Dr. Schechter's Dental Discussion

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about why dental fillings are necessary and how they could benefit your smile.

Discovering you have a cavity is certainly no picnic; however, our Milford, CT, family dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter, has just the right solution tooth colored fillingsfor improving the health and appearance of a tooth after a cavity. In fact, no one will even know that you have had dental work after we’ve treated your cavity. Find out how a composite dental filling could boost your oral health.

What is a composite dental filling?

A dental filling is used to fill a tooth after a cavity to restore its appearance as well as its strength and functionality. A composite filling refers to the type of material we use known as composite resin. Composite resin is designed to look similar to tooth enamel so that it blends in naturally with the surface of the tooth when it’s applied. This ensures that when you smile no one will even notice that you have a filling.

What are the benefits of getting a composite dental filling in Milford, CT?

The most obvious benefit to getting a composite dental filling is that you will restore a tooth that was once damaged by decay. Untreated tooth decay can wreak havoc on the health of a tooth, so making sure you visit your Milford dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams will ensure that if there is decay present that it is caught and treated early.

Furthermore, a composite filling won’t just fill holes in your teeth to improve its strength and function, it will also improve its appearance. As you can imagine, having holes left over from where decay once was can be unsightly. By using a tooth-colored material that also can be matched to the shade of your tooth we can ensure that the filling blends right in with the rest of your tooth so you won’t even be able to tell.

Thirdly, composite fillings require a more conservative approach to prepping the tooth than if you were to get a metal filling. Metal fillings often require that we not only remove the cavity but also some of the healthy tooth enamel surrounding it as well in order to make room for the metal filling; however, since composite resin actually bonds directly to the surface of the tooth this means that we won’t have to remove healthy tooth enamel in order to accommodate the tooth-colored filling.

Do you have questions about getting a dental filling? Do you need to schedule your six-month checkup to make sure you are cavity-free in Milford, CT? If so, then don’t hesitate to call our office. We would be happy to work with your busy schedule to book your next appointment.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
May 03, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

Dr. Bruce Schechter can be your family dentist in Milford, CT. What's so special about a family dentist? It's his concentration on providing family dentistoral health care for all your loved ones, no matter the age or need. In other words, find the best that preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry has to offer all at one state-of-the-art dental office. Read more about what Dr. Schechter and his friendly team deliver for you.

The advantages of family dentistry

When you visit Dr. Schechter's office, you'll be greeted warmly and promptly. The staff knows your time is precious, and they make every effort to get you and your family into the treatment room as scheduled. When you receive your care, you'll notice that your Milford family dentist gets to know you well, and that his priority is your oral health and overall well-being, too, no matter what your stage of life.

A caring family dentist such as Dr. Schecter offers a wide range of services--from those important hygienic cleanings, X-rays, and exams to understand what's happening with your teeth and gums, to restorative care for when problems do happen. Whether your six-year-old needs plastic sealants to protect her molars from decay or your mother requires tooth replacement with dental implants or specialty dentures, Dr. Schechter provides everything, customizing treatment plans according to individual immediate needs and long-term goals.

And, regarding those long-term goals, your family dentist is fully trained to provide the most modern cosmetic dental services. More than just improving appearance, cosmetic dentistry helps your self-confidence, too. If you're a child with a chipped front tooth, Dr. Schechter can repair it seamlessly with composite resin bonding that's quick, economical, and easy. If you're a professional adult who wants a brighter, more youthful smile, explore porcelain veneers or fully-supervised teeth whitening.

Some other things to consider

When you have a family, you want one go-to person for your oral health needs. Your Milford family dentist is that go-to person. He provides accurate, compassionate and fast emergency care for that child with a knocked out tooth or that adult with a lost crown or throbbing toothache. Dr. Schechter and his team are available for same-day appointments as the situation warrants, and no question or concern is considered too small or trivial.

Worried about your teen's troublesome wisdom teeth? Dr. Schechter can care for them as well. You won't have to seek the services of an unfamiliar dentist on the other side of town.

Just one dentist

The best dentist for you is one who loves serving families. That's Dr. Schechter. To start your long-term partnership with this outstanding family dentist, call his office team in Milford, CT for appointments to fit your busy schedule. Phone today: (203) 878-1787.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
March 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth-colored fillings are the new standard in dentistry for repairing and refilling tooth enamel after a cavity treatment. They are more fillingsaesthetically appealing and provide optimal tooth protection. You can request this restorative treatment at the family dentistry office of Dr. Bruce Schechter in Milford, CT.

