Is Activated Charcoal Safe For Teeth

Activated Charcoal for Teeth
New trends are popping up for a quick and easy way to whiten your teeth. One that has been creating a lot of buzz recently is the use of Activated Charcoal during your daily brushing routine. It’s simple enough, just replace your toothpaste with the new Activated Charcoal substance and you can see results almost immediately. Some improvement can be seen in the whiteness of teeth after just one use. That is great news right? Wrong. There is a downside to using activated charcoal on your teeth. The dentists at Dental Partners of Boston wants you to understand what the risks of these new trends can do to your healthy teeth and why it is always wise to consult your with them before trying anything that is not considered a normal part of your brushing routine.  

Can Activated Charcoal damage my teeth?

Activated Charcoal is unsafe and it can damage your teeth to a level that can only be fixed by a dentist. It is correct that the abrasive compound can scrub and remove stains and plaque from your teeth.  But, it can also strip away the important enamel barrier that protects the interior of your teeth. It’s almost like rubbing sandpaper across your teeth. The material smooths and polishes your teeth during the whitening process, but heavy usage can lead to permanent damage. Activated Charcoal should not replace your daily brushing routine, and it should not be used as an alternative to traditional toothpaste. The more you use the charcoal the more you could be stripping away necessary layers of enamel and cause problems that are worse than stained teeth.

Possible problems of using Activated Charcoal can include:

  • Severe Damage To Tooth Enamel
  • Exposed Dentin
  • Extreme Tooth Sensitivity

In fact some of these dental problems can actually cause your teeth to appear yellow and discolored instead of whiter like you had planned. These issues can not be treated easily, or by a new trend. The best way to fix it is to consider teeth whitening and cosmetic dental corrective procedures. Some of these procedures can cost more than you want to spent. Save yourself the money and the trouble.

What Options Are There To Get Whiter Teeth?

If you are serious about having a whiter smile, look no further than your family cosmetic Dental Partners of Boston. These are professionals who have decades of experience in cleaning, maintaining, and fixing teeth. They are experts in the newest and most innovative teeth whitening procedures. Some of these procedures include repairing and replacing damaged and discolored teeth. In extreme cases, cosmetic dental implants or veneers may be suggested. Contact us and find out more information about your cosmetic dentistry options or to schedule an appointment.  

Where Can I Get Lumineers in Boston?

A man with Dental Veneers in Boston from Dental Partners of Boston
There are many people out there that wish to have a beautiful and bright smile. The great news is that there is a way to make that wish come true.  Dental Partners of Boston has several locations that offer Lumineers. Our cosmetic dentists and properly trained staff members will ensure that your Lumineers are done the right way, and will give you a brighter smile.

Lumineers get their name from the word “lumens” which is often used to measure the brightness of a lightbulb. It makes sense then, that Lumineers are used to brighten your smile. The process is easy, can cause minimal discomfort, and can be affordable .

Lumineers are categorized as a cosmetic dental procedure. It is a very effective option for patients that have misaligned or chipped teeth. You can even get Lumineers if your teeth are discolored or you want your teeth to be a color you are happier to smile about.

Dental Partners of Boston is committed to make your teeth look and feel great. The process of getting Lumineers is similar to having a porcelain veneer applied. A great thing about this procedure is that a lot of misaligned or chipped teeth can be fixed without the need of removing or redoing any previous dental work you have had in the past. The end results is a whiter, brighter, and straighter smile.

Traditional veneers can be aggressive as well as invasive. They require the enamel of your teeth to be altered or filed down to help fit the veneer, but this is not the case with Lumineers. The process can be completed in as little as two visits to your Boston Cosmetic Dentist.

At the first appointment  is to create a mold of your teeth and plan out the best places to fit and fix your new Lumineers. The second appointment is to make sure your new Lumineers fit comfortably in your mouth and feel natural for your day to day routines like, eating, talking, and sleeping. If everything fits, it’s time for the bonding process where they are set inside your mouth over your teeth. That’s it! It’s that simple.

If you are interested in receiving Lumineers so you can have a smile you are proud to show off, contact us today and schedule an appointment. We are excited to help you make your smile brighter with Lumineers.

Tips For Success With Your Invisalign

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Invisalign is an alternative option for those that want to achieve straight teeth without getting traditional metal braces. These aligners are an increasingly popular alternative and has become popular for how subtle it looks while you are straightening your teeth. In fact, Invisalign is so subtle that they can be worn and others may not even notice them. This is not to say that Invisalign doesn’t come with challenges. However it is a great and positive option if it is something you have been thinking about trying.

