Many of our patients who see Dr. David Fantuzzo, Dr. Jonathan Carey and Dr. Jennifer Kopacz at Bayview Smiles Family Dentistry in Webster, NY, have been asking us about brightening their teeth lately, and today we thought we would discuss the options available to you to put the sparkle back in your smile!
Over-the-counter products – You’ve probably seen over-the-counter whiteners such as whitening strips on store shelves. While whitening strips may work for some, they do have certain restrictions. For example, they are not nearly as effective when crowns or fillings are involved. Teeth that are stained gray instead of brown or yellow typically don’t respond as well to these types of whiteners. Whitening strips typically save you money but take longer to work and also require discipline on your part to keep them in place for the right amount of time each day.
Whitening at our office – This type of whitening can be done right at our practice. A whitening agent is applied directly to teeth and a special light helps accelerate the whitening process. This may be accomplished in one session or take several appointments. You should expect to spend anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes at each session. If you have a mix of natural teeth and fillings or crowns, your dentist may recommend bonding or veneers on your natural teeth instead of regular bleaching. Teeth whitening at our office can be used to correct many tooth discolorations which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating the beautiful smile you've always wanted.
At-home whitening – If you choose this option, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth and create a custom-fit whitening tray. The gel whitening solution is poured into the tray, and the tray is worn for a predetermined amount of time, generally from a couple of hours a day to every day during the night, until you’re back in our office for an evaluation.
Give us a call at (585) 671-7277 at our convenient Webster, NY, office to schedule an appointment! Whiter teeth are just one visit away at Bayview Smiles Family Dentistry!
If you are unhappy with your smile, Dr. Jonathan Carey, Dr. David Fantuzzo, and Dr. Jennifer Kopacz of Bayview Smiles Family Dentistry offer dental implants in Webster, NY.
Steps in the Dental Implant Process
Dental procedures happen every day, but they can still cause a great deal of unease. This is especially true when it’s a procedure such as a dental implant. It’s common to feel nervous, but understanding what happens during the process can help.
- The first step is to ensure you feel no pain during the process. Typically, this means having local anesthesia, like that which you receive during an extraction. Under some circumstances, such as if you have a dental phobia or are getting multiple implants, you might receive another form of sedation.
- Dr. Carey, Dr. Fantuzzo, or Dr. Kopacz will extract the tooth that is being replaced by the dental implant and ensure the extraction site is clean. They will then drill a hole into your jaw bone for the implant.
- If you do not have sufficient bone to hold in the implant, a bone graft will be completed. A bone graft is a process of taking bone tissue from another source to place into the jaw. Sometimes, this tissue comes from the patient, but it can also be supplied through other sources, such as a human or animal tissue bank.
- If no bone graft is needed, you’ll move directly to the next step. If a graft is needed, you’ll have to wait until it heals.
- Your dentist will insert the implants in your jaw beneath the gum.
- As the implant site needs time to heal, you’ll be given a set of temporary crowns. This healing process is known as osseointegration, which is when your jawbone and implant fuse together.
- Once healing is complete, a mold is taken from your mouth and teeth, which is then sent to the lab. There, your custom bridges or crowns are designed.
- When the lab has finished, you’ll return to Bayview Smiles in Webster, NY, where your dental implants will be put in place.
Feel good about your smile again. Make an appointment for dental implants in Webster, NY with Dr. Carey, Dr. Fantuzzo, or Dr. Kopacz of Bayview Smiles Family Dentistry by calling (585) 671-7277.
Tobacco use, foods and drinks, medications, and even aging can eventually lead to yellowing of teeth. Unless a systemic disease or underlying factors are involved, teeth whitening can help to lighten those yellow teeth up to eight shades. It is done either in the dental office or at home as per the patient's choice. Before choosing your preferred method, Dr. David Fantuzzo, Dr. Jonathan Carey, and Dr. Jennifer Kopacz from Bayview Smiles recommend you talk to your dentist in Webster, NY, regarding the teeth whitening method that suits you the best.
Teeth Whitening in Webster, NY
During teeth bleaching, a whitening gel is applied to the teeth and left for the desired period. The gel can irritate gums and oral tissues. The dentist covers gums and tooth roots to prevent any burns from the whitening agent before applying the gel. Teeth whitening in Webster, NY, requires a careful evaluation of the patient's teeth before bleaching to find out which method will be effective. At-home teeth whitening requires you to load the customized trays made at the dental lab and place them over the teeth for about an hour. This procedure needs to be done multiple times. The whitening takes time whereas in the dental office it is visible in a single visit. The strength of the whitening gel is less compared to the one used in the dental office. The results of in-office bleach last longer as there is deeper action of the gel on the teeth.
