Jeffrey Bisson, DMD and Dane Fletcher, DMD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At Cheshire Dental Associates, we welcome your questions and are pleased to provide you with answers. We consider education to be an important part of every appointment because we've noticed that patients who are informed about their dental health are patients who practice better self-care and have better results. 

We've collected some of the most common questions we get here for you to look through. If your question isn't answered here or if you'd like more information, don't hesitate to give us a call at (203) 272-2729 or email us using the convenient form on our Contact page. 

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Absolutely. Dental x-rays emit low rates of radiation, especially when compared to other types of medical radiography. Additionally, at Cheshire Dental Associates, we take it a step further by using digital x-rays and digital photography to get the information we need. This further reduces the amount of radiation you are exposed to while allowing for excellent diagnostic capability. We also use lead aprons and other shielding techniques to make sure that you are exposed to the absolute minimum amount of radiation necessary.

X-rays and other forms of digital imaging are our most valuable diagnostic tools. They allow us to see beneath your enamel and your gums so that we can identify developing problems in their absolute earliest stages. Here at Cheshire Dental Associates, we always want to practice the most conservative and least invasive dentistry possible, and digital imaging is an important tool that allows us to do just that. Our patients appreciate this philosophy as well because it means fewer procedures and dental expenses and more comfortable care.

Advances in x-ray technology have produced some marvelous features. For example, with digital imaging, we can zoom in on suspicious areas, highlight and color for better definition and education, and integrate your images directly into your patient record so that we can recall them in an instant at future visits. We're excited to offer this modern technology to our patients and thrilled at the advances in dental care that it offers.

 

Whitening products are everywhere these days, and many people are drawn to their low price tag and promises of dazzling white teeth. The problem is, most of these products don't deliver on those promises. Whitening toothpastes can be effective on minor surface stains when they are used exactly as directed, but they also frequently contain harsh abrasives that can harm your enamel, scratch restorations, and cause tooth sensitivity. It's impossible to achieve the results of professional whitening with a whitening toothpaste or rinse. 

The over-the-counter kits have a number of flaws that we, as dental professionals, find concerning. Because they are designed to be one size fits all, they usually wind up being one size fits none! Do you know anyone with the exact same smile as you? When you whiten professionally, you are under the care of skilled professionals who can address your unique needs and answer any questions that come up. We'll customize your treatment by choosing the method that is right for you. Additionally, we can start off your whitening with a thorough cleaning to remove any traces of plaque and tartar that could mar your results. 

Professional cleaning products have a higher concentration of the whitening ingredient, so you can get real results much faster. They also frequently include additional ingredients to help with any sensitivity. This means that you can whiten your teeth comfortably and safely. 

If you're interested in learning more about teeth whitening, please give our Cheshire dental office a call today!

We offer several different options that can improve the aesthetics of your smile. Which type is right for you will depend on the specific issue that you want to fix. For example: 

  • Veneers are a good choice for fixing whitening-resistant discoloration, chips, poorly shaped teeth, gapped teeth, and even some alignment issues. 
  • Bonding can fix many of the same issues as veneers and can often be completed in a single session. 
  • Crowns can fix an incredible range of both cosmetic and structural dental issues. Today's crowns are made from materials like porcelain, which are typically indistinguishable from natural tooth enamel. Plus, at Cheshire Dental Associates, we can create custom crowns right here in our office so that you can often go home with your crown the very same day.
  • Teeth whitening is excellent for "brushing up" a yellowed or discolored smile. Patients are often amazed at the difference that a single teeth whitening treatment can achieve. 

If you'd like to see which options will help you achieve your goals, we encourage you to call our Cheshire dental office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Bisson or Dr. Fletcher. We'll take your goals and your current dental health into account to devise a cosmetic dental plan that is right for you.

There's no quick answer to this question, as the answer will depend on a number of individual factors. Where is your cavity located? How deep or large is it? What's your personal preference? We will take all of these into account when we recommend a filling. 

Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent choice for cavities that are located in the teeth that are visible when you smile. We can mix the composite resin material to perfectly match the natural shade of your teeth so that once the filling is cured and polished, it will flawlessly blend in. The only people who will ever know that you have had a cavity are you and your Cheshire Dental Associates dentist! 

If your cavity is located in one of your back teeth and is pretty large, we may recommend a silver (amalgam) filling. These fillings are safe and stable and are the right choice when durability and stability are important concerns. If you're worried about discoloration or other issues, we can also discuss dental crowns. 

If you have additional questions or concerns about the filling we recommend, please contact us and let us know. Your safety, comfort, and aesthetics are all important to us. 

Both options have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you are missing teeth, call our office so that we can schedule a consultation with either Dr. Bisson or Dr. Fletcher. 

You and your dentist will discuss issues like: 

  • Your long-term goals
  • The time frame for treatment
  • Insurance or any budgetary restrictions

Dentures are a popular option that have been around for ages. Denture technology has improved considerably, giving today's dentures a much more lifelike look than previously. They are often covered by insurance and are comfortable to wear. 

Implants, however, have many benefits beyond what dentures and partials can offer. Implants are a permanent solution that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. They don't require removal for cleaning, and you don't ever have to worry about them slipping at exactly the wrong moment. 

Better yet, implants also help to prevent bone loss. By preserving this bone, you protect your periodontal health and your remaining teeth as well as the shape of your face. 

Implants are not right for everybody, which is why a consultation with a skilled dentist is so important. We are happy to meet with you and create a plan that will help you meet your individual goals.

