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cosmetic dentistsA beautiful smile is a winning ticket in practically any field, but especially so among Hollywood movie stars. You may think that all celebrities are just born with a naturally perfect set of pearly whites. But in fact, the secret to a beautiful smile is oftentimes the work of cosmetic dentists. The truth is that anyone can have a whiter, brighter smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry. So enough with the secrets -- here's how you can look and feel more confident in your grin.

Teeth Whitening: This is one of the most common requests from patients who visit cosmetic dentists. Everyday habits like drinking coffee, tea, or red wine can cause teeth to yellow or discolor over time, but with today's dentistry techniques, you can restore the original white color of your teeth in just one visit. You'll notice the difference right away, and so will everyone you meet.

Porcelain Veneers: Do you have uneven gaps between your teeth or an uneven length along your front incisors? These harmless but unsightly imperfections can be corrected with a set of porcelain veneers, which are like small caps that fit over your natural teeth. Best of all, they're resistant to staining, which means that they'll stay white no matter how much coffee you drink.

Dental Implants: Even athletes in accident-prone sports like boxing and football seem to always have perfect teeth. Yet 74% of all adults have required a tooth extraction at some point in their lives. Modern implants look and feel just like real teeth, so even if you've had one knocked out by accident or lost one to decay, you can still have a full set of functional teeth without having to resort to uncomfortable dentures.

Ready to give your smile a makeover? Ask our cosmetic dentists how a simple procedure might change the look and feel of your mouth. While oral hygiene and health are vital for everyone, we all know how important it is to be confident in your smile. As the old saying goes, when you smile at the world, the world will smile back. Call us today for a consultation or appointment.

experienced emergency dentist

experienced emergency dentistDo you know what to do in the event of a dental emergency? In many situations, time is of the essence to properly fix and address injuries that affect your teeth, gums, or mouth. In fact, delaying your trip to the dentist could seriously increase your risk of permanent damages, infections, or complications.

Here's a quick guide on how to handle some of the most common dental mishaps and emergencies.

Toothaches
For lingering pain, first make sure that your mouth is clean. Floss away any stuck foods and rinse regularly with warm water. You might also apply ice to the outside of your cheek to help reduce swelling and to numb some of the pain until you can get in to see an experienced emergency dentist.

Chipped or cracked tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water and try to save any broken-off pieces if you can. Use gauze to plug any bleeding and apply ice to the outside of the mouth near the affected area. Get to a dentist as soon as possible.

Dislodged tooth
Around 69% of adults aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth, whether because of an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or a failed root canal. If you have a tooth that gets knocked out completely, try to save it in a container of milk (or water with a little bit of salt). You stand a good chance of being able to save and reinsert the tooth if you can to get to an experienced emergency dentist within an hour of the incident.

Soft tissue injuries
To stem bleeding in the gums, cheeks, tongue, or lips, first rinse out your mouth with a mild saltwater solution, then apply gauze to the affected area and hold for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also apply ice to the outside during this time. If the bleeding doesn't stop by then, see your dentist as soon as possible.

Dental emergencies can be painful ordeals. The more you know about what to do in the event of a crisis, the more you can do to make sure that the situation gets handled properly. Always keep the phone number of an experienced emergency dentist on hand for those just-in-case moments.

Continuing Education

On Friday, 9/30/16, several members of the LDA dental team attended a seminar at the Buffalo-Niagara Marriott in Amherst, NY. The informative seminar, titled “A Interdisciplinary Approach to Regenerative and Implant Dentistry”, was led by speaker Tracy Butler. It focused on regenerative therapies that can achieve results beyond repair, and reviewed basic implant types and components, and post-operative care as needed to maintain healthy dental implants. It is important for us to be aware of what patients expect, need and want from us as clinicians, from dental implant treatment.

 

                                                            Attended by: Dr. Flanigan, Sandy, Sharon, Lisa, Jennifer, Mary Ann and Susie

 

Buffalo Niagara Dental Meeting

This year’s Buffalo Niagara Dental Meeting was held downtown at the Buffalo Convention Center on November 3rd and 4th. The doctors and staff of Lancaster Dental Associates joined other members of the Western New York Dental community in attending informative lectures that featured a variety of dental topics. In addition, there were over 100 exhibitors demonstrating the most up-to-date dental products available, many of which we use to treat our patients at LDA.

