Earning Trust – One Patient at a Time
Our first goal, from the moment you walk in the door, is to earn a feeling of trust. Our general dentist believes the absolute best dentistry we can provide will only take place when there is a strong bond of trust with our patients, and we’re all working together toward the common goals of healthy teeth and gums and a beautiful smile.
Whether your dental needs are a complete exam, cleaning, or anything in between, , our general dentist in Collinsville, CT will provide you with exceptional care. Your six-month visits keep your teeth clean and healthy and help prevent problems down the road by letting us spot them early. We can address your unique concerns and develop a relationship that ensures continuity of care. We look forward to meeting you!
From the very beginning, Dr. Bielawski’s practice has focused on three key philosophies: prevention, early diagnosis, and minimally invasive intervention whenever possible. To achieve her goals, she has always relied upon the best technology available, whether delivering all-porcelain restorations to patients, using a laser in diagnosing tooth decay early, or removing soft tissue lesions. But she says the most important tool in her technological arsenal, by far, is the dental operating microscope. Less than 1% of all dentists are currently utilizing surgical microscopes in their offices.
“I consider it to be the most valuable piece of technology. This equipment has truly transformed the way I practice dentistry in ways I never imagined. The microscope gives me increased precision and a higher level of confidence.
• A tiny spot of decay is caught early before it becomes a full-fledged cavity.
• All decay is removed during treatment.
• I am able to see a tiny crevice before it becomes a full crack.
• Microscopic precision means beautiful cosmetic results.
All of these enable me to provide a much higher standard of care. When I use a laser, the microscope is very helpful in better observing laser-tissue interactions. Most importantly, however, the microscope enables me to better diagnose problems early, while they are small, and effectively communicate these problems to patients. Small problems are often much easier, far less invasive to treat, and less costly to the patient then their larger counterparts.”
Dr. Bielawski has far greater magnification than dentists who only use dental loupes (magnification glasses) or who don’t use any magnification at all. These loupes provide limited levels of magnification compared to microscope-enhanced dentistry, which uses a surgical microscope similar to those used by medical specialists or surgeons. This significantly enhanced magnification level translates into higher quality care for our patients. We can see teeth and gums at different levels of magnification from 2 to 18 times normal size by just turning the knob. Without the microscope, it’s easy to miss small problems. These can then turn into far bigger problems that require extensive, costly treatment. Small problems are often much easier to address, require less invasive care, and are far less costly to the patient. More healthy tooth structure can be preserved, and tooth strength is significantly increased. Even better? Patients benefit from less postoperative discomfort, faster healing, and better results.
Photos courtesy of David Clark, DDS.
No Metal in Our Fillings
Although some practices still use silver-mercury amalgam fillings, we do not. They have been the standard type of filling for a number of years, but provide only a reasonable restoration. As metal does not bond well to tooth structure, eventually the fillings loosen and allow decay to set in. The main objection patients have about amalgam fillings is the appearance of a dark patch in a light-colored tooth. This can be very noticeable and detracts from a pleasing smile.
We offer the latest types of filling materials that do not have any metal. They bond very well to a tooth, diminishing the chances of loosening and the onset of decay. They are made to match the shade of the tooth and provide additional strength to the natural tooth structure.
Bonded White Fillings
Returning Gums to a Healthy State
We emphasize the importance of seeking our professional treatment at the first signs of gum disease. If you wait until the infection is severe, surgery may be necessary. Although surgery will reverse the condition, there are nonsurgical methods that combat the problem, but only in the more moderate stages of the disease. With improved daily hygiene, the gums will stay clean and healthy. Both treatments are covered under most dental insurance plans.
We are also able to help patients suffering from gum disease with an easy method that is very effective. ARESTIN™ has invisible microspheres of an antibiotic that is time-released at the site of the infection. It does its work painlessly, and you will be very pleased with the results, with your smile healthy once again.
