The Truth About Dental Implants

DENTAL IMPLANTS are commonly used to replace missing teeth. Despite their popularity, there are still some people that are hesitant to consider them as a treatment option. We’ve discovered that this is largely due to misinformation.

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we hope to shed some light on the truth about dental implants.

Dental Implants Don’t Have To Be Painful

With advances in technology, dental implant surgery has become much less invasive. The pre-surgery planning that modern day technology allows, makes each procedure more exact and helps to eliminate complications.

Safe and effective anesthetics and medication can also provide comfort and peace of mind. With them, pain not only can be well managed, it can often be avoided.

Dental Implants Look Like Real Teeth

Implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing—so implants alone don’t look like real teeth. That being said, the crowns and bridges that are attached to and cover up the implant look very real. If you get dental implants in Boston, the only thing people will notice when you smile is your smile.

Dental Implants Help To Maintain Your Tooth Structure

Dental implants are the most permanent solution to missing teeth and they don’t destroy your tooth structure. Even more, implants can help prevent bone deterioration and preserve the structure of your face.

We Make The Dental Implant Process Easy!

If you want dental implants in Boston, you came to the right place. As leaders in the New England area, Dental Partners of Boston works with the top implant providers who offer the latest in technology and techniques. If you have questions about dental implants, call us today and we’ll walk you through the implant process, all the way through the restoration of the final tooth!

Thank you for letting us be your oral health care provider!

Do You Have Questions About Wisdom Tooth Removal?

DID YOU KNOW THAT HERE at Dental Partners of Boston, we take care of wisdom tooth surgeries? We often get questions from patients who wonder if extraction is right for them.

What You Should Know About Third Molars

Since wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) erupt after the age of 18, after the jaw has stopped growing, they can pose problems that other teeth don’t.

  • Often, wisdom teeth only partially erupt, which can carry large risk of infection and discomfort.
  • Inaccessibility can make brushing and flossing tough.
  • Some wisdom teeth grow at a slant. This puts pressure on your other teeth, even before the wisdom tooth has emerged.

Not everyone will need their wisdom teeth removed. However, if you keep your wisdom teeth, they will require frequent checks and maintenance, since the risk factors are still high. We’ll want to catch any infection or decay early.

What You Can Expect

Our team of oral surgeons is well-experienced in wisdom tooth removal. Most procedures take about an hour in our office. We’ll consult with you beforehand to determine whether wisdom tooth removal is right for you, and to create a plan for your procedure.

Here’s A Handy Video Explaining More About The Procedure:

Having Third Molar Surgery from AAOMS.org on Vimeo.

If you have any questions, let us know. If you (or your child) are approaching “the age of wisdom,” ask us to take a look and determine whether third molar surgery is recommended.

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Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Summer!

SUMMER IS FINALLY IN full swing, and here at Dental Partners of Boston, we’re just as excited as you are about it!

As your dental team, we want to point out a few little-known facts that will help you keep healthy, beautiful teeth during a season that is surprisingly hard on your dental health.

Frequent Swimming Can Cause Unsightly Calculus

Most people don’t know that the chlorine in swimming pools can mix with your saliva to form yellow-brown spots on your front teeth. If you spend 6 hours (or more) a week in the pool, you’re at risk for swimmer’s calculus.

The good news is that swimmer’s calculus won’t harm your teeth—it just looks bad. The bad news is that it can’t be removed by simple brushing. You’ll want to schedule a deep-cleaning with our team to clean it up.

Summer Is Filled With Acidic Foods

We tend to eat a whole lot more of these foods in the heat of the summer:

  • Fruit drinks
  • Pop and sports drinks
  • Pickles
  • Fresh fruit

Now we’re not saying you should cut these foods out of your summer plans! However, be mindful of their effect on your teeth and minimize the damage by washing these items down with some nice, cold water.

You’ll Want Your Smile Camera-Ready

Summer is the season for vacations and weddings, and that means there are cameras everywhere! You may want to get your smile whitened to make sure that you’re always ready for a kodak moment, or ask us about our other services that can help.

If you have any questions about your oral health, remember that we’re always available online! Comment below, or check out our Facebook page.

Enjoy your summer!

Another Reason To Quit Smoking… Your Oral Health!

HABITS ARE HARD TO BREAK—even habits that you know are bad. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we know that you’ve heard the health arguments encouraging you to quit. But have you thought about what smoking means for your teeth? Just in case you need that extra motivation, here are some facts about how smoking impacts your oral health:

Smoking Causes Major Cosmetic Issues, Including…

  • Staining and discoloration
  • Bad breath
  • Puckering wrinkles around your mouth

Smoking Is Linked To Tooth Loss

Smokers have a much higher incidence of gum disease and tooth loss.

