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By Dental Associates of Shelton
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

It’s time to find out how these two dental restorations can restore your smile.

Crowns and bridges are two of the most common types of dental restorations because they have the ability to handle a variety of dental issues, most notably to replace a missing or damaged tooth. Learn more about crowns and bridges by reading below, and contact the Shelton CT, office of general dentists Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu if you are interested in undergoing treatment.


What are bridges and crowns?

These dental prosthetics are fixed in place and may require existing teeth in order to support them. While a dental bridge is only used to replace a missing tooth, our Shelton, CT, dentist may recommend getting a dental crown for several reasons, inlcuding:

  • You have a tooth that is cracked, fractured or broken
  • You have a weak tooth due to traumatic injury or an infection
  • Your tooth is damaged by severe decay and a dental filling won’t fully support the tooth
  • You require root canal treatment
  • You want to improve the appearance of a discolored or severely misshapen tooth
  • You need to cover a dental implant
  • You need to secure a dental bridge in place

As you can see, a dental crown offers many benefits for its wearer. From protecting a natural tooth and preventing the need for extraction, to supporting a dental bridge and covering a dental implant, crowns often both restorative and cosmetic benefits.


What should I expect if I’m getting a crown or bridge?

It can take 2-3 visits in order to get your crown or bridge. Both restorations are custom-made based on molds of your teeth. A tooth will need to be prepped for the crown, which requires us to shave down a very extensive amount of the tooth so the dental cap can cover it.

If you are getting a dental bridge, the crowns are placed over the two teeth surrounding the gap. The false tooth, which will fill the gap in your smile, will be cemented in place.


Give us a call!

Do you have questions about getting a dental crown or bridge? Do you want to talk to us about the different restorative dental treatments we offer in Shelton, CT? If so, don’t hesitate to call Dental Associates of Shelton today at (203) 924-4115 to schedule a consultation with us. We will sit down with you and see if a crown or bridge is the right way to improve your smile!

By Dental Associates of Shelton
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental EmergencyDental emergencies can occur in a second, putting your oral health in jeopardy. Understanding what constitutes an emergency can help you determine if you need to make a call to your dentist. If you do have an urgent dental problem, your Shelton, CT, emergency dentists, Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, offer the emergency services you need to protect your smile.

Will my smile suffer if I don't receive dental care immediately?

Some dental issues, such as loose fillings or damaged dental veneers, can wait until normal business hours. Other dental issues can result in lasting problems if they're not treated right away. Call your Shelton dentist immediately if your tooth is knocked out, loosened, or moved out of its normal position. If a knocked out tooth isn't re-implanted within about an hour, it may not be possible to save it. Ignoring loose teeth or those that have moved out of position can also cause problems that may threaten your smile.

If your tooth was knocked out, rinse it in water and place it back in the socket, between your teeth and your gums, or in a container of your own saliva in preparation for your trip to the dental office. Move the out-of-place tooth gently into its usual position if you can, but don't put any pressure on it until you see the dentist.

Do I have dental abscess symptoms?

Dental abscesses are infections that require immediate dental care. If you aren't treated promptly, the infection can spread to other parts of your body. Abscess symptoms include pain in your tooth or gum, jaw swelling, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and pus or a pimple on your gum.

Am I in severe pain?

Severe pain is never normal. If you experience severe pain after a blow to your mouth or wake up in agony, don't hesitate to contact your dentist.

Protect your oral health with emergency dental treatment. Call your Shelton, CT, emergency dentists, Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, at (203) 924-4115 to schedule your appointment.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How your dentists in Shelton, Connecticut can renew your smile.

Dental Crown SmileA broken, damaged smile can affect your confidence. If your self-esteem and self-confidence are suffering because of a not-so-perfect smile, or if the years of wear-and-tear have hurt your smile, It’s time to restore your smile! The answer is dental crowns! Dr. Adrian Basu or Dr. Michael Caserta at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, Connecticut want to tell you more about what dental crowns can do for you and your smile.

Your smile is your trademark. It’s often the first thing people notice when they meet you, so you want your smile to make a statement. The truth is dental crowns do more than just restore your smile. They make your smile look great too!

That’s because today’s crowns are made of natural-looking, life-like materials like porcelain, which blend with your smile rather than detract from it. Porcelain has a unique property because it reflects light, just like tooth enamel, so your new crowns will look completely natural.

In addition to porcelain, crowns can be made of porcelain fused to a metal underlay, known as a PFM crown. These crowns combine the strength of metal with the cosmetic beauty of porcelain.

Restoring your smile is easy with dental crowns because dental crowns cover the entire visible tooth area above the gumline. They can repair and restore both minor and major damage. In cases of severe breakage, a metal post may be inserted into your tooth and a build-up of metal created for the crown to attach to.

Dental crowns are the answer to repair and restore teeth that are:

  • Worn-down or eroded from aging
  • Broken a damaged from wear-and-tear
  • Heavily discolored from medications

If your self-esteem is suffering because of your less-than-perfect smile, it’s time to get your smile back. It’s time for you to discover what dental crowns can do for you. To get started, just pick up the phone and call Dental Associates of Shelton today!

By Dental Associates of Shelton
August 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

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 root canalenamel 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!

By Dental Associates of Shelton
June 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Shelton, Connecticut want you to knowfillings

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!

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