We emphasize to every patient how important it is to have your teeth cleaned professionally by our dental hygienist on a regular basis. Plaque and tartar form on teeth over time and regular brushing will not remove it. If it is allowed to accumulate, cavities will form and even more serious problems like gum disease can result. If gum disease advances, it can affect your overall health. Medical research has proven the link between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Please take our recommendation seriously to stay healthy!
In the past, teeth that had infected or damaged roots were simply extracted. Today, it is recognized that it is important to save teeth, as missing teeth can cause other dental problems. Our doctors are well experienced in the most advanced procedure of root canal therapy. During this treatment, the interior of the pulp chamber of a tooth is removed and replaced with a filling material that is different from a filling for a cavity restoration. Sometimes the tooth will need more strength for full functioning, so a crown is placed over the tooth. When root canals were first performed, they acquired a dreaded reputation among patients. But all that has changed. Today, modern technology and anesthetics make the procedure easy for a patient, with little or no pain.
You are probably familiar with the term "wisdom teeth," those teeth in
the very back of your upper and lower dental arches. They are given this
term because they grow out between the ages of 17 and 25. The name "wisdom
teeth" comes from the idea that age equals wisdom. In a dental office, these
are called third molars.
Often these teeth are impacted, which means there is not enough room in the back of your dental arch to allow them to grow in properly. So instead of growing out straight, they become enclosed in your jawbone. Impaction can cause various problems. They can push or crowd your other teeth, which will make them crooked. Cavities can develop more easily in these and adjoining teeth because of the crowding. Sometimes even infection in the jawbone results from impacted wisdom teeth.
It is our recommendation to have them removed rather than wait until a problem occurs. The jawbone becomes denser as you grow older, clamping even tighter to these teeth, causing pain and making it more difficult to remove them.
You may be shocked to learn that oral cancer results in one American death every hour. This statistic has not changed for 40 years! When oral cancer is detected in the early stages, 90% of cases are cured. We give visual screenings for oral cancer at your six-month check-up. Our hygienist carefully looks over the inside of your mouth and if there is anything that looks unusual, you are referred to an oral surgeon. This is an easy screening that could save your life!
Just like our bodies, our teeth and gums show signs of wear and tear and
aging. Fillings can crack or loosen and need to be replaced before cavities
set in. Plaque may build up, resulting in a need for a thorough professional
cleaning. Years of coffee, tea, or tobacco consumption stain teeth, and they
lose their attractive luster. Seniors may take certain medications that
result in less flow of saliva through the mouth.
With regular check-ups, we can stay on top of any problem and take care of it in the earlier stages. We always encourage proper daily maintenance and good nutrition to help keep your teeth and gums in good shape. If your gums start to bleed or any teeth feel loose, please let us know immediately.
If it's time for your next cleaning, or if you're ready to schedule a no cost/no obligation consultation, call us now at (203) 574-2725.
171 Grandview Avenue, Suite 103
Waterbury, CT 06708