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.
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.
A registered dental hygienist is a skilled professional who is most concerned with helping to keep patients' teeth as clean as possible. A crucial 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!
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