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Regular checkups with your dentist are an excellent way to prevent cavities, but they still may pop up even for the most diligent of people. Our Westchester, NY, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Pike of The Scarsdale Dentist believes in working alongside his patients to provide the best care by educating them about their dental health. Here are a few ways that cavities can make themselves known.
Although you wouldn't think of yourself as being lucky to have a cavity, if you can see a small, permanent brown, gray, or black spot on one of your teeth, that's a sign that you may need a filling. If you notice a visible spot, be sure to visit our Westchester dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Pike, to have it fixed before an obvious cavity gets larger and more invasive.
When cavities first develop, they don't usually cause any discomfort. However, as they begin to breach the protective layer of enamel on the outside of the teeth, you may start to notice tooth sensitivity when you brush, floss, drink hot coffee, or eat ice cream. This is due to the nerves inside the tooth responding to the reduction in insulation that healthy enamel provides. Although sensitivity can be caused by other issues, any new symptoms associated with your teeth should be evaluated by our Westchester dentist as soon as possible.
If you've noticed your dental floss comes out shredded after catching on something between your teeth, a cavity might be to blame. Even small areas of decay between the teeth can carve out a crevice that may snag your floss string. Don't ignore this small but meaningful symptom of a cavity.
Whether you're having indications that a cavity has developed, or if it's been a while since you've had a dental checkup, contact The Scarsdale Dentist for an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Pike. Serving Westchester and Scarsdale, NY. We can be reached at (914) 725-0707.
Dental implants are today's top tooth replacement choice. Placed by The Scarsdale Dentist, located in Scarsdale, Westchester, dental implants give patients natural oral function and appearance, while simultaneously improving the quality and quantity of bone in the jaw. The Scarsdale Dentist's Dr. Jeffrey Pike qualifies adults and teens for implant placement—are you a good candidate?
You hate tooth loss
And, so do we here at The Scarsdale Dentist! Dr. Pike recognizes that this unfortunate circumstance sometimes happens, and he has the advanced training in dental implants and restorations to counter the adverse effects of missing teeth. Whether you've lost a tooth because of an injury, extensive decay, or disease, Dr. Pike can help!
The benefits of dental implants
Dental implants enhance smiles through:
- Improved jaw bone integrity (most implants live right in the jaw, literally exercising and strengthening the bone every day)
- Lifelike dental crowns, bridgework, or full dentures (Dr. Pike offers All-on-4 dentures secured by specially-angled implants)
- Realistic oral function such as biting, chewing, and speaking
- Natural smile appearance
- Eased oral hygiene pertaining to brushing and flossing
- Replacement teeth that last for years and years
Besides these benefits, patients enjoy a comfortable implant procedure that is performed entirely in-office. Local anesthetic eliminates discomfort as Dr. Pike incises the gums and creates a small hole in the bone before inserting the titanium implant into the jaw and closing the site with a few sutures. Then, osseointegration begins.
What is osseointegration, you ask? It's a miraculous process in which the jaw bone wraps around the titanium implant, securing it to bear the loads imposed by biting and chewing. Osseointegration takes many weeks but practically guarantees a stable, long-lasting implant. To finish a single-tooth implant, Dr. Pike will bond an extension post, or connector, and a porcelain crown to the fixture.
Qualifying for dental implants
Prior to beginning any treatment, you will consult with Dr. Pike regarding dental implants and their suitability for your smile needs. During this appointment, there will also be a discussion on your health history and current medical condition, as well as a complete oral examination involving X-rays and 3-D scans to determine the quality and quantity of your bone structure.
Sufficient bone is vital to implant success. If your jawbone has receded, however, don't despair! Dr. Pike likely can augment it with special materials and procedures. Suffice it to say, we here at The Scarsdale Dentist will help you make an informed decision about tooth replacement!
A strong, healthy, attractive smile could be yours with dental implants from The Scarsdale Dentist! For your consultation, call the office today at (914) 725-0707.
Nature doesn't guarantee perfect smiles. Sometimes, accident or wear and tear change the appearance of our teeth so much that it's embarrassing to show them in public. At The Scarsdale Dentist in the Westchester area, Dr. Jeffrey Pike uses a material called composite resin to reshape chipped, gapped and crooked teeth in a single visit. Economical, enamel-sparing and durable, tooth-bonding resin adheres to healthy teeth, improving resiliency, size, and texture.
