Implants Midtown East, New York, NY

Implants

Dental implants are one of the most advanced tooth replacement options available today, giving you a prosthetic tooth root that feels and functions just like the real thing. If you’re looking to replace a missing tooth, schedule an implant consultation today with the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood. Dr. Horvilleur and his staff have helped many patients reclaim a full and healthy smile with dental implants. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the online tool.

What are implants?

Implants are small, titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jaw, where they function as artificial tooth roots. Because your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, your implant actually fuses with your jawbone. This makes it an incredibly sturdy foundation for holding a crown, bridge, or overdenture.

What are the benefits of implants?

By replacing your missing tooth root, dental implants have a number of benefits, including:

  • Restoring the appearance of your smile
  • Preventing bone loss and maintaining the shape of your face
  • Improving your ability to eat and chew
  • Feel and function just like natural teeth
  • A very high success rate

Dental implants also have advantages over other tooth replacement options. They feel more comfortable and natural than dentures, and they don’t require you to shave off enamel from your natural teeth, unlike a bridge.

Am I a candidate for implants?

In order for the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, to properly install your implants, you need to have enough healthy bone tissue in your jaw. The team can assess the amount of bone tissue in your jaw with a digital X-ray. If you don’t have enough healthy bone tissue, the team might need to perform a bone graft before your implant surgery. 

Some other conditions that might prevent you from being a good candidate for implants include:

  • Blood disorders
  • Bone marrow cancer
  • Currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Parathyroid disorders
  • Rare bone disorders
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

If you’re unsure whether implants are right for you, call the offices of Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today to schedule a consultation.

What is the process for getting implants? 

The team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, installs your implants over the course of a few office visits. During your first visit, the team anesthetizes your gums to eliminate any discomfort, then uses a soft tissue laser to make a small incision. Next, your dentist drills a tiny hole in your jawbone and inserts your implant.

Your implant fuses to your bone after a few months of healing, at which point you come back to the office to get your abutment. Your abutment is a small post that connects to your implants and sticks up out of your gum line. It ultimately serves to support a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or overdenture. 

After you’ve healed from your abutment procedure, the team takes an impression of your mouth that’s used to custom-fabricate your restoration. Once your restoration is back from the lab, the team seals it in place, giving you a brand new smile that you’ll be excited to share with the world.

Make your smile whole again by booking a visit with Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today. You can schedule by phone or online.

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Crowns Midtown East, New York, NY

Crowns

Crowns are the perfect example of dentistry’s blend of science and art, restoring your tooth with a prosthetic that’s as beautiful as it is functional. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, has helped many patients restore their teeth and improve their smiles with high-quality crowns. If you’re in need of a crown, schedule a visit today at his office in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York City. You can book your visit by calling the office or scheduling online.

What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial tooth cap that’s permanently added to an existing root structure, like a natural tooth root or a dental implant. 

Once a crown is in place and sealed, it feels and functions just like a natural tooth. They can even look just like a natural tooth, depending on what material you and the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, choose. 

What does a crown do?

Crowns serve a wide range of functions, such as:

  • Replacing a tooth with significant decay
  • Improving your ability to chew or speak
  • Protecting a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Improving your smile by replacing an unsightly tooth
  • Restoring function to a tooth that’s been severely worn down
  • Serving as a foundation to attach a bridge

The team might also suggest getting a crown after a root canal to restore the structure and reinforce the strength of the treated tooth.

What is involved in getting a crown?

All it takes is two visits to Rene Horvilleur, DDS, to install your high-quality crown. During your first visit, the dental team uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissues before shaving off a thin layer of enamel to make room for the crown. 

After your tooth has been prepared, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth with a dental putty or intraoral camera and sends it off to a lab, where it’s used to custom-design a crown that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. You’re fitted with a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent restoration to come back from the lab.

Once your permanent crown is ready, you come back to the office for a second visit. Your provider removes the temporary crown, cleans your mouth, and tests out the fit of your permanent crown. If the fit is to your liking, your crown is permanently sealed it in place with dental cement. You’ll leave the office able to chew, speak, and smile just as you did before. 

If you need a crown, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment today with Rene Horvilleur, DDS, by calling the office or booking a visit online. 

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Dentures Midtown East, New York, NY

Dentures

Your teeth are vital to your health and happiness. They enable you to eat and chew properly, and give you a smile to share with the world. Dentures can provide a new lease on life for patients who are missing many or all of their teeth. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, provides his patients with exceptional dentures to help them rediscover the beauty of their smile. To learn more, book a consultation today at his office in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood by calling to speak to a team member or by scheduling online.

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable oral appliances that replace multiple teeth or your entire smile. In recent years, there have been many technological improvements to dentures, making today’s custom-designed prosthetics look and fit more naturally and comfortably than ever.  

Why should I get dentures?

Dentures can improve the appearance of your smile and overall oral health in many ways, such as:

  • Enhancing your appearance by filling in the gaps in your smile
  • Making it easier to eat solid foods 
  • Improving your ability to speak properly
  • Maintaining the appearance and shape of your face by preventing your facial and jaw muscles from atrophy and sagging

Dentures can also be used as a strong and healthy alternative to replace troublesome teeth and can benefit your overall oral health.  

What types of dentures are available?

Dentures can be divided into two categories: complete and partial.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in your jaw. They’re used if one or both of your arches are missing all of their teeth or if you’re planning on having your remaining teeth extracted.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures replace teeth in your mouth if you still have healthy natural teeth in your smile. The base of partial dentures fits over the areas of your gums where you don't have teeth, and opens up around the areas where you do still have teeth, allowing those teeth to work side-by-side with the prosthetic teeth.

