Today's Dental of Boxborough

Dental Implants to Stop Bone Loss and Save Your Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MATooth loss begets more tooth loss. When a tooth is removed, it can cause the jawbone to weaken, undermining the foundation of surrounding teeth. Besides tooth extraction, gum disease, infection, misaligned teeth, dentures, bridges, sinus issues, and trauma can also cause weakening of the jawbone. Dental implants for missing teeth can help prevent further deterioration. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is inserted into the place of the missing root, topped by a ceramic crown.

The titanium screws are coated with a bone-growth stimulator that promotes bonding between the bone and the implant. The body thinks an implant is a tooth, and bone will grow around and conform to the shape of the new metal “root.” It forms a tight bond that is even sturdier than the original root. This way, implants can save you from losing more teeth, a big advantage over other dental prosthetics.

With bridges and dentures, bone can keep getting lost. You keep getting shrinkage. Dental Implants also look and feel like natural teeth, which is a big plus. Bone is elastic and able to expand and contract like a rubber band. When the implant is finally inserted, the bone clamps on to it like an elastic waistband around a waist.

If a patient’s jawbone has a deteriorated a lot, bone grafts may be needed before an implant can be placed.

Grafts can be done with either synthetic or natural bone and can be the best option when bone in the upper palette has eroded to the point that the sinus cavity shifts downward.

While for many people, implants still seem like a big deal to get, advancements in technique and technology have made placing some implants faster and easier. If the patient’s bone is in good condition, the dentist can place the titanium implant during the patient’s first visit. At a second visit, the dentist places the abutment—the piece that connects the crown to the root. At a third visit, the crown goes in.

The time between a first consult to walking out with a new tooth depends on the condition of the patient’s bone. For most patients who have implants placed on the bottom, it takes around three months, and for patients who have implants on the top, it takes about six months.

The wait time gives the bone a chance to adhere to the implant.

You don’t want any pressure on the implant, so it can integrate with the bone.

Although dental implants are now appropriate for many more people, if you have diabetes, take osteoporosis medication, or have had radiation therapy, you should talk to your dentist because these treatments can impair the ability of the bone to heal and may cause an implant to fail.

For more information on dental implants, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.

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Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation As Seen On The Doctors

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, the revolutionary treatment for receding gums makes national news on the award winning "The Doctors" show. In this segment, titled the "Lunchtime Gum Lift"™Los Angeles dentist and inventor Dr. John Chao moved receded gums over ten teeth back to normal position in under an hour, with no cutting and no stitches.

This new technique is "quick, easy and instantly pleasing," says Dr. Chao. To date, over 200 dental professionals from around the world have been trained in Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ by Dr. Chao.

For more information on the pinhole gum grafts, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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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Happy New Year from Today’s Dental of Boxborough

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Today’s Dental of Boxborough Happy New Year from Today’s Dental of Boxborough. We would like to thank our patients, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in dental care, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service, patient care, and met all of your dental care needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at Today’s Dental of Boxborough we hope you have a safe and exciting New Year.

“We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens

Be Confident in the New Year With a Great Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

 Today’s Dental of Boxborough, MAGood dental health means better overall health. Poor dental health can lead to problems with your physical health as well as your emotional health and self-esteem.

Research “has shown chronic dental infections can be a source of inflammation that contributes to cardiovascular disease, stroke, and a number of other related diseases.”

Additionally, feeling self-conscious about your smile can change how you interact with people. Because of the appearance of their teeth, some people stop smiling, cover their mouths or have a difficult time going out and socializing.

An unattractive smile may not technically be a ‘dental problem,’ but for people who are unhappy with their smile it is a dental problem. It is also a major reason that many patients seek dental treatment. An unattractive smile can really lower a person's self-esteem.

The media constantly shows up people with perfectly straight white teeth. This gives us an increased focus on the importance of a smile. A flawed smile is reason for some people to start feeling down about their appearance.

Do you have a gap between your teeth or a crooked tooth? There are many ways to change the appearance of your teeth if your smile is causing you to have low self-esteem.

Dental veneers can correct common cosmetic issues in your teeth including uneven teeth, worn enamel, worn down teeth, and discolored or chipped teeth. But dental veneers serve more than just a restorative purpose; they can also protect a damaged tooth from more harm. If you are looking to improve your smile and your self-esteem, dental veneers may be right for you.

Regular visits to the dentist can also help raise your self-esteem. Knowing you have teeth that are free of cavities and are looked after by Today’s Dental of Boxborough will make you feel better about your smile. Even knowing that your teeth are healthy can boost your self-esteem.

Feel confident about your smile, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough today to see if dental veneers are right for you.


Caring for Your Teeth Helps Care For Your Heart

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAPeriodontal disease and its treatment are predictors of stroke. Though the link between dental health and heart health is not completely clear, it is important to take care of both.

Caring for Teeth Protects Against Stroke

Paying attention to your dental hygiene and oral health, especially the health of your gums, will certainly give you a healthy smile. It may also keep your heart healthy too. Cardiologists and periodontists, the dentists who treat gum disease, have long debated the link between dental health and heart disease.

A recent study showed the amount of dental care and periodontal disease is significantly correlated to incidents of stroke risk. People who have regular cleanings have a significantly lower risk of stroke.

Interestingly, in the study the highest risk of stroke was in the people who had untreated periodontal disease especially among the youngest age group who were 20 to 44. Poor dental health was also associated with first-time hospitalization for atrial fibrillation.

There are plausible reasons why dental health and heart health may be intertwined. While the link is still being studied, there is also confusion regarding periodontal disease and hearth health. Perhaps those who care better for their teeth care better for their bodies as well. However, a review of several studies by periodontists and cardiologists showed that gum disease is, by itself, a risk factor for coronary artery disease. Also, gum disease is an important risk factor for diseases of the blood vessels and the arteries that supply the brain, especially strokes involving insufficient blood or oxygen to the brain. A link has also found a direct link between clogged arteries in the legs and gum disease.

So, take care of your teeth, take care of your heart. To make an appointment or for more information, contact Today's Dental of Boxborough.

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