JP Dental Hartford

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At JP Dental, we pride ourselves on educating our patients about dental care so they can be an active participant in their own oral health care. As a patient, you have a right to be informed about your treatment. We make every effort to explain a procedure in enough detail for you to understand why it's important and how it can benefit your oral health.

But you may still have questions, and we've shared a few of those we hear most frequently. We're always here for you, so if you still need more information, please don't hesitate to contact our office.

Do you accept my insurance?

We accept many insurances and are happy to file your claims for your convenience. Please feel free to contact our office with your insurance questions and our knowledgeable Insurance Coordinator will be happy to assist you.

Currently, we work with the following:

Aetna PPO
Americas
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Assuring Dental Employee Benefits
Careington
Cigna PPO
Delta Dental
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Guardian
Health Net
Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey
Humana Dental
Lincoln Financial Group
Meridian Health
MetLife
Mutual of Omaha
Oxford Health Plans
Principal Financial Group
Reliance Standard
Sun Life Financial 
United Concordia
United HealthCare

If you have questions about any of our services, please don't hesitate to contact our Hartford, CT dental office today at JP Dental! Our dedicated team is looking forward to helping you achieve your dental goals. 

Dental Crowns

A live tooth can sense pressure when biting down. When pressure is felt, the nerve in the tooth sends a signal to the brain to open the mouth to prevent breaking the tooth. 

Once a tooth gets a root canal, there is no nerve ending. No nerve means no means of sensing the pressure. 

This is why in our dental office in Hartford CT we often see patient coming in with broken tooth that already had a root canal treatment done and broken. If the patient is lucky enough, we can save the tooth. But oftentimes, we pull the tooth out because the tooth is hopeless due to large fracture. 

It is very important to follow through till the end. When you get a root canal treatment done, you need to make sure you go through the 3 steps of root canal treatment, build up or post and core, and finally the crown. By receiving the crown, you can chew on hard food without fear of breaking the tooth. 

Call us at 860 525 2366 if you need a crown. 

Dental Implants

Dental Implants Hartford CTThe loss of just one tooth can lead to a series of events that can seriously compromise your overall oral health. Surrounding teeth can shift into the space left by the missing tooth, and surrounding bone can start to deteriorate. Replacing missing teeth is important, and dental implants are one of the most effective options available today.

Dental implants require the placement of a titanium replacement root into your jaw. Dr. Chung’s experience with placing and restoring dental implants allows him to perform the entire procedure from start to finish here at our Hartford office.

Every case is different, but once the implant has been secured in the jawbone, healing usually takes several months. We’ll be able to give you a better estimate once we’re familiar with your specific case. Once the bone heals, we anchor a replacement tooth like a crown, bridge, or denture to the implant.

Dental implants have changed the way we look at tooth replacement. Dental implants are secure and durable and should be cleaned and cared for in the same way as your natural teeth. There’s a lot to consider when thinking about having a dental implant placed. We encourage you to contact our Hartford, CT dental office today at JP Dental! Our dedicated team is looking forward to helping you achieve your goals. 

 

Yes, there are actually a few alternatives to dental implants that can restore the look and function of your teeth. 

You can receive a prosthesis called a dental bridge. A dental bridge covers the missing space with crowns that are connected from either ends. The supporting teeth are called the abutments. The area covering the empty space is called the pontic. A dental bridge can cover any size of space. when the bridge gets longer, it may need more than two teeth from either end to support the dental bridge. 

Another option is a flipper. This prosthesis is removable. Although you can eat with it, eating may not be efficient because it isn't attached to any teeth in the mouth. It can certainly improve the smile as it fills up the empty space. 

However, implant is the best option out of all these choices. 

Here are the following reasons:

- It lasts longer or even lifetime.

- It can't get cavity. 

- It is more cosmetic.

- It doesn't destroy the adjacent teeth to support the prosthesis. 

- It is more maintainable. 

- It preserves the bone. 

- It boost your confidence when you smile because it looks so natural. 

 

 

Emergency Dentistry

Night guard is an appliance you wear at night times to protect your teeth against force that is applied from the teeth on the other arch. Grinding or clenching habit is also called "bruxism" in a dental professional term.  Night guard is recommended for someone who clenches or grind their teeth. There is also a day guard that is available for people who grinds their teeth during the day. 

It is very important to wear a night guard if you have bruxism, because it can have various disastrous effects on your teeth. Teeth can crack under heavy pressure. Fillings can break causing leakage in the restorations causing more drilling for the dentist to restore the tooth. Bones can shrink or melt due to the pressure, thereby causing gums to recede showing ugly colors of the root when smiling. 