Partial dentures allow you to keep your healthy, natural teeth in place, and provides oral health benefits like stimulating your jawbone and preserving your bone and muscle tissue. 

How do dentures feel?

Dentures might feel slightly uncomfortable for the first few weeks or month. Some patients report that they feel bulky or loose in their mouths. This is a common and expected sensation, since the muscles in your mouth need time to adjust to holding the dentures in place. 

During this period, you might notice an increase in saliva. Some patients also experience temporary nausea, mild irritation, or soreness. It takes some time to get comfortable speaking and eating with them, but once you're acclimated, they’ll feel incredibly natural, and you won’t be able to remember how you ever functioned without them.

If you want to get started with your custom dentures today, or if you’re simply interested in hearing more about how they can improve your quality of life, make an appointment with the team of experts at Rene Horvilleur, DDS. You can book your visit by calling the office or scheduling online.

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Veneers Midtown East, New York, NY

Veneers

If you find yourself holding back your smile because of your teeth’s cosmetic defects, you should consider veneers. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, has helped many patients improve their smiles and boost their confidence with beautiful, high-quality veneers. To learn more, call the office or book a visit online today at the state-of-the-art clinic in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood.

What are veneers?

Veneers are custom-made, ultra-thin shells made from porcelain, which has a similar color and translucency as your natural tooth enamel. They’re permanently sealed to the front side of your teeth, where they improve your smile by covering up cosmetic defects. They’re strong, durable, and feel and look just like a better version of your natural teeth.

What conditions can veneers treat?

Veneers address a wide range of cosmetic concerns, like:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Smiles with large gaps
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth that don’t respond to whitening treatments

Veneers can also serve non-cosmetic purposes, such as strengthening a cracked or weakened tooth.

Why should I get veneers?

Veneers are a highly sought-after cosmetic dental procedure. They’re safe, cost-effective, minimally invasive, and offer a wide range of benefits for your smile. Veneers are: 

  • Stain-resistant
  • Not irritating to your gums
  • Less expensive than other orthodontic work
  • Easy to keep clean

Veneers are one of the quickest and easiest ways to give you the gorgeous smile that you’ve always dreamed of. 

How do I get veneers?

All it takes to install your veneers are a few easy visits to Rene Horvilleur, DDS.

In your first visit, you and the team discuss your dental goals and design your dream smile, selecting a color and size for your veneers to best compliment the features of your face. 

Next, the team prepares your teeth by shaving off a very thin layer of enamel from the front-facing layer of your teeth. After your teeth are prepared, they take an impression of your smile and send it off to a lab. The lab custom-designs and fabricates your veneers to fit perfectly in your mouth. You’re sent home with a set of temporary veneers while you wait for your permanent ones to come back from the lab.

Once your permanent veneers are ready, you come back to the office to have them placed. The team checks that the fit and appearance are to your liking, then seals them to your teeth with permanent dental cement. You leave the office with a perfect smile that you’ll be excited to share with the world.

Start working towards your dream smile today by scheduling a consultation at Rene Horvilleur, DDS. You can call the office to book your visit or use the convenient online scheduling tool.

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Invisalign™ Midtown East, New York, NY

Invisalign™

If you want straighter teeth and a properly aligned bite without having to deal with the hassles of wearing traditional metal braces, then you want Invisalign®. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, has improved the smiles of many of his patients in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood with Invisalign’s comfortable, convenient, and discreet orthodontic system. To learn more about how the dental team can straighten your smile with a quick and easy treatment, schedule your Invisalign consultation today by calling his office or booking a visit online.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a technologically advanced solution for fixing improperly aligned teeth. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear, plastic aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and gently shift them into proper alignment over time.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is best for correcting minor to moderate dental misalignments in patients who have otherwise healthy teeth and gums. Some of the orthodontic issues that Invisalign can correct include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Gap teeth
  • Crowded teeth

Invisalign is also a great treatment for generally straightening teeth that are slightly misaligned.

What’s the process for getting Invisalign?

If you decide on Invisalign treatment, Dr. Horvilleur and his team first take an impression of your smile and bite using an intraoral camera. This impression is used to map out all of the necessary steps to get your current teeth alignment to their target alignment. These steps are then turned into a series of customized retainers made from clear, BPA-free plastic. The retainers fit snugly over your teeth,and exert a small amount of pressure on your teeth to gradually shift them into their target alignment.

You’ll need to wear your Invisalign retainer for at least 22 hours every day, only taking them out to eat, brush, and floss. Treatment time will vary depending on your current and target alignment, but most patients can expect to see their final results in approximately 12 to 18 months.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

Invisalign’s modern system of clear plastic aligners offers a number of advantages over orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners are: 

  • A less invasive treatment method
  • Less visually noticeable in your mouth
  • A less invasive treatment method
  • More comfortable to wear and won’t tear up the insides of your cheeks
  • Removable, making brushing and flossing during treatment easier

Invisalign also works faster than traditional metal braces, and they require fewer office visits throughout your treatment. This is why over 6 million people worldwide have chosen Invisalign to improve their smiles. 

If you want to learn more about Invisalign or begin the process of designing your Invisalign aligners, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS. You can call the office or use the convenient online booking tool.

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Teeth Whitening Midtown East, New York, NY

Teeth Whitening

A professional teeth whitening treatment is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to improve your appearance and make your smile stand out. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, offers safe and effective teeth whitening treatments for his patients who are looking to rejuvenate their smiles. If you’re interested in brightening your smile, schedule a visit today at his office in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood by booking online or calling the office.

