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Your smile is one of your most important features. We can make it perfect!

Sure, a good smile can lift and brighten any mood. In fact, there is an array of health benefits attached to smiling. But did you know that while children often smile up to 400 times a day, the average person only smiles about 20? If the reason you’re not smiling much these days is that you don’t feel so confident in your smile, here are some of how our Upper East Side, NY, cosmetic dentists can boost your daily smile count.

Teeth Whitening

This non-invasive treatment has been a wonderful way to instantly brighten your lackluster smile. Using a professional hydrogen peroxide solution, we can get your smile up to seven shades whiter in under an hour. Other over-the-counter products can’t promise the same fast or visibly brighter results. Our office has the technology and knowledge to get your teeth their whitest.

Dental Veneers

If you’re dealing with crooked, misshapen, cracked, or severely discolored teeth, then veneers could restore your smile for the long term. These thin porcelain shells are affixed to the front of the tooth using special cement.

This is a great treatment option for someone looking to give their smile a makeover without lots of time-consuming procedures or extensive tooth prep since only a minimal portion of your tooth’s enamel will be shaved down to make room for your new veneers. A local anesthetic ensures that your experience is painless, and each veneer is specially crafted by our Upper East Side, NY, cosmetic dentists to fit your smile and yours alone.

Cosmetic Contouring

Also known as tooth reshaping, this conservative treatment promises instant results for reshaping and correcting crooked, chipped, or cracked teeth. This is the best course of action for those looking to make subtle changes to their smile. We simply remove small amounts of enamel, which is painless, to help fix slightly chipped edges or to smooth down extremely pointy teeth.

Dental Implants

Tooth loss can cause anyone to stop smiling. However, dental implants are a permanent solution for restoring a toothless smile. A small screw is implanted into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, this screw fuses with the jawbone and surrounding tissue to provide a permanent base for an artificial tooth. This implant acts as a tooth’s root and promises a complete smile for life. With the proper hygiene and oral care, dental implants are a permanent answer to combating tooth loss.

These are only some of the popular cosmetic options we offer at our dental office. We have a treatment option to fit anyone’s needs and budgets. If you want to schedule a consultation with our Upper East Side, NY, cosmetic dentists, then call Upper East Side Smiles at (646) 864-1808.

By Upper East Smiles
November 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Find out exactly how implants can replace your missing teeth for life.

You’ve probably noticed that a lot of your sports players have missing teeth (this is what happens if you don’t wear a mouthguard). Of course, you don’t have to be an athlete to deal with tooth loss. Gum disease and dental infections can also leave you dealing with the very same problem. However, our Upper East Side, NY, dentists can treat your tooth loss with the next best thing: dental implants.

How does a dental implant work?

An implant is a small metal post or screw that is designed to replace the roots of a tooth. In order to replace the roots, our Upper East Side, NY, dentists will need to place the implant into the jawbone exactly where the missing tooth used to be. In order to place an implant, we will need to perform a simple, minor procedure in our office.

Once the implant is placed into the jawbone it will naturally integrate with the bone and tissue over the course of several months (this is something that we will continue to monitor every time you come into our office). Once the implant and jawbone are complete, the implant is now considered a lifelong tooth replacement that will remain within the jawbone as long as you properly care for your smile and maintain good oral hygiene.

How many teeth can dental implants replace?

Most people assume that an implant is only right for them if they are missing just one tooth, but what about multiple teeth? You’ll be relieved to hear that an implant can replace everything from a single tooth to an entire jaw of teeth. Even if you are a current denture wearer it’s never too late to consider getting implants. After all, implants can firmly hold your full set of dentures in place, making it significantly easier to speak, bite and chew.

If you are looking to get dental implants from our Upper East Side, NY, dental team the next step is to call (646) 864-1808 to schedule a consultation. Turn to the smile experts at Upper East Smiles when you need cosmetic and restorative care.

DontLetGumDiseaseCutShortYourImplantsServiceLife

Among dental restorations, implants are the closest prosthetic we have to real teeth. They not only replace the visible crown, but the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone adequately substitutes for the tooth root. Because of their unique design, implants are not only life-like, they’re highly durable and could potentially last for decades.

But while their success rate is remarkably high (more than 95% exceed the ten-year mark), they can fail. Ironically, one possible cause for implant failure is periodontal (gum) disease. Although an implant’s materials are themselves impervious to disease, the tissues and underlying bone that support the implant aren’t. If these natural tissues become infected, the secure hold the implant has can weaken and fail.

A gum infection usually begins with dental plaque, a thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Certain strains of bacteria within plaque can infect the gums. One particular form of the disease known as peri-implantitis starts as an initial infection and ensuing inflammation of gum tissues around an implant. The disease can quickly spread down to the bone and destroy the integration between the bone and the implant that helps keep the implant in place.

That’s why it’s important for you to keep the implant and the tissues around it clean of plaque, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. This requires daily brushing and flossing around the implant and other teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly for more thorough dental cleanings.

You should also be alert to any signs of disease, especially around implants: gum redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. Because of the rapidity with which peri-implantitis can spread, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.

Preventing gum disease, and treating it promptly if it occurs, is a key part of implant longevity. Preserving your overall dental health will help make sure your implant doesn’t become a loss statistic.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

WhyYouShouldFlossAroundtheImplantsSupportingYourBridge

We've been using bridges to replace missing teeth for decades. Now, recently-developed implant-supported bridges are even more dependable, promising greater durability and less interference with remaining natural teeth.

But just like other restorations, you'll need to keep implant bridges clean to ensure their longevity. Although both the bridge and implants are impervious to disease, the supporting gums and bone aren't. If they become infected, they can break down and your restoration will fail.

Cleaning an implant-supported bridge includes flossing around each of the implants to remove dental plaque, a thin film of food particles and bacteria most responsible for dental disease. To perform this task, you'll have to pass the floss between the bridge and gums to access the sides of each implant.

To help make it easier, you can use a tool like a floss threader, a thin, shaft-like device with a loop on one end and a needle-like point on the other. You'll first thread about 18" of floss through the end and then pass the threader between the bridge and gums with the sharp end toward the tongue.

With the threader completely through, you'll then wrap the floss around your fingers as with regular flossing and move the floss up and down each side of the implants you can access. You'll then pull the floss out, reload the threader and move to the next section, repeating this process until you've flossed each side of each implant.

You can also use pre-cut floss with a stiffened end to thread between the bridge and gums or an interproximal brush with a thin bristled head that can reach underneath the bridge. And you might consider using an oral irrigator, a pump device that sprays a stream of pressurized water to remove and flush away plaque around implants.

To round out your hygiene efforts, be sure you visit your dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings. Your dentist can also advise you and give you training on keeping your implants clear of disease-causing plaque. Cleaning around your implants will help ensure your restoration will last.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental restoration, 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 “Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework.”

DentalImplantsBetterthanEverthankstoOngoingTechAdvances

While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.

Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.

But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.

These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.

Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.

These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.

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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”