By Sandra J. Eleczko D.D.S.
August 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic DentistryHow Cosmetic Contouring Can Help Your Smile

Are you embarrassed to smile? Cosmetic contouring, or teeth reshaping, can sculpt your smile for a more beautiful appearance. Cosmetic contouring involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel to fix minor aesthetic issues. Your dentist in Livonia, NY Dr. Sandra Eleczko can show you six ways cosmetic contouring can help your smile. 

1. Remove chips in teeth. Small chips in the teeth can be fixed with cosmetic contouring. If your teeth are chipped, cosmetic contouring will make them look whole and healthy again. Cosmetic contouring is a quick and painless cosmetic dental procedure whose results can be seen immediately. 

2. Smooth out fractures. Cosmetic contouring can smooth out small fractures or pits in the teeth. Cosmetic contouring is best for patients who need small repairs or adjustments to improve the feel and appearance of their teeth. 

3. Create an even smile. Uneven teeth can ruin a beautiful smile. Cosmetic contouring is one of the most cost-effective options for fixing uneven teeth to create a more attractive smile. By reshaping any uneven teeth, Dr. Eleczko can completely revitalize the appearance of your smile.

4. Reduce the height of teeth. Cosmetic contouring can reduce the height of long teeth. The procedure is done to improve appearance by creating more balance or harmony in the look of the smile. Even a few millimeters of reduction in the right places can really improve the appearance of teeth.

5. Reshape pointy teeth. Excessively pointy cuspids can mar an otherwise perfect smile. Cosmetic contouring is used to adjust the length of the cuspids. To round-down pointy cuspids, your dentist will glide a dental instrument outfitted with a burr along the surface area of the teeth. 

6. Reduce a slight overlap. Slightly overlapping can be fixed with a cosmetic contouring. Removing minor overlaps where plaque and tartar can build up lowers your risk of decay and gum disease. Talk to your dentist to see if cosmetic contouring is right for you.

Want to live your best life? Start with your smile. Call our dental office at (585) 346-2320 today to schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY, and serving Geneseo and surrounding areas. Cosmetic contouring has helped many people improve their smiles. And it will do the same for you.

By Sandra J. Eleczko D.D.S.
February 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

One of the best ways to protect teeth that have undergone restorative procedures is using crowns. Your dentist in Livonia, NY, and serving dental crownsGeneseo, Dr. Sandra Eleczko, is more than happy to tell you more about crowns and their benefits.

What are dental crowns:

Crowns are usually made of porcelain. Your Livonia dentist serving Geneseo, NY, takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you're given a temporary crown.

So why get a dental crown anyway?

Dental crowns reinforce the tooth and allow it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

Here are some other procedures that use dental crowns:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering dental implants
  • Covering an existing filling that may be dislocated
  • Covering stained or discolored teeth

How do I take care of my crowns?

  • It goes without saying that you need to brush twice a day and floss before bed. However, make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown. It's important to avoid plaque to reduce the chances of cavities forming and impacting the dental restoration.
  • In addition to brushing and flossing, your diet can contribute to your crowns lasting up to 8 years, or more. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars contain the bacteria that produce plaque. So try eating healthy foods like apples and carrots that scrape the plaque off your teeth and incorporate more water into your diet.
  • Bruxism, when someone grinds their teeth, can reduce how long your crowns last as well. So make sure you find a solution for it with your dentist, like getting a mouth guard.

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY, serving Geneseo and surrounding areas, as soon as possible.

By Sandra J. Eleczko D.D.S.
January 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Learn about Invisalign from your dentist in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and surrounding area.invisalign

Have a crooked smile? Invisalign can help you achieve your dream smile. Offered by Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and surrounding area, Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces. Here are the top five advantages of Invisalign!

1. Fix Your Smile Problems

Invisalign can correct a wide variety of teeth straightening issues including underbites, crossbites, gapped teeth, crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, and protruding teeth. Invisalign can be as effective as metal braces for the most common teeth-straightening issues. However, with advancements made recently, many Invisalign cases can be completed more quickly than those that use metal braces. Before, Invisalign aligners were changed every two weeks, but now most are changed every week which dramatically reduces treatment time and means treatment is often completed in less than a year.

