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By JAIME GUTIERREZ, D.D.S
April 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Have questions about bonding? Bonding is an excellent way to improve your smile. Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored compositesmile resin to the teeth to restore or improve a person's smile. With bonding, you have one of the easiest, fastest and most affordable dental treatments at your disposal. Dr. Jamie Gutierrez in Brookfield, CT, offers a full range of dental services to his patients. Read on to get answers to FAQs about bonding.

What is cosmetic dental bonding?

Bonding can be used for a variety of purposes. For instance, it may be used to repair dental cavities and fractured teeth. It may also be used to close gaps between teeth and hide tooth discoloration. Sometimes bonding used to make teeth look longer or to change their shape, so that they appear more attractive. Dentists also use bonding to protect the exposed roots of teeth.


What are the benefits of bonding?

Bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic procedures. Unlike dental veneers and crowns which require more time to prepare and a second visit to place them, dental bonding can be completed in just one visit. Minimal tooth enamel is removed during the treatment. Patients often get multiple teeth bonded in just one appointment.


How do I care for my bonded teeth?

Bonded teeth do not require special care. Bonded teeth can become discolored by stains just like your teeth, so you want to care for them as carefully as you care for your smile! Floss and brush regularly and visit your dentist for checkups and dental cleanings twice a year. Avoid biting into hard surfaces like hard foods, candy ice, fingernails, and other hard items which can weaken the bonding.

If you want a beautiful smile, this is your chance! Start your journey today! Call Dr. Jamie Gutierrez at 203-775-0480 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Brookfield, CT and get the smile you deserve. When you're happy with your smile, it can really improve your quality of life!

By JAIME GUTIERREZ, D.D.S.
January 23, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentistry  

There are a variety of specializations within the field of dentistry, and Dr. Jamie Gutierrez of Brookfield, Connecticut is proud to specializeFamily Dentistry in providing comprehensive and convenient care for your entire family, from babies to seniors. Here are some of the ways that Dr. Gutierrez can help every member of your family, regardless of age!

 

Kids

The American Dental Association recommends that a child's first visit to a dentist should coincide with the appearance of their first tooth. Your Brookfield family dentist is well-trained in pediatric dentistry practices, notably including the application of fluoride and sealants as well as performing the task of educating parents on the proper ways to brush their child's teeth, all while helping maintain a comfortable environment for a potentially nervous young patient. With a family dentist like Dr. Gutierrez, your child can continue to visit the same dental practice as they age, helping to maintain familiarity and comfort.

 

Teens

As your child grows, they begin to lose their primary teeth as permanent ones come to take their places. It's also during adolescence that their bones begin to grow stronger and dental alignment issues may begin to appear. Early intervention is key to successful treatment of alignment issues within the teeth and jaw. Your Brookfield family dentist monitors all these changes through regular examinations and X-rays to make any recommendations for orthodontics.

 

Adults

Like children and adolescents, adults have unique needs when it comes to the health of their teeth and gums. Your Brookfield dentist has the experience and training needed to diagnose and treat conditions that can affect adult patients, such as gum disease or oral cancer, as well as the ability to offer tooth restoration and cosmetic dentistry options.

If you're located in Brookfield, Connecticut, we'd love to welcome you and your family members to our practice. Contact the office of Dr. Jamie Gutierrez toady at (203) 775-0480 to set up appointments for your whole family!

By JAIME GUTIERREZ, D.D.S.
October 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

This tooth-shaped cap offers a host of restorative and cosmetic benefits.

Dental CrownsDental crowns have been around for centuries, dating all the way back to the Etruscans between 700 BC and the first century BC. Of course, as you might imagine, thanks to modern dental technology our Brookfield, CT, dentist Dr. Jaime Gutierrez is able to create dental crowns that resemble the look of a real tooth so that no one even knows you have one. So, what is a dental crown and how can it help you?

When is a dental crown used?

While they are typically used for restorative dentistry purposes they can also offer cosmetic benefits, as well. Some of the issues crowns can address include:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Weak teeth
  • Teeth that can no longer support a large dental filling
  • Discolored or poorly shaped teeth
  • Tooth loss

That’s right; crowns can even be instrumental in restoring your smile after tooth loss. While a crown won’t be used to replace a missing tooth all by itself it is used to cover a dental implant or to support a dental bridge. If you are missing a single tooth, then chances are good that a dental crown will be able to help.

What are the benefits of dental crowns?

The major benefit is that a crown will restore the tooth and improve how it functions. After all, a weak tooth will continue to weaken over time if you don’t provide it with the protection it needs, and a dental crown is the perfect way to protect it. It can also improve the overall shape and color of a tooth, making you feel more confident in your appearance.

