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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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Know The Facts: Oral Health and Diabetes

77736736More Americans are being diagnosed with diabetes every year. A growing health concern, diabetes affects more than just your blood sugar levels. Diabetes can cause complex dental health concerns. Do you know how diabetes can take a toll on your gums and teeth? Take Creekside Dentistry’s Fact or Fiction quiz to test your knowledge on how diabetes affects your oral health.

Fact or Fiction : Diabetes And Your Oral Health, New Orleans

1.Fact or Fiction: Diabetes may stunt saliva production.

2.Fact or Fiction: People with diabetes are less likely to develop periodontal disease.

3.Fact or Fiction: Diabetes patients are more susceptible to fungal infections.

4.Fact or Fiction: Dry mouth is a common side effect of diabetes.

Answers:

1.Fact. Diabetes causes a decrease in saliva production. Staying well hydrated, brushing and flossing and chewing sugar free gum can help stimulate saliva production and keep your gums and teeth healthy.

2.Fiction. Periodontal disease is more common in patients with diabetes. Diabetes makes it more difficult for you body to fight off bacteria. Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection of your gums and bone. Creekside Dentistry can provide periodontal therapy to help treat patients with gum disease. Regular dental cleanings and a proactive at home oral hygiene routine can help to control or even avoid development of advanced periodontal disease. Untreated, gum disease may cause tooth loss and bone deterioration. It is highly encouraged to seek the assistance of your Creekside dentist if you believe you are experiencing signs of periodontal disease.

3.Fact. Thrush is a common fungal infection that patients with diabetes may develop. Thrush shows up as white or red blotches on the tongue or cheeks. Thrush can cause swelling, tenderness or difficulty swallowing. Diabetes makes it more difficult for you body to fight off fungal infections making thrush more prevalent in those with diabetes.

4.Fact. And in fact, dry mouth can be a cause of cavities in adults. Patients who have decreased saliva flow can not regulate bacteria or flush out debris that may cause tooth decay.

Schedule An Appointment

Dentists Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus, encourage all patients to visit the dentist at least twice a year. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, visiting the dentist can help you avoid developing serious dental health concerns. Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus,may be able to help you develop a dental care plan to maintain your healthy, functional and beautiful smile.

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Types of Dental Veneers

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Dental Veneers

Whether you are looking for a subtle change or a dramatic smile makeover– dental veneers may offer the cosmetic change in your smile that you wish to see. Amherst dentists Dr. Karl Neuhaus and Dr. Walter Neuhaus use dental veneers to close spaces, repair chipped or broken teeth and to cover stains or discoloration that whitening can not achieve. Your smile’s aesthetics are important and can improve the quality of your life.

Types of Veneers

Composite Resin Veneers: Made of a biocompatible material, composite resin veneers will be matched to the natural color of your teeth. Composite Resin veneers are applied directly to the teeth and sculpted into place. Composite resin dental veneers require little to no tooth preparation and are not permanent.

Lumineers: These dental veneers require little to no tooth preparation and are removeable. Lumineers are not for everyone; Dr. Neuhaus will determine if this treatment is right for your dental health goals.

Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a natural looking veneer option that are designed to last a lifetime. Translucent shells of tooth-like material are permanently bonded to the surface of the teeth. Dr. Neuhaus will shave down the surface of your teeth to securely bond the cosmetic veneer. Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant and have similar light reflecting properties as natural teeth. It can be difficult to tell veneers apart from your natural teeth.

Who Is A Candidate for Veneers?

Veneers are ideal for patients who have cosmetic concerns about their smiles. Veneers can take years off of your smile making you appear younger. Dental veneers can offer you a new more confident smile in a relatively short amount of time. The entire dental veneer process generally takes about 2-3 weeks to complete.

Every patient is treated as an individual at Creekside Dentistry & Implantology. Drs. Neuhaus & Neuhaus understand that every patient comes with unique dental health concerns and cosmetic dental goals. When you schedule a consultation with our Creekside dentists you will receive a one-on-one comprehensive oral health exam. Dr. Neuhaus will listen to your dental concerns and budget requirements and work up a dental treatment plan that will restore and rejuvenate the health and function of your smile. Contact our Amherst dentist office to find out if dental veneers are the right cosmetic treatment for you.

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Halloween Candy And Your Teeth

Halloween candy and your teeth, Amherst, NYThe scariest part of Halloween is the damage all that candy does to your teeth! Spooky plaque feeds off sugar, allowing it to rapidly spread and take over your mouth. Plaque buildup can cause gum disease, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and even tooth decay. Remember, plaque build up is like a ghost! Permanent effects of plaque are not immediately noticeable, but over a lifetime can cause serious and complex dental health concerns.

Amherst, NY Dentists Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus have some “tricks and treats” for you to moderate your sugar intake this Halloween. By making a few compromises and alterations, you can still have a spooktacular Halloween, and keep your smile healthy all winter long!

