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By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
March 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures

Although regular brushing will help keep your teeth healthy, for many people brushing alone doesn't give them the dazzling smile they are hoping for. If your teeth are stained or discolored, professional whitening services can help. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon offer teeth whitening in Putnam, CT.

Who Needs Whitening?

The color of teeth can vary from one person to the next. Habits such as smoking or consuming certain foods and drinks like coffee can stain your teeth. Teeth whitening in Putnam, CT, is available for individuals who would like to improve the color and overall appearance of their teeth.

How Is Whitening Done?

In-office teeth whitening is done using a specialized peroxide formula. Your dentist will make sure your gums are protected before applying the whitening gel. It is then activated with a special light and left on your teeth for about an hour. Your teeth can be 3-8 shades whiter with just one treatment and the results are long-lasting with the proper dental hygiene. 

Is Whitening Safe?

Whitening is safe for most patients. The dentist will decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure because there are some types of discoloration that don't respond to whitening like discoloration caused by certain medications. There are other treatment options for these kinds of stains.

Care For Your Teeth

Once you have completed your whitening procedure, you will want to care for your teeth going forward. You will want to make sure that you kick bad habits which are contributing to your teeth staining. You should also brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.

If you would like to learn more about brightening your smile, Dr. Stephen Solomon, and Dr. Jonathan Solomon offers teeth whitening in Putnam, CT. Call (860) 928-6533 to set up an appointment today.

By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
February 04, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Are you suffering from a weak, damaged tooth? You can now strengthen your teeth and improve your smile with dental crowns from your Putnam, CT, dentists, Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon.

Dental problems, like teeth decay, will affect your smile and make the teeth unable to function well. For such cases, dental crowns are the solution. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over your damaged, decayed, or misshapen tooth. As it replaces the whole tooth structure above the gum line, the crown is the treatment of choice when the damaged tooth is missing a significant amount of its structure.

Dental crowns in Putnam, CT, can be made from different materials. The choice depends on the personal preferences of the patients and the qualities that must be present in the crown to perform its function. Porcelain crowns look like natural teeth, which makes them the most aesthetic choice. Cast gold crowns are the best for durability, but they aren't preferred in the front teeth because of their color. Another option is porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, which also have their pros and cons.

To prepare your tooth for the crown, your dentist will shape your tooth to fit inside it. After they prepared the tooth, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth and send it to the laboratory to produce a custom-made crown for you. When it is ready, your dentist will cement the crown into place. A crown can be fixed using either a resin or permanent cement.

A dental crown can be used to restore a broken tooth, hold dental bridges in place, cover a misshapen or discolored tooth, and cover a dental implant. As a bonus, the crowns don’t require any special care other than the daily routine of brushing and flossing.

To learn more about dental crowns, contact your Putnam, CT, dentists, Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon. Call (860) 928-6533 to schedule your appointment.

By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D.
September 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Seeing a dentist regularly for preventive care is one of the most important ways you can safeguard the health of your teeth and gums. A primary goal of preventive care is to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues by maintaining better oral health. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon, your experienced dentists in Putnam, CT, also serving the Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, and Thompson, CT, areas offer preventive dentistry services to help you enjoy a healthier mouth.

Dental Checkups

Dental checkups are one of the most effective ways to promote better oral health and prevent issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Preventing oral health problems means you’ll never have to deal with them. Most patients benefit from scheduling a dental checkup once every six months. Checkups include an oral exam performed by the dentist and thorough teeth cleaning. The dentist might also recommend certain preventive care services, such as dental sealants or fluoride treatments.

During the oral exam portion of your checkup, Your Putnam, CT, dentists will look for signs of oral health issues, such as cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer. Seeing the dentist regularly helps with the detection of new oral health issues that may have developed since your last visit. Identifying problems early on allows them to be treated promptly before they progress and lead to other issues or become more complicated to treat.

Another aspect of dental checkups is professional cleaning. Even the most thorough at-home oral hygiene routine can fail to clear away trapped bacteria that can cause infection and decay. Additionally, brushing and flossing cannot remove tartar buildup, which occurs when lingering plaque hardens on the teeth. Tartar buildup bonds to tooth enamel and can only be removed by a dental professional during an in-office cleaning. Regular professional cleanings help prevent serious oral health problems.

