Advantage Dentistry

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Avoid Staining to Keep Your Smile Bright

A while smile can turn heads and boost confidence! Are you unhappy with the shine of your smile? Our daily lives can contribute to staining, dullness, or yellowish color. Fortunately, here at Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, we offer professional teeth whitening. In addition, take some of these tips for keeping your pearly whites white!

To keep stains away, you need to make sure you are keeping away plaque. Plaque is that layer of bacteria that forms on your teeth throughout the day. Brush your teeth three times per day to keep away plaque and to brush away stain-causing debris from food and drinks. If you smoke, this can also contribute to major staining over time. There is just one more reason to kick the habit.

Dark foods and drinks like blueberries, coffee, cola, and soy sauce can discolor teeth consumed frequently. When surface stains penetrate the enamel and darken the center of the tooth, the whole tooth can appear darker. Rinsing out your mouth after consuming dark foods and drinks will help keep the stains from sticking. For dark drinks, use a straw to limit the amount of liquid that touches your teeth.

To find out more about our professional whitening procedure, be sure to contact us. To schedule an appointment with Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, call us at (716) 877-2275 or visit our website,

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Extraction Site Preservation

When removing a tooth, it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth so that site has the ability to heal on its own with no complications. However, if it is necessary for one of our doctors at Advantage Dentistry to remove another tooth, plans must be made and this is where extraction site preservation comes into play.

If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing. This can cause teeth to shift and can create problems in your bite that can affect the ability to speak and chew. Just imagine chewing food with no teeth and how uncomfortable that would feel. Options for filling the space include dental implants and bridges. What you choose to do with your extraction site is your choice, and our doctors are always open to a conversation on what to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth.

If you’ve recently had teeth extracted and have questions about the site preservation process, give us a call. 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. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tooth Extractions

Occasionally, there is a tooth that is giving enough problems to be taken out. This is usually when there is too much damage or infection to save it. At Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, we work hard to save teeth; however, we can perform experienced extractions when necessary.

To extract a tooth, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area, or a general anesthetic, if the extraction is more complex. Often general anesthesia is used for wisdom teeth extractions. If an incision is needed to be made in the gums to remove the tooth, your dentist will make that incision and remove any bone tissue, if necessary. Using forceps, your doctor will rock the tooth back and forth until it is loose enough to be pulled out. Some cases need the tooth to be broken into pieces, first. Stitches are then applied, if necessary.

While it is always ideal to keep your teeth, there are many reasons a tooth may need to be extracted including damage, decay, infection, overcrowding, and more. Very commonly extracted teeth are the wisdom teeth.

If you are feeling dental pain that will not subside, it is important to have it examined. To schedule an appointment with Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, call our office at (716) 877-2275. More information about our practice can be found on our website,