See A Prosthodontist for Dental Veneers

What is a Prosthodontist? Is there one in Boston?
You may not have been aware, but there’s a procedure in cosmetic dentistry called “dental veneers” that can solve almost any cosmetic issue! Dental Partners of Boston have been recognized as one of the best dental practices in Boston for those who need to enhance or correct their smile by concealing stains, chips, injuries, or worn and misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers look incredibly natural, are long-lasting and resistant to staining. This makes them one of the best cosmetic options available for patients seeking a brighter, straighter, undamaged smile.

Finding The Right Specialist

Veneers must be installed by a Prosthodontist. Your regular dentists may refer you to a Prosthodontist if you need tooth replacement implants, dentures, crowns, or bridges. Prosthodontists are trained to design, construct, and fit replacement teeth.

Choosing the right office to have your dental veneers is vital for a number of reasons. Communication amongst clinicians when two or more types of dentists are needed is critical for proper coordination and implementation of procedures. Meticulous planning and treatment with a patient-focused mindset are necessary for an excellent outcome. Having all of the essential dentists under one roof dramatically increases patient satisfaction, quality of work done and recovery time.  Dental Partners of Boston is well known for our team of specialists that are; well rounded, highly experienced, talented, and easy to work with. We want you to get the best possible treatment that modern dentistry can offer.

Are Veneers Right For You?

Once you’ve decided where you’re going to get a cosmetic dental procedure done, the next step is determining whether or not you are a good candidate for dental veneers. Some items to consider are: 

  • Are you unhappy with your smile?
  • Do you have cracked, chipped or broken teeth?
  • Are your teeth extremely stained or discolored? Regular teeth whitening products have not worked in the past.
  • There is a gap or gaps between your teeth
  • Your teeth are worn down
  • There are teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped.

In addition to these six indicators, being committed to excellent, routine oral hygiene and care are essential parts of being a good candidate for dental veneers. This includes flossing and brushing 2-3 times per day.

We’re excited to meet you and show you what an award winning dental office can do for you. We have some of the most satisfied patients in the Boston area, and we’re confident we can give you a smile you will love showing off! Schedule an appointment with us today

What To Expect With Teeth In A Day Dental Implants

Dental Implants replacing missing teeth available at Dental Partners of Boston
5 Things You Need to Know About Teeth In A Day Dental Implants

Preparing and placing dental implants has traditionally been a lengthy process. Today, however, the time commitment required to improve your smile has been drastically reduced to a few hours at the dentist plus the standard recovery period. While not everyone is a candidate for same day dental implants, those that are, no longer need to experience multiple surgeries with several month recovery periods in between each one.

What are the Benefits?

Same day implants help an individual return to normal life faster and are the most effective method of restoring a fully functioning set of teeth. One of the most significant benefits to same day dental implants is the focus on you the patient. Your overall experience is significantly improved thanks to the short, one visit procedure with a reasonable recovery period.  Dental implants, in general, carry many benefits including; improved facial structure, ability to eat a more healthy balanced diet and increased self-confidence.

What are the Risks?

While the benefits to dental implants and same day procedures are many and significant, it is still a surgery, and all surgeries come with a certain degree of risk. Most commonly, the risk for patients is implant failure. For patients who qualify for the same day procedure, the implants will be done all at once. Traditional methods create a solid tie between the implant and the bone before adding a crown that will receive pressure and stress when eating. Same day implant recipients success rates depend largely upon their ability to follow their dentist’s instructions for minimizing stress on their new dental implants.  

Are Same Day Implants Different Than Traditional Implants?

Dental implants in a day, use only 4 implants per arch, whereby traditional implants use anywhere from 6 – 8 implants, or more, on each arch. The same day implants in this procedure are placed at an angle, allowing for increased contact by utilizing the natural support of the bone. Unlike traditional dental implants, this procedure will require no bone grafting for most patients. Same day dental implants can vary in procedure duration. However, the surgery will take around 2-1/2 hours per arch. Both forms of dental implants maintain a 98% success rate. For most of our patients, if they are able to, the same day procedure is highly desirable over traditional methods.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY

If you’re interested in getting dental implants installed start to finish by highly experienced specialists who can replace your missing or broken teeth, call us today to schedule an appointment so we can answer any questions you might have about dental implants. Our expert and caring staff would love to give you the smile of your dreams!

