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By Countryside Dental
November 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsDental implants can replace your missing teeth, fill in your gaps, and ensure that the jawbone below your gum tissue remains intact and avoids atrophy. However, ensuring that you are a good candidate for this procedure is key to receiving the best dental treatment for you and your smile. Find out more about dental implants and how they can help your smile with Dr. Domenic Riccobono at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY.

Understanding Dental Implants

  • Implant Fixture: The implant’s fixture is implanted directly into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth. This small, metal post is made from titanium and can withstand daily use to replace the root of your missing tooth.
  • Implant Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the fixture to the prosthetic tooth. Some abutments are built into the fixture while others are a separate component.
  • Prosthetic Tooth: Prosthetic teeth are made from porcelain and can resemble a dental crown or bridge, depending on how many teeth they replace. In some cases, the prosthetic is a full denture which replaces all the teeth on an arch.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants? 
First and foremost, a good candidate for dental implants has a strong at-home oral care routine and committed schedule for visiting their dentist twice a year, as recommended by the American Dental Association. They should be free from teeth decay and gum disease and have an adequate amount of bone tissue remaining in the area of the missing tooth to successfully support the implant.

Dental Implants in Chatham, NY
Dental implants are a versatile and powerful dental tool. If you think you can benefit from implants, you should talk with your dentist about your treatment options and map out the best treatment plan for your smile.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Domenic Riccobono at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY. Call (518) 392-5231 to speak with your dentist about dental implants at a consultation today!

By Countryside Dental
September 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
JasonDerulosIdealMatch

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Countryside Dental
July 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
TipsforPicture-PerfectSummerSmiles

June is the month when lots of important events happen—like weddings, graduations, and family get-togethers. When the weather turns balmy and the days get longer, it’s the perfect time for a celebration…and today it’s easier than ever to capture those special moments in pictures that will be treasured for years to come. Are you ready for your close-up?

Both professional photographers and dentists want to help you look your best when you’re smiling for the camera. Here are a few suggestions from both kinds of pros for capturing a great-looking smile.

Tilt your head just a bit

Instead of looking straight at the camera, try turning or tilting your head slightly. This often presents a more flattering angle, and can hide small facial asymmetries. If your face has a “good side” (you can check by looking in a mirror), be sure to make it visible. But even if your head is tilted or turned, your eyes should be looking at the camera.

Moisten teeth before the shutter clicks

A sparkly smile is the most appealing one. Just before the picture is snapped, run your tongue over your teeth to give them a little extra shine. Highlights in the teeth, lips and eyes add liveliness to your portrait.

Relax—Don’t clench your teeth!

It’s better to smile naturally—perhaps with teeth slightly parted, or lips in a more relaxed position—than to force yourself to make an artificial-looking grin. Try recalling things that make you joyful, or think of people you care about, and chances are your natural smile will shine out.

Have your teeth professionally cleaned at the dental office

Before the big event, you can ensure that your smile looks its best with a professional cleaning at our office. This treatment removes layers of plaque and tartar on visible tooth surfaces, as well as between teeth and under the gumline. It not only makes teeth look their best, but it’s also an effective way to fight tooth decay and gum disease. And while you’re here, it’s the perfect time to talk about any cosmetic issues that may be troubling you about your smile. With treatments like teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or dental veneers, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about professional teeth cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, please call our office to schedule a consultation.

By Countryside Dental
May 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Chatham, New York can enhance your smile.cosmetic dentistry

Do you want a new smile? Are you disappointed with the smile nature gave you? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to investigate the world of cosmetic dentistry. Thanks to state-of-the-art materials and high-tech tools, your dentist can help you achieve a smile you can be proud of. Dr. Domenic Riccobono at Countryside Dental in Chatham, New York wants to share some common cosmetic dental procedures that can help your smile.

If you want to brighten a dull, aging, stained smile, consider professional teeth whitening. Modern teeth whitening methods can whiten your smile up to 8 shades, and the amazing results can last several years. If you have a special event coming up, or you just want a whiter, more youthful looking smile, consider one of these whitening options:

  • In-office whitening, the quick way to a white smile; this process takes about an hour and is performed in the office.
  • Take-home whitening, the private way to whiten your smile whenever you want; you will receive a kit containing everything you need to whiten your smile.

If you need fillings but you don’t want to have metal in your mouth, tooth-colored fillings are the choice to make. Tooth-colored fillings are strong and beautiful. In addition to filling cavities due to tooth decay or dental trauma, they can enhance the look of your smile too! Tooth-colored fillings can also replace any existing old, crumbly metal fillings that are detracting from the beauty of your smile.

If you want your smile to get noticed, porcelain veneers are the right choice to make. These thin sheaths of sparkling porcelain cover up chips, cracks, defects, excessive wear and other cosmetic issues. Porcelain is translucent and reflects light, just like your natural teeth. Your new porcelain veneers will look naturally beautiful and give you a smile that is uniquely yours.

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Riccobono’s patients please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at https://www.chathamsmiles.com/gallery.html

You owe it to your smile to find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. You owe it to yourself to call Dr. Domenic Riccobono at Countryside Dental in Chatham, New York. Call today and get started on your new smile!

By Countryside Dental
February 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Many people choose to settle for a smile that is average or “just okay.” It may be nicely aligned, but it is off-color. It may be relatively veneerssmooth and nicely contoured, but there are unattractive spaces between the teeth. You do not have to settle for average when it comes to your smile, and you probably shouldn't when you consider the benefits of a smile upgrade. See a cosmetic dentist at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY to find out how much better your smile will look with veneers.

Why Veneers Are a Go-To Cosmetic Treatment
Veneers are the secret to most “Hollywood smiles.” Many of your favorite stars have these restorations installed to perfect the way that their teeth look on screen. Veneers are go-to cosmetic treatment because instead of trying to modify your existing teeth they effectively cover up the imperfections. The treatment can be completed inside of a month, and a smile that has been restored with veneers will last for 10 years or longer on average.

Your Veneer Installation Appointments
It only takes a few short appointments with your Chatham cosmetic dentist to get veneers. The first is a preparation visit, to get your teeth ready for the installation. Unlike dental crowns, you only have to have a bit of enamel removed from each front tooth for veneers. Impressions will also be taken at this appointment so that a dental technician can create accurate restorations. The second and final visit is a bonding appointment, where each veneer will be attached to each tooth using a special dental-grade cement.

The Best Smile You’ve Ever Had
It’s natural for your teeth to lose their color, shape, and general appeal over the years. Most people are simply not born with perfectly aligned and structured smiles. A veneer treatment can give you the best smile that you have ever had in your life. Consider the many benefits of having a truly amazing smile—it's a valuable investment in your self-esteem and appearance.

Veneers and Your Smile
No more waiting—it's time for you to present your best smile possible to the world with help from a skilled cosmetic dentist. Call (518) 392-5231 today for a veneer consultation with Dr. Riccobono at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY.