Posts for: August, 2013

August 27, 2013
Category: TMJ Treatment
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You’ve been feeling a little differently lately. You wake up with a sore jaw, you struggle to chew comfortably, and your jaw feels fatigued. Nothing has changed in your life, and you’re confused as to the sudden dysfunction of your jaw. If this pain and strife continues, it’s time to begin considering treatment. Jaw pain can be tricky to diagnose, and it’s best to begin by talking to your dentist. We’ll help you determine whether your pain stems from teeth grinding, from a problem with your temporomandibular joints, or from another source. Once we’ve determined the problem, Dr. Robert Scotto will choose appropriate treatment to get you feeling normal as quickly as possible.

Schenectady | Is my jaw pain TMJ related?

That’s impossible to answer over the Internet – we need to take a look at your mouth in order to diagnose a TMJ disorder, or TMD. But we can offer up a few symptoms that are commonly grouped together when the problem is stemming from the temporomandibular joint.

  • Jaw or sides of the face are swollen
  • Head pain
  • Jaw movement is restricted
  • Jaw makes clicking sounds when moving
  • Teeth are sore
  • Jaw feels tired and difficult to move

What are some solutions for Schenectady jaw pain?

That depends on the problem causing the discomfort in the first place. If it is a TMD, we’ll work with you in-office to determine which solution is most appropriate. With Dr. Robert Scotto, you may try the following:

  1. Oral appliances – Mouth guards do a whole lot more than we expect. Specialized mouth guards will even restrict your jaw from moving while you sleep, preventing you from overworking your TMJs. These appliances will only be worn at night, and will help you wake feeling refreshed and relaxed (and pain-free!).
  2. Botox therapeutic – When injected at the TMJs, Botox can tame troublesome muscles that refuse to relax. This gives your temporomandibular joints a break and allows the areas to heal.

No matter the cause of your jaw discomfort, it’s important that we take a look. Don’t put up with the pain any longer - email our office to schedule an appointment.

August 21, 2013
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
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Cosmetic dentistry enthusiasts will know something about porcelain veneers. But for many patients, a “veneer” is just wood siding. We’re hoping to spread the word about dental veneers to help patients become more aware of this potential treatment. Those who have spent years frustrated with their teeth or hiding their smiles will find solace and smile rejuvenation in porcelain veneers. Read on to learn about the veneer procedure, benefits of porcelain veneers, and all the changes they can make for a smile.

What Can Schenectady Porcelain Veneers Do?

Dental veneers create a fresh layer of enamel-like material on worn or otherwise insufficient teeth. Veneers look like thin, v-shaped shells. Your dentist fits them over target teeth to make desired changes and strengthen the tooth’s structure. Veneers may be made to match nearly any specifications, so they are a key part of a new, tailor-made smile.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers Schenctady

Porcelain is a strong dental material that doesn’t compromise appearance for durability. Unlike other materials, porcelain is incredibly similar to natural tooth enamel. It matches the appearance of enamel in terms of color (the porcelain restoration may be made in any shade and will match your surrounding teeth), as well as its light-reflecting qualities (porcelain is translucent like natural enamel). Moreover, porcelain veneers are highly thin and will not necessitate much tooth reduction to fit over teeth. This makes your veneer appointments fast and much more comfortable.

The Schenectady Dental Veneer Procedure

In order to receive your veneers, you will likely need two appointments. At the first, we will prepare your teeth for veneers and take impressions of the prepared teeth. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab and used to fabricate your veneers in whatever shade we choose. We may provide you with temporary veneers to wear until your final appointment. At your next visit, your veneers will be bonded to your teeth and your smile will be complete!

Veneers have changed so many of our patients’ lives. Get in touch with our office to make yours the next.

August 13, 2013
Category: General Dentistry
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Those of us who fear our dental appointments cringe while waiting to hear our final diagnosis. Will there be a cavity that needs filling? Will we need to spend time and resources repairing holes in our teeth? There's one surefire way to remove some of that anticipatory stress: taking better care of our teeth so that cavities don't have a chance! There are steps you can take at home to prevent tooth decay and ensure that your next dental exam will find you cavity-free.

Stop Tooth Decay at Home For Healthier Teeth | Schenectady Dentist

1.     Brush your teeth – properly! While we all brush our teeth, we’re not all doing it in the most effective way. Brushing more efficiently will save time and ensure the brushing targets bacteria. Check out this brushing guide to see if your technique is on-point.

2.     Floss. Flossing reaches areas of your teeth that a toothbrush can’t hope to access, and removes otherwise inaccessible food particles from problematic spots. Flossing is not optional. If you need some extra flossing motivation, try floss holders or flavored floss to find a flossing experience you enjoy. Try to floss before bed to remove bacteria before sleeping.

3.     Rinse with water after eating and drinking. Rinsing removes bacteria and acids before they can damage enamel. Plus, rinsing is simple to do and possible nearly anywhere. Whenever you find yourself caught without a toothbrush, swish some water between your teeth for a similar cleansing effect.

4.     Use fluoride. Fluoride remineralizes enamel to strengthen teeth and lessen sensitivity. Thicker enamel is a great weapon against decay.

5.     Adopt a tooth-friendly diet. Foods good for teeth include raw veggies, nuts, cheese, yogurt, and non-acidic fruits. If you must indulge in sweets, brush after – but not too soon after! Highly acidic/sugary foods soften enamel, meaning an immediate brushing could have negative effects. Wait an hour, then clean.

