No One Can. Protect. Your Dental Health Like Columbia Dental

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No One Can


Your Dental Health

Like Columbia Dental




care into a single practice. We have a highly trained

staff of both general dentists and dental specialists who have

graduated from some of the most prominent universities in

the United States.

Our goal is to provide you and your family with excellent oral

health care in a manner that is compassionate, professional

and convenient. It is our intention that in doing so we shall

satisfy the oral health needs of our patients while developing

lasting friendships along the way.

Columbia Dental will continue to offer and implement the

latest advances in dentistry and oral health care through the

use of proven techniques, materials and technologies while

providing convenient and timely appointment hours. We

believe this is the key to our success and it has been well

received by the community.

Abbas Mohammadi, DDS President and Founder


What is the

Columbia Dental



Columbia Dental uniquely provides you with dentists, dental specialists, a dental lab, and can

help you with any and all your family’s dental needs.


olumbia Dental’s experienced, caring, versatile dental staff is always ready and willing to help you. We realize the terrible discomfort dental pain causes, the stress experienced by dental emergencies, and the fears you may have concerning dental problems. We also understand the importance of not losing time from school or work in order to make your dental appointments fit into your personal schedule.

That’s why we’re open convenient daytime, evening, and weekend hours. In addition, we have a staff of dentists and dental specialists always ready to care for

all your personal and family’s dental needs. We have an on-site dental lab where

bridges, crowns, and dentures are fabricated in much less time.

Our trained professionals will discuss treatment plans with you and also help you with your financing needs. Financing plans are available for those who qualify.

Columbia Dental strives to help you enjoy excellent dental health while also helping you achieve a smile you will be proud of.

We welcome new patients and appreciate referrals.

Patients come to Columbia Dental for various reasons. Some come for routine check-ups. Others have dental emergencies or are in need of serious dental procedures. Some just want to improve their appearance via dental cosmetic changes. Our diverse staff is prepared to help each individually.

Columbia Dental proudly offers free evaluations. Please call (860) 645-0111 and make an appointment today. Combining the use of the latest in high tech equipment, a well trained; excellent dental staff, and convenient




olumbia Dental is Special in many ways. We’re open extra hours so you don’t have to take time off from work or school!

We’re open:

Monday-Friday 7:30 A.M. – Midnight Saturday 7:30 A.M. to 8 P.M. Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Emergency and new patients are always welcome. Most insurances are accepted.

Affordable interest free financing is available for those who qualify.

Our experienced and friendly staff of dentists and specialists are always ready to work with you and help you with all your dental needs.

Columbia Dental noteworthy features include:

• Emergencies & walk-ins welcome/free evaluations

• A Complete on-site laboratory

• Crowns made in record time using a 3-dimensional CAD-CAM scanner

• Most insurances accepted

• Interest free payment plans for those who qualify

• Male and female dentists on staff

• A Multi lingual staff able to translate

• IV Sedation and nitrous oxide also available

• An available Anesthesiologist and

• New computerized implant program

Columbia Dental’s

Dental Practice

Where Advanced Technology, Your Health, and

Convenience All Come Together


Department of

Preventive and

Restorative Dentistry

Dentists provide you with routine dental care &

restorative services.


he Dentists and Dental Specialists at Columbia Dental would like to remind you to schedule cleanings and checkups for yourself and your family every six months. We suggest you make your child’s first appointment when he/she is 12 months old.

We also want to remind you, if you experience any dental pain, redness or bleeding of your gums, in between your regularly scheduled visits, please call Columbia Dental immediately.

Our Hygienists J. Laurel Rose RDH HaLee Gardener RDH Lew Dolphin RDH Siobhan Jager RDH Marian Bayona RDH, BA

Our General Dentists

Abbas Mohammadi DDS Asma Ijaz DDS

Mashid Hedayati DDS Thomas Thalody DDS Qiaomei Yan DMD, PhD



Pediatric Dentistry

A specialty dealing with the oral care of children, infancy to adolescence,

including children with special needs.


