Dental Health & Hygiene Tips To Follow When You Can’t See The Dentist

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, many dental offices around the US have closed, and are now only seeing emergency patients and those with critical care needs. At Southington Dentistry, we’re doing our part, so we are no longer offering regular preventive care treatments until further notice.

Wondering how you should keep your mouth healthy until you can see your dentist for a six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam? Here are some tips from Dr. Neil Salesky and the team at Southington Dentistry.

  1. Make Sure You’re Brushing At Least Twice Per Day

At a minimum, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice per day for two minutes. Ideally, you should do this once in the morning and once at night. Be thorough, and spend at least 30 seconds on each quadrant of your teeth, cleaning the front and back surfaces and the tops of each tooth. 

  1. Start A Flossing Routine

If you don’t already floss once per day, this is a great time to get started. Flossing once per day will help remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria that regular brushing simply can’t reach. In turn, this reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease.

For even better results, we recommend adding an antibacterial mouthwash into your teeth cleaning routine. Simply rinse with mouthwash whenever you’re done flossing. This will kill bacteria, and rinsing with mouthwash will help you get rid of the particles in your mouth that have been loosened by flossing.

  1. Eat Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth

Avoid eating too many sugary or starchy foods like pretzels, chips, candy, and cookies. Foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates encourage the formation of plaque and bacteria.

Opt for a diet that’s high in fiber-rich foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy dairy like yogurt, lean meats, and whole-grain products. As a rule of thumb, foods that are good for your body are also great for your teeth! 

  1. Drink Plenty Of Water

Staying hydrated helps keep saliva flowing in your mouth properly. Saliva naturally rinses away bacteria and food particles. Dehydration can thicken your saliva and dry out your mouth, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

  1. Avoid Doing Things That Could Damage Your Teeth & Dental Work

Don’t chew non-food objects like pens and pencils, and even your fingernails. This can wear down and damage your teeth. Additionally, don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages, tear tape, or do anything else that doesn’t involve chewing food.

Finally, be careful when you eat. Don’t eat extremely hard foods (ice, almonds, etc.) with your front teeth, and use your molars instead. If you have multiple fillings or crowns, don’t chew extremely sticky foods like toffee and caramel with them, as they could be pulled out of your tooth. 

Follow These Tips & Advice To Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Even if you can’t see Dr. Neil Salesky for a teeth cleaning, you can still keep your mouth healthy until normal operations resume at Southington Dentistry. Wondering when you can get an appointment? Contact us online to get the latest updates! And remember, we’re still seeing patients with dental emergencies. If you have an emergency, give us a call at (860) 263-0401.

When Are Dental Crowns Necessary? Understanding The Basics

If you have a damaged tooth or a cavity, you may be wondering if a dental crown is necessary to treat your condition. In this blog from Southington Dentistry, we’ll take a look at a few situations in which a crown may be the best option for your needs. Let’s get started.

  1. To Restore A Deep Cavity That’s Too Large For A Filling

If you have a very large or deep cavity in your tooth, a crown will likely be the best way to restore your smile. Fillings are not meant to be used for extensive decay, as large fillings are much weaker compared to smaller fillings, and require the removal of a lot of your natural enamel.

Because crowns cover up all of your remaining tooth structure and replace the outer surfaces of your teeth, they’re the best choice for treating deep cavities, preventing tooth infections, and restoring your appearance.

  1. To Cover Up And Restore A Tooth After Root Canal Therapy

After a root canal, your treated tooth will need to be restored with either a filling or a dental crown. Fillings are often used in the anterior (front) teeth, since these teeth do not undergo a lot of strain while chewing.

However, the posterior (rear) teeth like the molars and premolars undergo a lot more wear & tear. Because of this, dental crowns are typically recommended to cover them up and protect the remaining tooth material. 

  1. To Restore A Broken, Damaged, Or Cracked Tooth

A dental crown is usually the best option for treating a tooth that has been cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged by dental trauma. Dr. Neil Salesky can remove any decayed or damaged material from the tooth, then cover it up and restore its natural shape and appearance with a dental crown. This prevents further complications, and also ensures that your appearance is not negatively affected by your damaged tooth. 

