Why It’s Vital That Metal Fillings Have To Be Replaced!

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Many studies* have been conducted on metal fillings that show how dangerous they can be and why they need to be removed and replaced with a tooth colored filling. In this post you will learn about the dangers of having a metal filling and how important it is to come into our Boston dental practice to have them replaced.

Metal silver-colored fillings, also known as Dental Amalgam Fillings within the dental industry, are around 50% mercury. If you are unfamiliar with the dangers of mercury we hope to educate you on what it can do to your body. We also encourage you to always ask your dentist for tooth colored fillings to repair your tooth not only for the cosmetic purpose but for your overall health!

Multiple countries all over the world have placed a ban or limit the use of dental mercury amalgams but there are still regions around the world that use them including here in the United States.  Many dentists offer alternatives to amalgam that are mercury free, the most popular being a direct composite resin, known as a tooth colored filling, because it’s a lot harder for anyone to detect a filling is in your mouth.

Many adults have had a metal filling in their mouths for years. Unfortunately they are probably unaware of the potential risks, and damage it might have caused to the rest of their body. Mercury which is a toxic metal to humans, is continuously emitted from dental amalgam fillings in a vapor form that can be absorbed by the body and remain in the brain, kidney, liver, lug, or gastrointestinal tract. If you are a patient that has had multiple metal fillings the output of this vapor increases. This is especially the case from daily activities such as drinking hot liquids, chewing, and teeth grinding.  Mercury also is released during the placement, replacement, and removal of the filling.

When Should I Replace My Metal Fillings?

As soon as possible! The soonest you can schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston the better your overall health is going to be without the risk of mercury poisoning. Additionally, replacing a metal filling with a tooth colored filling is that it also can help protect your tooth. The resin has very good adhesion to help your tooth keep its shape. Metal fillings can unfortunately destroy a healthy tooth as it stretches, and expands inside of your mouth.  Schedule an appointment with us today so that we can take care of replacing your metal fillings to improve your overall health and smile.

* If you would like to learn more about mercury in metal fillings you gain more information here

How Can I Get My Jaw To Stop Hurting?

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If you are experiencing pain in your jaw it could be caused by many different kinds of conditions. From gum inflammation to a tooth ache, but one of the most common is a TMJ disorder.  TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint connecting your jawbone to the skull. It is one of the most used joints in your body as it allows for chewing, and talking, we utilize this joint daily, and if it becomes inflamed it can cause major pain and discomfort. Dental Partners of Boston’s dentists can treat TMJ which we will share more about below.

This inflammation or other cause of pain are called TMD, temporomandibular disorder, or TMJ disorders. More commonly it’s known simply as TMJ.

Over 15 percent of Americans deal with chronic facial pain. This includes jaw pain or headaches related to TMD. Women between the ages of 20-40 are the most impacted. This pain can last for a few weeks then slowly go away, but for some patients the pain won’t stop.

What Can Cause TMJ?

There is no single cause of TMJ, but it can be related to tension in your jaw or temporal muscles. There are many factors that contribute to the problem. Some common examples include:

  • A Jaw or Neck Injury.
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth.
  • Dislocation of the joint
  • Poorly Placed Crowns or Fillings
  • Improper Bite Alignment

Do I Have The Symptoms of  TMJ?

If you are wondering if you have TMJ know the condition can actually impact patients differently. The symptoms you might experience if you have TMJ can include:

  • Jaw Pain or Stiffness
  • Pain Around The Jaw, Cheek, Ears, & Neck
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Pain While Chewing
  • Lock Jaw
  • Popping, Clicking, or Grating jaw noises
  • Earaches
  • Changes To Your Facial Expressions
  • Changes To How Your Upper & Lower Teeth Fit Together

As you can see there is a vast array of symptoms you might feel if you have TMJ. A dentist cannot officially diagnose the condition but our Boston dentists can help treat TMJ  symptoms.

How Do You Treat TMJ?

Once we determine what symptoms you are experiencing our Boston dental team will work with you to create a treatment plan. We will address the main causes of your pain and use methods specific to the symptom and if needed a custom TMJ appliance can be created that you wear while you sleep.  The appliance is like a mouth guard that helps to realign your jaw and prevent additional damage from happening.  Your custom TMJ appliance can be made in our office in a single office visit, and we will work with you to ensure that it is helping to alleviate the symptoms you are feeling from TMJ.

