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October 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: CEREC   Dentist  

If you've ever required restorative dental care like crowns or bridgework, then you know that the process can be lengthy. With cutting-edge dental technology, the time spent waiting is rapidly decreasing, thanks to instruments like Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC). Your Stamford, CT, dentists, Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson of Comprehensive Dental Group, are excited to provide you with same-day crowns.

How Does It Work?

CEREC is an efficient way to restore damaged or decayed teeth in a matter of hours. The preparation for same-day restorative dentistry is the same as the traditional way: the removal of any plaque present and shaving the natural tooth down to make room for a crown.

CEREC uses Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to restore your tooth with the help of computers, scanning instruments, and a milling machine.

The scanning instrument captures the impacted area and quickly creates a realistic 3D model of your teeth that your Stamford, CT, dentist will use to ensure the proper shape, color, and size of the new crown. The approved design is then sent off to the milling machine that will instantly create your custom ceramic crown. Once the custom-made tooth is finished, your dentist will bond the restoration over the natural tooth all in one appointment.

What Are the Benefits of CEREC?

Other than having the entire restorative process occur in just one dental visit, you'll be able to appreciate the natural appearance of the custom-made tooth. The technological advancement of CEREC provides you the benefit of:

  • quick and precise results
  • long-lasting material and appearance

Same-Day Restoration

Do you have questions regarding the CEREC process? Your dentists in Stamford, CT, Dr. Pogosian and Dr. Ohlson, can offer the guidance you need to fix your damaged tooth. Schedule an appointment today with Comprehensive Dental Group by calling (203) 359-3296.

October 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gingivitis  

Have you been having trouble with sore or bleeding gums? These symptoms could mean that you have a mild form of gum disease called gingivitis. Fortunately, your Stamford, CT, dentists, Dr. Irina Pogosian, and Dr. Thomas Ohlson of Comprehensive Dental Group offer effective treatments for gingivitis.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis happens when your gum tissue becomes inflamed, red, and sore. The condition is caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar. Plaque, a transparent film that coats the teeth and gums, can be removed by brushing and flossing. Plaque soon turns into tartar if you don't brush or floss thoroughly. Tartar is a hard brown deposit that can only be removed during a visit to the dentist at the Stamford dental office.

If you have gingivitis, you may also notice that your breath is bad even after you've just brushed your teeth. Your gums may bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth. Other symptoms can include receding gums and sensitivity to hot, cold, and sugary foods and beverages.

Gingivitis can turn into a more severe form of gum disease if you don't receive treatment. Painful gum disease can destroy the bones and ligaments that hold your teeth in place and can lead to tooth loss.

How is gingivitis treated?

It may be possible to reverse your gingivitis symptoms with a thorough dental cleaning. After the plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth and gums, your gums will begin to heal.

In some cases, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning. The cleaning removes bacteria, plaque, and tartar above and below the gum line. A deep cleaning will help you protect your teeth and gums and avoid the serious complications of gum disease.

Unfortunately, gingivitis can return after treatment if you don't practice good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day gets rid of plaque and helps keep your breath fresh. Follow the advice of the American Dental Association and brush for at least two minutes.

Flossing, an often overlooked aspect of oral hygiene, is the only way to get rid of plaque between your teeth. Be sure to floss at least once every day using string or tape floss, interdental brushes, or a water-powered flosser.

Do you have any gingivitis symptoms? Call (203) 359-3296 to schedule an appointment with your dentists in Stamford, CT., Dr. Pogosian, and Dr. Ohlson of Comprehensive Dental Group.

By Comprehensive Dental Group
October 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   crowns  

If you've decided on a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, you've made a great choice. Implants are a big favorite of both dentists and patients, not only for their life-likeness, but also their durability. Studies show that more than 95% of implants survive after ten years.

As you may know, single tooth implants are composed of two main parts: a metal post (usually titanium) imbedded in the jawbone; and a life-like crown affixed to the end of the post. But what you may not know is that there are two ways to attach the crown—either with screws or with dental cement.

Neither way is superior to the other—both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. A cemented crown, for instance, usually looks more like a natural tooth than a screw-retained crown (more about that later) and dentists have more flexibility in making them look natural.

