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By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Veneers SmileWhen you think of going to the dentist, you may only imagine root canals and dental fillings. However, your dentist can also help you improve the aesthetic side of your smile with cosmetic dental procedures, such as dental veneers. Find out more about dental veneers, how they work, and how they can enhance the appearance of your smile by reading below, and contact Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA, if you are interested in undergoing treatment!

What is a dental veneer?
A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain which affixes to the surface of a tooth. Made individually for each patient, a veneer covers the tooth’s original appearance to give it a new one. The veneer’s design is based on a clay mold of the mouth, taken by your dentist. A dental technician in a dental lab carefully carves the veneer out of a ceramic block before meticulously color-matching the restoration to the natural teeth which will come to surround it.

Are porcelain dental veneers right for me?
A good candidate for veneers wants to improve the appearance of their smile. Dentists often use veneers to correct various issues, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Slightly misaligned teeth
  • Slightly gapped teeth

Additionally, candidates should be in good dental health with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Patients should also have a strong at-home oral care routine involving brushing at least twice daily, flossing once a day, and regularly attending dental examinations and cleanings. These preventative measures ensure that the teeth remain healthy and clean foundations for veneers.

Porcelain dental veneers from our Pittsburgh office
If you think you could benefit from dental veneers, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment plan for you. After all, you may find out that other cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening or bonding/contouring, may better suit you!

For more information on porcelain dental veneers, please contact Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA. Call (724) 719-2866 to schedule your consultation today!

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
February 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsLeaving a missing tooth untreated can cause serious issues with your smile. Luckily, dental implants provide a permanent and highly-effective solution to this problem. Implants can replace both your missing tooth and its root to give you back your smile and allow you to eat, speak, and chew normally. Read below to learn more about dental implants, and for treatment, call the Pittsburg office of Dr. Gary Machiko. Dr. Machiko is a dentist with dual degrees in dentistry and mechanical engineering, a background that allows for extremely precise implant measurement and placement.

What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a cosmetic dental procedure which focuses on replacing a missing tooth and its root. The treatment uses three main components: the implant’s fixture, the abutment, and a prosthetic tooth. Implants take several dental appointments to complete and require an adequate amount of time to heal between initially placing the implant’s fixtures and completion of the procedure.

Can a dental implant help me?
If you have a missing tooth, you can probably benefit from a dental implant. However, some patients are not good candidates for this procedure. Someone who has significant bone atrophy in the implant site or who does not have a strong at-home oral care routine may not qualify for the implant procedure. However, these maladies can be fixed through care from your Pittsburg dentist, leading to eventual implant qualification.

Are dental implants safe?

Though there is a risk to any dental or medical procedure, the risk associated with dental implants is a low one. In use for decades, dental implants have come to be known as a safe, effective tooth replacement option in dentist’s offices around the world.

Dental implants in Pittsburgh, PA
A consultation with your dentist can help ensure that you receive the best implant care possible. In some cases, a patient may require other dental treatments prior to being considered for dental implants, such as bone grafts, fillings, or root canals. A consultation with your dentist can help you determine if this procedure is the best treatment for your dental situation.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA, at (724) 719-2866.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

For the best in implant dentistry, see Dr. Gary Machiko. What is implant dentistry? It's both the art and science which precisely replace dental implantsmissing teeth with the leading edge in dental prosthetics. Whether you need a small, single-tooth gap filled or require a new arch of teeth on the top or bottom, dental implants from this highly-skilled Pittsburgh dentist are the way to go. You can have a complete, beautiful, and functional smile.

What is a dental implant?

From roots to crown, a dental implant is a complete replacement tooth with three distinct parts:

  1. A titanium metal cylinder or screw surgically inserted into the jaw
  2. A metal alloy abutment, or post, which extends above the gum line
  3. A realistic, custom-made porcelain crown

Because it resides in the jaw, an implant possesses superior stability. Unlike conventional bridges or dentures, dental implants actually exercise and improve the health and strength of the jaw, avoiding bone recession and compromised facial appearance. They do it through a miraculous process called osseointegration, creating rock-solid artificial teeth that can last up to 50 years or more, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Because Dr. Machiko is a Diplomate in the American Board of Oral implantology and because of his added credentials as a mechanical engineer, his implant placements are precise and reliable. Whether he places one or multiple implants, the patient is assured of a pain-free and highly successful experience.

Qualifying for and receiving implants

In his Pittsburgh office, Dr. Machiko examines and X-rays his prospective implant patients. An older teen or adult must possess adequate jaw bone density to receive the titanium cylinder and to have it integrate to the jaw. If bone grafting is needed to augment the jaw, Dr. Machiko can do that, ensuring the implant will have sufficient supportive structure.

If all is well, the implant procedure itself takes just one visit. A local anesthetic is all that is required as the dentist creates an access hole in the jaw, inserts the implant device, and sutures the area closed. Over the ensuing weeks, osseointegration happens, preparing the site for eventual enhancement with the abutment and porcelain crown.

