The right restorative procedures at the right time can reduce the need for additional dental work in the future.
Restorative procedures help protect both oral health and overall health while improving the appearance of the patient’s smile. Being able to properly chew food and having correct bite alignment affect a patient’s health in ways that go beyond just a smile.
The Biomimetic Approach
Biomimetic Dentistry is defined as the reconstruction of teeth to emulate their natural biomechanical and esthetic form and function. Simply put, biomimetic dentistry means to copy what is life-like. With biomimetic dentistry, only the damaged and decayed part of the tooth is removed and the final restoration is bonded to the remaining healthy natural tooth structure. Biomimetic restorations include stress-reduced direct composite restorations and porcelain/composite inlays and onlays that restore the biomechanics of broken and damaged teeth.
When restoring damaged, broken, and decayed teeth, the goal is to return the tooth to its original strength, function, and esthetic. Biomimetic dentistry accomplishes all of this in a conservative approach with strong and attractive results.
Composite fillings use tooth-colored material to restore teeth with cavities and maintain a natural appearance. Once the decay is removed, the tooth is filled with a composite material which is then cured using a specialized light to harden the material. Composite fillings can be done in one visit.
Inlays and Onlays
An inlay or onlay is a partial crown restoration that can be placed when there is not sufficient tooth structure to support a filling but enough tooth structure left that a full crown is not needed. Inlays/onlays are made of porcelain or gold, and they aesthetically and functionally replace the missing tooth structure.
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the outside of a tooth that is cracked, broken, worn down, or severely decayed. Dental crowns are usually completed in two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared (shaved down) and an impression is taken. A temporary crown is placed while the permanent crown is fabricated. During the second visit, the permanent crown is carefully fitted and then cemented into place.
A bridge can replace missing teeth without the use of a denture or dental implant. A bridge is composed of two crowns and a replacement tooth or teeth. Crowns are typically placed on the teeth on either side of the space, with the fabricated tooth or teeth attached in between.
For multiple missing teeth, an implant may be used to anchor the bridge.
Dental Implant Restorations
Have you lost a tooth or been told that you need a tooth extracted? Do you feel discouraged and depressed at the idea of wearing full or partial dentures? Stop worrying and start smiling! Dr. Frank Graziano offers the innovation of natural and comfortable dental implant restorations right here in Tuckahoe, NY.
Nothing rivals the comfort and convenience of a dental implant. The concept is relatively simple: an implant post is placed by a dental surgeon or periodontist who works cooperatively with Dr. Graziano. This post acts like a tooth root, stabilizing and strengthening your jawbone. It actually integrates with the bone to act as a permanent replacement!
After the post is integrated and healed, Dr. Graziano will work with you to design and create a beautiful new tooth. We make sure that it fits you and your bite perfectly for comfort, balance and strength. Once the replacement tooth is placed on your post, the implant post and replacement tooth work together to essentially give you a brand new tooth that feels and functions just like the tooth you lost.
A denture is a replacement for multiple missing teeth within the same (upper or lower) arch. A denture differs from a crown or bridge in that it does not rely on an existing tooth structure, and it completely replaces the missing teeth.
There are several different types of dentures:
- Full or Partial
- Removable or Fixed
- Traditional or Implant-Supported
Full Mouth Restoration
Have you been struggling with your teeth? Have you been to dentist after dentist and always leave wondering when you will need your next repair? Do you feel helpless, watching your teeth crumble and fail?
Dr. Graziano has a solution that can help you get your smile back to health and your dentistry under control – a full mouth restoration.
What is a Full Mouth Restoration?
The name says it all: in a full mouth restoration, we look at your mouth as a whole and address your every need.
Because it is a perfect combination of restorative, cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry, full mouth restorations allow us to make astonishing repairs, while balancing and restoring the mouth to proper health, function and beauty. Because it is a combination of whatever dentistry you need, a full mouth restoration lets you finally have a smile you can relax with; one that is both beautiful and comfortable.
We’ll see people who have had their whole mouth restored ten years ago and they are just coming in for hygiene and they are so happy because it is lasting and still comfortable. We love that!
To find out if Full Mouth Restoration can restore your confidence, call for your appointment today!