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By Dr. Francesco Maratta
November 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Dental EmergencyNot sure whether your dental problem requires urgent attention? Find out now!

Experiencing a dental emergency is enough to make even the calmest, most relaxed person nervous. However, the good news is that our New Haven, CT, dentist, Dr. Francesco Maratta, is here to provide you with the immediate care you need when an emergency arises—all you have to do is call our office!

More about Dental Emergencies

Common emergencies include

  • Cracked or fractured tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Partially dislodged tooth
  • Toothache
  • Broken restoration or braces

Dental emergencies can occur for a variety of reasons, including sports injuries, car accidents, and simply crunching down on a hard piece of food. When these problems arise, it’s important that you turn to our New Haven emergency dentist for immediate care. While minor chips may not necessarily require urgent treatment, visible cracks or fractures will need to be addressed right away.

Furthermore, although you might not realize it, a simple toothache may require immediate treatment. A toothache can mean that you have a cavity or that you have an infected/inflamed dental pulp, which will require root canal therapy. The sooner we are able to treat an infection or decay the better!

If you’ve knocked out your tooth, time is of the essence when it comes to treating it. In this instance, you should immediately stop what you are doing and come to our office. Many times, if treatment is reached within one hour of the incident, our dentist can save your tooth. Before coming into our office, carefully rinse the tooth with warm water, then gently place it back into the socket (don’t force it). If you can’t get the tooth into the socket, instead place it in a container of milk and head right to our office.

If you are dealing with bleeding due to a bitten tongue or cheek, apply a compress to the area. If the bleeding is severe or doesn’t stop after applying pressure for 15 minutes, then you’ll want to seek immediate medical attention, as you may need stitches.

Broken dental restorations or broken braces also need to be removed and replaced as soon as possible to avoid complications. For example, if a dental crown falls off, the tooth will become weaker and more susceptible to damage. To protect the natural tooth structure, we will need to place a new crown on as soon as possible. It’s an easy enough fix but it needs to be done right away!

Call Today!

If in doubt, call our New Haven dental office to find out whether the symptoms you are experiencing require immediate attention or whether you can come into our office within the next couple of days. When it comes to the health of your smile, it’s better to play it safe—call New Haven Prosthodontics today at (203) 773-1701!

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.

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