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999 Walt Whitman Road Suite 303
Melville, NY 11747
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999 Walt Whitman Road Suite 303
Melville, NY 11747

Prosthodontics in Melville, NY

Leading Edge Specialized Dentistry provides prosthodontics in Melville, NY. Contact us to learn more and schedule an appointment.

What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on creating and fitting artificial replacements for teeth. Dental prosthetics include crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants. When teeth are missing, damaged, or severely decayed, prosthodontics provides replacement options. 

A prosthodontist is a dental professional that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, and appearance. They focus on improving and preserving the oral health of those with clinical conditions associated with missing or failing teeth as well as oral and maxillofacial tissues.

Prosthodontists receive advanced training in restoring and replacing teeth and must complete an additional three years of specialized education beyond dental school. When it comes to complex treatment needs, choosing a specialist offers the highest standard of care tailored to your needs. Prosthodontists are recognized experts when it comes to replacing anything in the mouth.

Benefits of Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics offers many benefits: 
  • Restore function. Missing or damaged teeth can make it difficult to effectively chew food and may affect your speech. Replacing teeth with prosthetics restores their proper function. 
  • Improve your smile. Dental prosthetics provide natural looking replacements for your teeth to restore the aesthetics of your smile. 
  • Preserve jaw bone structure. Many dental prosthetics help to preserve the structure of your jaw bone through the restoration of missing teeth. 
  • Improve your dental and oral health. Restoring or replacing teeth that are damaged or decayed will improve the health of your remaining teeth as well as the soft tissues and support structure for your teeth. 

Services Offered

We provide the following prosthodontic services: 

  • Crowns. When a tooth is cracked, chipped, or severely decayed, a crown can be placed over the existing tooth to protect the remaining enamel and the root. Crowns can be made of porcelain that matches the color of your existing teeth for a natural looking restoration. 
  • Bridges. When one or more adjacent teeth need to be replaced, a bridge is a restoration option. A bridge consists of two crowns that fit over the existing teeth on each side of the gap with one or more artificial teeth suspended between them. 
  • Dentures. When most or all of the teeth need to be replaced, dentures provide partial or full restoration. Traditional dentures attach to the gums via suction or adhesives. Partial dentures attach to the remaining teeth. 
  • Dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw to act as an artificial tooth root. A porcelain crown is attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth. 
  • Implant supported bridges and dentures. Multiple implants placed in the jaw can act as anchors for a bridge or a complete set of dentures. Implant supported bridges and dentures are sturdy and secure for improved function and comfort.

Are You a Good Candidate for Prosthodontics?

If you have one or more teeth that are missing, severely damaged, or decayed, you may be a good candidate for prosthodontics. With so many prosthetic options available, virtually anyone can have their teeth fully restored. A consultation and evaluation allows us to recommend the best restoration options for you.

Why Choose Leading Edge Specialized Dentistry and Dental Implant Solutions?

Leading Edge Specialized Dentistry and Dental Implant Solutions specializes in the health and restoration of the support structures for your teeth. This means we often treat patients with missing teeth due to gum disease who are in need of replacements, or prosthesis. Our services range from replacing a single tooth to a full mouth restoration. The highly qualified doctors and staff at Leading Edge Specialized Dentistry and Dental Implant Solutions have the knowledge and experience to restore the natural appearance and function of your teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Prosthodontics

How many implants are needed for implant supported dentures?

The number of dental implants that need to be placed to support dentures depends on your individual needs as a patient. Usually anywhere from 4 to 6 implants are required to support a full set of dentures.

Which is better, implant supported or traditional dentures?

The best type of dentures for you depends on your individual needs. Implant supported dentures stay more securely in place and help to keep your jaw bone strong. However, if your jaw bone structure is not sufficient to support implants, traditional dentures may be a better option.

Which is the best replacement option for a single tooth?

The highest quality tooth replacement option available is a dental implant. Dental implants provide a natural appearance and function. They won’t damage your healthy teeth and with proper care and maintenance they can last for the rest of your life.

Do I need to have all of my teeth pulled to get dentures?

If some of your teeth are healthy or only need minor restoration, it may be in your best interest to keep them in place. Healthy teeth can act as anchors for partial dentures and the natural roots help to preserve bone structure in your jaw.

To learn more, call 631-351-3444 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.

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