Comprehensive Dental Services at Shaftsbury Dental Center

Preventative

Committed To Preserving Your Natural Teeth And Gums

The best dental care is more than just diagnosing and treating disease and decay – it's a continued effort to promote healthy teeth and gums before problems arise.

  • Complete oral examinations
  • Oral cancer screens
  • Digital and dental X-rays
  • Professional teeth cleaning
  • Periodontal Screenings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Protective Sealants

Our patients receive regularly scheduled oral health exams and screenings. With the use of digital radiographs, we provide patients with highest quality diagnostic tools and the least possible amounts of radiation. In addition to diagnosing potential problems, we are also committed to patient education. We provide chair side lessons on home care to ensure our patients know the most efficient and effective techniques to care for their teeth and gums. Schedule your appointment today and see how our caring hygienists and dentists can not only give you a beautiful smile today, but teach you how to keep smiling for the years to come.

Prevention is the best medical care. Schedule your preventative dental appointment today and put our years of dedication to work for you and your smile.

Technology

Digital x-ray

We are pleased to be using the Dexis digital x-ray system - the highest quality digital x-ray system on the market.  Digital x-rays give a more accurate diagnosis, quicker and with far less radiation.

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera (IOC) is a camera about the size and shape of an oversized pen. Real-time video and color pictures taken by an IOC allow patients to see for themselves what is going on in their mouths and with their teeth and make informed decisions about what to do.

Panorex

A panorex is an imaging machine that is capable of identifying many issues and structures that a normal x-ray is not. The Panorex will rotate around your entire head taking a full 360-degree view of the teeth, head, sinuses and bones.

This full view allows us to see any potential problems as it is capable of viewing specific types of structural problems, infections or asymmetry among many others.  This way we can see if everything is as it should be.

Broken, discolored, and worn down teeth are all factors that can affect your appearance and create a negative impact on your teeth, bite, and jaw. Restorative dentistry is important to your oral health, and that's why at Shaftsbury Dental Center, we offer a wide variety of restorative dental options.

We are proud to offer the following restorative services:

  • Aesthetic Fillings
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental Implants

Cosmetic

Your teeth are strong and healthy, but are they as beautiful as they should be? Let Bennington Dental Center improve your dental and complete beauty with our aesthetic services.

Bonding

Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.

A putty-like, composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an, LED light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.

Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.

Facial aesthetics and TMJ treatment

Bennington Dental Center offers Botox treatment for facial lines and treatment for TMJ-TMD disorders; and Juvederm treatment for facial lines and added volume to your lips and cheeks  Schedule a consultation today to see what Botox and Juvederm can offer you.

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Whitening


Whitening services offer our in-office at-home Opalescence ©.

We can help you decide which whitening solution is best for you. Call our office today!

Implants

Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.

The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.

Endodontic Therapy

Endodontic therapy, or root canal procedure, involves removing the infected or dead dental pulp in the tooth and filling it to strengthen the tooth and restore functionality. Additionally, following root canal therapy, the tooth will need to be fitted with a new crown or cap, to protect the treated tooth.

 

Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the presence of infection and the required treatment plan. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. With good oral hygiene, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.

Root canal therapy is necessary when decay, trauma, or infection causes such extensive damage to the tooth structure that the internal nerve of the tooth has become affected. The development of root canal therapy, however, allows the tooth to be preserved thus avoiding extraction of the tooth.

When it comes to your oral health, scheduling regular dental appointments, and maintaining a good at-home oral hygiene routine is key to a beautiful and healthy smile.

Shaftsbury Dental Center is proud to offer comprehensive dental services for all families in our community, such as:

  • Dental checkups
  • Dental cleanings
  • Root canal therapy

Oral Surgery

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that emerge, usually during your late teens to early twenties. For some people the wisdom teeth emerge through the gums and have enough room to grow in naturally. For others, wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly, or the tooth may only emerge partially.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause structural damage to the jaw and other teeth. They can also provide a place for bacteria to gather since they are hard to reach and clean. These potential problems make it necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth so that larger problems do not arise. Routine x-rays during a dental exam can reveal if you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed.

EXTRACTION SITE PRESERVATION

When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove another tooth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew.

If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw bone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift.

Your dentist is always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. They will be able to make a recommendation and layout a treatment plan. Make sure to schedule follow up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.

BONE GRAFTING

Bone grafting is where the jawbone is built up to accommodate a dental implant or other restorative device. Bone grafting is a common procedure that is used frequently for dental implants and other periodontal procedures. It can include packing the tooth socket with powdered, granular bone graft material (called a socket graft, or ridge preservation) at the time of tooth removal (extraction).

Pediatric

Sealants

Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early. To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports. They should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in sports such as:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Soccer
  • …any sport where contact is a possibility.

Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw and also helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. Mouth guards have also been shown to help decrease the risk of concussions.

Mouth guards are available in most any sporting goods store, but you should be careful when purchasing a mouth guard. Mouth guards like this do not offer the best level of protection. They are also usually ill-fitting and uncomfortable.

For the highest level of comfort and protection, contact our office to schedule an appointment for  your custom mouth guard fitting.. A custom mouth guard is created specifically for the optimal protection of YOUR mouth. It is created with thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth. The thinness of the custom mouth guard allows for easy breathing and also allows for easy communication (especially important for you star quarterbacks calling out the signals).

Contact us today for a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and ensure that you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.

Emergency

From unbearable toothache to accidents involving damage of teeth, we offer immediate dental services in most cases. At Bennington Dental Center, we ensure you get the emergency dental care you need to avoid any further damage. Complex dental procedures are carried out using state-of-the-art technology.

Emergency dental services include

• Broken tooth
• Tooth ache
• Infection