Accessible Version
Springbrook Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Patient education is a very important part of the services offered at Springbrook Family Dentistry. Our team will always go out of their way to explain the need for any procedure and how it will benefit your oral health. But you still may have questions, and we encourage you to share with us anything that is a concern to you. We believe that the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!

We've shared a few questions that we hear most frequently from our patients, but you may not see the exact information you're looking for here. If that's the case, please don't hesitate to contact our office. A knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to find the answer you need.

 

Other

Dental X-Ray Radiation | Springbrook Family Dental Dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool. Without them, we are unable fully know your oral health needs. They have been used safely for years to diagnose such problems as cavities, bone and gum disease, and even tumors that couldn’t otherwise be identified. Regarding the safety of x-rays in general, it’s important to realize that you are constantly exposed to some level of radiation from sources like the sun, minerals in soil, and even your microwave. In fact, a full set of 18 x-rays actually exposes you to no more radiation than a cross-country flight!

At Springbrook Family Dentistry, we use digital x-rays, also referred to as digital radiographs. These give us detailed images of your teeth that help us guide you in making important decisions about your dental care. Digital x-rays greatly reduce your exposure to radiation, eliminate the need for traditional films, and are safer for the environment.

When to Get an X-Ray

The frequency of digital x-rays depends on your current condition and dental history. In some cases, it’s necessary to take x-rays twice a year. Other patients who see us regularly and have no history of chronic oral health problems may only need x-rays every few years. As a new patient, our team will usually take digital x-rays as part of your first exam to establish a baseline so we can monitor changes to your oral health.

Your safety and comfort are both very important to us, and you are always welcome to talk to us about your concerns. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning.

Gum Disease Definition | Elma NY DentistPeriodontal (gum) disease is an infection that attacks the bone and gums that hold your teeth in place. The infection occurs when bacteria build up on your teeth. In its early stages, your gums may become red and sore, and you may notice that they bleed easily when you brush and floss. At this point, we refer to the disease as gingivitis. The good news is that, with treatment from your dentist and good oral hygiene practices, gingivitis can be reversed.

What Happens If You Don't Treat Gum Disease?

If we do not treat gingivitis, it will progress into periodontitis, where plaque and tartar build up below the gum line. Periodontitis will cause bone loss around your teeth, and you may notice that your teeth feel like they’re becoming loose. Without prompt treatment, this will eventually lead to tooth loss.

Periodontitis treatment usually involves a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), where our hygienist cleans the areas underneath the gums. In very severe cases, we may refer you to a periodontist, a specialist who is trained to deal with problems associated with the bone and gums. 

Prevention Is Key

One of the problems with gum disease is that many people have it but show no symptoms. That’s why preventive exams and cleanings are so crucial. If it’s time for your next professional cleaning, please give us a call. We’ll work together to make sure your mouth is healthy and free of disease.

When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing and flossing go hand in hand. If you’re only brushing and not flossing, you’re only getting half the job done. Flossing is essential for removing sticky bacteria and plaque from between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.Why Floss? | Elma NY Dentist

It may help to remember that a tooth has five surfaces, and if you aren’t flossing regularly, you’re leaving at least two of those surfaces unclean. Flossing is the only way to get into those tight, hard-to-reach spaces to remove bacteria. Without flossing, periodontal disease and cavities can develop in these areas and take their toll on your oral health. 

How To Floss

If you are taking the extra step and remembering to floss, it’s important to get the most out of your efforts as possible. When you come in for your regular professional dental cleaning, our hygienist will be happy to show you the proper way to floss. If you have orthodontics or extensive dental work, we can recommend a special type of floss that will allow you to get around these hard-to-reach areas. 

At Springbrook Family Dentistry, we’ll be more than happy to answer all your questions about oral hygiene. Please give us a call to arrange your next appointment for a dental cleaning.

Financing dental treatment is a concern for everyone. We know that navigating the maze of dental insurance can be a challenge for anyone. At Springbrook Family Dentistry, we are pleased to answer your questions, file your claims, and work with you to make sure you receive the insurance benefits you're entitled to. 

Dental Crowns

The answer is typically not! In the past it might be obvious that a crown or bridge in your mouth was not your natural tooth due to the use of metals. However, with today’s porcelain materials our crowns and bridges look so good that it is unlikely anyone will notice that it is not your actual tooth.

How We Make Crowns Look Natural

When we need to create a crown or bridge for a front tooth we will often send you to our local dental lab where the lab technician will make a custom color just for you to ensure it is a perfect match with the rest of your teeth! If you would like to learn more about getting a dental crown, please call our office in Elma, NY.

Getting a dental crown is very similar to having a filling done, neither of which should hurt! The only discomfort you should feel is a minor “pinch” when we get you numb, and we are often told by our patients that we are so gentle that they didn’t even feel that part! When you receive a dental crown we will start by removing any decay on the tooth and filling that area back in. We will then go around the sides of the tooth with our instruments and “shrink” it into a smaller tooth. Once that is complete we will take an impression which is sent to our local lab to make your permanent crown. We will make a temporary crown for you in the meantime.

When you come back to receive your crown we usually don’t need to numb you at all and it’s a pretty short appointment! We will make any adjustments that are needed on your new crown and then cement it into place permanently. Your only restriction after this will be to avoid eating for one hour and then you will be good to go!

Dental crowns are very common procedures, usually used to protect a tooth that is broken or at high risk for breakage. To begin, if there is any decay  in your tooth it is removed and replaced with a filling so that anything lying underneath your crown is strong. The tooth is then shaped into a smaller size tooth to allow for the thickness of the crown. An impression of the reshaped tooth is made and will be sent to our local dental laboratory. A temporary crown is created  and cemented over your tooth. We will review instructions on care for your temporary crown to make sure it does not fall off or break.

