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By Upper East Smiles
September 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crown  

A dental crown from your dentists in the Upper East Side, NY, can restore your smile.

Did you know that dental crowns provide strength and protection for damaged teeth? Dental crowns can also improve the beauty of your teeth and your smile and can treat a variety of dental issues. The dentists at Upper East Smiles in the Upper East Side, NY, offer comprehensive general and specialty dental services, including dental crowns to keep your smile healthy.

There are several reasons you might need a dental crown. For example:

  • If you have a tooth that is badly decayed, a dental crown can restore the strength of the tooth
  • If you have a tooth that is badly broken, a dental crown can repair the tooth
  • If you have a tooth that is badly worn down, a dental crown can restore function to the tooth
  • If you have a tooth that has a damaged metal filling, a dental crown gives you a more natural-looking alternative
  • If you have a tooth that has a damaged older crown, a new dental crown can match seamlessly with your smile

Modern dental crowns are typically made of porcelain, which looks just like natural tooth enamel because it is light reflective. It’s also stain-resistant, so your new dental crown will stay bright. A full porcelain crown is a perfect choice for front teeth and teeth that are visible when you smile.

For back teeth, you may need a bit more strength, because back teeth do most of the chewing. A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is a great option for these teeth. These are known as PFM crowns, and they combine the beauty of porcelain with the strength of a metal foundation. If you want superb protection, combined with a beautiful, natural look, dental crowns are a great choice to make.

To learn more about when you might need a dental crown and how a dental crown can help your smile, call the dentists at Upper East Smiles in the Upper East Side, NY. You can reach them at (646) 864-1808 so call today!

By Upper East Smiles
September 14, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Fillings  

At Upper East Smiles on the Upper East Side, NY, our dental professionals provide comprehensive dental care to keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful! Fillings are just one service we offer. Dental fillings can salvage teeth that have been damaged by decay and keep your smile looking great.

Getting a cavity

When plaque builds upon the surface of the teeth and isn't removed by regular brushing, the bacteria eat away at the enamel, causing a cavity. When you have a cavity, a filling can replace the decayed tooth structure with strong material and save your tooth! Left untreated, a cavity will only get bigger and deeper into the tooth. By the time you have a toothache, it's likely that you have a significant amount of decay so don't delay calling your Upper East Side dentist! We can repair the tooth with a small filling before you need a root canal or a complete tooth replacement.

Getting a filling

When you get a filling at your dentist in the Upper East Side, NY, you will be numbed first. Once you are numb, all the decay is drilled away so only healthy tooth structure remains. Then dental bonding is used to fill the cavity. The composite resin material used for dental bonding is strong and designed to match your natural teeth. Your dentist sculpts the material directly onto the tooth to fill the cavity. Then the material is trimmed and polished so it blends in perfectly with your smile.

Upper East Smiles is here for you when you have a cavity and need a filling. Getting a filling at your dentist on the Upper East Side, NY, is a routine and relatively painless procedure. You need to keep up a great oral hygiene routine at home and even if you don't have a history of cavities, scheduling teeth cleaning appointments twice a year is recommended, Contact us for an appointment at (646) 864-1808.

By Upper East Smiles
August 31, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
DentalImplantsCouldHelpPreserveBoneAfterToothLoss

Losing teeth can make it more difficult to eat, not to mention the effect it can have on your smile. But that could be just the beginning of your problems. Missing teeth can contribute to extensive bone loss within your jaws and face. Here's why.

Bone is like any other living tissue—cells develop, function and eventually die, and new cells take their place. Forces generated during chewing stimulate this new growth, helping the jawbone maintain its normal volume and density.

But you lose this stimulus when you lose teeth. This can cause a slowdown in bone cell regrowth that can eventually diminish bone volume. And it can happen relatively quickly: you could lose a quarter or more of jawbone width around a missing tooth within a year.

As this loss continues, especially in cases of multiple missing teeth, the bone can eventually erode to its base level. This loss of dental function can make chewing more difficult, place more pressure on the remaining teeth and adversely affect facial appearance. It could also prevent an implant restoration to replace missing teeth.

Dentures and other forms of dental restoration can replace missing teeth, but not the chewing stimulus. Dentures in particular will accelerate bone loss, because they can irritate the bony gum ridges they rest upon.

Dental implants, on the other hand, can slow or even stop bone loss. Implants consist of a metal post, typically made of titanium, imbedded into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth with a life-like crown attached. Titanium also has a strong affinity with bone so that bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the implant's surface. This can produce enough growth to slow, stop or even reverse bone loss.

