At Dental Arts of Vernon, we provide high-quality family dental care for you and your loved ones. Our skilled, friendly team in Vernon, CT, does everything from cleanings and exams to fillings, crowns, and bridges for patients of all ages. Call today or book an appointment online to get started!
Cleanings & Exams
Regular dental cleanings are a critical part of keeping your mouth healthy and happy. We generally suggest scheduling a cleaning every six months so your dentist or hygienist can remove the plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth over time. During your cleaning appointment, we’ll also conduct a thorough dental health exam to check for other problems so we can head them off early on.
Bruxism is a common condition where you grind your teeth during sleep, often without any awareness that you’re doing it. Over time, this can cause damage to your teeth, as well as discomfort, soreness, and strain on your jaw. However, we can create a custom-fitted dental mouthguard that you can wear at night to prevent grinding and protect the health of your teeth.
bridge vs. implant
implant supported bridge
Dentures are a tried-and-true approach to filling in gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. More cost-effective than dental implants, dentures are custom-made to fit your specific needs and create the appearance of a full, healthy set of teeth. Dentures typically use suction to attach to the inside of your mouth, although they can also be combined with dental implants for a sturdier hold.
Composite Filling (Posterior)
Composite Filling (Anterior)
If you need a cavity filled, we use a safe, non-toxic, tooth-colored material called dental composite to fill it in. Fillings made from dental composite blend in with your natural teeth so that the overall appearance of your mouth stays the same.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and bridges can be used to repair damaged teeth, improve your appearance, or fill in gaps in your smile. A crown is essentially a replacement tooth. Typically made from porcelain, the crown fits over a damaged tooth, covering it completely while allowing us to customize the appearance. To fill in missing teeth, several crowns can be joined together to form a bridge, which can be attached to either your existing teeth or to dental implants.
Inlays & Onlays
If you have damage to your teeth that is too big to fix with a filling but not quite severe enough to require a crown, we can create an inlay or an onlay to repair it. Typically made from porcelain that blends in with your natural teeth, inlays and onlays cover over damage to your teeth, protecting your natural tooth structure and helping to preserve the function of the tooth.
Who wants bad breath, right? Fortunately, regular dental care can help. We can address most of the causes of bad breath, including gum disease and tooth decay, to help get you feeling more fresh again.
Fluoride treatments can help preserve the integrity of your natural tooth structure by supporting a process called remineralization, or the natural rebuilding of existing tooth enamel. We recommend regular fluoride treatments, typically during your cleanings, to help keep your enamel strong and healthy over time.
Sealants are made from a thin coat of plastic resin that is applied to difficult to brush parts of your teeth like cracks or nooks. This helps protect those areas from decay, supporting your overall dental health.
Sleep Apnea Appliance
Sleep apnea is a condition where you temporarily stop breathing during sleep because your airway becomes obstructed as the muscles in your mouth relax, releasing your tongue backward towards your throat. This is often treated using a bulky CPAP machine. However, your dentist can make you a small, custom dental appliance similar to a mouthguard that can be used to keep your airway free from obstruction during sleep.
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. This joint serves an important function as it allows your lower jaw to move up and down, side to side, and forward and back. However, the TMJ is susceptible to a number of different disorders, which collectively are referred to as TMD, or temporomandibular disorders. Once the joint becomes inflamed, irritated, or damaged, it can lead to jaw pain, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, headaches, earaches, and even neck pain.
There are a number of different treatment options available for TMD, depending on its severity. In some cases, simple at-home measures can be sufficient to provide relief. However, more intense symptoms may require the use of oral appliances, physical therapy, or even surgery. Our office provides oral appliances to treat TMD, which are often very effective in reducing or eliminating symptoms. Oral appliances work by taking the pressure and strain off of the TMJ, and preventing damage to the teeth from clenching or grinding.
Surgical Removal of Wisdom Teeth
While our team often strives to preserve the teeth, there are certain cases in which an extraction is the best possible option. In these instances, the tooth may be severely decayed or damaged, or it may be causing damage to other teeth. Extraction may also be the best option if there isn’t enough room in your mouth for all of your teeth; this can cause overcrowding or impaction.
When removing a tooth, our team will take every precaution to ensure that you are comfortable and that the procedure is as smooth as possible. We will numb the area around the tooth before beginning the removal. In some cases, we may also need to use special instruments to loosen the tooth or remove it in pieces. After the tooth has been removed, you will be given instructions on how to care for the extraction site. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure that the site heals properly.
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