Hygiene Program

This is a common fear, and we completely understand. Root canals have a reputation as painful, difficult procedures, and many people share your apprehension when they are told that a root canal is the right treatment for their problem. 

We have some fantastic news for you, though. 

The root canal's bad reputation is undeserved. Improvements in dental techniques and technologies have improved considerably over the years, and we can now perform comfortable and efficient root canals with a nearly perfect success rate. Most patients find that getting a root canal is no more difficult or painful than getting a filling. Your safety and comfort are both top priorities for us, and we'll make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable before we begin. 

Root canals are an important service. They relieve pain and clear away dangerous infections that could cause you to lose your teeth. Thanks to root canals, we are often able to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted and eventually replaced. Perhaps the reason that so many people believe that root canals are painful is because they are associating the pain of the infection with the procedure itself. 

If you have any concerns about your treatment, let us know so that we can discuss your worries with you and help you have a good experience. 

Fillings & Veneers

This is a common fear, and we completely understand. Root canals have a reputation as painful, difficult procedures, and many people share your apprehension when they are told that a root canal is the right treatment for their problem. 

We have some fantastic news for you, though. 

The root canal's bad reputation is undeserved. Improvements in dental techniques and technologies have improved considerably over the years, and we can now perform comfortable and efficient root canals with a nearly perfect success rate. Most patients find that getting a root canal is no more difficult or painful than getting a filling. Your safety and comfort are both top priorities for us, and we'll make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable before we begin. 

Root canals are an important service. They relieve pain and clear away dangerous infections that could cause you to lose your teeth. Thanks to root canals, we are often able to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted and eventually replaced. Perhaps the reason that so many people believe that root canals are painful is because they are associating the pain of the infection with the procedure itself. 

If you have any concerns about your treatment, let us know so that we can discuss your worries with you and help you have a good experience. 

Crowns and Bridges

This is a common fear, and we completely understand. Root canals have a reputation as painful, difficult procedures, and many people share your apprehension when they are told that a root canal is the right treatment for their problem. 

We have some fantastic news for you, though. 

The root canal's bad reputation is undeserved. Improvements in dental techniques and technologies have improved considerably over the years, and we can now perform comfortable and efficient root canals with a nearly perfect success rate. Most patients find that getting a root canal is no more difficult or painful than getting a filling. Your safety and comfort are both top priorities for us, and we'll make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable before we begin. 

Root canals are an important service. They relieve pain and clear away dangerous infections that could cause you to lose your teeth. Thanks to root canals, we are often able to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted and eventually replaced. Perhaps the reason that so many people believe that root canals are painful is because they are associating the pain of the infection with the procedure itself. 

If you have any concerns about your treatment, let us know so that we can discuss your worries with you and help you have a good experience. 

Dental Implants

This is a common fear, and we completely understand. Root canals have a reputation as painful, difficult procedures, and many people share your apprehension when they are told that a root canal is the right treatment for their problem. 

We have some fantastic news for you, though. 

The root canal's bad reputation is undeserved. Improvements in dental techniques and technologies have improved considerably over the years, and we can now perform comfortable and efficient root canals with a nearly perfect success rate. Most patients find that getting a root canal is no more difficult or painful than getting a filling. Your safety and comfort are both top priorities for us, and we'll make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable before we begin. 

Root canals are an important service. They relieve pain and clear away dangerous infections that could cause you to lose your teeth. Thanks to root canals, we are often able to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted and eventually replaced. Perhaps the reason that so many people believe that root canals are painful is because they are associating the pain of the infection with the procedure itself. 

If you have any concerns about your treatment, let us know so that we can discuss your worries with you and help you have a good experience. 

Root Canal Therapy

This is a common fear, and we completely understand. Root canals have a reputation as painful, difficult procedures, and many people share your apprehension when they are told that a root canal is the right treatment for their problem. 

We have some fantastic news for you, though. 

The root canal's bad reputation is undeserved. Improvements in dental techniques and technologies have improved considerably over the years, and we can now perform comfortable and efficient root canals with a nearly perfect success rate. Most patients find that getting a root canal is no more difficult or painful than getting a filling. Your safety and comfort are both top priorities for us, and we'll make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable before we begin. 

Root canals are an important service. They relieve pain and clear away dangerous infections that could cause you to lose your teeth. Thanks to root canals, we are often able to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted and eventually replaced. Perhaps the reason that so many people believe that root canals are painful is because they are associating the pain of the infection with the procedure itself. 

If you have any concerns about your treatment, let us know so that we can discuss your worries with you and help you have a good experience. 

Teeth Whitening

This is a common fear, and we completely understand. Root canals have a reputation as painful, difficult procedures, and many people share your apprehension when they are told that a root canal is the right treatment for their problem. 

We have some fantastic news for you, though. 

The root canal's bad reputation is undeserved. Improvements in dental techniques and technologies have improved considerably over the years, and we can now perform comfortable and efficient root canals with a nearly perfect success rate. Most patients find that getting a root canal is no more difficult or painful than getting a filling. Your safety and comfort are both top priorities for us, and we'll make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable before we begin. 

Root canals are an important service. They relieve pain and clear away dangerous infections that could cause you to lose your teeth. Thanks to root canals, we are often able to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted and eventually replaced. Perhaps the reason that so many people believe that root canals are painful is because they are associating the pain of the infection with the procedure itself. 

If you have any concerns about your treatment, let us know so that we can discuss your worries with you and help you have a good experience. 

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