Temporary to Permanent Dentures

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Dentures are perfectly tailored to fit your unique smile.

For many people, dentures are the ideal solution to replace missing teeth. Being able to depend on a beautiful smile and a functioning chewing surface can make life much better. However, it can take some time before patients are able to switch to permanent dentures. Additionally, they sometimes worry about how they’ll handle the transition period. Fortunately, we’re able to ensure patients never have to spend a day without comfortable dentures.

Why Wait for Permanent Dentures?

When teeth are extracted in preparation for dentures, it takes time for the mouth to heal. Swelling goes down over a period of weeks. Furthermore, the mouth adjusts itself over time and may change shape a bit in the process. Because of this, fitting permanent dentures right away means they wouldn’t last long. Therefore, there needs to be a temporary solution.

How Do Dentures-In-A-Day Work?

Before tooth extraction, our team takes measurements of the mouth to prepare the temporary dentures. Because of this, patients visit the dentist before their teeth extraction in preparation. We are careful to schedule appointments to ensure patients have their temporary dentures immediately upon leaving our office, so there’s no need to worry about a subpar smile.

Are Temporary Dentures Difficult to Manage?

Today’s dentures-in-a-day let patients resume normal life activities right away. There are some important care steps to keep in mind. Patients must wear their immediate dentures for at least 24 hours and clean them at the right intervals. Fortunately, maintenance is easy, and our care team prepares patients well before they leave. It’s important to not smoke and to avoid hot liquids for 24 hours after the placement of temporary dentures.

Are Temporary Dentures Painful?

Patients might feel a bit of pain due to having their teeth extracted. However, this pain generally only lasts for a few days and should completely subside. Simple painkillers tend to do a great job at helping patients feel comfortable during the early phase of the healing process. Feel free to ask us if you have any questions.

we understand that using dentures can be an anxious process, especially while waiting for the mouth to heal, but we’re here to support you through the experience. We’re only a call away. Countless people are successfully using dentures and enjoy great smiles and excellent functionality. If you’re interested in switching to dentures or have any other questions, make sure to contact us to learn more.

A Different Approach to Dental Care

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Botox relieves TMJ pain so you can enjoy life again.

By now, most people have heard of Botox as a cosmetic treatment for reducing wrinkles and other signs of aging. However, this revolutionary technology has shown promise in other areas as well. It is often used to treat pain and other symptoms. For dentists, Botox has proven to be a powerful tool for relieving pain caused by temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. Here are a few facts about how we use Botox to help patients experience symptom relief and enjoy more pleasing smiles.

Why Do Dentists Use Botox for TMJ?

Although people often associate cosmetic dentistry with teeth and gums, the practice goes quite a bit deeper. TMJ pain is typically felt in the lower face, an area where dentists have expertise. Although there are a number of treatments available for alleviating TMJ pain, Botox provides a potential breakthrough solution for lessening symptoms. Even better, relief often occurs the day of treatment or shortly thereafter, and it can last for up to six months. It’s also worth noting that Botox can treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions. For example, orofacial pain and even some types of headaches can often be treated by our dental team with botox.

How Does Botox Help TMJ?

Botox is uniquely able to cause muscles to relax, and it’s able to last for significantly longer than other treatments. This means our patients don’t need to worry about pills or other maintenance. Although it doesn’t strictly treat the source of TMJ, pain and other symptoms are often exacerbated by grinding your teeth at night, which Botox can significantly lessen.

Cosmetic Touch-Up

You’ve put a lot of work into your smile, so why not take steps to make the most of it? Our use of Botox helps us give patients their ideal smiles. Botox is particularly helpful for patients with a smile that appears a bit “gummy.” By using Botox to relax muscles around the upper lip, patients can enjoy a more aesthetically pleasing smile without having to resort to other types of treatment. Botox also excels at reducing the appearance of wrinkles around the lips, particularly while you smile. Again, Botox lasts for quite a while, letting you enjoy your new smile for months and seeing instant results.

