Oscar Gonzalez, DDS

1340 Boulevard
West Hartford, CT 06119

(860) 521-2500

Dentist in West Hartford

West Hartford Dentist

Our Services

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Dr. Sanchez provides dental care for infants, children, and teens.

At our office, we understand many children don’t enjoy going to the dentist. So, our entire staff does everything possible to make all our little patients comfortable during every appointment. And, hopefully we’ll help your child enjoy each and every visit. We invite you to schedule an appointment with our office today.

Our Services Include

• Computerized Charts • Digital X-rays • Tooth Colored Fillings • Nitrous Oxide • Habit Appliances • Interceptive Orthodontics • Sealants • Fluoride Varnish

Prevention

We place special importance in preventing tooth decay. Poor oral health care in children can lead to poor performance in school and lead to difficulty in developing healthy social relationships. Our entire staff at T2T gives teaches every patient how to keep teeth strong. And, we show every child how to begin healthy eating habits and countless ways to prevent poor oral health.

Primary Teeth

Additionally, we help your child take care of primary teeth (baby teeth) until they are naturally lost. Primary teeth help children chew properly as well as playing a significant role in speech development. Lastly, primary teeth are critical to maintenance space for the eventual eruption of permanent teeth.

Dental Sealants

Q: What are sealants? Sealants protect the surface of your teeth including the grooved and pitted surfaces. Sealants are most useful in protecting back teeth where most cavities in children begin. Sealants are made from a clear plastic like material. Sealants are applied to children’s teeth to help keep them cavity-free.

Q: How do sealants work? It can be very difficult to clean the tiny grooves and pits on the surface of your teeth. If food and eventually bacteria collects in these spaces it may develop into tooth decay. Sealants “seal out” food and plaque, and reduces the risk of your child developing tooth decay.

Dental Health and Fluoride Treatment

Acids can demineralize your child’s teeth. For children under the age of six fluoride protects their teeth and helps the development of permanent teeth.

Pulpotomy

Inside of every baby (deciduous) and permanent adult tooth is a central chamber that contains connective tissue, a nerve supply, and blood vessels. Collectively these core tissues, known as the dental pulp, help the tooth to grow and mature before it emerges into the mouth. Once your tooth is in place, the dental pulp provides nourishment, keeps the tooth vital, and alerts you of problems. Unfortunately, cavities and dental trauma can damage the dental pulp inside of a tooth. When one of these factors has involved the dental pulp of a primary or deciduous tooth and there is no evidence of an infection at the root of the tooth, a procedure known as a pulpotomy may be performed. The purpose of a pulpotomy on a “baby” tooth is to maintain it until its permanent successor tooth erupts. This is because deciduous that are lost prematurely can result in space loss for the permanent tooth and other consequences. During a pulpotomy procedure the exposed or affected pulp tissue within the crown of the deciduous tooth (the visible portion of the tooth) is carefully removed and a special medication to disinfect the area and calm the remaining nerve tissue is placed. Once the procedure is complete, the baby tooth is then restored. Depending on the amount of tooth structure remaining and how much time is left before the baby tooth is to fall out, the type of restoration is selected. Typically, the most effective restoration to seal the tooth and restore function, is a stainless steel crown.

Pediatric Dental Care

At our office we take pride in creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for our younger patients in an environment that is lighthearted and fun. With an emphasis on establishing oral health habits that last a lifetime, our primary tools are education and a comprehensive preventive care program.

As part of an effort to guard against childhood dental decay we recommend periodic fluoride treatments and dental sealants placed on the biting surfaces of the back teeth.

Sports Mouthguards

Every year millions of cases of dental and facial injuries occur as the result of sport-related trauma. While all sports have some risk of oral injury, it is especially prevalent in recreational activities that involve frequent body contact with other players or the ground, as well as the possibility of being struck by other objects such as, balls, bats, or sticks.

One way to significantly reduce the risk of damage to your teeth, cheeks, lips, tongue, face, or jaw as the result of a sports-related injury is to wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard is a removable appliance made of a sturdy plastic that sits comfortably over your teeth. Typically, mouthguards are designed to cover just the top teeth but may also be fabricated to include the lower teeth as well depending on your particular situation. Individuals who wear braces or have some types of dental work may require a specific type of mouthguard that provides more coverage.

There are three types of sports mouthguards on the market, including pre-formed and ready to wear stock mouthguards, boil and bite mouthguards, and custom mouthguards fabricated by your dentist. Our office will help you to select just the right sports mouthguard to protect your smile. While the first two choices offer some level of protection, the best and most comfortable mouthguards to safeguard your smile are the ones individually designed and customized by your dentist.

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm
Friday: Closed


Office Info

1340 Boulevard
West Hartford, CT 06119
Phone: (860) 521-2500