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At New England Dental, LLC, we provide all phases of dental care. We gladly welcome new patients and are happy to provide a complimentary consultation.
Among our many services, we offer veeners and tooth whitening and are proud to have an implants specialist on our team. We also offer senior discounts.
Please read further or call and speak with any member of our team to learn more about all we have to offer you and your family.
Comprehensive Oral Health Exams, Biannual Checkups, Oral Cancer Screening, Periodontal Screening and Evaluations, Periodontal Cleaning and Scaling, Protective Sealants
Root Canal, Apexification/Recalcification, Apexogenesis, Apicoectomy/Periradicular Service.
Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry, Orthodontics
Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry:
Tooth-Colored Fillings, Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening, Dental Bonding, All-Porcelain Crowns, Onlays and Inlays, Bridges, Dentures and Partial Dentures, Dental Implants.
Pediatric Dental Care:
Preventive Maintenance, Tooth-Colored Fillings, Dental Sealants, Completion of School Dental Examination Forms
Infant & Toddler Dental Health Program:
Preventive Care for Children Under Age Three
There are many teenagers who can tell you just what orthodontics means. However, if you want a specific definition, the word "orthodontics" translates almost perfectly as "tooth straighten." Of course, this means that the practice of orthodontics refers to helping to straighten teeth through braces or another apparatus. Orthodontics is often used on teenagers simply because this is often the easiest time to get a straight smile, while the person is still young. However, more and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth.
When orthodontics is used to straighten teeth in youth, the actual time needed to straighten the teeth is much shorter than it is for adults. It also helps avoid future problems like tooth decay when crooked teeth cannot be properly cleaned. This does not mean an adult cannot benefit from orthodontics. In fact, adults certainly can. The process just may take a bit longer to complete.
There are several different choices for orthodontics and each patient who comes to our office can choose an option that will work best for them. The traditional option of braces is not quite so traditional anymore. The actual metal brackets on the teeth are smaller and have a much lower profile. Ceramic brackets can also be used and appear like the white color of teeth.
Another, newer, orthodontics option is Invisalign. This option uses clear retainers called aligners. The retainers are changed on a regular basis to slowly change the position of teeth to straighten them. Many people prefer Invisalign because the aligners are barely noticeable. They can also be removed so that the patient can eat and clean their teeth as normal. Invisalign is a great option for professional adults who want to avoid the braces look.
The practice of orthodontics makes it easy for anyone to have straight teeth, which will provide a better smile and will make it easier to keep those teeth clean and healthy.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the surgical specialty of dentistry that provides patients with surgical care of the mouth, face, jaws and associated structures. After attending four years of dental college, oral and maxillofacial surgeons become qualified as specialists through residencies in hospitals throughout the United States and are required to complete at least four years of additional training beyond dental school. Many Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons also hold medical degrees (MD) in addition to dental degrees (DDS) and receive training in general surgery as well. After training is completed, Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons can become
Surgical services offered by Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons include removal of teeth (especially wisdom teeth), preparation of the mouth for dentures and implant placement. Oral Surgeons also perform reconstructive surgery of oral and facial deformities, and facial injuries/fractures. In addition, Oral Surgeons also perform biopsies, removal of tumors or cysts of the jaws, face and mouth as well as perform cosmetic surgery of the oral and facial regions. These services are available both electively and on an emergency basis.
Because of their specialized training, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are able to offer qualified patients the option of varying levels of anesthesia and sedation during surgery. These options vary from local anesthesia to intravenous sedation. It is important to speak with the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon before a procedure to find out what is appropriate for you. Most surgeries can be performed in the office setting, but certain patients may be best served in the hospital either as same-day surgery patients or as in-patients.
Nitrous oxide / oxygen is available and is a lighter form of sedation than IV sedation. Recovery from nitrous oxide sedation is rapid, and is safe for most but not all patients.
