Our Endodontists Know Your Teeth From The Inside Out

IF “ENDODONTICS” IS AN UNFAMILIAR word to you, here’s a hint: it comes from the Greek “eno” (within) and “odous” (tooth). Endodontists treat the inside of your tooth.

Teeth are made of three layers. There’s the hard enamel on the outside, the slightly softer dentin right beneath that, and then there’s the pulp—the sensitive inner layer of nerves and connective tissue.

Endodontic Therapy, Also Known As…

Most commonly, treating the pulp of your tooth means root canal treatments. Before you cringe and turn away, let us tell you about our microscope-assisted endodontics.

A really deep cavity or a cracked tooth can actually kill the pulp of a tooth. Dead pulp will cause a huge amount of discomfort and sensitivity, which is why “root canals” have such a bad name. But the treatment itself doesn’t have to be torture. Especially when we have our highly specialized technology helping us along.

Our Microscopes Give Us Superhuman Vision


Microscope-assisted endodontics means that smaller, more precise instruments can be used with great accuracy. Between magnification and lighting, our endodontics team can see better than the naked eye ever could to move around existing tissue and remove the problem. The benefit for you is comfort and safety. During endodontic therapy, we remove the bad pulp, clean the hollow space, and fill the tooth with a sort of filler-cement.

Without this treatment, a dead root turns into a lost tooth- but only after an extended, painful period. With endodontic therapy, you get to stop the pain and keep your own tooth, which is always the best option.

So if you have a toothache plaguing you, don’t keep it to yourself! Treatment doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Our specialists can get in there and take care of the problem with total precision and care.

Questions?


If you have any questions about your own teeth or our procedures, let us know. Give us a call or leave a comment.

As always, thanks for being our valued patient.

Lumineers Can Be The Secret To A Red-Carpet-Ready Smile

SEEN ANY GOOD SUMMER MOVIES LATELY? What’s more exciting: explosions or fantastic celebrity smiles? For us, it’s all about the smiles. And here at Dental Partners of Boston, we know the secret to those perfect grins.

Small things can keep you from your Hollywood smile. Things like discoloration, wide spacing, or misshapen teeth get in the way. If you’ve wished for a change, but you thought that it might be too invasive and painful, it might be time to check out Lumineers.

Veneers can improve the appearance of your smile by covering stains or chips. The worry with veneers is that it can be a big process, sometimes requiring your teeth to be shaved down to accommodate the caps.

But check it out- we have an easier alternative!  Lumineers porcelain veneers are super-thin (think contact-lenses-thin), so they don’t need a whole lot of extra space. They just slide over your teeth to create that perfectly aligned smile you’ve always wanted.

Three Quick Steps: 

  • First, we take an imprint of your teeth so we can create your custom-fitted Lumineers.
  • Second, while Lumineers are in production, we make small and non-invasive adjustments to your teeth to make sure they fit perfectly.
  • Third, you come into the office and we bond the Lumineers to your natural teeth.

We can even slip Lumineers over existing crowns and bridgework. They’re permanent, so you don’t have to worry about getting them touched up or adjusted later.
Would you like to talk about Lumineers? We’re here to make sure you feel happy and confident about your smile. Call us for a smile consultation to discuss your options. We promise that our first concern will be your health and your happiness.

We value the trust you place in our practice. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask!

Dealing with Periodontal Disease

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF periodontal disease? You might know it better as gum disease. Periodontal diseases are serious infections that attack teeth’s supportive structure: the attachment fibers and the bones holding your teeth in your mouth.

It’s a big deal. And what’s really crazy is that in the early stages, it can be invisible and hard to catch. But once it advances, periodontal disease results in swollen gums, mouth sores, and loose teeth. It can even contribute to heart disease!

Usually, It’s Caused By Plaque

Periodontal disease is usually caused by plaque, so good oral hygiene habits can prevent it. But other factors can put you at risk, as well. Things like pregnancy, diabetes, genetics, and stress increase your chances of infection.

If you’ve read other posts or chatted with us before about periodontal treatments, you might be intimidated. We know that some of the procedures sound really scary and invasive: soft tissue grafts? Don’t worry! You don’t have to deal with any of that if we can catch the infection early. During your regular checkups and cleanings, we always check for signs of gum disease, so make sure you don’t miss out on an appointment.

