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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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Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve Smiles

Can a dentist fix my smile?

cosmetic dentistry Newton Watertown Cambridge Brighton MA cosmetic dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve Smiles serv31Do you not smile because of how your teeth look? Whether you are embarrassed by gaps between widely-spaced teeth or left by missing teeth, a dentist trained in cosmetic dentistry can provide options to bring your smile back. There are ways to fix broken, , crowded, crooked and discolored teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is the dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, to restore your smile or make it more beautiful than you ever thought possible.

How can I whiten my teeth?

There are multiple options for discolored teeth. Some people with minor discoloration choose over-the-counter or professional whitening treatments for temporary results. Talk to your dentist about their benefits and risks. For more stubborn discoloration or long-term results, veneers are a good option. Veneers can also be used to retain structural integrity to weakened teeth.

Can my broken teeth be repaired?

Veneers can restore the natural look of chipped, worn-down or cracked teeth. Porcelain crowns can also be used to correct these problems and are a better choice if teeth are more than slightly damaged. Dental crowns can be used for cosmetic dentistry procedures simply to improve the look of an imperfect dentition , and to protect weakened or damaged teeth from further damage. They look like natural teeth and provide strength and resilience not only that but also the function of your teeth.

How does a dentist replace missing teeth?

Missing teeth, especially ones visible when people speak or smile, can be a source of embarrassment. They also present health risks. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with the overall alignment of teeth, and contribute to the development of gum disease. If you are missing one tooth or several, your dentist is likely to recommend a dental implant or dental bridge. A dental implant can hold a replacement tooth in place, or support a dental bridge. Typically made of titanium, a dental implant is basically an artificial tooth root implanted in the jaw. Modern implants provide a stable foundation for visible dental work while preserving the integrity of your jawbone. A dental bridge may be anchored by an implant, but is usually a less invasive option, as it is typically attached to porcelain crowns placed on existing teeth.

What is the best way to fix crooked teeth?

The most common cause of crooked teeth is overcrowding. While many people have had success with traditional metal braces and retainers, there is a more attractive, convenient and comfortable option. Invisalign® Invisible Braces cost about the same as metal braces but are a custom-made series of smooth plastic aligners that are virtually invisible. As well as straightening crooked teeth, Invisalign® can be used to pull together widely-spaced teeth, and correct overbite, underbite, open bite and crossbite.

Whatever keeps you from being proud of your smile, there’s a way to make it beautiful. If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry in the Newton and Watertown, MA areas, Watertown Dentistry provides a full range of cosmetic dentistry and other dental services to make you proud of your smile and keep it healthy and attractive for years to come.

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How To Make Your Child Comfortable In The Dentist’s Office

How To Make Your Child Comfortable In The Dentist’s Office how to make your child comfortable in the dentist’s office How To Make Your Child Comfortable In The Dentist's Office How To Make Your Child Comfortable In The Dentist   s OfficeThe thought of being in a strange room with a stranger poking your mouth with cold, metallic and unusual instruments is not only scary to adults but also to children. To you it may seem like a regular dental check up is the best thing but to your child, it is like the worst nightmare.

Given that you may need to take your child to the dentist more than ten times before they start kindergarten, you need to figure out a way to help them overcome their fear of dentists and make them comfortable in the dentist’s office. The following are some very useful tips on how to make your child comfortable in the dentist’s office

1.     Start Early

You should take your child as early as possible to the dentist. As early as six months, you should make your first appointment to take your child to a pediatric dentist. This way, they will be able to build a rapport with the dentist and they will get used to going to the dentist every six months or as often as the dentist recommends.

Taking them to the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears and after every six months thereafter, is a good habit and hopefully this will become a habit for the rest of their lives. Taking your child to your dentist is also important because it will prevent bacteria from wrecking havoc on your child’s teeth, meaning they won’t need more intensive dental procedures down the road that could have otherwise been prevented.

2.     Go to a child dentist

A pediatric dentist’s office is much more child friendly. Most of them have books to read, stickers on the walls, toys to play with and warm and fun colors. They just look like fun places for kids to be. Regular dental offices also have a little area for kids to play and some might even have examining rooms decorated with children in mind. Pediatric dentists and even some regular dentists are used to working with kids and know exactly how to make kids comfortable.

