What are Dental Veneers?

There are many ways to whiten your teeth in Boston.
The right dental veneers are a quick way to a beautiful smile. But what are veneers and why should you get them? Veneers are the perfect treatment for people with teeth that are stained, chipped, or have gaps between teeth. When deciding to get dental veneers it’s important that you have the right information which you can get from an appointment with one of our Boston Dentists.

What Exactly Are Dental Veneers?

A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain laminate used to recreate the natural look of teeth. It also provides strength and flexibility comparable to the natural tooth enamel. They are custom made to the shape of your teeth and are bonded to your tooth’s original enamel during procedures that take place in our office.  Dental veneers are designed to slide right over your own teeth and are a very unobtrusive treatment option. They are also one of the most popular cosmetic options today for those with discoloration of their teeth or damaged teeth that affect the appearance of their smile. Dental ceramics are the most modern and anticipated material for dental veneers. They are the strongest material and have the best bonding properties. Our cosmetic dentist in Boston is experienced and has high standards of care so you know you are in the best hands when receiving your dental veneers.

What Are The Benefits of Having Dental Veneers?

  1. Long Lasting Solution– Veneers can last as long as 10-15 year with the right upkeep.
  2. Strength– Porcelain veneers are made from a strong and durable material, so you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods without worry.
  3. Customized– The veneers will be handcrafted to fit your individual teeth.
  4. Natural-Looking Results– They are specifically made to match your natural tooth color.
  5. Simple Procedure– Placement can be complete in just a few visits.
  6. Stain-Resistant– Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining so you can maintain your brilliant pearly whites while still enjoying coffee, tea, and other products.
  7. Cosmetic Benefits– They improve teeth that are cracked, chipped, broken, discolored, widely spaced or misaligned. Veneers are entirely used for cosmetic purposes and placed on the front and visible teeth.
  8. No Recovery– Once procedure is complete you can leave immediately and carry on with everyday activities.
  9. Can Be Combined With Other Treatments– Tooth whitening treatment can be added as a finishing touch for your new beautiful smile.
  10. Increased Confidence– That improved smile can help you feel more confident about yourself, inside and out.

You cannot put a price on how veneers can improve that smile and quality of life. With a friendly staff and very little recovery time you can be on your way to that amazing smile that you’ve dreamed of. Looking to improve that smile with dental veneers in the Boston area? Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

How Does LANAP Gum Treatment Work?

Pinhole Surgical Technique
Are you dealing with serious gum disease? Currently, 65 million Americans are currently dealing with some form of gum disease. Prompt treatment is beneficial for gum disease as it will continue to worsen until the teeth become loose and can fall out.

What is Gum Disease Treatment?

Gum disease is commonly referred to as periodontal disease and needs to be cared for by a professional. There are several effective gum disease treatments to consider. Laser gum disease treatment is one of the most popular treatments on the market as it heals quickly and effectively treats the problem areas.

What is LANAP?

LANAP is short for Laser-Assisted-New-Attachment-Procedure, which is an advanced gum disease treatment with the use of laser technology. Patients seeking LANAP treatment often use it once their gum disease has worsened to the point that traditional tooth cleaning will be unable to reverse. At Dental Partners of Boston, we specialize in LANAP treatment. Dr. Guzman is certified in the procedure and has effectively treated thousands of patients.

How Does LANAP work?

LANAP treatment allows Dr. Guzman to remove infected gum tissue without needing to cut the gums and stitch them back together. Instead, we use a PerioLase MVP-7 laser to treat the infected gum tissue that has started separating from your tooth root. Any calculus deposits are cleaned and removed by an ultrasonic scaler. Once all the bacteria is removed, the laser will clean the area again and the healthy gum tissue will naturally begin regenerating. Typically, patients experience minimal discomfort and find their healing time is significantly shorter from traditional flap surgery and other gum disease treatments.

Why Consider LANAP?

If you have gum disease problems, LANAP treatment in Boston is one of the most effective treatments to treat and reverse gum disease. There are multiple advantages to LANAP including:

  • No cutting and stitches required
  • Full-mouth in-office treatment in one treatment
  • Faster recovery time
  • Improved success rate from traditional gum surgery
  • Improved success rate for bone regeneration

Laser periodontal treatment provides excellent benefits for patients dealing with gum disease. Since gum disease is prevalent, effective treatment is essential to protect the teeth and gums from additional damage. Dr. Guzman can repair gums and will be able to protect your teeth by using LANAP to aid in cleaning the gums and teeth from the bacteria in the mouth. To learn more about LANAP and our gum disease treatment options, contact Dental Partners of Boston today to schedule an appointment.