When you return two weeks later your permanent crown will be adjusted until it feels natural. Most of this adjusting is done outside of your mouth and we rarely need to numb you for this appointment. Your tooth will then be scrubbed clean and the crown cemented overtop of it. We typically recommend waiting one hour before eating to ensure full setting of the cement.

 

Dental Crowns in Elma NY When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, it can lead to serious problems including bone loss, pain, and even tooth loss. In order to treat a deep infection into the nerve, a root canal may be required. This treatment will save your tooth from needing to be extracted. However, it cannot preserve the tooth structure that has already been lost to decay. In many cases, a dental crown is recommended to ensure the future health and longevity of your tooth following a root canal.

What happens during a root canal?

To better understand why your tooth may need a crown following your root canal, it is important to understand the tooth structure loss that occurs.

  • First, the diseased tissue is removed from the tooth. This includes the hard tooth structure that has become soft from decay along with the nerve of the tooth.
  • The nerve inside the root structure of the tooth is then removed with small instruments called files
  • The space where the nerve used to be is then filled to prevent bacteria from re-entering into the tooth

After the root canal the remaining healthy tooth structure may be greatly reduced in size. This is where the benefit of a dental crown comes in.

The Benefits of a Dental Crown

Teeth with root canals are often greatly weakened from the loss of tooth structure from extensive decay. This is why a filling is often not enough to protect the tooth after the root canal. These teeth need to be supported on the exterior to make sure they do not break.

  • Support: Crowns fit over the outside of the tooth, helping to give it strength back to prevent breakage in the future
  • Durability: Dental crowns are made out of a very hard type of porcelain that holds up well to the heavy forces in your mouth. With good home care, these restorations can easily last 15 years or more.
  • Realistic appearance: Gone are the days of full metal crowns. Our porcelain crowns look extremely lifelike in nature and mimick the appearance of your natural tooth 

The Dental Crown Procedure

Following your root canal, you can expect the following procedure in crafting your crown just for you:

  • A thin layer of enamel will be removed from the exterior tooth to allow space for your crown, which will sit like a cap on top of the tooth
  • A quick but precise impression will be taken of the modified tooth in order to make a model of your mouth
  • You will leave that day with a temporary crown on your tooth so you can use your tooth
  • You will return a short period later to get your permanent crown, hand-crafted by one of the best labs in the Buffalo area. After properly fitting it to your mouth it will be permanently cemented and you will be able to use your tooth as if nothing ever happened to it!

Schedule your appointment

Dental pain can be a serious matter and should be handled right away. If you are having tooth discomfort and think you may require a root canal, please call our office at 716-652-0600 so we can help and get you out of discomfort. 

There are a number of reasons why we may recommend your tooth receive a crown. You may have heard it termed a “cap” before as well but they are the same thing. A dental crown is a restoration usually made by a lab out of porcelain and/or metal that covers over the top of your tooth. It gives the appearance of a natural tooth and can add strength to a weak tooth. Below are some of the reasons why we may recommend you receive a dental crown:

 

Large filling: When a filling is taking up the majority of your tooth, the tooth will be very prone to breaking as we are asking that filling to do a lot of work to support your tooth. Sometimes when a tooth breaks we are unable to fix it so it is best to try to prevent the breakage in the first place! In this instance a crown will cover over the tooth and protect it from breaking as well as minimize the chance of a future cavity.

 

Root canaled tooth: If your tooth has a root canal it means a large hole needed to be drilled through it to access the nerve of the tooth. This also means the tooth no longer has a blood supply bringing it nutrients. Because of these things your tooth becomes brittle and is more prone to breaking. This is why we usually recommend a crown (especially on back teeth) if you receive a root canal. The crown will help ensure that the time and money you invested into saving your tooth does not go to waste.

Cracked tooth syndrome: If your tooth has pain to cold and/or biting you may have cracked tooth syndrome. This means that there is a stress fracture in your tooth that is starting to split the tooth apart. By crowning your tooth we can help hold it together so the crack does not grow any further.

Appearance of teeth: Dental crowns can be used to improve the appearance of teeth whether it be due to deep discoloration, poor shape, or malpositioned teeth. Depending on your specific needs you may even be a candidate for dental veneers; these are essentially crowns that only cover the fronts of the teeth. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and wish to improve them ask us what your best options are and we would be more than happy to go over your options!

 

Implant Placement & Restoration

A lot of people don’t know much about dental implants and therefore have no idea if they are an option for them. Unfortunately, this question is not a straight forward yes or no question. Most healthy people who would like to replace their missing tooth ARE good candidates for implants, however, anyone interested must be assessed on an individualized basis. That being said, the following should give you an idea on what to expect!

An important factor that will need to be taken into consideration is the amount of bone you have where the implant needs to be placed. The longer your tooth has been missing the less bone you will have. Even if your tooth has been missing for years and years this does NOT mean you are not a candidate. However, it may mean bone grafting will need to be done first to build your bone back and make a strong foundation for your implant.

In order to determine how much bone you have our practice uses the latest in technology called a CBCT scan (cone-beam computed tomography.) This scan gives us a 3D picture of your jaw which allows us to see if there are any bony defects that need to be corrected along with being able to digitally plan your implant so we know exactly what to expect for an outcome!

