Crowns, Bridges, and Space Age Technology, Including Dental Implants
Dentistry is an amazing and broad medical discipline that, despite being a practice that goes back beyond ancient times, now rides the leading edge of space age technology. It has physical and psychological impact and implications that go beyond what most people even consider. It encompasses the functional and aesthetic health and well being of the teeth, gums, jaw, and mouth, and can help prevent damage to the heart – or help to steal one with a beautiful smile.
Most people are familiar with the basic procedures that are involved in dentistry: the cleanings, X-rays, drilling, filling, crowns, bridges, dentures, and root canals. Many of these are so commonplace in the common consciousness that they are part of our everyday speech and expressions. Here at Dr. Nahil Yanni's practice we are well aware of the impact that a beautiful, functional, and healthy smile has on our patients' lives. We offer a wide range of cutting edge preventative and treatment-based general dentistry, along with cosmetic dentistry, periodontal (gums) care, dental implants, treatment for tmj, and sedation dentistry.
Full Service Dentistry at its Finest
What does that mean for a patient? How does that set Dr. Yanni apart? It means that Dr. Yanni can treat things as they come up, and is interested in forming long term rapport with his patients so that there is real continuity in care and service.
Care done in this way helps patients to keep their dentistry costs down, because the preventative care, combined with treatment and cosmetic care along the way, means that this dentist can make long term plans and nip problems in their infancy, in the least invasive and damaging way. It also means he has an excellent grasp of the chronic problems and aesthetic goals of each of his patients...meaning that he understands the big picture for each patient. Ultimately, it is the most effective, least expensive, and most convenient way to approach dentistry: long term relationships at a one-stop shop.
Preventative dentistry is the core of any effective dental regime. Regular general cleanings and exams are absolutely essential, for both plaque and tartar removal, to correct any issues in personal hygiene regimes, and to allow the dentist to make sure there are no problems developing. It helps to insure the health of both teeth and gums, and prevent more serious treatment from being necessary.
Fluoride treatments, likewise, help to fortify the enamel of the teeth, making decay much less likely. Sealants are great to protect the nooks and crannies in the tops of the teeth. They are most often used in children and teenagers to protect their teeth between the ages of 6 and 14, their most cavity-vulnerable time, but can be used in adults without cavities on those teeth as well. They are used with molars and premolars on the chewing surface of the teeth, and fill in all of the nooks and crannies in those surfaces.
Fillings and Caps/Crowns
Fillings are the most common non-preventative dental treatment used. This is a simple process whereby the dentist uses a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to remove the decay, probes the affected area to ensure all of the decay is gone, cleans the space to remove all of the bacteria, adds a liner if the cavity is approaching the root to help with nerve sensitivity, and fills the tooth with the appropriate composite resin, gold, silver amalgam, or other material.
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a tooth to cover it, reinforce it, and restore its appearance. They are used to protect a tooth, to restore a broken tooth, to cover a large filling, to hold a dental bridge in place, to cover dental implants, and to make cosmetic modifications.
This type of dental hardware is simply made up of a titanium socket that is “implanted” into the bone of the jaw. This technology works because back in the 1960s it was discovered that bone would fuse to titanium. This has become a hugely versatile medium, from which other types of dental hardware and treatment have benefited. Dental implants, sometimes known as "fixed dentures," can be used to replace a missing tooth, a whole mouth of teeth, or to anchor other types of hardware.
Bridges and Dentures – From Traditional to Space Age
Bridges and dentures have made a fundamental shift in recent years due to the use of dental implants and the associated technology. Traditional dentures are still very common due to the difference in cost, but with the anchoring capabilities that dental implants provide for these two types of dental hardware, their functional and aesthetic value is substantial.
Bridges traditionally are made up of an arch of metal or ceramic that “bridges” a gap of a tooth or two in the mouth. They are anchored to one or two natural teeth by being integrated into a crown and glued on.
Traditional dentures are larger spans of what are essentially crowns that are built onto a structure that cups the gums. Dental implants have made it possible to actually anchor these pieces of hardware into the mouth so that they are sturdier, don't shift around, and don't irritate the surrounding structures.
Dr. Yanni also offers periodontal treatments, including scaling and root planing if necessary. These treatments make it more difficult both for tartar deposits to form and for plaque to grow in patients who struggle with these problems, and for whom regular cleanings are not sufficient.
Root canals are part of the services that Dr. Yanni offers, should they be necessary.
Dr. Yanni is proud to offer Zoom! One-Hour teeth whitening, tooth bonding, veneers, and a wide range of other cosmetic dentistry treatment.
This is just a broad overview of the services to illustrate the range and capability of the staff at Dr. Yanni's facility. Prospective patients are encouraged to contact our office with specific questions about dentistry, including sedation dentistry, dental implants, and preventative treatments. Dr. Yanni is always accepting new patients.
Part of our commitment to serving our East Brunswick area patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. We hope this website is a resource you’ll find both useful and interesting. We genuinely hope this site is helpful to you in learning more about our East Brunswick family & cosmetic dental practice, dental conditions and treatments, dental recommendations, dental specials more. Please browse through our website and be sure to give us a call @ 732.254.0033, if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.