What Causes Dental Implant Failure?

A Dental Implant

There are many options out there for patients who have lost their teeth. Replacing lost teeth isn’t what it was, given that there was a time when wooden dowels would be hammered into place (we’re talking hundreds of years ago!). Now, we have the options to choose removable dentures, with others choosing dental bridges. These options are less expensive than others, especially when you compare them to dental implants. However, investing in dental implants is just that – an investment. It’s an investment in your dental health, and they provide you with a solution that is dependable and can possibly last a lifetime.

If you are searching for a more stable tooth replacement option, you should consider dental implants. With Dental Partners of Boston, you will be treated with the utmost care and respect while we assess whether dental implants are a good tooth replacement option for you. They stimulate the jawbone to stop the deterioration of the bone, and they are the closest thing that you can have to natural teeth – in looks and in action. Dental implants in Boston have success rate of 95% – but there is a small percentage where a dental implant fails.

A Rare Rejection

It is very rare for dental implants to fail. There are cases out there, though, where the implants have failed, and the reasons behind it vary case by case. Implants are very rarely rejected, but it is essential to acknowledge that – albeit rare – it does happen. As dental implants are created with titanium, they are entirely able to integrate with the bone. This is called osseointegration. The implant will act in the same way the root of a natural tooth would, and so any issues with rejection usually occur with a bodily reaction.

Causes Of Dental Implant Failure

Bacteria

Despite the way that osseointegration occurs, some patients have reported complications in the past. Once the implants are placed, there is a couple of months required for healing, and this is vital for the success of your implants. If any bacteria enters the site, soft tissue can form, which causes instability of the implant, increasing its possibility of failure.

Smoking

Another contribution to implant failure is smoking, and cigarette smoke is already well-known to cause issues with the gums. If you want implants, it’s advisable to stop smoking to ensure their health.

Post-Surgical Infection

When you have implants installed in your gums, you need to follow the advice of the dentist you‘ll be working with so that you minimize the possible infection.

Contact Dental Partners of Boston Today

If you are looking for dental implants in Boston, contacting Dental Partners of Boston is essential. Dental implants are a proven solution to replacing your missing teeth, and with the support of decades of research, we are confident in the dental implants that we use. Speaking to our team can ensure that your first step in the journey towards dental implants is a smooth one!

 

Are You Looking For Emergency Dental In Boston?

There is nothing worse than having to deal with a dental emergency out of usual office hours. With our emergency dental in Boston, you will get help with a chipped, cracked, or lost tooth without having to wait for hours. We can help you with emergency dental surgery, abscesses, and toothaches, and we offer daily service. If you are in need of urgent dental care in Boston, calling us today could make a big difference for you. We understand that your teeth don’t wait, so why should you?

Your pain is in our hands, and we don’t want you to have to deal with it for a minute longer than necessary. Our team of dentists can advise you on how to manage your pain in the meantime, until your appointment, this advice could keep you as comfortable as possible. 

Who We Help

We have appointments for urgent dental care available for you when you need us. We know that it’s not easy to wait for a routine appointment, and we reserve our emergency appointments for patients who experience extreme pain and simply cannot wait. We can offer urgent dental care in Boston and some situations that we have assisted with include:

Emergency Dental Care Options

At Dental Partners of Boston, we offer fast and efficient solutions for those suffering from a dental emergency in Boston. Our dental team is there for you when you need it the most. If you are dealing with pain that has struck from nowhere, it may feel like you can’t do anything about it. A trip to the dentist isn’t on your planner for the day, but here you are – you need help. If there are preexisting conditions that you have, this can exacerbate the dental issues you are experiencing.

Crowns can fall out, as can fillings. Teeth get chipped, cracked, broken, and even knocked out during sports games. Life happens, and that’s why you need to be reassured that emergency dental care is easy to find here at Dental Partners of Boston.

Contact Dental Partners of Boston Now

If you are dealing with any pain or issues with your teeth, Dental Partners of Boston are here to help you. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with your smile, and with one phone call to us, you can get the urgent care you need. In the case of a dental care crisis, it’s important that you don’t panic. Act fast, but don’t panic – give us a call immediately.

