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Above and Beyond the Basics

At Comprehensive Dental Associates of Central Connecticut, we continuously strive for excellence — a fact that means we are always aiming to go above and beyond the ordinary. We therefore offer a number of advanced services and technology. These enhance the patient experience by promoting comfortable care and efficient treatment. Below, you can learn more about some of the tools and techniques we use to elevate our level of service.

TMJ/TMD Therapy

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a painful condition that affects the muscles that operate the jaw. It may be related to dental misalignment, trauma, or other factors. Left untreated, TMD can go on indefinitely and may lead to numerous symptoms, including jaw pain, difficulty chewing, headaches, dizziness, and more. Our team is equipped both to diagnose and treat TMD. After we thoroughly evaluate your jaw health, we will design a custom plan to relieve your pain and improve jaw function.

Sleep Apnea Therapy

Obstructive sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that interferes with a person’s ability to breathe easily throughout the night. It occurs when the soft tissues in the throat overrelax and block the airway. The most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. However, we offer an effective alternative — oral appliance therapy. A custom-made device that gently repositions your jaw may be all you need to start enjoying higher quality rest each night.

Sedation Dentistry

Does dental treatment make you nervous, or do you have other conditions that make it difficult for you to remain relaxed during procedures? Express your concerns to us, and we will work with you to find a suitable solution. We may recommend that you take advantage of one of the following types of sedation:

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small, wand-like device that we use to get a clear view of the inside of the oral cavity. It instantly displays its images on a nearby monitor so we can see portions of the mouth that are difficult to examine with the naked eye. It is also a valuable educational tool we use in communicating with patients. It is a visual aid that helps us explain oral health issues and the reasons behind any treatment we may recommend.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are one of our primary diagnostic tools. They allow us to check for oral health problems that are impossible to spot during a normal visual examination, such as developmental issues or decay below the gum line. The digital X-ray process is fast and noninvasive, and it produces much less radiation than traditional X-rays. The images are instantly available in our computer system — no need to wait for film to develop!

CT/Cone Beam Scanner

A computed tomography cone beam scanner, sometimes simply called a cone beam scanner, is a special type of X-ray machine. It uses a cone-shaped beam of radiation to produce extremely detailed, three-dimensional images of a patient’s teeth, nerves, and connective tissues. It has many applications, but it is particularly useful when we are planning complex procedures, such as dental implant placement or root canal therapy. The scanning process is fast and completely painless.

Digital Impression System

The traditional way of taking dental impressions involves a putty-like substance that a patient must bite down on. The process can be quite time-consuming and uncomfortable. Thanks to our digital impression system, however, such inconveniences are becoming a thing of the past. We simply move a wand-like instrument around the mouth, which captures countless images and assembles them into an accurate digital model of the teeth. We can use this technology to design both restorations and Invisalign clear aligners.

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