Providing All Your Cosmetic Dentistry Needs

cosmeticdentistryOur goal at Dental Partners of Boston is to give you the treatment you need—whatever it is—without having to refer you away from our office. Thanks to the number of doctors on our team and the range of specialties we cover, we can perform almost any dental procedure in-house, including cosmetic procedures. If you are seeking a Boston cosmetic dentist, you may find that you’re better off with several—all  in one central location.

Complete Smile Makeovers

Nothing illustrates our philosophy better than the way we come together to perform smile makeovers. When you need more help than just one or two procedures can provide, we will help design a plan that is customized for you and can be completed here.

Dental Implants

While not strictly a cosmetic procedure, dental implants will undeniably improve your smile, replacing your missing teeth with beautiful, bright permanent crowns.

Dental Veneers and Lumineers

Almost any cosmetic flaw in your teeth can be reversed with veneers. These custom-made porcelain shells cover your teeth and replace them with a new, perfect surface. Lumineers take it one step further, with porcelain so thin that we don’t even have to remove any tooth enamel to make room for them.

Invisalign Invisible Braces

Braces by themselves do a lot to improve your smile—but with Invisalign, the process itself is invisible, so your smile stays beautiful now.

Teeth Whitening

The whiter your teeth, the better your smile will look. DPOB offers professional in-office teeth whitening for immediate results.

Tooth Colored Fillings

If you need a tooth repaired after a cavity, the most aesthetic option is composite resin, which is almost indistinguishable from your natural tooth enamel. It is also safe and mercury-free.

All Porcelain Dental Crowns

In the past, crowns required at least some metal, leaving you with ugly dark lines across your teeth. Today, we are able to offer all-porcelain crowns to protect your teeth without sacrificing appearance.

Botox and Dermal Fillers

However bright your teeth, age still shows in your skin. Dental Partners of Boston offers treatment options for wrinkles and creases, to return a youthful appearance that will match your carefree smile.

While cosmetic dentistry is only one facet of our practice, it illustrates the success of our approach. We are able to offer all these treatments and more under one roof. Make an appointment today, and let us brighten your smile.

The Versatility of Dental Veneers

VeneersVeneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to cover the surface of a tooth. They enhance the aesthetic appearance of teeth and solve many dental problems, making your smile better than you ever thought possible.

What’s the point?

Veneers can solve many dental imperfections ranging from simple to severe. For patients who are self-conscious of their smile, veneers can enhance shape, size, or color of teeth. Patients can personalize the color of their veneers, so your pearly whites can be as bright as you want them. They can also be used to fix alignment, or close gaps between teeth. If teeth are worn down, broken or cracked, veneers can be used to repair the tooth and protect it from further damage. In addition to the many pros of veneers, they do not require any special care, so long as patients are brushing and flossing daily and taking care of their teeth. Veneers are permanent and can last ten years or more.

 

Different Kinds of Veneers

There are two main types of veneers: veneers made out of porcelain, and veneers made out of resin. Dental Partners of Boston offers primarily all-porcelain veneers, which resemble natural teeth more closely and stain less. The porcelain is gentler on your gums, so they tolerate the new veneers better. However, in order to place a porcelain veneer, more of the natural tooth has to be removed, which is why we also offer Lumineers.

Lumineers

Lumineers are very similar to veneers in that they are used to cover and repair imperfections in teeth. However, they are even thinner than traditional porcelain or resin veneers, and they are less invasive for healthy teeth and gums. While the preparation for veneers can take some time and various medications, preparation for Lumineers is completed in less time with minimal shots and medicine use.

It’s important to discuss your different options with us before making any final decisions regarding veneers. Dental Partners of Boston is a strong team of cosmetic dentists who are excited to help you figure out if veneers are right for you, and which ones will give you your best, brightest smile. Call and schedule your consultation today!

Dry Mouth: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Dry-MouthSaliva plays an important role in oral health and digestion. When you eat, particles of food become stuck to your teeth or trapped between them, where they can provide nourishment for decay-causing bacteria. Saliva helps flush away these food particles and dilute the acid that bacteria secrete, protecting your teeth from harm. Saliva can also kill many of the bacteria that would otherwise cause cavities, and it aids in the digestion of food. When your mouth is dry, none of these things can happen, and the lack of saliva can have serious effects on your dental health—as well as being a sign of some major underlying problems.

