Hartford Dentist
187 Route 66 East
Columbia, Connecticut 06237 US
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  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS, McGill University, 1977
    Dental: DMD, UCONN School of Dentistry, 1984

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Dental Implant Question After Uncovering?

The specialist probably wants to make sure the gum tissues are healthy before proceeding. Even if there is some growth of the gum,use of a soft tissue... READ MORE

Is there an alternative to a dental implant when the lost tooth is surrounded by crowns? I cannot afford an implant!

Yes there are alternatives to an implant. They would include a fixed bridge or a removable bridge. We often prefer implants because they do not depend... READ MORE

My B1 lower crowns have a grayish color, how do I ensure I get white teeth on the top?

I work with a lab that will do a test unit, i.e., they make a single tooth that you can try in on your natural tooth to check the color before... READ MORE

I Have Two Bridges, and Was Wondering How Well They Would Stay in if I Was Competing in Mixed Martial Arts?

The best bet is to wear a mouthguard. If your bridges are "fixed", i.e., they have been cemented in the mouthguard should provide adequate protection.... READ MORE

Temp Veneers Were Perfect , Perm Veneers Are Ugly and Not the Same at All As the Temps. WHY?

This is a battle of communication. The key is an excellent lab that is open to input from the patient and dentist. Models and photos of the... READ MORE

I Am 59 and Unhappy About the Color of my Recent Crowns. What Should I Do? (photo)

Unfortunately there is no easy way to change the color without remaking the crowns. I often have my lab make a trial unit for color match since there... READ MORE

Do Cosmetic Teeth Smell and Taste Like Metal ?

Sounds like you need to see a dental professional. Often gum infection does not involve pain. There are tests that can be done to check if you have... READ MORE

How To Make Buck Two Front Teeth In Line With The Rest of Teeth? (photo)

There are a lot of possiblilities. Given the amount of information in the photo it is hard to tell. But the possibilities range from something simple... READ MORE

Extreme Jaw Pain After Prep Work for Veneers and Installation, Normal?

You definitely need to pursue more solutions, a bite guard and antiinflammatory medications may be indicated. Do make sure your joint is evaluated to... READ MORE

Veneers: How Many Teeth Should Be Done for the Best Result?

The best plan is to go to a dentist who is capable of creating a "trial smile" . this is done by taking impression and waxing up the models to have a... READ MORE

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