Please join us in welcoming Dr. Clay Alviani to Polished Dental! He will assume the role as primary associate dentist at our Churchill location starting Monday, July 3rd. After a lengthy interview process, he was personally selected by Dr. Troupe from a large pool of potential dentists, and as a native Pittsburgher, he will fit right in with our team and patients.
Dr. Alviani was raised just outside of the city and graduated from Hopewell High School. He studied at Penn State and completed his dental education at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. After practicing in the Tampa area for several years, he moved back to Pittsburgh to establish a home and be closer to family. He enjoys traveling, volunteering, home renovation, and he is a devoted Penn State and Pittsburgh sports fan.
With almost a decade of experience, he provides modern, comprehensive dental care to his patients, including restorative, emergency, and cosmetic procedures. He is very excited to join the Churchill team, and we can’t wait for you to meet him.
Dr. McShane, who is a close personal friend of Dr. Troupe and has served as the primary dentist in Churchill since early 2020, is moving back to Denver, where he lived prior to returning to Pittsburgh in 2019. Our team and patients will miss him dearly, and we are grateful for the skilled and compassionate care he has provided our patients over the last several years.
Our entire Churchill team will remain the same, starting at the top with Dr. Troupe, and Dr. Alviani will offer the same (and more) procedures that you have come to expect from Dr. Mcshane. We have found a superstar person and dentist in Dr. Alviani, and we feel fortunate to have such a qualified and personable doctor stepping into Dr. McShane’s role in Churchill!
Please join us in sending Dr. McShane best wishes as he returns to Denver and welcome Dr. Alviani to Churchill!
Dr. Waldman personally selected Dr. Troupe and the Polished Dental team to take his practice into the future, allowing for more time in his personal life after a long career in dentistry.
Dr. Troupe and Dr. Waldman first crossed paths when Dr. Waldman asked Dr. Troupe to cover emergencies several times over the last few years. Many of Dr. Waldman’s patients were seen in a Polished Dental office, were satisfied, and continue to see our doctors today.
Dr. Troupe started Polished Dental downtown ten years ago in 2013, and he has grown the practice to include three locations (downtown, Morningside, and Churchill), six dentists, and thousands of happy patients.
Both doctors have a similar approach to patient care, maintaining a very high standard of care and providing high-quality treatment in a comfortable environment so that patients can be proud of their dental health and confident in their smiles. For these reasons, Dr. Waldman believes his patients will be impressed with the Polished Dental team.
You will continue to come to the same location on Smithfield Street, and you will continue to receive the same quality of care that you have come to expect. If Char has been your hygienist, you will have the option to continue seeing her as well because she has also joined the Polished Dental team. Dr. Waldman’s patients will also receive the following benefits as patients at Polished Dental:
Polished Dental has a well-established reputation (check our reviews for our downtown, Morningside, and Churchill offices), and Dr. Troupe has been selected as one of Pittsburgh’s Top Dentists for eight consecutive years.
The office will now be open more hours throughout the week, and more appointment days and times will be available.
Many insurance plans will now be recognized as an in-network provider, lowering your out-of-pocket costs.
Polished Dental utilizes state-of-the-art technology, including 3D imaging, to provide you with the most modern dental treatment in Pittsburgh.
With multiple locations, we have at least three doctors seeing patients every day so that you can be seen in a pinch in case of an emergency.
Polished Dental offers many procedures previously referred to specialists, including Invisalign, implant placement, root canals, and extractions, making getting the treatment you need easier.
You will be able to participate in Polished Dental’s many community service projects, helping improve the community of Pittsburgh and earning a discount from your bill in exchange.
Dr. Troupe and Dr. Waldman are proud of this merger and are excited to welcome all of you to the practice throughout 2023. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions. Our friendly team is ready to answer your questions and do anything necessary to make your experience seamless.
There are a million reasons that people try to hide their teeth. You might have an imperfection, like a chip or a stain on your front tooth, that is visible every time you open your mouth. Or perhaps your mouth is full of teeth that were once pearly white, before endless cups of coffee turned them into a dingy shade of tan. Maybe there’s a gap between your two front teeth that is too small for braces but large enough to make you self-conscious.
