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By Frank P. Casarella, DMD
July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Care
Tags: family dentist  

Find out why turning to a family dentist is the best decision your family can dentist

You cart the kids to their different activities, whether it’s dance, sports, or community service. You feel like the calendar is already full of to-do’s that are just dragging you in a million directions. So, wouldn’t it be easier if every member of your family, regardless of age, could all see the same dentist? Of course, it would be easier and it’s possible when you turn to our Seekonk, MA, family dentist, Dr. Frank Casarella.

What is a family dentist?

A family dentist is just like a regular dentist. We go through the same schooling and training to be able to provide your teeth and gums with the ultimate in care. The only difference is that a family dentist has received specialized training to be able to provide patients of all ages with comprehensive and thorough dental care. We know that children’s smile needs are going to be different from teens, adults, and seniors, and we know exactly what to do to provide that individualized care and treatment when you need it.

Why should you choose a family dentist?

Sure, you could take your kids to a pediatric dentist and then visit a regular dentist, but why not streamline your dental visits? After all, life is already hectic and busy enough without having to add several unnecessary trips to see different dentists. In Seekonk, the whole family can visit one dentist. Plus, we can work with your busy schedule to get the whole family in for their routine cleanings on the same day. Make good oral health a family affair at our dental practice!

Plus, having a dentist that you can always turn to that really gets to know your family and everyone’s own specific and detailed health needs and concerns means that you will always get tailored and individualized care that is enhanced just to meet your needs and goals. How great is that? So no matter whether your little one could benefit from getting braces or you are looking for dental implants to replace your missing tooth, we can offer the care your growing family needs.

Is it time for your little one’s first dental appointment? Do you need to schedule a routine checkup for yourself? If so, our dental team here in Seekonk, MA, is ready to provide the care your whole family needs to promote healthy smiles for life. Call our office today.

Most people have had at least one cavity by age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Fortunately, dental fillings fillingscan help resolve damage done by cavities. Dr. Frank Casarella, your Seekonk, MA, dentists, provide tooth-colored fillings, as well as other types, to restore teeth.

Fillings seal holes caused by cavities. A cavity results from bacterial plaque that produces acid and creates holes (cavities) in teeth. If not detected early on, serious issues may occur, like receding gums. Your Seekonk doctor clean and disinfect the cavity. Then they seal it with the filling to protect the integrity of the tooth.

Tooth-colored fillings are usually preferred by individuals who don't want visible fillings. They are also known as composite resin and made of plastic resin and a filler, finely ground glass-like particles. They fix issues such as chips and cracks, fractures, decays, discolored and stained teeth, and short teeth.

Composite is a popular choice that lasts longer but doesn't require as much drilling compared to amalgam.

Dental fillings require the same care as all your teeth: Brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed. Floss at least once before bed and maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Drink water to help wash away food debris, and visit your doctor twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings.

After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural.

Here are some other advantages of tooth-colored fillings:

  • Teeth don't result in gray teeth like silver amalgam
  • Teeth look natural and provide a beautiful smile
  • Composite strengthens your teeth, so you are free to enjoy meals
  • Tooth-colored fillings seals cracks to protect teeth from future bacteria

If you have any questions about tooth-colored fillings, don't hesitate to call Dr. Frank Casarella, your Seekonk, MA, dentist. Call (508) 761-8668.

By Frank P. Casarella, DMD
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Your smile is an important part of your overall appearance. In fact, 48 percent of people surveyed by the American Academy of Cosmetic cosmetic dentistryDentistry said that a smile was the most memorable feature of a person that they'd just met. When your teeth aren't as perfect as you would like, cosmetic dentistry services offer a simple way to improve your smile. Our Seekonk, MA, dentist, Dr. Frank Casarella, discusses several smile-changing procedures.

Contouring and reshaping

During contouring, small amounts of tooth enamel are removed to eliminate overlapping areas, get rid of points at the bottom of teeth, or subtly change the appearance of teeth. Composite resin, a tooth-colored material that becomes as hard as tooth enamel, may also be bonded to teeth during the treatment. Because only very small amounts of enamel are removed, you won't even need an anesthetic during this procedure.

Teeth whitening

Bright, white smiles are definitely in vogue these days. If your teeth are dull or stained, teeth whitening treatment in our Seekonk office will offer a dramatic improvement. Most people notice a three- to eight-shade difference after whitening. In-office whitening is a quick procedure. If you can spare an hour, you can experience a whiter smile.

Dental veneers

As effective as whitening is, it might not make your teeth as white as you'd like in some cases. If your teeth are naturally yellow, even a three- to eight-shade difference may not result in extremely white teeth. Adding stain-resistant veneers to the fronts of your teeth can improve the whiteness of your smile and conceal minor flaws. Thin porcelain veneers are attached with dental cement and can hide uneven surfaces, chips, gaps, cracks, and oddly shaped teeth, and also lengthen teeth.

Dental implants

Dental implants are the most recent tooth restoration option. They can be used to replace any number of missing teeth and offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. Titanium dental implants are added to your jawbone, where they soon bond to the bone. The implants act as tooth roots for the dental crowns connected to them. Implants feel more like natural teeth, don't decrease your biting power and help keep your jawbone strong.

Can you benefit from any of these cosmetic dentistry procedures? Call our Seekonk, MA, dentist, Dr. Casarella, at (508) 761-8668 to schedule your appointment.

By Frank P. Casarella, DMD
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Replace missing teeth and restore your smile with dental implants, a permanent alternative to dentures and other removable tooth dental implantsreplacement options. Dental implants gradually fuse to the jaw bone and become permanently affixed to it. Once fusion is complete, the implants will not come loose or fall out when eating or speaking. Further, dental implants look and function like natural teeth. Dr. Frank Casarella is your dentist for dental implants in Seekonk, MA.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants fill in the gaps where natural teeth are missing. Unlike other removable tooth replacement options, dental implants are permanent. The base of the dental implant is fused to the jaw bone, which anchors it in place. Since dental implants are permanent, there is no need to worry about them slipping out of place when biting into food or when speaking. Additionally, permanent installation means there is no need to apply a dental adhesive daily to hold the implants in place.

There are three parts to a dental implant: a metal implant, an abutment, and a crown. The metal implant is situated below the gum line and is the portion of the dental implant that fuses with the jaw bone. It acts as a tooth root anchoring the entire dental implant in place. The abutment is installed on top of the metal implant and is used to connect the implant and the crown. The crown, often made of porcelain, serves as the replacement tooth. It is the only portion of the dental implant that is visible after installation.

Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. Once installed, no one else will be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and the dental implants. Your dentist for dental implants in Seekonk can help you decide if they are the right tooth replacement option for you.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are not the only option for replacing missing teeth, but they offer several benefits over dentures and bridgework, which tend to be removable. Since installation of dental implants is permanent, there is no need to apply a messy dental adhesive daily to hold them in place. Additionally, dental implants will not come loose or slip out of place, as can sometimes happen with dentures when eating or speaking. Dental implants offer the following benefits:

  • Replace missing teeth and restore your smile
  • Look and function like natural teeth
  • Will not come loose or fall out when eating or speaking
  • Messy dental adhesives are not needed

Restore your smile with dental implants by permanently filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Casarella, your dentist for dental implants in Seekonk, MA, call the office at (508) 761-8668.

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