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Cosmetic Dentistry Improves Self-Confidence

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 31, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners - Cosmetic Dentistry in Brookline, Newton, Wellesley, MA

The results of a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry showed that virtually all Americans -- 99.7% to be exact -- believe that a nice looking smile is an important physical asset. As a director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners and whom many have called "Boston's Best Prosthodontist, Dr. Ryne Johnson sees countless patients who don't like the way their teeth look and are eager to improve their smiles through cosmetic dentistry. According to Dr. Johnson, "There is an extensive selection of cosmetic solutions for patients who utilizes the latest dental technologies and methods".

Self-confidence is serious business. Only 4% of all women worldwide think that they are beautiful and six out of 10 girls stop doing the things they love when they aren't happy about their looks. It's not surprising that the majority of patients seeking cosmetic dental treatments are women. But it's not just women -- a research study found that more than four in five men use language that shows they have anxiety about their appearance.

The modern treatments that Newton Wellesley Dental Partners offers often helps improve self-confidence in patients when it comes to their smiles. Some of his procedures include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and fixed or removable bridges and crowns that can last for many years with good care.

In-office teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic service that patients often request. A high grade whitening gel is applied on the teeth with custom trays. The entire process takes about an hour and leaves patients with very desirable results that can last for two years or more. The length of time that the teeth stay white depends on each patient's commitment to regular care and maintenance.

You can often achieve fast and efficient solutions to aesthetic issues with cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic options have improved significantly over the past couple of decades. Patients can now have straight, nicely aligned white teeth faster than ever before. For the first time in a long time, you can feel confident about smiling.

For more information, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Source: News Medical

Invisible Fillings are a Popular Cosmetic Treatment that are Stronger and Look Natural

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Wellesley, Brookline, MA

More and more focus is being put on our smiles. After all, your smile is everyone’s first impression of you. In fact, today, more money is being spent on cosmetic dental treatments than any other cosmetic procedure; thus, the popularity of invisible fillings made either of a composite resin or ceramic material. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, has been called Boston's Best Prosthodontist and has been on the forefront of development in the field of cosmetic dentistry.

People don’t like the way metal fillings look, especially if they have a mouth full of them. Now, with invisible fillings no one needs to see a mouth full of silver anymore. No longer do you have to be self-conscious because of a ‘silver-filled’ smile.

Invisible fillings have been around in cosmetic dentistry for 20+ years but material science advancements in the past 5 years have made them even better. If you need a dental filling, now you can hide it completely! Made for their aesthetic effect, the most important thing to know about them beyond the fact that they cannot be seen, even by you, is that they work. Invisible fillings seal the gap or decay in your tooth better than standard metal fillings. Now, your dental fillings will be stronger, less likely to break down, and invisible. Silver amalgam fillings can cause future cracks in your teeth, composite or ceramic fillings won’t.

Invisible fillings have a natural look and feel and are made for longevity. These bonded restorations are perfect for small to medium sized cavities, in fact, they are actually the filling material of choice for most dentists. They “bond” with your teeth and they come in multiple tooth-colored shades so they will match your natural teeth.

To seal your cavity better than silver fillings choose invisible fillings...either a composite resin or even better, a ceramic filling. This allows them to be stronger and less likely to decay or break down. Contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners for natural look and feel to your dentistry.

Toothaches and Sensitivity: How Winter Weather Can Cause this Discomfort

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

Do your teeth ever hurt when you eat something hot or cold? When tooth enamel wears down or the gums recede, it exposes a layer of your teeth that is very sensitive to temperature changes. If something too hot or too cold touches this part of your mouth, you’ll feel some pain.

But you aren’t just at risk for this type of discomfort because of your diet. During the winter, your teeth contract in response to intense cold weather. This can lead to cracks in your teeth and cause the same type of pain that you experience when you bite into ice cream. Take a look at how the cold can affect your teeth, how this relates to winter weather, and what you can do to fix aches and sensitive teeth or nerves.

Can Cold Weather Make My Teeth Hurt?

This layer below the enamel is called dentin. It’s the “core” of your teeth, with the enamel covering the top of this layer and the gums covering the bottom portion. Unfortunately, the dentin is covered in nerve fibers. Therefore, any problems with your enamel or gums, such as periodontal disease could leave you vulnerable to cold weather pain.

Weather sensitivity can occur regardless of how well you care for your teeth, but you’re at greater risk if you don’t practice good oral hygiene and live in an area that has extreme temperature swings. To minimize sensitivity, you should learn about the common causes for sensitive teeth and what you should do when you notice pain because of the cold weather.

Common Culprits Responsible for Seasonally Sensitive Teeth

Your dentin could be exposed for a number of reasons. People often wear down their enamel or suffer from receding gums and tooth sensitivity because of one of the following reasons:

  • Periodontal disease: Diseases of the gums, cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone can expose the dentin and cause sensitivity. Gingivitis is one of the earliest stages of periodontal disease.
  • Brushing too vigorously: You may think that you need to bear down hard to remove surface stains, but brushing with too much force can start to wear down your enamel.
  • Clenching and grinding: Some people may clench or grind their teeth in their sleep. This can wear down tooth enamel and lead to sensitivity.
  • Tooth decay: Sensitivity to cold is an early sign of an undetected tooth decay problem. If you start to experience tooth pain, go see a dentist.
  • Tooth whitening agents: Have you started using a new tooth-whitening agent? The ingredients that make your teeth whiter may strip past surface stains and start wearing down your enamel. If the agent starts hurting your teeth, stop the treatment and consult with your dentist.
  • Acidic beverages: Sodas, coffee, tea, and other drinks with a high concentration of acid, such as juices, can erode your teeth and expose the dentin layer.
  • Other lifestyle habits: Other bad oral health habits, such as using tobacco products or not brushing or flossing properly, can cause your gums to recede. When this happens, the dentin at the base of the gums is exposed and can lead to temperature-sensitive teeth.