Why aren’t my teeth whiter?

Your teeth can lose their shine for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Prolonged use of tobacco products
  • Consuming darkly pigmented foods or beverages
  • Bad at-home care
  • Certain medications
  • Early exposure to tetracycline or doxycycline 

Your teeth can also discolor as you age. As you get older, the hard outer enamel of your teeth thins, allowing the soft inner dentin to show through, which yellows over time.

What teeth whitening services do you offer?

Rene Horvilleur, DDS, uses the state-of-the-art Philips Zoom!® WhiteSpeed system to brighten patients’ smiles. Zoom! WhiteSpeed is an in-office whitening system, meaning that your entire whitening treatment is done in a single office visit.

Dr. Horvilleur and the team apply a special gel to your gums to protect them from the whitening solution and use a retractor to keep your lips and cheeks away from your teeth during the procedure. With your oral tissues protected, the team applies a professional-strength whitening solution to your teeth and shines a special light on them to help the bleaching agent penetrate your enamel and break up deeper stains.

With Zoom! WhiteSpeed, the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, can brighten your smile by up to eight shades whiter in less than an hour.

Are there any side effects to teeth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening treatments are safe with minimal side effects. The most common side effect is increased sensitivity in your teeth and gums following the treatment. This fades fairly quickly, and can be minimized by using special toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth.

Can’t I just whiten my teeth with over-the-counter strips?

Despite the increasing popularity of over-the-counter whitening strips and trays, they’re no substitute for a professional treatment at Rene Horvilleur, DDS.

The bleaching solution that these generic strips and trays use is nowhere near as effective as what you get with Dr. Horvilleur and the team. And because the strips and trays aren’t designed to hug the unique contours of your smile, the bleaching solution frequently leaks out and irritates your gums.

If you want to add some shine to your smile with a safe and effective treatment, get it done by the professionals at Rene Horvilleur, DDS. Schedule your appointment today by calling the offices or booking a visit online. 

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Emergency Dentistry Midtown East, New York, NY

Emergency Dentistry

When an emergency happens, you want to know that you’re in good hands. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, is an exceptionally skilled dentist who provides emergency dentistry services for his patients at his office in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call the office immediately to get the care you need.

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is the treatment of oral conditions that require immediate attention. Emergency dentistry is usually necessary when your teeth have suffered some sort of severe physical trauma, like getting knocked out or significantly cracked, but it can be necessary in other situations as well, such as a severely infected tooth or injuries to your mouth tissue.

Seeking emergency care from the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, within 30 minutes of your injury could mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth.

Do I need emergency dentistry?

A number of situations could lead to the need for emergency dentistry, such as an automobile accident, a sports injury, or simply biting down on something improperly. Some particular conditions that are considered dental emergencies include:

  • A knocked-out tooth
  • A severely cracked tooth
  • A tooth with a significant piece missing
  • Nerve damage
  • Severe tooth or mouth pain
  • Bleeding or swelling in your gums, cheeks, or tongue

Some situations, like a minor fracture or a slightly chipped tooth, don’t necessarily require emergency treatment, but it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Call the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, immediately if you think you might be suffering from a dental emergency.

What should I do until my emergency appointment?

If you act quickly, you’re more likely to save your damaged tooth. Whatever your condition, rinse your mouth and call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, for an emergency appointment.

If your tooth has been knocked entirely out of its socket, clean the inside of your mouth with warm water, and rinse the knocked-out tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown (the top part) as you rinse it and be sure to avoid touching the roots. 

If you can, try to place the tooth back in its socket and bite down softly on a piece of wet gauze or a moistened tea bag. Be careful to not swallow the tooth.

If you can’t get your tooth back into the empty socket, keep it in a glass of milk or saliva until you get to the dentist. This will help to prevent the roots from drying out.

 

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call the office at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, immediately and get the care you need. You can also schedule your appointment online. 

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Fillings Midtown East, New York, NY

Fillings

If you’re one of the 91% of adults who have cavities in their permanent teeth, you probably need a filling. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, provides gentle and effective fillings for all of his patients suffering from cavities. From his office in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood, Dr. Horvilleur has helped numerous patients reclaim a healthy smile with high-quality fillings. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or by booking online.

What’s a filling?

A filling is a dental procedure that the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, performs to seal off a hole in your tooth. They’re most commonly performed to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. The word “filling” refers to both the material used in the procedure and the procedure itself.

What are fillings made from?

Fillings can be made from a number of materials, including cast gold and silver amalgam, but the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, prefers to treat its patients with tooth-colored fillings made from porcelain, otherwise known as white fillings. 

Porcelain is an incredibly strong and durable material, which makes it particularly well suited for fillings. It also has a similar color and translucency as your natural tooth enamel, enabling Dr. Horvilleur and the team to restore your oral health without affecting the beauty of your smile.

Do I need a filling?

Some of the indications that you have a cavity that requires filling include:

  • Spontaneous pain in your tooth
  • Increased sensitivity in your tooth
  • Bad breath
  • Pain in your tooth when you eat or drink something sweet, hot, or cold
  • Visible holes in your tooth surfaces

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Rene Horvilleur, DDS. The team uses a special tool called the DIAGNOdent™ laser that detects cavities much more effectively and earlier than other methods. 

What’s the process for getting a tooth-colored filling?

When you come in to the office for your tooth-colored filling, the team first numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic. 

