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By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
November 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
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What's so special about dental implants — and why should you consider one to replace a missing tooth?

Although they've only been widely available for thirty years, dental implants have climbed to the top of tooth replacement choices as the premier restorative option. Since their debut in the 1980s, dentists have placed over 3 million implants.

There's one overriding reason for this popularity: in structure and form, dental implants are the closest replacement we have to a natural tooth. In fact, more than anything else an implant is a root replacement, the part of the tooth you don't see.

The artificial root is a titanium post surgically imbedded into the jaw bone. Later we can attach a porcelain crown to it that looks just like a visible tooth. This breakthrough design enables implants to handle the normal biting forces generated in the mouth for many years.

There's also an advantage in using titanium dental implants. Because bone cells have a special affinity to the metal, they will grow and attach to the implant over time. Not only does this strengthen the implant's hold within the jaw, the added growth also helps deter bone loss, a common problem with missing teeth.

It's this blend of strength and durability that gives implants the highest success rate for any tooth replacement option. Over 95% of implants placed attain the 10-year mark, and most will last for decades.

Dental implant treatment, however, may not be possible in every situation, particularly where significant bone loss has occurred. They're also relatively expensive, although more cost-effective than other options over the long term.

Even so, implants can play an effective and varied role in a dental restoration. While single implants with attached crowns are the most common type of replacement, they can also play a supporting role with other restorative options. As few as two strategically placed implants can provide a more secure connection for removable dentures or fixed bridges.

You'll need to first undergo a thorough dental examination to see if implants could work for you. From there, we'll be happy to discuss your options for using this "best of the best" restoration to achieve a new, 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 “Dental Implants 101.”

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
November 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental visits  
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Facing extensive dental treatment can be stressful—and even more so when you realize what it will cost. It’s a hard fact of life, but some dental work can be expensive.

The good news, though, is that it’s possible to keep your costs at a manageable level, even with limited finances. And your best first step is to become proactive with dental care now, before problems appear or get worse.

There are good reasons for making room in your budget for regular dental cleanings and checkups: for one, dental cleanings coupled with your own daily hygiene help keep bacterial plaque, the main cause of dental disease, from causing gum disease or damage to the tooth surfaces. And seeing us regularly makes it more likely we’ll detect a problem before it inflicts too much harm.

Regular visits are also important for establishing a relationship with us. As we become more familiar with you and your own individual risk factors for dental problems, we can then develop a treatment strategy to minimize those risks or take action to decrease their impact.

The latter point has direct bearing on the financial side of your care. It’s tempting to postpone a recommended treatment for a mild to moderate issue because of the expense. But receiving treatment now could save you from major expense later.

Perhaps, though, you’re actually facing that major expense now and the full weight of what it will cost is bearing down. Even in this situation, you may actually find there are less expensive ways to deal with the problem, at least temporarily until you can afford a more permanent solution.

For example, if you’ve lost a tooth or have had it extracted, you may be able to opt for a partial denture or similar less costly restoration—at least for the time being. Eventually, when you’re prepared financially, you can replace it with a dental implant or another permanent restoration. In the meantime, you’re able to regain a reasonable level of dental health.

The key is to invest in your teeth and gums now whatever their state of health. The efforts you make today could save you from a greater health and financial burden tomorrow.

If you would like more information on managing your dental care and its costs, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
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The holidays are a time for getting together with family and friends from near and far. The memories you make at these joyful celebrations are the ones you’ll treasure forever, but it can be hard to show good cheer if you’re not happy with the way your teeth look. If you’re keeping that grin under wraps, we may be able to perk up your smile with some quick and economical in-office treatments.

A professional teeth cleaning is one of the best values in dental care. In just minutes, we can remove the buildup of hardened tartar that can make your teeth look dull and yellowed. Tartar can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease—two kinds of trouble you don’t need! While you’re in the office, you will also have a thorough exam that could prevent minor issues like small cavities and bleeding gums from becoming more serious dental problems. When you leave, your teeth will look and feel sparkly clean.

If your smile doesn’t look as bright as you’d like, ask about teeth whitening treatments. In-office whitening is a safe and effective way to lighten your teeth up to 10 shades in a single visit! If you have more time, you can get similar results from a take-home kit that we can provide—one that’s custom-made just for you.

Are chips or cracks making your teeth look less than perfect? Cosmetic bonding could be the answer. Translucent, tooth-colored bonding material can be applied to your teeth to repair minor cracks, chips or spacing irregularities. This in-office procedure usually requires just one visit and can make a dramatic difference in your smile.

