Committed

to using the LATEST TECHNOLOGYto maximize patient convenience, comfort and satisfaction

Committed

to using the LATEST TECHNOLOGYto maximize patient convenience, comfort and satisfaction

Welcome to Dantini Dental of Stamford

Dantini Dental of Stamford is a family-oriented practice that uses the latest technology and techniques to maximize patient convenience, comfort and satisfaction. This commitment means we are equipped to deliver every service you and your family may need from restorative to reconstructive, periodontal and cosmetic dentistry. This comprehensive approach is also supported by our strong investment in the latest pain management, diagnostic equipment, and advanced treatment and restorative systems.

our services

We offer a broad range of services to meet the needs of our patients

  • Services
  • Cerec/Monster Garage
  • zoom
  • White fillings (repairing decay/cavities)
  • Traditional Crowns
  • Dental Implants
  • Gum (Periodontal) Disease
  • Bite Guards/ NTI appliances
  • Care of children’s teeth
  • Replacing Missing Teeth

Zoom bleaching takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours in our office. First, we take upper and lower models of your teeth with alginate so that we can fabricate custom made bleaching trays to "touch up or reinforce" the initial whitening 6 months to a year after the office treatment. Isolation, protecting the sensitive areas of your mouth, takes 15 minutes. The actual Zoom treatment is broken into 3, 15 minute sessions, sometimes a 4th session is added. Last, all protective barriers are removed and the teeth are treated with a topical fluoride.

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White fillings (repairing decay/cavities)

The best way to avoid cavities is by eating right, brushing with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months.

Children and some adults can benefit by having sealants applied to the teeth.

Cavities are generally cleaned out with a high speed drill or air abrasion tool, and filled with a composite or a ceramic material that mimics the color and texture of the tooth's original enamel. Metal amalgam filling material are no longer used.

Below is early, moderate and severe decay


Traditional Crowns”

A crown is needed on a tooth when the tooth is weakened either by decay, a fracture or a very large restoration and it can not be restored to adequate strength or form by a directly placed filling.

Crowns can be made from a number of materials including:

  • solid porcelain (CEREC)
  • a metal shell (preferably a gold alloy) with porcelain baked on top
  • a totally metal (gold) shell
  • 100% resin (an especially hard plastic).

For most dentisits, repairing your tooth with a porcelain or full gold crown will usually take two appointments.

On the first appointment, Dr. Dantini will numb the tooth and prepare it by removing 1-2 millimeters of the natural crown until the weakened portion of the tooth is removed and solid structure remains.

A crown must fit perfectly to prevent further decay and gum disease. It must restore a patient's bite, prevent shifting of the teeth and above all, look good.

After the tooth is prepared, an impression is taken and sent to a laboratory for fabrication. For this interim period, Dr. Dantini will place a 'temporary crown' on the prepared tooth to protect it and provide a functional tooth that prevents the adjacent and opposing teeth from moving while the crown is being fabricated.

On the second appointment, the crown is bonded or cemented to the prepared natural tooth. A new crown should look natural and feel comfortable in the mouth.

It is vital to take care of a crowned tooth. The margins between the crown and the natural tooth are areas that are susceptible to decay and must be kept clean. Properly taken care of, crowns can last 5 to 15 years, and sometimes even longer.

Crowns are not used as frequently in cosmetic dentistry as they once were because of more conservative procedures like(Veneers) , (Bonding) , and (Bleaching). However, when teeth have been severely damaged by decay, have large fillings or are rotated or crooked, they may require the extra strength of a crown.

Dr. Dantini has extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry and the placement of crowns. He understands the benefits of using the most conservative treatment possible to achieve the desired result and is pleased to advise his patients on the best approach for their circumstance.

On the second appointment, the crown is bonded or cemented to the prepared natural tooth. A new crown should look natural and feel comfortable in the mouth.

It is vital to take care of a crowned tooth. The margins between the crown and the natural tooth are areas that are susceptible to decay and must be kept clean. Properly taken care of, crowns can last 5 to 15 years, and sometimes even longer.

Crowns are not used as frequently in cosmetic dentistry as they once were because of more conservative procedures like veneers, bonding, and bleaching. However, when teeth have been severely damaged by decay, have large fillings or are rotated or crooked, they may require the extra strength of a crown.

Dr. Dantini has extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry and the placement of crowns. He understands the benefits of using the most conservative treatment possible to achieve the desired result and is pleased to advise his patients on the best approach for their circumstance.

Implant Bio
Implant Bridge Bio

Dental Implants are used to replace one tooth, a number of teeth , or to support an entire fixed or removable bridge.

Most common is the osseintegrated implant. This implant is placed in a hole drilled into bone. Depending on the number of teeth being replaced, one or more may be required. If neccessary, a substrucure is fabricated and then the crown, bridge or denture is securely fastened to the substructure or implant.