Early Or Advanced, We Can Help

If early signs of periodontal disease are found, we can handle it, and so can you. That’s why we offer non-surgical periodontal treatment. It’s called root scaling and planning, or deep cleaning. During deep cleaning, our professionals actually remove plaque and tartar from below your gum line– stuff that your toothbrush could never reach.

If you’re seeing any early signs of gum disease yourself (including red, swollen gums, bad breath, and shifting teeth), make sure to contact us for an appointment. We can stop it before it gets too advanced and spare you more invasive procedures.

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we’re grateful to have you as a patient. If ever you have questions about our office, our team, or your own oral health, be sure to let us know.

Thanks for the trust you put in our practice!

Brighten Up Your Smile At Home

SUMMERTIME IS THE SEASON to let those pearly whites show. But if you’re worried that your smile isn’t quite so bright as it once was, we want you to know that you have plenty of options here at Dental Partners of Boston.

Not only do we have in-office BriteSmile or Zoom! treatments available, but now you can also select an at-home whitening kit. At-home kits are the perfect way to snazz up your smile and shake off the winter doldrums.

Here’s How It Works: 

First, you come in for a tray-fitting. We’ll take an impression of you upper and lower teeth and make custom whitening trays. These will hold the whitening solution against your teeth without exposing your sensitive gum area.

After we have your trays crafted, you can sit down with one of our cosmetic dentists to discuss how to use the whitening tray and solution at home. We’ll set up a plan of when and how long you’ll wear your at-home whitening trays so that you can get your ideal results without interrupting your life.

Here Are The Perks:

At-home tooth whitening is less expensive, it’s safe, and it’s convenient for your busy life. In no time you’ll have the show-stopping smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Our team of professionals is dedicated to making sure you love your smile. If you want to discuss whitening options, contact us to set up a consultation. If you just want to talk about it, leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page. We love your feedback.

Thanks for the trust you put in our practice!

 

Protect Your Teeth With A Mouthguard

THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE THE RUSH OF COMPETITION; The sweat, the dirt, and the satisfaction of a game well played. But have you ever been hit in the head with a ball? We know how it is. It’s just one of the risks we take for the sake of the sport. The only problem is that contact sports carry a huge risk of oral damage. Remember that it’s all fun and games until someone loses a tooth.

Despite urging from health professionals, not enough people are using mouth guards when they play sports. Mouthpieces should be used whenever there’s a risk of contact with other athletes or with hard surfaces (like the ground). Mouth guards are required for hockey, lacrosse, and football, but you’re just as likely to get hit during basketball, baseball, and even soccer.

Mouth Guards Are Handier Than You Realize

Did you know that mouth guards can do even more than protect you from a chipped tooth? They can also prevent concussions and even help relieve the pressure of clenched jaws. Here at our practice, we offer custom-made mouth guards for anyone from professional athletes to backyard pick-up game players. No needles or x-rays are needed, just a quick cast of your teeth so that we can create a mouth guard which fits your bite exactly.

Kids Are Especially At Risk

Kids are especially at risk for oral injuries sustained during sports. 7 in 10 parents say that they worry about their kids getting hurt in organized sports. But only 33% have their kids wear sports guards. Protect your child from the pain and your wallet from the emergency care by making sure they’re wearing a guard—not just during the games, but also at practice. Besides cheering them on, it’s the best thing you can do for your kid while they’re on the field.

Skip the bubble wrap and contact us to set up an appointment for a mouth guard fitting. We’ll have you back on the court in no time. And once you’ve got your sports guard, show us your game face on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!

As always, thanks for the trust you place in us. We’re happy to be your dentists.

 

 

Simple Routine Checkups Can Make A Big Difference

HAVE YOU BEEN TEMPTED ON OCCASION TO cancel or postpone your regular 6-month checkups? It’s OK to admit it. We’ve all been tempted to do so. It’s probably because—regardless of your insurance situation—checkups feel like an “expense”, right?

The Truth Is, Checkups Save You Money (and hassle)

In reality, studies show that preventive care typically SAVES you money over time by helping you avoid far more serious (and expensive) treatments down the road.

You already know the value of regular oil changes for your car. It’s the same principle. The little investment every few thousand miles helps your vehicle run better for years longer than it would otherwise—AND helps you avoid much larger, more costly repairs.

