Restorative Dentistry on the Upper West Side
Restorative dentistry helps to protect both oral health and overall health by fixing a problem that has developed with a tooth. The right restorative procedures at the right time can reduce the need for additional dental work in the future.
A composite filling uses tooth-colored material to fill in a cavity after all the decay is removed. Unlike older metal amalgam fillings, composite fillings are chemically bonded to the tooth and retain a highly aesthetic, natural appearance. A composite filling requires just one appointment.
If a tooth is too far gone for a filling, but not severely damaged enough to require a crown, an inlay or onlay may be the best solution. Made of gold or, more commonly, dental porcelain, inlays and onlays are a highly aesthetic way to restore the tooth to health. An inlay sits between the tooth’s cusps, while an onlay covers at least one cusp.
If your tooth is severely decayed, cracked, or broken, a dental crown can help. On your first visit, we will remove all traces of decay and prepare your tooth by shaving it down, and then take impressions. You will wear a temporary crown for several days while your permanent crown is custom made, and then return to our office to have it fitted and cemented into place.
Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth in a row. A traditional bridge is anchored on the natural teeth at each end. If you are missing three or more teeth in a row, dental implants may be used to anchor the bridge without disturbing the adjacent natural teeth. Either option is strong, secure, and highly aesthetic.
Dental implants have become the gold standard for replacing teeth. A tiny, biocompatible titanium screw is placed in the jawbone, replacing the tooth root and fusing with the bone. An abutment is then inserted, attaching the final restoration to the implant. One dental implant can support one crown, while just a few implants can secure an entire arch of high quality, fixed replacement teeth.
If you are missing several or all of your teeth, partial or full dentures can replace them. Dentures may be supported by implants, or they may be supported solely on the gums. They do not require existing tooth structure like a dental crown or traditional bridge. Removable dentures can be taken out for cleaning, while fixed dentures remain in your mouth at all times.
If you are searching for restorative dentistry on the Upper West Side, call 212-222-5225 to schedule an appointment with the dentists at Smiles on the Upper West Side.
Frequently Asked Questions About Restorative Dentistry
Why is restorative dentistry important?
Restorative dentistry works to restore teeth due to everyday wear and tear. Decay, trauma and injury, aging, and the like can leave teeth weak – which can have an impact on your oral health and overall health. Restorative dentistry procedures can repair these damaged, worn teeth leaving you with a healthy mouth.
Should I have my tooth restored or extracted?
Extracting the tooth will negatively impact the jaw bone and the teeth around it – and will also require a replacement. Even the best replacement is not better than your natural tooth. Therefore dentists use restorative procedures to attempt to preserve the natural tooth rather than extract it.
Can restorative dentistry repair a broken tooth?
Yes, absolutely. Comprehensive restorative dentistry can give your tooth a high-quality makeover – regardless of what caused the damage. Dental crowns are a great option for restoring the integrity of the tooth.
Does insurance cover restorative dentistry procedures?
Every dental insurance policy will vary, but most will cover (or partially cover) restorative dentistry procedures. It is a good idea to contact your particular insurance company to discuss your specific benefits.
How much does restorative dentistry cost in NYC?
Your New York dentist offers many different restorative dentistry procedures. The cost of the procedures you undergo will be determined by your treatment plan and need. For example, a composite filling can cost between $140 and $250 per tooth, dental crowns can range from $1,000 to $2,500, and a single dental implant can range from $1,500 to 2,500.
What is the difference between a dentist and a restorative dentist?
A restorative dentist is one that is skilled in dental procedures that can restore the teeth. Most dentists perform restorative dentistry procedures.