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How to Choose the Right Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 04, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MANo matter what age you are, going to the dentist should be a regular part of your health routine. However, many people put off going to the dentist and many don’t have a regular dentist. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "avoiding the dentist can be one of the most costly mistakes one can make".

Putting off regular dental exams is not a good idea. In fact, dental disease does affect your overall health and can ultimately lead to more invasive dental procedures and more expense down the line. You may put it off because you have been going to the wrong dentist for years. Your dentist is like a shoe, they have to be the right fit for you.

You need to feel comfortable with your dentist and your dentist office. Many people have an innate fear of the dentist, but the fact is that taking care of your mouth and teeth is imperative. So you need a dentist who can be informative and relaxing, and in cases of dental anxiety, you need a dental office that can provide sedation dentistry.

Choose a dentist office with the latest in comprehensive dental care with expertise in restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, implant dentistry, general cleanings, and TMJ pain. This way, no matter what comes up you have an office that can handle it all. Most dentists now are using computers in their practice. Radiographs, CT-scans, computer milled crowns and fillings are commonplace. If your dentist is still practicing "old-school", you may be pleasantly surprised by recent advancements.

When searching for a new dentist, here are some suggestions.

It’s not as easy as seeing who is in your insurance provider pool. Ask friends and relatives for their recommendations, read reviews, and pay attention to how you are treated over the phone when you make the appointment. The internet can provide a wealth of information on a provider. During your appointment, be sure that the dentist explains any necessary procedures and why you need those procedures.

For more information on a comprehensive dental office in Newton, Brookline and Wellesley, contact Newton Wellesely Dental Partners.

Excerpts - NWItimes.com

Dental Veneers: Porcelain or Composite

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MADental veneers are the solution to many common teeth problems, and they are an option for those looking for a ‘smile make-over’. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "Popularity and demand for this procedure continues to increase as people become more aware of it as an option. Many of my patients look to freshen their smile and veneers are a great way to look and feel younger. Dental veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin and are able to fix crooked teeth, spaced teeth, chipped or damaged teeth and stained teeth".

Dental veneers: Composite vs. porcelain veneers

Dental veneers are a thin material bonded to teeth, creating a natural look. Veneers are also a popular choice for those looking to avoid braces. But what is the decision between porcelain and composite resin veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers: The advantages and disadvantages

Porcelain dental veneers are custom made for your teeth and are well known for their natural appearance. The pros include:

  • Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and can last for up to 15 years if taken care of properly.
  • Porcelain’s translucent properties create a very natural look.
  • Resistant to stains caused by food, drink and cigarettes.
  • Applying veneers is a small procedure requiring minimal drilling.

Some of the disadvantages are:

  • Porcelain veneers require two visits to the dentist.
  • They are more expensive than composite resin veneers.
  • Porcelain veneers can’t be repaired and must be replaced if damaged.

The pros and cons of composite resin dental veneers

Composite resin dental veneers are bonded to the teeth with resin cement, which is an extremely quick and easy procedure. The other advantages include:

  • The process requires only one visit to the dentist.
  • Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers.
  • They are easy and affordable to repair.
  • Composite resin veneers are versatile and easy to remove, replace and repair.

Composite resin veneers have some disadvantages too:

  • They can stain over time
  • They are less durable than porcelain veneers.
  • Composite veneers are widely considered to have a less natural look than porcelain veneers.

Not all teeth are suitable for dental veneers, so consult Dr. Ryne Johnson at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners with any questions or concerns. We will also help you to make a decision between porcelain and composite veneers. Contact us at www.NewtonWellesleyDentalPartners.com

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Choose the Right Dentist...See a Specialist

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MANo matter what age you are, going to the dentist can cause some level of anxiety. Whether you suffer from fear of the dentist, fear of the unknown, or if you struggle with sitting in the dental chair for a long time; there can be all kinds of reasons that keep you from making a dental appointment. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodotist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "putting off regular dental exams is not a good idea. Pro action is always better than reaction and dental disease does affect your overall health. Often, procrastination will ultimately lead to more invasive dental procedures and more expense down the line".

