Patient Education

Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Our New Britain Office
... Veneers Crowns Tooth colored fillings Replace missing teeth Implants Bridges Partial Dentures Full Dentures Treatment of Gum problems Root plane - non-surgical deep cleaning Antibiotic treatment - direct placement of antibiotics in gum defects, - antibiotic pills - antibiotic mouthwashes Surgical treatments Treatment for badly broken down teeth Root canal therapy- If necessary, we can remove the infected nerves & blood vessels inside the teeth...

Our Services
...Gladstein offers a full range of dental services from cleaning, fillings and crowns to complex recontrructions, removal of wisdom teeth, nitrous oxide and sedation...

Sedation Dentistry
... Sedation dentistry is a completely safe method that allows the patient to be completely comfortable and relaxed and lets us perform several dental procedures during the same visit, including: whitening yellow or stained teeth crowns repairing chipped or damaged teeth treating gum disease root canals extractions replacing worn fillings Off Site IV Sedation is another method that enables us to work in a safe environment, outside the hospital...

Say Goodbye to Metal and Hello to Tooth-Colored Fillings
...Silver amalgam fillings still have limited applications and are still used in back teeth where they don't show in the smile...

Why Your Teeth May Hurt
...Fillings seal off areas of past decay...

Tooth-Colored Fillings: A Natural-Looking Alternative
... In recent years, metal-free, tooth-colored fillings have evolved into a well-established treatment method that's finding increasing use — not just in the front of the mouth, where it's most visible, but in the back too...

Dental Metals Pose a Low Risk of Allergy Among Most People
... Dental amalgam, an alloy made of various metals including mercury, has been used effectively since the mid-19th Century to fill cavities; even with today’s tooth-colored resin materials, amalgam is still used for many back teeth fillings...

Five Facts About Crowns
...It can be weakened by grinding or chipping, gradually removed by repeated dental fillings, or suddenly broken by trauma...

Keep an Eye on Abnormal Tooth Wear
...And, some restorative materials used for fillings may also affect the rate of wear...

End the Embarrassment of Stained Teeth with Whitening
... There are two basic types of tooth staining or discoloration: extrinsic, in which the stain is on the surface of the teeth and mostly caused by substances like coffee, wine or tobacco; and intrinsic, which occurs deep within the tooth, caused by such factors as aging, previous dental treatments and fillings, the use of antibiotics (tetracycline, predominantly), or over-exposure to fluoride...

Crowns Preserve the Tooth While Offering Greater Protection Than a Filling
...If it has already received several fillings, the tooth may have become too weak to receive another...

Leave Enough Time for Your Wedding-Day Smile Makeover
...Small chips or discolored fillings can be restored with tooth-colored materials that securely bond to the teeth themselves...

Planning Your Wedding Day Smile Makeover
... Cosmetic bonding is a great way to hide those little chips in the front teeth, or discolored old fillings in back...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern...

Chrissy Teigen's Teeth-Grinding Troubles
...In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out...

Why You Shouldn't Worry About the Mercury in Your Silver Fillings
... So, should you be equally concerned about amalgam fillings — even going so far as to have any existing ones removed...

Oral Hygiene for Kids
...If it takes hold, it can form a cavity in the enamel and then progress deeper into the tooth — causing discomfort, difficulty eating and speaking, and a need for fillings or root canal treatment...

Fillings
... Fillings do just what the name implies — seal a small hole in your tooth, i...

Inlays & Onlays
... Both inlays and onlays are considered “indirect” fillings, meaning that they are fabricated outside the mouth (generally at a dental laboratory), and then bonded to the tooth by the dentist...

Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you could have fillings that matched the natural color of your teeth so well that nobody could tell the difference, would you choose them over metal...

Loose Teeth & Bite Problems
...Replacing broken fillings and restoring worn teeth is also sometimes needed to create a more balanced bite, even when teeth are not loose...

Blood Thinners & Dental Procedures
... A number of studies have shown that for many common dental procedures — cleanings, fillings and restorations, for example — it's safer to continue taking anticoagulant medications than to stop, even temporarily...

Bad Breath
...Bad breath may be caused by large, open cavities that need to be filled, or old, defective fillings that need to be repaired...

Preventive Dentistry
...They prevent cavities from forming and the need for fillings later on...

Stress & Oral Habits
...And dental work such as crowns and fillings may get damaged...

Air Abrasion
...Because it's a relatively fine-scale instrument, it isn't suitable for treating deep cavities or removing old metal fillings...

Anesthesia Wand
... It provides painless injections for all routine dental treatments including root canals, crowns, fillings, and cleanings...

Digital Dental Impressions
...It's possible to identify any additional prep work required for new crowns, veneers and fillings right then and there; to implement any needed changes; and to rescan the tooth to create a new series of images and 3D model...

Intra-Oral Camera
...It can also be used to give you a video tour of your entire mouth so that you can see things such as plaque deposits, decay, worn teeth, and broken or missing fillings...

Laser Decay Diagnosis
...You can expect: dramatically improved early cavity detection reduced size and possibly number of fillings that might be needed, thus possibly lowering the cost of dental treatments reduced chances of unnecessary exploration of teeth that are suspected to have cavities Here's how it works Using this noninvasive technology, your teeth are scanned to examine their structure...

Cracked Teeth
... Biting on hard objects, receiving a blow to the mouth, or having large cavities (or old amalgam fillings) that weaken the tooth's structure are also common causes of tooth fractures...

Root Canal Treatment
...Having multiple fillings or restorations on the same tooth increases the chances of this type of injury...

Cosmetic & General Dentistry
...These procedures include: Cleanings & Oral Exams, to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and catch early signs of dental disease Cosmetic Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Crowns & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Extractions, to remove unhealthy teeth that cannot be saved Fillings, to restore decayed teeth Inlays & Onlays, to fill teeth with larger cavities Invisalign Clear Aligners, for highly discreet orthodontic treatment Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect a dangerous disease that can be cured if caught early Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Removable Dentures, to help you smile again Root Canal Treatment, to rescue diseased teeth Sealants, to help prevent cavities Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile TMD Treatment, for pain in the jaw area that can interfere with biting and chewing Tooth-Colored Fillings, for a completely natural, healthy look Tooth Decay Prevention, so you keep your natural teeth as long as possible When to Visit the Dentist Many people only go to the dentist when something is wrong...

Endodontics
...Extensive dental procedures (such as multiple fillings or restorations on the same tooth) may cause trouble; occasionally, even routine procedures like orthodontics may eventually lead to root canal problems...