  1. To Replace An Old, Large, Worn-Out Filling

If you have a very large, old filling that may be near the end of its lifespan, Dr. Neil Salesky may recommend that you have it replaced with a dental crown. Old fillings can deteriorate and pull away from your tooth, which increases the risk of tooth decay.

By replacing the old, worn-out filling with a new dental crown, you can make sure that your tooth remains healthy and free of decay. In addition, replacing a metal-amalgam filling with a porcelain crown will help improve the appearance of your tooth, since your crown can be matched to the color of the surrounding teeth.

  1. To Cover Up A Tooth When Other Cosmetic Treatments Are Not Appropriate

Sometimes, crowns are used for purely cosmetic purposes if other treatments are not appropriate. A very small or misshapen tooth, for example, may not be treatable with cosmetic treatments like a veneer or dental bonding. Crowns are also very useful for covering up severely stained teeth. 

Need A Dental Crown? Contact Southington Dentistry Now For A Consultation!

At Southington Dental, Dr. Neil Salesky can help you get the treatment you need for a cavity, infected tooth, or damaged tooth. With a dental crown, you can restore your bite and smile, prevent further complications, and treat the pain and discomfort of your damaged or decayed tooth. Don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at (860) 628-5029 to get started.

What To Do When A Dental Crown Falls Out: Your Step-By-Step Guide

Dental crowns are built to last, but that doesn’t mean they can’t fall out or be pulled off of your tooth prematurely. Crowns often come out when you eat soft or sticky foods like caramel or taffy. This may be the result of adhesive failing, but a crown can also fall out if your enamel that has been supporting the crown begins to decay. 

If your dental crown falls out, here’s a step-by-step guide that will get you through:

Patient experiencing pain after an implant

Step 1: Contact Your Dentist Right Away

Schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist like Dr. Salesky. A pulled-out crown is a serious dental emergency. The underlying tooth is weak and unprotected, and it may feel sensitive or painful. To avoid further complications, it’s important to get your crown reattached ASAP. 

Step 2: Recover & Rinse Off Your Crown

As long as your crown is in good shape, it should be possible to simply reattach it to your tooth. This will save you both time and money compared to having a new crown manufactured. If your crown is dirty or covered in food, rinse it off gently with warm water. Then, put it into a plastic bag or container where it’s easily accessible. Bring it with you to the dentist so it can be reattached.

Step 3: Protect Your Tooth Until Your Appointment (If Necessary)

Ideally, you should get emergency dental care on the same day your crown falls out. But sometimes, this might not be possible. The underlying tooth is likely quite sore and tender, since it’s no longer being protected by the crown. If your tooth is hurting a lot, you can take a few steps to protect it. You can buy temporary dental cement from the drugstore. This product lets you create a protective coating that will protect your tooth, but is easily removed by your dentist.

Another option is dental wax, which you can also get at the drugstore. Just form a lump of wax around your tooth, and it will temporarily be protected. However, you should still avoid chewing on this side of your mouth until you see a dentist.

Step 4: Get Your Crown Reattached Or Replaced

Don’t delay. Make sure to see Dr. Salesky right away. If your crown and tooth are in good shape, it can simply be reattached with dental cement, and this repair will last for years to come. However, it may be possible that either the crown or tooth is damaged, making crown reattachment inadvisable. If this is the case, Dr. Salesky will discuss your options for crown replacement. Need A Crown Replaced Or Reattached? Call Us Today! 

At Southington Dentistry, we offer same-day emergency appointments in Southington, Wolcott and Plantsville. To get started, just contact us at (860) 628-5029, or feel free to stop by our office at 15 Cornerstone Ct #3a, Plantsville, CT 06479. Don’t wait. Get the help you need to restore your smile right away. 

Pain After A Dental Implant: What’s Normal?

If you recently had dental implant placement surgery in Southington, you may have questions about post-implant pain. What’s normal? What is a cause for concern? Southington Dentistry wants you to be informed about your aftercare and healing process, whether or not you received your treatment from our office. Here are a few things to keep in mind about dental implant pain:

Initial Pain After Your Dental Implant Surgery (1-3 Days)

The process of implant surgery is very advanced and minimally-invasive, and the goal is always to reduce post-operative pain. However, the fact remains that it is a major oral surgery, which requires Dr. Salesky to create an opening in your gum and jaw tissue.

