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Why You Should Invest In Your Oral Health

Be proactive about your oral health, it is an investment in your well being, health and the quality of your life. 

Investing time into maintaining your natural smile can prevent the need for complex procedures. Preventative dentistry should begin at an early age and continue throughout all stages of oral development. Amherst, NY Creekside Dentistry provides preventative dental services for patients of all ages. Our state of the art family dentist office provides compassionate, personalized, and thorough dentistry to help patients maintain their most beautiful smile.

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Preventative Dentistry for Adults Amherst, NY

Walter Neuhaus, DDS and Karl Neuhaus, DDS encourage patients to schedule routine dental cleanings at once every six months. For adults, regular dental cleanings can prevent chronic oral problems that may result in more extensive and expensive complex dental procedures. Routine cleanings rid your teeth of plaque and tartar build-up which can lead to tooth decay. Early detection of tooth decay is key to avoid potential dental procedures like root canals or extractions.

Regular visits with your Creekside dentist can also help in the early detection of advanced oral health concerns such as gum disease or oral cancer. When caught early, these serious health concerns can promptly be treated with conservative treatments.

Pediatric Preventative Dental Health Care

For kids, regular visits to the dentist are essential in building a healthy, lifelong relationship with the dentist. Frequent dentist office visits with your children can help ease their anxiety. Going to the dentist should not be scary. Our dental care team will help educate children on proper brushing techniques and the importance of preventative dental care.

Oral health maintenance should begin at birth. We will monitor your children’s tooth development as they grow. Regular visits to our Riverhead dentist office can help your Creekside dentist to determine if your child will need braces, sealants, or fillings. By going to the dentist twice a year patients allow their dentist the ability to catch signs of tooth decay early, avoiding lifelong complex dental concerns.

Schedule routine teeth cleanings and practice proper brushing techniques to prevent the development of complex dental concerns.

Preventative Visits Include:

  • Diagnostic x-rays
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Periodontal screening (for gum disease)
  • Dental caries (cavities) screening
  • Digital bite analysis and examination of temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
  • Digital imaging for analysis, diagnosis, and treatment planning
  • 2-D and 3-D models for analysis and treatment planning

Schedule A Dental Consultation

At Creekside dentistry, we provide more than just routine dental health exams. Our dental care team is also highly trained in implant dentistry. We help patients diagnose and treat developing oral health concerns in the earliest stages of development for conservative dental care. We build lifelong patient-dentist relationships to foster healthy habits for beautiful smiles. Routine dental care helps people improve the health of their teeth and prevents serious oral health concerns.

If you have questions about what you can do to be more proactive about your preventive oral health, contact Creekside Dentistry. Our dental care team at Creekside Dentistry utilizes a combination of modern dental technology and years of experienced dentistry to offer you and your whole family the most accurate and effective dental care available.

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Smoking Impacts Oral Health

It has been 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s report was published stating that smoking is bad for your health. Amherst, NY dentists Dr. Walter and Karl Neuhaus encourage their patients to quit smoking to protect their oral health. Smoking has been linked to oral cancer, increased risk of strokes, dry mouth, tooth discoloration, and other complex dental health concerns.

Your Oral Health & Smoking

  • Aged Smile: Smoking can prematurely age the appearance of your smile. Nicotine causes discoloration and yellowing of teeth. Smoking can also cause fine lines and wrinkles around your lips. Habitual smokers may appear older than they are due to the side effects of smoking.
  • Increase in Tooth Decay: Tobacco products stunt saliva production. Saliva production is essential to your oral health. Saliva washes away debris and keeps your moral bacteria in balance. Smoking may lead to dry mouth. Dry mouth is a common cause for increased tooth decay and cavity development in adults. Cavities if left untreated may require advanced dental treatments.
  • Gum Disease: Smoking has been shown to increase the likelihood a patient will develop gum disease. Gum disease is a progressive condition that can lead to habitually bad breath, a receding gum line and even tooth loss. Gum disease has also been tied to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Routine oral health care, like brushing, flossing, and routine visits to our Amherst dentist office, can help prevent gum disease. Our dentists offer periodontal screenings that can help catch gum disease in its early stages. Your Creekside dentist will suggest an individualized treatment plan depending on your gum disease progression.
  • Cancer: Patients who smoke are at a much higher risk of developing oral cancer. Oral cancer is commonly not diagnosed until the later stages is a potentially life-threatening disease. that is directly linked to the use of tobacco products. Our dentists perform routine oral cancer screenings at every dentist office visit. Early diagnosis of oral cancer could be life-saving. If you notice white patches on your gums, be sure to schedule a visit to our Amherst dentist office.

