General Dental Care
Preventative and General Dental Care
Enjoying a lifetime of quality oral health means more than just having healthy teeth and gums. In recent years, a growing amount of research has discovered significant evidence linking our oral health with our overall health. Researchers have found that individuals that suffer from dental decay and disease have a higher risk of developing a range of chronic long-term health issues that include cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and cancer. While further study continues to examine what links our oral and overall health, this research clearly indicates the need to make our oral health a top priority.
3M True Definition Scanning
Traditional dental Impression taking is a thing of the past for our patients at Elite Dental Care. Dr. Zavari offers our patients the absolute best in oral care technology. Taking impressions of the teeth and gums used to be messy and uncomfortable, but with our new Intraoral 3D Digital Dental Scanner they are now easier, simpler and much more efficient. This new digital scanner makes it even more accurate for us to get a complete view of our patients oral health, since it gives us a better picture in identifying the oral make up for each patients teeth and gums. The lightweight wand moves over the outside of the patient’s mouth, then transmits the images and information to a small tablet device, instead of having to use the previous way of placing alginate material on trays for impressions taken from the inside of the patient's mouth. More accurate dental impressions means that Dr. Zavari can see the smallest details on our patients images and impressions, making the care we provide even quicker, and that much more accurate. The 3D in motion digital moving video technology will make your visits even more comfortable and convenient when you come in and see us. So please call Elite Dental Care today, for your appointment and consultation.
Dental Exams, X-Rays, and Cleanings
Regular dental exams with the use of digital X-rays allow Dr. Zavari to gain a complete understanding of your current oral health. From there, Dr. Zavari can design a customized treatment plan that addresses your individual oral health needs. Regular exams also allow Dr. Zavari to spot any signs of dental decay or disease early on while still easily treatable. Allowing oral health issues to go untreated significantly increases the risk of further damage occurring and the need for more expensive treatments to correct the damage.
Dental cleanings allow our team of gentle dental hygienists the opportunity to remove plaque deposits from the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. When allowed to harden, plaque transforms into tartar, a yellowish substance that discolors the surface of your teeth. Tartar causes inflammation of gum tissue, which contributes to gums that bleed or become swollen, tender, or reddish. Allowing tartar to remain on your teeth greatly increases your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Tooth Color Fillings
If you require a dental filling, our team at Elite Dental Care can provide naturally colored tooth restorations. Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations that prevent tooth decay, strengthen weakened teeth, and look natural. Closely matching your natural teeth, composite fillings are made from highly durable materials designed to restore the form and function to your smile. Unlike amalgam - or metal - fillings, composite fillings blend seamlessly into your natural smile and contain no trace amounts of mercury.
Our goal at Elite Dental is to provide dental work that is indistinguishable from your existing natural smile, providing a smile that looks and feels healthy.
Dental crowns are essentially tooth-shaped “caps” that restores the appearance, shape, and strength of a tooth. They are constructed from materials such as high-grade porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain bonded to gold.
Fitting a crown requires two visits to our office. Initially, our doctors will get rid of any decay, shape the tooth as needed, and then fit the tooth with a temporary crown.
On the subsequent visit, our doctor will remove the temporary crown, replacing it with a permanent crown. Once adjusted, if necessary, the permanent crown will be cemented into place and you have a new, beautiful-looking tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a treatment designed to repair and save a badly infected or damaged tooth, and offers a potential alternative to extraction. The term "root canal" comes from the cleaning that occurs to the canals inside of the affected tooth's root. While the procedure carries the reputation as causing a lot of discomfort, advances in dentistry and local anesthetics now make root canal procedures nearly pain free. In fact, most patients experience far more discomfort living with a damaged tooth than they experience treating the underlying issue. Alternative treatments to a root canal include tooth extraction and the eventual replacement of the tooth with a dental bridge, implant, or partial denture.