This may be because smoking lowers your mouth’s ability to fight infection, which is what causes gum disease (and subsequently, tooth loss) in the first place. Many studies also show that smoking decreases bone density throughout the body, which could reduce the bone support in your jaw anchoring your teeth in place.

And It’s One Of The Primary Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for oral cancer, which is a very severe—and alarmingly common—issue. Oral cancer will not only impact the way your mouth looks and feels, but it can destroy your whole life.

It’s Never Too Late

Remember, it’s never too late to improve your health by quitting. After a few years of quitting, your risk of many tobacco-related health problems, including cancer, is reduced to that of someone who has never smoked.

If you’ve recently quit, celebrate by sprucing up your smile with some whitening, or maybe even a smile makeover! Think about it: many nail-biters kick the habit by giving themselves fancy manicures, because it motivates them to keep their nails looking beautiful. A white, healthy smile that you’re proud of might be just the push you need to resist the next time a craving comes.

If you have any questions about your oral health, especially as it relates to smoking and other harmful habits, ask us! We love to hear from you. And if you think this information will be useful to someone you know, please pass it along.

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Your Front Teeth Can Help Create A Beautiful, Youthful Smile

OUR TEETH GO THROUGH A LOT, especially our two front teeth. All that biting, chewing, and grinding can really take a toll on our smiles—and the hard truth is, worn down or damaged teeth can really age your face.

At Dental Partners of Boston we want you to look young and healthy. That’s why we have a variety of procedures to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Let’s go over a couple of them!

Veneers Look Natural And Are Long Lasting

Worn down front teeth can affect the fullness of your face and heighten facial sagging. As you age, the chewing surface of your teeth shortens. This can give your face a collapsed look. Customized Veneers from Dental Partners of Boston can help you maintain a youthful appearance by restoring the volume to your face.

Aging can also change the balance of your teeth. When you’re young, your two front teeth are longer than surrounding teeth. With time, your front teeth tend to wear down to match your bite. Chiseled or sawed down teeth upset the balance of your smile and thus your face. Veneers can lengthen your front teeth and help restore balance.

Dental Crowns Hide Imperfections And Increase Comfort

Any type of dental imperfection—especially misshaped, misaligned, and discolored teeth—can make you look older. Dental crowns cover and protect cracked or imperfect teeth and can increase your comfort and improve your smile.

Maybe you have old crowns with black lines by the gums. Don’t they make you look a lot older? We can replace them, and quickly. Your crowns (and veneers, for that matter) can be created in as little as one office visit!

With our help, you can have lovely front teeth that enhance your other features and help you look younger! Call us or write to us on Facebook to schedule an appointment.

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Braces May Help You Get Rid Of Bad Breath

THERE ARE MANY REASONS to receive orthodontic treatment. On top of the list, and simply put, people want straighter teeth. Straight, properly aligned teeth can improve your appearance and your oral health. But that’s not all…

Straight teeth can also help improve your breath.

There Are Many Causes Of Bad Breath

Poor dental hygiene, illness, medication, food—all can leave a “bad taste” in your mouth, but so can crooked teeth.

People with crooked or misaligned teeth tend to have gaps in their smiles where food particles and bacteria can hide. This can create hard-to-reach areas where plaque can build up. Left undisturbed, bacteria (and plaque) in the mouth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and you got it… bad breath odor.

Straightening Your Teeth Can Help!

Braces and other orthodontic appliances from Dental Partners of Boston can close up spaces in your mouth and help eliminate bacteria’s hideouts. With straight teeth, your brushing and flossing can be more effective. This can help keep your gums and teeth cleaner and your breath fresher.

If You Have Braces, Keep Them Clean

Food particles and bacteria can also get caught in your orthodontic appliance. If you have braces (or plan on getting them), it’s absolutely essential that you maintain good oral hygiene. We know it can be challenging, but it’s necessary if you want a healthy smile and good breath! Think of it this way, brushing and flossing can help get rid of bad-breath-causing bacteria. So do it at least twice a day!

If you want to learn more about how you can get straighter, healthier teeth, give us a call or visit our website.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives!

Extend The Life Of Your Veneers By Being Aware Of Alcohol’s Effects

BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED VENEERS from Dental Partners of Boston are a great way to improve your smile. Thanks to our minimal-prep Lumineers, we can create exactly the color, shape, and overall look that you want to achieve—without damaging your tooth structure.

Once veneers are placed, you need to take good care of them. For the most part, this means continuing your great oral health regime—brush, floss, and visit us regularly for cleanings. However, here’s one very important veneer-specific tip… Cut back on alcohol!

Alcohol Can Dissolve The Bond Between Teeth And Veneers

Alcohol in any form can dissolve the bonding agent used for your veneers. Once that bond becomes too weak, your veneers may need to be replaced, repaired, or re-attached.

So when you’re out for a night on the town, keep your teeth in mind. Rinse your mouth with water, and practice moderation. And here’s something a lot of people forget about…

Keep An Eye On Your Mouthwash Ingredients!