Problems That Prevent You From Dental Implants

There are two major factors that can lead to problems with dental implants and they are smoking and uncontrolled diabetes. Both of these issues lead to a much higher implant failure rate than normal. If you are a smoker we do not recommend having dental implants placed until you have quit for at least a few months. If you are diabetic you can absolutely still have dental implants, but it is very important to make sure your blood sugar is well controlled with your diet and medications first.  

Hopefully, this helps you determine if you have any risk factors that must be addressed prior to moving forward with dental implants. If you would like to learn more about your individualized options please call our office today!

Dental Implants | Elma NY Dentist The placement of a dental implant is a surgery, and therefore it is normal to expect some discomfort following the procedure. However, most patients are pleasantly surprised to find that the discomfort is usually mild and they feel better than expected following the procedure.

After The Dental Implant Procedure

Most patients are even able to return to their everyday activities the following day. Whenever we place a dental implant, we will be sure to give you thorough instructions to minimize your discomfort and make sure the implant is kept clean and healthy to give you an excellent end result. Call our office to learn more about this procedure.

 

 

The implant process can be long, but it is worth it in the end as it is the best treatment available for missing teeth. A dental implant looks and feels just like a natural tooth. The implant process may take anywhere from 3-9 months on average. It is important the process is not rushed because moving too fast can lead to implant failure. Our goal at Springbrook Family Dentistry is to give your implant the very best chance of success.Dental Implants in Elma NY

The Bone Graft

If you have a tooth that needs to be removed prior to the implant placement, this may lengthen the process. Most of the time, when a tooth is removed a bone graft will be placed in the tooth socket to prevent the bone from shrinking. This is important because a graft you will lose bone, which may lead to inadequate bone for future implant placement. This graft needs to be given 3-4 months to fully integrate with your body. If the missing tooth is located in a place visible when you smile, we will make you a temporary tooth to be worn while your implant heals.

Implant Placement

Once the graft has healed, or if your tooth has already been missing for a period of time, the actual implant (the screw portion) is surgically placed into the bone. Most patients do extremely well with the part of the treatment and post-operative discomfort is usually minimal. A cap is then put on the screw and the gums will be stitched to cover your implant while it heals. The implant is given 3 months to fully mesh with your bone.

Implant Restoration

Once the implant has fully healed, it is finally time to add the tooth! You will return to our office for an impression of your implant. The impression will be sent to a dental lab where they will make the abutment (the connecting piece) and the crown (the tooth portion) fit together and fit on a model of your implant. When you return to the office the abutment and crown will be fit and adjusted as necessary to give you a natural looking tooth.

Come in for a consult

While the implant process may be a lengthy one, almost all our patients find it was well worth it! There is no other procedure that gives such a similar look and feel to your natural tooth. Please call our office today if you are interested in finding out more about dental implants.

Our typical fee for a dental implant is about $3500. This includes the three parts of the implant: the implant itself (the screw), the abutment (this connects the implant to the crown),dental implant elma ny and the crown (the part that looks like a tooth.) While this may seem costly, the fee is actually split up overtime since an implant can take anywhere from 3 months to a year to complete which can make the cost much more manageable. 

Other Costs Associated

Please keep in mind that there are often other things that there may be additional costs for the removal of a tooth and grafting of the site to improve the bone for implant placement. These are dependent on the site that needs the implant but a full treatment plan will always be reviewed with you prior to proceeding with treatment. Please call our office in Elma, NY to schedule a consultation to learn more about this procedure.

 

Most dental implants are made of titanium. Titanium is an excellent metal for use in the human body because it is very biocompatible and resistant to corrosion. This is the same metal that is typically used if you have a joint replacement. The crown, which sits on top of your implant is typically made of zirconia. Zirconia is an extremely strong material that has the esthetics of porcelain but a strength similar to that of metal.

Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are both ways to improve the esthetics of your teeth. There are a few main differences between the two.

Dental bonding is done directly in the mouth with a material called composite. Often we do not need to remove any tooth structure in order to add bonding, although it does depend on certain factors.

Porcelain veneers are made by a lab outside of the mouth and then cemented into place. Typically some light sanding down of the teeth is required to get a good result. Porcelain veneers are usually more aesthetic and lifelike than bonding and because of this are more expensive. Lastly, porcelain veneers typically have a longer lifetime than dental bonding which is more likely to stain in a shorter period of time.

The lifetime of Dental Bonding vs Veneers

Both may need to be replaced down the line but porcelain veneers usually need to be replaced every 10-15 years while bonding may need to be redone every 3-5 years.

To schedule your consultation to find out which one is right for you, please call our office located in Elma, NY.

People are often surprised by the cost of implants so understanding why they cost what they do is important in understanding their value. The average cost for a dental implant is $4000, not including any additional grafting procedures that may be necessary to allow enough bone for the implant. At our office the price is approximately $3400 as we try to keep our fees below average to make this procedure affordable for our patients.Dental Implants Cost | Elma NY Dentist

Dental implants are the best option for replacing a missing tooth, and are often considered the standard of care when it comes to such. Unfortunately, insurance companies are behind the times and many insurance carriers do not consider implants a covered service. Even when insurance companies DO cover implants, most patients have a yearly maximum of $1,000-$1,500 which means they max out their insurance before being able to finish the implant from start to finish. In order to work around this, our office will often recommend placing the implant (the screw) in one calendar year and the abutment and crown (the tooth) the following calendar year to maximize your insurance benefits and give you more coverage.  

In addition to insurance coverage sometimes lacking, may seem costly because to properly place and restore them requires extensive time and training. Dr. Finney attended a one year training program following dental school that spent hundreds of hours on dental implant training and continues to take many hours of implant continuing education every year to keep her knowledge up to date on the best techniques and technologies. On top of additional training, extensive behind the scenes time is spent planning each implant case using x-rays, models, and 3-D technology to properly plan for your implant, as each case is unique. This time often includes collaboration with the dental lab to make sure you will receive an optimal result with your implant restoration.