Because of this, some discomfort is to be expected after your surgery. Within a few hours, your numbing and sedation will wear off, and you may experience pain, discomfort, and tenderness near the affected tooth. During the first few days after your procedure, you will likely also experience swelling, bruising and inflammation near the implant site. Intermittent bleeding is also common. 

This is all normal, and not a cause for concern. Make sure to follow the recovery instructions provided to you by Dr. Salesky to ensure that you take proper care of your implant and speed up your recovery. 

Healing & Recovering (3-7 Days)

By about 3-5 days, the discomfort and side effects of your implant should peak and then begin to subside. Within a week, most patients experience much less tenderness, and bruising and swelling will begin to subside as the area around the implant heals. After one week post-op, most patients can begin eating their normal diet again, though this may vary. 

Full Recovery (7-14 Days)

Depending on the individual, full recovery usually occurs within 1-2 weeks post-op (though another 3-6 months is necessary to ensure that your implant fully bonds with your jaw bone). When your implant is fully healed, you should feel no pain or discomfort, though it still may be slightly tender when pressure is placed on it. At this point, you can resume your normal diet, and strenuous activities like weight lifting and running. 

What If I Feel Pain After 2 Weeks And It Doesn’t Go Away?

This is not normal. Something may be interfering with proper healing. Smoking tobacco immediately after implant placement, for example, can dramatically slow down the healing process.

It’s also possible that your implant has been infected, or that your body is reacting to the presence of the metal and is rejecting the implant. Whatever the cause, you should definitely see a qualified dentist for a follow-up if you are still experiencing serious pain and discomfort 2+ weeks after your operation. This is not normal.

Need A Dental Implant Or A Second Opinion? Book a Visit!

Experiencing pain with a recently-placed dental implant and want a second opinion? Interested in exploring the benefits of implants in Southington? Either way, Dr. Salesky is here to help. Contact us at (860) 628-5029 to get started, or stop by our office at 15 Cornerstone Ct #3a, Plantsville, CT 06479 to schedule a consultation in person.

How To Overcome Dental Phobia & Get The Care You Need

Studies show that dental anxiety keeps many Americans from getting the dental care they need to maintain a healthy smile. If you are due for a dental visit but you have anxiety or dental phobia, we can help! Our team is caring and kind, and we are here to give you all the information you need to minimize your fears and enjoy your next visit to our office. Here are a few things you can do to relieve your anxiety:  

Identify Your Triggers

Dental anxiety and fear typically have a few common triggers. A few of the things that may trigger you and make you anxious can include:

  • A bad experience in the past
  • Embarrassment or feelings of loss of privacy when someone is looking in your mouth
  • Feelings of loss of control when sitting in the dentist’s chair
  • The sight, sound or vibration of the dental drill
  • The smells of the dentist’s office
  • Fear of pain and discomfort due to improper numbing

Depending on the things that trigger you, our team can work with you to help you develop a coping strategy. 

For example, if you fear a loss of control, Dr. Salesky can ask for your approval and consent before each step of your treatment process. If you fear the sound and vibration of the dental drill, you may be able to listen to music or watch Netflix to distract yourself. At Southington Dentistry, we also offer drill-less dentistry for your comfort. 

Find A Dentist Who Understands Your Fears

At Southington Dentistry, we specialize in treating patients who have dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist should not stop you from getting the treatment you need. If you have dental anxiety, it’s important to find a dentist like Dr. Salesky who understands your fears and helps you take steps to mitigate your dental phobia. Together, you can develop a treatment plan that works for you. 

Bring A Friend Or Family Member To Your Appointment

At Southington Dentistry, you’re always welcome to bring a friend or family member to your appointment for moral support. Having someone near you to comfort you, hold your hand, or just talk to you if you’re feeling nervous can be very helpful throughout the process.

Consider Dental Sedation To Stay More Comfortable

All of these techniques are very effective at mitigating dental phobia, but sedation dentistry can help, too. Even if you just get minimal inhaled sedation (laughing gas), this can ease feelings of fear and anxiety, and also ensure that you feel no pain or discomfort. Contact Southington Dentistry now to learn more about your options.

