Dr Johnson's Blog

Dental Advances You'll Appreciate

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MAHave you stepped inside a dentist's office lately? According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, considered by many as Boston's Best Prosthodontist, "What you find might surprise you. It's not just the high tech gadgets. Serious advances have made examinations and treatments more accurate, efficient and less painful than what you may recall".

From digital scans to digital production of your tooth replacement, cutting edge technology is transforming dental care — and your oral health stands to benefit.

Traditional Procedures Get Digitized

More and more dentists are embracing digital X-rays compared to film-based radiographs, and it's easy to understand why: reduced radiation levels up to 90%, images rendered almost immediately, and computer viewing and storage help dentists make diagnoses and comparisons in a matter of clicks.

The cavity search with a steel hook that typically follows X-rays now has a high-tech alternative as well. Dentists are starting to use "diode" lasers instead, which are far more accurate and much less uncomfortable. Cavity detection happens in a series of sweeps, and won't leave you in agony.

Materials are of Much Higher Quality

Once your treatment plan is under way, you'll soon come to find that even the materials being used are of much higher quality. Dental implants previously known for high failure rates are now straightforward and long lasting, involving a titanium screw that gets inserted into the jaw. Dental Veneers feel more seamless thanks to an improved shell that requires less reshaping, and they are thinner, yet sturdy. And repairs to cracked or broken teeth look more natural due to better bonding solutions and techniques.

Through the use of computer-assisted design and manufacture technology (respectively known as "CAD" and "CAM"), ceramic dentistry can now be created using milling machines and digital printing.

Cosmetic Work Gets a Natural Makeover

Perhaps some of the more noticeable transformations have occurred in the cosmetic field of work. New and improved options are available to help patients perfect that smile like never before. Fillings, which were previously easy to spot due to their dark metallic color, now come in porcelain or shades designed to match your tooth color. Teeth whitening treatments have become much more efficient, and can make your smile up to ten shades brighter in as little as an hour. Even braces have a much more appealing look, with an "invisible" or clear design that is growing in popularity.

Experience the Changes Yourself

As with any industry, adopting new technologies and procedures takes time and varies by dentist. If a previous experience has deterred you from getting regular care, you may want to research other local options and/or give your current dentist a call to learn about what you can expect today. Your oral health is on the line, and the world of dentistry has changed for the better.

For the latest in dental technology in the best in dentistry, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.


Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Explained

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 19, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MACosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever in the US. One's smile is often the first impression that is made...it is one's calling card. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, considered by many as Boston's Best Prosthodontist feels that, "It makes much more sense to spend money for a perfect smile than to spend thousands of dollars on face lifts and tummy tucks!" From teeth whitening and bonding to bridges and implants, there are several treatments that promise to instantly improve your smile and self-confidence. Here are some common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

Teeth Whitening:

This is by far the most common of all cosmetic procedures. You can either opt for over the counter teeth whitening kits or contact your dentist for in-office teeth whitening. Tea, coffee, wine, certain medications, age, and smoking stain the teeth over time. When opting for in-office treatment, the dentist creates a customized mouth tray that fits exactly and ensures that the right amount of bleaching solution reaches the front and back of your teeth.


This technique is used to hide wide gaps between teeth, or if the teeth are broken and chipped. Cavities caused by decay can also be filled using boning. The procedure can be completed in a single sitting where the dentist applies composite resin to the tooth surface. Proper care should be taken to protect the resin or prevent it from stain causing materials.


Thin ceramic pieces are applied to the front surfaces of teeth to improve the shape, color or overall smile. Generally, two visits are required for dental veneers. The result is influenced by the skill of the dentist and the experience of the laboratory ceramist.

Crowns and Caps:

Crowns are used to hide chipped teeth or replace a broken tooth. They’re also cover a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure. The dentist begins by taking an impression of the tooth and building a crown made with bonded porcelain. Sometimes crowns can be made from metal or resin. And to ensure that the crown fits perfectly, he shapes/cuts down the old tooth. This crown is then placed on the damaged tooth using resin cement.