Lastly, the titanium implants along with the equipment required for a doctor to place and restore implants are also very expensive which leads to a higher cost for the consumer. We want to ensure highly successful outcomes for our patients so we use high quality branded implants that have time-proven research to back their success.

Dental Implants in Elma, NY

If you are interested in dental implants and would like to get more information about what to expect for replacing your missing tooth give us a call for an individualized consultation! 

While getting a dental implant is a surgical procedure, the good news is the vast majority of patients have only minimal discomfort after it is placed. During your implant placement the only thing you should feel is a little bit of pressure as we create the hole for your implant. Once the implant is in place we suture the area and place gauze over it to make sure the incision does not bleed. 

Post-operatively we typically recommend 600mg of ibuprofen every 6 hours. Patients with more discomfort can alternate the ibuprofen with 500mg of tylenol every 3 hours. If for some reason you are unable to take ibuprofen or tylenol we will discuss what other options are available for pain management. The good news is that most patients feel back to their normal selves in about 2 days!

 

This is very dependent upon your specific dental plan. If you are interested in replacing a tooth with a dental implant we are always happy to submit your information and necessary treatment to your insurance company for an estimate to find out your coverage. Some plans do cover them and some don’t but we will always advise you of what is best for YOU regardless.

Bridges & Implants | Elma NY Dentist Losing a tooth isn’t just a problem that affects the appearance of your smile. When a tooth is lost, a whole series of events begins to occur. Chewing becomes difficult on the affected side, which puts additional pressure on other teeth. Over time, surrounding teeth can actually tilt and move into the open space. 

Fortunately, today we have many options for replacing a missing tooth. Depending on the location of the missing tooth, we may recommend a dental implant, a bridge, or a partial denture. 

  • Dental implants are a more permanent tooth replacement and are quickly gaining popularity among dentists and patients alike 
  • A fixed bridge is usually secured to neighboring teeth with crowns, and an artificial tooth (pontic) is used to fill the space 
  • Dentures have been an effective tooth replacement option for decades. Today we can create beautiful full or partial dentures that look and feel as much like natural teeth as possible 

Of course, everyone has different needs, and all of these options have their benefits and drawbacks depending on your situation. If you would like more information, please call our Elma dental office and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation to go over the specifics of your case. 

Children's Dentistry

Did you know cavities are actually the most common childhood infectious disease? About 60% of children have a cavity by the time they are 5! While it’s true that baby teeth will eventually fall out, it is still important to treat cavities on baby teeth. Baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, hold the place for adult teeth. If these teeth are lost early your child will lose space in their mouth, leading to limited space for the adult teeth to come in properly. This leads to increased need for orthodontics (braces) later on!

Additionally, when baby teeth become infected not only will your child develop pain, but it can permanently damage the adult tooth coming in underneath it. Therefore, we try to treat cavities on baby teeth early while they can be simply pulled rather than when they need extensive work like crowns or to be pulled. 

Child's First Dental Appointment | Elma NY Dentist Surprising to many parents, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry actually recommends a child first see a dentist when their first tooth comes in and no later than their first birthday. Dental visits early in a child's life will not only get them accustomed to being at a dental office, but will also help you as the parent learn about the best ways to care for your child's oral health.

If your child is young (under 36 months) when they first come to see us, we may do what is called a "lap exam". For a lap exam the child sits on your lap and leans back into Dr. Finney's lap for examination. She will check to make sure both the teeth and gums looks healthy and that there are no developmental abnormalities.

Dental Cleanings For Your Children

As your child grows older and more accustomed to being at our office we will provide cleanings, sealants, and any necessary x-rays. If we find any cavities in need of treatment, we can often take care of your child's needs right in our office, often with the help of laughing gas.

Cavities can occur as soon as the first tooth appears so it's important to know how to help clean your child's teeth and prevent early childhood cavities. Getting them acclimated will also lead to happy, healthy, and stress-free visits in the future. If your child is ready for their dental visit, give us a call and we will get your child scheduled for their first appointment.

While thorough brushing and flossing remove most food particles and bacteria from easy to reach tooth surfaces, they do not reach the deep grooves on chewing surfaces of teeth. The majority of dental decay begins in these deep grooves (called pits and fissures). Toothbrush bristles are too big to fit into and properly clean most of these areas. This is where dental sealants play an important role.Who Needs Tooth Sealants | Elma NY Dentist

A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that covers the deep grooves and pits of teeth, primarily on the molar teeth. Sealant material forms a protective, smooth barrier which prevent bacteria from penetrating and helps to keep these areas free of decay.

Who may need sealants?

Children and teenagers - As soon as the first molars appear (usually around age 6) or at any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16. 

Adults - Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions that are difficult to clean.

Sealants are easily applied by your dentist or dental hygienist through a quick and painless process. No anesthesia is needed. After the chewing surfaces are roughened with an acid solution that helps the sealant bond to the tooth, the sealant material is “painted” onto the tooth surface. A special light helps to bond and harden the sealant to the tooth.

Combined with excellent home care, a proper diet, and regular dental visits, sealants are very effective in helping prevent tooth decay.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings (also known as resin or composite fillings) and silver (amalgam) fillings are both excellent materials with different pros and cons. The majority of the fillings we do at Springbrook Family Dentistry are tooth colored fillings. Most patients prefer these due to better esthetics. Resin fillings are also great because they are more conservative than silver fillings so we do not need to drill as much since we chemically bond them into place.

