Dr. Schechter's Dental Discussion

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
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!

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