The CariVu scanner is a portable wand that uses safe infrared light and patented transillumination technology to comfortably obtain diagnostic images of the teeth with zero radiation exposure to the patient. This technology is used for the detection of cavities on the biting surfaces and smooth sides of the teeth. It is also helpful when detecting recurrent tooth decay around existing restorations and cracks in the teeth.
With the CariVu scanner, diagnostic information can be viewed on a screen by the doctor as well as shared with the patient. As a highly accurate diagnostic tool it serves as a useful adjunct to intraoral films and photos and can offer a viable alternative to x-rays for those who are pregnant or have trouble taking radiographs.
Cone-beam computed tomography systems are radiographic systems used by dental professionals to analyze and reconstruct 3D images of a patient’s teeth, jaws and surrounding anatomy. The information obtained by means of CBCT imaging is useful in both diagnosis and precise treatment planning when two-dimensional diagnostic films are insufficient. This radiographic system is useful for multiple types of analyses as well as the assessment of maxillofacial disorders or pathology.
When a patient wishes to enhance or restore the beauty of their smile Dr. Brenner may recommend dental bonding in which a tooth-colored composite material is used. Dental bonding is often paired with dental contouring to improve the shape and size of a tooth. Our dentist may perform dental bonding to:
When performing dental bonding, our dentist will first select a shade of resin material that will closely match that of your natural teeth. Your tooth or teeth will be prepared and have a conditioning liquid applied. These will ensure for an ideal bonding process. The resin material is then applied to your tooth or teeth. Our dentist smoothes and shapes the material. A special light or a laser is used to cure the material.
We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule a consultation.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that is custom made to cover the entire visible part of the tooth. When a patient needs the shape, size, strength and appearance of a tooth restored she may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns are used for the following purposes:
To place a dental crown, our dentist will first remove a small amount of tooth enamel to allow room for the crown in your mouth. An impression of the tooth and the nearby teeth are made so that a dental crown can be constructed. Our dentist will place a temporary crown while your permanent crown is being prepared. When your permanent dental crown is complete, our dentist will remove the temporary crown. Your dental crown is placed in your mouth to check the fit. After any necessary adjustments are made, our dentist will permanently cement the crown in place.
To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact our dental office today.
Dr. Brenner recommends that at least every six months you and your family come in for a teeth cleaning. This appointment includes assessment data collection including radiographic imaging, a professional cleaning performed by our hygienist and dental examination.Our dental professionals individualize treatment for each patient and use the latest technologies and equipment to provide the most accurate diagnosis. Dr. Brenner will then develop a treatment plan and review options that not only make your treatment affordable but also attainable.
If you experience any dental pain or any other type of dental emergency, we urge you to contact our office as soon as possible. For more information and to schedule your next visit, contact our dental office today.
When a cavity if diagnosed our doctor will remove decay and place a composite filling. This beautiful ceramic material that she uses is made to match your natural tooth and blend into your smile. They can be used to repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth as well.
Composite dental fillings, also called tooth-colored fillings, are made of composite ceramic. These dental fillings can be made to match the shade of your natural teeth, so they blend into your smile. Composite fillings are strong because they are chemically bonded to your tooth structure. In many cases, less tooth structure needs to be removed when preparing to place a tooth-colored filling. Composite filling materials are also used for other purposes. They can be used to repair chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.
Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may recommend dental sealants. A sealant is a thin resin material that is painted over the molars and premolars to seal out plaque and debris. This preventative non-invasive procedure is usually performed on children and teenagers. Sealants can be placed on any posterior non-restored tooth to prevent future decay and is highly recommended.
When placing dental sealants, our dentist or hygienist will first clean and dry each of the back teeth thoroughly. This will allow for an ideal bonding process. Finally, the dental sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it is light cured. The bite is then checked to make sure it is comfortable once it is set.
We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.
If you are missing some or all of your permanent teeth, our doctor would love to help you restore the beauty and functionality of your smile with a beautiful partial or denture.
There are three types of dentures:
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.
By using intra-oral optical scanning devices the need for patient’s to have a messy conventional dental impression taken of their teeth is eliminated. Digital optical impressions enable the dentist to more efficiently and effectively obtain an accurate computer generated representation of their patient’s teeth along with the surrounding tissues. In addition to being much more comfortable for the patient, a digital impression eliminates the need for the doctor to either create a stone model from the impression, or to mail the impression directly to the laboratory for any type of work to be done. Digital impression information is transmitted electronically, significantly reducing the turnaround time of any needed outside laboratory work.
