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By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health

You probably don’t come running to your doctor whenever you get the sniffles. In the same vein, you also don’t have to run to your dentist for every single tooth issue. On the other hand, there are specific red flags you shouldn’t ignore. If you’re experiencing any of the following five warning signs, contact the office of Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon here at Putnam, CT, to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.


Tooth pain could be caused by various things, but it’s typically a sign that something’s not right in your mouth. A toothache can indicate gum disease, cavity, or worse, an infection. Left untreated, decay will worsen, which, in turn, can result in gum disease, and then tooth loss. Additionally, an infection could spread and become harder to treat.

Red, Swollen, and/or Bleeding Gums

These are telltale symptoms of gum disease, which also include bad breath. Gingivitis or gum disease is caused by an infection in your gums. It is a very serious oral health problem since it is the number one reason that people lose their teeth. Luckily, your dentist is capable of treating gum disease.

Pain or Any Problem with Your Jaw

Lots of conditions could impact the jaw, including TMJ, gum disease, arthritis, teeth grinding, and sinus infections. See your dentist in Putnam, CT, if your jaw makes clicking or popping noises, or is painful. Without proper treatment, your symptoms could worsen. Your dentist can recommend ways to alleviate your symptoms and get them under control.

Loose Teeth

One of the most common causes of loose teeth is gum disease because it causes the gums to detach from the permanent teeth’s root. Keep in mind that permanent teeth should never be loose so if you have loose permanent teeth, go to your dentist ASAP to determine the potential causes and figure out ways to keep your teeth.

Persistent Mouth Sores

These could indicate an underlying condition or an infection. They can likewise develop from irritation from sharp teeth, dentures, or braces. But, mouth sores, as well as bumps and lumps, could also be symptoms of oral cancer. Figuring out the cause of your mouth sores is vital for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Any Concerns or Questions About Your Oral Health, Call Us

Set an appointment with Dr. Stephen Solomon or Dr. Jonathan Solomon, your Putnam, CT, dentist here at Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D. by calling (860) 928-6533. We also serve Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thompson, and Windham County, CT.

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
May 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Statistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reveal that as much as 70% of American adults from 35 to 44 years old have lost at least one tooth. The common reasons include tooth decay, dental fractures, accidents, and gum disease. If you belong to this segment of society, you may be wondering what tooth restoration options are available to you.

Here at Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT, our dentists commonly utilize dental implants and dentures for addressing tooth loss. But what’s the difference between these options? Read on to find out.

Understanding Dentures

Modern dental dentures feature a look and feel that make them almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Dental dentures are not only intended to beautify your teeth, but to also help in the restoration of your oral functions. Having dentures likewise provides support to your lips and cheeks to prevent your face from sagging. Other benefits include:

  • A natural-looking smile.
  • Quick treatment time.
  • Surgery isn't necessary.

Understanding Dental Implants

Implants are a long-term permanent replacement for missing teeth. Made from titanium, implants are surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as the root for prosthetic replacement. As time passes, they will fully integrate into your jaw and provide amazing facial support. Dental implants have their own sets of benefits for those who qualify for treatment, including:

  • A look, feel, and functionality similar to your natural teeth.
  • Jawbone stimulation to prevent shrinking.
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Dietary freedom.
  • The ability to last for decades.

Your Putnam dentist might recommend the use of implants if you need to replace a single tooth or several teeth that might not necessarily be adjacent. In case you need a whole arch replacement for your teeth, there’s also a full arch restoration option available.

Contact Us

Dial (860) 928-6533 to set an appointment with one of the dentists here at Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT.

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 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.

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