Putnam dentists, Dr. Carolyn McGinn and Dr. Walter McGinn, work hard to assist patients in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. They’d much rather do that than to use all the restorative dental skills and experience they have acquired over the years. So, they recommend the application of fluoride to keep tooth enamel strong. Could fluoride help your dental health?
January 21, 2017
November 17, 2016
Partial and full dentures restore oral function, preserve facial appearance and allow people to eat and speak normally. This appliances need regular care so they keep doing their jobs. Drs. Carolyn and Walter McGinn craft state of the art dentures for their patients in Putnam. Plus, they help patients with regular at-home and in-office care so dentures stay bright and functional as long as possible.
September 8, 2016
Good oral health is one of life’s great blessings, but if people feel they cover their healthy smiles because they are self-conscious about stains, chips, crowding and gaps, something must change. Your cosmetic dentists in Putnam, Drs. Carolyn and Walter McGinn, remake marred teeth into beautiful smiles through their array of aesthetic dental treatments.
November 24, 2015
When you are looking for a Putnam family dentist, you are searching for someone who needs to be a lot of things to a lot of people. First of all, your family may include mom and dad, a few kids, grandma and grandpa, Aunt Shirley, and even that kindly old gentleman next door you look after. Among all of those people, a variety of dental services may be required from basic teeth cleaning to more advanced procedures, such as dental implants or dentures and partials. Drs. Carolyn and Walter McGinn are the skilled and experienced dentists you need to make sure your family members enjoy healthy and happy smiles for a lifetime.
September 8, 2015
For teeth whitening Putnam, CT residents trust, Drs. Carolyn and Walter McGinn offer pateints who wish to brighten their smiles two simple, convenient at-home teeth whitening options: crest white strips and custom, at-home whitening trays. While these whitening options are available in over the counter versions, working with the Drs. McGinn, patients are fully educated and able to choose the whitening option that works for them. To find out more, we recommend scheduling a teeth whitening consultation. Our dentistry team will examine your teeth, and determine the cause and severity of your dental discoloration. Then, our dentists make recommendations for optimal results. Call your Putnam, CT dentists to find out more today.
June 22, 2015
If you’re missing 1 to 3 teeth, dental crown and bridge therapy can restore your bite. Let the experienced restorative dentists, Dr.s Carolyn and Walter McGinn in Putnam, CT, return your smile to perfection. Crown and bridge therapy can be performed in as few as two visits, and our skilled staff will perform the procedure in a comfortable environment where you’ll feel at ease from start to finish. If you are living with missing teeth or need to have one or more teeth extracted, let us help you understand your restorative options, and give you a reason to smile. Call to schedule an appointment today.
Tooth Replacement is Essential
While many people will live with a missing tooth for years, there are numerous health risks associated with missing teeth. Your oral health can be noticeably effected quickly. Gaps between teeth allow dental drift. This means that the surrounding teeth shift to fill the space left by missing teeth. This movement can be painful, but it can also create gaps between teeth and lead to crowding or overlapping. If you spent countless hours and dollars on orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, this can all be undone if missing teeth are left un-replaced.
Bone and tissue loss may not affect your dental esthetic, but it can be detrimental to your oral health long term. Your jawbone density and gum tissue are shaped by the roots of your teeth. Stimulation from the roots keeps the jawbone healthy and gum tissue full. When there is an empty space, the gum tissue recedes, and you are more likely to experience jawbone deterioration. Left untreated, this corrosion can change the shape of your face as the skin sinks inwards without the gum tissue to shape it. Loss of jawbone density has been linked to TMJ, further tooth loss, and difficulty chewing. Additionally, the change in your bite can lead to impeded speech.
How a Crown Works
A crown is a prosthetic tooth that can be bonded to tooth fragments from broken or decayed teeth to help retain the root and any natural tooth that remains. Crowns are made to fit your bite, and will help retain the shape of your mouth. Crowns make it possible to restore your smile without extracting the remaining tooth. Our practice always strives to preserve natural teeth whenever possible, and crowns allow us to keep teeth that would otherwise be lost.
When a Bridge is Needed
If you do need a full extraction or have lost a tooth due to trauma, a crown can still help you restore your smile. Without a root to anchor it, a bridge is necessary. A dental bridge or fixed bridge works much the way it sounds. The way that a bridge connects one road to another, a dental bridge connects a replacement tooth to the two teeth on either side. The root system of these teeth will support the bridge and the tooth between.