Massachusetts Governor and Department of Health Declare Public Health Emergency

At Dental Partners of Boston, we recognize that oral health and overall health are intricately linked. As health care providers, we strive to educate our patients on better health practices across all aspects of their lives.

At this time, we want to share the recent disturbing news regarding the use of e-cigarettes and vaping, the effects they are having on the health of many in our own communities, and the associated recommendations from the Governor, the CDC, and the Public Health Department.

As of September 24, 2019, Governor Charles D. Baker has declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth, in response to disease linked to the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products and the unprecedented rise of e-cigarette use among youth.

The declaration comes on the heels of the CDC’s September 19th confirmation of 530 cases of unexplained vaping-associated pulmonary disease across 39 states and U.S. territories. The report included seven fatalities, and all 530 cases had a history of vaping, and a history of using vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), nicotine, or a combination of both.

In tandem with the Governor’s declaration, Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, has announced that the sale or display of all e-cigarettes and vaping products to consumers in retail establishments, online, and through any other means is prohibited in the Commonwealth.

This ban covers both non-flavored and flavored vaping products, including those with the following ingredients:

  • Mint and menthol
  • Nicotine
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and any other cannabinoid

As of September 11th, Dr. Bharel mandated that possible cases of vaping related pulmonary disease be immediately reported to the Massachusetts

Department of Public Health (DPH), for the investigation, monitoring, and resolving of the public health issue.

We know that vaping and smoking are presenting similar results across our patient population. We are committed to providing support for patients who are seeking a cessation of smoking or vaping. The following resources may be helpful:

 

https://teen.smokefree.gov

http://mylifemyquit.com/

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/vapes-and-cigarettes

http://makesmokinghistory.org/dangers-of-vaping/

http://quitworks.makesmokinghistory.org/uploads/Pharma_Guide2.pdf

What is LANAP?

Dental Partners of Boston: Offerings Comprehensive LANAP in Boston 

a woman who has had LANAP to help improve her smile from Dental Partners of Boston

Using Up To Date Dental Techniques, Dr. Guzman Will Work With You To Improve Your Dental Health.

Right at this moment, there are millions of Americans dealing with gum disease. This may not seem shocking to our patients, but what is shocking is that there are very few of them seeking the appropriate treatment for their gum health. Gum disease can be linked to:

  • Heart disease
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Low birth weight

These conditions are the tip of the iceberg, but the most important thing is that patients understand whether they have gum disease and what to do about it. Gum disease can be prevented with early treatment, but if patients aren’t getting the help, it goes untreated, leading to more issues down the line.

Gum Disease Treatment

Treatments for gum disease have been relatively invasive up until recent years. Proper treatment either meant a surgery on the affected area of the gum, cutting away the diseased portions to create room for healthy tissue and healing. Or, it means extraction and replacement teeth in the form of dentures or dental implants. Thankfully, the dental technology today is far more comprehensive, and we now have LANAP – Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure.

What Is LANAP?

If you have heard of LANAP, you’re one of the lucky patients who is getting some of the best possible care for gum disease out there. The LANAP procedure uses highly specialized PerioLase MVP-7 lasers to provide more accurate, less painful, and less invasive treatment for gum disease. It works more accurately than a surgeon’s scalpel, and it targets and kills the bacteria that causes the gum disease in the first place, removing the damaged tissue and re-attaches healthy tissue to the root of the tooth. Your gum line is treated without the downsides of the traditional gum disease treatments, and it offers you more long-term results. 

As it stands, LANAP is currently the only FDA-approved laser protocol on the market for gum disease treatment – it’s also the first.

Benefits of LANAP

There are so many benefits of this new treatment, and it’s essential to understand these before you go into your appointment. Here they are:

Faster Healing

The minimally invasive properties of LANAP mean that the body can heal and recover faster than with other procedures.

Less Discomfort

We won’t say it’s a painless procedure: everyone is different. However, it expedites healing and means that post-op pain is less than with a standard cutting and suturing procedure.

Easier Recovery

You’ll be back in your daily routine right away. Some patients return directly to work!

Tooth Survival

You’ll be able to possibly keep your natural teeth, even when other procedures have deemed them to be unsalvageable.

Bone Regeneration

LANAP has been proven to regenerate bone tissue around teeth.

Why Choose Dental Partners of Boston?