The remarkable dentists and team members here at Dental Partners of Boston can make it possible for you to keep your teeth for life—a huge benefit that your ancestors didn’t enjoy. In the “old days”, people just assumed that they would end up with false teeth when they reached their fifties or sixties. But today, the key to keeping your teeth for life is regular maintenance. It just takes a little bit of preventive dental care.

Typically, A Twice-Each-Year Checkup Will Include:

  • Looking for Tooth Decay – Old fillings and other treatments need more frequent examination and x-rays than untouched teeth. The more dental restoration that’s been done in the past on a specific tooth, the more attention it will need over time. If there’s microscopic space between the tooth structure and the filling it can result in decay. Catch this early to avoid losing the tooth.
  • Checking for Changes in Soft Tissue – Checking for signs of oral cancer is a huge part of your routine checkup. Did you know, according to the oral cancer foundation, that the death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma)? Don’t take the risk.
  • Examining Your Bite – An unbalanced bite can not only damage your teeth, but also wear on your joints and cause arthritic problems. Your bite should be checked to be sure that teeth are in harmony with each other.
  • Checking for Gum Disease – Gum disease is the #1 reason people lose teeth. It’s often called a “quiet destroyer”, because it progresses slowly causing inflammation and regression in your jawbone that supports your teeth. Without checkups, by the time you notice something wrong it may be too late.
  • Examining Your Breath – Sure… It’s not a subject we like to talk about. Problem is, many people are unaware they have bad breath. And plaque (not what you eat) is the most common cause of this condition. Our team can help.

Don’t Wait. Really.

Don’t wait until something hurts. Visit with our practice. We love to hear from you. Mom was right—an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

Be sure to visit our Facebook page! We’d like to get to know you and your family better there.

Contact us to be sure your next routine checkup is scheduled!

Invisalign From Dental Partners of Boston May Be The Perfect Solution For Your Teen

DO YOU HAVE PRE-TEENS IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD right now? And are you in the middle of trying to make the best decision about straightening their teeth? Perhaps you should be considering Invisalign from Dental Partners of Boston as one of your options!

Invisalign Advantages For Your Child

Of course, as with any dental-related treatment, there’s never a universal “right answer” for every person. However, in many cases Invisalign is the perfect solution for your son or daughter. Here are just a few things to consider:

  • Invisalign braces are nearly invisible. You KNOW how self conscious they are!
  • Maintain better oral hygiene. Remove them to easily brush and floss.
  • They’re cost effective. We’ll outline Invisalign’s great value for you.
  • They’re more comfortable. Less irritation to gums and cheeks.
  • Your child can eat the foods he or she enjoys. You know how kids are!

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Invisalign Is Often An Optimal Solution

Invisalign’s clear aligners provide the best of both worlds. Not only do they straighten your child’s teeth like regular braces, but they also allow your son or daughter to maintain a confident smile during treatment—without all that metal.

Your Child Can Learn More From Invisalign Teen’s Facebook Page

Invisalign Teen has a Facebook page where other teens have shared their experiences with Invisalign. Have your son or daughter learn more about it. By doing so, you don’t have to “nag” all the time. They’re on the same page—and that makes completing treatment a lot less stressful on your relationship.

Let Us Help You Decide What’s Best For Your Child

Let our Invisalign experts here at Dental Partners of Boston help you make this important decision about the best method for straightening your child’s teeth. You can trust our recommendations. We only want the very best solution for you and your family. Bring your teen in with you for a consultation. We want to directly answer all of his or her questions—in addition to yours.

If You Have Questions…

Leave us a comment below if you have any questions, OR you’re always welcome to send us a private message on our Facebook page. We’ll respond quickly. And, thanks for being our valued patients and friends. We appreciate the trust you place in our practice.

 

Dental Partners of Boston Is Experienced With Smile Makeovers

OCCASIONALLY, WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR, do you ask yourself what things would change in life if you had a drop-dead-gorgeous smile? What effect would that confidence have in your day-to-day activities? Your relationships? How would that increase in confidence affect the way you approach other people and carry yourself through the day?

According to recent surveys, MANY people are not proud of their smiles?

