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What Is A Dental Crown?

fairfield dental artsTooth decay? Broken tooth? Don’t worry — there are many different restorative dental options out there for you to choose from. With proper treatment, you can restore the natural health and beauty of your smile. One of the most popular and common restorative dental solutions is called a “dental crown.” Below, we’ll learn more about what a dental crown can do for your smile.

What is a dental crown?

This tooth-shaped cap is placed directly over your natural tooth. It is used to restore the shape, size and strength of your natural smile. It provides coverage, support and restores the natural look, feel and function of your smile.

When are dental crowns used?

Dental crowns are used to protect weak teeth that are suffering from severe tooth decay, to restore broken teeth or teeth that have been worn down over time, to cover a tooth after it has been given a large filling, to hold dental bridges in place, to cover dental implants, and to cosmetically improve the appearance of teeth.

If you run into any problems at all with your smile health and you think that you may benefit from a dental crown, reach out to our office. Here at Fairfield Dental Arts, we are highly skilled in providing patients with the care they need to restore the natural health and beauty of their smiles.

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Who Is A Good Candidate For Invisalign?

fairfield dental artsAre you looking to improve your smile alignment? There are many different orthodontic options out there — but one of the most popular alternatives to traditional braces is the Invisalign system. These clear aligners are removable, so that you don’t have to alter your eating habits, and transparent, so that others don’t even realize that you are wearing them. However, while there are many benefits to choosing Invisalign, they are not the best orthodontic option for everyone. So how do you know if you qualify for Invisalign? Below are a few of the deciding factors.

Questions That Help Determine If You’re A Good Candidate For Invisalign:

What is the severity of your case?

Invisalign is an excellent solution for smile gaps, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites and crossbites. However, if your case is more severe (ex: a large overbite that causes your jaw to shift), you may need a more traditional approach to orthodontics to address and fix your smile needs.

How old are you?

Your age plays a role in whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign. While these clear aligners are great for older teenagers and adults, they are not a good solution for younger children whose teeth are still growing.

How dedicated are you to your orthodontic treatment?

Invisalign aligners can and should be removed during meals and when brushing your teeth. However, because they are removable, you need to remember to put them back in, too. The effectiveness of your Invisalign treatment depends on how dedicated you are to wearing your aligners. If you aren’t committed to the treatment, Invisalign aligners will not be an effective choice for your smile needs.

Thinking of improving your smile alignment with Invisalign? The best way to determine whether or not you are a candidate is by giving our office a call at 203-254-3780 to schedule a consultation! We can help you determine if this orthodontic treatment is the best option for your smile needs.

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What Do You Do When You Chip a Tooth?

fairfield dental artsOur teeth are one of the strongest bones in our bodies — but sometimes accidents happen. If you find yourself with a chipped tooth, don’t worry. There are several ways to restore your tooth and the beauty of your natural smile with simple cosmetic dental procedures.

What to Do When You Chip Your Tooth:

First and foremost, you need to schedule a dental appointment — you can’t fix a chipped tooth at home.  Additionally, it is important to have a dentist determine the reason why your tooth chipped. If it is due to tooth decay or a cavity, you will need a filling.

How to Fix Your Chipped Tooth:

There are a few different ways to fix a chipped tooth, depending on the severity of your chip. Below are a few of the most common ways.

 

  • Polish It – If your chip is very small, your dentist may suggest that we polish the chip out. This will smooth out the sharp, chipped area.
  • Bonding – Cosmetic bonding is used to reshape the structure of your tooth. It can be used to smooth out gaps, cracks, and chips. This is particularly common with chips that occur on your two front teeth.
  • Onlays & Crowns – If you have chipped or cracked the chewing surface of your teeth, you may need an onlay or crown to restore the tooth structure.
  • Root Canals – If your tooth has a serious break that has reached the root of your tooth, you may need a root canal to restore the health and structure of your tooth.

If you have chipped your tooth, or you are experiencing any other dental problems, do not hesitate to reach out to our office. We are here to help you with all of your smile needs. Call 203-254-3780 to schedule an office visit today!