A Tested Treatment

Although Botox might seem relatively new, the technology has been in use since its FDA approval in 1989. Our Boston cosmetic dentist will help you determine the best course of treatment and whether Botox can be the right solution for relieving your TMJ pain or achieving your perfect smile. Feel free to contact us to learn more.

You Like Your Smile – But You Really Want to Love It

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Come see us for a bright white smile this summer!

Have you ever considered how you can improve the look of your teeth? There are many kinds of toothpaste and mainstream products to help you to whiten the color of your teeth. However, the best thing you can do is invest in DPB’s teeth whitening in Boston instead. Whether your teeth are discolored from food or drink, or they have changed over time, you can have a bright white smile. Discolored teeth can affect your confidence. While you may love the way your eyes sparkle when you smile, you really want to love the way you smile, too!

The good news is that you don’t need a commercial fix for your discolored teeth – you need a professional one. With teeth whitening in our Boston office, you can get exactly that. Whether you want to look good when in front of an audience, or in photos, or you simply want to feel more confident, teeth whitening can give you the confidence you need. As a provider of professional teeth whitening in Boston, we see a range of patients every day looking for a smile makeover, and you could be one of them.

Why Choose Teeth Whitening from Dental Partners of Boston

You want the best, so here are some of the reasons you should consider professional teeth whitened over commercial options.

Fast Results

At-home teeth whitening options are often slow. You can get faster, more defined results when you choose professional teeth whitening that lasts longer. You can even walk out with a brighter smile, and the results are fantastic!

Personal Care

When your teeth are cared for by a professional dentist, you have care that is tailored to your teeth. Given that everyone has different teeth, you should choose a method of teeth whitening that is catered just for you. With professional teeth whitening, you get the perfect shade of white for your teeth! A professional will ensure that your teeth are whiter and that the coloring across them is even and look amazing.

Results That Last

When you visit a dentist, they use tools and whitening equipment that will ensure long-lasting results. With commercial manufactures, you will end up buying kits over and over again. Meaning, you’re spending more money on results that don’t last.

Protecting Your Dental Health

With our professional teeth whitening in Boston, we use fewer chemicals to whiten your teeth. The dentist is 100% sure of the chemicals going into your mouth, but you can’t be that sure when you choose an at-home whitening option. With a professional dentist, you can be sure that the whitening solutions won’t risk your dental health in the way that home whitening kits can. Never put anything into your mouth or on your teeth if you don’t know what’s in it!

As experts in dental care, Dental Partners of Boston is able to care for the health and longevity of your teeth and your whitening solutions. If you want the best for your smile, contact us today!

Doctors and Processes You Can Trust

Dr. Sergio Guzman

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

When it comes to needing medical advice or help, you want to visit a doctor you can trust. What sets Dental Partners of Boston apart from other practices is that we are a group of doctors working together and rely on the specialized training and experience each other brings to our practice. We give our patients the best experience and solutions possible by focusing on each patient and their needs uniquely and intimately. We give them the most reliable care and relaxing experience possible. 

Exceeding Your Expectations

We want to work with you to meet your needs and exceed your expectations so you feel better when you leave our office. It can be difficult for some to feel comfortable in a dentist’s chair. We help our nervous patients put their trust in our hands. It can be a worrying experience going to get a check-up or speaking to someone about your dental issues. We commit to exploring every available option to guarantee your satisfaction as we improve your oral health.

Our doctors offer their patients advice in addition to serving their needs. We use the best cutting-edge technology and treatments to align with our patients’ needs and concerns. Whether you are on the hunt for cosmetic surgery or help with relieving tooth pain, our doctors are here to examine your concern address it in the best possible way. 

We Have An Expert in Every Dental Specialty

Among the team, we have a variety of skill sets, so there is always an expert in the field you need. Instead of having only one doctor, we ensure the right doctor in that specific field addresses your specific needs. 

We offer customized treatment plans because each individual case is different and unique. Our doctors treat every case with care and close attention to detail. We ensure the ideal solution for you. If you need surgical treatment, we ensure our clients the best possible results.

