Cosmetic Dentistry Blog of Dr Sussman & Pogal

Providing better smiles to Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport & Nearby Areas of New York

July 26, 2018

Dentures supported by dental implants offer maximized durability and comfort. At the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry, our experienced restorative dentists want to help you find the best way to replace your missing teeth. To arrange a FREE consultation in Rochester, New York, please call our staff at 585-227-4390.

What are Implant Dentures?

To understand how these dentures work, it might help to first understand how a dental implant works. A dental implant looks like a small post:

It is made of durable, medical-grade titanium. The post is implanted in the bone beneath your gums, where it acts as a replacement for the tooth root. The visible portion of your missing tooth – called the crown – is replaced with a tooth crown, a dental bridge or a denture.

A single tooth crown may be placed atop an implant to replace a single tooth. To replace multiple teeth or all of the teeth, a denture is often ideal. Modern dentures are nothing like the artificial-looking, slippery dentures common in the past. Today, they look like natural teeth. And when affixed to implants, dentures stay in place and don't slip. That means you can speak, chew, smile and laugh confidently, without fear of the appliance coming dislodged.

Implant dentures are capable of replacing several missing teeth, as well as a full "arch" of teeth, which is all of the upper or all of the lower teeth. The dentures are supported by several implants placed strategically along the boney ridge beneath the gums.

The only way to know if you are a good candidate is to visit us for a consultation. Our experienced dentists can tell you all of the tooth replacement options available, and then help you choose the one that is the best match for you.

How Affordable are these Dentures?

Couple on the beach smiling with implant-supported dentures from Rochester NYWhen you visit us for your consultation, we will provide you with a cost estimate for the service you are interested in. The dentists must first examine your teeth and recommend your full range of options before we can make that estimate.

When restoring teeth, most patients consider cost as one of the deciding factors. We'll discuss cost with you, as well as any payment options available to you. We accept payment plans through a few different financing companies. Talk to our staff about all of your options at the time of your consultation.

We want each of our patients to enjoy optimum function and aesthetics from their tooth replacements. A healthy smile is an attractive smile, and we offer those restorations that achieve both aesthetics and health.

Get Custom Dentures for Your Missing Teeth

Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple missing teeth, or all of your teeth, our experienced dentists in Rochester can help you decide if dentures or another type of tooth replacement is the best match for your goals. To arrange your FREE consultation, please call the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal at 585-227-4390.

June 05, 2018

Pregnant Rochester woman brushing her teeth in the bathroomRoutine dental care is an essential component of a healthy pregnancy. Below, we've covered some of the basics of dentistry as it relates to your growing baby. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call our Rochester dentists at 585-227-4390.

Great dental hygiene stays the same.

Continue to brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. Let the dentist know you are pregnant, and we will determine if there are any ways you can improve or tailor your dental hygiene routine, but for most women, sticking to the standard at-home routine is adequate.

Swish with water after a morning sickness episode.

Nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of day or night while you're pregnant. The acid in vomit is bad for your teeth. It can erode the enamel, and it makes the enamel softer for a while. Because the enamel is softer and vulnerable to toothbrush bristles right after vomiting, you should swish and rinse with water and brush your teeth later, once the enamel has hardened up. You may want to mix baking soda in with the water to fight odor and neutralize acid.

Stick with those scheduled dental appointments.

Some women skip their regular dental appointments until after their baby is born. It's perfectly safe to receive cleanings and exams while pregnant, and it is in fact recommended. These appointments help us prevent and detect any signs of gum disease or other dental problems, which could affect your pregnancy. Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. Although there is some association in the research, we do not want to cause any undue stress or fear! Many women don't visit the dentist while pregnant and enjoy a healthy pregnancy nonetheless. But by visiting our dentists, we can make sure your oral health is in tip-top shape, which will not cause harm to the baby and may even be good for the course of the pregnancy.

You may experience gingivitis.

Woman with pregnant belly in the New York afternoonThe rise in hormones while you're pregnant can make your gums softer, and therefore more vulnerable to bacteria and inflammation. It's normal to have mild gingivitis, including bleeding, red and irritated gums. Visit our dentist for tips tailored to the gum issues you are experiencing.

