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Should I consider dental implants?

Gaps left behind by missing teeth can be embarrassing. If you hide your smile because you are embarrassed by a missing tooth, implant dentistry may be the solution to give you back a smile you can be proud of. Dental implants can be used to hold an artificial tooth in place, or to anchor a dental bridge. We talked more about a dental bridge, which are usually attached to porcelain crowns applied to natural teeth, in a previous post. They are a great option for people missing one or more teeth between other teeth. Implant dentistry offers a more permanent solution.

Implant dentistry implant dentistry Should I consider dental implants? Watertown Newton Cambridge dental implants dentistWhat are dental implants?

Natural teeth have roots. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is implanted into the jaw to hold an artificial tooth in the same way your natural tooth root held your missing tooth. Modern implants are made of titanium, which allows them to not only hold attractive new artificial teeth in place but also preserve the integrity of existing natural bone. When the integrity of the jawbone is preserved, the potential for future damage that would require further intervention is limited.

How does a dental implant protect the integrity of the jawbone?

The key to modern dental implants’ double usefulness is the material of which they are made. Natural bone can actually bond with titanium, which makes it ideal for various replacement applications. The big word for the process by which structural and functional bonding between metal and bone occurs is osseointegration, from the Greek osteon (bone) and Latin integrare (to make whole). The titanium implant bonds with your jawbone in a way very similar to your natural tooth root. A properly installed implant will preserve the bone of your jaw instead of damaging it.

Is dental implant surgery painful or dangerous?

Although implant dentistry is more invasive than a typical crown application for a dental bridge, advances in implant dentistry over the last decade have made implant surgery simpler and more comfortable, typically only requiring a single surgery performed with a local anesthetic in the relative comfort of your doctor’s office instead of an operating room. It is a simple and safe procedure for most people, but there are some important exceptions.

Who should not consider dental implant surgery?

Individuals who suffer from bleeding disorders are not candidates for dental implant surgery. The same is true for people with uncontrolled diabetes, as these conditions can cause life-threatening complications. Patients receiving radiation treatment or intravenous bisphosphonates should also avoid implant surgery. If you are considering any type of dental procedure, be sure to tell your dentist about any health conditions you have and any medical treatments you are undergoing, as well as any medications you are taking. Be honest about any concerns you have.

Who is a Boston dentist I can trust for implant dentistry?

Watertown Dentistry provides a full range of dental services, from simple cleanings to implant dentistry to complete dentures. Dr. Ray Hanna, DMD and his dental team are committed to providing professional, friendly and thoughtful care to all our patients through every visit, treatment program and procedure. We take the time to answer all your questions and provide the highest quality service. Feel free to contact us to schedule your first appointment.

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Can Invisalign® fix my crooked teeth?

Invisalign for crooked teeth invisalign dentist Can Invisalign® fix my crooked teeth? Invisalign   dentist Watertown Belmont Newton Cambridge MAInvisalign® Invisible Braces are a custom-made series of smooth plastic aligners. Following the creation of a 3-D image of your teeth, your unique treatment plan will be developed by your Invisalign® dentist, and Invisalign® will custom make a series of aligners that fit your teeth and will gradually shift them to where they should be. You will start a new stage of treatment by wearing a new aligner approximately every two weeks. Each aligner will be closer in shape to your realigned smile.

Are Invisalign® aligners a good alternative to braces for kids with crooked teeth?

Invisalign® offers many benefits over traditional braces, but are not alternative to braces specially in kids, because kids does not like to wear them since they have the option not to it is easy to forget about them or to lose them and that might delay the treatment .

Braces cost about the same. The smooth plastic aligners are virtually invisible. Because they are smooth, they do not irritate gum or cheek tissue like metal braces typically do. Invisalign® wearers do not have to give up any of their favorite foods because Invisalign® aligners are removed when the wearer eats. Being able to take out the plastic aligners also allows for typical dental care. Simply remove the aligner when it is time to eat and then brush and floss as usual.

I didn’t get braces as a child and my teeth are still crowded and crooked; will Invisalign® work for adults?

Overcrowding is the most common cause of crooked teeth, and Invisalign® is the perfect choice to straighten crooked teeth whatever your age. Your Invisalign dentist can improve your smile by straightening your teeth with Invisalign® whether you are 16 or 60. It is never too late to get the smile you have always wanted.

Can Invisalign® close the gaps between my teeth?

Invisalign® Invisible Braces are not only a great choice for straightening crooked teeth, they can also be used to effectively pull together widely-spaced teeth.

