Are Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis Related?

We take pride in educating our patients on oral hygiene and the importance of maintaining good habits. Oral hygiene has far reaching impacts that go beyond just a healthy smile. There are many links between poor oral hygiene and other diseases and conditions. We want our patients to be educated on these links so that they can understand the importance of regular upkeep on their teeth and the importance of seeing a dentist regularly.

One topic that is of interest is possible links between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis.If you have a family history of either of these problems, this might be of particular interest to you. There is research that suggests a link between these two things.

What the research suggests…

University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry in Kentucky conducted a study and found that bacterium that causes gum disease seems to also be present in the early onset stages of rheumatoid arthritis. According to their study, they think that the connection could possibly cause rheumatoid arthritis to progress more quickly and even become more severe in nature. Rheumatoid arthritis can be a very debilitating and painful disease, so learning about links like these are helpful to figure out how to aide people with this form of arthritis.

More about the disease and the process…

According to the research, it seems that the bacteria from the gum disease causes a reaction that between some proteins. This makes the body respond to this reaction as if it was an intruder and prompts an immune attack. This attack causes inflammation. If this inflammation becomes chronic, it can destroy cartilage. Dr. Jan Potempa from the study notes that further research will need to be conducted to understand the link more fully.

What does all of this mean?

To reduce chances of this link becoming a factor, regular brushing and flossing as well as seeing your dentist for checkups regularly is important. Maintaining regular, good oral hygiene habits could reduce the likelihood of rheumatoid arthritis as this study suggests.

Dental Partner of Boston is committed to giving the best gum disease treatment in Boston. We are here to help you prevent and treat gum disease and also answer any questions you might have about gum and periodontal disease. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Sedation Dentistry Brings Comfort and Peace of Mind

Sedation Dentistry
If the thought of visiting the dentist sends a chill up your spine, you are not alone. Fear of visiting the dentist is common for 30 to 40 million Americans. At Dental Partners of Boston, we understand that dental anxiety and fear of dental treatment is a common problem. Sedation dentistry is one of the best options available to help patients relax during dental visits. Sedation can be used for all procedures from simple tooth cleanings to dental extractions.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to help a patient relax while they are receiving dental procedures. Patients are normally awake during the procedure, but the sedation helps a patient to relax during the procedure.

Types of Dental Sedation

There are three common types of dental sedation:

  • Oral sedation
  • In-office IV sedation
  • General anesthesia

Oral sedation is a medication that is taken prior to a dental appointment. The sedative helps to reduce anxiety, making it easier for a patient to receive multiple dental treatments at one time.

In-office IV sedation is administered through a small needle that is inserted into the hand or arm. IV sedation is recommended for dental patients that have severe anxiety and fear of visiting the dentist. IV sedation works quickly and provides a deeper sedation from oral sedation.

General anesthesia is used when a patient has a severe fear of the dentist and cannot be awake during dental procedures. Patients with physical disabilities and other health issues are good candidates for general anesthesia.

Which Dental Sedation Should I Use?

All three methods of sedation dentistry are available at Dental Partners of Boston and have their advantages to work well in helping to reduce dental anxiety. At Dental Partners of Boston, each dentist is skilled in all three methods of sedation dentistry. We will sit with you to discuss the best option to make it easier for you to receive the dental care you need.

Schedule a consultation to discuss your dental anxiety and dental fears. Our team needs to know your fears so we can provide you with the best sedation option, and aid in helping you throughout your appointment. If you have put off visiting the dentist due to fear of the dentist, the tools, or the procedures, we encourage you to call Dental Partners of Boston today to schedule a consultation. Let our team make it easier for you to receive the dental work you need without all the stress, fear, and frustration that often accompanies dental anxiety.

What to do when a Root Canal Fails

Root Canal Pain and treatment

Root canals are used when a tooth has an infection in the root of the tooth. Root canals are preferred to extractions as they allow dental patients to keep their tooth intact with only the need for a dental crown to cover the tooth and protect the root. Tooth extraction is an option, but without a dental implant or a bridge, you will be missing a tooth. If you have had a root canal and it has failed, you do have options available to restore your smile.  