Developing Healthy Habits

Preventive care is not limited to dental visits. There are many things you can do on your own to maintain better oral health and prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues. Some healthy habits you can develop to enjoy better oral health include:

  • Brush teeth twice a day
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride
  • Floss between teeth daily
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks
  • Avoid smoking or tobacco products

The importance of preventive care for maintaining a healthy mouth cannot be understated. Preventing oral health issues can help you avoid complicated and costly treatments down the road. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon can help you enjoy better oral health through preventive care visits. To schedule an appointment with the dentists at our Putnam, CT, office, also serving the Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, and Thompson, CT, areas, call (860) 928-6533.

By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
August 16, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Wondering how a crown could improve the health and appearance of a weak or damaged tooth?

According to the American Academy of Endodontists, about 15 million root canals are performed each year in the US and over 41,000 root canals are performed each day. Root canals are often recommended when the inner structure of the tooth, better known as the pulp, is infected or irritated. Luckily, dental crowns are an ideal way to protect and restore the damaged tooth after root canal treatment. Whether you’re preparing for your upcoming root canal therapy or you are simply dealing with a cracked or damaged tooth that you think might benefit from a dental crown, it’s never a bad time to turn to our Putnam, CT, dentists Drs. Stephen & Jonathan Solomon.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are sometimes referred to as dental caps, as they are designed to fit over the top of the tooth to protect it from further damage while also restoring function. Dental crowns are designed to look just like the crown of a natural tooth and are even custom-made to match the shade of your smile.

When are dental crowns used?

If you have a tooth that has severe decay, damage (e.g. a fracture) or an infection, the tooth may lose its strength and durability. Over time, this can lead to further damage to your natural tooth. To prevent further damage, our Putnam, CT, family dentists will recommend getting a dental crown. While crowns are most often placed after root canal therapy, they can also be used to support and strengthen damaged teeth, secure dental bridges in place, improve the appearance of a tooth and cover dental implants to replace a missing tooth.

What are the benefits of getting a dental crown?

The dental crowns we offer are made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain and ceramic, which means that they are made to look just like real teeth. Ceramic and porcelain crowns are also considered allergy- and gum tissue-friendly, and are incredibly durable and long-lasting.

What should I expect during my dental treatment?

First, your dentist will examine your teeth and take impressions to create the right crown for your smile. After this initial consultation and planning phase, you will then come in for the actual procedure.

During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth by shaving down any of the decaying or damaged parts. While your permanent crown is being made, we will fit you with a temporary crown.

When your permanent dental crown is complete, we will cement and bond the crown to your natural tooth. Local anesthesia is always administered before placing a dental crown to ensure that the patient feels fully comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

Our dental team is proud to provide trustworthy dental care to the Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, and Thompson, CT areas. If you’re preparing for your upcoming dental crown appointment, feel free to give us a call anytime at (860) 928-6533 if you have questions. If we can take some of the stress out of your next visit, let us know!

By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
March 30, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in Putnam, CT, can give you back your smile.

It’s difficult to live without a full smile. Missing teeth can cause you to stop smiling, affect your self-esteem, and diminish the function of your smile. Fortunately, you can get your smile back, thanks to dental implants! Your expert Putnam, CT, doctors offer a wide range of dental services, including dental implants to restore your smile.

You may be wondering if dental implants are right for you. The truth is, they are right for just about everyone who wants a beautiful, strong smile.

If you are generally healthy, dental implants are a great choice for you because they are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that your body won’t reject. In fact, dental implants have a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

If you want a natural-looking, beautiful smile, dental implants are a great choice for you. Dental implant crowns are made of materials that look just like your natural teeth. That means your new dental implants will look virtually identical to the surrounding teeth.

If you want to be confident your tooth replacement will stay put, dental implants are perfect for you. Dental implants are firmly embedded in bone, so they will never move around.

If you want convenient tooth replacement, dental implants are right for you too. You can brush and floss dental implants just like your natural teeth. It’s easy and quick to keep your smile healthy when you have dental implants.

You can choose dental implants to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, an entire arch of teeth, or your entire smile! Dental implants can restore the smile you remember. To find out more about why dental implants are the right choice for you, call us in Putnam, CT, at (860) 928-6533 now!

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