Schedule A Dental Health Exam

Early diagnosis is essential for early intervention of developing complex oral health concerns. If you are experiencing tooth pain, notice white patches on your gums, experience frequent sensitivity or notice a strange smell or taste to your mouth, schedule a visit to our Amherst, NY dentist office as soon as possible.

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The Anatomy of a Dental Implant

american academy of implant dentistry dentist amherst ny Amherst, NY dentist Walter Neuhaus, DDS offers full service dental implant procedures for quality, consistent and natural results. Dental implants are the most natural and highest functional replacement option for missing teeth. Dental implants are becoming more commonly used and generally recommend by our Creekside dentists.

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth. Made of three parts, a dental implant is modeled after the anatomy of a natural tooth. Dental implants are effective for patients missing one tooth, or a full arch of teeth. Dental implants require healthy bone and gum tissue for long term success. For patients with compromised bone structure, a bone grafting treatment, or the All On Four treatment may be viable options.

Anatomy of a Dental Implant

Dental Restoration- The dental restoration is the piece of the dental implant that looks and functions like a natural tooth. Whether it be a dental crown, bridge or denture, your restoration will be designed to blend in with your natural smile for a beautiful result. Drs. Neuhaus anchors the crown to the abutment for a secure and comfortable fit.

Abutment Anchor- Once the dental implant has fused to the bone, an abutment will be attached. The abutment is designed to protrude from the gum line and is used to anchor the dental restoration in place.

Dental Implant Post- Made of high-grade dental titanium, the dental implant post is much like a tiny screw. Your Creekside dentist will surgically place the implant into the jaw bone.  The biocompatible nature of the titanium post is designed to fuse with the jaw bone for a permanent bond that will support natural bone regeneration.

Schedule A Dental Implant Consultation

Dr. Neuhaus is a highly trained AAID dentist and can perform all phases of the implant treatment for the convenience of our patients. Dr. Neuhaus will assess your oral health to determine that you are a good candidate and to discuss your personal concerns and goals. Contact our office at 716-262-8070 or use our online request form and we will contact you shortly.

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Keep Your Smile Healthy This Summer

Summertime means the kids are home, days are longer, and adventures are to be had! We are just as excited as you to stay up late around the fire, or to spend the long hot days by the pool, we just want to make sure everyone is keeping up with their oral hygiene. We know brushing and flossing may not be at the top of your “Summer To-Do” list, but it should be on there!

Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus offer some advice on keeping your family’s teeth healthy while you enjoy the wonders of summertime fun.

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Brush & Floss No Matter What

In the summer your family’s routines are often interrupted. Whether you are on a tropical vacation or spending your summer building forts in the backyard, be sure that each of your family members is brushing and flossing at least twice a day. We recommend making a chart to keep track, and to ensure your children brush and floss even when they are waking up later. Brushing and flossing are the best ways to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Monitor Sugar Intake

It is easy to indulge in summertime sweets like ice cream, soda, and fruity cocktails. Be sure you are watching how much sugar you are taking in each day. It is okay to enjoy a treat once in a while but try to brush immediately after. Limiting your sugar intake can prevent weight gain and tooth decay.

Schedule Your Biannual Dental Exam

Back to school dental health checkups are essential for children, and great for you. Creekside Family Dentistry will happily see you whole family for a summertime oral health exam. Regular visits to the dentist help to maintain the health and function of your teeth and gums. Contact our Amherst, NY dentist office or schedule your check-up online!

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Teeth In A Day

Are you looking to replace missing, loose or damaged teeth in just one visit to the dentist office? Amherst, NY dentists Dr. Karl and Dr. Walter Neuhaus use state of the art dental technology for the placement of “teeth in a day”.   With advancements in digital dentistry, teeth in a day can now offer patients a way to restore their smile, oral health, and confidence in just one trip to the dentist.
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Teeth In A Day Amherst, NY

Using I-CAT and 3-D imaging software in combination with strategic planning, our Amherst, NY dentists are able to remove, implant and secure a dental restoration all in one sitting.

Your Amherst, NY dentist will first perform a comprehensive oral health exam. Your Amherst dentist will evaluate your oral health, bone integrity and talk to you about your specific cosmetic goals and concerns. Together you and your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for teeth in a day. If you are already missing teeth, and have been for some time, teeth in a day may still be a possibility. Dr. Neuhaus will determine if you have enough healthy bone structure to support the implant. Once your are approved for teeth in a day, a date will be scheduled for your procedure.

