Posts for: December, 2013

December 24, 2013
Category: General Dentistry
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This year has seen the birth of our new website - and with it, a whole new way for us to communicate with our patients. We've enjoyed putting our wisdom out there each week for the community to enjoy. Whether you've been following our blog or not, read on to see a few of the most interesting posts from 2013. Ranging from Botox therapeutic to dental implant placement, these posts will help you prepare for upcoming treatment, cope with existing problems, and get better acquainted with the ins and outs of your dental care.

2013's Best Blog Posts from My Schenectady Cosmetic Dentist

When Botox is Right For You

Treating your grinding or TMJ disorder can be complicated - and finding relief from pain can be a long journey. Botox therapeutic steps in and makes things simpler. Injections at the TMJ will relax the jaw and help it heal. Is Botox the right step for you? Check out this post to learn more.

Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Implants allow Dr. Scotto to replace entire missing teeth. At the same time, they improve the health of smiles. This post discusses the specifics of implants' benefits and reasons to pursue implant placement.

Choosing the Right Dental Anesthesia

If you've struggled with feeling comfortable in the dental chair, learning about your sedation options could help. The right anesthesia and sedation will combine to ensure that you feel neither pain nor anxiety. This post helps you determine which forms are right for you.

End Teeth Grinding

Grinding your teeth is a habit that can result in untold damage. Stop your teeth grinding today to prevent broken teeth, jaw disorders, and enamel wear over time.

Discover Porcelain Veneers

If you're not aware of all that porcelain veneers can do for smiles, then we'd love to discuss them with you. This blog post will lay out the details so that you can decide whether they're the cosmetic treatment for you.

Get in touch with our practice with any questions! We appreciate your continued support.

December 17, 2013
Category: General Dentistry
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Schenectady teeth cleaning and oral healthWhat if you could stop dental problems before they were even allowed to take hold? Anticipating the future and being proactive about your oral care is the best way to avoid time-consuming work, invasive treatments, and the loss of natural tooth structure. Practicing preventive dentistry doesn’t need to be complicated or confusing. Simply consider the ways that your oral hygiene and habits could be slightly stronger. Below, we’ve listed a few ways you can make sure your teeth stay white, whole, and healthy for many years to come.

Establishing Healthy Teeth At Home and In the Office

We’ll help you along the way by suggesting specific practices and products at your regular dental exams. Adopting new methods of oral care will help maintain your current smile. Of course, bacteria may still find a way to break through even the best dental defenses. But taking part in these suggestions will definitely help keep cavities and periodontal disease at bay (and we won’t mention regular brushing and flossing – that goes without saying!).

  1. Fluoridated dental products – Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash help rebuild worn enamel, strengthening your teeth against the effects of bacteria and acids (and they also help reduce sensitivity). Ask Dr. Scotto or your hygienist for product recommendations.
  2. Sealants – Sealants are thin, protective, and clear layers applied to typically problematic teeth (like molars). They cover cracks and fissures and keep bacteria and plaque out of hard-to-reach spots. Sealants are quickly applied, and last for many years.
  3. Regular appointments – You should see Dr. Scotto regularly. While this means different things for different patients (depending on your risk for disease), it averages to about once every six months.
  4. Cleaning after eating – If you don’t have time or a place to brush after eating, rinse your mouth with water to get rid of food particles.

Schenectady General Dentist on Patient Education

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your oral health in greater depth, please get in touch with our office! We enjoy seeing our patients’ healthy smiles.

December 07, 2013
Category: TMJ Treatment
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Schenectady Botox treatment for jaw painWhen Botox Is Right For You

You may be considering Botox treatment for a solution to pain, and intrigued by its possibilities. How do you determine whether Botox is the appropriate step for you to take? This blog post will help you identify your own needs, and discuss whether Botox treatment could provide the results that you’re seeking. Our Schenectady team is on hand to answer any questions you may have – we want you to feel comfortable before treatment, and dentist-patient communication is an invaluable aid.

Botox Therapeutic

Chronic pain is a beast that can be quite difficult to tame. That pain often stems from an overactive muscle, which you have little control over. The jaw joint holds a great deal of stress, and can be prone to clenching. If you’ve had problems with your TMJ (jaw joint), you understand the pain that accompanies frequent clenching – and you want it to stop.

Solutions for TMJ Pain

A common answer to jaw-related problems is an occlusal guard. This helps to keep grinding under control. Unfortunately, bite guards aren’t always the right solution, Depending on the amount of stress that you’re putting on your jaw, you may still be stressing the area. Botox relaxes your TMJ so that you can’t clench your teeth so firmly – even while sleeping.

You don’t need to wake up with headaches, an exhausted jaw, and swollen TMJ any longer. Even when other treatment options have proved unsuccessful, Botox could provide relief from pain. If you’ve been experiencing muscle-related chronic pain, call our office to discuss your candidacy for Botox.

Meeting with your dentist is an important step of any Botox-related decision. Contact our Schenectady practice to learn more about treatment, and whether it could be right for you. We hope to help you move past jaw pain and reclaim your regular life.

December 02, 2013
Category: General Dentistry
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Schenectady oral surgery“Oral surgery” can be an intimidating phrase. We find it’s easier for our patients to face upcoming treatment if they focus on its positive aspects. Surgery can be more involved than other dental treatments, but it can also address the roots of problems that more superficial treatments can’t manage. Depending on your personal needs, your oral surgery with Dr. Scotto could result in a more beautiful smile, improved oral health, and stronger teeth and bones. Read on to learn about a few types of surgery available at our Schenectady practice.

Reasons for Oral Surgery

While dental restorations can accomplish an impressive number of tasks, they’re not always the best step toward a healthier smile. Listed below are common types of oral surgery, paired with the instances in which they’re appropriate forms of treatment.

  • Tooth extraction – Have you heard the term “preventive dentistry” before? By stopping problems before they can take hold, you prevent untold dental problems and tooth damage. Extractions remove problematic teeth before they can decay, affect your bite, or cause other issues. Extractions may also be necessary to make room for teeth to shift during orthodontic treatment.
  • Gum graft – Periodontal disease and chronic teeth grinding can cause gum recession. Exposed tooth roots change the look of your smile and are highly sensitive. A gum graft will both protect your teeth and balance your gum line. The tissue will be taken from elsewhere in your mouth and carefully grafted to the lacking area.
  • Bone graft – When you lose a tooth, that area of your jawbone begins losing density. This can lead to changes in facial structure, and also makes it difficult to receive an implant. A bone graft will supplement the area and prepare it for implant placement.
  • Dental implant placement – Dental implants act as permanent tooth root replacements. They bond with your natural bone over time to form the stablest possible connection. When paired with dental restorations, implants allow patients to replace entire missing teeth.

Pursuing Oral Surgery in Schenctady

Interested in one of the procedures we’ve mentioned? Simply contact our office online, or at (518) 374-9770.

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




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