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Restorative Dentistry

Howard I Fine, DMD -  - General Dentist

Howard I Fine, DMD

General Dentist located in White Plains, NY

When your teeth suffer from decay or damage, it makes sense to restore the appearance and functionality of a full set of healthy teeth. Dr. Fine, practicing in White Plains, New York, is an experienced dentist who excels in performing restorative dentistry procedures, including fitting crowns, bridges, and dental implants. If you need help with less than perfect teeth, call Dr. Fine today.

Restorative Dentistry Q & A

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is a collective term for the procedures Dr. Fine carries out to repair or replace teeth. Common restorative procedures include:

  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dental implants

Restorative dentistry aims to save your natural teeth wherever possible. If your teeth are too badly damaged or diseased for treatment, Dr. Fine replaces them with as natural and long-lasting an alternative as possible.

Left untreated, the problems that require restorative dentistry could cause even more serious teeth and gum problems. With treatment, you can enjoy better oral health and have a smile that’s full of confidence.

What are fillings and crowns?

If you have tooth decay, but your tooth is still alive, and worth saving, Dr. Fine cleans out the diseased tooth and uses a filling to plug the hole. Fillings come in a selection of materials including:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Silver amalgam
  • Tooth-colored plastic
  • Composite resin

Crowns are artificial caps that fit over a tooth. They’re used to protect a tooth that’s been broken or has a hole in it, and Dr. Fine uses a special cement to fix your crown into place. Crowns look just like your real teeth.

What are bridges and dental implants?

A bridge forms a replacement for missing teeth. Bridges have an artificial tooth in the center called the pontic and a crown on either side. The crowns sit on the natural teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, holding the pontic securely in place.

A dental implant is a replacement tooth that screws into your jawbone, where it binds with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Dr. Fine can then fit a crown or false tooth on your implant to match your existing teeth. Dental implants feel natural and look just like your teeth.

How should I look after any restorative dentistry?

Dr. Fine can tell you how you should look after your teeth after having any restorative dentistry. You need to be careful in the early stages following your treatment, to avoid disrupting the filling, crown, implant, or bridge. For example, you might need to eat soft foods or avoid vigorous brushing for a while.

As a general rule, once the tooth and surrounding tissues recover, you should care for your teeth just as you did before. That includes brushing twice a day, flossing thoroughly every day, and using an anti-bacterial mouthwash. You should also avoid any especially hard or sugary foods that could damage your restorative dentistry.

For more details on the restorative dentistry services available, call Howard I. Fine, DMD today, or book an appointment online.