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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
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
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.