Non-Removeable / Removable Dentures
The news of our non-removable dentures has created quite a “buzz.” Only full denture wearers can appreciate how powerful an image this is. Imagine no more adhesives, loose fitting dentures or bulky material in your mouth. You brush like you have your own natural teeth. Also, it is a more reasonable option in comparison to a full mouth of dental implants. Please call for a free consultation and see it for yourself. Call now! 203.790.0111
For new denture wearers
Immediate dentures offer the best way to introduce a denture. The process is simple. The dentures are fabricated prior to extractions. The day the teeth are removed, the denture is immediately placed allowing you to:
1. Maintain Appearance and Function
2. Protect sensitive areas during the healing process
3. Begin adjusting to your dentures immediately.
The advantage of having an on-site Denture Laboratory is that it allows us to offer faster service with increased quality control.
Full Dentures / Partials
• Cast Flexi-partial - Flexible non-monomer material combined with bio-friendly metals for accurate fit and comfort as well as high aesthetics.
• Flexi-partial - fully flexible material for comfort and high aesthetics.
• Cast Partials - Bio-friendly metal combined with acrylic.
• Acrylic Partials - transitional partial made of acrylic and clasps.
A root canal is needed when damage has occurred to the core of a tooth and the nerve has experienced irreparable exposure or trauma.
When is a Root Canal needed?
Signs of Endodontic Disease include:
• Pain when biting down
• Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
• Discoloration of the tooth
• Throbbing or severe pain
• Pain attributable to changes in atmospheric pressure, such as flying in a plane
• Pain attributable to eating sweet foods and swelling or tenderness in the nearby gums
Nothing is as good as a natural tooth! And sometimes your natural tooth may need Endodontic (root canal) treatment for it to remain a healthy part of your mouth.
But understand that sometimes there are no symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office right away as you may very well be in the stages of root canal disease or some other dental problem. Symptoms of Endodontic disease may be signs of such matters as defective fillings, periodontal disease, tooth decay and other tooth related problems.
Most patients report that having Endodontic (root canal) treatment today is as unremarkable as having a cavity filled.
Why May Endodontic Disease Cause Swelling?
When the pulpal tissue becomes severely diseased and necrotic, the resultant infection can spread from inside the tooth into the adjacent bone and soft tissues. As a result, swelling can occur in the tissues immediately surrounding the tooth.
If this situation is not treated and the endodontic disease process is not kept under control by the body's defenses, the infection can begin to spread into other tissue spaces, such as those around the eye or in the neck. In some situations, this can become a serious medical emergency.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of the tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A crown is a cap made from various materials suitable for withstanding the biting and chewing forces that a normal tooth must endure. It is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.
Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown may be needed to rebuild broken or decayed teeth or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth. To restore a damaged, broken or severely worn down tooth. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't much of the tooth left. To secure a dental bridge in place. To cosmetically improve the appearance of misshaped or severely discolored teeth. To cover a dental implant
A DENTAL BRIDGE is an appliance made to permanently fit between two porcelain crowns. The bridge fills the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Today, we refer to this as a, FIXED BRIDGE. Think of a FIXED BRIDGE as a permanent bridge which cannot be removed the same way you remove (take out and put back on) partial dentures.
Dentures (more commonly known as (false teeth) or more rarely known as (fake teeth) are prostheticdevices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. There are two main categories of dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch.
Full Dentures Portrait Plus - We use quality porcelain teeth for high aesthetics. Portrait - Portrait IPN teeth are used for exceptional aesthetics and durability. Natural (A-Z denture)
Partials Cast Flexi-partial - Flexible non-monomer material combined with bio-friendly metals for accurate fit and comfort as well as high aesthetics. Flexi-partial - fully flexible material for comfort and high aesthetics. Cast Partials - Bio-friendly metal combined with acrylic. Acrylic Partials - transitional partial made of acrylic and clasps.
Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging, where digital x-rays sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.
Digital Radiography (DR) or (DX) is essentially filmless X-ray image capture. In place of X-ray film, a digital image capture device is used to record the X-ray image and make it available as a digital file that can be presented for interpretation and saved as part of the patient’s medical record. The advantages of DR over film include immediate image preview and availability, a wider dynamic range which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the image.
