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By Dental Associates of Shelton
April 14, 2022
Category: Dental
Tags: General Dentist  


When was the last time you saw your dentist for a checkup?

Life gets busy. We get it! But it should never get so busy that you forget to see your dentist. It is time for you to turn to Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, for your routine teeth cleaning. After all, these six-month checkups are truly the best way to keep your smile healthy.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

When you come into the office for your six-month checkup here’s what to expect:

  • A thorough professional cleaning using specialized tools that will fully remove plaque and tartar buildup, while also removing surface stains
  • A comprehensive oral examination to make sure that your teeth look healthy and that there aren’t any issues
  • An oral cancer screening to evaluate the soft tissue of the mouth to look for lesions, patches, and other warning signs of oral cancer
  • Once a year we will perform X-rays to get a more in-depth look at the health of your entire mouth including the face and jaw (it can also detect decay between teeth)
  • We will provide recommendations as necessary. If you grind your teeth at night we may recommend creating a custom nightguard that you’ll wear to protect your teeth while you sleep


How often do I need a dental cleaning?

Most people need to see the dentist twice a year. Smokers, those with active oral health diseases, and pregnant or menopausal women may be more at risk for developing dental issues and may want to come in every 3-4 months for cleanings and checkups. 

If it’s been more than six months since your last routine cleaning, then it’s time to turn to Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT. To schedule your next visit, call (203) 924-4115. 

 

By Dental Associates of Shelton
March 15, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental fillings  

One of the most common dental treatments—one you've probably heard about since your childhood years—is a cavity filling. A filling covers and protects the exposed tooth enamel after decay has been identified and removed from a tooth. This allows the previously infected tooth to get stronger and maintain its good health. Understand how a filling placed by your dentist at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, can make your smile healthy again.

What Is a Dental Filling?

A filling is a restorative dental treatment that uses a protective material (usually composite resin, porcelain, or glass ionomer) to replace lost enamel. When a cavity is treated, some of the enamel has to be removed to expose the decay. After treatment, the dental filling is added in layers to the outer surfaces of the teeth, matching the pits and fissures for a natural look. When filled, bad bacteria can't compromise the tooth again if you keep it healthy.

Types of Fillings

The default choice for fillings in the past was amalgam, which has a dark metallic look. It's durable and provides long-lasting protection from future decay. More recently, patients are choosing tooth-colored fillings because they preserve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth while also securing it from damage. They are made of composite resin, glass ionomer, or porcelain—all materials that your dentist can color-match with your tooth.

Making Your Smile Healthy

Without a filling, decay will continue to progress until it ultimately claims the tooth. It's best to get ahead of the problem to avoid expensive and more time-consuming treatments. With a protective filling, your tooth has a chance to get better and return to full health. You can chew your food with confidence again, instead of living in fear of dental discomfort. A filling will last between five to 15 years (possibly longer) if you brush often and have your teeth examined regularly by a dentist.

Keep Your Smile Intact

Without a filling, a dental cavity can progress to a more serious infection. Make sure to have your teeth checked by your dentist at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, to see if you need a filling. Call 203-924-4115 today for an appointment.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
December 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

When searching for a family dentist in Shelton, CT, you want one who will treat you like a member of his or her own. Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton are committed to providing a positive experience for patients from infancy to adulthood. Our family dentist in Shelton, CT, may recommend pediatric dental treatments to patients as little as one year old to prevent tooth decay or save and repair your child's teeth when necessary. Please call our office to discuss what options might be best.

How Often Should My Kids See The Dentist

Children should begin seeing a dentist at the age of one or as soon as the first tooth appears. Doing so can establish a solid foundation for oral care throughout their lifetime. You may wonder why it's necessary to start assessing their mouth this early. But it's valuable to address oral habits such as finger or thumb-sucking, which can negatively impact tooth position. Visiting a dentist twice a year is a good rule of thumb, but like models for most things, one size doesn't fit all. For children (and adults), the amount of dental visits required depends on your oral hygiene, habits, and health. If you're prone to cavities, periodontal disease, or lack oral care habits, Dr. Caserta and Dr. Basu may request to see you a bit more frequently.

