Posts for tag: restorative dentistry
Have you been wondering if dental implants are a good option to restore your missing teeth? Our Jackson Heights, NY, dentists, Dr. Hassan Alamzad and Dr. Rihito Matsui, explain how implants can improve your smile.
Dental implants rebuild the entire tooth
Dental implants provide an excellent solution to tooth loss, no matter how large the gap in your smile. Titanium implants bond to your jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your jaw. Although root replacement is the most crucial part of the implant process, a root alone won't help you chew or fill the gap in your smile.
Implants are topped with dental crowns, porcelain or ceramic restorations that look exactly like natural teeth. Crowns are firmly attached to implants with abutments, small screws that hold the crowns in place. Because your new tooth is securely anchored to your jaw and performs as a single unit, you'll never experience gum irritation or slipping, even when you bite into hard foods.
Implants offer valuable benefits
Are you still not sure if dental implants are the best choice for you? Consider these benefits:
- Lower Costs: Dentures and bridges must be replaced every 10 to 15 years, while your implants will probably never have to be replaced if you care for them properly. (You will need to replace the crown attached to the implant periodically.) If you compare lifetime costs, you may just discover that dental implants offer the least expensive solution.
- No Resorption: Without stimulation from tooth roots, jaw resorption, or shrinkage, can become a serious problem. Resorption weakens your jawbone and may lead to facial sagging and the loss of additional teeth. Dental implants press on your jawbone, providing constant stimulation needed to prevent resorption.
- Versatility: No other restoration method can replace an unlimited number of teeth. Dental implants, a good option if you've lost one tooth, become an even better choice if you've lost all of your teeth. Removable implant-supported dentures can be attached using as few as two implants, while fixed dentures only require four implants per arch.
- Better Biting: Loss of biting power is a common complaint among Jackson Heights residents who wear removable dentures. Because the dentures only rest against your gums, it's impossible to chew a raw carrot or even enjoy an ear of corn on the cob. Dental implants don't decrease your biting power. In fact, you can eat anything you want, thanks to your implants.
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call our Jackson Heights, NY, dentists, Dr. Alamzad and Dr. Matsui, at (718) 898-8080 to schedule your appointment.
What your dentists in Jackson Heights want you to know
If you’ve been thinking about dental crowns or bridges, chances are you have a few questions. Dental crowns are the best way to protect broken teeth from further damage, and dental bridges are an excellent way to replace missing teeth and regain your full smile and chewing function. Dr. H. Alamzad and Dr. Rihito Matsui at Queens Professional Dental Care in Jackson Heights, NY want to share some common questions and answers about dental crowns and bridges:
What makes a crown better than a filling?
Dental crowns make your teeth stronger because they cover the entire visible areas of your teeth. They coat your teeth like a suit of armor, protecting your teeth from a fracture. Fillings, especially large ones, can weaken your teeth by creating a barrier between different areas of your teeth. If you have a large filling, when you bite down you may fracture the filling and take a piece of your tooth with it.
What makes a bridge better than a removable partial?
A dental bridge is much more convenient than a partial, because you never have to remove the bridge for cleaning or when you eat. Bridges are also more natural-looking than partials because there are no visible metal clamps. Bridges are stable; you can be confident your bridge won’t move around the way a partial might.
What are crowns made of?
There a variety of materials used for dental crowns. A PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal) crown combines the strength of metal with the beauty of porcelain. A full porcelain crown is the most cosmetically beautiful choice.
These are just a few of the frequently asked questions and answers about crowns and bridges. For more detailed information please visit the crowns and bridges page of the website at http://www.queensprodentalcare.com/crowns-and-bridges.html
If you want to restore and beautify your smile, crowns and bridges can help. Get started by calling Dr. Alamzad and Dr. Matsui at Queens Professional Dental Care in Jackson Heights, NY. Call today!
Did you know that fillings have limited life spans? Although your filling may last many years, eventually wear and tear and other issues may affect it. Our Jackson Heights, NY, family dentists, Dr. Hassan Alamzad and Dr. Rihito Matsui, share a few signs that may mean that you need to replace fillings.
Your tooth doesn't feel the same
Fillings are designed to be tough, but years of biting and chewing take a toll. If you notice a change in a tooth, your filling may have worn down or part of it may have broken off. If either of these things happen you may also notice that food tends to get stuck in your tooth. Fillings may wear out quicker if you grind or clench your teeth at night. If you're a grinder or clencher, ask about a night guard the next time you visit our Jackson Heights office. Nightguards are worn over your bottom teeth while you sleep and absorb the strong forces generated by grinding and clenching.
You see a crack in your filling
Wear and tear or grinding or clenching can crack fillings. If you notice a crack, call us and schedule an appointment. Cracks allow bacteria to enter your tooth and cause tooth decay.
Your tooth hurts
Pain in a filled tooth should never be ignored. If there's a problem with a filling, you may notice a toothache or might develop a sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or sugary foods and drinks.
You noticed a mysterious lump on your toothbrush
Have you noticed strange little lumps on your toothbrush? If your filling begins to crumble, you may lose pieces of it when you brush your teeth or eat.
A new filling can solve the problem
Replacing worn or cracked fillings can end pain and other symptoms, although you may need a larger filling if decay has developed under the current filling. A root canal may be needed if decay is severe and affects the tooth pulp.
If your filling is very old, a silver amalgam filling may have been the only choice when your tooth was treated. Today, composite resin filling offer another option. The tooth-colored fillings are completely unnoticeable and bond to the sides of your tooth. No matter what type of filling you choose, replacing your worn or damaged filling will help you keep your smile healthy.
Are you concerned about a problem with a filling? Call our Jackson Heights, NY, family dentists, Dr. Alamzad and Dr. Matsui, at (718) 898-8080 to schedule an appointment.
Tooth loss doesn't have to permanently change your appearance. Dr. Hassam Alamzad and Dr. Rihito Matsui, your Jackson Heights, NY, dentists, explain how dental implants can restore your smile.
The only total tooth replacement option in Jackson Heights
For many years, bridges and full and partial dentures offered the only way to replace missing teeth. Today, dental implants offer a more comfortable, long-lasting option. Tiny screw-like implants replace the roots of teeth. They're made of titanium, a lightweight metal that's ideal for implants because it fuses to the bone. It usually takes between three to six months for an implant to bond to your jawbone, but once it does, it's just as strong and stable as your natural tooth roots.
Although the implant is the most important part of your new tooth, it remains unseen under your gums. Once bonding is complete, your dentist attaches an artificial tooth called a crown to the implant, which replaces the part of the tooth that extends above the gums.
An excellent alternative
No matter what your age, dental implants offer a simple way to replace your entire tooth. You're a suitable candidate if your general and oral health is good and you have good bone depth in your jaw. If your jawbone is a little shallow, your dentist can add bone grafts that will deepen the bone and allow the implant process to proceed.
Dental implants are the ideal solution if you want to close a gap in your smile. They not only restore your self-confidence, but also make it easier to eat and speak clearly. Full and partial denture wearers can benefit from implants too. If you've lost multiple teeth, you won't need an implant for each missing tooth. For example, an entire denture can be supported by just four to six implants.
An easy care option
Since your implant becomes a permanent part of your mouth, you'll brush and floss your crown just as you do your natural teeth. Keeping the area around the base of the crown is very important and prevents a serious infection that can loosen implants. As long as you brush and floss daily, you can expect your implant, and your smile, to remain strong and healthy.
Are you ready to learn more about dental implants? Call Dr. Alamzad and Dr. Matsui, your Jackson Heights, NY, dentists, at (718) 898-8080 to schedule your appointment.