Rajeev Kulkarni DDS

Dentist In Wethersfield

71 Wells Road, Wethersfield, CT 06109

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Posts for: June, 2014


Some dental procedures that can beautify a smile — orthodontics or implants, for example — take months. Others take only minutes! Tooth contouring and reshaping is one of them. So just what is this remedy, and why would you need it?

Tooth contouring involves removing a tiny amount of enamel (the tooth’s outer covering) with a dental drill to sculpt a more pleasing shape and make the tooth fit in better with its neighbors. It is most often used on highly visible teeth that have minor yet noticeable cosmetic flaws.

For example, you may have a tiny chip in a front tooth, a slight size discrepancy among adjacent teeth, or extra-pointy canines. None of these issues are as serious as, say, a misaligned bite or a tooth that’s missing altogether — but they can be annoying nonetheless. If you find yourself staring in the mirror at any of these subtle yet distracting imperfections in your own smile, you may want to consider having us reshape a specific tooth or teeth.

Contouring can correct small chips, uneven tooth length, slight overlaps, and tooth edges that are too flat or pointy. We can also give teeth a more “feminine” or “masculine” appearance, simply by rounding or squaring the edges. Contouring also has a non-cosmetic use: It can be employed to adjust the bite so that the teeth come together more evenly. For example, if one tooth is just a little higher than the others, it might be subjected to more than its share of stress during chewing. This brings up another important point: We would not recommend tooth contouring if any bite imbalances could result from the procedure. And if we do determine that tooth contouring would not be the best way to go in your particular case, don’t worry — we can come up with a solution for any cosmetic issues that are of concern to you.

If you have any questions about tooth contouring and reshaping — or any other cosmetic dentistry procedures — please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How and Why Teeth Wear.”

By Rajeev Kulkarni DDS
June 09, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   Dental Health   Dentistry  

How Dentistry Can Promote Total Body Health

Dr. Rajeev Kulkarni wants you to know that having a healthy mouth will also give you a healthy body. He recognizes the connection between good oral health and good body health. The importance of routine cleanings of your teeth is vitally important. These annual appointments can be a key opportunity for early diagnosis and treatment of numerous chronic disease.  Oral Health

What You May Not Know About Gum Disease 

You may wonder why going to the dentist is so important. Visiting the dentist regularly helps to prevent gum disease. Maintaining good oral health by visiting Dr. Kulkarni means getting regular cleanings and exams. Annually visiting us will decrease your risk of gum disease greatly.
The American Dental Association (ADA) states that 90% of whole-body disease has oral evidence. Poor oral health brings a risk of other total body disease such as:
  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Oral Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Lung Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Stroke
Gum disease has been found to be in connection with health complications such as stroke and heart disease. Woman who are pregnant with gum disease also have a higher risk of pre-term labor or low birth-weight babies.
Missed dental visits can also adhere to other painful and high-risk health concerns:
  • Facial and Oral Pain - Infections in the gum line can cause pain around the face, teeth and gums. This is a sign of gum disease.
  • Heart and Major Organ Malfunctions - Bacterial endocarditis occurs when inflammation reaches the hearth or heart valves, which can worsen heart disease and may cause damage. This is caused by infections of the mouth.
  • Digestion Issues - Mouth inflammation can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, as well as other disorders in the digestive system.
To help protect your oral and total body health, don’t miss your routine appointments. Contact Dr. Rajeev Kulkarni, DDS in Wethersfield, CT, to ensure that the risks of poor oral health will not happen to you.

By Rajeev Kulkarni DDS
June 09, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: braces   Invisalign  

Options for Straightening Your Teeth

Believe it or not, there are many different options when it comes to straightening your teeth. Besides the basic metal braces, there are other alternatives available for you to consider. Dr. Rajeev Kulkarni offers expertise and many different services that suit your orthodontic needs. Orthodontic Options
For years in the Wethersfield area, braces have been a popular choice in teeth straightening procedures. So many patients through the years have endured the typical metal style of braces, but did you know that there are newer, and more appealing options? Some alternatives to metal braces are even removable! Sounds pretty good, right? Read on to learn more about the best route you should take for you and your smile.

Dr. Kulkarni’s Office Has All of Your Orthodontic Needs

Our office wants you to know the different orthodontic treatments we offer so that you can weigh out your options.
  • Metal Braces – Metal braces have been a popular option for years and years. They are made up of a high-grade stainless steel and consist of metal bands that wrap around the molars in the back of your mouth. Small metal brackets are then cemented to the front of the other teeth. Metal braces have proven to be consistent, effective and an economical option.
  • Ceramic Braces – Rather than a metal material, ceramic braces are made from a translucent material the blends in with your tooth color. This option is much less noticeable than metal braces.
  • Clear Aligners – Clear aligners are clear alternatives to braces. Most adults do not want braces to be seen on their teeth or stuck on their teeth. Clear aligners are completely removable, which is ideal for eating, tooth-brushing and flossing.
Now that you have a good idea of the numerous possibilities of getting that perfect smile, it’s time to contact us to discuss which option is right for you.