While silver filings (amalgams) aren’t the prettiest, they can often be extremely durable and last a very long time! We use amalgams in situations where the tooth is extremely compromised and we cannot get a completely isolated field, which is necessary for a resin.

Patients often come to our office and are concerned about their silver fillings leaking mercury into their mouths. However, please put your mind at ease! The amount of mercury in amalgam fillings is incredibly small, and is actually quite stable in the hardened phase in your mouth. In fact, you receive much more mercury exposure when a silver filling is removed than you do by just leaving it alone. While even that amount is extremely low and incredibly unlikely to cause any harm to your health, we typically only recommend replacing silver fillings when there is an actual problem with the tooth. Replacing them for the sake of replacing them doesn’t actually make sense! 

Dental Restorations | Elma NY Dentist Many people share the misconception that dental restorations will last forever. Regardless of how well a restoration is designed, this is rarely the case. The length of time a restoration lasts varies from person to person. It can be related to the types of foods you eat, your personal oral hygiene, frequency of professional dental cleanings, and even your overall health.

It’s important to remember that, just like your natural teeth, dental restorations are subject to wear and tear and can gradually break down over time. A restoration may become loose or broken down, allowing decay to enter the area around the restoration and creating problems like cavities or periodontal disease.

Getting a Durable Restoration

At Springbrook Family Dentistry, when we create your durable restoration, we’ll also take the time to explain how you can protect and keep it functional for as long as possible. Even though you can’t expect your fillings, bridges, and crowns to last forever, you play a huge part in making them last as long as possible. Maintaining great oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly will keep your restorations in great condition for as long as possible.

Please call our Elma dental office if you have questions or would like more information about our durable restorations.

Emergency Treatment

Did you know cavities are actually the most common childhood infectious disease? About 60% of children have a cavity by the time they are 5! While it’s true that baby teeth will eventually fall out, it is still important to treat cavities on baby teeth. Baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, hold the place for adult teeth. If these teeth are lost early your child will lose space in their mouth, leading to limited space for the adult teeth to come in properly. This leads to increased need for orthodontics (braces) later on!

Additionally, when baby teeth become infected not only will your child develop pain, but it can permanently damage the adult tooth coming in underneath it. Therefore, we try to treat cavities on baby teeth early while they can be simply pulled rather than when they need extensive work like crowns or to be pulled. 

Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic Dentistry in Elma NY Depending upon your smile and the reasons for your dissatisfaction with your teeth, there are a number of options available to improve your smile. Sometimes just one of these treatment options alone is enough to get you a beautiful looking smile. In other situations the treatment options may need to be combined for an optimal result.

Whitening

Whitening can be a great option if your main concern with your teeth is the color. Whitening is a fairly simple treatment that can be done primarily from the comfort of your own home. At Springbrook Family Dentistry we will take a mold of your teeth, which will be used to make whitening trays fit precisely to your mouth. You will also be given prescription strength bleach which you will use in your trays over a couple week span for about 1 hour a day. Whitening alone often produces some excellent results! 

Orthodontics/Invisalign

If you are unhappy with your smile because of crowded and misaligned teeth or large gaps between your teeth, braces or invisalign may be just what you need. Invisalign is a newer technology that uses clear, plastic aligners to move the teeth into a better position. By doing so we can straigten your teeth into the smile you always wanted without the unsightly appearance of metal braces. 

Porcelain veneers

For patients that do not like the shape of their teeth or for patients that have discoloration in their teeth that cannot be corrected with whitening, veneers are an excellent way to obtain a beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers are fairly conservative in nature and only require the removal of a small amount of tooth structure. Your veneers will be made precisely to our specifications by a highly skilled lab technician and permanently cemented on to your teeth. With good homecare, porcelain veneers can last many years with a beautiful result. If your teeth need repositioning, sometimes it will be recommended to complete orthodontic work prior to receiving veneers in order to get the best result possible.

If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth we would be happy to provide you with a consult and discuss with you the best options for improving your smile!

Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are both ways to improve the esthetics of your teeth. There are a few main differences between the two.

Dental bonding is done directly in the mouth with a material called composite. Often we do not need to remove any tooth structure in order to add bonding, although it does depend on certain factors.

Porcelain veneers are made by a lab outside of the mouth and then cemented into place. Typically some light sanding down of the teeth is required to get a good result. Porcelain veneers are usually more aesthetic and lifelike than bonding and because of this are more expensive. Lastly, porcelain veneers typically have a longer lifetime than dental bonding which is more likely to stain in a shorter period of time.

The lifetime of Dental Bonding vs Veneers

Both may need to be replaced down the line but porcelain veneers usually need to be replaced every 10-15 years while bonding may need to be redone every 3-5 years.

To schedule your consultation to find out which one is right for you, please call our office located in Elma, NY.

When you choose porcelain veneers to enhance your teeth, you can potentially be enjoying your new smile in a matter of weeks. Veneers are micro-thin shells of porcelain woman smiling | dental veneers elma ny designed to fit over your teeth and cover imperfections. Dr. Finney works closely with you to plan your new smile during a consultation, and then the fun begins!

During your next visit, Dr. Finney will prepare your teeth for your porcelain veneers by removing a minimal amount of enamel from your teeth, so your veneers have a seamless fit our your tooth. She will also create temporary veneers that you will wear until your final restorations are completed. For the next week or so, your veneers will be hand-crafted at a local dental laboratory. This gives you time to get used to new look and feel of your teeth with veneers while wearing your temporary restorations.

