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.

Identifying and Treating Periodontal Disease

Plaque builds naturally in your mouth and, if not cleaned, hardens into tartar. If you don’t visit one of our Boston dentists to remove the tartar, it will continue to build and cause a myriad of problems in your mouth, including gingivitis. And when gingivitis is not treated quickly, it progresses through several stages from simple gum inflammation to serious periodontitis. If gum disease is left untreated and allowed to progress, your teeth can be permanently damaged. When periodontitis is not treated, it deteriorates the bone and tissue around your teeth until they eventually fall out.

 

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is a swelling and irritation of the gums due to the persistent presence of bacteria. It causes your gums to pull away from the tooth, further exposing your roots to infections that could ruin your teeth and cause them to fall out. It’s important to catch gingivitis and other gum problems before they escalate and cause periodontitis, which is why you should keep an eye out for the signs. These include persistent bad breath; gums that are red, swollen, tender or bleeding; sensitive teeth; loose teeth; receding gums; or pain when chewing. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact the Dental Partners of Boston immediately for an exam and cleaning.

 

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

There are many ways to treat periodontal disease. If the disease is still in an early stage, a deep cleaning to remove plaque, tartar and other bacteria should do the trick to get you back to healthy gums. Special medicated mouthwashes, antibiotic gel, chewable tablets and other medications may also be prescribed to ensure that the bacteria that causes mouth diseases is kept at bay. However, if the periodontal disease has been allowed to progress and becomes severe, surgery may be needed to clean out the gum tissue. Bone and tissue grafts may also be necessary to repair whatever damage has been done.

 

If you think you have the beginnings of periodontal disease, contact Dental Partners of Boston, for an exam and a cleaning. We strive to be some of the best dentists in Boston, and are ready and willing to keep your mouth healthy and those pearly whites shining bright.

Why We Love Lumineers

Lumineers

If you’re looking to improve your smile, but the thought of veneers scares you, Lumineers might be the perfect solution for you. Unlike thick traditional veneers that can damage teeth, Lumineers are ultra-thin alternatives made of translucent porcelain. Lumineers allow you to reshape and whiten your teeth, while still giving you a natural look, because Lumineers mimic the look of enamel. Even though they are about as thin as a contact lens, they are extremely durable, and generally last for 20 years. It’s no surprise that at Dental Partners of Boston, your provider for cosmetic dentistry in Boston, we frequently suggest Lumineers to patients who want to beautify their pearly whites. Keep reading for just a couple of the many reasons we love Lumineers.

A Simple Way to a Hollywood Smile

One of the greatest advantages of Lumineers is their simplicity. The process consists of only two visits to our office. During the first visit, one of our clinicians will take a mold of your teeth, which will be sent to a Lumineers laboratory. We will also send pictures and other relevant information so that the technician making your Lumineers can create the best fit for your mouth. Two or three weeks after your initial appointment, you will visit our office again, and we will fit the Lumineers to your teeth. Before the Lumineers are bonded to your real teeth, you’ll have the opportunity to feel how they fit in your mouth to ensure that they are comfortable. After you’ve confirmed that they fit correctly, we will bond the Lumineers to your natural teeth and send you on your way. Lumineers are a comfortable and easy way to get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

A Noninvasive Way to Improve Your Pearly Whites

Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers require very little or no removal of the natural tooth underneath, leaving your original smile strong and healthy. Because we don’t have to file down the original tooth, Lumineers don’t leave your teeth sensitive, and they are a comfortable fit right away. Not having to alter your natural teeth also means that if you decide you want your Lumineers removed in later years, you can do that.

Our Boston cosmetic dentists are anxious to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of with Lumineers. If you want a painless, simple, noninvasive way to straighten, whiten, brighten, or reshape your teeth, contact Dental Partners of Boston to learn more about how Lumineers could be a perfect fit for you.

Sugar and Your Health

Sugar and your health.

When the holidays approach, most people focus on family get-togethers and cozy evenings making treats for neighbors, and forget all about their health. Unfortunately, sugar is exceptionally prevalent in the American diet. Most US citizens consuming a staggering 22 teaspoons a day of the sweet stuff—and at no time is that more true than during a major holiday.

