Cosmetic Dentistry Blog of Dr Sussman & Pogal

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

September 28, 2016
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A white, bright smile can make a world of difference when it comes to your self-confidence. It can also portray good health. Take our quiz to find out if you need teeth whitening treatments sooner rather than later.

If you are in the Greece area and would like to discuss your teeth whitening options, give our office a call at 585-227-4390 to schedule your initial consultation.

September 01, 2016
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Rochester general dentistConsistency is one of the many keys to happy healthy kids. Children crave regular routine, even when it comes to dental hygiene. Follow these useful general dentistry tips to help keep your kids' oral health in check.

Set Brushing Schedule: Children should be brushing their teeth two times a day, once in the morning and once at night. Brushing after every meal is even better. Set a schedule that works for you and your family. This can help set the foundation for better oral care in the future.

Make Better Lunch Habits: When your kids go off to school, many of them swap healthy options for ones high in sugar. Be sure to talk with your kids about maintaining a healthy diet, and how it can affect their teeth.

Schedule Regular Appointments: Regular appointments at our general dentistry office will be very beneficial for your child. Cleanings and checkups are important in keeping teeth healthy and strong. As kids grow, they may also need a variety of treatments to maintain a beautiful smile, such as orthodontics.

By keeping your kids on a consistent dental care routine, you can help them live happier, healthier lifestyles. In turn, this can help avoid significant dental and medical conditions down the road, including:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Lung infections
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease

Dr. Paul Sussman and his experienced team can provide general dental care for everyone in your family. Together, we will teach your kids how to remain consistent so they have a smile they can be proud of for years to come.

To schedule your general dentistry appointment, give our office a call at 585-227-4390. We are proud to help create beautiful smiles for patients in Rochester, Webster and the surrounding New York communities.

August 03, 2016
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Rochester dentistIt's not every day you get the opportunity to give back to a community in need. Fortunately, Dr. Paul Sussman got such an opportunity when he traveled to the Dominican Republic to offer dental procedures to patients who could not afford them.

Several dentists traveled with Dr. Sussman June 18th through the 25th as part of a program led by Dr. Leo Malin, an expert in the dental field. The dentists involved in the program treated roughly 70 patients ranging in age from 20 years old to 70 years old. Together, they placed a total of 134 dental implants.

"It was very gratifying to be able to help people receive dental treatment that would not ordinarily be available to them," Dr. Sussman said. "It helped me appreciate the level of care that we provide to our patients and the advanced dental procedures that aren't as readily available to those in less developed countries. The patients we treated were extremely grateful for the care they received."

According to Dr. Sussman's first-hand experience, he observed that the patients he treated while in the Dominican Republic were more subject to tooth decay. He believes this is primarily due to a lack of fluorinated water. Dr. Sussman also noted that his patients seemed to be more prone to traumatic tooth injuries, likely caused by the high numbers of motorized bike accidents.

"The access to dental care is definitely more limited to the poor economic conditions in the Dominican Republic. Even patients who do seek regular dental care are not able to afford costly procedures like dental implants," Dr. Sussman said.

Although this was his first service trip providing dental care to those in need, Dr. Sussman is optimistic that he will do something similar in the future. He intends to continue giving back to other communities that are currently lacking the resources to provide their citizens with proper dental care.

In addition, Dr. Sussman found that this experience has improved his ability to provide his Rochester area patients with the high quality dental care they deserve. "It was not only an opportunity to give back, but also an educational program. I worked with, and learned from, many other dentists," Dr. Sussman said.

If you are in the Rochester area and would like to meet with Dr. Sussman, give our office a call at 585-227-4390 to schedule your consultation.

July 15, 2016
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Getting orthodontic work can seem like a daunting task. Many of our Rochester area patients even ask the question: "Do I really need orthodontics?" This can be a tough question to answer, due to every patient's needs and dental goals being as unique as they are. However, many dentists agree that the hard work that goes into having braces will pay off in the future.

Although we recommend speaking with either Dr. Paul Sussman or Dr. Meredith Pogal in person, taking this quiz may help you start your orthodontic journey.

If you are in the Rochester area and would like to discuss orthodontic options with our experienced dentists, give our office a call at 585-227-4390. We proudly create beautiful smiles in the Greece, Webster and surrounding New York areas.

June 22, 2016
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If you are afraid or nervous about the dentist, we offer sedation dentistry to help you relaxe for minor and major procedures. Through simple, oral sedatives, you will be calm and tranquil and your procedure will fly by. Please take this quiz to find out if sedation dentistry will help you:


To schedule an appointment with our dentists, Drs. Sussman and Pogal, please contact our Rochester office at 585-227-4390. We serve Rochester, Greece, Webster, and the surrounding New York areas.

May 16, 2016
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A Greece resident enjoys the benefits of orthodonticsIf you live in Greece and are considering orthodontics, you’ll quickly find that you have many options. In addition to traditional metal braces and Invisalign® clear braces, Dr. Cassie Gandia is proud to now offer HARMONY lingual braces.

What are HARMONY braces?

HARMONY lingual braces are completely customized braces that are placed behind your teeth, which means that while your teeth are straightening, others will focus on your smile and not your braces.  The process starts with a highly sophisticated 3D image of your teeth. Your teeth are then simulated and straightened according to a customized treatment plan developed just for you.

