Homepage Dr. David Edelson and associates and their team have over 50 years of experience providing expert dental care to families in the Plainville area. Dr. David Edelson took over his father’s practice, which was established in 1953. He continues the tradition of excellence his father instilled by offering a complete practice equipped with the latest technology concentrating on comprehensive family, cosmetic and high-tech dentistry. Through personalized service and quality care, Dr. David R. Edelson can enhance your smile and your dental health. Our Philosophy Our Philosophy is to provide each patient with the highest quality dental care with the latest technology available in a pleasant, gentle and professional manner. We help each patient learn how to prevent tooth decay and gum disease so that they may enjoy a lifetime of oral health. Credentials Irving M. Edelson, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. Education: B.S. Biology, Univ. of Buffalo; Doctor of Dental Surgery, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland; General Practice Residency, Southbury Training School; Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry Memberships: Connecticut State Dental Association, New Britain Dental Society, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, O.K.U. Honor Society. David R. Edelson, D.M.D., F.A.G.D. Education: B.S. Biology, Trinity College, Hartford, CT; Doctor of Dental Medicine, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; General Practice Residency, Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA; Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Memberships: Connecticut State Dental Association, New Britain Dental Society, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, L.D. Pankey Institute Alumni Association, Int’l Association of Orthodontics, American Equilibration Society. Min-Hee A. Cho, D.M.D. B.A. Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkley; Doctor of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Member of American Dental Association. Our Services: We provide a comprehensive dental care practice that includes orthodontics, periodontics “gum disease” treatment, root canals, cosmetics, bleaching, implant placement and restoration and children’s dentistry. Our mission is to help all of our patients keep all of their teeth all of their lives in comfort, health, function and esthetics. We aim to appropriately accomplish this according to their needs, wants, temperament, circumstances and objectives. Initial Examination – How we get to know you better The most valuable asset we have to offer our new patients in order to accomplish our goal is a thorough and complete initial examination. At this appointment, we will document your medical and dental history, take only needed x-rays and chart your present dental condition while looking for the presence of abnormalities in your teeth, jaw bones and temporal-mandibular (or jaw) joint. The most common anomalies we find are tooth decay and gum disease, but we also offer a full oral cancer screening as part of the exam. Once we have compiled all our information, we will have a conversation to help you understand the proposed treatment, if any, the costs and what can be expected from this treatment. It has always been our feeling that informed people make intelligent decisions about their dental health. Comprehensive Dentistry – Services we offer for both adults and children We are delighted to treat children in our practice. Encouraging healthy habits while children are still in their most impressionable years will definitely be rewarded later in life. We have a special prevention program for children that include sealants, interceptive orthodontics and fluoride treatments. Healthy baby teeth are the precursors to healthy permanent teeth and jaw bones. For adults, the major cause of tooth loss after the age of forty is periodontitis, or gum disease. We not only offer diagnosis of this disease, but both non-surgical and surgical treatments when necessary. For those concerned about appearance, we offer a full range of cosmetic procedures including porcelain veneers, bleaching, tooth- colored restorations and full-mouth rehabilitation. Other services available to all our patients include dental implants, root canal therapy, full orthodontic treatment for children and adults, nitrous oxide, minor oral surgery as well as full- and partial-denture construction and repairs. Re-care Visits: What we do to keep that pretty smile Once treatment has been completed, we encourage regular preventive care on a three-, four-, or six- month maintenance schedule depending on your individual needs. We will send you a written reminder or schedule your appointment in advance when it is your time to return. When you receive this notice, please telephone to make an appointment. At the time of your re-care visits, please advice us of any changes in your medical history, address or telephone numbers, marital status, employment and insurance coverage, if any. Cosmetic Dentistry