Are you looking for a permanent, durable improvement for your smile? Porcelain veneers from Putnam dentists, Drs. Walter and Carolyn McGinn, beautifully remake smiles which have defects such as cracks, chips, odd shape and size and deep stains related to smoking, diet and age. Read these frequently asked questions to learn more about this popular aesthetic improvement, and think about whether dental veneers in Putnam could help your smile.
FAQs on porcelain veneers from your Putnam dentist
July 11, 2016
Dentist in Putnam on Oral, Overall Health Link
December 23, 2015
You know your mind and body are connected — just think of the way your stomach feels before a big speech. Well, we’ve got news for you: your oral health is just as closely tied to your overall health. Your dental wellbeing can affect or be affected by a number of things, and that’s a fact Drs. Carolyn and Walter McGinn know well. Keep reading to learn how you can promote a strong smile by staying healthy in 2016!
The Family Dentist Putnam, CT, Residents Trust
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.
Gum Disease: Learn the Causes, Treatment & Prevention
October 30, 2015
Gums. They’re the kind of thing you don’t think about when they’re healthy — but as soon as they start to cause problems, you quickly realize just how important they are. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s already too late. Did you know that nearly half of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease? And that the infection can have serious repercussions on the rest of the body? Keep reading to learn more about the condition — from its causes and prevention to the gum disease treatment. Dr. Carolyn and Walter McGinn, your Quiet Corner dentists, are in.
Teeth Whitening Putnam Residents Prefer
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.
What Are The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers?
July 29, 2015
The appearance of your teeth is vitally important for a confident smile. Most people who don’t have the nicest of smiles tend to cover their teeth when they talk or flat-out refuse to smile. Your teeth are a terrible thing to waste, especially when you consider how often others see them. Anytime you open your mouth to speak, eat, yawn, sneeze or burp (sorry, but it’s true), your teeth are on display. Anything less than a beautiful smile can leave your self-confidence reeling. If you thought celebrities were the only ones who could attain beautiful smiles through the use of porcelain veneers, think again! Though porcelain veneers can freshen up your smile in a major way, there are some cons associated with this procedure. Our Putnam, CT office wants you to know the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers so you can be armed with the appropriate information before choosing your treatment. For dental veneers, Putnam residents put their trust in our team to deliver quality results.
Dental Crowns and Bridges in Putnam CT
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.
Dental Implants Rebuild Smiles in Putnam, CT
May 14, 2015
Summer is just around the corner. Time for family picnics, long hikes, an evening of catch and many other enjoyable activities with family and friends. Naturally, there will be plenty of smiles to go around and you certainly want yours to be one of them. However, if you’re missing teeth, then you might be reluctant to share your smile. Have you considered dental implants? With dental implants, Dr. Carolyn McGinn or Dr. Walter McGinn in Putnam, CT, can replace your missing teeth in the most natural way possible.
People lose teeth for a number of different reasons:
- Severe decay that demands tooth extraction
- Periodontal disease
- A serious injury to the tooth
- Abnormal wear and tear
- Root canal failure
- Congenital defects
Regardless of the reason, replacing even one missing tooth—to say nothing of more than one—is critical for oral and general health concerns. Missing teeth can cause adjacent teeth to shift out of position, which might lead to bite problems. Eating a nutritious diet of fresh fruits and vegetables can be difficult. Furthermore, there may be bone deterioration around the area of missing teeth, which can cause facial sagging and a look of premature aging.
Putnam, CT, Dental Implants
If Dr. McGinn or Dr. McGinn determines that you are a candidate for dental implants (and most people are), then you are likely only two appointments away from a restored smile. At the first visit, we’ll surgically implant a small titanium post in your jaw. Basically, this post becomes the root of your new tooth. With time, the post and surrounding bone tissue work together—your jawbone anchors the post, and the post helps generate healthy, new bone growth. After a few months of healing, you’ll return to our office for your second appointment when a porcelain crown will be attached to the post. When completed, your new restoration will look and function similarly to a natural tooth.
Call Our Office Today
Be ready for summer smiles. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about dental implants from Drs. 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.
Dentures and Partials Restore Smiles in and around Putnam, CT
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.
Family Dentistry with Drs. Carolyn and Walter McGinn
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.