Your natural teeth are composed of strong, durable materials that are designed to be long-lasting. That’s why we want to do everything we can to help you maintain them. While we offer treatments like nightguards and dental sealants, our most important preventive services are our examinations and cleanings. This focus helps us establish a good foundation for your dental health. Contact our practice today to schedule your first appointment with Dr. D’Andrea, or; Dr. Pantera. Our team wants to help you and your family work towards healthier, happier smiles that are built to last.
It’s strongly recommended that patients of all ages attend an in-depth dental evaluation and cleaning every six months, or twice each year. These vital visits allow our doctors and staff members to form a comprehensive understanding of your oral healthcare needs, identifying areas of dental decay, sources of pain, and other concerning issues that may need professional attention. Once we have all of the information we need, we can sit down with you and discuss our findings, crafting a personalized treatment plan in the process.
During your cleaning, one of our talented hygienists will thoroughly remove bacteria-filled plaque and tartar from the mouth and eliminate minor enamel stains as well. Your mouth will feel refreshed and your teeth will look nicely polished as you leave our practice.
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Every year, thousands of people die from oral cancer – in fact, it’s estimated that one person succumbs to this dangerous disease every hour on average. This happens so often because many cases of oral cancer are misdiagnosed or left undiagnosed altogether during their early stages, severely reducing a patient’s chances at a successful recovery. Our dental team provides oral cancer screenings as a vital part of each evaluation. During this screening, we will thoroughly inspect the mouth, jaw, and neck for signs of swollen tissue, slow-healing oral sores, and other common indications.
Our children's dentists see patients of all ages, including the youngest members of your family. We create a compassionate and friendly atmosphere where children can feel genuinely at ease with us – simply put, our team wants both them and their parents to have a lot of trust in us, and we’ll do what we can to earn that. Gentle dental checkups will reveal any concerns or developmental abnormalities that may need attention, and our level of care will evolve as your son or daughter ages to match their needs. Learn More
Dental sealants are designed to protect the deep grooves that exist on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars and premolars). These areas can be significant magnets for bacteria and food particles, and they’re especially dangerous for younger patients who are still learning how to properly brush and floss. The placement of dental sealants by our team can reduce these accumulations, providing valuable protection that can last for several years with diligent oral hygiene and professional maintenance.
If you experience severe headaches, facial and jaw pain, or gradual dental damage that has no known cause, you may be experiencing bruxism. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a common finding in adults. Many patients only experience it at night, leaving them unable to stop the habit themselves. We can design a personalized oral appliance (also known as a “nightguard”) that establishes a barrier between your rows of teeth, minimizing contact and keeping your teeth well-protected.
Participating in a sport can be invigorating and rewarding, but it’s also hazardous for your vulnerable smile. Athletes of all ages are strongly encouraged to contact our team and arrange the creation of a custom “sportsguard” that’s designed with your unique mouth in mind for optimal comfort and effectiveness. Unlike one-size-fits-all models from your nearest athletics store, our oral appliances allow for easy breathing, speaking, and jaw movement while significantly reducing your chances of experiencing a dental injury.
Over the years, Dr. D’Andrea, and Dr. Pantera have seen patients with a variety of dental problems. No matter what state your teeth are in – whether they’re discolored, cracked, or broken – we have a variety of restorative services to restore the function and appearance of your smile. Contact our Hamden, CT practice today if you have any questions or concerns for our team, or if you’re ready to schedule a visit.