Dr. Patricia Berube integrates cutting edge procedures and technology to her practice and is a pioneer in her field, incorporating both Western and Eastern approaches to care. She has advanced training in minimally invasive surgical techniques and laser procedures and is Board Certified in Periodontics. The practice has evolved to specialize even further in techniques in biological dentistry, ceramic implantology, periodontal plastic surgery and Periodontal Biologics, which is a growing concept to include how to best support the body as a whole. Dr. Berube has been continually recognized by her peers and patients and along with recognition by SuperDentists and America’s Best Dentists, she continually works to help shift the paradigm to using materials and methods that are healthier and longer lasting for the patient.
Dr. Patricia Berube was born in Danbury, Connecticut. After graduating from Danbury High School with honors, she completed her undergraduate education at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona resulting in cum laude honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. After working in a private practice for a year as a dental assistant and office manager, she entered dental school at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. She received the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, along with the Quintessence Award in Periodontics and the Fox Award, given to the “student judged to be the best all-around in the class”.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture in place. Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. The goal is to create a smile with teeth that look and feel just like your own. Dr. Berube will discuss all options of tooth replacement at your appointment and discuss the advantages and disadvantages to all of these options. If you decide you would like implant treatment, we will discuss all of the steps and parts in detail.
What Are Some Of The Advantages Of Using Implants?
Implants have become the standard of care for the replacement of teeth, whether single or multiple. Some of the advantages include that implants look and feel like a natural tooth, an implant does not sacrifice the health of neighboring teeth and implants help keep the jawbone healthy and intact.
Implants have an extremely high success rate (>95%) and they have been used consistently and predictably for decades now. We can place implants on most anyone, including those with medical issues and with bony irregularities. Some may fear this treatment and opt for the “easier” and “less expensive” bridge, but it is not your easiest, most predictable, or cost effective treatment for the long-term. Plus, you are compromising two teeth to replace one tooth.
This Aspect Of Treatment Is Indicated If You Would Like A Tooth Replacement Option That:
is the standard of care
is the most cost effective method over time
looks and feels like a natural tooth
is the least aggressive option since it does not sacrifice the health of neighboring teeth
will keep the jawbone intact
Implant Procedures Performed Include, But Are Not Limited To:
Single tooth replacement
Implants to support a denture or removable partial denture
Implants to support a fixed, full arch restoration
Extractions in preparation for implants
Soft tissue grafting to enhance the esthetics of implants
Bone grafting in preparation for implants
Sinus lift procedures in preparation for implants
Procedures that help support orthodontic care include, but are not limited to:
- Exposure of impacted teeth
- Removal of aberrant muscle pulls
- Soft tissue grafts to increase the zone of attached tissue and for root coverage
- Implants to replace missing teeth
- Esthetic crown lengthening to improve the natural contours of your smile
- Treatment of periodontal disease before, during, and after active orthodontic therapy
In Addition To Traditional Surgical Therapies, We Are Able To Use Our Multiple Lasers For Procedures Such As:
- Laser periodontal therapy-for the treatment of gum disease (in combination with or instead of traditional flap surgery)
- Laser frenectomies (which may or may not require local anesthetic)
- Laser lesion removal for biopsies
- Pain control for canker sores, herpes sores, traumatic ulcers
- Incision and drainage and removal of infected tissue
- Crown lengthenings
- Soft tissue removal during esthetic procedures
- Removing excess tissue due to medications, braces, congential conditions