  • 65% of the people asked believe that a beautiful smile not only helps people psychologically, but also in their career pursuits.
  • 75% of the people asked DON’T feel confident when they smile for a photograph.
  • Over 45% admit to making judgements about other people simply based on the way their smile looks.
  • Over 65% are convinced that an attractive smile helps significantly in one’s romantic pursuits. Surprised? Probably not.

Consider A Smile Makeover

Smile makeovers utilize one or more integrated procedures to improve smile aesthetics. In some cases work may be done on your gum line to change the proportional relationship between your teeth and your gums. In other cases the length, the shape and/or the color of your teeth are modified. Teeth often also need to be straightened through conventional, invisible or “instant” orthodontics. And many times, smile makeovers include using cosmetic veneers to cover existing teeth.

Each Smile Is Unique

Remember that smile makeovers are as individual as people are. Although you may admire a famous movie star’s smile, that doesn’t necessarily mean THEIR particular smile will suit YOU. Creating a beautiful smile that’s truly YOURS merges art, science, and experience—the experience found here at Dental Partners of Boston.

Smile Makeover Questions?

We’d love to answer your questions. Share your question in the comments section below. Or, you’re always welcome to send us a private message on our Facebook page. We’ll answer your question(s) promptly!

Thanks for being a valued Dental Partners of Boston patient!

Not All Oral Habits Are Good!

HERE AT DENTAL PARTNERS OF BOSTON we are constantly urging our patients to exercise good oral care. Unfortunately, what even the most consistent brushers and flossers may not realize, is that there is a right and a wrong way of taking care of your teeth! So, here are some tips from our doctors that we thought you’d find helpful!

  • Brush for a full two minutes, twice a day. Brushing for under two minutes means you aren’t effectively brushing your teeth, and some plaque may get left behind!
  • Watch yourself in the mirror and focus on brushing every section of your mouth. Don’t forget the gum line! That’s where plaque and tartar love to settle.
  • Focus on technique. Your enamel consists of tons of tiny delicate glass-like rods that are easily damaged. In order to avoid damaging it, don’t brush side-to-side! Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, and brush in circular motions!
  • Don’t brush too hard. Like we said, your enamel is easy to damage. Brushing too hard can result in sensitive teeth, gum recession, cracks, and abfraction lesions.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and replace it every 3 months to minimize germs. This is another way to ensure you aren’t hurting your teeth each time you brush them.
  • Choose the right toothpaste. If your teeth are sensitive, stay away from baking-soda toothpastes, as they are a little harder on your smile. Your best bet is probably sticking with something ADA-approved and gentle on your mouth.
  • FLOSS! We can’t stress the importance of flossing enough. Simply brushing your teeth isn’t going to get out all the plaque. Though it’s great at removing bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth, toothbrushes just can’t reach those tight spaces in between your teeth. If you want to avoid cavities and decay—floss your teeth daily.
  • Rinse with mouthwash. This will ensure you’ve really killed all the bacteria in your mouth after brushing and flossing

Well, there you have it! Some helpful tips on the best way to take care of your smile. Your oral health  is our number one priority.

Please contact our practice or leave a comment below if you have any additional questions about the best way to take care of your smile!

All About Dentures

TOOTH LOSS IS SOMETHING WE DO OUR UTMOST TO PREVENT here at Dental Partners of Boston. However, sometimes it just simply can’t be avoided. Fortunately, thanks to modern-day technologies, walking around with gaps in your smile is no longer something you’ll have to live with. For cases with only one or two missing teeth, dental implants may be the best plan of action. For more serious cases, like those of you with 3 or more missing teeth, or hardly any teeth left at all, we recommend dentures.

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we offer both complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when very little of your original teeth remain. One of our highly specialized dentists will first remove any of your remaining teeth so that your dentures can be fitted. Next, a mold of your gums will be created and sent it off to a dental lab that will create your customized set of dentures. Oh, and don’t worry—we will fit you with a temporary set until your permanent dentures are finished!

Partial dentures are recommended for patients with only a few missing teeth. Not only do partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, they prevent other teeth from changing position. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we are also pleased to offer implant-supported dentures.

If you are missing teeth, or have a loved one or friend that is, request an appointment with one of our dental specialists today. We will work with you to create a individualized plan that best fits your specific needs. There’s no need to live with those gaps any longer! It’s time to fill in the holes and give you a smile you’re proud of.