Dr. Schechter's Dental Discussion

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.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
January 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about this tooth replacement option and whether it’s right for you.dentures

Are you dealing with tooth loss? Need a way to replace your missing teeth? If so, then you may be considering whether dentures are the right option for you. From the office of our Milford, CT, family dentist Dr. Bruce Schechter, learn more about this common and popular tooth replacement option.

Q. What types of dentures are available?

A. The two most common kinds of dentures are partial and complete. Just as the name suggests, partial dentures are the best option if you are missing teeth but still have some healthy teeth left, while complete dentures are designed to replace all of your missing teeth.

Q. How do dentures stay on?

A. How dentures stay put will depend on the type of dentures our Milford, CT, dentist decides is the best one for you. Partial dentures often contain attachments or clasps that hook around neighboring healthy teeth to hold them in place. Complete dentures are custom-fitted so they sit close to the gums and create natural suction to hold it in place.

Of course, we know that some patients choose to apply denture adhesives to help stabilize and better hold dentures in place, particularly when speaking or chewing food.

Q. Am I a good candidate for dentures?

A. If you are an adult who is looking to replace missing teeth then this dental appliance could be right for you. Even if you are dealing with significant tooth loss you should have enough healthy gum tissue to support your dentures. If you are looking to replace your missing teeth quickly, inexpensively and without surgery then this could be the best option. It’s also important that you are realistic about what this restoration can do for you. While dentures are made to look like real teeth they won’t function as efficiently or as well as natural teeth.

Do you have questions about getting dentures? Want to find out if this is truly the best solution for you? Then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with our Milford, CT, family and cosmetic dental office.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
December 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Find out how teeth whitening can turn your smile around.

It’s amazing how the years of coffee drinking can dull and darken your smile. Perhaps your once stunning smile has fallen flat. Don’t worry;teeth whitening this is a job for our Milford, CT, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter. While whitening toothpastes and at-home kits can provide a small benefit for your smile, if you are looking to really get visible results then it’s time you turned to professional in-office teeth whitening.

Q. Do you have dull, yellowing teeth?

Q. Do you want to get a visible brighter smile quickly?

Q. Do you have a special event or occasion coming up?

Q. Do you want to feel more confident in your smile?

If you said “yes” to any or all of these questions then it might be time to turn to professional teeth whitening in Milford, CT, to get you the results you want. Imagine leaving our office in about one hour and having a visibly whiter smile? It’s not impossible with our powerful whitening system. The whitening gel contains a high-quality bleaching agent that is able to penetrate into the deeper layers of enamel to break up stubborn stain molecules.

If you have stains caused by years of coffee drinking, smoking or just the foods you’ve eaten over the years then professional teeth whitening can greatly improve the look and color of your smile. Plus, our whitening system can even get your smile several shades whiter in often just one session.

First thing’s first, we need to make sure that your smile is right for teeth whitening. In most cases, if you have a healthy cavity-free smile then you will be a great candidate for this cosmetic treatment. We will examine your smile to make sure that everything looks great before we get started.

From there, we need to protect your gums and lips so that the whitening gel doesn’t come in contact with them. We will use a simple device that will serve to keep your lips away from your teeth so that we can easily paint the gel over the front of your teeth and leave it on for up to 15 minutes.

During your whitening treatment, we will remove and reapply the whitening gel multiple times to make sure that we thoroughly remove all stains and get you the results you want.

Do you have questions about getting teeth whitening in Milford, CT? Do you want to find out if this is the right treatment for you? If so, then it’s time you called our office today to schedule a consultation. Let’s get you a radiant smile again.

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