Once your final veneers are completed, you will return to Springbrook Family Dentistry to have them placed. Dr. Finney will make any necessary adjustments at this time to ensure that you are entirely satisfied and excited with your results.

Scheduling Your Consultation for Veneers

Ready to learn more about porcelain veneers in Elma, NY? Give Springbrook Family Dentistry a call today for more information.

 

Implant-Supported Dentures

The implant process can be long, but it is worth it in the end as it is the best treatment available for missing teeth. A dental implant looks and feels just like a natural tooth. The implant process may take anywhere from 3-9 months on average. It is important the process is not rushed because moving too fast can lead to implant failure. Our goal at Springbrook Family Dentistry is to give your implant the very best chance of success.Dental Implants in Elma NY

The Bone Graft

If you have a tooth that needs to be removed prior to the implant placement, this may lengthen the process. Most of the time, when a tooth is removed a bone graft will be placed in the tooth socket to prevent the bone from shrinking. This is important because a graft you will lose bone, which may lead to inadequate bone for future implant placement. This graft needs to be given 3-4 months to fully integrate with your body. If the missing tooth is located in a place visible when you smile, we will make you a temporary tooth to be worn while your implant heals.

Implant Placement

Once the graft has healed, or if your tooth has already been missing for a period of time, the actual implant (the screw portion) is surgically placed into the bone. Most patients do extremely well with the part of the treatment and post-operative discomfort is usually minimal. A cap is then put on the screw and the gums will be stitched to cover your implant while it heals. The implant is given 3 months to fully mesh with your bone.

Implant Restoration

Once the implant has fully healed, it is finally time to add the tooth! You will return to our office for an impression of your implant. The impression will be sent to a dental lab where they will make the abutment (the connecting piece) and the crown (the tooth portion) fit together and fit on a model of your implant. When you return to the office the abutment and crown will be fit and adjusted as necessary to give you a natural looking tooth.

Come in for a consult

While the implant process may be a lengthy one, almost all our patients find it was well worth it! There is no other procedure that gives such a similar look and feel to your natural tooth. Please call our office today if you are interested in finding out more about dental implants.

The difference between a conventional denture and a partial denture is a conventional one means all of your teeth are missing/will be removed and the denture will fit over the gums only. A partial denture uses your existing healthy teeth to hook onto to give your denture added stability. A partial is usually a better option if you still have strong, healthy teeth that can be used to support it. If none of the teeth are particularly strong it may make more sense to make a conventional denture.

Which Option Works For You

Which option is best for you is very individualized and will depend on many factors. We are always happy to provide consults if you think it may be time for either a denture or partial denture so we can point you in the right direction. If you would like to learn more about dentures, please call our office.

If you’ve had your dentures for more than 3-5 years, they may not fit the way they used to. You may find they move when eating and speaking and may even fall down on occasion.Loose Denture | Springbrook Family Dentistry

Not only does the bone in your mouth support your teeth, but the teeth in your mouth also supports your bone. When the teeth are removed the bone loses the support once provided by the teeth and begins to resorb or shrink. While the most rapid bone loss that occurs is during the first six months after tooth removal, the bone will continue to slowly shrink and atrophy throughout the rest of your life. As a result, dentures that were made to fit your mouth several years ago may not fit now. Many people try to compensate for this by using more and more denture adhesive until the desired fit is achieved. Unfortunately, this can cause faster loss of bone and lead to an even worse fitting denture.

We have some options available to treat these problems that depend on your specific case and needs. Sometimes, if your denture is in otherwise good condition we may recommend relining the inside of the denture for a tighter fit. For very worn, ill-fitting denture we may recommend making a completely new denture.

Implants

Another option we may recommend, particularly for your lower denture, are implants to retain your denture. Implants are titanium screws fused into the bone. Once the implants have properly healed we can emmbed caps into your denture that will snap onto your implants to keep the denture in place. This technology works extremely well and most people find they can chew much better and smile with more confidence when their dentures are attached to implants. Additionally, implants work like teeth in supporting your bone, and help to prevent you from losing even more bone in the future.

If you have a loose denture and would like to find out about your options for fixing your problem, please give our office a call for a consultation! 

Invisalign

Eating and drinking along with brushing your teeth are the only times that Invisalign trays should be removed while in treatment. While drinking water with your Invisalign trays in is ok, drinking any colored liquids will stain the trays. Eating is also discouraged while your trays are being worn as the food will stick to the trays and dislodge them, potentially leading to breakage. We do recommend keeping your trays in your Invisalign case when you have them out to eat to make sure they are now misplaced!

Invisalign in Elma | Springbrook Family Dentistry The length of a patient's Invisalign treatment varies greatly with the complexity of their case. Patients needing only minor movement may complete their treatment in 6 months or less, while patients who need a lot of tooth movement may require up to 18 months of treatment. Each Invisalign treatment is individualized to your needs. During your treatment period you will need to visit our office about once a month to make sure your Invisalign aligners are fitting properly.

Importance of wearing your aligners

Additionally, Invisalign can only move your teeth properly when you wear your aligners as instructed. It is important that you wear your retainers at all times except for eating, drinking beverages other than water, and brushing your teeth. This should total about 22 hours a day. This means if your aligners are not worn at all other times, it may prolong your treatment. While there may be slight discomfort when moving from one aligner to another, just as there are with regular braces, the majority of the time Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable, which will make it easy to ensure you wear them as much as possible.

Your Invisalign Retainer

At the end of treatment, it is important to always wear your retainer at night when sleeping. Your retainer will ensure your teeth stay in the proper place and do not shift following your treatment.

