Dr. Schechter's Dental Discussion

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
June 27, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: Dentures  

DenturesIf you are missing any teeth, you have likely noticed that both your oral health and appearance are suffering. Fortunately, Dr. Brian Bae of Golden Hill Family Dental in Milford, CT, offers a full line of dental appliances, including removable partials and dentures, to help you and your smile!

More about dentures

There are several types of dentures available today, including both full dentures for those who have lost an entire arch of teeth, and partial dentures for those who have lost a few teeth but not an entire arch.

Types of full dentures include:

  • Conventional dentures, which are created after your tissue has healed completely, usually at 6-to-8 weeks; conventional dentures are sturdy and built to last. With conventional dentures, you only have to get used to wearing one denture.
  • Immediate dentures, which are created before your teeth are removed, and placed right after the removal; they are less expensive than other denture types because they are meant as a temporary solution until a conventional denture can be made for you later on. With immediate dentures, you never have to be without your smile.
  • Overdentures, which are placed over dental implants or existing tooth roots; overdentures help you retain the bone in your jaw and benefit from the added support of tooth roots or implants.

Types of partial dentures include:

  • Conventional partials, which are sturdy and meant to be permanent
  • Transitional partials, which are a temporary solution while you are waiting to have dental implants placed.

Need a dental replacement? Give us a call!

To learn more about types of dentures and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, call Dr. Brian Bae at Golden Hill Family Dental in Milford, CT. Dial (203) 878-1787 now and get started on a great new smile!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
June 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How your family dentist in Milford, CT, can help relieve your tooth pain

Believe it or not, a root canal could be the key to saving your smile! In the cases of dental trauma and infection, this miraculous treatment Root_Canalcan preserve an infected tooth prevent the need for extraction, a last-resort procedure that carries with it a hefty price tag and the potential for numerous health risks. Read on to learn more about root canal treatment, and call Dr. Brian Bae of Golden Hill Family Dental in Milford, CT, if you think that this procedure could be right for you!


Do you need a root canal?

So, do you need a root canal, or would a simple filling or crown do the job? Well, a root canal may be in your future if you are experiencing:

  • Increasing pain when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold food/beverages
  • Continuing pain even after a dental restoration has been placed
  • Radiating pain to the other areas of your jaws, face, or head
  • Aching or throbbing pain when you bite or chew food
  • A red or white bump on your gums, especially next to a tooth root
  • Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums
  • A tooth that is becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it

Dr. Bae can help determine the issue when you come into our Milford office for a routine or emergency dental examination. If he discovers any signs of inflammation, a root canal might be the answer.

Your dentist will also take x-rays and if there is a radiolucent or darkened area around the root of your painful tooth, this is likely a sign of infection and early bone destruction. If you have a darkened area around the tooth root, you definitely need a root canal.


Concerned? Give us a call!

Don’t suffer from dental pain—pick up your phone and dial (203) 878-1787 to set up an appointment with Dr. Brian Bae of Golden Hill Family Dental in Milford, Connecticut!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
May 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

There are many ways in which a dental crown could benefit your oral health.

Our Milford, CT, family dentist Dr. Brian Bae is always ready to help patients improve their smiles, whether that’s through restorative or cosmetic services. After all, we know how important it is to have a strong, healthy and beautiful smile. If you are dealing with a damaged tooth then chances are good that you could benefit from getting a dental crown from us. Here are just some of the ways in which a dental crown is used,

Repair Damaged Teeth

If you are dealing with a chipped, fractured or broken tooth then the goal is to re-strengthen the tooth. The best way to do this is to cover it dental crownswith a dental crown, which will fit completely over the visible portion of a tooth and be cemented into place to become the tooth’s new outer layer. The will ensure that every time you bite, chew or speak, that your tooth is fully protected.

Protect Worn and Weak Teeth

Are you someone who grinds your teeth? If so, you may have noticed the toll it’s taken over the years. Unfortunately, years of teeth grinding (known as bruxism) can also lead to cracks, chips and fractures if the tooth isn’t protected. Plus, it can wear down teeth substantially so they look small and uneven. If this is something you’re dealing with, getting a dental crown could improve the shape, size and appearance of the tooth while also protecting it from excessive wear and tear.

