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By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out whether or not you should get dental implants in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dental ImplantThere is a reason so many people are turning to dental implants to replace one or more of their missing teeth. After all, dental implants are the next best thing you can have to a real tooth, as they don’t just look like real teeth, but function just like them too. So, what makes you an ideal candidate for getting dental implants from our Pittsburgh, PA, aesthetic dentist Dr. Gary Machiko?

Before we answer this question, it's important to note that there are multiple factors which determine whether dental implants are truly the best way to replace your missing teeth. While there are many adults out there who can benefit from implants, just like with any dental treatment, implants aren’t right for everyone and it’s important that our Pittsburgh, PA, implant dentist helps you find the right tooth replacement to fit your needs.

Some factors that influence your candidacy for dental implants include:

Your Age

The ideal candidate for implants will be an adult, and you’ll be happy to hear that there is no age cap on when you can get dental implants. Adults of all ages are able to enjoy a brand new smile thanks to dental implants. However, implants are not ideal for children and most teens.

This is because a child’s jawbone is still developing. Placing an implant into the jawbone during this time would halt the jawbone’s growth. If you have a child or teen who is dealing with tooth loss, talk to our Pittsburgh, PA, dentist about other tooth replacement options.

Your Health

Your health is paramount to whether or not you are an ideal candidate for implants. After all, you will have to undergo surgery, meaning that you will need to be healthy in order to heal efficiently. During your consultation, we will examine your mouth and take X-rays to make sure that there isn’t significant jawbone loss.

We will also go through your medical history. If you have any chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get dental implants, but we will want to make sure that you have your condition under control with the proper medications or treatments before we get started.

Your Lifestyle

Certain habits can affect the success and health of your dental implant. One such habit is smoking. If you are a smoker, this won’t just impact the healing process after your implant surgery, but it can also greatly increase your risk for implant failure. Therefore, it’s a good idea to quit smoking prior to getting implants.

Find Out if You Qualify!

Are you interested in taking the next step toward getting dental implants? If so, then call our Pittsburgh, PA, dental office today at (412) 367-1319 to schedule your no-risk consultation. We want you to feel confident smiling again.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
September 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsFor a complete smile, see Pittsburgh dentist, Dr. Gary Machiko, about dental implants--actual artificial teeth in every sense of the term. Set directly into the jaw bone, dental implants close gaps, improve bone structure and give you the oral function so close to real teeth it's amazing. Get a second chance at a great smile.

Becoming gap-free

Self-confidence suffers when you lose teeth. Your remaining teeth migrate toward the empty spaces, and gum tissue and supporting bone degrade almost immediately, changing how your face looks. Sure, traditional bridges and dentures work well as far as they go; however, they slip, change speech, create sore spots, wear down neighboring teeth and more. Plus, they do not exercise the jaw bone.

Alternatively, dental implants from Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh improve jaw bone structure through osseointegration. After implant insertion, the jaw bone adheres to the titanium metal screw, creating a bond which improves with time. Osseointegration is exclusive to dental implants. No other tooth replacement claims this superior strength and natural functionality.

Are implants right for you?

If you have enough bone in your jaw and your overall health is good, you probably qualify for implants. To confirm this, Dr. Machiko will do a complete examination, check your medical history and do some digital X-rays and three- dimensional imaging. If you lack sufficient bone, you may be eligible for bone grafting procedures which Dr. Machiko can do right in the office.

Dr. Machiko and his professional team also execute every other phase of implant placement from the insertion of the device to restoration with an alloy post and custom-crafted porcelain crown. Additionally, if you are missing several or even all of your teeth, you may qualify for implant-supported "teeth in a day", bridgework, or "All-on-4" dentures. All of these tooth replacements owe their durability and stability to state-of-the-art dental implants and Dr. Machiko's extensive expertise.

Implants change it all

From how you look, to how you eat and speak and even to how you take care of your teeth, dental implants revolutionize dental prosthetics patient by patient by patient. Remember, dental implants only require twice daily brushing and once a day flossing to stay healthy and plaque-free. However, if you smoke, you do increase the chances of implant failure quite dramatically. So take this opportunity to begin a smoking cessation program through your primary care physician.

Are you ready for a gap-free smile?

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that about three million people in the United States have at least one dental implant. That number grows annually, too. Would you like to be one of the many happy implant patients Dr. Machiko has helped? Then, contact his office in Pittsburgh, PA to arrange your own implant consultation. Call today: (412) 367-1319.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants Replace Missing TeethPeople suffering from tooth loss also often suffer from self-esteem issues. Are you missing a tooth and want an aesthetically more attractive smile? If you need dental implants, speak with your Pittsburgh, PA, dentist, Dr. Gary Machiko, about dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. Dental implants help stabilize, strengthen, and prevent weakening and shrinking of your jawbone. Dr. Machiko is dual degreed, both his dental degree and his mechanical engineering degree offering his patient's the advantage of precise measurement and placement of their dental implants. The next step involves sealing your gums and allowing 3 to 6 months for osseointegration, the process in which the titanium post fuses to the jawbone, to occur.