Invisalign Consultation

If you are interested in Invisalign, call our Elma, NY dental office today for a personalized consultation. At your consultation, we will do a thorough evaluation and take any necessary x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If together we determine that Invisalign is a good fit for you, we will be able to give you a better estimate of your timeframe for wearing Invisalign and we can get you on the path to a beautiful smile!

 

Cosmetic Dentistry in Elma NY Depending upon your smile and the reasons for your dissatisfaction with your teeth, there are a number of options available to improve your smile. Sometimes just one of these treatment options alone is enough to get you a beautiful looking smile. In other situations the treatment options may need to be combined for an optimal result.

Whitening

Whitening can be a great option if your main concern with your teeth is the color. Whitening is a fairly simple treatment that can be done primarily from the comfort of your own home. At Springbrook Family Dentistry we will take a mold of your teeth, which will be used to make whitening trays fit precisely to your mouth. You will also be given prescription strength bleach which you will use in your trays over a couple week span for about 1 hour a day. Whitening alone often produces some excellent results! 

Orthodontics/Invisalign

If you are unhappy with your smile because of crowded and misaligned teeth or large gaps between your teeth, braces or invisalign may be just what you need. Invisalign is a newer technology that uses clear, plastic aligners to move the teeth into a better position. By doing so we can straigten your teeth into the smile you always wanted without the unsightly appearance of metal braces. 

Porcelain veneers

For patients that do not like the shape of their teeth or for patients that have discoloration in their teeth that cannot be corrected with whitening, veneers are an excellent way to obtain a beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers are fairly conservative in nature and only require the removal of a small amount of tooth structure. Your veneers will be made precisely to our specifications by a highly skilled lab technician and permanently cemented on to your teeth. With good homecare, porcelain veneers can last many years with a beautiful result. If your teeth need repositioning, sometimes it will be recommended to complete orthodontic work prior to receiving veneers in order to get the best result possible.

If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth we would be happy to provide you with a consult and discuss with you the best options for improving your smile!

While Invisalign is an excellent tool for moving teeth, it is not the best choice for everyone. Certain movements are easier to obtain with traditional orthodontic brackets, so for very complex cases, this may be the better treatment. 

Additionally, Invisalign outcomes very much depend on patients being compliant with treatment and wearing their trays at least 22 hours per day. Many teenage patients (and sometimes adults) aren’t willing to commit to wearing the trays all the time but still want straight teeth. They may be better off with attached brackets so there is no option of removing trays from their mouths.

Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic Dentistry in Elma NY Depending upon your smile and the reasons for your dissatisfaction with your teeth, there are a number of options available to improve your smile. Sometimes just one of these treatment options alone is enough to get you a beautiful looking smile. In other situations the treatment options may need to be combined for an optimal result.

Whitening

Whitening can be a great option if your main concern with your teeth is the color. Whitening is a fairly simple treatment that can be done primarily from the comfort of your own home. At Springbrook Family Dentistry we will take a mold of your teeth, which will be used to make whitening trays fit precisely to your mouth. You will also be given prescription strength bleach which you will use in your trays over a couple week span for about 1 hour a day. Whitening alone often produces some excellent results! 

Orthodontics/Invisalign

If you are unhappy with your smile because of crowded and misaligned teeth or large gaps between your teeth, braces or invisalign may be just what you need. Invisalign is a newer technology that uses clear, plastic aligners to move the teeth into a better position. By doing so we can straigten your teeth into the smile you always wanted without the unsightly appearance of metal braces. 

Porcelain veneers

For patients that do not like the shape of their teeth or for patients that have discoloration in their teeth that cannot be corrected with whitening, veneers are an excellent way to obtain a beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers are fairly conservative in nature and only require the removal of a small amount of tooth structure. Your veneers will be made precisely to our specifications by a highly skilled lab technician and permanently cemented on to your teeth. With good homecare, porcelain veneers can last many years with a beautiful result. If your teeth need repositioning, sometimes it will be recommended to complete orthodontic work prior to receiving veneers in order to get the best result possible.

If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth we would be happy to provide you with a consult and discuss with you the best options for improving your smile!

While a dark tooth is case dependent, we often see these on teeth that have root canals due to previous trauma. The dying nerve in the tooth gradually causes darkening of that single tooth. The great news is this is often easily treatable!

If you already have a root canal on your tooth, we can remove the previous filling and put bleach inside of the tooth. You will leave that day with a temporary filling, keeping the bleach inside for one week. During this time the bleach will work its magic! Sometimes this may need to be repeated once more for desired results. Once we get your tooth to the right shade we remove the bleach and place a new permanent filling in the tooth.

 

If you’re not happy with the color of your teeth, the simplest, most cost-effective way to a better smile is with teeth whitening. When you visit your dentist for teeth whitening in teeth whitening elma nyElma, NY, you will be amazed by how easy the process is.

First, your dentist will evaluate you to determine if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening. People with healthy teeth and gums and a yellowish tone to their teeth respond best to teeth whitening. Also, children under 16 and pregnant women should avoid teeth whitening, as should those with allergies to whitening gel or those with front restorations that are discolored (teeth with artificial restorations do not whiten with the bleaching gel).

Next, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth to create custom-made bleaching trays for you. A dental lab will create the trays using precision technology. When you return to the dental office pick up your trays, your dentist will give you the professional bleaching gel along with instructions for home teeth whitening.

Take-Home Whitening Trays

You will use these bleaching trays at home each day for about 60 to 90 minutes. It typically takes about two weeks until you notice a brighter, whiter smile. If it sounds easy, that’s because it is! Call our office if you have any further questions or would like to schedule your appointment.