Your gum condition needs to be successfully diagnosed by us before we can go ahead with LANAP. Book your appointment today, and let’s see how LANAP in Boston from Dental Partners of Boston can help improve your smile. Dr. Guzman and our team look forward to meeting you!

Top Dentists in Boston For 2019

At Dental Partners of Boston, we take great pride in our work. We, the doctors, our clinical team, and our administrative team, seek to satisfy our patients in all we do. We are delighted to share that we have received recognition in the form of a highly prestigious award for our excellent services. The popular and acclaimed Boston Magazine has listed us as Top Dentists. Every one of our current doctors has been recognized in this year’s list. 

Of course, the recognition is not why we do it. You, as our patients, are the most important factor in our business. It is wonderful to be honored, and this is something we are very proud of. When you come to us for your dental care, you get a practice that is committed to providing the very best care we can offer. Also, you get a practice that is esteemed, well respected, and has a reputation for providing excellent service to patients.

The Top Dentist Award

Boston Magazine has a Top Dentist list in order to honor the top dental professionals in the city, and help patients to find the best doctor for their needs in Boston. It is an award reserved only for elite professionals, and this is why we are so delighted that so many of our team have been named on this award. This annual award is considered to be one of the most prestigious in Boston, a list of acclaimed practitioners as voted by our peers, and we are very happy to say that our dentists have made this list for several years running. We believe that what makes this award so prestigious is that the dentals on this list are chosen by dental peers. Other dentists and those in the industry have called on all their expertise to compile a list of the top dentists in the city. 

Our Team

At Dental Partners of Boston we have an excellent team with some wonderful chemistry. A team of specialists who work together to ensure patients get exactly what they need in terms of the right treatment and care. Our team has different skill sets, specialties, and services that play a role in complete oral care. With prosthodontists, orthodontists, periodontists, and many more besides, we have a skilled and qualified team who offer a huge selection of award-winning services. It’s our chemistry that binds us together and takes the practice forward, and our team ethic, multidisciplinary practice, and philosophy of exceptional patient-oriented care is what won us this award.

We are proud of the team we have assembled at Dental Partners of Boston, and the wide range of services we offer cover all areas of dental care.

 

Dr. Sergio A. Guzman

Boston Periodontist Dr. Sergio Guzman

“My commitment to my patients is simple. It’s about results: to predictably deliver the best that dentistry has to offer.”

Practicing since 1996, Dr. Sergio A. Guzman joined our fantastic team in 2005, and become our Managing Member in 2010. He first began his career at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine where he built an impressive resume consisting of a Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Periodontology, and a Master’s of Science in Dentistry.

To boost his qualifications further, Dr Guzman was awarded Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2002, which sets him apart as having made significant achievements beyond mandatory requirements. Before becoming a member of our team, Dr. Guzman’s other positions included assistant professor at Boston University School of Dental Medicine and officer of the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS).

With professional affiliations, including membership in the Massachusetts Dental Society, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Massachusetts Periodontal Society, and the American Dental Association, Dr. Guzman has previously received the 10-Under-10 award for recognition of his contributions to the profession.

His primary treatments concern the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease using techniques including both surgical and non-surgical procedures. He’s also an expert in dental implants with a focus on same-day fixed solutions for patient ease. It’s for these reasons and more that Dr. Guzman has been selected for the “Top Dentist” list by Boston Magazine in the last three editions, and it’s also why he can provide the dental solutions you need.

Dr. Guzman’s Services Include:

Dr. Adela Agolli

Dr. Agolli graduated from Assumption College in 2001 with a dual degree in Psychology and Pre-Dental before entering Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUSDM) in 2008. She then spent the next two years furthering her education with the BUSDM’s prestigious advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD) and a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Biomaterials by performing research at Boston Medical Center. She went on to complete her speciality in Endodontics in 2012, before practicing in this field.

Before joining our Charles River Dental team in 2016, she worked in a variety of Boston-based dental clinics, focusing on offering quality dental care to the Albanian community as this is where she grew up. Thanks to her extensive education and fluency in English, Albanian, Spanish and Italian, Dr Agolli is an excellent asset to our team and the community.