Get The Care You Need To Overcome Your Dental Phobia

Southington Dentistry serves patients with all levels of dental anxiety. Whether you’re just a bit nervous about your upcoming appointment, or you have dental phobia and have an extremely hard time even walking into a dentist’s office, we’re here to help. Ready to get started? Contact us now at (860) 628-5029 for an appointment, or stop by our office at 15 Cornerstone Ct #3a, Plantsville, CT 06479 for more information.

Will Veneers Damage My Teeth? Separating Fact from Fiction

If you’re interested in veneers, you may be a bit unsure if they’re right for you. If you’ve done any online research or talked to people you know about veneers, you may have heard that getting veneers involves “damaging” your teeth. 

The team at Southington Dentistry is always happy to answer any questions you may have and dispel any myths you may have heard.

Your Teeth Must Be Trimmed to Accommodate Veneers

If you get veneers, your teeth will be intentionally “damaged.” Porcelain veneers are usually about 0.5mm thick, so your teeth must have the same amount of enamel removed to prepare for veneer placement. Dr. Salesky will numb your mouth and trim this enamel away using a dental drill.

This must be done so that no extra bulk is added to your teeth due to the veneer placement process. By trimming your teeth to accommodate your veneers, you benefit from a seamless smile and bite.

The process of trimming your teeth is not reversible, so your enamel will be permanently removed, but it does not damage your teeth. 

Your Teeth Will Be Just As Strong After Your Veneers Are Placed

The great thing about modern porcelain veneers is that they are incredibly strong and durable. The ceramic material used to create veneers is just as strong as your natural enamel. Not only that, but it’s actually non-porous and stain-resistant, making it more durable than your natural tooth structure, in some ways.

Once your veneers have been built, they will be bonded into place permanently to your enamel. For all intents and purposes, the ceramic material of your veneers will be a part of your natural teeth. 

Teeth that are treated with veneers are not any weaker or any more prone to damage than your natural teeth. They will remain just as strong. In some cases, veneers can even strengthen your teeth. 

Do I Have Any Other Options for Cosmetic Treatment If I Don’t Want My Teeth to Be Trimmed?

We understand that the idea of permanently removing some of your enamel may not sound appealing. Luckily, you do have some other options, like dental bonding

Dental bonding is often a good alternative to veneers if you’d like to avoid having your teeth trimmed. This process uses dental resin (similar to the material used to fill cavities) to reshape and restore your teeth. 

The dental resin will be placed onto each tooth and sculpted to improve your smile without trimming the enamel. This means it’s a reversible cosmetic option. It’s also more affordable than veneers in most cases. 

Learn More About Veneers & Cosmetic Dentistry – Come in for an Appointment!

The idea of trimming your natural enamel for veneers may seem intimidating, but after treatment, your teeth will still be strong and beautiful. If you’d like to learn more about veneers and your other options for cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Neil Salesky is here to help. Contact us now at (860) 628-5029 to schedule an appointment, or stop by our office at 15 Cornerstone Ct #3a, Plantsville, CT 06479 to book a cosmetic consultation in person.

Celebrate National Coffee Day: Remove Coffee Stains With Teeth Whitening!

Who doesn’t love coffee? National Coffee Day is on September 29th and it’s the perfect time to celebrate with a cup of joe! Studies show that half of American adults have at least one cup of coffee per day, making it the most popular beverage in the country (besides water, of course)! 

However, a coffee habit does have its drawbacks. Drinking coffee can cause the buildup of yellow stains on your teeth. If you’re a coffee drinker, here are a few things you should know about this beloved caffeinated beverage and your teeth: 

Why Does Coffee Stain My Teeth?

Coffee is rich in a type of polyphenol called “tannins.” Tannins are partially responsible for both the flavor and deep, dark brown color of coffee. However, these compounds also have a tendency to stick to our teeth. Tooth enamel is filled with millions of tiny pores, and when we drink coffee, tannins get stuck in them and stain our teeth.

Tannins can also get stuck to plaque (which is normally clear), which can cause brownish stains. Stains on plaque can be easily cleaned awat and do not require any kind of special whitening treatment. Enamel stains will need to be treated with a whitening procedure.

