Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry
November 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
HeresWhatYouNeedtoKnowAboutTeethWhitening

Getting a smile upgrade doesn’t necessarily require extensive dental work. You might be able to change your appearance for the better with teeth whitening.

This technique employs a bleaching solution that brightens dull enamel, the outermost layer of teeth. It isn’t a permanent fix, but if cared for properly your brighter smile could last two years or more.

Here’s what you need to know about this proven smile brightener.

Know your options. Enamel whitening is usually obtained in one of three ways: a dentist performing the procedure in-office; at home using custom trays created by a dentist; or at home with an over-the-counter whitening product. The in-office option is the most expensive—but since dentists use a stronger bleaching solution, your brighter tint may last longer and dentists can control the degree of whiteness better.

Know your preferences. That last point is important if you’re looking for a particular look. Teeth whitening can give you a dazzling “Hollywood” smile or one that’s a bit more subtle. It all depends on your lifestyle and personal preferences. Because of their advanced techniques and equipment, you may have better chances getting the look you want from your dentist rather than by doing it yourself.

Know your limitations. This type of teeth whitening won’t work if the staining originates within the teeth—for that you’ll need an invasive procedure only a dentist can perform. You’ll also want to be careful with any whitening if you have dental work like crowns, veneers or fillings: the bleaching solution won’t alter these materials’ color, which could make them stand out beside whitened natural teeth. And if you have diseased teeth and gums, those need to be treated first before any cosmetic procedures like whitening.

Teeth whitening is a great way to take years off a smile. Even if you plan to whiten your teeth at home see your dentist first for a complete examination and helpful tips on products and techniques.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Question…Answered!

By General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry
October 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant  
HeresWhattoExpectBeforeDuringandAfterImplantSurgery

When you hear the word “surgery,” your first thought might be of a high-charged operating room with a surgeon operating intently as a nurse mops sweat from their brow. While there are high-stakes surgeries, most aren’t quite that dramatic.

Dental implant surgery falls into the latter category. It does qualify as a surgical procedure because we make incisions and tissue alterations for the implant. But it’s no more rigorous than a surgical tooth extraction.

Still, if you’re new to implant surgery, it’s natural to feel some apprehension about it. To calm any nervousness, here’s a rundown of what to expect before, during and after the procedure.

Pre-Planning. Implant surgery is usually a routine affair because of meticulous planning beforehand. Often, we map out the implant site using CT scanners or other high-level imaging, identifying obstacles like nerves, blood vessels and sinus cavities, verifying there’s enough bone present to support an implant. With this information we can create a surgical plan or guide for placement in the mouth to accurately situate the implant.

Site Prep. On the day of the surgery we’ll first administer local anesthesia to numb the entire work area to pain. We’ll start with a few small gum incisions to expose the bone. Then using the surgical plan or guide, we’ll create a small channel for the implant with a drilling sequence that successively enlarges it until we achieve the best fit for the implant.

Implant Placement. Once we’ve completed drilling the channel, we’ll remove the implant from its sterile packaging and install it in the channel. After we’ve made any necessary adjustments and verified proper placement with x-rays, we’ll suture the gum tissue back into place.

After the Surgery. You might experience mild to moderate discomfort afterward that’s usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. We can, if necessary, prescribe medication if you require something stronger. We may also prescribe an anti-bacterial mouth rinse for a short time to reduce the risk of infection.

After the implant has integrated with the bone which usually takes about 8-12 weeks, we’ll install your life-like crown or restoration. Your new smile and improved dental function will be well worth the process.

If you would like more information on the process for obtaining dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”

By General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry
July 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

A great smile has many factors including size, color, shape and alignment. If you feel that your teeth could use some improvements than veneersveneers from your family dentist in Yonkers, New York Dr. Fedele Vero may be the answer. He can examine each patient to decide whether or not they are a candidate for veneers.

More about Veneers

Veneers are thin coverings are applied directly over the surface of the teeth. They are super thin and made of a strong material that serves as a great substitute for natural tooth enamel. When they are bonded to the teeth by your Yonkers, New York family dentist Dr. Vero, they create a natural and beautiful looking smile. Porcelain is often the most popular material chosen as it doesn’t stain.

Advancements in modern dentistry have made it so that veneers can be made super thin and undetectable in the mouth. A small amount of enamel must be removed in order to allow the veneers to adhere the best. These veneers can improve the color by restoring the natural white entirely. They also can improve the size and shape of the teeth that can be worn down from grinding. Spacing and alignment can also be corrected with veneers.