Her memberships in professional organizations span across the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, American Student Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Association of Endodontics, and Academy of Facial Esthetics. She’s also a founding member of the prominent Albanian American Medical Society, and is a clinical instructor in the Department of Endodontics at BUSDM at both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels to continue her legacy. 

She has earned a place on the Boston Magazine top dentist list for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Dr. Agolli’s Services Include:

Dr. Maria E. Cardenas

“My passion is to restore smiles. My goal is to bring my patient into the most confident stage of their life.”

During her over seventeen years of practice, Dr. Cardenas has received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies degrees from Boston University School of Dental Medicine, where she was also recognized with the “Excellence Award”. Following her studies, she held residencies as both the Clinical Instructor at Boston University in the Operative and Esthetic Dentistry, and in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Cardenas has focused on dental esthetics, particularly full mouth esthetic reconstructions, porcelain veneers and implant dentistry. Her certification as a “Smile Designer” is also a testament to the work she carries out surrounding dental photography and video. These are both methods she uses to help visualize final results before treatment. She’s then able to work closely with her patients every step of the way, as well as providing consistent outcomes. 

Dr. Cardenas’ most important goal is to create a strong connection with patients, and it’s one she achieves by approaching her work with a focus on following her passion from a place of excellence and generosity. She works incredibly hard to understand every patient and create a customized experience which exceeds expectations every time. 

She’s earned a place in Boston Magazine’s top dentist list for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Dr. Cardenas’ Services Include:

Dr. Yael Frydman

“I love orthodontics. I think it’s the happy specialty… It’s something people go through to improve themselves; their smile, their appearance, their self-esteem, their function, their quality of life.”

Having completed an orthodontic specialty program at Maimonides University and her DMD Advanced Standing Program at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Frydman has been in private practice since 1998. As well as being a member of our Dental partners of Boston team, she is currently acting as Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. 

As a member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Society, Pierre Fouchard Academy, and the World Federation of Orthodontists, Dr. Frydman has received a great deal of recognition within the orthodontic field. The National Dental Honor Society also awarded her the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Award for potential promise to the advancement of dentistry. 

She has appeared on the Boston Magazine list of top dentists for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Dr. Frydman’s Services Include:

Dr. Barry J. Goldberg

“It’s rewarding to take a patient that’s in pain, and take them out of the pain; give them comfort.”

Dr. Goldberg graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1976, giving him forty-three years of experience in the dental field. Immediately after leaving his studies he became a resident in dentistry and staff dentist at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, a position he retained until 1982. He then went on to become a 1985 graduate of the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry Endodontic Program, followed by his Master of Science degree in Endodontics from Boston University in 1989.

As well as forming a valued part of our team here at Dental Partners of Boston, Dr. Goldberg is currently a lecturer in endodontics and is an Instructor in the Endodontic Clinic at Boston University.

He appeared in Boston Magazine’s top dentist list in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Dr. Goldberg’s Services Include:

Dr. Shiro Kamachi

Dr. Kamachi received his dental degree from Kyushu Dental College in Japan and Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He has since gone on to receive a postgraduate degree in Prosthodontics from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. 

Practicing since 1991, he has an impressive resume indeed, including a rank of Associate Clinical Professor of Dentistry at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He also holds memberships on the editorial review boards of Quintessence of Dental Technology and the American College of Prosthodontists and Academy of Osseointegration.

Previously president of the MA section of American College of Prosthodontists from 2010-2012, Dr. Kamachi lectures esthetics and implant dentistry alongside his work with us at Dental Partners of Boston. 

He earned a place on Boston Magazine’s top dentist list for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Dr. Kamachi’s Services Include:

Dr. Kumiko Kamachi

Specializing in prosthodontics, Dr. Kamachi originally graduated from Kyushu Dental College in Japan in 1991. Following that, she pursued a postgraduate certificate degree in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) in 1994. Finally, in 1997, she received her postgraduate certificate degree specializing in Prosthodontics from BUGSDM. 

Following her studies, Dr. Kamachi then went on to hold the position of rank of Associate Clinical Professor at Dept of Restorative Sciences and Biomaterial at BUGSDM until 2010. As well as working within our Dental Partners of Boston team, she now works as a consultant for Quintessence publishing company USA and Japan, and lectured internationally on esthetics and implant dentistry. 

