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By Milford Smile Care
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   toothache  

A sharp pain in the mouth is the body’s way of alerting you that there is an issue. In the case of dental pain, the cause is most likely tooth toothachedecay or an abscess. Your family dentist Dr. Thomas Thalody at Family Dental Practice in Milford, CT can help you rehabilitate your smile and get rid of the discomfort you’re feeling. Here are a few reasons why you should not ignore a toothache at any stage. 

The Pain Only Gets Worse
Some people mistakenly believe that a toothache will go away on its own. But the truth of the matter is that in most cases it will just get worse with time. It may start as an occasional dull ache, then progress to sharp pains, and finally lead to continuous throbbing, swelling, and aching. You shouldn’t ignore a toothache when it starts—the problem can be best remedied in the early stages.

Eating Isn’t Easy
When a tooth hurts, it makes eating even your favorite foods a challenge. Eventually, it will cause you to avoid chewing on one side of your mouth. That may seem okay for a while, but soon, the aching feeling may become so strong that it hurts to move your jaw at all. Get ahead of the problem and call your Milford family dentist at (203) 877-2644 for emergency tooth ache care.

The Problem Can Spread to Other Teeth
If your toothache is due to an infection, it can spread to other areas of your mouth if it’s not treated in a timely fashion. The diseased tissue has to be removed and the area thoroughly cleaned to ensure that this doesn’t happen. If the problem is a wisdom tooth that is growing in awkwardly, it could cause crowding and push the other teeth out of position. That could create a new set of problems that may require orthodontic treatment.

See Your Dentist Soon
The more promptly you see your dentist when you have a toothache, the better for your dental and oral health. A root canal, dental repair, or wisdom tooth extraction may be all that’s needed to fix the problem. Call 203-877-2644 today to make an appointment with Dr. Thomas Thalody at Family Dental Practice in Milford, CT.

By Milford Smile Care
June 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you develop a toothache, then you know you need to see a dentist. However, preventive care is just as important, if not more so. preventative dentistryPreventive dental care can help you avoid toothaches and similar problems. In addition to helping you maintain good oral health, preventive care can also improve your overall health. Heart disease and other conditions have been linked to gum disease and poor oral health. At Family Dental Practice, Dr. Thomas Thalody, your Milford, CT, family dentist, can help you stay healthy through preventive care.

Better Oral Health

Regular dental visits that include preventive care play a major role in better oral health. As part of preventive care, regular dental visits give you cleaner teeth, gums and mouth than can be achieved by simply brushing and flossing at home. It is not possible, for instance, to remove tartar buildup through standard brushing and flossing. Stubborn tartar can only be removed from the teeth through a professional cleaning. Removing tartar buildup is an important step in preventing gum disease. Talk to a Milford family dentist about preventive care.

Disease Prevention

In addition to promoting better oral health, preventive dental care also helps prevent other diseases. Regular dental visits with a professional cleaning can help prevent the development of various systemic diseases that have been linked to poor oral health. Maintaining good oral health through preventive care can minimize the risk of developing such diseases as diabetes, pancreatic cancer, heart disease and kidney disease.

Seeing a Milford, CT, family dentist regularly is a vital part of preventive care that promotes good oral health and contributes to better health overall. Further, preventive dental care can help you avoid costly and potentially invasive dental procedures in the future by preventing oral problems from developing. To schedule your next preventive care dental visit with Dr. Thalody, contact Family Dental Practice by calling (203) 877-2644.

By Milford Smile Care
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let tooth loss be the end of a complete smile. Dental implants can change implants

While losing a tooth as a child was actually an exciting moment in your life, it certainly isn’t as exciting as an adult. In fact, it can be downright terrifying. Of course, it’s important to take a deep breath because you have options. You may feel like this is a terrible ordeal but our Milford, CT, family dentist, Dr. Thomas Thalody, can help make it better with dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Implants are small metal posts that are designed to take the place of tooth roots. Implants are placed into the jaw to support an artificial tooth. Implants are the only restorations that are strong enough to last the rest of your life. There is also no other restoration that will look or function more like a real tooth than an implant.

Are dental implants right for me?

Dental implants can be a great option for anyone missing one or more permanent teeth due to gum disease, trauma, decay, etc. Of course, this doesn’t mean that this is the best restorative option for everyone. The proper candidate will be someone who has good oral health. Ideally, you won’t have gum disease and you’ll have a healthy jawbone that can support the implant. Of course, those with gum disease may still be able to get implants as long as they are successfully managing their symptoms.

While implants are a great option for adults they aren’t a good option for children and most teens. Since the implant has to be placed into the jawbone this isn’t an option for patients whose jawbones are still developing. Children and teens dealing with permanent tooth loss can talk to their dentist about other treatment options.

Could you be an ideal candidate for dental implants? Let’s find out! Call Family Dental Practice in Milford, CT, today to schedule a no-risk consultation. Tooth loss happens but you can still have a beautiful smile.

By Milford Smile Care
March 22, 2017
Category: Dental Problems
Tags: Pain   Infection  

When you've got a continually aching tooth that never seems to subside, what's the typical approach you take? While many of us might try to "tough it out," the truth of the matter is that persistent tooth pain could be covering a much more severe dental issue.

Specifically, pain in your tooth that's lasting could indicate the need for a root canal treatment that targets the soft pulp tissue within the inner surface of your teeth. And while many people think root canal therapy is a particularly painful one, at Family Dental Practice you'll find that every root canal treatment is accomplished with about as much discomfort as you feel during a typical filling procedure, helping to erase the persistent pain that's already been plaguing your mouth.

One of the leading dentists on site, Thomas P Thalody DDS, LLC, has a phenomenal track record of successful dental surgeries including root canal treatment, and believes that root canal therapy becomes essential particularly when an infection or inflammation starts to form in a tooth's pulp tissue, which carries all the blood vessels and nerve cells directed to that tooth. Because your tooth's nerves are inside the pulp, you're more likely to feel pain when it's being adversely affected.

Without the help of treatments like root canals from expert dentists like Dr. Thalody, your dental pain will only worsen as the problem grows to other areas of your mouth. In fact, when left to roam free in your mouth, dental dilemmas such as these grow into a dental disaster after they directly contribute to systemic issues elsewhere inside your body.

For more information on how you can overcome persistent pain in your mouth, give one of the expert dentists at Family Dental Practice a call today at (203) 877-2644 for real dental relief right here in Milford, CT!

By Milford Smile Care
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”

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