Cosmetic Bonding & Implant Dentistry at Harold M Levy, DMD, PA:

Cosmetic Bonding & Tooth-Colored Fillings

    Bonding is actually the term to describe the special adhesive process we use to get cosmetic tooth colored fillings to stick to your teeth. These fillings are used to replace old unattractive fillings, fix fractured teeth, or to change the color or shape of your teeth. As with natural teeth, bonded teeth will wear with time, and may chip or stain.  Dr. Levy has not been using amalgam (silver) fillings in teeth for over 15 years.  Cosmetic bonding allows us to strengthen your tooth, requires less removal of your own tooth, and improves the appearance of your fillings.  Getting rid of the dark grey areas from old fillings will whiten and brighten your smile.  Dr. Levy has extensive experience placing the tooth-colored bonded fillings in both front and back teeth. 

Before & After Bonding:

Before & After: This patient had a very large cavity on his front tooth. Dr. Levy was able to comfortably fix this tooth with tooth-colored bonding in one visit. You can't even tell he ever had anything wrong with his tooth!
Before: This patient fractured his front tooth right before an important event.
After: Tooth-colored bonding to the rescue! Dr. Levy fixed his tooth that same day, and the patient could go to the meeting with confidence.
Before: This patient had a space between her front teeth that she did not like. She wanted to know if Dr. Levy could do anything about the space in one visit, without cutting into either tooth.
After: Not all spaces can be closed with bonding, but Dr. Levy was able to grant this patient's request to give her the smile result she was looking for.

Implant Dentistry

     Implants are probably the best way to replace missing teeth, as they usually don't require changes to any of your other teeth.  A surgery is required, in which a titanium cylinder is placed in a channel made in your bone under your gum.  This becomes the "root" of the replacement tooth once the bone has locked it in place.  Dr. Levy refers patients to an excellent specialist to put in these implants.   After two to six months (depending on the patient) of healing (to allow the bone to secure the implant), Dr. Levy uses the inside of the cylinder to hold in a post, and then makes a crown on this post.  Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, to act as end supports for a bridge, or to help hold in a denture. In the case of the denture, they are often a life changing procedure for people who have no other way to help false teeth stay in their mouth.

Before & After Implants:

Before: This patient was missing several teeth. She did not want a removeable denture, and her remaining teeth were too far apart to make a bridge. She had 4 implants placed, and these are the 4 'posts' secured into the implants.
After: Dr. Levy remade many of this same patient's lower teeth with two bridges spanning an implant on each end, separated by a crown on the natural tooth in between the bridges.
Before: This patient lost one of her front four teeth, and Dr. Levy needed to make her a special tooth-colored 'post' to secure in the implant, because her gum was so thin that a metal 'post' could be seen through it.
After: Dr. Levy matched the color of the crown placed on the tooth-colored 'post' to her other teeth, and you can hardly tell she was missing a tooth at all!