If you are unsure, it is always better to let trained hands do the procedure for you in the dental office. To know more about teeth whitening services in Webster, NY, schedule an appointment with any of our dentists, Dr. David Fantuzzo, Dr. Jonathan Carey, or Dr. Jennifer Kopacz from Bayview Smiles by calling us at (585) 671-7277 today.
How your family dentists in Webster, NY, can help protect your child’s teeth
Did you know that your child is at risk of tooth decay the minute you see the first baby tooth erupt? It’s true. It’s also true that you shouldn’t neglect baby teeth because they perform important functions. If your child gets a cavity in a baby tooth, you need to bring your child to the dentist as soon as you can.
Dr. David Fantuzzo, Dr. Jonathan Carey, and Dr. Jennifer Kopacz at Bayview Smiles in Webster, NY, offer a wide range of family dentistry services, for all the members of your family. They can help protect your child’s teeth too.
Baby teeth are also known as deciduous teeth, and they perform some important functions, including:
- Helping your child chew, when solid food is introduced
- Helping the permanent teeth develop underneath the baby teeth
- Saving space for the permanent teeth, to allow the permanent teeth to erupt normally
If your child has a cavity in a baby tooth, no doubt your child is probably feeling some pain. Unfortunately, depending on the age of your child, your child may not be able to tell you. That’s why bringing your child in for a first visit is so important.
The first visit should happen within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth, and at least within the first year. During the first visit, your dentist will do a visual examination of your child’s teeth, to look for any signs of decay. As your child gets older, x-rays will be added to the visit, so your dentist can get a better look at your child’s teeth.
There are some important steps you can take to prevent tooth decay. Remember to:
- Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle; juice and other liquids wash your child’s teeth in sugar.
- Wipe your baby’s teeth with a piece of gauze, or brush the teeth with a child’s toothbrush to remove plaque and lower bacteria levels which can cause tooth decay.
- Help your child learn the importance of brushing and flossing by demonstrating good brushing and flossing habits yourself.
Healthy baby teeth can mean a healthy smile later on. To learn more about the importance of baby teeth, talk with the experts by calling Dr. David Fantuzzo, Dr. Jonathan Carey, and Dr. Jennifer Kopacz at Bayview Smiles in Webster, NY, You can reach them at (585) 671-7277, so call today!
Professional teeth cleanings help remove those stubborn deposits and stains on the teeth which you can't otherwise brush away. Your Webster, NY, dentists Dr. David Fantuzzo, Dr. Jonathan Carey, and Dr. Jennifer Kopacz at Bayview Smiles have a keen focus on Family dentistry, offering a wide range of services, including Professional teeth cleanings for you and your family.
What is dental plaque?
Few hours after brushing, a sticky film covers the surface of the teeth. These combine with food remnants and build up over time on the teeth to form the dental plaque. Dentists suggest regular check-ups and teeth cleanings to remove the plaque, which houses bacteria.
It causes bad breath and may irritate your gums. If not removed for a long time, dental plaque may cause gum diseases or decay in teeth. In patients with poor oral hygiene, gum diseases can worsen and lead to loose teeth or tooth loss.
Both adults and children may face challenges in maintaining good oral hygiene due to various reasons. Our dentists at Bayview Smiles in Webster provide teeth cleanings and other dental services for children also. If you and your family are interested in our Family dentistry services, visit Bayview Smiles in Webster, NY, for a consultation.
Teeth cleaning by your Family dentist in Webster, NY
Dentists perform a thorough evaluation of the patient's mouth and clean the teeth using ultrasonic or metal instruments depending on which method suits the patient the best. Dentists consider the age and particular needs of the patient before choosing the teeth cleaning procedure. The ultrasonic tip vibrates at high speed to clean the debris, and metal instruments clean deposits that extend deep below the gumline. Professional teeth cleanings are safe for the teeth, and ADA recommends both adults and children get teeth cleaning done at least twice a year.
Advanced dental treatment for your family in Webster, NY
Professional teeth cleaning can not only improve your oral hygiene but change the appearance of the teeth. Our dentists utilize the latest technology and software to offer dental treatments for patients of all ages, ensuring the best but gentle dental care for you and your family.
For more information, contact Dr. David Fantuzzo, Dr. Jonathan Carey, or Dr. Jennifer Kopacz of Bayview Smiles in Webster, NY, by calling (585) 671-7277 to schedule an appointment today.
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