There are many different types of bridges, and the type that will work best for you will be determined by the dentists during your examination. Most bridges work by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, and connecting these crowns to replacement teeth. In some cases, it is possible to retain the surrounding teeth by connecting the replacement tooth using metallic or ceramic connections. These are most frequently used to create a more natural looking bridge for front teeth.
Pros of Crown and Bridge
Unlike partial dentures, crown and bridge therapy is permanent. Your replacement tooth or teeth become a natural part of your smile. You do not have to remove them for cleaning. They can be cleaned as part of your regular hygiene routine. The types of foods you are able to chew will not be limited as they are even with partial dentures. Chomp an apple, chew a steak, or bite into taffy without fear. Unlike other semi-permanent tooth replacement, crown and bridge therapy is minimally invasive, and those who have illnesses like diabetes that can slow the healing process, are able to receive a crown and bridge with much less risk.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are missing 1 to 3 teeth, don’t wait to have them replaced. The Dr.s McGinn are here to help you find the right restorative dental treatment, and get your smile back in line. Call our Putnam, CT office to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from northeaster Connecticut’s quiet corner including Putnam, Woodstock, Thompson, Pomfret, Brooklyn, Killingly, Eastford, Plainfield, Webster, Dudley, Douglas, Burrillville, Gloucester, and Foster.
April 15, 2015
As the American population ages, more and more people are likely to need tooth replacement. However, age is not necessarily a factor when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Research indicates that around 69 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth because of an injury, root canal failure, periodontitis or severe tooth decay. By the age of 74, more than 25 percent of adults can expect to lose all of their teeth. One of the most reliable ways to replace missing teeth is with a denture. Whether you need to replace one or more missing teeth, Dr. Carolyn McGinn and Dr. Walter McGinn in Putnam, CT, can restore your smile with either full dentures or partials.
You may have one or more missing teeth for a number of different reasons, including:
- Poor oral hygiene that leads to tooth decay or gum disease
- Traumatic injury
- A diet full of sugar, carbohydrates and acidic foods and beverages
- Certain medical conditions—heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, HIV, malnutrition and immunosuppression
- Chemotherapy, radiation and other medical treatments
Regardless of the reason, even one missing tooth can cause difficulty with speaking and chewing, loss of gum and bone tissue, sagging facial features and self-consciousness.
Dentures and Partials to the Rescue
Dentures are a removable prostheses that replace teeth. False teeth are attached to a gum colored base that is held in place with natural suction and denture adhesives. Full dentures are intended for those who are missing teeth along an entire arch. Partial dentures fill in the spaces left by one to three missing teeth. A partial is usually built on a metal frame and is anchored by clasps that attach to your remaining teeth. Drs. McGinn can give a denture or partial that will not only restore your teeth, but rebuild your smile and your confidence, too.
Call Our Office Today
If you have missing teeth, then consider dentures and partials from Drs. McGinn. We conveniently serve patients in Putnam, CT, as well as Woodstock, Thompson, Pomfret, Brooklyn, Killingly, Eastford, Plainfield, Webster, Dudley, Douglas, Burrillville, Gloucester, and Foster.
March 15, 2015
Because your family is made up of people young and old, Dr. Carolyn McGinn and Dr. Walter McGinn in Putnam, CT, have a family dentistry practice that serves patients of all ages. If you have a toddler in the family, then we have just the right touch and approach to help them feel comfortable at the dentist, so they can begin to build a solid foundation of oral health care for a lifetime. If you look after elderly parents, we are experienced in caring for older patients whose teeth may need restorative procedures, such as crowns or dentures. Drs. McGinn have the family dentistry practice that can accommodate the needs of all the members of your family.
Family Dentistry in Putnam, CT
Of course, the cornerstone of family dentistry is the dental checkup. Drs. McGinn would like to see each member of your family every six months for checkups. So, whether you’re bringing your child for his very first checkup or your Dad for his 101st checkup, we set out to accomplish the same goals with our checkups. First, we’ll clean your teeth and remove plaque, which is that sticky substance that can harden and trap decay causing bacteria.
