The Benefits of Regular Dental Exams

Nearly 50% of Americans have some form of mild to moderate gum disease.  This is unsurprising seeing that over one third of Americans don’t visit their dentist annually. The benefits of regular dental exams extend beyond detecting the early stages of gum disease. They also allow patients to get a professional cleaning, obtain current X-rays, and help the dentist find any overlooked problems like cavities or loose teeth.

Professional Cleanings

The importance of a daily dental regimen at home can’t be emphasized enough. Regular dental examinations go hand in hand with at home oral care. Visits to the dentist allow for a hygienist to professionally clean, floss, and polish the teeth. During the cleaning, the hygienist will remove plaque, the main cause of tooth decay. An instrument called a scaler is used to reach around the gum line to remove tartar and plaque, which can eat away at the tooth if it is not removed. Professional cleanings also help fight against persistent bad breath.

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Detecting Problems

Research has demonstrated a link between overall health and oral health. For example, in some studies periodontal disease has been associated with heart disease and stroke. Regular dental cleanings allow your dentist to catch early symptoms of periodontal disease. By doing so, the dentist can create a treatment plan with you before the disease becomes more severe. If left unattended, periodontal disease can result in tooth decay and ultimately tooth loss.

During your visit, the dentist may take current X-rays of your mouth to check for unseen dental problems. Visits also allow the dentist to assess the health of the gums, any loose teeth, the need for fillings, or if you have a cavity.  Over time, all of these issues can develop in to large scale oral and health problems. 

Establishing a Relationship

Dental emergencies happen, that is why it is important to have a relationship with your dentist so they understand your unique situation. Regular dental exams will allow your dentist to be acquainted with your dental concerns, financial situation, and oral history. In the case of a dental emergency, your dentist will have a better understanding of how to proceed with treatment.

Schedule a Dental Exam

At our dentist office in Boston, Massachusetts, we understand that oral health is connected to overall well being. Regular dental visits will keep your smile clean and polished while helping you feel confident in your oral health. To keep your smile at its best, we recommend scheduling a dental examination twice a year.  At Dental Partners of Boston, all of dentists look forward to serving you.  

Happy New Year from Dental Partners of Boston

The New Year is here, and you probably have a few resolutions you want to keep for 2017. Here at the Dental Partners of Boston, we want to encourage you to make one of your resolutions caring for your smile.

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In addition to helping you feel more confident about yourself, healthy, beautiful teeth have also been shown to help people make better first impressions, eat comfortably, and preserve overall health. Dental health is essential, especially since gum disease and periodontal disease have been tied to systemic illnesses like heart disease and even cancer. By keeping your mouth healthy, you can help the rest of your body to stay that way too.

Dental Care Resolutions You Should Make

Are you wondering where to start when it comes to keeping your smile healthier in 2017? Make an appointment to talk about your dental health. Our dentists in Boston, MA can treat a wide variety of dental problems, ranging from basic dental fillings and crowns to the complex treatment of gum disease. In addition, there’s a lot you can do at home to keep your mouth and gums healthier. Here are just a few ideas.

Receive A CPE

To keep your smile healthy, the American Academy of Periodontology recommends receiving a CPE, or a comprehensive periodontal evaluation, at least once a year. During your CPE, a periodontist will carefully examine the health of your teeth, gums, and oral tissues. Periodontists receive years of additional training to diagnose and treat gum disease, which can help you to protect your smile and your health. Visiting with your Boston dentist and periodontist is crucial—especially if you haven’t done so in years.

Eat Right

Healthy eating can also help you to keep your teeth clean and healthy, since starchy, sugary foods have been shown to cause tooth decay and speed gum disease. Focus on eating plenty of lean proteins, fresh fruits, and crunchy vegetables to ward off periodontal disease.

Evaluate Your Daily Habits

Think carefully about your daily dental habits, including brushing, flossing, rinsing, and wearing orthodontic appliances. Focus on honing your habits by setting timers on your phone creating an easy-to-follow weekly schedule for dental upkeep. Small changes can make a big difference.