To make your Invisalign experience better, Dental Partners of Boston offers these 5 easy tips that will help you make the best of your Invisalign experience.

 

  • Brush After Every Meal & Floss Daily. We ask that you wear your Invisalign for 22 hours a day. However, don’t replace them immediately after a meal, unless you’ve already brushed. If you don’t brush, food stuck in your teeth can distort the shape of your trays, eventually leading to poorly aligned teeth. Also, brushing is another way to keep your mouth and breath clean. Flossing every day is more important than ever with the Invisalign aligners. Clean in between your teeth every day with floss.
  • Cut Back On Coffee & Tea.  Your Invisalign trays will be easy for all to see if to drink a lot of coffee and tea while you are wearing them. These drinks can stain aligners, making them visible and taking away one of Invisalign’s great benefits. If you choose Invisalign because it has a discrete appearance, the last thing you want to do is stain them a dingy yellow.
  • Change Your Aligners On Time & In The Correct Order. If one of our Boston Cosmetic dentists tell you to change your aligner, change it. If we tell you to leave it alone for a few more days, do it. You won’t make your treatment go any faster if you use the trays out of order or put them in when not instructed. In fact you could do more harm than good.
  • Getting Used To The Change In Feel & Speech. Know that it feels a little weird when first starting to wear your aligners, but you will get used to it. It’s not painful but it is present. You’ll notice the feeling of our aligner less and less. Also when you first put in your aligners you may begin to speak with a little lisp. Don’t worry, this is totally normal. The best way to get rid of it is to not take out the tray but to practice with it. You’ll get used to it quickly.
  • Know How To Care For Your Aligners Properly. The best way to clean your trays is with warm water and antibacterial soap. Invisalign also has their own products but soap and water should do the trick just fine. Do not use toothpaste to clean your trays as it may scratch them.

 

If you are searching for an Invisalign Dentist in Boston contact Dental Partners of Boston today. We can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted by working with you!

Does Teeth Whitening Help or Hurt Teeth?

A side by side comparison of what teeth whitening can do to improve your smile from dental partners of boston

We all want sparkly, white teeth. It can make your smile go from ordinary to extraordinary! There are a lot of products out there today that claim to whiten your teeth. While most of them can do the job, at least temporarily, not all are a good option. It’s always a better option to talk to your dentist first before choosing the right option for teeth whitening. Some options can cause damage to your teeth that’s hard to reverse.

You may ask the question “Does teeth whitening help or hurt my teeth?” The answer isn’t quite as simple as a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.’ The dentists at Dental Partners of Boston can give you some insight that may help!

One of the most frequently asked questions our Boston Dentists receive is: “Does teeth whitening damage your tooth enamel?” The easy answer, agreed upon by many dentists is no. Teeth whitening gel will not damage or harm your tooth enamel. Enamel is one of the hardest tissues in our bodies. Inside the enamel are tiny tubules. To whiten our teeth this gel flows through these enamel tubules and lightens the stained tissue.

While whitening won’t damage the enamel it can cause some tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity is often only temporary. While the whitening gel goes to work, the tubules inside the enamel are left exposed and open. This is called dehydration. But quickly the organic material found in saliva is quickly absorbed into the tubules. During this process it is very important to stay away from consuming any food or drink that contains color. Until the enamel is re-hydrated it will absorb any color that it is exposed to. Also during this time, it’s good to avoid hot or cold liquids as it will cause even more sensitivity.

Dehydration can happen any time the saliva flow is disrupted. This can be caused by many factors like: simply breathing, smoking, specific medications, radiation treatments and some medical conditions. Dehydration can happen very quickly and re-hydration can take several hours. Sensitivity occurs during the dehydration and re-hydration process. If you experience this it during the whitening process discontinue using the whitening gel or other product until sensitivity is no longer an issue.  

Again we want to emphasize that whitening your teeth will not cause damage just some sensitivity as explained above. Teeth whitening can be a very easy procedure and is something your Cosmetic Dentist at Dental Parnters of Boston can offer. It offers great results and is fairly easy to maintain over time. Give Dental Partners of Boston a call today to schedule your teeth whitening consultation.

Why Go to A Periodontist for The Pinhole Surgical Technique

What Dentists Are Most Qualified For Treating Gum Recession?

Dental Partners of Boston’s highly experienced and expert Periodontal dentist, Dr. Guzman, can treat gum recessions without the need for scalpels or sutures. Periodontists are uniquely qualified to perform gum recession treatment due to their extensive additional education and training on ailments and treatment of the gums. By utilizing the Pinhole® Surgical Technique, Dr. Guzman is able to treat moderate to severe gum recession in the Boston area with incredible success, which also minimizes bone loss while simultaneously preserving more of your original smile, and reduce post-operative stress.