Improve the Shape or Color of a Tooth

Do you have a tooth that is malformed or discolored? If so, did you know that a dental crown could also improve the appearance of the tooth? Along with restorative benefits, a dental crown can provide cosmetic advantages as well. If you have a misshapen or discolored tooth that other cosmetic treatment options just can’t address, then you may want to talk to our Milford, CT, dentist about getting a dental crown.

Cover a Dental Implant

If you’ve decided to get a tooth replacement that is as close as you can come to a real tooth then you’ve probably decided on dental implants. While the implant itself will lie under the gums within the jawbone, it will support a false tooth such as a dental crown (this is the part of the restoration you will see).

Have questions about getting a dental crown in Milford, CT? Want to talk to us about the restorative dentistry options we offer? If so, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Bae today. Call (203) 878-1787.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
April 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Not that long ago, many people were resigned to the fact that they would inevitably lose some of their teeth as they grew older. Today, smilehowever, it is totally possible to maintain a full, healthy smile thanks to preventive care! Read on to learn how our Milford, CT, dentist, Dr. Brian Bae, offers family dentistry services that will help you protect and maintain your smile through the years.


Preventive care helps you avoid cavities and gum disease

Thorough, regular brushing and flossing is the key to preventing tooth decay. Plaque, a sticky, colorless film, constantly collects on your teeth. When you take a bite of bread or indulge a piece of candy, the sugars in these foods combine with the bacteria in plaque to create acids that damage your tooth enamel.

If you don't practice good oral hygiene, those acids can eventually cause cavities. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day removes plaque on and between teeth and reduces your cavity risk.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes for best results. It's also important to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, an ingredient that can remineralize areas of tooth enamel weakened by acids.

Making oral hygiene a priority may also help you reduce your gum disease risk. Plaque eventually turns into a hard deposit called tartar if it remains on your teeth for as little as 10 days. Tartar is a factor in gum disease and can only be removed with special instruments during a dental cleaning.


Regular dental visits are an important aspect of preventive care

Do you visit your Milford family dentist every six months? Regular visits offer several benefits, including:

  • Teeth Cleaning: During your visit, you'll receive a thorough cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains.
  • Early Identification of Cavities: Large cavities aren't just painful, they also cause significant damage to your teeth. In fact, you're more likely to need a crown to strengthen and protect your filled tooth if you've had a large cavity. When you schedule checkups every six months, your dentist can diagnose and treat cavities when they're small and haven't caused much damage yet.
  • Detection of Other Oral Health Issues: During your checkup, your dentist will also look for other issues that can affect your oral health, such as cracks in teeth, dying roots, gum disease, or signs of oral cancer.

Is it time to schedule your next family dentistry checkup? If so, call your Milford, CT, dentist, Dr. Brian Bae, at (203) 878-1787 to make your appointment!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
March 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum disease is an oral health condition that affects millions of adult Americans. According to CDC Statistics, over 64 million adults have Gum 0Diseasesome form of gum disease. It is more common in seniors, but patients as young as teenagers can also struggle with it. If you want to fight gum disease, get help from Dr. Bruce Schechter at his family and cosmetic dentist office in Milford, CT.

What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease has a variety of possible causes including poor hygiene, diet, and the regularity of your dental visits. One reason why it is so prevalent is that patients don’t always take proper preventative precautions to minimize the chance of an infection. These are some of the most common causes of gum disease:

- Plaque buildup from not flossing regularly.
- Not brushing daily to remove excess food particles after eating.
- A family history of periodontitis.

Fighting Gum Disease
You can fight gum disease by understanding the possible causes, making changes to your oral care habits, and seeing Dr. Schechter more often. The first step is recognizing the signs of this condition, so that you can have it treated by your Milford, CT, dentist before it turns into advanced periodontitis. Signs to look for are gum bleeding, separation of the gums from the teeth, bad breath, and loosening of the teeth.

Preventing Gum Disease
To successfully fight gum disease, you should take it a step further and take preventive measures after you’re treated. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent problems with gum disease in the future:

  • Floss excess food from your teeth after you eat to minimize the chance that it will attract bad bacteria. Lack of regular flossing is a main cause of gum disease.
  • See your dentist for deep cleanings and checkups every six months.

Get Diagnosed
If you have one or more signs of gum disease, go to the family and cosmetic dentist practice of Dr. Schechter in Milford, CT, to get it diagnosed and treated. Call (203) 878-1787 today to schedule an appointment!

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