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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.”

By Milford Smile Care
January 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental injuries  

When your favorite baseball team wins, it's hard not to get excited — especially if you're right there in the stadium. It's even better when a player tosses the ball to fans. But sometimes, in the heat of the moment, things can go awry.

That's what happened during a recent game at New York's Yankee Stadium. After catching the ball that ended the game in an 8-2 Dodgers win, Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig tossed it into a cheering crowd of supporters. “I saw it coming at me and I remember thinking, 'I don't have a glove to catch this ball,'” Dodgers fan Alyssa Gerharter told the New York Daily News. “I felt it hit me and I could feel immediately with my tongue there's a hole. And I looked down at my hand and saw there's a tooth in my hand.”

Ouch. Just like that, one fan's dream became… a not-so-good dream. But fortunately for the 25-year-old software engineer, things went uphill from there. Ushers quickly escorted her into a first-aid room at the stadium. She was then rushed to a nearby hospital, where the upper front tooth was re-inserted into her jaw. After a follow-up appointment at her dentist's office the next day, Gerharter said she remains hopeful the re-inserted tooth will fuse with the bone, and won't require replacement.

We hope so too. And in fact, she has as good a chance of a successful outcome as anyone, because she did everything right. If you're not sure what to do about a knocked-out tooth, here are the basics:

  • locate the tooth, handle it carefully (don't touch the root surface), and if possible gently clean it with water
  • try to open the person's mouth and find the place where the tooth came from
  • carefully re-insert the tooth in its socket if possible, making sure it is facing the right way
  • hold the tooth in place with a soft cloth as you rush to the dental office or the nearest urgent care facility
  • if it can't be replaced in its socket, place the tooth in a special preservative solution or milk, or have the person hold it between the cheek and gum (making sure they won't swallow it) — and then seek immediate care at the dental office
  • follow up at the dental office as recommended

In general, the quicker you perform these steps, the more likely it is that the tooth can be preserved. How quick is quick? The best outcomes are expected when re-implantation occurs in no more than five minutes. So if you're in this situation, don't wait: get (or give) appropriate first aid right away — it just might save a tooth!

If you would like more information about what to do in a dental emergency, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more the Dear Doctor articles “Knocked Out Tooth,” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By Milford Smile Care
December 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.

In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.

Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.

What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.

Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.

A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”

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