Why Do Dental Implants Have A High Success Rate?

Can you Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?
Out of all the dental procedures currently performed, none can match the success rate of dental implants. Dental implants boast a high success rate, 98% to be exact. What makes dental implants one of the most successful procedures currently performed? Here are some things you need to know about dental implants and what type of success rate you can expect.

Why Are Dental Implants Successful?

Dental implants are designed to be long-lasting. Using titanium, the implant itself fuses with the jawbone, making it secured and stronger than other dental procedures like root canals and crowns alone. Dental implant success rates have been studied for the past 50 years with positive results. Bridges and root-canaled teeth can fail over the years of traditional wear and tear. The lifespan of a healthy dental bridge is only 10 years, which is significantly less time than a dental implant. Here are some of the reasons you should consider dental implants:

  • Dental implants success rates do not decrease
  • Dental bridges success rate decline rapidly after 10 years
  • Dental implants can be cared for like your traditional teeth, allowing them to last longer

What Do Dental Implants Provide?

With dental implants, you will be able to see a drastic difference in your appearance. Dental implants will look and feel like your own teeth, making it feel that your smile is still intact. Dental implants will improve your appearance, speech, eating, confidence, and overall self-esteem.

Dental implants are safe and effective and ideal for individuals seeking a permanent solution for missing teeth. The body will accept or tolerate titanium implants, but they need to bond properly to be considered to a long-term solution for missing teeth. The overall success rate of dental implants will be based on the way it heals with your body, and your overall health and well-being.  Dental implants are successful when the patient’s health is in good condition and having them performed by a periodontist.

Mandible dental implants are the implants on the lower jaw. The location of these implants is generally stronger and easier for an implant to be successful. The upper dental implants have a harder time working successfully because they are close to the sinus passages, which can be weaker in terms of bone density.

The surgery itself requires the work of a skilled dental implant specialist in Boston. Failure to have the right doctor performing the surgery can increase the risk of the dental implant failing. Schedule a consultation with Dental Partners of Boston today!

Periodontics and the Pinhole Surgical Technique

As we age, it is natural for the gums to start receding. Gum recession can cause self-esteem issues to occur as receding gums do tend to age your appearance. Why do the gums recede and what can be done about it? For serious gum recession issues, patients need to visit a Boston Periodontist to determine the best course of action to take. Dr. Guzman specializes in gum disease treatment and will be able to find the best treatment method for your situation.

Why Do Gums Recede?

Age does play a factor in gum recession, but it is also caused from other lifestyle factors including smoking, eating, and drinking. Hereditary conditions and health conditions can lead to weakened gum tissue, causing recession. One treatment to consider is the pinhole surgical technique.

What Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

Traditional gum surgery involved cutting and stitching the gums back together to pull them back over the teeth into the proper position. The painful procedure not only caused many patients pain, it required grafting from other tissue of the mouth, leading to additional pain and healing time. The pinhole surgical technique has improved upon this surgery by reducing the healing time and the pain. In fact, we like to say this surgery is the opposite of the old gum grafting surgery! Dr. Guzman specializes in pinhole surgery providing patients with excellent outcomes. Here are some of the benefits you will experience from pinhole surgery:

  • Minimal discomfort. Unlike gum grafting, pinhole surgery does not require grafting. There is minimal invasion with pinhole surgery as the existing gum tissue is simply shifted into the desired position.
  • Faster Recovery time. Pinhole surgery will have patients back to their daily routine quicker. Most patients can eat and drink normally after about one day. There is no cutting or suturing, so you won’t have the frustrating healing time like you do with other oral procedures.
  • Permanent. Pinhole surgery is a permanent solution to gum recession. While some patients can see slight changes over the years due to genetics, most patients will see positive results over their lifetime.

What to Expect

The pinhole surgery lasts approximately 2 hours for 1-3 teeth based on the severity of your gum recession. To provide an accurate estimate, we recommend contacting our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Guzman will evaluate your gum recession problem and determine how your treatment will go. Patients may need multiple visits, but Dr. Guzman will be able to give you the proper determination on the entire process.

