Dental Root Canals Dentist Meriden CT 06450Hopeless Teeth? Maybe We Can Save Them!
It used to be that teeth with damaged or infected roots required extraction. Because this can cause a variety of difficulties, it should be a last resort. If you come into the office with an infected tooth, or if we determine that dental decay has reached the nerve of the tooth, it’s unfortunately too late for a simple filling. The best way to save the tooth is a root canal. We remove the tooth’s pulp chamber and fill it with a filling material. In the early days of root canals they were quite painful, which has earned them the reputation of something to be avoided. Luckily, with modern anesthetics and technology, root canals are often painless.

Senior Dental Care Meriden CT 06450Seniors Have Unique Needs for Their Dental Care
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.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Meriden CT 06450Third Molar Extractions
The third molars came to be called wisdom teeth because they erupt later in life than all the other teeth, usually between ages 17 and 25. With age comes wisdom, so the term “wisdom teeth” came to be used.

These teeth erupt through the gums at the back of your mouth, two each in the upper and lower jaws. Unfortunately, most of us can’t fit these teeth in our mouths. The lack of room often causes impaction, when they become enclosed in the bone of the jaws instead of growing in straight. Impaction can cause a whole range of problems. They push and crowd the other teeth, which might cause these teeth to twist and turn. Cavities often occur more easily in these teeth and the ones next to them, because the crowding makes them difficult to clean. You can even get an infection in the jaw bone.

It’s usually best if wisdom teeth are removed at a young age, before problems occur and the bone in the jaw becomes denser, holding tighter to the teeth. Dental Group of Meriden-Wallingford offers IV sedation to help patients through this treatment. See the “Your Comfort” page for more information.

If you have questions about any of these procedures, our dental team would be happy to help you. Give us a call at (203) 235-5588.

 

Adult Dentistry Meriden CT 06450
Oral Hygiene Care Meriden CT 06450
298 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450

Call (203) 235-5588