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By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
February 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Regular visits to your family dentist provide a simple way to protect your family's smiles. Your Milford, CT, dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter, Family Dentistryoffers a variety of dental service and procedures that will improve your oral health.

What are the advantages of visiting a family dentist?

Family dentists treat dental issues that arise at any age, unlike other dentists that may specialize in treating a particular age group. Although "fillings" or "cleanings" may be the first words that spring to mind when you think of dentists, family dentists do in-fact offer many more services.

Your family dentist can help you:

  • Keep Your Teeth Healthy: Do you visit the dentist every six months? Regular visits allow your dentist to spot cavities and other dental issues while they're still small and easier to treat. Checkups also include cleanings that remove cavity-causing plaque and tartar from your mouth, which helps decrease your chances for tooth decay and gum disease risk. During checkups, your dentist can also apply sealants that prevent cavities in your child's pre-molars and molars.
  • Enhance the Appearance of Your Smile: Your family dentist offers treatments that repair damage and improve the way your teeth look. If you have a broken tooth, a crown may be recommended, while a porcelain veneer or bonding can take care of a small chip. If your teeth aren't as white as you'd like, teeth whitening or veneers can transform your smile.
  • Restore Missing Teeth: Missing teeth affect your appearance and hamper your ability to chew easily. Luckily, your family dentist offers several restoration options that will fill the gaps in your smile, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants.

Family dentists offer one-stop convenience for busy families. When everyone in your home visits the same dentist, you can schedule a group checkup with back-to-back appointments.

Are your kids apprehensive during healthcare visits? Your Milford dentist understands that visits can be a little scary for very young patients will accordingly take the time to explain the checkup process in words that your child understands. As a parent, you serve as a role model for your child even while at the dental office. If your son or daughter sees that you're comfortable during your checkup, they may also be more likely to relax and cooperate.

Call today!

Isn't it time you switched to a family dentist? Call your Milford, CT, dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter, at (203) 878-1787 to schedule an appointment.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

How teeth whitening from your dentist in Milford, CT, can give you a brilliant smile

Are you living with a dull, dark, uninteresting smile because of aging or coffee stains? If so, it’s time to improve your smile with professionalTeeth Whitening teeth whitening! Dr. Bruce R. Schechter in Milford, CT, offers teeth whitening treatments that are quick, effective, and fit in with your lifestyle.

 

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It’s common to seek out over-the-counter methods when your smile needs brightening, but these methods aren’t as effective, and they may even be unsafe. Many of these products contain abrasive chemicals which can make your teeth sensitive over time and produce disappointing and short-lived results.

Professional teeth whitening is different, and offers many advantages that can’t be matched by over-the-counter products. When you choose professional whitening, you can count on:

  • Effectiveness, because professional whitening can whiten your smile up to 8 shades
  • Quick treatment, because the in-office treatment takes only about an hour
  • Safe results, because the products have been rigorously tested and approved by the ADA
  • Long-term brilliance, because your results can last up to 5 years

Professional teeth whitening also costs far less than other cosmetic dental services, making it one of the most popular, most effective cosmetic dental services available.

Dr. Schechter offers two highly-effective teeth whitening services, each with its own benefits. You can choose from:

  • In-office whitening, which only takes about an hour; the quick turn-around of in-office whitening makes it an excellent choice if you want to whiten your smile quickly, just in time for an important event coming up.
  • Take-home whitening, which comes in the form of a kit containing whitening gel and custom trays; this is a great choice if you want to whiten at your own pace, in the privacy and convenience of your home.

If your smile is suffering, it’s time to improve it with professional teeth whitening! You can achieve your best smile quickly and easily. Get started by calling (203) 878-1787 for Dr. Bruce R. Schechter in Milford, CT, today!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
February 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

How your dentist in Milford, Connecticut can brighten your smile quickly

If your smile needs a little help, why not consider a teeth whitening treatment? The truth is, professional teeth whitening has become teeth whiteningthe go-to solution for a more beautiful smile. It’s quick, easy, and provides amazing results. Dr. Bruce Schechter in Milford, Connecticut offers teeth whitening to give you a smile you can be proud of.

Teeth whitening can give you the confidence you need and a smile you will love. Just consider that a professional teeth whitening treatment provides:

  • Dramatically beautiful results, because you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades
  • Long-lasting effectiveness, because your white smile can stay beautiful up to 5 years after treatment
  • Rapid results, because the in-office treatment can give you a gorgeous smile in as little as one hour
  • Convenience, because you can also whiten your teeth at home

Dr. Schechter provides two whitening methods, each with its own benefits and advantages. You can choose from:

In-office whitening, which takes about an hour and can be done in one appointment; in-office whitening is an excellent choice if you need a beautiful, white smile quickly. The whitening process can even be done on a lunch hour. It’s a great option if you have a special event coming up soon and you want to look your best.

At-home whitening, which comes in the form of a kit containing whitening solution, custom trays, and instructions so you can whiten your smile in the privacy of your home; this method is perfect for you if you want the convenience of being able to whiten at your own pace, whenever you want.

