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By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
June 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Most people have had at least one cavity by age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Fortunately, dental fillings fillingscan help resolve damage done by cavities. Your dentist in Glastonbury, CT, Dr. Steven Hinchey, provides tooth-colored fillings to restore teeth.

More on Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are usually preferred by individuals who don't want visible fillings. They are also known as composite resin and made of plastic resin and a filler, finely ground glass-like particles. They fix issues such as chips and cracks, fractures, decays, discolored and stained teeth, and short teeth.

Fillings seal holes caused by cavities. A cavity results from bacterial plaque that produces acid and creates holes (cavities) in teeth. If not detected early on, serious issues may occur, like receding gums. Your Glastonbury doctor cleans and disinfects the cavity, then seals it with the filling to protect the integrity of the tooth.

Dental fillings require the same care as all your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, for two minutes.
  • Floss at least once before bed to remove food debris between teeth.
  • Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Drink water to help wash away food debris.
  • Visit your doctor twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings.

There are many advantages of tooth-colored fillings, like after your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural. Composite strengthens your teeth, and sealed cracks protect teeth from future bacteria.

If you have any questions about tooth-colored fillings, don't hesitate to call Dr. Steven Hinchey in Glastonbury, CT. Call (860) 633-6518.

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
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How Same-Day Crowns from your South Glastonbury dentist can improve your smiledental crowns

A dental crown is the best way to protect a damaged, broken tooth. That’s because a crown covers the entire visible surface of your tooth, holding your tooth together. Crowns are great, except for the fact that a crown can take several appointments, and a lot of time out of your schedule.

It’s time for you to think about a different type of crown, Same-Day Crowns! Now, it’s possible to have your crown, veneers, or onlays made right in the office, during your appointment! Dr. Steven Hinchey at Glastonbury Center For Dental Medicine in South Glastonbury, CT wants to introduce you to the benefits of Same-Day Crowns.

Same-Day Crowns use revolutionary CAD/CAM technology, a system of precise, computer-aided measurement and 3-D imaging. CAD/CAM creates a crown that fits perfectly, custom-made to your smile. The unique crown fabrication system eliminates the need and the wait for a dental laboratory to create your new crown.

There are many benefits of Same-Day Crowns, including:

  • A perfect fit, due to the highly accurate model taken of your tooth
  • A perfect match, blending with the color of your existing teeth

You will save time because your entire treatment, from tooth preparation to crown creation is completed in one appointment. Thanks to Same-Day Crowns, you also won’t need to wear a temporary crown.

Now you don’t have to let a busy schedule keep you from getting a beautiful new crown. A Same-Day Crown is the answer to protecting a damaged tooth and giving you a beautiful, strong smile. For more information about Same-Day Crowns, call Dr. Hinchey at Glastonbury Center For Dental Medicine in South Glastonbury, CT today!

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing teeth is something that most people probably don't really think about until it happens. Even with greater awareness and dental implantsinformation about the risk of gum disease and potential tooth loss with age, the number of Americans missing at least one tooth is over 100 million, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Steven Hinchey, a dentist at Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine in South Glastonbury, CT, offers dental implants for qualified adult patients suffering from various degrees of tooth loss.

Get Your Smile - and Oral Health - Back with Dental Implants in South Glastonbury, CT

When a tooth is lost, either through trauma, extensive tooth decay or gum disease, the primary concern is usually about the cosmetic and functional implications. What will I look like when I smile? Will I be able to chew my food and speak clearly without noticeable issues? While they are all valid concerns, there are further implications to tooth loss. When a tooth falls out, the bone tissue in the gums immediately starts to erode. When left untreated, bone loss can lead to infections, inflammation and instability to the surrounding bone tissue and teeth. Dental implants address the problem by replacing both the root and the crown of a missing tooth.

An implant is made of a biocompatible titanium screw, which is surgically placed in the space of the missing tooth. Once the implant is in place, it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue in the gums, which helps to permanently secure the implant in place and to preserve the existing bone and spur the growth of new bone tissue. Once healed, the implant is attached to a cosmetic crown to complete the restoration.

Find a Dentist in South Glastonbury, CT

Although some forms of tooth loss are preventable, millions of Americans continue to lose at least one or more teeth every year. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, and whether they are the right tooth replacement option for you, contact the Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine by calling (860) 633-6518 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hinchey today.