Even if your family and friends tell you not to worry about your teeth, you do. If this sounds familiar, you might want to consider dental veneers as a way of improving your self-esteem.
Dental veneers are used for a variety of dental issues. These thin pieces of porcelain are permanently cemented to your teeth and are quite strong. Here are two main reasons your dentist can use veneers to improve your smile and make you feel more confident.
Enjoy Whiter Teeth Thanks to Dental Veneers
The list of food and beverages that can stain your teeth is quite extensive—coffee, tea, soda, dark juices, red wine, berries, tomato sauce, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar—so patients often ask their dentist about whitening their teeth. Smoking and some medications can stain your teeth, and some people are genetically predisposed to have darker enamel.
Your dentist can bleach your teeth, but that procedure will need to be repeated. Using dental veneers to whiten your teeth can be a better option since the veneers do not discolor. Once veneers are applied to your teeth, they will remain white. They also last for many years, minimizing visits to repeat whitening procedures.
Use Dental Veneers to Fix Cosmetic Flaws
Dental veneers are not a substitution for braces, however, they can be used to make crooked teeth ‘appear’ to be straight. By placing the veneer on the front of the tooth, the dentist can fill in a gap between teeth or make other aesthetic improvements.
Patients who have a chipped tooth, either from a sports injury or a fall, can have a dental veneer bonded to the tooth which can return the tooth to its original shape. Not all cosmetic issues can be corrected with veneers, but there are a number of ways veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth.
It usually only takes a few appointments to have veneers made and cemented to your teeth, so it won’t be long before you can smile with confidence!
Dr. Joey Troupe and the entire team at Polished Dental welcome the opportunity to be your dentist. We offer three offices in the Pittsburgh area and invite you to contact us at 412-281-3546 for a free cosmetic consultation to determine how veneers can restore your confidence in your smile!
The American Dental Association estimates that 5 million implants are placed each year in this country. With proper care, implants can have a success rate of 98% or higher. Implants can be used to replace one tooth or, if you need to replace all your teeth, implants can be used to support a bridge or a full denture.
If you are wondering if implants are right for you, the following information can help you make an informed decision.
Understanding dental implant surgery
Before the implant can be placed in your mouth, you may need to have one or more teeth removed. Once your mouth has healed from the tooth extractions, the implant process can start.
The first step is an evaluation of your teeth and jaw. Since the implant is placed directly into your jawbone, the bone must be strong enough to support the implant. If it isn’t, your dentist will discuss options to improve the quality of bone within your jaw. Next, X-rays and 3D images will be taken to minimize complications and to maximize the precision for implant placement.
A dental implant consists of three parts; a titanium post that is placed into your jaw bone, an abutment that extends from the metal post, and an artificial tooth that is placed on the abutment. The metal post acts like the tooth’s root. To make sure the implant doesn’t move, the metal post must fuse with the bone cells in your jaw, and it can take months for the bone to heal around the implant.
Depending on your specific situation, either local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia will be used. Generally, this is a routine surgical procedure that takes approximately one hour (for a single implant) to complete. Patients routinely go back to work the next day with very little discomfort!
The amount of time it takes to complete dental implant surgery varies for each patient, but it’s important to understand that it takes months to complete the entire process in order to minimize complications and maximize the success rate.
Advantages of dental implants
Here are just a few of the many benefits of using dental implants to fill in your missing teeth:
Dental implants prevent bone loss
Dental implants prevent surrounding teeth from moving
Dental implants look like natural teeth
Dental implants never need to be replaced and do not get decay/cavities
Dental implants improve chewing ability
Dental implants increase self-confidence
Potential risks involved with dental implants
As with any type of surgery, there are potential risks, the most common being the risk which you can discuss with your dentist. Each patient’s unique medical and dental history plays a role in determining their risk profile. Most patients are good candidates for dental implants.
Insurance coverage for dental implants
All insurance plans are different. Some insurance plans cover all aspects of the implant process, including tooth extraction, while others only pay for certain parts or none at all. Check with your specific policy to learn how much your insurance plan will cover.
