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Linda Pellegrino mentions Dr. Meisner

2makdqaaqbajLinda Pellegrino has mentioned Dr. Meisner as one the her “Magnificent Seven” doctors that helped her on her journey of surviving cancer.

 

Linda Pellegrino has been Buffalo’s connection to the movers and shakers of Hollywood and the world for over 30 years. As one of the longest running television hosts in the nation, Linda has been at the forefront of breaking news, sports highs and lows and a glitterati insider. At the peak of her career, Linda was diagnosed with three kinds of cancer. Her public battle endeared her further to fans and followers in two countries. Now healthy, Linda looks back at her most important moments in front of and behind the camera.

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Dental Implantology – The Informed Consumer

As a patient of this new commodity, finding out what is best for you and who is best equipped to perform it, becomes increasingly difficult. Anybody can say anything in advertisements. There is virtually no professional control over advertising in organized dentistry. So how do you know what to do? Here are some simple, but still valid, ideas:

  1. Use observed ads only as a first step and do not rely on the flash and sizzle of the ad to make a decision. Respected clinicians most often do not need cute marketing jingles to define their abilities.
  2. Interview the prospective doctor and practice…yes…interview. It is your consultation with him or her as well as the doctor’s with you. Consider your “gut” feelings.
  3.  Ask the questions and evaluate the person:
    • Experience level – Ask how many procedures have you done over what time period.
    • Training – Weekend courses are not enough.
    • Success rates – Should be in the high 90 % range.
    • Referral list – Satisfied patients (and call them.)
    •  Do not let fees drive your decision – There are no bargains in well done implant dentistry. A significantly lower fee for the same procedure can only be possible if the doctor is buying cheap materials (not a good thing), making no profit (also not a good thing) or just doing you a favor ( a good thing ). When cost is a barrier, it is even more important to have an experienced implantologist to work with. He or she will know and have performed the various treatment choices and be able to suggest, less costly approaches along with their pros and cons. This provides you the opportunity to make a good choice.
  4. Is the whole experience about you? When a doctor’s motivation is in the right place, the experience in the office will be about you as a person, who also happens to be a patient. This means there is plenty of face time with the doctor. Questions are invited. No effort is too much to help you come to the appropriate decision. I have heard many “horror stories” from patients about quick consultations, pushing a specific treatment like “mini implants”, or “Hybridges” and in general folks feeling like the experience was about the doctor doing his/her thing, not about the person’s own needs.
  5. Take your time and realize that as in most things in life, shortcuts in the process cut short successful results.

A friend and mentor of mine, Dr. Michael Schuster, asks the question: “Has dentistry lost its soul?” He is talking about these very issues. Well it is definitely on its way. There are still doctors out there however who do put the person first and the finances second. Embracing the suggestions above will help you find them and end up with a successful outcome.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. During my entire career in dentistry, I have always endeavored to help people in any way possible whenever I could. This includes being a source of good information. After all, how else can most people know “the rest of the story.”

East Aurora Implant Dentistry

If you would like to learn more about Dental Implants or your specific problem, Dr. Meisner’s office is located at 250 Quaker Road, East Aurora, NY and can be reached at (716) 655-3500 or visit their website at www.RMeisner.com.

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Age is just a Number

It is delightful to be able to offer something that can contradict the standard refrain “you’re too old too…” Good dentistry is about people. It is about their health, their self esteem, and their quality of life. We are never too “senior” to be served by the life changing concepts and technologies of dental care today.

Here are some common fallacies:

1. I need dentures.

Nobody “needs” dentures. What we all do need is a mouth that allows us to live well, look great, enjoy food, and feel good about ourselves. Whether young or old we need the ability to function without thinking about it, to smile without being self conscious, and to maintain our bodies without dramatic breakdown. Dentures provide few of these things. There are alternatives to the dental “plates” of yesterday which can provide very stable, comfortable and attractive teeth. They are very comfortable to have done. People are routinely amazed at how easy it is. They include implants, bone regeneration, sinus “lift” techniques, over dentures, and others. These procedures are predictable and successful when performed by an experienced and properly qualified clinician. Ask the question “What are my options,” and you will be surprised at the answers.

2. I’m too old for all that dentistry.

Let me ask you a question. Is not today’s 70, yesterdays 60? Are the later years of our lives less important than the rest? Do we want to be less attractive, feel less capable, have more problems, or spend more money on unexpected health issues? Of course the answer is no. We all hope that our later years will provide the opportunity to enjoy what we have worked for. We look forward to living our hopes and dreams, to do the projects we delayed, learn the skills we didn’t before, enjoy our families with more time. These years are certainly not less important. So wouldn’t we want to be at our best for them? Dentistry today can create health and stability at any age. That means an attractive smile, a stable and healthy mouth. It means few unexpected major procedures. It means we can enjoy our smiles, not worry about them. The opposite is also true. Living with the dental problem, “letting things go,” always leads to more problems, expense and pain. This is one area in which we are in control of our future. Dental disease is virtually 100% preventable…at any age.

3. It’s too expensive.

Health care today costs money. Like “death and taxes” this is something we can depend upon regardless of who ends up in the White House. It is important to be able to predict what our expenses might be. Better yet, get problems taken care of earlier, so that we do not face the expenses in retirement when income may be diminished. The fact is care rarely gets less costly with time. Fees increase, procedures become more involved with neglect. A simple filling becomes a root canal and crown, or extraction and implant. So do it now. Consider this, a young adult who invests in thorough and highly skilled dental care throughout life will save on average $20,000 – $40,000 and will retain his or her natural teeth, comfortably and looking good. If we factor in the growth potential of those saved dollars, it becomes a highly significant amount of money. This needs to be done with thorough diagnosis and careful treatment planning. An appropriate new patient examination requires at least an hour with the doctor and should never be rushed. From this an appropriate “master plan” can be determined by the patient and doctor together. This provides long term solutions with the least dentistry possible to accomplish goals mutually decided upon. Instead of being in a state of continuous breakdown, needing unexpected care, and really never feeling good about our mouths, we can enjoy our smiles and be confident in the future.