Schedule An Appointment

If you are experiencing some of the symptoms above and feeling discomfort schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today. Our experience and team approach will give you a customized treatment plan specific to your case, and faster results than at a normal dental practice. Stop living with the discomfort of TMJ. Schedule an appointment with our practice today!

Why Is My Mouth Dry?

A decrease in saliva can be sometimes be a normal thing and often it’s just annoying to deal with. But it can also have a major impact on your general health and the health of your teeth and gums as well as your appetite and enjoyment of food.

Dry mouth happens when the salivary gland in your mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by neutralizing acids produced by the bacteria, which limits bacterial growth and washes away food particles. Saliva also increases the ability to taste and makes it easier to chew and swallow. In addition, enzymes in saliva aid in digestion of food. Suffice it to say saliva plays an important role in the health of your mouth and teeth.

Causes of Dry Mouth

Treatments of dry mouth depend on what it’s caused by:

  • Sickness – When we are ill, our bodies can be affected in a variety of ways. Depending on the illness, the symptoms can range from being mildly unpleasant to dangerous. One side effect that can be caused by being ill is having a dry mouth.
  • Medications – Many different medications can cause dry mouth. This can include different types of drugs in the following categories: blood pressure medication, antidepressants, antihistamines, sedatives and others.
  • Radiation therapy – You have been exposed to radiation there is a good chance your mouth may feel unusually dry. It may also be a side effect of anti-nausea medicine to help with the effects of radiation.
  • Diabetes – If you have diabetes leads to high blood sugar levels including in one’s saliva which can lead to dry mouth.

Symptoms of Dry Mouth

If you’re not producing enough saliva, you may notice these signs and symptoms some or all of the time:

  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy
  • Dryness or a feeling of stickiness in your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing
  • Bad breath
  • Dry or sore throat and hoarseness
  • Dry or grooved tongue
  • A changed sense of taste
  • Problems wearing dentures

Having a dry mouth can be very uncomfortable. But even more than that dry mouth can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. A periodontist, like Dr. Guzman, specializes in the treatment of gum disease and, depending on the cause, can help determine what kind of treatment you will need. Do not let your dry mouth go undiagnosed. Everyday it will get worse and every day there will be less and less saliva to fight away the bacteria in your mouth. Schedule an appointment with our periodontist in Boston today to have your dry mouth assessed and get the treatment that is right for you.

What Are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants have truly changed the replacement of teeth over the years. Before the development of dental implants, people with dentures were unable to chew many kinds of food. This has all changed with the widespread use of dental implants.

What Is A Dental Implant?

Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts or frames that are surgically positioned in the jawbone, where they function as a study anchor for replacement artificial teeth, known as crowns.

Dental implants fuse to your jawbone allowing for the most stable support for a crown, bridge or mounted denture. Bridges and dentures that are mounted to a dental implant will not shift or slip in your mouth, allowing you to speak and eat normally- something that is so very critical to your everyday life.

A dental implant is an excellent way to replace a missing tooth. This solution feels and acts the most like a natural tooth when smiling, brushing and chewing. The implant replaces the actual root of the missing tooth and heals in the bone for several months. A major advantage is no need to alter any other teeth when placing an implant. A dental implant is a good solution for just a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. When smiling or talking there is no way to tell the difference between a dental implant and your natural tooth.

Why A Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in caring for your gums and the other supporting tissues of your mouth. Periodontist can offer more specialized care and attention when a dental implant is the option that is right for you. Because dental implants are personally connected with the gum tissue and underlying bone in the mouth a periodontist will know exactly what to do and why to do it. Periodontist have a special knowledge, training and a competence that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your natural teeth. While a periodontist provides specialized care for your gums there are two other areas that a periodontist has special training in:

  • A periodontist can help prevent tooth loss. A periodontist knows the specific treatments needs in order to save your natural tooth. The treatments that a periodontist will provide will remove damaged tissue and if done in time can prevent further infection from spreading which can save a tooth from removal or a root canal.
  • A periodontist can replace missing teeth. When a need arises when teeth need to be removed your Periodontist has a detailed understanding of the relationship between tooth, gum, and jaw bone structure and will take the proper care needed to remove a tooth.

If dental implants in Boston is the option you are looking for, Dental Partners of Boston can provide the care that you need. Schedule an appointment with us today

How Bad Habits Affect Your Teeth

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Our goal at Dental Partners of Boston is to not just assist in improving your dental health but also to help you prevent problems from ever arising. One of the bigger issues our patients run into is their bad habits. Simple everyday things that many people do subconsciously that can weaken the enamel on your teeth.