If your child has autism, you know any new experience you expose them to has a greater chance of being successful if you take the time to prepare them. The first visit to the dentist cannot be stressful because if it is, your child could become anxious before future dentist appointments. With regular dental checkups being so important to your child’s overall health, we recommend taking steps to make sure it goes smoothly.
In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, we’ve put together five helpful tips to make sure your autistic child has an enjoyable trip to the dentist.
Find a dentist comfortable with children on the autism spectrum
Before you make an appointment, ask questions such as:
Do you work with special needs children?
Can I or should I stay in the room during the entire exam?
How do you deal with the child’s anxiety?
What do you do if the child’s behavior makes the exam difficult?
You might want to make an appointment to ask these questions in person so you can watch how the dentist responds to your questions. Be sure to let the dentist know the time of day that works best for your child.
Does your autistic child hate specific flavors?
If the answer is yes, ask if you can bring the toothpaste your child uses at home. A dental practice that understands how to work with children on the autism spectrum will understand the importance of making accommodations like this.
Do bright lights or loud noises bother your autistic child?
Children on the autism spectrum can often be extremely sensitive to their environment. You know your child best. If you know that he or she is sensitive to light, bring sunglasses. If noise bothers them, bring earplugs.
Teach your child what to expect
Many aspects of a dental exam contain things that your child might have never experienced before. Show your child how to sit with legs straight and hands on their stomach. Have your child practice opening their mouth wide and keeping it open. Count each tooth and introduce a power toothbrush so your child understands how a power brush feels. Also, practice spitting into the sink.
You can purchase a dental mirror and rubber-tipped gum massager at your local pharmacy – this can be helpful to get your child comfortable with the tools used at the dentist. When you make an appointment to interview the dentist, ask if they can give you dental bite wings so your child can practice biting on them. This will help your child know what to expect if X-Rays are taken.
Create a picture book for your child
To help your child visualize the entire experience, take photos of the parking lot, front door, waiting room and examination room of the dentist office. Reviewing the book often will help your child feel comfortable the day of the exam.
Dr. Joey Troupe and the entire team at Polished Dental welcome the opportunity to be your dentist. We offer three offices in the Pittsburgh area and invite you to contact us at 412-281-3546.
Whether you are new to Pittsburgh or have lived here your entire life, when you need to find a dentist there are a few key points you should consider. Obviously, you want a professional who is board certified. But, there is more to finding a good dentist than just the certification. Take the time to ask the following questions, and you’ll find a Pittsburgh dentist you can trust.
What are all of the services that you offer?
Many people seek a dentist for a routine cleaning, and while dental cleanings play a vital role in your overall health, you never know when you might need oral surgery or restorative dental care. Simply biting on an almond or a piece of ice can crack a tooth. If possible, check the background of the dentist before you make an appointment. Has he or she had advanced training in cosmetic reconstruction, extraction of third molars (also called wisdom teeth), placing and restoring implants and other complex dental therapies? If yes, you can relax knowing the dentist can help you today and in the future with modern, state-of-the-art dental care.
Is the dentist near me?
It makes sense to find a dentist in Pittsburgh that’s close to your home or office, but what happens if you move? If your dentist has two or more locations, it can save you the hassle of looking for a new dentist when you get a new job or move to a new home or apartment. Plus, if you do have an emergency, you might have the option of being seen by your regular dentist in a different location.
How does the dentist handle emergencies?
There is nothing worse than being in excruciating pain and having to wait a few days to see the dentist. Unfortunately, accidents are a part of life. Does the dentist offer Saturday hours? Do they leave openings in their schedules to squeeze in same-day emergency appointments? Do your research on this now, not while you are in pain.
Do they take your insurance or offer a payment plan?
Call the dental practice and ask if they are in-network with your specific type of dental insurance and if the answer is yes, ask if they will file your claim for you. If you don’t have dental insurance, ask about payment options or patient loyalty plans. While most dentists accept major credit cards, some also offer payment plans that will allow you to finance 100 percent of the cost.
Do you have dental anxiety?
