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Posts for: March, 2018
Tooth-colored fillings are the new standard in dentistry for repairing and refilling tooth enamel after a cavity treatment. They are more aesthetically appealing and provide optimal tooth protection. You can request this restorative treatment at the family dentistry office of Dr. Bruce Schechter in Milford, CT.
Cavities are tiny holes in the enamel that can grow into big problems for your smile if they aren’t closed. When they are detected, the treatment is relatively simple: clear out any decayed matter and then cover the surface so that bacteria can’t invade the tooth again. In the past, most people had their cavities filled with amalgam metal material, which has a dark, silver appearance, but now the preferred material is white-colored composite resin, glass ionomers, or porcelain ceramics.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Patients request tooth-colored fillings because when they’re applied, they blend in perfectly with the color of your natural tooth. No one has to know that you ever had a cavity problem. Your Milford dentist will color match the material to your teeth. The process of applying the material is painless—it is painted on in layers and hardened using a curing light. You’ll have the same natural look of pits and fissures on the top of the tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are also durable and will remain bonded to the tooth for many years.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Keep Your Smile Beautiful
When people who have amalgam fillings laugh or open their mouths wide to take a bite of food, those fillings can easily be spotted by others. If you care about how your smile looks, then you will want tooth-colored fillings. To avoid problems with a filling, avoid chewing hard candies and trying to open bottles with your teeth. See your dentist for regular checkups, including a follow-up after your cavity filling appointment.
Talk to Your Dentist About Cosmetic Fillings
If you are in need of a cavity filling, be sure to ask your dentist about tooth-colored fillings to preserve the aesthetic appeal of your smile. Call (203) 878-1787 to visit Dr. Schechter’s family dentistry in Milford, CT.
Dr. Bruce Schechter is committed to quality care and providing his patients with a comfortable and convenient experience at his Milford, CT family dentistry office. He can help give your smile new strength and beauty by simply adding a crown to a damaged tooth. A crown forms a solid layer of protection over a natural tooth. Find out if your smile is in need of a crown.
Reasons for Crowns
There is an extensive list of reasons why a patient might need a crown. For instance, a head injury suffered during a sports game could cause trauma to a single tooth, making it look discolored and feel sensitive. A crown will restore its original color and its stability so that you can eat and smile confidently once again. Crowns are also used for bridge devices, which close gaps caused by missing teeth. After a root canal treatment, capping the tooth with a crown is the best way to ensure that the infection doesn’t return.
Creating a desirable custom crown is an art. It starts with preparing the affected tooth so that a crown will fit over it and fit in with the rest of your smile. Your Milford dentist will then take a mold of the prepared tooth and send it to a dental lab for processing. The goal is to create a lifelike tooth replacement tooth covering that provides a sturdy and snug fit. You’ll have to return to Dr. Schechter’s family dentistry once more for the bonding appointment.
Over time you will most likely forget that you even have a crown. It becomes just like the rest of your teeth in terms of proper maintenance and care. Follow these maintenance tips to ensure that your crown, and the rest of your teeth, stay healthy and attractive:
- Make at-home dental care a priority. Buy the best toothbrush and paste recommended by your dentist. Keep floss in your bathroom, and in your bag when traveling.
- Consider holistic ways to keep your teeth healthy, including eating better foods.
- Go to your Milford family dentistry office for professional cleanings and whenever you feel there may be an issue with the crown.
A Stronger Smile with Crowns
After you consult your dentist about crowns, you’ll find that they can make your smile feel stronger and look much more attractive. Call (203) 878-1787 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Schechter at his family dentistry in Milford, CT.
Find out whether dental implants could give you back the smile you’ve been looking for.
If you are an adult dealing with tooth loss then you’re probably dreaming of having a full, healthy smile back. Of course, you don’t have to just dream about it! Our Milford, CT, restorative dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter, makes it possible to get a complete and healthy smile that will truly last the rest of your life thanks to dental implants.
An implant is a small metal post that is placed into the jawbone to take over the role of your missing tooth’s roots. Once the implant is in place, it provides a stable and long-term foundation from which to support a false tooth.
How do implants work?
It might seem hard to picture placing a metal post into the jawbone and somehow being able to get a natural-looking tooth replacement. Of course, the implant is just the beginning. Once our Milford dentist has surgically placed the implant into the jawbone, the bone and tissue will grow around the implant and fuse together with it over the course of several weeks. Once your mouth has fully healed, the implant is now a permanent part of your jawbone.
Once the implant and jawbone are fused together the next step is to place the restoration. Of course, the steps that we go through will vary depending on the type of implant you get. For example, some implants already contain an abutment, a structure that is designed to connect the implant with the false tooth, while other implants do not. If the abutment isn’t already part of the implant, the next step will be to secure an abutment on top of the implant.
Once the gums have fully healed around the abutment we will then place a dental crown over the abutment to complete the restoration. Depending on the location of the implant and how many implants you need, the entire process can take up to one year to complete; however, it’s a small price to pay when you have a restoration that could last the rest of your life.
We know that you have a major decision to make when it comes to how you are going to treat your tooth loss. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and how they could benefit you then call our Milford, CT, dental office for a consultation.