Posts for: October, 2013

October 28, 2013
Category: TMJ Treatment
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Schenectady Botox for painYou’ve probably heard plenty about what Botox can do for facial lines and minor wrinkles. While this is an effective use for the muscle relaxing medication, Botox is capable of much more than aesthetic repairs. Because of its unique capabilities, Botox will actually relieve certain types of muscle pain. The way it affects muscles can halt troubling contractions that have been causing you discomfort for even long periods of time. Read on to determine whether Botox is right for your muscle pain. You don’t need to put up with the daily frustration and reduced quality of life that accompanies chronic pain any longer.

How Botox Prevents Muscle Pain

While not all types of pain will be prevented by Botox treatment, it’s ideal for discomfort that stems from overactive muscles. Certain conditions will cause muscles to contract against your will, leading to them becoming overworked and fatigued. Depending on the muscles, we can even be unaware of the contractions and their connection to our discomfort. With such lack of control over these contractions, there’s little we can do to stop them. This is where Botox can step in and remedy the situation.

Stopping these contractions can be necessary to allow the muscles to relax and pain to cease. Botox targets specific muscles to prevent nerve impulses from reaching them. Without commands from your nerves, those muscles will cease contracting. Our Schenectady dentist, Dr. Robert Scotto, is highly trained and experienced with Botox therapeutic. He will only inject a certain amount of medication at the precisely right site, leading your muscles to relax only as intended.

Muscles Appropriate for Botox Treatment

  • The temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint (TMJ) – for pain stemming from clenching, grinding, and TMJ disorders
  • Facial muscles – for head pain
  • Neck and shoulder muscles – for myofascial pain

If you’re interested in remedying your muscle pain directly, Botox is the right step. Get in touch with our Schenectady team to learn more.

October 22, 2013
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
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When a tooth has been severely damaged by decay, trauma, or another one of life’s unpleasantries, it may need some help to continue functioning. A dental crown can rebuild your teeth in a simple but spectacular way. A crown can prevent a tooth from succumbing to infection or incurring further damage. Understanding how crowns work and when they’re the right choice will help you decide whether a crown could be right for you. Read on for a primer on dental crowns from our Schenectady team.

How Dental Crowns Work

Crowns are a general and cosmetic dental restoration. Their purpose is dual: they both improve your smile and protect the teeth beneath. Dr. Scotto may use crowns to

  • Lengthen teeth
  • Restore small or worn teeth
  • Protect broken or cracked teeth
  • Maintain teeth that have undergone root canals
  • Cover severely stained teeth

A crown is shaped like a cap, and it fits neatly over the remaining natural tooth. This cap remains securely bonded to the tooth for many years, preserving your smile far into the future.

The Porcelain Crown Procedure

  1. We prepare the tooth that will be receiving a crown. Depending on your tooth, this can mean anything from minimal to more significant tooth reduction.
  2. We’ll take an impression of the prepped area to make a crown that will fit perfectly.
  3. Dr. Scotto will place a temporary crown on the prepared tooth so that you have a full smile during the wait for the crown to arrive from our dental lab.
  4. You will return for a second appointment when the crown is ready. We will place the crown and bond it to your tooth.
  5. Dr. Scotto will check the crown’s fit and make any necessary adjustments to make it look more natural or work with your bite properly.
  6. Your smile is complete!

If you’re interested in a dental crown, give us a call to learn more.

October 17, 2013
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
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When a smile has aesthetic issues, the teeth aren’t always to blame. While we pay more attention to our teeth for the prominent role they play in our smiles, our gums are actually an important part of a smile’s appearance. Teeth and gums must be properly balanced in order for a smile to look just right. Whether your teeth are covered by too much gum tissue and appear small, or lacking in gum coverage and look overly long, Dr. Scotto will work with you to determine a comfortable and effective course of treatment. This blog post will help you learn what you may expect from cosmetic gum surgery.

Types of Aesthetic Gum Surgery

  • Gum grafts – Age, bruxism, and other dental problems can lead to gum recession. When gums pull away from teeth, they can leave overly large areas of tooth root exposed, aging smiles. Gum grafts take soft tissue from elsewhere in your mouth (commonly the roof of your mouth) to supply lacking areas with fresh tissue.
  • Gummy smile treatment – When gums cover too much of teeth, the teeth lose some of their luster. Patients with gummy smiles hide their grins and laughter, embarrassed by the appearance of their gum line. A gingivectomy will remove small amounts of gum tissue from problem areas, revealing a perfect smile.
  • Gingival contouring – Sometimes patients benefit the most from a varied approach to their gum line. Gums may cover too much of a few teeth, while leaving others exposed. Gingival contouring will tackle each area on an individual basis, resulting in a smile that looks beautifully natural, symmetrical, and balanced.