Her notable memberships include the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, American College of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association and Massachusetts Dental Society. 

She has appeared on the Boston Magazine list of top dentists in 2018 and 2019. 

Dr. Kamachi’s Services Include:

Dr. Caroline Mujica

“Dentistry to me is the perfect combination of experience, dedication, and the highest quality of patient care. We think of a positive change, and we put it into action.”

Dr. Mujica received her D.M.D. from the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and has been in practice since 2000. Her resume also consists of a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) from the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (A.E.G.D.). 

She joined our diverse team in 2005, before which Dr. Mujica held a faculty position at Boston University, as well as a dental practice within the school, for more than five years. She has also spent time as a clinical instructor in the A.E.G.D. Program and the Operative Dentistry and Esthetic Program.

Since joining our team, her focus has primarily been on dental aesthetics and understanding the needs of all her patients. With the help of our in-house specialty resources, she tailors treatment plans and offers continuous care for patient well-being. Thanks to her certification by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics in the therapeutic use of Botulinum Toxin (Botox & Xeomin), Dr. Mujica can treat. T.M.J., headache, and orofacial pain. She also uses dermal fillers to achieve relaxed and natural facial expressions. 

Dr. Mujica has previously received the 10-Under-10 award from the Massachusetts Dental Society for her contributions to the profession. Her notable awards also include the prestigious Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, which highlights her focus on compassionate care and on-going support. 

Dr. Mujica’s Services Include:

Dr. Michael G. O’Toole

“It’s very important to me that my patients feel that I am committed to their treatment from the very beginning.”

A graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, Dr. O’Toole received a Certificate in Prosthodontics and a Masters of Medical Science from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has since completed further training in full mouth rehabilitation, fixed bridges, and various dentures. During his studies, he was awarded the Joseph L. Henry Leadership Award for achievements in clinical and research training. He was also awarded first place at the Remo Sinibaldi Memorial Table Clinic Competition of the Massachusetts Section of the American College of Prosthodontics. He holds impressive memberships including the American College of Prosthodontics, the American Dental Association, and the Massachusetts Dental Society.

With a focus on team dentistry, Dr. O’Toole works to ensure patient care and comfort at all times. His skill set includes all-ceramic crowns, veneers and onlays, and bruxism appliances. 

Dr O’Toole has appeared in the Boston Magazine top dentist list for 2018 and 2019.

Dr. O’Toole’s Services Include:

Dr. Roberta A. Wright

“I am committed to deliver the highest quality of care for my patients and gain their trust and appreciation.”

Before completing dental school, Dr. Wright was awarded a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She then graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following this, Dr. Wright went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut, where she graduated with Omicron Kappa Upsilon national honors. During her studies, she received various awards including the University Provost’s Academic Achievement Award and Academy of Dental Materials Excellence Award.

Once studies were complete, Dr. Wright finished a three-year residency. Here she earnt a specialty certificate in Prosthodontics and Implant Surgery and a Master of Dental Science degree from the University of Connecticut. Even to this day, Dr. Wright retains a part-time academic appointment at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, providing clinical instruction in the Advanced Graduate Program for Implant Dentistry. 

As well as being a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Dr. Wright passed extensive examinations to become a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. She also holds positions in various organizations including the American College Prosthodontists, the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, and the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Wright is passionate about evidence-based dentistry which allows her to provide long-term treatments and outcomes for her patients. As well as an impressive qualification resume, Dr. Wright also has advanced training in areas such as complex esthetic rehabilitation, full-mouth reconstruction, and, complete and partial dentures. She strives always to provide the best dental treatment for patients using a global, comprehensive approach. 

She has appeared on the Boston Magazine list of top dentists for 2018 and 2019.

Dr. Wright’s Services Include:

Schedule An Appointment With Dental Partners of Boston Today!

Our diverse team offers a patient-centric experience which you would struggle to find elsewhere, making us easily one of the best dental practices in Boston. We all are committed to delivering the very best care that dentistry has to offer. You will always get the excellent care you need when you need it here.

Our focus on dentistry across a team also means that Dental Partners of Boston is your one-stop-shop for all dental health concerns. Whether you need general dentistry, periodontology, or even orthodontics, you needn’t look any further. Please schedule a consultation with us today!