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What is a Prosthodontist?

prosthodontist | fairfield dental artsLost tooth? Chipped tooth? Don’t worry — there are many ways to restore the beauty of your smile. Whether with a crown, bridge, veneer, inlay, onlay or implant, it is possible to restore the health and appearance of your teeth — and there are dentists who specialize in providing patients with the best dental treatments available. These dentists are called prosthodontists.

So, what exactly is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist specializes in replacing and restoring teeth and jaw structures. After intensive training in a program accredited by the American Dental Association, a prosthodontist is an expert in providing patients with many restorative dental procedures, including: dentures, removable partial dentures, crowns, bridges, caps, veneers and dental implants. Prosthodontists are highly trained in all restorative dental procedures, ranging from single tooth replacements to multiple teeth restorations. When you use a prosthodontist for your restorative dental procedure, you know that you are receiving care from an expert who is trained in completed complex dental procedures, while restoring the functionality and aesthetics of your smile.

If you are in need of a dental restoration, whether it is a dental implant, dentures, crown, bridge, cap or veneers, do not hesitate to reach out to our dental office. We are here to restore your natural smile. Dr. Iaropoli completed his speciality residency in Prosthodontics at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists. Call 203-254-3780 to schedule an office visit today!

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Should I Get A Dental Implant?

dental implant | fairfield dental artsHave you lost a tooth? Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat and talk — but have you ever inquired about dental implants? Nine out of ten times, a dental implant will be highly beneficial to your well-being and comfort. Before taking the plunge into this innovative procedure, here are some of the many perks having a dental implant can offer your smile:

Oral Bone Longevity

When a tooth is missing and you bite down, you’re diminishing the density of a bone in the empty spot. When you get a dental implant installed, it will not only save the existing bone, but it will also save the teeth that surround it.

Safe and Sound

One of the biggest misconceptions about dental implants is that they’re just like dentures. However, dental implants are more complex and durable than removable prosthetics. Unlike dentures, dental implants are custom designed for your unique smile — they are attached directly to your jawbone and are just as sturdy as your natural teeth.

Natural Appearance

Unlike other restorative dental treatments, dental implants provide a truly custom and realistic appearance — they blend in perfectly with your natural smile! It will be extremely tough to tell which teeth are real, and which are implants — only you’ll know the difference. In fact, dental implants will give you the confidence to show off that sparkling smile!

If you want to schedule a consultation for dental implants, do not hesitate to reach out to our office! We are here to ensure that your smile is healthy and beautiful year-round. Call 203-254-3780 to schedule an office visit today!

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Why Do My Teeth Hurt More At Night?

tooth pain | fairfield dental artsNo one wants to deal with the discomfort of a toothache at the end of a long work day. But did you know that evening toothaches are actually quite common? Here are a few of the most common reasons why your teeth might be hurting more at night.

Why Teeth Hurt More At Night:

  • You’re grinding your teeth. If you wake up with a dull headache and sore jaw, you might be clenching your jaw at night — a condition known as bruxism, or TMJ. Because this happens while you are sleeping, many people don’t realize that they grind their teeth!
  • You’re snacking late at night. Do you tend to snack before bed? Sugary foods can make your teeth feel sensitive and sore. Make sure that you are brushing your teeth before bed!
  • You have a cavity. One of the most common reasons why people experience tooth pain is that they have a cavity. When bacteria wears away at your tooth enamel, your tooth is more sensitive.
  • You’re more relaxed. When you down to unwind at night, you may notice things that you were too busy to notice throughout the day — like a sore tooth. When we are less distracted, you may be more prone to notice some discomfort.

If you experience any tooth problems, do not hesitate to reach out to our office! We are here to ensure that your smile is healthy and beautiful year-round. Call 203-254-3780 to schedule an office visit today!

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What You Should Know Before Your Whiten Your Teeth

teeth whitening | cosmetic dentistry |fairfield dental artsIt’s not uncommon for adults to want to restore their dazzling, white smiles. Are you thinking of brightening your smile? Here are a few things you should know before you decide on the right treatment for your smile health.

There are different types of whitening processes.

We offer two different types of teeth whitening treatments here at Fairfield Dental Arts. Patients can choose from Zoom Whitening or at-home whitening trays that are custom fit to your smile.

You can brighten your smile at home — or in the office.

