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When we straighten our teeth, we hope to finish the process as quickly (and painlessly!) as possible. Not only is traditional orthodontic treatment bulky and uncomfortable, we're eager to get our braces off and finally see the stunning results. In this way, ideal orthodontic treatment is that which is the fastest, most comfortable, and generally the least invasive with regard to patients' dailly lives. With Invisalign treatment, those goals are achieved. Our Schenectady dentist offers Invisalign to adults and teens seeking something a little different from traditional orthodontic fare. We find the results are equal to those gained with braces, and the treatment process far superior.

The Convenience of Invisalign | Schenectady Dentist

Invisalign aligners differ from metal braces in a basic, fundamental way. By moving teeth without obscuring teeth, Invisalign treament creates a new kind of orthodontic process. We’ve outlined a few of our favorite things about Invisalign below.

  • Invisalign allows you to straighten on your own. You need visit your dentist less frequently, as you are able to change to new aligner trays at home. As your trays are completely removable, you manage your orthodontic treatment. This isn’t to say that your Schenectady dentist won’t be involved – we’ll see you every six weeks, and always be available to answer questions.
  • Invisalign doesn’t let anyone know you’re straightening your teeth. Invisalign trays are made of clear plastic, and sit snugly against your teeth. They won’t be noticeable when you are smiling or speaking.
  • Invisalign trays are comfortable in your mouth. The smooth plastic trays don’t catch on your cheeks or cause discomfort. Whereas braces can have poking wires and sharp brackets, Invisalign trays will not irritate the inside of your mouth.
  • Invisalign lets you monitor your progress. Clear Invisalign trays allow you to watch your teeth move and anticipate the final results.

Schenectady Dentist on Who is Right for Invisalign Treatment

We’d love to offer Invisalign to every single one of our patients. Unfortunately, it’s not right for every bite. Depending on the severity of your malocclusion, Invisalign may not move your teeth in the way they need to be shifted. Invisalign is right for patients with mild to medium malocclusions, who primarily need to move the teeth that are a part of their smiles. Contact our office to determine whether you can straighten with Invisalign.

What to Expect from Your Periodontal Treatment

Any new form of dental treatment can be a little intimidating. For those who are experiencing gingivitis or periodontal disease for the first time, an appointment to deal with these problems carries apprehension. What will happen during periodontal treatment? This week's blog post from our Schenetady dentist is a refresher course on periodontal disease, the areas it affects, and how periodontal treatment will repair damage that has been done. By educating yourself as to what will happen during your periodontal treatment, you give yourself valuable preparation that will find you calm and comfortable during treatment.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. It is the preliminary stage of gum infection that can lead to full-on periodontal disease. Patients with gingivitis will likely have swollen, inflamed, bleeding, and sore gums. Catching gum problems at the gingivitis stage makes treatment simpler. If you are experiencing the aforementioned symptoms, contact your dentist right away.

What is periodontal disease?

When gingivitis progresses, the soft tissues of the mouth become infected by harmful bacteria. Periodontal disease (also called periodontitis) affects the gums and the teeth. It can lead to gum recession, tissue loss, decay, loose teeth, bone loss, and tooth loss. For this reason, we're serious about treating periodontal disease in a thorough and prompt fashion.

What does periodontal treatment entail?

Periodontal treatment removes disease from affected areas of the mouth. This typically means scaling and root planing, which may be accompanied by antibiotics (taken orally or placed in periodontal pockets) and gum surgery.

What are scaling and root planing? Are they painful?

Scaling is actually something that takes place during every one of your dental exams with our Schenectady dentist. It's simply bacteria and plaque being scraped from your teeth. Root planing is scaling that targets areas below the gum line. Depending on the severity of your infection, we will employ local anesthesia or dental sedation to ensure that you feel nothing during scaling and planing. We may treat your mouth in sections, spread over multiple appointments, to minimize discomfort. After your periodontal treatment, your gums will heal and you will find the effects of disease have retreated.

Our Schenectady dentist will answer any questions you may have about periodontal treatment. If your gums are in pain, don't hesitate to contact our office and begin the healing process.