Dentist whose specialty deals with oral care of children from infancy to adolescence, including children with special needs is called a Pediatric Dentist. Today parents are advised to start bringing their children in to see the Pediatric Dentist for semi-annual check-ups when the child is 12 months old.

The experience of “going to the dentist” today is a very pleasant one in which your child is slowly introduced to personal dental care. Children are shown how to brush their teeth and are treated with special care and attention. Our pediatric staff is trained to work with children of all ages.

During early childhood, the dentist is concerned about baby bottle

tooth decay, which may cause pain and suffering in small children. It is a dental problem which can destroy the teeth of infants and small children and have lifetime consequences.

Our Pediatric Dentists

Lisa Gilkes DDS

Yu-Hsiung Wang DDS, MS Mitra Kabakoff DMD


Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when the liquid is exposed to a child’s teeth for a long period of time. For example when a baby takes a bottle to bed, milk,

formula, juice, and other liquids may cause tooth decay. The child’s “baby teeth” can be damaged. This can lead to wide spread decay, cavities, difficulty eating, delayed speech, development problems, infection, poor eating habits, gingivitis, bone structure damage, and general health problems.

When you begin your child’s dental care with early childhood dental checkups you help prevent these problems. It is important to check your children’s teeth for brown spots. We recommend you clean your child’s teeth with a clean gauze pad or wash cloth after

feedings, and don’t allow the baby to fall asleep with the bottle in his/her mouth. In addition we suggest you never dip a pacifier in sugar or honey. Teach your child to use a cup at about six months of age so bottle feeding can be eliminated. Please make sure your child receives some form of fluoride.

Fluoride is a natural mineral that hardens and protects teeth making them more resistant to decay. Fluoride also significantly reduces cavities in children and adolescents. Some people get fluoride in toothpaste. Others get it from treatments they get at their dentist.

Tooth decay is the most common dental problem amongst children. Dental sealants may reduce tooth decay. Sealants are a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surface on the back teeth as a way of helping prevent tooth decay.

Sealants, along with a healthy diet, and proper dental checkups may help reduce the likelihood of tooth

decay in children.

As your children enter their teen years, our pediatric dentist will advise you as to whether they might need braces to straighten crooked teeth or help fill in a gap or space between teeth.




The speciality that deals with straightening teeth using either

invisalign, clear or traditional metal braces.


races can be considered as treatment for both adults and children. They are used to straighten teeth, which may also help avoid tooth decay, prevent gum disease, and potential tooth loss.

Some people also get braces to correct their bite or malalignment of their jaw. Correcting these problems help with chewing, speech, and reduces the stress and daily wear on your teeth, supporting bone, and jaw joints.

All orthodontic treatment includes diagnosis and planning. For both children and adults there are various types of braces. Cost varies depending on the complexity of the treatment.

A dental specialist, called an orthodontist will treat you at Columbia Dental.

Wearing braces will later help you have a healthy smile. Length of treatment varies. We offer patients a free evaluation and are glad to explain the various types of braces available today.

Our Orthodontist


Department of


A specialty dealing with root canal therapy.


t’s not uncommon for your dentist to say you need a “Root Canal.” This is the field of Endodontics. The procedure really is about saving your tooth or teeth, rather than removing it/them. Root canal therapy treats disorders in the nerve or pulp of the tooth, especially when the nerves and the blood supply to the tooth is diseased or damaged.

Unfortunately, a damaged or diseased tooth will not heal by itself. Infection can spread, bone around the tooth can degenerate, and the tooth could fall out.

A dental specialist who specializes in the treatment of root canals is called an “Endodontist.” After examining the tooth, he or she will

determine if a Root Canal is needed. If treatment is needed a series of appointments will be scheduled:

First, the diseased pulp is removed, while leaving the canal intact. The canal is rinsed out and medication is placed inside it. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth.

Sometimes root canal treatment can be completed in one visit. If a second appointment is needed the canal is again sterilized and filled with a permanent material.

Please be assured our Endodontist will administer medication to insure that the area is numb so you won’t feel pain during the procedure. Sometimes, the gum tissue around the tooth may be sensitive after the procedure, and over-the-counter medication is usually suggested to help eliminate any discomfort.

