Glastonbury Dental Center

Keeping your teeth clean

brushing teethThe best way to keep your teeth clean is a combination of consistent home care routines combined with regular cleanings at the dentist. This sounds simple, but to practice it can be a different story when you factor in life and all of its surprises!  

Even with good brushing and home care, our teeth build up calcified deposits and bacterial colonies under the gums that we simply can’t remove ourselves. This is where professional cleaning by a hygienist comes into play. Your hygienist has special instruments and techniques that can remove these calcifications and clean under the gums where your toothbrush can’t reach.  

If you find yourself struggling in these areas, here are a few hints. First, get an electric toothbrush. Many of them have timers that help you brush for the proper amount of time. When it comes to remembering your dentist appointment, simply make sure you schedule your next appointment during your current appointment. Need to schedule your next cleaning? Contact us.

Do you wish your teeth were straighter?

straight teeth in a nice smileI see adult patients almost daily who think they can’t straighten their teeth because they didn’t have braces as a child. This simply isn’t true. I also see many adults who had braces as a child but their teeth drifted over the years and they don’t have any options. This also isn’t true.  In many of these cases, their teeth can be straighter with a series of clear trays that slowly straighten their teeth. We have a system in our office that is half the price of tradition systems called MTM (Minor Tooth Movement). This system is designed for patients who had braces and the front teeth shifted or who just want to straighten their front teeth without changing their bite. Whatever the case, we will find a solution that is right for you. Call or email Glastonbury Dental Center today to make an appointment to discuss available teeth straightening options

Will Eating Too Much Candy Really Cause Cavities?

What Does Candy Do to Your Teeth?

extracted tooth surrounded by candy corn

As we enter the Halloween season, you may be shocked to find out that candy alone does not cause cavities. For decades, even centuries, people have warned that candy will cause cavities.  Many of you reading this blog may have never had a cavity, but you have certainly had candy at some point in your life.  The truth is, it’s candy plus time that causes cavities.  The example I give my patients is as follows. On one hand, you can take one thousand Milky Ways and if you eat them in a ten minute period of time, you will not get a cavity. On the other hand, if you take one half of one of those thousand Milky Ways and nibble on them for two hours, you will definitely start to form a cavity.  

Please don’t get me wrong, if you eat one thousand Milky Ways in ten minutes, you will have bigger problems to deal with than cavities, but the moral of the story is that it’s all about time. So, this Halloween, if you want to reduce the risk for cavities, don’t let them nibble on the candy for long periods of time. Keep it short and simple!  

Happy Halloween!

Do you have Sensitive Teeth?


Find Out the Main Causes of Sensitive Teeth and Ways to Relieve the Pain

Sensitive teeth can dramatically reduce your quality of life. There are many reasons people experience sensitive teeth, the most common being:

Different stimuli can hurt and trigger tooth sensitivity. It many be triggered by cold, sweets, or even air flow. What ever the reason, there is usually a solution and many times it’s not as bad as you may have imagined! Some sensitivity can be relieved by simply using a toothpaste designed to reduce sensitivity. Other times, your dentist may be able to place some desensitizing solutions on your teeth that can reduce the sensitivity.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, Glastonbury Dental can help. Call 860-289-8219 to schedule an appointment.

Reasons Why You Should Not Be Afraid of a Root Canal

Endodontic therapy, also known as a root canal therapy, is not something that you should fear. Many times, a root canal is needed when the inside of your tooth becomes infected with bacteria. The infection can happen when you have a deep cavity that reaches the pulp or when your tooth is fractured and the pulp is exposed. However, in recent years, the techniques and materials for performing a root canal procedure have improved drastically. For instance, new anesthetics have been developed allowing the practitioner to numb the infected tooth even more deeply so you do not feel the pain. There are also new instruments and procedures that allow the root canal to be completed much more quickly and comfortably.

Patient smiling after a dental procedureMany people who need a root canal will take antibiotics to relieve the pain. Since their tooth does not hurt them anymore, they end up not having the procedure. Nevertheless, it is very important to know that antibiotics do not cure the infection, they only suppress it for a short amount of time. The reason that you do not feel the pain and start to feel better is because the antibiotics kill the bacteria outside of the tooth. This false sense of security is only temporary as the bacteria hiding inside the tooth will start reproducing once the antibiotic is finished, and the pain will eventually come back.

