What is LANAP?

Dental Partners of Boston: Offerings Comprehensive LANAP in Boston 

a woman who has had LANAP to help improve her smile from Dental Partners of Boston

Using Up To Date Dental Techniques, Dr. Guzman Will Work With You To Improve Your Dental Health.

Right at this moment, there are millions of Americans dealing with gum disease. This may not seem shocking to our patients, but what is shocking is that there are very few of them seeking the appropriate treatment for their gum health. Gum disease can be linked to:

  • Heart disease
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Low birth weight

These conditions are the tip of the iceberg, but the most important thing is that patients understand whether they have gum disease and what to do about it. Gum disease can be prevented with early treatment, but if patients aren’t getting the help, it goes untreated, leading to more issues down the line.

Gum Disease Treatment

Treatments for gum disease have been relatively invasive up until recent years. Proper treatment either meant a surgery on the affected area of the gum, cutting away the diseased portions to create room for healthy tissue and healing. Or, it means extraction and replacement teeth in the form of dentures or dental implants. Thankfully, the dental technology today is far more comprehensive, and we now have LANAP – Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure.

What Is LANAP?

If you have heard of LANAP, you’re one of the lucky patients who is getting some of the best possible care for gum disease out there. The LANAP procedure uses highly specialized PerioLase MVP-7 lasers to provide more accurate, less painful, and less invasive treatment for gum disease. It works more accurately than a surgeon’s scalpel, and it targets and kills the bacteria that causes the gum disease in the first place, removing the damaged tissue and re-attaches healthy tissue to the root of the tooth. Your gum line is treated without the downsides of the traditional gum disease treatments, and it offers you more long-term results. 

As it stands, LANAP is currently the only FDA-approved laser protocol on the market for gum disease treatment – it’s also the first.

Benefits of LANAP

There are so many benefits of this new treatment, and it’s essential to understand these before you go into your appointment. Here they are:

Faster Healing

The minimally invasive properties of LANAP mean that the body can heal and recover faster than with other procedures.

Less Discomfort

We won’t say it’s a painless procedure: everyone is different. However, it expedites healing and means that post-op pain is less than with a standard cutting and suturing procedure.

Easier Recovery

You’ll be back in your daily routine right away. Some patients return directly to work!

Tooth Survival

You’ll be able to possibly keep your natural teeth, even when other procedures have deemed them to be unsalvageable.

Bone Regeneration

LANAP has been proven to regenerate bone tissue around teeth.

Why Choose Dental Partners of Boston?

Your gum condition needs to be successfully diagnosed by us before we can go ahead with LANAP. Book your appointment today, and let’s see how LANAP in Boston from Dental Partners of Boston can help improve your smile. Dr. Guzman and our team look forward to meeting you!

Top Dentists in Boston For 2019 & 2020

Editors note: This post was originally published in September 2019 and has been updated for 2020.

Awarded Best Dentist by Boston Magazine

At Dental Partners of Boston, we take great pride in our work. We, the dentists, our clinical team, and our administrative team, seek to satisfy our patients in all we do. We are delighted to share that we have received recognition in the form of a highly prestigious award for our excellent services. The popular and acclaimed Boston Magazine has listed us as Top Dentists. Every one of our current dentists has been recognized in this year’s list. 

Of course, the recognition is not why we do it. You, as our patients, are the most important factor in our business. It is wonderful to be honored, and this is something we are very proud of. When you come to us for your dental care, you get a practice that is committed to providing the very best care we can offer. Also, you get a practice that is esteemed, well respected, and has a reputation for providing excellent service to patients.

The Top Dentist Award

Boston Magazine has a Top Dentist list in order to honor the top dental professionals in the city, and help patients to find the best dentist for their needs in Boston. It is an award reserved only for elite professionals, and this is why we are so delighted that so many of our team have been named on this award. This annual award is considered to be one of the most prestigious in Boston, a list of acclaimed practitioners as voted by our peers, and we are very happy to say that our dentists have made this list for several years running. We believe that what makes this award so prestigious is that the dentists on this list are chosen by dental peers. Other dentists and those in the industry have called on all their expertise to compile a list of the top dentists in the city. 

Best Dentist In Boston Award For 2020

We have been recognized as one of the Best Dentists in Boston in 2020 by Expertise.com.

Awarded one of the Best Dentist in Boston for 2020 by Expertise.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Team

At Dental Partners of Boston, we have an excellent team with some wonderful chemistry. A team of specialists who work together to ensure patients get exactly what they need in terms of the right treatment and care. Our team has different skill sets, specialties, and services that play a role in complete oral care. With prosthodontists, orthodontists, periodontists, and many more besides, we have a skilled and qualified team that offers a huge selection of award-winning services. It’s our chemistry that binds us together and takes the practice forward. Our team ethic, multidisciplinary practice, and philosophy of exceptional patient-oriented care is what won us this award.