Cosmetic dentistry isn't always a complicated process. While it is possible to have a full smile makeover, our Schenectady dentist finds patients are often more interested in correcting minor cosmetic flaws. Dental bonding is a wonderful option for those seeking small smile adjustments. Bonding can be completed in a single appointment, can strengthen teeth and beautify teeth, and is very affordable. But since dental bonding doesn't sound quite as glamorous as porcelain veneers or dental crowns, many patients don't know what it is. This week's blog post serves as a guide to dental bonding and all that it could accomplish for your smile.

Dental Bonding Is the Quick, Affordable Route to An Updated Smile

Dental bonding involves a piece of tooth-colored resin that is bonded to teeth. Our Schenectady dentist will match the resin to your natural tooth color, making your dental work unnoticeable. Our Schenectady dentist's skill will make for bonding that blends naturally and aesthetically with the rest of your smile. Dental bonding can repair so many dental concerns, including:

  • Gap teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Short teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Teeth that require structural support
  • Crooked teeth

The resin may be applied to nearly any tooth area that is not involved in heavy chewing. The process is painless and speedy. Our Schenectady dentist simply shapes the resin so that it will fit with your existing teeth, then bonds it in place. Because dental bonding creates new tooth structure, but does not involve porcelain restorations (a unique combination of factors for cosmetc dental treatments), the bonding can be completed without waiting to receive prosthetics from a lab. There will be no temporaries, and no second appointment.

Your dental bonding work will be with you for years to come. With proper care, results can be especially long-lasting.

If there's something about your smile that you're not completely happy with, contact our Schenectady dentist. Bonding could be your simple answer.

Schenectady dentist dental crownsDental Crowns from our Schenectady Dentist Create Your Perfect Smile

Do you struggle to share your smile with the world? Cosmetic concerns can prevent people from being completely themselves, hiding their teeth and even limiting their social interactions. We want you to be comfortable being yourself. Our Schenectady dentist will work with you until your smile is beautifully, naturally whole and something that brings you pride. One of our greatest aids in our battle against tooth wear and tear is the dental crown. This week, we'll discuss the wide variety of tasks crowns can take on and the ways they perfect a smile.

Dental Crowns' Capabilities

Crowns are similar to veneers, but add more tooth structure and greater security. Often called "tooth caps," crowns surround remaining natural tooth structure and attach new tooth material. This can hide problematic stains, repair teeth missing structure from decay or damage, and change a smile however you would like. Crowns' versatile nature allows them to accomplish so many dental changes:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Straighter teeth
  • A symmetrical smile
  • Reduced tooth sensitivity
  • Stronger teeth
  • Replacements for missing teeth

Dental crowns come in several materials, the most cosmetic being porcelain. Porcelain crowns may be fabricated in any shape and color, and will blend with your natural teeth to form a great smile. Dental crowns are often used in combination with other cosmetic dental restorations to complete a smile makeover.

The Dental Crown Procedure with our Schenectady Dentist

Receiving dental crowns doesn't need to be complicated. The procedure typically spans two appointments. At the first, our Schenectady dentist will reduce the teeth receiving dental crowns so that the restorations will fit. We will bond temporary crowns to those teeth to keep your smile whole until your second appointment. At the next appointment, your crowns will be bonded to your teeth and checked for proper fit and look. You will leave the office with a glorious smile!

Interested in what dental crowns could do for you? Give our Schenectady dentist a call at (518)-374-9770 or schedule online and we will begin the joyous process of changing your smile.

Life-Changing Dental Implants from our Schenectady Dentist

Are you aware of what dental implants could do for your smile? Dental implants help patients missing teeth regain their former lives, with restored dental stability and the unyielding support of these tooth root replacements. Our Schenectady dentist will place your implants and then work with you until you have beautiful dental restorations in place and are completely satisfied with your new smile. Today's blog post is an in-depth look at this incredible dental restoration.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are titanium screws that connect with your jaw bone. Since titanium is a biocompatible material, over time it actually fuses with your bone, creating a support system that will not fail you or your restorations. Dental implants are connected to accompanying restorations by means of an abutment. Once the three parts of the fully restored tooth are in place (implant, abutment, and restoration), your treatment with our Schenectady dentist is complete!

What dental restorations can dental implants support?

