Things to Consider Before A Gum Graft

If your gums are receding, a gum graft may be something that you are considering. Gum recession exposes the roots of your teeth. This can cause the root surface of your teeth to become more likely to decay, as well as be more sensitive and prone to abrasion.

What To Expect With A Gum Graft

During a gum graft pieces of tissues from the roof of your mouth or from nearby healthy gum tissue are removed. Then the tissue is attached to the area where your gums have worn away.

There are steps you need to take when preparing for a gum graft. There are three types that will be discussed: free gingival graft, connective tissue graft, and pedicle (lateral) graft. These options will be discussed and recommendations made, based on your needs by your Boston Periodontist. Some things to keep in mind before your gum graft include:

  • There is no need to fast or change your diet on the day before or the day of the procedure. You will just need to show up and the type of graft you will be getting will be confirmed.
  • You will need to arrange a ride to and from your appointment. You’ll be given medication for pain and discomfort that may make it unsafe for your to drive.
  • Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area where the procedure will be done.
  • The procedure usually doesn’t take long. Once the procedure is finished the graft will be sutured up. You will likely then wash your mouth out with antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Discussion of care will follow the procedure to make sure it heals completely.

If gum grafting in Boston is something you are interested in, please schedule an appointment with us today. Our team of dentists are experienced and ready to help you make the decision for gum grafting or give you other options.

Another Option: Pinhole Surgical Technique

If something less invasive is what you are looking for to help with receding gums, the Pinhole Surgical Technique may be what you are looking for. The treatment is usually done in one visit, and patients typically have needed only over the counter pain medicine for the minor discomfort they may feel post treatment.

When the procedure is performed the affected teeth are cleaned and prepared. Then the gum tissue is numbed with a local anesthetic. A small entry point is made in the gum above the tooth or teeth that need to be treated. Next a specialized instrument is used to free the gum tissues at the entry point and gently move the gums down to their proper position. Then a small angled instrument helps to pass collagen strips or gum graft material through the entry point and place them under the gums. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is beneficial to the individual by: improving their level of comfort, speeding up procedure time, and providing instant results.

If the Pinhole Surgical Technique in Boston sounds like something that would benefit you, our team at Dental Partners of Boston, is ready to help you feel confident in your smile again. Schedule an appointment today.

Consider Saving A Tooth Before Removing It!

Can you Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?

Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing along with six-month dental check-ups, can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Sometimes thought your teeth may have an infection or disease which needs additional care. When possible, talk with your boston dentist to consider treatments that can save your teeth instead of losing them.

Getting your tooth pulled because you think it’s easier or most cost-effective is not a always a good reason to lose a natural tooth. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, affect your ability to properly chew and start to disfigure your smile. Tooth extraction often is more painful that the infection itself, and replacing an extracted tooth with an artificial one, such as a dental implant, requires additional appointments that can add up quickly.

What is a root canal?

There is a common misconception that root canals are painful. In reality, a root canal helps relieve tooth pain and helps to save your tooth by removing the infected tooth nerve and pulp. White enamel and a hard layer called dentin create the structure of a tooth. These layers house a soft, delicate tissue called pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and other connective tissues that helped the tooth develop.

A root canal targets the inside of the tooth. This becomes necessary when the pulp is inflamed or becomes infected. Tooth decay, cracks and chips can all be causes of the infection inside your tooth. If left untreated, the infection of your tooth’s pulp can lead to severe pain and an oral abscess.

Treatment includes removal of the infected pulp, and the area is carefully cleaned and disinfected by your Boston Dentist. Once complete a dental crown or filling will be placed on top for added protection. After a root canal, the tooth is still fully functional.

What if my tooth has to be removed?

Sometimes a root canal isn’t enough to save a tooth. When this happens and a tooth needs to be removed, and as mentioned above, dental implants are a great option. Dental implants are not only a popular way to replace missing teeth but they are effective as well. They are designed to blend in with your other teeth. Dental implants are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile.

The development and use of dental implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry over the past 40 years. They are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. Posts are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a study anchor for a replacement teeth.

If you are looking for an office that performs root canals in Boston or dental implants, then schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today. Our experienced dentists will work with you to develop your unique treatment plan to create your healthy, and beautiful smile!

Periodontists Who Use Lasers Are Becoming More Commonplace

Lasers are a relatively new tool in the dental field. Laser dentistry can be used in a variety of applications, and more uses for these powerful medical tools are evolving every day. It rapidly is becoming an everyday tool a dentist office, especially at Dental Partners of Boston.

The medical laser is becoming more and more commonplace. They not only help with medical procedures but can also help dentists perform different types of dental procedures more easily. Boston Periodontist, Dr. Guzman, has benefited from the use of a laser as a versatile tool in our dental office. Some of the more common applications of lasers include:

●    Preparing teeth for fillings

●    Removing plaque from teeth

●    Activating whitening agents

●    Laser Gum surgery

Lasers use a focused beam of light to wipe out and remove diseased or unhealthy tissue while at the same time keeping healthy tissue intact better than traditional methods such as gum grafts.

Not only have studies proven that healing times are reduced but patients like you have experienced added benefits of laser treatment as well . Because of these remarkable and beneficial results, we are seeing more and more use of lasers when treating gum disease and for re-contouring gums. When lasers are used in the correct way the procedure is faster and more comfortable for the patient with a significant reduction in bleeding, tissue damage and post-treatment discomfort. Incisions do not need to be sewn up, since they are closed by the action of the laser. They also tend to heal more quickly.

Other oral surgeries can also benefit from lasers. If you have growths in your mouth that need to be removed, laser dentistry can make this procedure less traumatic. Lasers are efficient, highly accurate, safe, and fast when used by an experienced team of dentists like those at Dental Partners of Boston. Your time in the dental chair will be more comfortable, and often it speeds up your recovery. All from the simple change of a more modern surgical tool.

If you are suffering from gum disease and have nowhere else to turn, then laser gum treatment could be the solution you are looking for. At Dental Partners of Boston we offer LANAP as a possible option for treating extreme cases of gum disease. LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure and is a newer treatment that has been approved for the correction of advanced gum disease. If you have looked for offices who are skilled in LANAP in Boston, look no further. Dr. Guzman is a certified periodontist that can provide this procedure. He will work with you to determine if LANAP is the right choice for your unique case and will ensure you to feel comfortable with your treatment plan

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What Causes Teeth To Stain?

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Stained teeth can make an otherwise beautiful smile look unattractive. The fact is it’s easy to stain your teeth. Just like any food or drink that will stain your carpet, it can stain your teeth, too. Even though stained teeth are common, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. The first step to a brighter, whiter smile is to learn exactly what causes stained teeth. The next, and most important, step is to come in to Dental Partners of Boston where our Boston cosmetic dentists can help you find which solution is best for your smile.

Dental professionals have identified three main categories of tooth discoloration:

1)Extrinsic Teeth Stains
2) Intrinsic Teeth Stains
3) Age-related Teeth Stains.

Extrinsic Teeth Stains

An extrinsic tooth stain is staining of the surface of the tooth. It happens when stain particles, like residue from food and drink, build-up in the film of protein that covers the tooth enamel. Extrinsic tooth stains are typically caused by:

  • Tobacco
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Cola Drinks
  • Sports Drinks
  • Hard Candy
  • Berries
  • Tomato Sauce

These items don’t usually have an immediate effect on the teeth, but can effect them over time. It is wise to drink plenty of water after consuming any of these and to brush your teeth regularly and attend your regular dental cleanings.

Intrinsic Teeth Stains

An intrinsic tooth stain is staining below the surface of the tooth. It occurs when stain-causing particles work through the exterior of the tooth and accumulate within the tooth enamel. Excessive fluoride use also has been associated with intrinsic stains, especially in children. An intrinsic tooth stain is trickier to remove, but it can be done. An intrinsic tooth stain may require bleaching using professional methods or an at-home chemical teeth whitening products.