Use A Straw

If you like to sip acidic, sugary soda or heavily pigmented juices, use a straw. Doing something as simple as grabbing a straw and using it to drink your beverages can keep sugar, dyes, and acids from coming into contact with the front of your teeth—helping them to stay clean, white, and healthy. Of course we do also offer teeth whitening to all of our Boston patients if you have had any discoloration you’d like to fix with your smile.

Focus On Hydration

Staying hydrated is crucial in the fight against gum disease, since water can help to neutralize bacterial acids, rinse away food particles, and keep the gum tissues hydrated and healthy. To make it easier to consume more water, invest in a high quality water bottle and use it all throughout the day.

Stop Smoking

In addition to leaving behind a tarry film on your teeth, smoking also makes it hard for your gingival tissues to heal and introduces new bacteria to the area. If you smoke, stopping is a great step to keep your teeth and gums healthier.

For more information about improving your dental care habits, talk with one of our Boston dentists today.

Resolve Upon Dental Care

new-yearThe New Year is swiftly approaching, and you probably have a few resolutions you want to keep for 2017. We at Dental Partners of Boston want to wish you a very happy holiday season, and encourage you to make one of your resolutions caring for your smile.

In addition to helping you feel more confident about yourself, healthy, beautiful teeth have also been shown to help people make better first impressions, eat comfortably, and preserve overall health. Dental health is essential, especially since gum disease and periodontal disease have been tied to systemic illnesses like heart disease and even cancer. By keeping your mouth healthy, you can help the rest of your body to stay that way.

Dental Care Tips For A New Year

Are you wondering where to start when it comes to keeping your smile healthier in 2017? Make an appointment to talk about your dental health. Our dentists in Boston, MA can treat a wide variety of dental problems, ranging from basic dental fillings and crowns to the complex treatment of gum disease. In addition, there’s a lot you can do at home to keep your teeth healthier. Here are just a few ideas.

Evaluate Your Daily Habits

Think carefully about your daily dental habits, including brushing, flossing, rinsing, and wearing orthodontic appliances. Focus on honing your habits, by setting timers on your phone or making a schedule for wearing your retainer. Small changes can make a big difference.

Use A Straw

If you like to sip acidic, sugary soda or heavily pigmented juices, use a straw. Doing something as simple as grabbing a straw and using it to drink your beverages can keep sugar, dyes, and acids from coming into contact with the front of your teeth—helping them to stay clean, white, and healthy.

Stop Smoking

In addition to leaving behind a tarry film on your teeth, smoking also makes it hard for your gingival tissues to heal and introduces new bacteria to the area. If you smoke, stopping is a great step to keep your teeth and gums healthier.

For more information about improving your dental care habits, talk with one of our Boston dentists today.

Happy Holidays from Dental Partners of Boston

christmasFrom songs to sweets, the holidays are filled with fun holiday surprises, time with family and friends, and snowy days that remind us of childhood. We want to wish all of our loyal patients a wonderful holiday, and we want you to know how much we appreciate your business. We love visiting with you and helping you to make your smile look and feel perfect.

We also want to acknowledge our dedicated staff. Our practice wouldn’t be what it is today without you. We know how much you care about our patients and our practice, and we want you to know that we couldn’t do it without you.

Avoiding Dental Disasters During the Holidays

As a practice that offers everything from advanced periodontal and surgical treatment to basic preventive dentistry services, we are well prepared to handle any dental emergency that comes our way this holiday season. If you need immediate treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us as usual.

To keep your teeth and gums healthy and comfortable during the holidays, try to stay away from foods that could damage your teeth. For example, popcorn kernels, partially un-cracked nuts, and even hidden bones in meats can cause chipped teeth, dental fractures, and damaged dental work. If you’re concerned about keeping your teeth white and beautiful, stay away from heavily dyed or pigmented foods, such as dark berries, holiday punch, and brightly-colored frosting. During the holiday season, there are also a lot of hidden red dyes in things like candies and cakes, which is why staying away from the sweets could help to preserve your whitening efforts.

Finally, keep an eye on your sugar consumption to stave off plaque and tartar buildup. The bacteria that live in your mouth create acids as they consume simple sugars, causing dental decay.

