Dental Implant Basics

FROM COMMON THINGS LIKE WEAR AND TEAR, TO TRAUMA ORDISEASE, some adults have experienced permanent tooth loss. Regardless of the level of loss, patients share experiences of oral discomfort and a lack of confidence as a result. Of course, permanent tooth loss is something our entire team always does their best to prevent. However, it isn’t always possible. The good news is that today there are beautiful and highly functional solutions.

Implant dentistry is not new, although from its original origins in the 50’s it has come a long way. Initial discoveries came when scientists learned how bones can fuse with titanium, making natural bone support possible. Today, our dentists use this original discovery to copy the root and tooth system that your mouth naturally has.

Implants are first placed within the gum line. After placement, they are given 3–6 months healing time to ensure complete and proper fusion. This time span depends on how long your body needs to heal properly. After the implants have healed, the custom crown, bridge, or dentures can be placed. After this placement  you are left with a solution is much stronger and long lasting than other traditional methods, giving you the confident smile you desire.

As with most dental procedures, dental implants begin with a consultation with one of our dentists at Dental Partners of Boston. This visit will give you the chance to ask any questions and allow us the chance to create a custom-tailored plan that best meets your needs.

Here is a quick view of how a dental implant works:

To learn more about how implant dentistry corrects and enhances smiles, schedule an appointment to visit with us.

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Dental Care During Pregnancy

QUALITY DENTAL CARE AND MAINTENANCE ON YOUR TEETH IS VITAL when you’re pregnant. Not only is gum disease linked to birth defects such as prematurity, but pregnant women are prone to more oral health issues of their own during those important nine months.

When pregnant, women usually experience more issues with gingivitis and gum problems because of the radical hormone changes. In addition, gums can be more easily irritated, causing inflammation and/or bleeding.

Remember… although hormones do increase the potential for dental problems, plaque is still the underlying cause of most gingivitis problems. This means that carefully maintaining your oral care can significantly reduce potential problems; constant attention better insures a healthy mouth during your pregnancy.

So, what can you do to ensure you maintain YOUR oral health, and YOUR BABY’S health, during pregnancy? The first advice we’ll give is probably exactly what your doctor has been advising you about—eating healthy! Consuming foods with a high sugar content can cause plaque and gingivitis for anybody, but the effects can easily be exaggerated during pregnancy.

It’s important to keep your scheduled dental checkups while you’re pregnant to be sure problems don’t arise. The very best time for these appointments is between your fourth and sixth months of pregnancy. This window is an important time in the baby’s development—and it’s suggested that dental appointments be done BEFORE the last trimester because of added stress during that time.

Everyone wants to stay healthy during their pregnancy to help ensure that their baby will be healthy as well. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the best way to do this. Let us know that you’re pregnant when you contact us so we can best assist you. Be comfortable in knowing that your oral health and your baby’s health are in the best hands.

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All About Dental Sealants

OK…WE KNOW THAT THE TOPIC OF “DENTAL SEALANTS” HARDLY SOUNDS EXCITING, and it may not be the funnest thing to talk about, but this simple and quick procedure is one of the easiest things we can do for you to help prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Our Doctors here at Dental Partners of Boston recommend that sealants be used as preventive dental care for most children. Unlike adults, children’s teeth have small depressions and grooves in them that make them harder to properly clean by mere brushing alone. Sealants offer protection to these small depressions and grooves and help keep plaque from forming in the small crevices. Even though it’s ideal to get sealants as a child, adults are also often good candidates for them.

Sealants can easily be applied during a very short visit here at our office. After we have cleaned and prepped your teeth, we will paint the sealing solution directly onto your tooth surfaces. We then use a curing light to harden the sealant and can then send you on your way—no need to wait to eat or drink. Routine dental checkups will allow us to keep tabs on your sealants and make sure they stay in good condition.

Sealants are oftentimes covered by many insurance agencies, and the procedure can last up to 10 years—meaning that one application can last from childhood well into adulthood. To see whether or not it’s the right time to get sealants for your children or yourself, feel free to ask us using our contact form. Or, send us a message on Twitter or on Facebook with your questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dealing with TMJ

FOR THOSE OF YOU EXPERIENCING CONSTANT OR OCCASIONAL JAW AND FACIAL PAIN, our partners here at DPB can help through “neuromuscular dentistry.” (more…)

Links Between Heart Disease And Oral Health

IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE THE REST OF OUR PATIENTS HERE AT DPB, you understand the importance of taking care of your heart, right? Of course! Did it ever occur to you that your measly toothbrush ranks up there with cardiovascular exercise in keeping your heart healthy? Crazy, but true! According to Dr. Guzman, “Many recent studies suggest that gum disease—and other oral health issues—are DIRECTLY related to heart problems.”

In a recent study by the American Academy of Periodontology, it was found that people with periodontal disease are nearly twice as likely to have heart disease. An additional study found that common oral health problems, including gingivitis, cavities, and/or missing teeth are just as good at predicting heart disease as are bad cholesterol levels!