Age-Related Teeth Stains

Age-related teeth stains combine the results of both intrinsic and extrinsic tooth discoloration.  Because the core tissue of your teeth, the dentin, naturally yellows over time, teeth will discolor with age. As we age, the enamel that covers the tooth becomes thinner, allowing the dentin to show through. These intrinsic causes of discoloration combined with extrinsic causes such as the effects of certain foods and beverages will cause most adults’ teeth to discolor with age.

We Offer The Solution

We know that some teeth discoloration is inevitable,  whether it’s caused from extrinsic or intrinsic sources or it’s just happened because of age. Because of this we have made it easy to find a teeth whitening solution for you. We have both at-home and in-office teeth whitening options. Both options are fairly simple and may be exactly what you are looking for. We know that these solutions can help you achieve the beautiful and bright smile that you’ve wanted and will help you say goodbye to those discolored teeth. If you have been looking for a Boston Cosmetic Dentist, look no further. We can help you with your teeth whitening needs and will help you feel confident in your smile. Schedule an appointment with us today!

If You’re A Runner Are You At Risk For Worse Oral Health?

If you are a runner you might be prone to worse oral health. Visit Dental Partners of Boston to check your oral health today
Many who run know that there are many physical and mental benefits from running.  It helps improve our metabolism, state of mind, and gives us more energy than we might have otherwise.  But did you also know that if you are a runner you also have the risk of having worse oral health? The discussion of running has magazines, books, training, and more encouraging us to run and stay active, but the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports a few years ago conducted a study looking at negative effects of running.

Runners do have their fair share of sport related injuries, but many do not consider any effects that could cause problems with your oral health.  The German scientists who were conducting the study found that tri-athletes are more prone to teeth erosion and cavities compared to non-athletes. This study also showed that additionally athletes who trained more often and harder than other athletes were at an even higher risk of poor oral health.  What would be causing this to happen?

What Causes Poor Oral Health In Athletes?

What the study showed was that this deterioration actually came about from the larger amounts of carbohydrates athletes take in to keep feeding their body while they are active.  It takes a larger amount of calories to maintain an athletes level of energy than that of an average person.  A lot of these carbohydrates come from sports drinks, gels, bars and other foods that can decreate the PH level inside of your mouth to below 5.5.  A lower PH level can result in eroded teeth and a higher chance of cavities.  Additionally there is the fact that the majority of athletes breath more through their mouths which leads to dry mouth. Dry mouth happens when you have less saliva, which can actually protect your teeth from cavities and damage.

What Can Prevent Bad Oral Health For Athletes?

Based on the findings of this study large physical activity can have a detrimental effect on our oral health.  Does that mean we shouldn’t exercise? Of course not!  Our bodies need to be in motion to remain healthy, and there are many other benefits from physical activity as well.  But if you are involved in higher endurance training it probably is best to schedule an appointment with one of our dentist to ensure that you don’t have any cavities or damage to your teeth that could cause additional problems down the road.

If you have had damage such as a chipped tooth, or a damaged tooth that needs to be replaced the dentists at Dental Partners of Boston can help you bring back your healthy smile. Also you can come in and we can build a custom sport mouth guard as well to protect your teeth. Schedule an appointment with us today to let us help you protect your beautiful smile!

 

Can Poor Dental Health Increase The Chance of Depression?

In an age of unlimited research, there are so many topics and items that are being discussed that had not been addressed before. One item that has been brought up a lot more in recent years are how our physical health affects our mental health.  There have been some very interesting pieces of research recently that have covered have embraced virtually every aspect of my life in one way or another. Of course our interest is in the area of dental health,  and there is a lot of ongoing research into how the condition of our mouths can affect other parts of our bodies — both negatively and positively.  The topic of this article is how our oral health can potentially cause depression.

Depression Affects Many Of Us

In the past few years you perhaps have noticed that many people you know are starting to become more open that they suffer from some degree of depression. From working in the medical field we see how many various medications our patients are prescribed. Patients are taking a myriad of anti-depressant medications.  It does make some of our Boston Dentists if their might be any correlation between mental health and oral health.

