Dr. Schechter's Dental Discussion

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
September 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Dentures are an option for replacing several missing teeth. Each denture can replace an entire row of teeth or just a partial row if some denturesnatural teeth still remain. There are several different types of dentures and a dentist can recommend an appropriate option based on your needs. A dentist can also help you decide if dentures are the right tooth replacement option for you. Dr. Bruce Schechter is your dentist for dentures and general family dentistry services in Milford, CT.

What is the Difference Between Partial and Full Dentures?

Partial and full dentures are the two primary types of dentures, but there are a few different kinds of each type. The main difference between the two types is that full dentures replace an entire row of teeth, while partial dentures replace just some teeth when there are still natural teeth remaining. Your Milford family dentist can determine which type of dentures you need.

Are There Different Types of Partial Dentures?

Two types of partial dentures include removable and transitional. Both types are used to replace missing teeth in an arch when some natural teeth still remain. Removable partial dentures replace missing teeth long-term, while transitional partial dentures are worn temporarily following the extraction of several teeth in preparation of installing dental implants at a later time.

Are There Different Types of Full Dentures?

Full dentures are also called complete dentures and include immediate and conventional dentures. Immediate dentures are worn temporarily while the gums are healing after extraction of any remaining natural teeth. Once the gums have healed, the immediate dentures are replaced with conventional dentures, which are meant to be worn long-term. Conventional dentures are custom made for each patient for the best possible fit.

What is an Implant-Supported Overdenture?

Implant-supported overdentures are held in place by dental implants, which provide stability and additional support for the dentures. Since the dentures are held securely in place by dental implants, dental adhesives are not needed.

What are the Benefits of Dentures?

Dentures offer several benefits. The restore a full smile by filling in the gaps from missing teeth. Dentures also restore normal tooth functioning, making it possible for patients to eat many of their favorite foods again. Dentures can also improve speech, which is often adversely affected because the gaps from missing teeth alter tongue placement when speaking. Another benefit of dentures is that they provide support for sagging or droopy facial muscles. By providing additional support, dentures restore the natural contours of the face.

Several different types of dentures are available for restoring your smile and restoring tooth functioning. To find out which type of dentures might be right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schechter by calling his Milford family dentistry practice at (203) 878-1787.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
August 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

toothbrush oral hygieneYou can achieve excellent oral health by maintaining good oral hygiene habits. Studies show that people with good oral health tend to enjoy better health overall. By maintaining good oral hygiene habits, you are potentially maintaining better overall health as well. Good oral hygiene habits include brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Bruce Schechter is your Milford, CT, family dentist for regular dental exams and cleanings.

Good Oral Hygiene Habits

There are several practices that are part of a good oral hygiene routine, such as brushing and flossing. Brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush is one of the important habits to incorporate in your routine. When brushing, it is important to brush gently and thoroughly. Brushing too harshly can irritate the gums, while brushing hastily could result in missing some areas and leaving cavity-causing bacteria behind. To brush thoroughly, be sure to brush all surface areas of each tooth, as well as the tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth.

Visiting the dentist every six months is another important part of a good oral hygiene routine. During a dental visit, your Milford family dentist will perform an oral exam, which includes checking for signs of decay or other oral health problems. A dental hygienist will perform a thorough and professional cleaning of your teeth and gums, as well. Regular dental cleanings are important for removing tartar buildup, which cannot be removed at home with regular brushing and flossing.

Other habits that promote better oral health include limiting the number of sugary foods and drinks consumed each day. When bacteria on teeth mixes with the sugars in foods and beverages, acid is produced. That acid can erode tooth enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to decay. Avoiding or stopping smoking is another habit that can lead to better oral health as smoking is linked to gum disease and tooth loss.

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine includes regular visits to the dentist for an oral exam and thorough cleaning. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schechter, your Milford, CT, family dentist, call the office at (203) 878-1787.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
August 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Pain   dental filling  

A toothache is a problem that needs to be treated right away, so act fast.

Dealing with dental pain? If so, it’s important that you turn to our Milford, CT, family dentist Dr. Bruce Schechter as soon as possible so that tooth painwe can determine the cause and treat the issue accordingly. After all, dental problems won’t fix themselves; dental treatment will be necessary in order to preserve the tooth and prevent further damage from happening.