2. Avoid Embarrassment

You can straighten your smile without a mouthful of metal. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. Unlike conventional braces, there are no metal archwires and brackets. No one will even notice that you're wearing aligners. Research shows that because the aligner trays are nearly invisible, there's a high level of patient acceptance with Invisalign treatment.

3. Invisalign is Removable

Invisalign aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to drink and eat what you want during treatment by removing the aligners. You can also remove the Invisalign aligners to floss and brush as you normally would. Therefore, it’s easier to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the course of treatment.

4. Invisalign is Comfortable

Traditional metal braces can be uncomfortable to wear. Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic. The aligners offer more convenience and comfort compared to traditional braces. You can get started with Invisalign by locating an Invisalign-trained dentist in your area and booking a consultation.

Over 1,000,000 people from across the globe have straightened their smiles with Invisalign. Don't wait another minute. Call our dental practice in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and surrounding area at 585-346-2320 today to schedule your consultation. Invisalign won't just improve your smile; it will also change your life for the better.

By Sandra J. Eleczko D.D.S.
August 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Even with good oral hygiene and a healthy diet, both of which are essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, it is still necessary to dental visitssee a dentist for regular checkups. Dr. Sandra Eleczko, a dentist in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding communities, recommends scheduling a dental checkup and professional cleaning every six months. This helps to catch problems in the earlier stages before they have had a chance to progress and cause more serious damage and complications to your oral health. There are some people with periodontal, or gum disease, that need to come to have their teeth cleaned every 3-4 months. This will help to keep the bacteria under control and prevent progression of gum disease and bone loss.

Dentistry in Livonia, NY

Even with daily brushing and flossing, regular dental cleanings and exams are necessary to catch bacteria buildup that your toothbrush can leave behind. Genetics also play a role in oral health, and people with a family history of gum disease can be at a higher risk to develop it as well. Despite the fact that dental technology and treatment techniques have made great strides in the last few decades, gum disease, which is the main cause of tooth loss in American adults, is still a major oral health problem for millions of Americans according to the American Dental Association (ADA). But when caught and treated early, gum disease can be reversible.

Tooth decay is also a big problem, especially for children, who are at more likely to consume sugary drinks and snacks throughout the day. When caught early, cavities can be filled without causing significant damage to the rest of the tooth. But if left untreated, they put the tooth and risk and may require more extensive (and expensive) treatment to save the tooth, such as a crown or a root canal. Regular dental treatment is a preventive tool that can save time, money, and your dental health in the long run.

Find a Dentist

Preventive dental care is an investment in your oral and general health. For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding communities by calling (585) 346-2320 to schedule an appointment.

By Sandra J. Eleczko D.D.S.
May 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Tooth extraction isn't the only solution when your tooth is infected or a nerve has begun to die. Root canal therapy can save the tooth and root canalsstop your pain. Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding communities shares a few signs that may indicate that you can benefit from a root canal.

Pain that doesn't go away

When you have pain in a tooth, a filling may be all you need to get rid of the pain. If you continue to have pain despite receiving a filling or other dental treatment, or if you experience severe, constant or throbbing pain, you may need a root canal. Pain that gets worse when you push on your tooth or when you take a bite is a warning sign.

Swelling and bumps

Facial swelling can occur if your tooth has become infected. If one side of your face is puffy, and your tooth hurts, it's a good idea to call our Livonia office. Feel around your jaw and neck. If you feel any swollen bumps, your lymph nodes may be enlarged. Swollen lymph nodes are another sign of infection.

A pimple in an unusual place

Take a look in the mirror at your mouth. Do you see a small pimple on your gum near the tooth that's bothering you? If you do, it's important to call for an appointment as soon as possible, as you may have an abscessed tooth. Abscessed teeth are considered dental emergencies. It's important to start taking antibiotics immediately to kill the bacteria causing the infection.

Swollen gums

When your tooth is inflamed or infected, the gum around the tooth may swell, look red or hurt when you touch it.

Sensitivity to hot and cold

Has eating ice cream or hot soup suddenly become unbearable? Tooth sensitivity can be a problem when you need a root canal. If you suddenly experience pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods, you just may need a root canal.

Worried about a tooth? Get to the root of the problem with a visit to dentist Dr. Sandra Eleczko in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding communities. Call her at (585) 346-2320 to make an appointment.





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