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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.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
November 06, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

When it comes to improving your smile, dental veneers are among the most popular options available. This is especially true if you have chipped, discolored, or malformed teeth. These imperfections can be easily covered up by dental veneers.

If you’re interested in veneers, a consultation with Dr. Frank Maratta of New Haven Prosthodontics in New Haven, CT, will determine if you’re qualified for the procedure. Meanwhile, learn the benefits of having dental veneers.

A Whiter Smile

Many factors can lead to the discoloration of your teeth. This can include indulging in caffeinated drinks, tobacco products, or eating pigmented foods. These foods can leave your teeth enamel yellowish or brownish, something that even in-office bleaching cannot completely remove. Dental veneers provide you with a great solution, especially when you consider that they’re virtually stain-resistant so you recover your whiter smile in no time and keep it for a long time.

Minor Cosmetic Solution

If your concern includes fixing chipped, cracked, minor misalignment, or the gaps between your teeth, then dental veneers are the solution for these minor cosmetic dental problems. Since the veneers simply attach to the surface of the teeth, there is no need to change their position. With the natural-looking dental veneers installed, it would be very difficult to distinguish them from your real teeth.

Replacing Damaged Enamel

The teeth enamel is considerably strong, but it doesn’t mean that it is indestructible. Many factors can lead to its wear and tear like eating highly acidic foods or brushing with excessive force. Even your stomach acid can cause damage to your teeth enamel. When this happens, there is no way for your teeth enamel to grow back or replenish itself.

The only solution is to have dental veneers placed to maintain protection for your teeth. Almost as strong as the original enamel of your teeth, the natural look of veneers makes them a great replacement for eroded teeth enamel.

A Long-Lasting Solution

Depending on the type of dental veneers that you choose, it can last for a considerably long time. This of course would depend on how you take care of them. Having an excellent oral hygiene routine and visiting your dentist in New Haven, CT, regularly will help extend the lifespan of your dental veneers regardless of the type you choose.

Easily Placed

You do not have to wait for an extremely long time before your dental veneers are completely placed. At the very least, it would take two dental visits to complete the entire procedure. This includes matching the color of your natural teeth and establishing teeth symmetry.

Call Us to Learn More About Dental Veneers

Set an appointment here at New Haven Prosthodontics in New Haven, CT, with Dr. Frank Maratta by calling (203) 773-1701.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
July 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry offered by Dr. Frank Maratta in New Haven can help you learn to smile with confidence again. Whether you have missing, broken, or stained teeth, cosmetic dentistry services and treatments help to fix your dental issues. Dr. Frank Maratta and his experienced staff will provide you with a wide range of dentistry services that will enable you to look and feel your best. Read on to learn about some common cosmetic dentistry services that enhance your smile.

Teeth Whitening

Are your teeth stained, no matter what over-the-counter whitening products you try? Consider professional teeth whitening. Your cosmetic dentist uses professional teeth bleaching products to brighten your teeth. The procedure usually takes around 60 to 90 minutes. You'll get great results in a short amount of time.

Dental crowns

Do you suffer from missing or broken teeth? Consider getting dental crowns, tooth-colored caps that snugly fit over your natural teeth. Dental crowns help return your teeth to their natural shape and allow them to function normally. If your tooth is cracked, worn down, or discolored, dental crowns are a smart choice. If you're looking for cosmetic dentistry services in New Haven, contact Dr. Frank Maratta to help you decide if dental crowns are right for you.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. They serve as a firm foundation for artificial teeth, also known as dental crowns. Shaped like screws, they are placed in your jawbone so they have the chance to fuse with your natural bone. When you have dental implants, you don't have to worry about your artificial teeth. Eat, talk, and smile with confidence. Dental implants provide sturdy support for your artificial teeth.

Invisalign

Invisalign are clear, plastic aligners that are ideal for you if you want straight teeth without the discomfort of traditional braces. Invisalign aligners gradually straighten your teeth. Since the aligners are clear, they're barely noticeable. If you don't want to deal with metal braces, Invisalign may be right for you. They're even removable. When you want to eat, drink or smile for the camera, simply remove the plastic aligners.