Schedule a Cleaning

If you really want to look after your smile, schedule a preventive care visit to have your teeth cleaned, polished, and inspected. Pre- and post-holiday exams can give you the chance to have dental decay and cavities repaired before your schedule picks up for the new year. Contact your Boston dentist as soon as possible to schedule your next checkup. The Dental Partners of Boston are here to help, and we want your holiday season to be filled with happiness.

What Makes Dental Implants a Good Investment?

dental-implantIf you’re missing teeth, you might be wondering whether dental implants are a good investment. Although it can be intimidating to spend a significant amount of money on your teeth, dental implants from Dental Partners of Boston offer a huge range of benefits including an incredibly realistic appearance and the opportunity to prevent bone loss.

Dental Implants: The Cost Breakdown

Installing dental implants is more involved than other forms of tooth replacement, which is one of the reasons that it costs more upfront than dentures or bridges. That price continues to grow if you need bone grafting, surgical extraction of your old tooth, or a CT scan. Although the initial cost of dental implants can be much more than receiving a set of dentures or getting a bridge, you really do get what you pay for.

Implants Are Cost Effective

Before you write off dental implants because of their upfront cost, consider the lifetime cost of ownership for implants and dentures. Although a good set of dentures is significantly less expensive, even the best dentures typically need to be replaced every 3-8 years because of wear, or because changes in your jaw alter their fit. Similarly, dental bridges are inexpensive compared to dental implants, but their reliance on nearby teeth for support damages those teeth and significantly increases the chances that you will need even more expensive dental work in just a few years.

Dental implants, on the other hand, don’t attach to other teeth, which helps to preserve the other healthy teeth in your mouth. Also, dental implants help to recreate the natural stimulation your jaw bone receives when you talk and eat, which preserves your face shape. And above all, dental implants are long-lasting–lifelong, with proper care–so they will not incur the frequent replacement costs that other dental prosthetics do.

Visit the Dental Partners of Boston for a Dental Implants Consultation

If you’re wondering whether or not dental implants are right for you, make an appointment with your Dental Partners of Boston dentist to discuss the possibility today.

Makeover Your Smile

smile-makeoverHaving an attractive, picture-perfect smile might seem like an impossible dream, but with the right cosmetic dentist in Boston, it could become your reality. At Dental Partners of Boston, we offer full smile makeovers, giving patients the opportunity to restore function and form to teeth that have been ravaged by years of decay or serious injury. Each smile makeover is completely tailored for the patient, designed to suit your personal preferences, budget, and timeline.

Smile Makeovers Are A Process, Not An Event

Although reality makeover shows love to feature participants looking like new people in what seems like hours, real dental makeovers typically take more than one procedure. Smile makeovers are completed in several stages, which helps patients to heal properly and enjoy their normal day-to-day routines.

Before your smile makeover begins, you will meet with our clinicians to discuss your goals. Your teeth, gums, and bone tissue will be carefully examined for problems, and our team of specialists will talk with you about potential procedures that could resolve your personal dental challenges. When you are happy with your makeover treatment plan, we’ll help you schedule your first procedure.

The Dental Partners of Boston Are Here for You

One thing that makes the Dental Partners of Boston unique is the number of different disciplines covered by our team, including orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics, and restorative dentistry. Because of our extensive, diverse training, our patients have access to a long list of dental procedures ranging from dental implants to complex prosthodontic care.

When a patient comes in for a smile makeover, our entire team works together to create a treatment plan. For example, if you have crooked, yellowed teeth that have developed gum disease because they are difficult to brush, you might meet with Dr. Guzman to treat the underlying infection, Dr. Frydman to undergo orthodontic care, and Dr. Cardenas to have your teeth polished and whitened. Our team works fluidly together, offering each patient the kind of top-notch dental care the Dental Partners of Boston are known for. Our clinicians are dedicated to helping patients every step of the way throughout their smile makeover journey, answering questions, addressing issues, and working hard to make sure that you are elated about the results.

