Today's Dental of Boxborough

Treatments for Adults with Missing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAYour smile is everything, and if you are not comfortable with yours your self-confidence, and even your success, can suffer. In fact, many adults struggle with their smiles. The average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, there are plenty of reasons, from aesthetics to functionality, that you should correct the problem.

A large space between your teeth may affect how you speak or eat. Even if it’s not noticeable, a missing molar can affect how you chew and remaining teeth may shift. In some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth. With today’s dental technology, you don’t have to suffer from missing teeth.

Here are some options to replace missing teeth. Talk to Dr. Anna about which option is best for you:

  • Bridges. Anchored to your adjacent teeth, these can be removable or fixed, depending on your mouth, your dentist’s recommendation and your needs.
  • Dentures. An option if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth.
  • Implants. Most similar to a natural tooth.

If you are missing any teeth there are a few treatment options. Getting an implant to replace your missing tooth is probably the treatment of choice. An implant has a root that integrates with your jaw bone and the crown on the implant makes it look, feel and function like your natural tooth. This is the most permanent and long-term solution.

The next best option would be to get a bridge. A bridge is like three crowns connected together. The two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are cut for dental crowns. The bridge is then placed onto those two adjacent teeth. The bridge has a fake tooth that connects to two crowned teeth and fills in the empty space from the congenitally missing tooth.

Another option for replacing a congenitally missing tooth would be to get a removable partial denture. This is an appliance that you can put in and take out of your mouth. It rests on your natural teeth and your gums and has teeth on it that replace the congenitally missing teeth.

For more information contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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All Orthodontics are Not the Same

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAYour teeth are not straight, don’t worry, it is not the end of the world. This does not mean you will be stuck in unattractive metal braces for 3 years. There are various orthodontic treatments, including, but not exclusive to, braces. Dentists and orthodontic procedures are not all the same. Do your research, not only on the procedure you want or need, but also on the dentist’s office you choose to go to.

You have alternatives when it comes to orthodontics. For those who don't want to be seen wearing braces, invisible braces are a popular choice. But just because you have chosen clear braces, you should still choose the best provider. They are not the same in every dental office. It is a tool in the hand of the dentist just like a saw. Because you know what it is, doesn’t mean you can build a house.

Another orthodontic treatment is Neuromuscular orthodontics. Neuromuscular orthodontics incorporates facial development for a more attractive appearance. It uses modern technology to assess the function or dysfunction of the jaw and creates the optimum bite for your specific case while creating your new beautiful smile. It's not just about straight teeth, straight teeth are the end goal, but it's also about form and function.

Whether you were born with crooked teeth, your teeth have shifted over the years, or you have had an accident, orthodontic treatment including clear aligners, done by the experts at Today’s Dental, can solve almost every problem without braces.

If you want to find a consultation, contact us.

Composite or Porcelain Veneers, Which is Better?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAPorcelain dental veneers are custom designed shells that are used to improve the appearance of stained, chipped or broken teeth. You have a choice between composite veneers or porcelain veneers, the most popular choice being porcelain. Why? They offer a stronger and more durable alternative giving you a confident, healthy smile.

Porcelain veneers are less prone to staining and last longer than composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain, modeled and adhered to the teeth to change the appearance of teeth which are too short, textured, badly stained, or gapped. Porcelain gives your teeth a more natural looking, translucent appearance, similar to your natural teeth.

Patients and dentists choose porcelain veneers because composite veneers do not last as long, needing to be replaced more often. Porcelain veneers are a better choice over bonding as well because they resist staining from food and drink and they also last longer.

The veneer is applied after removing a bit of the enamel from your teeth leaving you with beautiful natural teeth and a confident, attractive smile. Dental veneers can solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, regardless of the cause. Veneers are most often used to correct worn enamel, wear and tear, genetics, gaps, chips, and stains.

For unattractive teeth, dental veneers are a perfect, pain free solution. To create a bright white smile with beautifully straight teeth, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

Improve Your Dental Health and Improve Your Overall Health at the Same Time

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADid you know that 90% of systemic conditions are related to the overall condition of the mouth?

There is an enormous link between oral health and the overall health and well-being of a patient. Many people often forget that their mouth is a gateway to the entire body and when the mouth becomes infected so do you.

Symptoms such as bleeding gums, rapid tooth decay and inflammation could be early warning signs of diabetes and heart disease. Because of this relatively new link discovery,regular dental checkups are recommended, and where dental issues persist, those issues must be fixed.

Crooked or missing teeth can lead to dental problems, which could lead to other health issues. Crooked teeth are harder for patients to clean on their own. Missing and crooked teeth can also throw off the alignment of your jaw, causing bone, jaw and muscles issues that can result in head, neck and back aches. Digital dentistry allows Dr. Anna insight into your mouth, teeth, and jaw. If you have tooth or mouth issues, Today's Dental of Boxborough can do a risk assessment to develop a treatment plan that you are comfortable with. They will also take the time to be sure you are fully informed and educated on the problem and the solution. Dr. Anna firmly believes that an educated patient is a happy and comfortable patient.

By lowering the risk of dental disease in patients their risk of other serious health disease will be lowered too. The team at Today's Dental of Boxborough is determined to ensure that their patients achieve ultimate health.

For information or to schedule a consultation, contact us.