Enamel has the impressive title of being the hardest substance in the human body. Despite this beneficial trait, enamel can chip quite easily, putting your dental health and well-being at risk. Despite seeming quite harmless, over time these habits can do a significant amount of damage to your smile. Of course if a chipped tooth or other item arises that requires an emergency dental appointment we are here to help! Here are a few habits to be aware of that can cause complications with your dental health:

A Few Habits To Work On Breaking

  • Nail Biting

Biting nails is often associated with nervousness or anxiety. There are many reasons to avoid and break this habit but for dental purposes the repeated pressure from nail biting causes the enamel on the front teeth to weaken and fracture. The pressure of repeatedly biting a surface as hard as your nails can also increase the the risk of tooth resorption, causing the roots of your teeth to shorten and eventually resulting in tooth loss.

  • Your Teeth Are Not Tools

Many people, especially small children, use their teeth like their pliers or scissors, cutting or ripping into packaging.  Doing so can lead to fractured or broken teeth and even tooth loss. A common side effect of broken enamel is tooth decay and cavities. It can be tempting to use your teeth when a proper tool isnt nearby, however, we encourage you to make the effort to do whatever it takes to break this habit.

  • Chewing On Pens And Pencils

Your jaw is capable of applying immense pressure to your teeth, far more than most people realize. People that tend to chew on pens usually do so while thinking or working and dont realize theyre chewing on the pen or how hard they chew on it. When chewing on hard items like a pen, the molars are often used. Molars are generally where people most often get fillings or crowns to repair damaged teeth or dental restorations. Chewing on pens significantly increases the chances of damage not just your teeth but also the comparatively fragile restorations.

  • Chewing Ice

Chewing ice has been a popular idea since ice become commonplace in the home. Some people chew ice regularly as a simple habit and others chew ice daily as a way to control their appetite and lose weight. Regardless of why you chew ice, it;’s important that you stop. The hardness and cold temperature of ice don’t just damage the enamel, it can chip the tooth itself.

Emergency Dental Work In Boston

Whether your teeth have been damaged by one of these common habits or something completely different, Dental Partners of Boston is equipped to handle and provide excellent emergency dental care. Schedule an appointment with us today if you have a dental emergency or would like to schedule a regular dental visit for the Boston area. Your dental health and well-being is our top priority!

A New Year & A New Smile!

Our team at Dental Partners of Boston wants to wish you and yours a Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season, spending it with those that you cherish and love! With the new year come hopes, dreams and resolutions. For many of us we make goals and within a few weeks or months unfortunately forget about them. We put ourselves and our needs on the back burner while we take care of the daily parts of our lives and the people around us. Now is the time to change that! Make 2019 the year you take care of you!  

Your smile is important to you. The way you present yourself is important but not more important than how you feel. Having a beautiful smile that you are confident to show the world can really improve your self esteem and quality of life. Let us share some of the ways that cosmetic dentistry can help give you a brighter and whiter smile.

We offer many cosmetic dentistry services such as: botox and dermal fillers, dental bonding, dental implants, dental veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign and much more. Here’s a closer look in to what some of these services can do for you.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are small pieces of porcelain that fit over a tooth’s enamel, covering teeth abnormalities. Porcelain has long been the material of choice for dental crowns and bridges and now veneers. Porcelain is a trusted material by dental professionals because the material is flawlessly imitaties a tooth’s enamel surface. We will select the right shade of porcelain for your teeth making it look as natural as possible. Veneers can fix small or medium gaps between teeth, correct slightly crooked teeth, improves badly stained teeth and more.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can really take your smile to the next level. We offer take home and in-office options. Basically we want to accommodate whatever teeth whitening needs you have and we’ve paired that with different choices for the best quality and convenience.

Invisalign

Invisalign or invisible braces offer many benefits and is something that is very popular in our practice.  Some benefits include:

  • Fewer food restrictions
  • Easier care than braces
  • Less Painful than braces
  • Freedom to play sports
  • Ease of playing musical instruments

Invisalign can also improve self-esteem. Having a beautiful smile helps build comfort and confidence with your appearance, which can lead to improved happiness as well.

Cosmetic dentistry is so much more than just aesthetics. It’s about improving your smile to be able to fully function the way it was meant to. It helps bring peace of mind and improves quality of life. Let your cosmetic dentist in Boston help improve your smile in 2019. It’s time to take care of you. Why not start with finding confidence in your smile again? Schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today!