Later you may need to have a permanent crown placed on the treated tooth. A follow-up exam helps monitor the tissues healing. Interestingly, following a root canal, your tooth is not dead! It receives a source of blood and the nerve supply from surrounding tissue. The tooth will no longer respond painfully to hot or cold and will be functional. With proper care the tooth needing a Root Canal will now last as long as your other teeth.

Our Endodontist



A specialty dealing but not limited to dental or jaw surgery,

removal of wisdom teeth, and cosmetic surgery.


ral and maxillofacial surgeons are the surgical specialists in the dental profession whose experience qualifies them to diagnose, treat and manage conditions, defects, injuries, and the aesthetic aspects of the mouth,

teeth, jaws, and face.

After four (4) years of dental school, oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete four to six (4-6) more years of hospital-based surgical residency training. Their residency includes internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, emergency medicine, and other medical specialty areas.

Some surgeons also earn medical or advanced degrees. Others often complete fellowships in sub-specialty areas.

Oral Surgery & Anesthesia

This incorporates extensive anesthesia training that enables the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to perform a wide variety of procedures in both our office or if necessary a hospital setting. They’re able to administer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, intravenous sedation or anesthesia safely meeting all medical requirements.

Dentoalveolar Surgery

Removal of diseased and impacted teeth is commonly done by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Tooth extractions may be warranted because of crowding, decay, gum disease, or bad positioning.

Often these services are provided with the use of adjunctive intravenous sedation.

Reconstructive Surgery & Implants

Injury or trauma, tumors, long term denture wear, can be among the reasons patients have inadequate bone structure in their upper or lower jaw. Using bone grafts, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon can improve both the quality and quantity of the hard tissue. Skin grafts and soft tissue corrections can be utilized to improve the soft tissues in the mouth. Oral reconstructive surgery is a solid foundation for dental rehabilitation which in turn aids nutrition and

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Our Oral and

Maxillofacial Surgeons

John McCabe DDS, MD Akbar Dawood DMD


speech. Oral surgeons use dental implants to replace lost teeth and other structures. Implants are also used to anchor both oral and facial prostheses.

Facial Trauma—Types of Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are experts in treat-ing facial injuries, fractures of the upper and lower jaw repairing facial lacerations, and damage to teeth and sup-porting structures.

At Columbia Dental an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will help you avoid more time consuming and costly hospital emergency room visits. Using safe and effective sedation, prompt, comfortable, and successful treatment of your dental injuries will be performed.


Oral and maxillofacial surgeons understand the harmony between facial appearance and function. They perform corrective jaw surgery to produce a balanced functioning skeletal relationship for the patient. Skeletal differences

between the upper and lower jaw can cause problems psychologically, in chewing, swallowing, speech, or TMJ. Restoring the structure will also help it to function normally.

TMJ—Temporomandibular Joint

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to treat Temporomandibular Joint

problems which occur in the area where the jaw and the skull meet. TMJ is the ball and socket joint that enables the jaw (mandible) to move and function.

People suffering from TMJ problems often complain of earaches, neckaches and a limited range of jaw movements. They sometimes report clicking or grinding noises in the joint, pain when opening their mouths and headaches.

Non-surgical management is the first type of treatment. Some patients require minimally invasive jaw surgery.

Wisdom Teeth

People generally have 32 teeth by the age of 18. Wisdom teeth are the last to come in and usually appear during the teen years.

When they have no place to grow and become impacted they need to be removed. This generally occurs around age 16. Removal of your wisdom teeth is recommended, since the roots are not fully formed and bones surrounding the impacted tooth is less rigid. They are usually removed by an oral surgeon.

Department of




A Prosthodontist deals with restoring or replacing missing teeth.


ome people replace a missing tooth or teeth with a Bridge. It makes

chewing easier, can improve your appearance, and also keeps your teeth, gums, and jaw healthy.