We are proud of the team we have assembled at Dental Partners of Boston, and the wide range of services we offer cover all areas of dental care.

 


 

Dr. Sergio A. Guzman – Awarded Top Dentist, 2019

Boston Periodontist Dr. Sergio Guzman - Awarded Top Dentist by Boston Magazine 2019

“My commitment to my patients is simple. It’s about results: to predictably deliver the best that dentistry has to offer.”

Practicing since 1996, Dr. Sergio A. Guzman joined our fantastic team in 2005, and become our Managing Member in 2010. He first began his career at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine where he built an impressive resume consisting of a Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Periodontology, and a Master’s of Science in Dentistry.

To boost his qualifications further, Dr Guzman was awarded Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2002, which sets him apart as having made significant achievements beyond mandatory requirements. Before becoming a member of our team, Dr. Guzman’s other positions included assistant professor at Boston University School of Dental Medicine and officer of the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS).

With professional affiliations, including membership in the Massachusetts Dental Society, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Massachusetts Periodontal Society, and the American Dental Association, Dr. Guzman has previously received the 10-Under-10 award for recognition of his contributions to the profession.

His primary treatments concern the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease using techniques including both surgical and non-surgical procedures. He’s also an expert in dental implants with a focus on same-day fixed solutions for patient ease. It’s for these reasons and more that Dr. Guzman has been selected for the “Top Dentist” list by Boston Magazine in the last three editions, and it’s also why he can provide the dental solutions you need.

Dr. Guzman’s Services Include:


Dr. Adela Agolli – Awarded Top Dentist, 2019

Dr. Adela Agolli - Awarded Top Dentist by Boston Magazine 2019

Dr. Agolli graduated from Assumption College in 2001 with a dual degree in Psychology and Pre-Dental before entering Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUSDM) in 2008. She then spent the next two years furthering her education with the BUSDM’s prestigious advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD) and a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Biomaterials by performing research at Boston Medical Center. She went on to complete her speciality in Endodontics in 2012, before practicing in this field.

Before joining our Charles River Dental team in 2016, she worked in a variety of Boston-based dental clinics, focusing on offering quality dental care to the Albanian community as this is where she grew up. Thanks to her extensive education and fluency in English, Albanian, Spanish and Italian, Dr Agolli is an excellent asset to our team and the community.

Her memberships in professional organizations span across the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, American Student Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Association of Endodontics, and Academy of Facial Esthetics. She’s also a founding member of the prominent Albanian American Medical Society, and is a clinical instructor in the Department of Endodontics at BUSDM at both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels to continue her legacy. 

She has earned a place on the Boston Magazine top dentist list for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Dr. Agolli’s Services Include:


Dr. Maria E. Cardenas – Awarded Top Dentist, 2018

Dr. Maria E. Cardenas - Awarded Top Dentist by Boston Magazine“My passion is to restore smiles. My goal is to bring my patient into the most confident stage of their life.”

During her over seventeen years of practice, Dr. Cardenas has received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies degrees from Boston University School of Dental Medicine, where she was also recognized with the “Excellence Award”. Following her studies, she held residencies as both the Clinical Instructor at Boston University in the Operative and Esthetic Dentistry, and in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Cardenas has focused on dental esthetics, particularly full mouth esthetic reconstructions, porcelain veneers and implant dentistry. Her certification as a “Smile Designer” is also a testament to the work she carries out surrounding dental photography and video. These are both methods she uses to help visualize final results before treatment. She’s then able to work closely with her patients every step of the way, as well as providing consistent outcomes. 

Dr. Cardenas’ most important goal is to create a strong connection with patients, and it’s one she achieves by approaching her work with a focus on following her passion from a place of excellence and generosity. She works incredibly hard to understand every patient and create a customized experience which exceeds expectations every time. 

She’s earned a place in Boston Magazine’s top dentist list for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Dr. Cardenas’ Services Include:


Dr. Yael Frydman – Awarded Top Dentist, 2018

Dr. Yael Frydman - Awarded Top Dentist by Boston Magazine

“I love orthodontics. I think it’s the happy specialty… It’s something people go through to improve themselves; their smile, their appearance, their self-esteem, their function, their quality of life.”

Having completed an orthodontic specialty program at Maimonides University and her DMD Advanced Standing Program at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Frydman has been in private practice since 1998. As well as being a member of our Dental partners of Boston team, she is currently acting as Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. 