During the visit, Dr. Guzman will numb the area where he needs to work. The procedure is minimally invasive so patients are normally comfortable during and after the procedure. There is no surgery or stitches to worry about, so the overall at-home recovery only involves gentle brushing of the top of your teeth and no flossing or intense brushing for at least a day or two. Contact our office to discuss the pinhole surgical technique in Boston and finally be proud to share your smile again!

How Can Sedation Dentistry Help Me?

A woman who is having sedation to help ease her nervousness at the dentist
Everyone gets nervous when going to the dentist office. Sometimes we remember a traumatic experience we had when we were kids, other times we fear the procedure that we may have. Sometimes the thought of stepping foot in to the dentist office is worse than the tooth pain itself. At time maybe the anxiety is too much that it makes our whole body tense up. Whatever the reason we may be having dental anxiety is very real and can be hard to overcome alone. Sedation dentistry at our Boston dental practice can be the solution you have been looking for and can help you to keep calm during your dental visit. Sedation dentistry uses different forms of medication to help patients relax so a dental procedure can be performed.

Levels of Sedation

There are different levels of sedation that you need to be aware of so you may understand which is best for you.

Minimal Sedation– you are awake and aware but relaxed.

Moderate Sedation– you are conscious and may slur your words while speaking. You may or may not remember much of the procedure.

Deep Sedation– you are right on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.

General Anesthesia– you are completely unconscious.

Types of Sedation

The following types of sedation are used in dental sedation. We will sit down with you individually to see what solution works best with the fears or concerns you may have.

Inhaled minimal sedation. You will breathe in nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) combined with oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose. This gas helps you to relax and can be controlled by your dentist and you usually can communicate with them as needed.

Oral sedation. This can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation you would take a pill, in the same drug family as Valium and would usually be take an hour before the procedure. It will make you drowsy but you will still be awake. A larger dose may be given to yield a moderate level of sedation. This is the most common form of sedation dentistry.

IV moderate sedation. In this form of sedation you would receive the sedative drug through a vein. This way it would go to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to adjust the level of sedation as needed.

Deep sedation and general anesthesia. This method allows you to have medication that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious (deeply asleep) during the procedure.

We Can Help!

Sedation Dentistry is not for everyone. Those with a real anxiety or fear that is preventing them from going to the dentist is the best suited for these types of sedation. However it may also be appropriate for individuals who:

-have a low pain threshold

-have a gag reflex

-can’t sit still in the dental chair

-have sensitive teeth

-need a large amount of dental work done

Other needs may arise where sedation is needed. We know this and are sensitive to our patients and will work with you to help you in any way we can.  

Whatever the concern or need may be we will sit down with you personally to help figure out what is the best solution for you or the loved one you care about. We care how you feel and we want you to have the best experience possible. We want you to be comfortable and your needs are important to us. Schedule an appointment today!  

Why Should I Go to a Specialist for Dental Implants?

Dental Implants can bring you a new smile. Available at Dental Partners of Boston
Patients should be cautious when considering hiring a dentist for dental implants.

At the Dental Partners of Boston, our dental implant specialists are specially trained.  After graduating as dentists, our specialists each attended an additional three to four years in a hospital-based residency program.  In other words, our Periodontist Dr. Guzman have received formal training and education – including in surgery and anesthesia – significantly greater than a general dentist.  Specialists with this type of training are the only surgical specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.

Many people have a problem when searching for dental implant services: it is technically legal for a dentist to perform this type of surgery.  If a patient is not careful, he or she could fall victim to an undertrained dentist who is willing to perform this service, but will often be unprepared for the risks and complications that could arise.  When hiring a general dentist instead of a dental implant specialist, patients run a real risk of having service performed below their standards.  This sometimes results in misdiagnosis, painful surgery, and surgical complications.

Often, dentists take an abbreviated surgical training course that lasts from one to three days.  If this is the case, the dentist certainly hasn’t been prepared to predict, diagnose, and treat potential complications.

On the other hand, our Boston dental implant specialists keep patients in safe hands.  During their three to four years residency training, substantial focus was placed on anticipating, diagnosing and treating complications.  During their programs, our specialists routinely treated strange and complex cases, which are often never seen in a dentist’s private practice.  This level of expertise ensures safety, and quality.

