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CT Mission of Mercy 2017 - We give back!

April 4th, 2017

Our office is proud to be volunteering again this year for the CT Mission of Mercy.  The Mission of Mercy is available to anyone who may not have access to regular dental care.  The free clinic will take place on Friday April 7th and Saturday April 8th starting at 6AM at the Floyd Little Athletic Center 480 Sherman Parkway
New Haven, CT

There are no eligibility or income requirements and there are no appointments.  The clinic is First Come, First Served.  Volunteer dentists and hygienists will be available to treat children and adults.  There will be a special area for the treatment of pregnant women and their families.

Services offered at the Mission of Mercy are cleanings, fillings, extractions and root canals (on front teeth).  We are proud to be a member of the Connecticut State Dental Association and the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach, who sponsor this wonderful event every year.

For more information, visit the Mission of Mercy website at www.cfdo.org

What is a crown?

November 10th, 2016

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.  A crown is cemented permanently to the remaining tooth underneath.
A crown may be the ideal restoration in the following situations:
to restore a tooth when there is not enough tooth structure remaining to do a filling
to protect a tooth from breaking when it has been weakened from decay
to restore a broken tooth
to cover a poorly shaped or severely discolored tooth
to cover a dental implant
Permanent crowns can be made from all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all ceramic.  For many years, gold crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns were the most common types of crowns.  With today’s technology and emphasis on long-lasting crowns that are also very esthetic, all ceramic crowns have become more popular.

What to do in case of a dental emergency?

July 8th, 2016

Even though you brush and floss regularly and visit us for regular exams and hygiene appointments, unexpected things can occur.  You might bite into something hard and break a molar, eat something especially chewy and loosen a crown, or get bumped in the mouth and chip a front tooth.  You should know that our office is always ready to handle a dental emergency.  We do our best to keep some time available during the week to fit you into our schedule as soon as possible.  We want you to feel confident that we can take care of you whenever you need us!

What is TMJ?

May 19th, 2016

TMJ refers to your temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw (mandible) to your skull (temporal bone).  You have two TMJs – one on either side of your head just in front of your ear.  Most of the time, these joints work just fine, allowing you to chew, speak and swallow comfortably.  But just like any other joint such as your knee or elbow, sometimes trouble can arise.  Pain over the joints, headache, loud clicking or popping with pain, inability to open wide are all signs of TMJ dysfunction.  Most of the time, the pain and dysfunction is coming from the muscles surrounding the joint.  Clenching your teeth during times of stress is the number one reason for TMJ pain.  (We see a lot of TMJ pain in college students during exam time!)  Usually, resting the jaw joints by avoiding hard or chewy foods and taking an anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin will resolve this problem.  Sometimes we will recommend that you have a custom dental splint or nightguard made, which helps separate your teeth to avoid clenching them.  Pain or limited opening that does not resolve with these measures could mean a more involved problem that exists within the joint itself.   Dr. Salonia has extensive training in the treatment of TMJ dysfunction and will be happy to help you should you ever experience a problem with your TMJs.