Dr. Matthew Bellafiore, DDS, provides restorative dentistry in Brooklyn Heights, NY. Call 718-875-9424 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Our goal is, of course, always to protect our patients’ oral health. We provide thorough examinations and quick treatment of any emerging issues in the teeth, gums, or jawbone. However, we also recognize that even with the best possible care, some patients will experience dental trauma or develop dental disease or infections. When this occurs, restorative dentistry can fix the damage and restore both the functionality and appearance of the teeth and mouth.
There are many different procedures involved in restorative dentistry. The first step is to evaluate and diagnose the specific issue, and determine the extent of the damage. We will then work with you to create a treatment plan that solves the problem and restores your smile.
Our restorations are aesthetic, functional, and highly durable. The goal is to reduce the likelihood of needing further restorative work. Depending on your unique situation, we might use one or more procedures in tandem. The solutions we use include, but are not limited to:
A dental filling is designed to fill in the space created when damaged or decayed parts of a tooth are removed. A filling restores both chewing ability and aesthetics, and can help prevent the tooth from decaying further. Fillings can be crafted from composite resin, dental porcelain, gold alloy, or metal amalgam.
Inlays and Onlays
If your tooth needs more help than a filling can provide, an inlay or onlay may be used. An inlay sits between the cusps on the tooth’s chewing surface, while an onlay covers at least one cusp. Inlays and onlays are most frequently made from dental porcelain. However, composite resin or gold alloy may be used in certain situations.
When a tooth is badly damaged but can be saved, a dental crown is typically placed. It covers the entire tooth, and may be made of dental porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, a gold alloy, or a base metal alloy.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the most functional and aesthetic solution. A tiny sliver of biocompatible titanium is inserted into the jawbone, where it fuses into place. This replaces the tooth root, providing a firm foundation for a restoration. A single implant is capped with a crown, while several implants can work together to replace an entire arch of teeth.
Dentures can also replace missing teeth. A partial denture replaces one or a few teeth, while a full denture replaces all the teeth on an arch. Modern dentures are extremely realistic looking, but are not as functional as dental implants.
A root canal is a restorative solution for a highly decayed or damaged tooth. Your dentist accesses the root chamber through a small opening in the tooth, and cleans out all traces of decay from the canals. A post is placed if needed for support, and the canals are filled and sealed. You will receive a temporary filling while a crown is created.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria invade the soft tissues around the teeth. Periodontal treatment, often involving dental lasers, focuses on killing or removing the bacteria and halting or reversing the disease.
Full Mouth Restoration
If you have experienced significant dental trauma or decay, full mouth restoration can restore your smile. We will work closely with you to design a new smile that is as beautiful and natural-looking as it is healthy and functional.
Call 718-875-9424 to find out more about how we can help restore your smile!