Far too many people avoid going to the dentist out of fear. This only exacerbates the problem since untreated dental issues can cause additional problems. Many Pittsburgh dentists offer anxiety-free and sedation options. You might be given a sedation pill to take before your appointment or, for more invasive procedures, you might have the option of IV sedation. You are the only one who can answer if you have dental anxiety, and you have a right to find a dentist who believes in making patients feel comfortable.
Do they treat children?
If you have children, or are thinking about starting a family one day, it makes life much more convenient if you and your children have the same dentist.
Dr. Joey Troupe and the entire team at Polished Dental welcome the opportunity to be your dentist. We have three convenient locations in the Pittsburgh area and invite you to contact us at 412-823-5252.
According to the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 7.2 million Botox procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2017. Many people think that Botox injections can only be administered by plastic surgeons or specialists, but general dentists are also great providers for Botox and dermal fillers.
Dentists in Pittsburgh, such as Dr. Joey Troupe of Polished Dental, perform Botox injections for cosmetic and health-related purposes. Below we discuss how dentists are qualified to perform the non-surgical procedure and the benefits of Botox in general.
Why Try Botox?
Botox is a non-surgical treatment that is used to minimize/eliminate wrinkles or creases in the face that are caused by over-contraction of facial muscles. The most commonly treated areas include the forehead, eyebrows, crow’s feet (around the eyes), and lines around the lips. The procedure is proven to be exceptionally safe, with nearly zero risk of side effects. The effects of Botox appear within 3-10 days, and repeated administration of Botox can help prevent additional wrinkles and lines from forming.
Dentists in Pittsburgh and throughout the United States undergo comprehensive training of the facial, head, and neck anatomy and musculature and are well-suited to perform these procedures. Dental patients can easily receive these services at their regular exams or cleanings, and these treatments can add an element of excitement to your next trip to the dental office!
Oral Health Uses
It’s common to think of Botox strictly as a cosmetic procedurer; however, there are a number of other ways the injections can be used. In 2010, the FDA approved Botox as a way to treat chronic migraines. Those that suffer from migraines more than 15 days a month and experience dizziness, fainting, or vision impairment may benefit from Botox injections.
TMJ issues can also be treated with Botox when paired with a night guard. As a non-surgical treatment for TMJ, Botox can relieve jaw tension for patients and help alleviate headaches caused by teeth grinding or lockjaw.
Botox in the Pittsburgh Area
Botox can not only boost your self-esteem but also offers numerous health benefits. At Polished Dental, we provide Botox injections for both cosmetic and health reasons. Dr. Joey Troupe and his team of professionals are leading providers of Botox in Pittsburgh. If you are interested in a free Botox consultation, contact Polished Dental at 412-281-3546.
Seeing the dentist twice a year not only helps keep you healthy but saves your wallet, too.
Sometimes the dental office isn’t the most fun place to spend your afternoon. From worrying about cavities to figuring out how much procedures will cost, some patients put off scheduling even the most routine examination and professional cleaning. However, the truth is that seeing your dentist regularly you can save money and help you maintain your overall health.
There are some common misconceptions that exist among dental patients. Here we debunk a few dental myths and show you the benefits of a regular dental exam:
Oral Health Isn’t Important
Some people think that a dentist is not an expert on disease prevention or general health. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Dentists are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage your oral health, which plays a pivotal role in your overall body health. For example, if you have gum disease, you may be more at risk for a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, or other illness, and oral pathology can exacerbate conditions in other areas of your body. Dentists are experts on how your oral health can impact your overall medical health.
Some patients also think that if nothing hurts, nothing is wrong. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t the case. Most dental problems do not hurt until the condition has progressed dramatically or a severe infection is present. Periodontal disease, which can lead to bad breath, tooth loss, and overall medical problems, generally does not hurt. Tooth decay usually does not hurt until the decay has reached the nerve, and at that point, the tooth may require a root canal or even an extraction. It is important to maintain regular examinations so that any problem areas can be diagnosed and treated before something hurts, while the cost is low and the procedure is as minimally invasive and routine as possible.