So, what’s going on when there is dental pain? While we won’t be able to determine this without first coming into our office for a thorough evaluation (which may include x-rays to look for issues that we can’t see with the naked eye), there are a couple of things that could be going on. The most common cause of a toothache is a cavity. A cavity, or dental decay, will need to be removed to prevent it from spreading. Once the decay is removed, the tooth will need a dental filling to restore it.

Another cause of dental pain could be physical damage to the tooth such as a fracture or break. A fracture isn’t always possible to see but if you suddenly experience pain and sensitivity in your tooth, especially when chewing or putting pressure on it, then there could be damage present. A fracture can occur due to traumatic injuries such as a bad fall or sports-related accident.

Sometimes if decay or an infection spreads past the hard outer layers of the tooth and affects the dental pulp, or inside structure of the tooth, this can also lead to dental pain. This is because the dental pulp is the part of the tooth that contains nerves, which means that when it’s infected or inflamed you will most likely experience pretty serious and nagging pain. This pain may be severe enough to wake you up at night and it may also get worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth.

Dealing with dental pain? Experiencing other issues with your oral health that are a cause for concern? If so, trust in our Milford, CT, dental team to help. We can answer all of your questions and address your smile concerns to make sure that you always get the care you need to maintain perfect oral health.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
July 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are a restorative procedure that beautifies your smile and restrengthens your jawbone. Your dentist in Milford, CT, Dr. dental implantsBruce Schechter.

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Dental Implants in Milford

If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible. Tooth loss may lead to serious issues like bone deterioration.

The dental implant procedure consists of the following a local anesthetic being applied to the necessary area. Your dentist then extracts remnants of old teeth left and drills into the jawbone to insert a titanium post, a biocompatible material that isn't rejected by the body's tissue.

The doctor surgically closes the area and allows it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months, while the process of osseointegration takes its full course. The titanium post that acts as the new tooth root needs to fuse with the rest of the bone. When you return, your Milford dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.

Dental Implant Advantages

Dental implants have several advantages. Here are a few:

  • Implants have a high success rate compared to other dental restorations.
  • They can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
  • You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.
  • Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile.
  • They are used to fill a single gap in your teeth, a few gaps, or all of your teeth.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical.

If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Bruce Schechter can help you out. Call his office, located in Milford, CT, at (203) 878-1787 to make an appointment today!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
June 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Who wants to admit their looks have changed? Yet, when you gaze in the mirror, you see your smile has faded. In Milford, CT, Dr. Bruce teeth whiteningSchechter offers both in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening. Simple and budget-friendly, teeth whitening brightens smiles by several shades of color.

The origin of dental stains

What people eat, drink, and smoke can potentially stain tooth enamel, particularly with years of repeated exposure. Tobacco, dark soft drinks, coffee, tea, blueberries, curry, and acidic foods typically become caught in the calcified matrix called tooth enamel. Poor oral hygiene adds to the problem as do certain prescription medications.

Over-the counter-products

We've all seen storefront whitening services and brighter smile kiosks at shopping malls. Plus, there's a plethora of whitening toothpastes, strips, and rinses at the local drugstore and supermarket.

Are these services and products safe? They can be if properly applied. However, gum and tooth sensitivity often happens with do-it-yourself whitening. Are these services and products effective? Again, they can be to an extent, but anything other than professional whitening gel is weak at best and cannot produce the dazzling results your dentist and his professional team can.

How professional whitening works

Professional teeth whitening is today's most popular aesthetic dental service, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Your dentist uses powerful hydrogen peroxide gel literally to lift stains out of tooth enamel.

But, before any application--either in-office or at-home--begins, Dr. Schechter will check your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy enough for whitening. Your mouth should be free of decay and gum disease, and while some whitening patients may have crowns and veneers already in place, these restorations will not whiten and could require replacement to achieve a proper color match.

If you select in-office whitening, expect to spend about an hour in the dental chair. The hygienist will protect your gums and lips with a plastic dam and then apply the gel to your teeth. After sufficient penetration, the gel is rinsed off, leaving teeth up to eight shades brighter.

At-home brilliance is the same. However, it takes longer to achieve--about a week or so of daily applications of a less concentrated peroxide gel. You'll use custom-fitted whitening trays each day for a prescribed amount of time.

Keeping teeth white in Milford

Brush twice a day, and floss daily. Stay well-hydrated. Get whitening touch-ups as needed, and keep your regular cleaning appointments with Dr. Schechter.

For more information on teeth whitening, or to book a cosmetic dentistry consultation in Milford, CT, call the office at (203) 878-1787. Look forward to a brilliantly bright smile!





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