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By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
October 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you've been considering replacing one or more of your missing permanent teeth, you've probably run across several options. As trained dental implantsexperts in the field of restorative dentistry in Niskayuna, NY, Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro often suggest dental implants as the best investment for optimal appearance and dental health. Read on to learn why dental implants come so highly recommended by dentists and patients alike.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a three-part tooth replacement offered by your Niskayuna dentist. The first portion of the implant is the post, which is a tiny wedge-shaped piece of metal that looks similar to a screw. This is the section that Dr. Molino or Dr. Vaccaro actually implants into the jawbone during an in-office procedure. Over a period of a few months, the implant will osseointegrate, or fuse, with the jawbone, securing into place. After that, it will be time to attach the abutment, another tiny metal piece that connects the post to the crown, the only visible part of the dental implant. Crowns are made from a high-quality ceramic material and carefully shaped and polished to look just like a natural tooth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants have changed the way that both dental professionals and patients deal with tooth loss. They do not require replacement or adjustments, unlike crowns and bridges or dentures; they're designed to last several decades and as long as a lifetime, thanks to the unique way that they integrate with your own anatomy. They also do not require removal or special care for cleaning. Just regular brushing, flossing, and checkups are all you need to maintain your dental implants.

If you're ready to make a great decision for the way your teeth look and feel, it's time to contact Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro in Niskayuna, NY to schedule a consultation about dental implants. You can also contact our office with any other dental-related questions you may have!

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Family Dentistry  

Every member of your family should feel confident about the dental care they receive.Family Dentistry

Going to visit the dentist shouldn’t feel like an inconvenience. After all, this is something that is necessary for everyone, even if you brush and floss regularly and maintain good oral health. Our Niskayuna, NY, family dentists Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro make it easy for everyone in your family to get the care they deserve whenever they need it.

Here are just some reasons why you may want to turn to a family dentist:

They Care for the Whole Family

Family dentists can provide thorough, tailored dental care to all members of the family no matter their age. Now you can choose a one-stop shop for all of your family’s dental needs instead of having to choose multiple doctors.

Save Yourself the Time and Money

We know that everyone’s time is valuable and that you don’t want to spend those precious hours going from one dentist to the next. Why not choose just one dentist in Niskayuna, NY, that can give your whole family everything they need to maintain healthy smiles?

From preventive dental care to restorative treatment to getting dentures made, we offer it all so that you don’t have to waste precious time or money running around to several different dentists.

Get a Dental Education

Family dentists love to make sure that patients understand how to properly care for their smiles to prevent decay and gum disease. One way to do this is to provide the education that all patients need, from proper brushing techniques to whether fluoride treatment is the best way to protect against cavities.

A family dentist will want to make sure that everyone in your family understands the best approach for taking care of their teeth and gums. By coming into our office you’ll leave knowing what good dental habits you’ll want to adopt.

Whatever brings you into our Niskayuna, NY, family dental office, know that everyone will get the proper and individualized dental care they need. Whether you are faced with a dental emergency or you just need to schedule a regular cleaning, we are here for you.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
June 15, 2017
Category: family dentistry
Tags: oral hygiene  

Keeping good oral hygiene habits is key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Your teeth can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene oral hygienehabits. When you do not practice good oral hygiene regularly, the result can be tooth decay, gum infection and tooth loss. Regular dental visits with a family dentist are an important part of good oral hygiene and an excellent way to maintain a healthy mouth. Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro are your Niskayuna, NY, family dentists.

Good Oral Hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene becomes a habit when you stick to a daily routine that includes brushing at least twice a day. It is also important to develop a habit of visiting your Niskayuna family dentist every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning. A few specific steps you can take at home to maintain good oral hygiene include:

  • Brush teeth twice daily
  • Floss daily
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride
  • Rinse with a fluoridated mouth rinse daily
  • Limit consumption of sugary snacks and foods

