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By GentleDentalNYC
March 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants deliver several benefits, such as replacement of missing or extracted teeth. They fill in the gaps where teeth are missing dental implantsand restore your smile. They also restore normal biting and chewing functions. Dental implants offer several other benefits, as well. At Gentle Dental NYC, Dr. Kara Mason is your Midtown New York dentist for dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth. There are three parts to a dental implant, including a metal implant, an abutment, and a crown. The metal implant is installed below the gum line and is drilled into the jawbone. It anchors the entire implant, much like a root anchors a natural tooth. The crown is the replacement tooth and is the only portion of the dental implant visible after installation. The abutment simply holds the crown in place on top of the metal implant.

The crown portion of a dental implant can be made from various materials, but porcelain is common as it closely resembles tooth enamel and gives a natural look. The crown is custom made to perfectly fit your mouth. Crowns made of porcelain, as well as some other materials, can be color matched to your existing teeth. Crowns look and function just like natural teeth so they blend right in. Once installed, no one will know the crown is a replacement tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are several benefits to getting dental implants. Your Midtown New York dental implants dentist can help you decide if they are the right tooth replacement choice for you. Some of the benefits of dental implants include the following:

  • Restore of your smile
  • Replace of missing teeth
  • Fill in gaps in your smile
  • Look completely natural
  • No need for messy dental adhesives
  • Restore biting and chewing functions
  • Alleviate strain on surrounding teeth
  • Improve speech by correcting tongue placement when speaking

The benefits of dental implants are numerous. Not only do they complete your smile, but they also restore tooth functioning, improve speech caused by gaps, and look completely natural. To learn more about dental implants schedule an appointment with Dr. Mason, your Midtown New York dental implants dentist, by calling Gentle Dental NYC at (212) 355-2195.

By GentleDentalNYC
January 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out just how dental crowns can protect damaged teeth?dental crowns

Cracked tooth? Needing a root canal? We know these are issues you would like to avoid at all costs, but sometimes dental problems arise that require immediate care from our Midtown, NY, general dentist Dr. Kara Mason. Of course, you might be wondering what’s next if you are dealing with a damaged tooth or a tooth weakened by an infection. This is where a dental crown comes into play.

What is a crown?

A crown is a restoration that can be used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain or composite resin so that it most closely resembles the appearance of a real tooth.

What does a crown do?

A crown is a pretty amazing restoration because it is extremely versatile. When people think about crowns they most often think of them for restoring a weak or damaged tooth. This is probably one of the most common reasons a person requires a dental crown. If a tooth has incurred extensive damage due to decay, infection or trauma then a crown will be used to improve not just the appearance but also to strengthen the tooth.

Of course, if you have a tooth that is severely malformed or discolored then you may also want to consider getting dental crowns from our Midtown, NY, cosmetic dentist to improve the shape, color and overall appearance of one or more teeth.

Lastly, crowns can also be instrumental in replacing one or more missing teeth. If you have several missing teeth in a row then you may choose to get a dental bridge to replace those teeth. If so, crowns will be cemented over the natural teeth on either side of the gap to stabilize the false teeth in the middle. A crown is also used to cover a dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth.

Do you have questions about dental crowns? Do you want to know if your smile could benefit from this restorative treatment? If so, then call GentleDentalNYC in Midtown, NY, today to schedule your consultation.

By GentleDentalNYC
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Could a restorative procedure help you improve your smile? Midtown New York, NY, dentist, Dr. Kara Mason, discusses a few restorative dentistryprocedures, including dental implants, that can help keep your smile full and healthy.

Root canal therapy

Inflammation or infection of the tooth pulp can lead to tooth loss if you don't have a root canal. This tooth-saving procedure may sound a little scary, but the procedure really isn't much different than the regular filling process. After the diseased or inflamed pulp is removed, the pulp cavity and the canals that reach from the top of the tooth to the roots are cleaned and shaped. Small posts may also be added to support the crown that will be added later. Filling the tooth with gutta percha or another flexible material seals and protects it.

