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Continuing Education

Dr. Kevin Flanigan attended an informative and inspirational continuing education course called "Dentistry Update" on January 27th and 28th. The course, led by nationally renowned prosthodontist, Gordon J. Christensen, discussed the newest dental products and how to implement best practices in dentistry. The Clinician Report Foundation , founded by Dr. Christensen over 40 years ago, test dental products and dental equipment in an effort to evaluate all the claims made by the dental companies. These reports are then considered the gold standard of quality dental products for practicing clinicians worldwide. The course was held in Snowbird Resort near Salt Lake City, Utah. Here, Dr Flanigan is pictured with Dr. Christensen as they discussed course highlights and common connections from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

                                                                               Dr. Kevin Flanigan and  Dr. Gordon Christensen

 

Dr. Kevin Flanigan attended the 29TH Annual Erie County Dental Society Ski Day at Holimont Ski Club on February 10, 2017. The continuing education course was titled “Digital Intraoral Scanning: It’s a Bus. Get On It, or Get Under It.” The speaker went over the new advancement in digital dental impressions and the many advantages provided to both the patient and the dental laboratory. The doctors and staff at Lancaster Dental Associates are excited and proud to say that we have that cutting edge technology here at our office with the new Cerec Omnicam. We now have the ability to take digital impressions for their dental work without having to use conventional impression material in patients mouths. The digital imaging is quicker, more accurate and much more comfortable. We look forward to continue to learn about new and improved dental technologies to better serve our patients here at LDA.

                                                                                                    Lecure at Holimont

 

Celebrating the Holidays

Lancaster Dental Associates celebrated the holidays with a staff dinner at the Auburn Watson Culinary Arts Center in Depew. Our staff learned how to make a delicious holiday dinner including homemade ravioli, fillet mignon, salad, green beans, potatoes and molten chocolate brownies. It’s always great to sit back and relax while enjoying each other’s company.

                                                                                                       Dr. Hrab and Jen

 

                                                                                                            Sandy

 

 

                                                                                           Susie, Austin, Sandy and Jeanni

 

                                                                                            Marcy, Dr. Flanigan and Brenda

 

                                                                                   Marcy, Sandy, Jeanni, Shelley and Cassie  

 

                                                                                        Anticipating the dinner we prepared

                

                                                                                                 Dr. Medico and MaryAnn

 

                                                                                                   Dr. Flanigan and Susie

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emergency dentistWhile regular visits to your family dentist are key for overall oral health, what you do between visits writes your family's dental report card. Proper brushing and flossing, however, can only get you so far. By practicing proper nutrition, you can take your dental hygiene a step further. To keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, and avoid a dental emergency, moderate your consumption of the following foods and drinks.

1. Citrus
While grapefruits, lemons and oranges are vitamin C superheroes, they can be villains for your teeth if over-consumed. Citrus fruits are highly acidic and can erode tooth enamel. Eat and drink these fruity friends in moderation to keep your teeth's protective layer strong.

2. Coffee
While you do not have to give up your precious morning cup of joe, avoid drinking coffee all day long. Not only is it acidic in nature, but it also can stain your teeth. Choose pearly whites over pearly yellows by sipping with caution. When you do pour yourself a cup, also avoid adding too much sugar.

3. Soda
Soft drinks are a road to tooth decay, containing an excess of sugar and acid. Sipping on soda also dries our your mouth, so if you choose to occasionally enjoy a fizzy beverage, chase it with plenty of water throughout the day.

4. Sticky and Chewy Foods
Snacks such as dried fruit and chewy candy can get stuck between your teeth. If this residue is left behind when brushing, the sugars will sit and potentially cause cavities.

5. Hard Candy
These sugary treats put you and your family at risk for a visit to an emergency dentist. By biting down on a hard piece of candy, you risk breaking a tooth. The slow-dissolving nature of the candy is also a threat to dental health, as it gives bacteria time to hang out on the sugar now spread around your mouth.

6. Alcohol
Overall health risks aside, the main threat that excess alcohol consumption poses to your teeth is dehydration. Overtime, this frequent dehydration could reduce saliva flow.

7. Crackers
Crackers, and similar snacks, are refined carbohydrates, which rapidly convert to sugar. When chewed, they also lodge between your teeth, potentially causing cavities.

During your next checkup, which half of adults schedule every six months, speak with your dentist about how nutrition could impact your dental health. Depending on your specific health needs, consuming specific foods and beverages in moderation could save you time, money, and emergency dentist visits.

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.

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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

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