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Invisible Composite Fillings Look Like Your Natural Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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Not surprisingly, when it comes to fillings, most people think silver. Dentists have used amalgam (silver) to fill cavities for over 150 years. This is because Amalgam is one of the most durable and long-lasting restorative materials used in dentistry.

Amalgam may be affordable and it can endure, but it lacks in aesthetics. However, invisible fillings, made from composite resin, matches your natural tooth color. No one will be able to see composite fillings.

Composite resin is made of a tooth-colored plastic mixture and glass. Early on, composite fillings were only used to restore front teeth.

Today's composites look more natural and are stronger and tougher, and more versatile so they can be used to:

  • Restore small- to mid-sized cavities
  • Reshape chipped teeth and broken teeth
  • Replace amalgam fillings

There are other benefits to composite fillings, too. 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.

Start School With a Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

3 Back-to-School Tips

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It’s the start of a new school year, and your kids are set with new clothes and school supplies. But don’t forget about oral health. Add these dental health tips to your back-to-school checklist.

  1. Take your kids to the dentist
    Start the school year right with a dental cleaning and exam. Ask your pediatric dentist about dental sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent decay. These treatments are easy ways to stop cavities before they start. And they can even improve your child’s performance at school. A third of children miss school because of oral health problems, according to Delta Dental.
  2. Pick the right snacks
    Swap out lunchbox no-no’s with healthy alternatives. Instead of chips or crackers, try nuts. Salty snacks may seem healthy because they don’t contain sugar, but simple starches can be just as bad. These snacks break down into a sticky goo, coating teeth and promoting decay. Avoid candies and granola bars, offering crunchy snacks like celery sticks, baby carrots and cubes of cheddar cheese.
  3. Make brushing and flossing fun
    To keep their mouths healthy, kids need to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. They should also floss every day, preferably after dinner. Try these tricks to make oral hygiene more exciting:
  • Use a sticker calendar. Let your kids place stickers on each day to represent brushing and flossing.
  • Play music. Collect your kids’ favorite two-minute songs and make sure they brush the whole time.
  • Personalize. Help your child pick a themed toothbrush in his or her favorite color.
  • Provide a kid-friendly floss holder. These Y-shaped devices make flossing more comfortable.

For more information on back-to-school tips for your child's smile, contact Today's Dental.


Benefits of Dental Implants

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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Dental implants are one of the most common and long lasting treatments for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants function similarly to a real tooth by replacing the missing tooth with an artificial tooth and root. In this process, the root of the tooth is replaced with a titanium screw. It is inserted into the jawbone and attached with an artificial tooth.

The natural appearance of dental implants is one of the greatest advantages of this treatment. They look incredibly similar to the natural teeth and look and work better than bridges or dentures. Compared to other treatments for replacing missing teeth,  dental implants have a significantly more natural appearance.

For most patients, dental implants are easy and a more convenient solution than other options. They can also be used as a support for dentures because the titanium root is securely screwed into the jaw. Today, most dentists are choosing implants to replace missing teeth and enhance overall appearance.

Though dental implants are more expensive than other treatment options, they last a lifetime when properly cared for making them very cost effective. For one or more missing teeth, consider dental implants for a younger, healthier more natural appearance. Contact Today's Dental.

Solutions for Improving your Teeth and Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWith appearance becoming more and more important, cosmetic dentistry procedures are gaining in popularity. In fact, a straight and attractive smile can do much for your self-confidence. In fact, a crooked teeth is one of the biggest reasons that people contact cosmetic dentists.

For the following teeth problems, you may want to seek orthodontic straightening.

Overcrowded teeth – this can happen when there is not enough room on your jaw for teeth to fit. This can be fixed with braces, and in many cases, overcrowding can be fixed with clear aligners.

Spaces between teeth - usually this is caused by genetics, there are several options that can correct spaces between teeth such as invisible braces and dental veneers.

Crossbite – When the lower tooth grows on the wrong side of the corresponding upper tooth. This can happen with one or more teeth and is most often fixed with braces.