Regarding larger smile gaps or full denture placement, Dr. Machiko specializes in "teeth in a day." He can extract teeth, insert implants, and place temporary prosthetics in one day. Implant-supported dentures are called "All-On-4" because the dentist uses four titanium implant devices to support a full denture--either upper or lower.

Benefits of dental implants

To sum up, dental implants are versatile, long-lasting, and super-stable. They avoid the destructive effects of tooth loss by building up the jaw bone and allowing patients natural oral function and appearance.

Additionally, once implants are fully integrated, they require simple twice daily brushing and flossing--just like natural teeth. Your six-month visits with Dr. Machiko are important as well.

Why wait?

Don't struggle with tooth loss and smile gaps. Explore the best in modern tooth replacements--dental implants from Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh. Call his office today for a consultation: (724) 719-2866.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about restorative dentistry offered by your Pittsburgh dentist.restorative dentistry

Unhappy with your smile? Restorative dentistry seeks to improve the appearance and function of your damaged teeth and replace lost teeth. There are many different dental treatments which may be classified as restorative. Here are six restorative dentistry treatments offered by Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA that can improve your smile.

1. Dental Fillings

Need a dental filling? Everyone needs a dental filling at some point in their lives. Dental fillings are used to treat cavities and repair cracked or broken teeth. Today, several cavity-filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with cosmetic white fillings. Many fillings last 15 years or more, and those that are well taken care of can last a lifetime.

2. Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are used to restore decayed or damaged teeth. If the tooth damage is not severe enough for a crown, your dentist can treat it with an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays can be made of gold, porcelain, or composite resin. Inlays fill the space in between the rounded edges, or cusps, at the center of the tooth's surface. Onlays are similar to inlays but cover one or more cusps or the entire biting surface of each tooth.

3. Root Canals

Root canal therapy is a treatment of the pulp of the tooth that is infected, inflamed, or dead. When root canal therapy is performed, the pulp tissue is removed, relieving the patient of pain. Tooth extraction is not a good alternative to root canal treatment. Tooth removal will leave a gap that can impair the appearance of your smile and reduce the functionality of your bite. Saving your tooth is always the best option.

4. Dental Crowns

A cemented restoration that completely covers the outside of the tooth is referred to as a dental crown. Dental crowns are used to restore broken, decayed, and damaged teeth. Damaged teeth can be saved by covering them with crowns. Besides strengthening damaged teeth, dental crowns can be used to improve their appearance.

5. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can fill in the gaps in your smile and improve your attractiveness. A traditional dental bridge is created by a crown for the tooth on either side of the gap, and the pontic lies in between. Without a bridge, your natural teeth will eventually shift out of place, leading to future problems with your bite. When a bridge fills in your smile's gaps, your other teeth are supported on all sides and have no place to shift.

6. Dental Veneers

Dental veneers can make your teeth look like new again. Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells of medical-grade ceramic designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These porcelain shells are used to cover teeth which are misaligned, worn down, discolored, or chipped. Dental veneers create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth.

Don't settle for an imperfect smile. Call Dr. Machiko at 412-367-1319 now to schedule a dental appointment in Pittsburgh, PA. We have helped thousands of people improve their smiles, boosting their self-confidence and improving the quality of their lives. And we will do the same for you.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
August 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If we've told you that you require dental fillings find out why composite fillings may be the way to go.fillings

Finding out you have a cavity is certainly never fun, but our Pittsburgh, PA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gary Machiko, makes the process as easy as possible so that you don’t have to fret. Getting a tooth filled won’t hurt a bit and you’ll be happy to hear that we can even restore the tooth without having to place unsightly metal fillings.

What are composite fillings?

When some people smile you may notice specks of metal in some of their teeth. This is because their dentist placed metal amalgam fillings to restore those teeth after a cavity. While this used to be the norm decades ago, dental technology has made it possible to place tooth-colored fillings so that no one will even know that you have fillings.

Composite resin is a great material because it is easy to mold and shape to your tooth. Better yet, our Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist will use a shade guide to determine the perfect color of resin we should use to restore your tooth.

How are composite resin fillings placed?

Immediately after removing the decayed portions of the tooth we will get to work restoring it with a filling. Since this resin is putty-like, we can apply it in thin layers. Each layer, after being shaped, is hardened with a laser. Once the filling is complete we will give it a good polish so that it shines like the rest of your tooth.

What are the benefits of composite fillings?

One of the most obvious benefits is that no one will even know that you have a filling when you smile. You’ll feel confident knowing that no one will be able to tell. There is nothing more important than having a tooth that is fully restored and healthy, and composite fillings can offer that. Apart from the cosmetic advantages, cosmetic fillings can also make a tooth stronger and more resilient.

If you are interested in getting aesthetic dentistry in Pittsburgh, PA, turn to the specialists who will be able to make this happen for you. Call us today to find out more about the many great dental services we can offer you and your smile.