Dr. Schechter's Dental Discussion

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
November 09, 2018
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Removable Dentures  

While no one wakes up one-morning thinking, "I'd love to wear dentures someday," tooth loss and the need for tooth replacement is a reality. Are you facing extractions or have existing smile gaps that mar your facial features and oral function? At his state-of-the-art office in Milford, Dr. Bruce Schechter places lifelike dentures.

What are dentures and their benefits?

They're artificial teeth made of tooth- and gum-colored acrylic. Made to replace some or all teeth, dentures are a great treatment for missing teeth.

If you need dentures, you're not alone. The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry estimates that 37.5 million Americans will wear a denture of some variety by the year 2020.

Dr. Schechter features a number of denture styles and types in his Milford office, crafting each according to what his patient needs and wants. Both partial dentures (held in by metal clasps) and immediate or conventional full dentures (held in place by suction) are fully removable so the patient can clean them and allow his or her gums to rest at night.

By day, dentures provide:

  • Normalized biting, chewing and speech
  • Natural and youthful smile aesthetics
  • Support for facial muscles, avoiding the skin sagging common to extensive tooth loss
  • Ease of care (brush or soak with an ADA-accepted product)
  • Longevity (10 years is a typical lifespan)
  • Ease of relining (when oral tissues and bone change) and repair (if you drop them)

Implant-supported dentures

Depending on your unique case, Dr. Schechter could advise implant dentures. Anchored by as few as two titanium dental implants on the bottom and four on the top, implant dentures may be either fixed or removable. The dentist inserts dental implants right into the jaw. They extend above the gum line, and when the sites heal fully, the implants attach to the custom-made dentures. Dr. Schechter will help you determine if this option is right for you.

Find out more

Don't live with the difficulties posed by tooth loss. You can have a wonderful smile again. Explore your removable denture options with Dr. Bruce Schechter and his team in Milford, CT. Contact us today for a friendly and informative consultation: (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.
October 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

How your family dentist from Milford, Connecticut can help your family smile

You and your family deserve a lifetime of beautiful smiles. When you have one dentist for your whole family, you are on your way to great family dentistsmiles. Your family’s dental care is important, and you want to seek out the services of someone you can trust. Dr. Bruce Schechter in Milford, Connecticut wants to share how having a family dentist can help you and your family smile.

One dentist for your whole family means you will have access to dental services in case of a dental emergency. You won’t have to go “hunting around” for a dentist at the last minute when something happens. Your family dentist is there when you need help. Just remember that a family dentist will:

  • Save you time, because you can make appointments for multiple family members on the same day, saving time out of your busy schedule
  • Save you money, because your family dentist can help you plan your family’s dental needs without a big impact to your budget
  • Save you from stress, because you and your family are comfortable with your family dentist and know your surroundings

Dental needs will be different for each family member because of age. Infants and toddlers are going to need that all important first dental visit, to get comfortable seeing the dentist. Young children will need preventive services and dental sealants. Teens will need preventive services and possibly fillings or other restorative services.

Adults will need preventive services, which may include periodontal therapy, and restorative services, root canals, and other dental treatments. Seniors may also need periodontal therapy or tooth replacement services like bridges, dental appliances or dental implants.

Your family’s smiles can also benefit from cosmetic dental services to help an aging smile look young again. You or a family member may want to consider a teeth whitening treatment, veneers, bonding, or other aesthetic dental services.

It's great to know your family dentist can do it all, all in the same place. No more driving around to see a specialist! When you have one dentist for your whole family, it makes life simpler and gives your family the opportunity to enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles. To find out more about what a family dentist can do for you and your family call Dr. Bruce R. Schechter in Milford, Connecticut today!

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
October 02, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits  

Have you been wondering why you need to visit the dentist twice a year?

If your smile seems healthy then it is healthy right? While in a perfect world that logic would be sound, unfortunately, there are a host of dental visitsdental problems that can occur without you even noticing. This is why it’s imperative that everyone should visit our Milford, CT, family dentist Dr. Bruce Schechter every six months for routine checkups and cleanings.

Here in our office, we believe that the key to a healthy smile is preventive dentistry. Think about it: Why would you want to just wait until a problem happens if you could prevent it from happening in the first place? This is why you should never skip out on a six-month dental visit.

During your visit, two important things occur: our Milford, CT, dentist performs a comprehensive oral exam to check the health of your teeth, gums, tongue and other soft tissue. We will look for plaque and tartar buildup, as well as warning signs of decay, gum disease, infection and even oral cancer. This exam and screening are crucial for pinpointing problems early on when they can either be reversed or treated with less invasive treatments.

The second part of your visit includes the cleaning. Yes, we know you brush and floss at home; however, our dental team has been specially trained to get into every corner and crevice with our special tools and instruments to remove plaque and tartar in ways you couldn’t. By removing plaque and tartar buildup every six months you greatly reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease.

Of course, there are certain times in your life when you may need to come in more regularly for dental cleanings. Risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Weakened immune system
  • Active gum disease

These risk factors may require you to come in every 3-4 months for checkups. This is something you will want to discuss with our dentist during your next visit if you have one or more risk factors.

If the time to schedule your cleaning is now then you’ve come to the right place. Our dental staff would be happy to schedule an appointment that works best for you. Call our Milford, CT, dental office today to schedule your visit 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.

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