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Five Decades and Counting

Dental Associates of Connecticut Celebrates Outstanding Milestone

By Clementina Verge


For half a century, the comprehensive team at Dental Associates of Connecticut has brightened smiles, eased pain, and delivered outstanding quality care. This year, its 50th anniversary celebration will feature a variety of virtual and safely-planned events.

“This is a major milestone that few achieve,” declares Adam Richichi, CEO of Dental Associates of CT. “For a practice to not only be around for five decades, but also to thrive and expand the way we have, while continuously improving the patient experience, is something we are extremely proud of as an organization.”

Founded in 1971 in Newtown, Dental Associates of CT relocated to the Village at Lexington Gardens three years ago in response to increased patient demand. Today, the state-of-the-art, 15,000 square foot facility is “the largest dental office on the Eastern Seaboard,” Richichi reveals, adding, “it is dental opulence.”

Additionally, 14 other offices located throughout the state serve approximately 70,000 patients. The organization employs 330 staff members and 46 dentists from all specialities—ranging from endodontists to periodontists, and including the longest-standing Dr. Robert Dores who joined the group in 1984 and practices in the New Milford office.

Instrumental in the organization’s success has been the outstanding care extended across all ages, demographics, and dental needs, Richichi explains. Whether it involves laser frenectomies for lip-tied newborns, routine care, cosmetic intervention, emergency assistance, or implants for someone suffering tooth loss due to an accident, disease, or aging, every procedure is completed under one auspice offering a full range of state-of-the-art general and specialized dental care.

“Every aspect of a patient’s care is under one roof, which ensures consistency in standard and communication,” Richichi assures. “One team takes one coordinated approach and the clinical outcomes are wonderful.”

Another important benefit is the ability to establish trust and eliminate the anxiety of having to seek out new relationships and environments.

Establishing such trust is critical starting at a young age, which is why pediatric dentistry is an integral part of the organization. The dentists complete additional years of training, learning specific skills to work with children, even those with developmental disabilities. Furthermore, they have created a fear-subduing environment where children actually enjoy going to the office (a reality game room equipped with arcade games helps, too), Richichi notes.

As they grow up, many need braces and Dental Associates of Connecticut’s orthodontic specialists are among the top Invisalign® providers in the country. Keeping with the dedication to technology, their orthodontists deploy the latest digital technology to create straight and beautiful smiles.

The same dedication extends across the age spectrum. Many older adults are led to believe that dentures are unavoidable, but implants are often a better option. Utilizing the latest technology and a team of specialists, their practices get patients biting and chewing with the confidence of their natural smile.

“We have the clinical team and technology to do this, and the result is high quality care, low pain, and the restoration of confidence,” Richichi reassures.

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