Things to Consider Before A Gum Graft

If your gums are receding, a gum graft may be something that you are considering. Gum recession exposes the roots of your teeth. This can cause the root surface of your teeth to become more likely to decay, as well as be more sensitive and prone to abrasion.

What To Expect With A Gum Graft

During a gum graft pieces of tissues from the roof of your mouth or from nearby healthy gum tissue are removed. Then the tissue is attached to the area where your gums have worn away.

There are steps you need to take when preparing for a gum graft. There are three types that will be discussed: free gingival graft, connective tissue graft, and pedicle (lateral) graft. These options will be discussed and recommendations made, based on your needs by your Boston Periodontist. Some things to keep in mind before your gum graft include:

  • There is no need to fast or change your diet on the day before or the day of the procedure. You will just need to show up and the type of graft you will be getting will be confirmed.
  • You will need to arrange a ride to and from your appointment. You’ll be given medication for pain and discomfort that may make it unsafe for your to drive.
  • Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area where the procedure will be done.
  • The procedure usually doesn’t take long. Once the procedure is finished the graft will be sutured up. You will likely then wash your mouth out with antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Discussion of care will follow the procedure to make sure it heals completely.

If gum grafting in Boston is something you are interested in, please schedule an appointment with us today. Our team of dentists are experienced and ready to help you make the decision for gum grafting or give you other options.

Another Option: Pinhole Surgical Technique

If something less invasive is what you are looking for to help with receding gums, the Pinhole Surgical Technique may be what you are looking for. The treatment is usually done in one visit, and patients typically have needed only over the counter pain medicine for the minor discomfort they may feel post treatment.

When the procedure is performed the affected teeth are cleaned and prepared. Then the gum tissue is numbed with a local anesthetic. A small entry point is made in the gum above the tooth or teeth that need to be treated. Next a specialized instrument is used to free the gum tissues at the entry point and gently move the gums down to their proper position. Then a small angled instrument helps to pass collagen strips or gum graft material through the entry point and place them under the gums. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is beneficial to the individual by: improving their level of comfort, speeding up procedure time, and providing instant results.

If the Pinhole Surgical Technique in Boston sounds like something that would benefit you, our team at Dental Partners of Boston, is ready to help you feel confident in your smile again. Schedule an appointment today.

Consider Saving A Tooth Before Removing It!

Can you Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?

Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing along with six-month dental check-ups, can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Sometimes thought your teeth may have an infection or disease which needs additional care. When possible, talk with your boston dentist to consider treatments that can save your teeth instead of losing them.

Getting your tooth pulled because you think it’s easier or most cost-effective is not a always a good reason to lose a natural tooth. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, affect your ability to properly chew and start to disfigure your smile. Tooth extraction often is more painful that the infection itself, and replacing an extracted tooth with an artificial one, such as a dental implant, requires additional appointments that can add up quickly.

What is a root canal?

There is a common misconception that root canals are painful. In reality, a root canal helps relieve tooth pain and helps to save your tooth by removing the infected tooth nerve and pulp. White enamel and a hard layer called dentin create the structure of a tooth. These layers house a soft, delicate tissue called pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and other connective tissues that helped the tooth develop.

A root canal targets the inside of the tooth. This becomes necessary when the pulp is inflamed or becomes infected. Tooth decay, cracks and chips can all be causes of the infection inside your tooth. If left untreated, the infection of your tooth’s pulp can lead to severe pain and an oral abscess.

Treatment includes removal of the infected pulp, and the area is carefully cleaned and disinfected by your Boston Dentist. Once complete a dental crown or filling will be placed on top for added protection. After a root canal, the tooth is still fully functional.

What if my tooth has to be removed?

Sometimes a root canal isn’t enough to save a tooth. When this happens and a tooth needs to be removed, and as mentioned above, dental implants are a great option. Dental implants are not only a popular way to replace missing teeth but they are effective as well. They are designed to blend in with your other teeth. Dental implants are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile.

The development and use of dental implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry over the past 40 years. They are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. Posts are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a study anchor for a replacement teeth.

If you are looking for an office that performs root canals in Boston or dental implants, then schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today. Our experienced dentists will work with you to develop your unique treatment plan to create your healthy, and beautiful smile!

Periodontists Who Use Lasers Are Becoming More Commonplace

Lasers are a relatively new tool in the dental field. Laser dentistry can be used in a variety of applications, and more uses for these powerful medical tools are evolving every day. It rapidly is becoming an everyday tool a dentist office, especially at Dental Partners of Boston.