 

What Is The Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a breakthrough procedure used to eliminate gum disease and the resulting gum recession. Gum recession may occur as a result of many factors, including periodontal disease, tobacco use, hormonal changes, genetic susceptibility, insufficient dental care, or overly aggressive tooth brushing. These factors can all cause the gum tissues to recede, exposing more of the tooth structure and tooth root. Receding gums can lead to gaps or “pockets” forming between the teeth and the gums, which make it easy for disease-causing bacteria to accumulate and affect the teeth and gums. Without proper treatment, gum recession can result in severe damage to the tissues and bone, and it may even lead to tooth loss. In order to prevent these severe consequences and to keep your smile healthy, one of our dentists may recommend the Pinhole Surgical Technique.

Why should You Consider Setting An Appointment Today?

What makes the Pinhole Surgical Technique a breakthrough procedure is its ability to treat gum disease without the use of scalpels and sutures. A periodontist will create a small hole and a use a specially designed tool to go in and loosen up the gum tissue so that it can be pulled over the exposed tooth. The traditional method for correction gum recession involves cutting the gums and stitching them back up. Because the Pinhole Surgical Technique involves neither, both the procedure and the recovery are far more straightforward and comfortable. The Pinhole Surgical Technique also gives you an immediate cosmetic improvement, allowing you to leave the office with a better positioned gum-line!

Make An Appointment Today!

If you have gum recession, you are likely a candidate for the pinhole surgical technique. Suitable candidates are also dedicated to ongoing dental care, such as brushing, flossing, attending dental appointments regularly, and avoiding gum-eroding activities like aggressive brushing. The best way to find out whether or not the Pinhole Surgical Technique could benefit your oral health is to make an appointment with the Dental Partners of Boston. During your consultation, Dr. Guzman can talk with you about the benefits of pinhole surgery, whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure, how much it may benefit you, and other restorative dentistry techniques that could be used to improve your smile.

What Are Immediate Dental Implants?

An example of an Immediate dental implant in the case of a dental emergency

Many people put off getting dental implants for a variety of reasons. However, with the development of immediate implants, many of those who need dental implants are now able to get them. With immediate placement dental implants, also known as same day dental implants, our doctors are able to remove an infected tooth or teeth and install the dental implant immediately after. This procedure requires the expertise and experience of a dental implant specialist. Oral surgeons are usually the ones that perform the tooth extraction in immediate placement scenarios so they can ensure that enough bone structure is preserved during the extraction so that they are able to place the new dental implant immediately.

Why Should You Consider Immediate Implants?

First and foremost, the advantage of immediate dental implant placement is for you as a patient to undergo only one surgical procedure;  extraction of the tooth and installation of the dental implant in one visit.

 

  • Ability to preserve the original bone- This factor is critical since lack of bone in the area prevents dentists from positioning the dental implant in the most accurate position. By placing a dental implant immediately after an extraction has been performed, we are able to preserve the bone within the jaw, therefore eliminating the need to perform costly and time consuming bone-grafting procedures.
  • Save time and money- Traditional procedures for dental implants require months of visits to reach a completed process. This process may add unnecessary time and cost for you. The duration of the entire immediate placement treatment is drastically shorter and and requires far less of your time, not to mention a much smoother recovery process.

What Are Some Disqualifying Factors?

 

Having a tooth that needs to be pulled because it is infected may be one of the main reasons to avoid placing immediate dental implants. Lack of adequate bone density at the extraction site may prevent accurate placement of dental implants. In this case, the bone-grafting procedure will be performed before dental implant placement. On rare instances, there may be a suspicious lesion in the area needing a biopsy. It may be advised to postpone dental implant placement in this situation.

What To Expect In The Office And In Recovery

Extraction of a tooth and placement of an immediate dental implant may take 30-60 minutes.

 

The procedure may be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. The typical dental implants process takes three to six months and requires a bit of care and time. But with immediate dental implants, you are not needed to wait very long.  You may get a temporary crown attached on the very same day, and then you need to visit your dentist about 3-6 month later to get a permanent tooth.

Foods You Should Plan On Avoiding During Recovery

Sticky foods and especially candies should be avoided, even healthy options like apples, carrots, radishes or anything hard should be avoided. The implant needs to integrate into the jaw, and the pressure from chewing such foods can compromise integration.

