Our experience and knowledge combined with a genuine concern for what works best for adults and kids creates an atmosphere that is both motivational and educational. We strive to create a fun and comfortable environment for adults and children of all ages. Your little one will enjoy flavored professional toothpaste and fluoride treatments as well as a learning environment on the care of their teeth in a child friendly atmosphere.
We are concerned with maintaining and improving the dental health of infants, children, adolescents, and adults, as well as those patients who have special needs. Early detection of problems as well as comprehensive prevention program can help you or your child maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime and help prevent the need for extensive, costly dental treatment. We do our best to give you and your family the care you deserve and we are committed to providing for you and your child’s total help.
We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and therefore recommend that your child should have his/her first pediatric visit by their first birthday. Following that, it is advised that we see your child at age four for his/her first dental X-rays, so we can check for cavities that can easily start between your child’s teeth. The next recommended visit is at age six to obtain your child’s first panoramic X-ray so we can get all vital information on developing teeth, roots and any possible malocclusion.
Great oral hygiene is the focus for every patient, whether new or patients of long-standing. Each hygienist on our Hartford area dental team have been working here for a minimum of several years with a magnitude and wealth of experience. Our hygiene appointments are comprehensive, complete with a thorough periodontal exam and treatment plan.
We’ll take a full series of digital x-rays and intra-oral photographs, which will be projected over our big screen TV’s so you can see and understand the condition of your smile. Once Dr. Ravin assesses your needs and goals, he’ll discuss the appropriate treatment plan and cleaning best suited for you.
In addition to your tooth and gum health, we screen for conditions which have the potential to impact the rest of your body. Many general health conditions can be related to the health of the mouth, including heart disease, diabetes, cancers, and more. Oral cancer is among the most deadly of cancers, but with early detection, successful treatment is possible. We give our patients peace of mind, while helping us ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect their health by providing an oral cancer screening at each hygiene appointment.
Our keen eye for the best Hartford area periodontics begins with prevention. Regular cleanings from our friendly hygienists and good, daily oral hygiene is an easy way to avoid gum disease or other problems. Each hygienist at our Hospital Dental Group diligently looks for any indication of periodontal disease when examining your teeth, mouth and gums. This thoroughness, along with strong team communication, efficiently ensures the best possible treatment.
Because many patients don’t notice signs or symptoms until the disease has progressed into advanced stages, routine hygiene exams are critical to identifying the early signs and symptoms. These include:
- Red, swollen, bleeding, or sore gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Changes in the bite
- Changes in denture fit
Proactive and preventive dentistry is the key to warding off any chance of periodontitis. Staying consistent with oral hygiene exams is the best way our guests can help keep their grins and their bodies healthy. This will help Dr. Ravin properly diagnose and begin periodontic treatments as soon as any signs of advanced gum disease are present.
Dental work should restore and strengthen teeth, not further break them down! Metal-free fillings are far superior to their outdated, metal counterparts because they actually make your tooth stronger. As a Hartford dentist whose first concern is the oral health of his patients, Dr. Ravin loves metal-free fillings. Composite resin fillings offer amazing strength and can be color matched to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. This Hospital Dental Group care works in harmony with beautiful form and strong function.
Our dentists bond metal-free fillings in the tooth where decay has been removed. Since composite restorations are dental work that require less removal of existing tooth enamel, they are more structurally conservative than metal fillings. Additionally, these white composite fillings do not expand or contract with hot and cold foods. This means they do not cause minute cracks in the enamel, further weakening the tooth they are meant to restore.
In a nutshell therefore, our Hartford area Hospital Dental Group metal-free fillings offer numerous benefits, including:
- A more natural appearance
- More conservative treatment to natural tooth structure
- Strong and durable materials strengthen a weak tooth
- Composite materials are not affected by temperature changes like traditional metal fillings
- Less tooth sensitivity
- Protection against future decay
Call Hospital Dental Group in Hartford for your consultation today for we’re proud to offer the most conservative, natural-looking restorations available! If you worry you may need a filling, call the Hospital Dental Group to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ravin today.
Our goal is to always help you preserve your natural teeth by all means possible, but sometimes there are reasons a tooth simply can’t be saved. That’s why it’s always important to bring up any concerns with your dentist as soon as they arise, even if it’s as simple as a toothache. Hospital Dental Group and Dr Ravin are dedicated to providing you with the resources needed to ensure you get the best oral health care possible. He can perform several types of extractions, remove wisdom teeth, perform a biopsy and place an implant if necessary. His dedication to the latest techniques, technology and patient comforts ensure a safe procedure. He also provides immediate dentures for those interested in this procedure.
