Today's Dental of Boxborough

How to Find A Cosmetic Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAMany people want to improve their smile, but they don’t know where to start. How do you find a cosmetic dentist you can trust short of heading to LA and seeing the cosmetic dentist of the stars? If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist to help fix your smile, here are some tips that you should look for and consider.

Find out what the dentist approach is. Are they using or utilizing the natural tooth structure for strength or are they relying only on the porcelain veneer? What is their training? How much continuing education do they have? This decision is not just about Googling “cosmetic dentist”. You want to find out how much experience a dentist has behind them.

Dr. Anna at Today's Dental of Boxborough has the skills, experience, technology and materials to create a beautiful individual and natural looking smile specifically for you. When choosing the shape, size and color of your new smile, the doctor will take precise measurements and factor in the color of your complexion and your facial features. These tiny details are what make your smile look natural. People won't even notice what's different about you, they'll just see that you're glowing.

Choosing a cosmetic dentist is a very important decision, everyone, including you, will see the results every day. Find out about their experience and what type of work they have done. Find out how and if they will stand behind their work. Look at their before and after images, and be sure that it is work they have done. Find out where the work is being processed as well. Is the lab work done in house, or overseas?

Your smile is important, it lets everyone around you know how you're feeling, and it's the feature that people notice about you first. So whether you want to improve your smile with dental veneers or a full- smile makeover, you want to make sure to choose the right cosmetic dentist to help you out.

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


Treating a Chipped Tooth

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 22, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MATeeth are the hardest tissue in the body, but they can chip, crack (fracture) or break. Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth will depend on how severely it is damaged. Here are some ways Dr. Anna may repair your broken or chipped tooth.

Dental Filling or Bonding

If you have chipped off just a small piece of tooth enamel, Dr. Anna may repair the damage with a filling. Bonding is a simple procedure that typically does not require numbing the tooth. To bond a tooth, the dentist first etches its surface with a liquid or gel to roughen it and make the bonding material adhere to it. Next, the dentist applies an adhesive material to the tooth followed by a tooth colored resin. After shaping the bonding material to look like a natural tooth, the dentist uses a light to harden the material.

Dental Cap or Crown

If a large piece of tooth breaks off or the tooth has a lot of decay, you may need a crown to replace the missing tooth structure. Permanent crowns can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all ceramic. Different types have different benefits. Typically crown procedures take two visits. At the first appointment the dentist will remove part of the remaining tooth in order to cover it with a crown, or tooth-shaped cap. Impressions will be taken and you will go home with a temporary crown. At the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and permanent crown is bonded into place.

Dental Veneers

If a front tooth is broken or chipped, a dental veneer can make it look whole and healthy again. A dental veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite material that covers the whole front of the tooth (much like a false nail covers a fingernail) with a thicker section to replace the broken part of the tooth.

To prepare your tooth, your dentist will remove from about 0.3 to 1.2 millimeters of enamel from its surface. Next the dentist will make an impression of the tooth to be sent to a dental laboratory, which will make the veneer. When the veneer is ready, usually a week or two later, you'll need to go back to the dentist to have it placed. To place the veneer, your dentist will first etch the surface of the tooth with a liquid to roughen it. The dentist then applies a special cement to the veneer and places the veneer on the prepared tooth. Once the veneer is in position, your dentist will use a special light to activate chemicals in the cement to make it harden quickly.

For more information on repairing chipped teeth, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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Dental Implants to Stop Bone Loss and Save Your Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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 dental 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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Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation As Seen On The Doctors

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, the revolutionary treatment for receding gums makes national news on the award winning "The Doctors" show. In this segment, titled the "Lunchtime Gum Lift"™Los Angeles dentist and inventor Dr. John Chao moved receded gums over ten teeth back to normal position in under an hour, with no cutting and no stitches.

This new technique is "quick, easy and instantly pleasing," says Dr. Chao. To date, over 200 dental professionals from around the world have been trained in Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ by Dr. Chao.

For more information on the pinhole gum grafts, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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