Complete Transparency

Before beginning any treatment, we make sure you understand the process and what is involved so that you feel entirely comfortable. It’s very important to us that our patients feel at ease knowing we are committed to their health. We will answer all your questions along the way. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

When You Just Want a More Beautiful Smile

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Caption: Cosmetic dentistry will change the way you feel about sharing your gorgeous smile.

When you want straight teeth but you don’t want to wear metal braces, your answer is Invisalign®! It’s the alternative that you need to have a beautiful smile without using traditional wire braces.

You may like your smile, but why not fix that slightly crooked tooth? Restore the alignment of your teeth after time has altered the effects of the braces you endured in your youth. Invisalign® can even fix more dramatic problems that will improve the way you chew your food, speak, and smile.

Most people want to be able to offer a beautiful smile to those around them. Unfortunately, the discomfort that comes with misaligned teeth can affect how willing people are to share it. Feeling great about your smile is worth the time and investment with Invisalign® offered by Dental Partners of Boston.

Improving Your Smile

We offer a range of options to help our patients improve their smiles. Some of these options include botox and dermal filler, teeth whitening, and of course Invisalign® invisible braces.

Botox and Dermal Fillers

Botox and dermal fillers can change your lip structure so your smile appears balanced. While it’s not a conventional dental solution, they improve your smile without altering your teeth. Botox can also relieve headaches and pain from TMJ.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a great solution if your teeth have become yellow or stained. Dental veneers may be the perfect solution for enhancing your smile or a combination of treatments for a full smile makeover. For most patients, however, they’re simply seeking to straighten their teeth.

Invisalign®

Traditional braces work to straighten the teeth but they’re also an uncomfortable option compared to Invisalign®. Besides causing a little rawness inside your mouth, they can be difficult to live with. It takes a lot of effort to keep these traditional braces clean, especially if you already struggle with regular oral health habits like brushing and flossing twice a day.

With Invisalign® invisible braces, the advantages are clear – no pun intended! They work the same way that traditional braces do, but wearing them is discreet. No one will see the aligners you’re wearing as they are made from smooth, clear plastic material.

They are comfortable with no poking wires or broken brackets. You also don’t have to worry about getting food stuck in them as you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth. Other than brushing and eating, you leave your Invisalign® aligners in for 22/23 hours a day. This will ensure that you get the best possible results for straighter teeth and have an easier time maintaining them.

Considering Invisalign® by Dental Partners of Boston

If you’re thinking about getting your teeth straightened and you want to boost your confidence in your smile, contact us at Dental Partners of Boston. We’ll schedule a consultation with our amazing orthodontist, Dr. Yael Frydman, who will talk with you about your goals for your smile. Together you will create a treatment plan, and she’ll see you through the whole process.

How Strong Are Your Teeth, Really?

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Caption: Take good care of your teeth to keep them healthy and strong

Most of us are trained to look after our teeth from a young age. We know that we should brush at least twice a day and limit our intake of sugary products. In this article, we dive into some of the facts about teeth, and the reasons behind why we look after them the way we do. We also talk about what might happen if we don’t treat them right. You may find yourself looking for the best dental implants in Boston. Teeth need to be cared for through regular hygiene and regular dental exams.

So, let’s start off by taking a look at the facts about teeth.

TOOTH ENAMEL IS STRONG STUFF

There’s a reason why archaeologists often dig up the teeth of our ancient ancestors. The fact is that teeth are made of the hardest substance in the body, even harder than bone. Although teeth are made of the same calcium as all other bones, the enamel that covers them is especially strong. The surface of this enamel is 96% minerals, the highest percentage of minerals anywhere in the body. However, if the enamel is compromised, a cavity forms or gum disease might develop.

TEETH ARE NOT INDESTRUCTIBLE

Although teeth are the strongest bone in the body, they are not indestructible. Misusing them, such as opening soda or beer bottles (not advisable), can and eventually will break your teeth. We see it happen often—someone using their teeth for something other than eating and speaking ends up in our office for tooth repair. Furthermore, teeth cannot repair themselves or heal like tissues in the body. This makes them particularly important to protect.