But, you may be hesitant to go to the dentist. It could be because you have been going to the wrong dentist for years. Your dentist is like a shoe, they have to be the right fit for you, or the experience can be ‘uncomfortable’ or the results can "look like dentistry". Many people do not realize that dentistry has specialists just like medicine. There are children-dentists, orthodontists, gum-specialists, root canal specialists, oral surgeons and a little known specialty called PROSTHODONTICS. A prosthodontist is a specialist who has advanced training in teeth & mouth restorations. Many procedures involve crowns, bridges, TMJ therapy and implant work. They receive three years of additional training and knowledge in restorative and implant dentistry.

Choose a dentist office who has an advanced degree. One with the latest in comprehensive dental care, with expertise in restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, sedation dentistry and TMJ pain. Now, no matter what comes down the line, you have an office that can handle it all in Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

When searching for a new dentist, here are some suggestions. Ask friends and relatives for their recommendations, check credentials, seek experience and reputation, read reviews, and pay attention to how you are treated over the phone when you make the appointment. During your appointment, be sure that the dentist explains any necessary procedures, risks and options and why you need those procedures. Is the office doing digital dentistry and is the office up to date? The decisions you make will influence your outcome, your smile and the longevity of your dental health!

Remember...See a specialist, the difference will make you smile.

For more information on a comprehensive dental office in the Newton area, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Excerpts - NWItimes.com

Bad Breath: How to Get Rid of It

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 03, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MAHalitosis is the technical name for bad breath. Halitosis is the third-most-frequent reason for going to the dentist, behind tooth decay and periodontal disease. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "The intensity of bad breath changes during the day, because of eating certain foods, obesity, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Bad breath may be transient or persistent. Transient bad breath disappears after eating, brushing, flossing, or rinsing with mouthwash".

Persistent or chronic bad breath is a more serious condition, affecting 25% of the population in varying degrees. At Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, we have some tips for you to rid yourself of bad breath.

Tongue scraping- Bacteria collects on the tissue of your tongue and causes a bad odor. To avoid this, brush your tongue while brushing your teeth with your tooth brush or a tongue scraper.

Regular flossing- Bacteria can colonize in the gums between the teeth and if not removed at least once per day, an unpleasant odor can result. The solution: Floss at least once per day!

Regular hygiene visits- The hygienist uses special instruments to remove plaque and calculus leaving your teeth biologically sound. A toothbrush and floss alone, no matter how frequently used, cannot reach areas that the dental hygienist can. It’s important to attend regular dental hygiene visits to stop periodontal disease from developing.

Regular Dental Exams- Tooth decay is also a form of disease. Bacteria cause the tooth to erode which releases a foul odor. To detect any untreated decay it’s important to come in for a dental exam at least twice per year.

Regular use of alcohol-free mouthwash- Mouthwash helps lower the level of bacteria that causes bad breath. We recommend using alcohol-free mouthwash to prevent from dry-mouth.

Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol- Chewing gum helps loosen soft depositing that may accumulate on your teeth after eating and in between brushing.

The right toothbrush- An electric toothbrush is far superior in removing the bacterial layer than a manual toothbrush. Use an electric toothbrush and make sure to replace the head every 3 months.

For more information on getting rid of bad breath, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners in Newton.

Losing Teeth in Middle Age Could Raise The Risk of Heart Disease

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MAPeople who lose two or more teeth during middle age may be more likely to develop heart disease, scientists have found. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners recently came across a published study of nearly 61,000 adults aged between 45 and 69 which showed those who lost two or more teeth had a higher chance of developing coronary heart disease than those who didn't lose any teeth. People's risk had still increased after researchers took into account their diet, level of physical activity, body weight, hypertension and other risk factors. The researchers did not suggest how tooth loss and heart disease were linked, but experts have said in the past that bacteria could travel from infections in the mouth into the bloodstream and cause inflammation in blood vessels, which is associated with heart disease.

Coronary heart disease is a common killer and accounts for 22 per cent of all premature deaths, in the US it kills 370,000 people every year. The NHS says most cases are preventable. It is caused by a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries, which restricts blood flow to the heart and can cause heart attacks. People at higher risk of developing coronary heart disease include smokers and those with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Links have been made between the condition and dental health in the past; tooth loss is a symptom of poor oral health and, this study suggests, an indicator of a higher risk of heart disease. Anyone who lost two or more teeth - regardless of how many they had at the start - had a 16 per cent higher risk, but the risk among those who had 25-32 teeth was 23 per cent higher than those who did not lose any teeth.

