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Dental Implants


Rendering of jaw with dental implantMissing teeth can lead to serious complications later down the road, such as a misaligned bite, crooked teeth, and bone deterioration. Luckily, patients have more tooth replacement options than ever before. At Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS we specialize in several full-tooth restorations, including dental implants. Dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat tooth loss. Thanks to their many benefits, it's no wonder that implants have become the industry standard for tooth replacement. An implant-supported restoration is the next best thing to your natural teeth!

What Is a Dental Implant?


A dental implant is a small titanium post that we surgically embed below the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The implant post serves as the root component of a prosthesis. After a brief healing period the post is attached to an abutment, or support structure, that links the implant to the restoration. Thanks to technological advancements implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, or even a full-arch restoration!

The Dental Implant Process


The dental implant process begins with a consultation appointment. During your consultation, Michael Bleyzer, DDS will perform a series of diagnostic tests to ensure you are a suitable candidate for implant treatment. Most patients healthy enough to undergo minor surgery will qualify. Implants do require a significant amount of bone in the jaw. If your bone is too soft or too thin, we may recommend a bone graft.

Once we determine you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, we will develop an appropriate treatment plan. Most implant procedures are broken up into two surgeries. During the first surgery, we will make a minor incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. Next, we will place the implant deep within the jawbone.

Over the next several months, the implant and your jawbone will fuse through the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is largely responsible for the many benefits of dental implants, mimicking the natural relationship between tooth root and socket.

Once osseointegration is complete, we will schedule the second surgery to place the abutment. After the abutment is in place, we take an impression of the area. The impression will be used by our laboratory technicians to fabricate your final restoration. Once your restoration is ready, we will permanently attach it to the implant post.

Benefits of Dental Implants


•  Unmatched aesthetics. Our restorations are made from aesthetically-pleasing materials, such as porcelain or zirconia. These materials mimic the appearance of natural enamel.
•  Unmatched comfort. Because your implant becomes a part of you, you will not experience any of the discomforts typically associated with removable restorations.
•  Unmatched convenience. Implants are permanently fixed to the jawbone and do not require any special attention. Your restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. You may even forget you have a restoration.
•  Unmatched durability. Under the proper care and maintenance, a dental implant will last for many decades. In some cases, it may even last a lifetime! You will be able to eat your favorite foods with confidence and comfort!
•  Better oral health. The implant post provides physical stimulation to the jawbone, preventing future deterioration. Your restoration will also leave your remaining teeth unaffected. Other restorations can put healthy teeth at a greater risk for damage or decay.

Schedule a Consultation Appointment Today!


You, too, could experience the wonderful benefits of dental implants! Call (845) 429-8060 to schedule your consultation appointent today!

Dental Sealants


Young boy smiling with healthy teethSometimes, the best way to maintain the cosmetics of your smile is to prevent potential problems. At Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, we offer dental sealants to protect teeth from decay, which in turn, preserves the aesthetics of your smile.

What Are Dental Sealants?


A dental sealant is a plastic shield that is typically placed on the occlusal (biting) surface of permanent teeth in the posterior region of the mouth. These teeth, the molars, and premolars, possess deep grooves and fissures that are difficult to clean. In fact, some of these grooves are so narrow they cannot be penetrated by the bristles of a toothbrush.

A dental sealant provides extra protection for these grooves by smoothing out the occlusal surface, making it much easier to clean. It also seals out the harmful bacteria that result in tooth decay. These bacteria are found in plaque, which can build up relatively fast in these deep areas, especially without proper brushing and flossing. Sealants prevent the acids produced by bacteria from attacking the enamel.

Who Qualifies for Dental Sealants?


The molars and premolars are particularly difficult to clean for children and teenagers. Patients in this age range are normally at a greater risk for developing tooth decay. This makes children and teenagers the ideal candidates for dental sealants.

We typically recommend sealants as soon as their molars and premolars erupt above the gumline. In this way, dental sealants can safeguard your child’s oral health, and establish a strong foundation that will follow them into adulthood. However, it is important to note that dental sealants are not a substitute for good oral hygiene practices.

Proper brushing and flossing techniques are the best way to reduce your child’s risk of developing tooth decay. Be sure they are brushing their teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals and before bed. Flossing once a day is also a crucial part of your child’s oral health.

While children are the prime candidates for dental sealants, adults can also benefit, especially those at a greater risk for developing tooth decay. Risk factors include poor oral hygiene, genetics, diet, and certain medications. As long as you do not have existing decay or restorations, you could qualify for dental sealants.

The Application of Dental Sealants


During the application of dental sealants, we first thoroughly clean and wash the tooth with a special paste and rotating brush. Next, we rinse the tooth with water. Once the tooth is completely dry, we use an acidic solution on the grooved areas to create a rough exterior. A rough surface allows the sealant to better adhere to the tooth. The sealant is then placed over the occlusal surface in liquid form. Next, we use an ultraviolet curing light to harden the material in place. After the sealant is hard, it transforms into a plastic varnish coating that can withstand the pressures of your bite.

Once a sealant is in place, it can protect a tooth from decay for upwards of ten years. We may ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment so we can monitor the sealant. We may suggest a replacement sealant due to standard wear and tear.

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If you would like to learn more about the dental sealant process, call (845) 429-8060, and schedule an appointment!

Dental Veneers & Bonding


Rendering of jaw with porcelain veneer on toothThere are many ways to make cosmetic changes to a tooth, big or small. At Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, we specialize in using both dental veneers and dental bonding to fix the appearance of an unsightly tooth. Depending on your circumstance, we may recommend veneers, bonding, or a combination of both!