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your provider uses a high-powered drill to remove all of your decay. Your dentist then cleans and sterilizes your mouth to ensure that it’s free of bacteria, and fills in your cavity with a tooth-colored filling material. Finally, a special curing light is shone on the filling to accelerate the hardening process. You leave the office with a beautifully restored tooth and improved overall oral health. 

To learn more about how the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, can improve your smile with a tooth-colored filling, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking online.

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Root Canal Midtown East, New York, NY

Root Canal

Root canals are the subject of many scary stories, but the truth is far less frightening. If you’re experiencing a toothache, don’t wait to have it checked out. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in the Midtown East area of New York City, the caring team regularly performs root canal procedures to preserve their patients’ permanent teeth. To request your consultation, call or use the online booking tool today.

What is a root canal procedure?

A root canal procedure is a type of oral surgery designed to remove infected tooth pulp and prevent further decay. Ultimately, the goal of a root canal is to save your natural, permanent tooth and avoid an extraction. 

What is tooth pulp?

Tooth pulp is the medical term used to describe the nerves and blood vessels in the center of each tooth. After your teeth break through your gum line, their nerves are no longer necessary. 

Removing your tooth’s pulp doesn’t impact its function or chewing ability, it only eliminates sensitivity to hot and cold sensations. 

Will I know it if I need a root canal?

Tooth pain affects everyone differently. However, common signs you may need a root canal include:

  • A severe toothache after biting or chewing
  • Prolonged sensitivity to changes in temperature
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Bumps or pimples forming on gums

A tooth that’s brown, black, or darkening in color can also indicate the need for a root canal. If you experience these or other similar symptoms, contact the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, right away.

What happens during a root canal?

A root canal usually takes two separate appointments. 

At your first appointment, your dentist performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you a series of questions about your symptoms. Next, a series of digital X-rays are taken to get a better look at your root canals and jawbone. 

If your dentist determines you’re a good candidate for a root canal, a rubber dam is placed around your affected tooth, ensuring it stays dry during treatment. Your dentist then administers a local anesthetic, numbing your teeth and gums, and drills an access hole in the top of your tooth. After removing the infected tooth pulp, your dentist rinses your pulp chamber with an antiseptic solution and seals the access hole. Your dentist provides you with a list of recovery instructions and you return home. 

About a week later, you return for your second appointment. Your dentist fills your root canal with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha and then seals your tooth with a permanent crown. The second appointment typically takes no longer than 60 minutes.

How painful is a root canal?

Thanks to modern dental techniques and anesthetics, root canals are safe and generally well tolerated. Following your procedure, you may experience some bruising, swelling, and general discomfort. This is perfectly normal and should subside within 24-48 hours.

Follow your dentist’s recovery instructions as closely as possible and use cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medications as needed. If your symptoms persist for more than a day or two, or they get worse, reach out to the team right away. 

Are you worried you may need a root canal? If so, the caring providers at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, can help. Call or use the online booking tool to request your consultation today.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Midtown East, New York, NY

Cosmetic Dentistry

Did you know that 25% of Americans avoid smiling because they’re unhappy with the appearance of their teeth? If you’re one of them, cosmetic dentistry is worth considering. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in Midtown East, New York City, the team regularly uses cosmetic dentistry techniques to restore their patients’ smiles. To see if you’re a candidate, call or use the online booking tool to request your consultation today.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

You want a healthy smile, but you want your teeth to look good, too. Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of oral health care focused on improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry can address a number of cosmetic problems including yellow teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and missing teeth. 

What types of cosmetic dentistry do you offer?

The team at Rene Horvielleur, DDS, offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services including:

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe, effective cosmetic dentistry technique that can make your smile up to 8 shades whiter in just one session. The team offers both in-office and take-home whitening treatments designed to eradicate brown, yellow, and gray teeth. Just keep in mind that your individual results may vary.

Dental veneers

Dental veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin affixed to your permanent teeth. Veneers are incredibly versatile and can correct cosmetic imperfections like gaps between teeth, misshapen teeth, and discolored teeth. 

Dental implants

If you lose one or more permanent teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and protect the health of your jawbone. Dental implants are metal tooth roots that are implanted into your jawbone. An abutment attaches to the implant, which holds a pontic or prosthetic tooth replacement. Dental implants are incredibly sturdy and can last a lifetime with proper care.

Invisalign®

Invisalign is an FDA-approved method of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear aligners to address issues like crossbite, overbite, and underbite. Invisalign is discrete and fits snugly over the surface of your teeth. In addition, you can remove your aligners at any time. If you want a straighter smile, but hate the idea of traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can help.

Who is a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

Anyone who is unhappy with the physical appearance of their teeth or smile can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. 

Following a one-on-one consultation, oral exam, and discussion of your goals for treatment, your provider develops a treatment plan that aligns with your individual goals. 

To take the first step toward achieving the smile of your dreams, call or use the online booking tool and request your appointment at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today.

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Bleeding Gums Midtown East, New York, NY

Bleeding Gums

Seeing blood in the sink after brushing your teeth is no reason to panic, but if this is a regular occurrence, you may need professional treatment for periodontal disease. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in the Midtown East neighborhood of, New York City, a team of experts can figure out why your gums are bleeding and how to best treat it. For more information, call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or book an appointment online.

Why are my gums bleeding?