Some of the options you have with cosmetic dentistry today are porcelain veneers, bleaching, tooth- colored porcelain fillings, replacement of worn or traumatized teeth, reparations of badly stained teeth, close gaps between teeth and the replacement of deteriorating restorations. Veneers Veneers are an integral aspect of cosmetic dentistry that we are proud to offer our patients. Dental veneers, sometimes called tooth veneers, can be made of porcelain or composites. They are used to improve or correct color and/or shape problems. Veneers are a fantastic way to fix your smile – not only can they whiten it, but they can provide almost instant orthodontics to straighten misaligned teeth. They yield great results that last from ten to fifteen years. If you’re looking for a solution to your problematic smile, veneers are most likely a great long-term solution for you. Bleaching Currently, we offer our patients a two-week take home bleaching kit, or Zoom Two Bleaching, the latest in teeth-whitening that has ranked higher than BriteSmile bleaching and has been used on shows such as Extreme Makeover. Dental Implants Dental Implants are a natural solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Medically referred to as endentulism, missing teeth can dramatically affect self-confidence and self-image. What used to be solved with dentures or bridges can now be solved with more advanced dental implants. Whether you are missing one tooth or many, implants may be the solution you are looking for. They are extremely secure, natural-looking and practical. Implants become increasingly important as we grow older and search for better options in tooth replacement. They feel and look great, and your smile and self-confidence will show it! Bonding Cosmetic bonding involves placing a composite resin onto the enamel of the teeth. Bonding is used to restore decayed teeth, improve color or reshape teeth. We will apply a thin coating of a plastic material to the front of your teeth to cover up any flaw that you are unhappy with. We’ll then apply a bonding substance and color, sculpt and shape it to your satisfaction. To harden the plastic, we’ll expose your new bonds to a high-intensity light and then polish the surface. Bonding is more aesthetic than silver fillings and has more uses. It is used to fill in cracks, chips or gaps, and will match your natural color. The results typically last for five to ten years. Crowns Crowns are a type of dental restoration that cup the tooth and rest above the gum line. Crowns cover the entire affected portion of the tooth, and in effect, become the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns provide strength, durability and stability. A tooth might need a crown as a result from grinding your teeth, an improper bite, age, fillings and tooth decay. During your visit, we will be able to spot teeth that might need a crown to prevent further damage. Crowns add a good deal of strength and support to weakened or worn teeth. We will happily discuss with you which type of crown would work best for you. Sealants Dental sealants, or tooth sealants, are a plastic compound that is bonded to the surface and grooves of the rear teeth in order to prevent cavities. It is difficult when brushing your teeth to reach the molars. Plaque has a tendency to build up in the crevices that hide from toothbrush bristles. We will examine your teeth and determine whether your teeth would benefit from sealants. They would essentially fill the crevices where plaque hides. Therefore, when a sealant is in place, every area of your teeth’s surface can be reached by brushing or flossing. Infection Control – What we do to protect you In response to recent concerns regarding the spread of infection in dental offices, we wish to assure our patients that we maintain the highest professional standards for sterilization of instruments used in patient treatment. In addition, our staff has been fully trained to follow proper infection control procedures to ensure your safety. Please feel free to ask questions of our staff or to tour our state-of-the- art sterilization center. High-Tech Dentistry – Improved instruments through technology CEREC: Replace unsightly silver fillings with all ceramic CAD/CAM porcelain fillings, onlays or crowns in one visit while you wait. No more messy impressions, temporary crowns or inconvenient second appointments. As dentists, we have often struggled to find an alternative to silver and gold fillings and unsightly dark collars around caps. Once great, silver fillings are prone to leakage, tooth fracture, are unsightly, and have recieved a lot of bad press lately due to their mercury content. Tooth colored direct composite fillings have become a suitable alternative but also have inherent problems. They don't work well in large fillings, can shrink when they cure, chip and break and are difficult to get good contacts with adjacent teeth possibly leading to food traps between teeth. Gold still remains the industry standard, but are not attractive to most