If you are interested in receiving a smile makeover, make an appointment for your consultation today. Our office offers convenient hours and patient amenities, making your appointment convenient and enjoyable.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We at Dental Partners of Boston would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. This time of the year is filled with fun family get-togethers, days away from the office, and of course, big meals. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be filled with dental damage if you aren’t careful. Your Boston dentists want you to be able to enjoy your holiday, which is why you should read these tips for preventing dental problems during Thanksgiving.

Tips for Preventing Dental Problems During Thanksgiving

    • Pack a Toothbrush and Floss: You might feel silly bringing your toothbrush to Thanksgiving dinner, but a quick brush after dinner can help you to whisk away food particles and bacterial acids before they have the chance to do any damage to your teeth. Pack a toothbrush and some dental floss and sneak away to the bathroom after dinner to brush and floss. In addition to keeping your teeth clean, you will also be able to enjoy better breath for the evening.
    • Swish Water After Dinner: If you don’t want to worry about brushing and flossing, consider simply swishing water in order to dilute the bacterial acids in your mouth. Swishing water can help to rinse away food particles and to keep bacteria from attacking your enamel, which can help you to prevent long term damage.
    • Limit Snacking: Studies have shown that acid attacks can occur for as long as 20 minutes after you finish eating, which is why snacking is so damaging. If you snack all throughout Thanksgiving day, you could end up subjecting your teeth to hours upon hours of dental damage. To protect your teeth, limit eating to mealtime.
    • Watch Out For Hard Foods: Hard foods like hard candies, toasted breads, and bones can cause dental damage like fractures, damaged dental work, or even cracked molars, which is why you should avoid foods that aren’t easy to chew.
    • Pay Attention to Color: Highly pigmented foods like cranberry sauce, red wine, and brown gravy can leach through your enamel and leave behind discoloration. If you are concerned about keeping your teeth white and bright, avoid heavily colored foods.

For more information about protecting your teeth from your holiday meal, make an appointment with the clinicians at Dental Partners of Boston.

The Benefits of Invisalign

benefitsinvisalignIf you’re one of the millions of Americans living with crooked teeth, you might be nervous about seeking orthodontic treatment—especially if you’re an adult worried about your professional appearance. Fortunately, orthodontic patients today don’t have to live with a mouth full of embarrassing wires and brackets. The Invisalign system is fast, effective, and durable, all while being nearly invisible. Here are just a few of the powerful benefits of Invisalign.  

Invisalign Works

Invisalign isn’t just for mild cases of crooked teeth. Since the Invisalign system uses 3D renderings of your smile to create customized retainers, Invisalign can effectively treat most kinds of orthodontic problems, including underbites, overbites, crowding, space issues, and crossbites. To top it off, because your Invisalign system is custom designed to move your specific teeth into their desired location, Invisalign is, on average, faster than other orthodontic treatments. In fact, most patients are finished with treatment in under a year.

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth

Having straight teeth isn’t just about being able to show off that perfect movie-star smile. Straight teeth are also easier to brush and floss normally, leading to better periodontal health. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to struggle with problems like gingivitis and bad breath, since the teeth are accessible and easy to brush and floss. Straight teeth are also better able to distribute bite forces evenly, protecting them from damage and wear.

Invisalign Takes The Hassle Out of Orthodontics

Invisalign retainers are completely removable, and should always be taken out when you eat, which means that you can eat whichever foods you prefer without worrying about damaging your orthodontic appliance. It’s also easier to clean your teeth than it would be with braces which are fixed in place.

Clear Retainer Systems Are Easier On Your Mouth

Traditional braces can be uncomfortable to wear. Sharp brackets and wires can chew up the interior of your cheeks, causing cuts, discomfort, and scarring. Invisalign retainers are made from smooth, comfortable plastic that won’t cut or irritate the insides of your mouth, which makes them much more comfortable to wear.  

Invisalign Retainers Are Barely Visible

The Invisalign system is virtually invisible when worn, making it easy to go about your day without worrying about what people think of your teeth.

If Invisalign sounds like something that would work for you, contact Dental Partners of Boston. As professionals providing cosmetic dentistry in Boston, we can help you to improve your smile on your terms.

