Posts for: April, 2013

Schenectady cosmetic dentist porcelain veneersSchenectady Cosmetic Dentist Uses Porcelain Veneers To Create Ideal Smiles

If you're not completely satisfied with your smile, you don't approach the world in the most confident way. You may struggle to feel comfortable showing off your teeth, which leads to hidden smiles and missed opportunities for friendliness. Your attitude towards your smile may even be making you come off as a less expressive, shy person. Our Schenectady dentist wants every patient to possess a smile he or she adores. Your smile should look great and make you feel great.

What are my options for transforming my smile? Won't I have to undergo some complicated cosmetic dentistry?

Altering your smile doesn't need to be complicated. With porcelain veneers, we're able to create new tooth surfaces in just two appointments.

Veneers are thin shells that bond to the front of  your teeth. Porcelain allows the veneers to be so thin that very little tooth reduction is needed to create room for the restorations. This reduces your need to wear temporaries between your first and second veneer appointments, and also reduces the need for anesthesia. The veneers may be made in any shape or shade. Should you decide to receive veneers on multiple front teeth, you may choose to go a few shades lighter than your natural teeth to permanently whiten your front teeth.

Porcelain veneers can change your teeth in the following ways:

  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Lengthen short front teeth
  • Whiten discolored teeth resistant to hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening
  • Reduce tooth sensitivity
  • Straighten crooked teeth

Porcelain veneers may be applied to any number of your front teeth. These beautiful alterations will last upwards of ten years. Learn more about how porcelain veneers could perfect your smile by contacting our Schenectady dentist. Your days of feeling anything but pride for your smile will soon be over.


 

Schenectady dentist mouth guard for teeth grindingOur Schenectady dentist finds that many dental patients have misperceptions about teeth grinding. Grinding can seem less damaging than other dental concerns like periodontal disease or tooth decay. Those warned of their grinding tendencies think: how could our teeth grinding against one another create as many problems as harmful bacteria? In truth, teeth grinding has the same consequences as periodontitis and advanced cavities – all can end in tooth loss. Unchecked grinding will wear down your teeth until your smile is altered, your teeth worn and sensitive, and your bite compromised. Fortunately, the solution to grinding is much simpler than periodontal therapy or fillings.

Mouth Guards: Schenectady Dentist’s Answer to Teeth Grinding

Mouth guards are simple plastic trays that fit over your teeth. These custom guards are made from impressions taken of your teeth, so that the trays fit perfectly. Mouth guards should be worn at times when you may fall prey to grinding. Most teeth grinders set their jaws moving at night, while they are asleep. This is when grinding can be the most damaging, as the patient isn’t aware that any grinding is going on. Night grinding can cause daily headaches, poor quality of sleep, jaw pain, and other facial pain. A simple mouth guard can alleviate these symptoms and transform the way you feel when you wake up each morning.

Wearing a mouth guard at night does not affect your social or professional lives, and prevents significant dental problems. A mouth guard can even be the first step toward cutting down your stress. You may find yourself feeling more refreshed and capable each day. These benefits all result from the addition of a simple plastic tray to your nightly routine.

Join the ranks of the mouth guard wearers to protect your teeth from themselves! If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth at night, contact our Schenectady dentist.


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Comprehensive Dentist Schenectady

Welcome to Dr. Scotto's dental blog! Here, our staff will engage in patient education and share information about the services available at our practice. If you're seeking a new general dentist, cosmetic dental work, or restorative dentistry, we are ready to discuss your treatment. Our Schenectady dentist offers a wide range of dental services, which we have ennumerated in the following section. By growing familiar with what our practice has to offer you, you will be able to take a bigger part in your treatment and better understand the treatment process.

Available with our Schenectady Cosmetic Dentist
 

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Teeth Whitening - Using professional hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to whiten enamel.
  • Porcelain Veneers - Thin coverings that act as new tooth surfaces and hide discoloration, chips, and other imperfections.
  • Dental Bonding - Tooth-colored resin bonded to natural teeth to change tooth shape or shade.
  • Cosmetic Contouring - Reshaping natural teeth so that they form the desired smile.

General Dentistry

  • Composite Fillings - Unnoticeable, tooth-colored fillings that blend with natural teeth.
  • Dental Sealants - Protective coats that strengthen enamel on potentially problematic teeth.
  • Teeth Cleaning - Removing plaque and ensuring your teeth are healthy.
  • Deep Teeth Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing) - Targeting tooth surfaces below the gum line to prevent periodontal disease.
  • Mouth Guards - Plastic trays that prevent destructive habits like grinding or clenching, and prevent dental injury.

Restorative Dentistry

  • Dental Crowns - Beautiful replacements for lost tooth structure that are bonded permanently to your remaining teeth.
  • Dental Bridges - Crowns attached to a replacement tooth, anchoring it in place.
  • Dentures and Partials - Full or partial sets of replacement teeth for those missing a number of teeth.
  • Dental Implants - New tooth roots consisting of biocompatible titanium screws.

Endondontics

  • Root Canal Therapy - Removal of infected tooth pulp to save the tooth structure.

Oral Surgery

  • Tissue Grafts - Removal and addition of soft tissue to change the gum line or reverse the effects of periodontitis.
  • Balancing Gum to Tooth Ratio - Enhancing the aesthetics of a smile by reducing gummy smiles.

If you're intrigued by a procedure listed above, don't hesitate to contact our Schenectady dentist. We are eager to meet you and begin your treatment!

 




Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-374-9770

  

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