You can find out if you are grinding your teeth by looking at your teeth in the mirror. If you can draw a straight line across your upper teeth from left to right, you are definitely a heavy grinder which needs immediate attention. A mild grinder will see some wear or flat surfaces of the teeth in different areas. Finally, if you experience frequent migraine or headache and soreness to the chewing muscles, you are more than likely suffering from bruxism. 

Invisalign

Cosmetic Dentist in Hartford CTIf you’re an adult with slightly crooked or crowded teeth but aren't interested in dealing with traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be just the solution you need.

Invisalign clear aligners are an innovative approach to correcting minor misalignments quickly and easily. After we determine that Invisalign is a good choice for you, we'll use specialized equipment to develop a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan.

You’ll receive a customized series of aligners that are designed to gently reposition your teeth into a more ideal alignment. Simply wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day, taking them out only for brushing, flossing, and eating. They are removable, but keep in mind that the longer they’re worn each day, the faster you’ll see the beautiful final results.

Invisalign clear aligners are comfortable and easy to wear. At JP Dental, we're happy to treat adults with mild misalignments. Individual needs vary, but the average length of treatment for adults with Invisalign is about a year.

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign or see if you are a good candidate, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to set up a consultation to discuss your case and decide if Invisalign is right for you.

Preventive Treatments

No, it is not. 

It is extremely safe to taking x rays when performed properly. 

It may actually be more dangerous not to take x rays in the long run because cavities that are between teeth are nearly impossible to detect without the x ray images. Patient may end up needing larger treatments such as root canal treatment or even extraction because cavities were not found when they were small. 

We provide shield to cover your chest and your neck when taking x rays. 

If you had a radiation therapy due to cancer, it is advised to perhaps skip the x rays for another visit to avoid overdose of radiation. 

The difference between brushing and cleaning your teeth on your own and getting a cleaning done at a dental office is that some of the areas that are not reachable with a regular brush can be cleaned by hygienists. Hygienists use instruments called scalers that scrape the surface between your teeth. They also use a tool called cavitron, which is an ultrasonic scaler that uses high frequency vibrations and water to clean the teeth effectively. As a last step, they polish the surface of the teeth to make sure any remaining plaque are not left over on the surface of teeth. 

When you are done with the cleaning, you will leave the office feeling fresh and clean. Great tips are also offered on how to do a better cleaning at home. 

 

 

 

If you have not been brushing your teeth habitually, it will be very difficult to get started.

Our brain does not like change. 

The moment you start something new such as brushing. 

Your mind will do everything it can to keep the status quo. 

The key to starting a new habit is to make it easy.

It has to be ridiculously easy in order to for the new habit to stick. 

One method I suggest is this. 

Buy 10 good and affordable toothbrushes. 

Place everywhere in your house. 

Especially spots where you spend most of your time.

For example, the couches you sit to watch netflix, the table right next to your bed, and etc. 

After a few days, you may find yourself holding on to the toothbrushes and actually brushing your teeth in front of the mirror in the restroom. 

Soon you will realize if actually feels great to have a clean teeth. 

Your brain will tell you that it is beneficial for you to keep your teeth clean and send cues to you

that you should get brushing everyday!

Let me know if this has worked for you. 

 

You should brush minimum twice a day, one in the morning and one before going to bed. 

If you belong to any of the following category you should brush more than twice a day:

1. You drink a lot of energy drink, fruit juice, seltzer, coffee, and anything that is not water.

2. You have a lot of restorations in your mouth such as fillings, crowns, bridges and any dental work that makes your brushing difficult. 

3. You have a gum disease, specifically periodontitis where you have lost some bone around the teeth. You have a lot of pockets around your teeth where germs and plaque can get stuck and grown. 

4. You have a dry mouth. If you have this, you should brush every time you eat anything because all the food that you eat sticks to your teeth causing cavities and inflammation. 

5. You sleep your mouth open at night. Sleeping with your mouth open can cause a change in natural bacteria, leading to cavities and gingivitis. 

Yes, gingivitis is very much curable with proper brushing habit and a healthy diet. 

Gingivitis is simply caused when teeth are not cleaned on a daily basis. When plaque builds up over time in the mouth, they turn into something called calculus or tartar that sticks to the teeth. The best analogy that can refer to are the barnacles stuck on the surface of the ship. Tartar can only be removed by a professional such as an hygienist with specific instruments called scalers. 

