Here at Avon Village Family Dentistry, our services concentrate on preventative care and education. We believe that the health of the mouth is a reflection of overall health. Our dental practice is dedicated to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile, creating a balance between function and aesthetics. We believe that when you are able to smile with confidence, you will present your best self to the world. We offer a full range of dental services to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Because we focus on preventing dental disease, routine dental exams are of primary importance. Some examples of services provided in addition to routine dental hygiene are as follows:
The HealthyStart® System Ensure Healthy Growth and Development of Your Children.
An estimated nine out of ten children suffer from one or more symptoms related to Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). – JAOS, Bergersen / Stevens
These children experience a wide range of debilitating SDB- related health disorders, such as:
- Lower IQ
- Chronic Allergies
- Aggressive Behavior
- Mouth Breathing
- Swollen Adenoids & Tonsils
- Daytime Drowsiness
- Crooked Teeth
- Restless Sleep
- Dark Circles Under the Eyes
- Frequent Headaches
- Arrested Growth
- Low Grades in Math, Science, & Spelling
The HealthyStart® System is an oral appliance therapy that promotes natural growth and development, which addresses the root causes of SDB. Research has shown that SDB-induced oxygen deprivation is a major contributing factor to the childhood health disorders shown above.
The HealthyStart® System has been specifically designed to promote the proper growth and development of the jaw and airway to optimize airflow and promote proper nasal breathing while straightening your child’s teeth. As these areas develop many of the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing disappear. When kids can breathe properly, they can begin to learn, grow, and blossom into their true genetic potential … just as nature intended.
Many kids with the above health disorders are being “treated” with powerful drugs without evaluating a possible root cause. Our office can evaluate your child and indicate if there is a breathing and sleeping issue. Please take the sleep and speech questionnaire to make an initial evaluation of your child.
Healthy Start not only addresses the root cause of Sleep Disorder Breathing it simultaneously straightens your child’s teeth without braces. Best of all, when treatment begins early, the perfect smiles that the HealthyStart® Appliance System creates are less likely to relapse!
HealthyStart® creates healthier, happier kids who can breathe. Rarely has there ever been a single appliance or system with the power to impact your child’s health in so many positive ways. As a parent, you owe it to your child to give them every chance to succeed. Call today for more information on how to help children achieve their full potential.
Dental cleaning promotes good oral hygiene. This is important not only for your smile, but for your overall health as well. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and is a factor in other medical conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pregnancy. A healthy mouth is essential to general health.
A professional cleaning, also known as prophylaxis, is literally a preventive treatment of a disease. It is necessary to remove plaque, calculus (tartar), and stains from the teeth and from underneath the gums. Cleaning is especially effective in areas that are difficult to reach in routine toothbrushing. It is recommended that most patients have their teeth cleaned twice per year. Some individuals may benefit from more frequent cleanings. More frequent cleaning and examination may also be necessary during treatment of dental and other oral disorders.
Overly vigorous or incorrectly performed brushing or flossing may cause injury to the gingiva (gums). Improper or over-vigorous brushing may cause sore gums, damage to tooth enamel, gingivitis, and bleeding gums. Dentists and dental hygienists can instruct and demonstrate proper brushing or flossing techniques.
During a routine cleaning appointment you will have a complete oral exam and cancer screening. The dentist or hygienist will thoroughly evaluate the health of your mouth and perform a complete head and neck exam. We will look for signs of oral cancer and feel the area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks, as well as examine the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth. We will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and demonstrate proper home care techniques.
Regular dental exams help protect your oral and overall health. A dental exam gives your dentist a chance to provide tips on caring for your teeth and to detect any problems early — when they are most treatable.
Whether or not your children are patients here, we like to be sure that you are aware of the best preventative measures for them also.
An extraction involves the removal of a tooth that cannot be saved. We work hard at Avon Village Family Dentistry to save teeth. Unfortunately, sometimes teeth need to be removed due to any number of reasons such as;
– it cannot be restored the tooth has lost bone support
– it is compromising other more important teeth
We do many extractions in the office, including some third molars (wisdom teeth), as well as work with local oral surgeons when indicated.
We utilize a tooth-colored material (composite resin) to restore decayed teeth back to form and function. We no longer use silver amalgam for fillings-restorations.
Our practice is highly prevention-oriented. Our philosophy is to help our patients avoid dental decay through education on good hygiene and diet counseling. We also promote the use of products that help decrease decay. Dental restorations are required when tooth decay has caused a cavity to form on a tooth surface. This cavity may progress to a more severe problem, such as a root canal, if left untreated.
Root canal treatment (also called a root canal) is necessary when soft tissue inside the tooth containing blood vessels and nerves becomes inflamed or diseased. This tissue, known as pulp, is removed and the canal is cleaned, disinfected and filled. If a tooth has an abscess, a root canal necessary to treat the infection. This procedure can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing.
Most of the time, this treatment is a relatively simple process involving little or no discomfort. The tooth-saving procedure has a high rate of success. With good home care and regular checkups the tooth can last a lifetime.
A general dentist or one who specializes in diseases of tooth pulp (Endodontist) can perform this procedure. After the treatment is complete, a crown is strongly recommended to preserve the tooth.
We provide custom-fitted, soft mouth guards to protect teeth during organized sports and recreational activities. Typically, the Athletic mouth guard covers the upper teeth and is available in a clear form as well as a number of colors and designs.
Use of a mouth guard for all contact sports minimizes the risk of broken teeth and injuries to an individual’s lips, tongue, face, and jaw. By providing a cushion, a mouth guard can help to prevent a potentially painful and expensive accident from occurring. We strongly encourage the use of mouth guards for many sports. These include basketball, soccer, football, baseball, lacrosse, hockey, and wrestling.
We recommend night guards to patients who clench or grind their teeth during the night. Teeth clenching and grinding can damage teeth and be harmful to one’s long-term oral health, and can lead to TMJ problems.
These appliances are custom-designed and are made of flexible plastic and molded to comfortably fit the shape of your teeth.
Sealants are a thin, plastic filling material that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars), to help prevent tooth decay. The sealant bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the deep groves in the enamel of each tooth.
Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies at the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Dental sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by “sealing out” bacterial plaque and food.
Applying a sealant is a simple and painless process. It takes a few minutes for the dentist to apply the sealant to seal each tooth.
The application steps are as follows:
• First the teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned.
• Each tooth is then dried, and cotton or another absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry.
• An acid solution (we call it a shampoo!) is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to etch the surface which allows the sealant to bond to the teeth.
• The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
• Sealant is then painted on the tooth. A special curing light is used to harden the sealant.
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups. Your dentist can replace sealants as necessary
Scaling and root planing is a procedure to remove calculus (tartar) deposits underneath the gums and on the root surfaces of the teeth. This procedure may be indicated if it has been a long time since your last cleaning or you have developed gum disease.
A local anesthetic may be used to help make the procedure comfortable for you. An antibiotic powder may be placed in the pockets underneath your gums to help with healing and prevent infection.
Calculus (tartar) on the root surfaces of the teeth causes inflammation in the gum tissues. Over time, this inflammation results in the loss of bone support for the teeth. This process is a bacterial infection that can jeopardize the teeth if left untreated. The same bacteria that cause this gum disease can also cause heart problems.
Some dentists and dental hygienists will use an ultrasonic tool for the planing and scaling. It is a gentle, less traumatic method of removing some hard deposits as well as flushing out bacteria. This tool is not as uncomfortable as a standard scraping tool, but not all cleanings require this type of tool.
32 East Main Street, Avon, CT 06001
Monday – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed