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By Gargano Family Dentistry
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures   Missing Teeth  

Dentures can restore your smile by replacing several missing teeth. Dentures can replace an entire row of missing teeth or only some teeth along an arch when there are still natural teeth remaining. Several different types of dentures are available. A dentist can recommend the Couple With Denturesright type of denture for you. At Gargano Family Dentistry, Dr. Joseph Gargano and Dr. Theodore Gargano are your North Haven, CT dentists for dentures.

What are the Benefits of Dentures?

Dentures provide multiple benefits. They fill in the gaps where teeth are missing and restore your smile. They can also restore the natural contours of your face by providing support for drooping or sagging facial muscles. Dentures can improve speech by correcting tongue placement when speaking, which can be altered when several gaps exist from missing teeth.

What is the Difference Between Partial and Full Dentures?

There are two main types of dentures — partial and full. Full dentures are also called complete dentures and replace a full arch of missing teeth. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain. Your North Haven dentist can recommend the right type of dentures for you.

Are There Different Types of Partial Dentures?

Two types of partial dentures are transitional and removable. Transitional dentures are only worn temporarily while waiting for the gums to heal following tooth extraction with the goal of placing dental implants at a later date. Partial dentures that are removable are meant to be worn more long-term.

Are There Different Types of Full Dentures?

Two types of full dentures are conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are custom made for each individual patient and are worn long-term. Immediate dentures are worn temporarily before a patient is fitted for custom conventional dentures. Immediate dentures are worn following the extraction of any remaining natural teeth to give the gums time to heal before creating custom conventional dentures.

What is an Implant-Supported Overdenture?

Implant-supported overdentures are another denture option that is beneficial when there are no teeth left in the jaw bone to adequately support a denture. Implant-supported overdentures are held firmly in place by dental implants so there is no need to use dental adhesives, as is the case with other types of dentures.

There are different types of dentures available for giving you a complete smile. To learn more about how dentures can restore your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph or Theodore Gargano, your North Haven, CT dentists, by calling Gargano Family Dentistry at (203) 239-2356 for the Elm Street location or at (203) 239-3985 for the St. John Street location.

By Gargano Family Dentistry
June 11, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic DentistryIs it time you turned to cosmetic dentistry to get the smile you deserve?

It’s amazing how much our smiles can affect our appearance and our self-esteem. If you feel awkward or embarrassed to smile in public because your smile isn’t as attractive as you would like it to be, our North Haven, CT, cosmetic dentists Dr. Joseph Gargano and Dr. Theodore Gargano are here to help instill confidence in your smile thanks to cosmetic dentistry.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental procedure that changes the overall look of your teeth or gums, whether that means altering the color, shape or size. It’s important to distinguish the difference between cosmetic and restorative dentistry. While sometimes cosmetic and restorative dentistry can share similar traits, restorative dentistry is designed to repair a smile to strengthen weak teeth and improve chewing and speaking while cosmetic dentistry is used to improve your smile’s aesthetics.

What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

There are many reasons people choose to get cosmetic dentistry in North Haven, CT. Some benefits include:

  • Improved appearance
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Looking younger
  • Preventing future damage or problems

Is cosmetic dentistry right for you?

It could be! After all, most people are born with the perfect smiles. You may choose to get cosmetic dentistry from our North Haven, CT, dentists if you are dealing with any of these issues:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen or malformed teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Crookedness or crowding
  • Uneven gum line
  • Gummy smiles
  • Yellowing and other discolorations

What types of cosmetic dentistry are available?

Some dental problems may only require minor cosmetic treatments while others may need full makeovers. The most popular types of cosmetic dentistry include:

  • Dental bonding: A simple, non-invasive way to cover small imperfections such as chips, cracks, stains and small gaps between teeth.
  • Tooth/gum reshaping: To improve the shape of a pointy or jagged tooth; also good for improving the symmetry of an uneven gum line.
  • Teeth whitening: In-office whitening can erase yellow stains and get smiles several shades whiter in less than one hour. At-home professional whitening is also available.
  • Dental veneers: These thin tooth-shaped shells are bonded to the front of teeth to cover more moderate-to-severe cosmetic imperfections.
  • Dental implants: The closest you come to natural teeth, a dental implant replaces the tooth roots and provides you with a lifelong restoration to replace one or more teeth.

If you think cosmetic dentistry is the answer to your smile issues then it’s time to schedule a consultation with us to find out which treatment option will meet your specific needs. Call Gargano Family Dentistry today! We offer two offices in North Haven, CT, to serve you better.

 

Ouch!

Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a baseball?

If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your hand, follow these steps!

1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment 203-239-2356. Let us know about youremergency and we will make our best effort to see you right away.

2. If there are tooth fragments that have fallen out, preserve them in a clean container with a moist solution (cold milk, water, saliva), and bring them in to your appointment.

3. Apply a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.

4. If bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad until bleeding stops

It is possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it. If you have any pain when biting down, or when eating something hot or cold, it’s best to get it checked out.

In order to prevent further damage to the tooth or an infection, it’s very important to contact your dentist and correct a cracked tooth immediately.

