What To Expect From A Smile Makeover Consultation

HERE AT DENTAL PARTNERS of Boston, we believe that the importance of a healthy and confident smile can’t be overstated. That’s why we work so hard to ensure that our patients have access to the very best cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dentistry in Boston.

Have you ever found yourself covering your teeth when you laugh, or feeling bashful about smiling when you make a new acquaintance? If you’re unhappy with your smile, it’s probably time for a smile makeover consultation with our team. But what should you expect from an initial appointment?

1: We Want To Hear From YOU

First of all, we’ll want to talk, give you an idea of what we offer, and show you some examples of other cases. We’ll also want to hear from you: what you’re concerned about, the results you’re hoping to get, etc.

2: We’ll Evaluate Your Teeth And Health

Secondly, we may take a few x-rays, photos, and/or impressions. We’ll want to take a good look at the status of your teeth and gums. Understanding your dental health, tooth alignment, and your habits will enable us to set up a practical action plan.

3: We’ll Set Up A Game Plan

Finally, we’ll be able to give you a more solid idea of the game plan: cost, duration, and steps.

And here’s our promise to our patients: We promise to put the priority on YOUyour sustainable, long-term health and your vision for a beautiful smile. We don’t ever want you to feel pressured. Instead, we hope that you’re always at ease with our practice and with our doctors.

Contact Us To Set Up A Consultation

So stop putting it off! If you’ve been wondering about a smile makeover, talk to us about it. A smile makeover consultation is the first step, and the only way to get a real solid idea of the possibilities. It’s easy to request an appointment online.

Thanks for your trust in our practice! We look forward to talking with you.

Proper Emergency Action Can Help Save A Knocked Out Tooth

DENTAL EMERGENCIES happen. If tooth trauma happens to you, our team here at Dental Partners of Boston wants to be sure you feel prepared. That’s why we’re using this post to share some tips on what you can do to help save a knocked out tooth.

A Tooth Can Be Saved If You Act Quickly And Properly

It’s possible for a knocked out tooth to be “replanted”, but it requires that certain prompt actions be taken. If your tooth is completely knocked out, consider the following:

  • First and foremost, try your very best to stay calm.
  • Recover the tooth (or fragments) of the tooth. To prevent damage, grab the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the roots.
  • Do your best to insert the tooth back into the socket. Bite down on gauze or use your finger to hold it in place. Gauze is helpful if the socket is bleeding.
  • If you can’t get it back in the socket, submerge and keep the tooth in milk, saline solution, or your own spit. Don’t scrub, clean, or place the tooth in water.
  • Contact us and let us know what’s happening!
  • Wherever you go for help (our office, the emergency room), go quickly but safely.
  • For safety reasons, a responsible adult should transfer the knocked out tooth of a child.

Contact Us If You Have An Emergency

Remember that we’re here to help. Keep our contact information on hand. No matter the dental emergency, contact us right away! We’ll work together to make sure you receive the quickest and most appropriate care. Even if our office is closed, we’ll forward you to your dentist or the person on-call.

It’s our goal to help you maintain your dental health and comfort!

Tooth Colored Fillings Mimic Your Natural Teeth In Look And Function

TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS not only look more natural than silver fillings, they’re actually healthier for your teeth!

Tooth Colored Fillings Look Beautiful And Natural

At Dental Partners of Boston we’re masters at matching the shade of our fillings to your individual tooth color, making them virtually undetectable. Our white fillings can even blend in with any whitening services you may have received. That way, when you grin, there’ll be no distracting metal, just your white, natural-looking smile.

Tooth Colored Fillings Are Better For Your Smile

Unlike metal fillings, which require that large, important parts of your tooth be removed to lock them in place, tooth colored fillings—made of durable resin or porcelain—can actually bond to your tooth structure without digging deep in the tooth. Composite resin is also easier to work with as it can be applied right to your tooth, shaped, and then hardened.

Tooth colored fillings also provide strength AND flexibility. Whereas metal fillings are strong but stiff (and could stress and even crack your teeth), white fillings have absorption qualities similar to your natural teeth and can better handle everyday biting and chewing.

Improve The Look And Health Of Your Smile!

With natural looking white fillings from Dental Partners of Boston, you can improve the health and look of your smile. To find out how you can get tooth colored fillings in Boston, contact us by giving us a call or sending us a message on Facebook.

We’re proud to be your oral health care provider!

Diligent At-Home Care Is Critical For Great Oral Health

AT DENTAL PARTNERS OF BOSTON we’re dedicated to teaching you how to maintain and care for your mouth while at home.