6.     See your dentist regularly. You will have a unique schedule for dental exams depending on your teeth and your needs. Talk to Dr. Scotto to learn when your next exam and teeth cleaning should take place. Visiting our Schenectady office regularly to catch dental problems in their earliest stages and remove the need for extensive restorative work.

Preventing dental problems with daily steps is the simplest way to ensure your next Schenectady dental exam pronounces you cavity free

Those are our top tips for avoiding tooth decay – do you have any of your own to share? Contact our office with any questions about how you should be taking care of your teeth.

August 10, 2013
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When you’re first told that you need to have a root canal done on a tooth, you may react with disbelief. Even if you’re experiencing tooth pain, you could feel frustrated at the prospect of that dental undertaking, and wonder if there is a less drastic step to take. While root canals have a bad reputation, they are actually a conservative way to deal with an infected tooth. Root canals prevent extractions from becoming a necessity, and preserve your natural tooth structure. Don’t dread your root canal – read on to learn about when root canals are necessary, and why they are a positive step to take.

What A Schenectady Root Canal Does For A Tooth

Decay begins at the surface of a tooth. If the decay is allowed to spread, it reaches deeper into the tooth, through the outer enamel layer and through to the tooth’s pulp. When this pulp becomes infected, it causes you a great deal of discomfort. Additionally, the infection can progress through your tooth and through the tooth root – potentially reaching your bone and causing significant damage.

A root canal removes the infected portion of a tooth while allowing the tooth’s structure to remain. Without having a root canal done, you would need an extraction, which would be followed by a dental implant and a dental restoration to replace the missing tooth. A tooth that has had a root canal may not need a restoration at all, and if it does, it will only be a dental crown.

Schenectady Root Canals Save Teeth and Stop Disease

An infected tooth is a tricky thing to take on, and endodontic treatment gets right to (if you’ll pardon our pun) the root of the problem. The procedure is similar to having a filling done, and will not cause you discomfort. After a brief healing period, your pain will be over and your tooth will be healed.

If you think you may have an infected tooth, please contact our Schenectady dentist as soon as possible.

August 02, 2013
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Schenectady dentist dental anesthesia soothing treatmentWe all approach our dental treatment with varying levels of anxiety. But that anxiety doesn’t need to be a constant presence during your time in the dental chair. With the different forms of dental anesthesia available to our patients, dental procedures need not make you uncomfortable. Our Schenectady dentist will work with you to determine the appropriate type of anesthesia for your treatment and comfort level. This week’s blog post prepares you for an informed discussion of dental anesthesia pre-treatment by discussing some of the forms of sedation available, and how they will ease stress and discomfort. Read on to learn more about pain relief during and after dental treatment.

Your Dental Anesthesia with our Schenectady Dentist

The different types of pain-killing medication recommended during dental treatment can be divided into three categories:

  • Analgesics – These are non-narcotic pain relievers like aspirin or acetaminophen. They are available over-the-counter and can be taken before or after a dental appointment to relieve mild to moderate pain.
  • Anesthetics – Anesthetics are administered during a dental appointment to block nerve signals and numb areas of the mouth to pain. They may be injected, swallowed, or applied topically. Dental anesthetic is used during any procedure in which your teeth or gums will be affected to prevent pain. Injected anesthetic is the most common type of painkiller used during treatment.
  • Sedation – Sedation does not actually prevent pain, but it relaxes you so that you do not feel anxiety or pay attention to discomfort. A common form of dental sedation is nitrous oxide, which is inhaled during treatment.

It’s important to talk to your dentist about anesthesia prior to the procedure. Write down any questions you have; here are some recommended questions for parents looking to prepare themselves and their children for dental treatment.

Anesthesia After Your Appointment

No matter your procedure, you will likely require some healing and downtime after treatment. We will give you instructions as to the best way to spend this period in comfort. We may recommend hot or cold compresses, suggest over the counter painkillers, or prescribe several days of painkillers following a root canal or dental implant placement.

Don’t spend another dental appointment in fear! Give us a call or an email to discuss anesthesia before your next procedure.

When receiving dental implants, many patients are required to seek out an oral surgeon and visit a new office. Our Schenectady dentist makes this unnecessary. When working with Dr. Scotto, you are able to receive implants from us, in our practice. This week’s blog post details the advantages of receiving dental implants from your own dentist. You may be surprised by the added comfort, convenience, and ease of treatment that having an implant and cosmetic dentist will provide you.

Advantages of Receiving Dental Implants With Your Own Schenectady Dentist

Dr. Scotto’s expertise in the areas of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and implant dentistry allow him to provide a wide range of dental treatments and perform varied procedures. There are a few key advantages you gain by choosing a dental able to administer the full scope of your necessary treatments:

  • Comfort with the doctor and staff. When undergoing implant surgery, you’re already feeling nervous; there’s no need to heighten anxiety by adding a new dental team to the mix. You will feel more comfortable communicating openly and voicing any questions or concerns, because we have already established relationships with you.
  • Same office and facilities. You won’t have to negotiate the added stress of a new location and office space, and will experience a natural release of nerves by being in a familiar office.
  • A guided implant process. Rather than feeling adrift and having to work with multiple doctors, you will only be working with Dr. Scotto. He will give you instructions as to coming steps and be in communication with you throughout the implant process.
  • Simple coordination of treatment. Once your implant site has healed and you are ready to receive a restoration, Dr. Scotto will be ready to provide it. Having placed the implant himself, he will already be an expert on your case!

If you’re feeling concerned about choosing dental implants, consider these added comforts and call to schedule your appointment. We are looking forward to guiding you through the implant process.

Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305




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