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Options for Fixing Chipped Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MASports and accidents that cause chipped teeth can dramatically affect your smile. In fact, chipped teeth are the most common injury to teeth. Generally, chipped teeth may not cause pain, but nevertheless, they should not be ignored. Any type of trauma to your teeth should receive immediate attention. In fact, there could be damage underneath the surface of the tooth that is chipped. A dentist can rule out cracks or internal tooth problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. And in many cases, your chipped tooth can be repaired in just one dental visit.

There are various treatments for chipped teeth depending on the amount of damage.

Dental Bonding -- Most chips can be corrected with dental bonding. Dental bonding is an efficient, durable and cost-effective way to correct minor chips.

Enamel Shaping -- Often used in conjunction with dental bonding, enamel shaping can also correct small chips or surface flaws. During enamel shaping, a small portion of the tooth's surface is removed or recontoured to smooth out imperfections.

Dental Veneers – If the chip is significant and dental bonding or enamel shaping can't be used, you may need a veneer. These thin, porcelain wafers completely cover the surface of the tooth and are often used for front teeth.

Root Canal – Pain in the location of the chip can be a sign that the nerve is exposed. If that's the case, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.

Dental Crown -- A dental crown is used to completely cover larger teeth or to cap a tooth after a root canal.

Tooth Extraction -- If the tooth can't be saved, a tooth extraction may be necessary. The good news is a dental bridge or dental implants can replace missing teeth.

To discuss your options for a chipped tooth, contact Today’s Dental.

Professional Teeth Whitening for Confident Wedding Smiles

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAProfessional teeth whitening is superior to at-home kits, and the American Dental Association recommends that anyone considering whitening their teeth should consult their dentist before undergoing any procedure. Those using over-the-counter teeth whitening products may not be aware of the risks and side effects of the ingredients contained in them. It is important to consult a dentist to determine if you are a candidate for teeth whitening.

Today’s Dental provides professional teeth whitening services. Choosing in-office teeth whitening has many benefits beyond over-the-counter-whiteners. People are attracted to the convenience of store-bought whiteners, but what consumers don't realize is that whitening the teeth in this way can actually make them look worse.

Store-bought whitening products can sometimes be effective only on certain sections of the teeth. Many people find that at-home whiteners leave spots on their teeth and the results can be disastrous, making you very uncomfortable with your smile. Instead of uniform dull teeth, the you could be left with part of your teeth that are white while the rest of the teeth are not.

There are numerous advantages to selecting professional teeth whitening. First, dentists use high quality, prescription grade ingredients in their gels that are not available over the counter. Second, dental professionals have access to equipment that is only sold to licensed practitioners. At-home whitening kits come with risks. "one of the do-it-yourself kits are customized to the patient. This can result in ill-fitting trays and strips, which in turn can cause pain and severe irritation of the gums.

As for the overall benefits of teeth whitening, having a whiter smile can improve a patient's general appearance and confidence. For many patients, improving their appearance is just as important as good dental health. When they come to us to brighten their teeth, it gives us the opportunity to boost their entire quality of life. Seeing their dazzling white smile is the best reward.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Today’s Dental.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Options for a More Attractive Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAToday, Americans are fascinated with a bright, white smile. But this fascination does not stem from vanity alone. Most people understand the relationship between a confident smile and the ability to project that confidence. If you are entering the singles scene, looking for a new job, or would like a younger appearance, cosmetic dentistry has simple procedures to dramatically change your appearance which can dramatically change your life. Some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures are below:

Teeth Whitening

Most teeth can be whitened. This is also called bleaching. There are a number of ways to whiten teeth. External tooth whitening happens when vital teeth are bleached by direct contact with a safe and commonly used whitening agent. The most successful teeth whitening is accomplished with in-office teeth whitening, where the dentist can create custom designed whitening trays that will ensure your whole tooth is lightened safely and completely.


If you have a cavity, you no longer need to rely on unattractive metals fillings. High density, state-of-the-art plastic (composite resins) and porcelain materials can be used instead. These invisible fillings more naturally mimic the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth. Another advantage of composite fillings is that they preserve more of the natural tooth so less repair work is necessary immediately and in the future. Plastic and porcelain filling materials are also more natural in appearance; making it almost impossible to tell that you have a filling.

Dental Implants

Dentures use to be more commonly used for tooth replacement. However, they do have their issues. Mainly, dentures rest on teeth and gums for stability, which can encourage bone loss, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.

However, there have been modern advances in dentistry. Dental implants are the optimum choice for replacing missing teeth because they replace the roots of lost teeth. As a result they are considered permanent and can be expected to last for many years with the proper care. A tooth replaced with a dental implant looks just like a natural tooth. Dental implants prevent bone loss and extends the life span of the surrounding teeth. Implants are a more convenient, long lasting and natural-looking alternative.

For more cosmetic dentistry options, or to discuss the right option for you, contact Today’s Dental.


Conquer Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 04, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MASedation dentistry is an option for people who are nervous about going to the dentist. It isn’t new, but it seems that there are many people with dental anxiety who either do not know this is a choice or who don’t know enough about it.

Sedation is safe and works well. Sedation dentistry is a technique that has improved dental visits for millions of people who suffer from fear of the dentist. It is also called relaxation or sleep dentistry.

Many people mistake sedation dentistry for being completely put to sleep. But this is not the case. With sedation dentistry, you are can be awake; however, you are very relaxed and may not even really remember the procedure.

As a result, sedation dentistry has helped adults who suffer from dental anxiety get over their fear of the dentist. This has allowed those who have put off caring for their teeth to take back their life, their smile and their health by separating them from their anxiety and nervousness.

Through local anesthesia, nitros oxide, anti-anxiety medication or oral sedation, sedation dentistry allows you to relax during your dental procedures. When you are more relaxed, not only do you feel less pain during and after the procedure, the checkup is easier and goes more smoothly, making consecutive visits easier over time.

If you suffer from dental anxiety or fear of the dentist, have had a past traumatic dental experience, difficulty becoming numb, a bad gag reflex, very sensitive teeth, or a complex dental problems, and think sedation dentistry may be right for you, talk to a dentist at Today’s Dental. Contact us.