TEETH ARE SENSITIVE TO SUGAR

While the enamel on your teeth is quite strong, it is vulnerable to bacteria that thrive on sugar.  When sugar is present, the natural bacteria in your mouth start to consume and digest it, eventually producing enough acid waste that removes the enamel. This process is called demineralization, and if left unchecked, your teeth are vulnerable to decay. To protect your teeth, always brush thoroughly after consuming sugary products, or avoid them altogether.  Conversely, calcium counteracts the effects of sugar, along with fluoride from toothpaste and water.

AVOID OVER BRUSHING

Over-brushing or vigorous brushing can wear down your tooth enamel and cause the same vulnerabilities in your teeth as if you didn’t brush your teeth on a regular basis. It’s best to use a soft bristle brush and brush gently for 2 minutes. Follow up with an anti-cavity mouth wash.

As always, Dental Partners of Boston is available to help you achieve your optimal dental health. By treating your teeth right, and caring for them properly, replacing damaged or lost teeth due to decay will never be an issue. Please contact us to schedule an appointment for a professional cleaning and exam.

4 Ways to Improve Your Smile

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Caption: Good first impressions begin with a gorgeous smile.

Consider the first impression you make at work or when meeting new people. So much of that comes down to your initial smile and how confident you are sharing it. If you have stained or crooked teeth it’s understandable that you will be a little self-conscious, but that little moment can make all the difference. If you want to achieve the perfect smile, here are four ways you might consider restoring your smile at Dental Partners of Boston through cosmetic dentistry.

1. TEETH WHITENING

So you have perfectly straight teeth, but the trouble is they seem to be a little dull? It’s so easy to stain your teeth with coffee, tea, wine, and general consumption. Your teeth may not appear as white as they used to, or not as white as you wish they did. We can help with in-office professional teeth whitening treatments.

2. DENTAL CROWNS or DENTAL IMPLANTS

Sadly, there is a high percentage of adults in the United States that are missing teeth or living with cracked teeth. Oral health is neglected, but when there are options like dental crowns and dental implants, patients need not suffer through tooth loss or pain. A dental crown is usually the ideal solution when a tooth is decayed or broken. A crown will restore the chewing surface of the tooth so you can eat and even in some cases, speak normally. Dental implants are our recommended solution for missing teeth. When an implant has integrated with the bone structures of your mouth, it will feel just like a natural tooth. We will create it to look like it belongs in your smile, so cosmetically, it won’t stick out. No one will know you have an implant, you may even forget it’s there.

3. VENEERS

If your teeth look and feel a bit worn out, you may be a good candidate for dental veneers, porcelain laminates that are bonded to the front of your teeth. It’s normal for teeth to begin to show the aging effects of daily wear and tear. For example, stains from certain foods we eat, grinding our teeth as we chew. You may choose to consider veneers to restore the beauty of a smile that has become damaged or discolored.

4. TEETH ALIGNMENT

If you find yourself looking critically at the alignment of your teeth, wishing they were straighter, even as an adult there are solutions. We offer traditional braces, but most patients are electing to use Invisalign to achieve the straight-toothed smile they want. The benefits of using Invisalign are many. They’re clear, so others won’t notice you’re wearing them. They don’t use any wire that may irritate the inside of your mouth. The length of time needed to wear is shorter than it would be with wire braces. They’re removable which makes eating and cleaning your teeth easier.

With the demand for cosmetic dentistry options on the rise, we offer services that not only increase the beauty of your smile but correct dental problems. Please give us a call or schedule a consultation today. We look forward to meeting you.

Lives are Impacted Through Dentistry

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Caption: Feel great about your smile, and you’ll feel great about yourself.

