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Restorative Services

We offer a wide spectrum of general dental restorative services. Insofar as we are a mercury free dental office, we offer only alternatives to older conventional silver fillings.

Tooth Colored Fillings
These simple fillings are made with cosmetic tooth colored resin reinforced with either glass or ceramic particles for strength. These fillings are bonded into place for a secure and retentive seal.
West Side Dentist Dr Hurwitz before tooth colored fillings 10023 West Side Dentist Dr Hurwitz after tooth colored fillings 10023

Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are tooth-colored restorations that are used in place of silver fillings on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Unlike silver fillings made from metals that may cause further damage to teeth, these cosmetic fillings look extremely natural and typically require that far less of the tooth be removed. They are also used in situations where inadequate remaining tooth structure makes simple fillings unsuitable.

Crowns, or caps, are used to restore broken or cracked teeth or teeth with inadequate remaining tooth structure. The new metal-free crowns eliminate the ugly black line you may have seen next to the gum line on older crowns.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers offer the ultimate in esthetics. A veneer is a thin facing or covering that bonds to the natural tooth structure. A much more conservative alternative to crowns (caps) that can give you the smile you have always dreamed of.

Porcelain veneers are top of the line in cosmetic dentistry. If your teeth are chipped, broken, or discolored, porcelain veneers are a great way to change the color and shape of your teeth. Veneers can be a great alternative to braces for slight orthodontic problems and provide a beautiful smile in a short amount of time. The results are simply gorgeous!
West Side Dentist Dr Hurwitz before porcelain veneers 10023 West Side Dentist Dr Hurwitz after porcelain veneers 10023

Direct Bonding
An economical alternative to Porcelain Veneers using resin materials bonded to the remaining tooth structure. This technique can be used on front teeth to restore or rebuild the teeth in an immediate cosmetic way. These materials, however, do not last as long as porcelain and may require periodic repairs.

Fixed or Permanent Bridges
Replace missing teeth with lifelike prosthetic teeth suspended by crowns on other strong supporting teeth.

Dentures/Partial Dentures
In situations where there are not enough strong remaining teeth to support a fixed bridge, a removable alternative can be fabricated. These removable bridges or dentures can be made beautifully lifelike and comfortable, restoring a full occlusion and permitting normal function and speech.

Full Dentures

Where there are no remaining teeth to support a permanently fixed prosthesis a full denture can be fabricated. This prosthesis can be made beautifully lifelike and comfortable, restoring a full occlusion and permitting normal function and speech. The cosmetics are customized and personalized so that you can obtain a look that matches your goals.

These are dentures that employ an internal retentive system to hold the denture more securely in place. They can employ either dental implants or remaining teeth to attach internally to the denture for firmer fit, permitting more normal function with more stability and retention.

Implant retained Overdentures
These dentures employ a retentive system connected to dental implants in the jawbone to hold the denture in the most secure and stable way. For patients with little remaining bone or ridge on which the denture usually rests, it can be a godsend, permitting normal speech and function. Not only does it provide a more normal feel, but it offers a psychological sense of security.

Immediate Dentures
In situations that require providing an immediate replacement for teeth to be extracted, dentures can be fabricated in advance. They are inserted at the time of tooth removal, but need adjustments as healing occurs and the boney ridges remodel. The cosmetics can be customized and personalized and viewed in advance, so that you can obtain a look that matches your goals

Dental Implants
Implants are an increasingly popular alternative to dentures and bridges. They provide and ability to smile, chew and function with confidence and without embarrassment. Restoring your smile to its natural beauty has never been easier. Implants are basically cylindrical or tapered titanium artificial roots, which are implanted into the jawbone.

Implants provide the most advanced solution for missing teeth, allowing you to talk, eat and smile with absolute confidence. They have many advantages, including their natural appearance, improved comfort and unequaled convenience. They do require, however, adequate bone in the areas that are to receive the implants. If you are considering implants, we can discuss the considerations and help you make the decision that is right for you.

The implants can support either individual crowns, multiple crowns and bridges or full mouth reconstructions.
Implant surgery can dramatically change a person's life. The ability to smile, chew and function with confidence and without embarrassment can lead to a whole new outlook on life with a new sense of freedom.
Full Mouth Reconstruction or Rehabilitation
In situations where all the remaining teeth are in disrepair or badly worn down. In situations where teeth have been missing for a long time and the arches are no longer in proper alignment. Where teeth have extruded or dropped down into the space where another tooth is missing or should be. In situations where there are bite problems, jaw pain or joint dysfunction, it may be necessary to fully rebuild either one or both arches of teeth.

This is frequently an extensive process, but the results can be greatly improved oral health, occlusal function, improved speech and beautiful esthetics.

West Side Dentist Dr Hurwitz before and after dental implant 10023

Bite Equilibration
The process of balancing the bite so that the teeth interdigitate more evenly. It is uncommon for all 28 or 32 teeth to meet perfectly, at the same time. These small interferences are commonly the cause of grinding, clenching, tooth wear, tooth or porcelain fracture and tooth movement or looseness. In some instances headaches have been traced back to these interferences.