This effect may also work when implants are combined with other restorations, including dentures. These enhanced dentures no longer rest on the gums, but connect to implants. This adds support and takes the pressure off of the bony ridge, as well as contributes to better bone health.

If you've lost a tooth, it's important to either replace it promptly or have a bone graft installed to help forestall any bone loss in the interim. And when it's time to replace those missing teeth, dental implants could provide you not only a life-like solution, but a way to protect your bone health.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”

TakeItFromTaylorSwift-LosingYourOrthodonticRetainerisNoFun

For nearly two decades, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has dominated the pop and country charts. In December she launched her ninth studio album, called evermore, and in January she delighted fans by releasing two bonus tracks. And although her immense fame earns her plenty of celebrity gossip coverage, she's managed to avoid scandals that plague other superstars. She did, however, run into a bit of trouble a few years ago—and there's video to prove it. It seems Taylor once had a bad habit of losing her orthodontic retainer on the road.

She's not alone! Anyone who's had to wear a retainer knows how easy it is to misplace one. No, you won't need rehab—although you might get a mild scolding from your dentist like Taylor did in her tongue-in-cheek YouTube video. You do, though, face a bigger problem if you don't replace it: Not wearing a retainer could undo all the time and effort it took to acquire that straight, beautiful smile. That's because the same natural mechanism that makes moving teeth orthodontically possible can also work in reverse once the braces or clear aligners are removed and no longer exerting pressure on the teeth. Without that pressure, the ligaments that hold your teeth in place can “remember” where the teeth were originally and gradually move them back.

A retainer prevents this by applying just enough pressure to keep or “retain” the teeth in their new position. And it's really not the end of the world if you lose or break your retainer. You can have it replaced with a new one, but that's an unwelcome, added expense.

You do have another option other than the removable (and easily misplaced) kind: a bonded retainer, a thin wire bonded to the back of the teeth. You can't lose it because it's always with you—fixed in place until the orthodontist removes it. And because it's hidden behind the teeth, no one but you and your orthodontist need to know you're wearing it—something you can't always say about a removable one.

Bonded retainers do have a few disadvantages. The wire can feel odd to your tongue and may take a little time to get used to it. It can make flossing difficult, which can increase the risk of dental disease. However, interdental floss picks can help here. ¬†And although you can't lose it, a bonded retainer can break if it encounters too much biting force—although that's rare.

Your choice of bonded or removable retainer depends mainly on your individual situation and what your orthodontist recommends. But, if losing a retainer is a concern, a bonded retainer may be the way to go. And take if from Taylor: It's better to keep your retainer than to lose it.

If you would like more information about protecting your smile after orthodontics, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”

HowMLBStarAaronJudgeChangedHisSmileandHowYouCanToo

Between the final game of the World Series in late October and spring training in February, major league baseball players work on their skills preparing for the new season. Reporters on a Zoom call to the New York Yankees' training camp wanted to know what star outfielder Aaron Judge had been doing along those lines. But when he smiled, their interest turned elsewhere: What had Aaron Judge done to his teeth?

Already with 120 homers after only five seasons, Judge is a top player with the Yankees. His smile, however, has been less than spectacular. Besides a noticeable gap between his top front teeth (which were also more prominent than the rest of his teeth), Judge also had a chipped tooth injury on a batting helmet in 2017 during a home plate celebration for a fellow player's walk-off home run.

But now Judge's teeth look even, with no chip and no gap. So, what did the Yankee slugger have done?

He hasn't quite said, but it looks as though he received a “smile makeover” with porcelain veneers, one of the best ways to turn dental “ugly ducklings” into “beautiful swans.” And what's even better is that veneers aren't limited to superstar athletes or performers—if you have teeth with a few moderate dental flaws, veneers could also change your smile.

As the name implies, veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, cracks, discolorations or slight gaps between teeth. They may even help even out disproportionately sized teeth. Veneers are custom-made by dental technicians based on a patient's particular tooth dimensions and color.

Like other cosmetic techniques, veneers are a blend of technology and artistry. They're made of a durable form of dental porcelain that can withstand biting forces (within reason, though—you'd want to avoid biting down on ice or a hard piece of food with veneered teeth). They're also carefully colored so that they blend seamlessly with your other teeth. With the right artistic touch, we can make them look as natural as possible.

Although porcelain veneers can accommodate a wide range of dental defects, they may not be suitable for more severe flaws. After examining your teeth, we'll let you know if you're a good candidate for veneers or if you should consider another restoration. Chances are, though, veneers could be your way to achieve what Aaron Judge did—a home run smile.

If you would like more information about porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before.”