Other dental patients feel like their local practitioner is unaware of the latest dental practices or innovations. This is false. Dentists are required to update their skills and practices through continuing education (CE) classes in order to maintain their state dental license. For example, dentists in Pennsylvania are required to recertify their licenses and complete 30 hours of CE classes every two years. Our dentists have often double or triple the minimum required number of CE hours so that they can offer the most state-of-the-art treatment possible.
Breaking the Bank
Without health insurance, sometimes a trip to the dentist can cost a significant amount of money, especially if you haven’t gone in a while. Regular dental checkups can help your wallet because it can maintain your oral health and overall physical wellness. It may cost more upfront, but in the long-run, seeing the dentist at least twice per year can help you save money by avoiding more significant medical problems. Dental treatment is always less costly when it is completed early before the condition has progressed.
Other office visits for cosmetic dental services may also seem too expensive to pursue. However, some dentists offer financing options for patients of all ages and incomes. Procedures like dental implants, Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and professional teeth whitening can often be financed.
Affordable Dentists in Pittsburgh
Not all dental visits have to feel like an expensive burden. Dr. Joey Troupe and his team at Polished Dental are here to help. Our dental office is committed to providing affordable care for your family dental visits or cosmetic procedure needs. We offer comprehensive dental services to clients throughout the Pittsburgh area from our offices in Morningside, Churchill, and downtown. Call (412) 281-3546 to schedule an appointment today.
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Dental Trends That Will Live Forever: Flossing, Routine Dental Exams, and Brushing Twice Per Day are healthy dental trends that will live forever.
Do you have a daily routine to take care of your teeth and oral health? As one of the top dentists in Lawrenceville, Polished Dental encourages a healthy dental routine that includes dental exams, brushing several times per day and one of the routines that’s easy to overlook: flossing.
Brushing your teeth, flossing, and routine dental exams are important for every Pittsburgh resident, including those in Lawrenceville and beyond. Here is what you need to know about what these dental care routines involve and how you can better care for your teeth.
How Often Do You Need Dental Exams?
Occasional visits to the dentist during the year make a big difference for your dental health. Even young patients in their teens or 20s can develop gingivitis and periodontal disease without proper dental care, and knowing the status of your oral health can keep help you prevent impending dental problems.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, microbial infections, such as those caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi, are the primary cause of most oral diseases today. This includes dental caries, otherwise known as cavities and tooth decay. These are two common yet serious oral ailments that can easily be prevented and treated with routine dental exams.
How frequently you visit the dentist depends on your current oral health. According to Colgate, the twice-per-year advice on visiting the dentist may have come from Pepsodent toothpaste ads in the 1950s. Many patients find that their oral condition requires more frequent cleaning and examination, and dentists often recommend three or four professional cleanings per year. Dental care is most successful when each patient receives a recommendation customized specifically for the current condition of their mouth, as well as their dental and medical health histories. Don’t just assume that you are a once per year or once every other year dental patient, and ask your dentist what dental health schedule is best for your mouth.
What Happens During a Dental Exam?
During a typical dental exam, your teeth are cleaned by a dental hygienist, who communicates anything that is found during the cleaning to the dentist. Your Lawrenceville dentist will then evaluate your entire mouth to inspect for problems areas that are currently present and areas that may develop into problems in the future. X-rays and photographs are often required in order to fully diagnose teeth, and your dentist will explain how often these are required, based on your current dental health condition. Your dentist will also discuss routine methods to prevent dental problems, such as professional fluoride treatments.
The Importance of Brushing Your Teeth
Many of us learn at a young age that it is important to brush your teeth every night before bed. However, it’s recommended that you brush for two complete minutes at least twice per day. Twice-daily brushing yields many benefits, including:
Reduction of plaque and bacteria that causes tooth decay and infection
Providing fresh and clean breath
Reducing risk of tooth loss, as well as heart disease and even cancer
Saving money—a routine dental cleaning costs far less than more involved procedures
This infographic from the American Dental Association gives additional information on brushing your teeth. Aim to brush your teeth for two minutes per day, twice daily. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
The Importance of Flossing
It’s the one preventative dental care step that’s easy to forget, but it can make a big difference in your oral health. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, flossing is the number one preventative measure against plaque buildup. This is because floss is highly effective at removing food particles from the mouth that would otherwise stick to the tooth’s surface. If the toothbrush doesn’t reach the food for removal, it will form as plaque.