Tooth extraction isn’t as scary as it sounds. With today’s advanced dentistry, numbing gels or sedation make pulling a tooth an easy, more comfortable procedure. Often, the patient feels little or no discomfort during a tooth extraction.
Recovering from a tooth extraction should be just as simple as having it pulled. You’ll be given recovery instructions, which typically include simple precautions that help avoid infection. In some cases, an antibiotic might be recommended.
A crown is a type of dental restoration that may be used to protect a tooth when it is at risk for a break, to attach a dental bridge, or to restore a tooth after a root canal. If you’ve had dental implants placed, crowns will be the visible restoration that looks and acts as your tooth replacement. Dr. Ravin sees crowns as an Egyptian pyramid tower, which looks great but needs a strong foundation. We use our extensive dental expertise to provide a solution that may be beyond the skill of other dentists.
If the damage cannot be remedied with an inlay or an onlay, a crown may be a good option. Dr. Ravin works closely with his dental laboratory to provide porcelain crowns that are extremely lifelike in color. Most of the crowns we offer are porcelain crowns that are provided for your best benefits. Ceramic porcelain reflects light much like tooth enamel and can be matched to the coloring of surrounding teeth, for a restoration that looks beautifully natural in appearance. Porcelain materials are also extremely durable, adding strength and stabilizing the damaged tooth. With the skilled, artful placement of Dr. Ravin, and good oral hygiene habits, a dental crown is meant to be a long-lasting, unnoticeable dental solution. We are very confident that by placing crowns that fit perfectly and function comfortably, Dr. Ravin is able to provide the best crowns to his Hartford area patients.
We understand how difficult it can be to carve time out of your busy schedule for dental work. When you need restorative work, multiple visits to the dentist can be time-consuming and aggravating. At Hospital Dental Group, we believe strongly in offering convenient, yet high-quality dentistry to Hartford area patients of our office. That’s why Dr. Ravin offers both lab-created and CEREC single-visit crowns!
CEREC crowns are ceramic restorations crafted and placed in just one visit. To create single-visit crowns, Dr. Ravin uses cutting-edge CEREC technology, which includes the impression, design, and fabrication. With CEREC crowns there is no need for multiple office visits, no goopy impressions, no temporary crowns, and less time required from your busy schedule.
CEREC crowns are great for anyone who:
- Needs repair of a back molar
- Doesn’t want to hassle with temporary dentistry
- Is fearful enough of visiting the dentist to not want multiple appointments
- Doesn’t have much time available in their schedule
Bridges are a great solution for missing teeth. A dental bridge is just as the name implies—a restoration used to “bridge” the space left behind by missing teeth. A bridge is comprised of one or more artificial teeth, attached to a dental crown on either side of the space. These crowns cover the adjacent natural teeth, which is why a bridge is a great solution for anyone who has previously had, or will eventually need, a crown on these teeth anyway.
You may be a candidate for a bridge if:
- You have one or more missing teeth
- You aren’t a candidate for a dental implant
- Your teeth on either side of the space need restorative work
- You’re looking for a quick, natural tooth replacement solution
Hospital Dental Group uses these prosthetic devices to provide beautifully matched tooth replacements. Bridges give our Hartford area patients back their healthy and happy smiles. Bridges help strengthen your entire dentition. Successfully filling the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth will secure your other teeth in place, preventing drifting. At Hospital Dental Group, our Hartford area bridges are made of the strongest materials, yet look very natural. And because the crowns are customized to your smile, you can trust your bridge will function, feel, and appear just like natural teeth.
Some dental restorations are like replacing a few boards in a fence. Full mouth rehabilitation is giving the fence a whole, new frame, foundation and boards. The end result of this comprehensive process is a smile that functions the way it should and looks great! It can restore a mouth that is struggling with severe decay, trauma or unappealing orthodontics back to it’s youthful, dazzling beauty.
