Helma Philips, DDS
Aesthetic, Restorative & Implant Dentistry in Midtown NYC

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Dentistry is ever-changing, and our team is here to help you understand your oral health and how we can improve it with Dr. Philips’ expertise and the latest technology. If you ever have a question about the treatment we recommend or what to expect, we encourage you to contact us. Here are some of the most common questions we hear in our Midtown NYC dental practice.

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Because Advent Dental is a boutique dental practice in bustling Midtown Manhattan with a patient-centered approach to dentistry, we see patients by appointment only. Our dentist, Dr. Helma Philips, dedicates time to each patient, making sure to answer questions and explain treatment fully. Informed patients make the best decisions for their oral health!

That being said, Dr. Philips reserves bookings for dental emergencies and those unexpected moments when a temporary crown falls off, or you need an adjustment to a recent filling.

If you feel you have a dental emergency, please contact us at the first sign of pain or swelling. Letting Dr. Philips and her team know what’s happening as quickly as possible will allow us to make time in our schedule to see you.

Your appointment is reserved time with Dr. Philips or our hygienist. If you have a change to your schedule, we ask that you give us ample time to offer that appointment to another patient. We want to make sure that every patient at Advent Dental has an opportunity for the appointment time that works best for them.

To book a dental appointment in Midtown NYC, contact our dental office. We warmly welcome new patients.

Cosmetic Dentistry

When looking for a dentist in Midtown Manhattan who does both crowns and veneers, Dr. Helma Philips can guide you in making the decision that will work best for your health and your smile. While crowns and veneers both improve the shape and color of teeth, how they are used can be quite different.

Dental crowns – The dental crowns we use in our Midtown dental practice are typically tooth-colored materials. Porcelain, e.max, and zirconia crowns offer durability and exceptional quality. Teeth crowns encase the entire tooth structure, restoring the strength of the tooth and protecting it from the force caused by chewing or bruxism (teeth grinding).

Porcelain veneers – As with dental crowns, we use only tooth-colored veneers to restore teeth. Veneers, rather than encasing the entire tooth, cover only the front of teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can make the shape, color, length, and spacing of teeth more attractive. Special care is required to take care of veneers. They are not fragile, but avoiding things like sticky or hard foods will help you get the most out of your investment.

If you want to learn more about dental crowns and porcelain veneers in Midtown Manhattan, contact Advent Dental to book an appointment.

Dental Implants

Choosing a dental implant to replace a tooth is an excellent long-term option for the right patient. To find out if dental implants are right for you, Dr. Helma Philips will address a few areas to ensure that your dental implant has the best chance for success.

  • You are in good oral health and disease-free
  • You do not take certain medications, such as bisphosphonates
  • You have adequate bone to support the dental implant post
  • You are dedicated to maintaining your routine dental appointments
  • You will wear a nightguard if recommended
  • You want a long-term solution rather than a quick fix

If oral health conditions, such as periodontal disease or decay currently exist, Dr. Philips will organize a treatment plan designed to get you back on track to good health before proceeding with dental implants in our Midtown Manhattan dental practice.

For patients who have bone loss due to periodontal disease or tooth loss, bone grafting can often open the door for successful dental implant treatment.

As with all dentistry and your natural teeth, a commitment to brushing, flossing, and regular exams and teeth cleanings will protect your smile over time. 

To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact Advent Dental located in Midtown NYC to learn more.

Once you make a decision to improve your smile, it’s easy to fall into the habit of wanting instant results. New Yorkers, after all, can get anything they want at any time of the day! Dental implants, however, require patience on the part of the patient in order to enjoy the many benefits they offer.

While each patient is different, it’s best to plan on three to six months to get your final dental implant tooth. The reason for this is that your dental implant actually becomes a functioning part of your body – but the healing process takes time.

Osseointegration is the process of the biocompatible dental implant post (typically made of titanium) to fuse to your jaw bone and become stable. For healthy patients who heal normally, the integration process is usually 3-4 months. For some people who are older or who smoke, the healing process can take longer.

What about Same-Day Dental Implants?

Dr. Philips is committed to the best outcomes for patients. While there are many success stories online about fast dental implants, there are just as many stories behind the scenes about their failure. During the integration process, leaving the dental implant post undisturbed will promote more solid results. Constant chewing and pressure before healing completes can cause dental implant failure. 

To learn more about the dental implant process, contact our dental office, Advent Dental, located in Midtown NYC to arrange an appointment with your implant dentist, Dr. Philips.

Fillings, Crowns, and Onlays

Yes! Restorative dentist, Dr. Helma Philips, takes both the science and artistry of dentistry into account when choosing the materials we use to create your restorations. At our Midtown Manhattan dental office, we offer a variety of materials to choose from for dental crowns, so you always get the best results.

All-porcelain crowns – Traditionally used for tooth-colored crowns, porcelain works well for teeth that don’t require heavy loads caused by chewing. Each porcelain crown can be shaded to match the natural teeth.

e.max crowns – e.max crowns have an unsurpassed translucency and natural appearance. e.max crowns work perfectly for teeth that are visible when you smile, but also need more protection than a porcelain veneer provides.

Zirconia crowns – Also strong and long-lasting, zirconia crowns have a more opaque appearance than e.max crowns. These are perfect for posterior (back) teeth that need extra support.

Each of these tooth-colored crowns eliminates the unsightly dark margin at the gumline of older, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

Whether you have a broken tooth or just had a root canal, contact Advent Dental today to book an appointment with Dr. Philips to find out which dental crown will give you great results and a winning smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Deciding to improve your smile with porcelain veneers is an exciting step for you and your future smile! In the Midtown Manhattan dental practice of cosmetic dentist, Dr. Helma Philips, here are the steps you can expect as you move through the process of getting teeth veneers.

#1 Consultation

This is dedicated time for you and Dr. Philips to discuss your goals for your smile along with any oral health conditions you might be concerned about. Together, you can decide on the cosmetic dental treatment that will work best for you.

#2 Evaluation

A full exam, including x-rays, a periodontal evaluation, and bite evaluation will help Dr. Philips prepare for any pre-treatment appointments necessary to ensure great results. This might include a dental cleaning and teeth whitening for overall brighter results.

#3 Design

Dr. Philips will design the size and shape of your veneers for both aesthetics and function. Together you decide on an appropriate shade for your new smile.

#4 Preparation

For most veneers, a small amount of enamel must be polished away to make space for the veneer, so they do not look bulky. At the time of preparation, Dr. Philips will fit you with temporary veneers while our local dental lab creates the final porcelain ones.

#5 Restoration

The final and most exciting step of the veneer process is bonding the final veneers to your teeth. Dr. Philips will secure them in place and make any minute adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite.

Now it’s time to show off your new smile to everyone you meet!

For more information about teeth veneers in Midtown NYC, contact Advent Dental. 

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