Is Invisalign® used to correct overbite and other bite problems?

Your bite is how your top and bottom teeth line up with each other. Dentists call how your teeth contact each other occlusion. Misalignment of your bite, called malocclusion, can make your teeth and gums more prone to damage and irritation, and causes other pain. An Invisalign dentist can correct an overbite (upper teeth bite over the lower teeth), anterior crossrbite (lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth), open bite (some teeth cannot make contact with opposing teeth) and crossbite teeth to bite inside the lower teeth (misalignment of the jaw causing one or more upper). Invisalign® can be used to correct any of these problems with bite. Your Invisalign dentist can let you know if you are a candidate for Invisalign® for your bite issues.

Will I need to wear a retainer if I use Invisalign® to straighten my teeth?

May be. Only your Invisalign dentist can tell you if your beautiful new smile will require a retainer to prevent relapse. If you require a retainer the makers of Invisalign® also make Vivera retainers in the same smooth, comfortable style.

Does Watertown Dentistry provide Invisalign®?

Yes! Watertown Dentistry’s Dr. Ray Hanna, DMD is Invisalign® certified dentist and can get you started on the road to straighter teeth as soon as you call and make an appointment for your free consultation.

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Veneers – Improve the Color and Appearance of Your Teeth

Dental veneers before and after cosmetic dental care Veneers - Improve the Color and Appearance of Your Teeth Cambridge Brighton Cosmetic Dental Care Watertown Newton MACosmetic dental care will stop you from being embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth. Whatever the issue, your dentist can give you options to improve it. Veneers are a great choice to deal with discolored teeth, no matter how severe the discoloration. Veneers can also be used to repair chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain specially shaped and sized to cover the front surface of teeth. Basically, they are specially-made shells that are bonded to teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can be used to change the color or to restore the look of teeth that are worn down, chipped, broken, or irregularly shaped; and close the gaps between widely-spaced teeth.

How do veneers strengthen weakened teeth?

Because veneers are bonded to natural teeth, they add a new and whole layer that is also sturdier than tooth enamel.

What should I expect if I decide to get veneers to improve the look of my teeth?

The first step in getting veneers is a consultation with a dentist that is experienced in cosmetic dental care. If you have not had your teeth x-rayed in a while, assume a dental x-ray will be part of your initial visit. If you and your dentist decide veneers are the best choice for you, you can expect two more dentist visits to prepare your teeth and the veneers, then  apply them. For typical veneers, your dentist will have to remove a very thin layer of enamel from the front surface of the teeth, about ½ a millimeter; this sometimes requires a local anesthetic. A model or mold will be made of the reshaped teeth and sent to the dental laboratory where your veneers will be made. In one to two weeks, your veneers will be ready for your dentist to bond. Before they are bonded, your dentist will check the veneers for fit and color and will then prepare the surface of your teeth by cleaning, polishing and etching them so the veneers can bond well. The veneer will be attached with a permanent cement, which will be quickly dried and cured with a special light.

Will veneers look like natural teeth?

Yes! Veneers are specially made to look like the surface of natural teeth. Porcelain veneers in particular mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth.Your teeth will look as good as your natural teeth did before they were damaged, or better. If you are having just one veneer cemented, or if natural teeth will be visible next to multiple veneers, people will only notice your beautiful smile.

Do veneers require special oral care?

No, but it is important to always remember proper oral care and dental hygiene. After your veneers are applied, continue your daily routine of brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing every day. If you are not yet following this routine, paired with regular visits to your dentist, begin now. With the same good care you give your natural teeth, your veneers will last at least five to ten years before you will need to have your cosmetic dental care dentist replace them.

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Teeth Whitening Dentist

What are my teeth whitening options?

How can I whiten my teeth at home?

There are numerous whitening toothpastes on the market. Several have received the American Dental association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Whitening toothpastes do not change the color of the tooth but are meant to remove surface stains through gentle polishing or chemical reaction. Home tooth-whitening kits are designed to change the color of teeth by bleaching them. They contain peroxide(s) that work on both surface and deep stains. Be sure to talk to your teeth whitening dentist before attempting to whiten your teeth at home with a bleaching kit. It is important to make sure any use of a bleaching agent is properly done in the context of the dental treatment plan designed by your teeth whitening dentist.

What is the difference between home tooth-whitening kits and professional tooth whitening?

