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Sedation Dentistry For A Better Experience at the Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADo you or does someone you know suffer from fear of the dentist? If so, sedation dentistry is and option. Sedation dentistry allows patients have relaxing and anxiety-free dental visits. You know longer have to put off your visits to the dentist because with sedation dentistry you will be able to relax with the help of an oral sedative.

Combat dental anxiety with sedation dentistry, one of the latest trends in dentistry today. Now you can stay on top of your dental healthy and therefore, your overall health will improve. Sedation dentistry eliminates fatigue, fear and pain that comes with dental anxiety. This saves patients time and makes dental treatment more convenient. Most often throughout the procedure patients are conscious but often have no memory of their dental visit.

The option of sedation dentistry is perfect for patients who suffer from dental anxiety eliminating the worry associate with visiting the dentist. You visit to the dentist will be more comfortable and relaxing with oral sedation.

Dental anxiety happens for many reasons but for those who need dental care or want an attractive, healthy smile sedation dentistry is the right option. If you are fearful of having dental work done, there is a sedation dentistry choice for you. For all types of dental services including teeth whitening, cleaning, fillings, implants, crowns, and other dental treatment, the dentists at Today's Dental of Boxborough can help.

There are multiple options for sedation for patients including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, anti-anxiety medication, or oral sedation. You and your dentist will decide together which option is best for you. To see if sedation dentistry is right for you, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

Straight Teeth Have More than Just Cosmetic Benefits

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAPerfectly formed, gleaming teeth in neat and even rows: On television, everyone has them, and in real life, everyone admires them. Cosmetic reasons for getting teeth aligned are pretty self-evident, but did you know that having straight teeth comes with additional health benefits?

Since oral hygiene is an important part of overall health, this is just one way having straight teeth can improve one’s well-being.

1. Easier to Keep Clean

Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss than crooked and overlapping teeth, which are more likely to trap food particles.

If teeth are crooked, there are places the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach, and plaque and tartar accumulates. People with straight teeth are able to keep them clean without extra effort.

2. Lower Disease Risk

Having easy-to-clean teeth will then lower your risk for gum disease, which can lead to heart disease and may contribute to diabetes.

Oral bacteria can enter your bloodstream and affect the inner lining of blood vessels and brain.

While the plaque on your teeth is not the same stuff in arteries that cause heart attacks, the same species of bacteria that cause periodontitis is also found in artery-clogging plaque.

3. Avoiding Tooth Loss

Ten percent of 50- to 64-year-olds have lost all their teeth, and most adults lose at least one tooth over their lifetime.

Since the most common reasons for tooth loss are periodontal disease and tooth decay, it pays to make sure that your teeth are as easy to take care of as possible.

4. Keeping Your Jawbone Healthy

Some people are born with gaps in their teeth or have adult teeth that never came in. Others lose an adult tooth. A missing tooth leaves that area of the jawbone with little to do, so the bone in that area grows weak, leading to possible tooth loss.

Braces might not be the best option to close a gap where an entire tooth is missing. In that case, the most popular restorative option is to get a dental implant.

5. Fewer Headaches

Alignment issues contribute to bad bites and teeth grinding, both of which can lead to headaches. Correcting alignment will help alleviate these issues.

6. Less Chipping

The more your teeth jut, the more likely they could get cracked or chipped in an injury. This is a particularly important consideration for players of high-impact or contact sports.

In aligned teeth, the pressure from the bite will go along the long axis of the teeth versus hitting from the side. This makes it less likely for the teeth to be chipped or abraded, and the long-term prognosis for the teeth is much more favorable.

7. Lower Risk of Lip and Gum Injury

Crooked teeth can push against soft tissues in the mouth. If you routinely bite your cheek or lips due to a misaligned bite, it can result in cuts, sores, and infections—not to mention the annoyance.

8. Better Digestion

Poorly aligned teeth can compromise chewing, and chewing is the first step of proper digestion. When you chew, saliva carries enzymes that help break down the food, making it easier for the stomach and intestines to do their jobs and reducing the number of bacteria needed to help break down nutrients in the gut.

So when chewing is a chore, people are often tempted to gloss over this important—and pleasurable—part of their meals. A lot of patients report they can enjoy food better after getting their teeth aligned.

9. Clearer Speech

Try pronouncing “van” or “fan” if you have a gap in your front teeth, and you may find that you’ll whistle a little.

A lot of times when people have diastema, during speech, they have trouble [pronouncing clearly. Patients who straightened their teeth have experienced improved speech. Diastema” is the term for a gap between teeth.

Clearer speech is naturally a confidence booster and may help correct psychological causes for speech impediments like stuttering.

10. Smiling More, Feeling Happier

Research shows that smiling—even if it’s forced—actually makes you happier. If you are self-conscious about crooked teeth, you might not be smiling as much as you would otherwise.

Straight teeth give a confidence boost, you can’t imagine. A lot of people suffer loss of self- esteem due to crooked or otherwise misaligned teeth and then get a confidence boost when their teeth are aligned.

