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Cavalieri Dental
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Our Services

Your oral health impacts more than your smile — it influences your whole health. At Cavalieri Dental, we take a holistic approach to dental care. Our priority is not only improving your smile but helping you invest in your overall wellbeing. We are located in Rocky Hill, CT, and our practice welcomes individuals and patients from across surrounding communities. We opened our doors in 1999 and are proud to be a trusted name for family dental care.

We take a personalized approach with each patient. No two smiles are alike, so each treatment plan we create is customized to their patient’s particular needs. You and your family can count on us for comprehensive treatment and individualized attention. After all, when you join our practice, you become a member of our family!

Creating Smiles You Feel Good About

To ensure you and your loved ones receive the most advanced care, we utilize the latest dental technology and techniques. We believe staying at the forefront of dentistry makes a real difference to our patients. Helping you improve your immediate dental health and investing in your long-term oral health is of the utmost importance to us.

 

Preventative Care

Keeping a regular cleaning routine is important, which is why it is suggested to come in for a professional cleaning every six months. Some patients might need to come in every three or four months, due to the advanced level of gum disease.

Sealants

Dental sealants are an effective way to prevent decay for children and adults alike. This treatment option is particularly useful for younger patients once their permanent molars start emerging. The application of sealants is simple: a tooth-colored acrylic coating is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This protects the deep grooves of the tooth from plaque and acids. A sealant acts as a barrier from food and plaque that brushing and flossing cannot reach.

ZOOM! Whitening

If your teeth have become discolored over time, our in-house teeth whitening treatments may provide you with a way to restore your smile. ZOOM! Whitening offers you a safe method for reversing discoloration caused by aging, staining, or chemical damage to your teeth. This system does not use heat or ultraviolet rays to whiten your teeth. Instead, it features a chemically activated formula containing potassium, nitrate, and fluoride. This works to brighten your smile, strengthen your enamel, decrease sensitivity, and increase cavity protection.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® offers an alternative to traditional metal braces. This system consists of a series of custom-fitted clear, removable aligners. It eliminates the need for metal brackets or wires! Each set of aligners is worn for two or three weeks. Each set gradually moves your teeth until treatment is complete. In order for this system to be effective, the aligners must be worn for roughly 20 hours a day. To determine if you are a candidate for this treatment, schedule an appointment today!

Digital Imaging

We utilize digital x-rays and imaging to examine what is not visible to the naked eye. There are many benefits to digital x-rays, including reduced radiation exposure, faster development times, and clearer images. This technology plays an important role in our diagnostic work and helps us create more clear and comprehensive treatment plans for our patients.

Cosmetic Dentistry

When your smile looks and feels healthy, it can give you a confidence boost. Our cosmetic dentistry services focus on improving the aesthetics of your grin while strengthening the foundation of your oral health. Dr. Cavalieri and our team will work with you to determine which treatments best fit your needs and long-term goals for your smile.

Bridges & Crowns

Dental bridges and crowns both improve the aesthetics of your teeth and the stability of your bite. A bridge is used to replace missing teeth and close gaps within your smile. If the gaps remain open, it can cause your remaining teeth to shift, which destabilizes your bite. Dental crowns are used to restore function to chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Both crowns and bridges restore strength to your teeth.

Tooth-Colored Restorations

Tooth-colored restorations provide patients with an aesthetically pleasing, effective way to regain strength, stability, and health in a tooth. The composite resin used in these restorations bonds directly to the teeth, creating a superior fit. Compared to silver/amalgam fillings from years past, composite fillings result in a stronger tooth structure and better results for the patient.

Dentures

For individuals missing most or all of their teeth, dentures provide a great restoration option. For patients who retain some of their natural teeth, partial dentures may be recommended. Both of these restoration options are designed to enhance your smile and are made to look like your natural teeth. In some patients, dentures may give you a better smile than you had before! Our team will work with you to determine if this is a good fit for you.

Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a great, permanent restoration option for patients missing teeth due to dental decay or extractions. The dental implant consists of metal posts which are surgically inserted into the bone beneath the gums. After a healing period, these posts bond to the jaw bone and serve as an anchor for a replacement crown, dentures, or partial dentures. To be a candidate for dental implants, you must have sufficient bone structure.

Endodontics

A root canal (endodontics) is one of the most common dental procedures performed. It is necessary is a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth. This may also be required if you have experienced severe trauma to your tooth. During this procedure, we will clean out and disinfect the interior of a tooth and remove the infected pulp. The canals of the roots are sealed to prevent future bacterial invasion. At the close of the procedure, the tooth is restored with a filling or crown. This strengthens the tooth and restores function.

Post-Procedure

Before your tooth extraction, implant placement, or other procedure, we will provide you with the appropriate post-procedure instructions. We are happy to answer any questions you have. Our team will work with you to make sure your mouth heals safely!

Veneers

Veneers are used to correct a tooth’s imperfection and rejuvenate your smile. This conservative restoration option is popular for correcting stains, chips, and gaps in your smile. A veneer is stain resistant and feels like natural teeth and are typically made out of porcelain or other tooth-colored materials. If you’re looking for long-lasting natural-looking results, veneers may be right for you.