Belmont Cambrdige teeth whitening dentist Newton Watertown MA teeth whitening dentist Teeth Whitening Dentist 42Tooth-whitening kits available over the counter (OTC) can be done at the purchaser’s discretion. It is important that you follow all instructions as written, and you should consult your dentist before trying any at home whitening kit. Professional tooth whitening may involve one treatment at your dentist’s office or your dentist may do an initial bleaching and have you follow up with specific instructions at home to complete the process. OTC tooth whitening kits generally have a lower concentration of peroxide, typically hydrogen peroxide. Teeth whitening dentist prescribed treatments contain a higher concentration of carbamide peroxide and/or hydrogen peroxide.

What are the risks of tooth whitening?

The most common problem associated with bleaching agents used to whiten teeth is discomfort related to increased tooth sensitivity. Soft tissue irritation is likely to result from trays that do not properly fit the mouth. The longer the exposure and the higher the concentration of the peroxides used for tooth whitening, particularly hydrogen peroxide, the greater the risk of gum irritation or increased tooth sensitivity. If the gums are not sufficiently protected, the irritation can move beyond a burning sensation to severe tissue damage. There is also a possibility of enamel or pulp damage. If you choose to bleach your teeth, always follow manufacturer and teeth whitening dentist instructions.

Will brushing with a whitening toothpaste really improve my smile?

Whitening toothpastes are made to remove discoloration and stains on the surface of your teeth. They are not made not change the color of your teeth. If you would like to brighten the look of your smile by removing surface stains, a whitening toothpaste may help.

Are there other tooth-whitening options besides toothpaste or bleaching?

For more stubborn discoloration, bleaching may not be a sufficient alternative, especially without risking damage to the teeth or gums. The results of the OTC and even professional tooth-whitening methods are also temporary, as the natural tooth is still prone to staining. To deal with severe staining, particularly on teeth that are already sensitive or damaged, veneers are a good option that will also provide long-term results. Veneers are custom made to fit over your natural teeth. As well as improving the look of severely stained or yellowed teeth, they can also be used to return structural integrity to weakened teeth.

Talk to your dentist or our teeth whitening dentist about the benefits and risks of any teeth whitening treatment or procedure you consider.

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Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?

Do you have a gap in your smile, left by a missing tooth? Are you afraid to smile because you are embarrassed of gaps left by missing teeth? You have options. A dental bridge is an option for someone missing a tooth, or a few teeth, between other teeth.

Is a ceramic bridge a good way to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth?

Yes! A dentist can use a ceramic bridge to fill in the gap left by missing teeth, to improve the look and function of your teeth.

Why should I get a bridge if my missing tooth doesn’t bother me?

If you are not embarrassed by a missing tooth or teeth, good for you. But a missing tooth is not just a matter of self-confidence. Gaps left by a missing tooth or teeth affect more than just the look of your smile. They make you more prone to develop gum disease and other potentially painful problems. Your remaining teeth can shift into the gap and change your bite, which is the alignment of your teeth. This might not sound like a big deal, but an imbalance in your bite can lead to painful problems including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

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How does a ceramic bridge work?

A ceramic bridge requires the placement of crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap left by missing teeth. The artificial tooth or set of teeth of the bridge is permanently attached to these crowns.

Will a bridge look like my natural teeth, or will people notice it when I smile or talk?

Your dental bridge will look like your natural teeth when you smile and talk. The necessary crowns and artificial teeth will be made to look and function like your natural teeth. A bridge also stays in place like natural teeth.

Is a dental bridge the same as a partial denture?

No. A dental bridge is permanently attached to crowns on adjacent teeth. A partial denture is held in place by metal clasps that fit onto remaining natural teeth. A partial denture can be removed; a bridge cannot. Because a bridge is not removable like dentures, it cannot slip while you eat or talk.

What is the difference between a bridge and a dental implant?

A bridge and an implant are both permanent replacements for missing teeth. But how they are held in place is very different. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium, and holds a crown in place like the missing root held your natural tooth in place. It is implanted in the jaw, in the alveolus of the missing tooth (empty tooth pocket), where, over time, the titanium bonds with the jawbone in a manner similar to the original tooth’s bond. A bridge is less invasive because it is attached to crowns on existing teeth instead of being implanted in the jaw.

Does a dental bridge require any special care?

Like your natural teeth, a ceramic bridge requires good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day. Visit your dentist at least every six months to maintain a regular schedule of professional cleanings and any other treatment necessary to keep your natural teeth healthy.

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