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By Dr. Francesco Maratta
October 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Losing multiple teeth is an unfortunate reality for many of us, but fortunately, our New Haven, CT, office offers a variety of dentures to match a similar variety of situations. We'll cover below some of the more types of dentures, which may help in deciding which type of treatment best fits your lifestyle and condition. But the final decision can only be made by discussing your expectations and by hearing this information directly from your prosthodontist, so contact Dr. Francesco Maratta of New Haven Prosthodontics to learn much more.

Complete Dentures

These are the most common and what most of us associate with traditional dentures. They are typically prescribed for those who have lost multiple teeth, either most of the majority of teeth in either arch. These dentures are removable and often made of acrylic and can restore our ability to chew food and our appearance, and sometimes even improve it.

Partial Dentures

When we've lost a few teeth and don't require a full arch replaced our dentist can turn to partial dentures. These are usually held in place with the help of our healthy teeth. They attach to them with clasps or similar methods, so it's best to consult with the office for an idea about what we can expect.


With options for a full denture or a partial, these dentures are held in place with dental implants. There are many advantages to choosing dental implants, namely that they require fewer implants than the teeth they restore for an unsurpassed bond as far as dentures go. These dentures remain attached all day long and may only need to be taken off by the dentist during routine regular cleanings.

Immediate Dentures

Gums must heal after thee final teeth are removed before we are given our final set of dentures--whether they are removable or implant-supported--and immediate dentures help to fill this gap, which earns them their alternate title of temporary dentures. Immediate dentures are actually made before the last extractions so that they fit correctly and look natural.

Dentures in New Haven, CT

When you're ready to restore your smile you can schedule a consultation with New Haven Prosthodontics and Dr. Maratta to explore your treatment options. If you live in or near the New Haven, CT, area you can dial 203-773-1701 for an appointment.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
July 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

How dental implants from your dentist in New Haven, CT, can give you back your smile

Your smile is your trademark, so if you are missing teeth, it can be embarrassing. Fortunately, there is a tooth replacement option that can give you back your smile. Dental implants are the closest alternative to having your natural teeth and your natural smile.

Dr. Francesco Maratta in New Haven, CT, provides a wide range of dental services, including dental implants to give you back your smile.

So, what’s so special about dental implants? The truth is, they offer benefits that can’t be matched by other tooth-replacement methods. Let’s take a quick look at why you should restore your smile with dental implants:

  • Dental implants look completely natural; the dental implant crown is made of light-reflective materials that closely resemble natural tooth enamel.
  • Dental implants are completely stable; the dental implant screw is held in place by bone, which fuses with the dental implant screw.
  • Dental implants are easy to maintain; you simply brush and floss your dental implants just like you do your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are convenient; you never have to remove the dental implants because they become a permanent addition to your smile.
  • Dental implants are also the most successful surgical implant. In fact, they boast a success rate of over 95%, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Dental implant treatment begins with the placement of the dental implant screw. Over time, bone fills in around the dental implant, permanently locking it in place. After the area has healed, the dental implant screw is capped with a beautiful dental implant crown.

When you choose dental implants, you will enjoy enhanced chewing ability, which can improve your digestion and your overall health. You will also enjoy renewed self-confidence, knowing you and your smile look great.

Dental implants will restore your smile beautifully. To learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile, call Dr. Francesco Maratta in New Haven, CT, at (203) 773-1701. Call now!

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
May 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crown  

A damaged tooth can be restored with the help of a dental crown.

Good oral hygiene is imperative to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, sometimes accidents, decay, or infection happen which can cause damage or weakness to a tooth. If this is something that you’ve been dealing with, then it’s time to visit your New Haven, CT, dentist Dr. Francesco Maratta as soon as possible. A damaged tooth could mean that you need a dental crown.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is sometimes referred to as a cap because it goes over a tooth to prevent further damage and to restore its function. A crown is often made from porcelain and is designed to look just like a real tooth, so no one will be able to tell that you are wearing a dental crown.

How does a dental crown protect a damaged tooth?

There are several issues that can damage a tooth including decay, an infection, or a crack. These issues can make it hard to chew, causing more damage to the tooth. In order to preserve the rest of your natural tooth and restore full function back to your smile, your New Haven, CT, family dentist needs to apply a dental crown. These are some reasons a dental crown is used:

  • Protect and restore a weak, chipped, cracked, or broken tooth
  • Strengthen a tooth to prevent further damage
  • Improve the shape, color, and appearance of a tooth
  • Preserve a tooth after root canal therapy
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Secure a dental bridge in place

What should I expect when I get my dental crown?

