The new year is here, and what better way to start off 2020 than with an improved smile! Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry offers numerous ways to achieve your goals and will work with you to understand your concerns and identify areas of improvement.
There is no need to feel self-conscious about your teeth anymore, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy (and painless) it can be to realize the looks, functionality, and confidence you deserve.
Cosmetic dentistry can provide life-changing benefits in so many ways. Not only in your appearance and self-esteem but your overall health. Did you know that the act of smiling is good for you? Research has shown that people who smile more tend to live longer, happier lives. Smiling releases those feel-good hormones known as endorphins that help alleviate stress. Less stress over the long term can lead to a stronger immune system.
“We are proud to help patients of all ages improve their smiles and oral hygiene using the latest methods and technologies,” says Dr. Nick Augenbaum, DDS. “Whether you want to straighten your smile, brighten discolored teeth, or need a cost-effective tooth replacement option we will find a solution that fits within your budget.”
A lot of patients put off dental care because they are worried about cost. We are happy to work within your constraints and offer a variety of financing options and payment plans. Our Long Island dentists are able to offer first-rate cosmetic and reconstructive care at affordable rates. This is because our office has an in-house lab, and we are able to perform many services that other dentists have to outsource, thus adding to the cost.
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) crowns are a great example of this. Our practice has a state-of-the-art CEREC imaging machine that makes customized dental crowns in less than half an hour! These personalized restorations are ideal for replacing deep fillings, protecting weak teeth, covering gaps or improving the aesthetics of a misshapen tooth. Imagine getting a new, tooth-colored crown in just a single office visit!
There are numerous ways to improve your smile and see noticeable changes in a relatively short period of time. Stain-resistant porcelain veneers can be placed in just two office appointments, and are an excellent choice for improving the shape, length, and color of teeth.
If you want to kick off the new year with whiter, brighter teeth, ask about Sinsational Smiles® — our in-office tooth whitening system that works wonders in less than one hour.
The first appointment at our Long Island practice is free and gives patients an opportunity to discuss their goals and explore cosmetic dentistry options. Whether you’re thinking about dental implants or teeth straightening with Invisalign, there’s no time like the present to get started!
You can reach our Rocky Point office by phone or request an appointment online.
One of the most common questions patients have before receiving a dental crown, or a dental cap, is, “how long will my dental crown last?” There are a lot of factors that play into the overall durability and longevity of your crown. Materials used, your oral hygiene, and wear and tear can all decide whether your crown lasts 5 years or 15 years. Here are some things to consider when choosing and caring for your dental crown:
The primary function of a dental cap is to correct or protect broken, weakened, missing, or deformed and misaligned teeth. Because a cap needs to function as a normal tooth, it’s important to choose a material that is as strong (or stronger) than your natural tooth. Some dentists choose to have crowns made out of metal, porcelain, or a mixture of the two, fusing porcelain to metal.
At LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we opt for an even stronger, more innovative process and material. All of our dental caps are constructed out of a solid block of ceramic or resin, making it a natural-looking replacement that is stronger and more durable than its porcelain counterpart. We also create all of our dental caps in-office using a CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) machine. This allows us to create affordable crowns the same day, avoiding multiple office visits, lengthy wait times, and the cost and care of temporary replacements.
Permanent dental caps can be cared for much in the same way as your normal teeth. Regular brushing and flossing keeps your new tooth clean and prevents any build-up of bacteria that can damage surrounding teeth or possibly seep its way underneath your crown. It’s also very important to keep up on regular dental visits. Not only will the cleanings keep your crown in good shape, but your dentist may also be able to identify small issues before they become larger, costlier problems. If you feel any pain while chewing or biting down, it could be a sign that your cap has become fractured, or infected. You should visit your dentist immediately to have it corrected.
Solid block ceramic or resin dental caps have been shown to last for 9-17 years. However, reaching the higher end of this scale depends greatly on the wear and tear your tooth endures. Back teeth are most susceptible to damage, as they as they are responsible for almost all of our chewing and naturally take on more work than front teeth. Other habits, such as clenching, grinding, chomping on ice, biting fingernails, chewing on non-edible objects (such as pens), or using your teeth to open packages can all create extra wear and tear on your dental cap and increase your chances of a fracture.
At LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we utilize innovative technology, durable materials, and experienced staff to ensure our patients leave with smiles that will last for many years to come. Questions about getting dental crowns on Long Island? Schedule a one-on-one consultation with our dental office today to see what we can do for your smile.
Having a dental crown placed over a damaged tooth can be a simple to moderately complex procedure, depending on the state of the tooth in question. Many people, especially patients who haven’t had this type of dental work in the past, may notice pain when chewing after getting a crown. They might wonder if something went wrong with their procedure.
So, what’s the answer? Should it hurt to chew after a crown is placed on your tooth?
According to the dentists at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, mild pain associated with chewing after a crown procedure is fairly normal. That being said, if the pain seems moderate to severe, or feels like it’s getting worse over time, you should speak with your dentist right away.
Modern dentistry is more pain- and discomfort-free than ever before, but unfortunately, some procedures can cause irritation, even when executed perfectly. If your pain from chewing isn’t too severe, the tooth may just need some time to calm down. Referred to as “reversible pulpitis,” this type of tooth pain should respond to over the counter anti-inflammatory medications like Advil®, and should get better after a few days. If you feel like your tooth is getting better, and OTC meds help you manage, you’re probably in the clear.
If you’re experiencing pain after chewing with a crown, and it seems to be getting worse, you may need an additional procedure. Adding a crown to a damaged tooth can be a traumatic event for the tooth structure, and can lead to an exposed nerve, or cracks in your tooth’s root. It may be necessary to have a root canal or have fillings in your tooth redone. Even if you had a root canal prior to, or as part of your crowning procedure, it is possible that not all of the nerve was removed.
In any case, the only way to ease your pain will require another visit to the dentist.
In this case, it’s highly possible that your crown just needs to be adjusted. Crowns that are too tall will cause you to put more pressure on the tooth root with every bite. Your dental professional can adjust the size of the crown to make sure your bite is natural and pain-free. Again, if you’re noticing pain that isn’t going away, you need to contact your dentist and schedule an appointment. It’s the only way to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on.
Rocky Point, Long Island cosmetic dentists Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick use cutting edge CEREC™ technology to produce great-fitting durable crowns right here in Suffolk County. If you have questions about existing dental work or think that you might need a crown or implant, you should schedule a consultation today.
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, our goal is to provide dental experiences and results that far surpass anything you have experienced. We strive to make your next procedure as pain- and stress-free as possible. Call today to learn more about improving your smile with CEREC crowns on Long Island.
Dental crowns, sometimes referred to as caps, are restorative treatments that can have major benefits for a patient’s dental health. Despite their many benefits, a lot of patients put off getting crowns because they are worried the procedure will hurt. However, these worries are unfounded, as the procedure for getting a crown at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is simple and pain-free!
Crowns are used to boost a vulnerable tooth’s strength when the tooth can’t support a filling. For example, a broken or severely decayed tooth is usually fitted with a crown so the tooth will have the strength to chew and bite normally. Crowns are also used to top dental implants and support bridges to replace missing teeth, and to improve a tooth’s appearance.
Crowns are made to match the patient’s other teeth, and are often crafted from materials like ceramic, porcelain, and metal.
A crown procedure is usually split into two appointments. At the first appointment, the tooth that is receiving the crown is prepared. The area is numbed with a local anesthetic, and the tooth is worked down to make room for the crown. The doctor will also make impressions of the area to custom-make the crown.
The crown is permanently placed in the second appointment. The area is again numbed with local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Patients can also opt for sedation to help them relax during both appointments.
Because of the sedation and anesthetic, getting a crown is not painful. The patient might feel mild sensitivity or discomfort after the sedation and anesthetic wear off, but it is minimal and shouldn’t last long. The benefits of getting a crown greatly outweigh any short-term discomfort.
The benefits of crowns are enhanced even more at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick help Suffolk County patients replace large fillings, protect weak teeth, cover poorly shaped teeth, and solve many other dental issues with advanced CEREC dental crowns.
CEREC crowns are made of solid ceramic or resin, and can be custom-made in office in a single appointment. The process is high-tech, but reassuringly simple. First, the doctors examine and prepare the tooth, and then they take optical digital impressions of the tooth. A 3-D printer shapes the crown while you wait, and its placed in your mouth, polished, and bonded in no time.
