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Posts for: August, 2015

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
August 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are widely recognized as the best tooth replacement option available. For most people, though, it’s a long process: after a tooth is extracted the socket is allowed to heal and fill in with new bone before implant surgery: that can take anywhere from two to five months. Afterward, there’s usually a two– to three–month period after the implant is placed before the permanent crown (the visible tooth) can be attached.

Without adequate bone present the implant’s long-term stability might be compromised. Furthermore, the implant’s durability is dependent upon bone growth around and attaching to its titanium post after surgery in a process known as osseo-integration. These two considerations indeed serve a critical function in the implant’s ultimate success.

In recent years, however, a variation to this traditional implant process has emerged that allows for immediate implantation right after extraction. Besides combining extraction and implantation into one surgical procedure, immediate implants minimize the disruption to a person’s appearance (especially with visibly prominent front teeth) when combined with a provisional crown.

Immediate implants joined together that replace a full arch of teeth can receive biting forces and succeed. Individual implants that replace single teeth, however, won’t work in all situations and must be undertaken with care to ensure long-term success. Because there may be less available bone, the implant must fit snugly within the socket to maintain as secure a hold as possible. The surgeon must also take care not to damage too much of the gum and bone tissue when extracting the tooth, which could affect both the integrity of the implant and its appearance in the gum line.

Temporary crowns may be attached during the implant surgery, but they’re installed for appearance’ sake only. For individual crowns, they must be designed not to make contact with the teeth on the opposing jaw to avoid generating biting forces that will cause the implant to fail and stop the bone-healing process that occurs with osseo–integration.

If you’re considering dental implants, it’s important to discuss with us which type of procedure, traditional or immediate, would be best for you, and only after a comprehensive examination of your mouth and jaw structure. Regardless of the approach, our goal is to provide you with a smile-transforming restoration that will last for many years to come.

If you would like more information on the dental implant process, 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 “Immediate Implants.”

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
August 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Recently, dental patients were surveyed about their most-feared dental procedure. It was found that 60 percent of the respondents were more apprehensive about getting a root canal than having a tooth pulled. Those who harbor that fear typically haven't actually had a Root Canalroot canal; most people's opinions are based on exaggerations about old, outdated treatments. Dr. Robert Bradbury and Dr. Anthony Amato, your West Hartford, Connecticut dentists, want to educate their patients about the reality of root canals. Root canals are helpful, therapeutic procedures that eliminate pain and save tooth function.

Why do I need a root canal?

Root canals are performed at your West Hartford dentist's office to remove the inner tissues of a tooth that have been damaged by an infection. Damage from decay or trauma can cause the infection to develop, and root canals save the tooth by stopping the infection at the source. Once the nerves and tissue are removed, the pain associated with the infection is eliminated.

What does a root canal feel like?

Perhaps because of the invasive nature of the procedure, many people believe root canals cause extreme pain. For almost all patients, the opposite is true. Very often, the pain exists before the root canal is even scheduled. There is usually quite a bit of discomfort associated with the untreated infection inside the tooth. Abscesses can form along the gums and in advanced cases, the infection can spread into the jawbone or other areas of the body.

It may help to know that many patients compare having a root canal to having a cavity filled. Your West Hartford dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area and then use a hand-held mechanism to clean out the inside of the tooth. A durable organic material will be used to fill in the resulting space, and the outside of your tooth will be fitted with a temporary crown. These are later replaced with a permanent crown by your West Hartford dentist. 

Thanks to anesthesia and removal of the nerves, root canals are practically painless and healing is relatively quick. Patients of Drs. Bradbury and Amato who still have some reservations can be given a mild sedative before the work begins. 

If you've had a toothache and think you might need a root canal, don't delay in contacting Drs. Bradbury & Amato in West Hartford, Connecticut. Early treatment means a quicker recovery, and you'll likely join the majority of patients who find that root canals are a simple procedure once they've learned the facts.

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
August 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”