By Allure Dental Group
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Don’t let decay and gum disease impact your oral health.oral hygiene

No one likes the idea of finding out that they have cavities or gum disease. Our Bridgeport, CT, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Adriana Torena, hates being the bearer of bad news. Luckily, there is some good news we are happy to share: some helpful tidbits to prevent these issues from happening to you.

Brushing: You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste (look for a toothpaste that has the ADA seal of approval). Every time you brush you should brush for about 2-3 minutes. Set a timer if you don’t have an electronic toothbrush that will time your brushing session for you.

Flossing: Everyone should floss their teeth, as this is the most effective way to clean gums and between teeth. Your toothbrush won’t be able to get into all those crevices between teeth, but floss can. By flossing every night before bedtime (preferably before you brush your teeth) you can remove plaque and food from between teeth and prevent decay or gum disease.

Dental Products: The products you use can also determine how clean you get your teeth and gums. Once the toothbrush head’s bristles start to fray, it’s time to replace it (this usually happens every 3 months). However, you should also replace your toothbrush head after sickness to prevent harmful bacteria from re-entering your body.

Electronic vs. Manual: The type of toothbrush you choose to use really depends on your personal preference. If you are someone who brushes too hard you could be damaging healthy enamel. In this case, using an electronic toothbrush, which already provides the proper amount of force needed to clean teeth, might be a better option. Those who have dexterity issues such as arthritis may also find electronic toothbrushes to be easier to handle.

Preventive Care: While at-home dental care is so very important this should never take the place of professional cleanings. Even the healthiest-looking smiles still need routine care to make sure that teeth and gums are free of disease or decay. A lot of these dental problems don’t present with any symptoms, so if you want to protect your smile and prevent issues from happening to you then you need to see us every six months.

Don’t let problems befall your beautiful smile. By coming in every six months you can prevent these issues from getting worse. Turn to Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT, for the preventive care you need to keep teeth and gums dazzling and healthy.

By Allure Dental Group
January 27, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: bad breath  

Unfortunately, many people suffer from bad breath, a condition known medically as halitosis. Bad breath can make you feel bad breathembarrassed or make social interactions awkward. However, you can overcome your bad breath and take action to prevent it in the future with help from your Bridgeport, CT dentist. Find out more about bad breath with Dr. Adriana Torena at Allure Dental Group.

What is halitosis? 
Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. This condition is almost always caused by poor or improper dental hygiene. However, halitosis can also come from a case of gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontitis. In some cases, food particles trapped in the teeth or mouth can also cause bad breath. Medical infections, kidney or liver problems, radiation therapy, stress snoring or even age are also contributing factors to this condition.

How can I prevent bad breath? 
Your body naturally prevents bad breath with saliva production. The saliva washes away food particles and bacteria trapped in the mouth and helps fight halitosis. Some people, such as those who snore or breathe through their mouth, produce less saliva, resulting in bad breath. Preventing bad breath is as easy as committing to a strong dental hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once. Be sure to brush your tongue and behind the back molars. Chewing sugar-free gum can help increase saliva production and freshen breath.

Bad Breath in Bridgeport, CT
A person at average risk for tooth decay or gum disease should see their dentist once every six months for a regular examination and cleaning. These regular dental visits help your dentist find and treat tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to bad breath. Additionally, your regular cleanings alongside your at-home oral care routine will keep bacteria, plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth to further reduce the chances of halitosis.

For more information on bad breath, please contact Dr. 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.

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