Overbite - Usually caused by genetics, an overbite results in upper teeth that fall over the lower teeth. This can most often be fixed with invisible braces.

When people are not happy with their smile, their lives are affected. Self-confidence wanes and many are uncomfortable in social situations. Luckily though there are so many alternatives that can give you a straighter smile. Ask Today’s Dental if invisible braces or dental veneers are appropriate for you.

Dental Implant or Should I Keep the Tooth?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAMany people call us when they have tooth problems. When they are advised to have their tooth extracted and replaced with a dental implant they often wonder if this is necessary, or if they should keep their natural original tooth. Well, that depends on the problem. There are scenarios where dental implants are a better option.

Dental implants are great for tooth-replacement. As far as tooth replacement, you have lots of options, but dental implants best mimic a natural tooth as far as look and functionality. They also help the jawbone and the jawline to maintain its density and volume.

The key word to consider when discussing dental implants is the word replacement, not substitution. Dental implants have a ‘root’ and they have been in use for about 30 years. Over time they have been developed and perfected. However, nothing can totally replace your natural tooth. But, dental implants are the best, most natural looking option.

If you have a tooth that is broken down and cannot be saved, the best choice for replacement is a dental implant. If you had periodontal disease which is compromising your jawbone, then the best avenue would be to extract the teeth, preserve the jaw, and use implants as tooth substitutions. Dental implants can use the remaining jawbone and are healthier and safer than the natural teeth.

If your teeth are salvageable with no further damage to your jaw, teeth and mouth, get the natural teeth fixed. If your teeth and jaw are compromised it would be best to replace those teeth with dental implants.

For more information, contact Today's Dental.

Cavities: Frequently Asked Questions

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADental cavities and tooth decay is increasing among children and among seniors. In fact, most of us have had at least one cavity. While sugary food doesn’t help, cavities are usually caused by not brushing your teeth enough, by not flossing enough and from skipping regular dentist appointments. is not enough brushing your teeth, flossing and dentist appointments.

The following are some cavity FAQs:

Q: Is there a difference between tooth decay and a cavity?

A: Tooth decay and cavities are actually not the same thing. Tooth decay is the gradual process in which bacteria in the mouth produces acids that destroy the surfaces of teeth. Over time, tooth decay can erode the tooth enamel causing a hole, or cavity.

Q: How do I know if I have a cavity?

A: During a regular dental exam, one of the first things your dentist will look for are dental cavities. Dental X-rays can help your dentist diagnose whether you have cavities and how extensive those cavities are. Sometimes a dental cavity is visible to the naked eye. Visible black holes or spots in your teeth, or a toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks could be signs of cavities.

Q: How are dental cavities treated?

A: Treatment for cavities depends on the size and the degree of damage to your tooth. Although many cavities are treated with silver fillings or invisible fillings, onlays may be necessary to treat large cavities that affect the cusp of the tooth. Cavities affecting the areas in between the cusps can be treated with inlays. Dental crowns are also used in some cases to protect a tooth from further damage. In children dental sealants can be applied to prevent against cavities.

Do you have questions about cavities or dental treatment? Contact Today's Dental.

The Disadvantages of Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAEveryone wants a bright white smile, but not everyone can afford the maintenance behind it.

The latest Do-It-Yourself trend is teeth whitening or bleaching. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products can often improve the shade of your teeth; the disadvantages of over-the-counter kits far outweigh the benefits. For more effective and safer results, it’s recommended that you have your dentist perform in-office teeth-whitening.

Here are some potential risks and side effects of over-the-counter teeth whiteners that you should be aware of:

Harmful to the Gum Line - Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits contain peroxides. The peroxide can cause serious damage to your gum line. DIY whitening strips or gel trays can often be too big or small. Either scenario can lead to unnecessary contact with your gum line.

In a dentist’s office, whitening trays are custom made for each mouth. With a lesser risk of gum contact, a higher concentration of peroxides in stronger gels can be used that ultimately yield better, whiter results.

