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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 (412) 367-1319!

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
January 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Unlike other facets of dentistry, cosmetic dentistry focuses on making your smile more beautiful rather than increasing its functionality. However, with many options to choose from, selecting the best treatments for you and your teeth can prove to be tricky. Learning the basics of some common cosmetic dentistry procedures can help you in understanding these treatments. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry with your Pittsburgh, PA cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary Machiko.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Available in Pittsburgh, PA

  • Zoom Teeth Whitening: Zoom teeth whitening is a fast and noninvasive way to give your smile a boost. Lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades in a single sitting with teeth whitening.
  • Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers: Veneers and Lumineers cover the teeth to provide a new appearance. Made from porcelain, these restorations can treat anything from a chip or crack in a tooth to discolorations and small misalignments.
  • Dental Implants: Dentists use dental implants to replace a missing tooth by surgically implanting a small, titanium post into the jawbone under the missing tooth to replace its root. Then, a porcelain dental restoration covers the implant to replace the missing tooth itself.
  • Orthodontics: Orthodontics focus on straightening misaligned teeth and correcting a misaligned bite to provide a more beautiful, more functional smile. There are several types of braces to choose from, such as traditional metal braces or plastic aligner trays.
  • Cosmetic Contouring and Bonding: Cosmetic bonding uses a composite resin material to reshape a chipped or otherwise misshapen tooth. Contouring uses a dental drill to reshape the resin, finishing the procedure.
  • Porcelain Crowns and Bridges: Crowns fit over a tooth to stabilize or protect it from harm. Bridges replace a missing tooth by attaching to the healthy teeth surrounding a gap using dental crowns. Both restorations are made from porcelain for a natural look.

Feeling good about the way you look is priceless. If you think you can benefit from a cosmetic dental procedure, do not hesitate to talk to your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment plan for you. For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA. Call (412) 367-1319 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Machiko today!

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
January 28, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

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.