Meet The Team

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

W. Fred Thal, DDS

Dr. Thal graduated from Washington University School Of Dental Medicine in St. Louis in 1973. From 1973 to 1975, he worked and lived in London, England, as a house officer in pediatric dentistry and oral surgery. In 1977, Dr. Thal completed the Pediatric Dentistry Residency program at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.

Since 1977, Dr. Thal has been in private practice in New Britain. In October 1986, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is currently on the staff of the Hospital of Central Connecticut and served on the Board of Governors of the Connecticut State Dental Association from 2006 to 2009.

Dr. Thal is married and has two children.

Eddie Rostenberg, DMD

Dr. Rostenberg earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the Intercontinental University in his native Mexico City in 1983. He then worked in private practice for two years before coming to the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, where he completed the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program in 1987. He then did a Fellowship that included research and special care for disabled children.

From 1989 to 1990, Dr. Rostenberg attended the University of Kentucky School of Dental Medicine from which he earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD). He is on the staff of the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

“Dr. Eddie” is a devoted soccer player. He is married and has two children.

Silvia Lobo Lobo, DMD

We are excited to welcome Dr. Silvia Lobo Lobo to our practice. Dr. Silvia has an extensive and distinguished dental background. She graduated from dental school in her native Costa Rica and then moved to Boston where she obtained a postdoctoral certificate in temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) and orofacial pain, a Master's Degree, and a Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD), all from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Silvia has 14 years of experience in the treatment and management of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain. She worked as a faculty member at Tufts Craniofacial Pain Center. She has also been a contributor on a recently published comprehensive textbook of head, face, and neck pain. She recently completed her Pediatric Dentistry Residency program at Lutheran Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dr. Silvia enjoys spending her free time with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys hiking, quilting, and making jewelry.

Starting August 13, Dr. Silvia will be seeing patients in our office on Wednesdays 1-7 PM, Thursdays 9 AM to 5 PM and some Saturdays during the school year.

We are different

What sets us apart

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Creating Healthy, Happy Smiles at Pediatric Dentistry

We know that children’s first dental experiences set the tone for how they feel about dental care for the rest of their lives. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide exceptional dental care at every visit. With a gentle, compassionate manner, our doctors and staff look to build a trusting relationship with your child, a relationship that will be remembered long into adulthood.

Focus on Education

The foundation of a lifetime of ideal oral health starts at childhood. When children establish a good hygiene routine at a young age, those habits stick with them for the rest of their lives. That’s why we focus on providing education about healthy teeth and gums, home hygiene, and dental visits from a very young age. We use children’s natural curiosity to encourage questions and help them learn about dentistry and their health in a child-friendly way.

Emphasis on Prevention

We believe that the best kind of dental treatment is the one your child doesn’t need at all! By offering a range of preventive care, we’re able to stop issues before they begin, and correct small problems before they become big ones. When restorative treatments are needed, we take a minimally invasive approach and use only the best, clinically proven techniques.

A Positive Environment

Our New Britain pediatric dental office has been specially designed and decorated to be open and colorful, so that your child can be as relaxed and comfortable as possible during each dental visit. We’ve created an environment where you and your child can feel at home. From the warm smiles of our front office staff greeting you when you arrive, to our attentive clinical team, we’re here to see your child smile.

What we do

Our Service

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Pediatric Dentistry awarded Oak Hill's Service Provider of the Year

Drs. Thal and Rostenberg take seriously their responsibility to serve the entire dental community. One way we demonstrate that commitment is by treating handicapped patients of all ages. In recognition of that commitment, Pediatric Dentistry was awarded Oak Hill's Service Provider of the Year in November, 2009. Oak Hill, founded in 1893, "enhances independence and quality of life for people with disabilities, including visual impairments, by setting the standard in providing innovative solutions, program excellence, services, and advocacy."

The doctors also volunteer their time and expertise in other ways:
Give Kids a Smile Day

An annual national event that provides free dental services for children who otherwise cannot afford dental care. On Feb. 5, 2010 we provided care for 24 children. For some this was their first dental experience.

Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM)

Two days of free dental care for people of all ages. In April, 2009, 1800 children and adults received care in New Haven. Dr. Thal has been in charge of recruiting and coordinating volunteers for the event for the past three years.


Drs. Thal and Rostenberg serve as consultants to numerous pre-schools and nursery schools, as well as New Britain Head Start.

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The first step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please complete and submit the request form below. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you soon to confirm your appointment.

What parents say


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Staff is always friendly and helpful. Keeps appointment time with minimal wait. Doctors are great with kids and explain your child's visit with the parent. We've never had an emergency visit, but know they would be there for us! Highly Recommend!

- Anonymous

Everyone in the office is very friendly and has been wonderful to deal with. Both my kids have not ever had any issues with anyone there (they have seen Dr Thal and Dr Rostenberg). Would recommend this practice to anyone.

- Valerie

Pediatric Dentistry has been our choice for both of our children for many years. The practice is child centered and friendly! My children have always felt at ease with the staff and actually like going to the dentist!

- Cameron

Pediatric Dentistry is a very kid friendly environment, with great staff that knows how to deal with children. They provide a very positive environment and produce exceptional dental work. I wouldn't take my childrent any place else.

- Gillian