Dental Implants replacing missing teeth available at Dental Partners of Boston
When performed by the right person, dental implants are very successful, and complications are rare. However, if there is ever a surgical complication, the experience of a dental implant specialist provides a level of safety and comfort that a dentist with far less training and experience could never provide.

Often, a general dentist will recommend receiving dental implants.  If this is the case, patients should make sure they receive service from a dental implant specialist.  Here are some important questions they should ask:

  •         How many surgical training courses has the dentist taken?  How long was each course?
  •         How many courses has the dentist taken specifically on the management of complications?
  •         How long has the dentist been placing implants?
  •         How many implants does the dentist place per year?

While these are good questions for identifying a dental professional, you can know you are in safe hands with the Dental Partners of Boston.  If you are considering dental implants, schedule an Appointment with us today!

Where is Teeth Whitening Offered in Boston?

Teeth whitening systems at Dental Partners of Boston
Everyone loves having a nice smile. The brightness and radiance of that smile can diminish over time due to discoloration and staining. The cause can be due to tobacco use, eating certain foods, drinking coffee, tea, wine, sodas and even aging.  Some of that is unavoidable and just happens and worsens as time goes on. However there are solutions to bring the whiteness and brilliance back in to your smile. Dental Partners of Boston offer teeth whitening services that can fit anyone’s schedule and we want to find what works best for you. We offer our patients take-home and in-office options. Our doctors and staff will be able to find what is right for you.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Our take-home teeth whitening kit can provide a very convenient option for anyone. It allows for customization and flexibility. We provide teeth whitening trays that you are able to take home and use at your convenience. The trays are custom made by our experienced dentists with impressions of your upper and lower teeth. We will help you determined the shade you want to go and give you all the supplies you need. One of the benefits of a take home teeth whitening kit is it can work with anyone’s schedule. It is also a simple and safe way to whiten your teeth over time.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is a one time experience. The procedure takes place in our comfortable office and is usually done in under an hour. Our trained  staff will evaluate your teeth and preparations will be made for the simple procedure. We start by using a stronger teeth whitening gel than in our take-home kits. A benefit of using our in-office teeth whitening is that it is a simple procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. You will also see results quickly. The average patients says they see a few shades different after the initial visit.

Experienced Doctors

The doctors at Dental Partners of Boston have vast experience and knowledge. Their extensive backgrounds and specialties have helped thousands of dental patients in Boston. We’ve helped them find the solutions, including teeth whitening options, that works best for them. We work with you directly to find the option that best suits your life and schedule. If you have been searching for a dental team who cares about you and your teeth whitening needs Dental Partners of Boston is the place to go.  Schedule an Appointment today!

 

How Can You Find the Best Dental Practice in Boston?

Finding the right dentist can make a huge difference on your oral health. Some dental practices do not have the training and experience needed to handle complex dental procedures. Patients with oral health history problems need to work with the best dental practice in Boston if you want to avoid critical problems with your oral health. What may seem like a simple cavity could turn into a major abscess. Failure to visit the right dental office could leave you facing invasive dental treatments that could have been prevented with an experienced dental team at your side. If you are looking for a dental practice in the Boston area, here are five tips to help you get started.

Learn about Dental Partners of Boston and the LANAP treatment used to treat gum disease

Tip # 1 – Research Dental Reviews

It pays to do your research when seeking out a dentist. Do other patients feel this dental office provides the best service available? If the dentist has a good reputation, it will go a long way in helping you trust this person with your oral health needs. You can review some of the current dental patient experiences online, or review their website to read testimonials and find actual before and after treatments to see the scope of work the dental office provides.

Tip # 2 – Awards and Recognition

Another way to find a quality dentist is by finding out if they have ben awarded or recognized for their work. Any time you are seeking the best dental practice in Boston, you want to keep this information in mind. Awards help to show you what the dental office can provide, and the fact that they are experts in this field.

Tip # 3 – Scope of Work

While you may not have a lot of dental problems now, you could have more in the future. Determine if you will be the only member of your family visiting the dentist, or if you plan on having several people go to the dental office for treatments. How much dental work do you need? Some people only need annual visits to the dental office while others will need extensive work to restore their smile. Look for a dental office that will be able to provide you with the best treatments for your oral health.

Tip # 4 – Schedule a Consultation

A great way to find a good dentist is by scheduling a consultation to meet with the dentist. You want to get a sense for how they interact with you and your family members, and to make sure your personalities get along. You will need to trust this person to help you with your oral health needs, so it pays to find someone you can trust.