Some Scientists Did Ask That Question

Researchers in Geelong, Australia looked into the correlation between oral health and depression. They gathered very interesting data from more than 10,000 patients. They found that when they considered poor dental health and depression that a patient with more dental conditions had greater or more severe depression.

For the study, researchers utilized data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.  It showed that 61 percent of the participants who reported depression also reported the presence of oral pain over the past year.  Also more than half of the study participants reported that they considered their own oral health to be only in fair or even poor condition.

While there has not yet been extensive study into the context of poor dental health and its correlation to mental health, this study does provide a “snapshot” so to speak that will open the door for further investigation. 

Perhaps, down the road, we will see some significant innovative therapies and even preventative interventions be born from this research.  In the meantime, please don’t neglect your mouth. 

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Your Boston Dentist can evaluate, identify and treat any gum disease in any member of your family.  Schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today and we can help you improve your oral health! 

How Long Does It Take To Adjust New Dentures in Boston

There are many different reasons that can cause tooth loss.  From trauma, gum disease, poor oral health care, genetics or another factor. One affordable option that many patients choose to replace these missing teeth are dentures, or they will opt for dental implants. Dental implants in Boston can be a great option to replace a missing tooth, and at times a partial denture may need to be used while your dental implant is healing.  So there can be multiple reasons that a patient would need to have a denture, which in turn means there will be needs for dentures.  It is estimated that there are over 35 million Americans that have had dentures and have had to go through the adjustment of learning how to use them to speak, eat, and function throughout the day.  We will talk about what can be expected if you are interested in dentures and how they can be more comfortable than dentures of the past.

How Do Dentures Feel In The Beginning?

Once you have worked with your Boston Prosthodontist to get your dentures in place you will probably notice how different they feel at first. This is completely normal and that can include some gum tenderness and a bigger increase in saliva in your mouth.

Typically you will need to schedule an additional appointment in a few weeks so that some adjustments can be made to help it fit better in your mouth and relieve any kind of pressure you might feel.

Remember, that it can sometimes take awhile to feel comfortable and become used to having the dentures in your mouth.

How Long Does It Take To Become Used To Your New Dentures?

Most patients adjust to having dentures within a few weeks, but there are a few things to consider as far as your comfort level. Such as having had other dental surgery such as teeth being extracted or gum disease treatment your gums are going to be more prone to irritation.

Every patient’s case is going to be unique, and it’s especially important to follow your Boston Prosthodontist’s recommendations for every step of the process. It is the best way to help you adjust to your new dentures and become more comfortable in your mouth.

How To Make The Transition To Dentures Easier

Below are a few recommendations from Dental Partners of Boston‘s Prosthodontists:

  • Start by eating soft foods and slowly work towards smaller pieces of solid food. Try the best that you can to chew evenly on both sides of your mouth to prevent your denture from tipping on one side.
  • For the first few weeks be extra careful with hot foods or any foods with a sharp edge.
  • Reading or even singing a song out loud can help you feel more comfortable to speak.  If your dentures start to make a clicking sound then speak or sing more slowly.
  • Keep your denture and gum tissue clean with good oral hygiene habits at home.
  • Schedule follow-up appointments for any adjustments that need to be made.

If you are considering dentures or are in need of dentures after having dental implants placed consider the experienced Boston Prosthodontists at Dental Partners of Boston. Schedule an appointment with us today!

 

How Are Psoriasis, Gum Disease & Smoking Related?

Back in 2014 there was a study conduced within Hungary to look at a potential link between Psoriasis and Gum Disease, also known as Periodontitis, because surprisingly both of these conditions are caused by inflammation. The researchers at the Facility of Dentistry at the University of Szeged in Hungary worked with the university’s dermatology department, and took in volunteers to monitor and determine of their might potentially be a link between these conditions.  Within Hungary there are many who also smoke which also ended up being added to the study as well because it became another significant factor as the study progressed. The results of the study we will get to in a minute.

Even though you may not have Psoriasis there is a big possibility that you do have some form of gum disease.  According to the CDC nearly half of the US population has gum disease, and it is a condition that can cause severe problems if it is not treated. Gum disease is a condition that causes more than red, swollen & bleeding gums. It is a condition that can cause tooth loss and bone loss, not to mention the fact that it can also contribute to other conditions that can be detrimental to your health. It must be treated sooner than later, and that is why you should schedule an appointment with our Boston Periodontist if you have noticed any symptoms such as:

  • Puffy red gums
  • Bleeding gums after brushing
  • Tenderness when they are touched
  • Puss between your teeth and gums
  • Severely bad breath
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Painful chewing

Some of those symptoms sound fairly severe and can be if you do not address some of the minor symptoms first.  Gum Disease treatment in Boston is so much easier to address when you schedule an appointment and let our Periodontist Dr. Guzman treat it before it can start to lead to worse symptoms that include tooth and bone loss.

Now back to the study results. It was found that those who did have Psoriasis were more prone to have gum disease. Added to that, if they were smokers the severity of the gum disease or are more at risk for having gum disease.  We all must be vigilant in maintaining proper brushing and flossing to prevent gum disease from becoming a problem that can take more time and expense than we would want in-order to be treated.  Schedule an appointment with us today if you are concerned you may have symptoms of gum disease and let our Periodontist, Dr. Guzman, work with you on a treatment plan to heal your gums and improve your quality of life.

Top 5 Questions Patients Have on Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic dentistry can be a big step in a person’s life. The Boston Cosmetic Dentists at Dental Partners of Boston know that a beautiful healthy white smile can boost your confidence and improve your sense of well being! There are many great options to consider with cosmetic dentistry and we know that many patients have questions that they frequently ask. Below are some of the most common questions asked by our patients that we wish to answer and will hopefully help you in deciding which cosmetic procedure is best for you.

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve My Smile?

Improving your smile is not just about the type of treatment used. It’s also about educating yourself on the different cosmetic options available. Also you want to be proactive in knowing what you want your final results to be. Our cosmetic dentists at both Boston practices will listen to you and your concerns. They genuinely have your best interests in mind and want to work with you to find the best treatment option to improve your smile.  Research the different cosmetic procedures we provide and be prepared to ask questions and discuss your concerns with the doctor.

How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost?

This is a very common question when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. You want to make sure you are getting the most for your money and that the expenses are clear and understandable. Elective dental procedures, such as cosmetic dentistry, is usually paid for before or at the time of service. After talking with our cosmetic dentists at your scheduled appointment you will feel confident knowing the cost of your chosen procedure and how much of a difference it will make in your quality of life!

Will I Be Losing Most Of My Tooth/Teeth’s Natural Structure?

This is a valid concern we hear often. Patients do not want their teeth to be ground down to little points and fear they will lose the strength and structure of their teeth. However with modern tools and materials this does not have to happen in every cosmetic dental procedure. Once you and your cosmetic dentist have chosen which procedure is best for you they will be able to explain what it entails and the work so your fear will subside and all that will be left will be your excitement for your beautiful new smile.

What Will The End Result Look Like?

You want to see how your treatment will look, and it helps to ask for  examples of the specific cosmetic procedure you are interested. Depending on the procedure we can pull out 3D models such as options for porcelain veneers, or show before and after images from previous patients. Sometimes seeing other patients before and after pictures of the same procedure can help ease possible concerns you may have.

How Long Will It Last?

How long will your smile investment last? This is a top question in our Boston dental practice. The answer is of course conditional. Meaning it depends on the procedure you have chosen and it depends on how well you take care of your new smile. If you grind your teeth or put too much force on them you are much more likely to chip a tooth than someone who doesn’t. Taking preventative measures now however can help with your cosmetic procedure last longer. Each individual is different and it’s important to follow your cosmetic dentists instructions and visit our office often to get as much life out of your new smile as possible.