If your gums bleed easily, you could be brushing your teeth too aggressively, or the problem might stem from a more serious dental issue, like gum disease. The most common reasons for bleeding gums are:

Brushing habits

Brushing your teeth too aggressively can irritate them to the point that they may bleed. You may also want to examine your toothbrush. If you have sensitive gums, a soft-bristled toothbrush can help prevent irritation.

Flossing

If you don’t floss regularly, it’s perfectly normal for your gums to bleed when you start. This should subside when your gums get used to the habit.

Certain medications

Anti-seizure medications, certain cancer treatments, blood thinners, and other medications can cause dry mouth and gum inflammation, often leading to bleeding gums.

Pregnancy

Many women experience gum inflammation and bleeding during pregnancy, as hormonal changes make your gums more sensitive to plaque and bacteria. However, these changes should subside after birth.

Poor-fitting dentures

When your dentures don’t fit perfectly, they irritate your gums over time, causing gum inflammation and bleeding.

Periodontal disease

Bleeding gums are a telltale sign of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. When left untreated, this disease can cause your gums to recede and lead to tooth loss.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a buildup of plaque and bacteria that causes gum inflammation, receding gums, bleeding gums, tooth loss, and more. There are two main types:

Gingivitis

In its early stages, gingivitis causes gum inflammation and bleeding while brushing. Fortunately, the disease is still reversible at this point, as your teeth are still firmly in their sockets. Simple changes to your oral health habits and routine dental cleanings at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, can help reverse the damage and improve your dental health.

Periodontitis

When left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis — also known as advanced gum disease. At this stage, plaque and bacteria have penetrated below the gum line. When this happens, plaque forms small pockets of bacteria that fester and releases harmful toxins, which can ultimately causes your gums to pull away from your teeth.

How is periodontitis treated?

The most common periodontitis treatment is scaling and root planing, a process in which the Rene Horvilleur, DDS, team cleans out the pockets of plaque below the gum line. Once the pockets of plaque and bacteria are completely eliminated, the team smooths out your tooth roots to help them reattach to your gums.

This treatment not only removes any signs of gum disease, it also helps prevent future plaque buildup. To learn more about the best gum disease treatments for you, call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or schedule an appointment online.

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Inlays and Onlays Midtown East, New York, NY

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays aren’t as popular as crowns or veneers, but they provide an effective and long-lasting way to restore damaged or decaying teeth. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in Midtown East, New York City, the team offers an array of restorative dentistry techniques including inlays and onlays. To request your consultation today, call or use the online booking tool.

What are indirect fillings?

Indirect fillings are a type of restorative dentistry used to improve the strength and aesthetic appearance of cracked, damaged, or decaying teeth.

Indirect fillings help strengthen your teeth, but don’t encase them, like traditional dental crowns. Instead, your dentist uses indirect fillings to protect the chewing surface of your teeth.

What types of indirect fillings do you offer?

The team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, offers two types of indirect fillings:

Inlays

Inlays are a type of indirect filling that your dentist applies between the cusps, or bumps, on the tops of your teeth. Inlays are small in size and usually go on the teeth toward the front of your mouth.

Onlays

Also known as partial crowns, onlays are bigger than inlays and cover the chewing surfaces and sides of your teeth. Your dentist may recommend an onlay if one or more of your molars are decaying.

What is the process for getting inlays and onlays?

Getting inlays or onlays typically requires two separate appointments. 

At your first appointment, your dentist performs a thorough oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you a series of questions about your symptoms. Next, your dentist administers a topical anesthetic, numbing your teeth and gums. 

After the anesthetic sets in, your dentist carefully removes your old filling and any decay. Finally, your dentist takes an impression of your tooth (or teeth) and sends the impression to a laboratory that makes your indirect filling. Your dentist applies a temporary crown to your tooth and sends you home.

A week or two later you return for your second appointment. At your second appointment, your dentist administers a topical anesthetic and removes your temporary crown. After placing your inlay or onlay, your dentist cements it in place.  

How long do inlays and onlays last?

Inlays and onlays are much more durable than traditional fillings and crowns. To ensure yours last for years to come:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Visit Rene Horvilleur, DDS, every six months
  • Avoid chewing on objects like ice or popcorn kernels

If you grind your teeth when you sleep, let your dentist know. A night guard or other similar device will keep your indirect fillings in great shape. 

To learn more about the benefits of inlays and onlays, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today.

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Bone Graft Midtown East, New York, NY

Bone Graft

Dental implants can give you the strong, healthy smile you’ve always wanted, but this innovative procedure only works if you have enough bone in your jaw to support it. That’s why Rene Horvilleur, DDS, and his team perform bone graft procedures at their state-of-the-art office in Midtown East, New York City. A bone graft refers to a surgical procedure in which the team adds material to your jawbone. They can do this with a synthetic material, or by taking bone from another area of your body, such as your hip. For more information on bone graft surgery, call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or book an appointment online.

What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a portion of bone from one part of your body and moves it to another. In some cases, the surgeon may use a special synthetic bone grafting material instead. This procedure is designed to add support to an area that doesn’t have enough healthy bone. In dentistry, this means creating additional support for the jawbone.

Why would I need a bone graft?

There are two main reasons the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, might recommend a bone graft: 

Tooth extraction

If Rene Horvilleur, DDS, determines that you need a tooth extraction because of gum disease, you may be at risk of bone resorption — a process in which the body breaks down bone and reabsorbs it. This often happens if your gum tissue and supporting bone are no longer healthy. 

Bone resorption can begin to take effect within just three to six months after a tooth extraction. To prevent further damage, your dental team may use a bone graft to add support to the socket left behind by your missing tooth.

