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By Rose Dental Associates
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants keep your smile whole by filling in any gaps caused by missing teeth. In addition to keeping your smile whole, dental implants also provide support for the muscles of the face, help distribute biting and chewing functions across a full set of teeth, and restore speech, which can be affected by gaps in your smile. A dentist can help you decide if dental implants are the right option for you. The Several Dental Implantsdentists and staff at Rose Dental Associates are your dental professionals for dental implants in Albany, NY.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small metal posts that are used to anchor artificial teeth in place. Dental implants can be used to replace just one tooth or many. When replacing one tooth at a time, a dental crown is placed on top of the dental implant. When several teeth are being replaced at once, multiple dental implants are needed and are topped with a dental bridge or an implant-supported overdenture. An Albany dentist for dental implants can discuss which combination of dental implants and artificial teeth is best for you.

Benefits of Dental Implants

The benefits of dental implants extend beyond keeping your smile whole by replacing missing teeth and filling in gaps. Several problems can develop when teeth are missing. One potential problem is that your speech can change due to the gaps in your smile. The teeth help direct tongue placement when speaking. If there are gaps in your smile, the tongue can slip through those gaps and change the way you speak. Filling in the gaps with dental implants and artificial teeth can restore your normal speech.

Another problem that can develop when teeth are missing is sagging and drooping of the cheeks. The teeth provide support for facial muscles. Without enough teeth to support those muscles, they can droop and sag. Drooping and sagging changes the natural shape of the face and can cause you to appear older. Keeping your smile whole with dental implants helps provide adequate support for facial muscles, which can prevent sagging and drooping.

Keeping your smile whole with dental implants also has the added benefit of reducing strain on the teeth that had been compensating for missing ones. A full set of teeth helps distribute biting and chewing functions across all those teeth. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth end up taking on more work and sustaining more wear and tear. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants and artificial teeth helps take the added strain off the remaining natural teeth.

Keep your smile whole with dental implants. A dentist can help you decide if they are right for you. For dental implants in Albany, contact Rose Dental Associates at (518) 456-7673.

By Rose Dental Associates
January 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Versatile veneers brighten your smile, conceal imperfections, and even change the shape of your teeth. Rose Dental Associates offers veneers at their Albany, NY, office.—read on to learn more!Dental Porcelain Veneers

 

Veneers Offer a Simple Solution

Veneers are tooth-shaped porcelain shells that are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. Unlike some cosmetic dentistry restorations, veneers don't require extensive dental work. In fact, preparation is minimal!

Your Albany dentist will simply remove a small amount of tooth enamel from your teeth during the first step in the process. Removing the enamel ensures that your new veneers fit correctly and feel comfortable. Next, your veneers will be constructed from an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom fit. This process takes a couple of weeks and must be done at a lab, but once they come back, your dentist will bond them to your front teeth, and you will be the proud owner of a beautiful new smile!

 

Veneers Improve Several Smile Issues

Thanks to veneers, minor imperfections that mar your smile are kept out of a view. They're the ideal option if you have a small chip or crack in your tooth, but can also be used to cover bumpy or uneven surfaces. Other uses for veneers include:

  • Closing Gaps Between Teeth: Do you have a slight gap between your front teeth? If you feel a little self-conscious about the space between your teeth, it's easy to conceal the gap simply by adding veneers to them. Although veneers are a good solution if you have a slight space between teeth, orthodontic treatment may be a better option for larger ones.
  • Fixing Oddly Shaped Teeth: Teeth aren't always uniform in appearance. Unfortunately, even one strangely shaped tooth can distract from your otherwise perfect smile. Veneers transform crooked, pointed, and twisted teeth, creating a more even (and attractive) smile.
  • Brightening Your Smile: Teeth whitening has its limitations, and whitened teeth can quickly become stained again if you indulge in coffee, wine, or other darkly pigmented beverages and foods. Veneers are available in many shades of white and are very resistant to stains, making them an excellent choice if you would like a whiter smile.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

Transform your smile with dental veneers! Call Rose Dental Associates' Albany office at (518) 456-7673 to schedule an appointment today!

By Rose Dental Associates
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Most people think of missing teeth as a cosmetic problem. And while it is true that living with any degree of tooth loss can have a profound effect on your social life, professional prospects, and self esteem, tooth loss can also damage your oral health. The dentists at Rose DentalDental Implants Associates in Albany, NY, recommend dental implants for healthy adults looking for a comprehensive dental restoration that addresses the cosmetic and oral health issues caused by tooth loss.

Improve Your Smile and Oral Health with Dental Implants in Albany, NY

Dental implants consist of two parts: the implant and the cosmetic crown. In the first step, the dentist will surgically place the implant, a titanium biocompatible screw, in the socket of the missing tooth. The implant eventually fuses to the surrounding bone tissue in the gums through a process known as osseointegration, which secures the implant in place and helps to preserve bone density. Why does this matter? Bone loss is a major component of gum disease, which is still a leading cause of tooth loss according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

After a short healing period, the cosmetic crown is attached to the implant to complete the restoration. An implant can be used to replace a single tooth, or to support an entire set of dentures with just a few implants. Once in place they look, function and feel just like a natural tooth. Like natural teeth, implants require consistent oral hygiene and follow up dental care. With proper care, implants have a very high success rate and are a long term solution to tooth loss.

