Whether you have a single injured tooth or a mouthful of mostly missing teeth, dental damage keeps you from smiling. It may also be tough for you to eat or even speak clearly. With restorative dentistry in Wilton, your smile will look beautiful and function perfectly again.Doctor A. Vandiveer Strait on preventative dentistry Read Transcript
At Wilton Dental Associates, we believe that preventive dentistry is really the center of dentistry because if you have great preventive care, any investment you make in your dental health will be a good one because it will mean you don't get new problems, and new problems would cost a lot of money. So if you want to save money and stay healthy, then preventive care is really the center. And we have a technology that helps to eliminate the total cause of all dental disease. And it's been so effective that 95 percent of my patients never get new dental disease. So we would be absolutely privileged to help you be one of our patients and enjoy that benefit. So you too can have a healthy mouth for the rest of your life.
Our restorative dental care includes:
- Dental implants and dental bridges to replace missing teeth
- Composite fillings to mend decayed teeth, using a special technique called “channeling”
- Versatile dental crowns to repair many kinds of damage
- Root canals to save teeth from infection
We’re so confident in the quality of our dental restorations that we offer a lifetime guarantee! Whether you receive a single filling or a full-mouth restoration with dental implants, you can expect it to last a lifetime with proper care. In addition, Dr. Strait’s ability to approach your dental care from every standpoint will ensure dramatically better results and save you money in the long run.
Call 203-293-2086 for a consultation with Dr. Vandiveer Strait. He is a member of the Crown Council, an invitation-only organization dedicated to dental excellence. If your damage is due to a dental emergency, we’ll see you within 24 hours.
Our Special Technique Helps Dental Fillings Last Indefinitely
Silver/mercury amalgam fillings most commonly fail because they leak or cause cracks or fractures when used to restore teeth. Because of this, many dentists have begun using composite fillings. While they are less likely to crack teeth and look more natural than metal fillings, they shrink slightly when they are cured/hardened. This shrinkage can cause them to leak and fail in as few as two years.Doctor A. Vandiveer Strait on restorative dentistry Read Transcript
If someone comes into our office who has a restorative issue, like they chipped some teeth or broken teeth or they have filling fell out or whatever, they have decay, restorative dentistry's purpose is to make that tooth not only repaired – that is, you put the restoration back to make it a number one so it's as strong as it was originally as much as possible – in addition, make it look great. Now if you're doing these things, the question, the next question which you may not even think of, is how long will it last? We're using a technology here which is called channeling. It's a new technology that very few dentists know about, but what it does is it eliminates the shrinkage of these materials. All dental materials, when they are cured, the new tooth-colored materials, shrink slightly. By using this technique, we're able to eliminate that shrinkage and in fact cause the bonding to be very, very permanent.
When we look at restorations that we've placed 20 and 25 years ago, they look like the day they were put in. And in general, when we look at other people’s and other dentists’ work, we're seeing that around the margins because of the shrinkage that that bonding is breaking down. In fact, if you read dental journals, you'll see that they don't tell you that dental materials can last 35, 40 years. But I have found they can, and I expect that the work we're doing now in restorative dentistry will last people most of their life, if not all their lives.
Dr. Strait uses a system called “channeling,” which totally eliminates the problem of shrinkage:
- First, we create a small channel in the middle of the material at each level as the restorative material is placed in your tooth and cured/hardened.
- We then fill in the channel afterward. This creates a strong bond to your tooth that will last indefinitely.
We have been using this system for over 20 years with amazing results. We have never had to replace a restoration placed with this technique.
Crowns & Root Canals Work Together For A Healthy Smile
With his extensive experience in endodontics, Dr. Strait performs root canals to save teeth threatened by infection. If infection gets into the pulp inside your tooth and the small passages called root canals, it is often painful and can result in the loss of your tooth.
It’s no surprise that many people believe root canals can’t help them. That’s true not only because they’re associated with pain, but also because of the common misconception that it’s better to extract the infected tooth and replace it with an implant.
Dr. Strait believes that it is best to keep your natural tooth whenever possible. He also believes that all endodontic treatments should be pain-free, and the vast majority of his cases can be treated successfully in one appointment. He even has experience in the retreatment of failed root canal procedures, which makes up about half of all our root canal procedures. In his skilled hands, you don’t have to let your negative experiences with root canal therapy ruin your dental health.
Through his experience and training, Dr. Strait has learned cutting-edge techniques that help ensure our endodontic treatments are performed quickly and thoroughly. They involve:
- The newest computer-generated technology
- The Dentsply Sirona WaveOne Gold reciprocating system
- 3D obturation (filling and sealing) of the root canals
- High-magnification surgical telescopes
- Fiber-optic illumination of the operating field
He also uses the proper restoration to protect your tooth from further damage following your root canal procedure. He will use either a:
- Dental Filling – Since front teeth are not subjected to the kinds of forces back teeth are and are less subject to vertical fracture, Dr. Strait will reinforce them with fillings following a root canal.
- Dental Crown – Your back teeth are not only subject to more chewing force, they also have more canals than front teeth. So Dr. Strait will use a dental crown to strengthen them and protect from further damage. In some cases he will use a post or posts of titanium or other equally strong material for additional reinforcement.
You can prevent the need for a root canal by repairing cavities, breaks, or cracks where bacteria can get into the center of your tooth and cause an infection. Depending on the size of the cavity, we’ll recommend a filling or a crown. A crown can repair most other kinds of damage, including cracks and breaks.
Replace Missing Teeth With Implants Or A Traditional Dental Bridge
You can replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth with a dental bridge. We can attach a bridge to your own teeth surrounding a gap in your smile. To avoid the need to drill into healthy teeth, we can instead use dental implants to support your bridge. Either way, your bridge will stay securely in place. Implants can also be used with crowns to replace single teeth or with dentures for full-mouth teeth replacement.