Can Invisalign Help With TMJ?

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If you regularly suffer from tension headaches then there is a good chance that you grind your teeth while you are asleep at night. This can be a symptom of TMJ. Side effects from this can include eroded enamel, gum recession, and cracked teeth. TMJ has been known to cause your jaw joint to hurt and your facial muscles to become very sore. When your jaw is misaligned this also can be a cause of having TMJ. Keep in mind that a dentist can not diagnose TMJ, but they can assist in treating the symptoms.  An Invisalign applicance is one solution that can be used to not only help with straightening your teeth, but it can also help with TMJ or teeth grinding.

Invisalign available at Dental Partners of Boston

Benefits of Invisalign

Grinding your teeth is very common and occurs most often during the night while we are asleep. The benefits of Invisalign could potentially protect your smile by preventing you from grinding your teeth, and aligning them all the same time.

Invisalign aligners must be worn 20-22 hours a day. They will be in your mouth all night while you sleep which creates a cushion between your teeth so that they don’t scrape against each other, cause joint damage and pain. Patients will benefit because their bite will be aligned while at the same time alleviating teeth grinding, thus reducing the symptoms and side effects that TMJ bring. Other benefits from Invisalign include:

  • It can minimize or even eliminate pain that occurs in the jaw, face, and neck
  • An excellent way to reprogram your muscles that cause grinding of your teeth.
  • Conditions your mouth and jaw muscles to work more efficiently, which can relieve TMJ symptoms

Why Align Your Teeth

When teeth are aligned the way they should be, the Temporomandibular Joint is able to open and close freely without any pain or deterioration. When the jaw joint is crooked it can cause stress on the joint which creates inflammation and pain. When your teeth are aligned correctly it takes the stress and strain away from your jaw joint and eliminates irritation.

Sometimes the pain and the headaches that result in having TMJ is just too much to handle. It might only take a simple solution, such as Invisalign, to make the pain and discomfort all go away. Invisalign may be the TMJ treatment our patients in Boston have been looking for. You do not have to live with TMJ pain every day. Our staff cares about our patients and will help you to know if Invisalign is the right solution for you. Schedule an appointment with our office today.

 

Why Go To A Periodontist For Dental Implants

What is a Periodontist?

There are a lot of dental offices and clinics that offer various forms of dental treatments but few have the resources, staff and expertise to be able to offer specialist care within the same office. Being able to be seen by your dental specialist who is in the same office as your general dentist means you get a much higher level of care. This is why most of our new patients make the switch to Dental Partners of Boston as their only dental care provider for themselves. We are proud to have one of the best Periodontal specialist in the industry right here in our office! Our Periodontist, Dr. Guzman is one of the most highly recommended and reviewed in Boston for dental implant procedures!

What Is A Periodontist?

Periodontists are more than just a regular dentists. They have undergone specialized training that allows them to specialize on issues pertaining to the gums. Just like your general dentist, a periodontist as gone through and completed dental school. Once dental school is completed, a periodontist goes on to complete an additional 3 years of training and residency. During those extra 3 years, the Periodontist will study gum disease and its causes, effects, and treatments. Dental implants are a significant part of their training as well.

Dentists Recommend Periodontists

General dentists almost always recommend their patients to a specialist for their dental implant procedures, especially when gum disease or other chronic issues are the cause of needing dental implants in the first place. Having diabetes and heart problems are a few common situations where you general dentist would refer you to a Periodontist. If you are younger than 35 years old, or your gum disease has reached a certain level of severity resulting in symptoms of an aggressive case of periodontal disease, you will almost certainly be referred to a Periodontist like Dr. Guzman.

