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Dental Implants Stop Bone Loss and Save Your Smile

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 17, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MATooth loss begets more tooth loss. When a tooth is removed, it can cause the jawbone to weaken, undermining the foundation of surrounding teeth.

Besides tooth extraction, gum disease, infection, misaligned teeth, dentures, bridges, sinus issues, and trauma can also cause weakening of the jawbone.Dental implants for missing teeth can help prevent further deterioration. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is inserted into the place of the missing root, topped by a ceramic crown.

The titanium screws are coated with a bone-growth stimulator that promotes bonding between the bone and the implant. The body thinks an implant is a tooth, and bone will grow around and conform to the shape of the new metal “root.” It forms a tight bond that is even sturdier than the original root.

This way, implants can save you from losing more teeth, a big advantage over other dental prosthetics.

With bridges and dentures, bone can keep getting lost. You keep getting shrinkage. Dental Implants also look and feel like natural teeth, which is a big plus.

Bone is elastic and able to expand and contract like a rubber band. When the implant is finally inserted, the bone clamps on to it like an elastic waistband around a waist.

If a patient’s jawbone has a deteriorated a lot, bone grafts may be needed before an implant can be placed.

Grafts can be done with either synthetic or natural bone and can be the best option when bone in the upper palette has eroded to the point that the sinus cavity shifts downward.

While for many people, implants still seem like a big deal to get, advancements in technique and technology have made placing some implants faster and easier.

If the patient’s bone is in good condition, the dentist can place the titanium implant during the patient’s first visit. At a second visit, the dentist places the abutment—the piece that connects the crown to the root. At a third visit, the crown goes in.

The time between a first consult to walking out with a new tooth depends on the condition of the patient’s bone. For most patients who have implants placed on the bottom, it takes around three months, and for patients who have implants on the top, it takes about six months.

The wait time gives the bone a chance to adhere to the implant.

You don’t want any pressure on the implant, so it can integrate with the bone.

Although implants are now appropriate for many more people, if you have diabetes, take osteoporosis medication, or have had radiation therapy, you should talk to your dentist because these treatments can impair the ability of the bone to heal and may cause an implant to fail.

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

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Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAYou may be looking for the best cosmetic dentist who will create a beautiful smile for you. But you need to ask a lot of questions before you can be sure.

Cosmetic dentistry is dental work that will aesthetically enhance your teeth. While most people see a cosmetic dentist for aesthetics, a good cosmetic dentist will also focus on the functionality part.

Combining aesthetics with perfect functionality is the most important thing when it comes to getting those dental veneers or implants.

You enlist a cosmetic dentist for: dental crowns, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, or anything related to orthodontics.

What do you need to know about the cosmetic dentist you choose:

  • Experience. Ask your cosmetic dentist how long has he been practicing. There are many general dentists who will offer a few cosmetic dentistry procedures, but it is import to know if they have the experience.
  • Is your cosmetic dentist board certified and licensed. The ADA (American Dental Association) offers the board certification, while licensing is offered by the state. If he is a licensed professional, it means that he has passed regularly all state and national examinations.
  • What are the main types of cosmetic dentistry procedures your dentist is qualified to offer? In order to be able to perform dental implant treatments, veneers and teeth whitening, the dentist needs to complete two extra years of training.
  • For your particular situation, ask the dentist what treatment they would recommend and why. Also, ask about the pros and cons of each dental treatment in your case.
  • What are the possible risks and complications with the type of cosmetic dentistry you have chosen?
  • Ask for examples of past work. A good cosmetic dentist can show you before and after pictures as well as testimonials.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Cosmetic Dentistry for Better "Selfies"

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Today's Dental of BoxboroughThe selfie phenomenon is taking off. Everyone is doing it, celebrities, kids, grandparents even the White House is getting in on the action. The quick snapshots have become the norm.

There are apps for it, songs about it and instructions on how to take the best selfie. The entity known as the selfie has a life of its own. In fact, the ‘selfie’ as well as social media, is having a large impact on cosmetic procedures and cosmetic dentistry. More and more people are choosing teeth whitening, dental veneers and invisible fillings than ever before.