After a professional cleaning, progressive healing should be observed over a few days. It is important that you maintain the daily habit of brushing and flossing twice a day to prevent gingivitis coming back again. Listerine mouth rinse and waterpik can be added to the oral hygiene regimens to keep the mouth healthy. 

This is an important stage of the gum disease where with enough effort the disease can be reversed. When the oral health is ignored when there is active gum disease, it can turn into a oral disease called periodontitis which can sometimes cause permanent damage to the gums and the bone that is wrapping around the teeth. So, please don't forget to brush up today! 

 

Teeth are not flat. They come with fissures, grooves, and pits. 

Plaque loves rough surfaces. It sticks to the tooth surface wherever it can. 

When you don't brush your teeth regularly, plaque settles down on one of those rough surfaces. 

Bacteria within the plaque starts releasing acid to create cavities. 

Sealant is applied to fissures, grooves and pits to prevent the cavities from starting. 

It is easily performed on patient without anesthesia.

It is efficient. It is more affordable than other forms of treatment. It is a painless procedure. 

If patient is prone to cavities, sealants are highly recommended. 

Dental insurance usually covers entirely for children and young adults. 

There will be a fee to get sealants done for adults. 

Deep cleaning is an advanced form of cleaning where we address buildup and infected tissue underneath the gums. 

This is different from regular cleaning because regular cleaning, otherwise known as prophylaxis, focus on the area of the teeth above the gums. 

We use instruments called scaler to scrape on the surface of the teeth to make it as smooth as possible. Another tool we use is called cavitron, which use high frequency vibrations and water flow to clean the teeth. 

The best analogy for for the buildup or calculus is barnacle on the ship. Our job is to scrape the surface as smooth as possible so that bacterias or germs do grow around the buildup and cause severe gum disease. 

This image shows the buildup on the tooth before patient had a deep cleaning done. 

 

This image shows the buildup is gone after the deep cleaning. 

Getting a cleaning done at a dental office will not wear away your teeth. 

The outer layer of the tooth called enamel is the strongest part of your body.

It is stronger than your bone. 

We use a metal instrument called scaler to clean the rough surfaces of your teeth. 

Believe it or not, we actually have to replace the scalers after years of use because they get worn down by the enamel. 

 

Sedation

Unfortunately, we do not offer full sedation. 

If you want full sedation, we can refer you to an oral surgeon after an consultation. 

We do offer nitrous oxide, otherwise known as "laughing gas" to calm down the patient before any procedures that patients are nervous about. 

Sedation Dentist Hartford CTDental anxiety is very common and affects millions of people. The team at JP Dental is sensitive to your concerns, and we’ve helped many patients overcome their fears.

Our first priority is your complete comfort. We know that if you always feel comfortable with us, you’re more likely to keep up with routine dental visits. And those visits are essential if you want to minimize your risk for developing complicated dental problems.

We’re pleased to offer effective sedation options to allow you to get the important treatments you need. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is very mild and will put you in a relaxed and dreamy state. You will be closely monitored throughout your appointment, and all members of your team will do everything possible to make sure you are completely comfortable. The advantage of using nitrous is that there are no lingering effects. You can have your treatment done and then go on with your busy day.

If you need a little more help relaxing, one of our doctors can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication for you to take before you get to our office. When you arrive for your procedure, you will already feel more calm and relaxed. Just remember that you will need a driver to get you safely to and from our office.

If you have questions about any of our services, please don't hesitate to contact our Hartford, CT dental office today at JP Dental! Our dedicated team is looking forward to helping you achieve your dental goals. 

Tooth Extraction

It depends. 

With a simple extraction, the dentist pulls out the tooth with a little bit of pushing with an instrument called elevator and grabs the tooth with forcep. The pain is manageable with a little bit of pain medication. The discomfort does not last more than a few days. 

With a surgical extraction, the dentist needs to expose the gums around the tooth with a small surgical blade and use surgical bur to remove some bone wrapping the tooth to give a room for pushing and pulling. The pain may last more than a few days, which is why patient is sometimes recommended not to get involved in physical activities for a few days to recover. 

Another factor that can affect the degree of pain after the extraction is the difficult of the extraction. If the tooth is severely impacted or under the gums where the dentist needs to surgically enter the tooth, pain may be much more severe. Patient may need to take narcotics to relive pain for a few days. 

