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.

Better Mouth Protection with Custom Sports Mouthguards

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MASpring Sports season has just begun and for most schools that means baseball, lacrosse, rugby and volleyball. All can be highly damaging to your child’s mouth and teeth. Did you know that more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out from sporting activities this year? But, it is also estimated that over 200,000 oral injuries will be prevented by custom fitted mouth guards. Protect your child's teeth with a custom fitted sportsguard mouth guard.

More than 34% of sports injuries involve the face. But research also shows that a risk of injury is decreased 99% of the time when a play safe mouth guard is being used.

But there is more to our sports mouth guard than just protection. Store bought mouth guards are not custom made for your child’s mouth so they are not as effective. Also, generic mouth guards cannot be modified for braces or missing teeth and require the athlete to have their jaw clenched when playing.

Our mouth guards will stay in place with no effort, so your child’s attention can be on the game. They offer more protection than over the counter mouth guards. Boil and bite mouth guards often fit poorly with thin spots and holes from biting through the material.

For better protection for your child’s teeth, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Spring is the Perfect Time for Invisible Braces

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Today’s Dental of Boxborough, MASpring is a great time for relaxation and renewal. There is no better way to refresh your smile this Spring than with Clear Braces. Many believe that clear aligners are synonymous with metal braces; however these invisible braces invisibly straighten your teeth with a series of custom-molded aligners. Forget what you think you know about teeth straightening. Because now there’s something different that lets you get the smile you always wanted without metal, brackets and wires.

By using a series of clear, removable aligners, this option still straightens your teeth. Every 2 weeks these clear aligners are changed while your teeth move until they have reached the final position your dentist has prescribed. These aligners are comfortable and removable so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual. Generally a typical Clear Braces case takes about a year from start to finish. Clear Braces can be used to treat the majority of common problems for adults and teens. You may want minor improvements or perhaps you need larger adjustments to your smile. In either case Clear Braces can help. Used successfully to treat overly crowded and widely spaced teeth, it can also help with problems with overbites, underbites and crossbites.

For straight teeth, healthier gums and a sunnier smile contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Curing Bad Breath Through Better Oral Health

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWe have all met someone with bad breath, we have also all wondered about our own breath at one time or another. In social, professional, or personal situations, oral health is important in making connections and in developing our own self-confidence.

Of course there are certain foods that, after being eaten, can cause bad breath; onions and garlic in particular. However, even if you avoid these foods you can still have bad breath. Bad Breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by oral health issues like gingivitis or periodontal disease.

In fact, the main symptoms of periodontal disease are bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth. If you suffer from periodontal disease, you should immediately visit Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Did you know that a dry mouth can cause bad breath too? Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, occurs when your salivary glands are not producing enough saliva. Without enough saliva, bacteria grows in your mouth and causes bad breath.

Of course, smoking is not good for your mouth either. With smoking, the worst case scenario for your mouth is oral cancer, the best case scenario, which isn’t great, is bad breath, mouth irritation, gum disease, stained teeth and a loss in our ability to taste.

Why be self-conscious about your breath? At Today’s Dental of Boxborough we can suggest treatments like mouthwashes and dental cleanings to solve bad breath. Brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing daily can reduce your risk for bad breath.

For information or assistance in curing bad breath, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

Repair Missing Teeth for Health and Confidence

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MANo one knows better the importance of a beautiful smile than one who struggles with missing teeth. You may hesitate to meet people and struggle in new situations. Your smile is directly related to your self-confidence.

But missing teeth don’t only affect your smile and self-esteem. Missing Teeth can have a far reaching domino effect on your bite and overall oral health. Healthy teeth can do more than give you an attractive smile; they can protect you from more serious health problems. Dental implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth,.

A missing tooth usually causes other teeth to shift into the missing space. This miss-aligns your upper and lower jaws causing teeth to space out, crowd, flare out or chip due to uneven forces when the teeth come together. Tooth movement can also lead to root damage and extreme wear and tear on your gum line and jawbone. Gaps in teeth are also the perfect place for food and plaque to collect which leads to tooth decay.

Dental Implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth. Dental Implants substitute for the missing tooth’s root so they are perfect for replacing missing adult teeth, because they are a permanent, comfortable solution that resemble natural looking teeth. With dental implants, your teeth will never feel unnatural; you will only see the difference in your smile. Today, implants provide you with quick, comfortable, affordable and attractive permanent teeth that will improve your health and your self-confidence.

While it is important to have your missing teeth repaired for aesthetic reasons, it is also very important to have them repaired for health reasons, contact 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.