teeth whitening Stamford, CTGeneral Dentistry

Dental Fillings

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When treating a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. This procedure is called a filling. There are multiple options for the material to be used in the filling, the most common of which are composite fillings and amalgam fillings.

A composite filling is also known as a tooth-colored filling; the material used in the filling can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide good durability for small to medium cavities, and the procedure typically involves removing less of a tooth than you would during an amalgam filling. They are also particularly well-suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look.

When can a composite filling be used?

-For decayed teeth (i.e. cavity)
-For chipped or broken teeth
-To decrease the gap between teeth

How it's done

After the dentist numbs the area where the filling is to be placed, she will remove any decayed portions. A substance is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond, hardened, and cured with a special light. Once this is complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothed and polished to be comfortable and fit your bite.


Routine Cleaning

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Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months.

How it's done

You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless and do not cause any discomfort.

There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers, depending on the hygienist's preference. Typically, the hygienist will also dig into the pockets of the gums to remove any plaque buildup there.

The second step is polishing, to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard-to-reach places.


Emergency Dentist

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Emergency Dentist

If you are in need of emergency dental care, please do not hesitate to contact us, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We'll have you smiling again in no time!

Emergency dental care is a service we hope you'll never need, but if you do, it can be a lifesaver:

  • If your six-year-old loves the Tooth Fairy and has decided to take matters into their own hands
  • You bite down on your pencil and break a tooth the night before a big presentation at work
  • Or you had to get that chewy candy at that midnight movie festival, and now your filling is gone.

Sometimes, the pain of existing problems, such as abscesses, swollen gums or infected mouth cuts can be too much to bear. Immediate relief from prescription-strength analgesics can become a necessity until the patient can be treated during office hours.

We can help with any kind of tooth damage, including:

  • Broken dentures
  • Lost crowns or fillings
  • Broken teeth

These issues should be taken care of immediately.



LOCATION

34 Woodland Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

DENTIST HOURS

Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm

Saturday by appointment

CONTACT US

Phone: 203-564-9924

southenddentalcenter@gmail.com

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