As a member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Society, Pierre Fouchard Academy, and the World Federation of Orthodontists, Dr. Frydman has received a great deal of recognition within the orthodontic field. The National Dental Honor Society also awarded her the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Award for potential promise to the advancement of dentistry. 

She has appeared on the Boston Magazine list of top dentists for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Dr. Frydman’s Services Include:


Dr. Barry J. Goldberg – Awarded Top Dentist, 2018

Dr. Barry J. Goldberg - Awarded Top Dentist by Boston Magazine

“It’s rewarding to take a patient that’s in pain, and take them out of the pain; give them comfort.”

Dr. Goldberg graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1976, giving him forty-three years of experience in the dental field. Immediately after leaving his studies he became a resident in dentistry and staff dentist at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, a position he retained until 1982. He then went on to become a 1985 graduate of the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry Endodontic Program, followed by his Master of Science degree in Endodontics from Boston University in 1989.

As well as forming a valued part of our team here at Dental Partners of Boston, Dr. Goldberg is currently a lecturer in endodontics and is an Instructor in the Endodontic Clinic at Boston University.

He appeared in Boston Magazine’s top dentist list in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Dr. Goldberg’s Services Include:


Dr. Shiro Kamachi – Awarded Top Dentist, 2018

>Dr. Shiro Kamachi - Awarded Top Dentist by Boston Magazine

Dr. Kamachi received his dental degree from Kyushu Dental College in Japan and Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He has since gone on to receive a postgraduate degree in Prosthodontics from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. 

Practicing since 1991, he has an impressive resume indeed, including a rank of Associate Clinical Professor of Dentistry at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He also holds memberships on the editorial review boards of Quintessence of Dental Technology and the American College of Prosthodontists and Academy of Osseointegration.

Previously president of the MA section of American College of Prosthodontists from 2010-2012, Dr. Kamachi lectures esthetics and implant dentistry alongside his work with us at Dental Partners of Boston. 

He earned a place on Boston Magazine’s top dentist list for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Dr. Kamachi’s Services Include:


Dr. Kumiko Kamachi – Awarded Top Dentist, 2019

Dr. Kumiko Kamachi - Awarded Top Dentist by Boston Magazine 2019

Specializing in prosthodontics, Dr. Kamachi originally graduated from Kyushu Dental College in Japan in 1991. Following that, she pursued a postgraduate certificate degree in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) in 1994. Finally, in 1997, she received her postgraduate certificate degree specializing in Prosthodontics from BUGSDM. 

Following her studies, Dr. Kamachi then went on to hold the position of rank of Associate Clinical Professor at Dept of Restorative Sciences and Biomaterial at BUGSDM until 2010. As well as working within our Dental Partners of Boston team, she now works as a consultant for Quintessence publishing company USA and Japan, and lectured internationally on esthetics and implant dentistry. 

Her notable memberships include the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, American College of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association and Massachusetts Dental Society. 

She has appeared on the Boston Magazine list of top dentists in 2018 and 2019. 

Dr. Kamachi’s Services Include:


Dr. Caroline Mujica – Awarded Top Dentist, 2019

Dr. Caroline Mujica - Awarded Top Dentist by Boston Magazine 2019

“Dentistry to me is the perfect combination of experience, dedication, and the highest quality of patient care. We think of a positive change, and we put it into action.”

Dr. Mujica received her D.M.D. from the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and has been in practice since 2000. Her resume also consists of a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) from the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (A.E.G.D.). 

She joined our diverse team in 2005, before which Dr. Mujica held a faculty position at Boston University, as well as a dental practice within the school, for more than five years. She has also spent time as a clinical instructor in the A.E.G.D. Program and the Operative Dentistry and Esthetic Program.

Since joining our team, her focus has primarily been on dental aesthetics and understanding the needs of all her patients. With the help of our in-house specialty resources, she tailors treatment plans and offers continuous care for patient well-being. Thanks to her certification by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics in the therapeutic use of Botulinum Toxin (Botox & Xeomin), Dr. Mujica can treat. T.M.J., headache, and orofacial pain. She also uses dermal fillers to achieve relaxed and natural facial expressions. 

Dr. Mujica has previously received the 10-Under-10 award from the Massachusetts Dental Society for her contributions to the profession. Her notable awards also include the prestigious Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, which highlights her focus on compassionate care and on-going support. 

Dr. Mujica’s Services Include:


Dr. Michael G. O’Toole – Awarded Top Dentist, 2019

Dr. Michael G. O’Toole - Awarded Top Dentist by Boston Magazine 2019

“It’s very important to me that my patients feel that I am committed to their treatment from the very beginning.”

A graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, Dr. O’Toole received a Certificate in Prosthodontics and a Masters of Medical Science from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has since completed further training in full mouth rehabilitation, fixed bridges, and various dentures. During his studies, he was awarded the Joseph L. Henry Leadership Award for achievements in clinical and research training. He was also awarded first place at the Remo Sinibaldi Memorial Table Clinic Competition of the Massachusetts Section of the American College of Prosthodontics. He holds impressive memberships including the American College of Prosthodontics, the American Dental Association, and the Massachusetts Dental Society.

With a focus on team dentistry, Dr. O’Toole works to ensure patient care and comfort at all times. His skill set includes all-ceramic crowns, veneers and onlays, and bruxism appliances. 

Dr O’Toole has appeared in the Boston Magazine top dentist list for 2018 and 2019.

Dr. O’Toole’s Services Include:


Dr. Roberta A. Wright – Awarded Top Dentist, 2019

Dr. Roberta A. Wright - Awarded Top Dentist by Boston Magazine 2019

“I am committed to deliver the highest quality of care for my patients and gain their trust and appreciation.”

Before completing dental school, Dr. Wright was awarded a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She then graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following this, Dr. Wright went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut, where she graduated with Omicron Kappa Upsilon national honors. During her studies, she received various awards including the University Provost’s Academic Achievement Award and Academy of Dental Materials Excellence Award.

Once studies were complete, Dr. Wright finished a three-year residency. Here she earnt a specialty certificate in Prosthodontics and Implant Surgery and a Master of Dental Science degree from the University of Connecticut. Even to this day, Dr. Wright retains a part-time academic appointment at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, providing clinical instruction in the Advanced Graduate Program for Implant Dentistry. 

As well as being a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Dr. Wright passed extensive examinations to become a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. She also holds positions in various organizations including the American College Prosthodontists, the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, and the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Wright is passionate about evidence-based dentistry which allows her to provide long-term treatments and outcomes for her patients. As well as an impressive qualification resume, Dr. Wright also has advanced training in areas such as complex esthetic rehabilitation, full-mouth reconstruction, and, complete and partial dentures. She strives always to provide the best dental treatment for patients using a global, comprehensive approach. 

She has appeared on the Boston Magazine list of top dentists for 2018 and 2019.

Dr. Wright’s Services Include:


Schedule An Appointment With Dental Partners of Boston Today!

Our diverse team offers a patient-centric experience which you would struggle to find elsewhere, making us easily one of the best dental practices in Boston. We all are committed to delivering the very best care that dentistry has to offer. You will always get the excellent care you need when you need it here.

Our focus on dentistry across a team also means that Dental Partners of Boston is your one-stop-shop for all dental health concerns. Whether you need general dentistry, periodontology, or even orthodontics, you needn’t look any further. Please schedule a consultation with us today!

 

What Is A Partial Denture?

A partial denture is an option that you have if you lose one or more teeth. Whether you have teeth extracted or they are knocked out, replacing them with prosthetic teeth helps you to restore your smile. There are various options available to you, including a dental bridge or dental implants. Unlike implants and fixed bridges, a partial denture is removable. There are various reasons to consider a partial denture, including its affordability. By restoring your smile with a partial denture, you can improve your speech and eat more easily. Partial dentures replace just a few of your teeth, rather than all of your top or bottom teeth.

What Is A Partial Denture Made Of?

Partial dentures are made using various materials, including acrylic, plastic and metal. Some are made of only acrylic, but they can be less durable than those that use metal. They are made to be strong and durable, so that they can handle normal eating and talking. Partial dentures are made to look as natural as possible, matching the color and the shape to your teeth and gums. A partial denture is made to fit your mouth, and needs to be kept moist to help it keep its shape.

How Is a Partial Denture Attached to Your Teeth?

Partial dentures can be held in place using a few different methods. Some partial dentures have a mental framework and clasps that attach to your teeth. Others might have connectors, which can offer a more natural look. Another option is to have a partial denture that uses precision attachments.

How a Partial Denture Is Made

To make a partial denture that fits your mouth, your Boston Prosthodontist will first take measurements that can be used to create the denture. Before casting the final denture, they will make initial model, which can be adjusted. This will help get the best fit. When the denture is first made, you might be asked to wear it all the time so that you can make notes of any areas where it might feel uncomfortable or be exerting too much pressure. The denture will be adjusted at further appointments to ensure it fits well.

