Posts for: December, 2019
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.
Your smile is valuable to your personal appearance, oral function and overall health, too. How can you keep it strong, bright and long-lasting? Consistent at-home and in-office oral hygiene is key to dental well-being, says Dr. Francesco Maratta at New Haven Prosthodontics. Here's what he recommends to all his patients.
Brushing, flossing, and eating
They're your responsibilities. The American Dental Association (ADA) says you should brush twice a day for a full two minutes and floss daily, too, to remove harmful deposits of plaque before they harden into tartar. The ADA also advises a high-fiber, low-sugar diet to reduce the incidence of tooth decay and gum disease. Water is an essential part of that healthy way of eating.
Seeing your hygienist and dentist every six months
The ADA advises that, too. At New Haven Prosthodontics, our hygienist, Priscilla, loves giving her patients a thorough cleaning and tooth polishing. She checks dental bite, measures and charts gum pockets, and takes X-rays as needed. Your hygienist's work allows Dr. Maratta to complete his professional examination which checks for:
- Proper dental bite
- Signs of decay and gum disease
- The condition of crowns and fillings
- Oral cancer and other health concerns in the mouth
- Evidence of uneven and premature enamel wear
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that if you smoke or use smokeless tobacco on a regular basis, you double your chances for developing gum disease. Cigarettes also increase tooth decay and the occurrence of pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions in the mouth, back of the throat, and lips, says the Oral Cancer Foundation. So, if you need to quit, see your primary care physician for a supervised cessation program.
Wearing mouth guards
Some people habitually grind their teeth due to poor bite or jaw joint dysfunction. Additionally, all athletes--amateur or professional--should wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth and jaws. Ask Dr. Maratta what device is right for you.
Learn all you can
Dr. Maratta and the entire team at New Haven Prosthodontics work together to craft care plans which cater to their patients' individual health needs. You can have a great smile for life! Please contact the office today to schedule your routine cleaning and check-up. Or, feel free to call us any time you have a question or concern about your oral health. Phone (203) 773-1701.