When a tooth is missing, other teeth can shift out of place. This can change your bite or make your jaw sore. Your teeth can become harder to clean and

gum disease could become a problem. Shifting teeth could even change your smile!

A Fixed Bridge is when one or more

replace-ment teeth are attached to the natural teeth next to them. Once in place, it’s not meant to be


It takes two or more dental visits to prepare and fit your bridge. For a conventional bridge

the teeth on either side of the space to be filled must be reshaped. These reshaped teeth hold

crowns that support the bridge. Impressions

are taken. You may wear a temporary bridge

while your permanent bridge is being shaped

and made.

Your new bridge is adjusted until it fits

right and feels good. Then it’s cemented or bonded into place. It’s important to brush after each meal using an interdental brush to clean between large spaces. Flossing at least once

Our Prosthodontists

Min-Sung Yoon DDS, MS Damon Jenkins DMD, MPH


a day is also recommended. It is advised you visit the dentist twice a year for clean-ings and checkups.

If you have a problem with your bridge, never try to fix it yourself. Call and

make an appointment with Columbia Dental’s prosthodontist right away!


When do you need a crown? You need a crown when your tooth is fractured, an old crown or filling has failed, had root canal therapy, have an old cavity, or you would like to improve a tooth’s appearance.

What do Crowns do?

Crowns restore and protect teeth. They are a custom made restoration that completely cover your tooth. They not only repair and straighten a damaged tooth, they also can be used to improve its appearance by covering a tooth that’s misshapen or discolored.

What about the procedure to get a crown?

The procedure usually requires at least two office visits. We’ll prepare and shave the tooth, take impressions, and our own in-house dental lab will make a model from the impressions to create your new crown. It’s usually made from porcelain.

Our Prosthodontist personally measures and fits your crown. At Columbia Dental you are given personal attention by our dentist and dental specialists. They work as a team to better serve you.




Columbia Dental has a Periodontist on staff. His treatment includes an extensive evaluation using a periodontal probe

to measure the depth of space between the teeth and gum. X-Rays are also taken to see if there is bone damage.

Treatment varies depending on the progression of your periodontal disease.

Periodontics is a specialty dealing with gum diseases

and the prevention of tooth loss.


eriodontal Disease is a term used to describe various

diseases that affect the gums, bone and surrounding structures of your teeth. The 2001 Guinness Book of World

Records recorded “Periodontal Disease as the number one (#1) disease which affects mankind.”

The most common adult periodontal diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis causes the reddening and bleeding of your gums. Periodontitis damages the bone and connecting tissues that support your teeth.

Plaque and tartar accumulating and covering your teeth often signify the beginning stage of periodontal disease. Tartar is long standing plaque that has absorbed calcium on the tooth’s surface. Plaque is a paste like substance that occurs when bacteria increases en mass on a tooth or teeth.

At Columbia Dental we have a wonderful Periodontist, an expert specialist who received special education and experience caring for patients with gum disease.

The risk factors for getting periodontal/gum diseases include: poor dental hygiene, poorly contoured fillings and crowns, poor nutrition, smoking, chewing tobacco, high levels of stress, Downs’ Syndrome, Diabetes, AIDS, taking certain medications such as steroids, contraceptives, and blood pressure medications. Interestingly, children of patients with periodontitis are more likely to have the bacteria which could cause them to develop gum disease. Columbia Dental wants to bring to your attention that the existence of bone destruction under the gums is not visually detected. That explains why regular semi-annual dental check-ups are very important.

Some of the warning signs you may have periodontal/gum problems include: gums that bleed, gums that are red, puffy, painful, or tender, or gums that feel itchy. Other warning signs include loosening or shifting of your teeth, constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, changes in your bite, changes in the fit of your dentures or bridges, and gums that are receding (gums which are pulling away from your teeth). Now people may realize if left untreated periodontal/gum disease can lead to loss of teeth. Yet, interestingly now medical research indicates periodontal disease statistically correlates to:

• diabetes

• respiratory diseases • heart attack

• strokes

• and premature childbirth

Our Periodontist


Columbia Dental has a Periodontist on staff. His treatment includes an extensive evaluation using a periodontal probe

to measure the depth of space between the teeth and gum. X-Rays are also taken to see if there is bone damage.