Does it annoy you that your dentist tells you to pull your wisdom teeth when you are feeling perfectly normal? 

Here are the following reasons why your wisdom teeth should be pulled. 

1. Your wisdom teeth are at the end of your mouth. They are very difficult to brush. Keeping them clean are very difficult. Gums are typically swollen with pockets. They are affecting your essential teeth, which are your second molars. 

2. Your wisdom are growing sideways causing food and plaque to get stuck underneath it. They are causing pungent and foul smell to your mouth.  It may lead to decays to your normal teeth next to the wisdom teeth. 

3. Your wisdom may look fine now, but in rare cases, you may develop cyst that eats up your jaw and gums. You may need a bigger surgery to open the area to remove the cyst. 

However, there is a chance you can keep your wisdom teeth if you follow these instructions. 

1. You are keeping your wisdom teeth impeccably clean. You are using special toothbrush to reach back areas that are impossible to clean with your regular toothbrush. You are using waterpik to keep the gums healthy. 

2. You are checking with your dentist or hygienist that they are growing straight. 

3. You make sure you get a panoramic  x ray every few years to check that the surrounding structures around the wisdom teeth is healthy, with no abnormal growth. 

 

Tooth Extractions in Hartford CTWe’re committed to helping you keep your teeth for a lifetime. With the help of a wide array of services offered by JP Dental, our goal is to do everything we can to try to save a damaged tooth. Sometimes, however, it may be in the best interest of your overall oral health to remove the tooth

There are several cases where our doctors may determine that extracting a tooth is the best option. A tooth may need to be extracted because it’s severely decayed, damaged by advanced periodontal disease, or compromised in such a way that it cannot be repaired. In other cases, a tooth may need to be removed because it’s poorly positioned in the mouth (such as wisdom teeth) or we are preparing you for orthodontic treatment or complete dentures.

Our doctors have performed many different types of extractions, ranging from the most simple to more advanced cases like removal of impacted wisdom teeth. You can be confident that no matter what type of extraction you require, you will receive compassionate care and support from our dental team.

Nobody likes to think about having a tooth extracted. But our relaxing sedation options and the genuine concern of a caring team will help make your procedure comfortable and stress-free. If you do think you need to have a tooth extracted, please contact our Hartford office to arrange a convenient appointment.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

The reason why cavities don't hurt is because the outer layer of the enamel don't have any nerve endings. This is why a lot of patients that show up in our office are very surprised that they have multiple cavities. 

There are three layers in the tooth. The outer layer is the enamel. The middle layer is the dentin. The deepest layer is the pulp and nerves. Sensitivity and discomfort usually starts when the cavity gets inside the deeper middle layer of the dentin. Severe pain and swelling starts when the decay reaches the nerve. 

Cavities can be prevented by keeping up with biannual checkup with x rays. 

We can help prevent cavities by educating you about the proper technique of brushing and healthy diet. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentist Hartford CTYour smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If you feel yours isn’t making a great first impression, we have the solution you need! We love helping our patients achieve the smile of their dreams. At JP Dental, we offer a wide variety of services to help you regain a smile you will love showing off.

If you have chipped teeth or need a few cavities filled, our natural-looking tooth-colored fillings may be all you need to regain your beautiful smile. For more complicated esthetic problems, porcelain veneers or even dental crowns may be a more appropriate solution.

Are you an adult who’s bothered by crooked or crowded teeth? If so, you probably dread the thought of spending years in uncomfortable traditional braces. We’re pleased to offer Invisalign clear braces that quickly and discreetly move your teeth into alignment.

Sometimes all you need to achieve a stunning smile transformation is a simple professional teeth whitening treatment. For your convenience, we’re pleased to offer several whitening options to fit your busy lifestyle.

Whatever your cosmetic concern, please give us a call so we can arrange a consultation with one of our doctors. During your consultation, we’ll talk to you about your goals for a beautiful smile and the ways in which we can help you achieve those goals.

If you have questions about any of our services, please don't hesitate to contact our Hartford, CT dental office today at JP Dental! Our dedicated team is looking forward to helping you achieve your dental goals. 

Crown lengthening is a procedure that is done for cosmetic reason or for the purpose of creating room for the restoration. 

Patient with excessive gum tissue on the front teeth will show teeth that appear small and short. By reshaping the bone and gum tissue, we can expose more tooth structure improving the smile. 

Whenever there is a severe decay under the gumline, it is necessary to adjust the level of the bone and gum to create more space to place restorations such as fillings or crowns. 

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