For more information on cosmetic treatments for misaligned teeth, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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Questions about Dental Crowns Answered

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Today’s Dental of BoxborouWhat is a dental crown?

A dental crown, or "cap," is a tooth-shaped restoration that is made by a machine. It is designed to cover and strengthen the entire tooth.

Why might I need a dental crown?

Your dentist may recommend a dental crown for a tooth that has had a root canal, or one that has had a large filling, to help keep the tooth strong for biting and chewing. Crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place or to cover a dental implant. A crown may also be recommended to protect a weak, broken, or discolored tooth.

What types of materials are used to make crowns?

Metal Alloy - gives a silver appearance. Metal crowns are very strong and therefore tend to last longer than other crown materials.

Porcelain (including Ceramic and Glass-Like materials) - the most natural looking and the color can be designed to closely match surrounding teeth. Because it is not as strong as metal, porcelain crowns may break or fracture due to heavy biting or grinding.

Porcelain Fused to Metal - Covering a metal crown with porcelain creates a more natural looking crown. The metal provides an additional level of strength to the crown, even though the porcelain may still be prone to fracture.

What is involved?

Getting a dental crown typically takes two dental office visits. Newton Wellesley Dental Partners uses CAD/CAM technology to help create precise shapes and sizes for dental restoration including bridges and crowns. We use this technology to design the anatomical features, size, and shape of the tooth.

A 3D image of your mouth and gums allows us to draw the precise design of the tooth restoration giving you a perfect fit. This first step creates the “thimble” which sits over the tooth against the gum. Then an artisan layers the ceramic over the thimble in order to create the life-like look.

Will I need a root canal if I get a crown?

No, not all teeth that get crowns need to have a root canal. Typically, teeth that have had a root canal treated do need to have a crown placed on the tooth.

For more information on dental crowns, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Happy New Year from Today’s Dental of Boxborough

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Today’s Dental of Boxborough Happy New Year from Today’s Dental of Boxborough. We would like to thank our patients, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in dental care, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service, patient care, and met all of your dental care needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at Today’s Dental of Boxborough we hope you have a safe and exciting New Year.

“We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens

Be Confident in the New Year With a Great Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

 Today’s Dental of Boxborough, MAGood dental health means better overall health. Poor dental health can lead to problems with your physical health as well as your emotional health and self-esteem.

Research “has shown chronic dental infections can be a source of inflammation that contributes to cardiovascular disease, stroke, and a number of other related diseases.”

Additionally, feeling self-conscious about your smile can change how you interact with people. Because of the appearance of their teeth, some people stop smiling, cover their mouths or have a difficult time going out and socializing.

An unattractive smile may not technically be a ‘dental problem,’ but for people who are unhappy with their smile it is a dental problem. It is also a major reason that many patients seek dental treatment. An unattractive smile can really lower a person's self-esteem.

The media constantly shows up people with perfectly straight white teeth. This gives us an increased focus on the importance of a smile. A flawed smile is reason for some people to start feeling down about their appearance.

Do you have a gap between your teeth or a crooked tooth? There are many ways to change the appearance of your teeth if your smile is causing you to have low self-esteem.

Dental veneers can correct common cosmetic issues in your teeth including uneven teeth, worn enamel, worn down teeth, and discolored or chipped teeth. But dental veneers serve more than just a restorative purpose; they can also protect a damaged tooth from more harm. If you are looking to improve your smile and your self-esteem, dental veneers may be right for you.

Regular visits to the dentist can also help raise your self-esteem. Knowing you have teeth that are free of cavities and are looked after by Today’s Dental of Boxborough will make you feel better about your smile. Even knowing that your teeth are healthy can boost your self-esteem.

Feel confident about your smile, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough today to see if dental veneers are right for you.


Caring for Your Teeth Helps Care For Your Heart

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAPeriodontal disease and its treatment are predictors of stroke. Though the link between dental health and heart health is not completely clear, it is important to take care of both.

Caring for Teeth Protects Against Stroke

Paying attention to your dental hygiene and oral health, especially the health of your gums, will certainly give you a healthy smile. It may also keep your heart healthy too. Cardiologists and periodontists, the dentists who treat gum disease, have long debated the link between dental health and heart disease.

A recent study showed the amount of dental care and periodontal disease is significantly correlated to incidents of stroke risk. People who have regular cleanings have a significantly lower risk of stroke.

Interestingly, in the study the highest risk of stroke was in the people who had untreated periodontal disease especially among the youngest age group who were 20 to 44. Poor dental health was also associated with first-time hospitalization for atrial fibrillation.

There are plausible reasons why dental health and heart health may be intertwined. While the link is still being studied, there is also confusion regarding periodontal disease and hearth health. Perhaps those who care better for their teeth care better for their bodies as well. However, a review of several studies by periodontists and cardiologists showed that gum disease is, by itself, a risk factor for coronary artery disease. Also, gum disease is an important risk factor for diseases of the blood vessels and the arteries that supply the brain, especially strokes involving insufficient blood or oxygen to the brain. A link has also found a direct link between clogged arteries in the legs and gum disease.