Oral health has an influence on many aspects of our lives. When we are in good oral health, our bodies are also healthy. At Dental Partners of Boston, where you will find dentists ranked among the best dentists in Boston, we believe that a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. However, when we are experiencing tooth pain or gum disease, the discomfort can be overwhelming. The loss of a tooth can lead to problems eating and speaking, but it can also affect a person’s self-confidence.  Modern dentistry provides solutions that restore patients to ideal dental health, impacting lives for the better.

In this post, we will talk about the life-impacting benefits of regular visits to the dentist. So, let’s get to it.

PAIN RELIEF AND FUNCTIONING TEETH

A cracked or chipped tooth can affect what you eat. Some people can only eat soft foods, or chew on one side of their mouth to avoid aggravating the painful area. This is detrimental to your quality of life because a diet consisting only of soft foods can have a serious impact on your nutrition and health. Thankfully, broken teeth can be repaired with a crown or replaced with a dental implant. The goal is to restore the proper function of your mouth. 

HEALTHY TEETH IMPROVES MENTAL HEALTH 

If you are self-conscious about your teeth, you may not be able to smile genuinely or feel confident to present in a business meeting. Reluctance to be seen or heard can seriously impact your career and quality of life. It can have an impact on your mental and emotional health. However, there are solutions to improve your smile. For example, if you are missing a tooth you can have the tooth replaced with a dental implant. A dental implant will allow you to feel comfortable again and smile naturally. Dental implants are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. 

COSMETIC DENTISTRY IMPROVES FORM AND FUNCTION 

The way you freely smile influences how others interpret who you are as a person. You should enjoy smiling; it brightens your countenance and displays a self-confidence that is attractive. At Dental Partners of Boston, we understand this, which is why we value aesthetics so highly. During your consultation, we will listen carefully to your objective and create a tailored treatment plan to address cosmetic concerns, such as teeth whitening, veneers, or dental implants to restore your smile.

REGULAR DENTISTRY RELIEVES DENTAL PAIN 

Dental pain is no fun. It can affect you during the day and night and prevent you from eating. If you find yourself in pain, please give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our excellent dentists. Relief is closer than you might think. We formed our group practice so that each specialist can apply his or her expertise to your unique situation. Working together, we can guarantee that we will find the dental solution that suits you best and relieves your pain. 

COMFORT DURING TREATMENT 

We know that many patients find coming to the dentist to be an anxious experience. Please communicate with us when you feel this way. We have methods to help you feel calm while you are in our care, and we are happy to discuss these options with you. Don’t neglect your dental health by avoiding regular teeth cleanings and exams.  It’s important to catch cavities and gum disease early. if these infections are left to worsen, it could lead to tooth loss and periodontal disease. We have excellent techniques and sedation options so you can feel comfortable while receiving the care you need.

NO JOB IS TOO COMPLEX 

At Dental Partners of Boston, we work with difficult cases, such as disease or issues following an injury. Even if a patient has been unable to find a solution elsewhere, we can consult with our specialist in-house dentists and work with each other to deliver an ideal result.  

A JOYFUL OCCASION 

Even our lives as dentists are impacted by the work we do. It is rewarding and satisfying to see a patient’s outward joy at having their smile restored. We see people who can’t stop smiling after they see their smiles for the first time and patients often leave our office with happy tears in their eyes. It is for these reasons and more that we do what we do. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Does a Prosthodontist Do?

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Caption: Our experienced prosthodontists will support you through the denture process.

There are several reasons why people might lose their teeth and require a dental prosthetic, like a crown or dentures in Boston. Gum disease is one of those reasons, another is broken or damaged teeth due to illness, age, or a sporting accident. A prosthodontist specializes in the field of dental prosthetics and is the most qualified person to advise and treat your dental issues when restoring or replacing a tooth is necessary. 

ADVANTAGES OF DENTURES

We have several prosthodontists available to help you here at Dental Partners of Boston. They may recommend that you install a set of dentures. If your teeth are damaged or missing, the function of your teeth for chewing and speaking and overall health might be affected. Effective dentures will not only restore the function of your mouth and your eating habits, but they will also protect the integrity of your jaw and facial bone structure. They will also protect your health from harmful diseases caused by unhealthy teeth.   