So as holiday celebrations draw near, why not give yourself a reason to smile? Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth cleaning, teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding could give your smile some holiday sparkle! You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
November 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Smile problems? With options like crowns and bridges, your dentist can take your smile from so-so to extraordinary. Dr. Michael Teitelbaumrestorative dentistry at Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry in Briarcliff Manor, NY, offers state-of-the-art dental crowns and bridges to their patients. Keep reading to find answers to your most frequently asked questions about crowns and bridges.

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns are 'caps' that are designed to fit over your teeth so that they appear to be natural teeth. When the crown is cemented, it encases the entire visible portion of the tooth. The purpose of a crown is to strengthen a damaged tooth or improve the way its appearance, alignment, or shape.

How long do crowns last?

Permanent dental crowns are known for their great strength and durability. Dental crowns are tough like your teeth's structure. According to WebMD, a permanent dental crown can last up to 15 years. To achieve this goal, you will need to maintain a high level of oral hygiene and see your dentist at least twice a year.

What are the benefits of crowns?

Dental crowns are used to restore damaged teeth and prevent weakened teeth from deteriorating. Dental crowns can also improve the appearance of your teeth. Since they fit over the teeth, they can instantly correct misshapen teeth, crookedness, discoloration, fractures, chips, cracks, and more.

How do I care for my crown?

Your new dental crowns will require the same care as your natural teeth. Flossing daily and brushing twice a day will keep your dental crown clean and healthy. See your Briarcliff Manor dentist at least twice a year for checkups and professional dental cleanings. To prevent damage to your new dental crown avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.

What is a dental bridge?

Dental bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. A fixed dental bridge is made up of two dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a prosthetic tooth/teeth in between. Bridges are supported by dental implants or natural teeth.

What are the benefits of bridges?

A fixed dental bridge can improve the appearance of your smile. Fixed dental bridges look great and match natural teeth exceptionally well. A fixed dental bridge can also restore your ability to properly chew and speak and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place. 

How long do bridges last?

Strong and stable, a dental bridge restores a lost tooth so that it looks and functions like a natural tooth. Dental bridges can last five to 15 years and even longer. With regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene, it's not unusual for the life span of a dental bridge to be over 10 years.

How do I care for my bridge?

It's important to keep your existing teeth strong and healthy as the success of a fixed dental bridge depends on the solid foundation offered by the adjacent teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and using a mouth rinse every day helps prevent decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. You should also avoid chewing on ice or other hard objects.

If you've ever wanted a beautiful smile, this is your chance! Call Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry at 914-941-2000 now to schedule an appointment in Briarcliff Manor, NY. We have helped thousands of people transform their smiles, giving them confidence and improving the overall quality of their lives. And we will do the same for you.

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
November 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   tooth extraction  
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We treat most malocclusions (bad bites) with braces or clear aligners. But not all malocclusions are alike — some can require extra procedures to achieve successful results.

One such example is when incoming teeth crowd other teeth and cause them to erupt abnormally. The crowding also reduces the space needed to move the misaligned teeth to better positions. To make more room we'll often remove some of the teeth before undertaking orthodontics.

The key is to extract the right teeth. The best candidates are those whose absence will have minimal effect on both appearance and dental function. That's commonly the bicuspids, located right on the edge of the “smile zone” (the teeth most visible when we smile) between the cuspid (eye) teeth and the back molars.

Once we choose and remove the teeth our next concern is to protect the bone at the extraction site. The bone in our jaws benefits from the pressure created when we bite or chew. This stimulates new bone cells to form and replace older cells. Without it, as when we have a missing tooth, the amount of bone can diminish over time and affect the success of any future orthodontics.

To prevent this, we take care not to damage the gums and bone removing the tooth. We may also install a graft under the empty socket to encourage bone growth.

If we've removed teeth outside the smile zone, the resulting orthodontics will move teeth into the opened space. In the end, you won't even notice they're gone. Teeth lost or congenitally missing in the smile zone, though, may eventually require a replacement tooth. A dental implant is the best choice, but it should be put on hold for a younger person until their jaw has fully developed.

In the meantime, we can install a spacer or a temporary restoration to hold the empty space and prevent other teeth from drifting into it. This can be incorporated into braces or aligners, or with a removable partial denture or a temporary modified bridge.

Extracting teeth to aid orthodontics first requires a well-laid plan that could encompass several years. The end result, though, can be well worth the time and effort — better function and a new, attractive smile.

If you would like more information on the process of straightening teeth, 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 “Tooth Removal for Orthodontic Reasons.”