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By Dental Associates of Shelton
January 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Cancer  

How your dentists in Shelton, CT can help prevent oral cancer.

How much do you know about oral cancer? Did you know oral cancer can be disfiguring? Did you know oral cancer can kill you? The truth is, oral cancer is serious, with some serious consequences. That’s why it’s so important to know the signs of oral cancer.

Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT offers comprehensive dental care, including oral cancer screening, to help protect you against oral cancer.

The first person to spot potential oral cancer could be you, so it’s vital you know what to look for. Some of the signs of oral cancer include:

  • Lesions or open sores in or around your mouth that don’t heal
  • Wrinkled, white, or thickened patches of tissue inside your mouth
  • Red, irritated, or rough areas of tissue inside your mouth
  • Lymph node swelling under your jaw or in your neck

You may also notice uncomfortable symptoms like these:

  • Tenderness or numbness in your face or in your mouth
  • Pain when you swallow, chew, or talk
  • Frequent hoarseness and sore throat

Doing frequent self-checks of your tissue is a great way to catch oral cancer in its early stages. Self-checks are especially important if you use tobacco products or drink excessive amounts of alcohol, which are two main causes of oral cancer.

When you do a self-check, you need to examine your lips, the inside lining of your cheeks, your gums, and the roof of your mouth. You should also grab your tongue with a small piece of tissue and pull your tongue forward. This will make it easier to examine the sides of your tongue and underneath your tongue.

Visiting your dentist at least once each year and your dental hygienist at least every six months are also important ways to prevent oral cancer. Your dental professionals are experts at oral cancer screenings.

If you have an area that looks suspicious, your dentist may take a sample of tissue and send it off for a biopsy. During a biopsy, a pathologist looks at the tissue sample under a microscope to determine if the tissue is benign, abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous.

Oral cancer is highly treatable if found in the early stages. Treatment for oral cancer includes surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

Oral cancer is serious business, and you need the help of an expert. To find out more about oral cancer signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, call Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT at (203) 924-4115. Call today.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
October 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

How dental crowns from your family dentists in Shelton, Connecticut can improve your smile.

If you have damaged your smile, dental crowns can help repair your smile. If you have a smile full of broken teeth, dental crowns can help restore your smile. In fact, there are many benefits of dental crowns. They can strengthen and enhance the beauty of your smile. Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu at Dental Associates of Shelton, in Shelton, Connecticut offer a wide range of dental services, including dental crowns to improve your smile.

One of the main benefits of dental crowns is that they strengthen your smile. They do this by:

  • Covering the entire visible surface of your tooth above the gumline
  • Creating more surface area for chewing, which spreads out chewing pressure
  • Protecting your tooth from breaking and losing vital tooth structure

Another major benefit of dental crowns is that they enhance the beauty of your smile. They do this by:

  • Using porcelain as a main material for dental crowns
  • Making a crown from light-reflective materials that look just like tooth enamel
  • Creating a lifelike crown that will resist staining and look beautiful for years

There are several materials for crowns. Gold was the standard crown material decades ago, but now more people choose exquisite porcelain for their crowns because of its natural look. In fact, once a porcelain crown is placed, it is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

Porcelain is beautiful, but sometimes you need a bit more strength, especially for back teeth. In this case, the porcelain is fused to a strong metal underlay. These crowns, known as PFM crowns, combine the beauty of porcelain, and the strength of metal, to give you the best of both worlds.

You owe it to yourself and your smile to discover the benefits of dental crowns. Your smile deserves the best protection and the most beautiful restoration, and that’s dental crowns! To find out more about the benefits of dental crowns and what dental crowns can do for your smile, call Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, in Shelton, Connecticut at (203) 924-4115. Call today.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
October 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits  

Your smile is a real treasure. It enables you to eat, speak, express emotion and shows your uniqueness to the world. In other words, your smile is many ways. To keep it healthy and bright for your entire lifetime, see your family dentist in Shelton, CT, regularly. Dr. Adrian Basu and Dr. Michael Caserta at Dental Associates of Shelton work to protect teeth and gums for your best well-being.

What do you need?

To maintain good oral health, children to adults in their elder years require routine in-office care. While your brushing, flossing and dietary habits at home are foundational to your great smile, you also need the input and services of your family dentist.

At Dental Associates of Shelton, Dr. Basu and Dr. Caserta ask you to come in twice a year for a cleaning and check-up. These preventive services are so important as they detect problems before they spiral out of control, and they keep gum disease, decay, tooth loss and their related systemic health problems at bay.

According to research from the American Dental Association (ADA), 85 percent of adults in the United States absolutely agree that prevention avoids smile-related health issues. However, only a small 15 percent believe they possess good oral health. What's the answer to this dilemma? Join with your dentist in achieving your best smile.

What happens at a regular dental visit?

Frankly, our services are anything but routine. Our family dentists individualize treatment plans according to patient need and preference. They'll follow you throughout each stage and circumstance of your life and adjust your care accordingly.

When you come to Dental Associates at Shelton, here's what to expect:

1. A warm welcome which respects your time and needs

2. A refreshing, professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar

3. Digital X-rays as needed

4. Updating of your medical history

5. A comprehensive oral examination to check for decay, gum disease, bite problems, excessive enamel wear, condition of fillings and crowns and signs of oral cancer.

6. A care plan to address your preventive and restorative needs and some cosmetic improvement ideas as well.

Dr. Basu or Dr. Caserta may include fluoride treatments to reduce tooth sensitivity and harden enamel and/or plastic sealants to protect the pits and fissures on chewing surfaces. These are easy and very effective preventive treatments.

Come see us

We serve patients of all ages. In fact, we love seeing whole families for their routine dental visits. Phone for a check-up with Dr. Adrian Basu or Dr. Michael Caserta at Dental Associates of Shelton: (203) 924-4115.

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.

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