 

What Is A Partial Denture?

A partial denture is an option that you have if you lose one or more teeth. Whether you have teeth extracted or they are knocked out, replacing them with prosthetic teeth helps you to restore your smile. There are various options available to you, including a dental bridge or dental implants. Unlike implants and fixed bridges, a partial denture is removable. There are various reasons to consider a partial denture, including its affordability. By restoring your smile with a partial denture, you can improve your speech and eat more easily. Partial dentures replace just a few of your teeth, rather than all of your top or bottom teeth.

What Is A Partial Denture Made Of?

Partial dentures are made using various materials, including acrylic, plastic and metal. Some are made of only acrylic, but they can be less durable than those that use metal. They are made to be strong and durable, so that they can handle normal eating and talking. Partial dentures are made to look as natural as possible, matching the color and the shape to your teeth and gums. A partial denture is made to fit your mouth, and needs to be kept moist to help it keep its shape.

How Is a Partial Denture Attached to Your Teeth?

Partial dentures can be held in place using a few different methods. Some partial dentures have a mental framework and clasps that attach to your teeth. Others might have connectors, which can offer a more natural look. Another option is to have a partial denture that uses precision attachments.

How a Partial Denture Is Made

To make a partial denture that fits your mouth, your Boston Prosthodontist will first take measurements that can be used to create the denture. Before casting the final denture, they will make initial model, which can be adjusted. This will help get the best fit. When the denture is first made, you might be asked to wear it all the time so that you can make notes of any areas where it might feel uncomfortable or be exerting too much pressure. The denture will be adjusted at further appointments to ensure it fits well.

Benefits of a Partial Denture

Partial dentures offer a number of benefits. If you want to replace missing teeth, you can improve your bite and enhance your smile. Wearing a partial denture can make it easier to talk, as well as to eat. It can prevent you biting your tongue or the inside of your cheek too, by correcting your bite and filling the space left by your teeth.

Schedule An Appointment Today

Our team of Boston Dentists can help you with partial dentures or other options available for replacing missing teeth, such as fixed bridges and dental implants. Schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today to see which treatment method is best for your unique situation.

How Do You Treat Bleeding Gums?

Living with bleeding gums isn’t pleasant. It’s something that you need to address to prevent the bleeding and possible infection from becoming severe. 

Bleeding gums are almost always a sign of gingivitis, which is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissue around the teeth. In gingivitis, bacteria attack the lining of the gums and can, over time, break the surface layer or enamel. When you brush over an infected region, you disturb the exposed blood vessels, causing them to bleed. 

If you have bleeding gums, what should you do to treat them? 

Brush Regularly

Even though brushing may seem to cause bleeding, regular brushing is actually essential for keeping gum disease at bay. Brushing removes the plaque, the bacterial byproducts, which causes the damage to the sensitive gum lining in the first place. We recommend that you use a soft-bristled brush. The soft bristles will remove the harmful plaque and bacteria while protecting the integrity of the gum tissue. 

Always use fluoride-containing toothpaste. Research shows that fluoride toothpaste is the most effective for removing plaque and bacteria, keeping your mouth healthy over the long term.

Floss Regularly

The bacteria that cause gum disease can find refuge in the gaps between your teeth. As it consumes food debris in your mouth, it releases nasty byproducts that causes inflammation of the gum between teeth.

Flossing removes the bacteria you can’t reach by brushing alone. Flossing is simple, but an important step in your home care routine. Just take an 18-inch piece of floss and then grab it with your thumb and pointer finger two inches apart and insert it into a gap between your teeth. Then use a sawing motion to dislodge bacteria and plaque between the teeth, leaving them fresh and clean. Use a different section of floss for each space. 

Use Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouthwash rinses your mouth and helps to eliminate all of the bacteria you dislodge brushing and flossing, leaving it fresh and clean. 

Antibacterial mouthwashes contain special agents which kill bacteria. Mouthwash, therefore, can help if you have an excess of bacteria in your mouth that is leading not only to gum disease but other problems, like bad breath. 

Make Regular Appointments To Come In For Cleanings & Check-ups.

You can’t always treat gum disease at home by improving your oral hygiene habits. Sometimes, the disease progresses beyond the initial stage into more severe periodontal disease where infection gets below the gumline. 