Benefits of a Partial Denture

Partial dentures offer a number of benefits. If you want to replace missing teeth, you can improve your bite and enhance your smile. Wearing a partial denture can make it easier to talk, as well as to eat. It can prevent you biting your tongue or the inside of your cheek too, by correcting your bite and filling the space left by your teeth.

Schedule An Appointment Today

Our team of Boston Dentists can help you with partial dentures or other options available for replacing missing teeth, such as fixed bridges and dental implants. Schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today to see which treatment method is best for your unique situation.

How Do You Treat Bleeding Gums?

Living with bleeding gums isn’t pleasant. It’s something that you need to address to prevent the bleeding and possible infection from becoming severe. 

Bleeding gums are almost always a sign of gingivitis, which is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissue around the teeth. In gingivitis, bacteria attack the lining of the gums and can, over time, break the surface layer or enamel. When you brush over an infected region, you disturb the exposed blood vessels, causing them to bleed. 

If you have bleeding gums, what should you do to treat them? 

Brush Regularly

Even though brushing may seem to cause bleeding, regular brushing is actually essential for keeping gum disease at bay. Brushing removes the plaque, the bacterial byproducts, which causes the damage to the sensitive gum lining in the first place. We recommend that you use a soft-bristled brush. The soft bristles will remove the harmful plaque and bacteria while protecting the integrity of the gum tissue. 

Always use fluoride-containing toothpaste. Research shows that fluoride toothpaste is the most effective for removing plaque and bacteria, keeping your mouth healthy over the long term.

Floss Regularly

The bacteria that cause gum disease can find refuge in the gaps between your teeth. As it consumes food debris in your mouth, it releases nasty byproducts that causes inflammation of the gum between teeth.

Flossing removes the bacteria you can’t reach by brushing alone. Flossing is simple, but an important step in your home care routine. Just take an 18-inch piece of floss and then grab it with your thumb and pointer finger two inches apart and insert it into a gap between your teeth. Then use a sawing motion to dislodge bacteria and plaque between the teeth, leaving them fresh and clean. Use a different section of floss for each space. 

Use Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouthwash rinses your mouth and helps to eliminate all of the bacteria you dislodge brushing and flossing, leaving it fresh and clean. 

Antibacterial mouthwashes contain special agents which kill bacteria. Mouthwash, therefore, can help if you have an excess of bacteria in your mouth that is leading not only to gum disease but other problems, like bad breath. 

Make Regular Appointments To Come In For Cleanings & Check-ups.

You can’t always treat gum disease at home by improving your oral hygiene habits. Sometimes, the disease progresses beyond the initial stage into more severe periodontal disease where infection gets below the gumline. 

We use several techniques to treat periodontal disease:

  • Laser therapy. Laser therapy is where the dentist shines a laser on the gums to kill the bacteria. You do not need an anaesthetic for laser therapy. 
  • Scaling. With scaling, the dentist uses tools to remove tartar and plaque from teeth below the gumline, proving an opportunity for the gum to heal. 
  • Root planing. Root planing is another technique which helps to resolve gum disease that has migrated below the gum line. 

With the help of Dental Partners of Boston, you can treat your bleeding gums and get your oral health back on track. If you notice bleeding when you brush, schedule an appointment with us today!

 

What Is Involved In A Full Mouth Reconstruction?

While most patients benefit from having individual teeth removed and replaced with dental implants and crowns, for some, that might not be enough to fully restore health and function. There are all kinds of situations in which a patient isn’t just missing a single tooth, but many, and may need more involved treatment. 

Extensive tooth loss can result from: injury, decay, and as a result of other medical conditions. The good news, though, is that there is a solution: Full Mouth Reconstruction.

What Is Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

A full-mouth reconstruction is a dental treatment plan that our Boston dentists use to reconstruct all of the teeth in a patient’s upper or lower jaw. Full-mouth reconstruction differs from a “complete smile makeover” because it is a medically-necessary procedure. It’s not about making the teeth appear more attractive: it’s about providing the patient with a biting surface that they can use to eat food, all the while eliminating any infection such as periodontitis. 

What Happens During A Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

A full-mouth reconstruction is not a single procedure. Instead, it’s something that we perform over several appointments. 

Full-mouth reconstruction is a catch-all term that doesn’t refer to any specific procedure. It’s better to think of “full-mouth construction” as the end goal. The goal for us is to use a variety of techniques that will restore the patient’s mouth to a healthy and usable state. 

