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Identifying Periodontal Disease

There are several ways to identify periodontal disease. Periodontal disease – or gum disease – is one of the most serious health issues your mouth can face. As periodontists in Westchester, Dr. Loshak and Dr. Celenza can diagnose you definitely for periodontal disease, but if you want to monitor for gum disease yourself, you need to know how to identify it.

Gum disease in its initial stages is called gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when plaque builds up on teeth and isn’t removed. This causes the initial symptoms of periodontal disease, which are:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily

These symptoms, while disruptive, can be reversed to prevent long-term damage to your teeth and gums. However, if gingivitis is left untreated, it develops into full-blown periodontal disease, or periodontitis. Periodontitis is very serious, and requires major treatment to offset its effects on your gums.

A person suffering from gum disease may notice the following symptoms:

  • Gums pulling away from the teeth
  • Spaces in between the teeth
  • Pus from below the gumline
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pain in the gums or teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

While those symptoms are certainly serious, the worst part of periodontal disease is what happens when it continues unchecked. At that point, the body’s immune system is focused on fighting the infection. Bacteria get into the gum line, and in an effort to fight it, the body’s immune system begins to break down the bone and connective tissue that holds the teeth in place. This can cause not only tooth loss, but the destruction of parts of the as well.

Gum disease is easily preventable – regular flossing and brushing is usually all it takes to ward off periodontitis. However, it’s worth noting that some people are genetically predisposed to developing gum disease. If you have a family history of gum disease, you should visit a periodontist regularly to ensure that your oral health is at its peak.

If you start to experience any of these symptoms, you need to see a Westchester periodontist at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale immediately. Periodontists are dental specialists who treat gum disease at its various stages. Whether you’re seeing the early signs of gingivitis, or your oral health has deteriorated and you have symptoms of full-blown periodontitis, your best bet for taking care of your teeth is an appointment with us.

Dental Implants: A Periodontist’s Specialty

Dental implants are a periodontist's specialty. Dental implants act as tooth root replacements. When properly utilized, dental implants are a hardy foundation for replacement teeth, permanent or removable. These replacement teeth look as good and function as well as your natural teeth, making dental implants the cutting edge in dental treatment technology. They have an extraordinary number of benefits, from their looks right down to the way they keep your other teeth from shifting. But dental implants are only as good as the structures that support them–the bone that grows around the post of the implant to hold it in place, and the gum tissue which grows around the implant abutment and protects the bone.

A periodontist on your side can be a major asset before, during, and after the dental implant procedure. Prior to receiving dental implants, a patient will need to have the implant site cleared away of any periodontal infection still present. Afterwards, you’ll receive continued monitoring to ensure correct healing and no complications. And during the procedure, who better to place an implant in your jawbone and gums than an expert on those structures?

What Training Does a Periodontist Go Through?

Periodontists have gone beyond the standard training for a dentist. As dental specialists, we must first complete our undergraduate program and dental school. After that, we complete postgraduate specialization in periodontics, which typically lasts an additional three years. This specialized education requires a periodontist to learn in depth about gums and bone: the two areas of the mouth that are most important for the success of a dental implant procedure. To top it off, periodontal licensing certification ensures that each of us meets the highest standards.

Dental Implants in Westchester County

Dental implants are an excellent choice to replace missing teeth, and can do wonders for your dental health. For exceptional care throughout your dental implant process, come to Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale! We are happy to answer any questions you might have about this service or any others, so contact us today, or just request an appointment by phone or online. We strive to provide the best periodontal care in Westchester Country.

The Purpose of Periodontics

Periodontics have a purpose for your overall health. Many people aren’t sure why they would want to see a periodontist in Westchester. As long as you brush every day and see a dentist to clean your teeth, why worry about the various dental specialties? But periodontics play an important role in keeping your whole mouth healthy, and sometimes a periodontist is exactly what you need to stop decay in its tracks.

