When decay attacks your mouth most people immediately think about their teeth and cavities. While tooth decay is serious decay can also affect the gums. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can spread into a very serious condition that can lead to tooth and even bone loss. Our dentist in Greenwich at My Creative Dentist has been providing high quality periodontal services along with endodontic, cosmetic, general and restorative dental care to the community.
Gum disease starts when debris, plague or tartar accumulates along the gum line and pockets between the gum and teeth start to open up. As the irritants get into these pockets they get deeper towards the bone and gingivitis spreads further down eventually separating the gums from the teeth. Since the gums help support the teeth once the gum has separated the teeth are in a weakened position. Our dentist in Greenwich has several different periodontal treatments to combat gum disease depending on how advanced it is. For early stage gingivitis our doctor will use a non-surgical approach, for very mild cases regular cleanings should alleviate the problem while in slightly more advanced gingivitis our team will perform a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planning, where the gums are cleaned and the roots are smoothed to allow the gums to heal. For advanced cases of gum disease surgery may be required. There are several different types of periodontal surgery that our practice can perform to help the gums heal and reattach depending on what the particular type of problem is. Periodontal surgery can be performed using traditional surgical techniques or in some cases laser surgery.
Gum disease is such a serious matter that our dentist in Greenwich will include an evaluation of the health of your gums and measurements of any pockets he finds as a part of a comprehensive annual exam given to all our patients. If your mouth hasn’t been evaluated for possible gum disease lately please make an appointment with our office for a checkup.
My Creative Dentist
211 East Putnam Avenue, Suites 2-6
Cos Cob, Connecticut 06807
A tooth extraction is typically a last resort, when all reasonable attempts to save the tooth have proved to be ineffective. At My Creative Dentist, our Greenwich dentist will help you to develop the strategies and habits that are most likely to prevent the need for a tooth to be extracted. These include proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis and visits to our office every six months for a dental exam that includes x-rays and dental prophylaxis (cleaning).
If an extraction is necessary, though, you can have full confidence in our Greenwich dentist to tend to the matter with the highest level of skill, expertise, and a gentle touch. To begin with, a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area effectively. Stitches may be necessary after the tooth has been extracted. Gauze will be offered to stem the bleeding that is a natural occurrence after the procedure.
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Our Greenwich dentist will provide detailed instructions on what to do for about 24 hours after your extraction. Over the counter pain killers will sometimes be enough to manage any pain that comes about once the anesthetic wears off. If a stronger pain reliever is needed, that can be prescribed for you as well. An ice pack held on the outside of your mouth on the side where the tooth was extracted is very helpful in reducing swelling and pain also. It’s a good idea to rinse frequently with salt in warm water. It is also highly recommended that you take it easy for the remainder of the day, particularly avoiding any physical exertion. You should also confine yourself to soft food during this time.
When a tooth extraction is unavoidable, our Greenwich dentist will take care of it while keeping you as comfortable as possible. You may want to discuss the possibility of a dental implant or a bridge to replace the lost tooth. Having a missing tooth can be cosmetically unpleasant, especially if it is a visible one, and it can also cause your teeth to shift. This can lead to discomfort and a misaligned occlusion (bite).
Your root canals can become problematic when they get infected and inflamed. There are several possible causes for this but the solution is usually the same: root canal therapy. But before you picture a scary and unpleasant procedure, My Creative Dentist wants to assure you that if you need root canal therapy, our Greenwich dental practice will perform it in a comfortable environment and that in all likelihood you will feel little or even no pain at all during the process. Our dentists, Dr. Masis Yeterian Jr. and Dr. Richard Alan Greenburg, are highly qualified and experienced in root canal therapy.
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Certainly it is possible to have a root canal problem without feeling any pain at all, but the most obvious sign indicating a need for root canal is pain, typically severe pain. Sometimes it is more acute when you try to eat. In addition to pain, a tooth that is sensitive to hot or cold can also indicate a root canal problem. Other signs you should be aware of are having swollen or tender gums, discoloration or darkening of your tooth, or a pimple on your gums that is persistent or that is recurring. Experiencing any of those symptoms should motivate you to call our Greenwich dental practice to schedule an appointment. Having one or more of those symptoms does not ensure that you are dealing with a root canal issue, but it is cause to be examined.
If you are examined and a diagnosis of root canal infection is determined, root canal therapy will usually be the recommended treatment. Sometimes, if the infection is particularly severe, you will be given a prescription for an antibiotic to take in advance of the procedure. When you come to our Greenwich dental practice for your root canal therapy, the process will generally require two visits along with a third for fitting your dental crown. You will receive a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. Our dentist will drill away the top portion of the tooth to gain access underneath. The damaged pulp, nerve, and any debris will be removed and the infected area will be cleaned thoroughly. At this stage, the tooth no longer has feeling and so any pain you were feeling from the infection should now be eliminated. The remainder of the work is centered around the creation of your permanent crown.
Root canal therapy at our Greenwich dental practice is a great way to save your natural tooth while eliminating the pain and discomfort you were feeling from the infection of the root canal area.
Are some minor imperfections like chips, stains, or gaps blemishing your smile and keeping you from showing it off proudly? What if there was an easy way to fix them up and create a flawless smile like you have always dreamed of? Thanks to our Greenwich cosmetic dentist at My Creative Dentist, there is! Porcelain veneers are some of our most popular cosmetic treatments because they are a wonderful solution for a wide range of dental problems, and they are such an easy option both for doctor and patient. The first step to correcting your dental issues with porcelain veneers is visiting our Greenwich cosmetic dentist for a consultation and examination. We will thoroughly examine and evaluate the current state of your smile in order to determine what would be best for you.
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This is also a great opportunity to ask our Greenwich cosmetic dentist any questions that you have about porcelain veneers. Once it has been decided that you are going to go through with the procedure, we will begin the process of fabricating your veneers so that they fit perfectly to your mouth and look completely natural. The veneers themselves are small strips of porcelain that are shaped and attached to your original teeth in order to give the look of a more perfect smile. Once your veneers are attached, you will be amazed at the drastic change that has taken place. Your new veneers will be very easy to take care of. They are stain resistant and should last at least one year if not longer.
To learn more about porcelain veneers and the other excellent cosmetic services provided by our Greenwich cosmetic dentist at My Creative Dentist, we invite you to browse through our practice’s website and to reach out to us if you have any questions. You can get in touch with us either by giving us a call during our designated hours of operation, or by sending us a quick message using the Contact Us form located on our website. We hope to see you soon at My Creative Dentist so that we can guide you towards the smile of your dreams.
Dentist in Greenwich
211 East Putnam Avenue
Cos Cob, Connecticut 06807