What is a Prosthodontist?
Dr. Carpentieri is a Prosthodontist, a dental specialist with advanced training in restoring natural teeth and replacing missing teeth. This type of specialist receives 3 years of additional training after dental school in order to become an expert in advanced dental restoration, implant procedures and rehabilitation techniques. The clinical procedures performed by a prosthodontist include: all esthetic considerations, crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, dentures, dental implant restorations, temporomandibular joint related problems (TMD), congenital oral defects, traumatic oral injuries, bite and occlusion problems, and full mouth restoration.
Traditional Crowns or Full Coverage Restorations
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the outer surface of a severely decayed, broken or cracked natural tooth. Traditional restorations can typically take two visits and involves the placement of a temporary restoration while the permanent restoration is created at an outside lab.
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Fixed Partial Denture Or Fixed Tooth-Supported Bridge
A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth by utilizing natural teeth adjacent to an edentulous (missing tooth or teeth) space to provide a fixed construct. A false tooth or “pontic” is held in place by being attached to a neighboring tooth or teeth.
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Described as thin layer of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth. To utilize the veneer, a small amount of the original tooth structure must be removed. Afterwards, an adhesive cement material is placed between the slightly prepared tooth and the veneer to lute the veneer to the tooth. Generally, veneers require two visits. However, for select cases, this option is also available in one visit.
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Whether replacing one tooth or several, implants are an important solution to restoring and maintaining dental health.
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Dental implants are often used to support or retain either a maxillary (upper jaw) or mandibular (lower jaw) removable full or partial denture. The dental implants used with a removable format offer a significant opportunity for improved retention, stability, comfort and ability to chew and is often the treatment of choice for many patients depending on individual needs and expectations.
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Same Day Crowns
Depending on the procedure(s) being performed, your dental restoration(s) may be able to be placed on the same day or next day instead of the usual wait of one to two weeks or more.
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Dentistry has undergone a series of significant changes in the last decade. Our contemporary practice is proud to offer the best of these technologies including 3D scanning, digital impression-taking, and a centralized in office CAD/CAM manufacturing center for one visit dentistry.
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Removable Partial Denture Prosthesis (Partial Dentures)
Partial Dentures are fabricated only when a small number of teeth need replacement. They are removable and are supported by either remaining natural teeth, dental implants, or in some instances, a combination of both.
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Complete Denture Prosthesis (Complete Dentures)
Complete (Full) Dentures are removable devices fabricated after all the teeth in the mouth have been removed and act to replace bone, soft tissue and provide facial support. The denture includes an acrylic base that is custom made in the dental laboratory and are constructed to mimic lost tissues. These prostheses can provide ideal esthetics, however their retention is unpredictable and their function is significantly reduced as compared to natural teeth or prostheses supported or retained by dental implants.
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