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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.

Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 25, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners - Cosmetic Dentistry in Brookline, Newton, Wellesley, MA

Do you know how important an attractive smile can be to someone's self-esteem? If you suffer with a ‘less-than-perfect-smile” then you know that a great smile is directly related to self-confidence, self-esteem and other’s perception of you. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Most cosmetic dentistry patients in his practice of 32 years are 40-60 years old.

While there are several cosmetic dentistry treatments available today that are more available to the general population, it is important to make an educated decision about the procedure and the dentist you choose.

For those who have unattractive teeth, or who have teeth they are unhappy with, here are some popular cosmetic dentistry procedures:

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. Patients with moderate to severe discoloration should use professional teeth whitening to assure an even white tone without over-bleaching. This typically takes no more than an hour per visit.

The second-most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure is dental veneers. These thin layers, frequently made of porcelain, are placed over teeth to correct problems such as discoloration and gaps all at one time. Veneers can last seven to 20 years with proper care.

are not only cosmetic, but functional. To replace missing or badly damaged teeth, a titanium screw (implant) is inserted into the jawbone, and a false tooth (crown) is put on top. This false tooth looks and feels just like a real tooth.

Teeth make a difference in first impressions. A study showed that the more than 5,000 single men and women surveyed said they judge a potential partner on their teeth most upon first meeting them. Teeth were higher than clothing and hair and all other factors.

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners offers cosmetic dentistry services and general dentistry such as teeth cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, teeth whitening and veneers. However, as a prosthodontist, Dr. Johnson, considered a pioneer in the synergistic use of computers in dental treatment, is also is an expert in more advanced implant dentistry, facelift dentures, and bone grafting sinus lifts. Contact us.

Questions to Ask A Cosmetic Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 18, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners - Cosmetic Dentist in Newton, Wellesley, Brookline, MA

You may be looking for the perfect cosmetic dentist who will create a beautiful smile for you. But you need to ask a lot of questions before you can be sure. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, has been a pioneer in the development of techniques to maximize the outcome of procedures to enhance one's smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is dental work that will aesthetically enhance your teeth. While most people see a cosmetic dentist for aesthetics, a good cosmetic dentist will also focus on the functionality part. Combining aesthetics with perfect functionality is the most important thing when it comes to getting those dental veneers, crowns, bridgework or implants.

You can enlist a cosmetic dentist for: dental crowns, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, or anything related to orthodontics. Someone who sees demanding patients and has a stellar reputation is often your best best to assure a naturally radiant result.

What do you need to know about the cosmetic dentist you choose:

* Experience. Ask your cosmetic dentist how long has he been practicing. There are many general dentists who will offer a few cosmetic dentistry procedures, but it is import to know if they have the experience. Is your cosmetic dentist board certified and licensed. The ADA (American Dental Association) offers the board certification, while licensing is offered by the state. If he is a licensed professional, it means that he has passed regularly all state and national examinations. Choosing a prosthodontist (a specialist recognized by the ADA) generally assures one a more-experienced provider.

*What are the main types of cosmetic dentistry procedures your dentist is qualified to offer? A general dentist is required to graduate from an accredited dental school. Whereas a prosthodontist receives either 2 or 3 years of clinical training in addition to his dental school degree. This added focus and training usually means that a prosthodontist has greater passion and expertise to do implants, veneers, dental reconstructions, etc. For your particular situation, ask the dentist what treatment he would recommend and why. Also, ask about the pros and cons of each dental treatment in your case. What are the possible risks and complications with the type of cosmetic dentistry you have chosen?

Ask for examples of past work or to speak with other patients who have undergone similar work. A good cosmetic dentist can show you before and after pictures as well as testimonials and/or put you in touch with other patients.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

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Choosing a Prosthodontist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners - Prosthodontist in Newton, Wellesley, Boston, MA

Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association and focuses on aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth, including procedures such as: dental veneers, crowns, bridgework, ceramic fillings and dental implants. Specialization in prosthodontics requires an additional two to three years of training after dental school (above that of a general dentist) through a hospital- or university-based program accredited by the ADA. Dr. Ryne Johnson, considered by many to be Boston's best prosthodontist, is the director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners and has been in private practice since 1986.

Today’s advanced technology in dental options and prosthodontic procedures can produce dramatic results in a short amount of time. A state-of-the-art facility and dental team can make the difference in proper care. Dr. Johnson is considered a pioneer in the synergistic use of computer technology in the diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation of implants in complex prosthodontic reconstructions.

Quality prosthodontics requires a dedicated and experienced staff. Prosthodontists require knowledge in various fields of aesthetic, restorative, and implant dentistry, which is why you should seek the skill and reputation of a specialist to handle your demanding dental needs.

In order to achieve the best results, look for a prosthodontist who has specific experience within the restorative field of dentistry. Choosing the right practice can offer patients greater confidence and overall dental health. When choosing a prosthodontist it is important for patients to look for someone who has a stellar reputation in a community for many years; with a great deal of experience and extensive training.

For more information on the best prosthodontist in your area, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.


Dental Treatments Improve Personal and Professional Lives

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 07, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners - Dental Treatments in Newton, Brookline, Weston, MA

Studies have been conducted that focus on adults who have completed recent dental treatment. The results show that adult cosmetic dental treatment contribute to significant improvements in both personal and professional lives. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, considered by many to be Boston's best prosthodontist, "many corporate executives are updating their dental work to project a better, more-youthful smile. In a recent article in GQ, I outlined that in a busy, competitive business culture, a beautiful smile often influences one's professional trajectory".

75% of those surveyed attributed their improved personal or career relationships to newfound self-confidence and their new smile. 92% of the respondents would suggest dental treatment to others. Before treatment patients were concerns with questions such as “Am I too old?”, “How will I look?” and “What will others think?” However, after their dental treatment, an overwhelming majority no longer had such concerns.

This shows that a healthy, beautiful smile can be a critical factor when it comes to personal and professional success. Adults are seeking treatment in record numbers and anyone, at any age, should consult a prosthodontist to learn if they could benefit from treatment. It’s never too late to have healthy teeth and that 'winning' smile.

For more information, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.


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".


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.


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?


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.


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.