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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
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!

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
April 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crown  

Crowns are state-of-the-art dentistry. They are crucial for the structural and aesthetic health of your teeth because they reinforce weak teeth and hide dental imperfections. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon of Putnam, CT, offers patients with crowns to help them with their dental ordeal.

More About Crowns

Dental crowns are cap-like oral appliances that offer a perfect solution that fits over damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. Dentists cement crowns into place, above the gum line, to help teeth function normally and look more appealing.

Types of Crowns

Ceramic Dental Crowns: Porcelain-based dental crowns often restore front teeth because of their natural color and texture. They blend in effortlessly with your remaining natural teeth.

Porcelain-Fused to Metal Dental Crowns: Porcelain-fused to metal crowns provide patients with natural-looking teeth while the metal structure adds durability.

Base Metal Alloys Dental Crowns: Base metal alloys are resistant to corrosion and contain non-noble metals that don't damage neighboring teeth.

What a Dental Crown Can Do for Your Smile

Your Putnam, CT, dentist provides crowns for a variety of reasons that improve your overall well-being and health:

  • Fills in a single or multiple gaps
  • Improves chewing, biting, and speech functions
  • Protect a weak tooth that's broken or decayed.
  • Restore broken or worn down teeth
  • Support a tooth with a large filling, or a loose filling at risk of completely dislodging
  • Cover a discolored or misshapen teeth
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Covers a dental implant

Caring for Your Crowns

Caring for crowns is the same as caring for the rest of your natural teeth. Brush and floss on a daily basis to avoid plaque buildup and tooth decay.

Need to contact someone for a consultation?

Crowns are important for people who want to improve their appearance, restore function, and add structural support to teeth. For more information on dental crowns in Putnam, CT, call your dentist at Dr. Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates at (860) 928-6533 today!

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
February 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: laser dentistry  

Find out how laser dentistry is changing the face of dental care in Putnam, CT.

When we think of lasers, we often think about their use in computer technology, printing services, or welding. However, they are proving tolaser dentistry be extremely useful within the medical field, as well! Our Putnam, CT, dentists, Drs. Stephen and Jonathan Solomon use lasers to help with everything from treating common dental issues to pinpointing problems. Here’s what you need to know about laser dentistry:


Q. What can a dental laser be used for?

A. At the moment there are three different ways that dental lasers are being used at our Putnam office: soft tissue treatment, hard tissue treatment, and the detection of disease.


Q. What oral diseases can a laser detect?

A. Lasers are extremely precise, which means that they can detect the smallest flaws and defects in a tooth, including ones that are invisible to the naked eye. Furthermore, lasers can be used to detect the buildup of tartar along and under the gum line to prevent gum disease. They can also be implemental in detecting the early signs of oral cancer.


Q. What soft tissue treatments use lasers?

A. As we mentioned above, lasers can be used to detect the presence of tartar buildup, an ailment which can lead to gum disease. Lasers can also be useful in treating gum disease by killing the bacteria that is present both along and below the gumline, a method that leads to less discomfort as compared to traditional treatment methods. Lasers can also treat ulcers of the gums and lips.


Q. How are dental lasers used in hard tissue treatments?

A. While the standard is to still use automated tools to remove decay from a tooth, dentists are increasingly using lasers now to remove cavities. This is because the incredible precision of the laser allows dentists to remove the decayed areas of the tooth while keeping as much healthy enamel intact as possible.


No matter whether you have questions about getting laser dentistry, or you simply need to schedule an appointment with us, give our Putnam, CT, dental office a call today! We are happy to answer any questions that you have when you dial (860) 928-6533.

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Find out why dental crowns are one of the most commonly used dental restorations.

Do you have a damaged tooth? If so, a dental crown might be the perfect solution to help restore and strengthen your smile! There are many issues that can cause dental damage, from biting down on something hard to sports-related injuries. Sometimes even a severe cavity can damage to a tooth! If this sounds like you, our Putnam, CT, dentists, Drs. Stephen and Jonathan Solomon, can help breathe new life back into that tooth with help from custom-made dental caps, also known as crowns.

More on dental crowns

A crown is a restoration that is made to resemble the crown of a tooth. This tooth-colored cap is hollow, which allows it to cover the entire visible portion of the tooth to preserve the original structure and prevent further damage. A crown is the perfect option for someone who has a cracked or fractured tooth, as these problems can continue to get worse if they aren’t treated. Plus, after injury or damage to the tooth, the tooth becomes weaker. This means that our Putnam, CT, cosmetic dentist will need to place a crown in order to strengthen it and to improve how well it functions.

Besides protecting the tooth, a dental crown can also improve its appearance. If you have a malformed, oddly shaped, or discolored tooth, a crown may be all you need to alter and improve its shape, size, or color. While we often think of the restorative benefits of crowns, they also offer cosmetic benefits to the wearer.

Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? If so, a dental crown is here to the rescue! That’s right, a dental crown is even an active part of the tooth replacement process. For example, if you decide to get a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth, a dental crown will be custom-made to fit over the implant to complete the restoration. Crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge in place, which will fill the gap left over by your missing tooth or teeth.

Interested? Call today!

Here in Putnam, CT, our dental team is dedicated to providing you with preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about whether dental crowns are right for you, call our office today at (860) 928-6533