Whether you have a damaged, infected, or missing tooth, the team at BORO Dental Arts is here to help. Dr. Lau is an experienced restorative dentist and serves patients of all ages in Long Island City. We can restore your bite and smile, and help you get back to your day-to-day life if you have one or more missing, damaged, or infected teeth. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Restorative dental care helps you avoid further complications which could cost you additional time and money. For example, having a cavity filled when you first notice it can stop the tooth from becoming infected, which will require a more costly root canal and dental crown.
It also restores both your natural smile and your bite. Dr. Lau specializes in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Whether you get a filling, a root canal, a crown, or a set of dentures, we’ll make sure your bite is healthy, and that your new dental restorations look and feel completely natural.
Tooth-colored, composite fillings are a durable, aesthetically-pleasing method of restoring teeth that have been damaged by cavities. The decayed enamel is removed from your tooth, then a composite material that matches the color of your teeth is applied layer-by-layer to rebuild the tooth’s natural shape.
Composite fillings require less tooth trimming than metal fillings, have a very strong hold, and provide superior cosmetic results. For these reasons, we exclusively use composite fillings at BORO Dental Arts.
Root canal therapy is the best way to save an infected tooth. We offer both anterior (front) and posterior (rear) root canals. If your enamel is damaged by extensive tooth decay or an injury, the nerve-filled pulp inside your tooth can become infected. Left untreated, this will eventually result in the loss of the tooth.
Root canal therapy is used to create a small opening in the tooth through which the decayed and damaged material will be removed. The tooth is then disinfected and sealed to prevent further damage.
Once the tooth has been cleaned and sealed, it’s usually capped with a filling or a dental crown. Crowns are usually recommended on rear teeth, as they are more durable and can hold up to the wear and tear of chewing with your rear molars.
Dental crowns are designed to cover up and restore your entire tooth. They are made to look and feel just like a natural tooth. During treatment, your enamel will be trimmed to accommodate the crown, which will be bonded into place on top of the natural tooth structure. The crown acts as a false tooth and covers up your natural enamel all the way down to the gum line, protecting it from further damage. Usually, crowns are used after root canals, for serious cavities, and to restore broken teeth.
We offer a variety of crowns, including porcelain, zirconia, e.max®, BruxZir®, porcelain fused to metal, and gold crowns. The indications for each are different and the doctor can help review the options that best suits your needs.
Dentures are a cost-effective and convenient way to restore one or more missing teeth. Partial dentures are a good choice if you’re missing one or several of your natural teeth. They are made of a plastic and metal framework, which clips onto your remaining healthy teeth and supports false teeth. This denture will sit in the gaps where your missing teeth used to be.
Full dentures are usually only a good option if you have seriously damaged teeth, or are already missing most of your teeth. This is because all of your remaining teeth must be extracted before they are placed. Full dentures can be used to restore the upper arch, lower arch, or both arches of your teeth.