Crowns and bridges solve a multitude of dental problems. In fact, your Webster, NY, dentists at Bayview Smiles, Drs. David Fantuzzo and Jonathan Carey, often use the restorations to replace, restore or protect teeth.
How crowns and bridges can improve your smile
Dental health issues can happen no matter how carefully you care for your teeth. Your tooth could become a little weaker after a root canal, or you might break a tooth during a fall or lose a tooth after a dental abscess.
Depending on your particular problem, your dentist may recommend a crown or bridge during your visit to the Webster dental office. Crowns, commonly called caps, are hollow restorations that slide over the top of teeth and are cemented in place.
The restorations may be made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic and resin. All of these materials look like natural tooth enamel and are strong enough to handle years of chewing and biting. Before you receive a crown, your dentist reduces the size of your tooth to ensure a comfortable fit for your restoration.
Bridges usually consist of one or two artificial teeth supported by crowns on either end. They're made of the same durable materials used to create bridges. Crowns and bridges are tinted to match a variety of tooth shades, ensuring that your restoration blends in with your smile. A crown or bridge can be a good option if you need to:
- Repair a Fractured Tooth: Crowns make fractured teeth whole again. The restorations restore the length and width of your tooth, enhance your appearance, and improve your biting and chewing ability.
- Strengthen a Fragile Tooth: Teeth can become fragile if they're cracked, brittle, or if you've had a large filling or root canal treatment. Unfortunately, weak teeth may eventually fracture if they're not strengthened with a crown.
- Replace Missing Teeth: Bridges fill the gaps in your smile if you've lost teeth. The crown portions of the teeth are cemented on to teeth on either side of your gap to ensure a stable, secure fit for your bridge. Crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth when they're attached to dental implants.
- Enhance Your Smile: Crowns can cover imperfections and discolorations in teeth, change the shape of teeth, or lengthen short teeth.
Could crowns and bridges help your smile? Call your Bayview Smiles dentists in Webster, NY, Drs. David Fantuzzo and Jonathan Carey, at (585) 671-7277 to schedule your appointment.
How teeth whitening from your dentists in Webster, New York can give you an outstanding smile
Is your smile outstanding, or is it dull and uninteresting? When you smile at people, do they smile back? Are you embarrassed by your smile? These are just a few of the questions you need to ask yourself, and then you need to talk to your dentist about teeth whitening.
Dr. David A. Fantuzzo and Dr. Jonathan S. Carey at Bayview Smiles in Webster, New York offer a wide range of family dentistry services, including professional teeth whitening to give you an outstanding smile.
Many things can influence the way your smile looks:
- Everyday habits like drinking coffee or smoking can lead to dark, stained teeth
- Normal aging can lead to dull, yellowing teeth
- Genetics or some medications can lead to blotchy, discolored teeth
The good news is, a professional teeth whitening treatment can change your smile from uninteresting to outstanding. Professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services available because it is:
- Effective; you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades brighter
- Long-lasting; your dramatic results can last up to 5 years
- Safe; the products and methods used in professional teeth whitening have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association
- Quick; the in-office treatment takes only about an hour
At Bayview Smiles, you can choose from two professional teeth whitening methods:
- In-office whitening, which takes only about an hour; it’s an excellent choice to give you a bright white smile in a hurry, or just in time for a special event.
- Take-home whitening, which is a kit containing everything you need to whiten at your own pace, in your own home; it’s the ultimate convenience.
If your smile isn’t all it could be, it’s time to talk with your dentists about professional teeth whitening. It’s time to call Dr. David A. Fantuzzo and Dr. Jonathan S. Carey of Bayview Smiles in Webster, New York at (585) 671-7277. Call now!
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.
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.
In recent decades civilization's millennia-long search for clean, safe drinking water has become much easier with modern purification methods. Today, there are few places in the United States without adequate access to potable water. And about three-fourths of the nation's tap water systems add fluoride, credited with helping to reduce tooth decay over the past half century.
But in recent years some have voiced concerns about the safety of tap water and popularizing an alternative: bottled water. Manufacturers of bottled water routinely market their products as safer and healthier than what comes out of your faucet.
But is that true? A few years ago a non-profit consumer organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) performed a detailed, comprehensive study of bottled water. Here's some of what they found.
Lack of transparency. It's not always easy to uncover bottled water sources (in some cases, it might actually begin as tap water), how it's processed, or what's in it. That's because unlike water utilities, which are rigorously monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees bottled water production with less strenuous guidelines on labeling. Eight out of the top 10 selling brands were less than forthcoming about their water's contents in EWG's investigation.
Higher cost. According to the EPA, the average consumer cost in the last decade for tap water was $2.00 per 1,000 gallons (0.2 cents per gallon). The retail cost for even bulk bottled water is exponentially higher. It can be a costly expenditure for a family to obtain most of their potable water by way of bottled—while still paying for tap water for bathing and other necessities.
Environmental impact. Bottled water is often marketed as the better environmental choice. But bottled water production, packaging and distribution can pose a significant environmental impact. EWG estimated the total production and distribution of bottled water consumes more than 30 million barrels of oil each year. And disposable plastic water bottles have become one of the fastest growing solid waste items at about 4 billion pounds annually.
While there are credible concerns about tap water contaminants, consumers can usually take matters into their own hands with an affordable and effective household filtering system. EWG therefore recommends filtered tap water instead of bottled water for household use.
If you would like more information on drinking water options, 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 “Bottled Water: Health or Hype?”
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.”
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