Why Use A Specialists For Your Dental Implant Procedure?

Worldwide, 80 to 90 percent of general dentists offer dental implants to their patients. There’s a reason that number is only 10 to 15 percent in the US though. It has been proven time and time again that repeatedly performing complicated procedures improves success rates and patient recovery times. While general dentists can perform dental implants themselves, they wouldn’t be performing the procedure very often. It’s advantageous for everyone to have a specialist who is extremely familiar with the procedure and has extensive experience performing it.  In addition to always staying “in practice” with the procedure, Periodontists have a deep understanding of the long-term consequences that an improperly performed dental implant can create.

Schedule An Appointment Today

If you’re interested in getting dental implants installed start to finish by highly experienced specialists who can replace your missing or broken teeth, call us today to schedule an appointment so we can answer any questions you might have about dental implants. Our expert and caring staff would love to give you the smile of your dreams!

Choosing An Expert Cosmetic Dentist

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Your smile is a significant feature that uniquely expresses your personality. When selecting a cosmetic dentist, you want a professional that you can trust.

There’s a lot of criteria that can be used for searching and deciding on a cosmetic dentist in Boston. While there are many cosmetic dentists available, not all are created equally. Be careful about going with the cheapest option. Cosmetic dentistry is in every sense of the word, an art form. An expert Cosmetic Dentist has crafted their skills over the years and has the experience to deliver the best smile of your life.

It takes more than marketing, slogans, and cosmetic dentist labels on websites and signs to be a skilled cosmetic dentist. A great cosmetic dentist is meticulous about the quality of work being done and the materials used in your procedure. At Dental Partners of Boston, we go above and beyond to ensure that your experience with us will leave you smiling for years to come! If you’re struggling to decide who should do your cosmetic dental work for you, consider the following traits of our expert staff:

  • Patient-Centered: Finding a dentist who cares about your long-term goals and is willing to explain the various options within your budget will ultimately leave you more satisfied with your overall experience.
  • Always Learning: Cosmetic Dentistry is continuously evolving. Every year, better ways of doing procedures are developed. Our staff is continually enhancing their knowledge, skills, and equipment to provide you with the best smile possible.
  • Great Reviews: Patient testimonials and reviews generally speak volumes about customer service, dental procedure success, and the dental office atmosphere. We would love to share with you any of our dozens of glowing testimonials.
  • Before And After: ‘Before and after’ photos are a great way to showcase the talent of our amazing staff. We would be happy to visit with you and show you what is possible from a skilled cosmetic dentist.
  • Specialties That Matter: Being able to have a dental office on your side who has a large variety of expert specialists means that regardless of the dental work you need to have done, you will most likely be able to get it all done at one office. It makes a difference having a coordinated team helping you achieve your long-term goals through a variety of procedures.
  • Experience: When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, knowledge alone is not enough to ensure expert work is performed. It takes years of experience with a variety of procedures. That experience ensures that even when unforeseen circumstances or complications arise, mistakes are not made, and high-quality work is delivered.
  • Positive Office Atmosphere: It’s important to us that our patients feel comfortable and safe within our office. Our staff is committed to providing a friendly, professional visit. Its important to us that you understand what needs to be done and feel comfortable throughout the process.

Call Today To Set Up A Consultation

There are many reasons to consider cosmetic dentistry. Most importantly, however, is that you come out with a smile that you’re proud of and excited to show off. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry in Boston, you’re in the best of hands with Dental Partners of Boston. Call us today to set up an appointment for a cosmetic dentistry consultation!

 

Treat Gum Disease with the Only FDA Cleared Laser Treatment

Why Do We Recommend LANAP™ Laser Periodontal Therapy Over Traditional Treatments?

LANAP™ Laser Periodontal Therapy combines the proven methods of traditional gum surgery with the precision and benefits of laser dentistry. In addition to the added comfort and shorter recovery time it offers to our patients, it can preserve healthy gum tissue by only removing the dead and diseased tissue.

