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Dental Terminology

The following are just some of the latest dental accessories and techniques we use to make your smile brighter and healthier. Coupled with advanced computer software, a comfortable office environment equipped with cable television screens for your convenience, and our professional, highly experienced staff, we at Cosmetic Dentist NYC offer the very best in dental care.

  • Ceramic brackets: They are made of composite materials. They are very strong and generally do not stain. Adults like to choose ceramic because they "blend in" with the teeth and are less noticeable than metal

  • Ceramic dental implants: Ensure stability and long-wear. Ceramic implant component is precision-engineered to produce the highest quality result and to improve clinician and patient satisfaction. The low wear characteristics of our ceramic dental components can increase the lifetime of the implant.

  • Composite (Resin) Bonding Material: It is a special tooth colored bonding material that is used by a cosmetic dentist to sculpt and bond them to your teeth to fill cavities and strengthen fractured or chipped teeth. These restorations are chemically bonded to the dentin and enamel of the teeth and are as strong if not stronger than the silver filling material (amalgam). The composite is also used to replace unsightly silver fillings and they are mercury-free unlike the silver filling materials. The composite can be blended to match the surrounding tooth colors and textures, making them virtually impossible to detect from your natural teeth.

  • Controlled Arch System: It coupled with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, should produce excellent occlusion and esthetics for your patients from their Mixed Dentition growth period onward. Use of this "Controlled Arch System" not only simplifies and shortens the duration of orthodontic treatment, but also can dramatically lower the percentage of extraction cases in an orthodontic practice.

  • Crowns: Also commonly known as Caps, these are full coverage restorations that are used when most of the tooth structure is missing or when multiple cusps are being replaced. Crowns are also indicated after a tooth has undergone root canal treatment to strengthen and stabilize the weakened tooth structures and for cosmetic purposes. When there is limited spacing between opposing teeth, a full cast gold crown can be place whereas when there is sufficient space present, a porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM) can be utilized. A PFM crown consists of a metal coping or a base onto which a tooth colored material such as porcelain is placed to increase the esthetics of the restoration. On areas of low stress such as the incisors, canines, premolars, or in certain instances molars, an all ceramic crown that has no metal, can be placed to achieve maximum cosmetic results. Latest ceramic crown can be used for all teeth replacement.

  • iBraces: iBraces Orthodontic Braces are a new generation of orthodontic braces for teens and adults. Because they are placed behind your teeth, no one will ever know you are wearing braces unless you tell them. iBraces Appliances can give you a beautiful smile, even while you’re wearing them.

  • Implant: A dental implant is mainly made of titanium or titanium alloy, some of them have surface treatment by plasma-spray, hydroxyapaptite or surface-etched to enhance the biological and mechanical unite with the jaw bone (osseointegration).Two main categories are Endoosseous (within the bone) or Subperiosteal (on the top of bone) dental implant. Endoosseous implant is being the most popular and predictable modality, within it there are Root form (root shaped Titanium cylinder) or Blade form (thin plate with protruding studs for anchoring prosthetic teeth). Implant placement can be achieved surgically under clean office environment and nowadays some systems can allow patient to have their teeth on the same day without waiting for the normal 4-6 month healing time.

  • Inlays: Inlays are laboratory fabricated restorations that are 3 to 5 times stronger than a bonded filling. They are utilized to replace missing tooth structure that lies within the cusps of teeth but requires more strength than a bonded restoration can provide. Inlays can be fabricated from tooth colored materials such as porcelain or from cast gold. In high stress areas such as in molars or patients who clench or grind, cast gold is the material of choice as it is fracture resistant and is a much stronger material.

  • Invisalign: Invisalign is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that both orthodontists and dentists use as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces.

  • Laminate Veneers: Custom fabricated jackets can be placed on your existing teeth to enhance the look of your smile. Thin laminates or jackets are fabricated from special tooth colored materials and can change the color, size, spacing and texture of your existing teeth. The laminates are actually bonded onto the surface of your existing teeth, giving your smile a dynamic, natural look.

  • Onlays: Onlays are utilized when 70% or less of the tooth structure is being replaced by the restoration, when a cusp is missing, or to protect the existing cusps from further damage. Onlays are also known as 3/4 crowns since they overlap the cusps and help strengthen the tooth and prevent cuspal flexure. These can also be fabricated from tooth colored materials such as porcelain or cast gold. Due to higher stresses and biting forces in molars, cast gold may be the material of choice due to its high strength. Tooth colored materials such as porcelain serve well on premolars as they do not have the biting forces that occur on molars.

  • Post: A post is utilized very often after a root canal treatment to give the tooth strength and support. Made of either metal, reinforced- plastic or ceramic, it is a rod that is placed 2/3 into the canal of the root and is used to retain the core that acts as a foundation for the crown. The post is also used when tooth is fractured and needs support to retain the restoration after the root canal therapy.

  • Root Canal Treatment: Also known as nerve treatment it is a procedure where infected nerves from pulp and canals are removed, sterilized, prepared and replaced with an inert and biocompatible material. The need for root canal treatment varies but most are due to severe tooth decay extending into the nerve, extreme trauma to the tooth that damaged the nerve, and infection spreading into the nerve from a periodontal or gum problem. Most root canal treatments can be done in one or two visits with minimal discomfort to the patient. It is a wonderful way of saving the tooth when the only other alternative is to extract the tooth due to severe infection or decay.

  • Self-ligating braces: It allows your teeth to move more comfortably and easily than traditional braces. Thanks to these innovative new appliances, achieving your perfect smile will be faster and easier than you ever thought possible.

  • Whitening: Special whitening gel either carbamide or hydrogen peroxide based is applied over the outside surface of upper & lower teeth and activated by chemical, plasma arc light or laser. Teeth usually can be drastically lightened in about one hour. Or custom trays made to fit your teeth for you to whiten your teeth at home with less concentrated gel.