Root Canals

You may have heard that root canals are painful, arduous procedures. But that outdated reputation is far from the truth. When you have a root canal in Elma, NY, you will likely experience significant relief from the pain and sensitivity caused by your infected, diseased, or damaged tooth.

Root canals are life savers for teeth because they prevent the tooth from having to be extracted. Saving a tooth is always the top priority for dentists. Not only are missing teeth guy smiling | root canals elma ny problematic for your bone structure, but the empty space permits other teeth to move out of place. When a tooth is extracted, you’ll also need to consider replacing it. So dentists use root canals to restore teeth whenever they can be saved.

The Root Canal Procedure

Despite popular belief, you will not feel any pain during your root canal. Your dentist will numb the area thoroughly with a local anesthetic before starting. The entire procedure will only last about 90 minutes, and afterward, you may be sore for a few days. Your dentist will ask you to avoid chewing on the tooth until you get your permanent crown.

In the end, having a root canal is no more painful than getting a tooth filling. You’ll go home a bit numb and sore, but your pain from the problem tooth will be gone. Call our office to learn more about this procedure or to talk to our staff.

While a dark tooth is case dependent, we often see these on teeth that have root canals due to previous trauma. The dying nerve in the tooth gradually causes darkening of that single tooth. The great news is this is often easily treatable!

If you already have a root canal on your tooth, we can remove the previous filling and put bleach inside of the tooth. You will leave that day with a temporary filling, keeping the bleach inside for one week. During this time the bleach will work its magic! Sometimes this may need to be repeated once more for desired results. Once we get your tooth to the right shade we remove the bleach and place a new permanent filling in the tooth.

 

Dental Crowns in Elma NY When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, it can lead to serious problems including bone loss, pain, and even tooth loss. In order to treat a deep infection into the nerve, a root canal may be required. This treatment will save your tooth from needing to be extracted. However, it cannot preserve the tooth structure that has already been lost to decay. In many cases, a dental crown is recommended to ensure the future health and longevity of your tooth following a root canal.

What happens during a root canal?

To better understand why your tooth may need a crown following your root canal, it is important to understand the tooth structure loss that occurs.

  • First, the diseased tissue is removed from the tooth. This includes the hard tooth structure that has become soft from decay along with the nerve of the tooth.
  • The nerve inside the root structure of the tooth is then removed with small instruments called files
  • The space where the nerve used to be is then filled to prevent bacteria from re-entering into the tooth

After the root canal the remaining healthy tooth structure may be greatly reduced in size. This is where the benefit of a dental crown comes in.

The Benefits of a Dental Crown

Teeth with root canals are often greatly weakened from the loss of tooth structure from extensive decay. This is why a filling is often not enough to protect the tooth after the root canal. These teeth need to be supported on the exterior to make sure they do not break.

  • Support: Crowns fit over the outside of the tooth, helping to give it strength back to prevent breakage in the future
  • Durability: Dental crowns are made out of a very hard type of porcelain that holds up well to the heavy forces in your mouth. With good home care, these restorations can easily last 15 years or more.
  • Realistic appearance: Gone are the days of full metal crowns. Our porcelain crowns look extremely lifelike in nature and mimick the appearance of your natural tooth 

The Dental Crown Procedure

Following your root canal, you can expect the following procedure in crafting your crown just for you:

  • A thin layer of enamel will be removed from the exterior tooth to allow space for your crown, which will sit like a cap on top of the tooth
  • A quick but precise impression will be taken of the modified tooth in order to make a model of your mouth
  • You will leave that day with a temporary crown on your tooth so you can use your tooth
  • You will return a short period later to get your permanent crown, hand-crafted by one of the best labs in the Buffalo area. After properly fitting it to your mouth it will be permanently cemented and you will be able to use your tooth as if nothing ever happened to it!

Schedule your appointment

Dental pain can be a serious matter and should be handled right away. If you are having tooth discomfort and think you may require a root canal, please call our office at 716-652-0600 so we can help and get you out of discomfort. 

Cavity Doesn't Hurt | Elma NYIt’s a dentist’s job to do everything we can to help you avoid ever having a toothache, so finding a cavity before your tooth hurts is a good thing! There’s a problem with letting the lack of tooth pain dictate your oral health care. Most dental problems don’t have any symptoms until they’ve reached more advanced stages. At that point, our treatment options become limited and are often more complicated and costly to correct.

Waiting until you have a toothache is not a good plan for managing your oral health! We strongly encourage you to make semi-annual appointments for dental exams and professional cleanings for you and your family.

Dental Checkup and Exam

During these appointments, our dentist and hygienist will thoroughly inspect your teeth for any signs of problems. Periodontal disease (gum disease) in particular can seriously damage your teeth and gums before you ever notice a symptom. If our hygienist does find gum disease, she’ll address the problem and develop a plan for future treatment.

Preventive visits are easy and allow us to identify and address small problems before they become serious. If it’s been a while since your last exam and cleaning, we encourage you to give us a call for an appointment.

Not finding what you need?
If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (716) 652-0600
View the ADA Accessibility Statement
The past few months have been challenging for everyone; we are looking forward to a return to a new type of normalcy. We have officially been given the green light to re-open, and plan to resume seeing patients on June 11th. While I have cherished the extra time with my husband and 9 month old, I have missed my patients and doing what I love each day.

Over the past three months, I have spent long hours researching how to best prepare our office for a safe reopening. My number one priority is ensuring the health and safety of our patients and staff. I’d like to share some of our strategies for keeping our office clean and safe for all. Please click here for more information or call us at (716) 652-0600 to schedule your next appointment.