Most mouthwashes contain alcohol. If you have veneers, you may want to make sure that your mouthwash is alcohol-free! Even though you don’t drink it, swishing it in your mouth every day can cause damage to your veneers.

Make Your Smile Results Last Longer With Regular Care

If you have any more questions about making your smile results last longer, you can read more about it on our blog. And, of course, you can always ask us about it.

Have we placed your veneers? Let us know how you feel about them with a comment below!

As always, thanks for being our valued patient and friend!

We Use The Latest Dental Services To Better Serve You

THE WORDS “LEADING EDGE” and “dental office” are not typically used in the same sentence. But with Dental Partners of Boston they can be. We keep our office up to date so we can serve you better. Making sure your dental care is comfortable, effective, and safe is very important to us.

We Use The Latest Dental Innovations, Including:

  • CEREC one-visit crowns are a revolution in the dental world. Using 3D technology, your pure ceramic crowns are manufactured while you wait. You don’t need a temporary crown and you won’t have to wait for your crown to come back from the lab.
  • Our low radiation digital x-rays use 50% less radiation, making them better for you and the environment. They’re faster (thus more convenient) and are even more accurate than conventional x-rays.
  • With microscope-assisted endodontics, the repairs we make to your teeth can be more accurate. By using smaller instruments and larger magnification there is less trauma to your mouth. This can lessen pain and help you heal faster.
  • With Laser (LANAP) periodontal therapy we can accurately remove diseased gum tissue without the use of cuts or stitches. This shortens your recovery time and allows your mouth to heal faster.

Your best stop for dental care is Dental Partners of Boston! If you want to learn more about any of these procedures or are curious if one of them is right for you, please contact us. You can send us a Facebook message or give us a call. Feel free to check out our other services too!

Thank you for trusting us and our services!

The Benefits Of Regular Teeth Cleanings

DOESN’T IT FEEL WONDERFUL to run your tongue along your teeth after you’ve brushed and flossed? If your daily, at-home oral care makes you feel that good, imagine what regular, professional cleanings can do.

At Dental Partners Of Boston, our thorough dental cleanings can make you feel better: they help keep your smile bright and your gums and teeth healthy.

Your Smile Can Appear Whiter And Brighter

Teeth cleanings by our team can help to remove external stains often caused by drinking coffee, smoking, or certain types of food. But that’s not all. After your teeth are cleaned, we go ahead and polish them to a shine—giving you a brighter, more show-off-able smile.

Cleanings Help Get Rid Of Damaging Bacteria

Teeth cleanings help to remove plaque and tartar. The bacteria in plaque can irritate and inflame the gums. If the inflammation continues it can damage tissue and lead to gum disease. Gum disease is serious; in fact, it’s a major cause of tooth loss. Regular teeth cleanings can remove dangerous bacteria from your mouth that can damage or destroy your teeth.

We Do Our Part To Detect Oral Cancer Early On

At Dental Partners Of Boston we know the importance of early detection. At your routine cleaning we can check for changes in soft tissue that may be early signs of oral cancer. By catching health problems in their early stages, you may be able to avoid future complications.

You’ll Go Home With Care Instructions

Before you leave each visit we’ll make sure to give you clear, easy-to-follow instructions on how to properly care for your teeth at home. We’ll even give you a complimentary tooth brush! Your oral hygiene is important to us!

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Dental Bridges Are Important For Your Health And Beauty

IF YOU’RE MISSING A TOOTH (or teeth), you may be hesitant to smile. At Dental Partners Of Boston we have a service that can put the grin back on your face: dental bridges.

Dental bridges are a natural looking way to replace missing teeth.

Bridges Help To Maintain Your Beauty

Over time, missing teeth can affect your jaw and facial structure and can alter the way you look. Replacing lost teeth can help to maintain your facial tone and shape. With a dental bridge you can get your smile back, along with the confidence needed to show it off.

Bridges Are Good For Your Dental Health

Dental bridges help prevent bite and chewing problems. If you’re missing teeth on one side of your mouth, it’s likely you tend to chew on the opposite side. This can be damaging to both your teeth and jaw, and can even lead to TMJ disorder.

Bridges Allow You To Speak Properly. Believe it or not, teeth are an integral part of speech. To properly pronounce words, your tongue pushes against the back of your upper teeth. If those teeth aren’t there, it can be difficult to speak correctly.

Bridges Keep Your Teeth In Place. A missing tooth creates space for other teeth to shift. By filling in empty space, a dental bridge can help prevent unwanted movement in neighboring teeth.

Ask Us How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Make YOU Smile

Imperfections in your teeth can make it uncomfortable to smile. At Dental Partners Of Boston we have extensive experience in smile reconstruction. It’s our job to help you be proud of your smile, and we love our job. Contact us today or take a minute to review our many services.

We appreciate you!