While conventional fixed bridges and dentures remain effective and satisfying ways to replace missing teeth, dental implants come the closest to replicating the look, feel, and function of a natural smile. Because dental implants behave in much the same way as the roots of natural teeth, they provide unrivaled stability for the placement of a broad range of dental prostheses, including crowns and bridges up to a complete set of teeth. For patients who wear full dentures, dental implants provide the added stability and retention required to improve comfort and fit while preventing any embarrassing slippage.
While we do everything we can to preserve the integrity of your natural smile, it's sometimes necessary to extract a tooth to protect your oral health and overall well-being.
To aid in healing and regeneration after surgery, we use PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) technology. PRF consists of growth factors, stem cells, and the "infection fighting" white blood cells in your blood. We can separate and concentrate the PRF from your red blood cells by spinning your blood in a centrifuge. We then place the PRF back into the surgical site to promote healing and regeneration.
The benefit is less pain, quicker healing, and healthier bone formation at the surgical site, all while using your own body to help heal itself.
Your teeth are much more than just the hard outer biting surfaces and the roots. Inside each one is a central chamber containing connective tissue, a nerve supply, and blood vessels.
Having sensitivity to various stimuli like biting down and eating or drinking hot or cold items is a warning from the nerves inside your tooth that dental decay is present, dental trauma has occurred, or infection is brewing. The degree of pain that you experience depends on the extent of the damage and nerve involvement.
When a tooth needs a root canal, it is because the dental pulp has become irreversibly damaged or has died. However, if enough intact tooth structure remains, and there’s good bone support around the compromised tooth, you do not need to have the tooth extracted. A fully developed tooth does not require the dental pulp to remain functional. You can preserve your natural tooth by having your dentist perform a root canal on the tooth.
Despite the fact that dental enamel is stronger than bone and the hardest substance in your body, your teeth remain vulnerable to cavities and trauma. While dental fillings can provide an excellent way to repair a decayed or damaged tooth, they don’t always provide the right solution for rebuilding a strong, functional one. When too much tooth structure is compromised by dental decay, trauma, root canals, or habitual clenching and grinding, a filling just won’t do. In these situations, a dental crown, more commonly referred to as a cap, provides a better way to restore the involved tooth's integrity, function, and appearance.
Depending on the number of missing teeth, the health of the remaining dentition, and other factors, a dental bridge can replace a single missing tooth or multiple ones. A bridge spans a space where one or more teeth have been lost in the dental arch. The teeth on either end of the span are crowned, and are referred to as abutments. The false teeth in a bridge that join the abutments are referred to as pontics.
As the work gets performed, your tooth is completely numb, and you should not feel any discomfort. A dental drill, dental laser, or air abrasion technology can be used to remove decay. Once the cavity gets excavated, and healthy tooth structure remains, it's time to place the filling. We use a "tooth colored" composite filling material that is color matched to the rest of your teeth to ensure an appealing cosmetic appearance. We complete any necessary polishing, and meticulously adjust the bite to ensure your optimal comfort and function.
Composite fillings adhere to natural tooth structure through a bonding process, which also serves to seal and strengthen the tooth. Beyond providing a close match to your natural tooth color, a composite filling does not require removing of as much tooth structure for placement, nor are they subject to expansion or contraction with temperature changes as is the case with dental amalgams.
All of our doctors are skilled at designing partial, complete and implant-supported dentures, which are made by local labs right here in Western New York.
Our office performs all anesthetic injections with a revolutionary system called The Wand.
The Wand helps us provide a more effective anesthetic delivery.
"I just finished getting full dental implants (top and bottom) at WFD and couldn’t be happier with the results! This is a five-star practice, without a doubt. The equipment is state-of-the-art and the staff are genuinely caring and non-judgemental. If you have dental anxiety this is the place for you!
“Dr. Kathy” Casacci and her wonderful assistant Eileen handled my case from extractions to finish. Dr. Kathy is an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled oral surgeon, and provided plenty of advice and products to help my healing process along the way. Thanks again to everyone at WFD for improving my quality of life!"