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By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
November 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out one of the best long-term solutions for replacing your missing teeth.

dental implantsWe know how upsetting it can be to face tooth loss. Even though millions of Americans deal with this same issue it may often feel very isolating and stressful. Luckily, our Glastonbury, CT, dentist Dr. Steven Hinchey now offers an amazing restoration that resembles and even functions as close to natural teeth as possible. Welcome to the world of dental implants!

How do dental implants work?

This small metal post may not look like much but it can work wonders for someone who is dealing with tooth loss. This restoration, made from durable, biocompatible titanium, is surgically placed into the jawbone where its main job is to take over the role of tooth roots.

Once our Glastonbury, CT, general dentist places the implant into the pre-drilled hole within the jawbone, the jawbone will be given several months to fully heal. During this healing phase, something pretty amazing happens: the jawbone begins to heal around the implant, fusing together with the metal restoration and making it a permanent part of the jawbone.

Once the jawbone and implant have become one this means that the restoration could end up lasting you the rest of your life (with the proper care and maintenance, of course!). From there, a custom dental crown will be created and then cemented over the implant to replace your missing tooth. Should you need to replace multiple teeth, several implants can also be placed along the jawbone to support full or partial dentures.

Why choose dental implants?

Implants offer a variety of benefits that other tooth replacements just can’t. No other tooth replacement will function as close to natural teeth as implants can. Implants stay put so you don’t have to worry about them moving or shifting around, which means chewing and speaking are fully restored.

Implants also look like natural teeth so no one will be able to tell which teeth are real and which ones are implants. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone it also provides the stimulation your jawbone needs to thrive. By replacing missing tooth roots with an implant, jawbone deterioration is prevented.

Are you ready to find out how dental implants could revive your smile for the long term? Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for treatment? Then turn to our dental team in Glastonbury, CT, to help. Call us today to learn more!


By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
November 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
CharlizeTheronBackinActionAfterDentalSurgery

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”


By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
November 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
3WaysYouCanHelpYourChildFeelatHomeattheDentist

As a parent you want your child to have the best possible start in life. One of the greatest gifts you can provide them is a positive experience in dental care—especially visiting the dentist.

Unfortunately, not all children are so lucky. Visiting the dentist for them is foreign and forbidding; it leaves such a negative impression they may avoid the dentist later in life even when faced with acute problems.

It doesn’t have to be like that. Here are 3 ways you can help your child have a great experience at the dentist.

Start dental visits early. The best time to begin dental visits is before your child’s first birthday as their teeth begin to erupt. Dental diseases like tooth decay can begin as early as two months so it’s vital to detect any problems as soon as possible. Establishing an early relationship with your child’s dentist benefits you too with helpful tips and advice from them on dental care at home. And, children visiting the dentist early are more likely to become accustomed to it as a routine part of life, and more likely to continue the habit on their own.

Find the right dentist. The right dental practice can make all the difference in the world for your child’s comfort level. Parents often choose a pediatric dentist who specializes not only in dental care for children and adolescents but in how to engage with them and put them at ease. The key, though, is to find a dentist and staff who work well with children and understand how to make them feel at home in their office.

Display a positive attitude. You’ve probably already noticed how your child picks up on your feelings in different situations—which often affect how they feel and act too. So be sure when you visit the dentist with them you have a positive, proactive attitude, ready to partner with their provider in treatment and prevention measures. And above all display a calm and relaxed manner: your child will be more apt to follow your cue and relax too.

If you would like more information on providing great dental care for your child, 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 “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”