Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
March 25, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Implants CoupleHave you lost a tooth? Consider replacing it with a dental implant, the most innovative and long-lasting replacement option available today! Your Forest Hills, NY, dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, can help you decide if dental implants are a good option for you.


An implant restores your entire tooth

The dental implant process doesn't just replace the part of your tooth visible above your gum line, but it also creates a completely new tooth! This restoration starts with the implantation of a tiny, screw-like titanium post in your jawbone. The post serves as a synthetic root and becomes part of your jawbone. Thanks to the unique bonding capability of titanium, your new tooth will be firmly attached to your jawbone just like your natural roots.

Once your implant is completely integrated with your jawbone, your Forest Hill dentist will add an abutment to the top of it, so as to be a connection between the implant and the new dental crown. Crowns look just like natural teeth and not only fill the gap in your smile, but restore your chewing ability as well.


The hidden benefits of dental implants

Dental implants help you reduce your risk of tooth decay by preventing your teeth from shifting, a common problem following tooth loss. An implant prevents your teeth from moving and makes it much easier to brush and floss.

Shifting teeth can also affect your bite, which is the way your teeth fit together. Bite problems cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms including jaw stiffness, headaches, and enamel erosion.

Facial sagging, another potential problem after tooth loss, can also be avoided with dental implants. Sagging occurs when the jawbone shrinks and can no longer adequately support the muscles of the face. Shrinkage, known as resorption, occurs because the bone is no longer stimulated by your tooth roots. Resorption can also lead to loose or missing teeth. Luckily, your new implants will provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain healthy.


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Don't let gaps in your teeth keep you from smiling—restore your missing teeth with dental implants! Call Dr. Richard Lestz in Forest Hills, NY, today at (718) 544-9100 to schedule your appointment.

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How crowns and bridges from your dentist in Forest Hills can rebuild your smilerestorative dentistry

If your smile is damaged, you may be tempted to hide it. If you notice yourself not smiling because of broken or missing teeth, it’s time to restore your smile. The answer is dental crowns and bridgework! Thanks to modern materials, techniques, and technology, you can restore your smile to greatness. Dr. Richard Lestz in Forest Hills, NY wants to share how crowns and bridges can make you smile again.

Dental crowns are the state-of-the-art answer to repairing damaged, decayed teeth. A dental crown surrounds your tooth in a protective, armor-like covering that is resistant to fracture. Crowns make your teeth stronger by creating a firm surface for chewing. When you bite down, the stress of biting is evenly distributed across your entire tooth. In contrast, a large filling can make a tooth more prone to fracture because it divides your tooth into sections, so when you bite, your tooth can fracture.

Dental crowns are made of natural-looking porcelain which is translucent and reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel. After placement, your porcelain crown will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. You can also choose from porcelain-fused-to-metal, or PFM, crowns if you want the added strength of a metal framework.

Dental bridgework is the perfect answer to fill in the gaps created by lost teeth. A bridge is cemented onto supporting teeth on either side of the space, creating a continuous chewing surface. Bridges look natural and will restore the beauty of your smile.

Dental bridges have advantages over partials because bridges don’t move when you speak or eat. You also don’t ever remove bridges to clean them, making them a convenient, discreet tooth replacement option. Dental bridges are made of light, sturdy materials which are lifelike and beautiful.

To view more detailed information about crown and bridge services, please visit the Crowns and Bridges page on the website at

Dental crowns and bridges can restore your smile and your self-confidence. You deserve a proud, beautiful smile and now you can have it! For more information about dental crowns, bridges and other restorative and cosmetic treatments call Dr. Lestz in Forest Hills, NY today!

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
November 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Those gaps in your smile hurt your self-confidence and your oral function, too. Biting, chewing and speaking are so much harder when dental implantseven one tooth is lost to trauma, cavities or periodontitis (gum disease). What's the solution? Most healthy people are candidates for modern dental implants from Forest Hills dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz. These artificial teeth reside right in the jaw bone--just as natural teeth do. Implants support jaw bone density and give patients the real look, feel and smile functionality they thought may be lost forever.

Your new dental implant in Forest Hills

If Dr. Lestz determines your oral health and jaw bone density are adequate for implant placement, he'll place your new artificial tooth in two stages. One involves inserting a titanium implant, shaped like a threaded screw or cylinder, right into the jaw bone in the empty socket. He'll cover the area with a healing cap and suture it closed, and then, you'll return home to allow the site to heal over the next several weeks to months.