Hospital Dental Group’s Hartford dentists understand that you want a healthy mouth and to be able to smile without shame again. Our compassionate treatment can help you through this entire process by providing:
- An ideal and comfortable bite
- Replacement teeth for any missing or unhealthy teeth
- Proper tooth alignment
- Excellent tooth whitening
- Renewed chewing function and confidence
What is Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
The comprehensive approach for cosmetic and/or restructural restorations. Full mouth rehabilitation involves several procedures – whatever is necessary to restore healthy teeth, a stable bite with pleasing aesthetics – and is a complex process from start to finish.
What does Full Mouth Rehabilitation address?
Whatever is needed: dental implants, TMJ therapy, orthodontics, bridges, crowns, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, etc.
How long is the Full Mouth Rehabilitation process?
It completely depends on your case. If you have fewer corrections to make, it can be done in a matter of weeks or months. If there is more structural work to be done, it can take longer.
Does it hurt?
Like any medical procedure, discomfort depends on what is being done and the comfort-enhancing techniques and/or anesthesia being used. Dr. Ravin can fully explain your options and educate you on every aspect of any procedure he proposes. Know that Hospital Dental Group is a state-of-the-art dental facility that utilizes extremely high tech equipment that increases patient comforts in many ways.
What is the final outcome of Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Of course, every case starts differently, but full mouth rehabilitation ends with a beautiful, healthy functioning mouth. The first priority for Dr. Ravin is to establish a healthy bite, and then he restores balance and aesthetics. Full mouth rehabilitation patients are stunned with the improvements a healthy, beautiful smile makes in their lives.
Hospital Dental Group and Dr. Ravin can restore the vitality of your smile with full mouth rehabilitation for Hartford, CT area.
Tension in the jaws, constant pain, frequent headaches – does any of this sound familiar? Many patients in Hartford, CT have dealt with these painful symptoms for many years not knowing that relief can be found at our qualified dental practice. Hartford area TMJ relief is available from Hospital Dental, Group, providing non-invasive relief.
The good news is, we can help. See Dr. Ravin and he can evaluate your case to see if your TMJ is the problem. If so, our dental office can offer a variety of solutions. Oral splints can be used to effectively correct the position of your jaws. Or our Hartford area TMJ treatment can use such sophisticated equipment as a joint vibration analysis machine and a Tekscan to monitor or relieve pressure in joints and muscles.
The TMJ – temporomandibular joints – are the small joints where the jaw connects to the skull. These intricate joints can become misaligned over time causing sometimes excruciating agony, which is difficult to diagnose outside of a dental office. Symptoms of TMJ disorder are:
- Migraines or constant headaches
- Neck and shoulder stiffness and pain
- Difficulty chewing or eating certain foods
- A compromised range of motion
- Throbbing in the head, jaw or neck
Our Hartford area TMJ dentist in Dr. Ravin provides relief from pain through repositioning jaws to their optimum, comfortable position. You might have never considered the dentist as a source for headache or muscle pain relief, but we understand this condition and are happy to help. Seek your well-deserved respite from pain by scheduling your Hartford area TMJ consultation today.
Everyone’s teeth are different. So why choose a standard boil-and-bite mouthguard? Professional, customized mouthguards offer the best fit and protection! Some activities require protection for your teeth. Dr. Ravin offers customized oral splints to protect your teeth from damage while playing sports or night-time teeth grinding.
Not all mouthguards are the same. Hartford area dentist, Dr. Ravin works with a professional dental lab to customize each oral splint. These appliances are comprised of durable materials that will last a long time. Professionally provided mouthguards offer much better protection than store brand ones in terms of fit and materials. As a former collegiate athlete, a semi pro hockey and soccer player, mouthguards by Dr. Ravin offer the best possible sports protection. This Hartford area dentist has also seen the damage that can be caused to unprotected teeth through nighttime teeth grinding. This nightly grinding can pose serious risk to the integrity of the teeth, causing wear on the enamel.
Dr. Ravin is among dentists in the Hartford, CT area who offers a comfortable solution for nightly grinding, with a custom-fit nightguard that fits easily on the upper or lower teeth to cushion teeth from the wear of grinding. You’re sure to notice a difference in the way you feel after waking up from sleeping with a custom nightguard.
Rest easy with a splint custom tailored just for your mouth. You deserve the optimum comfort and protection of a professionally provided mouthguard. It is your mouth for a lifetime; learn how to protect it with a mouthguard from Dr. Ravin today!
Root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth. Severe decay, gum disease, trauma, or a tooth fracture can all cause infection that spreads to the pulp, resulting in excruciating pain or tooth abscesses. By removing the diseased tissue, the spread of infection is put to a stop and the healthy part of the tooth is restored back to health and function.
