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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.