dislocation of it from its socket. It is most likely to happen within the front teeth. Same-day dental implants can help patients achieve full, natural-looking smiles without the long wait times.

Contact us today

If you’ve experienced or think you may have suffered from a dental injury, contact our Long Island dental team today. Our surgeons are experienced in a wide variety of dental and maxillofacial surgeries to help athletes and other patients achieve flawless, natural-looking smiles. Contact us today to schedule an appointment

Are crowns better than veneers?

dental veneersThe options can seem endless when it comes to replacing damaged or missing teeth. Ideally, the best way to select which option is best for you is by talking to a dental team in an individual one-on-one session. After examining your teeth and listening to other needs and concerns, Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry will be able to recommend either crowns or veneers.

Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantage of each:

Dental Crowns

Crowns, or dental caps, can be used to correct a variety of tooth issues. Typically, the crown is molded to match the original structure of your tooth and is then adhered to the remaining root of your original tooth. Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of oddly shaped or broken teeth, repair teeth after root canals, protected weakened teeth, correct gaps, repair decaying teeth, and as a base for dental bridges.

Pros and Cons of Crowns

While traditional crowns can usually take several visits to complete the process, new technology has now allowed for same-day crown placement. Using digital mapping technology, custom-sized CERC crowns are molded in minutes to match the space, color, and look of your other teeth. The advantages of this procedure are that it is relatively quick, painless, can last up to 15 years, and is often covered by insurance. One of the major downsides of crowns is that it requires a tooth root. If this is severely damaged, dental implants may be a better option.

Dental Veneers

Patients concerned with a myriad of factors in their smile may opt for veneers. Veneers consist of a very thin (yet durable) material that is bonded to the visible portion of your teeth. This procedure can help correct the appearance of gaps, uneven and misaligned teeth, irregularly shaped or broken teeth, and discoloration that cannot be corrected with teeth whitening.

Pros and Cons of Veneers

Veneers are a great, easy way to correct a variety of problems and give you a full, bright smile you love. They also leave more of your original tooth intact, making it a less invasive procedure over crowns. Some of the disadvantages are that you may need to be a bit more cautious about how you treat them. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, you should avoid chewing on ice, pens, nails, and other hard objects that may damage the thin veneers. It may also be difficult or impossible to correctly adhere veneers to teeth that are too damaged or missing too much enamel.

Finding the best fit for you

There are many pros and cons to crowns and veneers and choosing the right one is unique to each patient. If you are ready to correct your smile and increase your confidence, schedule an appointment Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today. We can discuss crowns, veneers, implants and other dental options with you to create a customized treatment plan that works for your specific needs.

 

What Will Stain Invisalign?

15 Nov 2019 by  admin in General Dentistry Resources, Invisalign

invisalign teen clear alignersIf you want a beautiful, straight smile without having to deal with the hassle and inconvenience of traditional metal braces, then Invisalign could be the perfect choice for you! During your consultation with a cosmetic dentist, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, including how to avoid staining them because they can become discolored or even warped. However, taking a few simple precautions can easily prevent this.

Here’s what will stain Invisalign aligners

Invisalign aligners are made from a clear plastic material. This means that anything that could potentially stain your teeth may also stain them– including juice, energy drinks, and wine. It’s important to note that you should not consume any hot beverages while wearing your aligners, including coffee and tea. Not only will these drinks stain your aligners, but the heat will also warp the plastic, and you may end up needing to order a replacement set.

Here’s how to eat and drink with Invisalign aligners

If you’re going to drink anything other than water, you should first remove the aligners and place them in their protective case. Then, eat or drink anything you want. Before putting your aligners back in, brush your teeth, and brush and rinse the aligners. This prevents the buildup of plaque and reduces the risk of the aligners getting discolored.

How to remove stains from Invisalign aligners

However, if they do acquire a few unsightly stains, there is something you can try. First, do not try brushing your aligners with whitening toothpaste. This toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can damage them. Instead, order the soaking crystals from Invisalign. They are specially designed to clean the aligners and lift minor stains. Fill a cup with lukewarm—not hot—water and add the soaking crystals. Add your aligners and soak them for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Things to consider

Although Invisalign aligners readily take on stains, it’s important to note that you will not wear the same set of aligners for your entire treatment. So, if you’re dealing with a stubborn stain that won’t respond to your cleaning efforts, you may be comforted to know that you’ll soon be switching to the next set in the series. Each patient’s treatment plan can vary slightly. However, most patients are advised to wear each set of aligners for two weeks.

Schedule your one-on-one Invisalign consult in Huntington today!

When you’re ready for a Hollywood smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist about Invisalign. You can schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We specialize in smile makeovers that instill self-confidence. Get in touch today with our office in Huntington, Long Island.

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What is Better – Veneers or Invisalign?

gray haired woman smiling because of her veneersA smile is the most memorable feature of a person. In fact, 48 percent of adults think this is even more powerful than appearance or even smell. Because this is so important–for those with even minor imperfections–gaps, crookedness, or stains–it can be intimidating.

If you are looking to make enhancements to your smile– porcelain veneers or invisible alignment treatments will help you reclaim your confidence. When deciding, you’ll want to evaluate the cost, timing, and specific needs for treatment in the Huntington, Long Island-area. Below is a quick guide to help you understand whether porcelain veneers or Invisalign is a better option for your smile.

