A root canal is usually the solution to infection deep within a tooth. These infections happen when a crack or area of decay breaches the enamel and let bacteria infiltrate the soft tissues inside. As you can imagine, this can cause a lot of discomfort. A root canal from one of our general dentists at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, Dr. Adrian Basu or Dr. Michael Caserta, stops the infection by cleaning out the tooth completely and replacing the damaged tissues with a rubber filling. Below, our dentists have outlined a couple of the ways you may be able to tell if you need a root canal.
A toothache is never comfortable, but a tooth that needs a root canal often emits a distinct type of pain. Many of our patients who require root canals experience a sharp pain when biting down. This is usually due to the outside of the tooth moving against the infected inner tissues, in particular, the nerve endings. With the inside of the tooth removed, your Shelton dentist can repair the outside of the tooth by placing a crown on top of it.
Temporary tooth sensitivity can happen after you whiten your teeth, but it typically only takes a few days before they're back to normal. If you've noticed a lingering, even painful sensitivity in one specific area, you may need a root canal from your Shelton general dentist. Those sensitive tissues we've mentioned are normally protected by the enamel, but trauma or decay may cause them to react to hot or cold food and drinks that didn't affect them before.
If you've been experiencing these symptoms, contact Dental Associates of Shelton for an examination with one of our general dentists. We look forward to helping you!
What your dentists in Shelton, Connecticut want you to know
If you have tooth decay and need fillings, now you have a choice. Not too long ago, your only option was unsightly metal fillings. Modern filling materials are different and offer cosmetic beauty and strength. They can actually enhance your smile. That’s only one of the benefits of tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, Connecticut want to introduce you to tooth-colored fillings and what they can do for your smile.
When you choose tooth-colored fillings, no metal is used. Instead, a revolutionary liquid resin known as composite is the filling material. Composite can be perfectly matched to both the color and shape of your teeth, allowing you to have a virtually invisible dental restoration.
Your treatment begins with an etching material, which creates microscopic openings in your tooth surface to retain the composite. Next, a strong bonding cement is applied, and finally, the composite. Your dentist will shape and sculpt the composite material to perfection, and then harden the material using a dental light.
There are many reasons why people love tooth-colored fillings. These are just a few:
- Cosmetic beauty; using no metal, tooth colored fillings become a virtually invisible addition to your smile.
- Strength; tooth colored fillings hold your tooth together, protecting it from breaking.
- Quick treatment; most tooth colored fillings only require one appointment.
- Easy treatment; if there is no decay present you may not even need anesthetic.
Tooth colored fillings can be used to repair teeth that are:
- Decayed or damaged
- Chipped or cracked
- Worn-down or eroded
It’s time to think differently about dental fillings. It’s time to say goodbye to metal and say hello to a beautiful, natural looking, tooth colored filling! People will notice your beautiful smile and not your fillings. To find out more about tooth-colored fillings and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, Connecticut. Call today to enhance and strengthen your smile!
Are you doing all you can to prevent cavities and gum disease? Our Shelton, CT, dentists, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, discuss how you can improve your oral hygiene routine.
A quick swish of the brush might make your mouth feel fresher, but speedy brushing may leave behind cavity-causing plaque. Brushing your teeth too quickly may not eliminate every speck of plaque from your teeth. Unfortunately, your risk of tooth decay rises the longer the sticky bacterial film remains on your teeth.
Plaque soon hardens into tartar, a hard deposit that can cause gum disease. Tartar is so hard that it can only be removed during a thorough dental cleaning in our Shelton office. Luckily, it's easy to protect your teeth from the effects of both plaque and tartar by brushing for at least two minutes every morning and evening.
Make time for flossing
When you're in a hurry to get to work or school, it's not always easy to find an extra minute or two to floss. Unfortunately, if you neglect this crucial oral hygiene task, your risk of both tooth decay and gum disease increases. Tartar can irritate your gums, causing gingivitis, the mildest phase of gum disease. Flossing not only removes plaque between teeth but also gets rid of food particles that can cause bad breath.
Use the proper technique
Good technique is the key to protecting your smile. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush using short circular strokes. Make sure you've thoroughly cleaned each tooth before moving on to the next one.