Thanks to the fantastic nature of LANAP, most of the gum tissue is saved, and that means minimal tooth structure lost after surgery compared to other methods. One of the tremendous positive side effects of laser surgery at our Boston dental offices is that reattachment of the gums to the bone structure happens naturally after surgery. This is rarely if ever seen in older non-laser treatments.

What Makes LANAP Such A Valuable Resource For Our Patients?

During your laser gum treatment session, our Periodontist specialist will use a beam of light that operates on a specific wavelength– enabling the unhealthy diseased gum tissue to be removed while leaving the healthy gum tissue intact. This means there is much less inflammation and after visit discomfort. Most of our patients return to their daily routine in comfort. Traditional periodontal therapy cuts away tissue height to reduce infected and diseased gums. Conversely, LANAP™ is a restorative procedure. What it means for you the patient is that most gum tissue is preserved and tooth structure can then be restored.

Is LANAP Better Than Older Tried And True Methods?

There are very few cases where older methods are still needed. In fact, LANAP offers many benefits over traditional methods of gum disease treatment. The most obvious and most prominent being that it is a much more straightforward and stress-free procedure both during and after the visit.

Other benefits of LANAP when compared to traditional gum disease treatment include:

  • Less bleeding during and after
  • Less time in surgery and fewer sessions
  • Fast healing and short recovery
  • Minimal removal of healthy gum tissue
  • Elimination of bacteria and reduced inflammation within the mouth
  • Safe for a patient with health conditions and those of certain medications

Do The Added Benefits Of LANAP Increase The Cost Of Laser Gum Treatment?

Laser gum treatment is quite comparable in cost to the more traditional methods.  As with conventional methods, the cost can vary considerably depending on the degree of infection and damage to underlying tissue.

Untreated gum disease will result in the loss of teeth. Laser gum treatment is comparable to the cost of a single dental implant and the associated bone grafting. From an investment perspective, preserving your teeth and gums through LANAP is far more cost-effective than delaying treatment and having to get dental implants at a future date. Dental insurance plans may also assist in covering the cost of periodontal procedures and we can help you in obtaining the maximum coverage allowable by your dental insurance plan.

What Can I Do To Prevent Gum Disease From Recurring in the Future?

Regular dental and periodontal maintenance appointments will help prevent the need for future treatment of periodontal disease. Research has found that bacteria can accumulate to the point of causing bone loss within three months. For this reason, conscientious home care and regular appointments are very important.

Call Today To Schedule A Consultation

If you have any concerns about LANAP or any other dental service we provide, our friendly staff would love to speak with you and help answer your questions. Schedule an appointment today! We look forward to hearing from you and seeing a happier smile on your face!

What is Peri-implantitis?

Technology is advancing and the use of a dental implant is becoming a common solution for dental repair and replacement. Dental implants are an excellent way to replace teeth. They last longer and are more durable than dental bridges. They are also better than dealing with the hassle of dentures. If you are a resident of the Boston area and are interested in getting dental implants, there is something you should ask your dentist about Peri-Implantitis.

Peri-Implantitis deterrioration over 5 years in a heavy smoker

What does Peri-Implantitis mean?

Peri-Implantitis is an inflammatory process and complication that arises from having dental implants installed. Typically there are three pieces to a dental implant. There is the Implant itself which is surgically installed into the lower jaw and acts as the root of your tooth. Then there is the Abutment which sticks up from the Implant and connects to the third piece, the Crown, which replaces the physical tooth.

Peri-Implantitis occurs most often in Compound Implants, which means the Abutment is a separate piece from the Implant. When the Abutment is a completely separate piece, the space and gaps between the pieces can attract bacteria and other pathogens. These bacteria and pathogens can spread to the soft and hard tissue around the gums and jaw line causing the inflammation disease which is Peri-Implantitis.

What are the risks?