The CEREC process makes getting a crown simple and quick, so you can enjoy all the benefits without any of the inconvenience.
Our experienced team of dentists at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is waiting to help improve your dental health and give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Our advanced CEREC dental crown system makes the process easy and pain-free, and our long menu of other cosmetic dental services helps your smile shine. Contact our office today to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with our Long Island dentists.
Dental crowns are a necessary treatment for many patients. A crown caps a natural tooth to strengthen and protect it. Patients receive a dental crown after undergoing root canal surgery, suffering a severe tooth fracture, or having a cavity treated that is too large for a simple filling. Dental crowns are also a necessary component of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. For years, the only way to get a permanent crown was to have one custom fabricated at a lab, a process that generally takes two to three weeks. But thanks to a revolutionary new technology, dentists can fabricate a custom-designed crown right in the office! These are known as CEREC crowns, and they offer a number of advantages over traditional dental crowns.
To truly understand how revolutionary CEREC technology is, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of how it works compared to traditional dental crowns. A patient receiving a traditional dental crown would visit the dentist and have impressions made. The dentist would apply the dental impression material into the patient’s mouth. When the impression is formed, the dentist would send it to an off-site lab. It would take two to three weeks for the crown to be made, at which point the patient would go back to the office to have the crown placed.
CEREC technology completely changes this process, making it far more convenient and hassle-free to get a tooth restored. There’s no messy dental impression material needed, either. The dentist uses digital scans to create a 3D impression of the new crown. The patient can see the new tooth right on the screen. This information is then sent to the CEREC milling machine, which is located in the dental office. The crown is quickly fabricated while the patient relaxes comfortably. Then, the dentist makes any final adjustments needed, and places the crown—all during the same dental appointment.
There’s no question that patients prefer CEREC technology because of its convenience. But it also offers other benefits, like tooth preservation. Dentists need to remove some of the material of the natural tooth in order to make room for the new crown. But a CEREC crown doesn’t require as much of the natural tooth to be removed. Not only is this preferable from a dental health standpoint, but it also means patients endure far less drilling.
The fabrication of traditional dental crowns requires the use of dental impression material, which is messy and not exactly precise. When a crown comes back from an off-site lab, dentists typically have to spend a lot of time adjusting it so that it provides a more natural fit with the patient’s mouth. With the CEREC system, the mouth is digitally mapped right down to the last nook and cranny. Patients can rest assured knowing that the precision technology will result in a crown that perfectly and comfortably fits their mouth.
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot continually invest in the latest medical technologies to give patients the best possible care. Our office proudly offers CEREC technology, allowing us to restore your smile in just one visit! To learn more about getting CEREC crowns on Long Island, call our office in Suffolk County today.
A dental crown looks exactly like a natural tooth. It fits over a reduced natural tooth, essentially taking the place of the thick enamel. Dental crowns can even be shaped and shaded to blend in well with the rest of the patient’s teeth. Cosmetic dentists apply dental crowns for a number of reasons, but this procedure is primarily done in order to protect, repair, and restore a smile.
Missing teeth can be replaced by permanent dental implants, which imitate the structure of a natural tooth root. The implant is capped by a dental crown—the only visible part of the implant. This is just one of the many possible reasons why your cosmetic dentist has recommended that you get a crown.
Other common reasons to get a dental crown include:
Less commonly, a dentist may recommend a crown for a child who is at a high risk of tooth decay, and isn’t capable of maintaining minimum oral hygiene standards.
After you’ve had a procedure, such as a root canal, you may receive a temporary crown. In the meantime, the dentist can take impressions of the tooth, and send the impressions away to a lab. It may take a few weeks for the permanent crown to be fabricated.
But there’s a solution for this inconvenience and added expense: Find a cosmetic dentist with CEREC technology. CEREC eliminates the need for messy impressions, since it uses sophisticated digital mapping software to design the perfect crown for each individual patient. Plus, there’s no need to wait weeks to get your new tooth. You won’t even have to make another appointment. The CEREC milling machine will make your new crown quickly, and your dentist can place it during the same appointment.
