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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: (412) 367-1319.

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.

Unhappy with your smile? With options like porcelain crowns and bridges, Dr. Gary Machiko can help you love your smile again. His dental restorative dentistrypractice is located in Pittsburgh, PA. He offers a full range of dental services, including crowns and bridges. Read on to find out how porcelain crowns and bridges can improve your smile.

Porcelain Crowns Overview

Porcelain crowns are caps that a dentist can put on teeth. A crown, when cemented into place, fully encases the visible portion of a tooth. Porcelain crowns are routinely used to restore broken, weakened, and badly decayed teeth. They are also used to protect teeth following root canal treatment. Porcelain crowns are fabricated using porcelain or "engineered" dental ceramic. 

Benefits of Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are the most popular type of crowns because they resemble natural teeth. Porcelain dental crowns are a great choice for front teeth. Nothing gives the same translucency, depth, and luster like a porcelain crown. Porcelain crowns are not just beautiful, they are also very durable. They can be expected to withstand biting and chewing forces well.

Dental Bridge Overview

A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental crowns are made to fit on either side of your dental gap with a fabricated tooth in between them. A fixed dental bridge is shaped and colored to look like your natural teeth. Unlike a partial denture, a fixed dental bridge can only be removed by your Pittsburgh, PA, dentist because it's attached to your mouth.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can ruin a beautiful smile. Dental bridges can fill in your smile's gaps and improve your appearance. When people lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth begin to shift out of place. Dental implants can prevent your remaining teeth from moving out of place. Tooth loss can also make it difficult for people to chew food. With a dental bridge, you will experience a dramatic improvement in chewing ability.

Unhappy with your smile or your current crowns and bridges? Custom fabricated crowns and bridges by the finest labs in California and New York ensure a completely natural and brilliant smile. Start your journey today! Call Dr. Gary Machiko at 412-367-1319 right now to schedule an appointment in Pittsburgh, PA. A smile makeover will give you the confidence to smile again and enjoy the things you used to love doing. Remember, it's never too late to improve your smile.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your Pittsburgh dentist can make your smile whole againdental implants

Are you embarrassed to smile because you have gaps in your smile due to tooth loss? Do you have difficulty chewing the foods you love? Do you want to have a whole smile again? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time for you to consider the state-of-the-art way to replace teeth, dental implants! Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA, wants to share the facts about how dental implants can save your smile.

Dental implants offer benefits unmatched by conventional tooth replacement methods. Consider:

  • Dental implants are embedded in bone and are completely stable; they won’t move around like partials or dentures can.
  • Dental implants look just like natural teeth, and you can brush and floss them normally; unlike dental bridgework, you don’t have to use floss threaders.
  • Dental implants are a conservative treatment because Dr. Machiko only treats the area of the implant; with dental bridgework, the adjacent teeth have to be prepared and crowned as support for the bridge.

Your dental implants will never decay and are stain resistant, making them almost worry-free! They also boast the highest success rate of any surgical implant, over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

When you choose dental implants from Dr. Machiko, your treatment begins with detailed computer imaging and high-tech 3-D scans along with a customized treatment plan designed to give you an excellent result and a smile that is uniquely yours. Dr. Gary Machiko's background and experience allow him to complete your dental implant procedure from placing of the implant to the final restoration, your dental crown. He is also dual degreed, having both a dental degree and a mechanical engineering degree which offers is patient's the advantage of precise measurement and placement of their dental implants.

Your implants are placed during a simple in-office procedure. After your tissue has healed and bone has fused with the implants, your beautiful implant crowns are placed. You have a dazzling, natural-looking, complete smile thanks to dental implants!

To see amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Machiko's patients, please visit the smile gallery page on the website at

Whether you want to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, dental implants are the clear choice to make. Don’t let your smile suffer from missing teeth. For more information on the magic of dental implants, call Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA. Call today to fill in those gaps with dental implants!