Causes

There are numerous possible causes of dry mouth, including:

  • Smoking
  • Medications
  • Diseases including HIV, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and many others
  • Nerve damage
  • Dehydration

Symptoms

Aside from the feeling of stickiness or dryness in your mouth, the condition’s symptoms include cracked lips, sores at the corners of your mouth, burning or tingling, and problems speaking or swallowing. Dry mouth is also a cause of bad breath, due to the overdevelopment of bacteria without saliva to wash them away.

While dry mouth is a problem in and of itself, it can point to other serious conditions including Sjorgen’s syndrome and diabetes. If you are experiencing unexplained dry mouth, you should see a doctor for diagnosis. You should also continue to visit our office regularly.

Treatment

The treatment for dry mouth usually depends on the cause. If it is due to medication, your doctor may adjust your prescription. You may also be prescribed a medication to increase your production of saliva, or a rinse to keep your mouth moist.

Other general tips include:

  • Making sure to drink water frequently
  • If possible, breathe through your nose rather than your mouth
  • Use a vaporizer to keep the air in your environment humid
  • Take extra care with your dental hygiene, making sure to brush regularly and visit our office
  • Chew gum or suck on candy to encourage saliva production
  • Use an artificial saliva substitute, which you can purchase over the counter

The Most Important Questions

Dry mouth is an inconvenience, but it can also serve as an important warning that something is not right with your health. If you notice these symptoms, you should go to your doctor right away to determine the cause. The next most important concern is the continuing effect of dry mouth on your health—and for that, Dental Partners of Boston are here to help. Contact us for an appointment, and let us help preserve your oral health.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

AdvantagesIf you are interested in replacing missing teeth, there are several options to consider. Modern tooth replacement strategies include full or partial dentures, fixed or removable dental bridges, implant-secured dentures, and individual dental implants. While all serve the purposes of filling the gap in your smile and helping to keep remaining teeth properly aligned, dental implants offer the greatest advantages in other areas. Not everyone qualifies to receive dental implants, but if you do, they are almost always the most healthy and effective choice. The benefits of dental implants include:

  • Appearance
    While many bridges and dentures have visible fixtures that mar the beauty of your smile, individual dental implants are essentially indistinguishable from your original teeth. Each implant supports a crown which is colored and shaped to match the rest of your smile, boosting your confidence and self-esteem. Implant-secured dentures are also extremely realistic and unlikely to be spotted.
  • Improved speech
    The teeth play a surprisingly vital role in speaking. Replacing your missing teeth with a natural-feeling implant is the best way available to return your speech to the way it used to sound and to eliminate anxiety about loose dentures while speaking.
  • Comfort
    Dental implants feel so natural, you’ll forget they exist. Once integrated with your jaw, they produce no noticeable pressure or discomfort, no matter what you’re using them for.
  • Easy eating
    Implants are also the most secure, stable tooth replacement option. They will not move, shift, or fall off while you bite and chew. You can use them in exactly the same way as your natural teeth, without worrying.
  • Health
    When dental implants are placed in your jaw, they will halt the deterioration that would otherwise attack your gums and bone. Other tooth replacement options can’t stop bone reduction due to tooth loss; but dental implants can stop and even reverse it by encouraging the bone to grow against the implant surface.
  • Durability
    Barring serious injury or infection, a successful dental implant will last your entire life and will never need to be replaced. All other dental prosthetics will wear out over time, but implants last.
  • Convenience
    Compared to other options, dental implants require a minimum of special care and maintenance. You won’t need to worry about removing, storing, or disinfecting your implants; they’ll behave just like your real teeth.

If you have one or more missing teeth to replace, or would like to trade your bridge or denture for something simpler, sturdier, and more visually appealing, call our office today to request a consultation. A visit to the Dental partners of Boston will leave your smile at its best.

Periodontal Facts and Fallacies

Periodontal-Facts-and-FallaciesPeriodontal health is poorly understood by many people in the US, which may be a factor in the prevalence of periodontal disease. About four in five adults in this country suffer from at least a mild case of gingivitis, if not full-blown periodontitis. While some are genetically predisposed to develop gum disease, in many cases these infections are preventable. To help you care for your gums and preserve your teeth, we’d like to address some common misconceptions about periodontal disease.

Myth: Periodontal disease isn’t a big problem.

Fact: Periodontal disease is an infection which can impact both your teeth and your overall health.