Getting dental work while you are pregnant.

The American Dental Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say that necessary dental treatments, such as fillings and tooth crowns, are safe to receive during pregnancy. They also encourage women to get these treatments if they need them during pregnancy, since delaying them may lead to bigger dental problems.

The second trimester tends to be the ideal time for getting dental work. During your third trimester, lying down for treatment may be really uncomfortable.

Unnecessary procedures, such as teeth whitening or possibly even replacing a missing tooth, may be delayed until after the birth of your child. For procedures that don't make a difference to your immediate dental health, it is oftentimes easier to delay them and avoid any stress, anxiety or issues they may present.

Our dentists can help you decide which treatments to pursue and which to delay. We're with you every step of the way.

Arrange Your Appointment

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment at our Rochester, NY dental office, please call the practice of Dr. Meredith Pogal and Dr. Paul Sussman at 585-227-4390. We proudly care for expecting moms, families, individuals, children and all of our guests who visit us from across the area, including Greece, Webster and Fairport.

May 16, 2018

Wedding couple cosmetic dentistry in Greece New YorkYour wedding day will be a cherished memory for the rest of your life, plus the party of a lifetime on the day of! Even after the reception is over and all your loved ones have gone home, you'll soon have photos to remind you of the day forever. With all the significance and permanence involved, it's no wonder brides, grooms and wedding guests want to look their absolute best on the Big Day! With cosmetic dentistry provided by our experienced dentists, your smile can look glamorous in time for the wedding.

Here are the top treatments to consider:

Porcelain veneers. Looking for a glamorous, Hollywood smile? Veneers may be the way to go. These thin, beautiful, shell-like restorations are placed over the front surface of your teeth, to conceal the flaws beneath. Veneers are lifelike and realistic, and look like natural tooth enamel but without any of the natural imperfections of teeth. Veneers address:

  • Stains
  • Discoloration
  • Chips
  • Worn teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

After your consultation, your porcelain veneers can  be placed over just 1 or 2 appointments at our office. Depending on scheduling at our office at the time, this means you can get porcelain veneers even if your wedding is right around the corner. Call our office for more information.

Bride and groom porcelain veneers for wedding in RochesterTeeth whitening. For wedding photos, and any important photos, teeth whitening can make a big difference. Dull, yellowed teeth tend to be quite apparent in photos, and teeth whitening brightens your tooth enamel by as much as 8 or 10 shades. Our cosmetic dentists use Zoom! LED teeth whitening. The device completes the treatment in about 45 minutes to an hour, and you'll walk out the door with your whitened smile ready to be shared. We also offer Opalescence, which is a whitening gel applied to the teeth with customized trays you wear over your teeth.

Complete smile makeover. If you have a few months or longer, and if you want a total revamp of your smile, then a complete makeover may be right for you. A makeover simply means two or more cosmetic treatments may be built into the plan for your smile. So, for instance, porcelain veneers may accompany restorations to repair a broken tooth or replace a missing tooth. The point is to customize it to your individual goals.

Gummy smile re-contouring. For some people, an excess of gum tissue shows when they smile. This can make the teeth appear shorter than desirable. Or, others experience an uneven gum line, in which too much gum shows in certain areas of the smile. Our dentists use one of several approaches depending on your unique smile and goals. Veneers may be the right way to address the gum tissue issues, or laser treatment of the excess tissue. They may be combined for optimal results.

Talk to Our Dentists about Timing

 If you are interested in rejuvenating your smile for the big day, we encourage you to arrange a free consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentists. Let us know the date of your wedding, and we'll see which treatments can be completed before that date.

Get Started on Your Cosmetic Dental Plan

Our experienced cosmetic dentists are passionate about what they do. They want to help you enjoy the smile of your dreams on the day of your nuptials. To arrange a FREE consultation with us in Rochester, New York, please call the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal at 585-227-4390. We proudly provide care for people from across the region, including Greece, Fairport and Webster.