Our family dentist in Shelton, CT, considers it a pleasure to rid adults and children in the community of oral diseases and create beautiful smiles. When visiting Dental Associates of Shelton, Dr. Michael Caserta, and Dr. Adrian Basu focus on the unique needs of every patient, regardless of age. If your child plays sports, we offer custom mouth-guards to protect their teeth from injury, or if teeth require straightening, both dentists can answer any orthodontic questions or concerns you (or your child) may have. Please call (203) 924-4115 to schedule an appointment with our Shelton, CT, family dentist.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
November 04, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Emergency Dentist  

Like any other part of your body, sometimes your teeth and gums may need emergency care. If you have a dental issue that must be handled immediately, don't hesitate to contact your local emergency dentist in Shelton, CT. Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu are your experienced dentists at the Dental Associates of Shelton. Visit us for your ongoing and emergency dental needs.

What Is A Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency can happen for a number of reasons. It may be caused by a chronic disease or by a sudden accident. An emergency can affect your teeth and gums. Let's look at some typical types of dental emergencies you may need your emergency dentist in Shelton, CT, to treat.

Traumatic Dental Injuries

Do you or your children play sports? While sports may be fun and great for the body, sometimes they can cause a tooth to get knocked out. This is why it is helpful to use a mouthguard when you can. When a tooth is knocked out or chipped an accidental fall, there are a few ways we can save it with quick thinking.

To save a chipped or knocked-out tooth:

  • Find the tooth or chipped pieces
  • Gently clean knocked out tooth
  • Place the tooth back in the socket or in a container of milk
  • Hold the re-inserted tooth in place
  • Go to a dental office immediately 

Tooth Pain

Persistent tooth pain is often a sign of tooth decay or an infection. When an infection is left untreated, it can eventually spread to the gums. Your teeth may be sensitive or have a loose filling. If pain persists, especially if it is keeping you up at night, seek immediate care from your dentist.

Gum Emergencies

People often associate dental emergencies only with tooth injuries or pain. The soft tissue around our teeth, such as the gums and cheek lining, are also subject to trauma and infection. A common emergency in this part of our mouth involves gum abscesses, also known as periodontal abscesses.

Dr. Caserta and Dr. Basu are your local emergency dentists in Shelton, CT, who can help with a range of dental concerns. Contact Dental Associates of Shelton by calling us at (203) 924-4115. We are here for you during a routine check-up or treatment for a traumatic dental injury.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
October 18, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Emergency Dentist  

Losing a tooth is a rite of passage when you're a child, but becomes a dental emergency once your permanent teeth come in. Fortunately, your emergency dentists, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, offer treatments that can help stabilize your loose tooth.

Why teeth loosen

Permanent teeth can loosen due to:

  • Trauma: A fall or blow to the mouth may be the reason that your tooth is loose.
  • Grinding or Clenching: Grinding or clenching your teeth at night could crack or loosen teeth.
  • Gum Disease: A bacterial infection caused by gum disease can destroy bone, tissue, and ligaments that hold your teeth in place.
  • Pregnancy: Hormone levels increase during pregnancy and may weaken or loosen the bones and ligaments around your teeth.
  • Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones, can loosen teeth if it affects the jawbone.

Loose teeth are a dental emergency and require an immediate call to the Shelton, CT, dental office. Unfortunately, loose teeth don't get better on their own. If you don't visit your emergency dentist right away, you may lose your tooth.

Treating loose teeth

Treatment for loose teeth depends on the cause and the severity of the problem. Your dentist may use a splint to stabilize your tooth by bonding it to the teeth on either side. Permanently or temporarily splinting the tooth decreases pressure on it when you chew and gives the tooth time to heal.

Your dentist may recommend bite adjustment if your tooth loosened due to grinding. Removing small amounts of tooth enamel in strategic locations decreases pressure on your tooth, allowing it to heal and become more stable.

You'll need to treat your gum disease if the disease is the cause of your problem. You may need a deep cleaning to remove plaque and bacteria above and below your gum line. Flap surgery to reattach your gums to your teeth or bone or tissue grafts to replace lost bone or gum tissue may also be needed.

Do you have a loose tooth? Call your emergency dentists in Shelton, CT, Dr. Caserta and Dr. Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton at (203) 924-4115 to schedule your appointment.





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