Crowns and bridges

Whether you have a crack in your tooth, or you just don't like the look of one of your incisors, you can benefit from crowns. Crowns are hollow, tooth-shaped restorations that completely encase teeth, offering excellent support and coverage for cosmetic imperfections. Crowns can be used to:

  • Strengthen cracked or fragile teeth
  • Restore broken teeth
  • Lengthen teeth
  • Cover discolorations, unusually shaped teeth and other flaws
  • Serve as an artificial tooth for a dental implant

They're also used to replace missing teeth. Bridges, restorations that consist of at least three crowns, close the gap in your smile. Crowns cemented to teeth on either side of the gap support a third crown that takes the place of the missing tooth.

Dental implants

Titanium dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss, thanks to the implants' ability to fuse to the bone in your jaw. Implants serve as replacement roots and anchor crowns in place. It usually takes about three to six months for the implant to bond to the jawbone. Once it does, you'll visit our Midtown New York office to begin preparations for your new crown.

When you choose a dental implant to restore your smile, you won't experience any decrease in biting power and will treat the new tooth just like your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will help keep the implant healthy.

Would you like to improve your smile with dental implants or other restorative procedures? Call Midtown New York, NY, dentist, Dr. Mason, at (212) 355-2195 to schedule an appointment.

How dental implants from your Midtown New York City dentist can save your smiledental implants

If you have stopped smiling because of missing teeth, it’s time for you to consider dental implants. If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants may be the right solution for you. If you don’t want to wear a partial or dentures because they move around, dental implants can give you the stability your smile deserves. Dr. Kara Mason at Gentle Dental NYC, in Midtown, New York, NY wants to share the magic of what dental implants can do for your smile.

Many people choose dental implants instead of bridgework, partials or dentures to replace their missing teeth. These are just some of the reasons why dental implants are the treatment-of-choice to complete your smile:

  • Implants are natural-looking and beautiful because they look and function just like your natural teeth
  • Implants are a permanent addition to your smile because they are embedded in bone and become part of your smile
  • Implants are easy to clean because you can brush and floss them just like natural teeth

Implants are also a conservative method of tooth replacement compared to dental bridgework. A dental bridge requires crowning the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth area. With implants, there is no preparation needed of the teeth around the implants.

Dental implants are also more successful than any other surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent!

Your dental implant procedure begins with detailed x-rays and to develop a treatment plan just for you. The implants are placed during a simple in-office procedure. The implants are capped with beautiful crowns after the tissue and bone have healed completely.

Don’t let missing teeth keep you from smiling. You can fill in the gaps with the most natural-looking tooth replacement option available. Your smile can look even better than before, thanks to dental implants. For more information on how to complete your smile with dental implants, call Dr. Kara Mason at Gentle Dental NYC in Midtown, New York, NY. Call today!

By GentleDentalNYC
November 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Making the decision to restore your smile is an exciting time. However, choosing the right restoration dental procedure can prove to be dental implantsdifficult. Luckily, if you have one or more missing teeth, you have an effective and permanent option to replace them with dental implants. Learn more about dental implants and how they can restore your smile with Dr. Kara Mason at Gentle Dental NYC in Midtown New York, NY.

How do dental implants work? 
Dentists use a surgical procedure to implant a small post, called a fixture, into your jawbone. The bone grows around the fixture, permanently holding it in place. After successful integration, your fixture will anchor in place your new prosthetic tooth, a porcelain dental restoration custom-made by a dental laboratory.

What can dental implants do for me? 
Dental implants are versatile and can replace one or many missing teeth. Depending on you and your situation, you will probably need one of three different types of dental implants.

  1. A single tooth replacement involves using one implant to replace one tooth’s root and one porcelain prosthetic tooth to replace the missing tooth itself. However, you will not necessarily need a single implant fixture for each missing tooth.
  2. If you have a large gap made up of several missing teeth, two implants on either side can hold a dental bridge to replace all the teeth in the row in one fell swoop.
  3. Finally, four or more implants can hold an implant-supported denture in place to replace all the teeth on an arch.

The Benefits of Dental Implants in New York, NY 
Unlike a traditional denture or bridge, implants are a permanent part of your mouth which will last for the rest of your life. Their design also makes them non-removable, requiring no extra cleaning or soaking. Your normal oral care routine of brushing twice daily and flossing once is enough to keep your implants healthy. Implants also function and appear just like normal teeth, subtly blending into your smile.

For more information on dental implants or how they can help your smile, please contact Dr. Kara Mason at Gentle Dental NYC in Midtown New York, NY. Call (212) 355-2195 to schedule your consultation for dental implants with Dr. Mason today!