More and more people are coming in for cosmetic dental procedures to enhance and improve their selfie, including teeth whitening and dental veneers. People see something on that photo that is concerning to them, bothering them, or something about their smile that they want to see look better.

As a business person, or as a college graduate in job interview mode, you need to maintain your social media image and profile, as well as your public image. If you have recently viewed a picture of yourself from this new and unfamiliar angle, and are not happy with what you are seeing, it may be time for cosmetic dentistry. Brighter, straighter teeth give you a healthier, younger appearance.

A new study shows that the rise of 'selfies' is having a huge impact on the cosmetic dentistry industry. Many of the people that are opting for cosmetic procedures are choosing to have the procedures done, not necessarily because the selfie made them concerned about something, but because they didn't like the way the selfie presented the way they looked.

But, keep in mind: Another thing to remember-- those selfie pics can be deceiving! The cameras on these smartphones are not made for taking close-up self portraits, they're made for wider group shots and landscape pictures.

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

Cosmetic Dentistry is Good for Your Health Too

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAMore than 9 in 10 Americans say a smile is the most important social asset, and three quarters of them say an unattractive smile would hurt a person's career chances.

But only half of adults polled by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry say they are happy with their own smiles. As a society, we are very smile conscious.

While some may turn to cosmetic dentistry solely for aesthetic purposes, it also can improve dental health.

A person with malocclusion, or crooked teeth, who opts for cosmetic dentistry will likely end up with a prettier smile. But straighter teeth also will be easier to clean, potentially leading to better oral health.

There also can be a self-esteem boost that comes with having an improved smile.

There are instances when cosmetic dentistry is not strictly cosmetic. There's a place for it.

A dentist should ask patients why they want cosmetic dentistry and what they want to achieve with improvements to their smile, then proceeds from there to decide what procedure might be best for that patient.

There are different reasons to choose it. If it's just the shade of their teeth that patients are concerned about, then maybe bleaching is enough. If the patient has very good teeth intact and wants to even them out, maybe veneers are the way to go.

If the dentist suggests cosmetic dentistry, patients can ask several questions to help them decide what is best for them:

  • What is your reasoning for it?
  • Why do you believe I need it?
  • Is it strictly cosmetic or are there health benefits for me?
  • What are risks and benefits of it?

If patients are not satisfied with the answers, they should seek second opinions. For more information, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.


Invisible Fillings

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWhen it comes to cavities, the most common material used to treat and fill them is silver amalgam fillings. When you think of fillings, most people think of silver because it has been used to fill cavities for over 150 years. Amalgam is one of the most durable restorative materials used in dentistry.

Amalgam is affordable and it can endure for years, but…it doesn’t look good. Invisible fillings are made from composite resin that matches your natural tooth color. This means that no one will be able to see you fillings when you choose composite or invisible fillings.

Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored plastic mixture and glass. Previously they were only used to restore the front teeth, but as technology evolves, they have become stronger, so today they can be used on any teeth.

Today's invisible fillings look more natural, are stronger and tougher, and are more versatile. This means they can be used to restore small- to mid-sized cavities, reshape chipped teeth and broken teeth, and replace silver amalgam fillings There are additional benefits to composite fillings. If you have sensitive teeth, composite fillings may make them less sensitive to hot and cold. And with composites, more of your tooth structure stays intact – that’s not the case with silver fillings. Composite fillings are also easily fixable if they’re damaged.

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

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAPediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They have the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.

Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first 6 months of life. By age 6 or 7 years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children face possible oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. Today, early childhood dental caries—an infectious disease—is 5 times more common in children than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.

What Kind of Training Do Pediatric Dentists Have?

Pediatric dentists have completed at least:

  • Four years of dental school
  • Two additional years of residency training in dentistry for infants, children, teens, and children with special needs

What Types of Treatments Do Pediatric Dentists Provide?

Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral health care that includes the following:

  • Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child
  • Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
  • Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)
  • Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)
  • Repair of tooth cavities or defects
  • Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
  • Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease
  • Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth)

Pediatric Dentists — The Best Care For Children

Children are not just small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable. In addition, pediatric dentists use specially designed equipment in offices that are arranged and decorated with children in mind.

A pediatric dentist offers a wide range of treatment options, as well as expertise and training to care for your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth. When your pediatrician suggests that your child receive a dental exam, you can be assured that a pediatric dentist will provide the best possible care.

For more information on pediatric dentists in Acton, MA, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Is My Son Old Enough to Brush His Own Teeth?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAQ. My 3-year-old son is learning to do many things all by himself. Is now the time to let him brush his own teeth?

A. It's fine to let him practice brushing his teeth before or after you brush them, but kids this age do not have the motor skills needed to do a good job brushing on their own. Most children don't develop these skills until about age 6 or 7. Even then, you still may need to supervise.

When brushing, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure your son spits out the toothpaste after brushing and does not swallow it. When finished, have him rinse his mouth out with water.

If he wants to practice on his own, make sure he brushes all the surfaces of both the top and bottom teeth, as well as his tongue and gumline.

If you have questions or concerns about your son's teeth, talk to Today's Dental of Boxborough.

6 Ways to Cavity-Proof Your Kids' Teeth – Acton, Boston, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Even before Baby starts teething, you can help cavity-proof his or her mouth. These six tips will help protect that sweet smile. As soon as your baby is age 1, visit the pediatric dentist twice yearly. But outside the dental office, brush, floss, and help care care for your kiddo's teeth with these cavity-proofing tips.

For more information on caring for baby teeth, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Clear Braces Instead of Ugly Metal Braces – Boston, Acton, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAYou teenage son or daughter needs braces and they just don’t want a set of metal braces to interfere with the social life and self-confidence. With clear aligners, your teen can straighten their teeth without dealing with metal wires and brackets.

With clear braces, no one needs to know you teen has braces. They are made of a smooth, clear plastic that are practically invisible! Their peers won’t even know they’re wearing them. And, they’re so comfortable your teen may not know they are wearing them! They can be comfortable posting their picture and hanging out with friends.

With clear braces your teen can eat whatever they want without worry. Metal braces prohibit you from eating certain foods. With clear aligners, your child is free to eat all their favorite foods whenever they want because the aligners are completely removable. This also means that their teeth are more easily cared for, brushing and flossing as they normally would. This is impossible with traditional braces.

If your teen plays sports or a musical instrument, metal braces can often prevent them from completely enjoying their favorite activities. Additionally, metal braces can make them self-conscious of their smile or their appearance. Invisible braces allow them to be a teenager. Contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough for more information.

A Rise in Temp During Teething Probably Isn't a Fever- Acton, Boxborough, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today's Dental of BoxboroughA teething child's temperature doesn't usually rise enough to be considered a fever, according to a new AAP report.

There's nothing new parents dread quite so much as the teething stage. There's the drooling, the gagging, the teething rash, the night wakings, the fever... But wait a minute on that last part. Researchers who analyzed studies from eight different countries found that while teething can, in fact, make babies (and their parents!) miserable, it usually won't make them sick.

The study examined the commonly held belief that teething causes babies and young children to develop a fever and other symptoms of illness. Here's what they discovered: Using data collected from 10 major studies, the researchers found that gum irritation, irritability, and drooling were the most frequent symptoms of teething in infants and toddlers. They also found that symptoms of teething tended to peak during emergence of a child's primary incisors or front teeth, which can occur between 6 and 16 months of age, and decreased as the child got older. But while a slight rise in body temperature was another common symptom, it was most often not high enough to actually be considered a fever. According to the authors of the study, this distinction is important because if a child develops a true fever (higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), assuming that the cause is teething may lead doctors or parents to miss possible illness or infection that requires treatment.

This means if your little one does develop a temperature lower than 101 degrees while he's cutting a tooth, it's probably not a cause for concern. But if it's higher than 101 or accompanied by any other symptoms of illness, you may want to call your pediatrician or pediatric dentist. For more information contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.