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Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

If you are missing one or more teeth you certainly need to know your options for filling the gaps in your teeth. Gaps in your teeth cause more than dental health issues, they can also cause low self-esteem.

Dental implants are frequently the best option for replacing missing teeth and restoring smiles. Dental implants use an artificial ‘tooth root’ made from titanium, that is placed into the jaw to hold the replacement tooth. Most dentists feel that dental implants are better than traditional bridges because they don’t need the surrounding teeth for support.

Dental implants are the cosmetic restoration of choice for both aesthetics and functionality. In fact, dental implants, with proper care, will last a lifetime, giving you a natural seeming replacement for missing teeth.

Because your dental implant will look and feel like a natural tooth, you will have the self-confidence in social situation to smile naturally and generously. Your smile has a direct effect on your self-esteem. Take care of missing or gapped teeth with dental implants and restore your smile and your self-confidence. Dental implants help to maintain your teeth so that you no longer need to be ashamed of your smile.

Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements. Dental implants do not slip or make embarrassing noises like dentures. Additionally, dental implants do not decay.

For more information on dental implants in Boxborough contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.


Sedation Dentistry for a Relaxing Trip to the Dentist – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 22, 2016

The thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair has filled many with terror. The fear often starts as a child.  Sedation dentistry promises that it allows anxious patients to spend a dental visit relaxed and unaware of the unpleasant procedures taking place.

Dental phobia is common, and it can prevent people from getting needed care. It’s like a fear of heights: There’s no rationale for the fear, so you can’t just tell people not to worry. Different degrees of sedation can leave the patient merely relaxed or pushed to the edge of consciousness.

Sedation is usually achieved using a variety of techniques, to help patients relax before and during their dental procedures so that they come away feeling more at ease with the notion of in-office oral care.

Oral sedation is safe and it’s a good choice for a phobic patient who needs extensive work that will require multiple hours in the dentist’s chair. Oral and intravenous sedation are two options that are more commonly used.

Though both types of sedation are generally safe when properly used, intravenous sedation has a greater effect on breathing and requires more training on the dentist’s part.

Before you agree to sedation, make sure you understand what drugs you’ll be given and what their side effects and risks are. Ask how your vital signs will be monitored while you’re sedated and who will be doing the monitoring.

Before giving you any kind of anesthesia or sedative drugs, the clinician should take a complete medical history. Especially important are such questions as: Do you have a history of heart disease? What surgical procedures have you had previously? Do you have any allergies? If you’re not asked any of those questions, that’s a red flag.

A consultation should be scheduled before the sedation visit to collect a medical history, discuss which procedures will be done and obtain consent for the treatment plan.

Some health issues, such as heart problems, lung disease and obstructive sleep apnea, can make sedation more risky. Also, the low blood pressure that can occur with sedation may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in people who are already vulnerable.

Sedation dentistry is generally safe for kids, but you should ask lots of questions before allowing a dentist to sedate your child. The AAPD and the American Academy of Pediatrics have a joint set of guidelines for sedation in children, and you will want to make sure your dentist is familiar with them.

Regardless of the type of sedation you get, it will take some time for your body to return to normal. You’ll need someone to take you home after the visit, and you should plan to take the rest of the day off from work.

For more information on sedation dentistry, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Cavity Prevention for Kids: Dental Sealants – Boxborough, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Summer is on the way, kids will be home and at camp, which means you really need them to stay healthy and strong. This means in their physical health as well as in their dental health.  By starting early, creating healthy living habits in your kids, they can have a healthy and happy life. Good oral health is as important as good physical and mental health in your kids. With your help, you can start them with healthy habits early.

You may believe that cavities are inevitable in kids’ teeth, but they’re not. A healthy diet and good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to the pediatric dentist can prevent tooth decay and cavities. Dental sealants can also reduce the risk of cavities in kids. Studies have shown that dental sealants reduce tooth decay in school age kids by 70%.

Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating which is applied to kids’ back teeth where tooth decay is usually a problem. Sealants become a barrier between the chewing surfaces of teeth. They work best on permanent molars, so sealants are often applied around age 12 when the permanent teeth erupt. Sealants are best applied soon after the permanent molars erupt so that decay doesn’t have a chance to develop.

Dental sealants for kids are thin, so they won’t affect your child’s speech or make chewing difficult and are invisible to the naked eye. They don’t take much time to apply but they last from 5-10 years. For more information, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborugh.


Dental Implants Restore Confidence - Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Dental implants are used to replace damaged or missing teeth. They have a “root” which is a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and work like natural teeth. The implant is made of titanium and implanted in your jaw. The implant fuses with your jawbone and create a natural looking and feeling tooth.