During your dental health exam, it will be determined which teeth need to be removed to restore optimal oral health. For patients with damaged, decayed, or loose teeth, teeth in a day are often an ideal immediate replacement option.

Your procedure will begin with dental sedation so you will feel completely relaxed and feel no pain during your procedure. Your teeth will be removed, an implant will be placed in the cleaned root socket, and a temporary restoration will be attached. You will wear the temporary restoration for 2-3 months while the implant has time to heal and integrate with the jaw bone. Once healed, a final restoration will be attached for a beautiful and natural looking and functioning dental restoration.

Schedule An Implant Consultation

Creekside Dentistry and Implantology offers complete dental implant services under one roof. To learn more about how a dental implant procedure can solve your dental problems and restore your quality of life, schedule a consultation with Dr. Karl or Dr. Walter Neuhaus.

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Cosmetic Dentistry for Your Oral Health

cosmetic dentist amherst nyCosmetic dentistry can help you gain confidence, improve the quality of your life, and restore the health to your teeth and gums. Amherst, NY cosmetic dentists Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus are highly trained in the latest cosmetic dental technology to help you meet your unique cosmetic needs and goals.

What sets our Amherst, NY cosmetic dentistry apart? Our dentists are not only highly trained but they also provide personalized and comprehensive oral health consultations to ensure a stable oral foundation for which to build your beautiful smile. Our dental health exams include:

  • Diagnostic x-rays
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Periodontal screening (for gum disease)
  • Dental caries (cavities) screening
  • Digital bite analysis and examination of temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
  • Digital imaging for analysis, diagnosis, and treatment planning
  • 2-D and 3-D models for analysis and treatment planning

While teeth whitening remains one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, our Amherst, NY dentist office provides a full range of cosmetic dentistry for comprehensive oral health and natural and beautiful aesthetics. Cosmetic dentistry not only enhances the appearance of your smile but can help protect your smile from further damage. Cosmetic dentistry can fix unwanted gaps, whiten teeth and even repair damaged or missing teeth.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Do not be embarrassed by your teeth, let Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus in Amherst, NY help decide which cosmetic treatment is best for you. After discussing your concerns, goals, and budget, Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus will recommend a viable solution. Improving your smile will boost your confidence and your overall quality of life. Contact or office or schedule a consultation online.

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Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth & Restore Oral Health

dental implants amherst nyAre you missing one tooth, several teeth or all of your teeth? Do you feel like you hide your smile to avoid embarrassment or struggle with an ill fitted denture that causes you stress in social and professional settings? Amherst, NY dentists Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus provide dental implants for a natural and beautiful functional smile.

Dental implants provide patients with a 95% success rate at restoring their smiles. Dental implants help to support a healthy and stable oral foundation that supports natural bone regeneration and surrounding teeth. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can be used to replace one, two, or all of your teeth.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your healthy root socket. Dental implants naturally fuze with your jaw bone creating a stable oral foundation. Dental implant help to prevent bone deterioration frequently associated with extended tooth loss. Once healed dental implants are capped with dental crowns, bridges or a denture depending on your personal oral health needs.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Helps to avoid bone loss and gum recession associated with tooth loss.
  • Restores proper chewing, leading to a better diet and improved health.
  • Avoids grinding down healthy teeth for conventional bridgework.
  • Improves speech.
  • Increases comfort.
  • Helps promote long-term facial integrity.

Schedule A Consultation

You do not have to suffer from missing teeth. Contact our Amherst dentist office to schedule a consultation today. Dental implants can restore function, health, and beauty to your smile. Our dedicated dental care team will help you begin your dental implant treatment planning so you can back to confidently sharing your smile!

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Bad Breath and Your Health

Unbelievable news!Are you often embarrassed by your bad breath? Do you find yourself covering your mouth or avoid getting too close to other people? Amherst dentist Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus wants you to know that your bad breath could more than just embarrassing. Chronic bad breath may be an indicator that you have a more advanced health condition.

Body Oral Connection & Halitosis

Your oral health is directly related to your overall health. Many medical conditions can have negative impacts on your oral health, and vice versa. Chronic halitosis can be a symptom of serious medical conditions and should be addressed by your general physician. Dr. Neuhaus can help rule out dental health concerns as the cause of your halitosis. If your bad breath is stemming from a dental health concern, our Amherst dentist office provides comprehensive and personalized restorative dental care to restore your optimal oral health.

Bad breath could be caused by tooth decay, dry mouth, or even gum disease. Bacteria built up in your teeth or in your gums can become pungent smelling. Addressing these advanced oral health concerns may eliminate your bad breath. Dr. Neuhaus will work with you to build a treatment plan that will address the root of your oral health concerns. A healthy and stable oral foundation provides a long-term base for a beautiful and fresh smile.