patients. Now we have a way to custom make and cement a composite or porcelain filling, onlay, crown or veneer through CAD/CAM technology in one appoinment. These restorations bond to the tooth to strenghten it, are tooth colored, strong and long lasting. Ask us about CEREC today. Millenium Periolase MVP-7: The PerioLase® from Millennium Dental Technologies is the only laser designed especially for LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPYTM. A powerful 6-watt FR (Free Running) Nd: YAG (Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) laser with the unique features necessary to perform LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPYTM and all other soft tissue procedures. LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPYTM is an amazing breakthrough in periodontal treatments. If you have been told you need scalpel and suture-gum surgery, there's a laser alternative you need to learn about. If you're like 100 million other Americans, you could be one of 50% of Americans who have periodontal disease, the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease starts off as plaque, an opaque film which eventually hardens, forming tartar or calculus. Calculus deposits harbor bacteria which infect the gums. In early stages, this is called gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. Many people experience bad breath and an unpleasant taste in their mouths as well. Unchecked, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, a much more serious form of the disease where periodontal pockets are formed, separating teeth from the gums and supporting bone structure. Without treatment, infection becomes severe and the pockets deepen resulting in tooth loss. The way to repair the damage is to get rid of the infection and close up the pockets. Until now, that meant surgery and sutures. But today, we offer LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPYTM (LPTTM), a patient-friendly, minimally invasive procedure that’s a great improvement over standard gum surgery. Digital X-Rays: We have recently switched to digital x-rays. The technique is the same, but the radiation exposure is cut by up to 65%. You won’t notice a difference in the way the x-rays are taken, but you’ll be able to see a difference in the quality. We can now show you the x-ray image on a computer screen so that you can see what we’re talking about. X-rays are an important part of our complete examination process, and now have become an excellent educational co-diagnostic tool with less radiation. T-Scan: T-Scan is a computerized method of evaluating your bite to determine if detrimental forces exist that can cause TMJ problems and possibly prevent tooth breakage from occurring due to these forces. It can also help us treat TMJ by helping to identify incorrect contacts on certain teeth, thus helping to balance and even out your bite. Intra-Oral Camera: The intra-oral camera has been one of the best innovations in dentistry. It allows us to show you with much greater detail the abnormalities that may be present within your teeth and gums. We can enlarge them on a television screen and even print out a picture to better educate you about your dental health. The Florida Probe: The Florida Probe is a computerized probe that measures the pocket depth around your teeth to determine the extent, if any, of gum disease. It measures to the tenth of a millimeter and keeps historical data to monitor disease progression. The Panorex: The Panorex is a reduced exposure x-ray machine that, in one sweep, can pick up the teeth, jaw bones, jaw joint and sinuses. It is useful for people who have braces and/or wisdom teeth. It also has a screening tool for more serious dental problems. J.O.E. or Jiffy Orthodontic Evaluation: J.O.E. is a plotting software program that allows us to better diagnose orthodontic skeletal problems by predicting results with and without treatment. Isolite System: Ever get tired of keeping your mouth open to long during dental procedures? Ever feel like things are falling down the back of your throat? Ever feel like there is too much water in your mouth? Well the Isolite System solves all those problems. It gives you something to rest your mouth on during dental procedures while all the time vacuuming up all that water. As a bonus, it keeps your tongue and cheek away from sharp cutting instruments that can nick them. It's awfully small and dark where we work, so this is a big help. You'll love it. Fees and Payments – The cost of quality care We make every effort to keep down the cost of your dental care. You can help us by paying for treatments at the time of your visit. If you have insurance, we can estimate your portion of the fee. When treatment requires several visits, you will be given an estimate and financial arrangements can be made with Tina or Kristen. We have several payment options available including MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. We also offer the Help Card which gives you 6 to 12 months of interest free financing and no yearly