Schedule Your Appointment

Being embarrassed about your teeth can take a toll on your self-esteem. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Frank Maratta for cosmetic dentistry services in New Haven. Our experienced staff will help you determine which service will best suit your unique needs. Schedule your appointment by calling us at 203-773-1701.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
May 12, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

A dental filling is used for restoring a tooth that has been ravaged by decay. These days, tooth-colored dental fillings have offered patients and dentists a more attractive and safer substitute for silver amalgam dental fillings. By matching a tooth-colored dental filling with your teeth’s natural color, a skilled dentist, such Dr. Francesco Maratta, here in New Haven Prosthodontics in New Haven, CT, can give you a filling that’s practically invisible.

What are Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings?

Tooth-colored or white dental fillings are fillings made of composite resin material. They have replaced the requirement for silver amalgam fillings when for strengthening areas of a tooth that have sustained damaged due to cavities or decay. They are so popular that most individuals are now having their old silver dental fillings replaced with tooth-colored dental fillings.

What are The Benefits of Composite Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings can provide plenty of benefits over older silver fillings that have mercury and are deemed to be toxic. These benefits include the following:

  • Your dentist will only need to remove a small portion of your tooth’s remaining natural structure when preparing it for the installation of the tooth-colored filling. The hole needed to fill a cavity with a silver amalgam filling is substantially bigger.
  • Composite resin fillings are capable of strengthening and restoring weak teeth, while silver dental fillings could make weak teeth weaker since the metal could contract and expand depending on changes in temperature. This makes the teeth more susceptible to breakage and further damage.
  • There’s less sensitivity and pain after treatment associated with tooth-colored fillings when compared to silver amalgam fillings.
  • Tooth-colored dental fillings help improve your overall oral health without ruining your appearance with very visible and dark dental fillings.

Am I a Candidate for Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings?

While it will be ultimately up to your dentist in New Haven, CT, to determine your candidacy for tooth-colored fillings, ideal candidates for the procedure are those with mild to moderate decay. Individuals with severely infected teeth might require root canal therapy first to fully restore the look and function of the affected tooth. Likewise, those with silver amalgam fillings, provided that their tooth is in generally great shape and has enough natural tooth structure left, could be eligible for tooth-colored composite dental fillings.

Need to Get a Tooth Fixed? Talk to Us About Your Options

Dial (203) 773-1701 to set up a meeting with our dentist, Dr. Francesco Maratta of New Haven Prosthodontics here in New Haven, CT.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
April 13, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dentures  

New to dentures? Here are some tips and advice for making sure your new teeth last.

Once you get your custom-made dentures from our New Haven, CT, dentist Dr. Frank Maratta you want to make sure that you care for them properly, so they last as long as possible. Caring for your dentures doesn’t have to be a head-scratcher, and once you get the routine down you’ll find that keeping your dentures clean and healthy is actually pretty simple. Here are some best practices for caring for your dentures.

Rinse your dentures after eating

After eating you’ll want to take the time to remove and clean your dentures to get rid of plaque and food that may be stuck between your false teeth. Simply run the dentures under some water to help loosen some of the trapped food.

Handle with care

Even though our New Haven, CT, family dentist prides himself on creating durable, long-lasting dentures, it is still possible to break or damage them if you aren’t careful. Just as you would handle eyeglasses or contact lenses with care, you also want to be gentle when it comes to handling your dentures.

Keep your mouth clean

Regardless of whether you have some natural teeth left or not, you will still want to brush your gums and remaining teeth twice a day to remove plaque and germs from your mouth. Don’t forget to also brush your tongue to get rid of bacteria responsible for halitosis (bad breath).

Take your dentures out at night

If you want to improve the lifespan of your dentures you’ll want to take them out at night and soak them in a denture solution. It’s important that any time you aren’t wearing your dentures that you are placing them in water or a soaking solution to prevent them from drying out, as dry dentures are prone to warping. If you have questions about how to soak or clean your dentures overnight our dental team would be happy to answer your questions or recommend certain cleaning solutions.

Visit your dentist

Even though dentures cannot develop cavities it’s still just as important for you to visit your dentist for regular checkups. This allows us to examine the health of your gums and any natural teeth, as well as the fit of your dentures. If you find that your dentures feel a bit loose, please give us a call.

If you are looking for a dentist in New Haven, CT, that specializes in prosthodontists and can provide you with custom dentures then call New Haven Prosthodontics today at (203) 773-1701 to schedule a consultation.





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