You might be in need of a range of procedures during full-mouth reconstruction treatment. These could include: 

  • Dental implants – when a post is attached to the jawbone, and a crown is fixed to an abutment.
  • Root canal therapy – a procedure where we remove infected material from the interior of a tooth and replace it with an artificial putty.
  • Porcelain crowns – where the dentist restores the chewing surface of teeth with a porcelain substitute
  • Inlays and onlays – when a restoration is created to fit the specific shape of a cavity and cemented in place
  • Tooth Colored Fillings – a standard restoration where decayed tooth material is removed, and the resulting cavity is filled with amalgam or a dental composite.

The range of treatments that we will recommend will depend on your current situation. We will discuss what is necessary to bring your mouth back to health. While the aim of a full mouth reconstruction is not primarily cosmetic, we will make that your smile functions properly and also looks beautiful. 

Should You Get A Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

A full-mouth reconstruction is not suitable for every patient. It mainly benefits those who are missing a large number of their teeth either because of an accident, decay, or illness. 

Our Boston dentists will assess your situation, and work with you to determine whether you need a full-mouth reconstruction or not. They will examine your mouth to assess the extent of damage and build a treatment plan with you. 

Schedule An Appointment Today!

We will be happy to meet with you and answer all your questions. We understand that having dental procedures can be a frightening experience, but you’re in the right hands at Dental Partners of Boston. You’ll have a whole team of dentists that will work on your case, giving you the best possible options, and ensuring that you are well-informed and comfortable with a treatment plan. Schedule an appointment with us today!

 

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and Root Planing In Boston

Scaling and root planing is a treatment offered at Dental Partners of Boston that doesn’t require surgery. Often used as an initial non-surgical treatment for gum disease, it is also referred to as deep cleaning. Using specific instruments, a licensed dental hygienist will clean the surface of the tooth root. Removing the tartar that’s below the gum line, the surface will also be smoothed.

If untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss, inflamed gums, damage to and loss of the jaw bone (alveolar bone), etc. So it’s important that you regularly book in an appointment with your dental practice and have this procedure done as soon as possible.

 

How Many Appointments Does The Procedure Require?

This procedure might need 2 to 3 appointments to ensure that all of the tartar is removed. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is used to ensure only minor discomfort – the tissues within the teeth are sensitive, so it’s essential that you have a local anesthetic.
Appointments will be scheduled within 6 weeks of the initial scaling and root planing procedure, in order to re-assess the build-up and recommend what the next course of action is.

What Is The Process?

Firstly, the scaling will scrape the tartar and plaque off the teeth. Then, the root planing will smooth the roots. By smoothing the root’s surface, the gum will heal and reattach to the teeth. Even though it’s a non-surgical procedure, once the treatment is complete, the patient might feel a slight discomfort as the gum is healing.

At Dental Partners of Boston, Dr. Guzman will ensure that all the disease that’s above the gum line is removed. If it’s located underneath the gum, it will be a little harder to remove and locate. If he can’t remove all of the tartar, bacteria and plaque, further non-surgical treatments will be needed.
At the Dental Partners of Boston, we want to make sure that periodontal disease is managed and correctly treated – no matter what your symptoms or how severe it is. We want you to have the best possible dental hygiene help, giving you a sparkling and healthy smile.
Throughout your scaling and root planing appointments, we will guide you through the appropriate oral hygiene practices and techniques that you should use at home. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease, therefore it’s important that you try to keep the amount of plaque buildup as minimal as possible by following a frequent brushing routine.

Aftercare

It’s important to know that following the procedure, you shouldn’t eat until approximately 3 hours after the procedure. This will ensure that the numbness has gone away and that you won’t accidentally bite your tongue/irritate your gums. If you are still feeling sensitivity in your gums for a while after the procedure, you can either use warm salt-water to rinse out the area or use Tylenol.

Schedule An Appointment Today

Are you wanting to find out more about scaling and root planing? Schedule a consultation with us today and our Boston Periodontist, Dr. Guzman, can guide you through the procedure.

What is Dental Bonding?

What is Dental Bonding?

If you’ve not come in contact with the concept of dental bonding before, understanding it can be a challenge. It’s a bit like dental veneers in the sense that it helps to enhance the appearance of your teeth, but it relies on an entirely different technology.

Instead of porcelain, dental bonding uses a resin substance that dentists place on your teeth to fill in chips or improve the shape of the tooth. It’s a bit like when you plaster over an uneven surface in your house to provide a smooth finish. Dental bonding attempts to achieve the same effect.

When Is Dental Bonding Used?

One of the advantages of dental bonding is how easy it is to use. All the dentist has to do essentially is paint it on, covering up any chips or blemishes, instantly improving the appearance of your teeth.
The advantages of resin over veneers can be considerable in some circumstances. Dental labs have to make veneers which conform to the exact shape of your teeth. There’s a whole process of taking impressions, manufacturing the veneers – not to mention the expense. Dental bonding, on the other hand, can be completed in a single visit, making it a far less involved procedure. You arrive at your dental practice, the dentist paints on the resin in a color which matches that of your teeth, sorts out the cosmetic issue, and you’re done.