Left unchecked, periodontal disease will deteriorate all the structures of your mouth, including your teeth, gums, and bone. This infection can also spread to other areas of your body and has been linked to serious chronic health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia. While the systemic effects of gum disease are not yet fully documented, it is clear that it is detrimental to overall health and may even contribute to the development of life-threatening conditions.

Myth: Most teeth are lost due to cavities.

Fact: Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss.

While it is possible for decay to begin in the tooth itself, it is much more common for decay to start in the periodontal pockets between your gums and your teeth. These pockets can harbor deposits of bacteria which will continue to attack your gums, bone, and tooth roots until the teeth are lost.

Myth: Everyone loses their teeth as they age.

Fact: Tooth loss is preventable even in old age.

Most of the tooth loss usually attributed to old age is actually due to the greater likelihood of developing periodontal disease as you grow older. Dental care can suffer in old age, and small deficiencies can accumulate into large problems over time. Tooth loss in age can be delayed or prevented by seeking treatment for gum disease.

Myth: Proper brushing and flossing will treat existing gum disease.

Fact: An established periodontal infection needs professional cleaning and treatment to be eradicated.

All people naturally accumulate plaque in their mouths over time. Regular brushing and flossing will remove plaque before it can produce any detrimental effects. But plaque which is not removed hardens into tartar, which can’t be cleared away with a toothbrush or floss and which continues to contribute to decay in that area. Periodontal disease involves the accumulation of plaque and tartar below the gumline, where it can’t be brushed away. Removing it requires professional periodontal cleaning, sometimes paired with antibiotic treatments which would not be sufficient on their own.

With proper care and treatment, you can avoid tooth loss and the other health problems that come from periodontal disease. The first step is identifying the problem. Call the Dental Partners of Boston to schedule your appointment, or request one online.

Dental Health Care vs. Disease Care

DiseaseWhen most people think about their dental health, they only think about what they see, as opposed to what those symptoms might mean for your overall health. Your dental health matters, and not just because a healthy, beautiful smile can improve your self-esteem.

More than 120 serious diseases cause specific symptoms inside the mouth, which is why your dental health is essential to your overall health and well-being. With a simple dental checkup, the Dental Partners of Boston might be able to see the early signs of diabetes, acid reflux, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and even heart disease. Also, since gingivitis and periodontal disease can increase inflammation throughout your entire body, early detection might help you to avoid health problems such as endocarditis and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dental Health vs. Disease Care

Any dentist can fill a cavity or treat a dental abscess, but wouldn’t you like to know how to avoid those kinds of problems in the future? Unlike some practices, the Dental Partners of Boston focus on overall dental health, versus simple disease care. Here are the three basic tiers of disease treatment, and how the Dental Partners of Boston can help you to achieve the smile of your dreams.

Primary Care

Primary prevention and dental care involve educating the patient, controlling plaque and tartar, and carefully examining the mouth for existing problems. Primary care is important because it helps clean, healthy mouths to stay that way.

Secondary Care

Secondary care involves stopping disease in its tracks through swift, yet thoughtful, actions. For example, if one of our doctors finds that you have an untreated cavity or an oral fracture, your teeth will be examined and treated. Secondary prevention also focuses on limiting the potential for future problems through orthodontic care or periodontal treatment. For example, if your bite is off and it could lead to improper dental erosion, orthodontic treatments might be recommended to keep your teeth safe. 

Tertiary Care

Tertiary care involves rejuvenating and reconstruction parts of your teeth and mouth that have fallen victim to dental disease. Unlike basic disease treatment, tertiary care can bring your mouth back to life. After patients have undergone tertiary care, such as receiving dental implants or undergoing complex endodontic treatments, they can enjoy a newfound sense of dental health, since their teeth will be disease-free, comfortable, and beautiful.

How The Dental Partners of Boston Can Help

The Dental Partners of Boston combine primary prevention, secondary care, and tertiary care to provide their patients with comprehensive, effective treatment. When you make an appointment with one of our dental professionals, you will enjoy a visit tailored to your oral health. After carefully evaluating your current dental situation, our professionals will work with you to create a customized dental health treatment plan.

