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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.

By Frank P. Casarella, DMD
October 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Showing off your smile is something that should make you feel confident and proud. Unfortunately for many people, this is simply not the veneerscase thanks to the abnormalities or imperfections in their teeth. However, dental veneers can repair these issues and make you feel great about the way you look, boosting your self-esteem and allowing you the freedom to smile with pride. Find out more about veneers with Dr. Frank Casarella at Seekonk Dental in Seekonk, MA.

Are dental veneers right for me? 
Though you may look at dental veneers and decide that they are the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you, you may not be a good candidate for this treatment. Veneers can fix several cosmetic issues at once, making them ideal for people who have several different problems with their teeth. You should have good overall dental health, free from teeth decay and gum disease. Candidates should also have good dental hygiene and brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. Those who suffer from bruxism, or tooth grinding, should not have veneers as this condition can damage the restorations.

What do veneers treat? 
Veneers can fix several dental problems in one fell swoop, making them the ideal smile makeover tool. Some of the most common uses for veneers include to treat:

  • cracked teeth
  • chipped teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • severely stained teeth
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • misshapen teeth

Dental Veneers in Seekonk, MA
Dental veneers require your dentist to prepare the tooth receiving the restoration. This process involves removing a super-thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth. This makes veneers a permanent and irreversible procedure, meaning that you should be committed to this treatment and have realistic expectations for its results. Determining whether or not veneers are the best treatment option for your smile is easy with help from your dentist.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Frank Casarella at Seekonk Dental in Seekonk, MA. Call (508) 761-8668 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Casarella today!

By Frank P. Casarella, DMD
August 28, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Cavities   Sealants  

Lifelong oral hygiene habits are typically developed in childhood. From brushing and flossing every day to going to the dentist for checkCavities, Sealants ups and professional dental cleanings at least once a year, the earlier children learn about and begin to practice good oral hygiene and cavity prevention, the more likely they will be to stick with it in adulthood. Dr. Frank Casarella, a dentist in Seekonk, MA, advises parents to follow the American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines and schedule the child's first dental appointment when they turn one, or six months after the eruption of the first tooth.

Family Dentistry in Seekonk, MA

A family dentist provides treatment for patients of all ages, making it easier for the entire family to get the services they need in one place. Younger children are more susceptible to cavities for a number of reasons, from eating sugary snacks and drinks, to poor brushing and flossing technique that makes it difficult for them to thoroughly brush and reach the back molars. Parents can help to ensure that younger kids are adequately brushing their teeth by supervising and demonstrating the right way to brush.

Protect Your Child from Cavities with Dental Sealants

Another way to protect the children in your family from the effects of tooth decay is with dental sealants. Sealants are covers designed to smooth out and flatten the chewing surface of the back molars in order to make them easier to brush, and less likely to trap food and cavity causing bacteria. They are made of plastic resin, and are invisible (unlike metallic dental fillings). Along with good oral hygiene and a healthy diet, dental sealants are the best way to protect your children from developing cavities.

Find a Family Dentist in Seekonk, MA

For more information about dental sealants and keeping your children's teeth cavity free, contact our office by calling (508) 761-8668 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Casarella today.

By Frank P. Casarella, DMD
July 10, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Diet   Dental Health  

Your teeth are the first point of contact for any food or beverage you consume. This makes choosing a healthy diet an important part ofDiet and Dental Health keeping not just your body, but also your smile, healthy. Understanding which foods you should avoid to keep up with your teeth is a crucial part of any healthy diet. Find out more about improving your diet to improve your dental health with Dr. Frank Casarella at Seekonk Dental in Seekonk, MA.

Healthy Diet, Healthy Teeth
Choosing your foods and beverages wisely can have a huge impact on your smile. Choosing foods rich in calcium helps strengthen your teeth from the inside out, providing the nutrients they need to remain structurally sound. These foods include dairies such as yogurt and milk, kale, cheese and broccoli. Leafy greens collards, mustard greens, cabbage and lettuce also help keep your teeth healthy. Additionally, crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples or carrots can boost the health of your teeth.

You should also take care to avoid certain foods which increase the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Sugary food and drinks like sweets or soda feed the bacteria found naturally in your mouth. If allowed to remain on the teeth, these bacteria eventually grow into plaque, the first stage of tooth decay. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which begins eating through the tooth, causing a hole, or cavity.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Seekonk, MA
To avoid tooth decay and gum disease and ensure your teeth remain healthy and clean, those at average risk of dental issues should see their dentist at least twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings. Between dental visits, patients should brush their teeth twice daily and floss at least once to keep their teeth in optimal health and remove any food particles or plaque from the teeth.

For more information on tooth-healthy foods, please contact Dr. Frank Casarella at Seekonk Dental in Seekonk, MA. Call (508) 761-8668 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Casarella today!

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