There is still a ton to learn about these discoveries and the evidence seems to be mounting each year. Dr. Guzman adds, “The bacteria you have in your mouth can enter your bloodstream through your gums. These same bacteria can then clump up in artery plaques. There is one theory gaining more acceptance that suggests the bacteria sticks to the fatty plaques in your bloodstream and directly contributes to blockages.”

Inflammation is another theory that revolves around your body’s defenses against bacteria. Oral bacteria in your bloodstream can cause your blood cells to swell, leading to clot risks and the narrowing of arteries.

The EXACT relationships between cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease are still unclear, but, as todays research suggests, there is definitely a connection. DON’T forget about all of the other things you can do to keep your heart healthy like exercising, eating healthy foods, and taking care of risk factors like diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

Since it’s SO easy to treat periodontal problems, take advantage of DR. GUZMAN AND HIS ENTIRE TEAM’S HELP! And don’t forget that PREVENTION goes a long way in avoiding problems in the future!

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Catching Oral Cancer Early Saves Lives

THOUGH JUST AS SERIOUS, ORAL CANCER DOESN’T SEEM TO GET QUITE THE “PRESS” that other types of cancer seem to get. In the United States alone, over 35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. While early detection boosts the survival rate to 80–90%, most cases aren’t caught in time for this statistic to help their chances.

Why does oral cancer so often go undetected? One of the most probable reasons is that a lot of the symptoms are not painful so people don’t even realize they have it.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should have Dr. Guzman take a look:

  • A sore inside your mouth that doesn’t heal within two weeks
  • A white or red patch on any part of your inner mouth or throat
  • Chronic difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • A lump or thickening of your cheek
  • Numbness inside your mouth
  • Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
  • Jaw swelling

Although having these symptoms doesn’t mean you definitely have oral cancer, getting them looked at by any of our dentists will help us pinpoint the cause and fix the problem.

The best offense is the best defense… keep those regularly scheduled cleaning appointments and checkups. Doing so GREATLY increases the likelihood that any signs of oral cancer will be detected early. It is definitely worth it.

It is our goal to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible. Let us know if you have any other questions about oral cancer or any of the symptoms mentioned above. Feel free to become a fan of our Facebook Page to stay informed and stay healthy!

To Us, Your Smile Is A Work Of Art

Answer: The Principle of Divine Proportion

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE HIGHLY SKILLED COSMETIC DENTISTS HERE IN OUR PRACTICE often use Leonardo da Vinci’s “Principle of Divine Proportion” when they design your gorgeous new smile? It’s true.

When designing a beautiful new smile many factors are taken into account including each patient’s age, lifestyle, and of course, physical characteristics. In addition, there are other truisms that are associated with your teeth themselves that our doctors and team must consider—including the fact that your teeth tend to get shorter with age as they wear.

Much like a fine oil painter working on a canvas, the dentists here in our practice take our artistic inspiration and experience and turn them into awesome smiles. In some cases, procedural and design techniques include tooth lengthening or shortening. Crowns can bring subtle, yet totally different dimensions to a patient’s facial proportions. Veneers are also considered sometimes to widen your teeth or broaden a smile. It’s surprising to most people to see the big difference that tiny adjustments can make.

It’s part art, and part science.

Just for fun, look into a mirror and ask yourself the following questions:

> Can I draw a vertical line from my pupil to a corner of my mouth?
> Does my face divide horizontally into thirds?
> Does the lower third of my face divide into thirds again (from nose to chin)?
> Does my face divide into fifths vertically (5 times the width of one eye)?

It’s interesting when you begin to notice mother nature’s “divine” and intricate connections to artistic principles.

Dr. Guzman adds, “Cosmetic dental procedures are worth the investment in altering or restoring the ideal proportions for your own physical characteristics. There’s nothing more fulfilling for our team than witnessing the often life-changing transformation that can take place for many of our patients through their smile makeovers.”

Have you ever wondered what the impact would be in your life if you had a truly beautiful smile? Have you ever wondered what it would do to your self confidence? How would that increased self confidence effect your relationships? Your career? If you’ve wondered, come in and visit with us.

Chances are, after we’re finished, you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

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Our CEREC Technology Saves You Time And Hassle

DENTAL CROWNS ARE PART OF A NUMBER OF DENTAL PROCEDURES—and are an important component in restoring smiles and keeping mouths healthy. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we provide our patients with dental crown procedures that are more comfortable and less time consuming. The system is called the CEREC method.

Dental crowns can protect teeth that are weak or cracked and in danger of breaking by forming a protective layer around the tooth. If a tooth has a large filling, or is already broken, or is naturally misshapen or discolored, a dental crown can also be used. Dental crowns are also used with dental implants and dental bridges to form and support other teeth in your mouth.