The Isolite™ Dental Isolation System
This multi-function unit’s most important feature is suction that removes droplets and aerosols from the air during treatment. Additionally, its flexible mouthpiece provides an increased level of dental isolation and includes a light for improved illumination of the inside of your mouth. For comfort, there is a built-in bite block to assist you in keeping your mouth open. Isolite was designed to make your treatment quicker and easier, not only eliminating multiple hand instruments previously used by dentists and dental assistants but also shortening your time in the chair and in our office.
Do You Find Yourself Falling
Asleep on the Job?
If you or a loved one find yourself falling asleep during the day, or snoring loudly or having interrupted breathing during sleep, it may be sleep apnea. For those who have been diagnosed with this condition, modern dentistry has new treatment options such as oral appliances. These have been successful for over 90% of the patients who use them and are an alternative to CPAP machines. Ask us about this treatment and start getting the rest you deserve.
Relieving Teeth Grinding, Headaches, and Migraines
Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) is a problem that puts unnecessary wear and strain on your teeth and jaw joints. This usually occurs when you are stressed or while asleep. With a custom-made nightguard that we can provide, you can maintain more of your natural teeth structure and relieve other symptoms that may occur. For best results in lessening the distress to your teeth, fillings, and jaw joints, nightly use of this oral appliance is recommended.
We also offer the FDA-approved NTI™ oral appliance that can prevent most migraine and tension headaches. This is an effective approach without the use of any drugs and works by relaxing muscles around the head to provide relief from tension, pain, and strain. Statistics have shown that the majority of patients had 77% fewer headaches. NTI is an inexpensive appliance that really works to bring relief without the use of medication. We can add to the quality of your life with this easy-to-use new treatment.
Root Canals are Manageable and Will Save a Tooth
It is now known that extraction of a tooth should be performed only if absolutely necessary. Keeping a tooth intact will prevent other oral health problems later on. Dr. Bielawski is experienced in the latest procedures that make root canals easier for patients. During this treatment, rotary tools provide precise preparation to remove the pulp interior of the tooth. It is repacked with a special type of filling material. If necessary, a crown is placed over the tooth to give added strength for chewing. Your tooth will be saved and you will not need to be referred to another practice for the procedure.
When a Tooth Extraction Is Necessary
Sometimes it’s necessary to remove a tooth. Usually, this is for impacted third molars or if there is extensive damage and infection in a tooth. We do extractions in our office, and in most cases you will not need to be referred to another practice. We provide this service in our customary, compassionate manner.
The Latest Dental Technology
The Cleanest Your Teeth Can Be
We use a Piezo Scaler™ to aid in removing deposits of plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth, especially under the gumline and even in deep pockets, in the case of gum disease treatments. This hand tool uses high-frequency vibrations to enable us to remove deposits on your teeth faster than with regular scaling instruments. Your teeth have never felt so clean! As a bonus, most patients report less discomfort with the Piezo Scaler.
Dentistry Without Drills or Needles?
Is it possible to go to the dentist and never feel the drill or the pinch of that dreaded needle? One of the most spectacular advances in recent dentistry is called air abrasion. Instead of a conventional drill, this device aims a stream of tiny particles and air at the area of decay and gently mists it away! Many patients require little or no anesthesia at all. The sound and vibrations of the drill are gone – and so is most of the pain! For many procedures, it’s good-bye needles, good-bye drill!
The dentist works hand-in-hand with patients to create a bond of teamwork. The amazing intra-oral camera is a miniature video camera that displays a closeup picture of the inside of your mouth. You can see for yourself what work needs to be done and which teeth are doing fine. You then become a participant in each dental decision. You’ll love how this works!
Traditional dental X-rays have been “good enough,” but digital X-rays provide clearer and much more accurate pictures of what’s going on inside a patient’s mouth. This makes it easier for the doctor to diagnose issues. Leaks or breaks in fillings that used to go unnoticed, often leading to root canals, can now be found and treated before major damage is done. We can also view your entire mouth in one shot, including the upper and lower jaws, with panoramic digital images.