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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.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
October 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Many people settle for a life with a damaged, or incomplete smile. Whether that includes fractured, broken, stained, or even missing teeth, dental crownsthere are many options available to improve a damaged smile at any stage. Dr. Bruce Schechter, a family dentist in Milford, CT, offers general and cosmetic dentistry services for the whole family.

Family Dentistry in Milford, CT

Even if your teeth and gums are relatively healthy, even minor cosmetic damage can have an adverse effect on your smile. Dental crowns are custom designed "caps" that cover a damaged tooth to improve its cosmetic appearance, and restore lost tooth structure due to decay, trauma, or wear and tear. Crowns and bridgework are an affordable and minimally invasive solution for tooth loss.

When are Dental Crowns a Good Choice?

Crowns are one of the most versatile dental restorations available and can fix a number of problems. One of the most common functions for crowns is to save a severely decayed tooth when a cavity has become too large to fill with a standard dental filling. A crown can restore the missing portion of the tooth and protect the remaining tooth structure and root from further damage.

Sometimes a tooth can become weak or fractured from trauma or as a result of previous dental work, making it more vulnerable to cracks and breaks. In this case, the dentist may recommend a crown to strengthen the tooth.

Other uses for dental crowns include:

  • Replace missing teeth with bridgework
  • Cover moderate to severe breaks and cracks
  • Cover cosmetic damage like permanent stains and discolorations or misshaped teeth

Find a Family Dentist in Milford, CT

Are you ready to improve your smile and oral health, as well as your quality of life? For more information about dental crowns and your cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact our office today by calling (203) 878-1787 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schechter.

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 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.