Restorative Dentistry in Great Neck
Comprehensive Restorative Dental Treatment in Great Neck, NY
You deserve a smile you’re proud of, and at Passes Dental Care, our mission is to help you achieve one. As a leading dental practice serving the Great Neck, NY area, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of dental treatments ranging from general dentistry to cosmetic dental treatment, and we work hard to make the treatment process fit into even the busiest of lifestyles. And if you need to repair your smile after dental decay or trauma, our restorative dental treatments can help.
Repairing Teeth for the Perfect Smile
We strongly believe that no one should be embarrassed or inconvenienced by their smile or dental health, and we proudly offer a wide range of convenient dental treatments to help our patients achieve healthy smiles. We place a focus on preventive care at our office, but if you do suffer a dental health problem that puts your teeth or smile in jeopardy, restorative dentistry can help. Restorative dental procedures aim to repair the smile after teeth have been damaged, and we can use restorative dentistry to heal a wide range of dental problems:
- Dental decay & cavities
- Dental trauma or cracks in teeth
- Missing teeth
- Tooth replacement
No matter how big or small the problem, our team of dental experts is dedicated to designing a treatment plan that helps you achieve an optimal smile as quickly and conveniently as possible. Our Great Neck restorative dentist, Dr. Passes, is an expert in a variety of restorative dental procedures including dental implants, root canals, crowns, bridges, and dental fillings.
Dental implants have fast become one of the best ways to replace teeth, and it’s not hard to see why. While they’re not the only option for replacing a missing tooth, they’re one of the most lifelike, durable, and long-lasting, and implants also help prevent bone loss problems that can come from other treatments like dentures. This is because dental implants are made from titanium, which possesses the unique property of osseointegration: the implant literally fuses to the bone in your jaw, creating a rock-solid foundation that handles bite pressure the same way a natural tooth would. This makes implants highly effective, and with proper care, an implant can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are a versatile procedure with a variety of potential applications:
- Replace one missing tooth
- Replace multiple missing teeth
- Implant-supported removable dentures
- Implant-supported permanent dentures
Ever heard the phrase “I’d rather have a root canal?” While this may be a well-known idiom, the truth is that root canals are far from the painful procedures they’re made out to be.
Root canals are used to treat a tooth with advanced dental decay, where bacteria have penetrated the enamel and dentin and infected the fleshy pulp at the center of the tooth. Without proper treatment, the infection can then spread into the jaw, threatening both the affected tooth and nearby teeth.
A root canal involves clearing away dead and diseased tissue, filling the root canal (the hollow chamber in the center of a tooth) with a strong, biocompatible material, then closing the tooth and repairing it with a lifelike filling or crown. Root canals are performed under anesthesia and are a virtually painless procedure, and because they let us save teeth that would otherwise be lost, they prevent a lot of pain in the long run!
Perhaps the most well-known dental procedure of all, dental fillings have been around for a long time. A filling is used to treat a cavity, and it’s a process that involves removing decayed tissue, sterilizing the tooth, then replacing damaged tissue with a filler material. In the past, dentists used a silver amalgam filler material, but modern dentistry allows us to use a strong, tooth-colored material that’s virtually impossible to pick out from natural teeth. Fillings are quick, easy, and almost painless, making it easy to protect your smile from cavities.
Dental crowns are restorative procedures that can be used when tooth decay advances too far to be treatable with a filling. A crown is essentially a lifelike “cap” that’s placed over the tooth, replicating the appearance and function of a natural tooth. During the procedure, our Great Neck dentist will carefully remove all damaged tissue, shape the tooth to fit the crown, then place a temporary crown. You’ll have the temporary crown for about two weeks, during which time we’ll custom-manufacture your own personalized dental crown, usually made from porcelain or a tooth-colored composite material. Finally, we’ll bring you in for a second appointment to remove the temporary crown and place the permanent one, restoring your perfect smile.
Bridges are another option for replacing teeth, like implants. The difference is that instead of a titanium post as an anchor, bridges use two adjacent crowns to anchor the replacement tooth in the smile. Bridges can be made from either porcelain or a white composite material, and we custom-make and color match your dental bridge to match the rest of your natural smile. Dental bridges come in three varieties, each of which has a specialized application:
- Traditional Bridge: The most common type, this bridge uses a replacement tooth with two adjacent crowns, one on either side. This is used to replace most teeth.
- Cantilever Bridge: This bridge also anchors a replacement tooth to two crowns, but has the two crowns stacked on the same side. This is commonly used for replacing the rear molars.
- Maryland Bridge: These bridges use tooth-colored metal rings attached to adjacent teeth to anchor the replacement tooth instead of crowns. They’re most common for replacing the front teeth, which may be too skinny to conveniently use a crown.
Schedule a Consultation with Your Great Neck Cosmetic Dentist
Restorative dental procedures can help create a beautiful, healthy smile even after extensive dental decay or damage, and our Great Neck restorative dentist is an expert in creating custom treatments to help you achieve your dream smile. We work hard to make the treatment process easy and convenient for our patients – so what are you waiting for? Take the first step and contact us to schedule a consultation with our Great Neck dentist today!