Advantage Dentistry

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Nocturnal (Sleep) Bruxism

Are you waking up feeling fatigued after a long night of sleep? Are you waking up with facial pain or jaw discomfort? Sleep bruxism, also known as nocturnal bruxism, is the medical term for clenching or grinding teeth during sleep. A person may notice this consciously, or subconsciously, but it’s important to seek treatment immediately once you realize that this is becoming a problem. Our doctors at Advantage Dentistry may suggest a night guard to alleviate the problem.


Nocturnal bruxism can be a cause for concern depending on the frequency of the person clenching and grinding their teeth. This behavior can cause teeth to become worn down, chipped, or cracked over time, leading to costly dental procedures in the future. Wearing a night guard during sleep can eliminate pressure that is put on the jaw and reduce symptoms of bruxism.


If you have questions or concerns regarding nocturnal bruxism, please 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 www.advantagedentistry.com for more information about the services we provide. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Thank You for Your Positive Testimonials!

Here at Advantage Dentistry, our staff appreciates feedback from our patients because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Our staff would not only like to thank these three patients for their positive reviews, but we would like to thank them for being excellent patients. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


“Excellent dental operation. You have the friendliest and competent reception and cashier staff. Everyone is so pleasant.”
- Elizabeth Joseph


“I would like to also add that Scott is the best dentist I have ever had work on me. I would highly recommend him to anyone, especially sensitive people like me.”
- John Wagner


“All my work that needed to be done was done in one day- and the appointment was the next business day from my first exam! I am very grateful for that!!”
- Mary Ann Konovitz


To leave a review or 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, October 4, 2017

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a simple procedure involving removal of excess gum tissue.  At Advantage Dentistry, our doctors perform this in order to place restorations on a tooth or to expose more of the tooth for aesthetics.  The short procedure is performed in the office with local anesthetic and gum tissue is removed with a scalpel or laser tool.


If gum tissue is being removed to make room for a restoration like a crown to fit around the tooth, you may only need gum tissue removed from one or two teeth.  Some patients naturally have more gum tissue than others and it can result in the appearance of short teeth or a gummy smile.  In this case, your dentist can remove excess gum tissue along the entire gum line to expose more of each tooth and create an even, stunning smile! If you think your smile would benefit from crown lengthening, please contact us.  


To learn more about crown lengthening and all the services we provide, visit www.advantagedentistry.com for more information.  To schedule your appointment with Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, call our office at 716-877-2275.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Scaling and Root Planing

The doctors and staff of Advantage Dentistry see patients struggling with every stage of gum disease.  Gum disease can progress quickly without a regular oral hygiene routine, but more people are looking for ways to prevent that from happening.  Scaling and root planing are two steps in one deep cleaning procedure your dentist performs to help stop gum disease in its tracks.


Scaling is the term for removing all plaque and buildup from the surface of the tooth, all the way down to the gums.  Root planing is the process of contouring and shaping teeth may be done to reshape the tooth closer to the gums.  Each of these steps is important to complete so as the gums heal they have a clean, smooth surface to reattach to.  Local anesthetic is used during this procedure, and depending on your case your dentist may recommend completing the treatment over two appointments. Most patients only experience a minor soreness afterward, and are in a great position to fend off gum disease!


To learn more about scaling and root planing, and all the services we provide, visit www.advantagedentistry.com for more information.  To schedule your appointment with Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, call our office at 716-877-2275.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sedation Options

Most of us don’t enjoy visiting the dentist’s office, but it is our goal at Advantage Dentistry to make patients feel comfortable no matter what. Whether you suffer from dental anxiety or desire to take the edge off of a dental cleaning, we have a sedation option that is safe for you. Allow us to explain the difference so that when we see you during your consultation, you’ll have a better understanding of which you may prefer.



  • Oral Conscious – With oral conscious sedation, the patient remains awake but is left in a heightened state of mind. For this option, you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure.



  • Nitrous Oxide – Nitrous, also known as laughing gas, leaves the patient in a euphoric state feeling completely relaxed. All feelings of fear and anxiety will fade away and you will be able to respond to the doctor if need be. Nitrous wears off once the procedure is complete, allowing you to return to your daily activities.



  • Anxiolysis – This light sedative is not as strong as oral sedation but is recommend for those who have mild to moderate anxiety. You will be able to drive yourself home after anxiolysis is administered.


If you have questions or concerns about sedation options, please 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 www.advantagedentistry.com for more information about the services we provide. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Root Canal Procedure

When our doctors at Advantage Dentistry suggest a root canal, this means that the tooth or teeth in question are damaged or decayed. Root canals may sound terrifying, but advances in dental technology over the years make them less painful. In fact, it’s more painful living with a decayed tooth than it is to sit through a root canal procedure. If you have a root canal coming up, we guarantee to make you feel as comfortable as possible.


A root canal saves a natural tooth when it has become diseased. This can improve chewing, protect surrounding teeth from becoming damaged and improve your natural appearance. A root canal is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. During the procedure, the area surrounding the tooth will be kept dry. Our doctor will then create an opening in the crown of the tooth and clean the pulp that has become inflamed. After the area is sealed, a temporary filling will be placed. Once the tooth heals, you’ll have your final visit where a permanent crown will be placed.


If you have questions or concerns about the root canal procedure, please 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 www.advantagedentistry.com for more information about the services we provide. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sealants

Almost half of all children and adolescents in the United States have had cavities in their permanent teeth.  Regular oral hygiene is important for children to establish, but a sealant is the best defense against early tooth decay.  At Advantage Dentistry, we apply dental sealants to our adolescent patients to preserve their teeth and set them up for a lifetime of great oral health!


Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14.  These teeth have pits and grooves on the chewing surface that trap food and bacteria.  The best time to have a sealant placed is when the molars first come in to make sure they are protected early.  Sealants are a quick and painless step to take to protect your oral health.  When the plastic resin is applied, it fills any pits and grooves on the surface and then hardens. Now the surface is protected from bits of food being stuck, so bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay, and tooth enamel is protected from plaque and acids.  Sealants can effectively prevent cavities for up to ten years and can be reapplied if necessary.


To learn more about dental sealants and all the services we provide, visit www.advantagedentistry.com for more information.  To schedule your appointment with Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, call our office at 716-877-2275.