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All About Veneers

If you’re looking for veneers in Westchester, look no further. We’re here to answer all your questions and help you figure out if they are the right choice for your smile. Let’s talk about a few things that will help you understand what they are and the advantages they offer.Veneers in Westchester provide an instantaneous improvement to your smile.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain covers that fit perfectly over your natural teeth. They can cover all sorts of oral conditions that patients find unsightly, like cracks, gaps, discoloration, chips, or crookedness. We can make your teeth appear whiter, straighter, and healthier, but if you want us to match anything in particular, we can do that too. Your cosmetic dentist in Westchester can transform your smile in a jiffy!

What is the ProcesS?

Because your teeth are full of nerves and are sensitive to temperature and vibration, we use an anesthetic to minimize discomfort. This anesthetic is similar to what is used in most other dental procedures. After your teeth are numb, we may need to shave down the top portion of the tooth. This is so that the veneers do not appear bulky or awkward, and usually the amount of tooth shaved is approximately 1/50th of an inch! That’s how thin the veneers are (they replace that shaved off portion).

If there is previous damage to the tooth, like deeper cracks, your dentist may need to get rid of a bit more tooth in order to keep it healthy. After your teeth are ready, your dentist will select a shade of tooth for the veneers. These can be matched perfectly to the surrounding teeth. Furthermore, the porcelain has the same reflective surface as natural teeth, so your veneer(s) will not stand out, but rather blend in to give you a more flawless smile.

What are the Benefits?

These days veneers are very thin and very strong, making them a great choice for a new and refreshing smile. They can also preserve teeth and protect them from further damage. Another advantage is that they are resistant to wear and tear, decay, and staining. They can also flex (ever so slightly) with your natural teeth so you don’t have to worry about breaking. They are customizable, can be combined with other treatments, and are a quick procedure, making them a long-lasting and durable choice.

Talk to your Westchester cosmetic dentist today about how we can help you determine if veneers are right for you.

Why Should I Go To a Specialist for Dental Implants?

HEre are some reasons why you should go to a dental implant specialist.

Going to the dentist can sometimes be a scary thing. From cleanings to oral surgery, we rely on a dentist or a specialist to take care of our smile. We can only do so much and sometimes dental implants are needed. Not every dentist can complete a successful dental implant in Westchester, NY. Would you trust just anybody to take care of your teeth? Would you trust just anyone with the crucial task of giving you new dental implants?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and have the highest success rate compared to other tooth replacement options. Do you think the success rate would be as high if they didn’t have specialists to perform the dental implant? Absolutely not.

Documented Results for Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are 95%-98% successful for 40 to 50 years. Compared to a bridge which can fail after 15 years, the difference is huge.
  • Studies show patients have more long-term success by replacing a single missing tooth with an implant and crown instead of using a bridge to tie the teeth together.
  • The success rate for a bridge decreases over time, while the dental implant doesn’t.
  • Dental implants have fewer complications than bridges.

Clearly the better option are dental implants, a procedure that should be done by a highly skilled specialist.

Why a Specialist?

You would not trust your car in just anyone’s hands, would you? You may ask for recommendations and probably would call around and do some research on a certain mechanic shop. But what it would really come down to is what does the mechanic shop specialize in? What experience do they have and how will they give me the best outcome possible? It is the same with finding a dental implant specialist, also called a periodontist.

Our Westchester periodontist, Dr. Loshak, is just the specialist you are looking for. He specializes in the placement of dental implants. He has experience, training and schooling and always keeps up to date with the latest information. Why would you even think to go to anyone else? This is what we do. We are here to serve you and give you the best possible dental implant experience.

Westchester dental implants has an experienced team of specialists working around the clock to make sure you are comfortable and happy with your procedure. We are dedicated to giving you the most specialized of care. Your comfort and peace of mind is very important to us so schedule an appointment with us today!

How are Dental Implants So Successful?

