Restorative Dentistry Long Island

The goal of restorative dentistry is to try and preserve the patients natural teeth as much as possible. The dentists at Dental Symmetry offer a number of different restorative dental procedures in their Plainview, Long Island office.


Prosthodontics

A number of restorative dental procedures overlap the procedures performed by prosthodontists. Prosthodontists are the recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth. 

A prosthodontist offers several options such as implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, full dentures, and partial dentures. While many other dentists can do some or all of these treatments, prosthodontists are the specialists dedicated to this type of care.

Prosthodontists are experts in the restoration and replacement of teeth – they make smiles look beautiful and function the way they should. After completing four years of dental school, prosthodontists receive an extra three years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA.

All three of our doctors at Dental Symmetry have spent several years training in this specialty.

Why go to a professional prosthodontist?

Did you know that some dentists perform reconstructive dental work after just a weekend course on a procedure? That may be okay, but you should know prosthodontists receive an extra three years of intense, formal training beyond regular dental school.

If you are seeking cosmetic or reconstructive dental work, you should do research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care. As ADA recognized specialists, prosthodontists are qualified to offer care in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques.

Rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth, and the creation of tooth replacement.

Visit the official website of the American College of Prosthodontists to learn more.


Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is done when decay will likely damage or has already killed a tooth. During a root canal, the pulp is removed from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity. This can prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp that may spread to other teeth. A root canal can also treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth. This procedure can relieve a toothache, stop an infection, and promote healing.

  • The Steps of a Root Canal 
  1. The gums are numbed with a substance that feels like jelly.
  2. A local anesthetic is injected that will completely numb the teeth, gums, tongue, and skin in that area.
  3. The decayed tooth may be separated from the other teeth with a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame. This protective rubber sheet also helps stop liquid and tooth chips from entering the mouth and throat.
  4. A drill and other tools are used to remove the pulp from the tooth.
  5. The inside part of the tooth below the gum line is filled with medicines, temporary filling materials, and a final root canal filling.
  • After a Root Canal 
  1. Because a root canal removes the pulp inside the tooth, the tooth becomes more fragile and may break more easily if it is not covered with a crown or cap.
  2. After the decay is removed, an impression of the tooth is made.
  3. The impression is used to make a crown that perfectly matches the drilled tooth.
  4. The tooth may be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is made and cemented into place.
  5. Crowns that seal the top of the tooth and strengthen it may come loose over time. They may need to be repaired, redone, or cemented on again.


Dentures

Complete Dentures 

Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.

Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.

Overdentures 

Overdentures are complete or partial prosthesis that are constructed over remaining natural teeth and/or roots. If the natural teeth and roots are not enough to support the overdenture, a dentist will perform dental implants to help stabilize the overdenture. 

There are many benefits to overdentures some of which include:

  • Slowing bone loss by continuing to stimulate the jaw bone during chewing
  • Helping retain your facial features and structure
  • Improved digestion through the stabilization of the overdenture to improve chewing
  • They have the ability to improve the aesthetics of the patients smile while also being a comfortable for everyday use

Removable Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture is made to attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments with the purpose of replacing missing teeth and restoring the aesthetics to a patients smile. Partial dentures are custom made by the dentist and have replacement teeth that are attached to an acrylic base that matches the color of the patient's gum tissue. A metal clasp or precision attachments help to anchor the partial denture in place while also giving the patient the ability to remove and reinsert the denture at their own leisure. 

Removable partial dentures have several benefits: 

  • They make it easier for you to chew food
  • They can help with speech if your missing teeth affected the way you speak
  • Partial dentures can also support your cheeks and lips so your face does not sag due to lack of support
  • They can prevent your teeth from drifting into the space were teeth were previously missing

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