As Prosthodontists we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve their most natural looking smile with the highest level of function and comfort. From the simple to the complex, restorations are designed and created with precision, skill, and a concentrated focus on esthetics, biocompatibility, and longevity. Although transformations can range from the subtle to the dramatic, in all cases, the final results look natural and the patient’s overall smile and appearance are enhanced.
Porcelain Veneers can completely transform a person’s smile in a minimally invasive way, in some instances, without any tooth preparation at all. Fingernail thin, metal free*, high-strength ceramic restorations, veneers are individually fabricated to replace just the enamel surface of each involved tooth. Many significant esthetic problems, such as staining, discoloration, spaces, crowding, misalignment, erosion, and wear can be corrected in a conservative manner with beautiful results.
CUSTOM SHADE MATCHING
Custom Shade Matching is an integral part of each esthetic procedure. After meeting with the patient in a natural light setting, the lab technician carefully creates the color formulation. Restorations are then designed and fabricated for the patient with his/her individual characteristics and esthetic needs in mind. This process is particularly essential when restoring a single anterior tooth, where even the slightest variation in shade can cause a restoration to look obvious and unnatural.
Ceramic inlays are metal-free*restorations custom designed and fabricated to replace just the portion of a posterior tooth lost to decay or fracture. As the preferred alternative to amalgam (silver) or composite (bonded) fillings, ceramic inlays restore the decayed area while preserving and strengthening the natural tooth structure. For a healthy and bright looking smile, old silver and bonded fillings can be removed and replaced with ceramic inlays since they are tooth colored, biocompatible, and durable.
ALL CERAMIC (METAL-FREE*) CROWNS
Metal-free ceramic crowns are the preferred alternative to traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations. Fabricated from high-strength ceramics, they are biocompatible, durable, and unmatched in esthetics. Since the core material of these crowns is the color of a tooth instead of metal, the restoration has all the translucency, luster, and light reflection of a natural tooth; and there aren’t any dark metal bands around the neck of the crown to hide.
ALL CERAMIC (METAL-FREE*) BRIDGES
Metal-free bridges are the all ceramic option for closing the gap resulting from a missing tooth. The adjacent teeth are prepared for crowns, which serve as anchors for the prosthetic ceramic tooth. Bridges are ideal choices for replacing teeth for patients who aren’t candidates for implants.
Tooth whitening is a painless, in-office procedure, maintained by an at-home treatment that involves a minimal commitment of time. Safe, effective, and monitored carefully by the doctor, whitening is the ideal choice for patients with a dull, yellowing or gray smile. The procedure can also be tailored for isolated tooth discoloration.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED CROWNS
Implant supported crowns are individual ceramic restorations retained by dental implants. When a natural tooth is lost or congenitally missing, an implant and its corresponding crown is most often the best choice for replacement; it is not removable by the patient, the adjacent teeth remain in tact, and it closely mimics the feel and function of a natural tooth.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED BRIDGE
An implant supported bridge consists of multiple ceramic restorations retained by dental implants. When several teeth are missing, an implant retained bridge is most often the best choice for replacement because unlike the alternatives, a partial denture or a fixed bridge, it is not removable by the patient, the adjacent teeth remain in tact, and it closely mimics the feel and function of natural teeth.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED PROTHESIS
An implant supported prothesis is a more extensive restoration of crowns retained by multiple strategically placed titanium implants. This treatment is the ideal restorative solution when a patient is fully edentulous (without any teeth) because unlike its alternative, a denture, it is not removable by the patient and both functionally and esthetically closely resembles natural teeth.
PREVENTIVE CARE AND DIAGNOSTICS
Preventive care and diagnostics are integral to maintaining good oral health. Dental prophylaxis, thorough clinical exams, personal home care instruction, oral cancer screening, and laser diagnostics for the early detection of tooth decay are a regular part of the oral health care provided by our team of skilled, professional, and caring hygienists.
Zirconium posts are white in color and provide the strength and retention frequently needed following endodontic treatment without discoloring the gum tissue. The light color of the post enables the Prosthdontist to restore the tooth with a metal-free crown, which further contributes to a biocompatible, natural looking result.
Maxillofacial prosthetics replace and restore portions of the jaw, nose, ear, or eye that have been lost as a result of cancer or trauma. Maxillofacial prosthetic treatment also includes the dental management of patients with a history of cleft palate as well as patients that have undergone radiation or chemotherapy for cancer of the head and neck region. Patient care is coordinated with plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, otolaryngologists, and oncologists. For further information and treatment photos, please see http://www.med.nyu.edu/surgery/plastic/.
*The use of the term “metal-free” throughout this website refers to high-strength ceramics that include oxides of zirconia and alumina. Although technically classified as metals, there are no known allergies to these materials and there is no metallic appearance since they are naturally white in color.