Ideal Smiles of Stamford helps patients address all of their oral health care needs. From routine cleanings to restorations, Natalia Silva, DDS, and her team are committed to helping patients achieve their healthiest smile. Located in downtown Stamford, Connecticut, Ideal Smiles of Stamford allows you to address all of your cosmetic, general, and restorative concerns under one roof. To find out how Dr. Silva and her team can help improve the health and appearance of your smile, book an appointment by phone or online today.

General and Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

What is family dentistry?

Family dentistry allows you to address the oral health care needs of you and your entire family under the same roof. In addition to providing high-quality care to adults, Ideal Smiles of Stamford also provides pediatric dentistry, ensuring your child is treated with gentle and compassionate care in a welcoming environment. 

Dr. Silva and her team specialize in a number of general, cosmetic, and restorative services for patients of all ages. Routine dentist visits are the best way to ensure the oral health of you and your loved ones. 

When should I see a dentist?

Dentists play an important role in preventive health care. Dr. Silva and her team specialize in a number of essential services including routine exams, cleanings, and fillings for patients of all ages. 

Regular visits with your dentist can help you avoid severe tooth decay, tooth loss, and periodontal disease. Oral health concerns can lead to serious issues in the body. Untreated gum disease is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, lung infections, and premature labor. It’s recommended that you see the dentist at least once or twice a year. 

A routine visit consists of two parts: the examination and cleaning. During your examination, Dr. Silva checks your teeth for cavities and signs of tooth decay. She also checks for plaque and tartar, as well as signs of gum disease. She may order X-rays to get a better look at the status of your overall oral health. 

If Dr. Silva discovers a cavity or tooth decay during your examination, you may require a filling. 

What is a filling?

Fillings are used to remove decayed areas of the tooth. Once Dr. Silva removes the cavity and thoroughly cleans the area, a filling material is used to restore strength and structure to the damaged tooth. Filling material can be made from:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Amalgam

The material used to fill your tooth depends on a number of factors including the location of your cavity and your desired results. Certain materials like porcelain mimic the appearance of natural teeth and can be used in any area of the mouth. 

What is a dental cleaning?

Routine cleanings are a simple way to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. Dr. Silva begins your dental cleaning by using specialized tools to scrape and remove tartar from the surface of your teeth and gum line. Plaque and tartar can build up on the teeth, increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

After the tartar is removed, your teeth are polished with a gritty toothpaste to remove any leftover tartar and ensure your teeth have received a deep cleaning. The final step is to floss and rinse your mouth of any debris. Regular cleanings are an easy way to reduce your risk of cavities and tooth decay. 

To schedule a visit for you or a loved one, book an appointment at Ideal Smiles of Stamford by phone or online today.