Understanding veneers

Veneers are a thin porcelain structure that is bonded to the front of the teeth. The sole purpose of them is to improve overall appearance, including color, size, spacing, chips or cracks, and surface smoothness. Veneers do little to improve function, yet they can deliver a big boost of confidence to the patient. In as little as three visits, a patient can walk away with a more uniform and whiter smile.

The first visit is an initial consultation to determine if veneers are the right approach for you. The second will help the dentist to prepare the teeth and develop a model.  Finally, it’s time to apply the veneers. While the process is not complex, it’s helpful to have a solid understanding of the application process. Once a person undergoes treatment for veneers, it is irreversible, as it requires filing away of the original tooth to make space for the veneer.

The Veneer Bonding Process

Before attaching the veneer to the tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on the tooth to ensure proper fit, color, and size. Once the veneer has been appropriately matched for the mouth, the dentist will prepare your tooth with a thorough cleaning and polishing. From there, they will utilize a technique called etching–a process that allows a strong bonding between the original tooth and its veneer.

The dentist will apply a custom cement to the veneer and position it accordingly on your tooth before applying a light beam that activates the chemicals in the cement—so it quickly hardens and sets. Finally, the dentist will remove any excess cement, evaluate the fit and bite, and make any final adjustments for comfort and function. With proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years. Additionally, while the cost can change depending on the number of teeth, a person can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000 for each tooth.

Understanding Invisalign

While veneers can be great for instantaneous cosmetic assistance, Invisalign can help improve appearance, function, and health.  Many people contend with crooked teeth, crowded smiles or poorly aligned bites. Crowded teeth can be difficult to clean, making tooth decay and gum disease more likely. Invisalign, an alternative to traditional bracket braces, uses clear trays to help correct misalignment, straighten teeth and improve the overall look of someone’s smile. These invisible trays are custom-made and work by applying pressure and slight force to the teeth to slowly align them into the desired position.

It’s a discreet treatment that allows adults to correct their smiles without the embarrassing look of metal braces. Plus, the removable trays allow a person to eat without food restriction, along with easy cleaning of the teeth and trays.

The Invisalign Process

After consulting with your Invisalign-trained doctor, they will map out a customized digital treatment that demonstrates the step-by-step smile and mouth transformation.

From there, customized aligners will be created and changed out after one to two weeks. While the total length of treatment varies per patient, the average time for alignment is 12 to 18 months.  Once the teeth have reached the desired look, you can continue to wear the clear tray to maintain teeth position.

Depending on the extent of your plan, these treatments can go upwards of $6,500, but this will reshape the structure of the mouth for less than traditional braces– in most cases.

Making the Decision 

Talking with an experienced cosmetic dentist can help you determine which option is better for you. Seek out the best dental health professionals in the Huntington, Long Island-area, to help you. The Huntington, Long Island award-winning doctors of Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry can meet with you to review your specific goals, treatment options, and affordability.

Schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot in Huntington Station, Long Island. Get on the path to a more confident, healthier you.

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3 Things to Know Before Getting Dental Implants

15 Nov 2019 by  Lillian Slugocki in Dentistry, General Dentistry Resources

Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth, and many people consider them to be more aesthetically pleasing and convenient than dentures. Whereas dentures are removable, dental implants are permanent—and they look just like natural teeth. If you’ve been thinking of talking to a cosmetic dentist about implants, here’s what you should know.

Dental implants can replace a full arch of missing teeth

Dentists often place implants to replace one, two, or three missing teeth in the same patient. In fact, they can replace all of the teeth on the upper and lower jaws, and you won’t necessarily need one post implanted for each crown. Your dentist will determine if you’re a good candidate for either the all-on-4 or all-on-6 techniques.

The above refers to the practice of fabricating a custom dental bridge with enough crowns to replace each missing tooth. The bridge is then affixed to either four or six dental implant posts, which are placed directly inside the jawbone. Thanks to this approach, patients can walk out of the dental office with brand new teeth in far less time than it would take to fabricate dentures!

You must be a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking

Smoking is problematic for many reasons. Not only does it cause oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth discoloration, it can also cause your dental implants to fail prematurely. This means they’ll have to be removed. In addition, smoking increases your risk of complications from oral surgery (along with every other type of surgery). It inhibits proper healing after surgery, as well. Furthermore, smoking causes the loss of bone mass, which may mean you lack sufficient jawbone density to support dental implants.

If you currently smoke, you could potentially still be a candidate for dental implants, but you absolutely must quit smoking first. Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation options.

Your dental implants don’t require special care

Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently secured within the jawbone. They don’t require any special care. You’ll simply take care of them just as you would care for your natural teeth. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once daily. Even though crowns can’t develop cavities, it’s still possible to develop gum disease if you don’t practice good oral hygiene—and this may lead to the failure of your implants. In addition, don’t forget to see the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam!

Schedule your consult for dental implants in Huntington

At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we strive to make dental implants affordable and accessible to all. We believe everyone deserves a beautiful, complete smile that they aren’t afraid to show off. If you’re missing one or more teeth, or you’ve been told that you’re going to need an extraction, you’re invited to come talk to Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at our office in South Huntington, Long Island. Schedule your one-on-one consultation today!

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