Posts for category: Dental Procedure

By Allure Dental Group
September 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure

Has your bright smile faded? When yellowing and stains dull your smile, professional teeth whitening offers a simple way to restore your teeth whiteningsmile. Our Bridgeport, CT, dentist Dr. Adriana Torena explains how whitening works and shares benefits of professional whitening.

How can whitening help my smile?

Stains become trapped in your porous tooth enamel, turning your teeth an unattractive shade of yellow. Hydrogen peroxide, a very effective whitening agent, removes these discolorations by bleaching them. Once stains are gone, you can expect your teeth to remain brighter for at least two or three years if you avoid smoking and eating and drinking darkly colored foods and beverages.

How is whitening performed?

A dental exam and cleaning is the first step in the whitening process. After plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth, a layer of gel is added to your roots and gums to protect them from the effects of the hydrogen peroxide. Small devices called retractors will be used to hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth during the procedure.

The hydrogen peroxide gel will remain on your teeth for about an hour. After it's removed, your teeth will be noticeably whiter. Depending on the initial condition of your teeth, you may notice that your teeth have lightened by as much as three to eight shades.

Take-home kits offer another option. Before you receive your kit, we'll make a mold of your teeth in our Bridgeport office. The mold will be used to create upper and lower trays that fit your teeth snugly. You'll also receive whitening gel, which you'll place in the trays before placing them in your mouth for about an hour. At-home whitening generally takes a few weeks to produce the desired results.

What's the difference between drugstore kits and professional whitening?

Professional whitening offers quicker results and is much less likely to irritate your roots and gums. Irritation can occur if you accidentally get hydrogen peroxide on your roots or gums or you use over-the-counter trays that don't fit your mouth well. Because drugstore kits use weaker formulations of hydrogen peroxide, it can take a long time to notice a difference in your smile.

Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening. Call Bridgeport, CT, dentist Dr. Adriana Torena at (203) 368-9016 to schedule an appointment.

By Allure Dental Group
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure

Repairing your teeth with dental crowns may seem like a foreign idea, especially if you have never had a porcelain dental restoration dental crownsbefore. However, the procedure and the reasons behind it is easy to understand with the help of your dentist. Find out more about dental crowns and how they can help you with Dr. Adriana Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT.

What are dental crowns? 
A dental crown covers a tooth to protect it after being damaged or to prevent damage due to instability. The crown itself is made from porcelain in a dental laboratory. It is designed and created by a dental technician using an impression of your mouth, taken by your dentist and sent to the laboratory. With the proper care, crowns can last years before requiring replacement.

When are dental crowns necessary?
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile restorations, used in many situations, including to:

  • stabilize a tooth with a large filling
  • protect a damaged tooth
  • hold a dental bridge in place
  • restore the surface of a tooth to make biting possible
  • renew the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • replace a missing tooth as part of a dental implant
  • preserve the structure of a tooth instead of requiring extraction

Dental Crowns in Bridgeport, CT
Dental crowns usually require two appointments with your dentist. At your first appointment, your dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown by removing parts of its enamel and shaping it into the correct form to fit inside of the crown. This provides the best environment for a proper bond between the crown and the natural tooth. Your dentist then takes an impression of your mouth and places a temporary crown onto the tooth. The dental laboratory requires about two weeks to create the crown itself. After this waiting period, you will have your second appointment. At this visit, your dentist places your final restoration.

For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Adriana Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT. Call (203) 368-9016 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Torena today!

By Allure Dental Group
November 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure

There is no question that dentistry has come a long way in the last few decades alone. From professional teeth whitening treatments to restorative dentistrydental implants, it is now possible to drastically improve and completely transform your smile in just a few simple visits to the dentist's office, no matter what the circumstances or situation.

In many cases, traditional treatments like dental crowns and bridges, which have been around for as long as dentistry itself, are the perfect option for replacing part or all of a damaged or missing tooth. Dr. Adriana Torena, a cosmetic and family dentist in Bridgeport, CT, recommends crowns and bridges to restore or replace teeth that have been damaged by extensive decay or trauma.

Smile Restoration in Bridgeport, CT

A dental crown (also known as a cap because it is placed over the remaining portion of an existing tooth) can either cover a damaged tooth, or completely replace one that has fallen out or requires extraction. A dental bridge closes the gap created by a missing tooth with a replacement crown. In this case, the crown is anchored in place by abutments, which are crowns placed on the teeth on the right and left side of the missing tooth to complete the bridge. Modern dental crowns are primarily made of high quality porcelain, which closely match the color and texture of a natural tooth, making dental restorations with crowns and bridges virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.