So, take care of your teeth, take care of your heart. To make an appointment or for more information, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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Use Expiring Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAThanksgiving is past and the end-of-the-year is fast approaching. Now is the tie to use up your dental insurance. If you have any dental needs, use your dental benefits before they expire. Unfortunately, time flies and before you know it, 2018 will be here and your dental benefits for 2017 will be gone.

Too many employees don’t take advantage of their company dental benefits, and allow them to expire at the end of each year. Too many times, they then find that they need some dental treatment that won’t be covered in its entirety. Even though dental coverage may not pay in total for certain dental procedures, most dental plans fully cover routine dental care. Also, if you know you need extensive dental work, plan your dental procedure now. Then, when your dental benefits renew at the first of the year, your procedures, like root canals and crowns, are more affordable.

If you need a dental check-up or a dental crown, use the available benefits from two calendar years towards the major dental procedures that involve multiple phases.

Dental insurance benefits are often made available to employees through employer's health insurance, PPO, or HMO plans. Generally, you are given a pre-determined maximum amount of coverage per calendar year per person covered under the dental plan. Schedule extensive dental work now if you need it. As a general rule, most dental insurance plans offer coverage at 100% on preventative dental care like regular exams and cleanings.

Take advantage of your dental insurance benefits, make sure to get your annual dental exams and cleanings. Regular dental care can save you a lot out of pocket expense that your dental insurance may not cover.

For an appointment or consultation, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.


Holiday Teeth Whitening

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAThe holidays are fast approaching. Pictures will be snapped and memories will be made. Most people want to put their best face forward at this time of year. That means the best smile. Teeth whitening is a popular way to get a youthful, bright smile fast. But, over-the-counter teeth whitening products are inefficient and not as effective as in-office teeth whitening. But does that take too much time? Not anymore.

At Today’s Dental of Boxborough, we offer teeth whitening for the holidays.

  • In-office whitening in an hour
  • Fastest, easiest way to a whiter, brighter smile
  • Comfortable for the patient

Come to our office and relax for an hour using these whitening trays and get a jump-start on the whitening process. Then, we will send you home with trays and whitening solution to continue the whitening process in the comfort of your own home. This way, your entire tooth will be whitened, not just the front like with over-the-counter products.

In-office teeth whitening is simple. Hydrogen Peroxide breaks down letting Oxygen molecules penetrate the enamel and dissolve the staining and discoloration on the teeth. Hydrogen Peroxide works faster and more efficiently when exposed to a specific wavelength of light energy. The light technology generates that wavelength, without heat, which facilitates the catalyst in the Hydrogen Peroxide gel to work faster and more efficiently. This is just one reason why in-office whitening is so much more effective and longer lasting than over-the-counter products.

For more information on getting your best smile for the holiday, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Happy Thanksgiving from Today's Dental of Boxborough

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Today's Dental of BoxboroughIt’s Thanksgiving week and a time each year when we reflect upon the blessing within our lives. Today our warmest Thanksgiving wishes go out to all of you, our clients, friends, and neighbors. Along with this note of thanks to you, this week we offer a special Thanksgiving “shout-out” to one of the more unsung Thanksgiving heroes, Sarah Hale. Historians credit Sara Hale as the originator of the Thanksgiving federal holiday.

Sara Hale undertook a 17-year letter writing campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday observed in all states. Before Hale, Thanksgiving was not a fixed holiday but rather an informal tradition. Presidents would select a day and make it known that it would be a day of thanksgiving and community. Hale lobbied five separate presidents for a set date until finally her request was granted by president Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln congratulated her tenacity and immortalized the holiday as part of American culture.

So thanks, Sara, for your 17 years of letter writing, for securing our Day of Thanks on Thursday, and for your part in creating one of the most warm and celebrated day within our American culture!

Dental Veneers: A Very Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAThere are so many dental procedures available to people these days, and dental veneers are one of the most common and most-sought after.

As we are surrounded by media, we are also surrounded by beautiful smiles. We put quite a bit of emphasis on physical appearances. This is why people go to such great lengths to improve upon their appearance, particularly their smile. A smile is what most first impressions are based upon.

With such emphasis on physical appearance, there have been major advancements in dental technology over the years. People have many choices and options with which to create their perfect smile.

Of all the dental procedures, dental veneers are one of the most common and most-sought after. Dental veneers are extremely thin, custom-made shells made of tooth-colored porcelain that are designed to cover the front surface of your tooth to improve appearance, size, shape, length and color.

Dental veneers can fix many common dental problems; gaps between teeth, broken teeth, chipped and worn teeth, or discolored teeth. Veneers can also fix teeth that are misaligned, misshapen or uneven dramatically improving the look of a smile.

Dental veneers are a great solution for long-lasting results and are a great investment for your confidence and your peace of mind. With proper care and maintenance, dental veneers can lost from 5-10 years. For more information on porcelain veneers, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.