Treatment varies depending on the progression of your periodontal disease.


14 Crown Gum Tooth Root Jawbone Dental Implant

Columbia Dental has

exciting news for you.

We are one of the

few dental centers

in the United States

capable of placing

dental implants and

permanent teeth

all in one day.


An implant is the premier choice for replacing missing teeth. It’s a natural looking,

permanent restoration.


oday, replacing natural teeth with dental implants is a common choice. Implants replace the roots of missing teeth. An implant-retained restora-tion will be created and placed on the dental implants to rebuild your teeth and have them look as natural as your own.

They are secured in place by tiny anchors. Only you and your dentist will know are there. Dental implants help you chew better and look better.

Dental implants help minimize the amount of bone loss in the area of missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth also aids your nutrition. Proper chewing helps with digestion and your overall health.

We recommend visiting our dentist for an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for implants. An x-ray will help us determine your eligibility.


3-Unit Bridge Single Tooth Implant

A Traditional 3-Unit Bridge or Dental Implants?

Bridges use the teeth on either side of your missing tooth to provide support for the artificial tooth that fills in the space where the tooth is missing. Bridges restore your ability to chew and also improve esthetic function.

Dental implants on the other hand provide a more advanced replacement to your missing teeth. They are small metal screws designed specifically to replace your natural tooth root. They are manufactured from titanium providing a highly biocompatible surface, encouraging the bone to attach to it during the healing process to ensure long term results.

Look and Feel Natural

Everyone deserves a beautiful smile. With the tremendous advances in esthetic dentistry, there’s no reason to put up with anything less. With dental implants, crowns and bridges, missing teeth can now be easily, comfortably, and

permanently replaced.

Besides functioning properly, the ideal replacement must look like a natural tooth, both to you and others. The solutions possible at Columbia Dental. Take advantage of the best esthetic advances possible in dentistry. Implant supported crowns and bridges look amazing and work just like your original teeth; they are nearly indistinguishable from your real teeth.

Our Department of Implantology

John McCabe DDS, MD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Akbar Dawood DMD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Sarosh Dastoor DMD, MS, Periodontist

Min-Sung Yoon DDS, MS, Prosthodontist Damon Jenkins DMD, MPH, Prosthodontist




Art and dental technology is the science that brings the chewing

function and aesthetics together.

Our Department of Art & Dental Technology

David Dombkowski CDT Daniel Impellitteri Flor Ossa


olumbia Dental proudly announces having an on site dental laboratory where our certified dental technicians work closely with our clinicians in order to provide you with the highest quality dental prosthetic.

Most dentists or other specialty offices take impressions and then send the impressions to labs out of state. It can take a week or more to have the product made. Then it is mailed back to the dentist. This adds more time to the process of your receiving the product.

Columbia Dental is one of the very few dental practices in the northeast to have an In-House lab with experienced trained lab technicians prepared to help you with this type of a problem especially during an emergency!


Department of



Our caring, friendly and experienced administrative staff are here to

serve you and answer your insurance and finance questions.


ne of our friendly dental consultants will help guide you through your appointment scheduling, insurance planning and providing you with information about financing. Affordable payment plans will be arranged for those who qualify including no interest, low interest or long term low monthly payment options. Most insurances are accepted. We bill directly to your insurance company for your convenience.

Our Convenient hours of operation

Open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. until Midnight Saturdays 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sundays 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Office Locations: Manchester

483 Middle Turnpike West Suite #309

Manchester, CT 401 Center Street Manchester, CT

366 Middle Turnpike West Manchester, CT


621 Farmington Ave Suite #101

Hartford CT

Rocky Hill (coming soon)

2049 Silas Deane Highway Rocky Hill, CT

*Note the phone number is the same at all our offices. (860) 645-0111

Our Consultants

Bibi Khan Graciela Panuncio Raymond Belisle




Radiology is a diagnostic tool enabling dental professionals to view the underlying

tissue that is not visible to the naked eye.


olumbia Dental is pleased to have an i-CAT scan for 3-D data. Did you know the i-CAT offers a 3 dimensional dental scan? It’s

convenient, fast, with low dose radiation, and is done in an open environment. Quite simply, it provides the dentist and patient with dramatic advances for dental care. Virtual treatment planning is easy because the i-CAT combines high-tech-in-office scanning with three-dimensional digital reconstruction of a patient’s anatomy.

