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By Dr. Francesco Maratta
June 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Cleanings  

A registered dental hygienist is a skilled professional who is most concerned with helping to keep patients' teeth as clean as possible. A dental cleaningcrucial part of preventive dentistry, everyone should make time to visit a dental hygienist at least two times per year. Schedule these visits at Dr. Francesco Maratta’s dentist office in New Haven, CT, to keep your smile feeling clean and looking great!

How Often Do You Have Your Teeth Cleaned?
Brushing your teeth at home is one part of the formula that helps you keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, to keep your mouth free from plaque and tartar buildup, you must also make sure to visit our New Haven dental hygienist for regular professional cleanings (including deep cleanings if necessary). The American Dental Association recommends having your teeth cleaned by a dental professional at least two times per year, although patients who have previously had problems, such as severe tooth decay or gum disease, should go three times or more per year for maintenance.

What Happens at a Dental Cleaning?
During a dental cleaning at our New Haven office, all remnants of plaque and calculus are meticulously removed from around the surfaces of your teeth. This is a process that you can’t always perform successfully with your toothbrush at home, as plaque builds up and becomes unremovable with at-home methods. If you have issues with severe dental anxiety, talk to your dentist in advance about how your appointment can be made more comfortable.

Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings
By regularly seeing your dental hygienist for cleanings, you minimize the chance that you’ll have to see the dentist for more intensive treatments, such as root canals or periodontal therapy. Other benefits include:

- Valuable dental advice from a professional who has seen many different cases.
- Developing a relationship with someone who genuinely cares about your dental health.
- Ensuring that your teeth are healthy in case you decide to pursue cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Keep Your Teeth Clean
The best thing you can do as far as preventative dental health is concerned is to keep your teeth as clean as possible. If your teeth aren’t feeling or looking as fresh as they should be, it may be time for a dental visit with a hygienist. Call (203) 773-1701 today to schedule an appointment with Francesco Maratta and his team in New Haven, CT!

Our metal-free implants provide a safe and effective tooth replacement.

If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth then chances are good that you are considering whether or not dental implants could white dental implantrestore your smile and replace your missing teeth. Of course, our New Haven, CT, dentist Dr. Francesco Maratta believes that the most important thing is to provide patients with an effective and great looking dental treatment. This is why we are proud to offer metal-free dental implants.

Why should I choose white dental implants?

Instead of being made from titanium, metal-free implants are made from a tooth-colored ceramic. Those with thin or receding gums may sometimes be able to see the titanium implant at the gum line; however, this won’t be an issue when you get ceramic dental implants. The tooth-colored material ensures that you achieve natural results.

Another major benefit is that those with metal sensitivity can also get dental implants without worrying about any health issues. This is because our metal-free implants are hypoallergenic, which means that even those who are sensitive to metal can get this long-term tooth replacement without dealing with any problems. In the past, those with metal allergies often faced complications such as bone loss and implant failure. Metal-free implants mean that now more people can turn to implants to replace their missing teeth without having to worry about their allergies.

Just like a traditional metal implant, our ceramic implants are also biocompatible. This means that once our New Haven, CT, dentist places the implant into the jawbone, the bone and implant will still fuse together to become one permanent unit. Once the implant melds together with bone and tissue this implant could end up lasting several decades. Ceramic is also extremely tough and durable, which also increases the success rate and longevity of your new tooth.

Lastly, with the incredible advancements in dental technology, Zirconia implants can now be placed in a less invasive surgical manner than traditional implants. With the Trios Intraoral Scanner Dr. Maratta is able to take a digital impression of your teeth and jaws and provide an accurate image. This is a quick process and there is no need for messy impressions like in the past. This allows for an accurate picture that provides a guideline for the placement of the implant. This results in a faster recovery period and less discomfort. In fact, white or Zirconia implants can sometimes be placed immediately after a tooth extraction rather than waiting for the area to heal completely.

If you are interested in getting dental implants in the New Haven, CT, area and want to learn more about metal-free dentistry then call New Haven Prosthodontics today to schedule a consultation with us.

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.