Zoom whitening treatments are done in our dental office. The procedure is safe and completed in just about one hour. Alternatively, you can choose to brighten your smile in the convenience of your own home with custom-made whitening trays. These trays are worn for two hours per day for one to two weeks.

At-home whitening trays should be custom fit to your smile.

There are many different teeth whitening products on the market, but the best way to ensure a healthy, bright smile is with custom-made whitening trays. One size fits all products can be uncomfortable or may not brighten your smile evenly. With a custom tray, you know that you are using professional grade whitening gel with a tray that is designed for your smile.

Looking to brighten your smile? We offer cosmetic teeth whitening services here at Fairfield Dental Arts. Call 203-254-3780 to schedule your consultation!

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Tooth-Friendly Travel Tips

travel toothbrush | fairfield dental artsPlanning a summer vacation? You’ll want to make sure that you keep your teeth healthy on-the-go. Here are a few tooth-friendly travel tips to help you keep your teeth healthy while you’re away on summer vacation.

Tooth-Friendly Travel Tips:

  • Be Mindful of What You Eat – Whether you’re running to the airport or hopping in the car, it can be hard to eat healthy on vacation. Instead of grabbing a bite at the airport, put a healthy snack in your bag. You’ll save money AND keep your teeth healthy.
  • Stay Hydrated – Are you traveling anywhere tropical? Make sure that you stay hydrated!
  • Take Care of Your Travel Toothbrush – Protect your travel toothbrush when you are on vacation! You want to make sure that you don’t expose the bristles to an unclean area that has dirt or debris — like the bottom of an unclean travel case.
  • Protect Your Toothpaste, Too – Just as you should make sure that your toothbrush is clean, you’ll want to make sure that you protect your toothpaste, too. Caps can fall off or get lost in a hotel bathroom. Be mindful and avoid germs.
  • Chew Gum When Flying – Chewing gum is known to be a great way to keep your ears from popping on flights — but be sure to choose xylitol gum. This chewing gum actually prevents bacteria from growing on your teeth!

If you have any questions about how to keep your teeth healthy while traveling this summer, do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment by calling 203-254-3780.

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Tooth-Friendly Summer Meal Prep Ideas

Summer is finally here! But before you reach for cool, sweet summer treats, here are a few tooth-friendly summer meals that are light, delicious, and healthy.

Tooth-Friendly Summer Meal Prep:

Watermelon Salad with Mint

Watermelon is a crunchy fruit that is full of water. This watermelon salad will help you stay hydrated (which is so important during the summer) — and the extra crunch is good for your teeth.

Find the complete recipe here on Real Simple.

Cheesy Summer Squash

This summer squash recipe is the perfect summer dish. It’s light and healthy — and even better, it’s full of calcium-rich cheese that helps fortify your tooth enamel.

Find the complete recipe here on the Food Network.

Crunchy Broccoli Salad

Crunchy vegetables are a great way to clean your teeth while you eat. This crunch broccoli salad recipe is packed with crunchy veggies like broccoli, celery and carrots.

Find the complete recipe here.

If you have any questions about how to keep your teeth healthy this summer, do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment by calling 203-254-3780.

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Dental Tips for a Healthier Summer Vacation

suitcase with toothbrush | fairfield dental artsThere is nothing better than getting away from it all and having a nice, relaxing vacation. However, when away from home it can be hard to stick to your regular routines — including your dental health. Here are a few dental tips to keep your smile healthy — no matter where you are this summer.

Summer Vacation Dental Tips

  • Schedule a Check-Up – Now is the time to schedule your bi-annual cleaning and exam! This will help keep your teeth beautiful and healthy for your getaway.
  • Brighten Your Smile for Photo Ops – If you’ve been thinking about brightening your smile with a tooth whitening procedure, now is the perfect time. We offer both Zoom Whitening and At-Home Whitening in our office so that you confidently smile no matter where you are in the world.
  • Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand – It can be easy to indulge in unhealthy snacks when you’re on-the-go, so keep healthy snacks on hand when possible!
  • Drink Plenty of Water – On busy days it can be hard to remember to stay hydrated. This is especially true if you end up spending your vacation on a hot summer beach! Drink plenty of water — it’s good for your body and your teeth.

If you run into any problems with your smile health this summer, do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment by calling 203-254-3780.

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