3.     Don’t tell your child that it won’t hurt

This might sound wrong given that assuring your child it won’t hurt would probably make them much more comfortable. The reason why you shouldn’t tell your child whether it will hurt or not is because you will make them nervous. Just tell them something like the dentist is only going to count their teeth instead of telling them that the drills and shots won’t hurt. Let the pediatric dentist explain exactly what they are doing, the tools they are using and what your child can expect.

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Teeth Whitening And Why You Should Consider It

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A look at some of the causes of teeth discoloration includes chewing tobacco, drinking tea and coffee and aging. At times teeth discoloration can be hereditary. The most popular form of teeth whitening is bleaching. Bleaching is able to remove stains from the teeth and make your teeth gleaming white again.

Bleaching is not always as expensive as people would like to believe and some insurance companies have policies that cover the procedure. With that said, here are some of the reasons you should consider teeth whitening.

  1. You will look younger

Stained, dulled and yellowed teeth make you appear older than you actually are. Over time your teeth may become discolored from wear and tear or by certain foods that you eat. Teeth whitening takes several years off your appearance.

  1. It is a cheaper cosmetic enhancement

Teeth whitening is popular among many people because it is the most affordable way to instantly improve physical appearance. Most dental clinics offer special deals for whitening treatments.

  1. It is safer

It is not an invasive procedure when compared to cosmetic surgery. It does not have recovery time and you can even do it at home. Your dentist can make for you a whitening solution with the correct ingredients and you can use it to whiten your teeth from the convenience of your own home. If you prefer to have laser teeth whitening, you can do it during your lunch hour and experience instant results.

  1. It will help you improve your oral hygiene

Dentists have noticed that people who have their teeth whitened pay closer attention to their oral hygiene habits. They are more pleased with their smile and will take extra care when flossing and brushing. They will also schedule regular visits with their dentists for professional cleaning.

  1. You will boost your self esteem

Whitening your teeth can increase your self esteem ten times more. This is because your new smile makes you comfortable around people and increases your confidence.

  1. You will create better first impressions

As humans, we instinctively create a first impression about someone within seconds of meeting them. A person may unconsciously develop a first impression about you by just looking at your smile. A beautiful smile portrays you as friendly and attractive. These are traits that are desirable in almost everyone.

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Invisalign®: the New Braces

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What is the treatment process?

Your treatment process basically begins when you talk to your dentist and schedule your initial consultation. Not all dentists work with Invisalign® so ensure that you talk to one that has received proper Invisalign® training.

During your consultation, your dentist will tell you whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign® or not. They will also inform you about the costs, insurance and any other concerns you may have.

If the dentist sees that you are a good candidate for Invisalign®, they will take impressions, pictures and x-rays of your teeth. Invisalign® will make 3D images of them and your dentist will use them to create a precise treatment plan.

You will receive custom made aligners based on your treatment plan. The aligners are made of BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your gums and cheeks. The good thing about Invisalign® aligners is that you can remove them when you want to eat or brush your teeth.

You will wear a new set of aligners every two weeks. Your dentist will schedule regular check-ups every six weeks. At every stage of aligning your teeth, you will be able to see changes.

How long will it take to straighten my teeth?

For adults, it typically takes a year while for teens it would take approximately the same amount of time that braces would take. For best results, you should wear your aligners for 20-22 hours every day throughout the entire treatment.

What are the advantages of Invisalign® treatment?

Invisalign® aligners can be easily removed which makes it much easier to clean your teeth and prevent tooth decay. Did you know that 50% of people who use traditional braces suffer from tooth decay because they cannot remove them for eating and brushing?

Some professionals claim that Invisalign® works faster than traditional orthodontics. In a study done in Indiana, traditional braces took 35.92 months while Invisalign® took 12-18 months to straighten teeth.

Invisalign® aligners are comfortable to wear and do not cause irritation or soreness on the tongue, cheek or lips as is the case with traditional braces.

Overall, Invisalign® is a good option for most people who want to straighten their teeth because it is esthetically pleasing, comfortable to wear, makes teeth less prone to decay and promotes better oral hygiene.

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