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By Greene Dental Group
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

Crowns Get Your Damaged Teeth Back on Track

If your smile has been weakened by severe decay, broken teeth, fracture from trauma, or any other causes, dental crowns can restrengthen your smile and rejuvenate its beauty. Crowns protect your teeth from future stress and pressure, helping you retain vital tooth structure for both medical and aesthetic gain. If you are interested in getting a dental crown, Dr. Jonathan E. Greene of Greene Dental Group in Norwich, Connecticut is an expert in the field and would love to meet with you to discuss your options. Read below for more information on the topic!

What is a Crown?

Crowns cover the entire surface of your tooth above the gum line with a strong protective shield. They guard your teeth when biting and chewing by evenly distributing the pressure of eating, thereby protecting your tooth from breaking. Large fillings don’t provide this protection because they divide your teeth into separate sections, which can weaken them overall. With undistributed pressure, a tooth can fracture, taking part of the filling and the tooth away. A crown is much stronger than a filling overall.

What if my Tooth is damaged?

If your teeth are missing a large amount of tooth structure, don’t worry because Dr. Greene can place a post in your tooth and create a metal framework around the post to hold the crown in place.

How Will the Crown Look?

When you choose dental crowns, you are protecting your teeth and the future of your smile. Thanks to modern dental crown materials like porcelain, you can make your smile beautiful too! Porcelain has light-reflective qualities that mimic natural tooth enamel, so a porcelain crown will look beautifully natural. Porcelain also resists staining, so your porcelain crowns will stay beautiful for years.

Additionally, there are other crown materials to choose from including gold, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Of course, Dr. Greene will also be available to help you decide which option will be best for you.

How Can I Reach You?

To find out more about dental crowns and additional restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, call Greene Dental Group's Norwich office at (860) 889-8427. Get your damaged teeth back on track with dental crowns by calling today!

By Greene Dental Group
May 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningHow a professional teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Norwich can enhance your smile

Is your smile dull and uninteresting? Has aging caught up with your smile? Do you want a brighter smile? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to discover professional teeth whitening! Now you can enjoy a bright, dazzling, white smile easily, thanks to modern teeth whitening methods. Dr. Jonathan Greene at Greene Dental Group in Norwich, CT, wants to share how professional teeth whitening can help you and your smile.

So, what’s so special about professional teeth whitening? There are many benefits to professional teeth whitening, which can’t be matched by over-the-counter products. Consider that professional teeth whitening is:

  • Fast, because the in-office treatment takes only about an hour; over-the-counter treatments can take weeks to show a result.
  • Safe, because the whitening products go through rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness and are approved by the American Dental Association before they are used; over-the-counter products may contain harmful chemicals and abrasives that can damage your teeth.
  • Effective, because you can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter; over-the-counter products are often only minimally effective.
  • Long-lasting, because your results can last up to 5 years; over-the-counter products may last only a few weeks.

Professional teeth whitening is also very cost effective, costing far less than most cosmetic dental treatments and providing you with a brilliant, eye-catching smile.

Dr. Greene offers in-office whitening that takes about an hour using professional whitening gel which is accelerated with a high-tech ultraviolet light. It’s the safe, easy, quick way to get a smile you will love. It’s also an excellent option if you have a special event coming up and want to show off a great smile.

You can also take advantage of Dr. Greene’s Teeth Whitening for Life Program, which gives you free whitening as long as you comply with regular hygiene appointments, keep your mouth healthy, and maintain your account in good standing. To find out more about this wonderful program, click on this link: https://www.greenedentalgroup.com/free-teeth-whitening-for-life.html

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Greene’s patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on his website at https://www.greenedentalgroup.com/gallery.html

You deserve a bright white smile, and now you can get one easily and quickly by calling Dr. Greene at Greene Dental Group in Norwich, CT. Look forward to your new smile by calling today!

By Greene Dental Group
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

It’s important to listen to what your teeth and gums are trying to tell you.root canal

Every once in a while our mouths let us know that they aren’t happy. Maybe it’s just a hunch that has you worried that something is amiss or you are dealing with pain. Whatever the case might be, our Norwich, CT, family dentist, Dr. Jonathan Greene, is here to help. Do you how when it might be time to schedule an emergency dental visit with us?

  • A toothache
  • Sudden or lingering tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Tooth darkening
  • Sensitive, swollen, and/or red gums
  • The development of an abscess (a pus-like bump) on the gums

Any of these symptoms warrant an immediate trip to see our Norwich dentist. Do not just ignore these problems hoping they will go away (this will just make the issue worse). While dental pain or tooth sensitivity doesn’t necessarily mean you will need root canal therapy, it’s a major indicator that something is wrong with the tooth and that it requires immediate treatment.

Why is a root canal performed?

