Know what symptoms to look out for when it comes to gum disease.
Unfortunately, many times, gum disease won’t present symptoms until it’s reached more advanced stages. This is why everyone can benefit from visiting Dr. Sandra Eleczko every six months for checkups and cleanings. She proudly serves Geneseo and the surrounding areas. Of course, between visits, it’s important that you are maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent decay and gum disease from happening in the first place.
Here are the three top warning signs of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums: Do your gums bleed whenever you brush or floss? Do you notice bleeding when crunching down on really hard foods? If you said “yes” to either of these questions then you could be dealing with some degree of gum disease. Bleeding gums is often the most common warning sign. While it’s common for there to be some bleeding if you’ve just started to floss again, this isn’t something that should continue to happen.
- Tender and/or puffy gums: Take a look at your gums. Do they look a little angry and inflamed? Are they more red than pink? If you touch your gums do you find that they are a little tender? Again, saying “yes” to these questions could mean that you have gum disease. Gums should never look swollen or red, and they certainly shouldn’t be sore.
- Receding gums: Are your gums shrinking or are your teeth getting longer? It isn’t an optical illusion. If this is happening this is because the gums are developing pockets of infection that, as they grow larger, will cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Over time, you’ll begin to notice that your teeth look much longer than they used to and gums appear smaller. If left untreated, gums will continue to pull away from the teeth causing loose teeth and tooth loss.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above it’s important that you just don’t ignore them or wait for them to go away. In most cases, these issues will only get worse or could lead to a serious infection that can cause tooth and bone loss. By turning to us for treatment as soon as possible our Livonia and Geneseo, NY, general dentist can prevent gum disease-related complications from happening.
If you suspect that you might have gum disease, or if it’s just time to schedule a routine dental cleaning in Livonia, NY and the Geneseo, NY, area, don’t hesitate to call your dentist today to book your next visit. Let’s keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
Invisalign makes it possible to straighten your smile discreetly without the brackets and wires associated with braces. Invisalign relies on custom aligner trays to gently straighten the teeth and move them into the desired position. The trays offer several advantages, including being clear and removable. Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY can determine if Invisalign might be right for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an exciting alternative to wearing braces when you wish to straighten your smile. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign utilizes soft plastic aligner trays to straighten the teeth. Patients receive a set of two aligner trays to start. One tray fits over the top row of teeth, and the other fits over the bottom row. The trays are custom made for each patient for a perfect fit. Each set of trays is replaced with a new set every week. Each new set has slight modifications to gently move the teeth closer to their final position. Treatment time can oftentimes be completed in under a year.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers multiple benefits. A primary benefit is that it is discreet because the aligner trays used to straighten the teeth are made from a clear plastic material. The clear trays are not readily noticeable to others, in contrast to the readily noticeable silver brackets and wires associated with braces. Additionally, since the trays are made from a soft plastic material, they fit comfortably over the teeth. There are no hard metal or ceramic brackets and wires to poke or irritate the mouth and gums.
Another benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner trays can be removed, as needed. The trays should be worn most hours of the day and night, but can be conveniently removed to more easily brush and floss. They can also be removed when eating to prevent food particles from becoming trapped in the trays. Additionally, the aligner trays can be taken out for photographs and important occasions, if desired. Your dentist can help you decide if Invisalign is the right teeth straightening option for you.
Invisalign allows you to straighten your smile comfortably and discreetly. To find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, schedule an appointment with Dr. Eleczko, your Livonia, NY, dentist and serving the Geneseo, NY, area and surrounding communities, by calling the dental practice at (585) 346-2320.
In the past, the smile you had was the smile you kept. However, thanks to modern dental procedures, you can now choose how your smile looks. Cosmetic dentistry’s versatility allows you to get a smile you love to help you feel great about the way you look. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetic side of your smile.
Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Livonia, NY
- Bonding/Contouring: Dental bonding uses tooth-colored materials molded directly onto the teeth to change their shape. Contouring fixes small imperfections of your smile.
- Crowns and Bridges: A dental crown fits over a tooth to protect, stabilize, or change the appearance of a tooth. It can also hold a dental bridge, which replaces a missing tooth, in place with help from the surrounding healthy teeth.
- Veneers: A dental veneer covers the surface of a tooth with a thin shell of porcelain to change its appearance. Veneers are often used during a total smile makeover.
- Teeth Whitening: Monitored by your dentist, a professional teeth whitening treatment is significantly stronger and more effective than its at-home counterparts. The treatment lifts the color of the teeth by up to ten shades, giving your smile an instant boost.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth. However, unlike other teeth replacement options, your dentist implants the restoration directly into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth, standing on its own and integrating into the mouth’s natural structure.
- Invisalign: Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which, rather than relying on metal brackets and wires, uses plastic aligner trays to move the teeth.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY, and serving the Geneseo, NY, area and surrounding communities. Call (585) 346-2320 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Eleczko today!
If your missing teeth have you feeling down, your dentist can help you fill in your gaps and take your smile back to what it once was with mini dental implants. These dental restorations will connect the gaps in your smile to help boost your confidence and self-esteem and your mouth’s functionality. Find out more about mini dental implants and what they mean for you with Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY.
What is a mini dental implant?
A mini implant is structurally the same as a traditional implant. However, their smaller stature allows for a less invasive placement procedure, shortened healing times, and can even eliminate the need for multiple dental appointments. Mini implants can replace teeth in most of the same situations as a traditional implant.
Mini Dental Implants vs. Traditional Dental Implants
The biggest difference between a mini implant and a traditional dental implant is not only the size. As the name implies, a mini implant is smaller than a traditional implant. Mini implants and traditional dental implants can both replace one or several missing teeth or hold a denture in place. However, traditional implants can require several dental appointments, months of healing times, and an invasive surgery. Additionally, traditional implants require an adequate amount of bone mass left in the area of the implant, something that some people simply do not have. A mini implant requires only a single dental appointment, local anesthetic, and, usually, no sutures.
Can a mini implant help my smile?
A mini implant can replace a single tooth using one implant. Two implants on either side of a dental bridge can hold a dental bridge in place, replacing several teeth in a row. Using four or more implants throughout the arch, your dentist can also replace all your teeth using a denture held in place by the mini implants.
Mini Dental Implants
Don’t let your missing teeth drag you down any longer. For more information on mini implants, please contact your dentist, Dr. Sandra Eleczko, in Livonia, NY, serving the Geneseo, NY, area and surrounding communities. Call (585) 346-2320 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Eleczko today!
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