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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.

By Jaime Gutierrez, D.D.S.
December 12, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Brookfield, CT dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
 

Contact your Brookfield, CT Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Brookfield, CT dentist to schedule an appointment.

By Jaime Gutierrez, D.D.S.
December 12, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of Jaime Gutierrez, D.D.S.

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Brookfield, CT area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice. 

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health. 

As always, feel free to contact our Jaime Gutierrez, D.D.S. office with any dental questions or concerns.

-- Jaime Gutierrez, D.D.S.





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