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Gum Grafts Pinhole Surgical Technique for Receding Gums

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 29, 2018
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Do you have receding gums or do your gums feel extra sensitive? If so, it is time to make an appointment at Today’s Dental of Boxborough. Receding gums are a sign of two things: gum disease or overly aggressive brushing. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and possibly heart disease. Early stages of gum disease can be treated with a non-surgical scaling and root planing treatment. However, excessively receding gums sometimes requires a surgical treatment called a gum graft. At Today’s Dental of Boxborough we perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique which is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is scalpel and suture free.

When receding gums start, lighter brushing will be effective if there is still enough gum tissue left that can act as a barrier from disease and bone loss. But if your gums have receded to the extent that your tooth roots are exposed, you may need a gum graft. Exposed tooth roots can cause sensitive teeth or make your teeth appear longer. Most importantly, exposed tooth roots can leave your teeth vulnerable to bacteria and periodontal disease.

The frenum is the muscle between the upper or lower front teeth. If it pulls on the gum, this could result in gum recession. This is called high frenum attachment. Gum grafts can also be used to fix this as well. Additionally, orthodontics can also stretch the gum line and cause the gums to recede. In all cases, gum grafts are an excellent way to protect the underlying bone and prevent the gums from receding further.

For more information on Pinhole Surgical Technique, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

An Impacted Tooth Can Cause All Types of Problems

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAA tooth that only partially grows through the gums is an impacted tooth. An impacted tooth happens because another tooth blocks it from erupting, or because it grows in crookedly. The tooth that is most likely to become impacted is the third molar because it typically erupts between ages 17 and 21. Because it is the last tooth to appear, there is often no room left for it to fit, causing it to become impacted.

An impacted tooth does not always lead to pain or discomfort, but it can cause other problems. Because the tooth is partially erupted it can create an opening in the gum where food can accumulate. This can lead to gum infection and tooth decay. Impacted teeth can also push on the teeth next to it, causing all your teeth to shift.

Because of the potential issues related to impacted teeth, it’s often recommended to have your wisdom teeth extracted before age of 21. Actually, the younger you are the better and the faster the tissue and bone will heal after the extraction. However, if you are over 21 and begin to have symptoms of impacted teeth, it is important that you take care of the problem as well.

No matter what age you are, if an impacted tooth is causing you pain, soreness, sensitivity or inflammation, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough. Get treatment than unnecessarily endure pain and discomfort!

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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