Our goal is to provide each patient with a treatment plan that suits their lifestyle, their budget, and their dental goals. Our approach to overall dental health, as opposed to simply disease care, helps our patients to save money and live better. For example, because we try to address health issues, such as advanced decay, before we target cosmetic problems, like yellowed teeth, our patients can enjoy a smile that is comfortable and functional before they worry about cosmetic issues. Also, since simple restorations, such as fillings, are far less expensive than more complex restorations, such as crowns or dental implants, careful treatment planning can help you to budget for future dental procedures and save money.

Visit Our Office Today

For individualized service and proactive treatment from experienced dentists, make an appointment with the Dental Partners of Boston today! We are currently accepting new patients, and we would love the chance to get to know you.

Is Oral Surgery Right for You?

advancedAlthough you might cringe the instant your dentist says the word “surgery,” there are some instances when cutting into your gum tissue might be the only way to make things right. Just like any other operation, some types of oral surgery are relatively minor. For example, procedures like root canals and dental extractions can be handled by most general dentists.

However, more advanced procedures, such as dental implants or jawbone corrections, may need to be handled by dental professionals who specialize in oral surgery—which is why working with the Dental Partners of Boston is so essential to your treatment. We only employ dental professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their fields, so that you can enjoy exemplary dental care. Here is a little more information about oral surgery, and how it can benefit your smile.

Wisdom Teeth Removal
If impacted wisdom teeth are allowed to sit stagnant in the back of your jaw, they can eventually cause pain, swelling, and even serious infections. Some patients even present with painful cysts that have developed as a result of wisdom teeth, which can disrupt normal eating and talking. Wisdom teeth can also crowd out your other teeth, destroying years of careful orthodontic treatment. For these reasons, the Dental Partners of Boston recommend having impacted wisdom teeth removed.

Dental Implants
When teeth go missing, it can affect more than just your appearance. Because your teeth provide stimulation to your jawbone, missing teeth can cause your jawbone to resorb, which can change your face shape and affect your ability to have repairs made in the future. In fact, studies have shown that people can lose as much as 25% of their jawbone height within the first year of having a missing tooth.

Fortunately, dental implants, which are essentially false teeth that are implanted directly into your jaw, can recreate this stimulation and keep your jawbone healthy. Dental implants can also be created to match your existing teeth perfectly, so that you don’t have to worry about obvious repairs. Here at the Dental Partners of Boston, we employ both restorative dentistry professionals and periodontists, so that your dental implants look and feel as natural as possible.

Jaw Problems
Trauma, congenital birth defects, or issues with your temporomandibular joint can all affect the alignment of your jaw, which can affect your personal comfort and dental health. If the jaw closes improperly, it can create tension in your neck and facial muscles, which can give patients headaches or lead to sore muscles. Jaw alignment problems can also affect your appearance, and make it difficult to eat and talk normally. Fortunately, our prosthodontists can perform corrective surgery to resolve bite problems.

If you have concerns about your smile or bite, contact us today to make an appointment.

Preserving Natural Tooth Structure: Dental Crown

crownsA dental crown consists of a thin, tooth-shaped cap which is fitted over your tooth, replacing its chewing surface. Crowns can be made of several materials, most commonly metal, porcelain, or a combination of the two. Their purpose is to cover and protect a tooth which has been damaged, or sometimes to act as anchors for a dental bridge. At Dental Partners of Boston, we offer primarily all-porcelain crowns, some of which can be created and applied in the course of a single visit. Your tooth is trimmed down to make room for the crown; images are taken of the remaining tooth structure; and a crown is created to fit perfectly over the tooth.

Binding up cracks
Preserving as much as possible of your natural tooth structure is one way to ensure the ongoing health of your mouth. Sometimes, when a tooth is severely cracked or split, a cap can be used to hold it together and keep the break from growing larger. This will help reduce the pain of a cracked tooth and relieve the pressure on it, while allowing the tooth to stay in your mouth rather than extracting and replacing it.

Finishing a root canal
After root canal therapy or cleaning a large cavity, the tooth can be left open and vulnerable to further infection. To protect the tooth and restore its function, the opening is filled and a dental crown is applied to keep it securely covered. This has the added benefit of strengthening the newly weakened tooth, so you can use it without fear of further damage.

Bridging a gap
If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge or partial denture may be used to replace them. In many cases, this bridge is fixed to healthy teeth, known as abutment teeth, on either side of the gap. Crown-supported bridges allow for a natural look and a sturdy feel, without the need for invasive surgery like dental implants would require.