Each Visit With Us In An Opportunity To Learn

We know that your oral health doesn’t just affect your smile—it can affect your overall health. That’s why each of your visits with us is more than a checkup or procedure—it’s an opportunity to gain new knowledge about, and rededicate yourself to, great oral hygiene.

Everyone Benefits From Good At-Home Oral Hygiene

Remember that your oral hygiene habits can influence others—especially young children. So make sure you’re setting a good example.

Brush and floss every morning and night, but don’t limit it to that. It’s beneficial to clean your teeth more often—especially after meals and snacks.

At-Home Dental Care Has Many Health Benefits

In addition to helping prevent cavities, gingivitis, and getting rid of harmful plaque, good at-home oral hygiene may also help lower your risk of infection and heart disease, help preserve your memory, and even help improve your self-confidence.

We’ll Go Over Techniques And Warning Signs With You

At your routine visits, we often talk about AND show you proper oral hygiene techniques. We’ll also discuss warning signs you can watch for. If you have a specific condition, such as asthma or diabetes, we can help you understand how it might affect your oral hygiene needs. After all, we’re here to help you and your smile stay healthy.

If you have ideas on maintaining good at-home oral hygiene, write them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Thanks!

We are happy to partner with you for better oral health!

Consider These Factors Before Getting An Oral Piercing

AS YOUR ORAL HEALTH EXPERTS, it’s our job to ensure that your whole mouth stays healthy. And on that note, we have something to say about oral piercings: they’re usually more trouble than they’re worth!

In the years that we’ve practiced general dentistry in Boston, we’ve had to deal with the side effects of oral piercings. We want to make sure that our patients have all the facts before they jump in. So consider these factors:

1. You’re At High Risk For Cracks And Chips

Hard metal in your mouth can pose a serious risk for teeth and dental work. This is especially important to remember when you’re playing sports. Always take out your ring or stud and put in your mouthguard when you’re on the field or the court.

2. Metal Constantly Abrades Teeth And Gums

The repeated contact can wear down your tooth enamel more than you think. This leaves you very vulnerable to sensitivity, decay, and yellowing teeth.

The constant rubbing will also irritate your gums, and this can cause your gums to recede. In turn, this may cause your teeth to become loose, or even fall out.

3. A Tongue Ring Or Stud Harbors Bacteria

Not only is it unhealthy to have built-up bacteria in your mouth, it can also contribute to major bad breath. Your tongue really needs to stay clean. If you do have a piercing, make sure that you take out and clean the stud or ring frequently and keep the area around it clean and sanitary.

4. The Risks Go Further

The potential issues go beyond dental care, including permanent nerve damage, speech impediment, and continuous discomfort. Some problems are just awkward and annoying, and some can pose real risks to your health.

So think twice before getting a piercing! In fact, if you want to bring some attention to your smile, may we suggest that you look into tooth whitening? And let us know if you have any questions about your health. You can comment below, or we can talk about it at your next cleaning appointment.

Thanks for your trust in our practice. We appreciate you!

Why Choose A Dental Partners Of Boston Cosmetic Dentist?

WITH THE WIDE VARIETY of cosmetic procedures and dentists available today, it’s hard to know what to look for, as a patient. We know that you want to choose the very best cosmetic dentist in Boston, so take a look at this checklist as you do your research:

What To Look For In A Cosmetic Dentist

1. Case Studies: Experienced cosmetic dentists will have a portfolio of before-and-after photos. If you’re at all curious about cosmetic dentistry, ask us to show you examples of our previous patients, so that you can get a good idea of our services.

2. Modern Resources And Technology: Great cosmetic dentistry is all about the details, and that means that modern, advanced equipment and techniques can make a huge difference. Our practice is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment for any procedure you might need.

3. A Dental Team You Trust: It’s important to bring your case to a dental team you trust. If you’re already our valued patient, you get to go through this process with a team that you’ve already established a relationship with. If you’re not already a patient, you get this opportunity to get to know our friendly, professional staff.

4. Training, Qualifications & Experience: In cosmetic dentistry, high quality matters! You’ll want to look at your dentist’s education, experience, and continuing education. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we hire those who are at the top of their field. Learn more about our team and their qualifications on our website.

If you, or someone you know, are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Boston, contact us to schedule a consultation. Whether you would like a small procedure, or a total smile makeover, we have the resources and experience to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

We look forward to starting this exciting process with you!

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.

Thanks for being an awesome part of our practice!

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.

Thanks for your trust in our practice!