To view amazing before and after photos of Dr. Schechter’s patients, please visit the Gallery Page on the website at https://www.brsdds.com/gallery.html

If you need to restore your confidence, there’s nothing as effective as a dazzling, white smile. You can have a renewed smile more quickly and easily than you have ever imagined. Get started on your new, beautiful smile by calling Dr. Bruce Schechter in Milford, Connecticut and ask about teeth whitening. Call today and get the brilliant smile you deserve!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
December 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants. You've heard of them, but how do they work? In his Milford, CT dental practice, Dr. Bruce Schechter places these moderndental implants prosthetics, giving patients optimal oral function, natural personal appearance and strong supporting bone and soft tissue. Implants could be your best choice for a complete smile.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth. It consists of a titanium root inserted directly into the jawbone, a post and a custom-made crown. Implants also support bridgework and full dentures, restoring heavily damaged smiles to beautiful form and function. Dr. Schechter performs the entire dental implant treatment right in his Milford office.

According to the American Dental Association, dentists in the United States place about five million implants annually in patients who are in good overall health and have adequate bone in their jaws. Bone density and health is an important factor as implant success depends on the ability of the jaw to adhere to the prosthetic through a process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration makes the artificial root strong and stable so the patient can bite, chew and speak with complete confidence.

The implant process

If you have lost one or more teeth to infection, accident or decay, you could qualify for dental implant placement. Dr. Schechter will do a complete oral exam, and digital X-rays to determine health and bone density.

After this screening process, the dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the area to receive the implant. He drills a little opening in the jaw bone and inserts the titanium root. After the gums are closed with sutures, you'll go home to heal. As the weeks go by, the bone will integrate with the implant. This takes time but ensures a foundation strong enough to accept the pressures of chewing and biting.

When you return to Dr. Schechter's office, he'll reopen the implant site and bond on your metal alloy extension post and customized porcelain crown. Then, you are free to use your implant just as you do your natural teeth.

Living with dental implants

Whether you have one or more implants, you'll need to practice thorough dental hygiene at home and also get your usual semi-annual exams and cleanings with Dr. Schechter. Plaque and tartar threaten implant retention, and so does tobacco. Cigarette smoke degrades the gums and bone which support dental implants, making them prone to infection (peri-implantitis) and actually burns soft oral tissues. So, if you do smoke or chew tobacco, please consult your doctor about a tobacco cessation program.

Also, you should know that healthy implants likely last for decades. They keep surrounding natural teeth from shifting their positions, and they look and feel so real patients forget they even have them!

Find out more

Dental implants just could be what your smile needs. To learn all about them and how they work, phone Dr. Schechter's team to arrange your implant consultation. Call (203) 878-1787.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
December 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If your family dentist in Milford, CT, says you have a cavity, don't worry. Dr. Bruce Schechter uses a reliable and cosmetically- pleasing tooth colored fillingsmaterial to repair the damage, strengthen the tooth and blend with surrounding enamel seamlessly. Yes, a tooth-colored filling is one of today's family dentistry wonders, returning a patient's dental health, good oral function, and a great smile.

What is tooth decay?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that approximately 91 percent of adults in the United States have experienced at least one cavity. A cavity is the end-result of a destructive process involving oral bacteria, the acids they secrete and the breakdown of tooth enamel. Unfortunately, tooth decay cannot resolve itself but rather, needs careful diagnosis and treatment at your dentist's office.

Because of modern diagnostic techniques, your family dentist in Milford can detect decay in its earliest stages. Dr. Schechter also offers a state-of-the-art material, called composite resin, to fill and restore the damage. A wonderful alternative to obvious metal fillings, composite resin matches your tooth in color and sheen, making it the best choice aesthetically and structurally, too.

Creating a tooth-colored filling

After confirming that you have a cavity, Dr. Schechter numbs the tooth with a local anesthetic. He removes the decayed portions of the tooth with small handheld tools, including a high-speed drill. Then, he applies the composite resin in layers, treating each layer with a special blue light. The light activates a chemical within the material (a mixture of acrylic and glass), and hardens it. A final shaping and check for proper bite finishes the restoration.

The benefits of tooth-colored fillings

Composite resin fillings offer you many wonderful benefits, including:

  • Natural appearance
  • Durability (chip and wear resistant)
  • Longevity (lasting indefinitely with good at-home and in-office care)
  • Preservation of more natural tooth structure

So, a tooth-colored filling is superior in many ways to its amalgam counterpart. Interestingly, composite resin flexes in much the same way as your natural tooth enamel. Therefore, it withstands the forces of chewing and biting exceptionally well. Also, because the resin bonds directly to the tooth, your dentist removes far less healthy enamel, unlike metal fillings which require substantial "undercuts" to stay in place.

Have a cavity? We can handle it
And, you'll love the results. So, go ahead and book your filling appointment with Dr. Bruce Schechter. That cavity will disappear for good. Call our office in Milford, CT, today to book an appointment or ask any questions about family dentistry at (203) 878-1787.





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