Dental implants

Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace your tooth roots if you have a missing tooth. They hold your prosthetic teeth securely in place, just like your natural tooth roots. The team inserts these implants into your gums and jawbone. During the healing process, the implant itself bonds to your jawbone, further stabilizing it.

Because dental implants fuse to your jawbone, they’re only a good option if you have a healthy supporting bone. Unfortunately, problems like gum disease can erode the healthy bone in your jaw. If you don’t have enough supporting bone and tissue in your jaw, Dr. Horvilleur and his team can perform a bone graft procedure.

What can I expect from the bone graft process?

Most bone graft surgeries typically require a local anesthetic, but you may receive a dose of nitrous oxide, or an oral or IV sedative to help you relax during the procedure. Your provider then makes a small incision into your gums and folds them back to place the bone graft material.

After the procedure, your healing process should take several months, during which time new bone growth naturally replaces the grafting material. Once you have enough jawbone, the team can start the dental implant process. Call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about your options.

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Night Guard Midtown East, New York, NY

Night Guard

If you wake up most mornings with a stiff jaw or throbbing headache, TMJ may be to blame. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood, the team regularly prescribes night guards to people who grind and clench their teeth. To learn more about this state-of-the-art-treatment, call or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.

What is TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) act like sliding hinges and attach your jawbone to your skull. You have one temporomandibular joint on either side of your mouth and they move whenever you chew, speak, or yawn.

A TMJ disorder is a painful medical condition causing chronic jaw pain, persistent headaches, and inflammation of the muscles that control jaw movement. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

The symptoms of TMJ vary in severity. However, common signs include:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Aching pain in or around your ears
  • Difficulty or pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain

Many people with TMJ also experience clicking, popping, or snapping sensations when they open or close their mouth.

When should I see a dentist regarding TMJ?

Mild jaw pain typically subsides on its own with rest and conservative measures of care like ice packs and over-the-counter painkillers. However, if your symptoms persist for longer than 24-48 hours, or they’re interfering with your ability to eat or speak, make an appointment with the team right away.

What causes TMJ disorders?

Researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes TMJ disorders, but previous jaw injuries, teeth grinding, and rheumatic illnesses such as osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis are thought to play a role. 

What is a night guard?

A night guard or nocturnal bite plate is a custom oral appliance designed to create a barrier between your teeth. If you grind or clench your teeth during sleep, a night guard helps ease tension and acts as a cushion for your jaw. 

Wearing a night guard helps to eliminate jaw and facial pain and also protects the outer layer of your teeth. 

Who is a good candidate for a night guard?

The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for a night guard is to schedule an appointment at Rene Horvilleur, DDS. 

Following a thorough exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, your dentist can make recommendations that align with your needs. If necessary, the team may also order a series of 3D X-rays or oral scans to get a better view of your jaws and temporomandibular joints.

Teeth grinding is a common problem, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep. Call or use the online booking tool to request your night guard consultation today.

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Bridges Midtown East, New York, NY

Bridges

If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, a dental bridge can help restore your smile to its near original condition. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in Midtown East, New York City, the team proudly offers patients access to traditional, Maryland, cantilever, and implant-supported bridges. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule your consultation today.

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is a cosmetic appliance that physically bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge features at least one prosthetic tooth and attaches to your permanent teeth on either side of a space.

What types of issues can a dental bridge correct?

If you lose one or more permanent teeth, it affects the health of your jaw and gums. A dental bridge can help:

  • Restore your smile
  • Improve your chewing ability
  • Help you speak more clearly
  • Maintain the shape of your face

A dental bridge can also lower your risk of orthodontic treatment, by preventing your remaining teeth from moving out of place.

What are the different types of dental bridges?

The team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, offers four different types of dental bridges:

Traditional dental bridge

Traditional dental bridges are the most popular type of dental bridge and typically feature one prosthetic tooth. Your dentist attaches a traditional dental bridge to two permanent abutment teeth on either side of a gap using dental crowns.

Maryland dental bridge

A Maryland dental bridge is similar to a traditional dental bridge. However, instead of attaching the bridge to your natural teeth using crowns, your dentist attaches a Maryland bridge to your abutment teeth using a framework of metal or porcelain.

Cantilever dental bridge

A cantilever bridge is unique in that your dentist needs only one abutment tooth on either side of a gap to successfully attach it. This makes cantilever bridges an excellent option for people who are missing multiple teeth. 

Implant-supported dental bridge

Like the name implies, implant-supported bridges attach to dental implants. Implant-supported bridges are incredibly sturdy but require multiple oral surgeries. Getting an implant-supported dental bridge typically takes between three and six months.

Which dental bridge is right for me?

To determine which type of dental bridge you’ll most benefit from, schedule a consultation with the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS. Following a thorough oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your aesthetic goals, the team can make a recommendation. 

How long do dental bridges last for?

Dental bridges usually last an average of between 5-15 years. However, if you practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly, yours may last even longer. 

To learn more about the benefits of a dental bridge, book an appointment with the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

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Nitrous Oxide Midtown East, New York, NY

Nitrous Oxide

Did you know that between 9-15% of Americans are afraid of visiting the dentist? That’s an incredible 30-40 million people. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, located in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York City, the team offers safe, effective sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide. Don’t let anxiety prevent you from getting the oral health care you desperately need. Call or use the online booking tool to request your consultation today.

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is a sense of worry or unease revolving around the dentist, dentist appointments, or other oral health care treatments. If the thought of visiting the dentist for a professional cleaning makes your heart race or palms sweat, you may suffer from dental anxiety.

