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By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
April 18, 2014
Category: Implants
Tags: Dentist  
Tooth loss occurs when one or more teeth come loose and fall out.  As a child, tooth loss is normal for baby teeth when replaced by adult teeth.  Aside from losing baby teeth, losing teeth, as you are older, is an undesirable result of injury or disease.  Also called edentulism, tooth loss can occur for the following reasons:
  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Poor diet
  • Bad habits, such as smoking
  • Lack of education about tooth loss
  • Fear and embarrassment
  • Finances
  • Trauma
  • Systemic conditions
  • Medical treatments
Replace Missing Teeth in West Hartford with Dental Implants
 
Over the past years, dental implants have increasingly grown in popularity as they are seen as an attractive alternative to missing teeth.  A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically attached to the jaw to secure a replacement tooth.  Permanent and stable, implant-supported restorations look, feel and function like natural teeth. 
 
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth.  Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for the bone tissue to build up and anchor the device.  In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth. 
 
Benefits of Dental Implants Explained
 
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than their restorative counterparts, such as crowns and bridges that are cemented into place, or dentures that are removable.  Dental implants also offer West Hartford patients:
  • Restore the mouth as closely as possible to its natural state
  • Preserve the integrity of facial structures
  • Improve your smile as they maintain a natural appearance
  • Do not compromise adjacent teeth to replace missing teeth
  • Improve overall quality of life
  • Offer convenient oral hygiene
  • Improve a person’s appearance
  • Restore self-esteem and offer renewed self-confidence
Implant patients are of all ages, and may be an appropriate solution for anyone missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay.  By visiting our West Hartford cosmetic dentist, we can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after careful evaluation of your dental and medical history, in addition to the condition of your oral health.

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
April 17, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   x-rays  
ConeBeamCTBringsThree-DimensionalViewstoX-RayImaging

There’s no question that x-ray imaging has transformed how we diagnose and treat dental problems. But traditional x-rays have at least one limitation — they are two-dimensional portraits that can only provide a portion of the information available. If you could view the interior of teeth or other mouth structures in three dimensions, you would have access to more detail about their conditions.

Computerized axial tomography (CAT) scanning has brought that third dimensional view to physicians generally and, in more recent years, to dentists. The latest development in this technology is known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). A CBCT emits a spiral of x-rays that form a cone-shaped beam that is caught on detectors. Using digital geometry, the CBCT then generates a three-dimensional image by precisely “layering” this large series of two-dimensional images caught by the detectors on top of each other.

CBCT is already making a significant impact in dentistry and its related specialties. Dentists now can visualize with amazingly precise detail the three-dimensional anatomy of the teeth, jaws, facial bone and other structures in the head and neck area. Orthodontists can examine the growth stages of a patient’s teeth eruption to better prepare treatment strategies. Oral surgeons can determine the precise location of impacted teeth and their exact proximity to nerves and sinuses. And, periodontists who specialize in gum disease and treatment can better determine the level of bone loss and gum attachment for more accurate diagnoses and effective treatment.

While a CBCT delivers a higher dose of x-rays than a traditional panoramic radiograph, it actually delivers a lower dosage than a digital standard 18 film full mouth series or than conventional medical CT scanners. The field of view also determines the level of x-ray exposure — the smaller the field of view (and more concentrated the x-rays) the higher the dosage and the better detail of anatomy.

The good news, though, is that a low dosage CBCT scan can still provide a level of detail that can provide dentists with a very accurate view of anatomical features, including bone density and mass, in three dimensions. That capability can vastly elevate the accuracy of diagnoses and lay the groundwork for effective dental treatment.

If you would like more information on the uses of CBCT scanning to help you maintain dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “CAT Scans in Dentistry.”


By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
April 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
MarthaStewartSharesToothTouch-UpSecrets

Here’s a quick quiz: What recent activity did domestic guru Martha Stewart share via social media for the first time? Need a hint? Was she following the lead of other celebrities like rapper 50 Cent (AKA Curtis James Jackson III), actress Demi Moore and country music star LeAnn Rimes?

Give up? The answer is… she live-tweeted her visit to the dentist! Not only that, she also posted pictures of her mouth as she was undergoing an in-office whitening procedure.

Now, we understand that some might feel they don’t need to see close-ups of Stewart’s teeth under treatment. But we have to admire her for not trying to hide the fact that she’s had the same procedure that has benefited so many people, whether famous or not. Plus, her pictures actually provide a good illustration of how the treatment works.

In-office whitening treatments are the fastest way to brighten up your smile. In a single one-hour visit, your teeth can be lightened by three to eight shades — and that's a big difference! How can we achieve such dramatic results? When you’re under our direct supervision in an office setting, we can use the most concentrated bleach solutions safely and effectively. You can get similar results with custom-made trays and take-home lightening solutions we can prepare for you, but then the process will take longer.

If you look closely at her photos, you’ll see that Stewart’s lips, gums, and face are covered up to prevent any contact with the bleaching solution. She’s also wearing protective eyewear, which not only keeps chemicals away, but also guards her eyes against strong lights, which are sometimes used in conjunction with bleach. When we perform in-office whitening procedures, we use safeguards like these for all of our patients — not just celebrities!

We also perform a complete oral examination before starting any whitening procedure, to be sure you don’t have any underlying conditions that need to be treated before teeth whitening begins. That’s something you just can’t get from an over-the counter whitening product.

Teeth whitening is an effective and affordable way to give your smile a quick boost. But whether you decide to live-tweet your procedure — or keep your fans guessing about why your smile looks so good all of a sudden — that’s up to you.

If you would like more information about the teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”