It's really an art
Your cosmetic dentist not only has the tools and skills to deliver a picture-perfect smile, he has the artistic eye to compliment your smile width, facial appearance and tooth shape and color. At The Scarsdale Dentist, a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Pike will ensure your smile is healthy enough for aesthetic services, and it will help you define your individual goals.
Tooth bonding in Westchester
Over the past few decades, composite resin bonding has become one of the most popular aesthetic services dentistry has to offer. What is it, and what can it accomplish for the "average" dental patient?
Well, tooth bonding is also called direct bonding or composite resin bonding. A simple, pain-free and quick smile enhancement accomplished in one visit to The Scarsdale Dentist, bonding remakes small smile flaws. Not extensive enough for porcelain crowns or veneers, these defects respond to the naturally-colored material Dr. Pike applies, sculpts, and hardens on selected tooth surfaces.
Flaws addressed by bonding include:
- Small chips
- Hairline fractures
- Gaps between teeth
- Mild overcrowding
In addition, dentists use this blend of glass and acrylic to restore decay and to install splints (permanent retainers) and other dental devices.
Dentists and patients praise composite resin for its natural appearance and durability. While not as strong as a crowned tooth, a bonded tooth will withstand biting and chewing forces for up to ten years. And, it requires less enamel removal than the crowning or veneer process does.
It begins with a light buffing of the areas to be treated. Then, Dr. Pike applies a mild etching chemical which ensures the bond between the tooth enamel and composite resin. Next, he layers on the resin, hardening each layer with a blue curing light. This additive process creates a seamless attachment between the tooth and the resin. With a final shaping and polishing, the tooth is remade.
Direct bonding helps youngsters who have chipped or fractured their teeth. Often a temporary repair, bonding allows immature tooth pulp to recede as the child grows, and then, Dr. Pike can place a permanent restoration such as a crown or veneer.
Finally, resin does not decay. However, it can stain. So if bonding is part of your smile makeover, you should have your teeth whitened first so the dentist can match the resin to the rest of your smile.
We think you'll like direct bonding. Why not contact The Scarsdale Dentist in the Westchester area to learn the details? Call today (914) 725-0707.
You know your smile could use a little enhancement. You have a chipped front tooth and a few small, but unsightly, gaps between some bottom teeth. Thankfully, the teeth are healthy, but you'd like them to look their very best. Dr. Jeffrey Pike, your Westchester dentist, uses porcelain veneers to cover those little annoying flaws that add up to a less than perfect smile. In just two visits to The Scarsdale Dentist, you could receive a permanent and dramatically beautiful change to your teeth.
What are porcelain veneers?
They are super-thin, tooth-colored and tooth-shaped shells of high-quality porcelain. Made according to your Westchester dentist's specific instructions, veneers are bonded permanently to the front of teeth marred by deep stains, gaps, crowding, odd shape, hairline cracks and chips that are too large for composite resin repair.
To decide if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic choice, Dr. Pike visually inspects the patient's teeth and gums and takes X-rays. This examination ensures the individual's mouth is healthy enough for treatment with veneers.
With a decision made to go ahead, Dr. Pike removes a small portion of enamel from each tooth. This resurfacing ensures a strong bond and a good fit with the new veneers. Also, the dentist takes digital impressions and sends a treatment plan to an outside dental lab where the veneers are fabricated one by one. To protect the teeth in the meantime, he places temporary veneers which remain in place until the permanent ones are fitted and bonded.
On the return visit to The Scarsdale Dentist, Dr. Pike removes the temporary veneers. He uses a special adhesive to attach the veneers. This "glue" is exceptionally strong and helps the doctor match the color of the veneers to surrounding teeth.
Basically, that's all the veneer procedure involves. At-home care is the same as with untreated teeth: brush twice a day for two minutes with a soft brush according to the guidelines set by the American Dental Association. Also, floss once a day to keep teeth and gums free of plaque and tartar.
They have many advantages
In short, porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile and lifelike cosmetic dental treatments offered by today's finest cosmetic dentists, such as Dr. Pike. This Westchester dentist also praises porcelain veneers for their:
- Individualized smile improvement
- Natural appearance
- Use with other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain crowns, teeth whitening, and composite resin bonding
- Durability (with good care, they last ten years or more)
- Quick and dramatic results
Looking for an improved smile?
If you want to show a big, bright smile you can be proud of, contact The Scarsdale Dentist and his team for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Bring your questions and your smile goals, and Dr. Pike will devise a treatment plan just right for you. For an appointment, please call (914) 725-0707.