Learn why dental implants are so successful.Dental implants have been around since the 1950s. Over the last 50+ years, dental surgeons everywhere have perfected the craft of implant surgery to ensure a high success rate. Using only the best procedures, and the most advanced technology, dental implants are a less invasive surgery with a quick healing time! With advanced procedures and modern technologies, it’s easy to see why patients are forgoing dental bridges and dentures for dental implants. Are you eager to see if dental implants are right for you? Visit the Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale for some of the best (and most experienced) implant surgeons in Westchester, New York.

What’s the big deal about dental implants?

What makes dental implants so great? Dental implants mimic the look of natural teeth, and don’t require any change in oral or dental health habits. Implants are inserted into the jawline, so you can use your implants like you would your normal teeth! In fact, unlike dentures or dental bridges, those with implants can eat their favorite foods and speak easily without having to deal with loose dentures or sticky foods!

Dental implants are an expensive dental procedure. But if cared for correctly, you’ll only need one set over the course of your lifetime. When wearing bridges or crowns, many patients need multiple sets over their lifetime. This can be due to changes in the mouth, or broken pieces. If you eliminate the cost of dentures and bridges, dental implants will set you back about the same! Added benefits such as this help contribute to the high (and growing higher) success rate of dental implants. Our implants are put in place by licensed professionals, and we are committed to making sure that our patients experience that same high success rate!

Schedule an Appointment Today

With our team of highly trained and highly capable prosthodontists and periodontists in Westchester, we are eager to help you improve your quality of life! Are you interested in finding out if a dental implant procedure is right for you and your dental health? Give us a call! There’s a reason our patients call us one of the best in Westchester for dental implants, and we can’t wait to show you why! Call our offices at (914) 368- 6259 for your consultation appointment. Visit our offices in Westchester, New York today.

Robot-Assisted Dental Implants: The Future of Dentistry?

Robots assisting dentists when performing dental implant surgery sounds interesting.

In September 2017 a dental clinic in China performed the first successful autonomous implant surgery. The “robot” installed two dental implants into a human woman’s mouth. You can read more about it and see a video here. Staff were still present during the surgery but they were not actively involved.

Wow. How would you feel if a robot was working on your mouth? Would it comfort you to know that hundreds and hundreds of hours of work and many years went in to the creation of this robot? Would it comfort you to know that a qualified dentist is in the room during the whole robotic procedure?

What Does This Mean?

Of all countries, China seems to have a need of a robot who can help with and/or perform dental procedures. They have a huge shortage of dentists, who are qualified, who can place dental implants. According to the article there are about 400 million people in China who need new teeth but there aren’t nearly that many dentists who could meet this need.

How Does it Work?

The video explains that the procedure starts with a CT Scan of the patient. The implant surgeon then plans out the surgery and takes in to account where nerves and other obstacles are. The robot can restrain its movement to match the plan that the surgeon layed out. Once the plan is in place the robot can assist the surgeon in real time. The plan can also be changed at any time the surgeon sees a need. This approach can lead to less pain for the patient and less recovery time.

Will Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale Have It?

How confident would you be to have this robot working on you? What about your child? What kinds of things would you need to see or have in place before having a robot work inside your mouth? The procedure that was performed consisted of implants and were fitted inside the woman’s mouth within a margin of error of 0.2-0.3mm. Is that good enough proof and accuracy?

All the details of the surgery performed in China are still not fully clear. However this is something that very possibly could become a reality. What benefits would this robot bring? What are the downsides? Surely a robot can’t be tired or lose focus and they certainly can’t have bad days the way humans can. But it also depends upon the programming of the surgeon. Will you be seeing robot assisted dental implants in Westchester? This could be our future and we look forward to seeing it unfold and learning more about it.

Grinding Your Teeth at Night? Reduce your Stress!

Grinding your teeth at night? Reduce your stress!Grinding teeth at night is quite common, but you may not know you do it until a loved one lets you know! Occasionally grinding teeth at night doesn’t do much damage. But, excessive and forceful grinding, Bruxism, can be very harmful to your teeth and jaw.

