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By Northern Westchester Prosthodontics
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implant restoration is changing the way lost teeth are replaced. For many people who have lost teeth due to age, gum disease, injury, or tooth decay, dentures are no longer the only solution. The reason dental implant restoration is so popular is that it provides the closest solution to your own natural teeth in terms of function, appearance, and comfort. You’ll find Dr. Terry Lin at Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY. He specializes in implant dentistry.

Dental Implant Restoration Explained

Restoration with dental implants is a procedure that replaces one or more missing teeth with a prosthetic tooth. Unlike dentures or bridges, a dental implant is permanent. A titanium post is implanted into the jawbone and over the next 4-5 months, the bone fuses with the post, forming a secure foundation for the replacement tooth. An abutment is added to the post, which allows the prosthetic tooth to be attached. Dental implants can match your natural teeth.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Katonah dental patients can benefit from implant dentistry in the following ways:

  • Preserving the integrity of your jawbones
  • Restoring the structure of your facial features
  • Preventing your teeth from moving
  • Improving speech, biting, and chewing
  • Boosting your self-confidence

One of the best things about dental implants is that you won’t be able to tell them from your natural teeth. You can have a full smile without the discomfort and inconvenience of dentures. What’s more, if you take care of your dental implants as you would your natural teeth, they can last for years to come, so you won’t have to worry about replacing them.

If you live in Katonah, NY and you would like to find out more about implant dentistry, call Dr. Lin on (914) 232-8190 to schedule a consultation.

By Northern Westchester Prosthodontics
July 06, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Think of porcelain veneers as masks for the teeth. They’re a layer of ultra-thin porcelain shells that will are placed over your natural teeth for concealing cosmetic concerns such as discoloration, gaps between teeth, chips, and unevenly-shaped teeth. This cosmetic dentistry treatment should last you 10 years or longer with routine maintenance by your dentist at Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY, Dr. Terry Lin, and these easy care tips.

Continue with Your Regular Oral Hygiene Habits

You won’t have to make drastic modifications to your oral care routine but you’ll still need to make certain that you continue brushing your pearly whites at least twice daily, flossing them at least once daily, and rinsing with fluoridated or antibacterial mouthwash. As usual, brush for a minimum of two minutes and use a soft-bristled brush and fluoridated toothpaste. These habits will ensure the health of your natural teeth and your porcelain veneers.

Don’t Use Your Porcelain Veneers for Chewing on Hard Foods and Things

While porcelain veneers are immensely durable, they’re still not up to par with your real teeth. Avoid chewing on things like pens or your fingernails. Additionally, hard nuts, candy apples, pretzels, and similar hard foods are bad for your porcelain veneers.

If you must eat hard foods, you can use your back teeth for chewing or cut them up into tiny pieces prior to eating them to help make sure that your veneers won’t do any hard work. Likewise, while porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains, you will still have to refrain from drinks and foods that cause stains since you’ll still have your natural teeth.

Don’t Forget to See Your Dentist Regularly

Always go to your scheduled dental cleanings and checkups. This will help your dentist in Katonah, NY, monitor not only your overall oral health but the condition of your porcelain veneers as well. Also, take note that this cosmetic dentistry treatment can be affected by teeth grinding or bruxism, so regular visits to your dentist are an excellent way to keep track of this condition and other dental issues that could endanger your oral health.

For More Details on Porcelain Veneers and Other Cosmetic Dentistry Services We Offer, Contact Us

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Terry Lin, our dentist here at Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY, by dialing (914) 232-8190.

By Northern Westchester Prosthodontics
April 14, 2020
Tags: dental implants  

Your Katonah, NY, cosmetic and implant dentist, Dr. Terry Lin of Northern Westchester Prosthodontics, can help you replace your missing teeth with dental implants. Implant dentistry improves your appearance and also provides a few other benefits.

How tooth loss affects you

Our society places great importance on a full, healthy smile. If you're missing teeth, revealing your changed smile to the world may be the last thing you want to do. Eventually, you may notice a decrease in self-confidence and self-esteem that affects your personal or professional life.

In addition to the obvious change to your appearance, tooth loss may also:

  • Make Eating Difficult: Biting, grinding, tearing and chewing food can become more challenging after you lose teeth.
  • Affect Your Diet: Eating a variety of foods may not be possible depending on the number of teeth you've lost. If you limit your diet to soft foods, you may not receive the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
  • Cause Wear and Tear on Your Other Teeth: Your upper and lower teeth work together when you chew. If one or more teeth are missing, other teeth must take over for them. These teeth may soon become to show premature signs of wear and tear or damage.
  • Change the Alignment of Your Other Teeth: Teeth often shift after tooth loss. If they begin to drift and overlap, your appearance and your bite can be affected.
  • Alter Your Speech: Teeth are essential for clear speech. After tooth loss, you may find it hard to pronounce certain words or sounds.