Night Guards

Do your jaw muscles feel sore in the morning? Do you have trouble opening your mouth wide? These are common symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems. The TMJ is located between your upper and lower jaw. When you grind or clench your teeth (a condition called bruxism), it can cause damage to the TMJ and wear away your tooth enamel. Custom night guards are a common method for treating TMJ problems and reducing the effects of bruxism. It protects the teeth by providing a cushion between the upper and lower teeth. We have found custom night guards offer patients an affordable, simple solution to help reduce TMJ issues and relax the muscles in the jaw.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a common condition where a person stops breathing dozens or even hundreds of times every night. It is induced by a block airwar caused by oversized tonsils, the tongue, soft tissues in the mouth, or the throat closing and blocking airflow. The initial sign of sleep apnea is usually loud snoring and literal gasps for air. If left untreated, it can contribute to conditions such as:

High Blood Pressure • Heart Attack • Stroke • Diabetes • Dementia

If you or a loved one are suffering from sleep apnea, contact Cavalieri Dental today to learn more about available treatments.

Should I Get My Silver-Mercury Fillings Removed?

A message from Dr. Jeff Cavalieri and Cavalieri Dental

I want to preface this piece by saying that I have not used silver-mercury amalgam in my practice in nearly 20 years. This is a bit long, but I think you’ll find it interesting and informative.

Recently, the subject of silver-mercury fillings (also known as an amalgam) has been in the media again. Most visibly, it was the subject of an episode of the “Dr. Oz” show on TV. My own personal opinion of Dr. Oz is, well, I’ll just say I don’t think very highly of him. In the past, he has given some VERY bad dental advice (such as brushing your teeth with lemon juice to “whiten” them… DON’T DO IT!).

But, if you’d like to see his show about amalgam, click on Dr. Oz – Toxic Teeth: Are Mercury Fillings Making You Sick? It’s a 3-part video.

 

Should I Get My Silver-Mercury Fillings Removed?

A message from Dr. Jeff Cavalieri and Cavalieri Dental

I want to preface this piece by saying that I have not used silver-mercury amalgam in my practice in nearly 20 years. This is a bit long, but I think you’ll find it interesting and informative.

Recently, the subject of silver-mercury fillings (also known as an amalgam) has been in the media again. Most visibly, it was the subject of an episode of the “Dr. Oz” show on TV. My own personal opinion of Dr. Oz is, well, I’ll just say I don’t think very highly of him. In the past, he has given some VERY bad dental advice (such as brushing your teeth with lemon juice to “whiten” them… DON’T DO IT!).

But, if you’d like to see his show about amalgam, click on Dr. Oz – Toxic Teeth: Are Mercury Fillings Making You Sick? It’s a 3-part video.

What is amalgam & how long has it been used in dentistry?

Amalgam has been around for over 150 years, and it’s been controversial ever since its first use in dentistry. Amalgam is simply a combination of metal powder (mostly silver with some copper and tin) and liquid mercury. When this combination is mixed, it forms a sort of paste that is easy to mold and shape. In a few minutes, the mixture hardens to a durable filling. The mercury is chemically bound to the material.

However, there has always been concern about the mercury component. Mercury, as an element, is known to be toxic. But, what makes ANY material toxic to humans is the DOSE. How much does it take to be toxic to humans? And, studies have shown that a minuscule amount of mercury can escape from amalgam fillings over time. The question then becomes, is the amount of mercury emanating from amalgam fillings in a high enough dose to be a concern?

So are amalgam & silver fillings safe?

While many patients report feeling better after replacing their silver-mercury fillings, the bar of scientific proof is much higher. And, so far, there is not a single credible, “peer-reviewed” study that links silver amalgam fillings to any medical issue. At this point, scientists cannot link the presence of silver amalgam to any disease. Nor can scientists prove that removal of amalgam will prevent or cure any illness.

That all said, our government agencies seem to be at odds. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has said that amalgam fillings are safe.

On the other hand, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has said that silver-mercury amalgam scraps from dental offices is toxic waste and cannot be put in the trash or sewer.

So, which is it? Who do we believe? The FDA says it’s safe to put in your mouth. But, the EPA says it’s toxic waste and shouldn’t end up in landfills or water supplies.

Furthermore, many state dental boards will sanction or punish dentists who tell patients that silver amalgam is harmful to them or should be removed for health reasons.

I haven't used silver-mercury amalgam for nearly 20 years

My reasons have nothing to do with this mercury debate. I prefer composite resin for fillings because it is a more conservative and cosmetic choice. Silver amalgam requires more removal of healthy tooth structure to lock the material into the cavity preparation mechanically. Composite resin BONDS to the tooth structure. So, I can limit my cavity preparation to only removing decay and preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. The bonus: White composite fillings look great!

I have always based my professional judgment on science. If I’m going to make a recommendation, I have to be able to back it up with scientific fact. With that in mind, I cannot recommend categorical removal of silver amalgams with no defects or decay in hopes of curing or preventing any medical issues. However, I do acknowledge that patients have their reasons, including cosmetic concerns. If my patients make an informed decision to have their amalgams removed, I am willing to help in any way I can.

It’s important to mention that any time we perform treatment on a tooth, it puts stress on that tooth. However, the vast majority of the time, replacing fillings does not result in any problems.

If you have questions, or would like a consultation, feel free to give us a call at 860-529-1620 or email us at: doccav2015@gmail.com.

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Cavalieri Dental
2139 Silas Deane Hwy #200
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

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Phone: 860-529-1620

Fax: 860-721-8112

E-mail: doccav2015@gmail.com

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Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday (closed)
Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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