In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in the recent past could be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

That's regardless of the number of natural teeth a person has as a middle-aged adult, or whether they have traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as poor diet or high blood pressure.

The relation between dental health such as tooth loss and cardiovascular has been well documented in various research studies. Dr. Johnson recommends an every 3 month dental cleaning for many of his adult patients with early signs of gum disease. "Pro-action is always better than re-action" quips Dr. Johnson. "Why wait for significant dental problems to arise or to risk a cardiovascular incident"?

For more information, contact visit www.NewtonWelleselyDentalPartners.com or contact Dr. Johnson with any questions.

Do You Really Need to Floss?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MAAlongside washing your face before bed and eating your daily greens, flossing twice a day is one of those pieces of health advice that you know you're supposed to be following to a tee. In reality, though? It's not always happening (just me?).

As far as the flossing commandment, however, I can probably count on one hand (maybe even one finger) how many people I know who floss on the reg—which completely goes against what all dentists say.

Then again, the health staple has even come under fire in the past couple of years, with the Associated Press announcing that there's no scientific evidence that you need to be flossing daily. So what gives?

Most dentists say: "Everyone should floss at least once a day. If you don't, you leave food particles between the teeth and under the gums that can cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath."

The problem lies in your toothbrush, which only reaches roughly 25 to 50 percent of your tooth surfaces. Brushing alone doesn't go between the teeth or under the gum, where food particles get stuck—and that's the area where most adult cavities form.

Your tooth has five surfaces. You can only clean three of them by brushing, so two-fifths aren't getting cleaned unless you floss. That's not a passing grade in anyone's book. Sigh—and no one wants a failing grade in hygiene.

If you avoid the situation and stick to your toothbrush only, you risk developing cavities, gingivitis, and eventually periodontitis—which is a serious gum infection that could destroy the bone that supports your teeth (yikes). And you can lose teeth. But, fear not—I asked about the absolute minimum amount of flossing that you can get away with and still have healthy teeth.

The answer? Once a day.

I suppose. For more information, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

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Repair Missing Teeth for Better Health and More Confidence

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MNo one knows better the importance of a beautiful smile than one who struggles with missing, crooked, or gapped teeth. It may affect job security or hiring, you may hesitate to meet people or struggle in new situations. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "Your smile is directly related to your self-confidence and success".

Missing teeth not only affects your smile and self-esteem, they 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. Porcelain dental veneers can fix gapped, crooked or smaller teeth. Both options give you an attractive and confident smile.

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 are a substitute for the missing tooth’s root so they are perfect for replacing missing adult teeth. Dr. Johnson has been performing implant prosthodontics since 1988 and is regarded as a pioneer in the synergistic use of CAD/CAM and CT scans in dental implant reconstructions. They are a permanent, comfortable solution that resemble your natural looking teeth. With dental implants, your teeth will never feel unnatural; but you will 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 Newton Wellesley Dental Partners for more information or for a consultation.

Considering Cosmetic Dentistry? Choose a Prosthodontist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MAThinking about dental veneers, or invisible braces or just improving your smile? Learn the real truth about most cosmetic dentists and you may think again.

  • There's been a significant rise in people seeking cosmetic dentistry
  • There's also been a surge in number of cases of negligence or disappointed outcomes
  • Under-qualified practitioners are trying to cash in
  • Many dentists claim to be "cosmetic dentists" without any additional credentialing, experience or expertise

When you are seeking a cosmetic dental procedure, do your homework. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners recommends that, "you double check and make sure your dentist is qualified". In fact, seek the services of a prothodontist. Prosthodontists have 3 more years of training and expertise than a general dentist. And anyone can call themselves a cosmetic dentist.

In the past five years there has been a significant increase in the number of people seeking cosmetic dentistry - and a similar surge in the number of cases of negligence as under-qualified practitioners cash in.

There is a huge rise in cases involving cosmetic dentistry because so many people want to emulate that Hollywood smile that dentists now see cosmetic dentistry as a lucrative sideline.

There are no controls - any qualified dentist can set themselves up as a cosmetic dentist without further specialist training.