Crowns are used to provide a natural looking smile. Sometimes they’re made of porcelain which gives a translucent effect similar to your teeth, allowing the dental crown to blend with the rest of your smile. Porcelain crowns also have the added benefit of being very strong; creating a dental crown that will last.

We utilize the CEREC method because our PATIENTS love it! Why? Because typically, crowns are done in multiple office visits. After a tooth impression is taken, a dental lab makes the dental crown while you wear a temporary crown and wait a couple weeks. CEREC crowns are done completely in-office, allowing your complete procedure to be done on the spot to reduce discomfort. CEREC crowns are beautiful and reduce the number of visits you have to make to our office.


The procedure for receiving CEREC crowns is straightforward. An infrared camera takes images of your damaged tooth, sending them directly to our CEREC machine, creating 3-D images. Your CEREC crown(s) are then milled inside the machine right here in our office, providing us with the ability TO COMPLETE YOUR PROCEDURE THE SAME DAY! No annoying impression trays, no waiting for a lab somewhere else, and no uncomfortable temporary crown.

To find out how our dental crown procedure can benefit you, contact us. We’d love to talk to you. We’ll help you understand the benefits of the different types of dental crowns, including our same-day CEREC crowns.

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Where Will Your Smile Go Today?

THERE ARE THINGS WE CHANGE OFTEN, AND THINGS WE CHANGE “NOT SO OFTEN”, RIGHT? Each day we can change our clothes. That’s easy. But when it comes to our smiles… Well, we take them EVERYWHERE we go, EVERY TIME we go! What do YOU think about YOUR smile? If you could… Is there a little thing, or perhaps a big thing you’d change?

Smile design techniques and materials today, combined with the remarkable artistic eyes and training of each Dental Partners of Boston dentist, make having an absolutely gorgeous smile more affordable and easier than ever before.

Most people are a unfamiliar with the terminology behind smile design, so here are some short definitions:

  • Whitening – Smile whitening is perhaps the most common cosmetic dental procedure—sometimes called “tooth bleaching”. Many whitening options are available—including lots of over-the-counter products. But dentist-supervised treatments remain the recommended procedures for lightening discolored teeth.
  • Contouring – Contouring is often referred to as tooth reshaping. It can be used to correct minimally crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and overlapping teeth. It’s a procedure of subtle change and is commonly used to alter the length, shape, or position of teeth.
  • Bonding – Enamel-like dental composite materials are applied to a tooth’s surface through bonding, then sculpted into shape and beautifully polished.
  • Veneers – Veneers are custom-made, fitted, thin porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to teeth. They’re often a great option for closing gaps or disguising teeth that are discolored and don’t respond to whitening. Many times, some tooth reduction is necessary—depending on particular situations.
  • Minimal Prep Veneers – Minimal prep veneers are becoming more popular as materials and procedures continue to improve. This is being driven in part by the increased desire of patients to minimize or prevent the removal of healthy tooth structure. Not all cases are right for minimal-prep veneers—but sometimes it can be a great solution.

What is the very best way to determine exactly what’s right for you and YOUR smile? Simply make an appointment to visit with us. We are absolutely passionate about our patients’ smiles. We’ve seen beautiful smiles make a dramatic difference in the social lives and careers of our patients. It feels good having the self confidence to smile. We look forward to your visit! Call us at (617) 848-1164.

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Sedation Dentistry Can Be The Big Difference

RECENTLY, SOMEONE IN OUR PRACTICE OVERHEARD a person (NOT one of our patients!) compare dental visits to washing dishes—you don’t like it but everybody knows that it needs to be done. Well, in response, may we suggest an analogy of our own?

What if every time there were dirty dishes you could simply snap your fingers and they would be scraped, washed, dried, and back in your cupboard!

Although it doesn’t work quite so miraculously, sedation dentistry DOES work in much the same way for many people who have trouble going to the dentist—with results that “feel” faster (and really are faster).

Sedation dentistry has proven helpful to many of our patients, for a variety of reasons, and for a number of different procedures. Sedation dentistry often helps people feel like their visit lasted only a few minutes—when in fact, it may have lasted for hours.

There are many different kinds of sedation dentistry. The dentists here at Dental Partners of Boston work with you to determine what’s best for your particular situation. In some cases, sedation can be much like anesthesia during surgery. But more often, sedation doesn’t actually put you completely out. Most patients who choose sedation dentistry are awake, functional, and responsive.

One of the biggest benefits of sedation dentistry is that procedures that typically take multiple visits can be accomplished in one visit—saving you a lot of time, hassle, and stress. And obviously, the second biggest benefit is that patients who experience dental anxiety can better relax, resolving their fears or worries.

We are very proud of, and confident in, the sedation methods we use. We are on the leading edge of this service—continually updated our skills and techniques.

Learn more about sedation dentistry by asking us a question, or giving us a call. Or, next time you’re in our office, visit with one of us for more details. We look forward to helping you, a loved one, or friend better understand if sedation dentistry is for you.

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