To make things worse, the antibiotics will kill off all the weaker bacteria and the remaining strong bacteria will reproduce and the resulting reinfection will be much stronger and more dangerous than the original infection. In addition, the infection also gets worse if you stop taking an antibiotic before you are supposed to.
If you think that you may need a root canal, please do not wait. Call now 860-289-8219 for a free consultation today.

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It makes us proud when a client takes the time to write a positive review. It also encourages us to continue providing the level of fine dental care our special clientele is expecting from us. From filling & restoration, to  dental implants, & teeth whitening we take the commitment of providing excellent customer experience in the Glastonbury, CT area.

If you have any question, please contact us at  860-289-8219

Overcoming Dental Fear and Anxiety

Dental fear and anxiety is a serious problem that prevents many individuals from going to the dentist. Part of Dr. Finch’s residency training was focused on managing and helping patients who suffer from dental fear and anxiety. There are a series of factors that lead to bad and sometimes traumatic experiences at the dentist. These include but are not limited to:

  • Not enough time allotted for the visit, thus the patient feels rushed and neglected.  
  • Pain! For whatever reason pain inside the mouth can be more traumatizing than pain outside the mouth.patient smiling while getting teeth cleaned  Often times, pain relates back to the lack of time for proper numbing before starting the procedure.  
  • Fear of the unknown can also be very unnerving.  In some cases,  it is a good idea for the patient to be told what is being done and how much longer it will take.  Sometimes, the patient may not want to know, and that is fine as well!  

Some methods that can help individuals before or during their visit are the following:

  • Take an anti-anxiety medication before the appointment.  
  • Other times if there is a lot of work to do, the patient may choose to be sedated during the procedure.  

No matter the circumstances, everyone on staff at the Glastonbury Dental Center is focused on providing the most comfortable and painless experience possible in a tranquil and judgment free environment.

 

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

Do your wife and kids tell you that your snoring keeps them up at night?

Sleep Apnea- Glastonbury Dental Center

Many sleep apnea patients have to sleep in a separate bedroom because of their loud snoring. When traveling with family members, they may even require another hotel room, adding an additional expense and emotional strain on the entire family.

Patients may have numerous episodes throughout the night where they stop breathing due to a narrow airway that has collapsed while sleeping. These episodes deprive the body’s organ systems of oxygen and can cause severe damage even death if not treated.

Upon waking up the next day, many patients feel exhausted and are sleep deprived. Even the most simple tasks seem difficult. When sleep deprived, patients may find themselves falling asleep at traffic lights and while driving. Patients may also find themselves unable to perform their regular job duties and have no energy to spend time with their families.

Many patients have already been diagnosed through sleep studies and they have been given a device called a CPAP. The CPAP utilizes a mask that covers the nose and sometimes the mouth to provide a continuous positive air pressure while the patient is sleeping, keeping the airway from collapsing throughout the night. The problem many people encounter is that there is a tubing and masks to wear with a base unit that can be difficult to transport. Because of this and other reasons, many people are not compliant with their CPAP machine.

Historically, the alternative for individuals suffering from sleep apnea, who could not tolerate the CPAP machine, was to surgically reduce the uvula and remove excess tissue throughout the airway to make it more open. Many people however do not want this surgery.

Another option is the Mandibular Advancement Splint. It is a simple, noninvasive mouthguard that keep your jaw forward, thus opening the airway.  It is compact, portable and allows you to sleep in any position you want without having to wear a mask with tubing running from a motor unit on the bedside table.

If you already has a sleep study that is current (within 3 years), all we need is a prescription from your physician asking us to fabricate a Mandibular Advancement Splint. If you do not have a current sleep study, we can provide a take home sleep study headgear set that is interpreted by a board-certified sleep physician and diagnosed.

Only your physician can diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Glastonbury Dental Center will work closely with your doctor to fabricate the splint and improve your quality of life.

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