Furthermore, dental crowns are made from durable material such as ceramic or porcelain, which means that the material looks just like natural tooth enamel. The shade of the porcelain or ceramic is even matched to the tooth so that it blends right in with the rest of your smile.

What are same-day crowns?

Our Brookfield, CT, restorative dentist makes it even easier to get the restoration you need in the very same day. Traditionally, it takes about 2-3 separate visits to get your permanent crown, but with CEREC same-day crowns we can provide you with the same great restoration in just one visit. Everything is done right here in our office so we don’t have to turn to an outside dental lab to create your crown. It’s fast, efficient and you’ll walk out of our office with a brand new smile.

Does it sound like dental crowns might be something that could improve your oral health? If so, the next step is to sit down with us for a consultation to find out if this truly the best way to restore your smile. Call our Brookfield, CT, dental office today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental crowns.

By JAIME GUTIERREZ, D.D.S.
June 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental ImplantsNothing looks, acts, or feels quite like your real teeth. However, if you suffer tooth loss due to extensive decay, infection, accident, or another circumstance, take heart. Your Brookfield, CT, dentist, Dr. Jaime Gutierrez, offers qualified patients the next best thing--quality dental implants. Placed in the jaw bone where natural tooth roots previously resided, titanium implant devices, along with their extensions and porcelain crowns, deliver optimal oral function and appearance.

What's the big deal about dental implants?

It has to do with osseointegration, a natural process whereby the jaw bone bonds to the titanium metal device. While osseointegration takes up to six months after implant placement, the result is well worth the wait. Fully restored dental implants typically last for decades, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Other tooth replacements, such as fixed bridges and conventional dentures, cannot preserve size and density of gum tissue and bone the way dental implants can. Therefore, facial dimensions, personal appearance and oral function change over time. In addition, older-style tooth replacements must be replaced every ten years or so, impacting personal budgets and schedules.

Who gets dental implants?

Dr. Gutierrez offers dental implants to patients who have enough bone in their jaws to support the screw-like titanium devices. He confirms this with oral examination and sophisticated digital imaging.

Additionally, prospective implant patients should have:

  • Good overall health (strong immune systems)
  • Diligent oral hygiene habits
  • Willingness to reduce tobacco use or to stop smoking

Brushing, flossing, and getting professional cleanings and exams with your Brookfield dentist ensure your implant sites stay plaque- and tartar-free, avoiding a difficult infection called peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis resembles advanced gum disease. Quitting tobacco helps gums and bone around implants stay healthy, too.

Finally, you may be a candidate for dental implants even if you have extensive bone and tooth loss. Grafting procedures build-up implant sites, and Dr. Gutierrez may recommend multiple implants to support partial and full dentures.

Explore the possibilities

Dr. Gutierrez invites you to look into modern dental implants. He places and restores implants right in his Brookfield, CT, office, and the procedures are easier than you may think. Please call the office to arrange your dental implant consultation: (203) 775-0480.

By JAIME GUTIERREZ, D.D.S.
May 02, 2018
Category: Oral Health

In the past, metal fillings were the standard treatment after a cavity cleaning. The new desired method of restoring missing tooth enamel is fillingsto use cosmetic fillings, also called tooth-colored or white fillings. See family dentist Dr. Jamie Gutierrez at his Brookfield, CT to see if your teeth need treatment and restoration with cosmetic fillings.

What Are Cosmetic Fillings?
Dentists use a plastic resin-based solution to fill up holes in the teeth from cavities. They are called cosmetic fillings. They strengthen and protect the teeth for at least five years—even longer when you follow proper dental care maintenance suggestions on a daily basis. Because they are the color of your natural tooth enamel, no one can tell that you have a filling on your tooth.

Why Are Fillings Needed?
The most common reason for a cosmetic filling is to restore a tooth that has a cavity. It is a protective layer that is added to prevent the reoccurrence of tooth decay. Whenever you eat or drink, there’s a chance for harmful particles and bacteria to get inside of the tooth if the hole isn’t filled. A filling might also be used to shore up the sides and edges of a damaged, chipped, or eroded tooth.

A Smile That’s Better Looking and Protected
If you have hesitated to have a cavity checkup and cleaning because you don’t want to have unattractive, noticeable fillings, that is no longer a problem. Cosmetic fillings will protect your teeth and keep your smile looking natural for years. It is possible to take care of your smile while also caring about how it looks.

Restore Your Teeth with Cosmetic Fillings
When your teeth need to be restored after cavities or dental decay, be sure to request cosmetic fillings at your Brookfield, CT family dentist office. Cosmetic fillings will improve your smile in more ways than one. Call 203-775-0480 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gutierrez.





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