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Client Highly Recommends Newton Wellesley Dental Partners

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 09, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

I first contacted Dr. Johnson’s office after a freak accident on a Saturday evening and reached him at a private event. Not only did he take my call, but spent 30 minutes on the phone accessing my injury. Given it was an urgent issue, he not only arranged to come into the office on the Sunday morning, he also arranged to have his staff and Dr. Shamardi join him for a 3 hour reconstruction of my front teeth which I desperately needed for my job. After I was through the initial repair work we proceeded to compete 2 implants and two crowns over the next few months. All procedures were explained thoroughly by Dr. Johnson and Dr. Shamardi before and during the procedures, including follow-up calls by the doctors. The staff were all very professional and a pleasure to deal with. The end result was a perfect smile and look better than my original teeth. If you are looking for the best dental expertise in the Boston area, I would highly recommend NWDP given my experience. The care they gave me was clearly above and beyond what I expected. Thank you Dr. Johnson, Dr. Shamardi, Peg and Diane!

- Mal Cullen

Client Happy With Her Implant Consult and Transformation

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

Several years ago I started on the path of implants. After having one bone graft I was told I would need more and there was no guarantee after having this additional work that implants would be successful; so I gave up. I then contacted Dr. Johnson for an implant consult because I would hear his name in ads on talk radio and would see write ups about him in magazines. Having learned that Dr. Johnson worked with celebrities and other high profile clients and how satisfied they were with his work; I felt confident he could help me. I went on to the Newton Wellesley Dental Partners website and submitted my request for a consultation.

Immediately after I hit the send request, my cell phone rang and it was Dr. Johnson himself. I was in his office within a week to begin my transformation. I was not sure of what to expect when I met him. After all he has worked on celebrities and here I was just a regular person seeking his expertise. I was pleasantly surprised at how down to earth he was as he developed the treatment plan. He wasn’t choosing an easy path but one he knew would be successful and would make us both happy. He explained every step of the process and was confident he would be able to deliver excellent results… and he did! I finished my transformation a week ago and words can’t express how happy I am now that I’m no longer self-conscious about my smile.

Dr. Johnson and his team are top notch! Knowledgeable, professional, courteous and personable. Thank you Dr. Johnson, Diane and Peg. You guys are the best!

- K. Townshend

A Great Feedback From One of Our Clients

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 20, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Johnson's for many years. He has done multiple fillings and crowns for me over this time. He does beautiful work: you cannot tell his crowns from natural teeth. His work also lasts: I have been chewing on one of his crowns for over twenty years. This past winter, I had a swelling in my neck that my primary care physician was not taking seriously. I saw Dr. Johnson about it, to figure out if I was having a dental issue. He recognized that I had a serious medical problem, and strongly urged that I pursue diagnosis and treatment immediately. This advice helped save my life. Additionally, he provided support and medical advice throughout my diagnosis and treatment. I cannot speak more highly about Dr. Johnson and the care he gives his patients.

Susan A.

Smile Makeovers Before Your Wedding

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 06, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

You’re wearing an ornate white gown, your hair is in a fancy updo and you’re holding a bouquet of roses fit for a queen as you stare into your beloved’s eyes. Or or a beautifully fit tuxedo with perfectly polished shoes. It’s exactly how you both have always imagined your wedding day to be.

Then the photographer says “smile.” You panic. Your smile should not forever mar the photos of what should be the happiest day of your life – your wedding day. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been selected as Boston's "Go-To Dentist" for pre-wedding dental work. He has helped countless people (including the parents of the happy couple) achieve a naturally-radiant smile that will withstand the scrutiny of wedding photos that will be viewed for years.

From new whitening techniques to porcelain veneers and other restorative dental work, the smile of your dreams is within your reach come your wedding day.

If you think your smile will mar pictures or make you self conscious, then your wedding is the right reason to have a smile makeover.

Consider getting an initial consultation with a cosmetic dentist when you get engaged. You really want to start cosmetic dental procedures with as much time as possible to make sure it’s done right, and to give yourself time to enjoy your new smile and get used to it.

Many factors can impact the optimal outcome, including how straight the teeth are, what the condition is of the gums and whether there are existing crowns or fillings, so it’s definitely best to be evaluated well before the big event.

Regardless of what is wrong with your smile, there is likely something a cosmetic dentist can do to improve it by your wedding day, including:

White Wedding, Whiter Smile

People always want a brighter smile, so tooth whitening is popular before weddings. There are many tiers of tooth whitening available today. The darker your teeth, the more help they need. If you have significant discoloration, or discoloration on the sides of the teeth, these strips likely will not be sufficient.

The next step is usually take-home whitening trays or laser whitening. Both have advantages and disadvantages. It’s a personal preference. If your teeth are really dark and you want to whiten them quickly, laser whitening may be your best option. Laser whitening is often the choice for people who don’t like the idea of wearing mouth trays.

