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By Dental Associates of Shelton
June 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Family dentists treat cavities by removing decayed portion of the tooth then filling the once decayed area. Fillings also repair cracked, broken teeth and worn down teeth. Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, provide patients with fillings to protect teeth.

More About Tooth-colored Fillings

About 78% of people have had at least one cavity by age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Dental fillings seal a small hole in your tooth caused by cavity and decay. Fillings prevent bacteria-induced infection from spreading further into teeth and gums.

What does the procedure consist of?

  1. Your Shelton family dentist first examines teeth/tooth using x-rays to determine the extent of the decay.
  2. Your tooth will be anesthetized so you won't feel any discomfort.
  3. The family dentist then removes the decayed area of the tooth.
  4. The remaining tooth structure is roughened with a mildl acidic solution, then translucent cement is applied to bond the tooth and the filling material together.
  5. A special light hardens each layer applied.
  6. The dentist shapes composite material, removes excess material and polish the final restoration.

Advantages of Tooth-colored Composites

  • Tooth-colored fillings match the color of existing teeth.
  • They are perfect for visible parts of teeth.
  • Composite fillings provide further structural support.
  • It restores and repairs chipped, broken, or worn teeth.

Other Filling Types

In addition to tooth-colored, there is also ceramics and glass ionomer composite resin fillings:

  • Ceramics are made of porcelain and are resistant to staining.
  • Glass ionomer is made of acrylic and a specific type of glass material that eliminates secondary leakage.

Need a consultation?

If you would like to speak with a family dentist, then contact Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, at (203) 924-4115 today!

By Dental Associates of Shelton
May 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

At Dental Associates of Shelton, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu, are fully equipped to deal with pressing dental situations. Bleeding, cracked or knocked-out teeth, pain--our emergency dentists deal with them all in their Shelton, CT, office.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency requires quick action on your part and as soon as possible treatment by your emergency dentist in Shelton. Your pressing situation may involve intense pain, infection, hard or soft tissue loss, fracture, laceration, or burn impaired function, or changed personal appearance. Additionally, a true dental emergency may put your overall health and life in danger.

Your team at Dental Associates of Shelton urges you to contact the office for first aid recommendations and a same-day in-office consultation as needed. Take life-threatening situations, such as a jaw fracture or uncontrolled bleeding, to the hospital emergency room right away.

Examples of emergencies and what to do

Avulsed tooth Dear Doctor says you should wash off the tooth with water and replant it--the sooner the better. Quick restoration of a knocked-out tooth greatly increases its chances of long-term survival. Alternatively, you may carry the tooth in water or milk to the office.

Lacerated soft tissue Apply direct pressure with 4x4s or a clean cloth. If bleeding does not stop with 15 minutes, go to the closest ER or urgent care center.

Lost crown or filling or cracked tooth Bring the fragments to your emergency dentist in Shelton. He may use composite resin to repair chips or cracks. Fillings or crowns could need total replacement.

Toothache Dental pain develops for a variety of reasons, including fracture, abscess, deep decay, exposed roots, and more. Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain, and apply a cold compress to a swollen jaw. A warm compress soothes soft-tissue soreness. Rinse your mouth with saltwater if you taste drainage.

Be careful about your oral health

If you or a loved one play sports, avoid injury with an athletic mouthguard. This acrylic device will cushion your mouth in case of a blow or fall.

If you open packages with your teeth or bite your fingernails, please stop. Also, keep your six-month dental appointments. Your dentist may uncover problems while they are still developing and easier to address.

We'll always help

Please contact your emergency dentist immediately at the first sign of a serious dental problem. You'll be treated accurately and compassionately. At Dental Associates of Shelton, you and your smile are our highest priorities. Phone Dr. Caserta or Dr. Basu at (203) 924-4115.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
April 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Care  

Teaching your children about good oral hygiene can help them avoid painful cavities and other oral health issues. Twice-yearly checkups at the Shelton, CT, office of your family dentists, Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, are another essential aspect of good dental health.

When should oral hygiene start?

Plaque, the sticky, transparent film that causes cavities, can coat your child's gums even before any teeth appear. A new tooth is more likely to develop a cavity if plaque is present as it pushes through the gum. Fortunately, it's easy to remove plaque by gently wiping the gums with a damp washcloth or small piece of gauze.

Once teeth begin to erupt, use the washcloth or a child-size toothbrush to clean the tooth. If your child has only one or two teeth, use a rice-sized dab of toothpaste. As more teeth appear, gradually increase the amount of toothpaste until it's about the size of a pea.