fees. Please ask for a brochure about the Help Card. Don't let price inhibit you from seeking the dental care you want and deserve. We're more than happy to work with you. For more information on how the Help Card can help you, please click here. Insurance – Understanding your benefits Dental insurance is intended to cover some and not all of the costs of your dental care. Most plans include co-payments, deductibles and other expenses, which must be paid by the patient or responsible party. Please bring your plan information and a completed insurance form with you so that we may keep this on file. We will work with you to assure that you receive the maximum benefits to which you are entitled. If you have any questions regarding your coverage, please ask our office staff and we will help you find the answer. Emergency Care – What do to in case of an emergency! Emergency situations do arise and we will do everything possible to quickly respond, so please call as early in the day as possible. If an emergency arises while the office is closed, please call (860) 747-1004 and our phone system will prompt you to the emergency voicemail box where you can leave a message. If you do not have a touch tone phone, call (203) 398-0219 and leave a message. We will promptly call you back. Our Staff – Who we are Laurie, Registered Dental Hygienist Tina, Registered Dental Hygienist Darlene, Registered Dental Hygienist Cara, Certified Dental Assistant Lisa, Certified Dental Assistant Amie, Dental Assistant Tina, Insurance Coordinator Kristen, Business Manager Over 27 years of combined service at Plainville Dental Group. Job Functions – What we do A Registered Dental Hygienist cleans and examines the teeth and gum tissues, takes necessary x-rays and usually sees a patient every 3, 4 or 6 months depending on their specific needs. A Certified Dental Assistant assists the doctor during and after dental procedures by taking x-rays, impressions or molds, mixing materials and maintaining strict infection-control procedures. They help explain treatment that was done or needs to be done to the patient. Our Insurance Coordinator can help you understand your dental benefits and file claims on your behalf. And finally, our Business Manager can assist you with just about everything else from appointments to billing. Making an Appointment To make an appointment with us, simply call (860) 747-1004 during our office hours and one of our friendly staff persons will be more than happy to help you. Your first appointment with us will consist of a thorough medical and dental history and a comprehensive dental examination. A treatment plan suited to your needs will be discussed with you. Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Download Forms and Files In order to save time at your first appointment, please feel free to download our registration form. Simply click the link below – it will upload the file onto your computer. Then just print it, fill it out and bring it in! Registration Form Links FAQs I'd like to know more about dental implants. Dental implants are small specially coated titanium posts that are placed in the jaw bone where teeth are missing most often. The procedure is virtually painless and only requires local anesthesia. Once the posts have integrated with the jaw bone, typically 3-4 months, a post is placed on top of the implant. Then a crown or “cap” to replace the missing tooth, is cemented on the post. In some cases, we can place a post and temporary crown the same day as implant placement giving you essentially an instant tooth. Implants can also be used for people with dentures as well as to help secure loose dentures. What can cosmetic dentistry do for me? Today’s advances in dental materials and techniques allow us to create beautiful smiles with bonding, veneers, bleaching and tooth-colored fillings. Surveys say a beautiful smile is what people desire most about their appearance. An attractive smile is a big confidence builder. Let us help you achieve your potential. What is gum disease? Bleeding gums are not normal. Healthy gums should be pink, firm and have a stippled appearance, like the skin of an orange. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or you feel that you constantly have bad breath, then you may have signs of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria and comes in two forms. