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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?
- Your Shelton family dentist first examines teeth/tooth using x-rays to determine the extent of the decay.
- Your tooth will be anesthetized so you won't feel any discomfort.
- The family dentist then removes the decayed area of the tooth.
- 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.
- A special light hardens each layer applied.
- 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!
Just as you should be brushing and flossing your teeth every day, you should also be monitoring your smile. By paying attention to any changes in your teeth, you can catch problems early on and schedule an appointment with our Shelton, CT, general dentists, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu, for care.
While most of the time our dental team can treat problems without resorting to pulling a tooth, there are certain signs that may tell us that you may actually benefit in the long term from a tooth extraction. Here are some of those situations:
While not all damaged teeth are beyond repair, if a tooth has been severely fractured or broken either below the gumline or to the point that there is barely any strong tooth structure left, then the best option may be to remove the tooth altogether and replace it.
Impacted Wisdom Tooth
This is one of the most common reasons for a tooth extraction. In fact, most teens or young adults who have wisdom teeth will need to have them removed, for they generally isn’t enough room for the new teeth to erupt.
As a result, they can become impacted, meaning that these molars only partially erupt through the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to infection, gum disease, pain, and damage to neighboring teeth if not removed.
Widespread or Severe Infection
If there is an infection within the tooth, then our Shelton, CT, general dentists will need to treat it with a root canal. However, if the problem isn’t treated right away, the damage can become so serious that the tooth must be removed. The same issues can occur in those with severe untreated gum disease.
What are the signs that a tooth should be extracted?
Many of the symptoms below do not necessarily mean that you will need to have a tooth extracted, however, it’s important that you see us if you experience any of these telltale signs:
- Severe toothache
- Pain that gets worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth
- Jaw pain or stiffness
- Swollen gums around a tooth
- Fever accompanied by other dental symptoms (a sign of infection)
Concerned? Give us a call
If you are living in Shelton, CT, and dealing with any of the symptoms above, it’s important that you turn to our office right away for a consultation. Call Dental Associates of Shelton today at (203) 924-4115 to schedule an immediate appointment.
More than 64 percent of adults in the U.S. have some form of periodontal (gum) disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Could you be one of them? Since early gum disease symptoms can be subtle, regular visits to your dentist are important. Your Shelton, CT, general dentists, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton help their patients improve their oral health with effective treatments for periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease signs and symptoms
Mild to severe periodontal disease can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Inflamed Gums: Are your gums red and swollen? Inflammation may be one of the first signs of gum disease and can occur if you have poor oral hygiene habits.
- Pain: Inflamed gums can be painful. You may notice increased pain when you press on your gums or chew.
- Bleeding After Brushing and Flossing: Many people assume that a little bleeding when brushing or flossing is nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, they're wrong. If your teeth bleed when you brush or floss, you may have gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease. Treating gingivitis promptly can prevent the disease from progressing.
- Bad Breath: Bad breath occurs due to bacterial growth. Mouthwash, more frequent brushing and breath mints won't improve your breath if the problem is related to gum disease.
- Changes in the Appearance of Your Gums: Gum disease may cause your gums to recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages frequently accompanies receding gums. If you overlook the initial symptoms of periodontal disease, your gums may eventually pull away from your teeth, forming deep spaces called pockets that harbor bacteria and pus.
- Loose Teeth or Denture Changes: Severe periodontal disease can loosen your teeth and even lead to tooth loss. A change in the fit of your dentures may mean that you have periodontal disease.
Keep your gums healthy with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits. If it's time for your next checkup, or you're concerned about gum disease, call your Shelton, CT, general dentists, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton at (203) 924-4115 to schedule an appointment.
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!
Dental 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.