In cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding is also known as composite or tooth bonding. This is the process that fixes structural imperfections in the teeth. While dentists call them direct composite veneers, many simply refer to them generically as “dental bonding.” Dental bonding is used to repair cracked, chipped, and discolored teeth including the replacement of silver fillings. It can also repair misaligned teeth, thereby giving the patient a straighter and more uniform smile. This material can be directly applied and sculpted to the surfaces of teeth that are prominently displayed during a smile which is termed as a minimally invasive smile makeover. Continue reading
Chronic severe headaches are an affliction that affects one in eight Americans. Most headaches stem from muscle tension. Many tension headaches can be related to your bite and your dentist might be able to help ease that tension and pain.
How teeth are related to chronic headaches
Grinding and clenching are associated with muscle tension and eventual pain. When you grind or clench your teeth, you place extreme forces on your jaw and facial muscles. Continue reading
A crown is a dental cap that is put on a damaged tooth to help restoring its size, shape and strength, covering the entire visible part of the tooth.
There are many reasons for getting a dental crown:
- It restores a tooth that is already broken or worn out;
- Helps to shield a tooth from decay or cracking;
- It helps to anchor a dental bridge;
- It hides discolored or misplaced teeth;
- It hides dental implants;
Teeth Whitening: Do it yourself or visit the dentist? This question is now being asked by millions of people on the internet. There are so many over the counter whitening products to chose from. Many of those whitening kits claim to be as good as a dentist treatment. Is this really the case? Not according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
In 2009, the ADA released a report on the dangers of using DIY teeth whitening kits. Continue reading
What is restorative dentistry? It is a specialized form of dentistry that involves restoring teeth that have been damaged from infection, injury, gum disease and age. If you have any of these issues, Dr Mariana Conant of Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Fairfield in Fairfield, CT can help you.
One of Dr. Conant’s specialties is restorative dentistry. Over the years Dr. Conant has been able to restore many beautiful smiles to her patients. Her commitment, dedication and passion shine through with every dental procedure. If you need restorative surgery, please call the friendly and helpful staff at our surgery and let us help you. Below is a list of restorative procedures that we can perform for you:
Esthetic Dentistry: Gone are the days of unsightly amalgam fillings. Modern composites now allow dentists to restore teeth to their original strength and color. The composites are made from very strong plastic that fuses to a tooth and holds it together. It looks good, doesn’t expand or break like amalgam and contains no mercury. If you have amalgam fillings you may want to consider having them replaced. Continue reading
There are several unique ways to keep your gums healthy and maintain a regular oral hygiene. Here are a few easy and practical methods, prescribed by doctors.
Intake of Vitamin C: foods rich in vitamin C can help in avoiding any gum diseases or infections. Fruits like strawberries, papayas, oranges, grapes and lemons are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that are not only healthy for your body but are also beneficial for your gums. They help with the growth of body tissues and with the regeneration of bones. Rubbing lemon juice and a little bit of salt on irritated gums can also temporarily relieve pain. Continue reading
Dry socket can occur after having wisdom teeth removed and can be an extremely painful, unpleasant condition, albeit only temporary. It is more likely to occur where lower wisdom teeth have been removed, rather than the upper ones. Fortunately it affects fewer than 5% of patients, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent it.
A socket is simply a hole in the bone where the tooth was extracted. It will fill with blood which then clots and protects the bone and nerves underneath until healing takes place. The blood clot is essential to healing. If the blood clot is dislodged this can lead to dry socket. Continue reading
Having your teeth whitened at the dentist’s office can be quite an expensive investment but offers the one of the best enhancements to your smile. For this reason, it is important that you take care of your newly whitened teeth so that they can maintain their color for a long time. One way of ensuring this is watching what you eat. You need to be particularly careful about what you eat in the first few weeks after the teeth whitening procedure. In this post, we tell you the foods to eat as well as those you need to keep away from.
Foods to Eat
Go for room temperature foods. After undergoing a tooth whitening procedure, there may be a period of pain or sensitivity that lasts up to 72 hours. Continue reading
Fairield, CT – Many consequences of losing teeth are noticeable, like the changes in the way you look and speak. Those results often cause low self-esteem and a lack of confidence that can make it difficult to develop new relationships or find jobs that require interacting with the public. You may suffer from embarrassment and insecurity because you look older than your true age and feel that people seem to notice your teeth more than they notice your attractive features.
However, some consequences of tooth loss are not so apparent, and those are even more serious due to the impact they have on your health. Bones must have a certain amount of stimulation to retain their solidity and shape, and supplying that stimulation to your jawbone is one of the important functions performed by your teeth. Continue reading
Most people look at the loss of their teeth in aesthetic terms before considering the health implications. Missing teeth reduce the functionality of your bite and can lead to bone disintegration in your jaw. This, in turn, can lead to widespread shifting in your other teeth. Lost teeth also invite increased risk of gum infection, an ailment that can lead to health problems throughout the body. Replacing missing teeth is an essential component of responsible oral health, and Dr. Mariana Conant provides several options for patients who need the work done.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
For Fairfield, Connecticut residents who have only one missing tooth, a single-tooth dental implant may be the best option for replacement and restoration. Continue reading