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By Dr. Francesco Maratta
September 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures   Missing Teeth  

Dentures CoupleWant to fix your teeth, but want to avoid breaking your bank doing it? Well, Dr. Francesco Maratta in New Haven, CT, has just the solution: Dentures.

Dentures are oral appliances used by individuals who have lost some or all their natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. Dentures are usually made of plastic resin and a good economic solution.

If you're not sure how to go about getting dentures and what types are available, consulting your dentist is definitely a good start. Before you visit with them, here is some information about the types of dentures.

Types of Dentures:

There are partial dentures and full dentures:

Partial Dentures

  • Transitional Partial Dentures (temporarily used while gums heal before dental implant replacement)
  • Removable Partial Dentures (instead of dental implants and bridgework)

Full Dentures

  • Immediate Dentures (used temporarily when people are transitioning to dentures)
  • Conventional Full Dentures (permanent dentures that fit your teeth perfectly)
  • Implant-Supported Overdentures (use one or more dental implants to support upper and lower dentures)

Caring for Dentures:

When you get your dentures, it's important to know how best to take care of them.

Here are a few tips:

  • It's best to rinse while dentures are still in your mouth.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-invasive cleanser when cleaning your dentures, as recommended by the American Dental Association.
  • While brushing your teeth, make sure your clean your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, gums, and tongue to avoid having an unpleasant breath or irritation.
  • Change toothbrush when bristles become frayed.
  • Completely immerse your dentures in water when they're not in your mouth.

Need a consultation?

For more information about dentures at your New Haven, CT, dentist's office, call (203) 773-1701. It's time you take care of your dental health and improve your smile!

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
July 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If you've ever wished that you could change something about your smile, from whiter to more evenly spaced and shaped teeth, porcelain veneersveneers may be the answer you've been looking forward. Veneers are one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures due to their ability to change the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Dr. Francesco Maratta, a dentist in New Haven, CT, recommends dental veneers for cosmetic damage like stains, chips, and mild to moderate gaps and spaces.

Improve Your Smile with Dental Veneers in New Haven, CT

Veneers are a minimally invasive and quick option for cosmetic improvements that will have a significant impact on your smile. Although they usually have to be replaced at some point, veneers can last anywhere from five to ten years and often much longer.

What Dental Veneers Can Do

Veneers are a custom designed layer of porcelain or composite resin (a mixture of materials like plastic and glass) that is placed over a damaged tooth to change the size, shape, and color. If you have stains or discolorations that can't be removed with surface professional whitening and bleaching treatments (also known as intrinsic stains), veneers can brighten your teeth to your desired shade.

Veneers are also commonly used to correct chips, cracks, gaps, and spaces (significant bite and alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment), uneven or deformed teeth. Veneers are also used to seal and strengthen a damaged tooth after root canal therapy.

Many people have healthy teeth and gums, but are simply unhappy with the shape or size of their teeth. Veneers provide the opportunity to get a total smile makeover in just a few short trips to the dentist.

Find a Dentist in New Haven, CT

To learn more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help to improve your smile and oral health, contact our office by calling 203-773-1701 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maratta today.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
June 06, 2018
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

Laser DentistryIn modern dentistry, lasers pack a powerful punch when it comes to making dental procedures shorter, less invasive, and more effective. What does laser dentistry mean for you and your smile? Find out more about laser dentistry and the procedures it benefits with Prosthodontist Dr. Francesco Maratta in New Haven, CT.

What is laser dentistry? 
Laser dentistry replaces the traditional dental drill with Biolase Waterlase, a powerful and effective dental tool which uses a mixture of air, water, and laser energy to treat dental issues like teeth decay or gum disease. Laser dentistry is vastly flexible and dentists can use the Biolase Waterlase Iplus system for anything from treating cavities to performing oral surgery. Your dentist will use a Waterlase system with a laser wand and different attachments to achieve different results and perform various procedures.

The Benefits of Laser Dentistry 
The most obvious and striking benefit of laser dentistry is its ability to be virtually painless and the fact that it often does not require any anesthetic at all and, in some cases, only minimal amounts. This eliminates the wait times for the work area to become numb and the droopy, puffy after effects of local anesthesia used in traditional dental methods. The laser’s design uses air, water, and laser energy to perform procedures. The water continuously sprays over the laser’s path, eliminating any heat or dehydration and ensuring that your procedure is almost painless. Laser dentistry is less invasive than traditional techniques and has proven to have faster healing times, less bleeding, and more effective results. 

