Advantage Dentistry

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Importance of Replacing a Missing Tooth

Missing teeth create gaps in our smiles, affect our oral health, and can even change the shape of your face. At Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, we have several options available for tooth replacement. Read on to learn more about why it is important to replace your missing teeth.

Teeth are what allow us to eat, speak, smile, and they give our jaws structure. When a tooth goes missing, the bone tissue around that area begins to deteriorate. This can change the shape of the jaw and facial structure if there are multiple teeth missing. In the case where there is only one tooth missing, the other teeth will begin to shift towards that open space. This creates gaps in other areas.  The gaps affect the look of your smile and become places where bacteria and other debris can hide. A major change in your teeth can affect the way you eat and speak.

At our Kenmore, NY office, we have dental implants, mini dental implants, dentures, and bridges available for tooth replacement. Your dentist will help you decide which option is best for you.

To schedule your tooth replacement consultation, call Advantage Dentistry of Kenmore, NY at (716) 877-2275. To learn more about our replacement options, visit our website,

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Gum Disease: How Does it Develop?

We all hear about how we need to avoid gum disease, but do you know what it really is and how it develops? Knowing may be the difference between developing it or not. At Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, we strive to educate our patients on oral health. Read on to learn more about gum disease.

Gum disease refers to infected gum tissue in your mouth. This tissue is what creates a strong foundation for your teeth, so when it becomes diseased, it can weaken and cause teeth to call out. It can also spread infection, cause deformation of the jawbone, and increase the risks of heart attack and stroke.

Gum disease develops when plaque and tartar irritate the tissue around teeth. If not treated, the gums begin to separate and pull away from the teeth causing deep pockets to form where bacteria can collect deep down. This is the most difficult stage of gum disease to treat.

In order to prevent gum disease, you need to brush your teeth twice per day and floss once per day. When brushing, be sure to pay special attention to the gum line. Make sure you angle your toothbrush so that the area where your teeth meet your gums gets attention. In addition, brush your tongue, your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. There are areas where bacteria can also hide.

Routine visits to your dentist can also help keep away gum disease. To schedule a cleaning and examination at Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, call our office at (716) 877-2275. More information about us can be found on our website,

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Details on Dental Emergencies

At Advantage Dentistry, our staff understands that accidents happen and being informed about what to do in case one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. If you or your child experience some sort of trauma to your mouth for whatever reason, please give us a call immediately. Meanwhile, in the midst of a dental emergency, utilize these tips to ensure a smooth recovery. 

  • For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it between your cheek and gums, or use a tooth preservation product that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance.

  • For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area.

  • If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.

  • For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between teeth.

If you suffer a dental emergency, contact us immediately. To schedule your appointment with Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, call our office at 716-877-2275 or visit our website for more information about the services we provide.