Take home trays are more expensive than laser whitening and take more time (but) you may get deeper whitening because you are bathing your teeth in whitening gel for a longer time.

Restorative Dental Work Before the Wedding

Like options for whitening teeth, there are also several routes a person can take to restore broken, chipped, cracked or stained teeth.

Dental Bonding is typically the first line. Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained or have spaces between them. With bonding, tooth-colored materials are applied, or bonded, to the tooth surface. The small spaces are usually filled with cosmetic white bonding. This can close space and it is a simple, non-invasive and conservative procedure.

Dental Veneers are another popular choice for brides and grooms. These thin, custom-made shells cover the front side of teeth, and can be used to treat spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.

Crowns may be needed if porcelain veneers won’t do the trick. A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. Crowns can restore a tooth’s shape, size and strength and/or improve its appearance. Crowns cover the visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Cosmetic Tooth Contouring Before the Wedding

Cosmetic dentists can correct minor defects in the shape and appearance of a tooth through a process referred to as tooth contouring or tooth reshaping.

This is sort of like filing your nails. If one tooth is longer or pointed or has a chip that needs to be smoothed out, then with a little cosmetic contouring teeth can look pretty, without the need for full braces or a crown. It’s not painful either. It’s pretty much like when you are doing your fingernails, you know something is being done, but it doesn’t hurt.

Regardless of what procedure you choose, make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry.

Continuing education assures that the chosen dentist is up-to-date on the latest techniques and materials in cosmetic dentistry. Questions to ask include does the dentist attend continuing education courses regularly. Also ask if the dentist passed a credentialing examination to become accredited by a group such as the AACD.

For more information on getting the perfect wedding smile, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Source: yourdentistryguide.com

Professional Teeth Whitening For Your Wedding, Graduation, or other Summer Events

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

Now that summer is here, you want to look your best. Summer weddings, Graduations, and get-togethers are incentives to find a way to improve our appearance and our confidence. Teeth whitening is a fast, easy and effective way to improve your smile and take years off your appearance. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners was an early pioneer in dental whitening and has lectured throughout the country on techniques to enhance a smile.

Many people choose over the counter teeth whiteners because they think that this is easier than in-office teeth whitening. With all the whitening products available over-the-counter, such as toothpastes, mouthwashes, and related products it can be confusing. But, all have similar complaints: from blisters, to skin peeling inside the mouth, and permanent taste-bud damage. Store-bought whiteners do not use custom trays which leaves the chemicals in the products to irritate your mouth and gums.

Not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening, which means that over-the-counter whitening products can leave your teeth looking worse. Fillings and dental reconstructions can stain, but can’t be whitened or brightened which means you may end up with teeth that are darker than the rest.

In-office teeth whiteners are convenient, fast and the procedure is performed by a dental professional in a safe environment for better, longer-lasting results. In-office teeth whitening procedures have the best, longest lasting results and can whiten teeth up to 9 shades.

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners gives you a bright, natural looking, white smile just in time for summer events. Find out if teeth whitening is the right option for you by consulting us first. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.

Invisible Dental Care Options For a Perfect Wedding Smile

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 29, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners – Weston, Brookline, Newton, MA

Summer is wedding season. If you are a soon-to-be bride or groom now is the time to have dental work done before the big day. You don’t want to be disappointed in your wedding photos. Before your wedding day there are invisible and effective dental procedures that can be done to improve your smile in just a few visits. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been recognized by 'Boston Magazine' as the "Go-To" dentist for pre-wedding dental enhancements.

He has treated countless brides, grooms and parents of the wedding party in order to prepare that perfect smile. Here is a recent review posted by one such groom-to-be, "I can't speak highly enough of the incredible work that Dr. Johnson and his staff performed to improve my smile prior to an upcoming wedding. The whole process from start to finish was painless and stress-free. I wish I had had this done years ago. As a prosthodontist, it's not enough to be a great dentist, you have to be a great artist too, and Dr. Johnson is one of the best. My thanks to him, Peg and Dianne for creating a very positive experience and a wonderful outcome; one that I will see every time we look at our wedding photos". - Scott M.

With so many invisible dental solutions you can be sure your wedding photos will be perfect.

In-office teeth whitening is the fastest, most effective way to a natural, white smile. In-office whitening ensures that teeth are natural looking. Over the counter teeth whitening products are not nearly as effective, fast-acting or long-lasting and won’t give you the smile you want for your big day.

If you have chipped teeth, spaced teeth, misshaped teeth or discolored caps or crowns then dental veneers are another invisible dental solution. Veneers create a beautiful white smile for your wedding day and beyond. These thin porcelain veneers adhere to the front of your teeth and, with proper care, can last a lifetime. They are used to elongate and brighten teeth and to make teeth more uniform for a beautiful wedding smile.

For your big day, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners for more information on invisible cosmetic dental procedures for your big day.