Laser Dentistry in New Haven, CT
Dr. Maratta is trained in laser dentistry technology and able to help you find the laser dentistry procedure which can most benefit you and your teeth. A consultation allows you to address any questions or concerns you may have and learn more about laser dentistry and how it can help your smile. For more information on laser dentistry, please contact Dr. Maratta in New Haven, CT. Call 203-773-1701 to schedule your appointment today!

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
March 01, 2018
Category: Dentist

Some patients have to wait years and go to many dental appointments to get the beautiful smile that they’ve always wanted. If waiting that long simply isn’t an option for you, talk to your dentist about dental veneers. With veneers, you get a big difference in the appearance of your smile with a very small procedure that can be completed in about two or three appointments. Learn more about veneers from your New Haven, CT dentist.Dental Veneers

What Is a Dental Veneer?
A veneer is a covering placed over the surface of a tooth to make it look more attractive, whiter and more naturally shaped. It’s commonly made of porcelain, which is a very tough and durable material that resembles natural tooth enamel. The veneer resists staining and fixes a number of common cosmetic problems, including chipping, gaps and ridges in the teeth.

What Will Happen at the Veneer Appointment?
When it’s clear that veneers can help your smile, the next step is to get your teeth prepared for them. The preparation process involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel from the front of the tooth to make room for the veneer and ensure a proper bond. Since a veneer is as thin as a contact lens, less than a millimeter of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth. The New Haven, CT dentist will take an impression of the tooth so that a proper veneer can be made. At the final appointment, the veneer is bonded and shaped to perfection.

How Long Will this New Smile Last?
Veneers are a wonder of cosmetic dentistry not just because they give you a big difference in your smile with a small procedure, but also because they are long-lasting. Once a porcelain veneer is bonded, it can last for as long as 20 years—maybe even longer. It’s important to treat your veneers with as much TLC as your other teeth to keep them looking great for as long as possible.

How Do You Care for Veneers?
The veneer has a strong bond to your tooth, but you have to keep it clean and free from plaque buildup to ensure its ongoing health and resilience. Brush around all surfaces of the tooth and floss between the teeth daily. Avoid biting hot foods (or drinking hot beverages) with your veneers as much as possible and drink less sugary beverages. One of the most important things to remember after you get veneers is to keep up with twice-yearly appointments for cleanings and checkups.

Contact your New Haven, CT Dentist

Veneers can give your smile a makeover that you never imagined was possible, and it only takes one small dental procedure to make a big difference. Call your New Haven, CT dentist for a veneers appointment today.

You can restore your smile with tooth colored white fillings and porcelain dental crowns. White fillings and porcelain dental crowns are restorative dentistryeffective options for filling cavities or concealing cosmetic imperfections, such as cracks, chips and discolorations on teeth. Both these restorations are tooth colored and blend in with the surrounding teeth for the most natural look possible. Dr. Francesco Maratta is your New Haven, CT dentist for white fillings and porcelain dental crowns.

White Fillings

Traditional amalgam fillings are effective at filling cavities, but since they are silver, they are readily noticeable against the teeth. White fillings are a great alternative. Since they are tooth colored, they blend in and no one will know you have fillings. White fillings are made from a resin material that can be color matched to your existing teeth. In addition to being less conspicuous, white fillings might be safer than amalgam fillings, which contain mercury and other metals. Your New Haven dentist can replace your old amalgam fillings with white ones.

Porcelain Dental Crowns

Porcelain dental crowns are caps that completely surround problem teeth that are not quite perfect. Cosmetically, crowns can conceal chips, cracks, stains and other imperfections on teeth. The porcelain material used to make dental crowns closely resembles natural tooth enamel and can be color matched to the surrounding teeth. Dental crowns can transform teeth and give them a beautiful new appearance. Once placed, porcelain dental crowns look and function just like the natural teeth they are concealing.

You do not have to settle for unattractive silver fillings or cosmetic imperfections in your smile. Instead, restore your smile with white fillings and porcelain dental crowns. To restore your smile, schedule an appointment in New Haven, CT, with Dr. Maratta by calling the office at (203) 773-1701.

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