What is a dental phobia?

A dental phobia is an irrational fear of the dentist or other associated treatments. There isn’t a clear definition of when dental anxiety becomes a phobia, but there are symptoms to watch out for. Telltale signs of a dental phobia include:

  • Trouble sleeping the night before an appointment
  • Panic or trouble breathing when your dentist puts tools in your mouth
  • A racing heartbeat or trouble focusing in the waiting room
  • Feeling physically ill on the way to your office

Some people also experience strong feelings when they encounter dentist-related items. For example, you might panic if you see someone wearing a white coat or feel upset when you hear the sound of a dental drill. 

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a colorless, odorless substance that’s regularly used in sedation dentistry. When you inhale nitrous oxide, it slows down your body’s reaction time. As a result, you feel less anxious, calm, and even euphoric. 

Nitrous oxide is fast-acting and safe. After your dentist administers nitrous oxide, you feel comfortable and relaxed, but can still answer questions and follow instructions.

What are the side effects of nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is FDA-approved and boasts a track record of success. However, like any drug, side-effects are present. The most common symptoms associated with nitrous oxide inhalation include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Shivering
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue

Some people also experience hallucinations and sound distortions, but this is incredibly rare and usually due to over inhalation. If you feel ill at any point during treatment, speak up and let your provider know.

Am I a good candidate for nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is safe for patients of all ages, from children to senior citizens. However, to lower your risk of side effects like nausea or dizziness, try to eat a light meal prior to your appointment. You should also avoid eating a big meal until at least three to four hours after the nitrous oxide wears off. 

To learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry and treatment with nitrous oxide, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today.

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Prosthodontist Midtown East, New York, NY

Prosthodontist

Whether you have a chipped tooth, missing teeth, or jaw pain from TMJ, a prosthodontist can give you a smile that’s both beautiful and healthy. The prosthodontic specialists at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in Midtown East, New York City, have advanced training to completely restore your smile. To learn more about the prosthodontic services available at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, call or schedule an appointment online.

What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on rebuilding your mouth and smile. They’re often referred to as “architects” in their profession because they undergo additional training to become experts in dealing with complex dental and facial problems. Some of the treatments that prosthodontists deliver are dental implants, dentures, dental crowns, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ), and dental bridges.

Which prosthodontic treatments are available at Rene Horvilleur, DDS?

Some popular prosthodontic treatments at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, include:

Dental crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that perfectly fits over your damaged tooth to cover imperfections like severe tooth discoloration, a cracked tooth, or a tooth weakened by grinding. 

Dental bridge

A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth by using the teeth on each side of the gap for support. Dr. Horvilleur and his team place a crown on each side of the gap, with a prosthetic tooth in the middle, much like an architectural bridge.

Dental implants

Dental implants are tooth root replacements that provide a stable base for prosthetic teeth, like crowns or dentures. Dr. Horvilleur and his team insert these small titanium posts directly into your jaw, so they bond to your jawbone and last for decades.

Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin shells made out of porcelain that bond to your teeth to change their shape, shade, length, or size.

Teeth whitening

Dr. Horvilleur and his team use Zoom!® in-office teeth whitening to brighten your smile and remove up to eight shades from your teeth.

TMJ treatment

TMJ is a dental problem in which the lower jaw is no longer in alignment with the upper jaw. This leads to undue stress on your jaw muscles and teeth. If you have TMJ, you may experience jaw pain, jaw soreness, headaches, facial pain, teeth grinding, and more. To counter this force, Dr. Horvilleur and his team create a custom-made mouthguard that minimizes pressure on your jaw and teeth.

Why should I choose Rene Horvilleur, DDS, for my prosthodontic treatment?

Dr. Horvilleur is a board-certified dentist who specializes in prosthodontics and implant dentistry. He completed a two-year postgraduate program in prosthodontics and went on to complete a five-year fellowship. 

Not only are his skills and experience unmatched, but Dr. Horvilleur, along with his team, have invested in the most advanced dental technology available. They have digital X-ray machines, intraoral cameras, and dental lasers to target soft tissues and tooth decay. For more information, call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or schedule an appointment online.

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Retainers Midtown East, New York, NY

Retainers

Braces straighten your teeth and correct bite problems, but retainers help maintain your beautiful results. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, and his expert dental team use custom-made retainers at their office in Midtown East, New York City, to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. For more information on the benefits of retainers, call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or schedule an appointment online.

What is a retainer?

A retainer is a dental appliance that maintains the position of your teeth and jaw. They are typically recommended after orthodontic therapy to prevent your teeth and bite from shifting out of place.

To create a custom-made retainer, Dr. Horvilleur and his team take highly accurate impressions of your mouth. This ensures that your retainer is fabricated to suit your smile perfectly.

Are there different types of retainers?

There are two main types of retainers that the team recommends, depending on your unique case:

Removable retainer

A traditional removable retainer, also called a Hawley retainer, consists of a clear plastic base that forms perfectly to the roof of your mouth and attaches to a metal wire. This metal wire fits over the front of your teeth to keep them straight and in the right position.

Another removable option is a vacuum formed retainer (VFR), a completely clear material that perfectly fits your teeth. Because VFR retainers resemble clear aligners, they are more aesthetically pleasing than Hawley retainers. However, they don’t work well for patients with teeth grinding problems.

Fixed retainer

A permanent retainer is a metal wire fixed to the back of your teeth, where you can’t see it. Since it’s bonded to your teeth, it can’t be removed for cleaning. These types of retainers are best for patients who had rotated or crowded teeth before braces.