The 3-D anatomically accurate imaging allows the dentist to develop the most concise treatment plan for a positive and successful outcome.

It provides 3-D data for: implant planning, third molar extractions, impactions, TMJ, supernumeraries, airway assessments, panoramic, and cephalometrics.

The patient benefits because it’s only a 20 second scan that provides 3-D data for improved diagnosis. It’s also much lower in cost than a medical CT scan. Because it’s done in our office, there’s no need for a hospital appointment. Doctors easily share the 3-D data using i-CAT vision viewing software to discuss your case with their colleagues or other doctors.

Columbia Dental’s therefore able to provide you with an improved diagnosis and treat- ment plan thanks to i-CAT. This is very important in the advanced treatment of dental problems and procedures.

Our office also offers low dosage computerized x-rays. They are taken only as necessary and as recommended by the American Dental Association. Most insurance benefits cover their cost. Thanks to new digital radiography, they are also safer, better, and faster than those taken in previous years.

Our Certified i-CAT Radiology Technician


X-rays are an important role in the diagnosis of dental problems. Some people still express concerns about the radiation involved. Interestingly, Columbia Dental switched to digital radiography. It provides the accurate images needed to treat you properly while using 85% less radiation than regular x-rays.

The images are also instantaneous. There’s no film to process or mount. No dark rooms are used (like in the past). All images taken lead to a better diagnosis of your dental problems. The system we use is also able to magnify

the image, manipulate the color contrast and even discover other hidden dental problems.

Since there are no harsh chemicals used, patients need not worry about hazardous waste. Today we’re now able to take x-rays using less radiation and safer dentistry.



He attended the Department of Periodontics and the School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He has done extensive research in the areas of molecular biology and microbiology related to periodontal diseases (gum disease).

Dr. Mohammadi is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Connecticut Dental Association, Manchester Dental Association, and World Clinical Laser Academy.

He is married, has a son, and lives in Manchester. Dr. Mohammadi takes great pride in the accomplishments of his dedicated and experienced staff and the services they provide patients in all areas of dentistry.

In addition, he enthusiastically participates in programs providing community service and helping those less fortunate. Each Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mothers and Fathers’ Day, and July 4th, he and his staff provide free dentistry for those in need. They also participate in community based programs providing free dental identification for Children as a means of protecting their safety.

Proudly watching his staff and practice expand, Columbia Dental now has offices in Manchester, Rocky Hill and Hartford. Its uniqueness includes extended evening and weekend hours, many specialists on staff, and maintaining an in-house dental lab.

The desire to see more people have and maintain better oral and dental health remains the driving force behind Dr. Mohammadi’s vision at Columbia Dental.


Our staff includes:

General Dentists

They provide you with routine dental care &

restorative services.


A Dentist whose speciality deals with

straightening teeth using either invisalign,

clear, or traditional braces.

Pediatric Dentist

A Dentist whose specialty deals in oral care

for children—infancy to adolescence,

including children with special needs.


A Dentist whose specialty deals with root

canal therapy providing patients with the

highest success rate.


A Dentist whose specialty is creating beautiful

new teeth via crowns, bridges, removable

dentures, and cosmetic dentistry.


A Dentist whose specialty is dealing with gum

diseases and the prevention of tooth loss.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

We have 2 doctors specializing in all aspects of

dental surgery including (but not limited to):

dental implants, reconstructive dental or jaw

surgery, removal of wisdom teeth, and

cosmetic surgery.

24 Languages

Our staff also speaks twenty-four languages.

Please feel free to ask for an interpreter if

you need help communicating your dental


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