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TMJ DISORDER

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 16, 2012

“Temporomandibular joint” or TMJ is actually the hinge joint connecting the lower jaw to the skull’s temporal bone.

The temporal bone is located in front of each ear. The ligaments, muscles and joints on each side of your jaw are attached to the jaw joint. They let you open and close your mouth and allow you to chew, swallow and talk.

It works wonderfully, when it works, but it can be thrown off by a number of problems.

Some disorders of the TMJ are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, grinding teeth, dislocation, misalignment of jaw or teeth, or injury. Stress can cause muscles of the jaw or face to tighten or teeth to clench.

Your face, jaw joint, neck, shoulders, around the ear, or in the ear may be tender or sore when you chew or speak, or when opening your mouth wide.

You may not be able to open your mouth as widely as you could before. Your jaw may get stuck either open or closed.

You may have clicking, grating or popping sounds which may or may not be painful when moving your jaws.

Chewing may be painful or may feel “off”. You may have swelling on one side of the face or the other, or both sides.

Pain from temporomandibular disorders can be temporary for some people or it may last for years. Women are more likely to get TMD than men are. It is most likely to hit between age 20 and 40.

Dr. Johnson can perform an examination in the case of TMD and help you solve your dental problems that cause these aches and pains. Use of a bite plate or a night guard, custom designed by the dentist may lessen teeth grinding and clenching.

If you are suffering from TMD:

It can be helpful to eat softer foods. Don’t bite your nails or chew gum. Pain may be eased by using heat packs. Some people find relief through meditation, biofeedback or other types of relaxation techniques to reduce jaw tension. Also recommended, strengthening your jaw muscles through exercise.

For an appointment contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

EmpowHer

A GIFT FOR YOURSELF: TEETH WHITENING

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 09, 2012

The holidays are right around the corner. Give yourself a gift: teeth whitening. White, healthy looking teeth say a lot about a person. They say you are confident, healthy and young. Yes, whiter teeth make you look and feel younger.

You may not consciously notice your own or someone else’s teeth, but a smile makes a first impression. White teeth and a healthy smile let you feel confident and comfortable.

This holiday season enjoy the holiday photos with healthy white teeth through teeth whitening. And at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners we will make sure your new white smile is a natural smile. No one should look like they have been through a teeth whitening procedure. Natural smiles are better than that fake-looking smile.

At Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, our patients come in for a deep dental bleaching session in order to jump start the whitening process. Our patients then go home with prepared dental bleaching “trays” to supplement the process and do touch-ups in the privacy of their own homes.

For the holidays, give yourself a whiter smile that says “beautiful and confident”. Contact us before December 1st and mention this blog for 50% off our usual fees and remember, “See a Specialist…The Difference Will Make You Smile”.

RESTORE YOUR TEETH FOR A CONFIDENT SMILE

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 05, 2012

Does your smile make you uncomfortable? A cosmetic dentist can restore the smiles of people who have teeth that are decayed, damaged or even missing and are finding it embarrassing to smile. Dental implants are a popular smile restoration technique that is used to replace teeth that are lost to provide an attractive new smile. Dental implants provide people with beautiful, bright, natural-looking smiles. An attractive smile gives you new-found confidence in social settings.

According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, Prosthodontist and Director at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, dental implants are a safe, effective and permanent way to replace teeth that are missing or badly damaged. A dental implant is a small post made of titanium that is installed into the jawbone. A natural-looking porcelain tooth is then custom-made and held in place by the implant to restore the tooth and provide a new smile makeover. And now, with current computer technology in the hands of experienced specialists, teeth can be placed on the same day as implants.

Dental Implants can be used to correct many problems:

  • Restoring teeth that are badly damaged or decayed;
  • Replacing missing teeth to restore a smile;
  • Replacing infected or loose teeth;
  • A popular alternative to dentures that is permanent.

Dental tooth implants are a permanent solution for restoring your teeth. Dr. Johnson can provide his clients with an attractive new smile that is naturally beautiful. Our patients are amazed at the dramatic transformation in their appearance and they feel more attractive and self-confident.

For more information about the cosmetic dentistry services offered by Newton Wellesley Dental Partners or to schedule your complimentary consultation, contact us. Remember, “See a Specialist…the Difference Will Make You Smile”

PROSTHODONTICS HAVE A ROLE IN COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 25, 2012

Prosthodontics can really help you achieve a straight and beautiful smile so that you can be confident wherever you go and make that incredible first impression. Statistics show that a healthy, bright and white smile is one of the keys to success. A beautiful smile is not only a sign of good health, but it will also raise your self confidence, which means that you will become more productive.

Charles Reade, a 19th century author, quipped, “Beauty is power and its sword is a smile”. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, who is regarded as a pioneer in CAD/CAM dental ceramics was recently quoted in Boston magazine, “In the sphere of cosmetic dentistry, credentials, experience, and an attention to detail influence the subtle nuances that determine whether one’s smile suggests countless hours in a dental chair or projects the radiance of well-maintained beauty”. In other words, does your dentistry look like dentistry or is it imperceptible?