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. Periodontitis, on the other hand, involves not only the gums but the jaw bone surrounding the tooth, which can lead to eventual tooth loss. Gingivitis is a reversible disease while periodontitis is controllable. Untreated, both have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and in some cases, low birth-weight infants. I have questions about my dental benefits. Dental benefits are exactly that. They are supplements to your income that an employer gives in lieu of salary. Benefits that they provide and maximum amounts given per year are determined by the employer and the insurance company. They are usually made in the best interest of the employer and not you. Therefore, some procedures that are essential to proper care may not always be covered. We, however, will do our best to see that you get the maximum benefit that you deserve and will not let the insurance company dictate treatment. What is a root canal? Each tooth has a nerve and blood supply that comes from the jaw bone and into the roots of the tooth. Occasionally, that tissue becomes diseased and ultimately becomes infected. This can occur for many reasons. Cavities that are very deep, cracks in teeth that extend to the nerve, large fillings and trauma are the most common culprits. When the nerve dies, the tooth can become very painful or may not hurt at all. Some people walk around and don’t even know they may have a dead tooth. That is why we always recommend a comprehensive x-ray exam on our patients. A root-canal procedure essentially gains access to the diseased nerve and removes it with special instruments to clean and shape the root-canal space. Once the canal or canals are cleaned, an inert material called gutta percha is place in the canal. Most often a post and crown or cap is then placed to protect the tooth from breakage. Now a day’s root canals are a very painless procedure. With special nickel titanium files, we can often complete a root canal in one appointment saving you time and inconvenience. How do I prevent cavities? The addition of fluoride and dental sealants has dramatically reduced the amount of tooth decay. However, we still see the formation of cavities in many of our patients. Good oral hygiene and a proper diet free of sugary foods and drinks are the best preventions against tooth decay. Properly flossing and brushing everyday and avoiding sweets and colas will do the trick. Regularly seeing your dentist as prescribed by the doctors and hygienist will help you prevent cavities. When should I take my child to see the dentist? A good time is typically by the age of 2 ½. We encourage parents to bring their children with them at an early age for their re-care appointments so that they can see mom or dad have their tooth checked, too. Our trained hygienists are excellent at providing care to even our youngest patients. We encourage parents to make it a positive experience and bring their children with them. How can I whiten my teeth? Whitening teeth can be done several ways. One is to purchase over-the-counter products such as Crest White Strips or in-office procedures such as night guard vital bleaching or so-called power bleaching with the use of a light or laser to assist the process. Another is to crown or veneer the existing tooth. Each has their specific advantages and disadvantages. We would be happy to discuss them with you when you schedule a bleaching consultation. How can I prevent oral cancer? Oral cancer, unfortunately, is not always a preventable problem. Oftentimes, it can be a deadly one if not detected early. There are things that you can do to reduce the risk of getting oral cancer. Loose-fitting dentures and broken fillings that can cause chronic sores can be refitted or repaired. Smoking and excessive alcohol intake are also culprits in oral cancer. The best prevention, though, is early detection. That is why we provide an oral cancer screening at every re-care visit. What causes bad breath? Bad breath or “halitosis” can be caused by several things. Most common causes are poor oral hygiene, which subsequently turns to gum disease and decayed tooth. Other causes could be dietary and esophageal in nature. Regular dental checkups should prevent a majority of halitosis problems. How often should I schedule dental appointments? Depending on your particular needs, we recommend checkups every 3, 4 or 6 month. If you have ongoing dental problems, we may recommend a speedier schedule. If you want to work within the confines of your dental benefits, we can tailor a schedule to meet your needs and not compromise your care. Contact Us David Edelson, D.M.D., F.A.G.D. Plainville Dental Group 92 East Street P.O. Box 237 Plainville, CT 06062-0237 Work Phone: (860) 747-1004 Fax Number: (860) 793-2219 Pager Number: (860) 747-1004, ext. 30 or (203) 398-0219 In case of Dental Emergency: (860) 747-1004, ext. 30 Website: www.plainvilledentist.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Directions – Getting to us We are located at the corners of East Street (Rt. 10) and East Broad Street, diagonally across from the Dairy Queen. From 84, take exit 34 Crooked Street. From 84 East ramp take right or left from West ramp to Woodford Avenue. Take right on Woodford Ave. Follow to Rt. 10 (GE Plant on right). Take left onto Rt 10 and go two traffic lights. The 92 East Street Professional Building will be on your left or on your right if you are coming from Queen Street. Disclaimer Plainville Dental Group's website is a dynamic one and changes are regularly made. All information is current as of its first appearance on this site or when last modified. 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