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By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Your best smile--is it really possible? You have some deep stains and a gap in between your two front teeth. Habitually, you cover them veneersbecause you feel self-conscious. But, your dentists in Niskayuna, NY, Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro, offer a cosmetic treatment perfect for your situation. Called porcelain veneers, these tooth-shaped shells of ceramic cover a variety of enamel defects. Read more about this beautiful way to refinish your smile.

Porcelain veneers and you

You may be a good match for each other. Dr. Vaccaro or Dr. Molino will examine your teeth and gums to find out. Your teeth and gums should be free of decay and gum disease. If they are, the dentist will take oral impressions and prepare your teeth with a limited enamel resurfacing. He'll place temporary veneers and send a treatment plan to the dental lab where a skilled ceramist will craft each veneer individually.

On your return visit, your Niskayuna dentist will remove your temporary veneers, treat your teeth with an etching liquid and then place the veneers. He'll look at the shape, fit and color match. Then, he'll apply a special bonding adhesive which the dentist may adjust in shade to blend in with neighboring teeth. Finally, he completes the process with a curing light which ensures a strong bond.

Uses of porcelain veneers

They disguise many dental flaws, including:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Chips
  • Hairline cracks
  • Odd tooth shape and uneven length
  • Deep stains which do not respond to professional whitening

Additionally, veneers strengthen teeth which have thin enamel or which have lost a fair amount their structure due to oral trauma. However, veneers do not require the extensive enamel reshaping which dental crowns do.

Caring for your veneers

Brushing and flossing are no different--with or without veneers. Follow American Dental Association guidelines: floss daily and brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Also, see Dr. Molino and Dr. Vaccaro as usual every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Your dentist will make sure your veneers are solidly in place and that your gums are healthy.

Avoid things which stress tooth surfaces: eating hard foods and opening bottles with your teeth are examples. If you grind your teeth, consider a customized bite guard to cushion your smile.

Also, while veneers are stain resistant, limit coffee, blueberries and other dark menu choices, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Eliminate cigarettes and chewing tobacco, too, to keep veneers bright and your health vibrant. With good care, your porcelain veneers in Niskayuna should last for a decade or more.

A great smile

It could be within your reach. Find out the details on porcelain veneers during a personal smile consultation with Dr. Molino or Dr. Vaccaro in Niskayuna, NY. Call the office today for an appointment: (518) 377-3628.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
December 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Finding out how this restoration could be the long-term solution for your tooth implants

Are you dealing with one or more missing teeth? Are you looking for a dental option that will not only provide you with a natural-looking replacement but will also last you a long time? If you said yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Niskayuna, NY, dentists Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro, are here to tell you more about how dental implants could help you.

How do dental implants work?

This small metal post or screw provides a stable and strong foundation from which to support a false tooth. In most cases, the implant is made from titanium because it is not only durable but it is also biocompatible (this means that the tissue and bone in your mouth are not likely to reject the restoration).

The implant is surgically placed into a small, pre-drilled hole in the jawbone where it will take over the role of tooth roots. Once the procedure is complete our Niskayuna, NY, implant dentist will give your mouth several months to fully heal from the surgery and for the bone and tissue to fuse together naturally with the implant. Once this occurs, the implant is now ready to support a false tooth or support even a full set of dentures.

Are dental implants a good choice for your smile?

Implants have been helping countless adults gain healthy, full smiles again and you could be next. Implants are truly the closest thing you can get to natural teeth and they offer a very high success rate. With the proper care, this new restoration could even last the rest of your life.

Of course, in order for you to be considered an ideal candidate for treatment this means that we will need to examine your smile and perform x-rays to make sure that your jawbone is healthy enough to support an implant and that there aren’t any other issues such as decay or gum disease that will need to be treated beforehand.

If you are a non-smoking adult who is healthy then you could very well be a great candidate for implants. Imagine finally having a full, beautiful smile again that you can rely on. Now doesn’t that sound ideal?

Are you ready to take the plunge and get dental implants in Niskayuna, NY? If so, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Molino or Dr. Vaccaro to find out if your smile is right for this tooth replacement option. Let us help you get your smile back on track.

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.

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