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By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When your teeth don’t feel strong or have significant damage, it can make you feel insecure about eating and showing off your smile. If one dental crownsor more of your teeth aren’t as strong as they used to be, dental crowns can help restore their strength and good looks. They are caps that are custom-designed to cover the outer part of a tooth to provide stability. Consult a family dentist at Molino and Vaccaro Dental in Niskayuna, NY, to see if this restorative treatment will work for you.

Common Tooth Damage Causes

A lot of tooth damage happens due to normal wear and tear or aging. But some patients have damaged teeth because they eat too many hard candies or have a problem with bruxism (tooth grinding). Dental decay can also cause permanent damage to a tooth, requiring a root canal and crown. Patients who play contact sports may be more prone to dental injuries like cracked and chipped teeth.

Strengthen Your Teeth with Dental Crowns

Most dental crowns are made of resilient porcelain material that both strengthens and whitens broken, discolored teeth. They form a complete outer protective layer, guarding the tooth from dental decay and damage from enamel erosion. It’s also difficult for dental stains to absorb into porcelain. The crowns used in bridges can also strengthen your smile by closing the large gaps caused by missing teeth.

Additional Dental Crown Advantages

There’s a good chance that one or more people you know have at least one dental crown as it is a very common dental procedure. Here are a few additional advantages of getting dental crowns installed by your Niskayuna, NY, family dentist:

  • If you keep up with good dental hygiene, your crown can last for 10 years or longer.
  • Crowns look so natural that no one will be able to tell you have one.
  • If you have a crown due to dental decay, the inside of your tooth will have a better chance to heal after a root canal procedure.

Crowns Restore Your Smile

As healthy and strong as your teeth may be right now, crowns can make them even stronger. Contact a family dentist at Molino and Vaccaro Dental in Niskayuna, NY, to schedule a crown consultation with Dr. Kent Molino or Dr. Todd Vaccaro.

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!