Plaque is the substance that is formed from leftover food combined with saliva. Plaque eventually turns into tartar, which may require professional cleaning to scrape it away from your teeth.
How to Properly Floss Your Teeth
Did you know there is a correct approach to flossing your teeth? This video by Oral-B demonstrates the right way to floss your teeth—leaving you with reduced risk of plaque and tarter with a healthier, brighter smile:
Schedule Your Appointment for Dental Exams at Polished Dental
Polished Dental isn’t just a dentist in Lawrenceville. We also service the areas of Morningside, Shadyside, Highland Park, Robinson Township, and downtown Pittsburgh. We are the Pittsburgh area’s go-to dentist for dental exams, cleanings, and cosmetic dentistry such as Zoom teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and even Botox injections and dermal fillers.
Contact us today to schedule a dental exam at 412-281-3546. You can also contact us to learn about our financing options and flexible payment plans.
Invisalign vs. Braces: The Difference in Appearance, Cost, and More
Invisalign is a popular method for straightening your teeth without the bulk and pain of braces. While both Invisalign and braces correct your teeth, giving you a movie star smile, many patients wonder about the difference with Invisalign vs. braces. If you’re considering either of these treatments to improve your smile and gain more confidence, we’re here to cover the basics on Invisalign vs. braces and what you can expect moving forward.
What You Need to Know About Braces
Braces are brackets that are bonded to the front of your teeth. The type of braces that are best for you is determined by your Pittsburgh dentist and by your specific dental condition.
Time it Takes to Straighten Your Smile
Before you get your braces, you’re likely wondering how long it takes to see results. The answer to this question is variable because the length of treatment depends on how much movement your teeth require.
Patients can expect to wear fixed braces from 12 to 24 months, but it can take even longer if your teeth are very misaligned.
A standard Invisalign case generally takes 9 to 12 months. Some patients qualify for Express treatment, which can take 6 months or less. Only very complex cases take more than one year. Your Pittsburgh dentist can give you the best time estimate for your situation.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The cost of braces depends on the type of brace that you’re getting.
Metal braces (traditional): $3,000-$7,000
Ceramic braces: $4,000-$8,000
Lingual braces: $8,000-$10,000
Keep in mind that these prices depend on which Pittsburgh dentist you visit as well as insurance coverage. The best way to find out the cost of braces is to schedule an appointment with a dentist.
How do Braces Work?
Braces are designed to fix crooked teeth and misaligned bites, such as an underbite or an overbite. These devices work by bonding small metal squares to the front of each tooth with a special bonding agent. These squares are attached to orthodontic bands with brackets that act like handles, holding the wires that move the teeth into the desired position.
Unfortunately, braces have a lot of drawbacks. They can cause discomfort, especially after appointments when they’re tightened. Wires may also break on the braces and cause sores, which can send you to an emergency dentist to fix the problem.
After a year or two, the braces are removed with the goal of a straighter smile.
What You Need to Know About Invisalign
Now that you understand a little more about braces, it’s time to discuss Invisalign. When it comes to Invisalign vs. braces, you’ll note some major differences between the two.
Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. It underwent 20 years of clinical research and has more than 700 patents. It offers a better fit, better comfort, and it’s much easier to take on and off than traditional braces.
Invisalign clear aligners are custom made for your teeth. There are no parts, wires, or bands involved in this treatment. They are nearly invisible and fit over your teeth. The aligners slightly shift each tooth, moving them both horizontally and vertically—and even rotating your teeth in some situations. These aligners are carefully crafted and engineered to use the exact amount of force needed on every tooth.
Patients typically change to the next set of aligners every week which gradually moves your teeth into the proper position. You’ll follow a custom treatment plan outlined just for you by your Pittsburgh dentist.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The cost of Invisalign typically begins around the $3,000 range. Polished Dental offers flexible financing to make sure you get your best smile at a price you can afford. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.