Both brushing and flossing require only gentle pressure. Vigorous brushing can erode your tooth enamel and damage your gums. Flossing too enthusiastically may also hurt your gums. When you floss, use a soft touch when you move the string or tape up and down between your teeth.
Choose the best tools
Avoid using a one-size-fits-all approach when you buy oral care supplies. Select a brush with soft bristles, and pay attention to the size of the toothbrush head. If you have a small mouth, consider using a child's brush to make brushing easier. Both manual and power brushes offer an excellent way to clean your teeth. Power brushes can be particularly helpful if you have arthritis or another condition that makes it hard to manipulate the brush.
Keep your smile bright and health with good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations. Call our Shelton, CT, dentists, Dr. Caserta and Dr. Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, at (203) 924-4115 to schedule your appointment.
The American Dental Association estimates that over two million Americans have some type of dental emergency every year. Unfortunately, many of these cases are treated at emergency rooms in hospitals instead of at the dentist's office by skilled dental professionals. Thankfully an emergency dentist is available at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT. Be prepared and aware of what you should do in the case of a dental emergency.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Generally, any oral care related issue that brings you excessive discomfort, could cause tooth loss, or that can cause more serious symptoms to develop is considered an emergency. One example is a knocked out tooth—a common sports-related injury. It can often be restored if the patient is seen by a dentist urgently. Another example is a throbbing toothache, which often can be cured with root canal therapy.
What You Should Do
The first thing to do in a dental emergency is to keep the affected area clean and clear of food particles. Stop any bleeding by pressing gauze against the gumline for up to 15 minutes. Gargle with warm salt water. If there's swelling, place an ice pack over your cheek. Try to carefully reinsert a (clean) knocked out tooth or place it in milk to bring to the dentist. Retrieve any chipped tooth matter and take it to the dentist. Finally, make sure you call Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT to schedule an urgent visit to the emergency dentist on staff.
Avoiding Emergencies in the Future
Here are a few tips on how to reduce the chance of future dental emergencies:
- Keep your teeth clean, especially after eating sugar-filled foods or beverages, to avoid dental decay.
- Wear a mouth guard when playing sports.
- Ask your dentist about preventative treatments that can strengthen and protect your teeth.
No More Waiting - See an Emergency Dentist
The team at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT. They understand that some dental concerns can't wait. Call (203) 924-4115 today to schedule an emergency visit with Dr. Michael Caserta or Dr. Adrian Basu.
Want to prevent decay and gum disease from happening to you? Find out how.
Caring for your smile and maintaining healthy teeth and gums doesn’t have to be impossible. There are so many little steps you can take every day to prevent cavities and gum disease from befalling your smile. Of course, we know that sometimes it can feel like you aren’t doing enough for your oral health. Our Shelton, CT, family dentists Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu are here to put your oral hygiene to the test.
Here are some tips to follow for preserving your oral health:
Brush Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth is a habit that should have been instilled in your since childhood. In order to keep teeth thoroughly clean, it’s important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and then again in the evening. This is one of the best ways to prevent plaque and food from sticking to the front or back surfaces of your teeth.
While brushing is a great way to keep your teeth clean it’s not the only thing you should incorporate into your at-home oral care routine. If you want to dislodge food and plaque from between teeth, only floss will successfully be able to do this. Floss once a day right before bedtime to ensure that plaque and food doesn’t sit on teeth while you sleep.
Know When to Replace Your Toothbrush
A toothbrush head is not designed to last forever. So, when should you ditch your toothbrush and replace it with a new one? The shape of your tooth’s bristles will tell you all you need to know. If the bristles are frayed and looking a bit rough then they are probably also a bit too rough for your teeth. Expect to replace your toothbrush about every three to four months.
Get Professional Dental Cleanings Twice a Year
Even the very best at-home care will never be able to take the place of professional cleanings. Coming in twice a year to visit our Shelton, CT, dentists ensure that not only do we remove plaque and tartar buildup to get teeth and gums completely clean but that we also are able to pinpoint issues when they are smaller and much simpler to treat. No matter how healthy you are, everyone can benefit from coming in twice a year for preventive dental care.
Whether you have questions about maintaining a healthy smile or you need to schedule your routine cleaning, don’t hesitate to reach out and call the dental team at Dental Associates of Shelton. Here in Shelton, CT, we believe that dental care should be available to everyone. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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