It’s a common misconception that there’s no need to worry about keeping a dental crown clean. It’s true that the composite resin can’t get cavities, but the gums that “hug” it can still get gum disease. Plus, accumulated food debris and bacteria around the crown will contribute to bad breath. That said, dental crowns don’t require any special care. Just follow your normal oral hygiene routine—and remember to floss every day!
Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is pleased to offer CEREC crown technology to our valued patients on Long Island. Here, we pass along the savings of having an on-site CEREC machine directly to our patients. Call (631) 296-0602 to request a consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot, and find out if getting a dental crown in Suffolk County is right for you.
Crowns and veneers are both popular dentistry choices, but they are quite different. Crowns are restorations that are fitted to cover the entire natural tooth, whereas veneers are cosmetic dentistry treatments that are bonded firmly to just the visible sides of the teeth. It can be tricky figuring out which dentistry treatments will help you get the smile you want.
“When patients first come in for a consultation, we perform a thorough examination before developing a customized set of treatment recommendations,” explains Dr. Nick of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dental crowns are durable caps that are bonded firmly to a reduced natural tooth. They look just like the white part of the natural tooth. Since they are bonded in place, they are not removable like dentures. Dental crowns may be applied for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. For restorative purposes, dental crowns may be used to protect a tooth that has been substantially weakened due to disease or physical trauma. After a root canal, for example, patients require a crown. A crown is also appropriate when patients have sustained tooth fractures or have severely worn down teeth. Dental crowns also have cosmetic benefits. Since your dentist will carefully shape and shade the crown, it will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth, supporting a flawless smile.
In contrast, porcelain veneers are applied purely for cosmetic purposes. Veneers are wafer-thin applications of porcelain. Like crowns, they are individually shaped and shaded to complement the patient’s smile. However, they do not fit over the entire tooth. Instead, they are firmly affixed to just the visible sides. Porcelain veneers instantly camouflage imperfections like stubborn discoloration, misshapen teeth, uneven teeth, and gaps between teeth.
Before receiving either veneers or crowns, the dentist must make impressions of the patient’s teeth. Then, the impressions are sent to a lab to custom-make the dental veneers. The dentist performs the final adjustments before bonding them to the teeth.
Most dental offices have to send impressions to a lab to have dental crowns made. But some state-of-the-art dental clinics like Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Rocky Point have invested in CEREC technology, which allows them to fabricate custom-made crowns right in the office. This means there is no need to return to the office for a second visit to fit the crown—the patient can receive the permanent restoration during the first appointment. As an added bonus, crowns made with the CEREC machine are known to be more durable than other types.
Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are widely renowned experts in the fields of implantology and cosmetic dentistry. When you visit our state-of-the-art dental clinic, you’ll get the personalized attention and in-depth patient education you deserve. We’ll walk you through all of your options, which might include custom-made CEREC crowns or finely crafted porcelain veneers. Call us today to schedule a consultation!
Holiday parties and dinners are coming up. It’s natural to shift yourself to the bottom of the list when there is so much shopping, cooking, baking, and wrapping to do. Give yourself a gift this holiday season; treat yourself to the cosmetic dental work you’ve been considering all year. It’s easier than you may think. Thanks to new technology, cosmetic dental procedures that used to require multiple steps can now be done in less than an hour.
Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are highly credentialed cosmetic dentists, renowned in the Long Island area for providing exceptional comfort and care. They are happy to answer any questions you may have about holiday dental procedures at (631) 296-0588.
Over the years, coffee, tea, cola, red wine, nicotine and tartar buildup take their toll on our teeth. Professional teeth whitening is a dramatic but quick way to brighten your teeth several shades. We’ll prepare custom whitening trays that perfectly fit your teeth for at-home whitening. This method takes just 30 minutes a day, for 10 days to deliver noticeable whiteness. To amplify your results, we use a complementary in-office light therapy that takes less than one hour.
Suffer with gapped, chipped, cracked, discolored, or misshapen teeth no longer! Dental bonding is one of the easiest and most affordable cosmetic procedures for your teeth. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick can repair damaged enamel in just one visit. They apply a tooth-colored resin onto the affected teeth, sculpt into the appropriate shape, harden the material, and polish. The whole process takes 30-60 minutes.