How Does Teeth Whitening Reverse Coffee Stains?

Teeth whitening treatments use peroxides (such as carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide) to destroy organic stains on your teeth. Peroxides contain highly-volatile oxygen molecules, which break the chemical bonds that hold stains onto your enamel. By breaking these bonds, teeth whitening “bleaches” the stain away and restores the natural, white color of your enamel. 

How Can I Prevent Teeth Stains From Drinking Coffee?

There are a few things you can do to prevent stains while drinking coffee:

  • Consider drinking your coffee through a straw. This prevents them from contacting your teeth, which means that the staining compounds won’t get stuck in your enamel.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash or water after drinking coffee. Then, brush your teeth about 15-30 minutes later. Avoid brushing immediately after drinking coffee. Since coffee is acidic, brushing right away can damage your enamel.
  • Use a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. 
  • Avoid using charcoal toothpaste. This toothpaste does not whiten the teeth, and since it is highly abrasive, it can damage your enamel permanently. 

Celebrate National Coffee Day With A Whiter Smile At Southington Dentistry

Tooth stains are an unfortunate side effect of drinking coffee. But they’re not permanent. With teeth whitening from Dr. Neil Salesky, you can remove coffee stains from your teeth and get a bright, beautiful smile. To learn more and get started, schedule a consultation at (860) 628-5029, or visit our office in-person at 15 Cornerstone Ct #3a, Plantsville, CT 06479.

How To Choose A Family Dentist In Plantsville

Nothing is more important than your child’s health. If you’re looking for a family dentist in Plantsville, Wolcott, or Southington, here are a few things to consider to help you choose a friendly, experienced professional. We know that choosing a dentist isn’t easy, so hopefully, these tips and tricks make it an enjoyable process:

  1. Start By Gathering Recommendations From Family, Friends, And Colleagues

Word-of-mouth is a great way to find a local family dentist who may be a good fit for you and your family. Consider asking your family, friends, and colleagues for recommendations. Thanks to social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, it’s easier than ever to “crowdsource” recommendations for a dentist. Get some input from members of your local community in Plantsville, and you’ll already be on the right track!

  1. Take A Look At Online Reviews For Dentists In Plantsville

Once you’ve found a few good candidates for a local family dentist in Plantsville, it’s time to dig a little deeper. We highly recommend checking out online reviews for each dentist you consider. You’ll be able to read about the experiences of real patients and get a better idea of how well each dentist does with families and small children. You will also get some details about the cost of treatment, the flexibility of the dentist’s schedule, and other important information. 

  1. Get More Details About Each Dentist’s Services

Once you’ve read some online reviews, you should take a look at each dentist’s website to learn more about the services they offer. Ideally, you want a dentist who offers comprehensive services. 

Comprehensive services mean that they offer general dentistry like fillings and teeth cleanings as well as cosmetic treatments like veneers and restorative care like dental implants and dentures. If your family dentist is a convenient “one-stop-shop,” this can minimize the time you spend going to different dental offices, and it allows your whole family to get all the dental care they need under one roof.

  1. Schedule An Office Tour And Consultation With Your Top Candidates

Once you’ve narrowed your choices down to 2-3 offices, we recommend that you contact each one to schedule an in-person office tour and a consultation with the dentist. An office tour and interview will give you an opportunity to meet the staff and take a look at the atmosphere of the dental office. 

  1. Choose The Top Dentist And Make Your First Appointment!

Once you’ve followed these steps, the last one should be easy! Pick your favorite dentist, and schedule the first appointment for you and your children! Then, you can get the dental care you need from an experienced, qualified Plantsville family dentist.

Need Family Dentistry In Plantsville? Visit Southington Dentistry Now!

At Southington Dentistry, we feel honored that you would consider our team to care for your child’s smile. We offer comprehensive care in a family-friendly setting. Dr. Salesky is a highly-qualified family dentist, and we treat patients of all ages and stages of dental health, from toddlers to grandparents and everyone in-between. To learn more or to schedule a consultation at our office contact us at (860) 628-5029, or stop by our office at 15 Cornerstone Ct #3a, Plantsville, CT 06479.