4. I am too afraid at the dentist to have work done.

Good news! The use of conscious sedation, small pills that you take before and during the procedure, has made absolutely comfortable care a reality for virtually anyone. Fear no longer has to be the barrier it was for so many people with dental needs. The medications, which are primarily benzodiazepines and extremely safe, bring a person to a state of sleepiness yet not full sleep. This along with the slight amnesic effect of these drugs makes the experience completely comfortable.

Dr. Charles Mayo once stated, that a healthy mouth can add ten years to a person’s life. I would suggest that in 2013, it is even more. So bring on birthday 100. Today’s dental care can help make it a successful reality for many of us.

East Aurora Implant Dentistry

If you would like to learn more about Dental Implants or your specific problem, Dr. Meisner’s office is located at 250 Quaker Road, East Aurora, NY and can be reached at (716) 655-3500 or visit their website at www.RMeisner.com.

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3-D and Changing Lives

Dental Implantology is just plain exciting. It is life changing and important. As a Dental Implantologist, I change people’s lives all the time by helping them get a healthy smile back. This is not only about looking younger and attractive. It’s about being able to enjoy a solid meal. It’s about tasting food again and laughing happily out loud without teeth (dentures) falling out. It is about living life the way we were meant to, face to face, person to person and feeling confident about the closeness. These are the results of well-done dental implant therapy.

We now have another great tool, a game changing technology for dental implantology. It’s called Cone Beam Tomography or CBT. Simply put it is CT scan technology specifically adapted for use in the dental office. It has vastly improved imaging capabilities over conventional dental x-rays of all types and dramatically decreased radiation exposure as well. It can often eliminate the need for the small, multiple x-rays that we have used for years. You know , the ones that sometimes “pinch” when the film is placed in the mouth and the hygienists says bite down and hold still while your eyes are watering. It also allows us to create a 3-D image of the area being examined, upper or lower jaw, sinuses, teeth or all of the above. In essence by using this technology we can create an accurate “picture” in all three dimensions of what your jaws and teeth really look like.

Why is this so exciting?

When we rebuild a smile with full replacement of teeth or partial replacement with implants it is extremely valuable to know exactly how much bone we have to work with, where it is located, and what quality it is. Example: If you were putting screws into a wall to hang 10 heavy pictures, but you did not know where the studs were, or the electrical wires, or the heating ducts or your lost pet hamster, wouldn’t it be great to be able to take a scan of that wall and have it generate a virtual 3-dimensional rendering of it. You could then plan exactly where to place the screws to find the best support, to avoid the shocking experience of an electrical wire perforation, and the location of your pet hamster to save his/her life.

When we place implants we are putting precision “screws” into people’s jaw bones in which there are areas of more or less bone, blood vessels and nerves, and spaces called sinuses. We need to put the implants in the right place, at the correct angle to create a successful foundation for new teeth. With Cone Beam Tomography and 3 dimensional digital renderings we can do just that….find the exact locations in which to place the “screws” so that we have the best support possible without touching structures that need to be avoided. We can predict and plan how we are going to rebuild a smile. We can avoid potential complications. In short, it takes much of the “guesswork” out of the surgery and puts in another level of safety and predictability.

How do we do it?

All of this is done by standing in an open machine. After the head is positioned carefully, a small part of the structure moves slowly around the persons head. There is nothing in the mouth. Two minutes later, voila….a 3-dimensional recreation of the head appears on the computer monitor. Let the games begin as we skillfully and with great abandon go through views, scan slices and put together the foundation of a new smile for Mrs. Smith. There is still no substitute for skill and experience. Careful planning and careful execution are still the most important.

There are many more incredible aspects to this technology. But suffice it to say….it’s real, it’s worth it and it’s all good. Try it you’ll like it.

East Aurora Implant Dentistry

If you would like to learn more about Dental Implants, your specific problem, or this Cone Beam Technology, Dr. Meisner’s office is located at 250 Quaker Road, East Aurora, NY and can be reached at (716) 655-3500 or visit our website at www.RMeisner.com.

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What Your East Aurora Dentist Wants you To Know

Dr. Robert Meisner of East  sees a lot of people and consequently, a lot of teeth throughout the day. As such, there are a few things he wants his patients to know a few things about their oral health they may not be aware of.

First things first, flossing is key. If you don’t floss regularly, you’re missing a lot of debris in the gaps between your teeth. his is where decay and gum disease are most likely to occur. The truth is, brushing just won’t effectively reach these areas. And while the floss picks and other flossing devices are good, nothing beats traditional floss for really getting at every crevice.

Second, if your gums are bleeding, you’re doing something wrong. This is not a normal reaction to brushing. In fact, healthy gums don’t bleed during proper brushing or flossing. If yours do, talk to your dentist. During a routine cleaning, some bleeding is normal because dental hygienists are doing such a thorough job and using instruments.

And finally, the mouth is a part of the human body. This may seem like an obvious thing to say, but somehow the mouth is isolated from the rest of the body in many people’s minds and even by our health care system. To wit: Why are there separate insurances for medical and dental care? Disease in the mouth affects the rest of the body and vice versa, particularly when it comes to problems like diabetes and gum disease as well as oral cancers. Keeping this fact in mind helps people take better care of their oral health.

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