General Dentistry

Waterbury, CT

Welcome to Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, where your dental health is our top priority. Located in the heart of Waterbury, CT, our practice offers a comprehensive range of general dentistry services designed to maintain your oral health and enhance your smile. Our experienced team, led by Dr. Michael M. Greenwald and Dr. Dina Jo Albano, utilizes the latest technologies and methods to ensure you receive the best care possible. Whether you’re due for a routine check-up or need more specialized treatments, we’re here to help every step of the way. Schedule your appointment today and start your journey to a healthier, brighter smile.

The Importance Of Prevention

Preventative dentistry is the cornerstone of good oral health. At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, we believe that preventing problems before they occur is key to maintaining a healthy smile. Regular dental check-ups allow us to monitor your oral health and quickly address any issues that may arise. Preventative care is not only crucial for your oral health but also cost-effective, as it minimizes the need for more extensive and expensive treatments later on. Our preventative services are tailored to each patient, ensuring personalized care that keeps your teeth and gums healthy year after year.

Cleanings & Exams

Regular cleanings and exams are essential components of preventative dentistry. During a typical visit to Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, our patients can expect:

  • Plaque and tartar removal: Our dental hygienists gently remove plaque and tartar that can build up, even with careful brushing and flossing at home.
  • Professional teeth polishing: We polish your teeth to remove stains and leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
  • Comprehensive dental exams: Dr. Albano and Dr. Greenwald conduct thorough examinations, including digital x-rays when necessary, to identify any hidden issues early.

These regular visits are vital for catching potential problems such as cavities, gum disease, and even early signs of oral cancer before they become serious.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are a preventive service that can save lives, and they are an integral part of every oral exam at Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry. During the screening, Dr. Albano or Dr. Greenwald will look for any signs of oral cancer, including lumps, irregular tissue changes, or unexplained sores in the mouth and neck area. This quick and painless process is crucial for detecting oral cancer early when it is most treatable. We recommend regular screenings for all our patients, as early detection plays a critical role in the successful management of oral cancer.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride treatment is an effective preventive measure that helps strengthen tooth enamel and fight decay. At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, we recommend fluoride treatments for patients of all ages, as it can benefit both children and adults. Here’s how fluoride can help maintain your oral health:

  • Enhances enamel strength: Fluoride interacts with the minerals in your teeth to rebuild weakened enamel, providing a more resistant surface against cavities.
  • Prevents tooth decay: Regular fluoride applications can significantly reduce the risk of cavities by making the teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.
  • Supports early cavity repair: In some cases, fluoride can even help reverse early signs of tooth decay before it becomes necessary to fill a cavity.

During your visit, the fluoride treatment is administered quickly and comfortably. It typically involves applying a fluoride varnish, gel, or foam to your teeth and allowing it to set for a few minutes. This simple treatment can provide lasting benefits and is an excellent way to protect your oral health between dental visits.


Dental sealants offer an additional layer of protection against cavities, especially for children and teenagers, but are also beneficial for adults. Sealants are a quick, easy, and painless way to prevent the majority of decay on the surfaces of your chewing teeth. Here’s what you can expect from sealant application at Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry:

  • Cavity barrier: Sealants are applied as a liquid that quickly hardens to form a shield over the grooves of your teeth where food particles and bacteria are likely to gather.
  • Long-lasting protection: Once applied, sealants can protect the teeth for up to ten years, though they should be checked regularly for chipping or wear during regular dental visits.
  • Simple application process: The process involves cleaning the tooth surface, preparing it with a bonding solution, and then applying the sealant, which is then cured with light to harden it in place.

Sealants are especially recommended for children and teenagers as soon as their permanent molars come in, thus preventing decay at its most critical stages.

Sports Mouthguards

For athletes and individuals engaged in physical activities, sports mouthguards are essential for protecting teeth from trauma and injury. Custom-fitted mouthguards from Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry provide superior protection and comfort compared to over-the-counter options. Key benefits include:

  • Custom fit: Tailored specifically to fit your mouth, custom mouthguards offer better protection, are more comfortable, and interfere less with speech and breathing.
  • Injury prevention: Helps cushion blows to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face, or jaw.
  • Designed for all ages and sports: Whether you are an adult playing in a recreational league or a child in school sports, a properly fitted mouthguard is an essential piece of protective gear.

We strongly encourage all our athletic patients in Waterbury, CT, to wear custom mouthguards as a preventive tool against sports-related dental injuries.


Nightguards are a crucial solution for patients who experience bruxism—commonly known as teeth grinding. This condition can cause significant discomfort and damage to the teeth over time. At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry, we custom-fit nightguards that provide many benefits:

  • Protection against wear: Nightguards help prevent the enamel from wearing down, which can lead to sensitivity and the need for more extensive dental work.
  • Reduction of jaw tension and discomfort: By cushioning the jaw during sleep, nightguards can also reduce symptoms associated with TMJ disorders, such as jaw pain and headaches.
  • Custom comfort: Each nightguard is tailored to fit the unique contours of your mouth, ensuring comfort and effectiveness.

Getting fitted for a nightguard involves a simple and quick process of taking an impression of your teeth, which is then used to create a guard that fits snugly and comfortably over your upper or lower teeth, depending on your needs.

TMD Treatment

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are conditions that affect the jaw joint and muscles controlling jaw movement. For those suffering from TMD, Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry offers effective treatments that focus on alleviating symptoms and improving jaw function. Our treatment options include:

  • Oral appliances: Similar to nightguards, these appliances are designed to hold the jaw in a position that relieves stress on the TMJ and reduces symptoms.
  • Customized treatment plans: Each patient’s condition is unique, and so our treatments are tailored to meet individual needs, combining oral appliance therapy with other modalities if necessary.

Patients experiencing jaw pain, difficulty moving the jaw, or a clicking sound when eating or speaking may benefit from our comprehensive TMD treatments.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can significantly impact your health and quality of life. Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry provides sleep apnea treatments that focus on easing the condition’s symptoms and improving sleep quality. We specialize in oral appliance therapy, which offers an effective alternative to CPAP machines for many patients:

  • Custom-fitted oral appliances: These devices help keep the airway open during sleep, reducing the occurrences of sleep interruptions.
  • Non-invasive solution: Oral appliances are easy to use, quiet, and portable, making them a favorable option for many patients.
  • Comprehensive support: Our team supports patients throughout their treatment, ensuring that the appliance fits perfectly and functions effectively.

Patients with sleep apnea can see significant improvements in their sleep and overall health with our customized oral appliances.

We Make Every Visit A Reason To Smile

At Albano & Greenwald Family Dentistry in Waterbury, CT, our commitment is to provide you with preventive and therapeutic dental care that enhances your overall health and well-being. From protecting your teeth against decay with fluoride treatments and sealants to customizing treatments for TMD and sleep apnea, we offer a wide range of services tailored to meet your needs. We are dedicated to ensuring that each visit is comfortable and effective and delivers the results you desire. Don’t wait to take control of your dental health—contact us today to schedule an appointment and discover why we are the trusted choice for dental care in your community.

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