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    Understanding the Gum Contouring Procedure

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If your gums cover too much or too little of your teeth, it will make your teeth look too small or too big, respectively. Gum recession can even cause complications such as tooth loss. Gum contouring is a procedure that aims to sculpt your gum and change your gum line so your teeth are shown in a desirable way. Here is a brief overview of the gum contouring procedure.

    Gum Contouring
    Genetics, prescription drugs, and health problems can all play a role in a gum line that is too high or too low. Gum contouring procedure effectively reshapes your gum and gum line. Although this procedure is typically for cosmetic purposes, it is sometimes involved in other dental procedures as well.

    During the Procedure
    Your dentist may choose from a variety of techniques when performing gum contouring surgery. Different techniques make use of different instruments, such as lasers, radiosurgery, and scalpels. The tool used depends on the circumstances of the situation. Your dentist will mark your gum, showing you where your new gum line will lie. Once a local anesthetic has been administered, your dentist will use the aforementioned tools to reshape or remove portions of your gum. In some cases, some bone will have to be removed at the root of the tooth.

    After the Procedure
    After surgery, it may take your gums as much as a few weeks or as little as a few days to recover. Either way, try not to plan anything strenuous for the day of surgery so you can rest. As is the case with many dental procedures, you can take Tylenol or another over-the-counter pain medication, but stay away from aspirin. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to brush your teeth while your gums are healing. When you return home from surgery, only eat soft foods for a few days and avoid crunchy or spicy foods.

    For gum contouring, teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry, call KFA Dental at (888) 829-9575. If you live on Long Island, stop by and find out about our other specialties, including dental implants and Invisalign. Call (888) 829-9575 or visit our website today.

    Improving Your Smile with Bonding

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Bonding is one of the many ways that a dentist can help you achieve the perfect smile. This procedure is common, safe, and not very time-consuming. Watch this video to find out how you can improve your smile with bonding.

    Bonding may be right for you if one or more of your teeth are cracked, stained, or chipped. First, your dentist uses an etching solution to prepare your tooth for bonding. Then, a resin material will be applied to your tooth; this material will be designed to match the color of your other teeth. Once the resin material is shaped, it is solidified with a curing light. Now you have a natural-looking smile at an affordable price.

    If you think bonding might be right for you, call KFA Dental at (888) 829-9575 or visit our website. We provide the Long Island area with cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and other services. 

    Great Review of KFA Dental - "Thank you for all you have done"

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    Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Invisalign

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you are interested in getting braces but you do not like the look, you may want to ask your dentist about Invisalign. Invisalign is a common choice among individuals of all ages who wish to straighten their teeth while still appearing professional and confident. Here are a few questions you should ask your dentist about Invisalign.

    What Is Invisalign?
    Invisalign is a common alternative to braces. Rather than using metal brackets, Invisalign makes use of a series of transparent aligners that slightly differ from each other. They can also be taken out during meals and when you brush and floss your teeth. The aligners are custom-made from thermoplastic materials to help guide your teeth into place. This treatment option does not involve brackets and wires, which can often be uncomfortable and require you to spend extra time on maintenance.

    How Does It Work?
    Like braces, Invisalign guides your teeth into a more desirable position. Unlike braces, different tray-like aligners are used to apply a controlled force that only moves specific teeth. Each new set of aligners is more similar to the final outcome for your teeth.

    What Is the Process Like?
    It usually takes adult teeth about a year to complete the Invisalign treatment. The first step is making an appointment with a doctor who is trained and licensed to provide Invisalign and receive a consultation. You may desire a second or third opinion; once you find the right doctor, you will schedule future appointments that are about four to six weeks apart for maintenance. Once you receive your aligners, you will use them for about 22 hours per day for two weeks, and then you will receive your next set of aligners, until your teeth have moved into the correct position.

    KFA Dental is an esteemed dentistry practice based out of Long Island, New York. We specialize in teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. If you would like to learn more information or make an appointment, feel free to call us at (888) 829-9575 or visit our website. If you live on Long Island, stop by today. 

    Using Crowns to Restore Your Smile

    Last updated 1 month ago

    There are various different ways that dentists can enhance and restore your teeth, including veneers, bonding, and braces. When it comes to restoring a damaged or decayed tooth, crowns may be your best restorative option. Read on for a look at how your dentist can use crowns to restore your smile.

    How Crowns Work
    Crowns are sculpted from dental porcelain to provide your tooth with greater durability and an improved aesthetic appearance. A new crown can look exactly like one of your other teeth, so no one will even know the difference. Your dentist will remove any decay from your tooth and take an impression in order to model your new crown. Your crown will attach to the remains of your natural tooth and replace its exterior. This will restore your teeth to their natural function while appearing completely natural.

    Partial Crowns
    Partial crowns are also referred to as onlays. This type of crown is used for large fillings in a tooth that is otherwise healthy. Onlays cover the cusp of your tooth, where you chew. Inlays provide filling for the chewing surface, but only the area between the cusps. Just like regular crowns, partial crowns can be made to match the color of your natural tooth exactly, so your teeth will look better than ever.

    Maintenance
    Crown maintenance is very similar to regular oral maintenance; you should floss them and brush them, and be sure to use a fluoride toothpaste that is not too rough. The only difference between crown maintenance and standard oral maintenance is that you must schedule another appointment so that your dentist may perform a follow-up evaluation. At this appointment, your dentist will check to make sure that your mouth is reacting positively to your new crown.

    If you would like to find out more about how crowns can restore your smile, contact KFA Dental. We provide high-quality cosmetic dentistry in Suffolk County, Long Island. We also specialize in Invisalign and dental implants. Call us at (888) 829-9575 or visit our website for more information. 

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