We use several techniques to treat periodontal disease:

  • Laser therapy. Laser therapy is where the dentist shines a laser on the gums to kill the bacteria. You do not need an anaesthetic for laser therapy. 
  • Scaling. With scaling, the dentist uses tools to remove tartar and plaque from teeth below the gumline, proving an opportunity for the gum to heal. 
  • Root planing. Root planing is another technique which helps to resolve gum disease that has migrated below the gum line. 

With the help of Dental Partners of Boston, you can treat your bleeding gums and get your oral health back on track. If you notice bleeding when you brush, schedule an appointment with us today!

 

What Is Involved In A Full Mouth Reconstruction?

While most patients benefit from having individual teeth removed and replaced with dental implants and crowns, for some, that might not be enough to fully restore health and function. There are all kinds of situations in which a patient isn’t just missing a single tooth, but many, and may need more involved treatment. 

Extensive tooth loss can result from: injury, decay, and as a result of other medical conditions. The good news, though, is that there is a solution: Full Mouth Reconstruction.

What Is Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

A full-mouth reconstruction is a dental treatment plan that our Boston dentists use to reconstruct all of the teeth in a patient’s upper or lower jaw. Full-mouth reconstruction differs from a “complete smile makeover” because it is a medically-necessary procedure. It’s not about making the teeth appear more attractive: it’s about providing the patient with a biting surface that they can use to eat food, all the while eliminating any infection such as periodontitis. 

What Happens During A Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

A full-mouth reconstruction is not a single procedure. Instead, it’s something that we perform over several appointments. 

Full-mouth reconstruction is a catch-all term that doesn’t refer to any specific procedure. It’s better to think of “full-mouth construction” as the end goal. The goal for us is to use a variety of techniques that will restore the patient’s mouth to a healthy and usable state. 

You might be in need of a range of procedures during full-mouth reconstruction treatment. These could include: 

  • Dental implants – when a post is attached to the jawbone, and a crown is fixed to an abutment.
  • Root canal therapy – a procedure where we remove infected material from the interior of a tooth and replace it with an artificial putty.
  • Porcelain crowns – where the dentist restores the chewing surface of teeth with a porcelain substitute
  • Inlays and onlays – when a restoration is created to fit the specific shape of a cavity and cemented in place
  • Tooth Colored Fillings – a standard restoration where decayed tooth material is removed, and the resulting cavity is filled with amalgam or a dental composite.

The range of treatments that we will recommend will depend on your current situation. We will discuss what is necessary to bring your mouth back to health. While the aim of a full mouth reconstruction is not primarily cosmetic, we will make that your smile functions properly and also looks beautiful. 

Should You Get A Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

A full-mouth reconstruction is not suitable for every patient. It mainly benefits those who are missing a large number of their teeth either because of an accident, decay, or illness. 

Our Boston dentists will assess your situation, and work with you to determine whether you need a full-mouth reconstruction or not. They will examine your mouth to assess the extent of damage and build a treatment plan with you. 

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We will be happy to meet with you and answer all your questions. We understand that having dental procedures can be a frightening experience, but you’re in the right hands at Dental Partners of Boston. You’ll have a whole team of dentists that will work on your case, giving you the best possible options, and ensuring that you are well-informed and comfortable with a treatment plan. Schedule an appointment with us today!

 

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and Root Planing In Boston

Scaling and root planing is a treatment offered at Dental Partners of Boston that doesn’t require surgery. Often used as an initial non-surgical treatment for gum disease, it is also referred to as deep cleaning. Using specific instruments, a licensed dental hygienist will clean the surface of the tooth root. Removing the tartar that’s below the gum line, the surface will also be smoothed.

If untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss, inflamed gums, damage to and loss of the jaw bone (alveolar bone), etc. So it’s important that you regularly book in an appointment with your dental practice and have this procedure done as soon as possible.

 

How Many Appointments Does The Procedure Require?

This procedure might need 2 to 3 appointments to ensure that all of the tartar is removed. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is used to ensure only minor discomfort – the tissues within the teeth are sensitive, so it’s essential that you have a local anesthetic.
Appointments will be scheduled within 6 weeks of the initial scaling and root planing procedure, in order to re-assess the build-up and recommend what the next course of action is.