Stress is the most common cause to teeth grinding. Unfortunately, stress tends to be a constant companion for many people these days. Teeth grinding can lead to a weakened immune system, headaches, jaw and facial pain, and even sleep disorders. Besides these, excessive teeth grinding can wear away and damage the enamel on the teeth, cause teeth to crack, and cause a misaligned bite.

How can I stop teeth grinding?

Although teeth grinding is a common and natural way for the body to relieve stress, we’d rather that you address the stress and keep your teeth (and enamel) healthy and happy. Your Westchester dentist has some tips for you to relieve those stressful days and give your jaw a rest at night.

  • Massage

    An easy and quick help is to massage the sides of your jaw with your fingertips to help the muscles relax. Holding a warm towel around the jaw can also relax the muscles.

  • Nutrition

    Some substances can aggravate teeth grinding, like alcohol and caffeine. Reducing your intake will help relieve the tension. Also, try avoiding gum chewing and hard foods.

  • Jaw Exercises

    Try opening your mouth as wide as possible (but not painful!) and touch the tongue to the top front teeth. Repeat several times. During the day, be mindful of when your teeth touch, and what may be your triggers to grinding. Try to keep your tongue in the position it takes when pronouncing the letter ‘n’. This helps prevent clenching the teeth together.

  • Meditiation

    Psychological methods can help, too, so try periodic meditating to relax, especially before bedtime. This can include still meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Focus on breathing your stress out of your body, and be mindful of how your jaw feels.

  • Mouth Guards

    Mouth guards are also an option, but be sure to get one properly fitted from your Westchester cosmetic dentist. These provide a soft layer of material between the teeth to prevent them from grinding together and damaging the enamel.

No matter how you choose to relieve your stress, be sure to call us today for an appointment to help you determine the best course of action for your teeth!

New Year Goal: Whiter Teeth

New year goal: whiten your teeth!At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we aim to be your go-to cosmetic dentist in Westchester. We provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening. With the new year almost upon us, it is a great time to take stock of goals. If you want a whiter, brighter smile, having a goal to work on a whiter smile is a great one. This is the perfect time of year to get started.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that the number one thing people want to change about their smile is the whiteness of their teeth. It is no wonder that there are so many teeth whitening products available. While we offer many teeth whitening treatments in our office, there are also many homemade teeth whitening options you can use along with professional products.

How Do I Whiten My Teeth at Home?

Most products today use a substance called carbamide peroxide. This chemical can bread down into hydrogen peroxide and is the main bleaching agent. Generally, when it comes to do-it-yourself teeth whitening, it is best to use these solutions in moderation. Most of these homemade options use baking soda as their base.

Here are a few options for homemade, do-it-yourself teeth whitening solutions

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
    To use this method you should:

    • Use less baking soda than hydrogen peroxide in your mix
    • Combine two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon baking soda
    • Stir the mixture into a paste and brush your teeth with it
    • Let the paste sit on your teeth for a minute and rinse

    It is important to remember to rinse afterwards so that no baking soda or hydrogen peroxide remains on your teeth. Also, limit using this mixture to two or three times per week as excess use can break down tooth enamel overtime.

  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
    Using this product with baking soda can help remove stains and whiten teeth. Over a period of time, you are likely to see the impact. To make this paste, add two parts of the apple cider vinegar to one part baking soda. Use this solution a few times a week or use the apple cider vinegar as a mouthrinse along with your normal oral hygiene routine.
  3. Coconut Oil and Peppermint Leaf
    Using this product with baking soda can help remove stains and whiten teeth. Over a period of time, you are likely to see the impact. To make this paste, add two parts of the apple cider vinegar to one part baking soda. Use this solution a few times a week or use the apple cider vinegar as a mouthrinse along with your normal oral hygiene routine.

Schedule an Appointment

For tried and true teeth whitening methods, visit Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale. We can schedule an appointment that works for you and get you started with a whiter smile for 2018!