April 30, 2018

Sleep apnea is a condition in which the body's natural breathing mechanisms are interrupted during sleep. This causes people who suffer from sleep apnea to awake numerous times during the night, which leads to chronic sleep deprivation as well as greater and even more problematic health problems.

Many Rochester-area residents may be among the roughly 20 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea,and may choose to treat the condition by wearing a type of ventilator while they sleep known as a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, CPAP.

But the CPAP is not comfortable or feasible for all sleep apnea suffers. That's why our dentists feel strongly about educating the public regarding sleep apnea signs to watch for as well as the availability of alternative sleep apnea treatments.

How Do You Know if You Suffer From Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea causes daytime fatigue for this Rochester NY professionalBefore considering the breadth of sleep apnea symptoms, it's important to understand the different ways in which this condition may manifest.

Sleep apnea sufferers generally experience one of the following three varieties of the condition:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the throat muscles relax so excessively that they partially or completely block the airway. This is the most common diagnosis among the three types of sleep apnea.
  • Central sleep apnea means the victim's brain fails to effectively communicate with the throat and craniofacial muscles; impaired breathing is the result.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome is a mixture of both types.

There also are conditions that may signal the emergence of sleep apnea. These other common sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Loud, consistent snoring
  • Frequently awaking during the night
  • Waking to the feeling of breathlessness, and the sensation that air is stuck in one’s throat
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Frequent headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic sleepiness during waking hours
  • Attention deficient
  • Marked moodiness or irritability

These symptoms alone can make life difficult. Even more disturbing is the fact that sleep apnea, when left untreated, can contribute to the emergence of such life-threatening afflictions as heart disease and diabetes.

How Do Our Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea?

Cosmetic and restorative dentists are uniquely suited to help treat sleep apnea because the condition involves the craniofacial muscles and systems with which these doctors are so familiar. Not only can our dentists help diagnose sleep apnea, they also can help patients secure and become accustomed to a tailor-made dental appliance that facilitates breathing and subsequently enables the restorative rest that sleep apnea sufferers so desperately require.

The MicrO2® dental appliance is custom-fitted for you and manages to position the jaw in such a way that establishes an open, clear airway during sleep. Our dentists prefer the MicrO2® because this device is customized for each patient, and because wearers report that it is both comfortable and easy to wear.

If you live in or around Rochester, Webster, Greece or Fairport and are ready to talk with an experienced dentist about whether our unique sleep apnea treatment might be right for you, please dial 585-227-4390 to schedule your appointment with the experienced dentists at the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry.

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March 28, 2018

Couple biking during the Rochester summer after porcelain veneersIt's been cold, rainy and cloudy in Rochester this week, but as we all know, spring and summer weather is likely right around the corner. Are you planning your next fair-weather excursion? Maybe an extended summer vacation or weekend away? If so, you may be thinking about how you can touch up your look for going out, meeting new people, spending time with family and friends and, of course, taking lots of pictures of your adventure. Like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers are one of those cosmetic dental treatments that can completely make over your smile in very little time.

Get Results Quickly

One of the great things about choosing porcelain veneers now is that your improved smile will be ready in time for your summer trips, vacations and pictures. The entire process generally requires 2-3 dental appointments, which consist of:

  • Your consultation with one of our experienced dentists
  • The appointment in which your teeth and mouth are scanned, so that the scans can be used to create your custom veneers
  • Your appointment to have the veneers placed

The scans of your teeth and our dentists' instructions are sent to the lab we work with. The lab uses this information to create your customized veneers. It can take a couple weeks or so for the veneers to be made, but once our office receives them, the appointment to place them is completed quickly.

Once your veneers are placed and the dentist has checked to ensure everything looks good and is placed securely, you will leave our office with your new smile, ready to be shared! It's a great feeling of instant gratification.

Comprehensively Makes Over Your Smile

Porcelain veneers are able to address multiple cosmetic flaws all at once, which is something that really sets them apart from other cosmetic dental treatments aimed at one specific issue. They are placed over the front surface of the tooth, so they conceal any and all cosmetic problems beneath, such as:

  • Chips
  • Stains and yellowing
  • Worn edges
  • Cracks
  • Undesirable or asymmetrical tooth shape
  • "Peg" laterals – particularly small upper incisors
  • Certain cases of crooked teeth

They can even be used to eliminate the appearance of a gap between teeth, which is a common spacing issue that many people would like to change.