Dealing with a Failed Root Canal

If the root canal fails, your first step is to call Dental Partners of Boston right away. We want to get you out of pain as soon as possible. Some root canals require a secondary root canal treatment. However, when a root canal fails, a re-treatment is not always recommended. Tooth extraction is normally the treatment followed as it removes the infected tooth. Extraction keeps the jawbone from being infected by the ailing tooth. With a missing tooth, there is a risk of the bone density decreasing, making it difficult for a dental implant to be placed in the mouth. If the jawbone starts to deteriorate, it can lead to shifting teeth, speech problems, and could even impact your appearance by causing your face to look “sunken in.”  

Why Do Root Canals Fail?

Root canals normally last for many years, but the “dead” tooth is still vulnerable to decay. Root canals will fail if a small amount of bacteria is missed and it is packed into the tooth. The bacteria will continue to multiple and eat away at the tooth. When the root of the tooth is removed, the tooth is now considered weak and can break over time. A dental crown is used to protect the tooth, but it will need to be replaced every 7-10 years.

Why Choose a Dental Implant?

If a root canal replaced with a dental implant is the option you are considering, here are some important things you need to know about dental implants:

  • Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth.
  • Dental implants stimulate the jawbone to continue feeding itself with proper nutrients, keeping the bone strong and reducing the risk of having a sunken in appearance.
  • Dental implants look and feel like a traditional tooth.

Don’t let a failed root canal continue to cause you pain! For more information about Boston dental implants, .

Cure Bad Breath with Adult Orthodontic Care

Bad Breath Treated with Braces

Braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments used to straighten teeth, but they do help with another issue, bad breath. The American Dental Association (ADA) conducted a survey and found that 50 percent of the US population has bad breath. The large majority of individuals with bad breath often find that bad breath is caused from the oral cavity. How can braces assist in curing bad breath?

Braces Close Gaps and Reduce Smell

While many people turn to braces to improve the look of their smile, braces serve another purpose, moving teeth closer to prevent food from getting trapped in the gaps. Gaps between teeth will trap food, this food then becomes a breeding ground for bacteria to start multiplying. Bacteria will cause bad breath, and the smell can continue until it is removed. Closing spaces between the teeth can aid in reducing bad breath.

Battling Bad Breath with Braces

There are moments when individuals wearing braces can experience bad breath problems often due to dry mouth or improper brushing procedures. Learning to care for braces is the best thing you can do to aid in reducing bad breath woes. At Dental Partners of Boston, we recommend the following tips to care for your braces and reduce bad breath issues:

  • Brush and floss daily – Flossing is essential to remove food that is trapped between teeth. Use a floss threader to gently move floss between the teeth and around the brackets of the braces.
  • Use mouthwash – Another way to reduce bad breath is by using mouthwash daily. Mouthwash helps to remove bacteria trapped around the brackets, between the teeth, and under the gums. Rinsing with mouthwash is a great way to remove trapped food particles and remove bacteria.
  • Sugar free mints -To reduce the smell, use sugar free mints periodically throughout the day. Mints help to generate saliva in the mouth, which helps to wash bacteria out of the mouth. Always suck on mints to prevent damage to the teeth and to the braces.
  • Visit the dentist – Do not neglect dental visits for regular cleanings and examinations. Cleanings help to remove bacteria that can become trapped near the gums. Dental cleanings and examinations also check for alternative issues that could be causing bad breath.

Our experienced dental team in Boston provides adult orthodontics for a variety of patients. No matter what your situation may be, Dental Partners of Boston can help! Contact our office to make an appointment to learn more information on braces and other orthodontic treatments.

Fix The Wear & Tear Of Age By Fixing Your Two Front Teeth

Your smile speaks a thousand words and something as simple as your two front teeth being stained or misaligned can lead to several issues from self-esteem problems to stress. Visiting Dental Partners of Boston’s cosmetic dentists is the first step to take towards improving your smile. Your smiles speaks a thousand words and it is one of the first things people notice about you. Here are just a few things people say about a smile with straight teeth:

  • 73% of people surveyed by Kelton Research claimed people with straight teeth seem more trustworthy.
  • 99% of people claim an attractive smile is an important quality.
  • People with straight, perfect teeth are younger looking.