You rely on your gums

The most obvious feature of your mouth is the teeth, perhaps followed by the tongue; compared to them, gums are almost an afterthought. But the gums and bone of your mouth are essential to keeping your teeth firmly in place, not to mention maintaining their health. The gums attach your teeth to your skull, when otherwise they would only be tethered to the rest of your body by the sensitive nerves running through the tip of each tooth root. When the gums are diseased, the teeth are in danger of loosening or completely falling out.

Gum disease’s slow creep

The problem with gum disease is not so much the symptoms at any given stage, as the fact that, left to its own devices, gum disease progresses until the structure of your mouth is entirely destroyed. What starts as mild gingivitis—swelling of the gums—ends with severe bone deterioration, deeply infected periodontal pockets, and empty gums where a full row of teeth once stood.

A periodontist’s specialty

If you are suffering from gum disease, particularly if it’s too strong to treat at home, Dr. Loshak and Dr. Celenza may be your best bet for treatment. Gums and gum disease are the focus of a periodontist’s training, which continues for years after completing an ordinary dental degree.

Scaling and root planning

The core of any treatment plan is removing the tartar, plaque, and bacteria that are irritating and infecting your gums. To do that, we use specialized instruments to scour these unhealthy deposits from your teeth, both above and below the gumline. While these procedures may be supplemented with antibiotics, dental implants, and gum surgery, curing your periodontal disease depends primarily on cleaning tartar from your teeth once and for all. The sooner we start, the better for your mouth—so call Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, your Westchester periodontist, for an appointment today.

Do I Need an Orthodontist?

Do you need an orthodontist?Orthodontics isn’t just about looks. While aesthetics play a role in determining who is recommended for our services, many of the problems we frequently address cause actual harm to your health, especially over time. Whether you are looking to correct minor flaws in your appearance or to save a compromised bite, we can help you get your teeth in order.

  • Wide gaps are probably the first thing you think of when contemplating braces, and are primarily an aesthetic concern. We can help eliminate these gaps for a bright, even smile.
  • Crowding is the opposite of wide gaps, and usually happens when a patient’s jaw is too small to accommodate all their teeth. This is usually addressed by removing a tooth and letting the others ease into the space.
  • Protruding teeth are at extra risk of damage and wear. We make sure that the teeth are all the same length to present one smooth, united surface.
  • Overbite, underbite, reverse bite, and cross bite all refer to the way the top and bottom jaws fit together. Ordinarily, when teeth are closed, the top row of teeth sits just slightly outside the bottom row. But if this is reversed for some of all teeth, or if the gap between the jaws is simply too wide, this can be corrected by our office.
  • Open bite means that, even when teeth are clenched, an opening remains between the top and bottom teeth. In children, this is often caused by thumb sucking, and is a problem that can extend even to the bone.
  • Impacted teeth emerge in the wrong position, sometimes pressing on other teeth, and often must be removed.
  • Crooked teeth put an unusual amount of wear on the bone due to the angle of the forces exerted on them. Straightening them protects both the jaw and the teeth themselves.

If you suffer from any of these issues, or you aren’t sure whether you might, you can make an appointment with our office by phone or online. At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, Westchester orthodontist Dr. Celenza works together with a team of Westchester cosmetic dentists to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. Call us today!

A Good Smile vs. A Great Smile

There are many cosmetic dentistry options to choose from. Are you ashamed of the way your teeth look? Do you find yourself covering your mouth while laughing, or avoiding family pictures at all costs? Your overall dental health and appearance can significantly affect your self esteem, which can in turn affect your ability to make friends, get jobs, and even date. In fact, one study conducted by the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics found that people with straight, healthy-looking teeth are perceived to be more intelligent and organized than people who have a damaged, unhealthy-looking smile. Your smile matters, and Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale is here to help.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures To Correct Any Issue

Here at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, our dentists will carefully evaluate the health of your teeth and then recommend a treatment plan to give you the smile of your dreams. Here are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry procedures that we can use to perfect your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Over the years, your teeth can become yellowed, stained, and dingy. Fortunately, our office provides a wide range of dental whitening treatments to brighten your smile. In addition to at-home kits, which allow you to whiten your teeth according to your own timetable and daily schedule, we also offer in-office whitening sessions that will whiten your teeth in a single visit. Both methods are incredibly effective, safe, and provide lasting results.