Travel Safe During the Holiday

Travel safe this holiday season!At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we would like to wish you all Happy Holidays! No matter how you plan on celebrating the season, we hope you have a great time and get to relax and enjoy the holidays with people you care about. We are grateful for our patients and to be able to help them with their dental health needs.

This time of year can come with travel hazards.

As your Westchester dentist, we care about you, our patients, and we know that the holiday season can get busy and hectic. Many people are traveling during this time of year. In upstate New York, snow and ice is definitely a factor during the winter. It is important to plan ahead and be aware of traveling conditions. This can lead to safer travels during the season.

We want you to have a safe holiday, so we put together a few tips on travel safety during the winter.

  1. Make sure and check ahead to see if your flight has changed.

    Weather during this time of year can impact flights. Even flights to warm destinations can change, so it is always smart to check up on the status of your flight and the weather.

  2. Be careful when driving in snowy conditions.

    Keep up to date on local weather and winter travel warnings. Even if you are anxious to be somewhere or in a hurry, it is better to be safe than sorry. If there is a travel warning, it may be best to skip driving all together and wait until road conditions have improved. If you must drive, make sure you have a full gas tank, a first aid kit, jumper cables, and warm gloves and a hat. That way, you can be prepared in almost any situation.

  3. Charge your smartphone before going on a trip.

    Make sure you have your phone and other electronic devices fully charged before leaving. At the airport, charging stations might be scarce because this time of year is busy for travel. If possible, bring a portable charger with you, too. If driving, bringing a car charger can ensure your phone is charged if an emergency situation does arise.

  4. Bring snacks with you.

    Keep snacks and drinks, including water, with you when you’re traveling in a car. Also, bring food and refill your water bottle after security if you are flying. It’s always good to have food on hand in case wait times are longer than expected.

  5. If you’re stuck at the airport, technology can be your best friend.

    Go to the ticket counter to see how they can help you first, but there are other ways to get help finding a new flight. Apps like Next Flight can be used to help you find a flight. You can also call the airline on the phone.

Contact us for help with your dental needs

As always, we are happy to work with you in the case of a dental emergency, or just making sure your teeth are healthy during the holiday season. Be sure to keep up on your brushing and flossing, and try to consume egg nog responsibly! Call us today for an appointment.

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist!

Happy Thanksgiving!

At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we are looking forward to Thanksgiving and the holiday season. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to eat a Thanksgiving meal and enjoy some time off with family and friends!

November brings so many wonderful things. The air begins to cool down, and the leaves are crunchy and colorful on the ground. The cold air might be brisk, but it allows for warm nights by the fire sipping hot cocoa and watching your favorite movies with family and friends. November is the start to the holiday season and all the unique, fun activities that come with fall and winter.

Plus, who doesn’t love food? Just think of all the great things to eat during Thanksgiving. There is pumpkin pie, turkey, rolls, and more. Whatever your favorite food is for the big Turkey Day, we hope you get to enjoy a lot of it. You can also try some yummy new pumpkin recipes we mentioned in .

We are Thankful For You!

Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale is especially thankful for each and every one of our patients. You help make our office positive and fun. We love doing what we do because of you! Our patients are truly the greatest, and we are thankful we have been able to know each of you. We are also grateful you have chosen us to provide your cosmetic dentistry needs in Westchester.

If you are due for an exam, or have been having some cosmetic dentistry issues, coming into see us before the holiday season kicks off is always a smart idea. We can help you with teeth whitening services, so you are looking your best when you travel to see family and friends. The holiday break is also a great time to make an appointment for college aged children who are home for the holidays.

Come See our Cosmetic Dentistry in Westchester this Season!

Give Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale a call to schedule an appointment or consultation. We will work with you to find an appointment time that fits into your busy life. We strive to provide high-quality cosmetic dentistry services that you can count on. Our staff is friendly, and we are here to help you.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and hope your month is filled with fun fall activities!