The Dental Partners of Boston want you to be aware of the possible risks with installing dental implants and are able to offer advice and professional recommendations for which treatment will best fit you and your family. Dental Implants are still a very cost effective treatment for replacing teeth, and when properly cared for, will last a very long time. The risks of Peri-Implantitis are more common in patients that receive Compound Implants, or patients that have a history of Periodontal diseases.

Peri-Implantitis, if severe enough, can cause damage to the soft and hard tissues of the jaw. It can lead to other Periodontal diseases and complications, and possibly the failing of the original Dental implant. In extremely severe cases, the patient may require surgery to remove the dead tissue from the surrounding areas, antibiotics, or a loss of bone mass.

Who should I talk to if I have more questions?

If you or someone you know are interested in receiving dental implants, but have more questions regarding the risks, the procedure itself, or the overall care of the implant; then you should contact the Dental Partners of Boston. Schedule an appointment or consultation to see if dental implants are right for you, or if you are at risk for Peri-implantitis.

What is IV Sedation Dentistry Like

What is IV Sedation Dentistry Like

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IV sedation dentistry or intravenous sedation dentistry was created for a variety of reasons. In simple terms, IV sedation means that you are put into a near sleep state where you are unaware of the procedure being done.  The sedation drugs are administered through a simple IV inserted into a vein. Most of our patients enter a deep state of unawareness and are pleased not to recall any negative aspects of a difficult procedure. Our highly experienced and professional staff will be there to make sure that the entire process goes as smoothly as possible.

Sedating patients allows us to give excellent quality treatment to patients who are exceptionally anxious about a problematic procedure.  

What To Expect

Most likely you won’t fall fully asleep during your sedation procedure. Some awareness can be expected; however you won’t be fully conscious of what’s going on, either. Most often you can follow basic verbal commands and will respond to the dentist taping you to get your attention. You’ll also be able to breathe on your own and won’t need to have your heart rate monitored. If your dentist is performing a procedure that requires a local anesthetic, such as filling a cavity, the anesthetic will be given to the patient after the sedation has taken effect.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?

If you feel like any of the following might describe you, consider talking to our dentists about sedation dentistry;

-If you have delayed getting treated out of fear or anxiety

-Have had traumatic dental experiences

-Have difficulty getting numb

-A bad gag reflex

-Very sensitive teeth

-Complex dental problems requiring extensive treatment

-Limited time in your schedule, multiple visit procedures can be done all at once with sedation.

If you are generally in good physical health but feel nervous about going to the dentist or feel anxious when you are at the dentist, sedation might help you get your teeth back in great shape so you can maintain or improve your oral health.

Your dentist is the person who’s best equipped to help you decide whether or not IV sedation is the right option for you. It might be that another option, such as inhaled sedation, makes more sense for you. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen your dentist, call the practice and ask if it offers dental sedation in any form and if it’s a good pick for you.

To avoid needing a major dental procedure in the first place, come in and visit with one of our amazing dentists or Oral Hygienists to learn how to care for your teeth like a pro and develop healthy dental habits.

Schedule An Appointment Today

If you are looking for a sedation dentist office in Boston, call us today to schedule an appointment! Our cheerful and experienced staff would be more than happy to guide you through the whole process of sedation dentistry.  

TMJ Treatment in Boston

Root Canal Pain and treatmentWHAT IS TMJ?

TMJ disorders are the result of a variety of jaw joint related problems. Many of our patients have had clicking sounds coming from their jaw, and sometimes pain associated with it for years. The good news is that advancements in the understanding of the mouth have allowed us to create effective treatments for this condition.

These symptoms and others occur when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles do not work together correctly. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name for each joint (right and left) that connects your jaw to your skull. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more severe conditions, early detection and treatment are essential.

WHAT CAUSES TMJ?

Possible causes of TMJ disorders can include:

  • -arthritis
  • -dislocation
  • -injury
  • -tooth and jaw alignment
  • -stress and teeth grinding

HOW DO YOU TREAT TMJ?