Schedule A Consultation Today

Dental implants are a great way to restore the aesthetics and function of your teeth. If you’re looking to make an appointment for a one visit dental implant, you can do so online or by phone. Additionally, if you have any questions regarding immediate dental plants or any other services offered by Dental Partners of Boston, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our trained dentists and professional dental team are proud to serve the greater Boston, MA, area.

See A Prosthodontist for Dental Veneers

What is a Prosthodontist? Is there one in Boston?
You may not have been aware, but there’s a procedure in cosmetic dentistry called “dental veneers” that can solve almost any cosmetic issue! Dental Partners of Boston have been recognized as one of the best dental practices in Boston for those who need to enhance or correct their smile by concealing stains, chips, injuries, or worn and misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers look incredibly natural, are long-lasting and resistant to staining. This makes them one of the best cosmetic options available for patients seeking a brighter, straighter, undamaged smile.

Finding The Right Specialist

Veneers must be installed by a Prosthodontist. Your regular dentists may refer you to a Prosthodontist if you need tooth replacement implants, dentures, crowns, or bridges. Prosthodontists are trained to design, construct, and fit replacement teeth.

Choosing the right office to have your dental veneers is vital for a number of reasons. Communication amongst clinicians when two or more types of dentists are needed is critical for proper coordination and implementation of procedures. Meticulous planning and treatment with a patient-focused mindset are necessary for an excellent outcome. Having all of the essential dentists under one roof dramatically increases patient satisfaction, quality of work done and recovery time.  Dental Partners of Boston is well known for our team of specialists that are; well rounded, highly experienced, talented, and easy to work with. We want you to get the best possible treatment that modern dentistry can offer.

Are Veneers Right For You?

Once you’ve decided where you’re going to get a cosmetic dental procedure done, the next step is determining whether or not you are a good candidate for dental veneers. Some items to consider are: 

  • Are you unhappy with your smile?
  • Do you have cracked, chipped or broken teeth?
  • Are your teeth extremely stained or discolored? Regular teeth whitening products have not worked in the past.
  • There is a gap or gaps between your teeth
  • Your teeth are worn down
  • There are teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped.

In addition to these six indicators, being committed to excellent, routine oral hygiene and care are essential parts of being a good candidate for dental veneers. This includes flossing and brushing 2-3 times per day.

We’re excited to meet you and show you what an award winning dental office can do for you. We have some of the most satisfied patients in the Boston area, and we’re confident we can give you a smile you will love showing off! Schedule an appointment with us today

What To Expect With Teeth In A Day Dental Implants

Dental Implants replacing missing teeth available at Dental Partners of Boston
5 Things You Need to Know About Teeth In A Day Dental Implants

Preparing and placing dental implants has traditionally been a lengthy process. Today, however, the time commitment required to improve your smile has been drastically reduced to a few hours at the dentist plus the standard recovery period. While not everyone is a candidate for same day dental implants, those that are, no longer need to experience multiple surgeries with several month recovery periods in between each one.

What are the Benefits?

Same day implants help an individual return to normal life faster and are the most effective method of restoring a fully functioning set of teeth. One of the most significant benefits to same day dental implants is the focus on you the patient. Your overall experience is significantly improved thanks to the short, one visit procedure with a reasonable recovery period.  Dental implants, in general, carry many benefits including; improved facial structure, ability to eat a more healthy balanced diet and increased self-confidence.

What are the Risks?

While the benefits to dental implants and same day procedures are many and significant, it is still a surgery, and all surgeries come with a certain degree of risk. Most commonly, the risk for patients is implant failure. For patients who qualify for the same day procedure, the implants will be done all at once. Traditional methods create a solid tie between the implant and the bone before adding a crown that will receive pressure and stress when eating. Same day implant recipients success rates depend largely upon their ability to follow their dentist’s instructions for minimizing stress on their new dental implants.  

Are Same Day Implants Different Than Traditional Implants?

Dental implants in a day, use only 4 implants per arch, whereby traditional implants use anywhere from 6 – 8 implants, or more, on each arch. The same day implants in this procedure are placed at an angle, allowing for increased contact by utilizing the natural support of the bone. Unlike traditional dental implants, this procedure will require no bone grafting for most patients. Same day dental implants can vary in procedure duration. However, the surgery will take around 2-1/2 hours per arch. Both forms of dental implants maintain a 98% success rate. For most of our patients, if they are able to, the same day procedure is highly desirable over traditional methods.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY

If you’re interested in getting dental implants installed start to finish by highly experienced specialists who can replace your missing or broken teeth, call us today to schedule an appointment so we can answer any questions you might have about dental implants. Our expert and caring staff would love to give you the smile of your dreams!