Dentures to Replace Missing Teeth

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, April 25, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

Dentures are removable replacements for . There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. When all the teeth are missing, complete dentures are used. When only some teeth are missing, partial dentures are used. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been recognized for the artistry and functional excellence in his bespoke dentures.

Complete Dentures vs Immediate Dentures:

Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Generally, well-crafted dentures take a few weeks to fabricate and require several visits for impressions and try-ins. Many offices can make 'quickie' dentures but they cannot and do not offer quaity aesthetics or a great fit.

can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. One of the benefits of immediate dentures is that the patient is never without teeth during the healing period. However, there may be a disadvantage too. Bones and gums shrink especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore, immediate dentures may require more adjustments during the healing process and are generally only a temporary solution until the conventional dentures are placed.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is also known as a dental bridge or fixed bridge. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. The bridge is cemented into place.

A partial denture fills in the space caused by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.

A precision partial denture is removable. Often these are more natural-looking appliances.

For more information on Dentures, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Dietary Supplements, Medications, and Dental Health

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

Because nearly 70% of prescription drug users do not discuss their dietary supplement use with their dentists, clinicians must be proactive in questioning patients about their use of these agents. A complete and accurate pharmacological history will help your dentist avoid potential interactions between dietary supplements and drugs.

Believe it or not there are drug interactions between popular dietary supplements and medications used commonly in dentistry.

Provided that patients are not taking ginkgo, St. John’s wort, evening primrose or valerian, oral health care providers can prescribe or administer any of the medications used commonly in dentistry without concern about possible dietary supplement–drug interactions.

According to the evidence, acetaminophen is perhaps the best analgesic choice for patients who use or may use dietary supplements because it is not associated with any clinically significant dietary supplement–drug interactions, in contrast to other analgesics evaluated.

Amoxicillin, cephalexin, metronidazole and penicillin are considered the best antibiotic choices for users of dietary supplements.

Practical Implications. Recognition and avoidance of potential interactions between dietary supplements and drugs will help your dentist optimize treatment while emphasizing patients’ safety.

Always talk to your dentist or doctor about the medications or dietary supplements you are taking. For more information, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Source: JADA

Cosmetic Dentistry for Health Reasons

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

More than 9 in 10 Americans say a smile is the most important social asset, and three quarters of them say an unattractive smile would hurt a person's career chances.

But only half of adults polled by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry say they are happy with their own smiles. As a society, we are very smile conscious.

While some may turn to cosmetic dentistry solely for aesthetic purposes, Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodotnist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners says, "it also can improve dental health".

"A person with malocclusion, or misalignment of teeth, who opts for cosmetic dentistry will likely end up with a prettier smile. But straighter teeth also will be easier to clean, potentially leading to better oral health. There also can be a self-esteem boost that comes with having an improved smile. There are instances when cosmetic dentistry is not strictly cosmetic. There's a place for it."

A dentist should ask patients why they want cosmetic dentistry and what they want to achieve with improvements to their smile, then proceeds from there to decide what procedure might be best for that patient.There are different reasons to choose it. If it's just the shade of their teeth that patients are concerned about, then maybe bleaching is enough. If the patient has very good teeth intact and wants to even them out, maybe veneers are the way to go.

If the dentist suggests cosmetic dentistry, patients can ask several questions to help them decide what is best for them:

  • What is your reasoning for it?
  • Why do you believe I need it?
  • Is it strictly cosmetic or are there health benefits for me?
  • What are risks and benefits of it?

If patients are not satisfied with the answers, they should seek second opinions. For more information, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Oral Care and Osteoporosis

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 18, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

If you are currently an osteoporosis patient, it is critical that you maintain perfect and regular care of your teeth. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners wants you to know that, "if you are about to enter into treatment for osteoporosis, it is critical that you have a thorough evaluation of your dental health and have all the treatment done prior to receiving any osteoporosis IV or oral medication".

Bone is constantly being broken down and then built up again. Osteoporosis medications interfere with the breaking down of bone, thus slowing down the bone-loss process. This can affect your teeth and jaw.

Bisphosphonates have caused serious bone healing issues, so it is imperative that you inform your dentist if on any of these medications. If you have taken or are currently taking any medicine for osteoporosis and have dental treatment coming up, you may want to submit for a simple test to see if you can safely be treated.

Oral health maintenance is important in patients with osteoporosis. Bisphosphonate therapy or other medical treatment for these people should be discontinued only after consultation with your physician. Dental care for patients with osteoporosis and other health conditions is important in order to maintain your overall health.

Dentists can also help in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. Orally, early warning signs of osteoporosis may include more severe gum disease, bone loss around teeth, tooth loss, dentures becoming loose, or ill-fitting dentures. Based on the findings in the patient's medical history, clinical exam, and x-rays, dentist can refer at risk candidates for further bone mineral density testing. Many new studies suggest that dentist have sufficient clinical and radiographic information that enables them to play a significant role in early diagnosis and screening of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

For more information contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Source: Excerpts – Dentalcare.com