Although harmless to the teeth on its own, sugar is the main food source of oral bacteria that produces acid as it multiplies. Over time, this acid erodes patches of your enamel, exposing the sensitive, innermost portions of your tooth to decay and extreme sensitivity. And the damage doesn’t stop there. Here are three other ways that sugar affects your health, and what you can do to avoid sugar-related issues.

 

1. Interferes With Feelings of Fullness

When you eat sugar, your body responds by releasing insulin, which helps the cells of your body to turn that sugar into energy. Unfortunately, if you eat too much sugar, the body can become overrun with insulin, which can actually block a hormone called “leptin” that tells your brain that you’re full. Eating too much sugar on a regular basis could cause you to overeat every day, leading to weight gain and obesity.

 

2. Accelerates Aging

Most people don’t realize it, but enjoying a few extra sugary sweets every day could make you look a lot older. When you flood your body with extra sugar, some of those sugar molecules attach themselves to protein, which causes those proteins to become less elastic. This contributes to sagging skin and tenser blood vessels.

 

3. Adds to Stress

When you eat more sugar, it increases the hormones in the body that make you feel stressed. Blood sugar spikes can also cause your body to feel naturally stressed, since your tissues and organs try to maintain constant sugar levels.

 

Curbing Your Sugar Addiction

Because research has shown that people can become dependent on sugar, curbing your sugar addiction can be difficult at first. To ward off sugar cravings, start slowly by eliminating the obvious offenders like soda, candy, and sweets. Next, move on to avoiding foods with loads of added sugar, like barbecue sauces, sugary cereals, and even flavored yogurts. Before you know it, you will be consuming a fraction of the amount of sugar you used to, enjoying a healthier body, and preventing serious medical ailments.

 

The Dental Partners of Boston are known as some of the best dentists in Boston because of our approach to dental health and preventive care. For more information on keeping your body and teeth healthy, contact your Boston dentist today.

Choosing a Boston Dentist

Choosing the best dentistFinding a new dentist can be difficult, especially when you move to a big city where you are spoiled for choice. Fortunately, finding an excellent Boston dentist is easy if you know what to look for. Here are a few factors you should consider as you search for the best dentist Boston, MA has to offer.

Use the Web

One of the best resources available to prospective patients is the detailed information often available online. here, you can learn about different dentists, their practices, and which services they offer. Using your favorite search engine, look for dentists in your area who specialize in the kind of dental treatment you need. A well-developed website is an excellent sign. Look for a site that offers helpful information, such as new patient paperwork, a list of accepted insurance providers, and detailed explanations of what to expect during different procedures. While there, take the time to read the dentist’s biography page to learn more about their education, their specialty, and their practice philosophy.

Professional Memberships

Check to see if the dentist belongs to the American Dental Association, a nationwide organization dedicated to improving oral health and dental practices. Dentists should also belong to state and local dental associations, which work to keep dental practices safe and up-to-date. See if they have been certified by organizations relevant to their specialty, or otherwise recognized by peers.

Referrals

Talk with family and friends in the area about who they use for dental care. Try to get a feel for what they like and don’t like about the practice, and whether or not they are generally happy with their dental work. Once you have narrowed down your search, look on the dentist’s website to see whether or not they have a patient reviews page. Reading reviews from actual patients can give you valuable insights that might be hard to detect otherwise.

Practices With Multiple Dentists

As you search for the right practice, try to find a dental office that employs more than one dentist or specialist. Practices with multiple dentists tend to offer a greater variety of services and appointment times. For example, if you find a practice with a general dentist, an orthodontist, and a board certified periodontist, you could go to the same practice to have your early gingivitis treated and to have your teenager’s braces adjusted.

Your First Impression

To learn more about your prospective dental offices, visit different practices in person. Try to gauge how you are treated by the staff, and talk with them about what makes their practice great. First impressions count, and the right dental practice will work hard to earn your business.

By doing your research and knowing what factors to consider, you can find the best dentist in Boston to serve your family. We hope that you’ll give Dental Partners of Boston your consideration. For more information about our practice, check out our services or contact us today.