If you are experiencing pain in a tooth, it will likely only get worse until you seek treatment. As with many medical conditions, early treatment is crucial and may help prevent a root canal. However, if a root canal is the best option for you, our dentists have the right skills to maximize your comfort and preserve your overall oral health.
Hospital Dental Group dentists want to remind our patients that need root canals around Hartford are to understand that 90% of root canals provide zero sensation of pain, throughout the entire procedure. They have undertaken extensive coursework in the most efficient procedures. This lets them provide treatment with the least chair time and effective anesthetics. We also remind you that Root canal therapy is an easy, quick procedure that is virtually pain-free. It involves removing the affected enamel and diseased tissue, then filling the disinfected space and capping it with a porcelain crown. The health and beauty of your tooth is restored, so you can look and feel your best.
Preserve your best health and bring your concerns about oral hygiene or root canals to our Green Bay area family dental practice. Relief from an aching tooth could just be one consultation away – call for your appointment today.
Tooth loss happens to more people than you may think. Teeth can become damaged because of trauma, genetics or less-than-perfect oral hygiene. If you are dealing with problems caused by tooth loss there are more effective tooth replacement options now than ever before. Dentures from our Hartford area dental office are one option for tooth replacement. If you are currently dealing with the discomfort caused by tooth loss or are considering replacing your aging dentures, Hospital Dental Group is the right place.
A candidate for full dentures has lost all or most of their teeth, while partial dentures are great for anyone who still has some teeth remaining. You can have a denture for your upper or lower jaw, or both. A partial denture will prevent any remaining natural teeth from shifting position, causing malocclusion or change in bite. Both full and partial dentures improve the ability to chew, speak, and grin with confidence. They also provide support for the facial muscles.
Hospital Dental Group in Hartford serves the area with dentures:
- Immediate dentures – Dr. Ravin can immediately replace damaged teeth with a denture, on the same day, so you’re never without teeth.
- Partial dentures – These can replace several missing teeth by securing an appliance to your natural teeth.
- Denture replacement – Our dentists’ extensive education and expertise can provide you with a denture that is better fitting, more comfortable and provides outstanding function.
- Implant supported dentures – For maximum health and function, implant-supported dentures are the best solution. An implant-supported denture is a denture that is held into place using dental implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that allow them to be attached securely to the implant, so there’s no slipping, discomfort, or need for special adhesives. Patients who have made the switch from traditional dentures to implant-supported dentures also notice improvement in speech and the ability to feel temperature and texture better while eating.
When patients come to Hospital Dental Group first or when they are referred from a Hartford area sleep apnea physician, dentist or primary physician, we conduct a thorough health questionnaire as well as a TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction) evaluation. Dr. Ravin looks at the teeth, joints, sleep quality and airway evaluation as well as myofascial pain. With this knowledge, he can create an oral appliance that will help you get quality sleep, and address nighttime grinding and clenching, if applicable.
Signs of sleep apnea:
- Frequent episodes of halted breathing during sleep
- Snoring, gasping, coughing or choking, or Narcolepsy
- Profuse sweating, inability to sleep, restlessness
- Daytime sleepiness/fatigue
- Nighttime heartburn
- Sour taste/bad breath
- Lack of concentration or irritability
- Chest pains
- Oxygen deprivation leading to heart disease & high BP
The appliances this Hartford area dentist works with are the SomnoDent® MAS appliance and the Silent Nite® appliance. These work by positioning the lower jaw in a way that you get the airflow you need, all night long. Snoring is also usually eliminated or significantly reduced with these appliances, which are comfortable, adjustable by the patient and they enable your peace of mind.
SomnoDent MAS is a comfortable, highly-effective method for sleep apnea treatment. Many of our patients prefer this smaller sized appliance to the often-dreaded dreaded CPAP machine. Customized by Dr. Ravin, SomnoDent MAS appliances are designed with a soft inner liner to fit your mouth exactly, gently extending the lower jaw to open up the area for a safer night’s sleep.
We prefer oral appliances, period. They are generally favorable to the CPAP wind machine for many reasons:
- More comfortable
- Less invasive
- Much more natural to sleep in
- They don’t make noise like the CPAP, plus snoring is usually eliminated or significantly reduced
- Portable for travel
- No limits on your sleep positions