Reasons for Veneers & Bonding


A dental veneer is a less invasive alternative to a dental crown. The restoration is a razor-thin, custom-designed covering that fits over the front surface of a tooth. We may recommend veneers to change the size, shape, length, or color of your teeth. More specifically, veneers can correct teeth that are severely discolored, worn down, chipped, cracked, misaligned, uneven, gapped, or abnormally shaped.

Veneers


Most veneers are fabricated using porcelain due to its cosmetic value. Porcelain is not only durable but also best mimics the appearance of natural enamel. We will also choose a shade of porcelain that matches or improves the current brightness of your smile.

Learn more about dental veneers

Bonding


Dental bonding involves the application of a putty-like substance known as composite resin. Composite resin can be used to repair a chipped, fractured, or discolored tooth. It is also one of the most common materials used as dental fillings to repair areas of decay. Unlike veneers, dental bonding can be completed in a single appointment. This makes it one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a cosmetic modification. For this reason, it is often the ideal choice for minor issues, such as chips and fractures.

Learn more about dental bonding

Schedule Your Consultation Now!


Find out if you are a candidate for dental veneers or composite bonding! Call (845) 429-8060 to schedule your consultation appointment now!

Dental Crown


Rendering of jaw with dental crownDental crowns are caps that we place over a tooth that is damaged to restore its appearance and protect it from further decay. There are many reasons why a patient may need to get a new crown and here at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, we provide the most comprehensive treatment options.

When Do You Need to Get Dental Crowns?


There are multiple reasons why you may need a dental crown including:
•  Decay. When a cavity filling is not enough to control and prevent further deterioration, you will need a crown to save that tooth.
•  Protecting a tooth with an old crown. If the tooth is severely decayed, we may need to replace an old crown.
•  Protecting a tooth that has been filled multiple times. A tooth that has had several cavities and has little of its natural structure left.
•  To hold a dental bridge
•  For cosmetic reasons. To cover imperfections such as tooth discoloration and uneven shape.
•  For dental implants. If you are missing teeth and get dental implants as replacements, you will need to get a dental crown.

What Materials Are Used to Make Dental Crowns?


When you need a dental crown, we will discuss which is the best material for you based on your desires, the tooth being treated, and what is covered by your insurance company. In general, there are several materials used to make dental crowns:
•  Resins are a popular choice because of the lower cost, but they are also one of the least durable materials.
•  Ceramic or porcelain. These materials are more durable and can be used for front or back teeth. Ceramic or porcelain also is ideal to match natural teeth color and for people who are allergic to metals.
•  Metals. Are one of the most durable materials used to build a crown, and they can withstand the great pressure used in chewing. Metals work very well in crowns for molars, and the materials used in this type of crowns include gold, platinum, and alloys. These crowns almost never chip, but the color is what most patients do not like.
•  Porcelain fused to metal. These crowns can be made to match the color of your teeth but are more prone to chips or cracks. They can also wear the opposing tooth more than metal crowns.

Steps to Get a Dental Crown


You will need two visits to get a dental crown. During the first visit, we take an impression of the tooth we are treating and send it to the lab that will build your new crown. At this time, we will also perform other treatments if needed, including a root canal. If there is decay, our dentist will remove it and fill the tooth. Sometimes you will go home with a temporary crown.

Once the crown is ready, you will come back, and our dentist will place and set the permanent crown with the material selected at the first appointment. You must care for the new crown just as you do the rest of your teeth.

If you need to make an appointment to get a dental crown, please call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 today.

Dental Bridges


Rendering of jaw with dental bridgeWe use dental bridges to replace one or more missing teeth. To be eligible for a bridge you need healthy, natural teeth to support the device that holds the bridge. You can rest assured that at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, our staff has the experience to perform this cosmetic procedure and restore your beautiful smile.

What are Dental Bridges?


When you have a gap in your mouth because of missing teeth, it’s not only a problem aesthetically, but it can create issues with your bite and the health of the rest of your teeth. Adjacent teeth can become weak and eventually loosen and fall out. Additionally, the opposing teeth don’t get the stimulation they need during biting. The teeth in your mouth work together, and when you are missing some of them, it’s a problem for your oral health in general.

Dental bridges are made of two or more crowns called abutment teeth, which hold the bridge in place. The false tooth or teeth in between the gap, called the pontics, are placed on a base that matches the color of your gums and can be made of porcelain, alloys, or gold.

Steps to Getting Dental Bridges


Getting dental bridges requires at least two visits. On your first visit, we will prepare the abutment teeth by shaving some of the enamel and readying them for the crowns. We will also take an impression of your teeth and use it as a model so that the lab can create the crowns, bridge, and pontics.

We will send you home with a temporary bridge to protect the natural teeth that will anchor it.

Once the device is ready, you will come in for a second time so that we can place the permanent bridge in your mouth. First, we will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the porcelain or metal permanent bridge. It will get fitted for comfort and bite, but you may need additional visits until we find the perfect fit.

Most bridges are removable, but when placing a permanent bridge, we may use temporary cement and let you get used to the new device. After we are finished making the adjustments, and you feel comfortable, we will bond the permanent bridge in.

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?


Caring for dental bridges is just like taking care of the rest of your natural teeth. If you brush twice a day, floss daily, and keep your routine cleaning appointments, your dental bridges should last for up to 15 years.

Depending on the materials used to build the bridges, you should avoid chewing on hard foods to prevent cracks or chips and keep the natural teeth supporting the bridge healthy by following the basic oral hygiene guidelines.

Dental bridges are an excellent option for patients who have one or more missing teeth. It’s important to replace those teeth, not only for cosmetic reasons but to maintain the strength of your jawbone and other natural teeth. When some teeth are missing, your bite will change and remaining natural teeth will begin to shift. Don’t wait to call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 to replace that missing tooth.
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