Dr. Johnson wants you to be an educated patient. He will educate you on the procedures that are right for you, and he encourages you to get several opinions. But most of all, he is interested in having you find the best and most qualified dentist to meet your needs and for you to be satisfied with your beautiful, new, pain-free smile.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry or the difference a prosthodontist can make, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Excerpts – DailyMail

How To Eat Your Way To Whiter Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MAAre you whitening your teeth while looking for a snack to get through those hunger pangs?   Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners  wants people to know that there are better options when it comes to your teeth's appearance. 

Below are the best treats that'll enhance the natural white undertones of your teeth, and help drive away the stains we're all guilty of building up over the years. Unless you were blessed with the world's most perfect set of teeth or you have seen a good dentist to create that radiant smile, a couple of shades whiter will make you look healthier and more-youthful.

While there are toothpastes that claim to give you a whiter smile in 'just one use (but not really), and there's always the option of getting professional teeth whitening by a dental professional, chances are you don't have the money or the patience to get that gleaming tooth look.

However, Dr. Johnson is here to tell you that there are foods we guarantee you're already eating that are scientifically proven to give you whiter teeth as you chow down on them. Yes, you have our permission to fist pump.

So, put down that coffee (or glass of red wine, depending on your beverage preference and where you are in the world at this point in time), and grab yourself one of these foods to gnaw on instead...

Apples

Thanks to their crisp skin and firm inner texture, biting into an apple helps to remove any plaque build up on your teeth. Try eating one after lunch if you don't fancy brushing your teeth in the office loos (shudders).

Cheese

Now that you've picked yourself up off the floor, we're happy to deliver the best news ever. A protein in milk used in hard cheeses has been shown to reduce the loss of tooth enamel, which you need to keep your teeth looking their gleamiest.

Almonds

It doesn't take a genius to know that chewing on lightly abrasive, hard nuts will help rub off plaque and wear any stains off the surface of your teeth.

Pears

Dental professionals recommend munching on pears because their subtle acids help break down staining bacteria colonies in your mouth and on your teeth.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a good source of fibre for gums and teeth alike​, and their crunchy consistency helps remove sugar and chemical debris from the hardest to reach places in your teeth. Maybe just lay off the hummus...

Greek Yogurt

Dairy products are teeth superfoods. Their high calcium content strengthens teeth, making enamel healthier and whiter. Excellent news for all you 'breakfast people' out there...

Strawberries

Unlike other berries, strawbs act as a natural astringent that helps to remove surface discolouration from the enamel of your teeth. What better excuse do you need to indulge in champagne and strawberries this eve?!

Carrots

Just like the apple, crunchy carrots help rub away unsightly stains from your teeth. We knew Bugs Bunny was onto something.

Banana Peels

Bananas contain minerals and vitamins, such as potassium and magnesium, which help whiten teeth. However, don't throw away the skin once your done - take the inside of a banana peel and gently massage your teeth with it for a speedy surface-level cleanse.​

So, next time you find yourself without a toothbrush, you'll know what to do...  If not, a speedy way to make your teeth look way whiter is through in office teeth whitening procedure. Contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners for more information.

foodandwine.com

Let Your Smile Make the Right First Impression

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Patners, Newton, MASpring is a season of renewal. Maybe this is the time change your life. Maybe look for a new job, a new love, a new look? Start with a new smile. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "positive impressions often come down to the power of an attractive smile. So, when it comes to that desired job interview, candidates should flash those pearly whites to make a positive impression".

A study says that 48% of adults think a smile is the most memorable feature after they meet someone for the first time. This is even more powerful than the spoken word which raked in 25% of respondents. The way someone dresses pulled in 9% and the way someone smells got 8% of respondents.

It’s pretty close across generations since 52% of adults older than 50 and 45% of the 18-49 demographic are most likely to remember a smile after they’re introduced to someone for the first time.

That said, it’s not just any smile that gets remembered. It has to be attractive in order to be equated with a positive first impression. So, how does one define an appealing smile?

Well, the same survey revealed that some Americans view people differently if they have crooked or stained teeth. That’s viewed as less attractive, according to 37% of respondents. In fact, 25% of survey participants indicated people were viewed as less confident than people with “perfect” teeth.

Other than the tip to smile at a networking event, job interview, and anything related to first impressions, smile online as well for your professional headshot for all of your social media profiles.

To put your best smile forward this Spring, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Patners.

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