Tip # 5 – Convenience

Location is one of the critical factors for some patients when looking for a dentist. Is the office in a convenient location? Can they provide emergency treatments for serious oral health issues?

Everyone has certain criteria they use when seeking a quality dentist. We hope these tips will help you find a dentist you can trust. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact our office to schedule a consultation today.

What is a Prosthodontic Dentist?

What is a Prosthodontist? Is there one in Boston?
Because your smile is so important, when teeth need extra restorative measures, dentists usually refer patients to a Prosthodontic Dentist. We can learn what a Prosthodontic Dentist does by breaking down the name: “prosthesis” means “an addition” or “an attachment” and “odont” has to do with teeth. The suffix “-ist” is the person, so they are a dentist who specializes with putting additions onto teeth!

 

There are nine dental specialties that the ADA recognizes, and Prosthodontic Dentistry is one of them. They are trained dentists who have received years of extra training in order to restore and replace teeth. Basically, they can make your smile beautiful, in spite of almost any problem! Often seen as the “architects of smiles,” they restore functionality of decaying and damaged teeth and gums, giving your teeth the longevity they need. And not only do they restore damaged, broken, and decaying teeth, but they also deal with gums, lips, and other parts of the jaw. Their responsibilities range from the initial prognosis and planning to the execution and care instruction of the prosthesis.

What does it take to become a Prosthodontic Dentist?

In order to become a specialist in this field, an aspiring prosthodontic dentist must complete four years of dental school, and then an additional three years of rigorous training in an ADA-approved program. This is accompanied by many clinical hours and a prosthodontic residency.

What services do they provide?

Prosthodontic dentists provide many services, including oral cancer screenings, TMD care (temporomandibular joint disorder), and OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) solutions. They also perform the following services:

Here at Dental Partners of Boston we have your Boston Prosthodontists, that are a part of our team of doctors, making it even easier and more convenient for you to get the care you need, not to mention some of the greatest dental care available in Boston. If you or someone you know is looking for dental care, schedule an appointment. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, your smile is our first priority, schedule an appointment today!

New Year’s Resolution: Whiter Teeth!

There are many ways to whiten your teeth in Boston.
Most people admit that their smile is one of the most noticed and important social assets they have, so why not explore a few options when it comes to making that smile brighter? It’s a perfect new year’s resolution!

Teeth can become discolored for a variety of reasons, like sugary foods, coffee, smoking, and wine, not to mention the simple passing of time. With so many ways for them to become less white, your Boston dentists at Dental Partners of Boston, wanted to lay out below different options that could be used to get a beautiful white smile. This includes in-office services, take-home procedures, and more.

At Home Teeth Whitening Remedies

Doing it at home can be a fun way to brighten your smile. If you are going to use these tips talk with one of our dentists first to ensure you’re able to and won’t damage your teeth. Also talk about which dentist-recommended toothpaste you should use and use all suggested ingredients in moderation.

  • A simple paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (half as much baking soda as peroxide) can stay on teeth for a minute, then rinse thoroughly! Do not let leftover ingredients stay on teeth or they will begin to break down enamel.
  • Apple cider vinegar is can also be used in place of peroxide. Use this a couple of times per week with the same instructions.
  • Coconut oil has some stain-removing properties, and combined with some mashed peppermint leaves, it can make for a fresh finish. Simply mix a small amount of coconut oil with crushed leaves and brush onto teeth daily, rinsing thoroughly.

Take-Home Teeth Whiteners

Those who want to use a product from the dentist to use at home,  Dental Partners of Boston provides solutions for teeth-whitening that are easy and convenient. We work with you to determine how white you want your teeth to be and then we’ll make a custom tray for your teeth from a dental impressions. We give you the whitening gel to put in the trays each day that you can use in the comfort of your home.

In-Office Service

If you’re looking for something more in-depth that has even more lasting results, an in-office whitening procedure can be done relatively quickly. A session can take usually less than an hour. One of our dentists will help you determine your goal and evaluate your teeth. We use a more potent gel in the our Boston dental office than what we give patients to take home. You’ll see the results before you leave our office. Most patients see several shades difference!

We know how important a bright smile is and we want you to know your options. Contact your Boston teeth-whitening specialists at Dental Partners of Boston today for an appointment.