The porcelain tooth is placed atop the metal implant and take the place of your natural tooth. I the case of a missing tooth, a dental implant fills the space and allows you to smile with confidence and eat with comfort. Dental implants look like natural teeth when you smile.

Missing teeth can cause your face to look hollow.  Implants restore the shape and contour of your face, making you look more healthy and youthful. Implants can help preserve facial structure, and prevent the bone deterioration that happens with missing teeth. This is one of the biggest reasons why dental implants are one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry. They can change your life, by adding confidence to your smile and function to your teeth and jaw.

Used to replace missing teeth, dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and work like natural teeth.

The small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone create a strong foundation for artificial teeth. If you want to renew your smile and your self-confidence, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.


Common Teeth Whitening Questions Answered – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

At Today’s Dental of Boxborough, patients can choose from a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to enhance their smiles. Among the many options available, teeth whitening is one of the most asked about solutions. In-office teeth whitening is the best way to achieve and maintain a bright, white smile. Here are some answers to questions dentists often hear from patients.

Do I need teeth whitening or porcelain veneers? Oftentimes, people inquire about porcelain veneers to improve their smile. While porcelain veneers can provide beautiful results, some individuals are better candidates for teeth whitening. People who have structural damage, such as chips or cracks in teeth, can benefit more from veneers, since they help protect the tooth as well as hide imperfections. Teeth whitening is typically the ideal option for those who simply want to brighten their smile and remove stains.

Can teeth whitening damage gums? As long as the teeth whitening trays fit properly, and the patient follows the whitening instructions, they should not have to worry about chemical burns or irritation to the gums from the whitening gel. Should this happen, however, any gum discomfort is typically minor and should fade within a couple days.

How long does teeth whitening last? The longevity of teeth whitening results will vary greatly from person to person. The condition of the patient's teeth, severity of their staining, and whitening method used can all play a role in how long they can expect their results to last. In general, people typically can expect their teeth to maintain their brightness anywhere from six months to two years before they begin to fade. However, habits like drinking red wine, coffee, or tea, as well as smoking, can cause teeth to darken at a much faster rate. Because of this, limit staining foods and drinks and avoiding smoking altogether to preserve teeth whiteness.

When it comes to finding the most beneficial solution for achieving a bright, white smile, consult with an experienced dentist. By doing so, patients can receive a more personalized treatment plan that can ultimately help them obtain their goal results. For more information, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Sealants Can Help Prevent Cavities in Kids – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Plastic coatings called dental sealants can help head off cavities in your child's teeth. Often sealants can eliminate hiding places for bacteria, protecting children from cavities and reducing the number of fillings needed.

More than a third of kids ages 12 to 19 have dental sealants. Sealants have helped cut tooth decay among American children, CDC studies show.

Besides shielding teeth against bacteria, the plastic resin in sealants also guards tooth enamel from acids. Good brushing and flossing helps get rid of food particles and plaque on the smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles can't reach all the way into the depressions, grooves, and pits in some teeth to dislodge food and bacteria.

These grooves are the main spot for children to develop cavities. Sealants can protect these areas, mostly on the chewing surfaces of your child's back teeth.

Sealants are usually used on permanent teeth, not baby teeth. It takes just a few minutes to seal a tooth:

  • The tooth or teeth to be sealed are cleaned.
  • The chewing surfaces are roughened with an acid solution to help the sealant stick to them.
  • Your dentist or an assistant paints the sealant onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds to the tooth and hardens.
  • A special curing light may be used to help harden the sealant.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry stresses these other keys for keeping your child's mouth cavity-free:

  • Gentle twice-daily brushing with a pea-sized or smaller amount of fluoride toothpaste, with special attention to the gum line
  • Cleaning between teeth each day with floss
  • Eating a balanced diet with limited snacks
  • Regularly visiting the dentist

For more information on dental sealants for kids, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Sedation Dentistry for Patients with Fear of the Dentist - Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 18, 2016

Dental sedation in Boxborough, MA provides a number of benefits for many dental patients. Those with dental anxiety, a severe gag reflex, difficulty getting numb, cardiovascular or respiratory disease, physical or mental disabilities, or even those who are seeking more comfort can all be candidates for dental sedation. Most often, the patients who opt for dental sedation are those with light to moderate dental anxiety and fear.

There are patients who choose to delay, postpone, or permanently avoid dental treatment regardless of their need to see the dentist. This creates more extensive and expensive dental problems down the line. These patients who suffer from dental anxiety and phobias find it very difficult to move forward with dental treatments, even those that are more basic. As a result, dental health suffers and patients are exposed to certain health risks that can arise and become more costly and time-consuming to address. This is one reason why dental sedation techniques are available. Oral sedation can end this cycle and patients can receive the dental treatment they need. Patients are sedated so they will not suffer the anxiety associated with the dentist. Through sedation dentistry, the dental procedure is easier to conduct therefore faster to finish.

