Tatiana Barton, DDS

Dr. Barton received her D.D.S. degree from New York University College of Dentistry following her education at the State University of New York College at Purchase...

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144 Morgan Street, Suite 6
Stamford, CT 06905
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The traditional way to restore a tooth with an artificial crown takes several weeks and multiple office visits: from tooth preparation and impression molding to crown production by a dental laboratory, followed by adjustments and cementing. Now, there’s an alternative that reduces this process to a fraction of the time, and all from your dentist’s office.

Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) is a digital system that enables dentists to create dental restorations with laboratory-grade materials in minutes rather than weeks. As it continues to innovate, you’ll see more and more dentists investing in the new technology for their patients.

A crown restoration with CAD/CAM begins like any other with decay removal and preparation of the tooth. It diverges, though, from the traditional in how an impression of your teeth and gums is obtained: instead of rubber-like molding materials to create a physical impression, we lightly dust the mouth interior with a reflective powder. Using a scanning wand, the reflective powder allows us to capture multiple, detailed images of your mouth that the CAD/CAM computer transforms into an accurate three-dimensional model.

We use the model to first assess if the tooth has been effectively prepared for a restoration. If so, the design feature of the system will provide us with thousands of tooth forms to choose from to match with your natural teeth. You’ll be able to view the proposed size and shape of the new crown via computer simulation before signing off on the design.

Next is the actual manufacture of the crown that takes place right in the dentist’s office. A pre-formed block of ceramic material is inserted in the milling equipment where, following the pre-determined computer design, the milling heads carve the ceramic block. After milling, we fine-tune the crown surface and apply stains or glazes fired to create a life-like color and texture that matches your natural teeth. We can then adjust the crown in your mouth and permanently affix it to the tooth.

While much of the CAD/CAM system is automated, ultimate success still depends on the dentist’s expertise and artistry. CAD/CAM enhances those skills with greater precision and in much less time than traditional crowns. It’s certainly a growing option for many people to restore the form and function of decayed teeth.

If you would like more information on computer-aided dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Creating In-Office Dental Restorations with Computers.”


By Tatiana Barton, DDS
June 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Summer is here! Now is the time to get your whole yourself ready to enjoy fun in the sun. But if you’re teeth are discolored or stained, you may be self-conscious about flashing your smile at the beach. A professional teeth whitening from your Stamford dentist Dr. BartonTeeth Whitening can whiten your teeth and give you that extra boost of confidence that will help you enjoy all those summer social activities.

What Causes Discolored Teeth?

Many things can cause the teeth to yellow, stain, or become discolored. Certain beverages such as coffee, tea, or red wine can stain teeth. Also, certain medications can cause the teeth to become discolored. Growing older alone tends to darken teeth leading to a look of premature aging. Smoking and tobacco use, of course, tend to yellow teeth very rapidly.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening:

  • Speed

Stamford dentist Dr. Barton can professionally whiten your teeth and give you a bright smile in a single office visit that lasts less than 1 hour. Generally the bleaching gel is applied for 3, 15-minute consecutive sessions, totaling roughly 45 minutes of treatment time.

  • Results

Unlike at-home whitening pastes, gels, and strips that could take weeks or months to work if they do at all, a professional whitening from your dentist can offer dramatic results almost instantly. A professional whitening can lighten teeth by up to 8 shades in one sitting.

  • Safety

A professional whitening from Stamford dentist Dr. Barton can be safer and more comfortable than a do-it-yourself whitening at home. She will take special care to apply a protective gel to the sensitive tissues in the mouth such as the gums, cheeks and lips. This helps to ensure that the powerful, professional bleach only reaches your teeth, instead of affecting other tissues.

Before you hit the beach this summer, get your smile ready with a professional whitening from your dentist. Dr. Tatiana Barton, your dentist in Stamford, CT offers teeth whitening along with a variety of cosmetic procedures to give you that celebrity smile this summer. Schedule your appointment by calling the friendly staff at (203) 327-7390.


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Did you see the move Cast Away starring Tom Hanks? If so, you probably remember the scene where Hanks, stranded on a remote island, knocks out his own abscessed tooth — with an ice skate, no less — to stop the pain. Recently, Dear Doctor TV interviewed Gary Archer, the dental technician who created that special effect and many others.

“They wanted to have an abscess above the tooth with all sorts of gunk and pus and stuff coming out of it,” Archer explained. “I met with Tom and I took impressions [of his mouth] and we came up with this wonderful little piece. It just slipped over his own natural teeth.” The actor could flick it out with his lower tooth when the time was right during the scene. It ended up looking so real that, as Archer said, “it was not for the easily squeamish!”

That’s for sure. But neither is a real abscess, which is an infection that becomes sealed off beneath the gum line. An abscess may result from a trapped piece of food, uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease, or even an infection deep inside a tooth that has spread to adjacent periodontal tissues. In any case, the condition can cause intense pain due to the pressure that builds up in the pus-filled sac. Prompt treatment is required to relieve the pain, keep the infection from spreading to other areas of the face (or even elsewhere in the body), and prevent tooth loss.

Treatment involves draining the abscess, which usually stops the pain immediately, and then controlling the infection and removing its cause. This may require antibiotics and any of several in-office dental procedures, including gum surgery, a root canal, or a tooth extraction. But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate!

The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth.

If you have any questions about gum disease or abscesses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Periodontal (Gum) Abscesses” and “Confusing Tooth Pain.”




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