Wax veneers are made to make sure that the patient enjoys the look and they fit properly. After they agree to them, then the actual veneers are constructed. Temporary veneers are worn during the time the permanent ones are being made. When the veneers are ready, you come back to our dental office and we apply them. You treat your veneers just like your natural teeth with regular brushing and at least once a day flossing.

To learn more about veneers from our Yonkers, New York family dentist, Dr. Vero, call to schedule an appointment at 914-476-0100.

By General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A dental crown is a covering that is custom made to fit over a broken, decayed or damaged tooth. It can be used to replace a tooth dental crownsespecially when bridges are concerned. A crown’s main job is to cover the tooth above the gumline, unlike that of veneers that cover the front of the surface of the teeth. For missing teeth, these crowns are a great dental treatment option. Our dentists can discuss what crowns and bridges can do for you in Yonkers, NY. They can examine and evaluate each patient’s oral health situation to determine whether they are a viable treatment procedure for them.

Restore Your Smile with Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are used to strengthen damaged, chipped or cracked teeth in the mouth so that they can function like they did before. They are custom designed to improve the appearance of the tooth whether shape, contour or even color. They can even be used with bridges to shorten the space of missing teeth. Two crowns are used on either side of the missing tooth. These abutment teeth are supports for the crown placed in between them, this is known as a bridge. Our professional cosmetic dentists can offer crowns and bridges to Yonkers patients of all ages.

A crown is generally designed and sent out to a dental laboratory. Each crown is custom designed for each patient. A temporary crown is placed until the restoration is returned to the dental office for placement in about two weeks. Any decay on the tooth or teeth being treated will be removed before the crown is placed too. When you’re interested in learning more about crowns and bridges and learning if you're a viable candidate in Yonkers, NY, contact our dental experts by calling to schedule an appointment at (914) 476-0100.

By General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry
January 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
ForMichaelBubletheShowMustGoOnEvenWithouttheTooth

What happens if you’re right in the middle of a song, in front of an arena full of fans… and you knock out a tooth with your microphone? If you’re Michael Buble, you don’t stop the show — you just keep right on singing.

The Canadian song stylist was recently performing at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, when an ill-timed encounter with the mike resulted in the loss of one of his teeth. But he didn’t let on to his dental dilemma, and finished the concert without a pause. The next day, Buble revealed the injury to his fans on his Instagram page, with a picture of himself in the dentist’s chair, and a note: “Don’t worry, I’m at the dentist getting fixed up for my final show tonight.”

Buble’s not the only singer who has had a close encounter with a mike: Country chanteuse Taylor Swift and pop star Demi Lovato, among others, have injured their teeth on stage. Fortunately, contemporary dentistry can take care of problems like this quickly and painlessly. So when you’ve got to get back before the public eye, what’s the best (and speediest) way to fix a chipped or broken tooth?

It depends on exactly what’s wrong. If it’s a small chip, cosmetic bonding might be the answer. Bonding uses special tooth-colored resins that mimic the natural shade and luster of your teeth. The whole procedure is done right here in the dental office, usually in just one visit. However, bonding isn’t as long-lasting as some other tooth-restoration methods, and it can’t fix large chips or breaks.

If a tooth’s roots are intact, a crown (or cap) can be used to replace the entire visible part. The damaged tooth is fitted for a custom-fabricated replacement, which is usually made in a dental laboratory and then attached at a subsequent visit (though it can sometimes be fabricated with high-tech machinery right in the office).

If the roots aren’t viable, you may have the option of a bridge or a dental implant. With a fixed bridge, the prosthetic tooth is supported by crowns that are placed on healthy teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge itself is a one-piece unit consisting of the replacement tooth plus the adjacent crowns.

In contrast, a high-tech dental implant is a replacement tooth that’s supported not by your other teeth, but by a screw-like post of titanium metal, which is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical procedure. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any tooth-replacement method (over 95 percent); they help preserve the quality of bone on the jaw; and they don’t result in weakening the adjacent, healthy teeth — which makes implants the treatment of choice for many people.

So whether you’re crooning for ten thousand adoring fans or just singing in the shower, there's no reason to let a broken tooth stop the show: Talk to us about your tooth-restoration options! If you would like additional information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Dental Implants vs. Bridgework.”



Fedele E. Vero, D.D.S., P.C.
Christine N. Fumo, D.M.D.
Alec J. Ganci, D.D.S

Yonkers, NY Family Dentist
General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
626 McLean Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10705
(914) 476-0100
 

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