Prosthodontists specialize in dental implant reconstructions, partial dentures, inlays/onlays, crowns, dental bridges, TMJ therapy & night guards, dental implants and porcelain veneers. Prosthodontists are known for their expertise in offering a wide array of cosmetic dental procedures meant to completely transform your smile.

Other important dental procedures for which prosthodontists receive advanced training include:

  • resolving congenital birth anomalies relating to teeth, the jaw/dental arc & palate
  • resolving snoring & sleeping disorders
  • offering mouth reconstruction in case of oral cancer
  • resolving dental problems related to joint & jaw complications

Of course, many of the procedures above can be performed by a general dentist or a ‘cosmetic’ dentist. However, if you want the best possible treatment many suggest that you should visit a prosthodontist who has advanced training or experience in all these types of dentistry and dental reconstruction techniques. Prosthodontists typically under-take 3 more years of clinical training after the four years required to be a general dentist. This allows them to be more-focused in a narrow scope of care.

If you have concerns regarding any aspect of your smile, if the teeth that are misaligned or missing, and if jaw problems or pain persist, you should research for the best prosthodontist out there to get the highest quality treatment.

For more information, visit, www.Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.com. And remember, “See a Specialist…The Difference Will Make You Smile”.

World Dental

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DENTAL HYGIENE MONTH

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 22, 2012

Each year, dentist offices celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month in October. The event was developed in an effort to spread awareness of healthy oral hygiene and preventative dental services.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 20,000 Americans have been diagnosed with oral cancer this year. According to Dr. Ryne Johson, Prosthodontist and Director at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, oral cancer signs can be detected early, which is why visiting a dentist regularly is crucial. Some recommendations on how to follow a simple daily oral health regimen to prevent oral disease include:

  • Brush teeth for two minutes, two or three times daily
  • Floss daily under the gumline and between teeth
  • Rinse with an fluoridated antimicrobial mouthwash daily
  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating
  • Visit a dentist every six months or more frequently if indicated
  • Avoid hazardous chemicals from smoking and tobacco

At Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, we make an effort to assure patients’ have healthy gums and teeth before performing any cosmetic dentistry or reconstructive dentistry procedure. During oral exams we check our patients’ teeth for cavities, bite problems, fractures, pockets of plaque or bacteria, and take X-rays for an in-depth look at the underlying bone. If early signs of oral cancer are detected, we take the necessary steps to assure the patient is referred for additional evaluation/treatment.

For more information or to schedule your appointment, visit NewtonWellesleyDentalPartners.com and remember, “See a specialist…the difference will make you smile”.

Dentistry IQ

DO RESEARCH WHEN CHOOSING A COSMETIC DENTIST

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 12, 2012

All things considered, dentistry is still somewhat affordable and many dental procedures are covered by insurance. But when it comes to cosmetic dental procedures, coverage varies and the quality of service varies. Spend time on the decision making process. Why let your insurance company determine what is in YOUR best interest? Only you know what is best for you …besides, insurance companies are in the business of making money for their share-holders.

Cosmetic dentistry involves dental treatments that are designed to make your teeth look more beautiful, straight and white, so these treatments are purely cosmetic. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, “for many people, a cosmetic enhancement generally replaces old, tired work. In these instances, insurance will contribute toward the procedures”.

For many, accepting a sub-standard smile is not an option. Studies have shown that people with a beautiful smile make 37% more than those with a ‘bad teeth’. Thus, many people in this challenging economy seek those fantastic dental veneers or other endeavors to create the smile they’ve been looking for.

Because these procedures are more costly, you want to do your homework. Put some effort into researching. Cheap procedures, quick-fixes, or less reputable offices are not worth it when it comes to your smile. Poor work ultimately costs more because it fails quickly, needs to be redone often and generally leads to additional problems/expenses. Take your time and be fully educated in the process before making your decision. Remember, dentistry is a SERVICE not a commodity.

Dr. Johnson at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners believes that education is the key, regardless of where you get your cosmetic dentistry done. A dentist’s reputation, experience, passion, credentials, skill set, and lab affiliations are critical! An educated patient, one who knows what the best procedure is for their life and situation, is going to have outstanding dental treatment that works best for their lifestyle and budget.

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners offers top quality cosmetic dentistry and has earned a 25 year reputation as one of the Boston Area’s best. Take a look at our testimonials, and learn from the experience of our patients. Visit us at www.NewtonWellesleyDental Partners.com for more information and remember, “See a Specialist…the Difference will Make You Smile”.

FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION RESULTS IN A MORE YOUTHFUL SMILE

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 05, 2012

The muscles and teeth in your mouth and jaw are very complex. Without the proper bite, chewing can become an issue, your teeth can become worn, jaw soreness can result and headaches are often a result. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, who is recognized as one of Boston’s most trusted and talented prosthodontists, “facial muscles contribute to one’s ability to function and augment the facial aesthetics. With tooth loss we often see TMJ symptoms, a sunken-in look, and the appearance of pre-mature aging”.

