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A surgical procedure often causes dental patients some trepidation. The best way to cut down on unease leading up to your oral surgery is to prepare, prepare, prepare. There’s really no level of preparation too great (as long as you don’t decide you’re ready to step in and perform the surgery yourself!). With this week’s blog post, our Schenectady dentist offers a brief overview of the best ways to prepare for your oral surgery. By understanding the how to get ready for your surgery, what your procedure will be like, and what the aftercare/healing period will entail, you will eliminate so much anxiety that you find yourself relaxed on the day of your appointment.

Schenectady Dentist on Preparing For Your Oral Surgery

  1. The most important step to take is communicating with your dentist. Only by talking to a professional knowledgeable on your personal case will you be able to discuss procedure specifics. Your dentist or oral surgeon will be able to give you a step-by-step breakdown of what your appointment will be like, and how this surgery will help you.
  2. Do some research of your own to get better acquainted with the procedure. We’ve listed a few common types of oral surgery below so that you may peruse their descriptions.
  3. Take the correct precautions before your surgery: stock your fridge with soft foods and liquids you will be able to consume afterward, arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment, and take a day or two off work.

Common Oral Surgical Procedures | Schenectady Dentist

  • Dental implants – Dental implants are tooth root replacements that are placed in your gums so that they fuse with your jawbone. Click the link to learn more about the dental implant procedure.
  • Extractions – A dental extraction is when you have a tooth removed because it is severely damaged, decayed, or causing problems for other teeth/your bite. Click the following link to learn more about extractions.

Schenectady Dentist On The Period After Oral Surgery: Care and Healing

It’s important that you follow the exact instructions given you by your dentist or oral surgeon. Only those will heal the site of your surgery properly. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call your dentist or oral surgeon. We are always here to help!

When you're in pain, it's difficult to focus on anything other than your discomfort. Pain related to a TMJ disorder is even more frustrating. TMJ problems tend to be aggravated by stress (although really, what isn't?), and the more pain you feel, the more stressed you become. Our Schenectady dentist is stepping up to end this vicious cycle. With Botox Medical for TMJ/TMD, you will experience relief from pain after a single, quick treatment. If you've tried other methods and can't find a TMJ resolution, it's time to consider Botox treatment.

Botox for TMJ Pain and TMJ Disorders | Schenectady Dentist

TMJ disorders result from an overworked or incorrectly functioning temporomandibular joint (your TMJ). This joint connects your lower jaw to your upper jaw and skull, and is responsible for all your jaw movements. As you can predict, this leaves it open to misuse.

When patients clench their teeth, grind their teeth, or otherwise overwork this joint, it begins to suffer. You may feel resulting pain of any of the following varieties:

  • Head pain
  • Facial pain
  • Migraines
  • Jaw Pain
  • Mouth Pain
  • Ear Pain

...and we don't want for any of our patients to have to go through that.

Enter Botox Medical. Botox stops chronic pain by preventing painful, overworked muscles from contracting. When injected directly into the TMJ, Botox will calm the joint and allow it to relax and heal. You will still be able to use your jaw, and Botox won't affect its movement in a noticeable way. All it will accomplish is pain relief and healing.

We offer other types of TMJ therapy as well, including splints and exercises. If you're curious about Botox's potential role in your TMJ treatment, just give our Schenectady dentist a call at 518-374-9770 to discuss specifics. You shouldn't spend another day in discomfort.

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.

Your children look up to you in every way, and the ways they approach the world stem from what you teach them. Because of this, your children's dental health lies in your hands. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to inspire excellent oral hygiene in children. They can't process the full extent of what oral hygiene during childhood will accomplish throughout their lives, so brushing and flossing just seem like a boring, pointless step in a day that could be spent elsewise. Today, our Schenectady dentist discusses the ways in which our practice helps make brushing, flossing fun for your kids. A stable foundation of dental knowledge during a child's development will enable him to better care for his teeth for the rest of his life.

Children's Oral Hygiene | Schenectady Dentist

If your kids learn to think of oral hygiene as a vital part of the day, their dental health attitudes will develop in a positive way. They may even enjoy trips to the dentist! We hope to help every young patient find dental health pleasant, and here we list a few ways we work to accomplish that:

  • Stress-free first appointments - Your child's first trip to our office will be one to put him or her at ease. You will accompany your child he or she tours the office and meets our staff. If your child is young or especially nervous, you may sit in the dental chair with them during their first teeth cleaning. Feeling good about the office will help your child feel great about future dental treatment, and avoid forming dental anxiety.
  • Engaging education on oral health - Learning about plaque, cavities, and the problems that follow candy pigouts and poor brushing will do more to engage your child in oral health than vague admonitions to brush and floss. There are a variety of fun games that can help visually demonstrate the effects of bacteria and acid on teeth.
  • Fun dental products - The wide variety of products available means there are brushes, pastes, and floss that are just right for your son or daughter. Colors, addition of cartoon characters, and other alterations to the boring old brush and floss make oral hygiene more exciting. 
  • Oral health rewards - A cavity-free mouth should be rewarded! Just make sure it's not in the form of a sugary treat!

If your kids are seeking a pleasant, comfortable dental experience, visit our office to get them acquainted with our staff and our space. We looking forward to meeting them!

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.

 

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.



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

  

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