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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
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
December 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

It seems like there's never enough time in a year. So it's dental cleanings that many people decide to skip on. But you'd be surprised to learn just how important a professional dental cleaning is to your overall health. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon can answer all your questions regarding this and other dental topics. They service Putnam, Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thomspon, and Windham County, CT.

Beating Back Plaque

A professional teeth cleaning complements all the work you do at home.

Your mouth is home to colonies of bacteria and other microscopic organisms that typically exist in balance.

Bacteria particularly love certain foods, especially sugars and simple carbohydrates. As they feed they produce acids that can lead to tooth decay and gingivitis.

It is that slippery feeling you feel when you run your tongue over your teeth. This is called plaque and every time you brush and floss you help remove it. But even the most dedicated at this task do not brush away all of it.

Plaque, with time, accumulates minerals and hardens into tartar. Which can only be removed at a dentist's office.

Don't put off your visit, schedule one today, whether you live in Putnam, Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thomspon, or Windham County, CT.

More Than Clean

A dental cleaning is part of your checkup, it helps your doctor much earlier diagnose possible future complications.

Many diseases are associated with lacking oral health. Such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, even cancer.

Health insurance often covers your two yearly cleanings, and many don't taker full advantage of them. So check in with yours and get in contact with your dentist.

Don't Skip It

Professional teeth cleanings are an integral part of your healthy oral habits, not only in keeping cavities at bay, but as part of maintaining your overall health. Give your doctors, Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon, a call to schedule your appointment today by dialing (860) 928-6533. Serving the areas of Putnam, Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thomspon, and Windham County, CT.

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
February 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Implants  

For those who are missing teeth as a result of injury, or because excessive decay has taken its toll, a dentist may recommend dental implants. These provide a permanent solution for restoring appearance as well as the ability to eat and speak. If you avoid looking in the mirror or laughing with friends, our professionals at Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates are committed to helping patients look and feel their best. Read on, or schedule a consultation in our Putnam, CT, dental office to learn more about rebuilding your smile with dental implants.

What is a Dental Implant?

Also known as an artificial tooth root, the structure consists of three parts: a titanium screw, abutment, and a porcelain crown that resembles the natural tooth. A dentist may recommend a dental implant to support a prosthesis, such as a bridge or dentures. But there are many different types available depending on your specific needs.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants rehabilitate the facial structures, revitalize your mood, and are a long-lasting investment in your health, comfort, and well-being. As few as two can support the removable lower dentures and as little as four can deliver a full set of the bottom and top teeth. There are many other advantages to this restorative dental service because they help:

  • Reinstate a strong bite.

  • Improve your quality of speech.

  • Last many years with adequate oral hygiene.

  • Look and feel like your natural teeth.

  • Eliminate pain and discomfort.

What to Know About the Procedure

At Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates, our dentist places dental implants in two phases. Several deciding factors play a role in how long treatment will take. We can substitute a single tooth or multiple if your oral and overall health are both in good standing. During a minimally invasive surgical procedure in our Putnam, CT, dental office, Drs. Stephen Solomon or Jonathan Solomon insert the titanium post into the jawbone. Once it's in the proper position, you'll begin the healing process, as it fuses with the bone over a series of months.

If you are ready to replace your missing teeth, consult with our dentist to discuss the benefits of dental implants. Our professionals at Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates can identify your smile goals, address your questions as well as concerns, and determine if you are a viable candidate. For more information about dental implants and other services provided, visit our website. To schedule an appointment at our Putnam, CT, dental office, please call (860) 928-6533.

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
October 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

The American College of Prosthodontists says that 120 people in the US have lost at least one tooth--some, many more. Are you one of these individuals? At Stephen Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT, and serving Putnam, Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thomspon, and Windham County, CT, your dentists, Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon, help people recover their smiles. Learn the benefits of dentures and how they could help you look your best and enjoy great oral health.

What are dentures?

Dentures are artificial teeth made from lifelike acrylic and selected biocompatible metals when needed. Dentures fill smile gaps created by dental extraction, congenital absence of teeth and periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States (according to the Centers for Disease Control).

Created according to your oral contours and any remaining teeth, these prosthetics stay in place with suction created by the mouth itself, via metal clasps or even state-of-the art dental implants. With good care, dentures last up to ten years.

The benefits of dentures

At his Thompson, CT, office, your dentist will fully evaluate your smile to see what kind of denture is best for you. X-rays and oral impressions, along with digital photos and a discussion of your preferences and needs, help him formulate a treatment plan. What results is a custom-crafted and -fitted appliance which offers these benefits:

  • Restored ability to bite and chew a regular diet without limitations, pain or slippage
  • Youthful facial contours
  • Filled smile gaps
  • Normalized speech
  • Better self-confidence in social and professional settings (no need to hide your mouth when laughing and talking)

Types of dentures

Together, you and Dr. Solomon will determine the type of denture best for you. Types of dentures include:

Full conventional, to replace a complete upper or lower arch
Immediate, placed right after dental extractions
Partial, replacing one or more missing teeth (held in place by metal clasps)
Implant-supported, a partial or full denture anchored by an even number of titanium dental implants
Whatever your selection, expect your dental team to help you every step of the way as you adjust to your new smile.

Learn more about dentures

The team at Stephen Solomon, DMD & Associates wants you to have your best possible smile. If you're contemplating dentures, please call our office in Putnam, CT, for a consultation. We proudly serve Putnam, Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thompson, and Windham County, CT. Phone (860) 928-6533.