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My New Dentist Is Hesitant About Replacing My Crowns

I agreed to let my former dentist replace my old amalgam fillings with composite fillings or crowns, depending on the size of the cavities and tooth structure. In late March, we started the work, and my dentist placed two fillings and three crowns. The crowns are uncomfortable because they are bulky and press on my gums. My bite is off too. I was stressed because family issues came up and interrupted my dental care. Two weeks ago, the pain was so intense that I decided to call around for a cosmetic dentist who could see me right away. Although the dentist could not do anything at that time, she offered to do free x-rays and a paid exam. I canceled treatment with my former dentist.

The new dentist says that my nerves are irritated, and she does not want to replace the crowns until the nerves heal. She did not explain what is happening with my teeth. I do not understand this, and I am anxious and concerned that I need to switch dentists again. Is nerve irritation related to when I can get crowns replaced—especially if they hurt? How can I find the right dentist? Thanks for your help. Leighann from NH

Leighann,

Thank you for your question. We are concerned about your new dentist’s hesitation to replace your crowns without explaining the source of the issue.

Nerve Irritation with Dental Crowns

If a dentist cuts deeply into teeth when preparing them for crowns, it can irritate tooth nerves. In contrast, removing a crown may be mildly irritating—if at all. After a week or two, tooth nerves should calm down. But the irritation should not linger.

Dental Crown Placement

Dental crowns should fit so comfortably that they feel like natural teeth. Crowns that press on your gums, feel bulky, and disturb your bite are poorly made or placed. It seems that both dentists are uncomfortable with the process.

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Ask a dentist about sedation options to help you relax while getting dental crowns replaced

Unfortunately, it is best to switch dentists again. Instead of scheduling an emergency appointment, this time, select a cosmetic dentist with extensive with post-graduate cosmetic dentistry training. You can consider scheduling consultations with two cosmetic dentists to increase your comfort in choosing a provider for your new crowns. Explain your anxiety to each dentist, and they will discuss sedation options to help you relax during crown replacement.

Rocky Hill, Connecticut cosmetic dentist Dr. Thaddeus Michalski, sponsors this post.

Answers from the Sedation Dentist in Rocky Hill

The sedation dentist in Rocky Hills offers answers to your questions.There are circumstances that demand your undivided attention and wakefulness, like driving. (Free advice: Don’t text and drive!) Other times, you might be better off more relaxed and unaware, such as when you are having a lengthy dental appointment or treatment that is invasive. In these instances, your sedation dentist in Rocky Hill can give you a prescription for a mild sedative to calm your nerves and make you blissfully unaware while he completes necessary dental procedures. But before you swallow that pill, Dr. Michalski would like to answer a few common questions about sedation dentistry.

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Enjoy the Dentist with Sedation Dentistry in Rocky Hill

Benefit from sedation dentistry in Ricky Hill.The American Dental Association recommends you visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. However, for some patients, even a routine appointment is not so simple due to dental fears and anxieties. It is estimated, 30 to 40 million people suffer from dental phobias. As a result, 9 to 15 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fear. Now, with the use of sedation, visiting the dentist has never been easier—even for those with dental phobias. Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski offers sedation dentistry in Rocky Hill to patients who are fearful of the dentist.
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Your Rocky Hill Dentist has a New and Improved Website

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At the dental practice of Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski, we are committed to providing the latest technology, best care, and most convenient access for our patients. As part of our continuing development, you may have noticed we made a few changes to our website. These changes were made with you in mind. We know you have your choice of dental practices in the Rocky Hill, CT area, and we want you to know you’ve chosen the most skilled dental practice that works to fit your schedule and lifestyle. Thank you for your interest in our practice, and for supporting the work we do to put a smile on your face. Call today to schedule an appointment, or find out more about Dr. Michalski’s dental practice.

General Dentistry with a Smile for the Whole Family

We’ve been dedicated to providing you with the most welcoming, comfortable family dentistry experience for years. We’ve always stood out as the leader in dental technology and procedure innovations, and we are at the forefront of “green” dental care. Our office works to conserve energy and water whenever possible, but we’ve invested in the future with renewable energy sources. We use solar panels to produce more than half of our electricity significantly reducing the amount of energy we consume. Our water, heating and air conditioning systems are maintained using three heat pumps that cycle water through wells. This process is known as geo thermal exchange. We are able to use the consistent ground temperature to heat and cool our office, and heat given off by the pumps is used to heat our water.

Additionally, Dr. Michalski commits hours each year to continuing education in numerous areas of general dentistry. Our office is committed to having pure air and reducing toxins so that you and your whole family know you can breathe easy. In everything we do, our practice goes above and beyond to give you the best care. Our website is no exception. Our 2015 website revamp looks great, and reflects our philosophy to offer our patients superior service by helping them meat their dental health care goals in their budget, on their schedule. Beyond the beauty of the new site, we’ve improved the function. Small changes can make a huge difference. We’ve added two links that will appear on every page: a link to request an appointment with us no matter what page you’re looking at, and the other link to the testimonials you’ve given so that new patients can learn more about what you’ve been telling us about our practice.

Restorative, Implant, Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry

Our general dentistry practice serves the whole family, and offers a full range of dental care options. Our restorative dentistry options to return your smile to its natural strength and beauty, are the best in the area. Dr. Michalski’s dedication to you means that he continues to learn about innovations that can give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We are proud to offer the Prettau Bridge. This restoration is a unique, implant supported bridge that will fully restore the form and function of your bite. We also offer numerous dental implants to meet all of your needs, and Dr. Michalski is truly an expert implantologist. He has earned fellowship and diplomat with the International Congress of Implantologists.

Cosmetic dentistry is still not recognized by the American Dental Association as a dental specialization, but that has stopped Dr. Michalski from honing his skills. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and maintains the most up-to-date knowledge of cosmetic dentistry innovations and treatments. Check out our cosmetic service pages, or call today for more information about how we can help you achieve the picture-perfect smile of your dreams.

Sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry is growing in popularity. More than 50% of Americans suffer from some level of dental anxiety, and oral conscious sedation can help. Dr. Michalski offers safe, relaxing sedation for patients with anxiety, strong gag reflexes, those who need extensive dental work, and many other reasons. If you’re interested in finding out more about sedation dentistry, check out our site, and call Dr. Michalski for a consultation.

Find Out More

We invite you to take a look at the great new look and all the cool features of our website update. Remember your comments and requests helped us plan our updates, and we always appreciate your feedback. If you want to find out more about any of our services, or schedule an appointment, call today. Dr. Michalski and his dedicated staff welcome patients from Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Newington, Wethersfield, Berlin, Hartford, and beyond.

Sedation Dentistry: Taking the Fear Out of Your Dental Visits

The sedation dentist in Rocky Hills offers answers to your questions.Fear of the dentist is a common factor in patients of all ages throughout America. Whether you simply feel uncomfortable among the unfamiliar sights and sounds or you had a negative experience with another doctor, we understand and are here to help. At Thaddeus S. Michalski, DMD in Rocky Hill, CT, Dr. Michalski and his team do everything possible to make sure you feel comfortable and relaxed every time you visit our office. One of the services we offer to achieve this is sedation dentistry.

How Can Sedation Dentistry Help You?

For many patients, the anxiety they associate with dental procedures is enough to keep them from making an appointment at all. For others, there are different reasons that dental visits evoke unpleasant feelings. Whatever it is about dental treatment that causes you discomfort or anxious feelings, Dr. Michalski can help with oral conscious sedation. We will provide you with a prescription for a special medicine before your visit, and you’ll take it before your procedure. You’ll need someone you trust to drive you to and from your visit, but the effects should wear off completely within a few hours.

Oral conscious sedation can help patients with the following common problems:

  • An excessively sensitive gag reflex
  • A fear of needles, drills, or other dental equipment
  • The need to complete multiple procedures in one visit
  • A problem with becoming numb with local anesthesia
  • Difficulty lying still for an extended length of time
  • Physical problems that make it uncomfortable to lie down for very long

Finally Relax in the Dental Chair

If you or someone in your family needs help feeling more calm and comfortable in the dental office, Dr. Michalski and our entire team would like to help. Contact our office in Rocky Hill, CT today to speak to our caring, friendly staff and schedule your appointment. We look forward to showing you what a difference our patient-centric approach and gentle touch can make for you. Our family-friendly office proudly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Cromwell, Berlin, Wethersfield, Newington, Hartford, and more.