Every component of the Harmony system is uniquely tailored to achieve the perfect smile for you. No other lingual (behind the teeth) system provides this level of customization and accuracy. 

Three great reasons to consider HARMONY braces for your smile include:

  1. Invisibility: Since the HARMONY System affixes to the interior side of your teeth, no one but you will know you’re wearing braces.
  2. Full customization: State-of-the-art technology provides you with a completely customized solution, which includes robotically bent arch wires made just for your unique oral structure.
  3. Self-ligating system: This means that the braces use movable components and eliminate the need for elastic or metal ties. What does that mean for you? With the HARMONY System, you can expect fast treatment time and short appointments.

Addressing the function and alignment of your bite can do more than just improve your appearance; it can also prevent the onset of TMJ, a disorder that can cause facial, jaw and ear pain, as well as postural changes and digestive disorders.

To learn more about how we help our Greece patients achieve their ideal smile with orthodontics, contact the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry today by completing the form on this page or calling 585-227-4390. We proudly serve residents of Rochester, Webster and neighboring areas of New York.

May 11, 2016
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A Webster man considers getting dental implantsReplacing a missing tooth involves more than simply making your smile whole again. In Webster, or anywhere else, dental implants are an ideal solution for tooth replacement because they restore oral health in ways that other dental treatments can’t.

While veneers and dentures replicate the appearance and positioning of one or more teeth, implants work with your oral structure to enhance your dental and general health. Specific benefits include:

  • Easy to clean
  • Ability to chew foods thoroughly
  • Existing teeth will not shift
  • Protection against bone resorption in the jaw
  • Secured into the jawbone like a tooth root

The overall success rate of dental implants exceeds 95%. However, the procedure is not right for everyone. An ideal candidate for dental implants is in good general health, does not have gum disease and possesses adequate bone structure in the jaw. Certain conditions could limit the suitability of dental implants for your particular situation, such as:

  • Severe clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Unmanaged diabetes or other serious diseases
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • A young jawbone that is still developing

If you have any of the above conditions, you may still be a viable candidate for dental implants. Our experienced dentists will evaluate your oral condition and implant candidacy during your consultation.

If live in Webster and are considering dental implants, contact the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry today online or at 585-227-4390. We welcome patients from Rochester, Greece and other areas of New York.

May 05, 2016
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A Greece couple flashes their implant supported denturesRochester and Greece-area residents hoping to replace missing teeth have a number of options at the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry. Dental implants, for example, are ideal for replacing a small number of missing teeth while also helping prevent the unwanted dental complications associated with tooth loss.

However, if you are missing an entire row of teeth, dentures may be a more appropriate solution. For many patients, a combination of the two procedures is the best option. A consultation with one of our experienced dentists can determine if you are a good candidate for implant-supported dentures.

Essentially, a dental implant is just an artificial tooth replacement. A small metal post is placed in the jawbone to support the custom restoration material attached, such as a dental crown or bridge mechanism. The implant can also be used to support a full denture.

This provides the patient with several advantages to traditional dentures that rely on adhesives to stay in place. These advantages include:

  • A better fit for a longer period of time
  • Reduced bone loss and jaw reduction
  • Increased stability
  • Stronger support

Keep in mind that dental implants are not right for every one. Our dentists will fully assess your unique situation and discuss your options with you.

If you live in Rochester or Greece and would like to learn more about dentures, please contact us today online or at 585-227-4390

April 14, 2016
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Local anesthetic in Rochester NY

At the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry, our dentists are committed to bringing you the most advanced and beneficial dental technology. Before incorporating any new technology into our practice, our dentists vet the device for safety, effectiveness and overall benefit to our patients. We are proud to offer an innovative local anesthetic delivery system made by Anutra Medical.

The exact mechanics of the system get fairly technical, but basically the system "buffers" local anesthetic so that its acidity is closer to the acidity level naturally found in the body. The two major advantages are that you will become numb quicker and the injection of the anesthetic itself is less painful.

This delivery system offers the following benefits to our patients:

  • Reduces pain
  • Increases predictability of numbing
  • Increases overall efficiency

The improved delivery system can be of benefit to you in a variety of dental procedures, from having tooth decay removed to the placement of a dental crown.

To learn more about how this anesthetic delivery system works and whether it applies to your dental care, please call the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry at 585-227-4390. We are proud to serve people from across New York, including Rochester, Greece and Webster. 

April 07, 2016
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intraoral scanner in Denver

Intraoral scanners are an important device for planning a wide variety of dentistry treatments, including:

An intraoral scanner makes a digital impression of your teeth and bite. This technique is a huge advantage over the messy, goopy teeth molds of the past. Using the handheld device, we will create a scan of your mouth that can be displayed on a computer, allowing our dentists to plan a highly customized, highly effective approach to your treatment.

While digital intraoral scanners are nothing new, our dentists are proud to incorporate the newest, latest technology of the CS 3600 into our practice. The dentists at our practice love this device because it allows us to take impressions of your mouth faster and more easily than ever before, while producing a detailed, accurate image. Learn more about how it can benefit your treatment when you visit us for a consultation.

To schedule a consultation with the experienced dentists at the Center for Cosmetic & General Dentistry, please call our experienced team at 585-227-4390. We serve people from across New York, including Rochester, Webster and Greece.