But cemented crowns require an additional piece of hardware called an abutment to better match it with the implant, something unnecessary with a screw-retained crown. Some people can also experience a reaction to the cement resulting in inflammation or even bone loss. And once installed, removing the crown later for repair or replacement is much more difficult than with a screw-retained crown.

Besides attaching directly to the implant, screw-retained crowns don't require cement and are more easily attached and removed. But the screw-hole can pose some aesthetic problems: Although it can be filled with a tooth-colored filling, the tooth's appearance isn't as ideal as a cemented crown.

So, which one is best for you? That will depend on the type and location of teeth being replaced, as well as your dentist's preferences. For instance, a more attractive cemented crown may be better for a visible front tooth, while a screw-retained crown might be a good choice for a back premolar or molar where appearance isn't as big a factor.

In the end, it's likely your dentist will discuss the pros and cons for each method as it pertains to your individual case. Whichever way your crown attaches, the end result will still be a life-like tooth that could last you for years to come.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”

By Comprehensive Dental Group
September 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Instagram, America's humongous digital photo and video album, is chock-full of the silly, mundane, and poignant moments of people's everyday lives. That includes celebrities: Tom Hanks buying a used car; Ryan Reynolds sporting tiny sunglasses; Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran taking a hike. And then there's former Olympic alpine skier, Lindsey Vonn—posting a video of her recent dental visit.

Winner of several World Cup competitions and the first woman to gain the gold for downhill racing at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vonn broke her two front teeth during a—you guessed it—skiing competition a few years ago. This past September, she went to the dentist to update her restoration and gave her followers a fascinating firsthand look at dental bonding, a technique for repairing a chipped or broken tooth.

Although dental bonding has been around for decades, it's taken a leap forward in the last few years because of improvements in bonding material. A mixture of plastic and glass components, composite resins can produce a strong and durable result when bonded to teeth. To begin the technique, the tooth's surface is prepared so that the composite resin can better adhere. Along with an adhesive agent, the bonding material is applied as a paste, which makes it easier to shape and sculpt for the most realistic look. This is usually done layer by layer, with each individual layer hardened with a curing light.

The technique allows us not only to achieve the right tooth shape, but also to incorporate your natural tooth color. We can tint the composite resin as we work so that your restored tooth blends seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. The result: A “new” tooth that's both beautiful and natural-looking.

What's more, dental bonding is more affordable than veneers or crowns and can often be done in a single visit. You will, however, need to exercise care with your new restoration. Although highly durable, it can be damaged if you bite into something hard. You'll also need to watch foods and beverages like tea or coffee that can stain the dental material.

Even so, we can help you regain the smile you once had before you took your teeth skiing—Lindsey Vonn-style—or whatever you were doing that resulted in a “whoopsie.” All it takes is a call for an appointment to start you on the path to a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By Comprehensive Dental Group
September 17, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Not all toothaches are alike: Some are sharp and last only a second or two; others throb continuously. You might feel the pain in one tooth, or it could be more generalized.

Because there are as many causes as there are kinds of dental pain, you can expect a few questions on specifics when you come to us with a toothache. Understanding first what kind of pain you have will help us more accurately diagnose the cause and determine the type of treatment you need.

Here are a few examples of dental pain and what could be causing it.

Temperature sensitivity. People sometimes experience a sudden jolt of pain when they eat or drink something cold or hot. If it only lasts for a moment or two, this could mean you have a small area of tooth decay, a loose filling, or an exposed root surface due to gum recession. If the pain lingers, though, you may have internal decay or the nerve tissue within the tooth has died. If so, you may require a root canal treatment.

Sharp pain when chewing. Problems like decay, a loose filling or a cracked tooth could cause pain when you bite down. We may be able to solve the problem with a filling (or repair an older one), or you may need more extensive treatment like a root canal. In any event, if you notice this as a recurring problem, don't wait on seeing us—the condition could worsen.

Dull pain near the jaw and sinuses. Because both the jaws and sinuses share the same nerve network, it's often hard to tell where the pain or pressure originates—it could be either. You may first want to see us or an endodontist to rule out tooth decay or another dental problem. If your teeth are healthy, your next step may be a visit with a physician to examine your sinuses.

As you can see, tooth pain can be a sign of a number of problems, both big and small. That's why it's important to see us as soon as possible for an examination and diagnosis. The sooner we can treat whatever is causing the pain, the sooner your discomfort will end.

If you would like more information on treating dental pain, 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 “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!

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