Posts for 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 see 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.
If you suffer from or live with someone who suffers from chronic snoring, you are not alone. According to statistics, roughly half of an estimated 90 million chronic snorers in the United States may be suffering from a form of sleep apnea, a disorder which causes people to momentarily stop breathing while they sleep. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sleep apnea can go undiagnosed for years and can increase the risk for serious health complications like high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, discover how your dentist may be able to help you manage this condition.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Chronic snoring
- Visible pauses in breathing while sleeping (observed by another person)
- Gasping for air or coughing after pauses in breathing
- Waking up with headaches, sore throat or dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness and exhaustion
- Mood, memory and concentration problems
Once a person has been diagnosed by a sleep specialist, a dentist can work with your primary care doctor to provide treatment using an oral appliance. An oral appliance helps to keep the airway open and regulate breathing during sleep. Dr. Sandra Eleczko, a dentist in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding areas, offers this treatment option for patients suffering from sleep apnea.
Treatment and Relief From Your Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea and results when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep, blocking the airway and interrupting the flow of oxygen in the airway. Because medical conditions like diabetes and being obese or excessively overweight can increase the risk of developing sleep apnea, management and treatment plans often include lifestyle modifications like weight loss. Traditional treatment options include CPAP, however, many people are not able to tolerate this machine or forget to wear it at night.
Dr. Eleczko offers oral appliance therapy to treat and manage the effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). An oral appliance works by repositioning the jaw allowing the airways to remain open and unobstructed during sleep.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, contact the office of Dr. Eleczko, a dentist in Livonia, NY and serving Geneseo and the surrounding communities by calling (585) 346-2320 to schedule a consultation today.
While the social pressures and trauma of early adolescence are often compounded by the words "you need braces," the dilemma can be even worse for adults, for whom a mouth full of metal wires and brackets is not as easily dismissed as an awkward, but adorably quirky and necessary rite of passage. On the one hand, sacrificing 16 - 18 months with a terrible smile is a reasonable compromise to make for a lifetime of straight, aesthetically pleasing teeth. On the other hand, 16 -18 months can seem like a social lifetime in which to accumulate mortifying tales of embarrassment at the hands of metal wires, rubber bands, and errant pieces of spinach.
However, with the advent of Invisalign, a modern alternative to traditional braces, it is now possible for teenagers and adults to get straighter teeth, without sacrificing a year and a half of their lives to a silver smile.
Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign in Livonia
The idea behind Invisalign is revolutionary but simple. Using clear, removable, plastic aligner trays, teeth can be repositioned and straightened over time, no wires, rubber bands, or tears necessary! At her practice in Livonia, NY, Dr. Sandra J. Eleczko has helped many patients get straighter teeth with minimal disruptions to their quality of life.
So how does Invisalign work? Using 3D imagining technology and good old fashioned dentistry, the aligner trays are custom designed for each patient. Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks, for at least 22 hours a day, after which it is replaced with a new tray as the teeth slowly begin to shift into their desired position.
Advantages of Invisalign over Traditional Braces
In addition to being attractive and discreet (people are usually unaware that someone is wearing Invisalign!), the fact that they are removable allows for comfortable eating, as well as easy brushing and flossing for the necessary oral health and hygiene upkeep. The general timeframe for Invisalign is 9 - 15 months, with a dental check up every six weeks to measure progress. Invisalign is a flexible, non-invasive investment in straight, beautiful teeth at either age 15 or 50!
To learn more about how Invisalign works and whether it is right for you, contact Livonia, NY dentist Dr. Sandra J. Eleczko at (585) 346-2320 to schedule a consultation today.
Your son just crashed his skateboard and cracked a tooth, or maybe your daughter fell off the monkey bars at school and now has a chipped front tooth. For children, and some adults, repairing chipped or damaged teeth with tooth-colored restorative materials directly bonded to the teeth may be the perfect solution to restore their smiles.
What is Involved: Composite bonding is a technique that has been developed to correct chipped teeth and other minor dental imperfections. It may also be used to correct mild crookedness or gaps between teeth. The procedure requires the application of a tooth-colored composite resin material to the surfaces of teeth, which is then sculpted to the desired shape. It can be performed in a single visit for one or multiple teeth. The procedure usually takes between one and two hours, and the end result is a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Advantages for Kids and Adults: Composite resin bonding is a good choice for kids and teens since their jaws are still growing and developing, and they may still be engaged in high-risk activities. After your child's teeth and jaws are fully developed, we can discuss options for more permanent restorations such as porcelain veneers or crowns. These require removal of more tooth structure, which could compromise the long-term health of your child's teeth if done too soon. Composite resin restorations, which bond straight to the teeth and require little to no tooth preparation or drilling are therefore a good option for fixing chipped teeth, and they're less expensive than choosing veneers.
Disadvantages: The longevity of composite resin restorations is related to how well you maintain your teeth. Many people can go for ten or fifteen years before they need to have the bonded resins repaired or replaced. Others will tend to stain and wear after only one or two years and will need some touch-up work.
The term TMD means “Temporomandibular Disorder.” But if you suffer from this disorder, it means pain. The pain can be mild or severe, acute or chronic, and it can appear to be centered in different locations, making it difficult to diagnose.
People who clench or grind their teeth because of stress often experience the pain of TMD. They might not even know they are engaging in these habits, because they do them subconsciously, for example when driving in traffic or engaging in vigorous exercise. Another cause of TMD might be an injury such as a blow to the jaw.
You can feel your temporomandibular joints working if you place your fingers in front of your ears and move your lower jaw up and down. On each side the joint is composed of an almond shaped structure at the end of the lower jaw, called the condyle, which fits neatly into a depression in the temporal bone (the bone on the side of your skull near your ear). A small disc between the two bones allows the lower jaw to move forward and sideways. The joints are stabilized by ligaments and moved by muscles.
TMD pain is the result of a process that begins when a stimulus such as psychological stress or an injury to the joint causes spasms (involuntary muscle contractions) in the muscles that move the joint. Blood vessels in the muscle begin to accumulate waste products, causing chemical changes and lactic acid buildup in the muscle. Nerves in the muscle then signal the brain to stop the movement of the jaw by registering pain.
TMD pain can appear to originate from various locations in your jaw, head, or neck. This is why it's important to make an appointment with our office for a professional assessment and diagnosis.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms of pain and discomfort and to prevent them from recurring in the future. Treatment can include heat, mild painkillers, muscle relaxants, soft diet, and simple jaw exercises, as well as education regarding the causes of TMD. To prevent further pain you may be provided with a “bite guard,” or referred to relaxation training with a licensed therapist. A bite guard is designed to prevent the lower teeth from biting hard into the upper teeth. It is commonly worn at night, but can also be worn during the day if clenching and grinding are apparent.
If these simpler treatments do not solve the problem, we may recommend more complex procedures such as bite adjustment or, as a last resort, surgical treatment may be needed.