It’s important to understand why someone would need a root canal in the first place. A root canal isn’t an elective procedure, meaning that you can’t choose whether or not to get root canal therapy if you need it. Of course, you can decide not to, but you’ll lose the tooth and risk bone loss and damage to neighboring teeth. Sometimes decay, an infection or trauma to the tooth ends up infecting the dental pulp, a structure that lies inside the tooth.

Once the pulp has been affected it will need to be removed. Fortunately, the pulp isn’t necessary for the tooth to thrive. Once the pulp has been removed and the inside of the tooth has been disinfected we will place a special material inside the tooth to rebuild it and then place a dental crown over the tooth to provide additional protection.

Greene Dental Group in Norwich, CT, is dedicated to providing its patients with the very best dental care possible. Whether you just need to schedule a cleaning, want to talk about cosmetic options to improve your smile or you are dealing with a dental emergency, we are here to help.

By Greene Dental Group
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

LASER instruments have been around for decades, but did you know that Greene Dental Group now offers LASER dentistry treatments inlaser dentistry Norwich, CT? It's true. Dr. Jonathan Greene and his team deliver precise, comfortable, and quick restorative services using a highly focused beam of light instead of, or to augment, the dental drill or other instruments. Your preparation for a filling or your difficulty with sleep apnea could be treated with the most modern dental instruments, and in the capable hands of Dr. Greene, you know you'll get great results.

LASER dentistry in Norwich

Dr. Greene uses the LASER to safely remove or sculpt oral tissues. Common restorative procedures which benefit from the minimal bleeding, comfort, precision, and speed of a LASER are:

  • Filling preparation (LASER restoration requires less enamel reduction)
  • Sleep apnea (to stimulate collagen, tighten muscles at the back of the throat, remove excess soft tissue and eliminate snoring)
  • Cold sore relief
  • Root canal therapy (to remove diseased interior pulp without the typical metal files and to remove infection)
  • Periodontal therapy (to debride and disinfect diseased gum tissue without cutting or sutures)

Many of these procedures may be performed without locally injected anesthetic when the doctor performs LASER dentistry.

Although LASER dentistry is very safe and highly effective, the Academy of General Dentistry says that your dentist should have accredited training and experience in the use of this high-tech instrument, and of course, Dr. Greene does. Additionally, if you need this kind of procedure at Greene Dental Group, you'll be asked to wear specialized light-blocking glasses to shield your eyes while Dr. Greene and his team do their work.

Additional applications

Dentists also use LASERs for cosmetic crown lengthening treatments to expose more tooth surface, eliminating what many people call the "gummy smile." Also, sometimes dentists need to remove gum tissue to properly place a dental crown, and the handheld LASER is perfect for that, too.

Finally, for the adolescent struggling with an impacted wisdom tooth, the dentist may use LASER dentistry to remove the extra bone or gum tissue which is interfering with the tooth's eruption.

Learn more

At Greene Dental Group, the professional staff always is looking for ways to deliver the gentlest, most accurate, and least invasive treatments possible. LASER instruments help them to do just that.

If you have questions about these modern marvels or have an upcoming procedure that may benefit from LASER dentistry in Norwich, CT, feel free to contact Dr. Greene and his team with your questions. Call (860) 889-8427.

By Greene Dental Group
December 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental bonding  

Do you have minor cosmetic problems with your smile? The next time you visit the dentist’s office for a checkup, you may want to ask if dental bondingdental bonding is right for you. It is a way for your dentist to fill in small gaps and cracks in your smile. Find out more about this simple and quick procedure which is available at Green Dental Group, a cosmetic dentistry in Norwich, CT.

What Is Bonding?
The same bonding material that your dentist uses to fill in cavities can be used to repair problems with your smile. The procedure is called bonding and contouring. The material is added to the tooth in layers to change its shape, size, length, and overall appearance. In some cases, bonding can help cover up stubborn dental stains. After the bonding material is cured, the dentist will shape and smooth the tooth so that the contours look natural.

Benefits of Bonding
Some patients opt for bonding as a temporary solution and as an alternative to dental veneers or crowns. Bonding is a less expensive and quicker treatment that still has lasting effects. You’ll visit your Norwich, CT cosmetic dentistry for one fairly short appointment and emerge with a much-improved smile. Most other cosmetic treatments require several visits and months or years of time. You also won’t have to worry about being sedated, as it is a painless procedure.

A Temporary but Reliable Fix
Many patients are able to enjoy a better-looking smile for five or even ten years after a bonding appointment. The procedure can be repeated if needed, or another treatment like veneers or crowns can be considered at that time. The composite bonding material used will help shore up the teeth and protect them from damage. However, you should avoid biting down on the bonded teeth if you want the treatment to last as long as possible.

Ask Your Dentist About Bonding
If you have small gaps in your teeth, chips, or other minor imperfections, dental bonding may work for you. Call (860) 889-8427 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Greene at his Norwich, CT cosmetic dentistry.