Our experienced dentists can determine if you are a candidate. There is often overlap between cosmetic and general dental problems. Once the dentist examines your teeth and assesses your oral health, they can then determine if you can benefit from a general restoration either in addition to or instead of porcelain veneers. Dental crowns, for example, may be required for teeth that are significantly broken or cracked, decayed, worn or misshapen. Braces or another type of orthodontia may be required for teeth that are so crooked that they are misaligning the bite. The only way to know for sure is to consult our dentists.

Get Ready for Summer with a Free Consultation

We'd love to meet you and discuss what aspects of your smile you would like to change. Our dentists will then make customized recommendations for the smile of your dreams. To arrange your FREE consultation at our Rochester dental office, please call the practice of Dr. Meredith Pogal and Dr. Paul Sussman at 585-227-4390. Our patients visit us from across the nearby areas of New York, including Webster, Greece and Fairport.

March 08, 2018

Dental implants are considered lifetime teeth replacements. The titanium post is durable, effective and long-lasting. One of the reasons they last so long is because they actually fuse with the bone beneath your teeth. This process is called osseointegration, and it forms a strong, durable bond between the bone and the dental implant.

To find out if dental implants are right for you, please arrange a FREE consultation at our Rochester dental practice by calling 585-227-4390. We provide care for people from across the region, including Greece, Fairport, Webster and the surrounding areas.

February 26, 2018

Relaxation dentistry in Rochester and Greece NYFeeling nervous about dental visits is not an uncommon anxiety. There are hundreds of thousands of Americans who experience fear of dental work. Sedation dentistry is designed for patients who are unable to get the care they need because they are so nervous about going to the dentist.

The good news for those suffering from dental anxiety in Rochester, Greece or any other nearby community is that sedation dentistry represents a solution. A mild sedative can help you relax and get the care you need in order to maintain great dental health. Dr. Sussman and Dr. Pogal have used sedation dentistry to provide our patients with vital dental work for years.

Sedation Dentistry: Safe and Effective

Sedation dentistry is really quite simple. We will provide you with a safe, proven oral sedative – for example, Valium or Halcion – to take before your procedure. Again, these anti-anxiety medications are not dangerous when administered correctly, and we know how to ensure you get the proper dosage.

These medications will place you into a relaxed, pleasant, dream-like state during your procedure. They will encourage a state of calm and allow you to relax from feelings of fear or nervousness from the sights, smells or sounds of a dental procedure.

Now, there is an important distinction to be made between sedation dentistry and “sleep dentistry,” even though the two terms are often used interchangeably. In sleep dentistry, the patient is completely unconscious during the procedure.

However, in the sedation dentistry performed at our office, you will be conscious during your procedure. You will be able to respond to questions and follow our dentists' instructions. It's a pleasant, relaxing situation.

Why Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry offers one simple but significant benefit: it allows you to undergo needed dental work when that was otherwise impossible.

Those who experience dental anxiety are often dealing with problems as varied as:

  • Strong memories of an unpleasant dental experience
  • An over-active gag reflex
  • Extreme teeth or gum sensitivity
  • A fear of needles or other dental instruments

Sedation dentistry renders these problems irrelevant. And because the drug you take is an oral sedative, no needles are necessary to administer it.

As such, you're likely a good candidate for sedation dentistry if you haven't been able to undergo needed dental work as a result of your severe anxiety. You need to be completely honest and up-front with us about your past medical history and any allergies – this information will help us evaluate your fitness for sedation dentistry.

You don't have to just “live with” dental anxiety. It can be effectively dealt with, and you can treat the dental problems that for too long have been neglected as a result of your fears.

If you suffer from dental anxiety in Rochester, Greece or any other nearby New York community, sedation dentistry is an exciting solution. Please call Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal today at 585-227-4390 to schedule a consultation and examination.

