Your Long Island Restorative Dental Team
When your smile has been affected by decay, injuries, or wear, you need a team of experienced restorative dentists who can help you achieve the optimal oral health you deserve. At Sachem Dental Group, our multi-specialty general dentists have been restoring smiles throughout Suffolk County for over 35 years. No matter what your smile has been through in the past, we’re here to give it a brighter future!
Dental Implants Predictably Replace Missing Teeth
When you have a missing tooth, dental implants are the best choice for replacing it. An implant stands independently of other teeth, so there’s no need to shave down the ones adjacent to the open space for securing a bridge. Implants are strong enough that we can use them to support everything from crown and bridges to overdentures.
Durable Dental Crowns that Strengthen Your Smile
Each of our porcelain crowns are made of high-quality materials that withstand the pressures of everyday use, without sacrificing an aesthetic appearance. We custom match your ceramic restoration to blend in with adjacent teeth, so that it looks natural.
You may need a crown if your tooth has
- Recently been treated with a root canal
- Large fractures or cracks
- Deep areas of decay
- Been replaced with an implant
Fixed Dental Bridges
Bridges are supported by two healthy teeth or dental implants to replace missing teeth. Like crowns, they are made of custom matched ceramics that blend in with the teeth nearby.
Conventional bridges replace 1-2 teeth at a time, but implant supported bridges can replace 3-4 teeth at once, as they are supported on top of implants. The latter option provides a fixed alternative to removable partial dentures, which clasp in place around adjacent teeth.
“Why Should I Replace a Missing Tooth?”
Choosing to replace your missing teeth doesn’t just affect your smile’s appearance; it’s necessary to preserve the natural spacing and alignment of your other teeth. If a missing tooth isn’t replaced in a timely manner, the healthy ones begin to drift out of place and can cause crowding or gaps in your smile.
Full and Partial Dentures
Fast and economical, traditional removable dentures and partials offer a straightforward solution to replacing missing teeth. If dental implants or bridges aren’t an option, then a full or partial denture usually is.
Each of these prostheses allow you to replace all of your missing teeth at one time, without various stages of different dental treatments.
Thanks to newer advancements in implant therapy, our Long Island dentists can also secure your denture with 2-4 implants, helping it fit more securely throughout the day. Although your overdenture is removable, the implants underneath it provides added comfort and confidence without the need for sticky adhesives or pastes.
Inlays and Onlays (“Three-Quarter Crowns”)
When you have an area of tooth decay that’s too large to repair with a filling but not quite big enough to need a crown, inlays and onlays are the perfect alternative.
Sometimes called “three-quarter crowns,” inlays and onlays repair a larger portion of the tooth without covering it entirely. This approach maximizes the preservation of healthy tooth structure while offering a durable restoration that’s effective for everyday wear.
Like crowns, inlays and onlays are made outside of the mouth in a dental lab. We prepare the tooth and take an impression, then the restoration is bonded into place at a separate appointment.
Minimally Invasive Dental Filings
At Sachem Dental Group we strive to diagnose tooth decay as early as possible, so that we can place smaller fillings and prevent cavities from spreading.
Compared to traditional metal fillings that contain mercury, composite restorations are safer and less-invasive to the tooth. In fact, white fillings can be bonded to areas that metal fillings cannot. Their unique characteristics and design make composite restorations safer for your smile without the negative effects of metal fillings.
Composite is available in a variety of color choices, so that we can select the one that best matches your natural teeth. When you smile or laugh, your new filling will be essentially invisible to other people.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Perhaps your smile needs more than just one or two teeth repaired. You may feel as if you’re not sure where to start, because of the extent of decay and tooth loss that has taken place over the years.
If that’s the case, our Long Island dentists can rehabilitate your bite and boost your oral health through a customized reconstruction plan.
Full mouth reconstruction aims to provide several important features, such as:
- Addressing missing teeth
- Repairing and restoring teeth that are damaged
- Treating active decay and preventing new cavities
- Incorporating aesthetic techniques with your restorative procedures (i.e. selecting tooth colored or ceramic fillings and crowns)
- Restoring a healthy biting relationship between the upper and lower arches
- Eliminating active gum disease to preserve existing teeth
- Comparing advantages of various treatments as they fit your personal goals and budget
Co-Planning Your Treatment with Our Suffolk County Dentists
No one likes to be told that they need dental work. Even more so if your teeth don’t hurt or you don’t understand why your dentist is suggesting a particular type of treatment.
At Sachem Dental Group, your input is important. We share our findings with you (along with imaging like digital X-rays and high resolution intraoral photography) so that you can assess your oral health needs right alongside of our Long Island dentists. The better educated you are about your oral health, the more informed you can be about the treatments that your smile does (or doesn’t) need.
We’re happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about a particular procedure or tooth. If you want a second opinion about an existing treatment plan, we can assist you as well.
Book Your Next Exam to Get Started
We’ve been serving our Long Island and Suffolk County dental patients for over 35 years. If you’re looking for honest, quality dental care, it’s time to give us a call. Contact Sachem Dental Group today to schedule your next checkup!