A new face for your tooth
In some cases, dental crowns may be applied for cosmetic reasons, when a tooth is chipped or has an undesirable shape. Crowns are one of several possible choices in these cases, and we would be happy to discuss your options with you during a consultation.
If you have questions about dental crowns or think you may need one, call our office or contact us online. We’re always happy to give you the information you need to make decisions about your dental health.

Dental Implants: Teeth-In-A-Day

tiadTeeth-In-A-Day is a revolutionary procedure that allows patients to receive dental implants in a single office visit instead of multiple visits over months. It allows for patients with a healthy jawbone to receive instant dental implants and improve the aesthetics and use of their teeth. Here is what makes teeth in an hour superior to traditional dental implants:

-Unlike dental implants which is a process that can take months, teeth-in-an-hour literally only requires a one office visit to complete.
-The procedure is incision free; requiring no sutures.
-After the procedure, you can almost immediately begin utilizing your new teeth (ex. eating).

Is a Teeth-In-A-Day Right for You?

We can’t guarantee that every patient will be right for this procedure; a pre-assessment has to be done proper to receiving Teeth-In-A-Day. However, if you would be a candidate for standard dental implants, you will generally be a candidate for Teeth-In-A-Day. The procedures accomplish the same thing, they’re just different in the technical aspects of it. Here is a short list of some of the benefits:

-Functioning and aesthetically pleasing teeth.
-Teeth are tailored to fit your individual and unique mouth perfectly; partial and full restorations are available.
-Minimal pain, swelling, and discomfort after the procedure.
-A natural look and feel to your new teeth.

How is the Procedure Performed?

An initial evaluation is performed on a patient to make sure that they’re a good candidate for Teeth-In-A-Day implants. From there, CT-scans are done so that this data can be utilized for planning. At that point, this information is sent to a lab to have the implants created. Once they have, one of our talented doctors, Dr. Guzman, can then do the installation process on the patient; the plants are guided through precision drilling allowing for immediate implant placement.

Get an Appointment

Now that you’ve learned a little more about the procedure, hopefully you can see the benefits of utilizing Teeth-In-An-Hour for patients who require dental implants. If you want to make an appointment for a Teeth-In-A-Day procedure or if you would like to schedule another dental procedure, we will be able to accommodate your request. We are also available to answer any questions you have regarding Teeth-In-A-Day or other services offered by Dental Partners of Boston. We strive to provide the best dental care possible to the residents and patients of the Boston, MA, area!

When to Consider Arch Replacement

archAn arch replacement is when all the teeth on the lower or upper part of your gums are replaced fully by dental implants. A full upper arch replacement signifies that dental implants are being attached to the upper portion of your mouth while the full lower arch replacement is for when dental implants go in the bottom portion of your mouth. Besides full replacements, there are also partial replacements if you have some teeth left that can be utilized as a foundation. Dental implants act as excellent alternatives to regular teeth and offer a way for patient’s to improve their quality of life. For a patient who has lost their teeth, an arch replacement can benefit them in the following ways:

  • You can eat, speak, and function just as if you had natural teeth.
  • An arch replacement offers a stable solution for missing teeth; lasting you your lifetime.
  • Your facial appearance will be preserve and bone loss in your jaw will be prevented by receiving an arch replacement.

IMAGES_0007529_1Arch Replacement Treatment

  • Step 1) Prior to the procedure, our dentist needs to determine the extent of the work and prepare the patient for it through any necessary pre-procedure treatments.
  • Step 2) The replacement for the tooth roots, the dental implants, are then placed in the upper, lower, or both arches of the mouth depending on the need of the patient. Temporary teeth are placed in the implants at this time.
  • Step 3) The final bridge for the teeth then has to be installed in the patient’s mouth.
  • Step 4) Any final touches, like ensuring that the teeth for the dental implants are permanent, are then performed. The result: the patient has a happy, functioning full set of teeth again with the full arch replacement.

When is it Time for an Arch Replacement?

Receiving an arch replacement is a financial and time commitment, but if it is right for you, it is highly recommended that you pursue the treatment plan for it. To know if it is truly time for an arch replacement, you’ll want to come in and receive an assessment to be sure. However, there are some signs that would suggest that you might be a candidate for an arch replacement. If you have lost all or the majority of your teeth, then an arch replacement is highly recommended. Please contact us to schedule a consultation; we are happy to answer all your questions.