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Porcelain Veneers or Dental Crowns?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners - Dental Veneers in Newton, Wellesley, Brookline, MA

Today people have more options to choose from when it comes to cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, has been the 'go-to' dentist for Boston's most demanding patients. According to Dr. Johnson, "For broken, missing, misaligned and uneven teeth, the two most common cosmetic dental procedures are dental veneers and dental crowns".

What is the difference?

Generally, what determines whether you need veneers or crowns is the condition of your teeth and what you are trying to accomplish or ‘fix’ with the procedure. The basic difference between crowns and veneers is how much of the tooth they cover. Dental veneers cover the front of the tooth. A dental crown covers the entire tooth. So, while they are both used for aesthetics and function, they have different applications.

Crowns are used on a damaged tooth or for a tooth that needs more strength and protection. Veneers are used on teeth that are healthy, but may be stained, crooked, short, have spaces between them.

Dental crowns are shaped like your real tooth and they are designed to match your teeth’s natural color. The tooth that it is covering will be reduced in size, and the crown fits perfectly on top of it. Crowns will function and be as durable as your natural tooth. Crowns are perfect to fix teeth that are used for chewing, or for those who clench or grind their teeth.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are secured to the side of the tooth that shows when you smile. Porcelain veneers are used on patients who want to improve the shape, color, spacing, or crowding of their teeth.

When choosing a restorative dentist for demanding aesthetic cases, the ceramist used by the dentist is as, if not more important then the office you select. Reputation does matter in this regard....remember to see a specialist, the difference will make you smile.

For more information on dental crowns or porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Johnson at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Dental Implants: Are They the Right Treatment for You?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners - Dental Implants in Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, Boston, MA

Dental implants are one of the most common and long lasting treatments for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been a pioneer in implant dentistry since 1986. He is know for his synergistic use of computers in dental implant reconstructions. Via the combination of CT Scans, placement jigs and CAD/CAM technology, Dr. Johnson and his in-house periodontist are able to diagnose, design and place implants to support sophisticated dental reconstructions in one visit. The "All On Four Technique" has transformed patients lives and is a routine part of Dr. Johnson's repertoire. According to Boston's best prosthodontist, "Dental implants function similarly to a real tooth by replacing the missing tooth with an artificial tooth and root. In this process, the root of the tooth is replaced with a titanium screw. It is inserted into the jawbone and attached with an artificial tooth or a dental prosthesis".

The natural appearance of dental implants is one of its greatest advantages. They look very similar to natural teeth and work better than bridges and dentures. They do not rely on the cement seal between tooth and the dental work and have extraordinary anchorage. Compared to other treatments for replacing missing teeth, dental implants have a significantly more-natural appearance and generally a better long-term prognosis.

Dental implants are easy and a more convenient solution than other options for most patients. They can also be used as a support for dentures because the titanium root is securely screwed into the jaw. Today, most dentists are choosing implants to replace missing teeth and enhance overall appearance.

Though dental implants are more expensive than other treatment options, they can last a lifetime when properly cared for, making them very cost effective. They offer the best "quality of life" in terms of function and longevity. If you are considering dental implants, Dr. Johnson recommends that you see a specialist for the best outcome, "Many dentists are taking a weekend continuing education course and project themselves as experts. Four the best outcome, check one's experience, credentials and reputation before initiating care". For one or more missing teeth, consider dental implants for a younger, healthier, more natural appearance.

Contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners or Dr. Johnson, directly, for more information on this attractive and long-lasting treatment option.

Older Americans Who Neglect Dental Care put Overall Health at Risk

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 13, 2018
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MA

Conscientious parents constantly remind their children to brush and floss and routinely schedule dental checkups to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy and staying that way. But youngsters aren’t the only ones who can use such reminders. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners says, "Older Americans need to put a priority on their oral health as well, and research shows that as a group they aren’t doing so".

In fact, the statistics are grim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost every single American over age 65 (96 percent) has had a cavity, and 20 percent have untreated tooth decay. Another 65 percent suffer from gum disease, an ailment that has been linked to a host of other problems, such as strokes, heart disease, and diabetes.

Anyone who thinks they can ease up on dental care as they age is making a big mistake. Not only do poor dental habits affect what’s going on in your mouth, they also affect your overall health.

Older Americans who neglect oral care put overall health at risk, and some of the CDC’s findings are troubling.