If there is an infection, we will first perform a root canal to remove the infected parts of the tooth before putting on your dental crown. If there are signs of decay, we will also remove any cavities beforehand to ensure that the tooth doesn’t continue to worsen while under the crown. Our goal is to make sure that your natural tooth is as healthy as possible before putting on the crown so there are no complications.

We will also match the dental crown to the rest of your smile. However, because dental crowns take time to be fabricated you will most likely need to schedule two separate appointments. The first appointment will be to treat the infected or damaged tooth and take impressions, and the second visit will involve fitting and placing your new crown.

If you have questions about getting dental crowns or you simply need to schedule a cleaning with your New Haven, CT, family dentist, Dr. Maratta, all you have to do is call us at (203) 773-1701 to book your next checkup or consultation.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
March 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Bonding  

If you have a chipped tooth, you may feel self-conscious about the gap it has left in your smile. You don't have to live with that gap! Dr. Francesco Maratta, your cosmetic dentist in New Haven, CT, can help repair your smile with dental bonding.

Dental Bonding in New Haven, CT

Dental bonding is used to repair chips and other cosmetic issues. The resin material used is strong and designed to match your smile. Bonding can change the shade and shape of teeth for cosmetic improvements.

Bonding can repair chips, cracks, and other small gaps in the teeth. With a chipped tooth, bonding is added to replace the chip and sculpted to match your tooth. Dental bonding can give you a beautiful smile again!

Getting Dental Bonding

The process for getting dental bonding to repair a chipped tooth is routine and should be painless. You should first discuss with your dentist the shape and look you want for your repaired tooth. Dental bonding is a strong option to repair the structure of your tooth, but can also correct various cosmetic problems.

To repair a chipped tooth, the tooth is prepared with a resin solution that etches the tooth and prepares it for bonding. Dental bonding is applied to replace the chip and reshape the tooth. The resin is cured with a special light, making it hard and strong. The bonding is then trimmed and polished to blend in with your smile. The entire process can be completed in one appointment and should be painless.

Caring for dental bonding is just like caring for your natural teeth. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Bonding can be susceptible to staining so be careful consuming red wine and coffee. Don't bite your nails or chew on hard items like pens and pencils, this can contribute to more chips.

Your cosmetic dentist Dr. Maratta can fix chipped teeth with dental bonding. If you have a chipped tooth, contact us in New Haven, CT, at (203) 773-1701.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Care

Your oral health depends on how to care for it. At Dr. Francesco Maratta's office in New Haven, CT, our team urges all patients to come in for preventive care every six months. Your dentist sees great benefits from oral exams and cleanings.

Do I have to see my dentist in New Haven, CT?

The answer is yes, you do, and you'll want to. The American Dental Association (ADA), along with many other respected professional organizations, indicate that general dentistry services do much to ward off tooth decay and gum disease. Also, they provide a good indication of how healthy you are overall.

What happens during a six-month check-up?

Your visit to Dr. Maratta's office includes the following services:

  1. A professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar (and their harmful damaging bacteria)
  2. A tooth-polishing to brighten and smooth enamel and eliminate stains
  3. Digital X-rays to check for hidden cavities and to look at bone structure and dental alignment
  4. Oral cancer screening, a simple visual inspection of soft oral tissues and gentle manual palpation of lymph nodes under the chin and at the sides of the throat
  5. Measurement of gum pockets to assess for periodontal disease
  6. Assessment of dental bite and alignment, particularly for young patients

Also, a visual check of your mouth can reveal problems elsewhere in the body--diabetes, as a notable example. Your dentists know just what to look for.

Your treatment plan

Your dentist uses information from your examination to devise an immediate and long-term treatment plan. Dr. Maratta addresses pressing needs, such as cavities and gum problems, right away. He also suggests ways to improve smile appearance and to address other long-term goals.

Your part at home

Your oral hygiene habits are key to your healthy smile. Dr. Maratta asks you to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush and to floss around and between teeth daily. A clean mouth makes for a long-lasting smile.

Also, know that your dentist is available for emergency dentistry in his New Haven, CT, office. At the first sign of trouble--pain, injury, loss of a restoration, or any other concern--phone us right away for help.

Come see us

If it's time for your routine cleaning and check-up, call Dr. Franceso Maratta and his New Haven, CT, team at (203) 773-1701.

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