CONVENTIONAL DENTURES

A certified prosthodontist such as our Dr. Michael G. O’Toole might suggest you install conventional dentures. These very common and effective types of oral prosthetics can form to the exact shape and contours of your mouth structures. 

To have these dentures installed, you will first need to have the arch prepared. While the tissue heals, which may take a few months, your prosthetic teeth will be made up. You will then return to have them fitted so you can comfortably and confidently wear them. 

IMMEDIATE DENTURES 

Immediate dentures are also an option, especially if all of your teeth need to be removed on the same day. A professional prosthodontist such as Dr. Shiro Kamachi, may oversee your treatment and ensure you get the best treatment possible so that you have success.  Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are fitted on the same day your teeth are removed. These initial dentures are temporary. On your preliminary visit, our dentists will take measurements and make models of your mouth. To others, you will look as if you have normal teeth while you heal. 

OVERDENTURES 

Overdentures may be an option for you if you still have reliable teeth to work with. During your consultation, a qualified prosthodontist such as Dr. Kumiko Kamachi can decide which option is best for you. Individuals sometimes need overdentures. 

To preserve the integrity of your jawline, it makes sense to retain any teeth that are still in good condition. To keep this integrity, but also improve your mouth’s function with dentures, a prosthetic attaches to or sits over the remaining teeth. This is an overdenture. 

PROSTHODONTIST CARE 

A prosthodontist will sometimes work with a general dentist to ensure that a patient’s health needs are properly met. Here at our office, our prosthodontists not only facilitate your dental treatment, but they are also interested in how that treatment benefits your wider health.  

At Dental Partners of Boston, we have several highly qualified prosthodontists available to care for your oral health. These include Dr. Carly Park, Dr. Jessica Lau, and Dr. Brett Stein, among others. They are ready to meet with you and answer all your questions during a consultation and exam. Please contact us to schedule an appointment today.

Dental Implants: Invisible Tooth Replacements

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A man looking at his dental implants in the bathroom mirror. Caption: A dental implant can look so natural no one will be able to tell it’s there!

The removal of a natural tooth may be necessary following an accident or injury, sometimes following an illness. Many patient’s main worry with tooth removal is their appearance. They worry if the gap will show in their smile, affect their speech or their ability to eat certain foods. Luckily, when you have dental implants to replace the missing teeth, no one will notice it’s not your natural teeth. And that includes you! A dental implant or implants look and feel just like natural teeth. You can eat, talk, and smile freely.

What Is A Dental Implant?

Dental implants are a popular way to replace missing teeth. They’re an effective, long-term solution designed to blend in with your other teeth. A dental implant has been one of the biggest advances in dentistry over the last forty years.

The implants themselves are made of titanium and a mixture of other materials compatible with the human body. The implant functions as a sturdy anchor for a crown that looks as good as a natural tooth.

What To Expect

When you come in for a dental implant, you will have experts explain the process to you during your consultation. We understand the importance to patients of understanding each step in the process. You will have opportunities to ask all your questions and get thorough answers.

First, we will schedule a consultation with you so we can understand your individual case. We will perform an examination and discuss recommendations. Sometimes, we will want to consider options with the other dentists in our office so we can give you the best solutions. We’ll have you return to the office and talk with you about the best solution. It’s at this point that we will carefully go over what you can expect during the extraction, healing process, implant placement, and crown placement.

We understand that patients can often feel nervous about getting dental implants. Please talk to us about any concerns you feel before any procedure. We have sedation options to help you feel comfortable, but you’ll find a lot of reassurance knowing what the process entails. We welcome all your questions.

Dental Partners Of Boston For Invisible Tooth Replacements

Getting a dental implant that completely satisfies you is what we do at Dental Partners of Boston. There is no need to hide your smile, even if the replacement tooth is one of your two front teeth. It will be similar in shape, size, color, and best of all, it will feel like it’s your real tooth. You may even forget it’s there.

If you are ready to ask about getting a dental implant, please give us a call today or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice.