Dr Johnson's Blog

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

Family Dentistry and Preventive Dental Care

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

Keep Your Teeth Healthy!

If you take good care of your teeth, you will be able to keep them your whole life. At Newton Wellesley Dental Partners we want you to get the most out of your office visits and help keep your smile beautiful. Part of good care is getting routine cleanings and check-ups.

When you come in for your visit you can expect:

  • Teeth Cleaning – complete removal of plaque and tartar, polishing / stain removal
  • Low Radiation X Rays – Digital imaging that use at least 50% less radiation than traditional lead films. These enable detection of cavities that you may not see or feel and help screen for bone loss (periodontitis)
  • Check for decay and evaluate condition of existing fillings and crowns
  • Inspect gums for gingivitis (gum disease) or periodontitis (gum disease that affects the bone)
  • Oral Cancer Screen – Much like a dermatologist would look at your skin, we check the sides of your tongue, floor of the mouth, throat, and border of the lips for lesions

After your visit, we will be happy to discuss any questions you may have and provide options to address your concerns. At Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, we believe in educating and empowering our patients to make informed decisions about their oral health. Contact us.