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By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
July 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are a restorative procedure that beautifies your smile and restrengthens your jawbone. Your dentist in Milford, CT, Dr. dental implantsBruce Schechter.

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Dental Implants in Milford

If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible. Tooth loss may lead to serious issues like bone deterioration.

The dental implant procedure consists of the following a local anesthetic being applied to the necessary area. Your dentist then extracts remnants of old teeth left and drills into the jawbone to insert a titanium post, a biocompatible material that isn't rejected by the body's tissue.

The doctor surgically closes the area and allows it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months, while the process of osseointegration takes its full course. The titanium post that acts as the new tooth root needs to fuse with the rest of the bone. When you return, your Milford dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.

Dental Implant Advantages

Dental implants have several advantages. Here are a few:

  • Implants have a high success rate compared to other dental restorations.
  • They can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
  • You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.
  • Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile.
  • They are used to fill a single gap in your teeth, a few gaps, or all of your teeth.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical.

If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Bruce Schechter can help you out. Call his office, located in Milford, CT, at (203) 878-1787 to make an appointment today!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
June 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What's the best way to replace missing teeth? It may surprise you to learn that there are many dental prosthetics, or dentures, all custom-denturesdesigned and fitted to restore full oral function and facial appearance If you believe dentures are in your future, or if you need them now, Dr. Bruce Schechter and his staff can help. Practicing skilled and caring family dentistry in the Milford, CT, area, Dr. Schechter can address your tooth replacement needs so you can have a great smile.

Dentures: just what are they?

Simply put, dentures are artificial teeth crafted from tooth- and gum-colored acrylic. Some dentures have structural elements made of metal, too.

To make either a full or a partial denture, your Milford family dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination, take X-rays and other digital imaging, and make oral impressions. Impressions are three-dimensional imprints which help the dental lab construct your dentures with accurate shape, size, and fit.

Today's dentures are more comfortable, well-fitting, and attractive than ever before. Dentures normalize speech, biting, and facial appearance. Without them, self-confidence and nutrition suffer.

Types of dentures

There are several kinds of dentures. Probably the most common type is the partial denture which replaces one or more missing teeth on either arch. Made of pontics, or artificial teeth, affixed to a metal frame, the partial denture clips to surrounding teeth on either side of the smile gap. Some partials are fully removable while others anchor to the jaw bone with titanium dental implants.

Full dentures are very common, too. Held by the mouth's natural suction, conventional dentures rest on top of the gums. Your dentist may place them immediately after tooth extraction or wait until extraction sites are healed. Immediate dentures give patients a complete smile right away but need relining or replacement as bone and gums shrink over time. Conventional dentures are placed after sutures are removed and gums are fully healed. As with partial dentures, Dr. Schechter may use dental implants to give dentures best oral function and jaw bone density.

Caring for dentures

Continue to see Dr. Schechter every six months for a complete oral exam and cleaning of both your remaining natural teeth and your dentures. Your dentist will ensure your denture continues to fit properly. At home, use a denture cleanser or paste approved by the American Dental Association, and be sure to brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and gum tissue to keep them clean, odor-free, and stimulated.

Find out more

For a one-on-one denture consultation with Dr. Schechter in Milford, CT, call the office at (203) 878-1787. We look forward to helping you have a great smile.

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.