Preventive Dental Care in Middlebury, CT
Our general dental practice is proud to offer:
- Periodontal Gum Treatments
- Fluoride Treatment
- Digital X-Rays
- Antibiotic Treatment
- Scaling and Root Planing
During your hygiene visit your hygienist will perform a through cleaning to remove plaque and calculus that builds up around the crevices of teeth and gums.
If left untreated this can lead to infection in the gums that can progress to gum disease. Gum disease can be recognized by bleeding gums, sensitivity to cold, drifting teeth, loose teeth and bad breath.
Your hygienist will go over home care instructions for brushing, flossing and the best habits for keeping your teeth and gums healthy to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Treating Gum Disease
Treatment for gum disease is a deeper cleaning called scaling and root planning to ensure any bacteria, plaque and tarter below the gums is removed to prevent the disease from progressing. An additional antibiotic treatment placed directly in the gums eliminates bacteria that cannot be reached.
In addition to the cleaning, a fluoride gel may be applied to teeth especially of children, young adults and adults at high risk for cavities to remineralize and strengthen enamel to prevent future cavities.
Your hygienist may also take digital x-rays of your teeth to help detect cavities and gum diseases early on if present. With advances in x-ray technology, digital x-rays are able to provide high quality images at a fraction of the radiation of traditional film x-rays and radiation from our surroundings.
With all our efforts to help you keep your smile healthy, it may be necessary to restore a damaged tooth.
During your exam, digital x-rays may be taken to aid in the detection of cavities early on. Advancements in dental care have made tooth colored filings an excellent choice to replace soft discolored tooth structure as a result of having cavities
Visit With Middlebury Dentist, Dr. Elahi
During your cleaning appointment you will also get a visit from the doctor who will review your health history, x-rays, perform an oral cancer screening and evaluate your jaw joints, jaw muscles, gums and teeth for health. This will also give the doctor opportunity to listen to and address any concerns you may have.
If You Are Experiencing Pain or Discomfort, We're Here To Help
There are many reasons for having pain in the mouth area related to your jaw joints (TMJ), chewing muscles, teeth and gums. We offer these additional services to help address problems before they worsen.
Untreated cavities can cause problems that can be painful and more expensive to treat in the future. Tooth-colored fillings and crowns are excellent for protecting and strengthening teeth from further damage.
What causes cavities?
Cavities are caused by sugars in our foods that bacteria use for energy producing acid that that soften tooth structure. If left untreated, bacteria in the softened tooth structure also known as cavity will keep getting bigger until it reaches the pulp or nerve in the tooth center. This causes inflammation and infection of the nerve which is extremely painful.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
Broken, chipped or worn teeth can be a sign of teeth alignment or jaw problems. These can be addressed with crowns, porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding that can help change the appearance of teeth.
Missing teeth can cause problems with chewing and can affect your smile. Restoring missing teeth with dental bridges, implants, partial or full dentures is a great way to bring stability in the mouth and help you smile.
Offering services in...
- Oral Sedation
- Tooth Extraction
- Tooth Pain Therapy
- Night Guards & Day Guards
- Bite Splint
- Invisalign ®
- Venus White ® Professional Whitening System