As the site heals, the jaw bone and implant bond together through something called osseointegration--literally meaning that the bone and implant fuse, forming a super-strong foundation for the rest of the prosthetic tooth. When Dr. Lestz feels that the implant is ready, he will re-open the area and bond on a metal extension and porcelain crown, and the treatment is complete.

With routine brushing twice daily, flossing once a day and six-month examinations and hygienic cleanings at Dr. Lestz's office, your dental implant can last for decades. That's one of the big advantages of implant technology--longevity. Additionally, smokers should kick the habit if possible because tobacco degrades implant sites, causing an infection called peri-implantitis.

Other uses of dental implants

If you have lost more than one tooth, you may be able to wear an implant-supported denture. Supported by four or more implant devices as needed, these well-fitting and super-secure dentures give patients lifelike appearance and oral function amazingly close to natural teeth. Plus, these artificial teeth do not slip, click, wobble or require messy adhesives as some conventional dentures do.

Come in for a consultation

What have you got to lose? Really, the odds are in your favor that dental implants from Forest Hills dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, can close your smile gaps for good. Call today for an appointment: (718) 544-9100.

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
March 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Though some patients automatically assume that dentures are their only option for replacing missing teeth, dental implants might also dental implantswork for them. If there’s still healthy bone tissue, a cosmetic dentist can give you a permanent tooth replacement. Learn the benefits of dental implants and how Dr. Richard Lestz can restore your smile with them at his Forest Hills, NY dental practice.

The Dental Implantation Procedure
A dental implant is a substitute for a tooth's root. It’s made of titanium metal and has grooves that make it easier for your natural bone tissue to grow around it. Having your new “tooth” implanted involves three steps:

  1. The implant device is placed under the gums so that it can become integrated with the jawbone over time. Bone grafting may be necessary before this step to strengthen the bone tissue.
  2. Wait two or more months until the healing process, called osseointegration, is complete. The timeline varies by patient.
  3. Visit your Forest Hills cosmetic dentist for installation of the crown, which is visible above the gumline. Visit your dentist after a few weeks for a checkup.

Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants come with a number of short term and long term benefits. Here are a few advantages to consider:

- gives you comfort when eating
- no fear of slipping (a concern for denture wearers)
- gives you more confidence when smiling (no more unsightly gap)
- protects and preserves your bone tissue, which helps ensure that your jawline stays strong

Enjoying Your Restored Smile
After your dental implant procedure is complete, you can go on with your life knowing that your smile has been restored. The success rate of this process is very high and there’s a chance that your new tooth will last a lifetime. It’s important to clean carefully around the tooth (and your other teeth of course) to keep your mouth free from infection or gum disease.

Find Out if You're a Candidate for Implants
After a quick dental exam and X-rays, your cosmetic dentist can tell you if you're a good candidate for dental implants. Call (718) 544-9100 today to schedule an appointment at Dr. Lestz’ Forest Hills, NY office.

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
October 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how these dental restorations can restore your smile.

Are you missing a tooth and desperately looking for a way to replace it? Are you suffering from a damaged or weakened tooth that needs crowns and bridgesproper dental care? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Forest Hills, NY cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, is happy to provide dental crowns and bridges to improve both the appearance of your smile and its health.

A dental crown can be used in conjunction with dental bridges or on their own, depending on what dental issues you are looking to address. If you are dealing with any of these issues then our Forest Hills, NY dentist will most likely recommend a dental crown:

  • A severely worn down tooth
  • A tooth that is cracked, fractured or broken
  • A tooth that is malformed or discolored
  • A tooth that is infected or damaged by injury or disease

Dental crowns can be used to improve the overall appearance of a misshapen or unattractive tooth, but this restoration is mainly used to restore strength and function back into a damaged tooth. If you have recently undergone root canal treatment, a dental crown is often placed over the tooth to prevent further damage and to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible.

If you are dealing with a missing tooth or a couple missing teeth in a row then a dental bridge may be a great way to replace these teeth. For dental bridges to be the right option for you, neighboring teeth will need to be healthy enough to support your bridge. If your teeth are healthy, we will prepare them before cementing dental crowns over them. The dental crowns are connected to false teeth in the middle and are used to anchor the bridge in place.

Our Forest Hills, NY dental office is here to make sure your smile always gets the individualized care it deserves so that it can remain healthy and free of complications. If you are dealing with problem teeth it’s important that you seek treatment right away.

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Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC

Forest Hills, NY Cosmetic Dentist
Richard H. Lestz D.D.S., P.C.
11045 Queens Blvd Ste 109
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 544-9100
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