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Even with all of the amazing advancements in dental technology and treatments in the last few decades, tooth loss remains an incredibly common problem for many Americans. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 45% (roughly 180 million) of adults in the United States are missing at least one tooth. In addition to the cosmetic and social problems that living with tooth loss creates, it can also lead to serious health problems. Dr. Domenic Riccobono, a dentist in Chatham, NY, recommends dental implants for healthy adults suffering from partial or complete tooth loss.
Dental Implant Restoration in Chatham, NY
Implants are the closest dental restoration to a natural tooth. Most restorations replace the crown portion, which allows you to eat and speak clearly and look good when you smile. But the root also plays an important role in your oral health. Once a tooth falls out, the surrounding bone tissue begins to erode. A dental implant, which is made of a small titanium, biocompatible screw, is surgically placed in the jaw after tooth loss or extraction. This helps to preserve your bone tissue, and firmly anchor the crown in place once the implant has healed.
Dental implants are unique in that they can be used to replace all levels of tooth loss, from a single tooth to all teeth. You don't even need to get an implant for each missing tooth - just a few implants can be used to secure a bridge or set of dentures. If you are an adult in good health and enough bone density to support an implant, dental implants may be a good option for you.
Find a Dentist in Chatham, NY
Tooth loss can affect your oral and general health, as well as your overall quality of life. To learn more about dental implants and to find the restoration option that is best for you, contact Countryside Dental by calling 518-392-5231 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Riccobono today.
Are you wondering whether cosmetic dental fillings are the right choice for your smile?
Has one of our Chatham, NY, dentists, Dr. Domenic Riccobono or Dr. Vicki Cohn, recently told you that you have a cavity? This can be frustrating to hear, but we are here to explain more about cosmetic fillings and how they help restore the look and function of your teeth.
What is a cosmetic filling?
A filling is a material that will be placed to restore a decayed tooth. While there are many different kinds of dental fillings from which to choose in Chatham, NY, we know that most people prefer to get tooth-colored, or cosmetic fillings, because they are designed to match the shade of your tooth. This means that when you smile no one will even know that you have a restored tooth.
With the proper care, these tooth-colored fillings can last many years before needing to be placed. How will you know when a filling needs to be replaced? You might not, but our Chatham, NY general dentist will. This is why those six-month dental visits are not something you should skip. During these routine cleanings, we can also check the strength of your filling to make sure that it is holding up.
How are dental fillings placed?
Before you can get your dental filling we will first need to remove decay from the tooth. Once the decay is removed, we will begin to place layer after layer of tooth-colored resin over the area to refill it. With every layer that is placed, a laser will also be directed over the tooth to harden the filling in place. Once the filling is complete and hardened, it will be given a final polish to make it look like the rest of your tooth.
Do you have questions about cosmetic fillings? Do you need to schedule your routine appointment to make sure your smile is healthy? Then it’s time you called Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY, today!
If you feel as though your missing tooth or teeth are a permanent fixture in your smile, think again. Fortunately, these dental issues are easily repaired with dental implant restoration. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace not only the missing tooth, but its root as well. Learn more about dental implant restoration with help from your Chatham, NY dentists Drs. Domenic Riccobono and Vicki Cohn at Countryside Dental.
How does a dental implant work?
Dental implants use three main parts to replace teeth. Your dentist implants the fixture, a small, cylindrical titanium post, into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth to replace its root. The implant’s prosthetic tooth, usually a porcelain dental crown, replaces the tooth itself. The abutment connects the fixture to the prosthetic tooth, completing the implant.
What can dental implants do for me?
- Single Tooth Replacement: Single tooth replacement uses a single implant to replace a single tooth. Useful in situations where patients lost one or more teeth randomly rather than in a row, single tooth replacement replaces both the tooth and it's root.
- Multiple Tooth Replacement: This option uses a dental bridge-like restoration to replace several teeth in a row. Unlike a traditional dental bridge, which uses the surrounding teeth as an anchor, multiple tooth replacement uses one or more implants on either end of the bridge to anchor the restoration into place.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Traditional dentures rely on gravity or suction to stay in place. This could lead to the denture moving around or even falling out, causing a potentially embarrassing situation. However, dental implants placed throughout the mouth’s arch give a denture something to latch onto, keeping it in your mouth where it belongs.
How can my Chatham, NY dentist help me overhaul my smile?
Dental implants are often used in conjunction with other restorative or cosmetic dentistry procedures to give your smile a completely new look. Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to make over your smile. However, whitening procedures are not effective on porcelain, meaning you should work with your dentist to match the implant’s tooth with the shade of your whitened teeth. Dental bonding or veneers repair chips or cracks in the teeth, giving your smile the overhaul it needs.
For more information on dental implant restoration, please contact Dr. Domenic Riccobono, DDS and Vicki E. Cohn, DDS at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY. Call (518) 392-5231 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable associate about scheduling your consultation for dental implants today!
What you need to know about dental fillings
There’s a lot to know about dental fillings. There are so many new techniques and materials it’s hard to keep up with dentistry. Just a few years ago, the only dental filling choice was a metal filling which was not very natural-looking. Now, you have a few choices for dental fillings that will protect, and enhance your smile. Your cosmetic dentists at Countryside Dental in Chatham, New York, want to help answer your questions about dental fillings, such as:
What are the different materials used for dental fillings?
Silver fillings, also called amalgam restorations, are the strongest dental fillings. They are typically placed on back teeth where you need biting strength. These fillings can be placed in one appointment.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored liquid resin, which is hardened with an ultraviolet “curing” light. Your cosmetic dentists at Countryside Dental can match the color of composite perfectly to your existing teeth, so you won’t even know it’s there. Composite fillings can also be placed in one appointment
Porcelain fillings are the most beautiful dental restorations. They are created in a dental laboratory and cemented at a later appointment. Because they require more appointments and creation in a lab, porcelain restorations are more expensive.
Glass ionomer fillings are also matched to your existing tooth color. They are typically placed along the gumline where you need aesthetics but not chewing strength. Glass ionomer can also be placed in one appointment.
How much do dental fillings cost?
The cost of your fillings will depend on which material you choose, how many surfaces of the tooth are restored, and how many teeth are involved. Fillings are priced according to each surface restored, with amalgam and glass ionomer being the least expensive, and porcelain and gold the most expensive.
What happens during a filling appointment?
Your cosmetic dentists at Countryside Dental prepare your tooth to receive the filling by removing all of the decay and creating space for the filling material. If you choose amalgam, composite or glass ionomer, you will receive your filling at the same appointment. If you have chosen gold or porcelain after your tooth is prepared, a mold of your teeth is taken and sent off to the dental laboratory. Lab technicians create your custom dental restoration and return it to the office. Your cosmetic dentists at Countryside Dental cement your filling at a later appointment.
If you have more questions about choosing the right dental filling for your needs, don’t hesitate to call your cosmetic dentists at Countryside Dental in Chatham, New York. You have an important decision to make, so don’t make it alone. Find out more about dental fillings and call today!