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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.