Once again, the staff was treated to a delicious lunch at the Osteria 166 Restaurant, hosted by Drs. Flanigan and Medico. It was a nice break from a very busy day.

We are excited about everything we learned, and we look forward to implementing some new ideas and techniques here at Lancaster Dental Associates!

 

Halloween at LDA

Doctors and staff members mixed some business with pleasure this Halloween by dressing in costume and enjoying some delicious Halloween treats.   Some of our patients got into the spirit as well!

Jen and patient Gail Simonetti

 

                                                                                            Dr. Medico and Dr. Flanigan

 

                                                                                                   Mary and Dr. Flanigan

 

                                                                                           Sharon, Susie, Jen and Meagan

 

                                                                                   Sandy, Dr. Marchetta, Mary Ann and Austin

 

Marcy, Patty, Camille, Kim and Brenda

oral health

The holiday season is when many of us let our diets relax and our tables and calendars overflow with dinner parties, dessert buffets, social drinks, and plenty of sweets. While there's nothing wrong with adding a little bit of merriment to your holiday get-togethers, be sure to keep your oral health in mind as you wine and dine your way through the season. Here are five easy tips for maintaining a healthy mouth while still enjoying yourself.

  1. Swish and rinse.

    Long festive parties with lots of food and drinks mean long times of separation between you and your toothbrush. At the very least, swish your mouth with water after eating to prevent food from getting stuck in your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay.

  2. Watch the wine.

    Coffee isn't the only beverage that stains your teeth: red wine also has high tannin levels that can lead to yellowing. Discolored teeth are the main reason (64%) people say they're unhappy with their teeth (which 48% of the entire population are). Opt for clear-colored drinks instead, or better yet, just stick to water.

  3. Relax!

    The holidays are also a time of stress for many people, which can lead to nail biting, teeth grinding, or other habits that are bad for your oral health. Make sure you allocate enough time for rest and relaxation between your social events.

  4. Visit your family dentist.

    Now is a great time to get your teeth cleaned and checked for your biannual appointment. You'll feel confident in your smile knowing that your teeth are in top health.

  5. Carry sugarless gum.

    When you're out and about, you can actually help prevent gum disease and gingivitis by chewing ADA-approved sugarless gum after meals. The chewing helps generate saliva that will clean your teeth, so try some for about 20 minutes after meals.

You can still let loose for the holidays without letting your oral health ride off the rails. Stay smart about what you eat and how you clean your teeth, and your smile will see you through the holidays and have you ringing in the New Year in the most glamorous way.

oral health servicesOnly about 50% of adults say that they visit their dentist every six months as recommended, which can lead to a range of dental problems down the road. Even so, regular cleanings are likely still among the most common oral health services administered by dentists throughout the world, as well as one of the best and most important ways to prevent more serious oral health problems from developing. Here's a list of the most common issues dentists have to treat in their patients, beyond regular cleanings:

  • Cavities
    The World Health Organization estimates that close to 100% of the global adult population has one or more cavities -- but not everyone has access to oral health services to get them filled. Untreated cavities can cause discomfort, pain, and even more dental problems without proper care.

  • Gum Disease
    Mild forms of gum disease can often be reversed with proper hygiene and care, but more severe forms can lead to periodontitis, which affects 20% of adults aged 35 to 44. Left untreated, gingivitis can cause pain and swelling in the gums as well as permanent tooth damage.

  • Tooth Loss
    Both cavities and gum disease can lead to severe tooth decay and tooth loss without proper oral health services. It's not uncommon for older people to lose all of their natural teeth, even in societies with advanced dental care practices such as the United States. However, dental implants are fast becoming an effective alternative to dentures for people missing either a single tooth or a whole set of teeth.

  • Oral Cancer
    Tobacco use and alcohol are thought to be the driving factors in oral cancer. Approximately 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer every year, and another 9,575 will die from the disease. While the early symptoms of oral cancer often go unnoticed by the individuals who have them, a close inspection from your family dentist can help detect the signs before they become untreatable.

Going to the dentist shouldn't always result in bad news, however. With regular cleanings, check-ups, and oral health services, you can help keep your teeth healthy and bright for years to come. Protect your mouth, and you'll give both you and your dentist something to smile about.

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