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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

New Filling, Onlay and Crown Instructions.

Follow instructions for 14 days.

1. Avoid sticky foods Gum, taffy, ect..
2. Avoid hard foodsNuts, bread crust, ect..
3. Avoid extremely cold or hot temperaturesLiquids and Food.
4. Brush and Floss as usual

 

TEMPORARY CEMENT INSTRUCTIONS

1. Clean out any excess cement in the crown.
2. Try in the crown to ensure proper seating.
3. Dry the crown with gauze.
4. Open the cement packet, squeeze out its contents and mix together with the end of the cotton swab.
5. Fill the crown with the cement.
6. Place the crown on the tooth and bite down for 10 minutes.
7. Clean off any excess cement.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BLEACHING

1. Brush before and after bleaching.
2. Be consistent when you start bleaching your teeth.  Bleach for 10-14 days in a row.
3. Use bleaching material for only 30 minutes a day.
4. Your teeth are more susceptible to stain during bleaching and for 30 days after. Try to avoid dark foods and drinks (tea, coffee, red wine).
5. Rinse trays out gently to avoid distortion.  Do not place in hot water.
6. Teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold for several weeks.
7. Keep the gel you are using at room temperature.  Store all other tubes in the refrigerator.

Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.

Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Veneers are usually irreversible because it`s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.

Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.

Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.

During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.

During the final "bonding" visit, also about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerin on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.

During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you`ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It`s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.

For certain patients no preparation of the teeth may be necessary. Please see our specialties page for more information.


Dr Scott C. Province
and Associate
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
425 Madison Avenue, Suite 800

New York, NY 10017
(212) 682-8032