A beautiful smile is a reflection of good oral health and it can also boost your self-confidence, social life, and even your career. Maintaining strong, healthy teeth helps you avoid complications with eating, speaking, and various health issues. 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. You can read more about Smile in the City Full Mouth Reconstruction and view before and after pictures here.
Prosthodontics- An Overview
Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on the application of biocompatible 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.
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.
The Right Treatment for You
Depending on your dental health, concerns and goals, there are several different options the prosthodontists at Smile in the City can offer you. Some of the main services we provide are: Common procedures in prosthodontics include:
Dental implants are ideal for patients who are missing permanent teeth. Tooth loss can occur from tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease, or even from injury. The dental implantation process works by first placing small posts beneath the gum that will function as the roots. This process will take some time to heal. A mold of your mouth will also be taken in order to match the implants to the size, shape, and color of your current teeth. Afterwards, an artificial tooth is implanted into the area. The teeth that result will appear natural and will give you that healthy smile you’ve been wanting.
Dental implants are designed to match your natural teeth. Advantages of dental implants include improved appearance, speech, comfort, easier eating, and of course higher levels of self-confidence with your appearance and an improved smile.
Crowns or Caps
Crowns and caps can be used for two different purposes. Patients with broken, damaged, or weakened teeth that are sensitive and in danger of further damage can benefit from having a crown put in. Crowns can also serve as part of a dental implant and tooth replacement system as discussed above. Smile in the City uses a unique new technology to get your crowns installed in just once visit usually in less than an hour. A dental crown is designed to function as a “cap”to place over the tooth that may be damaged. The result and 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 an undamaged tooth and has an improved appearance as well. Crowns are best for patients with a weak tooth, a broken tooth, to support a tooth that has large fillings, to cover dental implants, and can also help with dental bridges. Crowns are put in by numbing the tooth and gum tissue surrounding, then filing the tooth down to create space for the new crown. A mold will then be created of the tooth in need of the crown and the dentist will then create the crown and permanently cement the crown to the tooth.
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. Teeth whitening can be particularly beneficial for those who are in the public eye, work in sales, or have a lot of contact with other people in their day to day lives that require them looking their best. Teeth whitening is not limited to any set demographic however, as we all enjoy feeling good about the way we look. Smile in the City will work with you to get your in-office teeth bleaching finished usually in a single office visit. The process works by applying a protection over your gums and then gently applying the bleach to the surface of your teeth. The teeth whitening done in office is much strong than at-home kits and can get your teeth whiter and brighter faster. The results should provide with a whiter enamel and an overall whiter and brighter smile.
Veneers are ideal for patients who are struggling with teeth that are chipped or discolored. Veneers work by placing thin custom made shells of porcelain over the front of your current teeth. To go about getting porcelain veneers the first step is to meet with your dentist to examine your situation to see what procedure may make sense for you. To prepare your teeth for veneers the dentist will then remove a very small portion of the enamel from your tooth surface 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 will then be bonded to the tooth after extensive test placements to ensure the fitting, color, and size are to your liking before permanently bonding the veneer using tooth cement and a special light beam. The result is a brand new smile typically in only one to two visits. If you find yourself with chipped teeth, spaces, gaps, discoloration, porcelain veneers may be an option worth considering.
Dentures can provide value for those who are missing teeth, particularly for those who are missing a large number of teeth. Dentures work by creating prosthetic teeth that will then be supporting by the surrounding tissues in your mouth. Dentures offer convenience as they are removable in most situations. Dentures function similar to regular teeth, as they will need to be cleaned and brushed regularly like your real teeth. Dentures are available for those who are seeking full or partial tooth replacement. Dentures will require taking a series of impressions of your jaw in order to take measurements, which will result in some models for how your dentures will then be made. After trying out a few different models to see what works for you, the final dentures will be made and final adjustments will be made if necessary.