No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely, and treatment takes time to become effective. Our dental professionals can help give you recommendations and treatments so you can have a healthier, more comfortable jaw. Before beginning treatment, it is essential to have your concerns adequately diagnosed by an experienced professional. Part of the dental examination involves checking the joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving. Depending on the diagnosis, you may have to meet with more than one of our dentists or you may be referred to a physician.

There are several treatments for TMJ disorders. This step-by-step plan from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) allows you to try simple therapies before having to have more intensive treatments that could include surgery. The NIDCR also recommends a “less is often best” approach in treating TMJ disorders, which includes:

  • eating softer foods.
  • avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails.
  • treating the pain with heat packs.
  • practicing relaxation techniques to control jaw tension, such as meditation or biofeedback.

Depending on your specific situation, these additional treatments may be advised:

  • Exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles.
  • Medications prescribed by your dentist; for example, muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications.
  • A night guard or bite plate to decrease clenching or grinding of teeth.
  • In some cases, your dentist may recommend fixing an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some teeth.
  • Orthodontic treatments may also be recommended.

Your dentist can suggest the most appropriate therapy based on the suspected cause.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

If you are having TMJ pain, Dental Partners of Boston can help. Please schedule an appointment with us. We will work with you to diagnose the problem and start a treatment plan to alleviate the discomfort and pain you are experiencing. We care about our patients, have the experience to handle TMJ, find the cause, and give recommendations on treatment. Each case is different, and we will work with you one on one to address your TMJ pain.

 

Laser Gum Treatment in Boston

Laser Gum Surgery is a newer treatment approved in 2004 for the correction of advanced cases of gum disease that may not be readily treatable with other methods. Dr. Sergio Guzman, a Boston Periodontist, has been certified in the procedure and will help you determine the best treatment for your current periodontal condition.

OLD TO NEW

When gum disease takes root and advances through your gums, the pockets around each tooth deepen. Due to irritation and infection, the gums separate from the teeth. This separation opens space for an increase in the bacterial population, accelerating growth. In decades past, the most common method for treating gum disease was a procedure called Periodontal flap surgery. The goal was to cut away diseased tissue and build up and give your gums a chance to heal without the interference of an infection. It was a valid method, but it did have its limitations, including the need to cut and suture the gum tissue, leading to slower recovery times and a more prolonged overall process. LANAP follows a similar protocol but is an improvement over traditional surgical procedures due to the use of a specialized surgical laser.

HOW LANAP WORKS

To complete the LANAP procedure, one of our trained and certified Boston periodontists uses a specialized PerioLase MVP-7 laser to remove infected gum surface tissue that has separated from the tooth roots. The doctor then removes calculus deposits from the exposed root surface with an ultrasonic scaler and ensures a second pass with the laser kills all bacteria. Once freed from infection, your healthy gum tissue can then begin to heal and regenerate. The result is a robust gum line and a much improved prognosis for keeping your teeth for years to come.

BENEFITS OF LASER GUM TREATMENT

In treating periodontal disease, LANAP provides options for saving teeth which otherwise would be lost to infection. It offers many advantages over the traditional approach, including:

  • No cutting or stitches
  • Start to finish treatment in one visit
  • Shorter post-op recovery
  • More gum tissue retained than in conventional gum surgery
  • Minimized long-term sensitivity
  • Promotion of bone regeneration without a graft
  • The high success rate for treating periodontal disease
  • Affordable compared to traditional treatment

GET A SPECIALIST CONSULTATION TODAY

Laser periodontal treatment offers new hope for patients who thought their periodontal health was a lost cause. With this procedure, Dr. Guzman can repair gums and save teeth other dentists would see only as a case for dentures. The benefits of the method extend to anyone with advanced periodontal disease. Dr. Guzman at Dental Partners of Boston is among just a few periodontists who are trained to perform this innovative procedure.

To learn whether LANAP is right for you, contact our office by phone or online to schedule an exam. Dr. Guzman will examine your gums and discuss with you the best options for your mouth. Even if LANAP is not for you, we can offer treatment options and advice to return your mouth to full health. Schedule an appointment today to begin the healing process for your gums.