September 8, 2015
We humans have a lot of fears, and many are for a good reason. Snakes because poison. Heights because falling. Dentist because… wait, why do we fear the dentist again? It’s an extremely common fear: in fact, seven out of 10 adults report having some fear of the dentist. Unfortunately, as many as half of adults avoid visiting the dentist as a result of their fear, only seeking treatment when their tooth pain becomes unbearable — and that’s a real problem.
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August 6, 2015
Do you ever wish you could turn back the clock, and NOT do something? If you happen to be caught up in a dental emergency, you may be wishing you could go back to the moments before you bit into the pistachio shell, swam into that wall, tried and failed to catch the ball, or chose not to wear your mouthguard while playing football. While the Meriden Dental Group doesn’t have the power to turn back time or foresee your dental disasters, we can help you stay calm in your time of need, and prepare for the worst. Next time you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, call our Meriden, CT practice right away. We try to see emergency cases on the same day we’re contacted.
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July 15, 2015
If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, you may not smile confidently, and you may also be damaging your teeth. A misaligned bite places uneven pressure on your teeth as you chew which causes teeth to wear unevenly, puts pressure on your jaw that may lead to TMJ disorder, and can lead to chips and cracks in the enamel. Additionally, crowded teeth cause effective brushing and flossing challenging. There’s no doubt that straightening your teeth is good for your appearance and your health, but the thought of correcting teeth with traditional braces is daunting. Invisalign clear braces from the experts at Meriden Dental Group of Meriden, CT may be the best option for you. Call to schedule an Invisalign consultation with our experienced dental team today.
Correct Your Smile with Invisalign & Your Meriden, CT Dentist
Patients around the world have benefitted from smile correction using Invisalign clear braces for nearly 20 years. Whether you’re a working professional who doesn’t have the time for numerous orthodontic appointments or a patient with sensitivity to metals, Invisalign could help you achieve picture-perfect teeth in under a year. Patients who benefit from Invisalign include those who:
- Can’t attend numerous orthodontic appointments
- Have sensitivity to metals
- Need to maintain a professional appearance
- Have sensitive teeth and gums
- Are unable to thoroughly clean teeth with traditional braces
Rather than the traditional system of metallic brackets and connecting wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic alignment trays to shift your teeth into place. Alignment trays place gentle, constant pressure on teeth shifting them into place overtime. Once your bite has shifted to fit one tray, you replace it with a new alignment tray and the gradual shifting of teeth continues. Our dentists will use a series of dental impressions and x-rays to determine your current bite alignment and your optimal bite alignment. Each Invisalign aligner will progress your smile closer to the final corrected position.
Some of the benefits of Invisalign are clear like the virtually undetectable alignment trays, but there are many benefits to using Invisalign to correct your smile that you may not have considered. Some additional benefits of Invisalign are:
- Less time invested – Invisalign patients typically complete their alignment in 12 months or less, and need less than half the number of dental appointment required for traditional braces
- Less Discomfort – Invisalign patients report experiencing much less pain and discomfort compared to traditional braces wearers and can remove trays for easy, thorough dental hygiene
- Less Hassle – Invisalign patients can remove trays during meals and eat any foods they wish so there’s no need for dietary changes
Contact Your 06450 Dentist Today
If you’re considering Invisalign for bite correction, Meriden Dental Group can help. Schedule a consultation to work with our skilled dentists to determine if your smile could benefit from treatment with Invisalign clear braces. Our convenient Meriden, CT office welcomes patients from surrounding areas including Southington, Cheshire, Wallingford, and Middletown.
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June 23, 2015
If you’ve watched TV, been to the movies, or spotted a celebrity magazine in the checkout line of your local store, you’ve probably seen bright, white smiles. Maybe this is partially the work of skilled graphic designers and photo editing software, but a whiter, brighter smile is not out of reach. Professional teeth whitening using the Zoom! Whitening and Kor bleaching system Meriden Dental Group has teeth whitening down to a science. In Meriden, CT our practice offers in office and at home teeth whitening options that will whiten and brighten your teeth at the molecular level. Call to schedule an appointment today.
Reasons Teeth Discolor
You may think that tooth discoloration is only enamel deep, but stains and the effects of aging can discolor more than just the surface of your tooth. Foreign materials discolor your teeth because a pellicule film forms over the enamel. That film can be removed by regular cleanings with you hygienist and brushing with a whitening or abrasive tooth paste. No matter how hard you work to remove pellicule film, overtime, the porous enamel absorbs coloring from into the dentin layer. Some whitening products are only effective in whitening the tooth’s enamel which can reveal the discolored dentin below giving the impression of yellowing your teeth rather than whitening. Professional whiteners and over the counter whitening products that use hydrogen peroxide can be effective in removing stains from the dentin layer as well as enamel stains.
What Whitening Does
Teeth whitening using hydrogen or carbamide peroxide penetrates the porous tooth enamel, and removes foreign materials that cause discoloration from the surface and the dentin layers of your teeth. This is caused by a chemical reaction called oxidation. Oxidation has many forms, and some of them are better than others. Rust is a form of oxidation as is the breakdown of healthy skin cells due to exposure to UVA/B rays and pollutants. Harnessing this destructive power, whitening chemicals bond to the foreign substances that discolor your teeth and remove them.