Dental Fillings, also known as tooth decay or a cavity, is a disease where bacterial processes damage hard tooth structure (enamel, dentin, and cementum). These tissues progressively break down, producing dental caries (cavities, holes in the teeth). Two groups of bacteria are responsible for initiating caries: Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus. If left untreated, the disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, infection, and, in severe cases, death. Today, caries remains one of the most common diseases throughout the world. Cariology is the study of dental caries.
The presentation of caries is highly variable; however, the risk factors and stages of development are similar. Initially, it may appear as a small chalky area that may eventually develop into a large cavitation. Sometimes caries may be directly visible, however other methods of detection such as radiographs are used for less visible areas of teeth and to judge the extent of destruction.
Tooth decay is caused by specific types of acid-producing bacteria that cause damage in the presence of fermentable carbohydrates such as sucrose, fructose, and glucose.The mineral content of teeth is sensitive to increases in acidity from the production of lactic acid. Specifically, a tooth (which is primarily mineral in content) is in a constant state of back-and-forth demineralization and remineralization between the tooth and surrounding saliva. When the pH at the surface of the tooth drops below 5.5, demineralization proceeds faster than remineralization (meaning that there is a net loss of mineral structure on the tooth's surface). This results in the ensuing decay. Depending on the extent of tooth destruction, various treatments can be used to restore teeth to proper form, function, and aesthetics, but there is no known method to regenrate large amounts of tooth structure, though stem cell related research suggests one possibility. Instead, dental health organizations advocate preventive and prophylactic measures, such as regular oral hygiene and dietary modifications, to avoid dental caries.
Dental bleaching, also known as tooth whitening, is a common procedure in general dentistry but most especially in the field of cosmetic dentistry. A child's decidous teeth are generally whiter than the adult teeth that follow. As a person ages the adult teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth, as the enamel becomes less porous. Teeth can also become stained by bacterial pigments, foodstuffs and tobacco. Certain antibiotic medications (like tetracycline)can also cause teeth stains or a reduction in the brilliance of the enamel.
In-office bleaching is the fastest and most effective way to whiten teeth. With this process, the whitening product is applied directly to the patient's teeth. This process may include the use of heat, a special light, and/or a laser. These tools help to accelerate the whitening process. In order to achieve dramatic results, several appointments will usually be needed. However, with laser-enhanced bleaching, dramatic results can be seen after the first treatment.Whitening is not permanent, and people who expose their teeth to smoking, and foods or beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as 1 month. People who stay away from these things may be able to last up to a year or even longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is needed.
The degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual. Depending upon the condition of the teeth, nature of the stain, and whether or not an individual is a smoker, can all be factors.
Call New England Dental, LLC at (203) 790 0111 to find out if the whitening process is right for you.
A dental implant is a titanium "root" used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth.
Virtually all dental implants placed today are root-form endosseous implants, i.e., they appear similar to an actual tooth root (and thus possess a "root-form") and are placed within the bone (end- being the Greek prefix for "in" and osseous referring to "bone"). The bone of the jaw accepts and osseointegrates with the titanium post. The osseointegration is the component of this implant procedure that makes it resemble the look and feel of a natural tooth.
Prior to the advent of root-form endosseous implants, most implants were either blade endosseous implants, in that the shape of the metal piece placed within the bone resembled a flat blade, or subperiosteal implants, in which a framework was constructed to lie upon and was attached with screws to the exposed bone of the jaws.
Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures. They can also be used as anchorage for orthodontic tooth movement. The use of dental implants permits unidirectional tooth movement without reciprocal action.
What is IV sedation dentistry?
IV stands for intravenous, which means sedative medication is administered through the veins. Because of its rapid effects many patients prefer this relaxation option.
How does IV sedation work?
IV sedation medication is delivered through a very small needle placed in either the top of your hand or within your inner elbow.
What if I'm afraid of needles?
Fear of needles is not uncommon and some patients aren't able to tolerate IV sedation for this reason. However, most people describe the sensation as a small pinch or prick. Also, dentists can further reduce the feeling by giving you an oral sedative beforehand and/or applying a topical anesthetic where the needle will be placed.
