Posts for category: Dental Procedures

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Your dentist will insert the implants in your jaw beneath the gum.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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.

August 03, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.Teeth Whitening

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. Your dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.

Contact Your Dentist

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.

WhyAlfonsoRibeiroIsGratefulforRootCanalTreatment

As the host of America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC TV, Alfonso Ribeiro has witnessed plenty of unintentional physical comedy…or, as he puts it in an interview with Dear Doctor–Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, "When people do stuff and you're like, 'Dude, you just hurt yourself for no reason!'" So when he had his own dental dilemma, Alfonso was determined not to let it turn onto an "epic fail."

The television personality was in his thirties when a painful tooth infection flared up. Instead of ignoring the problem, he took care of it by visiting his dentist, who recommended a root canal procedure. "It's not like you wake up and go, 'Yay, I'm going to have my root canal today!'" he joked. "But once it's done, you couldn't be happier because the pain is gone and you're just smiling because you're no longer in pain!"

Alfonso's experience echoes that of many other people. The root canal procedure is designed to save an infected tooth that otherwise would probably be lost. The infection may start when harmful bacteria from the mouth create a small hole (called a cavity) in the tooth's surface. If left untreated, the decay bacteria continue to eat away at the tooth's structure. Eventually, they can reach the soft pulp tissue, which extends through branching spaces deep inside the tooth called root canals.

Once infection gets a foothold there, it's time for root canal treatment! In this procedure, the area is first numbed; next, a small hole is made in the tooth to give access to the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The diseased tissue is then carefully removed with tiny instruments, and the canals are disinfected to prevent bacteria from spreading. Finally, the tooth is sealed up to prevent re-infection. Following treatment, a crown (cap) is usually required to restore the tooth's full function and appearance.

Root canal treatment sometimes gets a bad rap from people who are unfamiliar with it, or have come across misinformation on the internet. The truth is, a root canal doesn't cause pain: It relieves pain! The alternatives—having the tooth pulled or leaving the infection untreated—are often much worse.

Having a tooth extracted and replaced can be costly and time consuming…yet a missing tooth that isn't replaced can cause problems for your oral health, nutrition and self-esteem. And an untreated infection doesn't just go away on its own—it continues to smolder in your body, potentially causing serious problems. So if you need a root canal, don't delay!

If you would like additional information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”

By Bayview Smiles, PC
January 23, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
VeneersMayNotBetheBestOptionforYourTeenagersTeeth

Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.

And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.

There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.

But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.

If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.

There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.

Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Veneers for Teenagers.”



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