Proper Brushing

Even if are keeping good oral hygiene habits by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, it is still possible your teeth aren’t fully clean if the proper brushing technique is not used. The proper way to brush is to gently scrub all of the surface areas inside the mouth, including teeth, gums and tongue. Brushing all surface areas helps clean away the bacteria that cause gingivitis and cavities. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles that are not too abrasive. The toothbrush should also fit comfortably in your mouth so be sure to select an appropriately sized toothbrush.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits is important for preventing gum disease, cavities and tooth decay. Maintaining good oral hygiene, which includes regular dental visits, will help your teeth last a lifetime. To schedule a dental visit with Dr. Molino or Dr. Vaccaro, your Niskayuna, NY, family dentists, call the office at (518) 377-3628.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Learn about Invisalign from your Niskayuna dentists.invisalign

Do you want a great smile? Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your smile. Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro in Niskayuna, NY, offer orthodontic treatment with Invisalign for a straighter smile. Here are five reasons to consider Invisalign.

1. Correct Dental Issues

Dental issues of all sizes and shapes can be corrected with Invisalign. The Invisalign system effectively corrects a variety of dental issues, including: gapped teeth, crooked teeth, an underbite, cross bite, overbite, overcrowded teeth and protruding teeth. If you are experiencing any of these issues, consult with an Invisalign dentist to fix your smile.

2. Avoid Embarrassment

Are you too embarrassed to wear metal braces? You can achieve a straight smile without a mouthful of metal wires and brackets. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using a series of virtually invisible aligners. With Invisalign, you don't have to hide your smile while going through treatment.

3. Improve Dental Health

Invisalign can improve your dental health. Metal braces make cleaning teeth difficult because plaque and food can stick to the teeth and brackets. One advantage of Invisalign aligner trays is is that they are removable. You can remove the Invisalign aligner trays to floss and brush your teeth.

4. Enjoy the Foods You Love

With metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods because they can adhere to the teeth and brackets. With Invisalign, you will be able to eat the foods you love with comfort and confidence.

5. Improved Comfort

Traditional braces can be uncomfortable to wear, pressing against your teeth and irritating your gums. Invisalign aligner trays are smooth and comfortable to wear. Invisalign aligner trays are much more comfortable to wear than conventional braces.

Millions of people around the world have straightened their smiles with Invisalign. Perhaps, it's time you joined them? Don't wait another minute - call Dr. Molino and Dr. Vaccaro at (518) 377-3628 to schedule an Invisalign consultation in Niskayuna, NY. Remember, a better life starts with a great smile.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
February 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about dental bonding from your Niskayuna bonding

Small imperfections in your smile can have a big effect on your self-esteem. Luckily, many problems are easy to correct with dental bonding. Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro, your Niskayuna, NY, family dentists explain how you can benefit from bonding.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a fairly simple technique that can dramatically improve your smile. Flexible composite resin, the bonding material dentists use, can be manipulated into any shape, making it the ideal choice to restore chipped portions of a tooth or cover a stain. After the composite resin is applied to your tooth, it's hardened with a special curing light.

Is bonding a good choice for me?

Dental bonding is a versatile treatment that can address multiple issues. In addition to repairing chipped or broken teeth and covering stains due to medication side effects or dental work, it can also be used to:

  • Repair Cracks: Small cracks disappear when the bonding material is applied. Larger cracks and chips may require dental crowns.
  • Lengthen Teeth: Short teeth can affect your bite, making it more difficult to chew and even triggering headaches in some cases. Bonding lengthens naturally short teeth and those that have become too short due to grinding.
  • Cover Tooth Roots: Receding gums expose your tooth roots, triggering sensitivity any time you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. Bonding covers roots, reducing sensitivity.
  • Change the Appearance of Oddly Shaped Teeth: Bonding can transform teeth that are crooked, twisted, pointed or oddly shaped.
  • Close Gaps: Do you dislike the small gaps between your teeth? Bonding offers a simple way to close those gaps. If you have large gaps, orthodontic treatment may be a better option.
  • Fill Teeth: Since composite resin is available in a variety of shades designed to match the most common tooth colors, your new filling won't be obvious.

Make over your smile with dental bonding! Call Dr. Molino and Dr. Vaccaro, your Niskayuna, NY, family dentists, at (518) 377-3628 to schedule your appointment.

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