Cosmetic Dentistry Blog of Dr Sussman & Pogal

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

January 30, 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

September 21, 2017
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Porcelain veneers RochesterVeneers make it possible to have the glamorous, gorgeous smile of your dreams. With porcelain veneers, natural tooth flaws are concealed and a luminous, attractive tooth surface is created. Want to know if they'll work for you? Check out 10 Important Things to Consider Before Getting Dental Veneers.

To schedule a free consultation with our experienced dentists in Rochester, NY, please call the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal, at 585-227-4390.

What They Can Do

Porcelain veneers fix a wide range of dental issues:

  • Stains
  • Discoloration
  • Yellow tint
  • Chips
  • Worn edges
  • Undesirable shape
  • Undesirable length

They are capable of addressing so many problems because they work by concealing the entire front surface of the tooth. Essentially a new, flawless tooth surface is created when the veneer is placed over the tooth. 

Lumineers®: What Are They?

Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneers. They are different in terms of their thinness. They require less preparation of your teeth because they don't need as much room to fit over the surface. Lumineers® can typically be placed in a shorter amount of time and are often reversible, if you decide you no longer want veneers at some point. They are often less expensive than other porcelain veneers; however, some patients like the natural, flawless appearance of conventional porcelain veneers. Ask our dentists for before and after images of other patients, so that you can get an idea of the differences between the two options.

Issues of Cost

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers® are not cheap options. These valuable restorations do come at a cost that you are probably eager to know. We can't quote exact numbers here because the final price is variable, particularly depending on what needs to be done to accomplish your smile goals.

When you visit us for your initial consultation, you'll meet with the dentist. They will examine your teeth and mouth, and listen to you describe what you would like to change. Once they have explained their recommendations for veneers or other treatments, our office will provide you with a cost estimate.

If you are interested in financing your veneers, we do offer payment options. We accept financing plans from a few different lending companies. When you visit us for your consultation, we can walk you through the process of applying for one of these plans, if you are interested. We also accept cash, check, money order and credit cards.

Your Free Consultation

Not sure whether veneers are the right fit for you? Schedule a FREE consultation to find out! Our dentists and our team look forward to meeting you. After talking with you and looking at your teeth, the dentist can determine if veneers are capable of achieving the results you want. They'll also let you know if there are any other treatment options. We are ready to provide the clear information you need in order to make decisions about your care.

Our dentistry practice is located in Rochester, New York. We proudly care for patients from across the area, including Webster, Greece and Fairport. 

September 12, 2017
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Many people experience fear, anxiety and nervousness about going to the dentist. It may be due to a bad dental experience in your past, or the simple fact that you feel uncomfortable at the dental office. Whatever the cause, our experienced dentists offer safe, effective oral sedation so that you can relax and get the dental care you need. To learn more, please call our Rochester office at 585-227-4390.