How Kor is Different
The Kor whitening system works essentially the way that most professional grad teeth whitening products do, but rather than simply removing the foreign substance, Kor improves your tooth’s ability to oxidize at the molecular level. This means that with regular care, the whitening is permanent because your tooth will continue to create oxygen that removes the molecules that would stain your teeth. We offer both in office and at home whitening treatment from Kor. With professional whitening treatments from Meriden Dental Group a permanently whiter smile is just one visit away.
Find Out More
If you want a celebrity smile for your next family photo, job interview, or just because you deserve it, Meriden Dental Group is here to help. Our Zoom! Whitening and Kor bleaching options are effective and flexible. We can help you achieve a picture-perfect smile. Call today to schedule your whitening appointment, or to find out more about any of our cosmetic dentistry options. Our Meriden, CT office welcomes patients from Southington, Cheshire, Wallingford, Middletown, and beyond.
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April 17, 2015
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you understand exactly how it can negatively affect your quality of life. From speech difficulties to problems with chewing and insecurity when you smile, missing teeth impact nearly every aspect of your day-to-day existence. Dental implants, sometimes called teeth implants, are often the ideal replacement solution for men and women who have lost one or more teeth.
Benefits of Lifelike Teeth Implants in 06450
A dental implant comes closer to the structure of a natural tooth than any other restorative option. The implant itself – which is comprised of a small, screw-like post made of zirconia or titanium – replaces the root structure of the lost tooth. A custom restoration is then secured to the post, completing the procedure.
Whereas dentures and other removable prosthetics can limit your dietary choices and cause embarrassment in social situations, dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. No one ever has to know that you’ve had restorative work done.
When you lose a tooth, the jaw bone that once supported it begins to atrophy, ultimately leading to a sunken appearance and the loss of additional teeth over time. With teeth implants, you needn’t worry about bone deterioration in the jaw. The implants stimulate the bone and keep it strong and healthy.
If you are looking for a more permanent and secure tooth replacement option, ask your doctor at Meriden Dental Group about dental implants. We look forward to helping you once again enjoy the full benefits of a complete set of teeth that look and feel completely natural.
Schedule Your Dental Implants Consultation
Whether you are missing a single tooth or are in need of a full arch of replacement teeth, the team at Meriden Dental Group can help. Contact our office today to schedule your restorative dentistry consultation with our experienced dental implant experts. Our comprehensive menu of restorative and cosmetic dentistry solutions offers everything you need to enjoy a complete smile once again. Our state-of-the-art dental practice is privileged to serve families from throughout Meriden, CT and the surrounding areas, including Wallingford, Southington, Cheshire, Middletown, and beyond.
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March 17, 2015
As your trusted Meriden, CT dentists, the team at Meriden Dental Group proudly serves the complete oral health care needs of families from throughout the 06450 area and beyond. Our comprehensive menu of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services includes everything you need to achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for life. Dr. Frank, Dr. Chimmiri, and Dr. Langan are genuinely passionate about dentistry, and their dedication to their patients is apparent in everything they do.
Personalized Service for Excellent Dental Care
At Meriden Dental Group, we understand that your smile is unique and, therefore, deserving of care that is personalized to meet your individual needs. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution at our office; you’ll find that we really take the time to get to know you and your goals. If you are looking for a trustworthy, experienced dentist for preventive cleanings and biannual checkups, entrust your oral health to the 06450 dentists who have been serving families in this community for decades. If cosmetic or restorative solutions are what you need to look and feel your best, we offer those services as well.
Our dentists are active members in a wide range of renowned professional organizations, including the:
- American Dental Association
- Connecticut State Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- International Congress of Oral Implantology
- American Dental Society of Anesthesiologists
- Meriden Wallingford Cheshire Dental Society (MWCDS)
Dentists in 06450 that You Can Trust
Whether you are searching for a Meriden, CT dentist for routine dental checkups or you’d like to explore your cosmetic or restorative dentistry options, Meriden Dental Group is your premier destination for experienced professionals and exceptional care. Contact our office today to schedule your visit with our team, and discover the difference that our commitment, quality care, and advanced technology can make in your next dental experience. Our family-friendly office is privileged to serve patients from throughout Meriden and nearby communities in Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford, Middletown, and beyond.
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February 27, 2015
Every hour, around the clock, someone in the United States dies from oral cancer. Approximately 43,250 men and women in America will be diagnosed with this aggressive condition in 2015, and about half of those will succumb to the disease within five years. At Meriden Dental Group, our team performs oral cancer screenings with state-of-the-art technology, helping the families of Meriden, CT increase their odds of success in the fight against oral cancer.
Protecting Yourself from Oral Cancer
Because the oral cancer survival rate is substantially higher when the disease is detected in its earliest stages, our doctors emphasize the importance of annual oral cancer screening. Using a revolutionary new screening system known as Identafi, we are able to detect soft tissue abnormalities before they become visible to the naked eye.
In addition to scheduling your oral cancer screening at our office at least once per year, there are some things you can do between visits to reduce your risk of developing this disease. Patients who use tobacco in any form, for example, are more likely to suffer from oral cancer than someone who abstains. Heavy alcohol consumption can also increase your chances, as can sun exposure and HPV (human papillomavirus). Talk to our doctors and our experienced staff to learn more about how certain lifestyle changes can make a difference in your susceptibility to oral cancer.
Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening
It is important to remember that early treatment equals an increased chance of survival. If you notice any unusual changes in your oral health – including white or red patches, persistent sores, numbness, or hoarseness – please contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Meriden Dental Group warmly welcomes families from throughout Meriden, CT and the surrounding areas, including Middletown, Wallingford, Cheshire, Southington, and beyond.
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