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By Greene Dental Group
April 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Cleanings  

Every beautiful, healthy smile begins with regular trips to the dentist for preventive care. Even with a good oral hygiene routine, regular family-dentistrydental check ups and cleanings are necessary to pick up where brushing and flossing leave off, and to help catch problems like tooth decay and gum disease before they can cause real damage, from cavities to gingivitis and even tooth loss. Dr. Jonathan Greene, a family dentist in Norwich, CT, recommends that children and adults follow the American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines and schedule an appointment for a check up and cleaning every six months for optimal oral health and preventive care.

Family Dentistry in Norwich, CT

Professional dental cleanings are the first line of defense against preventable oral health problems like cavities and periodontal (gum) disease. Even a good oral hygiene routine at home, which includes brushing after meals, flossing once a day, eating a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco and drinking alcohol in moderation, dental cleanings are necessary to clean the areas that a toothbrush and floss can't reach. Think of it as a "deep clean" for your teeth and gums.

Dental cleanings are especially important if some time has passed since your last dental appointment. When bacteria from the food and drinks we consume accumulate between the teeth and the gums, it solidifies into plaque and tartar.

Since tooth decay is progressive (it gets worse over time), skipping even one or two dental cleanings can mean the difference between a cavity or early stage gum disease. Preventive dentistry can save you time, money, and more invasive dental treatments in the future to correct decay or even tooth loss in late stage gum disease (periodontitis).

Find a Family Dentist in Norwich, CT

For more information about preventive dentistry and tips for protecting your family from tooth decay and gum disease, contact Greene Dental Group by calling 860-889-8427 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greene today.

By Greene Dental Group
March 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

When you lose a tooth, it can make you feel very insecure about your whole smile. Losing multiple teeth is even more troubling, as it may DENTAL IMPLANTnecessitate a denture device. As common as dentures are, they may not be the best option for your smile. Allow Dr. Jonathon Greene at Greene Dental Group in Norwich, CT, to restore your lost teeth with dental implants.

Smile Restoration with Dental Implants
If you want your smile fully restored to the way it used to be after a tooth loss, implants are the optimal choice. Instead of just restoring the part of the tooth that appears above the gum line, your Norwich, CT, dentist restores the whole tooth starting from the inside of the jaw. The result is a securely implanted replica of a tooth, including a new root and crown. Dr. Greene uses a titanium implant that looks a lot like a carpenter’s screw. Its ridged design makes it easy for your bone tissue to surround it and hold it in place.

How Will the Implantation Appointment Go?
After you have been evaluated and approved for dental implants, the dental implantation appointment is scheduled with your Norwich, CT, dentist. At this appointment, the area of your mouth where the implant will be placed will be sedated. Dr. Greene will use a drill to open a small space in the gum line where the implant can be inserted. With sutures and good dental hygiene, the implant will be able to properly heal after a few months. Once that part of the procedure is complete, you’ll be scheduled to revisit Greene Dental Group for a crown restoration.

Advantages of Choosing Dental Implants
One major advantage of dental implants is that once you have them installed, you do not have to think about them again for many years. They become permanently implanted in your jaw, and you won’t have to worry about the embarrassment of having to take them out at night to clean them or soak them. Dental implants are biocompatible, meaning that they integrate well with your body’s bone tissue. The bone will continue to grow and remain strong, ensuring that your jawline stays intact.

Have Your Tooth Permanently Restored
If you’ve recently experienced tooth loss and want to have your smile restored, contact the dental team at Greene Dental Group in Norwich, CT, for a dental implants consultation. Call (860) 889-8427 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Greene.

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.