What are the benefits of IV sedation?
Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable. IV sedation also eliminates your anxiety and pain. Although you may lie back in the dental chair with your eyes closed, you will not be asleep during your appointment and will still be able to respond to verbal cues from your dentist. Because you are completely relaxed, your dentist can accomplish more high-quality dentistry in less time. If you have a bad gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods, IV sedation will help you with that as well. You'll be so relaxed that you"ll be unaware of the sights, smells, and sounds of the dental office. Patients remember little-to-nothing of their appointmentby the next day.
IV sedation also gives your dentist optimum control of the amount of medication administered and allows the dentist to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably.
An additional benefit of IV sedation includes faster onset of the sedation medications, meaning you'll be able to feel the effects of the medication quickly.
How long is the recovery time after my appointment?
There is no set amount of recovery time because every patient is different. However, many patients begin to feel more alert soon after the IV medication is stopped. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after the end of your appointment. If you experience any nausea after treatment, your dentist can usually provide a prescription to help. Patients are encouraged to sleep and drink plenty of water and clear fluids for the remainder of the day. In regards to recovery from the actual dental work itself, your dentist will give you individualized instructions for aftercare. Many sedation patients reportsignificantly reduced pain levels the day after their treatment. There are multiple theories for why this is, but the common thought is that because a sedation patient is relaxed and not tense during their appointment, the dentist can often use less force as well as access the mouth more easily.
Does dental insurance cover the cost of IV sedation?
Patients have different insurance plans, so there is no single answer. Generally speaking, most dental insurance plans do cover part or sometimes even all of the cost of IV sedation. It's best to check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment to confirm your plan's benefits.
Nitrous Oxidefor Dental Procedures
Nitrous oxide is a gas, commonly known as 'happy gas' or 'laughing gas'.Giving nitrous oxide is a way to help reduce a pain and anxiety during dental treatment.You will breathe the gas through a small nosepiece that sits on their nose. Usually recover quickly from the effects of the gas.
What to expect
Nitrous oxide sedation is done in the dental chair. You will breathe the sedation gas through a small nosepiece that sits on their nose. It does not cover their mouth.
The nitrous oxide makes patient feel sleepy and relaxed. Patient will still be aware of what is happening around them but will feel more relaxed, dreamy and floaty, warm, have tingling in their hands and feet and may be a bit forgetful. They may not be able to remember the procedure.While giving the nitrous oxide, staff will monitor your level of sedation to ensure that they can still cooperate and hold their mouth open.
Dental treatment will be done in the usual manner. Local anaesthesia may also be used and can be given when the child is sedated.
Scaling and Root planning is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planning and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. Your dentist may need to use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth.
Some dentists and dental hygienists will use an ultrasonic tool for the planning and scaling. This tool is not as uncomfortable as a standard scraping tool, but not all cleanings require this type of tool.
Your dentist may place antibiotic fibers into the pockets between your teeth and gums. The antibiotic will help speed healing and prevent infection. The dentist will remove the fibers about 1 week after the procedure.
What To Expect After Treatment
If anesthesia is used, your lips and gums may remain numb for a few hours. Planing and scaling causes little or no discomfort.
Why It Is Done
Root planning and scaling is done when gums have either started to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have hard mineral deposits (tartar) on them.
How Well It Works
If you maintain good dental care after the procedure, the progression of gum disease should stop. And your gums will heal and become firm and pink again.
Root planning and scaling can introduce harmful bacteria into the bloodstream. Gum tissue is also at risk of infection. You may need to take antibiotics before and after surgery if you have a condition that puts you at high risk for a severe infection or if infections are particularly dangerous for you. You may need to take antibiotics if you:
• Have certain heart problems that make it dangerous for you to get a heart infection called endocarditis.
• Have an impaired immune system.
• Had recent major surgeries or have man-made body parts, such as an artificial hip or heart valve.
What To Think About
• Root planing and scaling is a simple procedure that can work very well to stop gum disease.
• Brush and floss regularly afterward. Without proper dental care, your gum disease may progress.