Dental implants work with every dental restoration. The general support that implants provide can benefit all the dental restorations our Schenectady dentist offers. You may  use dental implants in conjunction with:

  • Crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Partial dentures

The foundation provided by the dental implants will keep these restorations from feeling like anything other than natural tooth structure. This makes an especially profound difference in the case of dentures. Implant-supported dentures will not click or slip, and you will be able to use them for both speaking and chewing (there is less of a need to remove them).

How will dental implants change my life?

Dental implants provide you with replacement teeth that really feel and look natural. They will improve your speaking, chewing, and the look of your jaw and face. Because dental implants provide new root structures, they can keep bone surrounding a missing tooth from disintegrating and preserve your bone structure. Most importantly, dental implants will give you a boost in confidence by returning your smile to a whole and beautiful state.

Don't understimate the difference a solid, full smile makes to your self-esteem and your life. Contact our office today to begin a dental implant discussion.

 

When you have a sore limb, the flu, or a headache, you seek medical attention for some kind of relief. General health problems carry a certain amount of gravity that causes us to respond with haste. When dental health seems like it could be compromised, few people respond in the same way. Our Schenectady dentist assures you that your dental health should be as important to you as your whole-body health. Today, we’ll discuss the reasons your oral health is imperative and ways to keep your teeth and gums strong. With excellent care and the aid of our dentist, superb dental health is a possibility for every one of your patients.

Why is dental health so important? If I have a cavity, my Schenectady dentist can just fix it at my next dental exam.

Oral health can suffer from different attackers. Something like a single cavity is a relatively mild dental problem. But a single cavity can spread. It can lead to multiple cavities, to an infected tooth, or even to periodontal disease (infection of the gums). These problems can’t be resolved in a single dental appointment. They take multiple restorations and periodontal therapy to be eradicated from your mouth. Waiting to take action when it seems something could be wrong with your teeth allows the disease time to spread. Additionally, dental problems can lead to whole-body health issues of which many patients aren’t aware.

Does my Schenectady dentist have any tips on what I need to do to maintain stellar dental health?

-       Brush and floss daily, and properly (for long enough and in a thorough fashion)

-       Maintain regular dental exams (every six months)

-       Contact your Schenectady dentist as soon as you feel something is wrong with your teeth or gums

-       Cut back on consumption of acidic, sugary drinks like coffee and soda

-       Rise your mouth with water after eating

There are more tips where those came from – contact our Schenectady dentist to set up your next exam and learn about dental habits that are appropriate for your personal smile.

 

A Simple but Transformative Teeth Whitening Experience with Schenectady Dentist

Cosmetic dental treatments vary in complexity. While more involved treatments tend to produce the most dramatic results, it’s possible to transform your smile with a single, painless appointment with our Schenectady dentist. Teeth whitening changes your life in more ways than the obvious. Because of the associations people lend to a bright smile, your whitened teeth can affect the way others treat you and the way you see yourself. Moreover, your teeth whitening appointment will be over in one hour and leave you with results lasting a month or more. Read on to learn more about the simplicity and effectiveness of teeth whitening.

Schenectady Dentist on How Teeth Whitening Changes Your Life

  • Physical – Teeth whitening can brighten your teeth by up to 8 shades. This increase in whiteness can make your smile look like an entirely new one – without having any other dental work.
  • Emotional – A white smile conveys health, youth, and excellent personal grooming. This will make you feel great when you look in the mirror. You will smile more easily and often, and feel better about your appearance. You may even find yourself happier overall. Our Schenectady dentist believes that teeth whitening boosts your mental state just as it does your teeth.
  • Professional – With the new demeanor accompanying your whiter teeth, you will find that you are more comfortable having attention focused on you. This makes you more sociable and can lead to greater success at work.

Your Teeth Whitening Treatment with our Schenectady Dentist

Depending on your whitening needs, our Schenectady dentist may recommend in-office or at-home whitening. In-office whitening is the best choice for those hoping to whiten teeth as quickly and intensely as possible. You will see major results at the end of your first whitening appointment. Should you be unable to make it in to the office and fine with more gradual results, we will provide you with whitening trays and hydrogen peroxide gel so that you can whiten in the comfort of your home.

Ready for a brighter smile and a brighter life? Contact our Schenectady dentist.

 

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.

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.



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

  

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