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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.

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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.

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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.

Before You Whiten Teeth, Talk to Your Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 28, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MAThere are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products available to you. But, you may not get the results you are looking for when you use store-bought whitening products. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, has been performing teeth lightening procedures for his patients since 1986 and has lectured nationally on the topic.

All promise a dazzling smile and whiter teeth, and some of them work well. However, when you opt for over-the-counter teeth whitening products, you don’t get your dentist’s education, training, and experience. And you actually need this before you whiten your teeth. You’ll save money when you choose over-the-counter tooth-whitening products instead of in-office teeth whitening, but, often, you get what you pay for. Think... Tylenol vs a stronger, prescription pain killer.

Even if you want to try to whiten your teeth at home, American Dental Association experts recommend that you see your dentist first. This is because you want to rule out dental problems such as periodontal (gum) disease and cavities before you use store bought teeth whiteners. Whitening your teeth can aggravate those problems.

Also, previous teeth restorations like crowns and fillings won’t whiten along with their natural teeth. Tooth whiteners do not work as well on antibiotic-stained teeth either. And they do not correct all discoloration. Yellow and brown teeth respond better to bleaching than gray teeth.

Another advantage of scheduling a visit with your dentist before you whiten your teeth is that the dentist can explain all your options and educate you on the advantages and disadvantages of each method. There are basically, three approaches: over the counter, high-intensity prescriptions and in-office options. If you choose to whiten your teeth by yourself, your dentist can recommend the best product for you. They can also explain what they can do for you. Over-the-counter products are not custom-fit for your mouth. In-office teeth whitening uses custom trays that fit perfectly in your mouth; and you can use them at home. In-office teeth whitening also uses stronger bleaching agents than you would get from a store bought product.

For more information on teeth whitening, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

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Happy Holidays from Newton Wellesley Dental Partners

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 20, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MAOur warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners. Calendar year 2018 was, and continues to be, a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of your faith and trust in us.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the foundational recognition that "your success is our success". Our New Year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening relationship and to deliver increasing value to you and your family through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. All the best! Cheers!

Get Rid of Discolored Dental Fillings for Newer, Lighter Options

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MAStill flashing a bit of silver when you smile? Cavities can happen to anyone, but the whole world doesn't have to know about them! According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "If you've been living with old, discolored fillings, there's never been a better time to have them replaced."

Find out how new fillings can benefit more than your looks, and about all the options that are now available by visiting Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Why Replace Fillings?

The cosmetic reasons for replacing amalgam (often referred to as "silver") fillings may be obvious — your smile looks better without the telltale dark spots and any associated feeling of self-consciousness goes away.

What many people don't realize, however, is that there are also health reasons for getting new fillings. While it can be easy to forget about cavities once they're filled, the truth is that oral health threats can re-emerge as fillings weaken over time and leakage unchecked can lead to a need for a root canal procedure or crowns. Constant grinding and chewing will wear down any filling, and it often only takes one particularly hard or sticky food to dislodge or crack it.

Once the protective barrier to a cavity has been lost or broken, harmful bacteria can easily seep in and continue to eat away at the tooth. In many cases — especially those where the seal has been damaged but has not completely fallen out — tooth decay under or around the filling may easily escape notice until it reaches the point where a root canal or an extraction is necessary. Being diligent about dental visits and proactive about replacing fillings can help you avoid the unnecessary pain and expense of a tooth infection.

Replacement Options?

The good news about getting rid of old fillings is that amalgam is no longer your only choice. As hardy and durable as this traditional mixture of silver, mercury and other metal alloys is, it has become virtually obsolete due to more discrete options such as: Ceramic Inlays or Onlays: custom ceramic fillings used to replace larger fillings in molars using CAD/CAM technology

  • Composite Fillings: tooth-colored bondings primarily used for the front teeth
  • Veneers: thin, porcelain, non-staining shells affixed to the front surface of teeth
  • Crowns: complete covering for damaged teeth that a filling alone cannot repair

Your dentist may recommend one particular treatment or a varied approach, depending on the number and type of fillings needed. Rest assured, however, that the choices at your disposal lend themselves to a more natural look than that of an amalgam filling.

Caring for Teeth with Fillings

Regardless of which replacement option you choose, a little extra care and attention can go a long way in protecting your investment. To extend the life of a newly restored tooth, consider making these changes to your everyday routine:

  • Brush and floss regularly to keep the tooth's surface clear of tough buildup
  • Use a mouth guard at night to avoid unnecessary pressure if tooth grinding is a habit
  • Steer clear of overly hard or sticky foods that can damage the restored tooth
  • See a dentist if you notice a bad taste or dull pain that can indicate a defect or decay

Regular dentist visits can further minimize the risk of damaged filings — and help prevent the need for new ones. For questions about replacing and/or maintaining fillings, schedule an appointment with your dentist.

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Teeth Trauma: It's Sensitive

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MAYou're not imagining it. That sudden twinge of pain in one or more of your teeth can, in fact, be caused by something as simple as a blast of wind, a bite of something fresh from the oven, or (what was supposed to be) a cool, refreshing treat. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has seen the entire range of dental sensitivities over his 32 years of practice.

Some will pass and others are a symptom of a more significant issue.You may have sensitive teeth, and if so, the problem could be here to stay. What does this mean and what can you do about it? It depends on a number of things.

How to Tell if You Have Sensitive Teeth

First, you should determine whether the pain is truly due to tooth sensitivity, or something else entirely. A trip to the dentist will let you know for sure, but here are some things you can do to see if sensitivity is most likely to blame:

1. Take recent dental work into consideration: cleanings or invasive procedures can aggravate the teeth and gums, and result in temporary discomfort that should go away in a short period of time.

2. Check your teeth for new cavities: if the area where you experienced pain can easily be examined, grab a mirror and scan the section for visible holes or pits that could indicate an untreated cavity that may be the source of the problem.

3. Make sure existing fillings are intact: inspect prior work for any cracks, or fillings partially or completely removed. A deeper filling that has been damaged may cause nerve irritation and result in more noticeable pain.

4. Check your gums for recession: if you notice that your gums are receding this could be contributing to you sensitivity. When the porous root surface of a tooth is exposed it is more susceptible to temperature and air.

5. Assess your daily habits: if you notice that your gums are receding, this could be contributing to your sensitivity. When the porous root surface of a tooth is exposed, it is more susceptible to temperature and air.

Ways to Ease the Pain

If tooth sensitivity is ultimately the problem, there are plenty of things you can do to help manage it. Minimize your discomfort by making these changes:

  • Limit intake of acidic foods and beverages, such as citrus fruits and sodas
  • Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush, and apply less pressure when brushing
  • Quit using over-the-counter mouthwash; ask your dentist for a more neutral rinse
  • Try toothpastes made for sensitive teeth, and see which option works best for you
  • Use a mouth guard at night if you have a habit of grinding your teeth
  • Brush and floss regularly to keep enamel-eroding plaque at bay
  • Switch to an electric toothbrush, which is more gentle on your gums

Get Help from Your Dentist

See your dentist regularly to stay on top of the issue. Regular, professional cleanings and examinations will go a long way in keeping the problem from getting worse.

Certain in-office treatments may further ease your pain, such as:

  • Fluoride varnishes: An application that strengthens and protects exposed enamel
  • Fluoride foam/gel trays: An immersion of teeth in a concentrated dose of fluoride
  • Sealants: A bonding material acts as a barrier and seals off the dentin of your teeth

If you've modified your habits, but still experience major discomfort after a period of time, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners to see whether these options are right for you.

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