Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Tooth Anatomy

What Are the Different Parts of a Tooth?
  • Crown- the top part of the tooth, and the only part you can normally see. The shape of the crown determines the tooth's function. For example, front teeth are sharp and chisel-shaped for cutting, while molars have flat surfaces for grinding.
  • Gumline- where the tooth and the gums meet. Without proper brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar can build up at the gumline, leading to gingivitis and gum disease.
  • Root- the part of the tooth that is embedded in bone. The root makes up about two-thirds of the tooth and holds the tooth in place.
  • Enamel- the outermost layer of the tooth. Enamel is the hardest, most mineralized tissue in the body - yet it can be damaged by decay if teeth are not cared for properly.
  • Dentin- the layer of the tooth under the enamel. If decay is able to progress its way through the enamel, it next attacks the dentin - where millions of tiny tubes lead directly to the dental pulp.
  • Pulp- the soft tissue found in the center of all teeth, where the nerve tissue and blood vessels are. If tooth decay reaches the pulp, you usually feel pain.
What Are the Different Types of Teeth?
Every tooth has a specific job or function (use the dental arch in this section to locate and identify each type of tooth):

  • Incisors- the sharp, chisel-shaped front teeth (four upper, four lower) used for cutting food.
  • Canines- sometimes called cuspids, these teeth are shaped like points (cusps) and are used for tearing food.
  • Premolars- these teeth have two pointed cusps on their biting surface and are sometimes referred to as bicuspids. The premolars are for crushing and tearing.
  • Molars- used for grinding, these teeth have several cusps on the biting surface

 



















 The above article is from: Colgate.com

Dental Group of Meriden-Wallingford
298 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-5588
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Monday, 26 May 2014

Advanced Dental Technology

Dental Treatment X-Rays Meriden CT 06450
Digital X-Rays Reduce Radiation by up to 75%
Our practice is very pleased to offer digital X-rays. Using this technology, we take images of your teeth with a digital sensor and download them directly into our computer, where they are immediately available. Our digital X-ray unit makes it possible to view your entire mouth, including the upper and lower jaws. These methods result in 75% less radiation than conventional X-rays. No more waiting for images to develop and no more chemical waste to pollute the environment.

The Highest Standards in Sterilization
At the Dental Group of Meriden-Wallingford, your safety is our highest priority. Therefore we take sterilization very seriously. We use a special unit called an autoclave to clean and sterilize all instruments between each use. An independent company regularly monitors the autoclave to ensure the highest level of safety and cleanliness. Our staff is trained to provide the highest level of compliance in sterilization. Your health is too important to us to take even the slightest risk.



Dental Group of Meriden-Wallingford
298 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-5588
DentalGroupCT.com 

Monday, 12 May 2014

Convenient & Affordable Dental Care

Your Schedule Matters to UsFamily Dentistry Meriden CT 06450
When you visit the Dental Group of Meriden-Wallingford, we want to ensure comfortable and efficient treatment for you so you can spend as little time away from your busy day as possible. We have designed our services and programs to focus on reducing your time and effort invested. The key to achieving these goals is personalized attention.

Here are some of the ways we can make it easier and more affordable for your family to get quality dental care.

  • Sedation Dentistry – Reducing anxiety can make all the difference between a great visit to the dentist and an awful one. We offer nitrous oxide so you can not only relax through your treatment, you can drive yourself home when it’s over!
  • Treatment for Every Member of Your Family – Kids and seniors have special needs. No matter what your age, we focus on the unique care you require.
  • Emergency Care the Same Day – In the unfortunate occurrence of a dental emergency, we can see you the same day to ease your pain. We have a doctor on call after office hours.
  • Get Comfy! – We have blankets and pillows available to make you completely comfortable during your treatment.
  • Convenient Location – We are conveniently located on Broad Street with a CT Transit stop next to our office.
  • Convenient Hours – We are pleased to offer late evening and Saturday appointments to accommodate your busy schedule.
  • New Patient Forms – Available online for maximum convenience! Fill them out at home in your own time so you can make sure they’re complete before you arrive for your first visit.
  • A Complete Range of Financial Options (with or without insurance) – We offer multiple ways to pay for your care. If you have dental insurance, we’ll help you file for maximum benefits. For your portion of the payment, we take all major credit cards and offer the CareCredit interest-free payment plan.
Dental Group of Meriden-Wallingford
298 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-5588
DentalGroupCT.com
 

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Top Dental Symptoms: Bleeding or Sore Gums

Bleeding or sore gums can be a sign of gingivitis, an early and reversible stage of gum disease, or simply the result of brushing too hard or starting a new flossing routine. If your gums bleed regularly, or enough to worry you, make an appointment with your dentist or physician, it could be a sign that something else is wrong.

Above article from: MouthHealthy.org


Dental Group of Meriden-Wallingford
298 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-5588
DentalGroupCT.com
 

Monday, 5 May 2014

Dental Care Specific for Seniors

Seniors Have Unique Needs for Their Dental CareSenior Dental Care Meriden CT 06450
Right along with our bodies, our teeth and gums change as we age. Teeth can darken due to years of plaque buildup or consumption of coffee, tea, or tobacco. We have several procedures that can address these problems. If your medications have caused a reduction in your flow of saliva, we offer simple products that can help this condition. Some people have very old fillings, which may have weakened or cracked. Regular check-ups will allow us to stay on top of your existing fillings. Gum disease and root decay can be major problems in seniors. Daily cleaning and good nutrition are critical for healthy gums. If your gums become red or begin to bleed or your teeth start to feel loose, contact us immediately.


Dental Group of Meriden-Wallingford
298 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-5588
DentalGroupCT.com
  

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Top Dental Symptoms: Sensitive Teeth

If your teeth hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive teeth. This can be the result of tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel or an exposed tooth root due to gum recession. Treatment will depend on the source of sensitivity. If you’re concerned about the sensitivity of your teeth see your dentist for diagnosis and treatment options.

Above article from: MouthHealthy.org 


Dental Group of Meriden-Wallingford
298 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-5588
DentalGroupCT.com