As we age, our teeth start to give away our age as they become discolored, and can have a “sawed off” look. Typically, the front teeth start out as longer from the other teeth and can slowly become shorter from chewing and grinding on them. Grinding the teeth not only causes the teeth to become shorter, it can lead to problems with the enamel over the years. Teeth can often end up having issues with the dentin becoming infected, which can lead to decay within the root of the tooth.

Teeth clenching is one of the most common issues leading to “sawed off” teeth. People often clench their teeth when they are stressed and often do so during sleep. Meeting with a dentist to discuss your clenching is a great way to determine the best treatments and prevention methods. Quite often dentists will use mouth guards to prevent you from grinding your teeth at night, which leads to problems with the enamel.

If you want to transform your smile it is important to work with the right dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry in Boston. While a mouth guard can be used to prevent you from grinding your teeth in your sleep, there are other treatments available to manage the existing issues you may be facing. To correct front teeth that are short or do not look the way you want, consider porcelain veneers or dental crowns.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures are designed to increase the length of the teeth. If the teeth are too short, working with a cosmetic dentist to discuss other procedures is the best way to figure out what will work best for your mouth. Dental Partners of Boston specializes in repairing front teeth that have been damaged. Bring youth back into your smile with the right cosmetic dentistry treatments in Boston.

Best Way to Whiten Your Teeth

Food dyes, oral decay, and age can be hard on your teeth, leading to stains, discoloration, or general yellowing. Besides making you look older, discolored teeth can also make your smile look unkempt. That is why many patients opt for professional teeth whitening.

There are many ways to whiten your teeth in Boston.

As a state-of-the-art dental facility, the Dental Partners of Boston offers several whitening options for patients. These include an at-home whitening kits and in-office “Zoom!” whitening. Here is a little information about these whitening systems, and why patients prefer professional whitening over DIY versions.

Options For Whitening Teeth

DIY Whitening Kits: The Risky Alternative

Oftentimes when people think of teeth whitening, they turn to the shelves of their nearest grocery store. Unfortunately, these kits are generic and not made with your dental anatomy in mind, which can lead to painful rubbing or chemical burns. Many of these DIY kits are not approved by the American Dental Association, which means they may not be safe. To keep your teeth clean, healthy, and white, work with your dentist for your whitening needs.

Professional At-Home Whitening Kits

If you want the scheduling flexibility of an at-home whitening kit with the safety of an in-office visit, talk with your cosmetic dentist in Boston about professional at-home whitening kits. After evaluating your teeth for hidden damage, we will take molds of your teeth to create custom whitening trays. The dentist will also check your level of discoloration to pair you with a bleaching agent that will whiten your teeth safely and effectively. By wearing these whitening trays at home for short periods of time, you can uncover a brighter, whiter smile in no time.

In-Office Zoom! Tooth Whitening

For a professional and luxurious whitening experience, consider Zoom! in-office tooth whitening. After a dental hygienist uses a special gel to protect your gum and oral tissues, they will paint a light-activated bleaching agent on the teeth. Then, they will activate itwith a UV light. This treatment takes under an hour, but can whiten your teeth as much as 10 shades in a single visit.

Makeover Your Smile Today!

Every smile is different, which is why the best way to start your smile makeover is by meeting with the Dental Partners of Boston. During your consultation, the doctors will talk with you about your individual needs, preferences, and dental health. The can also offer advice on which procedures will help you meet your goals. Schedule your appointment today to start enjoying the smile of your dreams.

Top Questions to Ask About Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who have a fear of the dentist and associated sounds or smells, have very sensitive teeth, or have a complex dental issue requiring a long visit. Here are some questions to pose to your dentist when considering sedation dentistry.

