Posts for: July, 2013

A surgical procedure often causes dental patients some trepidation. The best way to cut down on unease leading up to your oral surgery is to prepare, prepare, prepare. There’s really no level of preparation too great (as long as you don’t decide you’re ready to step in and perform the surgery yourself!). With this week’s blog post, our Schenectady dentist offers a brief overview of the best ways to prepare for your oral surgery. By understanding the how to get ready for your surgery, what your procedure will be like, and what the aftercare/healing period will entail, you will eliminate so much anxiety that you find yourself relaxed on the day of your appointment.

Schenectady Dentist on Preparing For Your Oral Surgery

  1. The most important step to take is communicating with your dentist. Only by talking to a professional knowledgeable on your personal case will you be able to discuss procedure specifics. Your dentist or oral surgeon will be able to give you a step-by-step breakdown of what your appointment will be like, and how this surgery will help you.
  2. Do some research of your own to get better acquainted with the procedure. We’ve listed a few common types of oral surgery below so that you may peruse their descriptions.
  3. Take the correct precautions before your surgery: stock your fridge with soft foods and liquids you will be able to consume afterward, arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment, and take a day or two off work.

Common Oral Surgical Procedures | Schenectady Dentist

  • Dental implants – Dental implants are tooth root replacements that are placed in your gums so that they fuse with your jawbone. Click the link to learn more about the dental implant procedure.
  • Extractions – A dental extraction is when you have a tooth removed because it is severely damaged, decayed, or causing problems for other teeth/your bite. Click the following link to learn more about extractions.

Schenectady Dentist On The Period After Oral Surgery: Care and Healing

It’s important that you follow the exact instructions given you by your dentist or oral surgeon. Only those will heal the site of your surgery properly. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call your dentist or oral surgeon. We are always here to help!

Individuals who are missing teeth or have worn teeth should never feel like they are being punished by their dental treatments. Yet some patients have been made to deal with ill-fitting dentures or less than natural-looking restorations. Our Schenectady dentist will ensure that your dental restoration is both comfortable and aesthetically ideal. Replacement teeth can work with you and your mouth so that you are happy with the results. This week’s blog post details a few restorative treatments available, with an emphasis on their natural appearance once they are in your mouth.

Natural Teeth Replacements with our Schenectady Dentist

Listed below are the dental restorations available from Dr. Scotto. No matter your case, we will employ a collection of these restorations and other dental services to render your smile whole and beautiful.

  • Dental implants – While most dental restorations deal with creating new tooth structure above the gum line, dental implants delve below to build new tooth roots. Implants render other restorations more stable and strong than if they were unsupported. Implants also prevent bone resorption to preserve bone mass and facial structure. With dental implants, even full sets of dentures appear to be permanently connected to your gums and look like natural teeth.
  • Dentures - Modern dentures are carefully, painstakingly crafted to fit you like a glove and appear to be natural. Each tooth in a set of dentures will be individually created, shaped, and shaded to lend it an organic look.
  • Dental Bridges - Bridges consist of crowns on either side of a false tooth. They span gaps left by missing teeth to replace those teeth by relying on neighboring structures. Dental bridges built from porcelain crowns or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are tooth-colored and inconspicuous.
  • Dental Crowns - Dental crowns (tooth caps) paired with dental implants can replace entire missing teeth. Porcelain crowns are similar in appearance to natural enamel, making them indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Ready to restore the missing teeth or worn that have held you back? Begin by scheduling a consultation with our Schenectady dentist so that we may determine your course of action together.

When you're in pain, it's difficult to focus on anything other than your discomfort. Pain related to a TMJ disorder is even more frustrating. TMJ problems tend to be aggravated by stress (although really, what isn't?), and the more pain you feel, the more stressed you become. Our Schenectady dentist is stepping up to end this vicious cycle. With Botox Medical for TMJ/TMD, you will experience relief from pain after a single, quick treatment. If you've tried other methods and can't find a TMJ resolution, it's time to consider Botox treatment.

Botox for TMJ Pain and TMJ Disorders | Schenectady Dentist

TMJ disorders result from an overworked or incorrectly functioning temporomandibular joint (your TMJ). This joint connects your lower jaw to your upper jaw and skull, and is responsible for all your jaw movements. As you can predict, this leaves it open to misuse.

When patients clench their teeth, grind their teeth, or otherwise overwork this joint, it begins to suffer. You may feel resulting pain of any of the following varieties:

  • Head pain
  • Facial pain
  • Migraines
  • Jaw Pain
  • Mouth Pain
  • Ear Pain

...and we don't want for any of our patients to have to go through that.

Enter Botox Medical. Botox stops chronic pain by preventing painful, overworked muscles from contracting. When injected directly into the TMJ, Botox will calm the joint and allow it to relax and heal. You will still be able to use your jaw, and Botox won't affect its movement in a noticeable way. All it will accomplish is pain relief and healing.

We offer other types of TMJ therapy as well, including splints and exercises. If you're curious about Botox's potential role in your TMJ treatment, just give our Schenectady dentist a call at 518-374-9770 to discuss specifics. You shouldn't spend another day in discomfort.

Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305




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