The Uses of Dental Crowns

crowns2Do you have teeth that are damaged, uncomfortable, or unstable, or which have recently been worked on at Dental Partners of Boston? If so, your Boston cosmetic dentist might recommend a dental crown, which is a tooth-colored cap that covers the visible portion of your tooth.

How They Work

Teeth have a sensitive inner core called the pulp. This portion of the tooth consists of small blood vessels, nerve bundles, and soft tissue which are usually protected by the harder dentin and enamel. Unfortunately, injury or dental decay can leave this chamber vulnerable, painful, or even severely infected.

If your tooth is infected, we might recommend a root canal, which involves removing this infected inner pulp chamber. Although the removal of this inner pulp immediately stops dental pain and can help to alleviate infection, root canals can make the teeth more brittle. For this reason, dental crowns are always needed after root canal therapy to stabilize the tooth structure.

Teeth may also need crowns if they’re fractured, damaged, or discolored. Crowns help to strengthen the portion of your tooth that is subjected to bite force, so that you can eat normally without subjecting your teeth to additional damage. Crowns are also used to cosmetically repair the teeth.

Procera AllCeram Crowns

Although modern dental crowns are indistinguishable with the naked eye, this wasn’t the case with older types of crowns. Porcelain fused to metal crowns, also called PFM crowns, had a small metal band at the base where the metal inner core was visible. Unfortunately, this band tended to stain the other teeth or make the restored teeth look gray.

Patients today have access to fully ceramic crowns, which are hypoallergenic, completely natural-looking dental crowns that are milled from a single piece of porcelain. Procera AllCeram crowns are much more durable than ceramic crowns of the past, as they are designed with flexion strength to handle normal biting and clenching. Procera crowns are designed with computer aided drafting programs, so they match the shape and aesthetics of your teeth perfectly. Also, Procera crowns are created to be exceptionally smooth, so they don’t grind against opposing teeth like some other types of crowns can.

If you think that you might need a dental crown, contact Dental Partners of Boston, your practice for cosmetic dentistry in Boston.

 

Full Arch Replacement with Dental Implants

Are you living with missing teeth? In addition to affecting your self-esteem, tooth loss has also been tied to malnutrition, bone loss, and unpleasant social consequences. Fortunately, with modern restorative dentistry techniques, you can enjoy a smile that looks completely natural.

The Problem With Traditional Dentures

In the old days, patients typically had to choose between living with missing teeth or getting dentures. Dentures, which are realistic looking, relatively inexpensive, and easy to make, offer many people the opportunity to enjoy a nice looking smile. Unfortunately, since the mouth is constantly changing after teeth go missing, dentures need to be adjusted every few years to stay comfortable.

Fast-forward to the early nineties when dental implants became mainstream, and many patients flocked to periodontal offices inquiring about the procedure. Unfortunately, since dental implants in Boston can be expensive, many patients couldn’t afford to have an entire arch replaced with dental implants—until now.

Full Arch Replacement with Dental Implants

Today, periodontists and prosthodontists combine the stability of dental implants and the simplicity of dentures. A small number of dental implants are used as anchors for permanent bridges to replace a full arch of teeth, creating a stable, attractive smile without the problems associated with traditional dentures.

The Dental Implant Timeline

In order to create a stable anchor for your permanent denture, dental implants will need time to heal before the final denture can be placed. Because of this, the placement of your dental implants can take as long as a year, depending on your oral health. For example, if you need bone grafting to strengthen your jaw tissue prior to dental implants, your restoration may take longer than someone who doesn’t require this prerequisite procedure.

After your implants are placed, they will be allowed to heal. After the area has healed, careful impressions and measurements will be taken so that your bridge can be created. A temporary bridge can be used while we wait for your permanent denture to be fabricated. After your denture is ready and your implants are strong and healthy, you will be asked to return to the office to have it placed.

If you are interested in having a full arch replacement with dental implants, contact Dental Partners of Boston today. As your Boston dentist, we can see you through this process from start to finish–from a bare, gummy mouth to a full, bright smile.