Filling Cavities
Cavities are tiny holes in the enamel that can grow into big problems for your smile if they aren’t closed. When they are detected, the treatment is relatively simple: clear out any decayed matter and then cover the surface so that bacteria can’t invade the tooth again. In the past, most people had their cavities filled with amalgam metal material, which has a dark, silver appearance, but now the preferred material is white-colored composite resin, glass ionomers, or porcelain ceramics.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Patients request tooth-colored fillings because when they’re applied, they blend in perfectly with the color of your natural tooth. No one has to know that you ever had a cavity problem. Your Milford dentist will color match the material to your teeth. The process of applying the material is painless—it is painted on in layers and hardened using a curing light. You’ll have the same natural look of pits and fissures on the top of the tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are also durable and will remain bonded to the tooth for many years.

Tooth-Colored Fillings Keep Your Smile Beautiful
When people who have amalgam fillings laugh or open their mouths wide to take a bite of food, those fillings can easily be spotted by others. If you care about how your smile looks, then you will want tooth-colored fillings. To avoid problems with a filling, avoid chewing hard candies and trying to open bottles with your teeth. See your dentist for regular checkups, including a follow-up after your cavity filling appointment.

Talk to Your Dentist About Cosmetic Fillings
If you are in need of a cavity filling, be sure to ask your dentist about tooth-colored fillings to preserve the aesthetic appeal of your smile. Call (203) 878-1787 to visit Dr. Schechter’s family dentistry in Milford, CT.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
March 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dr. Bruce Schechter is committed to quality care and providing his patients with a comfortable and convenient experience at his Milford, CTdental crowns family dentistry office. He can help give your smile new strength and beauty by simply adding a crown to a damaged tooth. A crown forms a solid layer of protection over a natural tooth. Find out if your smile is in need of a crown.

Reasons for Crowns
There is an extensive list of reasons why a patient might need a crown. For instance, a head injury suffered during a sports game could cause trauma to a single tooth, making it look discolored and feel sensitive. A crown will restore its original color and its stability so that you can eat and smile confidently once again. Crowns are also used for bridge devices, which close gaps caused by missing teeth. After a root canal treatment, capping the tooth with a crown is the best way to ensure that the infection doesn’t return.

Crown Design
Creating a desirable custom crown is an art. It starts with preparing the affected tooth so that a crown will fit over it and fit in with the rest of your smile. Your Milford dentist will then take a mold of the prepared tooth and send it to a dental lab for processing. The goal is to create a lifelike tooth replacement tooth covering that provides a sturdy and snug fit. You’ll have to return to Dr. Schechter’s family dentistry once more for the bonding appointment.

Crown Maintenance
Over time you will most likely forget that you even have a crown. It becomes just like the rest of your teeth in terms of proper maintenance and care. Follow these maintenance tips to ensure that your crown, and the rest of your teeth, stay healthy and attractive:

-  Make at-home dental care a priority. Buy the best toothbrush and paste recommended by your dentist. Keep floss in your bathroom, and in your bag when traveling.
- Consider holistic ways to keep your teeth healthy, including eating better foods.
- Go to your Milford family dentistry office for professional cleanings and whenever you feel there may be an issue with the crown.

A Stronger Smile with Crowns
After you consult your dentist about crowns, you’ll find that they can make your smile feel stronger and look much more attractive. Call (203) 878-1787 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Schechter at his family dentistry in Milford, CT.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
March 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out whether dental implants could give you back the smile you’ve been looking for.dental implants

If you are an adult dealing with tooth loss then you’re probably dreaming of having a full, healthy smile back. Of course, you don’t have to just dream about it! Our Milford, CT, restorative dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter, makes it possible to get a complete and healthy smile that will truly last the rest of your life thanks to dental implants.

An implant is a small metal post that is placed into the jawbone to take over the role of your missing tooth’s roots. Once the implant is in place, it provides a stable and long-term foundation from which to support a false tooth.

How do implants work?

It might seem hard to picture placing a metal post into the jawbone and somehow being able to get a natural-looking tooth replacement. Of course, the implant is just the beginning. Once our Milford dentist has surgically placed the implant into the jawbone, the bone and tissue will grow around the implant and fuse together with it over the course of several weeks. Once your mouth has fully healed, the implant is now a permanent part of your jawbone.

Once the implant and jawbone are fused together the next step is to place the restoration. Of course, the steps that we go through will vary depending on the type of implant you get. For example, some implants already contain an abutment, a structure that is designed to connect the implant with the false tooth, while other implants do not. If the abutment isn’t already part of the implant, the next step will be to secure an abutment on top of the implant.

Once the gums have fully healed around the abutment we will then place a dental crown over the abutment to complete the restoration. Depending on the location of the implant and how many implants you need, the entire process can take up to one year to complete; however, it’s a small price to pay when you have a restoration that could last the rest of your life.

We know that you have a major decision to make when it comes to how you are going to treat your tooth loss. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and how they could benefit you then call our Milford, CT, dental office for a consultation.

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