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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.

By Rose Dental Associates
May 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Want a better-looking smile? Let porcelain veneers cover your dental imperfections and renew your smile. Rose Dental Associates, veneerswhich is located in Albany, NY, offers a full range of dental services, including veneers. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about veneers.

Dental Veneers Overview

Veneers offer an effective and safe means of improving the look of your teeth. Dental veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front part of the teeth to enhance your smile. These custom-made shells fit over the teeth changing their shape, length, and size. Veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials.

Benefits of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers benefits include an enhanced appearance, a more symmetrical smile, and improved confidence. Veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are chipped, discolored, misaligned, uneven, or worn down. Veneers change the outside appearance of your teeth while leaving the natural, healthy teeth underneath.

Dental Veneers Procedure

Your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth. Next, your dentist will make an impression of your tooth. This impression is sent to a lab, which in turn creates your dental veneers. Finally, you will return to the dentist to have the dental veneers bonded and shaped.

Give yourself a smile you love. Say yes to dental veneers! Call Rose Dental Associates at 518-456-7673 today to schedule an appointment in Albany, NY. Remember, a better life starts with a beautiful smile.

By Rose Dental Associates
January 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Over time, many of the foods and beverages in your diet can potentially stain your teeth. Some foods and drinks contain high levels of dental stainsstain-causing substances. When consumed regularly, these items will eventually lead to dull, discolored or stained teeth. Fortunately, regular dental cleanings can help. Additionally, professional teeth whitening treatments applied by your dentist can brighten and correct dull or stained teeth. Rose Dental Associates, your Albany, NY, family dentists, perform thorough dental cleanings and professional teeth whitening treatments.

Foods & Drinks That Stain

There are three main components in foods and beverages that can result in stained or discolored teeth: tannins, chromogens and acids. Tannins help stains stick to teeth easier. Chromogens contain wrong pigments that attach to tooth enamel. Acids weaken tooth enamel, making it easier for stains from foods and beverages to set in. These three substances can be found in a variety of foods and drinks, including those that are typically considered healthy.

Beverages that can stain or dull teeth include coffee, tea, wine and soft drinks. In general, all soft drinks or sodas are extremely acidic and can make teeth appear dull over time. Dark colas, in particular, contain chromogens as well, which further increases the risk of teeth getting stained. Coffees and teas both contain tannins and can stain the teeth if consumed regularly. Red and white wines are both quite acidic and contain chromogens, which is problematic for teeth. In addition to containing chromogens and being acidic, red wine also contains tannins.

Even a healthy diet that includes an abundance of fruit can end up staining your teeth over time. Many berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries, contain high levels of chromogens, which can lead to stained teeth. Tomatoes and cherries contain chromogens, as well. Pomegranates and grapes have both chromogens and tannins. In general, fruits that can stain your hands or clothes can also stain your teeth.

Professional Teeth Whitening

When your teeth are already dull, stained or discolored, professional teeth whitening treatments can dramatically whiten and brighten your smile in a single visit. During your visit to an Albany family dentist, a professional strength hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is applied directly to the surfaces of the teeth and left on for about an hour. Once the whitening gel is removed at the end of the treatment session, the teeth will be visibly whiter and brighter. Results can last for up to five years before additional whitening treatments are needed.

Depending on the types of foods and beverages you consume, your diet can lead to stained teeth. Things you can do to help include brushing your teeth twice daily and scheduling regular dental cleanings. Professional teeth whitening treatments from your dentist’s office are another option for correcting stained teeth. Regular dental checkups at Rose Dental Associates, your Albany, NY, family dentists, can help combat the effects of foods that stain. To schedule an appointment, call Rose Dental Associates at (518) 456-7673.