What is the ideal oral hygiene routine for kids?

Just like adults, kids should brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Flossing can begin as soon as children have two teeth next to each other. When your kids can hold a brush, they can start to handle some of the brushing themselves.

Use toothpaste that contains fluoride. The mineral reduces your child's cavity risk by rebuilding weak areas of tooth enamel.

Show your kids how to brush correctly by demonstrating on yourself or on a doll. As you brush, place the bristles against the teeth at a 45-degree angle. Be sure to brush the front and back of teeth and the front part of the tongue to completely remove plaque.

Although young children may be able to hold a brush, they probably won't have the manual dexterity to do a thorough job. Help them by guiding their hands as they brush. By age seven, most kids can handle brushing on their own, although they still may need a little supervision.

Flossing is just as important as brushing, as it removes plaque between teeth. Cleaning these areas shouldn't be painful. Show your children how to gently move the floss back and forth between the teeth.

Dental visits help keep your children's smiles healthy

Regular visits to your Shelton family dentist are an essential part of good oral hygiene. The visits include a checkup by the dentist and a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. These appointments help your dentist diagnose and treat cavities and other issues that could affect your child's teeth or his or her growth and development.

Protect your children's smiles with dental checkups. Call your Shelton, CT, family dentists, Drs. Caserta and Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, at (203) 924-4115 to schedule an appointment.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
February 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Developing an infection in the gums can lead to gum disease. Left untreated, tooth loss can result. Learning to recognize the early signs of gum disease so it can be treated promptly. Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu, the family dentists at Dental Associates of Shelton, can have several ways to treat gum disease, as well as restore gum health and prevent tooth loss.

Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection. Left untreated, the infection can spread to other areas, including the bone that supports the teeth. tooth loss can occur when the bone becomes severely infected, which is why it is critical to treat gum disease as soon as possible. Early signs of gum disease include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Gum sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A periodontal abscess

If you have developed any of these signs, schedule an appointment with one of the family dentists at our office in Shelton. Several treatments exist for restoring the health of infected gum tissue.

Treatment Methods

Treating gum disease as soon as the early warning signs are detected can help prevent eventual tooth loss by restoring the health of infected gums and preventing the infection from spreading to the bone. Methods for treating gum disease include both surgical and non-surgical therapies. Our family dentists can determine which techniques are best for restoring gum health your case based on the extent of the infection and other factors. Gum disease therapies include:

  • Gum Grafting: A method for replacing lost or damaged gum tissue with healthy tissue grafted from another area of the mouth.
  • Scaling and Root Planing: A method for deep-cleaning plaque and tartar below the gum line.
  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery: A method for reshaping damaged gum tissue to achieve a more pleasing appearance.
  • Crown Lengthening Surgery: A method for exposing more of the tooth when there is excess gum tissue covering it. This is sometimes necessary when placing dental crowns over damaged teeth.

See one of the experienced family dentists at our office in Shelton right away if you have developed some of the early signs of gum disease. Starting treatment right away can restore gum health and prevent tooth loss. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Caserta or Dr. Basu, call Dental Associates of Shelton at (203) 924-4115.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
December 20, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: White Fillings  

White fillings offer a subtle restoration option when you have a cavity. Here at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, your family dentists, Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu, help you care for your smile with fillings and other treatments that improve your oral health and appearance.

What are white fillings?

White fillings are made of composite resin, a durable material composed of powdered glass and plastic. Composite resin is tinted to match common tooth shades. As a result, your new filling blends in with your smile rather than calling attention to your dental work.

What happens when I receive a white filling?

The filling process is much the same no matter what type of filling you receive. After your Shelton family dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth, he'll add the composite resin to fill and seal the tooth.

Before a tooth is filled, a margin of healthy tooth structure surrounding the decayed area must be removed. Although this is an essential step, the more tooth structure is removed, the weaker your tooth becomes. If you choose a white filling, your dentist will only need to remove a small margin, thus helping to keep your tooth stronger overall.

After filling your tooth, your dentist hardens the composite resin with a special curing light, finalizing your restoration.

What are the benefits of white fillings?

Appearance isn't the only advantage of receiving a white filling. Because the fillings bond to your tooth when they're exposed to the curing light, they actually strengthen your tooth.

White fillings won't discolor over time, which means that your tooth will look the same whether you've just received a filling or it's been in place for five years. The fillings can also be used to treat new cavities or replace old fillings.

Need dental work? Give us a call

Protect your teeth with white fillings! Call your Shelton, CT, family dentists, Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, at (203) 924-4115 to schedule an appointment.

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