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By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
December 30, 2019
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Tooth Loss  

Here’s why it’s so important to treat your tooth loss as soon as possible.

From gum disease to sports injuries, there are many reasons adults end up losing one or more permanent teeth. When emergency dental issues like this arise it’s important that you have dentists in Niskayuna, NY, like our own Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vacaro, that you trust to provide you with the restorative dentistry you need. So what happens if you decide not to replace your missing teeth? Here are some of the consequences of untreated tooth loss,

Bone Loss

This is one of the biggest problems that people with tooth loss face. Jawbone atrophy is inevitable, no matter whether you are missing one, several or all of your teeth. This is because the tooth roots are responsible for stimulating the jawbone, which helps to keep it strong. When you lose a tooth, the bone doesn’t receive the full amount of stimulation necessary. Over time this leads to significant changes in bone density.

Misaligned Teeth

Along with unsightly gaps in your smile, the rest of your teeth will gradually begin to drift into these spaces between your teeth. This can lead to larger gaps between teeth, crowding, crookedness, twisting and other issues. Getting braces on top of replacing missing teeth is probably the last thing you want to deal with. By filling those gaps as soon as possible after tooth loss our Niskayuna, NY, restorative dentists can prevent the need for braces or other restorative procedures to correct your smile.

What is the solution?

We know that there are many people living in and around Niskayuna, NY, with tooth loss. So what can be done to prevent these issues above? A dental implant is the next best thing to maintaining your real teeth. Implants function just like real teeth, replacing your missing tooth roots and providing your jawbone with the stimulation it needs. Most healthy adults dealing with tooth loss can benefit from getting dental implants.

Don’t let tooth loss leave you dealing with more serious health problems. Call our Niskayuna, NY, dental office today at (518) 377-3628 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kent Molino or Dr. Todd Vaccaro.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
September 26, 2019
Category: Dental Care

When you have a cavity, the best course of action is to have it treated as soon as possible before it advanced to major tooth decay. Nowadays most patients want tooth-colored restorations for cavities. These may also be your preference for cosmetic reasons. Family dentists Drs. Kent Molino and Todd Vaccaro at Molino and Vaccaro Dental in Niskayuna, NY can treat your dental decay and save your tooth while helping to preserve its appearance.

Causes of Cavities
Cavities are caused by poor dental hygiene, bad bacteria, and the sugar in food that feeds the progression of tooth decay. Children are most prone to cavities because they often eat a lot of sweets and don’t brush their teeth as often as they should. Cavities are also common in patients who don’t make it a point to see their dentist for regular visits (preferably at least two times per year). But the good news is that a cavity can be treated with a tooth colored restoration.

Tooth-Colored Restorations
After a cavity is cleaned and disinfected, the next step is to fill it with a protective material. Amalgam material (also called a silver filling) was the norm in past years because of its durability, but it is very visible when you laugh or talk. The modern solution is a tooth-colored restoration, sometimes called a white filling, which is made of composite material or porcelain. The restoration fits in with the rest of your smile so that no one can tell that you’ve had a cavity filled.

Keeping Your Smile Beautiful and Healthy
Avoid the habits that caused you to have a cavity problem if you want to keep your tooth-colored restoration intact and your whole smile healthy. Here are a few simple tips:

- Brush in the morning and at night, paying close attention to the top surfaces of the teeth to remove film and particles.
- Eat less sugary foods and add more calcium-rich foods to your diet.
- Commit to biannual tooth cleanings and checkups by your Niskayuna, NY family dentist.

Have Your Smile Restored
You can save your damaged tooth while also preserving its white appearance with tooth colored restorations. Call Dr. Kent Molino or Dr. Todd Vaccaro at Molino and Vaccaro Dental in Niskayuna, NY at 518-377-3628. You can rest assured you’ll find a family dentist who is committed to professional and caring dental care.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
July 11, 2019
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Dental Implants  

If your smile's tooth loss makes you feel like frowning and the thought of dentures brings you down, implants can keep you feeling confident and comfortable. Designed to look, feel, and function like real teeth, implants are a great way to restore your smile to its original glory. Read on to learn how Drs. Kent Molino and Todd Vaccaro in Niskayuna can improve your smile with the help of dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are metal posts that are placed under the gums, a position that allows them to naturally fuse with the jawbone to create an artificial tooth with unmatched look and feel.

Implants come in two types: endosteal (made of titanium and placed in the jawbone) or subperiosteal (which are affixed on or above the jawbone). If your jawbone is unable to support dental implants, your Niskayuna dentist may perform a ridge expansion, sinus lift, or bone augmentation to accommodate them.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  • Unlike dentures, dental implants stay in place. That means no shifting or slipping, embarrassing/inconvenient false tooth removal, or sticky, messy adhesives.
  • Dental implants are attractive, giving you an even, straight, and shiny smile.
  • While dentures can cause you to mumble or slur your words, dental implants are permanent and won't impact your speech.
  • Dental implants are comfortable. They stay in place and become part of your mouth, not an implement that needs to be inserted and removed.
  • You can eat like normal. Whereas dentures can shift around and make chewing difficult, dental implants are securely attached.
  • Implants last a long time. They are built to be durable for decades, and possibly a lifetime.
  • Oral hygiene is easier. You can brush, floss, and rinse just like you would with your original teeth.

Give us a call

If you are considering dental implants, schedule a consultation with Todd Vaccaro, DDS, in Niskayuna at (518) 377-3628 today!

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
March 12, 2019
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Family Dentist  

Discover the unique advantages of turning to a family dentist in Niskayuna, NY.

Are you wondering where to take the entire family for routine dental checkups and cleanings? Want to make getting dental care for Familyeveryone easier? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you turn to our Niskayuna, NY, family dentists Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro.

Comprehensive Dental Care

A family dentist is unique because they are able to provide all patients with the dental care they need in one convenient location. So, no matter whether your children need a dental cleaning or you require more specialized treatment such as dental implants or orthodontic treatment, we can offer it all right here at our practice. Now you don’t even have to bring your children to a separate dentist in order to get the proper dental care for everyone. Your whole family can visit us.

Ease of Scheduling

We know that your family is busy. From work to after-school activities, your schedule is already jam-packed. The last thing that should be stressful or make your life more complicated is finding a time to schedule cleanings for the whole family. Luckily, a family dentist can work with your schedule to find the perfect time for the whole family to come in.

Continued, Trustworthy Care

When you turn to our dental practice in Niskayuna, NY, you’ll receive the same compassionate, dedicated and individualized care you always have. From the moment your child comes to us until they grow up into teenagers and then full-fledged adults. We love creating strong doctor-patient relationships to provide you with the respect and quality medical care you can always expect.

Is it time to schedule cleanings for the whole family? Do you have questions about the different dental services we offer here in Niskayuna, NY? If so, don’t hesitate to call our office today.

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.