Tooth loss

Nearly one in five adults aged 65 or older has lost all of his or her teeth. Complete tooth loss is twice as prevalent among adults aged 75 and older (26 percent) compared with adults aged 65 to 74 (13 percent). The CDC points out that having missing teeth or wearing dentures can have a detrimental effect on nutrition. It’s not surprising that people who have lost teeth, or wear denture, often are going to choose soft foods that they can chew easily. They will pass up fresh fruits and vegetables that are more nutritious but also more difficult for them to eat.

Oral cancer

Cancers of the mouth (oral and pharyngeal cancers) are primarily diagnosed in older adults, and the median age at diagnosis is 62 years. That’s another reason it’s important for older people to have regular checkups. Your dentist can check for signs of oral cancer during those visits.

Dry mouth caused by medications

Most older Americans take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, many of which can cause dry mouth. Reduced saliva flow increases the risk of cavities. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath and also lubricates the mouth, making it easier to eat, swallow, speak, and taste food. Sometimes, dry mouth might just cause mild discomfort. At other times, it can lead to significant oral disease that can compromise the person’s health, dietary intake, and quality of life.

As you age, proper oral care is just as important as ever. It’s not something you want to ignore because your overall health is at stake.

For more information on oral care, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.


Dental Veneers are a Very Popular in Cosmetic Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners - Dental Veneers in Newton, Wellesley, Brookline, MA

There are so many dental procedures available these days ..how does one know which option is best? Dr. Ryne Johhnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been delivering outstanding aesthetic results since 1986 for demanding and discriminating patients in greater Boston. He has been a per-annual "Top Dentist" according to Boston Magazine's "Top Docs" issue. Dental veneers are one of the most common and most-sought after dental treatments for improving your smile. According to whom many consider Boston's best prosthodontist, "Veneers can transform one's smile if done correctly but too often they are placed haphazardly or poorly and look like bad dental work. Well done veneers should be imperceptible".

We are inundated by media photos so we are surrounded by beautiful smiles...generally ones that have been altered and improved. We put quite a bit of emphasis on our physical appearances. Because we are surrounded by attractive smiles, we go to great lengths to improve upon our appearance, particularly our smile. First impressions are based upon a smile. Studies show that someone with a beautiful smile appears healthier, is more-successful and appears younger.

Of all the dental procedures, dental veneers are one of the most common and most-sought after. Dental veneers are extremely thin, custom-made shells made of tooth-colored porcelain that are designed to cover the front surface of your tooth to improve appearance, size, shape, length and color.

Dental veneers can fix many common dental problems; gaps between teeth, broken teeth, chipped and worn teeth, or discolored teeth. Veneers can also fix teeth that are misaligned, misshapen or uneven dramatically improving the look of a smile. Many people are choosing veneers over orthodontics, which can necessitate a lengthy treatment.

Dental veneers are a great solution for long-lasting results and are a great investment for your confidence and your peace of mind. With proper care and maintenance, dental veneers can last 10+ years if done well. If you seek to improve your smile, remember to see a specialist, one who has proven expertise and a stellar reputation....the difference will be noticeable. For more information on porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Ryne Johnson at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Treatment Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has be helping people replace missing teeth for over 30 years. "There are many options for replacing teeth, single or multiple teeth. Dental implants generally are the preferred approach, but the other options definitely have their place as well".

Dental implants

Dental implants have revolutionized the world of tooth replacements. They allow replacement of on or many teeth with a prosthesis that has great longevity, looks and feels like a natural tooth and allows for easy oral hygiene. "One of the greatest advantages that implants have over bridges is that they stand alone - they don't require any cutting or alteration of adjacent teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or to secure a denture in place. Dental implants allow bone growth in the area of the missing tooth/teeth. Without the implant acting as a placeholder, the bone recedes over time, making it difficult to hold a denture in place". In addition to these benefits, a dental implant cannot get cavities or decay. "The success rate of single dental implants is as high as 98% over the long term. Compare that with a bridge which has at least two teeth that can decay causing failure of the entire unit".


"Fewer bridges are done now because of the benefits of dental implants, but bridges still represent an important way to address gaps in your smile from missing teeth; often when implants are not an option. A bridge relies on the strength of the surrounding teeth for support and for that reason, it is even more important than ever to take care of your teeth after getting a dental bridge".


Dentures are a removable solution (it comes in and out of your mouth) and is usually reserved for cases where there are several missing teeth or finances limit doing implants or bridgework. For a single tooth, most people don't use this option unless it is a temporary fix until something more stable can be done".

Dr. Johnson has been called Boston's Best Prosthodontist and has been a perennial "Top Dentist" recognized by Boston Magazine. If you seek and expect excellence, for your options for replacing missing teeth, contact him at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Source: CDAPress.com