Pumpkins are Good for Your Teeth!

Pumpkins are actually great for your teeth!

With Thanksgiving coming up, there are lots of yummy treats and food to go around. One of the most essential and tasty fall ingredients is pumpkin. Whether it is pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, there are so many great tasting recipes to make involving pumpkin.

Did you know that pumpkin can be good for your teeth? At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we are always interested in educating our patients on how to make good choices related to their oral hygiene. Part of this involves helping patients make healthy choices related to diet. Pumpkin is a great health food that is good for teeth because it is nutrient-dense. It has many vitamins and minerals that are good for you while also being low in calories.

Why is Pumpkin Good For You?

The USDA National Nutrient Database found that 1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin has 40 calories and 1.8g of protein as well as 3g of fiber. This can lead to feeling fuller longer. Overall, pumpkin is a healthy food–if you don’t add a ton of sugar.

When looking at the vitamins and minerals in pumpkin, it provides 100% of the daily intake needed for Vitamin A and 20% of the intake needed for Vitamin C. Pumpkin is also rich in potassium, manganese, copper, and more. Pumpkin seeds are packed in fiber, and they contain calcium, too.

How do Pumpkins Help Your Teeth?

With all these vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is a healthy choice all around. This food is also low in fat and carbs and high in protein and fiber. The magnesium in pumpkin is great for tooth enamel. It works like calcium to create an enamel that resists tooth decay.

Keep in mind that pumpkin flavoring and spices don’t give the health benefits of actual pumpkin. So, skip the pumpkin spice latte and go for recipes like soups and smoothies that will give you the actual benefits of real pumpkin ingredients.

Here are a couple of your Westchester cosmetic dentist’s favorite pumpkin recipes to get you started:

There are many more healthy pumpkin recipes out there. Enjoy the holiday season and Thanksgiving, and why not help yourself to some healthy recipes that are great for your body and teeth?

Don’t Let Your Teeth Become a Trick or Treat Situation!

Keep your teeth healthy this Halloween!

At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we are here to help our patients make educated choices for their oral hygiene. We know that there are certain times of year when it is hard to maintain healthy eating and oral health projects. Halloween is one of those times. There is so much candy around that it can be hard not to eat a lot of that candy. We get it! But, eating too much candy, and too many sweets in general, can lead to some bad oral hygiene habits. While you can enjoy some sweet snacks here and there, we do have some tips to help you maintain good oral hygiene habits during this sweet, spooky season.

Tips From Your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist

Here are our tips for having a healthy Halloween. These tips can also help you keep your kids with healthy oral hygiene habits. We know that getting kids to put away all that candy can be a challenge. But, these tips can make things a little easier.

  1. Timing is Important

    Your kids (or you because we have all been there) should eat the Halloween treats with meals or shortly after meals. Saliva production increases during meals which can help rinse away food particles.

  2. Stay Away From Sweet Snacks as Much as Possible

    When you’re snacking in-between meals, sugary snacks aren’t a great choice. Try to cut down on snacking on sweets to improve oral health.

  3. Choose the Types of Treats You and Your Children Eat

    Hard candies and other sweets that sit in your mouth for long periods of time can be harmful. The length of time a sugary sweet is in the mouth can contribute to tooth decay. A sugar-free candy is also a good option.

  4. Avoid Sticky Candies and Sweets

    Candies like taffy and gummies can stick to teeth and take longer to wash away which can lead to higher risk of tooth decay.

  5. Drink More Water

    Drinking more water can prevent tooth decay.

  6. Maintain Healthy Brushing and Flossing Habits

    Stay up on your and your family’s brushing and flossing habits is important at all times of the year. These daily habits make a big difference in dental hygiene.

  7. Visit Your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist

    It’s important to maintain regular check-ups, exams, and cleanings for you and your family during Halloween as well as all through the year. Come visit your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist to get a cleaning or exam.

Contact Us Today

Schedule an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale for a cleaning or for more helpful tips. We are happy to help!