Why should I get a retainer?

There are plenty of benefits of wearing a retainer, such as:

Speech problems

If your young child has a speech impediment, a retainer can help adjust their tongue placement so they can speak more clearly.

Oral health

Crooked teeth are hard to clean, as plaque and bacteria can fester in small crevices that are difficult to reach. Retainers keep your teeth straight, so they’re easier to clean.

Breathing difficulties

Some retainers are designed specifically to help you breathe at night if you suffer severe snoring problems.

Diabetes complications

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), poor oral health worsens the blood-related side effects of diabetes, so it’s important to keep your teeth as straight and free of debris as possible.

A custom-fit retainer can help you maintain a straight, healthy, and beautiful smile. Call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or book an appointment online to schedule a consultation.

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Extractions Midtown East, New York, NY

Extractions

If you have severe tooth decay or impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist may recommend an extraction. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in Midtown East, New York, the team offers extractions using quick, effective methods of care. If you’re concerned about one or more of your teeth, call or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.

What is an extraction?

A dental extraction is a surgical procedure that involves your dentist removing one or more teeth. Even though your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, damage and decay happen. Extraction provides a last resort if there’s no way to preserve or rebuild your tooth via conservative restorative measures. 

Why would I need an extraction?

The team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, performs dental extractions for a variety of reasons including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Infection
  • Risk of infection
  • Gum disease

Extractions are also used to treat impacted wisdom teeth or teeth that cannot erupt through your gums because of spacing issues. 

What happens during an extraction?

Prior to your extraction, your dentist performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. If this doesn’t provide adequate information, the team may order a series of X-rays or 3D scans to get a better look at the inside of your tooth and jawbone. 

After developing a treatment plan, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, numbing your gums and affected the tooth. Once the anesthetic kicks in, your dentist carefully extracts your tooth using a pair of medical-grade pliers. For impacted teeth, your dentist carefully cuts away at your gum tissue and extracts pieces of your tooth one-by-one.

Am I a good candidate for an extraction?

Dental extractions are safe and well tolerated. However, any dental procedure can present harmful microorganisms into your bloodstream. If you’re living with an autoimmune disease or weakened immune system, it’s important to share this information with your dentist. 

Prior to having your tooth pulled, share your complete medical history with your dentist. This is especially true if you have a medical history of congenital heart defects or liver disease. You should also disclose any prescription medications, vitamins, or supplements you’re taking.

Following an extraction, what is recovery like?

After your extraction, your dentist gives you a list of recovery instructions. They may also write you a prescription for antibiotics and painkillers. 

It’s perfectly normal to experience pain, swelling, and bruising in the first 24-48 hours after your procedure. Take your pain medicines as prescribed, stay home from work or school for at least a day, and avoid rinsing out your mouth for at least 24 hours. For the first few days, you’ll also want to eat soft foods including yogurt, applesauce, and soup. Be patient and don’t rush the process.

Are you worried you may need an extraction? If so, call or use the online booking tool to request a consultation at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today.

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Full Mouth Reconstruction Midtown East, New York, NY

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Losing more than one tooth can feel overwhelming, but you have options for restoring your smile. Rene Horvilleur, DDS, and his team of dental experts perform full mouth reconstructions at their state-of-the-art office in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood. A full mouth reconstruction restores or replaces all the teeth in your mouth to improve the appearance and function of your smile. For more information, call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or schedule an appointment online.

What is a full mouth reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction restores and replaces damaged and missing teeth in your mouth. The team typically recommends this treatment for patients with a variety of dental problems. If you have a combination of missing teeth, broken teeth, misaligned teeth, gum disease, and more, a full mouth reconstruction can completely transform your smile.

Which dental concerns do a full mouth reconstruction address?

The team targets a number of dental concerns with a full mouth reconstruction, including:

  • Missing teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Teeth weakened by grinding
  • Tooth decay
  • Severe tooth discoloration
  • TMJ
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Jaw problems
  • Receding gums
  • Gums disease

If you have more than one of the above concerns, a full mouth reconstruction can address all of your problems, giving you the chance to design the smile you’ve always wanted.

Which treatments are involved in a full mouth reconstruction?

Some of the most common full mouth reconstruction treatments include:

Dental implants

Dental implants are tooth root replacements that stabilize your prosthetic teeth. Just like your natural tooth roots, implants hold your teeth in place so you can chew your favorite foods, speak, laugh, and smile without worrying that your prosthetic tooth replacement might shift. 

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover imperfections — extreme tooth discoloration, tooth decay, broken teeth, etc. — and protect weak teeth against further damage.

Dental bridges

A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth by placing a prosthetic tooth (pontic) in the middle of the two teeth surrounding your missing tooth (abutment teeth). Much like an architectural bridge, the abutments support and hold your new tooth in place.

Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain restorations that bond to your teeth to cover up imperfections like severe tooth discoloration, a cracked tooth, tooth decay, gaps in your teeth, and more.

Dentures

Dentures are artificial teeth that replace missing teeth. Full dentures can replace all the teeth in your mouth, while partial dentures are used when you only have some missing teeth.

Teeth whitening

Dr. Horvilleur uses the state-of-the-art Philips Zoom!® WhiteSpeed system to remove up to eight shades of tooth discoloration from your smile in less than an hour.

If imperfections in your smile are stopping you from feeling confident, a full mouth reconstruction can give you a beautiful, functional smile. Call Rene Horvilleur, DDS, or book an appointment online to learn more.

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