Dental implants can restore your smile

Tooth loss doesn't have to permanently change your smile, thanks to dental implants. Implants replace your tooth roots and are connected to dental crowns to create brand new permanent teeth.

At your first dental implant appointment in the Katonah dental office, tiny titanium posts will be placed in openings made in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The posts will bond to your jawbone and serve as the roots for your new teeth.

The dental crowns attached to the top of the implants are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new teeth look perfectly natural. Single implants and implant-supported bridges and dentures can replace any number of missing teeth.

Dental implants improve your appearance and self-confidence and allow you to eat your favorite foods with ease.

Implant dentistry helps you fill the gaps in your smile! Call your Katonah, NY, dentist, Dr. Lin of Northern Westchester Prosthodontics, at (914) 232-8190 to schedule your appointment.

By Northern Westchester Prosthodontics
February 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Protect cracked, damaged teeth for life with dental crowns.

You’ve waited all week for it: date night! You’re about to go with your sweetie to catch the latest movie and you’ve pulled out all the stops: popcorn, drinks and candy. You get settled in ready to watch this action-packed flick when you crunch down on a kernel. Ouch! Now you’re dealing with a chipped or broken tooth. Now what? We are sorry to say it but you’ll need to give your date a rain check and then see our Katonah, NY, prosthodontist Dr. Terry Lin for immediate care.

A dental crown is a restoration that is made to look just like a real tooth. The restorative “cap” is hollow, which allows it to completely cover a tooth and protect it all the way down to the gums. Each crown is custom made based on the measurements and shade of your natural teeth, so that the crown fits right in and looks just like the rest of your natural smile once it’s placed. Our Katonah, NY, cosmetic dentist prides himself on creating lifelike crowns for patients of all ages, from children to seniors.

When Dental Crowns are Used

Crowns are one of the most versatile restorations we offer and can be used to address a wide range of issues. If a tooth has a very large and old dental filling the filling may no longer be able to fully support the tooth. To prevent the tooth from fracturing or weakening as a result, our dentist will remove the filling and then place a dental crown over the tooth to provide it with more ample protection and support.

A crown is most often used to improve a tooth’s durability, functionality, and appearance. If a tooth just happens to be misshapen or malformed, a crown can also be placed over it to change the shape, size, and color. Sometimes crowns are even used to hold a dental bridge firmly in place or to cover a dental implant. From treating tooth loss to improving how your teeth function, crowns can do it all.

Do you have questions about dental crowns, implants or the other restorative treatments Dr. Lin and his team offer? If so, call Northern Westchester Prosthodontics in Katonah, NY, today at (914) 232-8190 to schedule a consultation.

By Northern Westchester Prosthodontics
December 27, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry option for enhancing your smile. Whether you want to brighten up a dull smile or improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped or cracked, veneers can help with a wide range of cosmetic concerns. Our dentist, Dr. Terry Lin, can help you decide if veneers are the right choice for you. Northern Westchester Prosthodontics is your dental office in Katonah, NY, for veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

What are Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin laminates placed over the front surface of problem teeth to improve the appearance of those teeth. Veneers give imperfect teeth a flawless new look. Our veneers are made from a porcelain material that closely resembles the look of tooth enamel so the veneers look completely natural. In fact, once in place, each veneer will look like part of the natural tooth. Veneers are permanently affixed to the teeth so your beautiful new smile will be long-lasting.

Benefits of Veneers

You will enjoy several benefits when you choose veneers to improve your smile. At our cosmetic dentistry practice in Katonah, NY, the dentist can explain how veneers can meet your particular needs.

Veneers can completely transform your smile by addressing a variety of cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Rough or uneven tooth surfaces
  • Misshaped teeth
  • Crooked teeth

In addition to dramatically improving the appearance of your smile, another benefit of veneers is that they are permanent. Once affixed to the teeth, there is no need to worry about your veneers coming off or slipping out of place. Another benefit of veneers is that each veneer is custom created to perfectly fit in place. An additional advantage of custom veneers is that they look completely natural so others will not know you have veneers.

Veneers are extremely versatile and can address numerous cosmetic concerns. To learn more about how veneers can enhance your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lin at our cosmetic dentistry office in Katonah, NY, by calling Northern Westchester Prosthodontics at (914) 232-8190.

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