The medical laser is becoming more and more commonplace. They not only help with medical procedures but can also help dentists perform different types of dental procedures more easily. Boston Periodontist, Dr. Guzman, has benefited from the use of a laser as a versatile tool in our dental office. Some of the more common applications of lasers include:

●    Preparing teeth for fillings

●    Removing plaque from teeth

●    Activating whitening agents

●    Laser Gum surgery

Lasers use a focused beam of light to wipe out and remove diseased or unhealthy tissue while at the same time keeping healthy tissue intact better than traditional methods such as gum grafts.

Not only have studies proven that healing times are reduced but patients like you have experienced added benefits of laser treatment as well . Because of these remarkable and beneficial results, we are seeing more and more use of lasers when treating gum disease and for re-contouring gums. When lasers are used in the correct way the procedure is faster and more comfortable for the patient with a significant reduction in bleeding, tissue damage and post-treatment discomfort. Incisions do not need to be sewn up, since they are closed by the action of the laser. They also tend to heal more quickly.

Other oral surgeries can also benefit from lasers. If you have growths in your mouth that need to be removed, laser dentistry can make this procedure less traumatic. Lasers are efficient, highly accurate, safe, and fast when used by an experienced team of dentists like those at Dental Partners of Boston. Your time in the dental chair will be more comfortable, and often it speeds up your recovery. All from the simple change of a more modern surgical tool.

If you are suffering from gum disease and have nowhere else to turn, then laser gum treatment could be the solution you are looking for. At Dental Partners of Boston we offer LANAP as a possible option for treating extreme cases of gum disease. LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure and is a newer treatment that has been approved for the correction of advanced gum disease. If you have looked for offices who are skilled in LANAP in Boston, look no further. Dr. Guzman is a certified periodontist that can provide this procedure. He will work with you to determine if LANAP is the right choice for your unique case and will ensure you to feel comfortable with your treatment plan

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What Causes Teeth To Stain?

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Stained teeth can make an otherwise beautiful smile look unattractive. The fact is it’s easy to stain your teeth. Just like any food or drink that will stain your carpet, it can stain your teeth, too. Even though stained teeth are common, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. The first step to a brighter, whiter smile is to learn exactly what causes stained teeth. The next, and most important, step is to come in to Dental Partners of Boston where our Boston cosmetic dentists can help you find which solution is best for your smile.

Dental professionals have identified three main categories of tooth discoloration:

1)Extrinsic Teeth Stains
2) Intrinsic Teeth Stains
3) Age-related Teeth Stains.

Extrinsic Teeth Stains

An extrinsic tooth stain is staining of the surface of the tooth. It happens when stain particles, like residue from food and drink, build-up in the film of protein that covers the tooth enamel. Extrinsic tooth stains are typically caused by:

  • Tobacco
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Cola Drinks
  • Sports Drinks
  • Hard Candy
  • Berries
  • Tomato Sauce

These items don’t usually have an immediate effect on the teeth, but can effect them over time. It is wise to drink plenty of water after consuming any of these and to brush your teeth regularly and attend your regular dental cleanings.

Intrinsic Teeth Stains

An intrinsic tooth stain is staining below the surface of the tooth. It occurs when stain-causing particles work through the exterior of the tooth and accumulate within the tooth enamel. Excessive fluoride use also has been associated with intrinsic stains, especially in children. An intrinsic tooth stain is trickier to remove, but it can be done. An intrinsic tooth stain may require bleaching using professional methods or an at-home chemical teeth whitening products.

Age-Related Teeth Stains

Age-related teeth stains combine the results of both intrinsic and extrinsic tooth discoloration.  Because the core tissue of your teeth, the dentin, naturally yellows over time, teeth will discolor with age. As we age, the enamel that covers the tooth becomes thinner, allowing the dentin to show through. These intrinsic causes of discoloration combined with extrinsic causes such as the effects of certain foods and beverages will cause most adults’ teeth to discolor with age.

We Offer The Solution

We know that some teeth discoloration is inevitable,  whether it’s caused from extrinsic or intrinsic sources or it’s just happened because of age. Because of this we have made it easy to find a teeth whitening solution for you. We have both at-home and in-office teeth whitening options. Both options are fairly simple and may be exactly what you are looking for. We know that these solutions can help you achieve the beautiful and bright smile that you’ve wanted and will help you say goodbye to those discolored teeth. If you have been looking for a Boston Cosmetic Dentist, look no further. We can help you with your teeth whitening needs and will help you feel confident in your smile. Schedule an appointment with us today!