Bridges help close the gaps between two teeth. The bridge could either be made of silver, gold, or porcelain. A typical bridge includes three crowns. These are cemented to either sides of the missing tooth. To ensure that the crown fits properly, the dentist has to prepare and cut the anchor teeth to shape. The success of your bridge largely depends on your dental hygiene- make sure to follow good oral habits.

Dental Implants:

Dental Implants are expensive, but they’re certainly better than bridges because unlike bridges, the adjacent teeth need not be touched.

For more information on the right cosmetic dentistry procedure to improve your smile in the coming year, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.


Cosmetic Dentistry for A Healthy, Youthful Smile

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MACosmetic dentistry is the buzz phrase right now. It is the process of creating a healthy, natural, stunning smile. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures are elective, but with such an emphasis on a youthful appearance, cosmetic dentistry is one of the most popular elective cosmetic procedures today. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, whom many considered Boston's Best Prosthodontist, has been on the forefront of aesthetic dentistry development since 1986.

The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to turn a smile you are not thrilled with into a smile you love to show off. There are many procedures that can help you turn crooked, stained, or gaps in teeth into a straight confident smile: dental implants, dental crowns, dental veneers as well as invisible fillings and teeth whitening.

Dr. Johnson tells us that, "Your smile is how you present yourself, it puts your best face forward and it is your first impression. Now, you can capture all of the potential that a beautiful smile has to offer. Boost self-confidence and self-esteem with a perfect, natural looking smile".

The first step in cosmetic dentistry is to determine what you are looking for in your smile. The goal of cosmetic dentistry is functionality along with enhancing beauty. We will work with you, and give you the smile you are looking for along with facial harmony using the shape of your face, width of your smile, and your teeth.

Enhancing and improving your smile can be as easy as whitening your teeth, or more complicated using dental implants. Regardless of the process, we will help you achieve the youthful smile you want. We will help you make the right decisions on the dental processes you choose. At Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, it is our goal to make you comfortable and to answer all of your questions.

Cosmetic dentistry can improve your self-confidence, improve the health of your teeth, and give you a youthful smile. Contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners to get the smile you have always wanted.

Improve Your Smile And Your Self Esteem

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MAIf you are unhappy with your teeth, you are not alone. According to a study, more than 1/3 of American adults are unhappy with their smile. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, who many have called Boston's Best Prosthodontist, says, "with today’s dental technology, you no longer have to be the victim of genetics. You can have the smile you want". He has been helping Boston's most demanding people improve their smile using advanced digital technologies since 1986. If you want a new love, a new job, a promotion, or if you just want make a life change and are unhappy with your teeth, read on because you can make a change.

Thirty six percent of those people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, especially young adults, believe they would have a better social life if they had better teeth and a better smile. In fact, 48% of Americans between 18 and 24 have untagged a picture of themselves on Facebook because they don’t like their smile.

Additionally, the study found that bad teeth represent the biggest dating turn-off among men and women. According to the study, 77% of women think crooked teeth are worse than a receding hairline in a potential love interest. In fact, 22% of Americans who are unhappy with their smile think that better teeth would lead to a better love live.

On a professional level, 78% of Americans perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful. But, on top of that, 14% of those unhappy with their teeth felt that they might be missing out on a better job.

Professional cosmetic dentistry treatments have come a long way in recent years, with innovative options such as clear aligner trays, dental implants, full-mouth reconstruction, and dental veneers. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age and it's important for adults to know that they are never too old for cosmetic dental treatments.

For more information on improving your teeth and changing your smile and your life, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Statistics - orthodonticproductsonline.com

Take Care of Your Teeth and Decrease Risk of Hypertension

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MAPeople with high blood pressure (BP) taking medication for their condition are more likely to benefit from the therapy if they have good oral health. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, The research is based on a review of medical and dental exam records of more than 3,600 people with high BP. Researchers found that those with healthier gums had lower BP and responded better to blood pressure-lowering medication, compared with individuals who had gum disease, a condition known as periodontitis. People with periodontal disease were 20 per cent less likely to reach healthy BP ranges, compared with patients in good oral health.