If your natural teeth are causing discomfort, sensitivity, or pain while eating or drinking, it may be time to have loose metal fillings or untreated cavities addressed with a white filling. Nitrous oxide sedation is available for your comfort. We custom-match the color of your natural teeth, so you look your best for pictures.
For more advanced levels of decay and severely damaged teeth, we offer same-day dental crowns (also sometimes referred to as “caps”). All-ceramic crowns restore the look AND function of your teeth without the need for extraction. You can feel comfortable knowing you are looking your best and also preventing jaw deterioration issues down the road. Using our own in-house CEREC technology, we can create custom crowns in just 20 minutes and place them in a single appointment.
“Simple,” “Fast” and “Painless” are three words used to describe this method of providing people with Hollywood-perfect smiles. You don’t have to be born with the perfect teeth to look like you were. Porcelain veneers are the perfect fix for smiles that are “too gummy,” crooked, gapped, or misshapen. During a single sitting, dentists take impressions to custom-design a restoration that goes over the teeth. A thin layer of enamel is typically removed from the teeth prior to application with a bonding material and curing light. Some final trimming, filing and adjustments are made for the perfect finish. For the right candidates, we also offer Lumineers, which eliminates the need for enamel removal.
Kick off the New Year with a brighter smile and greater confidence. All these smile-enhancing holiday dental procedures are available at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. Call Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot to schedule an appointment today!
Chipping a tooth – especially a front tooth – instills a sense of panic in most people. How can you ever restore your smile to its original glory? Rest assured that cosmetic dentistry offers a number of solutions to permanently fix a chipped or fractured tooth, even in cases that look beyond repair. Whether caused by a traumatic blow, a sports accident, chewing on hard food, or a fall, these accidents can result in deep cracks or fractures in the tooth structure.
Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, but this mineralized surface is still prone to damage from decay and trauma. There are several factors that should be evaluated before choosing how to repair a fractured tooth, including the severity of the crack, if there is evidence of tooth decay, and if any of the pulp or nerve structure is involved.
At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer several restorations for fixing chipped teeth. Depending on the location of the damaged tooth, the patient’s age and the amount of structure lost, we may recommend:
If you have the unfortunate experience of suffering a cracked or chipped tooth, it’s important to see a dentist right away. Visit Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, where Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot treat patients like family, and offer the latest advancements in cosmetic and restorative treatments.
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Like many medical specialties, the field of dentistry has become increasingly advanced, offering cutting-edge treatments and procedures. CEREC crowns are just one example of such groundbreaking dental technology that gives patients durable metal free restorations in just one office visit.
Suffolk County cosmetic dentists Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick are proud to offer in-house CEREC technology, a customized dental restoration that’s placed over a damaged tooth to restore its appearance, shape and strength. Dozens of clinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy, durability and aesthetic benefits of CEREC crowns compared to traditional restorations, making CEREC the future of cosmetic dentistry. If you’re wondering what CEREC means, it’s actually an acronym:
Using CEREC technology, we are able to create durable, customized tooth-colored restorations right here in our office, with zero discomfort and no waiting time. CEREC inlays and onlays are often used when old fillings need to be redone, but are too extensive for a traditional white filling. Using the CEREC system, we are able to remove the old filling and fill in any decay or fissures with custom pieces of porcelain, rather than shaving down healthy tooth structure.
Utilizing CEREC’s “Computer-assisted design-Computer-assisted manufacture” or “CAD-CAM” 3D technology, the customized porcelain crown is milled while you wait, eliminating the need for a temporary crown and follow-up appointment. This saves you time, money and the hassle of multiple dental visits.
Patients can rest assured that their CEREC crown will fit perfectly and look natural, as it is computer-generated based on numerous digital impressions. Unlike traditional crowns, CEREC restorations are totally metal-free, which enables X-rays to scan the tooth and catch the beginnings of decay or new cavities in the early stages.
CEREC technology has been in use for over a decade, offering patients beautiful and long-lasting restorations in less than an hour!
When compared to traditional metal crowns, CEREC restorations have distinct advantages:
If you’re concerned about the cost of CEREC crowns, Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry provides flexible payment plans and attractive financing options that feature zero interest and low monthly installments. You can also take advantage of our discounts and internet specials on a variety of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments.
For more information about CEREC technology, please call or stop by our Rocky Point, NY office to schedule your free consultation.
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