Can I Benefit from Gingival Surgery?

Gum surgery isn’t all about looks – it can result in stronger teeth alongside a more beautiful smile. Gum grafts that cover areas exposed by gum recession will help reduce tooth sensitivity and prevent decay at the delicate tooth root. Gum surgery could make many changes to your smile and life – get in touch with our Schenectady office if you think it could do so for you.

October 06, 2013
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
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Engaging in cosmetic dental treatment has an obvious payoff: a more beautiful smile. But what many patients don’t realize is that those new smiles will make significant changes to other areas of their lives. Even a procedure as simple as in-office teeth whitening will have emotional, mental, and social impacts. Read on to get excited about bringing whiter teeth in your life.

Ways Whiter Teeth Change Lives

Your smile is the first thing most people notice upon meeting you. Seize that opportunity to make the best possible first impression. With a single whitening session, you can brighten your teeth by many shades. Upon leaving our office, you’ll notice that the way you approach the world changes in the coming weeks. Teeth whitening will affect your outlook and interactions by providing you with:

  • A boost in self-confidence – When you look great, the way you feel about yourself soars. Teeth whitening can lead to a big change in your self esteem, leading you to be more confident, capable, and courageous. Whiter teeth can actually help you take charge!
  • Improved personal image – White teeth signify strong oral health and an attention to personal care. This communicates to others that you take care of both your health and your appearance, and speaks to your capability.
  • Superior social skills – With the renewed confidence that comes with whiter teeth, you’ll be eager jump into social and professional situations. You’ll be ready to show off your smile, coming off as a friendly and approachable person.

Your Own Teeth Whitening

Whitening teeth in Schenectady is as simple as making a phone call. Schedule a whitening appointment to see your smile brighten considerably. Hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening with the Zoom! whitening system is both safe and comfortable. To learn more, get in touch with our office.

October 02, 2013
Category: Dental Implants
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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – preparing for a dental procedure pays off! By reading up on the treatment and communicating with your dentist prior to the big appointment, you’ll grow more mentally comfortable with what’s coming up. A comfortable patient is a calm patient, and we strive to ensure that everyone in our dental chairs feels good about their time in our office. Read on to learn more about dental implant surgery and begin to prepare for your implant placement.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Because dental implants are an involved procedure, the steps will differ for each patient. Your oral health, bone density, and age all play a factor. We’ve accounted for special cases and included a range of potential steps in this list.

  1. Bone graft. Bone grafts are necessary for patients lacking sufficient bone density. Because the implant is placed deep in your bone, it will need to offer adequate depth for the implant to be a success. Should you need a bone graft, you will then be required to heal for some time prior to implant placement.
  2. Strengthening oral health. If you are not in good dental/periodontal health, implant surgery could make you vulnerable to infection, and the implant could fail. We will guide you through the process of improving your oral health with hygiene tips, excellent products, and personalized care.
  3. CT Scan. We take CT scans of our patients’ jaws before every dental implant procedure, to ensure we know exactly where to place the implants and to allow us to precisely predict the results.
  4. Implant placement. During implant surgery, you will receive local anesthesia, which will prevent you from feeling discomfort. If you are anxious about treatment, we will offer dental sedation. Dr. Scotto will make an incision in your gums and place the implant in your jawbone. In some cases, we will not need to make an incision, but will be able to make a small punch and place the implant in the bone. This eliminates the need for sutures and fast tracks your healing. We may also be able to place abutments at this appointment.
  5. Healing. You will need several months to heal and ensure the implant is a success. During this time, follow the aftercare instructions we provide and get plenty of rest. This will stimulate tissue healing.
  6. Abutment placement. Abutments are connectors that hold your implants to the restorations. Depending on your case, you may receive abutments at the time of implant placement, rather than after some healing. After abutment placement, you will then recover for another period of time, before…
  7. Restoration placement. Your crowns, dentures, or other restorations will be connected to the implants. Your smile is whole and complete!

Deciding on Dental Implants

Implants may take a few months of healing, but they will provide a lifetime of tooth root replacement. If you’re interested in implants, give our office a call.

Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
1705 Eastern Parkway 
Schenectady, NY 12309
P: 518-378-1703                F: 518-374-4221              




Schenectady Dental Implants