You will then need to come back to the dentist's office in Pittsburgh so that Dr. Machiko can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment above the screw, and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

What are dental implant advantages?

Having a great smile isn't the only advantage dental implants provide:

  • A dental implant can restore one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place, so they don't fall out.
  • The dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • They can restore bite and chewing function.

How do you care for dental implants?

Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush your teeth and floss every day. You have to brush at least twice a day and, for at least two minutes each, and floss at least once before bedtime.

Also, a change in diet may benefit your dental health. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent accumulation of plaque is good preventative dentistry. Make sure you drink plenty of water that will remove food debris and help avoid cavities.

Need a consultation?

Dental implants are a great investment that can last a lifetime. If you have more questions about dental implants, call Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA, at (412) 367-1319. Dr. Machiko is dual degreed in both dentistry and mechanical engineering, offering his patients the advantage of precise measurement and placement of their dental implants.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
August 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

It is an undeniable fact that has been proven by smile surveys conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and theCosmetic Dentist Consultation Harris Poll. The quality of your smile affects your self-confidence, attractiveness, and social habits. It may even affect how likely you are to keep up with good dental hygiene habits in the future. Some people are conditioned to make judgments about you just by looking at your teeth. Dr. Gary Machiko, a Pittsburgh, PA cosmetic dentist, can significantly improve your smile with a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options
The great thing about modern cosmetic dentistry is that you will often have more than one treatment option for bettering your smile. These are some of the most common aesthetic dental treatments that may help your smile:

- Veneers and crowns
- Professional teeth whitening
- Dental bonding and contouring
- Braces and Invisalign
- Dental implants and implant supported devices

What Happens At a Cosmetic Consultation?
There is a good chance that you have more than one complaint about your smile's appearance. Your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist will first consult you about what you want to change, then look at your teeth visually and with dental X-rays to decide on the best course of action. You may be presented with more than one option, such as teeth whitening and crowns or partial dentures and bonding. The cosmetic transformation might begin that day, or you can come in at a later date to start treatment.

Benefits of a Better Smile
When you're embarrassed about your teeth, it can affect how you navigate your day. With a changed smile you can finally face everyday social and professional situations knowing that your teeth aren't a potential distraction. You'll also want to see your dentist more often for checkups and cleanings to make sure that your smile continues to look radiant, bright, and perfectly aligned.

Your Cosmetic Consultation 
After one visit to your Pittsburgh, PA, cosmetic dentist, you'll have a better idea of what dental treatments will give you the results you've been looking for. Call (412) 367-1319 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Machiko.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Even minor cosmetic imperfections can take a toll on your smile. From stains and discolorations to gaps between teeth and chips or veneerscracks, your smile may not look the way you want it to, but you are not alone. A smile makeover is at the top of many people's wish list for cosmetic improvements. The good news is that depending on your situation, you don't necessarily have to invest in major dental work to fix and dramatically improve your smile. Dr. Gary Machiko, a dentist in Pittsburgh, PA, recommends dental veneers for a number of common cosmetic dental problems.

Get A Brand New Smile with Dental Veneers in Pittsburgh, PA

Chances are that someone you know has improved their smile with dental veneers. They have become a staple of cosmetic dentistry due to their affordability and effectiveness in correcting a number of cosmetic issues like:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Mild to moderate gaps and spaces not related to bite or alignment problems
  • Change tooth size and shape
  • Cover stains and discolorations
  • Seal a tooth after root canal therapy or treatment for tooth decay

Despite the fact that veneers deliver major results that can quite literally makeover your smile overnight, it is a relatively minimally invasive procedure. Veneers are typically made of razor-thin porcelain or composite material that is bonded directly onto the teeth. Each veneer is custom designed to change the size, shape, or color of a damaged tooth. In some cases, a small layer of enamel may have to be shaved down to ensure that the veneer fits properly and evenly over the tooth and a natural-looking finish. In most cases, a good veneer can last anywhere from five to ten years and beyond, provided you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and make regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings. Whether you need to repair some cosmetic damage or just want to make cosmetic improvements, veneers may be a good option for you.

Find a Dentist in Pittsburgh, PA

To learn more about the benefits of dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact our office by calling 412-367-1319 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Machiko today.