Prosthodontist in New York
The first step to achieving a beautiful smile is maintaining proper oral health and hygiene. A dazzling smile can boost self-esteem and have positive implications on your social and professional life. Maintaining strong, healthy teeth helps you avoid complications with eating and speaking, and also prevents gum disease such as gingivitis. Smile in the City specializes in cosmetic, laser, implant and sedation dentistry in New York City. Smile in the City can take any mouth and tooth related issues you’re facing and help find you a solution.
Prosthodontics is one of the nine specialized fields of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on the application of biocompatible dental prostheses to treat dental conditions that involve missing, broken, or otherwise damaged teeth. It is an important field of dentistry that fixes functional problems at the root while simultaneously beautifying the patient’s smile. Prosthodontics services offered by Smile in the City include dental implants, crowns, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and dentures.
The Crucial Role of a ProsthodontistTo become a licensed prosthodontist, an individual must complete a post graduate residency in prosthodontics after graduating dental school. Prosthodontics treatments are sequential and require highly attuned knowledge of teeth and jaw structure, as well as the facial anatomy and muscles. An expert prosthodontist is both a specialist and an architect.
Depending on your dental health, concerns and goals, there are several different options the prosthodontists at Smile in the City can offer you. Common procedures in prosthodontics include dental implants, crowns or caps, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and dentures.
Dental implants are ideal for patients who are missing permanent teeth. Tooth loss can occur from tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, or even injury.
In order to create a seamless transition, a mold of the patient’s mouth is taken so that the prosthodontist can match the implants to the size, shape and color of the current existing teeth. The dental implantation process works by first placing small posts beneath the gum that will function as the roots.Afterwards, an artificial tooth is implanted into the area. The teeth that result will look and feel natural.
Dental implants are designed to match your natural teeth. Advantages of dental implants include improved appearance, speech, comfort, ease of eating, and of course higher levels of self-confidence with a beautiful and complete smile.
Crowns and caps can be used for two different purposes:
- To support broken, damaged, or weakened teeth that are sensitive and in danger of further damage.
- Crowns can also serve as part of a dental implant and tooth replacement system as discussed above.
Teeth that are broken, decayed, or have large and dated dental fillings can benefit from a crown. A dental crown is designed to function as a “cap”to place over the tooth that may be damaged. The purpose of a crown is to restore the damaged tooth to its original shape, size and function. The result is a fuller tooth that has the strength of a healthy tooth and has an improved appearance as well.
Crowns are put in by numbing the tooth and surrounding gum tissue, then filing the tooth down to create space for the new crown. Traditionally, crowns were installed in two visits. During the first visit, the prosthodontist would remove all signs of existing tooth decay, create a dental impression, and send the patient home with a temporary cap. During the second visit, the final, permanent crown would be fitted, adjusted and fixed into place.
Smile in the City uses a unique new technology to get your crowns installed in just once visit usually in less than an hour.
In-office teeth whitening is the quickest and most effective way to whiten teeth. Not all teeth whiten well and your prosthodontist can best determine whether you would be a good candidate for the treatment.
In general, teeth with a yellow tint whiten well, teeth with a brownish hue will not whiten as well, and teeth with a grey hue may not whiten at all. It is important to note that bleaching agents will not affect the color of existing crowns, caps or fillings. Whitening the natural teeth enamel can make these materials stand out, causing an inconsistency in the color of your smile.
At Smile in the City, a brighter and white smile can be achieved in just one visit. Our prosthodontist will apply a protective gel to your gums and fit you with a protective mouth guard. A whitening agent is then applied to the surfaces of the teeth and a special UV light is used to enhance results. The bleaching agents used in our office are stronger and provide faster results than those found in over-the-counter whitening gels and strips. This is because under the supervision of an expert prosthodontist, the condition of your teeth is constantly monitored.
Teeth whitening is ideal for anyone who feels their smile is dull, yellow, or overall not as attractive as they would like it to be.
Veneers are thin, customized strips of material that mimic the size, shape and color of a healthy tooth. They are bonded over existing teeth to create the desired smile. Veneers are ideal for patients who are struggling with teeth that are chipped or discolored.
To prepare the teeth for veneers the prosthodontist will remove a very small portion of enamel from the tooth surface in order to make room for the veneers. A model of your teeth will be taken which will later be used to construct the veneers. The veneers are bonded to each tooth after extensive test placements to ensure the fitting, color, and size are to your liking. When the perfect fit is determined, the veneer will be permanently bonded to the teeth using tooth cement and a special light beam.
Porcelain is generally the preferred material for veneers as they resist stains well and reflect light in the same manner as natural teeth. Our prosthodontists specialize in creating the most natural-looking smile with porcelain veneers. The first step is the meet with our specialists so that we may evaluate your situation and determine the best procedure to take care of your concerns and achieve your desired results. In most cases, veneers can be fitted and completed in just one or two visits.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth constructed to replace and restore the function of missing teeth. Dentures are held in place by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of your mouth. They can provide immense value for those who are missing a large number of teeth.
Customizing a proper set of partial or full dentures will require taking a series of impressions of your jaw to derive the most accurate measurements. These measurements willbe used to construct some models for how your dentures will then be made. After trying out a few different models to see what works best for you, the final dentures will be made and final adjustments will be made if necessary.
Dentures offer convenience as they are removable in most situations. They perform the same functions as natural teeth, aiding in eating, speaking and supporting the muscles of the jaw. The prosthodontists at Smile in the City are dedicated to mimicking the functional and aesthetic properties of natural teeth. Your dentures will look and feel like strong, healthy teeth that are meant for you alone.
Our resident prosthodontist, Dr. Nargiz Schmidt, D.D.S. is one of New York’s top prosthodontists. She has extensive history and experience working in the field of prosthodontics and reconstructive dentistry. Dr. Schmidt received her doctoral degree from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and later went on to NYU’s Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics where she received her certification as a Prosthodontist. Dr. Schmidt continues to work with NYU and other organizations as a consultant, lecturer, and speaker on the topic of dental reconstruction and aesthetics. If you are looking to have prosthodontics done in New York City, Dr. Schmidt can offer you the highest level of expertise with excellent personalized service, compassion and care during your transition period. You can read more about Dr. Schmidt here.