Remember, if your bad breath goes away after a good brush and floss, you most likely have nothing to be concerned about. Certain pungent foods and mouth breathing can cause temporary bad breath. With a diligent oral hygiene routine, you should be able to keep this form of bad breath under control and prevent future tooth decay.

Schedule An Appointment

Brushing, flossing and a healthy diet can help keep your breath fresh and your teeth and gums healthy. Contact our Amherst dentist office for a dental exam and professional teeth cleaning. Dentists Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus encourage all patients to visit the dentist at least twice a year. Our Amherst dentist office is equipped with the latest in dental technology and a compassionate and trained staff for quality dental care.

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Get A Younger Smile With Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic Dentistry, Amherst, NYAre you looking for a way to freshen your appearance and rejuvenate your smile? Teeth whitening may be the most efficient and cost effective cosmetic dental treatment to refresh and brighten your appearance. Amherst dentist Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus offer at home and in office teeth whitening options. We want you to feel proud of your smile. Whitening your teeth can be a great way to boost your confidence and improve your smile.

Creekside Dentistry offers only professional grade teeth whitening trays for optimal results and minimum side effects. The most common side effect associated with teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. Our high quality bleaching gels are specially designed to minimize sensitivity to teeth and gums.

In Office Teeth Whitening Amherst, NY

Do you have a big event coming up but feel self conscious of your yellow or discolored smile? For immediate results that will brighten your natural smile Dr. Neuhaus and Neuhaus offer in office teeth whitening. Our Amherst dentists can whiten your teeth several shades in just one hour. There is no down time for this treatment so you may resume your normal activities after your procedure. Though typically more expensive than at home whitening trays, in office whitening can be a quick fix for lasting results.

At Home Teeth Whitening Trays Amherst, NY

Professional grade at home teeth whitening trays provides the convenience of over the counter options but the quality and effectiveness of professional teeth whitening systems. You will be fitted with a custom fit, clear retainer that will hold the whitening gel. The custom fit retainer ensures that the gel will be evenly administered to your teeth without causing irritation to your gums or other soft tissues. You may choose to wear your retainer during the day or overnight. Dr. Neuhaus will discuss the appropriate length of time to wear your trays depending on your cosmetic goals and oral health.

To maintain your new white smile try to avoid dark colored or acidic foods. We also offer touch up trays for either treatment option so you can keep your smile for white and bright for years. Teeth whitening can be an effective way to improve your smile.

Schedule An Appointment

Brushing, flossing, and a healthy diet can help keep your teeth white and healthy. If you are looking to take years off appearance or just desire a whiter smile contact our Amherst dentist office. Dentists Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus encourage all patients to visit the dentist at least twice a year. Our Amherst dentist office is equipped with the latest in dental technology and a compassionate and trained staff for quality dental care.

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Break Bad Brushing Habits

Oral health for the new year, Amherst, NYAt home oral hygiene is key to maintaining a healthy, functional and beautiful smile. Most patients understand that brushing and flossing properly is integral to their oral hygiene routine. However, Amherst dentist office Creekside Dentistry sees many patients that develop simple bad brushing habits that may be compromising their oral health. Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus encourage their patients to break their old brushing habits, and try some of these healthy oral hygiene tips.

Better Brushing Habits

Proper Toothbrush Storage

  • Store your toothbrush bristle side up and in the open air- your brush needs to be able to dry out in between uses to avoid bacteria build up
  • If you live with other people, be sure to keep the head of your toothbrush from touching others to avoid the spread of germs
  • Keep your toothbrushes at least 6ft away from the toilet to avoid airborne particles landing on your brush.

Brush For 2 Whole Minutes.

  • Play your favorite song and hum along as your brush for two solid minutes. You can also set an alarm to be sure you are brushing for two minutes.
  • Brushing for less than two minutes can leave behind unwanted bacteria, tartar, plaque and food debris.
  • Most people only brush for 45 seconds. That is not even half the recommended time!

Wait 30 Minutes to Brush.

  • Just like swimming, after you eat, wait 30 minutes before brushing.
  • Acid found in food and beverages can wear away at the enamel on your teeth making them susceptible to sensitivity or tooth decay.
  • Drink a glass of water or chew ADA approved sugar free gum after eating for fresher breath.

Schedule An Appointment

Brushing twice a day, and flossing once, is your best defenses against the development of oral health concerns. Dentists Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus also encourage all patients to visit the dentist at least twice a year. Our Amherst dentist office is equipped with the latest in dental technology and a compassionate and trained staff for quality dental care.

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