Digital radiography utilizes computer technology and digital sensors for the acquisition, viewing, storage, and sharing of radiographic images. It offers several advantages over the older traditional film based methods of taking x-rays. The most significant of these advantages is that digital radiography reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation. Other benefits are that images can be viewed instantly after being taken, can be seen simultaneously as needed by multiple practitioners, and can be easily shared with other offices. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment as they do not require any chemicals or paper to develop.
Do you need urgent dental care? Our office is eager to assist you any time of the day. If you experience a dental emergency, please contact us at the office at 860-673-7155 or Dr. Brenner personally at 860-670-1814, if our office is closed. When you contact us, we will schedule you immediately and take care of your concern.
Dr. Brenner and our team can offer you further advice based on your emergency. Please contact us if you have a dental emergency.
Until you can come to our office to meet with our dentist, you can help to take care of your smile with the following advice:
Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner and our team can offer you further advice based on your emergency. Please contact us if you need dental emergency care in Burlington, Connecticut.
Sometimes it is necessary to extract a tooth. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Extractions are commonly performed in cases where a deciduous “baby” tooth is reluctant to fall out, a severely broken down and non-restorable tooth is present, or “wisdom tooth” is poorly positioned and unable to fully erupt into place.
To reduce any anxiety and insure patient comfort whenever a tooth extraction is necessary the procedure and post-surgical instructions will be carefully and completely explained.
If you are missing one or more permanent teeth Dr. Brenner may recommend dental implants. Dental implants consist of a titanium implant post and a dental restoration. The implant post is surgically placed in your jaw where it acts as a replacement of tooth roots and provides a stable foundation for a new restoration. That restoration can be a dental crown, dental bridge or denture, which is attached to the implant abutment.
Dental implants have many advantages. They improve the appearance of your smile because they look like natural teeth. The restoration will match the shade of your natural teeth. Dental implants become a permanent part of your smile because the implant integrates with your jawbone. Dental implants are very durable and will last for many years, or even a lifetime if well cared for. Dental implants improve your long-term oral health and require no additional care other than your routine brushing and flossing. This stable restoration acts like your natural tooth and allows you to eat and speak with ease. It is the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.
Are your teeth crooked or crowded? If you wish to improve the appearance and health of your smile ask Dr. Brenner, a Preferred Provider, about Invisalign . Invisalign is the leading brand of invisible aligners that are worn over the teeth to straighten them over time. Our dentist will supply you with a new set of aligners as often as needed to continue moving your teeth to their optimal positions.
Invisalign has many benefits for you and your smile. These aligners are individualized to your needs and desires. The trays are made of comfortable plastic, which are nearly invisible and also removable. These features allow you to maintain proper homecare during treatment and also improve your long-term oral health.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule a consultation.
Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and bones that surround and support your teeth. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This stage is usually painless, but the symptoms include:
The second stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. This stage causes:
If you have periodontitis, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may recommend gum surgery. Our dentist uses the PerioLase® to perform the LANAP™ procedure, which is a laser periodontal surgery. The LANAP procedure is a way to get rid of infections and close periodontal pockets in the gums. The PerioLase laser fiber, which is only about as wide as three hairs, is inserted between the gums and your tooth, where it removes the bacteria and plaque that cause gum disease. The laser is then used to reattach your gums to your teeth, closing the periodontal pockets. This procedure is usually painless.
We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment and to schedule your next appointment.
Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner has extensively studied additional nutritional supplements to help people heal more quickly and to maintain optimum health. These supplements will help you recover quickly after dental treatments or just after an injury. We want you to help you reach overall ideal health, not just oral health. Our dentist is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner received her certification from The Institute of Integrated Nutrition and has given numerous lectures on wellness. Ask her about her own healthy lifestyle and get some helpful information that may assist you in promoting your own successful wellness. Our dentist is thrilled to offer nutritional counseling.