 

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month

Have you checked your blood pressure recently?

 

In the spirit of raising awareness for what is considered one of the leading causes of death in our society, we're here to explain what blood pressure is, what causes high blood pressure, and how to combat the severe health risks associated with high blood pressure. Checking blood pressure regularly is an important part of keeping high blood pressure controlled. Also, many people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it. That’s why we want to persuade as many people as possible to get a blood pressure check this May.

What is Blood Pressure? 

The easiest way to define blood pressure is by noting that it's the force that pushes blood throughout our bodies via our circulatory system. The force is created by our hearts expelling blood when it contracts during each heartbeat, and then gradually traveling through the smaller branches of arteries before returning.

Measuring Blood Pressure

Anyone who has ever been to a doctor's appointment before is more than likely familiar with having their blood pressure checked via the blood pressure "cuff" that is fastened around the upper arm of the patient and then tightened. Doing so allows a medical professional to accurately identify whether your levels are within a normal range or not. Your blood pressure reading will consist of both a systolic number and a diastolic number. Systolic pressure is the first number and the highest, and measures the contractions of the heart, while the diastolic pressure measures the pressure inside of the arteries during the pause between heartbeats.

Combating High Blood Pressure

While the risks associated with high blood pressure are certainly a cause for concern, there are many ways to keep your levels under control and your health in a positive state. Keeping your body weight at a suitable and healthy range for your height and age is a large factor, as is ensuring that you practice a diet that is rich in produce and low-fat protein. Regularly monitor your sodium intake levels to keep them as low as possible and be aware of how much alcohol you consume on a regular basis. Be sure to also engage in regular exercise for at least 30 minutes every day, as even a simple walk around the block every evening is enough to drastically reduce your overall risk levels.

High Blood Pressure Medications and Oral Health

Some high blood pressure medications interrupt normal saliva flow and cause a chronic dry mouth. Dry mouth is responsible for halitosis an increase in mouth lesions (canker sores) and oral fungal infections. Dry mouth also encourages growth of anaerobic bacteria, the primary cause of cavities and gum disease. We know the medication is imperative to your health and if you take medications for high blood pressure, the dentist or hygienist may recommend more preventive and frequent maintenance appointments to ensure that you are in good oral and physical health.

High blood pressure is often symptomless and can be a “silent killer” at any age — and the only way to know your risk is to have your blood pressure checked. This May, during National High Blood Pressure Education Month, do yourself and your family a favor:

1. Have your blood pressure checked and review the categories at www.heart.org/bplevels  to understand what your numbers mean.

2. Be counted as someone who knows their numbers at www.heart.org/bplevels . Click on the “I’ve Checked My Blood Pressure” button!

3. Encourage the people you care about to know their numbers, too.

4. Visit www.heart.org/ccc to sign up for the CCC Tracker. All you’ll need is an email address and a campaign code: CHKCT.

For more information on high blood pressure go to www.heart.org/hbp or contact our office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IS A KILLER HIDING RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE ??

    Each year in the U.S. alone, approximately 48,250 individuals are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. Unfortunately at this time the majority are found as late-stage disease. This accounts for the very high death rate; about half those diagnosed will not survive more than five years. The Oral Cancer Foundations says that “while smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, heathy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. The good news is that a dentist or hygienist can see or feel the precancerous tissue changes which might lead to a cancer. The examination will only take 3 to 7 minutes of your time and is always done as part of a comprehensive, routine dental visit. Everyone over the age of 18 should be screened annually. The visual and tactile exam is inexpensive, painless and quick.

Who should get screened?

Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual health check-ups.

What are the risk factors?

There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), which is now the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women.

Signs & Symptoms:

* RED AND/OR WHITE DISCOLORATIONS OF THE SOFT TISSUE OF THE MOUTH

* ANY SORE WHICH DOES NOT HEAL WITHIN 14 DAYS

* HOARSENESS WHICH LASTS FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME

* A SENSATION THAT SOMETHING IS STUCK IN YOUR THROAT WHEN SWALLOWING

* UNEXPLAINED NUMBNESS IN THE MOUTH

* EAR PAIN THAT OCCURS ON ONE SIDE ONLY

* A SORE UNDER A DENTURE, WHICH EVEN AFTER ADJUSTMENT OF THE DENTURE, STILL DOES NOT HEAL

* A LUMP OR THICKENING THAT DEVELOPS IN THE MOUTH OR ON THE NECK

Early Detection Saves Lives                                                                                                                

Your dentist is your number one chance for early diagnosis of oral cancers. At each routine dental exam, we perform an oral cancer screening, looking for any suspicious lesions or melanomas. In the event we discover an area of concern, we will refer you to a surgeon for a biopsy to rule out cancer.

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Gargano Family Dentistry will be offering free oral cancer screenings during the month of April. If you have any questions about oral cancer or you have not had a recent dental exam, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  Call 203-239-2356 or 203-239-0678 to make an appointment for your complimentary screening or to schedule your next comprehensive dental exam.

For more information about oral cancer, please log onto The Oral Cancer Foundation’s official website at www.oralcancer.org





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