Dr. Schechter's Dental Discussion
Posts for: December, 2018
Dental implants. You've heard of them, but how do they work? In his Milford, CT dental practice, Dr. Bruce Schechter places these modern 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.
If your family dentist in Milford, CT, says you have a cavity, don't worry. Dr. Bruce Schechter uses a reliable and cosmetically- pleasing material 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.