Patients with periodontal disease may warrant closer BP monitoring, while those diagnosed with hypertension, or persistently elevated blood pressure, might benefit from a referral to a dentist. Physicians should pay close attention to patients' oral health, particularly those receiving treatment for hypertension, and urge those with signs of periodontal disease to seek dental care.

Likewise, dental health professionals should be aware that oral health is indispensable to overall physiological health, including cardiovascular status. According to the latest recommendations from the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology, the target blood pressure range for people with hypertension is less than 130/80.

In the study, patients with severe periodontitis had systolic pressure that was, on avererage 3 mmHg higher than those with good oral health. Systolic pressure, the upper number in a blood pressure reading, indicates the pressure of blood against the walls of the arteries. While seemingly small, the 3mmHg difference is similar to the reduction in blood pressure that can be achieved by reducing salt intake by 6 grams per day.

The presence of periodontal disease widened the gap even farther, up to 7 mmHg, among people with untreated hypertension. Blood-pressure medication narrowed the gap, down to 3 mmHg, but did not completely eliminate it, suggesting that periodontal disease may interfere with the effectiveness of blood pressure therapy.

Patients with high blood pressure and the clinicians who care for them should be aware that good oral health may be just as important in controlling the condition as are several lifestyle interventions known to help control blood pressure, such as a low-salt diet, regular exercise and weight control. Dr. Johnson generally recommends visits with the hygienist three or four times yearly for patients with early signs of periodontal disease. and reminds everyone that, "Proaction is always better than reaction"! For more information or for a dental check-up, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

The Economic Times

Use Up Dental Benefits & Medical Savings Accounts....Before the End of the Year

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 25, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MAThe end of the year is fast approaching and this means that dental benefits are expiring. Now is the time to use up your dental insurance. If you have any dental needs, use up your dental benefits before they expire. Unfortunately, time flies and before you know it, 2019 will be here and your benefits for 2018 will be gone.

Too many employees don’t take advantage of their company dental benefits allowing them to expire at the end of each year before they are used up. Too many times, they then find out that they need a dental treatment that won’t be covered in its entirety. Even though dental coverage may not pay in total for certain dental procedures, most dental plans fully cover routine dental care. Also, if you know you need extensive dental work, plan your dental procedure now. Then, when your dental benefits renew at the first of the year, your procedures, like root canals and dental crowns, are more affordable.

If you need a root canal and dental crown, use the available benefits from two calendar years towards the major dental procedures that involve multiple phases.

Schedule extensive dental work now if you need it.

As a general rule, most dental insurance plans offer coverage at 100% on preventative dental care like regular exams and cleanings. Take advantage of your dental insurance benefits, make sure to get your annual dental exams and cleanings. Regular dental care can save you a lot out of pocket expense that your dental insurance may not cover.

For an appointment or consultation, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.


Why Seeing a “Digital Dentist” Matters

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Digital dentistry or dental treatment utilizing digital technology is now mainstream and part of most quality-focused dental practices. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been called a “pioneer” in the synergistic use of computer technology in implant dentistry wants you to know, “what computer technology is being used in his dental office and how”.

Digital Xrays:

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MA

    ➢ The image is immediately processed and available to view, whereas film takes time to be developed.
    ➢ Less radiation needed to produce the same quality image as film (digital X-rays gives 70% less exposure to radiation than conventional X-rays).
    ➢ You can enhance the digital image (such as alter brightness and contrast) with a series of processing techniques
    ➢ Grey-scale of digital X-rays offers 256 shades of grey versus 16-25 shades in conventional radiography, which means better diagnostics

CT Scans:

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MA

    ➢ Three dimensional imaging allows for views from many angles
    ➢ No distortion in image
    ➢ Allows for CAD/CAM diagnostics, design and planning
    ➢ Precise placement of implants – allows for “teeth in a day” approach

Digital Crowns/Impressions:

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MA

    ➢ Impressions are taken digitally via very high quality photographs.
    ➢ No ‘goop’ in your mouth for 5 minutes
    ➢ Dentistry can be fabricated via CAD/CAM technique which creates a better ‘fit’ of your work which leads to better comfort, aesthetics and longevity.
    ➢ Provides time saving for the dentist and patient

If you have yet to experience the many advantages that a technology revolution in dentistry can offer, it may be time to find a new dentist. None of this is new…time to see it for yourself!