Implants are useful in a wide variety of circumstances:

  • Patients who have tried but can't wear conventional dentures
  • Patients who have lost a tooth
  • Patients who have two teeth with no or small fillings adjacent to the hole and don't want to cut the teeth down to make a bridge
  • Implants are usually placed in outpatient settings by periodontists, oral surgeons or trained general dentists, and have a healing period of three to nine months.

    There is a significant investment involved in placing or replacing implants. The cost can reach $1,500 to $2,000 or more per implant and $1,000 or more per tooth replaced. Thus, good oral hygiene is essential. Patients must keep implanted areas healthy by brushing and flossing daily.

    Below from left to right: initial implant placement, implant with healing cap, implant with abutment, implant with crown.

Gum (Periodontal) disease is an inflammation or infection of the supporting structures of the teeth, the bone and the surrounding gum tissue. It is caused by a sticky, colorless film called plaque that is constantly forming on the teeth. If plaque is not cleaned off the teeth with proper brushing and flossing, the bacteria in the plaque cause gingivitis - an inflammation of the gum tissue. The symptoms of gingivitis are red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. Patients displaying any of these symptoms should contact Dr. Dantini as soon as possible. If left untreated this condition will progress to periodontitis.

Periodontitis occurs when plaque starts to calcify and become 'calculus' or 'tartar'. Tartar migrates under the gum tissue to cause 'pocketing' around the teeth and destroy the bone tissue. If left long enough, the entire supporting structure of the tooth can be destroyed with the resultant loss of the tooth or teeth.

Unfortunately, periodontitis is found in 3 out of 4 adults over 35. Symptoms include loose or shifting teeth, gum tissue separating from the teeth, longer-appearing teeth, and/or pus or an unpleasant taste or odor coming from the mouth.

Periodontitis can't be treated at home. The tartar that forms under your gums must be cleaned off by a dentist or hygienist. This procedure is called root planing and scaling. If caught early enough, minimum damage of the supporting structures occurs resulting in a good prognosis.

If the condition is more advanced, other therapies including gum surgery or bone regeneration may have to be performed. In the worst case, the teeth may have to be removed. Fortunately, eating well balanced meals, avoiding snacking (especially sweets), regular brushing, flossing and regular check-ups can limit the risk of getting gum disease.

Scaling and root planing can cost from $150 to $300 per quadrant (There are 4 in your mouth.). More extensive periodontal procedures can cost as much as $1,000 or more per quadrant depending on an individual case and procedure performed.

Biteguard and NTI

A traditional splint allows minimal resistance in side to side movement. This lack of resistance gives the lateral pterygoid muscles a chance to rest (muscle with blue arrow). But a traditional splint does not protect the temporalias muscle in the same way possably causing the temporalis muscle to go into spasm. This is usually felt as a tension headache in the temple region.

Generally, a traditional splint is perfect for helping relieve pain that is felt around the joint (the area foward of the ear and just below the cheeks).

Below is a diagram of an NTI on the right (labeled B) and an anterior discluder (labeled A).

An NTI provides minimal resistance to side to side movement like a traditional splint. Additionally, it uses one of the bodies protective reflexes to prevent heavy clenching pressure. The combined effect is less pressure on the temporalis and the lateral ptergyoid muscle. For more details please follow this link.

Childrens Teeth

Clean your infant's gums with a clean, damp cloth. Ask Dr. Dantini if you may rub a tiny dab of toothpaste on the gums. As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste. Remember, most children are also getting fluoride from the community water supply.

To avoid baby bottle tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking, try to wean your child off of the breast and bottle by one year of age, and monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers and thumbs. Never give your child a bottle of milk, juice or sweetened liquid as a pacifier at naptime or bedtime.

Help a young child brush at night-the most important time to brush, due to lower salivary flow and higher susceptibility to cavities and plaque. Perhaps let the child brush their teeth first to build self-confidence, then the parent can follow up to ensure that all plaque is removed. Usually by age 5 or so, the child can learn to brush his or her own teeth with proper parental instruction. The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example. Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene.

Replace A Missing Tooth

It is very important to replace missing teeth. Teeth make it possible to chew, speak, keep facial muscles and tissue in their proper position, smile and prevent other teeth from shifting. Once a tooth is lost, the whole balance of the mouth is disrupted. This can lead to a variety of serious problems.

When a tooth is lost, the teeth will inevitably begin to shift. This make take some time to notice but it actually happens fairly rapidly. After a few years, the size of the lost tooth's opening will have closed dramatically, turning a fantastic smile into a gapped-hole smirk. The cheeks or the lips can also appear sunken - affecting speech and sound, and the bite will also change. Chewing becomes more difficult and tooth decay becomes more prevalent because what was once a self cleansing tooth arrangement is now a plaque-trapping nightmare.

These are not the only effects of losing a tooth. TMJ (jaw) problems can also result, causing headaches and other discomfort. To minimize the possibility of such complications, a missing tooth should be replaced promptly.

There are many ways to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The most popular include:

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