Try These Fixes for Your Sensitive Teeth

If you’re experiencing sensitivity, a dentist may recommend one of these fixes for your sensitive teeth:

  • A fluoride application: Fluoride is a natural mineral that a dentist can apply to your sensitive teeth. This application strengthens the enamel and thus prevents sensitivity because of exposed dentin.
  • Covering root surfaces: A dentist can apply a sealant to fix problems with receding gums.
  • Making a mouth guard: If you clench or grind your teeth, a dentist can make a mouth guard to prevent you from damaging your teeth in your sleep. This can help with jaw pain as well.
  • Root canal treatment: During a root canal procedure, the dentist removes the soft pulp inside the damaged tooth. This is recommended to fix issues with deep decay or a cracked or chipped tooth.

When to See a Dentist

You should see a dentist whenever you experience tooth sensitivity. This is also necessary if you need a more complex solution, such as a mouth guard. A dentist can also determine exactly which teeth are exposed to sensitivity and recommend an appropriate treatment or prescribe a special toothpaste or similar product. Finally, if your teeth are especially sensitive, a dentist can schedule a root canal, filling, or other advanced procedure.

Whether you’re just starting to struggle with sensitivity or always have issues in the cold weather, it’s worth visiting your dentist and finding a solution to resolve your pain.

For more information, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Source: 123dentist.com

Dental Health New Year's Resolutions for Busy Adults

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 10, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, M

As an adult healthy teeth and a healthy smile are important. It is important that, with your busy lifestyle, you don’t let your dental care slip. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has some dental health resolutions for busy adults.

Don’t let dental visits slide!

Adult life can sometimes be a juggling act and it may feel like you just can't find the time for a dental visit. But making time for regular dental visits, especially with a skilled hygienist, now can help keep you out of the dental office in the future.

Brush and floss daily, even if it’s late.

You've heard this a million times by now, but the importance of regular brushing and flossing can never be emphasized enough. Even if you've been good about your oral hygiene all your life, resist the temptation to let it slide for even one day; the longer plaque stays on your teeth, the more destructive it becomes.

Eat well-balanced meals.

When you're juggling work, home and kids, it can be tempting to turn to fast food, soda and sugary snacks as a way to save time and feel more energetic. But sugar is a tooth decay demon and can cause you to crash after that initial "sugar high." Be sure to integrate plenty of fresh vegetables into your daily meals and eat fruit, nuts and celery or carrot sticks as snacks.

Exercise regularly -- it's good for your teeth!

Studies show that people who maintain a healthy lifestyle -- exercise and eating right -- are 40 percent less likely to develop advanced gum disease.

Consider treating yourself to cosmetic dentistry

Whether you want a quick boost or a complete smile makeover, there are plenty of cosmetic dental treatments available to help you achieve your dream smile. One-hour, in-office, teeth whitening treatments can make your teeth 8-10 shades whiter, and porcelain veneers can mask stained teeth, chipped teeth or crooked teeth.

For more information or for a dental appointment, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Choosing a New Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MAThere are many reasons for looking for a new dentist. Relocation, your dentist may have retired, you may have a dental issue you need addresses, want to see a specialist for some complex therapy, or maybe you want a second opinion. Whatever the reason, most rely on recommendations from friends and family and now more and more people are relying on reviews. But family and friends may have different needs than your family. Perhaps you have dental issues and need more than the standard twice yearly dental check-ups.

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners wants you to know that, "There are different things you should keep in mind when choosing a new dentist in the Boston area".

Experience:

How long has the dentist practiced? New technologies and slick advertising may imply that seeing a new dentist is warranted but experience matters! New dentists generally do not have the 'frame of reference" that years in practice can offer.

Reputation:

It matters! The changes in practice management have created large groups with considerable turn over. But what about quality of the work? What about longevity of the work? Do you know what the expected outcome will be with someone without a stellar reputation?

Expertise:

Does the dentist use the latest technology? Work with the best materials? Work with the best dental laboratories for aesthetic work? One's expertise directly influences the quality of your work. Most advanced and high-tech dentistry is not taught school. You need to be sure that your new dentist is up-to-date and qualified to perform newly innovated dental procedures and maintains continuing education.

Location:

Nearby home, work or school might make keeping appointments easier.

Special needs:

Understand the needs of your family. This could include the need for cosmetic work, a dentist that offers sedation dentistry, or one who takes your particular dental insurance.

When looking for a new dentist, ask these questions:

  • Is the dentist accepting new patients?
  • How long has the dentist been practicing?
  • Does the dentist treat patients with special conditions?
  • Is the dentist a pediatric dentist?
  • How long is the wait for an appointment?
  • Do they have the latest dental technology?
  • Does the dentist take continuing education courses and stay up to date with the latest dental technology and techniques?

Regardless of why you are searching for a new dentist, asking family, staying informed and asking the right questions will help you find the right dentist for your family.

For more information, contact us or to see Dr. Johnson's bio.