Cosmetic Bonding

If your teeth are shaped strangely or you are tired of dealing with an unsightly gap, cosmetic bonding might help our dentists to make your smile look perfect. Cosmetic bonding involves shaping a small amount of tooth-colored dental resin around your existing tooth to reshape the tooth. Newer bonding materials can last for as long as 10-15 years, and they can be dyed to match your teeth perfectly.

Dental Implants

Our clinicians have spent years learning about dental implants and honing the craft of placing natural-looking, durable implants, the healthiest and sturdiest tooth replacement option available. Dental implants replace your missing tooth from the root up, using biocompatible titanium to encourage bone growth around the implant site. By using state-of-the-art imaging devices and newer materials, our dentists can give you implants that look like they have always been a part of your smile.

Invisalign

We also offer orthodontic services, including traditional braces, retainers, and appliances, as well as Invisalign. Invisalign invisible braces are removable for comfort and convenience, and don’t require frequent in-office adjustments like traditional methods. With the right orthodontic treatment, you’ll be able to enjoy a straight smile, fewer speech problems, and cleaner teeth.

Tooth Reshaping

If your teeth are chipped or strangely shaped, they can throw off your entire smile. Fortunately, our dentists can help by reshaping your teeth. Whether filing down a long tooth or adding a crown or dental bonding material to a short or damaged one, we can balance out your smile for a perfect first impression.

Gum Treatments

If your gums are discolored or your gum line is overgrown or misshapen, gum contouring or bleaching can help to prefect the look of your smile. Our clinicians use a precision laser to lighten, remove, or reshape gum tissue. Also, since this laser disinfects on contact, our patients enjoy fewer complications, reduced pain, and a faster procedure.

Through the art of cosmetic dentistry, the clinicians at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale can give you the smile you have always wanted. For more information on how to achieve a great smile, versus just a good smile, contact Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale today. If you are new to our practice, visit our new patients page to get an even faster start toward treatment.

Orthodontics: The First Recognized Dental Speciality


InvisalignCrooked Teeth Are More Than A Cosmetic Issue

Crooked teeth can do more than be devastating for your self-esteem. In addition to making it difficult to smile for pictures or get close to the people you love, crooked teeth can also harm your oral health. Here are a few issues that might arise if your teeth aren’t aligned properly.

  • Muscle Strain and Jaw Problems: Crooked teeth can throw off your bite and affect the way that you chew and talk, which can cause muscle strain and jaw problems. This misalignment can also affect the face of your shape and cause speech problems, such as a lisp. In addition to suffering from an unnatural appearance, patients who have crooked teeth frequently report problems such as neck pain, headaches, and painful jaws.
  • Tooth Erosion: When teeth don’t line up like they should, your teeth can develop unnatural erosion patterns. For example, instead of eroding along the surface, they might erode along the side at an angle, throwing off the shape of your teeth. Tooth fractures are also common in patients who have crooked teeth, since the mouth doesn’t close properly.
  • Gum Disease: Crooked teeth are also more difficult to clean and keep clean, since jagged gum lines, overly tight junctions, and strange gaps can collect food debris and be difficult to brush. Over time, the plaque in these areas can harbor high levels of bacteria, which can penetrate under the gum line and cause gum disease.
  • Increases Risk of Oral Injuries: When teeth are jutting out at strange angles, the mouth is at a higher risk of oral injury. For example, if a patient with severely crooked teeth gets hit in the face during a sports game or a car accident, the teeth can penetrate through the lips or gum tissue.

The History of Orthodontics

The inherent issues of crooked teeth have been recognized for centuries. Although you might assume that orthodontics is a relatively new field, it was actually the first dental specialty, practiced by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. In fact, archeologists have even discovered crude metal bands wrapped around teeth on mummies to close gaps, and ligature wire was found in a Roman tomb. Despite these early inventions, most orthodontic inventions didn’t occur until after the 18th century.