February 06, 2018

The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is truly a family practice. Drs. Pogal and Sussman are joined by their daughter, Dr. Cassie Gandia, who is an experienced orthodontist. Dr. Gandia received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, going on to obtain her dental degree from Columbia. She completed an orthodontic residency at University at Buffalo.

Interested in learning more about your orthodontic options? To arrange a consultation with Dr. Cassie, please call our Rochester, NY, office at 585-227-4390. Having straight, properly aligned teeth is not only a good way to boost your confidence, but it's also an important part of a healthy bite.

January 30, 2018

What is Sleep Apnea?

airway obstruction caused by sleep apnea in Greece NYSleep apnea is a sleep disorder. Although traditionally doctors viewed it as affecting overweight people in particular, in fact it can happen to anyone, even the most trim and athletic among us.

This condition causes multiple episodes while you sleep. During an episode, your airflow is temporarily cut off. As a result, your body awakens – sometimes so subtly you don't realize it – in order to restore breathing.

Why is your breathing cut off? This type of sleep apnea is caused when muscles associated with your airway (the throat, back of the mouth, even your tongue) relax so excessively that they block your airway. It's called "obstructive" sleep apnea, which describes the obstruction of the airway. There is another type, central sleep apnea, caused by failure of the brain to signal breathing. That type is less common and cannot be treated with dental appliances.

You probably aren't aware of symptoms if you are experiencing them. Perhaps someone has pointed them out to you. Perhaps you've grown concerned because you aren't able to get a good night's sleep. Whatever your reasons, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor right away if you are concerned. A positive diagnosis can get you on your way to effective treatment, which is essential to avoid serious complications associated with this sleep disorder.

Potential Red Flags indicating Sleep Apnea

Signs of sleep apnea often include one or more of the following:

  • Loud snoring
  • Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
  • Waking up with a dry, scratchy throat due to snoring
  • Waking up suddenly during the night, with the feeling that you are gasping for air
  • Pauses in your breathing while you sleep, which can be impossible for you to know about but may be noticed by a bedroom partner
  • Abundant daytime fatigue, which may be so excessive that you have trouble working, driving and focusing
  • Irritability and other mood changes

You may experience a single symptom or many. A loved one or friend may have voiced concern based on loud snoring. The important thing is to seek diagnosis and treatment promptly. Continued sleep apnea episodes stress your heart and body, and make it impossible to get restorative sleep. Complications linked to sleep apnea include high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke and sudden death.

Dental Treatment

Snoring man in bed illustrationOnce your doctor diagnoses sleep apnea, they may recommend a dental appliance for treating it. This is one option. Another common treatment is a CPAP machine, which is essentially an air mask you wear while you sleep. Your doctor will tell you which treatment is right for you. If a dental appliance will work, many patients prefer them because CPAP machines can be uncomfortable to wear and inconvenient to travel with.

At the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, our experienced dentists use a mouth piece customized to your teeth and jaws, to hold the lower jaw forward. Doing so prevents blockage of the airway while you sleep. It looks similar to a retainer. It fits over your teeth, and is also referred to as a mouth splint or oral appliance. It effectively holds the airway open, allowing the flow of oxygen while you sleep.

Your Exam and Consultation

If you live in Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport or any of the surrounding areas of New York, please call our practice to learn more. We'd be happy to arrange a consultation for you. Our dentists will review your sleep apnea history and determine if a dental appliance is an option. If it is, you will come back to our office for impressions of your teeth, so that the custom splint can be designed. To arrange your appointment, please call our staff at 585-227-4390.

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January 03, 2018

Teeth whitening is a great way to make over your entire smile. With the ZOOM whitening system offered at our practice, your teeth can be whitened up to several shades lighter. The great thing about the laser whitening results is that they are long-lasting, often for a year or longer depending on oral hygiene, and what you eat and drink.

We also take impressions of your teeth if you would like take-home whitening teeth trays. These allow you to touch up your results at home, without sacrificing the customized treatment you get in the office.

For a free consultation with our experienced New York dentists, please call 585-227-4390. Our patients visit us from Greece, Rochester, Fairport, Webster and all of the surrounding areas. 

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