Dr. Ryne Johnson, has been providing outstanding dental care since 1986 and is considered by many as “Boston’s Best Prosthodontist”. For more information, contact Dr. Johnson.

Full Mouth Aesthetic Reconstruction

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Just wrapped up a full mouth, aesthetic reconstruction on a 69 year old woman in our practice. Here are the before & after photos. She was wonderful to work with! I am always happy to see a great result on a grateful patient. Tell you're friends who seek and expect excellence that good dental work can be aesthetic!

A special thank you to my ceramists at Prestige Dental Laboratory (Paul and Zak); you're the best!

For more information on full mouth reconstruction, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Options in Cosmetic Dentistry for Fixing Chipped Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 08, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MAMany people grind their teeth, participate in sports, and have accidents that can cause teeth to chip. This can dramatically affect your smile. In fact, According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, whom many have called Boston's Best Prosthodontist, "chipped teeth are the most common injury to teeth.

Generally, chipped teeth may not cause pain, but nevertheless, they should not be ignored. Any type of trauma to your teeth should receive immediate attention. In fact, there could be damage underneath the surface of the tooth that is chipped.  A dentist can rule out cracks or internal tooth problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. In many cases, your chipped tooth can be repaired in just one dental visit.

There are various treatments for chipped teeth depending on the amount of damage.

Dental Bonding

Most chips can be corrected with dental bonding. Dental bonding is an efficient, durable and cost-effective way to correct minor chips.

Enamel Shaping

Often used in conjunction with dental bonding, enamel shaping can also correct small chips or surface flaws. During enamel shaping, a small portion of the tooth's surface is removed or recontoured to smooth out imperfections.

Dental Veneers

If the chip is significant and dental bonding or enamel shaping can't be used, you may need a veneer. These thin, porcelain wafers completely cover the surface of the tooth and are often used for front teeth.

Root Canal

Pain in the location of the chip can be a sign that the nerve is exposed. If that's the case, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth, generally followed by placing a ceramic crown.

Dental Crown

A dental crown is used to completely cover larger teeth or to cap a tooth after a root canal.

Tooth Extraction

If the tooth can't be saved, a tooth extraction may be necessary. The good news is a dental bridge or dental implants can replace missing teeth.

To discuss your options for a repairing chipped teeth, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.


Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 28, 2018

If you are looking for a stress-free solution to replace your missing teeth and are not a candidate for an implant supported reconstruction, you may regain your confidence and achieve a beautifully radiant smile that makes you look and feel good again with a “bespoke denture”.

Many people think that dentures have been left behind in the cosmetic dental revolution, it’s not so! In fact, using the latest technology and techniques, false teeth can create the ultimate smile makeover. The latest in smile design technology can not only restore your smile but take 10 years off your whole face! Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental partners has the expertise and experience to completely customize your dentures to your individual desires. He delivers artistic creations that resemble a natural smile…not one that looks like ‘false teeth’.

See below…a case for a 55 year old man (both dentures are on the same patient); left photo is the denture from a mainstream dental office and ones the right are Dr. Johnson’s custom crafted dentures. The patient had been to three different offices and had three sets of dentures made before doing a set with Dr. Johnson. He reported that he could not speak, eat or “even keep them in” and was desperate for some “quality of life”.

Not only was there an aesthetic improvement, but the patient reported having a prime-rib steak dinner the weekend after inserting Dr. Johnson’s custom dentures….without any adhesive!!!