You can use dental bonding in a variety of situations. The most common application is filling and repairing chipped teeth. Your dentist can shape the resin to fill the gap, restoring the natural beauty of your teeth with minimal downtime.

Patients also choose dental bonding to improve the color of teeth. Some teeth can become discolored, either because the root died or the person took tetracycline antibiotics in their youth. Here again, resin can help. The dentist uses dental bonding to change the color of the tooth so that it matches the other teeth or appears more white.
Dentists also use dental bonding when the shape of the tooth is undesirable. Dental resin can lengthen or widen a tooth to help improve your smile.

What Happens During Dental Bonding?

The first step is to find a resin color that matches the rest of your teeth (in the case of a repair).
Next, your dentist will abrase your teeth to provide a stickier surface for the resin. After that, they will apply a conditioning liquid which helps the bonding agent to adhere.
After preparing the tooth, the dentist will apply the putty-like resin. The resin comes out soft so that the dentist can shape it into the desired form. It is then exposed to a UV light which hardens it.

Is Dental Bonding Safe?

Dental bonding is a highly safe and effective method of improving the visual appearance of your teeth and correcting color issues. Dental resin, however, isn’t as strong as natural tooth enamel so you may have to be careful with how you use your teeth following treatment. You can get dental bonding in Boston at Dental Partners of Boston.

Schedule An Appointment Today

If you are interested in dental bonding to help restore your smile then now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston. Our team of Boston cosmetic dentists look forward to working with you.

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are frustrating for many patients – they are a regular source of pain and infection. But if wisdom teeth are so problematic, why do we have them? It seems strange that evolution would give us teeth that are problematic and not necessary.

The Purpose Of Our Wisdom Teeth

Researchers believe that the reason modern humans have wisdom teeth is that our ancestors needed them for our diet. Ancient humans ate a lot of tough roots and leaves. This required large, strong jaws to process all that roughage and chew it so that it could pass down their gullets. “Wisdom teeth,” are a set of extra molars at the back of the mouth, helped considerably with this process by providing a large surface area on which to munch.


Our big brains are one of the causes of our wisdom tooth problems today. Big brains gave us the cognitive capacity to create fire and cook our food, but they also led to evolutionary pressures which changed size of our jaws, leading to current wisdom teeth problems. Cooking helped to break down the fibrous structures that hold plant matter and meat together, making it easier to chew and increasing the total number of calories available. With that our big jaws were no longer necessary.

The problem, however, is that while our jaws changed, we still have wisdom teeth. This for some patients can create a problem. 53 percent of adults with wisdom teeth do not have enough real estate in their mouths to accommodate the extra molars.

The Problems Caused By Wisdom Teeth

While wisdom teeth were necessary in our distant evolutionary past, that’s no longer the case today. Many patient do not have any wisdom teeth at all. We do not need an extra set of molars to chew our food since most patient eat a mainly cooked and processed diet.
Wisdom teeth, however, can cause a variety of problems for some patients. Often, there isn’t enough space for the tooth to emerge at the back of the mouth. The teeth can rotate and become “impacted” in the space next to the regular molars.
Impacted wisdom teeth doesn’t always lead to infection, but it is a common outcome. The gums surrounding the teeth can become swollen and inflamed. Pus can exude from the site and lead to a foul taste in your mouth and cause bad breath.
Worse still, if you leave the problem to fester, you can cause damage to the surrounding bone, which is why wisdom tooth extraction is vital.

Schedule An Appointment Today

If you still have your wisdom teeth, and they have become a nuisance then now is the time to schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston. We look forward to talking with you about your particular situation to help alleviate your frustration with wisdom teeth.

What is A Boston Cosmetic Dentist?

What Is A Boston Cosmetic Dentist?

You can put the reasons patient go to the dentist into two broad categories: those who go for medical procedures, and those who go for cosmetic. A cosmetic dentist is, as you might expect, a dentist carrying out treatments to improve the visual appearance of teeth.

Teeth can suffer from a variety of aesthetic issues. Sometimes teeth can be stained by coffee, tea, wine and other foods because of the tannins they contain. Staining makes teeth appear a yellowish-brown – not ideal. Cosmetic dentists use cleaning methods to remove the stains, and whitening agents to make them look whiter.  

