Distinctive approaches to general dentistry and routine care

The “pearl” in our practice name refers to father-son dentists, Drs Gary and Scott Pearl. However, it also aptly defines the Pearl Dental Care approach to partnering with patients. We treat our patients in Hamden, Connecticut, and greater New Haven County as the “pearls” that they are. We respect and value them as one-of-a-kind individuals deserving of highly personalized, warm, and inviting care. This approach is primarily built on a foundation of general dentistry and routine check-ups. The services that fall under this category include: 

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  • Dental exams – Usually, these exams are scheduled once every six months. However, if you have risks for conditions such as gum disease (like smoking), we will want to evaluate your gums, teeth, and associated oral tissues and structures more frequently. 
  • Professional cleaning – The standard cleaning by our skilled dental hygienists involves removing harmful bacteria and stubborn plaque (tartar) from the teeth and at the gum line. Plaque build-up cannot be removed with a toothbrush and floss or even the most consistent home care. Cleanings also involve removing surface stains, and we provide guidance on oral care products and techniques tailored to each person’s needs. 
  • “Deep” cleaning – This process involves eradicating bacteria and plaque underneath the gum line among those patients who already have active periodontal (gum) disease. During this alternative to the standard professional cleaning, known as scaling and root planing, we also smooth out the uneven surfaces of the tooth roots. These surfaces tend to collect plaque and germs. The idea is to promote healthy reattachment of the gums and teeth. 
  • Preventive services – During routine check-ups, our dentists may recommend treatments to help you avoid conditions that compromise the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. These services include fluoride supplementation to remineralize the teeth, dental sealants to protect decay-prone back teeth from cavities, and mouthguards. Custom mouthguards prevent injuries to the teeth, jaws, and tissues caused by contact during sports. 

General dentistry services also refer to a range of restorative procedures that transcend the above preventive and maintenance therapies. These services include dental restorations like crowns and tooth replacement, such as bridges and dentures. We also offer orthodontic treatments, like Invisalign®, and other oral appliances; for instance, nightguards to protect the teeth from damage caused by chronic teeth grinding, a condition known as bruxism. 

And though “general” indicates comprehensive dentistry, it is far from run-of-the-mill dentistry at our practice. Drs Gary and Scott Pearl have invested in several sophisticated technologies, such as digital imaging and lasers, to support the most comfortable, precise, convenient, and safe experience at their practice in Hamden qnd serve communities, including North Haven, Woodbridge, East Haven, Cheshire, Wallingford. Call us today at (203) 285-8245 to discover Pearl Dental Care’s distinctive approach to routine and general dentistry. 

General Dentistry

Fact or myth? If you have a cavity, you will know it. Myth, Mild tooth decay has no symptoms. Sensitivity begins to occur when the tooth decay is already causing damage to the nerve. Today’s dentistry prevents tooth decay with sealants and other conservative methods. Fact or myth? Sugar is the prime cause of cavities. A fact and also a myth. Acid is the main trigger in producing the bacteria that causes cavities. The bacteria is then fueled by the consumption of carbohydrates. Sugar is a trigger in cavities, but carbs as a whole are the main cause. Fact or myth? Cavities are the prime reason for root canals. Myth. Root canals are a result of nerve damage. And untreated cavity could lead to nerve damage, but root canals are on set by number of different factors. Facts on myth? Brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent cavities. Fact. Fact or myth? Expensive toothpastes are always better than cheaper ones. Myth. Different toothpastes are better for different teeth in situations. Sometimes moderately priced toothpaste can be more effective. Ask the dentist about what might be best for your teeth. And always look for the ADA seal of approval. Fact or myth? If a tooth is white, it must be healthy. Myth. Under the surface there may be cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities. Fact or Myth? Teeth whitening is harmful because it damages enamel. Myth. There are many modern teeth whitening processes that have minimal harmful effects. Teeth whitening isn’t for every mouth or person though. Consult the dentist before you proceed with whitening treatments. Fact or myth? Dentists should be feared. Myth. With today’s advancements in technology and safety practices there is nothing to worry about. Procedures are as quick and painless as ever. Fact or myth? You should visit your dentists at least twice a year. FACT.