Modern Advances In Orthodontics

Orthodontics is one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, and the field has come a long way—even in the last twenty years. In addition to using advanced imaging to map out an orthodontic plan, modern orthodontists have access to smaller, stronger screws and durable, yet invisible dental cement. Modern clinicians also offer a large range of braces, including lingual braces, which are installed on the inner sides of teeth, self-litigating braces, and the Invisalign retainer system, which is completely clear and removable.

The Importance of Working With An Orthodontist

Unlike general dentists, who basically receive an introductory course in orthodontics, orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of training to learn more about the bite, proper alignment procedures, and jaw problems. Orthodontists can treat a huge variety of alignment problems, including overcrowding, gapping, and teeth that haven’t moved down into their places correctly.

Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale is proud to work with a highly experienced orthodontist, Dr. Frank Celenza. Amongst other achievements, Dr. Celenza has been designated an Invisalign Premiere Provider since 2014. If you are interested in orthodontic treatment, make an appointment with us today.

The Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding

The benefits of cosmetic bondingTwo of the most versatile procedures in cosmetic dentistry are porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Whereas veneers are made from thin shells of ceramic, dental bonding uses the same composite resin substance that composes tooth-colored fillings. This resin is applied to your teeth and skillfully sculpted into the desired shape.

Veneers and cosmetic bonding have similar uses and can both be used to repair cracks and chips in the teeth, to correct discoloration, to make teeth appear straighter, to narrow gaps between teeth, and to change their length and shape for a better appearance. Porcelain veneers are a better long-term solution in those who qualify for them, but despite its shorter lifespan, cosmetic bonding offers several advantages which can make it the best option in many cases.

When veneers fail
Porcelain veneers rely on the patient having the structure of their natural teeth intact enough to support them. If the damage to your teeth is extensive enough, you may not qualify for veneers at all. Cosmetic bonding is the go-to option in this type of case, and can provide visually similar results.

The fastest option
Dental bonding allows for immediate improvement in the appearance of your teeth in as short a time as possible. Where veneers take multiple visits to create and apply, cosmetic bonding can be completed in a single visit to our office, in as little as half an hour to an hour per tooth. It is the quickest cosmetic dentistry solution for almost any visual defect.

Cosmetic dentistry on a budget
The factor which does the most to set cosmetic bonding apart is that it is the most economical way to correct almost any dental flaw. While it isn’t a perfect cure-all, and is a short-term solution in dentistry terms, dental bonding is very effective for the three to five years that it lasts and provides an inexpensive alternative when other procedures are out of reach.

Talk to a Specialist
Deciding between porcelain veneers and dental bonding will always come down to the specifics of your individual situation. Our great group of doctors can help you decide which solution is right for you. Call today to make an appointment with our office, or request an appointment online.

Restoring A Natural Smile

there are many options to restore your natural smile.Even after pain has been relieved and function has been restored, a smile damaged by injury or disease can cause self-consciousness and a drop in self-esteem. How our teeth look is almost as important as how they feel. For those who have lost one or more teeth, Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale offers treatments to make your smile once again look natural, healthy, and whole.

Bridges
When you are missing even one tooth, your entire smile is compromised. Not only does the gap draw the eye, but it can lead to the loss of other teeth due to their tendency to shift into the gap as well as the bone’s natural deterioration after tooth loss. The best way to protect your teeth, as well as to restore the appearance of your smile, is to fill the gap. Bridges are one option for replacing missing teeth. Also called partial dentures, bridges replace a tooth or group of adjacent teeth after they have been lost for any reason. Bridges rely on the healthy teeth on either side of the gap to anchor them. They can be affixed temporarily or permanently, depending on your needs. It is also possible to secure a bridge to one or more dental implants.

Dental Implants
As dental technology advances, our ability to replicate and restore the natural structure of your teeth continues to grow. Dental implants are the result of many years of progress in dentistry. They allow us to replace individual teeth with sturdy, permanent prosthetics, or to provide a more solid foundation for full and partial dentures. The post of the implant is integrated into your jaw in a similar way to your natural tooth roots, and can help preserve the bone as well as filling out your smile.