Find a Dentist in Albany, NY

For more information about dental implants and how they can help to restore your smile and oral health after tooth loss, contact Rose Dental Associates by calling (518) 456-7673 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.

By Rose Dental Associates
May 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you interested in getting professional teeth whitening in Albany, NY?teeth whitening

Tired of having a smile that has lost its radiance and pizzazz? Find yourself scratching your head looking at all the over-the-counter whitening products trying to figure out if any of them actually give you the results they say they do? If you are looking to get fast, effective whitening results, then put down that commercial whitening kit and turn to our Albany, NY, dentists at Rose Dental Associates.

Tell me about professional teeth whitening…

Professional teeth whitening works in much the same way as the commercial whitening products that you can get from your local pharmacy; however, the main difference is that professional teeth whitening doesn’t have to sit on teeth nearly as long in order to get the results you want. How does this happen?

Well, the whitening gel we use contains an active ingredient that is known to go through the enamel layers and break up stain molecules. The active ingredient is usually either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. While one of these active ingredients is found in over-the-counter whitening products too, there is a significantly higher concentration of this ingredient in our in-office whitening gel.

The higher concentration means that we only have to leave the gel on your teeth for a short period of time (usually no more than 15 minutes at a time) in order to get the ideal results. During the course of your in-office whitening treatment, our Albany, NY, cosmetic dentist will typically apply the gel, leave it on for several minutes, remove the gel and then repeat this process a couple more times. Once your whitening is complete, we will consult the shade guide to show you just how much whiter we were able to get your smile.

What are the benefits of getting professional whitening?

As you might be able to tell, one of the biggest benefits is that you will get visible results in a very short time frame. Those who have a special occasion coming up may need whiter results fast and can’t rely on commercial whitening products to do the trick. This is where our professional whitening system is superior. In about one hour we could get your smile five shades (or more) whiter!

Of course, if you have been whitening from home you may not realize that there are always risks, whether you are using over-the-counter products or a DIY treatment. Why not turn to our dentist who has been specially trained to whiten your smile safely without the potential risks?

The dentists at Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY, pride themselves in offering comprehensive, tailored dental care to every patient that walks through our doors. No matter whether you want to get teeth whitening or you are dealing with a dental emergency, we are there to help you.

By Rose Dental Associates
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What makes a smile truly attractive? Certainly, healthy teeth and gums top the list. Beyond, you want straight alignment, no gaps, and teeth whiteningrealistic restorations. The final component is tooth color. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that most Americans would change their tooth color--brighten it--if they could. The good news is that your Albany, NY family dentists, Dr. Robert Santoro, Dr. Champaka Lakshmi and Dr. Gila Beer at Rose Dental Associates, offer professional teeth whitening that completes the look their patients really desire.

Store-bought whitening

You can purchase an amazing variety of whitening toothpastes, strips, rinses and more at your local drugstore, shopping mall or big box store. Almost all products contain varying amounts of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. Trays and strips which apply the bleaching agent directly to teeth are the very popular.

Despite their popularity, certain problems come with unsupervised whitening methods. For example:

  • Whitening trays are not customized to fit your exact dentition, and gel can spill on sensitive gums and lips
  • Rinses allow very brief contact between your teeth and the active whitening ingredient
  • Over the counter products require weeks to change tooth color
  • You really don't know if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening unless your Albany family dentist examines them

All in all, professionally supervised whitening offers many more benefits and none of the risks of do-it-yourself products.

Professional teeth whitening

At Rose Dental Associates, your Albany family dentist gives patients with healthy teeth and gums (no decay, numerous restorations or periodontitis) two wonderful ways to achieve that dazzling, bright smile:

  • At-home whitening, accomplished with daily application of concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel via custom-made acrylic trays
  • In-office whitening, done right at the office in about an hour

Whichever method you choose, rest assured that your cosmetic treatment is safe, effective and professionally monitored. Patients also remark that the change in color is so dramatic (up to eight shades) that they wish they had opted for the treatment long ago. Lastly, professional teeth whitening is an economical enhancement when compared to porcelain veneers, direct bonding or other aesthetic services.

Keeping a smile bright

Poor oral hygiene, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, dark foods and beverages and the simple passage of time create dental stains and an overall dull and dingy appearance. Once your smile is whitened, you can maintain its bright look by:

  • Avoiding tobacco completely
  • Brushing twice a day and flossing daily as the American Dental Association recommends
  • Getting semi-annual cleanings and check-ups at Rose Dental Associates
  • Limiting foods and drinks which stain enamel (soy sauce, blueberries, coffee, black tea, colas, acidic foods)
  • Keeping tooth surfaces clean by drinking plenty of water each day
  • Getting occasional whitening touch-ups as needed

Find out more

If you have good oral health, chances are whitening could enhance your smile. To see if you qualify, contact Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Santoro, Dr. Lakshmi or Dr. Beer. Call today: (518) 456-7673.