Oral Conscious Sedation
We understand that visiting the dentist can sometimes be a nerve-racking experience. We have sat in that chair, too. Therefore, to alleviate all pain and ensure our patients’ maximum comfort and relaxation during treatment, our practice offers oral sedation dentistry. This form of sedation involves a simple pill, taken orally. You will not be unconscious under sedation, but you will be in a complete state of relaxation and won’t feel any pain. We will carefully monitor you throughout the procedure to assure your safety. In many cases, the sedation has an amnesiac effect on patients, and they remember little to nothing of their dental treatment. To find out more about oral sedation dentistry or talk to us about your specific needs, please contact our practice today.
Our practice uses the state-of-the-art Waterlase to treat cavities, tooth decay, discolored teeth, and periodontal problems. This laser is directed onto the problem area, correcting decayed teeth, enamel and gums. In the case of laser drilling, Dr. Rapisarda uses the Waterlase to gently remove decay while leaving healthy tooth structure in place, generally without any need for anesthesia or shots! Not only is laser dentistry quicker and more comfortable than traditional techniques, but it also results in significantly faster healing time for the patient and stronger, less-sensitive teeth. To learn more about the possibilities of laser dentistry, please consult our office today.
There’s no reason to hide behind less-than-perfect teeth. After all, a clean, healthy mouth and a beautiful smile are your best assets! Our practice specializes in a wide array of procedures from crowns and veneers to teeth whitening and dental implants. We serve Springfield, Worcester and surrounding communities with the purpose of giving you the dazzling results you deserve. We are devoted to giving you the exact look you desire, whether that requires delicate enhancement or more complex procedures. The following are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer:
Based on your natural teeth and specific facial features, our dentist can custom-design a beautiful smile exactly suited to you. We first use digital computer imaging to give you a preview of what your smile could look like with enhancements. Next, we employ a wide array of techniques – including veneers, crowns and onlays – to correct misaligned, misshapen, or twisted teeth and create a stronger and more aesthetically balanced smile. Then, for the finishing touch, we polish off your new look with teeth whitening for a dazzling, beautiful new you. Learn more about makeover procedures, from dental implants to teeth whitening, in the Springfield and Worcester areas.
A smile can be dulled by stained, chipped, cracked or misaligned teeth. But bonding can quickly and painlessly restore your smile’s natural beauty. During the procedure, a thin coating of plastic or resin is painted over the damaged teeth, strengthening them and making them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. To find out if bonding is the right option for you, please contact us today.
An excellent alternative to crowns, our veneers can perfect your smile by masking stains, hiding chips, correcting misalignment, and creating uniformity. Veneers, which are made of thin, customized porcelain designed to slide over the teeth, look incredibly natural, are long lasting, and are relatively easy to apply. Please contact us today to find out more about veneers.
Also called caps, crowns are natural-looking covers fitting snugly over teeth. They conceal cracked, badly discolored, injured or chipped teeth. Our porcelain crowns provide support to damaged teeth while also restoring functionality and esthetic balance. Ultimately, crowns can dramatically improve the overall appearance of your smile while making your teeth more resistant to injury. For more information about crowns, please contact us today.
Gone are the days when tooth ailments and cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings. Today, modern, tooth-colored fillings made of durable resin or porcelain can be bonded to your teeth for a stronger, more natural-looking effect. These revolutionary fillings are virtually undetectable and are easy to apply. To find out if tooth-colored fillings are a good option for you, please contact us today.
Our doctor performs dental implant restoration by attaching artificial teeth to implants anchored in the bone below the gum line. After the anchor has been surgically placed in the jawbone, excess bone and gum grow around the implant, holding it firmly in place. An artificial tooth can then be attached to the implant. The end result is a strong, secure tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Contact us to learn more about how we restore dental implants at our office near the Worcester and Springfield areas.
Sometimes a bit more work is needed to give you the smile you want. If you are missing teeth, having trouble speaking or chewing, or are noticing strain when biting, bridges may be the ideal procedure to help make your mouth healthy and beautiful again. Bridges, sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, literally bridge gaps between teeth by filling them with strong, natural-looking artificial teeth. Bridges are semi-permanent – they can only be removed by a dentist – and are comfortable and proven to strengthen teeth. To find out if bridges are the right option for you, please contact us today.
Rembrandt® One-Hour Tooth Whitening
Our practice is pleased to offer the exceptional Rembrandt® One-Hour Teeth Whitening process to our patients in Springfield, Worcester and Barre. This is a fast and easy in-office tooth whitening procedure that whitens teeth by up to 10 shades in just an hour. The Rembrandt Virtuoso Lightening® Gel is gently applied to the teeth and then activated with the Rembrandt Sapphire® Light. Results are immediate, without the need for mouth trays or follow-up treatments. Rembrandt® is safe for teeth and gums and results can last indefinitely with proper home care. Contact us today to learn more about the Rembrandt® One-Hour Teeth Whitening program in the Springfield and Worcester areas.
The Waterlase® is an amazing new tool that allows many dental procedures to be performed without the need for needles or the drill. Combining the power of laser energy with atomized water, the Waterlase® can remove hard and soft tissue quickly, effectively, and virtually painlessly. The Waterlase® eliminates the heat and vibration that make drilling painful, while offering greater precision and accuracy. Among other uses, the Waterlase® can be used to remove tooth decay, perform soft tissue procedures, remove enamel, prepare for cosmetic treatment, and remove diseased gum tissue. Most patients do not require anesthesia when being treated with the Waterlase®. To learn more, please contact us today.
The DIAGNOdent® is a powerful new laser used for early detection and diagnosis of tooth decay. The DIAGNOdent® also makes it easier to find decay that may be hidden in the cracks and crevices of teeth. Earlier detection means less damage, pain, and hassle for you down the road. Please contact our practice today to learn more about the Diagnodent®.
Digital dental X-rays offer many advantages. Although the risk of radiation damage from normal X-rays is small, digital X-rays limit exposure by 90%, enhancing your safety significantly. To take a digital X-ray of your teeth, we insert a tiny camera into your mouth. The X-rays are then instantly transmitted to a computer screen, where your dentist will review them with you. You can see any problems for yourself while reviewing your treatment options together. Digital X-rays help you to be more informed about your own dental health. If you'd like to learn more about digital X-rays, please contact us today!
The intraoral camera is a revolutionary diagnostic dental tool allowing us to more clearly identify potential problems within the mouth early on. The tiny intraoral camera can be inserted into a patient's mouth, taking pictures of the teeth and displaying the images on a computer screen. Using the intraoral camera saves time and makes problems easily visible to both patient and doctor. Patients can view the areas we will be working on, making procedures more understandable. The accompanying software also provides clear and accurate data so that the best treatment options can be selected. To learn more about the intraoral camera, please contact our office today.
Our office uses state-of-the-art sterilization techniques, such as autoclaves, to maintain strict standards of hygiene. All hand pieces used during treatment are first washed in the ultrasonic machine and then sterilized in an autoclave. If you have questions about our sterilization techniques, please feel free to contact us today.
Robert Rapisarda, DMD
48 Allen Drive
Barre, MA 01005 Directions and Map
Phone: (978) 355-4656
Fax: (978) 355-4312
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