Full Mouth Restoration
No matter how badly damaged your smile is, Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale can help you improve your dental health and beautify your grin. Even if you have suffered extensive injury or decay, we will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan and bring your whole smile back to its natural radiance.

Whether you have a new gap in your teeth, or have lived for years with empty gums, Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale is ready to help you replace your missing teeth. Contact us by phone or online today to schedule your consultation, and let us restore your smile to its natural beauty!

What Is Dental Bonding?

What is Dental Bonding?Most of the procedures available to modern cosmetic dentistry are designed to address only a small range of specific problems. But one of the exceptions is dental bonding. Dental bonding is a possible solution to almost any cosmetic problem, from minor chips and stains to major tooth damage from decay or trauma. At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we offer dental bonding as a quick and inexpensive fix for a wide range of dental issues.

Composite resins

Dental bonding relies upon composite resins, the same material used to produce tooth-colored fillings for cavities. Composite resins have much the same luster as a natural tooth and can be mixed to match the color of the teeth around them. They are then sculpted onto your teeth to produce the desired effect, whether that is covering a stain, repairing damage, or changing the shape or size of your natural teeth.

Dental bonding is:

  • Fast. Dental bonding can take as little as half an hour per tooth, making it the quickest solution to most cosmetic problems.
  • Inexpensive. Compared to porcelain veneers, which are most similar to dental bonding in terms of the problems they can address, dental bonding is much cheaper, making it an option for anyone on a budget.
  • Versatile. This technique can be used to prepare cracks, chips, and broken teeth, to conceal stains and discoloration, to minimize gaps between teeth, to lengthen short teeth, to reshape crooked or oddly-formed teeth, and in short, to make your teeth look their best.
  • Aesthetic. With the range of colors available and the natural-looking texture, teeth repaired with dental bonding are virtually indistinguishable from your healthy, natural teeth.
  • An alternative to veneers. Occasionally, if a tooth is badly damaged, there may not be eno9ugh of the original tooth structure left to support a crown or veneer. In some of these cases, dental bonding is still an option. We can let you know which treatments are available in your case after an exam.

The only major limitation of dental bonding is its temporary nature. Repairs made using this technique are likely to last approximately five years, whereas other repair techniques can last ten or more. However, this may still be the best option for your individual case; we can discuss your choices with you during a consultation.

Schedule your appointment

If you are interested in dental bonding or any of our other cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, call our office today during normal business hours, or use our online contact form to request an appointment. We can’t wait to see you and help you achieve the smile you deserve.

Happy New Year from Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale

Make Dental Health A Priority In 2016!

As the year draws to an end, you might find yourself reflecting on your choices and trying to decide how to become a better you. Why not embrace dental health as a New Year’s resolution? One of the great things about dentistry is that it is possible to erase damage through effective restorations and cosmetic changes. You might also be surprised to see how much of a difference a few simple adjustments to your dental hygiene routine can make. We want you to enjoy the benefits of healthy, beautiful teeth, which is why we focus on advanced dentistry.  

Happy New Year from Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale!

 

Don’t Worry; We Can Help.

Here at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we want you to know that you aren’t alone in your quest for healthier teeth. We offer a huge array of high-end dental services that can help you to transform your smile. Here are just a few ways we can help:

  • Preventative Care: Don’t let those cavities grow into full-fledged dental infections. Instead, focus on preventative care to stop damage in its tracks. Make 2016 the year that you attend each of your semi-annual checkups and follow the doctor’s advice. A little preventative care can go a long way.
  • Complex Restorations: If your teeth have already started to have a few problems, don’t stress; we can help. Our clinicians are some of the best in the business, and they can help you with anything from simple fillings to treatment for advanced periodontal disease. If your teeth need help, our doctors can make things right.  
  • Smile Makeovers: Why not start 2016 out with a brand new smile? Our dental professionals can use dental bonding, custom implants, clear braces, teeth whitening, and even porcelain veneers to give your teeth a makeover. Don’t worry about your new smile looking fake. Our dentists are experts at making transformations look as natural and beautiful as possible. All people will notice is how gorgeous your new smile looks.

If you are interested in joining us to make 2016 a great year in dental health, make an appointment today!