Restorative Services at West SoHo Dentistry
Removing tooth decay and replacing missing teeth is essential to ensuring a healthy, radiant smile for years to come. With proper preventative treatment we are able to diagnose tooth decay in its earliest stages, preventing Dr. Huang from having to complete more invasive treatment. At West SoHo Dentistry we offer comprehensive restorative care in a comfortable and relaxed setting.
Dental fillings are completed to treat mild to moderate tooth decay or small cracks in teeth. At West SoHo Dentistry, we only use tooth colored, composite fillings. Modern composite fillings have a better long term prognosis and are longer lasting than metal fillings. They are sculpted on the tooth itself and bond strongly to your natural tooth structure. Composites can be used in the front or back of the mouth and Dr. Huang will take care to match the exact shade of your tooth, making them invisible and keeping the natural look of your smile.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are treatments for more extensively decayed teeth. They are similar to fillings, but include a greater surface area. Where a filling is completed inside the mouth, an inlay or onlay requires an impression or 3D digital scan of the tooth to be taken, after the tooth is prepared. The restoration is then fabricated outside the mouth, and then cemented onto the tooth.
Crowns are the treatment of choice when a significant amount of tooth structure is compromised, either due to decay, having a root canal, or a crack. After a tooth is prepared, a crown may be placed over the remaining healthy tooth structure. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or frequently a porcelain substructure that is fused to a metal substructure. Because crowns encase the healthy tooth structure, they offer a great long term prognosis. Porcelain crowns will be matched to give you a healthy, natural looking smile.
Root canals are completed when there is inflammation or infection inside the root of the tooth. This may be caused by trauma or more extensive tooth decay that works its way into the root. Often, an abscess may form at the tip of the root due to the infection. In some cases, Dr. Huang may prescribe antibiotics to remove the infection. Indications a root canal is necessary often includes sensitivity to cold or hot foods and discomfort when biting on the tooth. After a root canal is completed, the tooth typically must be restored with a crown.
Replacement of Missing Teeth
Bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge has a good long-term prognosis, and can achieve a very aesthetic result. However, in order to place a bridge, healthy adjacent teeth must be prepared. Hence, more recently, dental implants have become the preferred choice of treatment for missing teeth.
Dental implants may be used to replace one or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium and are place in either the upper or lower jaw bone. As the bone heals, it bonds to the implant, enabling the implant to essentially take the place of hte root of the tooth. Once an implant is placed and adheres to the surrounding bone, a crown is placed on top of the implant.
If more than one tooth is missing, implants may act as anchors for a bridge. An implant retained bridge is perfect for denture wearers that are tired of ill-fitting or uncomfortable dentures. This permanent treatment to replace multiple teeth has a great prognosis and deliver the look and feel of natural teeth.
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New York, NY 10013