Our Stamford practice stresses prevention of disease for our patients!
A program of regular professional cleanings will help to prevent both major dental diseases - tooth decay and gum disease - as well as several systemic diseases. This is because both these diseases are caused by bacteria which adhere to the teeth in the form of what is called dental plaque.
In recent years, many studies have confirmed that these bacteria also contribute to a variety of systemic diseases as well such as heart disease, macular degeneration of the eye, pregnancy specific diseases, and several cancers.
A smile is something that you always carry with you. When people look at you, your smile is what is noticed first. Our goal is to design the smile that is perfect for you.
Our state-of-the-art cosmetic treatments include tooth whitening, bonding and tooth colored fillings, porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns.
Cosmetic Dentistry: Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth to change the size, shape, or color. The result is very natural and beautiful. The procedure can be done with a very minimal tooth preparation and without anesthesia.
You can have a whiter, brighter smile with a dental professional whitening system. Our in-office whitening system is a rapid, whitening that takes about an hour in the dental office. The advantage of this system is that the teeth get whitened very rapidly and immediately. We recommend this system for those people who may have a special event and need immediate tooth whitening.
Another option is a take-home whitening kit. For this system, the dentist takes impressions of the mouth and designs comfortable trays for the patient, that are worn in the mouth for 30 minutes per day for approximately a week. This system requires a very short appointment time. Other advantages of this system are that it is less expensive, easier, and whitens the teeth much more gradually. The biggest advantage of the take home kit is that the trays can be used repeatedly to touch up the teeth.
Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed and became infected. Under local anesthesia, the pulp tissue and bacteria are thoroughly removed, and the inside of the the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This allows the bone around the tooth to heal and ultimately one can keep the tooth.
A filling repairs a tooth from a fracture, tooth decay, or cavity. We exclusively use state of the art bonded tooth colored fillings which are highly esthetic, strong, and retentive. The filling restores the original form of the tooth and allows the tooth to resume function and give you a healthier smile.
Implants and Tooth Replacement
Replacing missing or lost teeth is important to keep other teeth from shifting or tilting. Many times missing teeth are replaced for esthetic reasons, as well.
There are three ways to replace missing teeth: implants, removable dentures, and fixed bridges.
- Implant: An implant is a cylindrical metallic device that mimics the original tooth root that is placed in the bone to support one or several teeth.
- Fixed Bridge: A fixed bridge is a way to attach the missing tooth (or teeth) to crowns placed on the adjacent teeth.
- Removable Denture: A removable denture may also rely on support from clasps on the adjacent teeth but gets its primary support from the gum tissue.
A crown is a dental restoration, which completely covers the tooth. They are frequently needed when a large cavity, an old leaky filling, or a fracture undermines the structural integrity of the tooth. Crowns can be made from several different materials, but most frequently, patients choose to use porcelain because of its superior strength, esthetics, and its compatibility in the mouth. Crowns are made in the laboratory and bonded in place with cements and typically last for many years.