Taking care of your body, eating healthy foods, and taking any additional nutritional supplements necessary will contribute to your oral health. Oral health and overall health are closely tied together. Avoiding sugary foods will help you feel good and will also make your teeth easier to care for. Avoiding sugary foods and snacking can help reduce tooth decay. Our dentist will answer any questions you may have about how to live a healthy lifestyle to help improve your oral and overall health.
We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more about nutrition and to schedule your next appointment.
The VELscope® is an advanced oral assessment technology system that offers clinicians the ability to visualize oral tissue abnormalities that may indicate the presence of oral cancer or pre-malignant dysplasia. A VELscope® evaluation is quick, painless, and can be easily incorporated into an oral cancer screening visit.
The VELscope® is a handheld scope that utilizes an imaging modality that is sensitive to changes in the natural tissue fluorescence of the oral mucosa. The bright blue light of the VELscope® can distinguish healthy soft tissue inside the mouth from soft tissue that has undergone pathological changes.
This ability to identify, evaluate and monitor abnormal soft tissue changes that might not be caught otherwise makes the VELscope® an excellent addition to a periodic head and neck exam.
At our office, we take pride in creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for our younger patients in an environment that is lighthearted and fun. With an emphasis on establishing oral health habits that last a lifetime, we offer a comprehensive program of preventive care and closely monitor the dental health of our pediatric patients as they grow.
As an added level of protection to guard against childhood dental decay, we recommend periodic fluoride treatments and the application of dental sealants on the biting surfaces of the newly erupted permanent back teeth.
The Perio Protect Method® is an effective, sensible approach to treat bacteria that cause gum disease. At the heart of the Method is the adjunctive Perio Tray® delivery of medication. The basic idea is to get medication under the gums and into the pockets where bacteria grow and keep it there long enough for the medication to work, all in a comfortable, non-invasive way. Not a simple task. That’s why the Perio Tray is such an important advancement.
The Perio Tray is easy to use. You put the medication into the trays, wear the trays at home as instructed by your dentist and, well, that’s it, until you return to the dentist for a recall visit. It’s comfortable, it works well, and it’s convenient. The Perio Protect Method’s combination of Perio Tray delivery with thorough cleanings from a dental office is the least invasive approach available, and research shows better results than cleaning alone.
Perio Trays are custom fit for individual use. They have a special seal and extension system that correspond to the conditions of the gums around each tooth. The seals and extensions help direct and maintain medication under the gums to the site of the infected wounds. For most people, treatment time amounts to minutes each day. As healing occurs and conditions improve, dentists will modify your frequency and duration of usage. You can then follow a homecare maintenance schedule to keep the bacteria at bay.
For research articles and case studies on the Perio Tray delivery of medication, click here.
Contact our office and set an appointment to see if the Perio Protect Method is right for you.
Periodontal disease damages the surrounding soft tissues and bone that support the teeth. It is predominantly caused by the accumulation of bacteria, mucus and other particles in the form of plaque or tartar that sit between the teeth and the gums. Periodontal disease can range in severity from a simple gum inflammation, known as gingivitis, to a more serious inflammation of the periodontal tissues. Left untreated periodontal disease can result in significant tissue damage and eventual tooth loss.
The problem with periodontal disease is that often the progression is painless. As a result the affected individual may not be aware of an ongoing disease process. This is why it is so important to recognize the signs of the earliest stage of periodontal disease, which is gingivitis. The symptoms of gingivitis typically include red, swollen and bleeding gums. Treatment instituted at this point is often sufficient to reverse the course of the disease and to avoid any permanent damage to the periodontal tissues. A series of deep dental cleanings, an improved home care regimen, and a commitment to regular maintenance may be all that is required to prevent this stage of periodontal disease from progressing.
Left untreated, gingivitis can escalate into periodontitis. However, there are other factors that can contribute to the escalation of periodontal disease, including smoking, genetic tendencies, and unchecked diabetes. In either case, when periodontal disease has progressed to a more advanced stage there is usually clinical and radiographic evidence of damage to the bone and soft tissues supporting the teeth. Periodontal treatment in this phase is designed to halt the progression of the disease and to restore tooth support as possible. This may involve medications to control the bacteria and reduce the size of the pockets between the teeth and gums, gum surgery, as well as bone and tissue grafts.
Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the blood vessels, nerves, and immune system are located. If the dental pulp becomes infected or decayed, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may recommend a root canal. Root canal therapy is the process by which our dentist removes the infected dental pulp from the tooth, cleans out the tooth, and seals it. There are not always symptoms, but if you experience any of the following, root canal therapy may be necessary:
If infected dental pulp is not removed, it breaks down and bacteria starts to spread in the pulp chamber. This causes an infection. A pus-filled pocket called an abscess also forms at the end of the tooth’s root. Untreated infected dental pulp can cause swelling that may spread to the face, neck, or head. Bone loss can occur around the tip of the tooth’s root. The root canal treatment is usually done in one visit, and the tooth will need a crown within three months to protect the tooth from further issues.
We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.
Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and bones that surround and support your teeth. Gingivitis is caused by the buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums. If the disease progresses into the bone surrounding the teeth, you have periodontal disease. Gum disease is usually painless, so you may not know that you have it. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have gum disease:
If you have gingivitis, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may recommend scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that effectively treats gum disease before it becomes too severe. Our dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth, above and below the gums, all the way down to the bottom of the pockets. Removing the bacteria (germs) that cause this disease allows the gums to heal and reattach back to the roots.
To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact our dental office today.
Sedation dentistry offers individuals with general anxiety about going to the dentist or fears about a specific dental procedure the opportunity to have a stress free and more comfortable experience. Utilizing safe and controlled sedation techniques prior to the dental procedure the patient is eased into a state of complete relaxation. This eliminates any discomfort, pain, and preoperative anxiety that may be associated with a particular dental visit. With sedation dentistry patients typically feel more at ease post-operatively as they have little or no memory of the actual moment-to-moment dental procedure.
Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is used as a mild sedative to reduce anxiety and allow a level of relaxation during a procedure. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small mask over the nose. It is administered for the duration of the procedure and is turned off as the procedure is coming to an end. The effects of this method of sedation wear off very quickly.
Oral Sedation means that you will be given a prescription for an oral medication prior to you appointment. Taken at the recommended time before your appointment, this medication allows you to fully relax by the time your procedure begins. When receiving oral sedation, a patient must have an escort on the day of the procedure to drive them to and from the oral surgeon’s office.
Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner is proud to provide simple oral surgery. Simple oral surgery includes tooth extraction, which means to have a tooth pulled. There are several reasons why our dentist may recommend tooth extraction. If a tooth has decay that is too severe for root canal therapy to correct, our dentist may recommend tooth extraction to prevent the spread of infection. If a patient has a compromised immune system, even the risk of infection is reason to pull a tooth. Periodontal Disease is a disease that attacks the tissues and bone that surround and support your teeth. If this disease has caused the loosening of one or more teeth, our dentist may recommend extraction.
After extraction, our dentist will send you home to recover. Relax for at least 24 hours and limit your activity for the next day or two. Take medications as she prescribes and eat soft foods on the day of extraction to lessen your discomfort.
We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.
Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially life threatening disorder involving repeated pauses in breathing while asleep. The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when there is an obstruction of an individual’s airway that interferes with the flow of oxygen through the nose or mouth during sleep. In someone afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles of the throat and mouth relax during sleep to the point where they fall back into the upper airway and create a blockage that restricts breathing.
The signs and symptoms of this disorder during sleeping hours may include, loud snoring, episodes of breathing cessation, abrupt awakenings, episodes of gasping for air, along with difficulties getting a good night’s sleep. An individual with sleep apnea will exhibit problems during the day as well. Sleep apnea can lead to a morning headache, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Sometimes the symptoms are more subtle, and the dentist finds signs of grinding or worn down teeth, clenching, broken teeth, bone loss, deep pockets, and sore muscles in the head, neck and mouth. In children the symptoms may be bed wetting, attention deficit problems and/or hyperactivity. Asthma and allergies are also common symptoms.
A sleep study is typically conducted to determine the severity of the disorder. The results of this study along with other medical findings will play a role in determining the recommended therapy. The most common form of therapy is a CPAP machine that is worn when sleeping. This device provides a steady stream of pressurized air into the respiratory system through a mask.
In situations of mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental appliance may be deemed the appropriate treatment. Worn in a similar fashion to a mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer, it is designed to help keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, thereby enabling the airway to stay open during sleep. An oral appliance is easy to wear, easy to care for, comfortable, and portable. Oral appliances are individually fabricated, and customized for both maximum effectiveness and comfort.
