Dr Johnson's Blog

Dietary Supplements, Medications, and Dental Health

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

Because nearly 70% of prescription drug users do not discuss their dietary supplement use with their dentists, clinicians must be proactive in questioning patients about their use of these agents. A complete and accurate pharmacological history will help your dentist avoid potential interactions between dietary supplements and drugs.

Believe it or not there are drug interactions between popular dietary supplements and medications used commonly in dentistry.

Provided that patients are not taking ginkgo, St. John’s wort, evening primrose or valerian, oral health care providers can prescribe or administer any of the medications used commonly in dentistry without concern about possible dietary supplement–drug interactions.

According to the evidence, acetaminophen is perhaps the best analgesic choice for patients who use or may use dietary supplements because it is not associated with any clinically significant dietary supplement–drug interactions, in contrast to other analgesics evaluated.

Amoxicillin, cephalexin, metronidazole and penicillin are considered the best antibiotic choices for users of dietary supplements.

Practical Implications. Recognition and avoidance of potential interactions between dietary supplements and drugs will help your dentist optimize treatment while emphasizing patients’ safety.

Always talk to your dentist or doctor about the medications or dietary supplements you are taking. For more information, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Source: JADA

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.

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.