There are many procedures that can correct the relationships of the muscle, bone and teeth in your mouth including dental veneers and crowns, dental implants, bridges, and removable dental prosthetics, all of which can take place in a full mouth restoration. Full Mouth Reconstruction is the process of rebuilding and/or restoring many or all of the teeth in your upper and lower jaw.

While full mouth reconstruction sounds intensive, the results are a perfect smile every time. You will end up with a more comfortable bite and less tension in the jaw and neck. If done correctly, by and experienced, passionate prosthodontist, the results should be otherwise imperceptible.

For those who suffer with teeth that are out of alignment, each time your jaw closes, your mouth, jaw and muscles are damaged. A full mouth reconstruction procedure addresses these problems allowing relief from pain, improved function and aesthetics. More importantly one enjoys better oral health. Best of all, you will also benefit from a beautiful, more youthful smile.

If you are wondering if a full mouth reconstruction is right for you, visit Dr. Johnson and the other doctors at www.NewtonWellesleyDentalPartners.org or call to arrange for your consultation.

FIX THE TOOTH DAMAGE CAUSED BY GRINDING

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 28, 2012

Most people are totally unaware that they grind their teeth, either during the day or at night. Some dentists believe that this is an issue for 75% of patients. Beyond causing headaches, TMJ problems and neck aches, grinding can have an aging effect on the smile by wearing the biting edges of the teeth (especially the front), which not only alter their appearance, but interfere with their function, as well.

According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, teeth grinding can also affect the look of the face by contributing to facial collapse. The distance between the nose and the chin can decrease, causing deep wrinkles making you look older. Dr. Johnson states, “I have seen countless people over the years that have spent thousands on cosmetic surgery or Botox only to learn that it was their dental issues that were at fault”.

A drastic smile makeover isn’t your only option. Just as with plastic surgery, smaller procedures can give you the smile of your dreams. Slight reshaping of the teeth with cosmetic contouring can improve the appearance of your smile, as can ongoing whitening at home.

To restore the length of your teeth associated with youth, bonding or veneers on the tips of the front teeth is an option too.

For a consultation on how to fix your damaged teeth, contact Dr. Johnson at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.org. Remember…See a Specialist, the Difference will Make You Smile”.

New Beauty Magazine

FOR A SMILE WORTHY OF A JOB INTERVIEW, SEE A PROSTHODONTIST

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 20, 2012

The current economy has created more competition in the marketplace than seen in recent history. Whether you are trying to maintain your competitive edge or if you are one of those in the workforce looking for a new position, first impressions are critical.

Your smile is a fundamental aspect of your interview; more than your wardrobe, more than your accessories, more than your handshake. The quality of one’s smile often sends a message of success.

Some people are lucky and they have great smiles. Others are predisposed to teeth that are easily broken, damaged or stained. Sometimes genes and lifestyles can cause these problems but often an ugly smile just ‘happens over time’. Stained teeth, dark fillings, missing teeth or bad dentistry can be unsightly. Cosmetic dental procedures can create the white, natural smile that you’ll need to make the right first impression.

According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, who is regarded as one of the Boston Area’s most trusted and respected dentists, cosmetic dentistry can be an easy way improve your image. Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures like dental veneers, ceramic fillings, full mouth reconstruction, teeth whitening and dental implants.

“Quality dentistry should project naturally-radiant beauty and should NOT look like dentistry”, says Dr. Johnson. “Many accept less-than ideal work because they don’t realize what can be done in the hands of a talented prosthodontist”.

For information or a consultation on how Dr. Johnson and his team at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners can improve your smile, visit NewtonWellesleyDentalPartners.org and remember, “See a Specialist, the Difference will make you Smile”.

TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 13, 2012

Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure performed today. As Americans we are obsessed with white teeth. There are several options available to you for teeth whitening, and it is important that you educate yourself on your options.

There are a number of bleaching products:

Teeth whitening toothpastes – approved toothpaste can help lighten your teeth. They do not bleach the teeth. They are aimed at removing surface staining. Hence they are comparatively less effective than other bleaching methods. Therefore, it takes a lot of time for these toothpastes to show results. Opt for this method if you have a lot of patience.

Over the counter whitening strips – not effective for all patients or all teeth. These strips only whiten the front of the tooth rather than the entire tooth. This makes the process less effective and it does not last as long. Also, whitening strips do not work on implants, crowns or dentures. You may also find various kits in the stores as well which are not dentist approved.

In office dental bleaching – this process from Newton Wellesley Dental Partners gives patients a jump start on their quest for whiter teeth. You start with an in office visit and then continue the at home component. Dr Johnson’s in house visit jump starts the process with a chemical bleaching session. He then sends you home with several “trays” so you can do the less concentrated touch ups in the privacy of your own home without having to make several trips to the dentist

To find out if teeth whitening is the perfect solution for you, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners. Remember “See a Specialist, the Difference will Make You Smile”.