Cosmetic Dentistry Blog of Dr Sussman & Pogal

Our Rochester office provides smiles to Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport & Nearby Areas of New York

February 26, 2018
Authored by:

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
Authored by:

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
Authored by:

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.

January 03, 2018
Authored by:

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. 

December 12, 2017
Authored by:

Cosmetic dentistry patients in Greece NYReady to renew your dental health for the New Year? At the practice of Dr. Meredith Pogal and Dr. Paul Sussman in Rochester, we are excited to help our patients reach their goals. Below, we outline some of the most common general dental problems.

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth are really inconvenient because you may be experiencing discomfort multiple times throughout the day: when you eat or drink, when you breathe in cold air, and when you brush and floss your teeth. There are many reasons you may have sensitivity, including:

  • Exposed tooth root
  • Cracked or fractured teeth
  • Significant decay
  • Gum disease
  • Damaged tooth enamel

Our experienced dentists can determine the cause and let you know what the solutions are. It could be as simple as switching to a different toothpaste. Sometimes a tooth needs to be restored with a dental crown if the sensitivity is caused by a cracked tooth. Oftentimes exposure of the lower portion of the tooth below the gums is the cause of sensitivity. The gum tissue can wear away if you brush with too much force, if you grind your teeth or if you have a genetic predisposition to gum recession.

Rely on us to identify the cause. We will explain all of your treatment options so you can decide what is right for you.

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth are not just an aesthetic problem. They cause general health issues. For example, you aren't able to chew and speak as well when you are missing one or more teeth. Another problem is related to tooth alignment: When you're missing a tooth, the teeth surrounding the gap will gradually begin to tilt into the gap, thereby becoming crooked. Crooked teeth affect the alignment of your bite, as well as your ability to properly brush and floss around them.

Gum Problems

Dentistry in Fairport and Greece NYThe gum tissue surrounding your teeth is essential to a healthy mouth. Unfortunately, gum inflammation and infection may arise. Gum disease is a very common problem among American adults. Although it often results from poor dental hygiene, you may also have a family history heightening your risk.

Do your gums bleed easily, especially each time you brush your teeth? Do you have persistent bad breath? Tender, swollen gums? All of these things are potentially signs of gum disease, although you will need to visit our dentists to know for sure.

The good news is that gum disease is highly treatable, especially during the early stages. If you think you may have a gum-related issue, schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists.

Damaged Teeth

There is a lot of other damage that may be an issue, such as:

  • Worn teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Deeply decayed teeth

The dentists at our practice have the experience and skill to treat any dental problem. And as our patient, you will get a clear, accurate explanation of any findings about your dental health. We also present all of your treatment options, helping you to choose a plan that best meets your goals and expectations.

Your Consultation in Rochester

Ready to renew your dental health? Our experienced dentists in Rochester, New York, are passionate about helping each of our patients achieve their goals. Your consultation with us is free! This consult gives you an opportunity to meet our dentists and staff, and to discuss your dental health goals and what you may want to do next. To arrange your complimentary consultation, please call the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal at 585-227-4390. We proudly provide care for people from across our region, including Greece, Webster and Fairport.

December 06, 2017
Authored by:

From start to finish, the timeline for dental implants varies. It depends on several factors, including how many teeth are being replaced and the method used. In certain cases, dental implants can be placed in one day. In other cases, several months are required to allow the dental implant to fuse with the bone beneath the teeth, before a permanent dental crown can be placed. These are two different types of dental implants used in different situations.

The only way to know for sure is to visit our experienced dentists in Rochester, NY. After examining your teeth, x-raying your mouth and discussing your goals with you, our dentists will be able to let you know the teeth replacement options that will work for you and how long each one will take to finalize.

To arrange a FREE consultation, please call the dentistry practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal at 585-227-4390. We provide compassionate customer service and effective dentistry to patients who come to us from across the region, including Greece, Fairport and Webster.

November 15, 2017
Authored by:

In most cases, no. Most dental insurance policies do not cover procedures that the insurance company deems purely cosmetic. But sometimes there is overlap between a cosmetic and functional tooth restoration, and in such situations, there may be some coverage.

Not sure if your policy covers the dental care you are interested in? Please arrange an appointment at our Rochester dental office. Our experienced, friendly team will help you review your plan to see what is and is not covered. Please call us at 585-227-4390. We proudly care for people from across the region, including Greece, Webster and Fairport.

November 14, 2017
Authored by:

Your dental goals for 2018 in Rochester NYNow is a good time to start thinking about your dental care in 2018, especially if you know you need certain dental work. The holidays can be very busy, and if you can't fit in an appointment before the end of the year, we encourage you to call us to schedule one in the beginning of next year. Doing so will help you get on track early on, and prevention of dental problems is really the key to great oral health. To arrange an appointment, please call our friendly team in the Rochester and Greece area at 585-227-4390.