Can Invisalign Help With TMJ?

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If you regularly suffer from tension headaches then there is a good chance that you grind your teeth while you are asleep at night. This can be a symptom of TMJ. Side effects from this can include eroded enamel, gum recession, and cracked teeth. TMJ has been known to cause your jaw joint to hurt and your facial muscles to become very sore. When your jaw is misaligned this also can be a cause of having TMJ. Keep in mind that a dentist can not diagnose TMJ, but they can assist in treating the symptoms.  An Invisalign applicance is one solution that can be used to not only help with straightening your teeth, but it can also help with TMJ or teeth grinding.

Invisalign available at Dental Partners of Boston

Benefits of Invisalign

Grinding your teeth is very common and occurs most often during the night while we are asleep. The benefits of Invisalign could potentially protect your smile by preventing you from grinding your teeth, and aligning them all the same time.

Invisalign aligners must be worn 20-22 hours a day. They will be in your mouth all night while you sleep which creates a cushion between your teeth so that they don’t scrape against each other, cause joint damage and pain. Patients will benefit because their bite will be aligned while at the same time alleviating teeth grinding, thus reducing the symptoms and side effects that TMJ bring. Other benefits from Invisalign include:

  • It can minimize or even eliminate pain that occurs in the jaw, face, and neck
  • An excellent way to reprogram your muscles that cause grinding of your teeth.
  • Conditions your mouth and jaw muscles to work more efficiently, which can relieve TMJ symptoms

Why Align Your Teeth

When teeth are aligned the way they should be, the Temporomandibular Joint is able to open and close freely without any pain or deterioration. When the jaw joint is crooked it can cause stress on the joint which creates inflammation and pain. When your teeth are aligned correctly it takes the stress and strain away from your jaw joint and eliminates irritation.

Sometimes the pain and the headaches that result in having TMJ is just too much to handle. It might only take a simple solution, such as Invisalign, to make the pain and discomfort all go away. Invisalign may be the TMJ treatment our patients in Boston have been looking for. You do not have to live with TMJ pain every day. Our staff cares about our patients and will help you to know if Invisalign is the right solution for you. Schedule an appointment with our office today.

 

Why Go To A Periodontist For Dental Implants

What is a Periodontist?

There are a lot of dental offices and clinics that offer various forms of dental treatments but few have the resources, staff and expertise to be able to offer specialist care within the same office. Being able to be seen by your dental specialist who is in the same office as your general dentist means you get a much higher level of care. This is why most of our new patients make the switch to Dental Partners of Boston as their only dental care provider for themselves. We are proud to have one of the best Periodontal specialist in the industry right here in our office! Our Periodontist, Dr. Guzman is one of the most highly recommended and reviewed in Boston for dental implant procedures!

What Is A Periodontist?

Periodontists are more than just a regular dentists. They have undergone specialized training that allows them to specialize on issues pertaining to the gums. Just like your general dentist, a periodontist as gone through and completed dental school. Once dental school is completed, a periodontist goes on to complete an additional 3 years of training and residency. During those extra 3 years, the Periodontist will study gum disease and its causes, effects, and treatments. Dental implants are a significant part of their training as well.

Dentists Recommend Periodontists

General dentists almost always recommend their patients to a specialist for their dental implant procedures, especially when gum disease or other chronic issues are the cause of needing dental implants in the first place. Having diabetes and heart problems are a few common situations where you general dentist would refer you to a Periodontist. If you are younger than 35 years old, or your gum disease has reached a certain level of severity resulting in symptoms of an aggressive case of periodontal disease, you will almost certainly be referred to a Periodontist like Dr. Guzman.

Why Use A Specialists For Your Dental Implant Procedure?

Worldwide, 80 to 90 percent of general dentists offer dental implants to their patients. There’s a reason that number is only 10 to 15 percent in the US though. It has been proven time and time again that repeatedly performing complicated procedures improves success rates and patient recovery times. While general dentists can perform dental implants themselves, they wouldn’t be performing the procedure very often. It’s advantageous for everyone to have a specialist who is extremely familiar with the procedure and has extensive experience performing it.  In addition to always staying “in practice” with the procedure, Periodontists have a deep understanding of the long-term consequences that an improperly performed dental implant can create.

Schedule An Appointment Today

If you’re interested in getting dental implants installed start to finish by highly experienced specialists who can replace your missing or broken teeth, call us today to schedule an appointment so we can answer any questions you might have about dental implants. Our expert and caring staff would love to give you the smile of your dreams!