Advantage Dentistry

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Choosing the Correct Mouthwash

Mouthwash or rinses are used for a variety of reasons: to freshen breath, to help prevent or control tooth decay, to reduce plaque, to prevent or reduce gingivitis, to reduce the speed that tartar forms on the teeth, or to produce a combination of these effects. Mouthwash has a few beneficial properties and our doctors at Advantage Dentistry would like to explain some of them.

  • Antimicrobial agents act directly on oral bacteria to help reduce plaque, decrease the severity of gingivitis and control bad breath.

  • Fluoride helps reduce tiny lesions (tooth decay) on tooth enamel and make teeth more resistant to decay.

  •  Astringent salts can serve as temporary deodorizers that mask bad breath.

  • Odor neutralizers act by chemically inactivating odor causing compounds.

If you have questions about oral hygiene, please give us a call. To learn more about services we provide at the office, visit www.advantagedentistry.comfor more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, call 716-877-2275.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Basics of Bruxism

If your teeth are worn, damaged, or sensitive, or if you have pain in your jaw, face, or ear, it may be time to visit our staff at Advantage Dentistry. These are common symptoms of bruxism, a condition in which you grind, gnash, or clench your teeth and the condition can have a variety of causes. Some experts view this issue as nothing more than a habit, but this habit can wreak serious havoc on your teeth, provoking you to endure invasive dental procedures in the future.

People with severe bruxism can break dental fillings or damage their teeth. Rubbing the teeth together can cause the outer layers of enamel to wear away, exposing dentin, which can lead to tooth sensitivity. Severe bruxism can also be the result of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders as well as unexplained facial pain. If our doctor determines that you’re a “bruxer” he or she will discuss the best way to treat the condition. The treatment of bruxism typically depends on the cause.

If you suspect that you may be a “bruxer,” please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about services we provide at the office, visit www.advantagedentistry.comfor more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, call 716-877-2275.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ridge Augmentation

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement that is able to last a lifetime; however, the conditions need to be right to place them. For patients that do not have a large enough bone ridge in their jaw, at Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, we can perform ridge augmentation. This ensures that implants are a possible option for replacement.

To begin the procedure, your doctor will lift the gums away from the bone. Bone graft material will then be placed into the area where the bone has deteriorated. Afterwards, the incision is closed and allowed to heal. The augmentation will take about twelve months to fully heal. During this time, the bone graft material will not only bond with your jawbone, but it will also promote the growth of even more jawbone. The end result is a strong ridge that is big enough to host a dental implant successfully. Depending on your specific case, a dental implant may be able to be placed during the augmentation procedure or after the twelve-month healing period.

Bone grafting is a very safe and successful procedure. The bone is often able to be taken from another area of your jaw.

To learn more about ridge augmentation and bone grafting, be sure to contact us or visit our website, To schedule an appointment with Advantage Dentistry in our Kenmore, NY office, call us at (716) 877-2275.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Electric Toothbrushes vs Manual Toothbrushes

There is often a debate about whether or not electric toothbrushes clean your teeth better than manual ones. As it turns out, the American Dental Association says manual toothbrushes can do just as good of a job as electric ones. At Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, we want all of our patients to know how to take good care of their teeth. Check out the differences between electric and manual toothbrushes.

As previously mentioned, the ADA has said that manual toothbrushes do just as good of a job at cleaning teeth as electric toothbrushes. It is mostly about the job the brusher is doing. However, this may change for those who have trouble using their hands. Those with conditions like arthritis may benefit from using an electric toothbrush since they do almost all of the work; you just need to hold them at the correct angle.

Electric toothbrushes do have other benefits, like timers and music. They let you know you are spending enough time brushing and also get kids more interested in brushing.

So while either toothbrush has the ability to do a good job, it really depends on the brusher and their needs. To set up your next dental exam and cleaning at Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, call our office at (716) 877-2275. For more information about us, visit our website,