Identifying Your Goals

What would you like to accomplish? Is it some aspect of your smile, teeth health or gum health? Perhaps it's a combination. It helps to talk through your concerns with our experienced dentists in Rochester. During a consultation, they'll help you decide what your priorities are, which may include:

Oftentimes aesthetics and function go hand-in-hand in dentistry. Perhaps you want to restore teeth that you feel don't look their best. But by restoring these teeth, you will also enjoy improved chewing and speaking. Undamaged teeth are also easier to brush and floss.

Using Your Dental Plan and/or FSA Account

Teeth cleaning instruments Rochester NYMany dental health insurance policies and flexible spending accounts expire at the end of a calendar year, renewing on January 1. To make sure you are getting the full benefit of your policy, you should use as much of the available coverage as possible. Don't put off needed dental work if you have unused benefits. In this way, you can make sure those premiums you are paying for are put to work for you.

By visiting our dentists early in 2018, you can plan out your needed treatments within that same year, so that your dental benefits do not go unused. Our staff will help you determine what your policy covers and does not cover. If you have a Flexible Spending Account, we'll help you determine which dentistry services can be paid for with that account.

There's a chance you can still take advantage of this year's benefits, assuming unused benefits remain. If you are due for a routine cleaning or other dental care, call our office. We'll see if we can arrange an appointment for you before December 31. It will depend on our current availability and the nature of your visit.

Free Consultation in Rochester, NY

Ready to schedule your next appointment? Please call us at 585-227-4390. Our practice was founded by experienced dentists Dr. Meredith Pogal and Dr. Paul Sussman. For years we have been providing friendly, gentle dental care to families and individuals from across the area, including Greece, Webster and Fairport.

We believe in developing treatment plans tailored to the individual. You have your own unique dental goals and needs. Dentistry is not a one-size-fits all formula, but a skilled, planned approach to individual needs. 

October 30, 2017
Authored by:

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction causes a variety of painful symptoms, including:

  • Jaw soreness
  • Headaches
  • Back and neck pain
  • Stiff jaw
  • Facial swelling
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Worn teeth

The temporomandibular joints are located on either side of your head. They are hinged joints that join the skull and the lower jaw. To find out if you are experiencing the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, please call the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal in Rochester at 585-227-4390. We look forward to meeting you and helping you find relief from these symptoms.

October 23, 2017
Authored by:

Researching dental implants in RochesterImplant dentistry is a great way to replace missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last many years. Many people have their dental implants for a lifetime without needing replacement. These restorations also provide a tooth replacement that is highly similar to the real thing – they replace the missing root beneath the gums as well as the visible crown above.

Dental Implant Realities

Many dentists and specialists can place dental implants. There are implant specialists, called oral surgeons; however, any dentist can complete additional training and education in order to become a skilled implant dentist.

Dental implants require the same care as your other teeth. Brushing and flossing are essential, even when it concerns an implanted tooth. Although the implant itself cannot decay like your natural teeth, all of the surrounding gum tissue and natural teeth can become decayed or infected.

Great oral hygiene improves the success rate. Caring for your teeth and gums will promote a healthy oral environment. Strong, healthy gums free from disease and recession will do a better job of supporting the implant.

Mini implants may be a good option for certain candidates. If you are not a good candidate for conventional dental implants for certain reasons, then smaller, less invasive implants may be an option. These are often called mini implants or one-day dental implants.

Dental Implant Fictions

Man with missing tooth Rochester NYThere is a great deal of misinformation available regarding implant dentistry. It's important to seek information from a reliable source. At our dental practice, we will make sure you are armed with accurate information as you decide whether dental implants are right for you.

Anyone is a good candidate for dental implants.  Implant dentistry is right for the right candidates, not for everyone. Our experienced dentists will cover all aspects with you. Generally speaking, your mouth must be healthy enough to support a dental implant. You should be in generally good overall health and a non-smoker. We'll discuss your health history and whether any existing health conditions may be problematic to the success of a dental implant.

The dental implant procedure is too painful. Although the placement of the dental implants is surgical, you will be appropriately numbed for the procedure. You won't feel anything during the placement, and we'll make sure you know what over-the-counter painkillers to take afterward to alleviate discomfort. It is normal to have some swelling and discomfort after surgery.

Dental implants are financially impractical. Many people who decide to forgo dental implants make that choice based on price. But over the long-term, dental implants might be the most financially sensible option. While dental bridges may have to be replaced every 10 years or so, there is a very good chance that your dental implants will last for decades. Talk to our office about costs and financing options.

Older people are not good candidates for dental implants. Not true! People of all ages can be good candidates for dental implants. It all has to do with your health history, oral health status and your expectations. Age alone is not a disqualifier.

What Should I Do Next?

To learn more about dental implants, and to find out if you are a good candidate in Rochester, NY, please call the dental practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal, at 585-227-4390. We proudly care for patients from across New York, including the areas of Webster, Greece and Fairport.