Missing teeth can negatively impact your ability to eat, speak, and maintain quality oral health. Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge can be made using porcelain, gold, or a combination of these materials, and must be custom-made to fit your natural smile and bite. Fitting a dental bridge usually takes two appointments to complete.
During your first appointment, a member of our team will prepare the teeth on either side of the existing space before taking an impression that will be sent off to the lab. Between appointments, Dr. Zavari will provide a temporary bridge designed to protect your smile until your permanent bridge arrives from the lab. Once your custom-made bridge is ready, Dr. Zavari will place the bridge into position and provide tips on how to maintain your new oral appliance.
Practicing quality oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth functional and in good health. It's very important that the teeth bracketing your bridge stay healthy, as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Our teeth feature a lot of crevices that can be difficult to properly clean, especially for younger patients who lack the attention to detail and manual dexterity required to practice quality oral hygiene. To help lower the risk of tooth decay in kids, West Haven-Sylvan Dentist Dr. Bita Zavari offers the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants effectively "seal" away the hard-to-clean areas of a patient's teeth. Made from a hard plastic resin, dental sealants are easily brushed onto a patient's teeth during just one 10-minute session. Once in position, sealants act as an impenetrable barrier that prevents the development of tooth decay in the treated teeth. Sealants are incredibly effective, do not change the way a patient eats or talks, and can last for several years before a reapplication is required. If you want to know more about what dental sealants can do to protect the oral health of your child, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zavari today!
If you suffer from a tooth that has been damaged or broken as a result of dental decay, Dr. Zavari may try to repair the tooth with a filling, crown, or other treatment option. However, if too much damage has occurred to the structure of the tooth, it may not be repairable. In these cases, a tooth extraction is required.
Anxiolysis is a form of oral sedation using a light sedative, such as valium. It is not as strong as oral conscious sedation, so it is recommended for those with mild to moderate anxiety. You will remain conscious for the procedure, but any tension and anxiety will fade away. You will be able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure as well. What can be a nerve-racking experience for some is morphed into a relaxing experience.
After the procedure you will even be able to drive yourself home since anxiolysis uses a light sedative. If you have been fretting having dental work done, call us to learn about our anxiety free options for dentistry.
If the idea of going to the dentist for a procedure brings on feelings of fear or anxiety there are options to ease the anxiety. IV sedation is very safe and easy and is recommended for moderate to severe anxiety. Medication is given right into your blood stream and it works quickly and effectively. You will remain awake during your procedure, but you will be in a heightened state of relaxation. It is also possible that you will not remember part or all of your procedure afterwards.
IV sedation makes long or complex procedures seem shorter, allowing you to have all of your work done in a single visit in many cases. As an added precaution a local anesthetic will be given to the area that is being worked on to ensure that there is no pain. The benefit of IV sedation is that the level of medication can be adjusted during your procedure to ensure maximum comfort. Your heart rate and breathing are monitored very closely while you are being medicated because your safety is our number one concern.
Don't wait any longer to have necessary dental work performed because you are nervous. Ask your dentist about IV sedation to see if it is right for you.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If the idea of going to the dentist for a procedure brings on feelings of fear or anxiety there are options to ease the anxiety. Oral conscious sedation is as easy as taking an aspirin and you will feel relaxed and at ease. Oral conscious sedation does not "knock you out" like some other forms of anesthesia. You will remain awake during your procedure, but you will be in a heightened state of relaxation. It is also possible that you will not remember part, or all, of your procedure.
Oral conscious sedation is extremely safe and easy. It is much less expensive than other forms of sedation, and you will be able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure. It also makes long or complex procedures seem shorter, allowing you to have all of your work done in a single visit. As an added precaution a local anesthetic will be given to the area that is being worked on to ensure that there is no pain. You will need to have someone drive you to and from the office if you use oral conscious sedation for your safety.
Don't wait any longer to have necessary dental work performed because you are nervous. Ask your dentist about oral conscious sedation to see if it is right for you.