In some cases, no amount of cleaning or bleaching can whiten teeth. For instance, patient who took certain types of antibiotics called tetracyclines in childhood can have permanently discolored teeth. In these situations, however, a dentist can still improve the appearance of their teeth using dental veneers. Dental veneers are just small pieces of ceramic (or other material) which sits over the top of teeth, providing a new front to make them appear better.

Boston cosmetic dentists, therefore, focus on making teeth look as good as possible. What’s more, improving the appearance of teeth often makes them more functional too.

Dental Partners of Boston: Comprehensive Dentistry

At Dental Partners of Boston, we believe that patients should be able to get all their dental needs met by a single clinic. That’s why we offer both regular and cosmetic dentistry, integrating our services into a seamless whole. Through us, you can get extractions and fillings as well as whitening and other cosmetic procedures. We’re a one-stop-shop, meaning that you don’t have to go to multiple dentists to get work done. It’s all available right here at our practice.
Our team of dentists have years of experience and, thanks to their knowledge, can meet any cosmetic dental needs that you might have. Our cosmetic dentists can beautify your smile in all kinds of ways.

  • Porcelain Veneers. Our cosmetic dentists in Boston can fit thin, porcelain veneers over the surface of your teeth to eliminate flaws and hide chips. As discussed above, porcelain veneers are ideal for patient with tetracycline-based discoloration.
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings. Nobody wants big, black chunks of amalgam in their mouths, ruining their smile. While old fashioned fillings used dark materials, new varieties can match the color of your teeth perfectly. With us, you can get your old fillings removed and new, less visible alternatives installed.
  • Teeth Whitening. Cosmetic dentists use a variety of techniques to help you whiten your teeth. Your dentist can show you how to use a home whitening kit and also offer in-house, professional whitening services.
  • Invisalign. The alignment of your teeth is essential, both medically and cosmetically. Traditionally, orthodontists install wired braces which rely on highly visible mounts. But Invisalign is a modern discrete tooth alignment system which uses a series of transparent retainers to shift your teeth into a better position.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry in Boston. then now is the time to schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston. Our team of dentists look forward to working with you to create the smile of your dreams.

BOTOX® Treatments and Dentistry

Uses of BOTOX® As A Dental Treatment

BOTOX® has traditionally been thought of as a solely cosmetic procedure designed to stop the face from aging. But it has now entered the world of dentistry and it’s making a large impact that’s here to stay. A minimally invasive procedure, it can be used to help with an array of conditions such as bruxism, Temporomandibular joint disorder, masseter hypertrophy, deep nasolabial folds and headaches. Using Botulinum Toxin, it is a dental procedure which is available to patients at Dental Partners of Boston. It will help to sculpt your face (for up to six months) and help to diminish the pain and discomfort that you are feeling.

How Can Dental BOTOX® Help With Headaches?

As mentioned above, dental BOTOX® in Boston can help to ease headaches – both migraines and tension. These headaches are generally caused by muscle contraction. The dental BOTOX® will help with this contraction by creating paralysis in the muscles, getting rid of some tension. 

How Can Dental BOTOX® Help With Treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)?

A common cause of the syndrome is teeth grinding, which can result in lockjaw, pain throughout the jaw and painful tension headaches. A BOTOX® treatment will help with this condition by easing the pain and relaxing the muscles. Immobilizing the muscles, the treatment has fast and impressive results, working within a week of the procedure. If the discomfort starts to come back, you can arrange another appointment, as long as it is within the right time frame – i.e several months after your first appointment. 

How Does Dental BOTOX® Work?

After the dentist talks to you about the condition that you are suffering from, an examination will take place which will identify where the injection will be inserted. The BOTOX® will then attach itself to the nerve endings that control the muscle a few hours after it is injected into the muscle. Over the next week or so, the toxin within the BOTOX® will block the transmission between the nerve signals. 

Is It A Safe Procedure?

A BOTOX® dental treatment is a safe and simple cosmetic procedure that carries minimal risks – swelling or drooping of the eyelids, blurred vision, dry mouth, rashes and swelling. These are very unlikely but are important considerations when you are thinking of having dental BOTOX®. Before you make an appointment, ensure that provide us with your full medical history. Both ALS (and other nerve/muscle conditions) and pregnancy can cause complications with the treatment. 

Schedule An Appointment Today

All of your dental care needs can be met at Dental Partners of Boston. A multi-speciality practice with a dynamic team of doctors and years of experience within the dental industry, we will work together with you to find the best solution to your dentistry needs. If you are considering dental BOTOX® but are still unsure as to whether the treatment is appropriate for you, get in contact with us today by scheduling an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at one of our Boston practices.