Dr. Brenner is a Center of Excellence for treating Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Breathing Disorders. She is qualified to take her Specialty Boards in this area. And she has been very successfully treating patients now for several years. She is one of 63 Centers of Excellence around the world.
Getting a full night of sleep is essential to your overall health. Being well rested helps you to feel good and to function at your best. One of the most common problems that can affect the quality of your sleep is snoring. According to statistics, about 90 million individuals in the United States snore while they sleep. While for about half of these people the problem is simply snoring, the others may be afflicted with a serious disorder known as sleep apnea. Therefore, before any type of treatment can be prescribed, it must be determined whether the problem is sleep apnea or “simple” snoring.
If it is determined that your problem is simply snoring, and you are what is known as a primary snorer, then an oral appliance can help you as well as any of your roommates enjoy a quieter and more comfortable sleep. A custom fabricated oral appliance to address snoring fits somewhat like a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer and is only worn while you sleep. As a removable and non-invasive treatment for snoring, your appliance slightly repositions your jaw to allow for a less restricted airflow to promote a quieter and more restful sleep.
Do you or your child play sports? Sports, especially contact sports like football, hockey, basketball, soccer and lacrosse, can cause injuries to the face and mouth that could result in dental issues. To protect your teeth, gums, and tissues during sports, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may recommend a mouth guard.
There are three main types of mouth guards: stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards, and custom-fitted mouth guards. Stock mouth guards are preformed and can be bought at sporting goods stores. They are inexpensive, but they are bulky. Taking and breathing normally may be difficult when wearing a stock mouth guard. We do not recommend this type of mouth guard, as it does not offer as much protection. Boil and bite mouth guards can also be bought at sporting goods stores. These mouth guards are made from a material that softens when placed in hot water. Once softened, the mouth guard is placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth. Custom-fitted mouth guards are designed specifically for your smile by our dentist. An impression will be made of your teeth and a mouth guard is custom fitted. This type of mouth guard provides the most comfort and protection and is good for three seasons in a growing child.
To learn more and to schedule your next visit, contact our dental office today.
Are your teeth stained or discolored? Do you dream of a bright, radiant smile? If you have yellowed teeth with no restorations, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may recommend teeth whitening. Other shades of staining will not whiten as well or at all. Restorations in your teeth like dental fillings and dental crowns will not react to the whitening solution, so they will stand out against a newly whitened smile. Our dentist provides both in-office and at-home teeth whitening.
During an in-office whitening treatment, our dentist will apply the whitening product directly to your teeth. In-office teeth whitening is the fastest way to whiten your teeth. Results can be seen after just one 60-minute treatment. However, to reach your desired results, more than one treatment will likely be needed. Our dentist even performs internal teeth whitening for teeth that have darkened over the years because of a dental procedure like root canal therapy.
Some patients choose to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their home. Our dentist will supply you with a custom-made whitening tray and a gel whitening solution. Wear the tray with the whitening gel as prescribed by our dentist. Treatment time varies, depending on which whitening product you choose to use.
We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jawbone to the skull. These joints are used for talking, chewing, swallowing, and yawning. Any issues with the jaw joint and the associated muscles are known as TMJ disorders. If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may be able to treat your TMJ issues:
Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner uses DTR (Disclusion Time Reduction) to treat TMJ disorders (see our video below). Regardless of the cause, it is possible to treat these disorders 90% of the time. There are 30 years of published research definitively showing that DTR is the most effective treatment option available today. The primary goal of TMJ therapy is to return the jaw to it proper function, thereby eliminating the related symptoms. In some case, combinations of therapies are needed.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.
When a patient wishes to improve the shape, length, size, or color of their teeth, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner may recommend dental veneers. Dental veneers are thin, ceramic shells that are custom made to cover the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. Ask our dentist about dental veneers if you would like to fix any of the following dental flaws:
Dental veneers have many advantages. Our dentist can select a shade of porcelain or resin that will match that of your teeth, so your veneers will look natural. Our dentist can even select veneer shade that will lighten the color of your teeth. Gum tissues tolerate porcelain veneers well, so there will be no discomfort after placement. Veneers made from porcelain are stain and color resistant. Veneers are a conservative option for patients who wish to improve the appearance of their smile. They do not require as much tooth enamel removal as dental crowns do.