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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.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
March 09, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Are you struggling with teeth that are cracked, chipped, stained, or affected by other cosmetic concerns? Here at New Haven Prosthodontics in New Haven, CT, our dentist, Dr. Francesco Maratta, can use veneers to completely transform your smile and give it a cosmetically flawless new look. Read on to learn more!

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin laminates affixed to the front surface of teeth with cosmetic flaws to improve the appearance of those teeth. Once veneers are in place, they look just like your natural teeth, only flawless. Veneers are extremely versatile and can improve the appearance of teeth with various issues, such as:

  • Crooked placements
  • Chips and cracks
  • Stains or discolorations
  • Excessive spacing
  • Rough surfaces
  • Odd shaping

Although a variety of materials can be used to create veneers, porcelain is most commonly used because it is strong and bears a striking resemblance to natural tooth enamel. Each veneer is custom made for the tooth it will be covering, with the size, shape, and color all modified during customization. This ensures each veneer will readily fit in place and blend in with the surrounding teeth.

During a consultation, at our office in New Haven, CT, your dentist, Dr. Maratta, can help you decide if veneers are the right option for you.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Veneers offer several benefits, including how they:

  • Conceal various cosmetic flaws
  • Improve the appearance of your smile
  • Are permanently affixed to the teeth so they will not come loose
  • Can perform normal biting and chewing functions like regular teeth
  • Are easy to care for, requiring only daily brushing and flossing
     

Interested? Give Us a Call

Veneers are a versatile option for dramatically improving the appearance of your smile. At New Haven Prosthodontics in New Haven, CT, our dentist can help you transform your smile with this amazing treatment option. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Maratta, call our office at (203) 773-1701.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
December 30, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Tooth loss can make your life more difficult in several ways—eating becomes harder, and depending on the number of teeth you've lost, speaking clearly can become challenging. The loss of a tooth can also be a blow to your self-esteem, prompting you to avoid social situations. Fortunately, dental implants offered by your New Haven, CT, dentist, Dr. Francesco Maratta, can restore your smile.

Dental implants offer total tooth replacement

Implants replace missing teeth by combining synthetic roots with artificial crowns. Titanium posts serve as the replacement roots and bond to your jawbone during a six-month period. Once these implants become securely attached to your jawbone, your New Haven dentist makes an impression of your mouth. The impression is used to create the dental crowns that will be attached to the tops of the posts with tiny screws.

Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth and can even secure your dentures.

Worried about comfort? Implants may be the perfect option for you

Your new tooth may be artificial, but it functions just like your natural teeth. Because dental implants are attached to your jawbone, your new tooth doesn't slip when you move or irritate your gums.

Implants also offer exceptional biting power and allow you to easily chew food. The restorations feel very much like your natural teeth and are a good choice if you want a comfortable tooth replacement option.

Implants can help you maintain your oral health

Dental implants offer several important advantages for your oral health, including:

  • No Tooth Movement: Your remaining teeth may drift and shift after you lose one or more teeth. As a result, your bite may change, or you may find it difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque from overlapping edges of teeth. Implants prevent your teeth from moving, protecting your bite and reducing your tooth decay risk.
  • Strong Jawbone: Your jawbone can weaken when it no longer receives stimulation from tooth roots of lost teeth. As the bone shrinks, your appearance may change and your teeth might loosen. Implants take over for your natural roots and provide constant stimulation for the bone, helping you avoid these tooth loss consequences.

Interested? Give us a call

Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your New Haven, CT, dentist, Dr. Francesco Maratta, at (203) 773-1701 to schedule your appointment.