What Is The Process?

Firstly, the scaling will scrape the tartar and plaque off the teeth. Then, the root planing will smooth the roots. By smoothing the root’s surface, the gum will heal and reattach to the teeth. Even though it’s a non-surgical procedure, once the treatment is complete, the patient might feel a slight discomfort as the gum is healing.

At Dental Partners of Boston, Dr. Guzman will ensure that all the disease that’s above the gum line is removed. If it’s located underneath the gum, it will be a little harder to remove and locate. If he can’t remove all of the tartar, bacteria and plaque, further non-surgical treatments will be needed.
At the Dental Partners of Boston, we want to make sure that periodontal disease is managed and correctly treated – no matter what your symptoms or how severe it is. We want you to have the best possible dental hygiene help, giving you a sparkling and healthy smile.
Throughout your scaling and root planing appointments, we will guide you through the appropriate oral hygiene practices and techniques that you should use at home. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease, therefore it’s important that you try to keep the amount of plaque buildup as minimal as possible by following a frequent brushing routine.

Aftercare

It’s important to know that following the procedure, you shouldn’t eat until approximately 3 hours after the procedure. This will ensure that the numbness has gone away and that you won’t accidentally bite your tongue/irritate your gums. If you are still feeling sensitivity in your gums for a while after the procedure, you can either use warm salt-water to rinse out the area or use Tylenol.

Schedule An Appointment Today

Are you wanting to find out more about scaling and root planing? Schedule a consultation with us today and our Boston Periodontist, Dr. Guzman, can guide you through the procedure.

What is Dental Bonding?

What is Dental Bonding?

If you’ve not come in contact with the concept of dental bonding before, understanding it can be a challenge. It’s a bit like dental veneers in the sense that it helps to enhance the appearance of your teeth, but it relies on an entirely different technology.

Instead of porcelain, dental bonding uses a resin substance that dentists place on your teeth to fill in chips or improve the shape of the tooth. It’s a bit like when you plaster over an uneven surface in your house to provide a smooth finish. Dental bonding attempts to achieve the same effect.

When Is Dental Bonding Used?

One of the advantages of dental bonding is how easy it is to use. All the dentist has to do essentially is paint it on, covering up any chips or blemishes, instantly improving the appearance of your teeth.
The advantages of resin over veneers can be considerable in some circumstances. Dental labs have to make veneers which conform to the exact shape of your teeth. There’s a whole process of taking impressions, manufacturing the veneers – not to mention the expense. Dental bonding, on the other hand, can be completed in a single visit, making it a far less involved procedure. You arrive at your dental practice, the dentist paints on the resin in a color which matches that of your teeth, sorts out the cosmetic issue, and you’re done.

You can use dental bonding in a variety of situations. The most common application is filling and repairing chipped teeth. Your dentist can shape the resin to fill the gap, restoring the natural beauty of your teeth with minimal downtime.

Patients also choose dental bonding to improve the color of teeth. Some teeth can become discolored, either because the root died or the person took tetracycline antibiotics in their youth. Here again, resin can help. The dentist uses dental bonding to change the color of the tooth so that it matches the other teeth or appears more white.
Dentists also use dental bonding when the shape of the tooth is undesirable. Dental resin can lengthen or widen a tooth to help improve your smile.

What Happens During Dental Bonding?

The first step is to find a resin color that matches the rest of your teeth (in the case of a repair).
Next, your dentist will abrase your teeth to provide a stickier surface for the resin. After that, they will apply a conditioning liquid which helps the bonding agent to adhere.
After preparing the tooth, the dentist will apply the putty-like resin. The resin comes out soft so that the dentist can shape it into the desired form. It is then exposed to a UV light which hardens it.

Is Dental Bonding Safe?

Dental bonding is a highly safe and effective method of improving the visual appearance of your teeth and correcting color issues. Dental resin, however, isn’t as strong as natural tooth enamel so you may have to be careful with how you use your teeth following treatment. You can get dental bonding in Boston at Dental Partners of Boston.

Schedule An Appointment Today

If you are interested in dental bonding to help restore your smile then now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston. Our team of Boston cosmetic dentists look forward to working with you.