Pick Your Poison: If you can’t resist the ghoulish temptation of the candy, try to drink water instead of soda or sugary juice. Less sugar is always better, and the water will help flush out the sugar.

Plan Your Scare: Eat candy after a meal when saliva production is already increased, helping to move that plaque building sugar instead of lingering around in your mouth. Remember to rinse or brush your teeth after enjoying your sweet treat.

Trick with Treats: Make grapes eyeballs, and carrots zombie fingers! Turn healthy snacks into creepy treats! Always offer healthy alternatives at gatherings and parties, but dress them up for Halloween, kids won’t even realize they are eating healthy!

Avoid Braces Busters: Don’t let sticky and hard candies ruin all that hard work you put into straightening your teeth! If you or your kids have braces, make sure you steer clear of any taffy or sucking candies. Hard candies can get stuck and even break expensive braces. If you have any questions about what you can and can’t enjoy this holiday with your braces make sure to contact Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus.

Family dentists Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus also always recommend maintaining your healthy oral hygiene habits especially as the busy holiday season picks up. Brush and floss twice a day and make sure to come in for your regular dental cleanings and a comprehensive oral health screening. Schedule your appointment today!

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Oral Health And Aging

Oral health and aging, Amherst, NY Amherst, NY Dentists Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus emphasize the importance of striving to keep your natural teeth healthy for as long as possible to enjoy the best quality of life. Modern advances in both materials and technology in the dental field have made it possible to retain our natural teeth and a functional smile longer than ever before.

This means that maintaining consistent oral hygiene and routine dental checkups throughout our lifetime play a key role in our overall health and well-being. Keeping your smile healthy by taking advantage of all that modern dentistry can offer will provide you your best quality of life.

There are important considerations for your oral health as you age and Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus offer comprehensive care to address your concerns and help you maintain optimal oral health and meet your cosmetic goals for a natural looking smile.

Later in life, our gums may recede, exposing the root surfaces of our teeth. Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, periodontal disease, vigorous brushing, and genetic predisposition. Root exposure is problematic mainly because root surfaces are covered by a material called cementum, which is much softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. In addition, certain medications can limit the flow of saliva, which is protective against cavities.

For this reason, older patients must take special care to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist regularly to discuss your medical history and ensure that root cavities do not occur. For patients with dentures, regular dental visits are also important, as a dentist can ensure they are fitting well and enabling you to eat and speak properly. We also examine your mouth for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer, both highly treatable when caught early.

Cosmetic Dentistry for A Lasting Smile

We understand that aesthetics are also important to our older adult patients and offer cosmetic dental procedures that can keep your smile looking beautiful at any age.

Throughout our lives, our teeth may begin to darken due to staining or may abrade due to certain habits, such as teeth grinding. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are both great options for adult and senior patients who desire to improve the look of their smile.

If you have any questions about specific oral health concerns or would like to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry, contact Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus in our Amherst, NY dentist office.

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Causes Of Toothaches

Toothaches, Amherst, NY
No matter how careful and thorough you are with maintaining your daily oral care, at some point in your life you will probably experience the pain and discomfort of a toothache. Although a cavity is normally the cause, tooth decay is only one of the several triggering factors of tooth pain or discomfort.

Tooth Sensitivity
If you experience pain when you eat or drink hot or cold food and beverages, it could signal a cavity. It could also be a sign that you have sensitive teeth, either from thinning tooth enamel or receding gums. These are common side effects of aging, lifestyle habits or can be caused by other health concerns. In addition to discussing your concerns with Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus during your next routine preventive care visit, try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth as this may help ease the symptoms.

Severe Toothaches
If the pain of your toothache is sudden, sharp and stabbing, the cause may be related to a cavity or cracked tooth. However, if you experience a throbbing, constant pain when you bite down on your food, you may have an abscessed tooth or an infection that should be taken care of right away. Contact our Amherst, NY dentist office as soon as possible to schedule a visit.

Might Not Even Be Your Teeth
A less common cause of a toothache is a sinus infection. If you have pain in the upper teeth on both sides of the jaw, a sinus infection could be the cause. This type of toothache is usually combined with nasal congestion and tenderness around the eyes, forehead and sinuses.

If your ache is more identifiable as jaw pain, it may be caused by a Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Bite problems like TMJ can be triggered by malocclusion, a jaw injury, arthritis, or tooth grinding. Wisdom teeth that have not been removed could also cause jaw pain and toothaches.

Prevent Tooth Pain

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent a toothache and other common oral health concerns. To reduce your risk for developing decay, gum disease or other common causes of a toothache be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus regularly for oral examinations and a professional dental cleaning.

Been away from the dentist? Contact our Amherst, NY dentist office to schedule a visit and restore a healthy smile.

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