Aggravated Dental Problems- Do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits can make pre-existing dental problems worse. The bleach can get into any abscess of the mouth and cause immediate pain – or worse, an infection.

It is important to make an appointment with your dentist before considering DIY teeth-whitening. They can check for any cavities or gum disease that could be aggravated by the bleach. If you have a severe cavity, the bleach can travel as far as the root and may lead to root-canal therapy.

In gums with pre-existing gum disease, the bleach from kits will burn the inflamed gums and can cause the loss of soft tissue. This can lead to serious illness as the bacteria from the gums can find its way to other parts of the body.

Poor Results- Over-the-Counter teeth whitening can lead to spotted or ineffective results. Most DIY treatments contain bleach concentrations between 10%-20% – somewhere in between is the safest bet for a bleaching agent. Most teeth whitening kits don’t list the concentration so customer cannot choose a strength that’s sensitive to their oral health.

Damage to Tooth Enamel - Enamel is the protective layer around our teeth. It is the hardest tissue in our body, but can be stained by things like caffeine, tobacco and food. This is why people opt to whiten their teeth.

DIY teeth whitening kits are known to contain sodium bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide – two chemicals that, if not applied properly, can cause erosion of the tooth enamel. If the enamel wears away, the layer of yellow dentin underneath becomes exposed and extreme pain becomes inevitable.

If are interested in teeth whitening, we suggest in-office whitening. Contact Today’s Dental for an appointment.

Cosmetic Dentistry and a Healthy Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAA smile can change the whole appearance of people and enhances their charming personality. People are now more understanding the power of a beautiful smile and cosmetic dental procedures help people regain a beautiful smile.

To treat the problems of many individuals who have bad and unhealthy teeth, new techniques in cosmetic dentistry provide avenues to that beautiful smile. In fact, a variety of cosmetic dental procedures enhance your smile while they also provide good and healthy looking teeth. These procedures are porcelain veneers, ceramic crowns, re-contouring, cosmetic bonding and clear braces.

Bad teeth lead to being self-conscious, people find it embarrassing to have bad teeth. People who are uncomfortable with their teeth are uncomfortable in social gatherings, they don’t want to smile or hide their smiles. This presents a self-consciousness or lack of self-esteem. For healthy looking teeth, dentists will advise cleaning teeth twice a day; this will also help a person stay away from many diseases. Many people have yellow teeth and this is what makes them uncomfortable. A cosmetic dentist can help them by providing in- office teeth whitening.

There are no limits in cosmetic dentistry. If you have a smile you are not comfortable with and you are interested in discussing your different options, contact Today's Dental.

Creating the Perfect Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MA For teens today, their social life is as important as ever. But many teens are facing dental concerns. Fortunately, even crooked teeth can be treated discreetly and even invisibly with clear braces. This way, no one can tell you're straightening your teeth. So now you or your teen can smile more during and after treatment.

Everyone wants a radiant smile. No parent wants to hear their teen needs braces. No teen wants to see metal braces when they look back at the pictures. With invisible braces, this is not an issue. Today's Dental experts offer invisible braces to patients who don't want metal braces to get in the way of their social lives.This is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.

Summer also means wedding season, showers, engagement parties, graduation parties, and meeting new college roommates. Maybe stained or discolored teeth is your issue. With dental veneers you can restore the white and natural look your teeth used to have. Dental veneers are a thin, translucent layer of porcelain that comfortably fit over your stained teeth bring about a natural looking, bright smile. Veneers can improve the shape, color or size of your teeth giving you a brighter, more uniform smile.

A bright, confident smile allows you to put your best look forward. By taking care of your teens teeth now, you can ensure that your teen will have strong, beautiful teeth throughout their lives.

For cosmetic and restorative dentistry Today’s Dental offers crowns, inlays composite fillings and dental implants. Let your smile sparkle with white, healthy teeth. Contact us.

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.