Posts for tag: New Haven
By Dr. Frank Maratta, DMD
March 14, 2014
A nice smile, white teeth, youth and wellness are part of the recipe for an overall esthetic appearance. But what happens when your teeth don’t match up with your expectations? It’s simple; when your teeth need an extra boost in the esthetics department, veneers are available to take your smile to a whole new level.
Dental veneers are used to correct a wide variety of cosmetic defects such as discolored or crooked teeth, as well as gaps in your smile. With advancements in cosmetic dentistry, veneers look even more natural than ever before. As an excellent alternative to crowns, veneers provide a more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size or shape without significantly altering your original tooth.
Explore the Esthetic Benefits of Veneers
Not only are veneers natural looking, but they can also serve as protection for the surface of your damaged teeth. There are some cases in which using a veneer to cover up damage may replace the need for a dental crown, which helps to eliminate the need for a more invasive procedure for tooth preparation.
Little to no tooth reshaping may be required with veneers because they are so thin and transparent. Once veneers are bonded into place, they are relatively strong and durable. As with any dental procedure, it is important to take proper care of your teeth as to not abuse the veneers because the thin porcelain shells can break.
Dental veneers are not for everyone, but with a proper consultation with our New Haven, CT dentist, Dr. Maratta, you can reach the best solution for your damaged teeth for improved esthetics. If you have discolored, crooked or gaps in your teeth, veneers may be an appropriate solution to cover up your problem areas.
By Dr. Frank Maratta, DMD
February 26, 2014
At New Haven Prosthodontics, P.C. we are committed to providing you with the best in quality care. As specialists in Esthetic, Implant and Comprehensive Dentistry, Dr. Frank Maratta and Dr. David Kusovitsky strive to remain on the cutting edge of dental technology, which is further seen through the availability of teeth in a day at New Haven Prosthodontics, P.C.
Understanding Teeth in a Day
This innovative procedure allows for a complete transition from a mouth full of missing teeth to fixed, non-removable teeth mounted on implants—all in one day. Dental implant surgery often requires multiple surgical procedures and numerous visits, but with Teeth in a Day at New Haven Prosthodontics, P.C., the process is a lot simpler.
You will first visit our office for a consultation with our oral surgeon and a CT scan will be completed. A prosthesis is then created, followed by the surgical placement of the implants and the fixed teeth. Typically, a checkup two weeks after your procedure is need, and again several months later when the final bridge is made.
We have found that patients who undergo Teeth in a Day are some of the happiest we treat because they don’t have to go without teeth. This procedure eliminates the need for removable dentures and any problems associated with it. With Teeth in a Day you can eat, speak, and enjoy life without the worry of having your teeth move.
As experts in New Haven on Teeth in a Day and other procedures, we are committed to proving excellent care and ensure that the treatment you receive is performed with proficiency, precision and expertise. With the availability of Teeth in a Day at New Haven Prosthodontics, P.C., we hope to continue to help our patients smile with confidence, even when they are missing teeth.
By Dr. Frank Maratta, DMD
December 18, 2013
Most of us don’t think of snoring as something to be overly concerned about, but frequent, loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea. Millions of people suffer from sleep apnea, a constriction of the airway from collapsing throat tissues and/or the tongue blocking the airway during sleep.
Even though sleep apnea is treatable, it often goes unrecognized. Untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous and detrimental to your health, making it vital to visit your dentist at New Haven Prosthodontics, P.C. if you suspect that you or a loved one might have sleep apnea. Oral appliances can be custom fit to open the airway during sleep, helping to eliminate sleep apnea and snoring symptoms.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that prevents airflow during sleep. OSA occurs when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks the airway, which keeps air from getting into the lungs. When your blood-oxygen level drops low enough, the body wakes up. It happens so quickly that the sleeper may not even remember the arousal. Waking up hundreds of times a night can make a person feel very tired the next day, not to mention disrupting the normal sleep patterns of those in your household.
Sleep apnea patients are more likely to suffer from strokes and heart problems, as well as a higher incidence of work and driving-related accidents. The risk of sleep apnea increases with weight gain because excess fat in the back of the throat can narrow the airway. There are three types of sleep apnea:
- Central – the upper airway is open, but no oxygen is getting into the system.
- Obstructive – the lungs and the diaphragm are functioning normally, but no oxygen is entering the system because there is an obstruction in the upper airway.
- Mixed – this is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea.
The signs and symptoms of OSA include snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, gasping or choking during the night, non-refreshed sleep, fragmented sleep, clouded memory, irritability, personality changes and morning headaches.
Don’t Lose Sleep Over Snoring
Snoring, often times a symptom of sleep apnea, is caused from the vibration at the back of the throat, and dental appliances can sometimes help to minimize or eliminate the problem. In these instances, diagnosis is vital because snoring alone does not automatically signify a serious problem. For basic snorers, a dental appliance can provide relief because it is designed to reposition the jaw, muscles, tissue and tongues. The appliance is used to help breathing become less labored, giving a person more room to breathe quietly.
The severity of snoring varies from person to person and case to case. Snoring can be a mild nuisance that disturbs your sleep for a moment or it can be symptoms of a more serious disorder called sleep apnea. You can make positive lifestyle changes to minimize your snoring by:
- Losing weight
- Quitting smoking
- Getting treatment for allergies if you have them
- Limit or avoid alcohol use and sedatives
- Sleep on your side instead of your back
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances are worn in the mouth to treat snoring and sleep apnea. These devices are similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards and maintain an open, unobstructed airway. Oral appliances work in several ways, including:
- Repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula
- Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue
- Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue
With the help of your New Haven dentists, Dr. Frank Maratta and Dr. David Kusovitsky, your snoring and sleep apnea can be treated with the use of dental devices to open your airways. No longer do you have to lose sleep over snoring or sleep apnea. Consult your dentists at New Haven Prosthodontics for diagnosis and treatment options to alleviate your symptoms.
By New Haven Prosthodontics
November 08, 2013
As a dentist in New Haven, Dr. Frank Maratta strives to provide his patients with the best in quality dental care possible. To further expand on his commitment and dedication to his patients, Dr. Maratta has been named a Top Dentist in 2013 in Connecticut.
When asked which Connecticut dentists other dentists would recommend, Dr. Frank Maratta was chosen. Connecticut Magazine received 490 completed questionnaires from other dentists. Each dentist listed has been recommended by a significant number of his or her peers—making this a great honor for Dr. Maratta, a New haven dentist.
To view Dr. Frank Maratta and a list of other Top Dentists, you can visit: http://www.connecticutmag.com/Connecticut-Magazine/Top-Dentists-2013-Guide/index.php/category/Prosthodontics
When you are looking for a highly qualified dentist in New Haven, CT, turn to Dr. Frank Maratta and his professional staff for experienced care you can trust. Whether you are in need of dental implants, fillings, teeth whitening, sleep apnea/TMJ treatment or teeth in a day in New Haven, Dr. Maratta is available to meet your dental needs.
Dr. Frank Maratta takes great pride in this nomination and looks forward to continuing to provide the same quality care he has always provided his patients.