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Dental Partners of Boston has a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options that can improve your smile. Whether you need a chipped tooth repaired or are looking into getting some beautiful porcelain veneers we have the solution you are looking for.

5 Tips To Protect Your Teeth This Halloween Season

Halloween is almost here and with this yearly tradition comes quite a bit of candy from friends, work parties, personal parties. trick or treating, and more. Even though trick-or-treating may not be how you celebrate Halloween, there will still be plenty of tempting sweets most everywhere you go.

It’s okay to indulge in your temptation for these delicious treats, but the Halloween season makes it a lot easier to go overboard which can result in expensive dental problems. We want you to enjoy this fun time of the year, and this is why Dental Partners of Boston offers these 5 tips to help keep your mouth healthy happy during Halloween:

1.) Make Careful Candy Choices

If you can’t resist candy for Halloween, that’s okay. What you need to be sure of is that you aren’t picking the worst candy for your teeth.  Be picky if the candy is sticky. They taste delicious but try to stay clear of toffees, caramels, and taffy. These sticky candies can get stuck on teeth and in places that can be hard to reach inside of your mouth which means they will stay in your mouth longer. The longer they stay in your mouth the more likely cavity-causing bacteria can eat away at your teeth.

Hard candies, such as jawbreakers and suckers can also be horrible for your teeth. If you’re not careful, these hard candies can actually break your teeth and you will need treatment for a chipped or cracked tooth. To make matters worse, since hard candies take a longer time to consume, they often spend a longer time in our mouths just like the sticky candy mentioned above.

What kind of candy can you enjoy this Halloween? Chocolate is one of our top choices, and it is of course one of the most popular candies available. Dentists are more likely to offer you a piece of chocolate than a lollipop because chocolate is less likely to stick to your teeth like the candies mentioned above. The next time you’re feeling the full force of a candy craving, grab some chocolate. Or, for some extra brownie points with your dentist, grab some dark chocolate instead. Dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate, and also has health benefits.

2.) Be Sure To Brush Your Teeth

Harmful sugar and bacteria should not stay on your teeth! By brushing your teeth every day, you can remove any remaining sticky toffee, taffy, or caramel you might have eaten earlier. It’s crucial that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes in the morning and again for the same amount of time in the evening. Patients that get cavities often do so from brushing their teeth for a minute or less or not at all.

If you want extra protection from the Halloween treats hanging around the office, consider bringing a travel toothbrush set with you to work. This will let you squeeze in an extra brushing after your lunch, giving your teeth maximum protection throughout the day.

3.) Sugarless Gum

Minimize the amount of time sugar stays on your teeth by popping in a piece of sugarless gum after you enjoy a few pieces of candy. Studies have shown that chewing gum can pull some of the bad bacteria off of your teeth. Plus, you get to enjoy the additional bonus of fresh breath. Most sugarless gum also contains xylitol which is a natural sweetener that has been shown to reduce the risk of cavities which is a win-win for your teeth and your wallet.

4.) Don’t Forget To Floss!

Candy apples, saltwater taffy, and caramel corn are all popular Halloween treats. Unfortunately, these enjoyable treats can wreck havoc on your teeth. Actively floss after eating these sweets to minimize their sticky impact.  If you take the time to floss at least two times a day you’re minimizing the risk of getting cavities between your teeth.

5.) Visit Your Boston Dentist

Once the fun of Halloween is over, it’s can be easy to forget all of the candy you consumed. No matter what it is you ate, your teeth are still under attack from sugars and bacteria. When it comes to having strong, healthy teeth that last a lifetime, preventative care is the best course of action to take. By scheduling an appointment after Halloween, you give your Boston dentist time to asses dental problems and to prevent new ones from starting. Which will reduce the number of times you would visit the dentist.

Don’t be caught off guard this Halloween. By having a healthy dental plan in place, you can enjoy the holiday festivities and your teeth won’t pay the price. If you’d like to ensure that your teeth are completely protected, schedule your next dentist appointment at Dental Partners of Boston today.