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Posts for: July, 2017

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

What your dentist in Glastonbury wants you to knowlaser dentistry

You’ve heard about laser dentistry and now you’re wondering if it can help you. The truth is laser technology has changed dentistry forever. Thanks to laser technology, dentists can now diagnose and treat dental issues while they are still small, instead of waiting until they become large dental problems. Dr. Steven Hinchey at Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine in South Glastonbury, CT wants to share what you need to know about laser dentistry.

Lasers are used in diagnosis to detect tiny problems which are very difficult to find with conventional diagnostic tools. Early diagnosis is critical to a better treatment outcome. Dr. Hinchey uses lasers to:

  • Diagnose tooth decay in tiny pits, fissures and crevices
  • Screen for oral cancer and other tissue abnormalities

Lasers are at the forefront of soft tissue treatment too. The focused laser is precise, allowing more conservative treatment which will heal faster. Some common laser soft tissue treatments include:

  • Soft tissue recontouring, to remove and reshape excess tissue, resulting in a less gummy, more beautiful smile
  • Periodontal treatments, to promote shrinkage and healing of deep periodontal pockets and to kill harmful bacteria

Lasers have also revolutionized treatment of hard tissue problems. Lasers are quiet, allowing a much more comfortable, relaxing treatment than conventional dental drills. Dr. Hinchey uses lasers to:

  • Remove decay, resulting in a much cleaner, more precise tooth preparation which can lead to a longer-lasting dental restoration

When you choose laser dentistry from Dr. Hinchey, you will enjoy:

  • Improved healing
  • Less downtime
  • Less discomfort
  • Relaxing, quiet treatment

You deserve the best in dental treatment. That’s why you need to discover for yourself what laser dentistry can do for you. Now, thanks to laser dentistry, you have another choice other than noisy, old-school dental drills. If you want to experience relaxing treatment with less downtime, laser dentistry is for you! For more information about laser dentistry treatment, call Dr. Hinchey at Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine in South Glastonbury, CT today!


You've seen ads for “Teeth in One Day” that promise immediate implant placement at the same time you have the problem tooth removed. But this presumes the gums and underlying bone are healthy and able to support and protect the implant. If that's not the case, it may be ill-advised to place an implant on the same day.

Even with immediate placement, there will be a small degree of bone and gum opening or space around the implant after it's placed into the socket. This can often be remedied by placing a bone graft and sometimes a gum graft when we install the implant. It's also possible for natural healing to gradually fill in the space, but we'll need to monitor the site carefully for several weeks.

On the other hand, if we detect significant bone loss (or strongly suspect it will occur), immediate placement may not be an option — there's not enough bone or it's too weak to support an implant. In this case, it's necessary to wait on placement and focus on improving the bone health and quantity, beginning when we remove the old tooth and place a bone graft.

After completing the extraction, we typically place a bone graft in the empty socket. The graft will become a “scaffold” for new bone cells to grow upon. We may then allow about two to four months for new bone to partially replenish the area and then place the implant. The bone will continue to regenerate as it grows and attaches to the titanium implant to create a solid attachment.

If the site, however, still appears fragile even after partial bone growth, we may opt to wait another two to four months before attempting placement. From a long-term perspective, this is the best scenario for ensuring a durable foundation for the implant. It also allows for a socket severely compromised by disease to heal more thoroughly.

To determine which of these placement scenarios is best for you, we'll first need to conduct a thorough dental examination. From there we'll be in a better position to discuss the right implant timeline for your situation. Our main goal is to ensure we can securely place your implant in just the right position to achieve the most successful and attractive result.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
July 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.