  1. Is sedation dentistry safe? Before any sedative is administered, you will have a consultation with your dentist to review your medical history. Patients are monitored very closely during sedation.
  1. What types of sedation dentistry are there? Though oral sedation is primarily being addressed here, there several sedation dentistry options that vary from oral sedation to full anesthesia.
  • In oral sedation a sedative called Triazolam (or a similar prescription) is given to the patient. Triazolam is in the same family as Valium and is prescribed to thousands of patients a year as a safe and reliable sleeping aid. The drug enforcement administration has categorized it as just one level higher than common aspirin. There has never been an emergency or death associated with use of this particular sedation for dental patients.
  • Inhaled minimal sedation involves breathing in nitrous oxide also known as “laughing gas”. This option is administered through a mask placed over your nose.
  • If oral sedation is not enough, intravenous sedation can be used. In this situation, a sedative medication is administered through a small needle or catheter placed in a vein.
  • The fourth option is general anesthesia, which requires an anesthesiologist to be present in order to monitor heart rate and life support functions. During anesthesia, the patient is completely asleep.
  1. How long will the medication last? Oral sedation medication acts quickly, the majority of which the body uses up within the first two hours. After the procedure it may take a few hours for the medication to fully wear off. It is recommended that you have a driver available to pick you up from the dentist office.
  1. What does feeling sedated feel like? At the end of the treatment, you’ll likely have little memory of sitting in the dentist chair. When sedated, you will feel limp, relaxed, and lethargic.
  1. Will I be Aware and in Control? During oral sedation, patients are closely monitored. You will be relaxed and vaguely aware of the procedure, but the dentist and their team will make it their goal to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

At Dental Partners of Boston, let us address your dental sedation concerns and questions. Call us today to schedule a consultation. Our goal is for you to feel completely comfortable during your dental procedure.

Value of Floride For Healthy White Teeth

Your teeth are a multi-layered structure, consisting of an inner pulp chamber, a soft dentin center, and a layer of protective, semi-porous dental enamel. Dental enamel is white, shiny, and incredibly hard. In fact, enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, consisting of 96% minerals. Unfortunately, enamel isn’t immune to damage, which is why dentists worldwide recommend fluoride treatments.  

Fluoride: A Natural, Powerful Mineral

Fluoride, a mineral that is found in all natural water sources, helps your teeth on multiple levels. In addition to promoting natural tooth
remineralization, fluoride also strengthens your dental enamel on a molecular level, protecting you
r teeth from the perils of decay. When fluoride is present, the teeth create and absorb more of the mineral fluorapatite, an incredibly hard mineral that bolsters the strength of the entire tooth. In fact, this mineral is more resistant to acids, warding off problems like acid erosion, discoloration, and dental sensitivity.

Types of Fluoride Applications

Nowadays, fluoride can be found in toothpastes, mouth rinses, dental floss, and even the public water supply. Research has shown that over 74% of the US population has access to fluoridated water, helping to reduce the rates of tooth decay in adults, children, and babies alike.  

Fluoride treatments are considered by the CDC to be one of the greatest public health inventions of the 20th century, reducing instances of tooth decay in primary teeth by as much as 60%. Water fluoridation has also been shown to significantly lower tooth decay rates, although some people do not have access to this free source of fluoride.

Fortunately, even people without fluoridated water can enjoy the benefits of fluoride through professional dental treatments. Fluoride is also available in varnishes, foams, sealants, drops, and lozenges, with many of these varieties being prescribed in careful doses to children and adults.

Avoiding Fluoride Treatment Problems

Unfortunately, receiving too much fluoride can cause a disorder called fluorosis, a condition that makes the surface of your teeth look mottled. However, kids with developing teeth are at the highest risk for fluorosis, but only if they receive too much fluoride. To avoid this problem, fluoride should only be taken or administered in accordance with your dentist’s orders.

Enjoy A Whiter Smile Today

If professional fluoride treatments aren’t enough to brighten your smile, meet with a cosmetic dentist in Boston today to talk about your options. Dental Partners of Boston offers a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments, including professional whitening, orthodontic care, veneers, and even dental implants. Here is where you will find more information about our dental services and to schedule an appointment 

Advancements in Dental Implant Technology

Dental Technology
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are a modern miracle. Capable of remaining strong and stable for a lifetime, dental implants are incredibly realistic and beautiful. Although dental implants were invented in the 1950’s by a orthopedic surgeon, the technology has continued to evolve, and modern implants are better than ever before. Here are just a few advancements that have made dental implants more comfortable, stable, and realistic.