To find out more about dental sedation, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.


Professional Teeth Whitening or Over-the-Counter Whitening Products – Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Look at magazines and watch TV today and you’ll want whiter teeth. We are inundated with celebrities, advertisements and TV shows that show us glistening white teeth. Did you know that teeth whitening is the fastest growing cosmetic dentistry procedure today?

What is better, over-the-counter products or professional teeth whitening? Over-the-counter whitening products take longer to work, they don’t last as long and you may not get teeth as white as you want them to be. Also, there are some types of dental work that doesn’t respond the same to over-the-counter whiteners, which means you may have teeth of different shades.

In-office dental bleaching methods work faster, longer and better. In-office teeth whitening treatments at Today’s Dental of Boxborough means you will have custom trays created specifically for your teeth for at-home bleaching.

Professional trays that are custom-made to fit your teeth penetrate deeper on all the surfaces of your teeth to whiten the front and back of your teeth. Teeth are translucent, so both sides need to be bleached for the desired result. This way teeth whitening last longer. With in-office whitening your teeth can become 4-8 shades lighter in a week or two, and still looking natural. With proper care, the results can last from six months to two years.

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


Choosing a New Dentist –Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 01, 2016

There are many reasons for looking for a new dentist; relocation, your dentist may have retired, you may have a dental issue you need addressed, or maybe you want a second opinion. Whatever the reason, most rely on recommendations from friends and family and now more and more people are relying on dentist reviews. But family and friends may have different needs than your family. You may have young children and are in need of the best pediatric dentist, or perhaps you have dental issues and need more than the standard twice yearly dental check-ups.

There are different things you should keep in mind when choosing a new dentist in Boxborough or the surrounding area.

Location. Nearby home, work or school might make keeping appointments easier.

Special needs. Understand the needs of your family. This could include the need for a pediatric dentist, a dentist that offers sedation dentistry, or one who takes your particular dental insurance.

The right credentials. Most advanced and high-tech dentistry is not taught school. You need to be sure that your  new dentist is up-to-date and qualified to perform newly innovated dental procedures and maintains continuing education.

When looking for a new dentist, ask these questions:

  • Is the dentist accepting new patients?
  • How long has the dentist been practicing?
  • Does the dentist treat patients with special conditions?
  • For patients with dental phobias, find out if sedation dentistry is offered.  
  • Is the dentist a pediatric dentist?
  • How long is the wait for an appointment?
  • Do they have the latest dental technology?
  • Does the dentist take continuing education courses and stay up to date with the latest dental technology and techniques?

Regardless of why you are searching for a new dentist, asking family, staying informed and asking the right questions will help you find the right dentist for your family.  For more information on Today’s Dental of Boxborough, contact us.


Checklist for Choosing a Pediatric Dentist in Boxborough, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 22, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that kids should visit a pediatric dentist when their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. Our checklist will help you pick the best pediatric dentist to fit you and your family’s dental needs.

Finding a pediatric dentist that takes good care of your child's teeth while making the experience relaxed and fun sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Use our checklist to help you find the right dentist for your family.

Finding pediatric dentists

Where can you find a pediatric dentist and how can you be sure they have the right training?

  • Ask for recommendations from friends and family.
  • Ask for a referral from your pediatrician.
  • Search local websites for recommendations.
  • Ask about training: A pediatric dentist has two additional years of residency training for babies, kids, teens and kids with special needs.

Care provided to your child

Your child will see a pediatric dentist from infancy through adolescence. Here is what kind of care you can expect:

  • Oral exams and risk assessment for cavities for infants.
  • Knowledge of dealing with dental habits, such as thumb sucking, teeth grinding or pacifier use.
  • Repair of tooth cavities or other tooth defects.
  • Preventive dental care, including cleaning, sealants and fluoride treatment.
  • Assessment of normal tooth development.
  • Assessment of the need for orthodontics to straighten teeth or correct improper bite.
  • Manage and prevent gum diseases, including periodontal disease and gingivitis.
  • Manage dental and oral conditions, including short frenulae and ulcers.
  • Care of knocked-out teeth, fractured teeth or displaced teeth.

It is important your dentist and his/her staff educate you and your child on proper dental care at home.

Atmosphere

The pediatric dentist offices should be catering to children, with colorful paint and hands-on toys in the waiting room to make the experience fun. Your dentist should also come across as friendly and welcoming.

  • Is the dentist office kid-friendly?
  • Are the instruments appropriate for your child's mouth?
  • Is the office staff friendly and accessible?
  • Is the dentist friendly and accessible?
  • Do the dentist and staff explain to your child what to expect?
  • Is the atmosphere friendly and positive?

For more information on pediatric dentistry, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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