And speaking of bacteria, we always check your teeth for signs of decay and, when necessary, take digital x-rays to find hidden spots of decay below the gum line. We’ll also evaluate the health of your gums, screen for oral cancer—a particular concern for older patients—and check for any indication of TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder, which is a painful condition of the jaw joints that can lead to other problems such as bite misalignment.
Schedule an Appointment Today
For family dentistry designed to serve all the members of your family, call the office of Dr. Carolyn McGinn and Dr. Walter McGinn. We conveniently serve patients in Putnam, CT, as well as Woodstock, Thompson, Pomfret, Brooklyn, Killingly, Eastford, Plainfield, Webster, Dudley, Douglas, Burrillville, Gloucester, and Foster.
February 15, 2015
If you have a tooth that is severely decayed or cracked, or a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, then you want a tooth restoration that looks as natural as possible. Porcelain crowns are designed for form and function: they look like real teeth and they are just about as strong, too. Dr. Carolyn McGinn and Dr. Walter McGinn use porcelain crowns to reconstruct confident and healthy smiles in Putnam, CT, and throughout our state’s Quiet Corner.
When other conservative tooth restoration treatments such as cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers are not an option, porcelain crowns will likely be the treatment of choice. In addition to restoring a damaged tooth, porcelain crowns are also used to complete the look of dental implants.
The Porcelain Crown Procedure
Crowns, which are also called dental caps, are made to encapsulate the entire visible portion of a tooth. In order to fabricate a crown that is a perfect replacement, Dr. McGinn or Dr. McGinn will need to take an impression of the tooth in need of restoration, as well as the teeth that are adjacent and above. Then, the tooth will need to be prepared and another impression taken in order to build a crown that properly fits the tooth. While your custom crown is made, you’ll wear a temporary.
When our dental lab has sent us your permanent porcelain crown, you’ll return to our office for the dentist to fit and adhesively bond the crown in to place. Caring for your crown is not different than caring for your other teeth. Brush and floss twice each day in order to remove food particles and plaque from the space where the crown and gum meet. If you grind your teeth at night, then we may prescribe a nightguard to protect your new crown while you sleep.
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If you would like to learn more about how a porcelain crown can renew your smile, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Carolyn McGinn or Dr. Walter McGinn. We conveniently serve patients in Putnam, CT, as well as Woodstock, Thompson, Pomfret, Brooklyn, Killingly, Eastford, Plainfield, Webster, Dudley, Douglas, Burrillville, Gloucester, and Foster.
January 15, 2015
If you’re missing a tooth, or more than one tooth, then you know what kind of difficulties come with that. Obviously, just one missing tooth can have a detrimental effect on your smile. Beyond that, there are nutrition concerns; you might not be able to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet if you have missing teeth. Many people with missing teeth resort to soft foods. Finally, even one missing tooth can impede your ability to speak. Fortunately, there’s a viable and lifelike solution to these problems. Dental implants from the Putnam, CT, dental practice of Dr. Carolyn McGinn and Dr. Walter McGinn restore your smile with the tooth restoration that most closely mimics your real teeth.
Teeth go missing for a variety of reasons:
- Severe decay necessitating extraction
- Gum disease
- A traumatic injury to the tooth
- Unusual wear and tear
- Failure of a root canal
- Congenital defects
Whatever the reason, it is important to replace a missing tooth for cosmetic and health concerns. Furthermore, just one missing tooth can cause adjacent teeth to shift out of position leading to bite problems, and there may be bone deterioration around the area of missing teeth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
After you and one of our dentists determine that a dental implant is the best tooth replacement option for you, you’ll come to the office for the first appointment. At this time, the dentist will implant a small titanium post into the bone beneath the open socket of the missing tooth. Over time, the post becomes anchored into the bone in a process called osseointegration. After a few months, this process is completed and you’ll return to the office for the finishing touch to be attached—the abutment and crown. Once in place, your dental crown will look and function like a natural tooth, giving you years of smiles and good oral health.
Schedule an Appointment Today
To learn more about dental implants, call our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Carolyn McGinn or Dr. Walter McGinn. We conveniently serve patients in Putnam, CT, as well as the surrounding communities of Woodstock, Thompson, Pomfret, Brooklyn, Killingly, Eastford, Plainfield, Webster, Dudley, Douglas, Burrillville, Gloucester, and Foster.