Posts That Mimic Bone Texture

Although older dental implants were smooth, new versions of these titanium posts are roughened to mimic the texture of natural bone. Because this texture allows the natural bone to fuse stronger to the implant, modern implants are more stable and have a lower rejection rate than older versions.

Smaller Dental ImplantsMini Dental Implants vs a standard implant.

New varieties of dental implants are also smaller than previous versions, and periodontists have a greater range of products to offer patients. For example, the mini dental implant is only 3 millimeters wide, while older versions were typically 5 millimeters wide. Smaller implants help patients with less natural bone tissue to have restorations performed successfully.

Improved Imaging

One of the biggest improvements in dental implant technology is treatment planning, largely in part due to dramatically improved imaging and computer technology. CAT scans and MRI images can help your periodontist to plan implant placement more accurately than ever before, accounting for even the smallest anatomical difference. CAD/CAM technology also helps doctors to create 3D models of smile restorations, giving patients the chance to explore their options.  

Realistic Dental Crowns

New 3D printing devices and materials have made dental crowns more realistic than ever before, making it easier for patients to have dental implants without drawing attention to their smiles.

Periodontists: Your Dental Implant Specialist

Unlike general or family dentists, periodontists receive an additional three years of specialized training in the placement of dental implants. This extra training helps them to plan treatments more effectively, place dental implants in a safe, attractive way, and help patients carefully with the care and maintenance of their dental implants. If you are thinking about getting dental implants, schedule an appointment with the Dental Partners of Boston. With a team of specialists that includes periodontists, prosthodontists, restorative dentists, orthodontists, and endodontists, they can help you to achieve the smile of your dreams.

LANAP to Treat Gum Disease

LAPIP to treat gum disease

Gum disease is a powerful ailment that has been shown to affect nearly half of all American adults, giving people bad breath, damaged gum tissue, and even loose or missing teeth. Over time, periodontal disease can even allow bacteria to damage the underlying structures that hold the teeth in place, causing bone loss and a changing face shape. Fortunately, there is a modern treatment that has been proven to be effective against gum disease: LANAP in Boston.

LANAP: a Powerful Tool in the Fight Against Gum Disease

LANAP, which stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is a treatment where a laser periodontal probe is placed in the gingival pockets to remove bacteria and diseased tissue. The type of light emitted by the LANAP tool is absorbed by melanin and hemoglobin, but shines through water and dental enamel—destroying diseased tissues while protecting healthy tissues. These pulses have also been shown to destroy bacteria below the surface of the gum tissue, preventing recurrent infections. LANAP tools can also help create a protective blood clot around the tooth, which speeds healing.

Benefits of LANAP

  • More Comfortable for PatientsLaser gum treatment in Boston doesn’t require incisions or stitches, making the procedure a lot more comfortable for patients. Also, since LANAP is a stitch-free procedure, patients have less to worry about during recovery.
  • Faster Procedure with Fewer VisitsLANAP is also a lot faster than traditional treatments for gum disease, requiring only two 2-hour visits with the Dental Partners of Boston. In fact, the treatment time for LANAP is about half of what it is for traditional gum disease treatments.
  • Beautiful Results that LastSince LANAP is less invasive, it allows patients to enjoy great looking, effective results immediately following treatment. Long-term studies on LANAP have shown that the treatment remains effective for 95% of patients 5 years after their initial procedure.
  • Treatment for EveryoneLANAP is also safe for patients with a variety of health conditions that could preclude them from traditional gum disease treatments. In fact, LANAP can be used to treat patients with hemophilia, HIV, and even diabetes.

Are You a Candidate for LANAP?

If you suffer from gum disease, you are likely a candidate for LANAP. LANAP treatment is customized for each and every patient, so the procedure can be used for mild to severe cases of gum disease. For more information about LANAP, schedule an appointment with The Dental Partners of Boston.