Dental crowns can also help to save teeth from more invasive treatments, like extractions. When severe tooth decay and larger cavities require extensive drilling or a root canal, a crown can be used to preserve the cosmetic appearance and function of the remaining healthy portion of the tooth.

Contact a Dentist in Bridgeport, CT

For more information on the dental restoration procedure that is right for you, contact Allure Dental Group by calling (203) 368-9016 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Torena today.

By Allure Dental Group
September 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

If you want a whiter smile but worry that bleaching agents will affect tooth sensitivity, then read on!

It can be frustrating when enjoying a scoop of ice cream or a steaming cup of tea ends up in tooth pain; however, this is common for teeth whiteningthose dealing with sensitive teeth. Because of this, you may think that getting teeth whitening is out of the question. However, our Bridgeport, CT dentist Dr. Adriana Torena might have good news for all you sensitive teeth sufferers!

Why are you experiencing sensitive teeth?

One of the most important things you need to do is determine why you experience tooth sensitivity. Sometimes this problem is due to gum disease or a crack in a tooth, so you’ll want to consult with our Bridgeport, CT general dentist to make sure that your sensitivity is not being caused by something that requires treatment first.

By coming in every six months for routine care, we can keep up-to-date on your dental history and health to determine whether professional teeth whitening is right for you.

When might teeth whitening not be a good option?

We may be hesitant to recommend this cosmetic procedure if your sensitivity is due to gum disease. No matter whether an injury, cavity or disease is causing your issues, these problems will need to be addressed first before we can recommend getting whitening.

How is tooth sensitivity handled during in-office teeth whitening?

If your tooth sensitivity isn’t due to a problem and we have determined that your smile could benefit from our whitening system, we may recommend using a desensitizing treatment or toothpaste for a couple weeks prior to your whitening session. This will help reduce any additional sensitivity you may temporarily experience with whitening.

We can also tailor your whitening treatment to make sure that the whitening gel isn’t too strong or doesn’t remain on your teeth quite as long so that you can still get the results you want but without additional sensitivity or discomfort. After whitening treatment, you’ll also want to avoid hot or cold foods or drinks for a couple of days.

If you are ready to find out if professional in-office teeth whitening is right for you call Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT. Let us know you are interested in getting a brighter smile and we will schedule your consultation as soon as possible.

By Allure Dental Group
July 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Crowns  

Are dental crowns right for me?

Dental crowns from Bridgeport dentist, Adriana Torena DMD, can strengthen your damaged teeth. Whether oral injury, extensive decay, dental crownscongenital malformation or large fillings have weakened tooth enamel, a dental crown, or cap, can cover and protect your tooth and make it virtually indistinguishable from its neighbors.

Materials for Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are made according to oral impression, x-rays and your treatment plan from Dr. Adriana Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport. The dentist chooses the material based on the location of the crown and other factors. The three most common materials the dental lab uses are:

  • Gold: the strongest and longest lasting, appropriate for back molars where crushing forces are greatest
  • PFM: or porcelain fused to metal, also good for molars and more prominent smile areas
  • all-porcelain: the most popular and aesthetically pleasing crown material

Because your Bridgeport dentist, Dr. Torenaalso, uses dental crowns to support fixed bridgework and to cover dental implants, the choice of materials is important so the prosthetics look attractive and provide many years of good service.

The Crown Procedure

Dr. Torena removes decay and old filling material to prepared a tooth to receive a crown or crown-supported bridgework. Most procedures are quick and require nothing more than local anesthetic (pain shot). Sometimes, a severely decayed or fractured tooth needs root canal therapy to removed damaged inner pulp.

After taking an impression of the area, she places a temporary crown. At the next visit, she removes the temporary and cements the permanent crown in place, ensuring it fits with surrounding teeth and bites correctly with the opposing arch.

Caring for a Dental Crown

The individual cares for a dental crown with twice daily brushing and once a day flossing. He or she also returns to Allure Dental Group for semi-annual cleanings and exams. The Cleveland Clinic recommends avoiding biting and chewing hard foods and non-foods such as fingernails and plastic packaging as these can damage or dislodge crowns. With good care, a dental crown can last a decade or more!

Contact Allure Dental Group

If you have an unattractive tooth, or one that is obviously unhealthy or potentially so, call Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT for a restorative dentistry consultation. Dr. Torena will examine your mouth and explain your treatment options for a renewed smile. Call (203) 368-9016.