Don’t Let Fear Keep You From A Healthy Smile

If you have dental anxiety, you’re not alone. Some studies show that over 50% of Americans have at least some kind of fear of the dentist. While most people are not prevented from seeing the dentist due to nervousness, some patients have more severe forms of anxiety that can stop them from getting the oral care they need.

How can you break this cycle? At Southington Dentistry, Dr. Salesky focuses on caring, informative dentistry, and uses modern sedation techniques to provide oral care in a comfortable, relaxed environment.  

We Treat Each Patient As An Individual – And You’re In Control!

One of the biggest causes of dental anxiety is a feeling of loss of control. Sitting in the dentist’s chair may feel scary because you have no control over what’s happening.

At Southington Dentistry, Dr. Salesky is always happy to accommodate patients who feel anxious. He will ask you about your “triggers,” such as dental drills, needles, and any other things that may make you feel anxious, and develop a plan to help you overcome these fears.

During your treatment, you’re always in control. If you need us to stop for a moment, or you have another special request, we’ll do everything we can to fulfill it. We take the time to get to know you as a person and understand your preferences. This can help us mitigate your dental anxiety, even without any sedative treatments.

We Offer Sedation To All Of Our Patients

If you have a more significant case of dental anxiety, or you simply would like to be able to relax in the dentist’s chair, we offer sedation options that can help.

Minimal inhaled sedation is often used for those with mild-to-moderate dental anxiety. During treatment, laughing gas is pumped through a nose mask. You’ll feel more relaxed, happy, and carefree during your treatment, mitigating the effects of anxiety. Dosage is carefully controlled by Dr. Salesky, throughout your procedure, and the effects wear off after about 5 minutes, so you can drive yourself home.

Oral conscious sedation is also a good alternative. You can simply take a sedative pill before your procedure, and your level of consciousness will be reduced. You may forget about what happened during the procedure, or even fall asleep. This is ideal for patients who have severe dental anxiety. However, you will feel more groggy after your procedure, and won’t be able to drive yourself home, so make alternative travel arrangements.

Get Caring, Personal Dentistry In A Judgment-Free Zone

Dr. Salesky prides himself on providing caring dentistry for patients who may be avoiding the dentist due to dental anxiety. At our office, we’ll never judge you for being anxious, and we pledge to always deliver personalized, compassionate dentistry.

Contact us today at (860) 628-5029, or stop by our office to schedule your consultation at 15 Cornerstone Ct #3a, Plantsville, CT 06479. Whether you’re in Plantsville, Wolcott, or Southington, we’re here to help!

Plantsville Family Dentist

Seeing your dentist on a regular basis is very important, no matter what your age is. Quality dental care is essential for good oral health. However, choosing the right Plantsville family dentist is just as important. Because of this, it’s important to look for a dentist who’s experienced in treating patients of all ages-children, teens, adults and seniors like ours at Southington Dentistry.

If you’re looking for an experienced highly trained Plantsville family dentist, you’re in the right place. Our high quality dental practice consists of friendly, compassionate staff who are highly-trained and experienced in treating patients of all ages. Southington Dentistry is equipped to meet the various dental needs of each member of your family. Whether you or a member of your family needs a routine checkup and cleaning or a full-mouth restoration, we’re equipped to handle it. Our experts offer a wide range of high quality dental care services. The services and treatments we offer include: dental sealants, dentures, bridges, dental implants, same day crowns, tooth extractions, & fillings/restorations. If you’re want to get a smile makeover, you’ll benefit from one or more of our cosmetic dentistry treatments which include: porcelain veneers, bonding, inlays and onlays, teeth whitening and same day crowns. You can rest assured that when you choose our office for dental care, you’ll be well taken care of. Our expert dentists and professional staff only use the latest, cutting-edge technology so you receive the best care you could receive the best possible care. We strongly recommend booking a consultation appointment so you can learn more about our practice and what we have to offer your family.

To learn more about the services our Plantsville family dentist can offer your family, give us a call today. We’ll be more than happy to schedule a consultation appointment for you.

15 Cornerstone Ct #3A,
Plantsville, CT 06479
(860) 263-0401